MILLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2022 - 2023
- Welcome to Miller School
- School Information
- Student Support Services
- Behavioral Expectations
- Extracurricular Activities
- Welcome Message
- Leadership Team
- Mission, Vision and Beliefs Statement
- Rights and Responsibilities
The Holliston Public Schools place a high value on each student as an individual. We honor diversity and believe that each and every student is unique.
In order to accomplish and fulfill the Mission of our schools, each of us takes on the responsibility of instilling in students a sense of respect for themselves and others.
You must be respectful toward everyone - fellow students, teachers, and all the employees in the school. You may not use rude, profane or obscene languages, or gestures toward anyone. The Code of Conduct embodies the principles of respect and defines the Holliston Schools in its pursuit of excellence.
One way we try to get students to own these values is by teaching positive behavior traits focusing on these rules. At the Miller School we want students to RISE!
The Holliston Public Schools are committed to providing the resources and opportunities that will enable each student to develop and maximize individual potential in a positive and collaborative environment that encourages and affirms academic achievement and personal excellence.
Our goal is to graduate confident, critical thinkers, productive and creative lifelong learners, and socially responsible, engaged citizens who are capable of adapting to change in a technologically advanced and multicultural society. We will accomplish this by:
Creating a challenging and desirable learning environment for students and staff
Strongly supporting instructional innovation
Establishing and fulfilling high expectations of scholarship
Exceeding all federal and state accountability measures for student achievement
Expanding educational partnerships within the community and region
Preparing students for success in a dynamic, multi-faceted world
We Believe In:
An emotionally and physically safe school environment
Instruction that is responsive to student needs and learning styles
Class sizes and resources that best support instruction and the curriculum
Recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers, administrators and support staff
Relevant student assessments to measure individual growth, identify individual needs and inform individual instruction
Appropriate use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, and support the efficient management of district resources
Collaboration in learning which engages family and community
Effective interactive communication among all stakeholders
The importance of being recognized as a community with superior schools
Diverse extracurricular and cultural enrichment offerings available to all students
Promotion of tolerance and respect by understanding and appreciating individual differences
The Holliston Public School System is an innovative and comprehensive educational community. In continuing our pursuit of excellence, we commit to empower our students to succeed in meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.
“It is the policy of Holliston Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities, or employment practices”
The philosophy of the Fred W. Miller Intermediate Elementary School is grounded in the belief that all learners can achieve their full potential. Creating a positive atmosphere that celebrates diversity and encourages individual growth will be the responsibility of the entire school community. Through a variety of experiences, learners will interact with their environment, communicate with others and acquire values, knowledge and skills. The Intermediate Elementary School child experiences an emerging sense of self, which will be fostered through a variety of child centered settings.
At the Holliston Intermediate Elementary School, we:
- Expect all students to strive for excellence in an atmosphere of high, yet realistic, expectations which are constantly readjusted as students progress toward mastery of basic skills and higher level thinking.
Create and foster a respect for learning, a respect for self and others, a respect for property, and a sense of responsibility.
Provide a safe and caring learning environment where students take risks, ask questions and have access to challenging, innovative educational experiences.
Affirm and support the essential role of arts education in the development of the Intermediate Elementary School child through instruction and experiences in the visual and performing arts.
Develop a student’s critical and creative thinking through experiences in humanities, arts and sciences in order to promote a sense of joy and wonder about the learning process.
Promote the physical well-being of all students through health, safety, and physical education programs.
Problem solve to ensure that decisions made within the school community consider the needs of all learners.
Establish and maintain channels of communication with the community at large for the mutual benefit of all.
Implement a variety of interdisciplinary approaches and strategies directed toward the discovery and development of individual interests, learning styles, and aptitudes.
Maintain a challenging curriculum with varied and meaningful assessment practices.
All members of the Holliston Public School community, including the School Committee, the administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and volunteers, are committed to the proposition that every person at the Fred W. Miller Intermediate Elementary School has the right to learn and work in a positive, mutually-respectful environment. Each of us has the responsibility to demonstrate a positive attitude and to respect the school as a place of learning and to respect each other. In order to achieve this goal, all members of the school community will:
Treat others as we would have others treat us;
Accept each others’ differences;
Practice common courtesy, friendliness and the use of appropriate language;
Be cooperative, attentive, and supportive in class and in school activities;
Accept the ideas of others in and outside of the classroom with an open mind and polite attention;
Solve problems with thoughtful dialogue;
Support one another in our efforts to do our best as we pursue our individual goals;
Value the environment within and without the school and maintain school facilities, keeping the school free from litter and vandalism;
Take responsibility for our own actions and be ready to accept the rewards and/or consequences of those actions.
Because we all share the responsibility for setting and maintaining standards of respectful behavior, all members of the school community will be responsible for setting a positive example while on school grounds, on school buses, and/or at school-sponsored events. We know that school safety and a respectful school culture are promoted by dealing with small problems when they are small, before they escalate into more dangerous behaviors. Therefore, we are committed to establishing a high standard of behavioral expectations. Certain behaviors will not be tolerated. Those behaviors and their consequences are listed in detail elsewhere in this Handbook. They include, but are not limited to:
Harassment and threatening behavior of any kind that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment;
Conduct that interferes with school discipline;
Malicious destruction of property;
Possession of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons, including facsimiles of guns or other weapons; and
Possession or use of tobacco and tobacco products.
- General Information
- No School/Delayed Opening
- Emergency Planning
- Parent Teacher Conferences
- Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
- School Lunch
- Office of Community Education and Child Care: The Extended Day Program
Miller Office email:
- David Keim, Principal: email@example.com
- Erica Linares, Assistant Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bobbie French, Student Services Administrator: email@example.com
- Deb Holleran, Administrative Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shannon Carbino, Data Specialist: email@example.com
Parents who wish to register a new student should contact the school to receive a link to register online. If you plan to enroll your child in a different school system, please make sure the Data Specialist is notified so that proper paperwork can be completed.
