Dear Parents/Guardians of Millennium High School Students,
Reflecting on the past 2012-2013 school year, Millennium High School has accomplished a lot as a school. We brought in two programs for our students which were funded by the MHS Parents Club - Mindfulness program and American Teenager Project.
Mindfulness Program ~ A growing body of scientific research demonstrates that mindfulness and social-emotional programs in schools improves students’ :
- concentration, learning retention and standardized test scores
- inner resiliency and self-esteem
- attitudes about others, empathy, social interactions and classroom behavior
- decreases their stress and conduct problems
American Teenager Project (ATP) ~ We aim to combat social division among youth, cultivate empathy towards the struggles of adolescence, and teach us all to value the young adults in our communities. We believe young people have the right to be seen and heard and have tremendous capacity to shape their environments for a more positive future. We work towards a society in which young people forge alliances across difference and advocate for each other and all peoples’ full civil and human rights. Through collaborative portrait photography and personal history telling we provide the structure through which young people identify their commonalities and are empowered to stand up for each other in the face of injustice.
In addition to the two programs, MHS also went through an extensive WASC Accreditation process this past year, where every staff member, students, and a group of parents came together to conduct a self-study and develop an action plan to shape our school in the upcoming years. We are happy to report that after the year long self-study and evaluation from our visiting committee, MHS was granted a 6 year accreditation! This is a testament that our school is moving in the right direction in terms of curriculum, instruction, assessment, organization, and school culture. We are looking forward to continue to improve our school and never lose sight that this is a place where we take educating our students as a whole seriously. Every student learns and matures at their own pace; therefore, we accommodate their needs accordingly without rushing them. Our goal is to make sure students graduate from MHS academically, emotionally, and mentally more prepared as they walk into the adult world.
As one school year ends, we welcome another school year. Pam Brandau and Jan Lewis are two staff members who will be embarking on the next chapter of their lives – retirement. They have been instrumental in shaping our school for the past 10+ years. We thank them for all they have done for our students. In the 2013-2014 school year, we welcome Stefanie Manalo-LeClair (new counselor) to our MHS Team. She comes to us with an extremely rich background in social work, guidance counseling, and special education. Our students will definitely benefit from her expertise.
Ting Hsu Engelman, Principal