Leading the Way
William E. Miller Elementary School is located adjacent to NorthWest Crossing and has an excellent staff, supportive parents, and students who excel in their academic studies. Student academic assessment scores have been very high the last five years and we believe that this trend will continue in the future. Parents and community volunteers are welcome and they are an integral component for the school’s success. The school’s Parent/Teacher Organization plans engaging activities for the students and families during the school year, and is effective in raising important funding to support the children and teachers.
William E. Miller Elementary School is unique in some respects. The school construction complies with guidelines from the “Leadership in Energy and Environment Designs” (LEED). The school uses approximately 35 – 50% less water and 41% less energy than a prototypical school of the same size. Approximately 14% of the energy needed to power the building is produced by 252 solar panels on the roof. Miller Elementary was the first school east of the Cascades with a LEED Gold Level certification.
Because of the LEED design, the school’s standard Oregon State Curriculum is augmented by some of the building’s properties. At the school we try to implement sustainable practices when we can during the school day and try to educate our children and families so they can carry out those habits in their everyday lives. The school recycles school materials at a high level and composts food products after all lunches. The 4th and 5th grade students help the cafeteria by serving lunches and washing the dishes daily. The school also has a science focus and the students participate in science field trips during the year. Also, the school has a partnership with the Bend Science Station in which the students visit multiple times during the school year.
The school believes that our children will use technology consistently in the future. We have multiple computer labs at the school, desktop computers in each wing, and many new iPads that are available daily. All of our teachers have SMART Boards in the classrooms to augment instruction during the day. Yearly, our PTO fundraises to purchase and support technology at the school.
Miller Elementary also has an Interactive Kiosk in the front hall. It consists of a touch screen TV loaded with a real-time solar panel display of the energy produced from the panels on our roof, an interactive building tour focusing on the LEED qualities in the school, the fifth grade’s “The Green Story” video, and has a biography of William E. Miller.
Lastly, at W.E. Miller we use electronic email and web pages to communicate and get information to our parents instead of printing newsletters on paper. This communication is very effective for our families and it helps them to feel connected to the school.