School begins at 7:30 a.m. and is dismissed at 1:53 p.m. Students are asked not to arrive on school grounds prior to 7:20 a.m. Supervision cannot be provided prior to that time. This is a safety issue to which parents need to adhere. Upon arrival, but no earlier than 7:25, students are expected to go directly to their cubbies to secure their belongings before reporting to homeroom. The warning tone for homeroom will ring at 7:20. Students are expected to be settled into homeroom by the late tone at 7:30. A homeroom period is scheduled at the beginning of each day. The homeroom period begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 7:37. During this time, the homeroom teacher will take attendance, the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence are observed, followed by the morning announcements.
At dismissal, students may go to their cubbies to gather their belongings before departing the school. No students will be allowed to stay after school unless they are attending a supervised activity, extra help, or detention.
If a student needs to be dismissed prior to the end of the school day, a note from a parent/guardian must be brought to the Main Office during homeroom period. The student will be given a dismissal pass to allow him/her to leave the classroom at the requested time. Students are not allowed to leave the school building during the school day without a note and proper dismissal by the Main Office.
A homeroom period is scheduled at the beginning of each day. The homeroom period begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 7:37 a.m. During this time, the homeroom teacher will take attendance and, if necessary, hand out take home information for you to take home to your parents. Please remember that in an effort to ‘Go Green’, most information is not sent home, but is emailed in our Miller School News & Notes or posted on Backpack Express @ http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us/home/about/backpack-express. The Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence are observed, followed by the morning announcements.
Phone Messages/Forgotten Items
Students are reminded to come to the Main Office with your teacher’s permission to pick up personal belongings that have been dropped off at school. If students call home and ask for something to be brought to school, it is the student’s responsibility to come to the office to pick it up. This includes lunches, snacks, lunch money, books, reports, homework, etc. Musical instruments should be delivered to and picked up in the Multi-purpose Room. It is our procedure NOT to interrupt class to call students to the office for forgotten items.
Parents are also asked to keep interruptions to a minimum. The Main Office receives many phone calls to deliver message reminders. However, unless it is of an emergency nature, the school cannot be responsible for reminding students of appointments or after school arrangements. Students should use their agendas to manage both school assignments and after school events. Your cooperation in reducing the number of interruptions will be appreciated.
Lost and Found
Please see that all removable clothing, lunch boxes, books, etc. are clearly marked with your child’s name so that they may be returned to students promptly. Articles found at school are turned in to the "LOST AND FOUND" box located outside the Multi-purpose Room at the Miller School. Items of value, such as eyeglasses, keys, money, etc., may be found in the Main Office. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity periodically throughout the school year.
Although personal phone calls are discouraged, students may use classroom phones in an emergency with teacher permission. The Main Office is not equipped with phones for student use.
The school administration discourages students from taking vacations other than those that are regularly scheduled. If students are going to be out of school for reasons other than sickness, the students should bring a parent/guardian note to every teacher and notify the Main Office.
Please contact your child's teacher(s) regarding work to be made up. The decision about assignments will be based on whether or not the work can be assigned in advance and done without previous instruction from the teacher.
Parents and visitors are required to enter the Miller School through the front entrance. All exterior doors are locked after the students arrive in the morning. When visiting the school for any reason, visitors must first be “Buzzed” into the building. The “Buzzer” is located to the right of the front right hand side doors. All visitors need to be prepared to show a photo identification and obtain a Visitor’s Badge when signing into the Main Office. Anyone not wearing a Visitor’s Badge will be stopped immediately and redirected to the office to obtain a badge. Visitors should return to the office after visiting to sign out. Parents are always welcome to visit our school, but need to follow the protocol for visitors. All visitors are encouraged to make an appointment prior to visiting a teacher or administrator. We do not allow students from other schools to visit while school is in session.
Students in grades 3-5 will be assigned a cubby. Cubbies do not have locks so expensive items should not be brought to school. Backpacks, boots, coats/jackets and other bulky material should be stored in cubbies during the school day. You should not touch anything that is in another student's cubby.
The storage of dangerous items in school is not allowed. The Principal, Assistant Principal, or your teacher has the right to search cubbies if there is reasonable suspicion of something illegal, dangerous, or disruptive to students or the school.
Lost and Found
Please see that all removable clothing, lunch boxes, books, etc. are clearly labeled with your name so that they may be returned to you if you misplace them. Articles found at school are turned in to the "LOST AND FOUND" box located in the front lobby of the Miller School. Items of value, such as eyeglasses, keys, money, jewelry etc., may be found in the Main Office. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity periodically throughout the school year.
Students should get permission from a staff member to use the bathrooms. You must sign your name and the time you are leaving on a sign-out sheet before leaving the classroom to use the bathroom and then sign back in upon return. Students should not use the bathrooms while passing between classes or without a pass. Please remember to wash your hands with soap and water before leaving the bathroom and before eating.
No School, Delayed Opening, And Emergency Dismissal Procedures
Methods and procedures for emergency cancellations are currently being updated based upon the Holliston Public School District’s adoption of Power School and Bright Arrow. Please review with your child and with your friends and neighbors where your child should go if you are not at home when school is dismissed. The welfare and safety of our youngsters is our highest priority. With your cooperation, we can keep any inconvenience to a minimum. Thank you for your assistance
Periodic emergency evacuation drills will be held. The signal will be a prolonged ringing of the fire alarm. Directions for a swift and orderly evacuation of the building are posted in all rooms. GOOD ORDER is to be maintained during the drill. When the fire signal rings:
- Close windows, turn off lights, close the door, and proceed in a single file line out posted exits.
