Welcome Back!

August 28th, 2014

I am very excited to welcome so many of you back to Joaquin Miller, and to welcome in all of our new families! Our community of staff, teachers, parents, and District Partners have worked hard to get the school ready to receive all of our students. I am excited to share with you some of the changes that are taking place in our staff and in our facility.

District Changes:
Antwan Wilson is our new School Superintendent
Kyla Tremmel Johnson is our Network 1 Superintendent
Sara Stone is our Network 1 Deputy Superintendent
Darren Avent is the new Principal of Montera

Staff Members not returning to Joaquin Miller:
Ms. Frash, Science Prep Teacher has taken a teaching position at a Private school.
Ms. Green, 4th Grade Teacher has taken a leadership position in the District’s Math Department.
Mr. Mason has been assigned to Sequoyah full time.
Ms. Weaver, Psychologist, has been assigned to a new site.
Ms. Meagher, SDC-NSH resigned from the District.
Ms. Dean, IA retired.

New Staff Members:
Ms. Kira Gleghorn, 4th Grade Teacher in room 10
Mr. Ray Wooliever, 2nd Grade Teacher in room 2
Mr. Ben McCord, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Prep Teacher
Ms. Hoag, Resource Specialist Teacher in Portable 18
Ms. Hughes, School Psychologist
Ms. Kramer, 3rd Grade Teacher
Ms. Beck is our new SDC-NSH Teacher room 12

No other changes have been made to the staffing roster, at this time.

Happy to report that Ms. Moore will have a smaller lab located in the Book Room. She is very excited to have a space and she looks forward to working with parent volunteers to make the tech program successful!

I look forward to seeing you all at Registration on Saturday, August 23rd. School Starts on Monday, August 25th. Don’t forget to label everything including lunch pail, water bottles, retainer cases, keys, backpacks, and clothing. Lunch can be prepaid by making a check out to OUSD for the amount needed. School lunches are $2.50 per meal. Bring your check with your student(s) name on it and room number to the office and place in the Cafeteria mail box for processing.

A Safety Message from Superintendent Yee

April 12th, 2014

April 10, 2014

Dear OUSD Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

As the Superintendent of Oakland schools, it is my responsibility to make sure our children are educated in safe and caring schools.  So, it is with deep regret that I inform you that over the past two months, our students have been exposed to strangers coming on our school campuses to assault innocent students.  This has happened at three different elementary schools during the afterschool hours.  Our staff has done an amazing job of following the right steps when they have found out about these crimes, but this has produced understandable fear, frustration, and anger among our parents, staff, and students.

We want to keep our schools open for families and we want to keep them safe for our children, and sometimes there are disagreements on how to increase safety and security at our schools while maintaining a welcoming place for our families.  While we have met with the Oakland Police Department, and we have deployed our school police and security people to provide additional security, combatting crime requires a community approach, where staff, students, parents, caregivers, neighbors, and law enforcement work together.

We have held community meetings at every school where the crime has occurred so that parents can get information from the local police, and from our school staff.  At each school where the crime has occurred, we have reviewed our school facility to see if we can make it safer; we have added additional patrols in our targeted schools; we have held assemblies to remind our children to watch out for each other; we have reminded every school staff to be vigilant and alert for strangers at our schools.  But we know that these incidents can happen anywhere.  We are asking every school community, especially parents and school staffs, to work together to keep their schools extra safe.


What Parents Can Do

•    Drop-off and pick-up students according to the regular school schedule

•    Sign in and out when visiting school campuses (Board Policy 1250)

•    Inform site staff when you are unable to pick-up within the regular school day

•    Update school emergency card information, contacts, and phone numbers

•    Serve on the school safety committee or on “parent patrols”

•     Make a safety plan for after-school pick-up, walking to and from school, and even out-of-school time.

•    Practice safety procedures with your children and discuss “stranger danger” with children.

School Site Responsibilities

•    Implement 2013-14 Comprehensive Safety plans and review them regularly with staff.

•    Follow administrative regulations and board policies regarding safety (Board Policies 1250 Visitors, 0450 Comprehensive Safety Plan, 5142 Student Safety and 3515.2 Disruptions).

•    Form a school safety and climate committee that will review safety protocols with staff, certified volunteers, after-school providers, and families at the site.

•    Post clear protocols for parents and students to follow when picking up students after the regular school day ends.

•    Follow documented before-and-after school supervision schedules.

•    Create a documented schedule for opening and locking gates.

•    Review the document Most Common Safety Issues/Protocols for School Site Leaders

•    Host “Stranger Danger” assemblies and role-plays to empower students to exit from an unsafe situation

•    Require all guests, including parents, District staff, and volunteers to sign-in at the front office, and wear nametags when on campus. Post this policy prominently on-site.

