This is a great job! This past Friday, again, our students, staff and parents made Seven Peaks an even better school. In keeping with our tradition of honoring veterans, our assembly was nothing short of spectacular. As a teacher, it is inspiring to watch students grow and gain new knowledge of our world. Today, students learned of sacrifice and dedication. They learned our freedoms come from great sacrifice. They demonstrated their appreciation with their respectful behavior, their beautiful voices and talented musical prowess. The quote below is just one of the many compliments that were shared following the assembly.
“The tribute was absolutely beautiful and heart warming. My kids have attended a few Veterans Day assemblies at previous schools, but this one topped them all. You did a wonderful job honoring the veterans, family members, all branches of service, and making it meaningful for the kids as well. Your singers and musicians are so talented and SO well behaved! I am honored to be part of this community!” Sandra Woll
As your principal, please know what an honor it is for me to participate in their education and growth as citizens. Our staff will continue to provide the best instruction and learning opportunities for our students.
Helping to develop and drive new enrollment program and build community
Seven Peaks School is pleased to announce the return of Mimi Miller as full-time Admissions Director, focusing on the goal of increasing student enrollment, while also providing marketing support and community development.
Interim-Principal Kent Vallier helped attract Mrs. Miller back to SPS and explains why. “I’m delighted that Mimi is joining us again, bringing important skills to Seven Peaks. Not only does she understand what we offer and can form trusting relationships with new parents through the admissions process, but she also bolsters our school’s team with her enthusiasm and creative ideas,” says Vallier.
During their recent public meeting, the Seven Peaks Board of Directors addressed some of the goals and challenges facing the school, primarily around admissions. With a clear focus on the future, the board emphasized the importance of increasing student enrollment, especially in the Pre-K and early grades, which currently have openings. With local public schools overcrowded and not providing the same level of instruction, Seven Peaks is well positioned for families who want more.
“I’m returning to Seven Peaks because I believe it is an exceptional school. I’m excited to promote us as an independent school offering a well-rounded education within an engaging environment where each child is known,” says Mimi Miller. “Seven Peaks is full of outstanding educators and I want to help them succeed. I see great potential. And I look forward to welcoming new families to this community, building relationships and watching children thrive!”
As a familiar and welcome face for many on campus, Mrs. Miller worked at SPS from 2013-2016 and has remained connected with teachers and families. She understands what distinguishes Seven Peaks and knows how to communicate it.
“Seven Peaks prides itself on academic excellence, educating well-rounded students and providing a sense of belonging,” concludes Vallier. “Mimi has just the right way of highlighting each teacher’s skills and contributions. She’s supportive of our teachers’ efforts, includes them during the admissions process, has great attention to detail and is equally compassionate and supportive of children.”
About Mimi Miller.
Mimi’s professional background is in education, human resources development, training, team management, customer service and client relations.
She began as a fifth grade teacher at a private school for children with dyslexia in Atlanta, where she became a certified Orton-Gillingham instructor. She later became Director of Communication for eAttorney, Inc. where she managed a 15-person sales team. Thereafter, drawn back to education, Mimi was the founder and director of Timberlake Preschool in Redmond, Washington before moving to Bend in 2012. She managed all of the hiring, training, student admissions, marketing and business development at Timberlake and, under her leadership, the school reached its 4-year growth projection in 9 months.
Mimi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Georgia and attended graduate school in Seattle. She is passionate about continuing education, educational research, and communications. Above all, Mimi adores children and is excited to return to the Seven Peaks family. Mimi lives in Bend with her husband, Jim, and their two daughters, Alexis and Bridget.
Turkey Trot returns to SPS: Wednesday, Nov. 15th
This time last year Seven Peaks School students, with the help of family, friends and neighbors, raised a total of $4,890 which covered the cost of 200 complete Thanksgiving meals and a cash donation to a local food bank.
Tis the season of giving, sharing and embracing those who need of a little extra help in our community. We are happy to announce, in partnership with Whole Foods and The Giving Plate, that we are once again committed to providing complete Thanksgiving meals to local families. These special meal bags will include a fresh turkey complete with all the fixings which will be lovingly assembled by the grade level that raises the most money. Everyone is welcome to join the “trotting fun” on Wednesday, November 15 from 10:30am – 12:00pm at Skyliner Field, adjacent to Seven Peaks School. Once the bags are packed, the winners will also load them onto The Giving Plate truck which will then transport, store and disperse to families throughout our community.