- If the signal rings and you are not with your class, go out the nearest exit and locate your class or a find a trusted adult.
- The students who reach the outside exits first should hold the doors open until the building is cleared.
- Remain at least 100 feet away from the building. Keep off the road and driveways, and at least 50 feet away from fire trucks.
- Talking should be kept to a minimum, as there may be directions over the PA system or special instructions by faculty members.
- Return inside when the “all clear” is sounded.
Massachusetts Law requires compulsory attendance for all students. Chapter 76, section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws requires all children between the ages of six and sixteen to attend school. The school must uphold state laws relative to student attendance. For the complete Holliston Public Schools’ School Committee policy visit -- HSC School Absence and Dropout Prevention Policy
Any student who is absent for all or part of the school day without the knowledge/consent of his/her parent/guardian or who leaves school during the school day without prior knowledge and consent of school authorities and of his/her parent/guardian shall be considered truant.
Being truant and/or being late for class or missing a class deliberately is serious and disciplinary action will be taken.
Notification of Absence/Tardy
When a student is absent from school or going to be tardy (arrival after 7:30 is considered tardy) parents are asked to call the school prior to 7:30 a.m. on the day of the absence/tardiness and leave a message on the absentee line; 429-0667, option 3. When a student returns to school from an absence, he/she must have a note from a parent/guardian excusing the absence. The student will report directly to homeroom and give the note to the homeroom teacher.
Students arriving tardy must be signed in by a parent/guardian or present a note from a parent/guardian to the main office and obtain a tardy pass.
An Excused Absence/Tardy includes:
Illness or quarantine
Bereavement/serious illness in family
Weather so inclement as to endanger the health of the child
Major religious observations
For students who have seven tardies (excused or unexcused) or seven absences (excused or unexcused) per 45 school days, an internal review will be conducted by the school based Team to identify, if necessary, whether appropriate interventions and/or accommodations are needed. For students with seven tardies or absences (excused or unexcused) per term a staff member will make contact with parent/guardian and a meeting may be held. For those students who reach 10 days of tardies or absence (excused or unexcused) during a 45 day span a letter regarding absences will be mailed home and the parent/guardian will continue to work with the school regarding missed educational time.
Conferences between parents and teachers will be scheduled in the fall. Sign-up sheets will be provided at the Back to School Nights. Additional conferences are welcomed by the school. The only requirement is that the request be made by a note to the teacher or by telephone so that the teacher may make the time available and have the necessary materials at hand. Parents are urged to meet with the teacher prior to meeting with an administrator.
Beginning at 12:55pm, families with the last names E-Z will enter through the main entrance of the elementary complex and proceed to the Miller front entrance loop, to begin cueing for car pick up in the middle loop by the cafeteria. Once again, a staff member will scan your QR code to another staff member who will communicate you are here to your child. Students will be brought to your cars in a timely manner. All cars should remain stationary until a Miller staff member waves you out. This is EXTREMELY important for the safety of our students. Please do not arrive prior to 12:55pm.
Buses will depart Miller school at 1:00pm.
**Early Release Day Dismissal
Beginning at 10:15am, families with the last names A-D will enter through the main entrance of the elementary complex and take the second left into the loop that is in front of Placentino School. A staff member will scan your QR code to another staff member who will communicate you are here to your child. Students will be brought to your cars in a timely manner. All cars should remain stationary until a Miller staff member waves you out. This is EXTREMELY important for the safety of our students. Please do not arrive prior to 10:15am.
Buses will begin to depart Miller school at 10:30am.
Each day students who attend Holliston Public Schools are provided the opportunity to access a free snack and/or school lunch. An attempt is made to provide students with the most nutritional meals possible
Students should pass quietly in the corridors when going to and returning from the cafeteria. It is important to remember that other students are in class. While in the cafeteria, students should behave in a courteous and orderly manner. They are expected to clean their tables, as well as underneath the table, and dispose of their materials in the trash receptacles. No student is to leave the cafeteria without verbal permission from a cafeteria supervisor. Students acting inappropriately in the cafeteria may be placed on restricted lunch, losing their cafeteria privileges. They may lose recess privileges and/or receive a detention.
All students riding our school buses must have a bus pass. Bus passes must be obtained through the application process at our Central Office 508-429-0654 ext 1139 or online @ http://bit.ly/1Pnut3r. Our Holliston School Bus Coordinator is Ms. Donna Barry. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 508-429-0654 ext. 1139.
Students are only allowed to ride on their assigned bus. Schedules are posted on the Holliston website and printed in the local media prior to the opening of schools. Please clip the schedules for future reference. They are also posted at each of the elementary schools, at the Town Hall and at Fiske’s. These times are tentative and changes are inevitable. Please be patient for the first few days of school.
Students are expected to be at their bus stop at the scheduled time and are expected to behave in an appropriate manner. When getting on or off the bus students are asked to cross in front of the bus so that they will be in safe view of the driver. Students are expected to behave appropriately while riding the bus.
Students are expected to behave appropriately while riding the bus. This includes remaining seated, not eating or drinking, or being distracting or disruptive. Swearing, teasing or bullying are not allowed. You may not put your hands out the window. You are not allowed to touch or play with the emergency door. After each disciplinary notice for inappropriate behavior on the bus, your parents will be notified. You may not be able to ride the bus for a period of time if you receive a third notice or if in a single incidence your behavior is considered excessively dangerous.
To insure the safety of every child, please drive with extreme caution and respect the stop signals and signs on our school buses. REMEMBER THAT IT IS A STATE LAW THAT CARS MAY NOT PASS A SCHOOL BUS WHEN THE BUS HAS ITS LIGHTS FLASHING.
The Placentino loop will be our bus loop. Please do not leave your car parked in our bus loops. "Live parking only" is allowed in the Miller front loop or center loop during morning arrival time.