•    Hold stranger danger assemblies and create a buddy system for students who are utilizing open areas of the campus (e.g. going to restroom, office etc.) annually at every elementary school

•    Alert Oakland School Police of suspicious activity (510.874.7777 or 911)


Central Office Supports

•    Conduct an assessment of all school campuses and advise how the building and grounds can be optimized for student safety.

•    Increase Oakland Police patrolling around our school sites

•    Follow the Board Policies of our governing board with regard to school safety (e.g. BP 3515.5)

•    Review updated protocols and upload them to the new intranet.

•    Empower OUSD Safety Team to promote and assist in replicating successful practices that have been successful at sites throughout OUSD or at peer school districts.

•    Educate staff, students, and families on safety and prevention strategies.

•    Increase collaboration with law enforcement and neighborhood organizations focused on safety.

•    Provide counseling and to facilitate community meetings for safety issues or crisis situations.

•    Share descriptions of sex offenders profiled and at-large when appropriate

We are deeply committed to prevention, education, intervention, and swift action for the safety and well being of our students.



Dr. Gary Yee, Ed.D.


Joaquin Miller Elementary School Thanks the Bay Oaks Blue Bombers Girls for Nearly Indestructible Balls!

April 12th, 2014
With the Oakland Public/Charter Schools still facing severe budget cuts, athletic programs and equipment are often the first to go. As a result, opportunities for healthy development also disappear. Sports can instill important life skills, including teamwork, confidence, fair play and respect—and also give children a chance to be active and have fun.East Bay United Soccer’s vision is to create an environment of teamwork, wellness, and fair play to build values that matter most – a well-rounded student athlete.  The club inspires a lifelong passion for soccer and works with coaches and volunteers to create and maintain positive effects of play. The girls from the Bay Oaks 2013-14 Blue Bombers team through a One World Futbol Project “Buy One Give One” fundraiser shared this vision and passion with Joaquin Miller Elementary School and many other Oakland Public/Charter Schools.

“We play on fields in Oakland and Alameda County with our Bay Oaks’ team! Since a lot of the Oakland Schools lost their sports programs and equipment, we wanted to give back to the community where we play and make sure every kid gets a chance to play just like we do!” — Ellie Robbins, former Joaquin Miller Elementary School student and Bay Oaks Blue Bomber.

The Blue Bombers’ fundraising effort supplied more than 150 One World Futbols to many Oakland Public Schools including Joaquin Miller Elementary School.  The One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible soccer ball that never needs a pump and never goes flat—even when punctured.

“Joaquin Miller boys and girls are avid soccer enthusiasts!  Schools have a hard time keeping up the sport equipment demand, because students play hard every day and school budgets are tight.  The One World Futbol donation of soccer balls to our students will motivate, inspire, and train students to engage in soccer during recess and PE.  On the behalf of the Joaquin Miller school community, I would like to thank you for making this wonderful connection and partnership with our school.  Principal Smith.”

To learn more about the campaign,
visit: http://www.oneworldfutbol.com/campaigns/bayoak

Principal Assignment September 2013

September 3rd, 2013


Principal Assignment September 2013

(Original sent home in Boomerang Folder, 8/24/13)

Welcome Newsletter 2013 pg1

September 3rd, 2013


Welcome Newsletter 2013 pg1

(Original sent home in Boomerang Folder, 8/24/13)

Welcome Newsletter 2013 pg2

September 3rd, 2013


Welcome Newsletter 2013 pg2

(Original sent home in Boomerang Folder, 8/24/13)


June 15th, 2013


ALL Wednesdays are Minimum Days
Dismissal at 12:50 for all Kindergarten Students
Dismissal at 1:05 for all 1-5 Grade Students

Kindergarten Grade
8:45 – 10:30a: Class
10:30 – 10:45a: ​K–Only Recess
10:45 – 12:00p: ​Class​
12:00 – 12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 – 1:20​p: Class
1:20 – 1:35p: ​K-Only Recess
1:35 – 2:30p: ​Class

1st Grade & 2nd Grade
8:30 – 10:15a: Class
10:15 – 10:30a: ​1st & 2nd-Recess
10:30 – 12:00p: ​Class​
12:00 – 12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 – 1:40p: ​Class
1:40 – 1:50p: 1st & 2nd-Recess
1:50 – 2:50​p: Class

3rd Grade
8:30 – 10:00a: ​Class
10:00 – 10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 – 12:00p: ​Class​
12:00 – 12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 – 1:35​p: Class
1:20 – 1:40​p: Class
1:40 – 1:50p: ​Recess
1:50 – 2:50p: Class

