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If you missed Kindergarten Round-Up on March 21, contact the office to register your child.
Reading is the Key!
Thanks to Mrs. Lori Goryl and our dear Grandma Dorothy, as well as all of our wonderful volunteers, our Adopt-a-Reader program is in full swing at Mighty McMillan! Our second through fourth grade students are each assigned a volunteer reader/mentor from now until May and meet for a half an hour a week to work on reading strategies specific to student needs. Our kindergarteners had a special opportunity to read with an AaR volunteer on Thursday while a first and second grade class attended The Polar Express at our Rocket Center for the Performing Arts.
Below are a few snapshots.
Mrs. Mikesell's Students Cuddle with a Book
At Mighty McMillan, we love it when our students read at home. Even twenty minutes an evening will make a huge difference in the lives of children. We know that some parents have little extra time at night to sit down and read with their child. Mrs. Mikesell cleaned her cupboards and found sets of books on tapes, along with players and head phones that she is loaning her students to encourage reading at home. As an added bonus, she has given each of them a cuddly stuffed critter to sit and listen to stories too! Thanks to Mrs. Mikesell for doing whatever it takes for our kids!
Peer Assisted Learning Strategies
Our district has adopted a reading intervention, K-2, called Peer Assisted Learning Strategies, or PALS for short. At Mighty McMillan, this has proven to make a huge difference, not only in reading comprehension and fluency, but also our children's learning to cooperate and be a good friend. In essence, the program pairs two students who are evenly matched in their reading skill. They practice reading strategies together, listening to one another read and use encouraging words to motivate one another. The program compliments the core reading program and teachers use it 3-4 times a week for about 35 minutes. We love our PALS! Recently, Mr. Grant's class completed the program and celebrated their reading successed by scrunching papers that they no longer needed. The children were very proud of their achievements.
In an effort to support our school-wide goal of "Going Green", we have made our school handbook and all of our permission slips and forms electronic. The following information is for you to review with your child. Please print and sign the Parent Permission Slip and return it to your child's classroom teacher. If you cannot print the form, please stop in the school office and we will provide one for you.
Our Mighty McMillan Mission Statement: "The school community, families and students are partners in building the foundation for students to become decision makers, independent thinkers, and life-long learners. DREAM, BELIEVE.....ACHIEVE!!"
McMillan Elementary is a Preschool through 4th grade building with 300 students, located in a rural setting. We constantly strive to help all students succeed, both in the classroom and the greater world.
Our school community consists of families, staff, volunteers, and students. We share the responsibility of helping all students become successful learners. McMillan welcomes volunteers, and there are many ways to become involved including: parent/teacher conferences, PTO activities and fundraisers, volunteering in the classroom or field trips, attending family night activities, and volunteering as an Adopt-a-Reader.
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Mighty McMillan School Improvement Goals
Every Fall, after reviewing data from the previous year, our staff comes together to determine our School Improvement Goals for the year. We have identifed three specific areas and have created S.M.A.R.T. goals. Our goal for reading is to continue to see growth in the area of reading comprehension. This includes having our children make connections to the text that they are reading, as well as being able to make inferences, or predictions based on what they have read. In writing, we are working hard to help our students share details and examples and stay focued on the topic of writing. In math, our students need a strong foundation in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
We can't do this alone! With extra practice and support at home, our students will be able to achieve the goals that we have in place. Please click on the following link for information on ways to help your child at home. Dream, Believe, Achieve!!!
2885 Hyde Park Road
Muskegon, MI 49445
Phone: (231) 766-3443
Fax: (231) 766-2906
To report a student absence, call 766-3443. The secretary will take your information. If you receive the office recording, leave your child's name, the date and the reason for the absence.
Mrs. Dawn Schmitt
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