Students who are being picked up or walking are dismissed to the Miller and Central loops.
Please note that parking in areas designated for "Handicapped Use" is not allowed unless you have Disabled Person plates or a Disabled Person Parking Placard. Parking in areas that are marked as fire lanes is not permitted at any time.
Our school police officers enforce these parking restrictions to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and visitors.
Students may walk to and from school. In the case of severe, inclement weather, parents are asked to make alternate arrangements. In the case of thunder and lightning, students will not be dismissed to walk home at the end of the school day if the teachers or administrators do not feel it is safe. Parents who have not made alternate arrangements will be contacted. If a parent cannot be reached, an emergency contact on the Emergency Dismissal Card will be notified. Children will remain at school until it is safe to release them to walk or they have been picked up.
Students may ride their bikes to school. There are bike racks available to store bicycles for the day. If you ride your bike to school you must wear a helmet. Once on school property, you are asked to walk your bicycle along the sidewalks until you reach the bike rack.
We are concerned about the safety of all students. For this reason, under no circumstances should skateboards, scooters, heelys and/or roller blades be brought to school or on the school bus.
The Holliston Public Schools' Extended Day Program is a self-supporting, nonprofit organization offering recreation and enrichment to those children needing care when school is not in session. The Holliston Public Schools and a Parent Advisory Board govern the program. Holliston Extended Day maintains a non-discriminatory policy with respect to staff and enrollment. It is open to all Holliston school children in grades preschool through seven.
Parents must provide transportation to and from our Extended Day Program. If an exception is needed to access school bus transportation, parents should contact either the Building Principal or the Assistant Principal to discuss specific needs.
The Extended Day staff recognizes the uniqueness and importance of each child and strives to create an environment where each child can learn: to make choices, discover new pastimes and explore new ideas in a safe, supportive and creative manner.
Contact Mr. Dion Puleo at email@example.com or 508-429-0664 for more information.
- Expectations - Miller School Curriculum
- Homework Guidelines
- Traditional Program
- French Language Immersion Program
- Montessori Program
- Social Studies
At the Miller School we have created a set of learning standards for each grade level across all subject areas. Each child's progress will be measured against these grade level learning standards.
Course of Study
The following courses are common to all students in grades 3 through 5: mathematics, English Language Arts/reading, Spanish, and social studies. All students have physical education, art, music, and science/health once per week, and computers and technology/engineering/social studies half a year each. French Immersion classes are provided in grades 3 through 5 for those students who have been previously enrolled in the program in the Holliston Elementary Schools. Students in the French Immersion Program in grades 3, 4, and 5 will receive writing enrichment in lieu of Spanish.
Textbooks are provided for students in certain subject areas by the Holliston School Department. THESE BOOKS MUST BE COVERED AT ALL TIMES. A student must return the book(s) he/she was issued to the appropriate subject teacher at the end of the school year or upon transfer out of the school. The books shall be returned in good condition. On the inside cover of each book, the student’s name, issue date, condition, and homeroom should be recorded. A student will be financially responsible for books lost, destroyed, damaged, or missing. Replacement cost for missing or damaged books will be determined in keeping with the current cost of the new textbook(s).
Extra help sessions are provided by teachers throughout the school year. If a student is having trouble in any subject it is recommended that he/she arrange for extra help with the teacher.
Miller Elementary School believes that homework is a valuable learning tool that teaches children how to organize materials and budget time, while promoting student responsibility and good study habits. The purpose of homework is to reinforce, strengthen, and extend skills taught during the school day. Homework provides a useful link between home and school, which encourages teacher/parent communication and facilitates parent understanding of topics taught at school. Homework habits taught at Miller will provide a foundation of skills that will assist the students in their academic future.
Grade 3 20-35 minutes per day
Grade 4 30-45 minutes per day
Grade 5 45-60 minutes per day *
*Consultation between team members is necessary to achieve these guidelines
Role of Teacher:
Provide a procedure and opportunity for students to record assignments in the agenda and gather materials
Examine completed homework assignments so that the instructional program can be adapted to meet observed needs
Design homework that reinforces, strengthens and extends taught concepts
Communicate with parent and pupil when problems concerning homework arise
Role of Student:
Establish a study area with your parents
Record assignments in the agenda accurately
Bring home all necessary materials
Follow a study schedule agreed upon with parents
Repack and return assignments and materials on time
Communicate openly with teacher and parents regarding any difficulties
Work towards independence in the homework process
Role of Parents:
Establish a suitable study area with your child
Plan a homework schedule with your child
Encourage your child to record assignments
Review assignments in the agenda with your child
Encourage your child to accept responsibility and ownership of the homework process
Provide necessary support until your child has solidified good homework habits
Work through an example rather than simply provide the answer
Praise child’s efforts
We encourage parents to help their children with a literacy and math experience each day. These fun and meaningful activities can be incorporated into your child's daily routine. Of course, model what you would like them to do:
- Family reading time
- Read to your child
- Read recipes and cook together
- Measure while cooking and following recipes
- Play math games while traveling in the car using license plates
- Children read to younger siblings
- Read the newspaper together
- Read the comics to you
- Subscribe to children's magazines that are of special interest
- Ask child to read signs while traveling/driving
- Read menus at restaurants
- Read aloud the writing on breakfast products
- Leave fun messages on sticky notes around the house, encourage your child to respond in writing
- Put notes in children's lunches and sports bags
- Child writes grocery list for you
- Use any excuse to have children write - Birthday Invitations, Valentines Cards, Posters, Thank You Notes, etc.
- Give journals as special presents
- Follow your favorite teams in the sports pages
- Compare scores in the sports pages
- Use mental math to guesstimate totals at the supermarket and in restaurants
- As children begin to see the value of reading, writing, and math in authentic situations, they will understand the power of words and numbers, and increase/improve their ability to use them effectively.