Last year, our 4th graders raised the most money. Therefore, received the honor of assembling 200 meal bags and enjoyed an extended recess with hot chocolate. Our 6th graders ran the most laps during the Turkey Trot and they earned an extended recess with hot chocolate. But for the best turkey costume, Peyton Egeland received two movie passes.
“We are once again so blessed to receive this gift from Seven Peaks at such a critical time of the year. Thank you again for your support”. — Gary Kelso, Founder / Director at The Giving Plate
“We are glad Whole Foods was able to partner with Seven Peaks. We hope we can help again next year”. — Tyson Strople, Store Team Leader Bend OR
As you know, Seven Peaks’ students are the beneficiary of some very talented and professional teachers. I’d like to highlight a recent accomplishment of a new staff member, Kayla Collins. Kayla is our new 1st grade teacher and recently returned from Chicago where she presented for a large consortium of independent schools.
Her topic was “21st Century Educational Strategies and Brain Research.” The overall theme for the day was, “they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Kayla then spent the day diving into four ways that educators can reach their students though the acronym, C.A.R.E.: Character development, Atmosphere, Relationships, and Engagement. Under the first pillar, character development, she taught about the three categories of character (performance, moral, civic) and how educators can integrate these three types of character development into their curriculum in order to gain stronger classroom management by giving their students ownership of their learning.
The next pillar was on classroom atmosphere in which Kayla shared how to set up flexible seating to be successful and the brain research behind creating classroom settings that encourage movement and a variety of learning experiences throughout the day. As they moved into the topic of relationships, the educators spent time gaining ideas of how to make relationships the heart of the classroom. A classroom cannot be successful without strong teacher-student relationships, and Kayla went into strategies to help build these relationships and make the focus of the classroom on student interests. The final pillar of the day was student engagement. This time was spent with the educators laughing, running around the room performing grammar skits written by Kayla, and experiencing several creative ways that showed how it is possible to integrate rigorous curriculum with engaging, hands-on lessons.
Even if you don’t have children in first grade, please take a second someday to pop into Kayla’s classroom and observe. Her expertise is a great complement to our school. Want to know more? Visit https://www.facebook.com/teachlikeyoumeanit/.
Greetings Seven Peaks Families,
I want to thank you for joining us at last week’s Back to School Night. We hope the time spent with our board was beneficial and the time spent in your child’s classroom was informative. Although our teaching staff could not cover all they wanted to that evening, please know they welcome and encourage further communications with you whether it is via email, phone calls and/or face-to-face conversations.
I think it was the late 1980’s when I first read aloud to my sixth grade class Gary Paulsen’s, Hatchet. My students loved the book and so did I. It was fun coming into class after recess to read the next chapter of this adventurous story. Classics never wear out. And so it was last Friday with our 5th grade students. Many of you were at the Athletic Club to see the kids’ Hatchet inspired boats race toward the finish line. What a fun event for our school. In future years, it will be interesting to see how the design lab will hone the students’ boats and their sea-worthiness!
As I was watching the event on Friday and seeing the unbridled joy on the 5th grade faces, I couldn’t help but think how Hatchet’s classic status is like that of our school. Some things are basic and foundational. Literacy. Seven Peaks is committed to academic excellence through a strong and challenging language arts program in all grades. A well-rounded child — Our students working in teams to crate a cardboard boat that will provide enough buoyancy to reach the finish line. A sense of belonging — Along with parents and grandparents, gathering together to celebrate their accomplishments and the spirit of innovation.
So thanks for choosing and trusting Seven Peaks with your child’s education. We have a very talented and creative staff dedicated to enriching experiences for all children.
