April 15-19

Happy Monday!

Hopefully you had a chance to catch our McMillin Idol show, the kids were amazing! I wouldn’t go so far as saying that they’ll all be getting a Grammy or Oscar in the next couple of year’s, but there’s no doubt that they were entertaining! I also need to acknowldge the hard work of all of our PTA volunteers that worked so hard to give the kids the opportunity to shine…thank you all so much!

Although our students will be working hard all week in class, this should be a relatively quiet week at the school (cant say that too often). However, we do have a couple of important parent meetings scheduled. On Wed the 17th our School Site Council will be meeting and on Thur. the 18th our English Language Advisory Committee will be working together.

UPDATE:

This Friday will be wear purple day in honor of our Military! You may be asking what does “purple” have to do with the miltary? Well, the color purple got chosen to be because of combining the colors of the branches of services:  Green for Army, Blue for Navy and Coast Guard, and Red for Marines.  Cool, right?  It makes Purple!!!!

Please join us for our Movie Night sponsored by our PTA on Friday April 19 at 5 pm!

REMINDER…Spring Pictures for the kids will be taken on Wed. the 17th!

Have a great week everyone!

April 8-12

Welcome Back Everyone,

I apologize for not having our Blog ready for you last week, but this week will be full of events that you’ll want to be aware of. Our biggest event this week is our annual McMillin Idol show! Each year students try out for a chance to share their talents on the stage and each year we are amazed with the performances. Our first show will be on Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 pm in our auditorium. We will have a second show on Wednesday also from 6 to 8:30. Both shows are very well attended so please plan accordingly.

Also this week (Friday) volunteers from Junior Achievement (http://jasandiego.org/programs/elementary.html) will be coming to our campus. Their goal is to provide engaging themes to help K-5 students learn economic concepts through the Elementary School Program. Each theme builds on the previous and stresses the relationship between school and future success.

Enjoy the week!

March 11-15

Happy Monday Everyone!

As we enter our final week of the 3rd quarter, I’d like to thank all of you for your effort and support in helping to make our school such a special place. We have one quarter left and it’ll be a critical one! Students in the 3rd quarter have been working extrememly hard, alongside their teachers to make sure they learn all they can. This last week of school will be our Spirit Week and we encourage everyone to participate!

Monday March 11-Career Day: Dress up in an outfit that schowcases what you would like to be when you grow up. This might be a teacher, doctor, or maybe even your favorite entertainer! It all depends on you.

Tuesday March 12-Superhero Day: Dress up as your favorite superhero. You can be anything such as Batmane, Wonder Woman or Captain America

Wednesday March 13 College Gear Day: Find your college gear and suit up!

Thursday March 14 Pi Day: Dress up in your favorite outfit that showcases circles!

Friday March 15- Green Day: Be a leprechaun and wear the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day which in on the 17th!

Also dont forget this entire week will be early release days (dismissal at 1:15 pm). See you in the 4th quarter (April 2)!

Feb 25-Mar 1

Lets Celebrate Dr. Seuss

This week our school will be celebrating  Read Across America Day all week! Thanks to our PTA we have some fun events planned throughout the week. We encourage all students to celebrate their spirit by dressing up on the following days:

  • Monday Feb 25 is Twins Day. Find a friend or two and match your outfits
  • Tuesday Feb 26 Dress like the Cat in the Hat. Wear red, white and black
  • Wed Feb 27 Wacky Wednesday dress as crazy as possible!
  • Thu Feb 28  Wear your hair like a Dr. Seuss Character
  • Fri March 1 Pajama Day. This is also the day where volunteers from our McMillin community will be in the classroom reading to students. If you’re interested in volunteering to be a ready please contact Karina McIntyre at mcintyrekarina@live.com

Attendance

As everyone knows school attendance is extremely important:

A 2008 study conducted by the Rodel Community Scholars at Arizona State University that tracked students from kindergarten through high school found that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance, beginning in kindergarten. Gregory Hickman, director of the Rodel Community Scholars program and former director of the Arizona Dropout Initiative, notes they discovered that as early as kindergarten, behavioral differences are apparent between those who go on to graduate  and those who drop out, with dropouts missing an average of 124 days by eighth grade.

McMillin has always had excellent attendance rates thanks to the efforts of our students and parents. As a result we have also had excellent achievement. For those that have been at McMillin over the years, you know we celebrate these efforts by have  quarterly Attendance Awards. Students with PERFECT attendance are given a certificate along with a special reward acquired by Mrs. Huezo, our awsome Attendance Health Clerk. Please remember that we dont want students to come to school when they are legitamitly sick. If they have a fever please keep them home. Also, the only EXCUSED absence will be for illness or a death in the immediate family. Early dismissals also count as an absence. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at jorge.mora@cvesd.org

We Need Your Feedback
Please click on the appropriate link below and answer the questions on the survey. Your feedback is very important to us and will help us make our school better for your children. Thank you

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I hope everyone has a great week!