Traditional education embraces ALL students within a welcoming Tradition of current curriculum. Instruction reflects the most current and progressive educational research while respecting individual learning styles, student needs, and community values.
Fundamental to the Traditional Value System are the core curriculum goals in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Language and Technology as well as the enhancement of self-esteem for ALL.
Among the most modern Traditional Education initiatives are:
Inclusive classrooms with supportive services.
Literature-based reading instruction with thematic units.
Digital-assisted instruction throughout elementary grade levels with an emphasis on writing, mathematics, and digital literacy.
The Miller School French Language Immersion Program is an approach to elementary education in which French is used as the medium for all classroom instruction. The current curriculum for each grade level is taught exclusively in French, and students acquire French language skills through using the language in the classroom. Generally, students enter the program at the kindergarten level when their parents request French Immersion at Kindergarten registration. Currently, the French Immersion program continues through Grades 1-12. The availability of this program may be limited by lottery when necessary.
The Montessori system of education is both a philosophy of child growth and a rationale for guiding this growth. It is based on the child's developmental needs for freedom within limits and presents a carefully prepared environment. The classroom is filled with a variety of unique materials, mostly self-correcting, specially designed and used to develop a child's knowledge of language, mathematics, science, geography, music, art, practical life, and sensory discrimination.
The Montessori concept has proven to be successful for all students. At Miller School, Montessori education continues through Grades 3 and 4. The availability of this program may be limited by lottery when necessary.
The Literacy Program at the Miller Elementary School is grounded in the Massachusetts English Language Arts Standards.
Our literacy approach is grounded in the Reader’s Workshop model. Reader’s workshop is a teaching model which allows students to engage in authentic reading experiences. It is an effective way to differentiate instruction. Workshops may vary in length and include time for teaching, selecting and reading books, writing about books, and sharing ideas about books with partners or in group discussions. Our workshop model will utilize the Fountas and Pinnell Classroom curriculum materials.
At Miller School, math lessons are designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. A highly effective instructional model called Concrete, Representational, Abstract is used to help students visually and concretely model mathematics. This critical stage of learning allows students to solve math problems more efficiently and flexibly. As concepts are developed, students engage in math talks and 3-Act Math tasks. In addition to learning math concepts (what we learn in math), students also engage in the practices of math (how we learn math). Each lesson provides opportunities for students to think and solve like mathematicians: to engage with math concepts and practices, to express math reasoning, to explore flexible ways to think about and to solve math problems, and to look for structure and patterns in math.
The purpose of science education is to nurture natural curiosity and help students make meaning of the world around them. This begins in our Preschool program. The science program is correlated to the latest state standards, is based upon the principles of child interest and lends itself to activity-oriented teaching which is supported with classroom nonfiction readings. Students will make observations, analyze data, test hypotheses, communicate findings and relate this to the real world that they are a part of.
Our Social Studies curriculum helps students develop an informed worldview, develop the ability to think from multiple perspectives, and acquire the skills necessary for active citizenship in the 21st century that will enable them to interact effectively in an increasingly interdependent world.
From an early age, students will read and think critically, speak and write effectively, and engage in purposeful decision-making and problem-solving within the context of the social sciences. With the support of our Scott Foresman textbooks and content leveled books our students will develop curiosity and competence, continue learning about themselves, and develop knowledgeable local, national, and global perspectives.
- World Language Spanish Program
- Physical Education
- Report on Student Progress (ROSP)
- Media Center
The Foreign Language Spanish Program at Miller School is an integrated approach to the delivery of the elementary school curriculum through the development of Spanish language skills. Lessons taught using the Spanish language serve to enhance the development of skills in all other curricular areas. All students in grades 3-5, except those participating in the French Immersion Program, will receive Spanish instruction during the week.
Students in grades 3-5 are provided with physical, gross motor, and movement experiences. No formal uniform is required, however, students are expected to wear sneakers and appropriate clothing when participating in Physical Education.
Students excused from Physical Education/Movement Classes
Students will be excused from physical education/movement classes when:
The teacher receives a note from home signed by a parent or guardian.
Our school nurse receives a note from the child’s physician indicating that the child will be unable to participate in physical education/movement for an extended period of time. A follow-up note should be sent when the student may return to class.
At the discretion of the school nurse or the physical education instructor, it is determined that the student should be excused from physical education/movement.
The classroom teacher must make a copy of any note received from a parent or medical professional excusing a student from physical education/movement and provide the copy to the Physical Education or Movement Teacher.
Children in grades 3-5 receive weekly Art instruction. The elementary art program introduces and teaches age-appropriate art skills in a variety of activities. Basic art materials are used in the creation of original self-expressive projects. The students explore the artistic process with a series of creative experiences designed as a groundwork for more advanced activities. They develop the concepts and elements on which all visual art forms are based. The program offers a variety of experiences that introduce artistic heritage, creative expression, aesthetic awareness, and the development of visual perception.
Technology is an instructional cornerstone of our learning at Miller School. Classrooms at the Miller School are equipped with a variety of technology including: Chromebooks, iPads, Projectors, and document cameras. Students will have opportunities to learn in a personalized digitally rich learning environment through the use of technology as an instructional tool and as a means with which students can demonstrate their learning.
The Miller School Report of Student Progress, issued three times a year, in December, March and June, measures student progress toward the Learning Standards. In addition, teachers will conduct a parent/teacher conference in November. At this conference, a parent of each child is asked to come to school at a mutually convenient time to discuss the student's progress and provide the teacher with needed information, which will be helpful in meeting the needs of the student.
The Media Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 1:53p.m. Much of what is done in class each day is related to the materials that can be found in the Media Center. Books, magazines, reference materials, etc. can be found in the Media Center. Students are allowed to borrow up to two items at a time from the Media Center. Items are expected to be returned on time and in the same condition they were in when they were borrowed.