Greetings Seven Peaks Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. It’s an honor for me to serve our students, families and staff as Seven Peaks’ Interim Principal during the current leadership transition. This year marks a milestone for me as I enter my 30th year working in education. Partnering with you to educate and inspire the love of learning for our children is both a goal and a passion for me. I know that our entire team is ready and excited to move forward to make this year extraordinary for our kids. We will continue to focus on providing a unique learning experience that promotes:
- Academic Excellence (small class sizes with highly capable teachers equals increased time-on-task and education designed for your child’s unique needs);
- A Well-Rounded Child (programs that inspire the arts, sciences and humanities to help students become culturally literate, problem solvers, creators and consumers of art, designers and foreign language speakers); and
- A Sense of Belonging (helping students learn best from those with whom they are bonded).
If you’re a returning family, we welcome you back and if you’re a new family, we’re glad to have your join our community. Regardless, know you belong and that Seven Peaks is YOUR school. We all have equal stake in the success of our students.
In my new role as interim principal, I will be supporting our great teachers as they work directly and skillfully with you. In any successful school, the best and most important action is within the classrooms. Please be involved and volunteer, observe a class or lesson, attend a board meeting; our school is only as strong as all of us pulling and pushing in the same direction. My door and mind is always open to your ideas, thoughts and suggestions. Please feel free to come by for a chat anytime.
Your children are in good hands. I look forward to seeing you all daily at the curb or in the building. Please come to our Back to School Night on September 28 at 6:00pm.
Family partnership at its best!
We have all heard the phrase, “It Takes a Village” and how true it is. Our Family Partnership pinnacle embodies our belief that due to involvement of parents, and beyond, our students and our school as a whole thrive immensely. Last Friday we honored all Peaks’ Parents who continue to support SPS by sharing their knowledge and time. Thank you parents for volunteering this year. We all appreciate it and can see the benefits of having you involved in your kids everyday school life. A special thanks to Giselle Beucus and Carrie Huffman, Peaks’ Parents Co-chairs, for a fantastic job organizing our volunteers and events throughout the year.
If you where unable to attend the roundup, you were certainly missed. Please take a few moments to watch a special video from your kids honoring you for your involvement in their educational experience. Also, view this slideshow capturing just some of our Peaks’ Parents “in action”. Giddy up partners…are you ready to get involved in 2017-2018? Don’t miss out on many great opportunities. Please stop by the SPS lobby and see how you can get share your passion or go to volunteer sign ups for next year.
Design innovation & thinking grows at Seven Peaks School
It’s been exciting to see and feel the energy behind the design innovation initiative that’s filling the halls of our school. Thanks to our parents and friends, Seven Peaks School is among the first Central Oregon schools to begin planning for a Design & Innovation Lab. As you have probably heard, by fall of 2017, we will have transformed our SPS library into a space for students in all grade levels. Please take a few minutes to look at the renderings for our new space. We’re excited to have our students involved in a design process to help with the creation of the lab. Design thinking and innovation is not new to our school. In fact, our teachers have been thought leaders in bringing hands-on, inquiry based, creative thinking to our classrooms. The Design & Innovation Lab will give us the tools and equipment to take the Design Initiative to the next level.
Check out these articles for more information about how the Design Thinking is reshaping education:
Edutopia: What is Design Thinking?
Newsweek: Maker Movement Reinvents Education
Free community film screening: Most Likely to Succeed
On Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm, Seven Peaks School will host a FREE COMMUNITY SCREENING of the National award winning film Most Likely to Succeed. Please take a minute to watch the trailer. This film will inspire families with children of all ages to explore the future of education. We hope you can join us and encourage you to invite friends.
Changes for the 2017/2018 school year
As educators, we are continuously exploring opportunities to enhance programming and provide our students with a 21st century learning experience. In March, our SPS team began looking at ways to optimize classes and schedules so students get the most out of each school day. One thing we know for certain is that traditional teaching models in which subjects are taught in silos is less effective in providing real-world learning for our kids. Stay tuned for more information as our team works to modify our daily schedule to incorporate more progressive teaching practices.
We are excited to share that we are already starting to see results from our recently launched digital and public relations outreach efforts. In March, we hosted 20 new families at our SPS Information night. We’ve also been touring new families and fielding calls from interested parents from Central Oregon and out of the area. Current enrollment numbers are lower than anticipated for this time of year, but we are confident that we will grow our SPS family. If you have friends or family members that you think might be a good fit for our school, please send them our way.
Thank you all for your continued support. I hope you had a wonderful spring break!