106 Mills students built birdhouses, mini hockey games, American eagles, and string-art hearts from kits provided by the Home Depot Feb. 12. The event was a reward for attending school at least 97% of the time during the second quarter. Thanks to the PTO's Betty Rinehart for the partnership idea, Home Depot for the donation, and parents for supporting excellent attendance!
There was no emergency at Mills Elementary School when a fire truck arrived on Monday, February 3rd. Five firefighters from Klamath County Fire District 1 drover over from Shasta Way's Station 3 for something much more fun: to spend time with the hardworking students named Students of the Quarter.
B-shift firefighters Wes Kleinjan, Brett Doshier, Zach Sweeney, Nicole Heryford and Cole Van Essen ate and chatted with students during lunchtime, then took the six winners for a ride on their truck — siren, lights and all.
“I want to be a firefighter when I grow up,” said first-grade student Chrisara. “If your house is burning down, I will come in and rescue you.”
Chrisara and five other winning students, one from each grade level, had been nominated by their teachers in recognition of good behavior and attendance.
“This is the second year working with KCFD1 to reward one student from each grade level quarterly,” said Dean of Students Jeff Haudenshild, who credits the program for helping him promote positive behavior and consistent attendance.
“I’ve been working all the time,” said winning kindergartener Melody, when asked how she earned the experience.
“And I’ve never been on a fire truck before.”
Melody’s two siblings and all other Mills students have two more quarters to earn a ride for themselves.
Kindergartners in Alissa Cruz's class at Mills Elementary cooked with high schoolers from Rhiannon Kerr's Child Development class at KU 1/23. Their fruit-filled "Ugly Dumplings" were a beautiful collaboration!
Mills Elementary School hosted Literacy Night 1/23 as its 3rd family night of the year. Families enjoyed dinner and activities, including raffle drawings and games/crafts based on the book Where the Wild Things Are. Every child received a new book to take home!
Acclaimed Portland-based rap artist Mic Crenshaw will take the stage with Mills Elementary students for two choral pieces at the school's Winter Concert, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. An activist for human rights and justice, Crenshaw was named a Fields Artist Fellow of the Oregon Community Foundation. Get a sneak peek at the positive message he will bring to "This Little Light of Mine":
"Every breath is a blessing expressing a message
Through pressure and stress, achieving successes
Through love and commitment we share our best
The path can be difficult much like a test
Spiritual, physical, mental no less
Pass or fail, I prevail and press
Forward toward where I am destined"