There are two guidance counselors as well as a part-time school psychologist who work with Miller School students. Their job is to guide your learning so that you are comfortable during your three years here. If you have a problem or just want to talk about yourself, a student, or a teacher, they are available to help you. A counselor provides support and encouragement for academic, personal, or social problems. Classroom observations and student records also help them to assist you. Contact the Guidance Office if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with a guidance counselor.
The school nurse is here every day during school hours to help keep students healthy. The school nurse is a liaison to the school. Parents are encouraged to communicate any health, illness or injury related concerns to the school nurse by calling or coming in during school hours. Please inform the nurse of any medical information or medication that the student is on that may affect the school day. Students are encouraged to see the school nurse when they are ill or injured or with any other related concerns. It is very important for the nurse, as well as the Main Office, to receive a copy of the Student Emergency Information Form in the event a parent needs to be contacted.
Student Health Regulations
A record will be kept of all visits to the Health Office. Parents will be notified if a health problem seems to be developing.
The school nurse provides advisory and emergency care only. The school health office is not a diagnostic clinic. Once first aid has been administered, it is the responsibility of the family and the family physician to carry out treatment and after care. Only those injuries or illnesses occurring in the school, on the school bus or on the school grounds are the responsibility of school personnel.
If a student becomes ill or injured in school and must be sent home, parents must make provisions for transportation. If parents are unavailable, students may be dismissed to one of the emergency contacts listed on the Student Information Form. In case of extreme emergency, where it is impossible to reach the parents and the nurse is not available, the principal acts as parent in absentia and will take whatever steps deemed appropriate.
A copy of the Student Emergency Information Form, signed by the parent or guardian must be on file in the school health office and in the Main Office for each student. The form is supplied to each student at the beginning of the school year. The information is essential in time of illness or injury and must be updated as necessary. Information on both parents (if addresses differ) should be included. If there are any custody issues or concerns, the school needs appropriate documentation.
We encourage parents to notify the school nurse, preferably in writing, of any health condition pertinent to the child's well being: food allergies, tendency to nosebleed, allergic reaction to bee stings, diabetes, asthma, bone and joint problems, difficulties with speech, vision or hearing and religious stipulations regarding medical care. We also encourage parents to make an appointment for a conference with the nurse to develop an Individual Health Care Plan.
Medication Procedures: Signed consent by the parent/guardian is required to dispense any medication.
All medication requires a signed medication order. This includes non-prescription medication. The written medication order form should be taken to your child's licensed prescriber (physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) for completion and returned to the school nurse. This order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year.
Special medication situations: For short-term prescription medication, i.e., those requiring administration for ten (10) school days or less, the pharmacy labeled container may be used in lieu of a licensed prescriber's order.
Medicine should be delivered to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer labeled container by the parent/guardian or responsible adult whom you designate. Do not have your child transport medicine on the school bus. Please ask your pharmacy to provide separate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty (30) day supply should be delivered to the school. When your child needs medicine to be given during the school day, please act quickly to follow these policies so we may begin to give the medicine as soon as possible.
Please pick up all medications on the last day of school. The school nurse will dispose of any medication left in the Health Office.
Please note: The school nurse must administer all medication taken during the school day.
The School Immunization Law is fully implemented in Holliston. No student will be admitted unless immunization requirements are met. All students entering school must present a physician's or Board of Health Certificate showing complete immunization as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The law also requires Physical Examinations for students in grades PK, K, 4, 7 and 10. The examinations must be conducted within 6 months prior to entering or anytime within the school year. Results must be on file by June 1. These exams should be completed by your child's primary care physician. If a student is without a PCP he/she will be referred to the school physician.
If a student does not have health insurance he/she will be referred to state programs such as Mass Health or the Children's Medical Security Plan. Hearing (grade 3); vision (all grades); growth, including body mass index, (grade 4); and postural screening (grade 5) are mandated by state law and are conducted each year by the school nurse. Students will be referred to their primary care provider if problems are identified at the time of screening. Any parent not wishing their child to participate in the above screenings must present a physician's statement that the child has been tested and must send the results to the school nurse.
- Head Lice (pediculosis) may be a problem among school children. We request that all parents check their own children at least once a week. All cases must be reported to the school nurse in an effort to control an outbreak.
- Students contracting a disease noted below shall be excluded from school for the following minimum times:
- Scarlet Fever: May return in 24 hours after treatment has begun and the child is fever free for 24 hours.
- Chicken Pox: One week with certificate from Board of Health located at the Town Hall (429-0605) or a doctor's certificate.
- Strep Throat: Strep throat is highly contagious among school age children. A child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Symptoms include sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting. A throat culture should be considered. Strep throat, left untreated, can lead to rheumatic fever or kidney disease.
- Students with contagious skin disorders (impetigo, ringworm, etc.) will be excluded from school and re-admitted at the discretion of the school nurse. The Board of Health is located in the Town Hall. The telephone number is (508) 429-0605.
Student Support Services are available for our entire school population. The Student Services Administrator is available to identify, assess, and, when appropriate, implement support for students who may require specific services to optimize learning opportunities.
Our school provides a rich curriculum, instructional practices and varied programs of services geared to individual needs, including opportunities for strong family involvement and awareness of the educational services in the school.
Special Education Services
Special Education services are offered to Holliston students in accordance with 603 CMR 28.00 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (formerly Chapter 766). Special Education is intended to provide services to students who have disabilities and who, because of those disabilities, need help to make progress in the general education program of the school and thus to receive the full educational benefit of the district’s programs.
