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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

March 30, 2016         

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for Millennium Middle School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact me for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by clicking on the Annual Report link on the MMS webpage or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

As we have also described in our School Improvement Report, the key challenge for Millennium Middle School is narrowing achievement gaps with our special education subgroup.  Key initiatives that are being undertaken to accelerate student achievement and narrow gaps are the implementation of the workshop model in language arts and mathematics to allow for more targeted and differentiated instructional support as well as the use of Visible Thinking Routines with students to help them strengthen and articulate their cognitive processing.

Aggregate student achievement results on the MSTEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Process) can be accessed via the website link referenced above or in the hardcopy of the report available in the Millennium Middle School main office.

State law requires that we also report additional information. 

Student Assignment

All students within the South Lyon Community Schools are assigned to schools based upon residency within the geographic boundaries determined by the district. At the middle school level, students whose academic programming needs qualify them for special education services provided by our district’s Cognitively Impaired program attend Centennial Middle School regardless of geographic residency; students whose academic needs qualify them for the academically talented program attend Millennium Middle School regardless of geographic residency.  There is no intra-district School of Choice for middle school students.  Centennial Middle School and Millennium Middle School also have some inter-district Schools of Choice (under section 105 and 105C) for students who live outside of South Lyon and want to receive an exceptional education in the South Lyon Community Schools.

School Improvement Plan Status

The AdvancEd/NCA accreditation process is firmly embedded in the Millennium Middle School (MMS) continuous School Improvement Process.  This process provides a solid framework for increasing student achievement at MMS.  During the 2014-2015 school year, we hosted our External Review and were recommended for accreditation on May 6, 2015.  Steps are being taken by the MMS staff to address required actions.

Our next External Review is anticipated in 2019-2020.  The MMS staff will continue to monitor progress on our school improvement goals by gathering and analyzing student achievement data.  As appropriate, we will add or modify instructional strategies.  In addition, we will be engaged in professional development activities to prepare for the expectations of the state standards as well as to continue developing our Culture of Thinking at Millennium Middle School. 

Core Curriculum

The Michigan K-12 Academic Standards serve as the basis for South Lyon Community Schools' curriculum. To guide continuous improvement, the district’s curriculum coordinators in collaboration with teachers serving on the Subject Area Committees engage in an on-going process to ensure alignment with the Michigan Standards in ELA, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  For a copy of our curriculum or for more information, you may contact the Millennium Middle School office or our district department of Curriculum, Instruction, Technology, and Assessment (CITA).

Parent-Teacher Conference Attendance

Centennial continues to have a high level of parent involvement.  There was a high attendance rate in 2013-14 as 447 parents (52%) attended Curriculum Night while 480 parents (56%) attended Parent Teacher Conferences. Our attendance rates in 2014-15 were 387 (45%) for Curriculum Night and 497 (59%) for Parent Teacher Conferences.

At Millennium Middle School we are very proud of the hard work and achievement of our students, the dedication of our outstanding staff, and the continuing support of our parents and community. 

Sincerely,

Kelly Gallagher, Principal

About Us

At Millennium Middle School we are proud of the academic achievements, talents, and creativity of our students. Our success is due to our MMS educational partnership comprised of the staff, the parents, the community and the students. Our school population is made up of over 850 students and a dedicated staff consisting of 2 administrators, 31 full time general education teachers, 9 shared or part time teachers, 5 special education teachers, 1 full time and 1 part time counselor, 3 secretaries, 1 media specialist, 1 general education social worker, 1 hall monitor, 4 food service workers, 2 building engineers, 5 custodians, 4 lunch aides and part time support staff consisting of a speech pathologist, a special education school social worker, an ESL (English as Second Language) teacher, an academically talented facilitator, a careers facilitator, and a restorative practices facilitator. We have established and maintain high expectations for student behavior and attendance. The average daily attendance at MMS is over 95%. Many opportunities exist for students to be involved in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as athletics, band, choir, drama, or a variety of clubs.

Parents and community are integral members of the MMS educational team. These dedicated volunteers make a difference in the school environment by serving on committees that discuss new/revised building procedures, building budgets, fund-raising, school improvement, etc. To cultivate active parent and community participation, C.H.E.E.R.S., M.S.P.T.O., Band Boosters, Choir Boosters, Eighth Grade Dance Parent Committee, and the Shared Involvement Process Team (S.I.P.) hold regular meetings throughout the school year.