Feb 19-22

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you all had a chance to spend the long holiday weekend with those you love in a fun relaxing way! This weeks blog is dedicated to thanking our School Site Council (SSC). This committee comprised of 6 parents and 6 staff members oversees the school budget, as well as helps to determine school goals. Through their support and planning we were able to acquire new computers for the classrooms. This upgrade has been a long time coming. What made it even tougher, is due to budget cuts we had to make the difficult decision decision to eliminate our tech support person this year. Old, slow hardware coupled with limited or no tech support made for a real rough start. However, thanks to some frugal planning and the vision of a progressive future, the SSC was able to allocate funding to purchase 150 computers. Through the help of some tech savy 6th graders we have been able to install almost all of the computers and the impact has been great! As an FYI, SSC members serve a 2 year term and elections are held each year to replace those whose term is up. I encourage you all to put yourself on the ballot which will come out as we come to the end of this year.

Hanover Survey

Each year our District sends out a survey to all staff, students and parents to ensure we’re doing the best job possible. All 4th through 6th grade students completed to the survey in school, but we need parents to complete it as well. If you have not taken the survey yet please spend some time answering the questions. This information helps to provide us the information we need to continue to improve.

Please click this link to take you to the survey in English http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1146939/2013-Parent-Questionnaire-Chula-Vista-ESD
Spanish version of survey http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1146946/2013-Cuestionario-para-los-padres-de-familia-Chula-Vista-ESD
Taglog version http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1146945/2013-Pagtatanong-sa-Magulang-Chula-Vista-ESD

Update

  • Thanks to everyone who took the quick survey on next years proposed McMillin at the Ballpark Kickoff. If you havent answered the 4 short questions please click on this link and answer them now: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKQBTGX
  • Our Chess Tournament has been delayed to March 7

 

Feb 11-15

Kindness has taken over McMillin!

Beginning on Feb 1st our students have been participating in the Great Kindness Challenge (http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org/School/event.html). Through the efforts of our fantastic staff and PTA, kids have had the chance to get involved with activities like creating kindess bookmarks, writing notes of appreciation to faculty or family members, or just being creative to make something kind for someone. We believe constant efforts such as the Kindness Challenge, helps to reinforce important characteristics all people should have to be contributing members of our society. Please help us reinforce these concepts at home and maybe even consider taking on the challenge in your home! 🙂

Chess Club

Did you know we have a Chess Club at McMillin. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Robles, one of our active parent volunteers we now give 4th thru 6th grade students the opportunity to learn and play chess against other students. Our kids have been playing for a couple months now and on Feb 28th some of them will play in our first annual Chess Tournament where our Grandmaster will be crowned! If your child is interested please encourage them to come to the auditorium every Thursday at lunch.

 

McMillin Kickoff at the Ballpark

We’re planning our kickoff for next year and we’re hoping to host it at Petco Park, but before we decide we need your input. On August 18th at 1:10 pm, the Padres will be playing against the NY Mets and we’d like to have our kickoff to the 2013-2014 school year at the game. The Padres have agreed to section off a private tailgate area just for McMillin school. In addition, I am looking for donations of hot dogs and burgers from local businesses i.e. Vons, Walmart, Costco, etc. so we can include a free lunch with the purchase of each ticket. As an incentive to sell as many tix as possible, the Padres have agreed to raffle off the opportunity for one of our students to visit the announcers booth and scream out the ceremonial “Play Ball” to begin the game! Please click the survey below to help us in our planning.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NKQBTGX

Dont forget President’s Holiday will be Friday Feb 15-Monday Feb 18. Students return on Feb 19!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feb 4-Feb 8

This week will be exciting, as many of our students will be presenting their speeches for the annual District Speech Contest.

The student topics for the 2013 Speech Contest, sponsored by Chula Vista Rotary Club are: 4th Grade If you were the principal, how would you motivate students to develop healthy habits? 5th Grade Our District adopted a Wellness Policy that limits food-related parties and celebrations, and unhealthy foods. Do you agree or disagree with the new policy? Why or why not? 6th Grade As you prepare for middle school, should you have to adhere to a Wellness Policy? Why or why not?

Winners from each grade level will then move on to the District and compete against all of the other school level winners on Tue Feb 26 at 2 pm. We invite the community to come out to the school and see our talented students deliver what are sure to be eloquent speeches. Our school level speeches will be presented on Monday. Feb 4th at 1 pm in our auditorium!

Last but not least I’d like to thank our amazing community business members for voluteering to judge our speech contestants. Our gratitude to Eve Guinan and Lucy Helle from Kohls, to C.J. Good from Lowes and to Kusay Kalasho from Valentinos/Jordans/Villagio Market. Thank you!