Our Student Services Administrator works with the classroom teacher, specialists and parents to ensure that, when appropriate, referrals are made to assess a student’s eligibility for special education services. Any questions you may have regarding Special Education services and programs should be referred to the following:
Miller School: Michael Wood
508-429-0667 x 1332
District Wide Office: Kelly Camp
504 Accommodation Plans
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a handicap and/or disability. The law is designed to protect: "Any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment." The major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, caring for oneself and performing manual tasks.
Students who fit this definition are entitled to a "free and appropriate" public education comparable to that provided to students without disabilities. This may include regular or special education services. However, students can receive related services under Section 504 with the appropriate documentation, even if they are not provided any special education.
Please contact the Guidance Office if you have questions or would like more information regarding 504 Accommodation Plans. The Coordinator of compliance for the district of Holliston for 504 plans is Superintendent of schools, Bradford L.Jackson, Ed.D., 370 Hollis St., Holliston, MA 01746 . His phone number is 508-429-0654.
Holliston Public Schools are committed to providing quality education to our students while promoting behavioral safety within our schools. Our school has adopted the Safety-Care TM Training Program, developed by Quality Behavior Solutions, Inc., which is a behavioral safety program for our educators and is in compliance with the State of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations.
This program provides our educators with the skills they need to confidently, safely, and respectfully prevent, minimize and manage student behavioral challenges.
Please feel free to contact our building administrators or our district Behavior Inclusion Specialist if you have any questions or would like more information about this program.
- Code of Conduct
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Show respect for others
Keep your school neat and clean
Walk and move safely
Nobody is perfect. You should be honest with yourself and your teachers.
School should be a pleasant experience. You will get out of it exactly what you put into it.
Rules and regulations are for your benefit and safety. They apply to everybody in the school.
One way we try to get students to own these rules is by teaching positive behavior traits focusing on these rules. At the Miller School we want students to SHINE!
S = Self Control
I = Independence
N = Nice
E = Effort
These traits will help students learn and grow at the Miller School. Please read this handbook carefully. It contains important information, which will help students be successful at the Miller School.
All students are expected to present their own work for evaluation. A teacher who determines that a student has been guilty of the above offenses shall take all reasonable and necessary steps to address this first with
the student and his/her parents. The teacher may then choose to refer this matter to an administrator after giving a grade zero for the work in question.
Violations may result in loss of privileges and, in some cases, can lead to suspension from school. A student who disagrees with the teacher’s finding that she/he has been guilty of cheating or plagiarism can appeal this claim to the Principal.
Appropriate Dress and Appearance
In an effort to foster a positive school atmosphere, students are expected to dress in a way that is appropriate for school and shows respect for themselves and others. These guidelines are not all inclusive, and administrators reserve the right to make decisions in case of dress that is deemed detrimental to a positive school climate and atmosphere. Students may not wear any article of clothing that could be considered offensive, disrespectful, discriminatory, unsafe or in any way disruptive to the learning environment.
Hats are not to be worn inside the school building, exceptions will be made for a documented or known instructional, safety, religious and/or medical reason.
Outdoor coats/hoods may not be worn during the day.
Clothing that displays language or pictures that are considered vulgar or promote violence, tobacco, drug or alcohol use are not permitted.
Shorts that are exceptionally short and/or form fitting are not permitted. Shorts that typically meet the criteria exceed a 3” inseam.
Clothing must provide appropriate coverage. Undergarments and midriffs must be covered at all times. Low-cut shirts/tops are not acceptable.
Proper attire is required for participation in all physical education classes.
Footwear must be worn at all times. Flip flops or sandals without a backstrap should not be worn by students.
If a staff member believes that a student’s attire may be inappropriate based on the above, the student will be discreetly referred to one of the guidance counselors or administrators. If the clothing is deemed inappropriate for school, the parents/guardians will be contacted. We encourage you to consult your parent, guidance counselor and/or administrator if you are concerned about an item of clothing that you are considering wearing to school.
No electronic devices are allowed at school during school hours or on the bus. These devices include: cell phones and iPads. Such devices will be confiscated by school personnel and brought to the main office. Calculators are allowed. Exceptions may be made for field trips.
Students who are in the hallways while classes are in session should pass quietly and not cause any disruption. You must walk, not run to your classes. You are expected to stay on the right side of stairs and corridors and to hold the swinging doors for the person behind you.
Fidget Spinners/Buying & Selling
Fidget Spinners should not be brought to school. You cannot buy anything from or sell anything to other students on school property for any reason.
There is absolutely no gum chewing in the Miller School, on school grounds, or on school buses.
Touching and Threatening
All students have the right to come to school without being afraid of physical harm and threats. Above all, you cannot fight with, push, trip, or hit anyone else. (You cannot even play-fight.) A suspension of up to five days may be given if you physically fight.
Certainly, you cannot do anything that might hurt someone, physically or emotionally. You cannot threaten another person, or ask someone bigger than you (or smaller or the same size) to threaten another person.
On May 3, 2010 Governor Patrick signed an Act Relative to Bullying in Schools. This law prohibits bullying and retaliation in all public and private schools, and requires schools and school districts to take certain steps to address bullying incidents. The law was updated in July 2013 to expanded the list of possible aggressors/perpetrators to include school staff members. Chapter 86, Section I(3) provides that each bullying plan shall recognize that certain students may be more vulnerable to becoming a target of bullying or harassment based on actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics. Parts of the law (M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O) that are important for students and parents or guardians to know are described below.
Perpetrator is a student or a member of a school staff including but not limited to an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity, or a paraprofessional who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.
Bullying is the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including but not limited to an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity, or a paraprofessional of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Bullying includes cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyberbullying shall also include:
- The creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.
The distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v) inclusive, of the definition of bullying.
Hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule, or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.
Victim is a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation is directed.
Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.
