William G Miller Public School's Mission Statement
William G. Miller is a JK to Grade 8 school located at the end of Bennett Road, south of Lawrence Avenue East, between Morningside Ave. and Port Union Rd; on 5.5 acres of land. The school opened in 1959 and was named in honour of the late William G. Miller, who served as a trustee in south Scarborough. Our school serves approximately 520 students; 26% are enrolled in our regular program and 74% are enrolled in our French Immersion program.
We offer a safe learning environment, defined by our Safe School Policy and supported by a Code of Conduct and a Grid of Consequences, Safety Patrollers, and Toronto Police Safety Programs. We have a school-wide Homework Policy and students use a planner (Gr. 1-8) to record daily homework and to communicate with parents. We have an experienced, caring and committed staff. We offer a balanced, challenging and comprehensive program. Two independent before and after-school child care programs offered by the YMCA, (K and school age) whose philosophy supports and extends that of the school are housed in the building.
More Information About William G Miller Public School
We have recently acquired with the financial support from the Miller Advisory Council, four SmartBoards. This new technology allows students to actively interact during lessons. We are also participating in a board wide project called "Mobile Computing Initiative" which provides laptops to junior classes to support the teaching and learning of various subject areas.
We have balanced literacy and numeracy blocks in all classes. We have reorganized and revamped our library so that resources and materials are readily accessible and available to students and teachers. We conduct ongoing inventories purchasing additional manipulatives and resources as needed. Every class has a book bag program and student progress is monitored.
We offer a variety of special education programs and services to meet the needs of all students, including students with exceptionalities. We house a primary behavior program; students are integrated with our regular program as often as possible. We also offer a Home School Program to students requiring additional academic support.
Miller Advisory Council (MAC)
We have a very active and supportive School Council. Members represent parents, the community, the teaching staff and meet on a monthly basis. Parent and community volunteers assist in school activities, in the library, the classrooms, on trips and with special lunches and events. MAC supports through fundraising, many areas of the curriculum based on school needs.
Student Life - Where You Belong
At Miller we encourage all students to get involved outside of their classrooms. We provide many leadership opportunities where students can make a difference; Library Ambassadors, Playground Activity Leaders, Safety Patrollers, Morning Announcers, Lunch hour Peer Leaders, Kindergarten Helpers, Office Helpers, and Prefects. We also offer many extra-curricular activities that allow students to reach their full potential and develop important skills. We hold monthly assemblies that give opportunities for classes and individual student to present work that focuses on Character Education traits. We also recognize students' efforts and achievements during these assemblies, parents are invited and encouraged to attend. At the beginning of each term, every student sets obtainable academic goals under the guidance of our caring staff.
WHAT SETS US APART
The French Immersion program attracts families from neighbouring elementary schools and for this reason many of our students are bussed to and from school every day. This does not stop students from participating in activities offered after school - parents are dedicated and support the school initiatives. Students participate in numerous sports teams; we regularly take home first and/or second place at the division meetings. Our Track and Field team is also quite remarkable, teachers and students alike are committed and together achieve much success. We have an active school and great team spirit!
PARENT AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
William G. Miller is a wonderful place to learn and grow. Staff and parents have a common goal to provide opportunities for everyone. At Miller we welcome and host candidates from a variety of institutions:
- Tutor in the Classroom- a university student works with teachers & students
- Child and Youth Worker students from Centennial College complete program placements in selected classes
- Student Teachers- from various Colleges complete teaching blocks in our classes
- School outreach: participation in the UNICEF Campaign, December Food Drive, Clothing Drive and Jump Rope for Heart, Terry Fox Walk, United Way Campaign
- Co-Op students from Sir Oliver Mowat CI complete their placements in our classes