Mike Miller Elementary began its first school year this fall with a brand new building and progressive educational initiatives, but according to Principal Nicole Schutter the best feature of the new school by far is its students. “We are very proud of them all for stepping in to a new year in a new school. It’s a very courageous way to begin a school year.” Schutter adds, “The building just overflows with positivity and enthusiasm. The students and staff are very excited to be part of the Mike Miller Elementary community.”
Several noteworthy programs have been put in place for the almost 200 K-5th grade students enrolled in the school’s inaugural year. Students and teachers gather in the gym on Monday mornings to get motivated for the week ahead and recognize birthdays and Leaders of the Week. The school also welcomes education students from Northern State University into their classrooms. The NSU students help with individualized instruction and activities while also gaining valuable experience before they begin their teaching careers. A pilot program that the school is excited to implement is the iPad initiative. All students have access to the iPads and use them in a variety of ways throughout the day to enhance their curriculum.
Mike Miller Elementary School is named after Mike Miller, who served as a remarkable community leader and instrumental member of the Aberdeen School District’s School Board for many years. According to Schutter, “Mike knew the importance of helping others and did so with such a sense of humility and empathy. The words ‘kind and compassionate’ don’t do enough justice to describe him. We are extremely proud to carry on his legacy at Mike Miller Elementary.” // — Jenny Roth