Bullying is prohibited:
- on school grounds,
- on property immediately adjacent to school grounds
- at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function, or program, whether it takes place on or off school grounds
- at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased, or used by a school district or School
- through the use of technology or an electronic device that is owned, leased or used by a school district or school (for example, on a computer or over the Internet)
- at any program or location that is not school-related, or through the use of personal technology or electronic device, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the target, infringes on the rights of the target at school, or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school
Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying is prohibited.
Anyone, including a parent or guardian, student, or school staff member, can report bullying or retaliation. Reports can be made in writing or orally to the assistant principal, principal or another staff member, or incident reports may be made anonymously using the anonymous Incident Reporting Form below.
Erica Linares – Asst. Principal, 508-429-0667 or @ firstname.lastname@example.org
School staff members must report immediately to the principal or his/her designee if they witness or become aware of bullying or retaliation. Staff members include, but are not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessionals.
When the school principal or his/her designee receives a report, he or she shall promptly conduct an investigation. If the school principal or designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, he or she shall (i) notify the parents or guardians of the target, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; (ii) notify the parents or guardians of an aggressor; (iii) take appropriate disciplinary action; and (iv) notify the local law enforcement agency if the school principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against the aggressor.
For detailed information regarding Bullying Prevention and Intervention, please refer to the Holliston Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and the Holliston School Committee’s Bullying Prevention Policy (JICFB): http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us/home/about/bullying-prevention
Professional Development for School and District Staff
Schools and districts must provide ongoing professional development to increase the skills of all staff members to prevent, identify, and respond to bullying. Staff must complete the district’s annual Bullying Prevention and Intervention training.
The content of such professional development is to include, but not be limited to: (i) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents; (ii) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents; (iii) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among an aggressor, target, and witnesses to the bullying; (iv) research findings on bullying, including information about specific categories of students who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment; (v) information on the incidence and nature of cyberbullying; and (vi) Internet safety issues as they relate to cyberbullying.
Dangerous Weapons in School
In accordance with the Education Reform Act of 1993, it is the policy of the Holliston Public Schools to not allow anyone to have or use firearms in, or on, school property. Any student who, in the judgment of the principal, verified by regular due process procedures, is determined to be in violation of this policy will be suspended from attendance (out of school) for five (5) days. The principal will notify the parents of the students, in writing, of the possibility of further disciplinary action, including expulsion. Within the five (5) day suspension period, the principal will arrange for an administrative hearing to discuss the issue and any further disciplinary action.
Other dangerous weapons are not permitted on school property at anytime. If a student has a weapon or dangerous item, they will have it taken away, parents will be notified, and appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with school policy, including prosecution, will be taken.
Discipline at the Miller School is based on rules that are understood by students.
- A student's main goal in school is EDUCATION, which is something worth having just for its own sake. It is also a tool that helps you learn more. Finally, it prepares you for the rigorous demands of the work world of your adult life.
- Any person preventing you or him/herself from reaching this goal is going to be disciplined. You will find that most problems in school center around people disrupting others. Holliston Public Schools protects YOUR rights to an education without interference.
- Rules apply to all students. It is necessary to have certain rules and regulations that must be followed for the good of the entire student body. You are responsible for your actions and you should accept that responsibility to ensure that the school runs smoothly. Students who don't follow the school rules will be subject to appropriate punishment. Punishment may include:
- Teacher assigned detentions are held for at least one-half hour after school.
- Office detentions are held from 1:53 - 2:40. Students who miss an assigned detention without prior approval will have an additional detention assigned
After school detention has priority over all other appointments. If a student is unable to serve because of family matters, religious education, etc., a note from parents/guardians is required prior to the assigned detention.
Students may not refuse to remain after school for either discipline or extra help.
Attendance - A student must be in school during the day to attend an after-school activity. An administrator must approve extenuating circumstances. Home Educated Students - Home educated students participating in events sponsored by the Miller School will be subject to all the procedures, rules and regulations set forth in the Student/Parent Handbook.
After School Activities
5th Grade Band
The band is for 5th graders who have participated in the fourth grade beginner instrumental lessons. 5th grade band members attend a practice once a week after school.
The Miller School has four after-school clubs: The News and Math Clubs are for any students in grades 3, 4, and 5 who have not already participated. Participants are chosen at random for the limited number of slots. The Homework Club is for students who wish to get after-school assistance one day a week. A couple of different sessions are held during the year. Slots are limited and students who are interested are chosen at random to participate.
The Fred Miller Weather Club is run by grade five students at the Fred W. Miller Elementary School in Holliston, Massachusetts. News and Weather broadcasts are produced in the Miller School Innovation Lab via our live weather station by Earth Networks Technology and green screen technology. All 5th grade students have an opportunity to participate. Our News and Weather Club would like to recognize Mr. Timothy Cornely for his 35 year career at Holliston Elementary Schools. Weather was a passion of Mr. Cornely's and we are thrilled that his weather station and broadcast lives on!
The Student Leadership Team is for fifth grade students who are interested in helping to encourage a school climate where students feel confident and safe, build school community, boost school spirit, create service learning opportunities, develop leadership skills, and have fun. Fifth grade students may apply in October, and two representatives are chosen from each homeroom to serve on the leadership team. The Leadership team meets twice a month after-school. Information and registration forms for these clubs will be posted on backpack express prior to their beginning in the fall.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Holliston Parent Teacher Student Association is a volunteer parents group that works closely with the school administration and teachers to provide Holliston's children in grades PreK-12 with special programs and services during the school year. Each school has a dedicated group of volunteers from the Holliston PTO working to provide information, special programs, and grants. Money raised through dues and several fund raising activities is used to support many different programs at all levels of the system.
Miller School Council
The Miller School Council meets publicly every other month. A copy of the minutes from each meeting is available in the Main Office. The role of the School Council is to serve as an advisory board to the Principal. The Council's work includes setting and monitoring school goals and development of a school improvement plan. Term lengths vary and elections are held annually.