Also this week:

Feb 5 Basktball vs. Feaster 4 pm @ McMillin

Feb 6 @ 3 pm McMillin Idol Show tryouts

Feb 7 @ 4 pm Soccer vs Eastlake

UPDATE March 1 Read Across America

Feb 8 Welcome to 2013 school dance 4 pm to 6 pm

Jan 28-Feb 1

Happy Belated New Year Everyone!

It’s been a busy start to our 3rd quarter, so I apologize for taking so long to send this out to everyone. As mentioned our 3rd quarter is going to be busy and packed with a number of activities, so we have a lot to look forward to. One of the first major things that has happened is we lost a great teacher, Mrs. Cindy Orr to Montgomery Elementary School. Mrs. Orr has taken her talents to become the academic coach and we know she will be fantastic. Our new teacher, replacing Mrs. Orr is Ms. Morales. Ms. Morales has worked as our PE teacher all year and even performed her student teaching here. I’m sure you’ll join me in welcoming Ms. Morales to the McMillin Community. In addition to a new teacher, we are also fortunate to bring on a new librarian to McMillin. Mrs. Roberta Dickey will now begin working alonside Mrs. Ramsey in the library. You can expect to see her on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so stop on by and say hi!

I also want to encourage the McMillin Community to come on out and cheer on our basketball and soccer teams! Students ranging from grades 4th-6th are out competing against other District schools. A big thank you to our staff members Mrs. Cruz, Mr. Barnes, and Mr. Culley for heading up these teams. I also want to thank our parents Coach Gross, Coach Avalos, and Coach Carmen for stepping up to support the school!

Have a great week everyone and dont forget to wash your hands, take your vitamin C, and do your best to stay healthy!

 

Blog Dec 17-21

Well its the last week of school for 2012 and man has it flown by! This week students can expect a lot of assessment and celebration. In the evening our McMillin Community can look forward to our annual Winter Sing, where students will join together to sing Christmas carols. Make sure to get your cameras ready to capture these great memories.

As we wrap up the year I want to take a moment to give thanks to all those that continue to make McMillin an amazing place to be.

To my parents and community thank you for your support and your commitment to making our school a special place. Every week I hear from different families about how much they appreciate the efforts of the staff and how their children are really happy. Nothing makes me smile more!

To my PTA…what an amazing group of parents. Not many people know just how much time and effort you give, but the truth is without you our school would be just another hum drum building. Our PTA is GREAT!

To my staff…from the moment you enter our campus everyone is greeted professionally and with a smile, which sets the stage for people who visit that this is a quality school. Our teachers are bar none the most professional collection of educators in the District. You continue to impress me with your efforts to improve your craft and your love and dedication to the students. From TK to 6th grade our students are blessed to be in your class and receive an excellent academic education. More importantly the students are fortunate to be with a teacher that truly cares for them and sees in them the potential they possess.

And finally to my students. Nearly 20 years ago I decided to work with kids and I am one of the lucky people that can say it was the best decision of my life. Every day  I wake up knowing I can make a difference, knowing that even on the worst days I will have the opportunity to see hundreds of smiling faces that want nothing more than someone to listen to them, play with them, and help them. As a student you continually provide inspiration to me and show me the good in the world. You constantly teach me that the world is full of love and that we can overcome whatever evils and tragedies exists. You give me hope for the future and make me thankful that I have an important role in that future. McMillin students are a special bunch and I am so very proud of you. I can wait to experience the new year with you, as I am certain you are going to make it a fantastic!

Important Reminders:

  • Winter Sing at 6 pm. Come join us for Christmas Carols!
    • 1st grade Dec 18
    • 2nd & 4th grade Dec 19
    • 3rd, 5th, 6th grade Dec 20
    • Kinder Dec 21st (8:30 am)
  • Winter Vacation Dec 24-Jan 11
    • Students return Jan 15
  • Parents if you’d like a helpful resource to use with your children regarding the recent tragedy click here Talking to Children About Violence

Blog for Dec 10-15

I apologize for my delay in postings over the last couple of weeks, but as you know the holiday season is here and things have been quite busy. Teachers are continuing their efforts to improve instruction and raise achievement. I love that all of our teachers constantly look for ways to improve because they know their students are counting on it!

Well the next couple of weeks will be quite busy here at McMillin:

  • Holiday Store sponsored by the PTA will open up on Dec 10-15. Our store will be open certain times of the day for students to purchase inexpensive gifts for their friends and family.
  • Winter Sing at 6 pm. Come join us for Christmas Carols!
    • 1st grade Dec 18
    • 2nd & 4th grade Dec 19
    • 3rd, 5th, 6th grade Dec 20
    • Kinder Dec 21st (8:30 am)
  • Winter Vacation Dec 24-Jan 11
    • Students return Jan 15

Happy Holidays everyone from all of us here at McMillin!