MMS is committed to “quality with equity” a concept to improve the performance of all students, focusing on equity of results and closing achievement gaps. We are data-driven and results-oriented, implementing instructional best practices to engage students, help them construct knowledge, and enable them to demonstrate content mastery. The middle school curriculum is designed to challenge all levels of ability and interests. In order to achieve a quality education for each individual, students are offered as many opportunities as possible, balancing academic requirements with elective choices. The Mathematics and Language Arts curriculum at MMS has been recently realigned to confirm to the Common Core State Standards. Science and Social Studies curriculum currently meets the Standards and Benchmarks of the Michigan Curriculum Framework, as well as the grade level content expectations (GLCEs), and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Millennium also houses the PLUS program, servicing the district’s middle school students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or language arts.

In addition to academics, Millennium fosters development of Habits of the Mind which help students acquire the skills, attitudes, and habits necessary for success not only as a learner and problem solver in the school setting, but also as at home and, in the future, as a responsible adult in a workplace setting. The Habits of Mind are comprised of: Persisting; Managing Impulsivity; Listening with Understanding and Empathy; Thinking Flexibly; Metacognition; Striving for Accuracy; Questioning and Posing Problems; Apply Past Knowledge to New Situations; Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision; Gathering Data Through All Senses; Creating, Imagining, and Innovating; Responding with Wonderment and Awe; Taking Responsible Risks; Finding Humor; Thinking Interdependently; and Remaining Open to Continuous Learning.

 

Belief Statements

�—�We believe in collaboration between all members of the educational community.

�—�We believe our educational system provides the skills necessary for each student to reach his or her own potential.

�—�We believe in providing a challenging yet supportive learning environment with high academic expectations.

�—�We believe that a successful education program includes meaningful supplementary exposure to the arts, technology, and athletics.

�—�We believe that exemplary teaching involves reflecting upon and adjusting instruction to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of students.

�—�We believe in a quality educational program that prepares civic-minded students to be lifelong learners in a changing world.

School Improvement Goals

�—�Reading: All students will be proficient in reading comprehension when engaged in both narrative and expository text (including topics within the science and social studies curricula).

�—�Writing: All students will be proficient in writing (including topics within the science and social studies curricula).

�—�Math: All students will be proficient in mathematical reasoning.

School Accreditation

The AdvancEd/NCA accreditation process is firmly embedded in the Millennium Middle School (MMS) continuous School Improvement Process. This process provides a solid framework for increasing student achievement at Millennium Middle School. During the 2013-2014 school year, we reviewed and updated our NCA/School Improvement goals, and strategies focusing on developing a Culture of Thinking and use of the workshop model, in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. In addition, we reviewed and updated our instructional strategies to use with targeted subgroups of students to help us narrow their achievement gaps.

In March of the current school year, Millennium Middle School completed and submitted to the state our interim Self-Assessment/Ed YES! Report.

Our next external evaluation is scheduled during the 2017-18 school year. MMS staff will continue to monitor progress on our school improvement goals by gathering and analyzing student achievement data. As appropriate, we will add or modify instructional strategies. In addition, we will be engaged in professional development activities to prepare for the expectations of the Common Core. We will continue with our implementation of Visible Thinking Routines throughout the curriculum at all grade levels. AdvancEd and school improvement activities will be conducted at Tuesday staff meetings throughout the year, as well as during professional development days in November and March.

Daily Announcements

 Announcements for Thursday, May 5th             

Get CRAZY for a cure! Crazy Hair Day is TOMORROW! Come to school with your craziest hairstyle (hair dye is allowed as long as it is done before school) and donate to the Matthew Bittker Neuroblastoma Foundation in your 1st hour classes!  There will be a prize for the best hairdo in each lunch period. Good Luck and Get Crazy for a Cure!

 

Tickets for the spring performance of “Alice in Zombieland” are currently on sale in both offices and by Mrs. Windsor.  Performances are TOMORROW at 6pm and Saturday at 11am.  $8 adult and $6 students.

 

Attention 8th grade girls:  If you are interested in SLHS Cheer or Pom Pon, stop by the 7/8th grade office for a flyer with tryout information.

 

If you are interested in: Color guard, girls volleyball or basketball summer camps or boy summer basketball camp, stop by one of the offices for a flyer with information.

 

TODAY is the event you’ve been waiting for: the MMS versus CMS teacher kickball game after school at 3pm.  The cost is only a $1 donation and the concession stand will also be open. Head out to the track right after school.

 

TOMORROW there will be a fundraiser at Pinz from 6-9.  For $10 you will get 2 games and shoe rental.   The proceeds will go to the MMS Washington DC trip.  There will also be Pizza and pop available for $1 each

 

Do you like to build with Legos?  Have you ever created anything from duct tape?  How about electronics?  If these activities sound fun to you, check out the MAYkerspace Creative Day, Monday, May 23rd after school.  For more information, or to sign up, see Mrs. Pantaleo in the Media Center.

 

There is another PTO movie night on Saturday night at the Lyon Theatre at 7:30pm.  Bring your friends to see “Captain America: Civil War” and support our school.