4th and 5th Grade
8:30 – 10:00a: ​Class
10:00 – 10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 – 12:00​p: Class​
12:00 – 12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 – 1:50​p: Class
1:50 – 2:50p: Class



Grade: K
Recess Time: 10:30-10:45a
Location: Lower
Supervision: Coach, Teacher

Grade: 1st & 2nd
Recess Time: 10:15-10:30a
Location: Upper Yard
Supervision: Coach, Teacher, Teacher

Grade: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Recess Time: 10:00-10:15a
Location: Upper Yard
Supervision: Coach, Teacher, Teacher


Grade: K & 1st
Recess Time: 12:00-12:35p
Location: Lower
Supervision: Noon Supervisor, Playground Patrol

Grade: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Recess Time: 12:00-12:35p
Location: Upper Yard
Supervision: Coach, Principal, Playground Patrol


Grade: K
Recess Time: 1:20-1:35p
Lower Yard
Supervision: Coach, Teacher

Grade: 1st & 2nd & 3rd
Recess Time: 1:40-1:50p
Location: Upper Yard
Supervision: Coach, Teacher, Teacher

Grade: 4, 5
Recess Time: No Recess


Kindergarten Grade Regular Day Schedule
8:45 ​– ​10:30a: ​Class
10:30 ​– ​10:45a: ​K–Only Recess
10:45 ​– ​12:00​p: Class
12:00 ​– ​12:35​p: Lunch
12:35 ​– ​1:20p: ​Class
1:20 ​– ​1:35p: ​K-Only Recess
1:35 ​- ​2:30p: ​Class

Kindergarten Grade Shortened Day Schedule
8:45 ​– ​10:30a: ​Class
10:30 ​– ​10:45a: ​K–Only Recess
10:45 ​– ​12:00p: ​Class
12:00 ​– ​12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 ​– ​12:50p: ​Class

1st Grade & 2nd Grade Regular Day Schedule
8:30 – 10:15a: ​Class
10:15 – 10:30a: ​1st & 2nd-Recess
10:30 – 12:00p: ​Class​
12:00 – 12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 – 1:40p: ​Class
1:40 – 1:50p: 1st & 2nd-Recess
1:50 – 2:50​p: Class

1st Grade & 2nd Grade Shortened Day Schedule
8:30 – 10:15a: ​Class
10:15 – 10:30a: ​1st & 2nd-Recess
10:30 – 12:00​p: Class​
12:00 – 12:35​p: Lunch
12:35 – 1:05p: ​Class

3rd Grade Regular Day Schedule
8:30 ​– ​10:00a: ​Class
10:00 ​–​10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 ​–​12:00​p: Class​
12:00 ​–​12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 ​–​ 1:35​p: Class
1:20 ​–​ 1:40p: ​Class
1:40 ​-​ 1:50​p: Recess
1:50 ​-​ 2:50p: ​Class

3rd Grade Shortened Day Schedule
8:30 ​– ​10:00a: ​Class
10:00 ​–​10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 ​–​12:00​p: Class​
12:00 ​–​12:35​p: Lunch
12:35 ​–​ 1:05​p: Class

4th & 5th Grade Regular Day Schedule
8:30 ​– ​10:00a: ​​Class
10:00 ​–​10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 ​–​12:00​p: Class​
12:00 ​–​12:35​p: Lunch
12:35 ​–​ 1:35p: ​Class
1:20 ​–​ 1:40p: ​Class
​​​​1:40 ​-​ 2:50p: ​Class

4th & 5th Grade Shortened Day Schedule
8:30 ​– ​10:00a: ​Class
10:00 ​–​10:15a: ​Recess
10:15 ​–​12:00​p: Class​
12:00 ​–​12:35p: ​Lunch
12:35 ​–​ 1:35​p: Class
​​​​1:20 ​–​ 1:05​p: Class

Final 6/2013


April 30th, 2013


Essay Question:
Your school year is winding down to a close. As you think about your experiences, and what you have learned this year, I would like for you to share with me the highlights, friendships, and best learning lessons.

- You can write a short one-line sentence with a picture if you are in k-1, a paragraph or an essay of up to 300 words if you are in 2-5. An Art Collage, A timeline, or video will be accepted, as well.

Assignment is due to Ms. Smith by June 1st.
(Letter sent home, 4/29/13)

Joaquin Miller April 2013 Newsletter

April 30th, 2013

Dear Joaquin Miller Families:

I do apologize for the delay in my correspondence to you all this month. Your patience is much appreciated.
April was a wonderfully busy month. I appreciate my staff for helping to coordinate two very successful school wide events: Family Math and Science Night and the Science Fair. Both events were well attended and engaged. I want to thank the PTA for supporting the Family Math and Science Night event with delicious catered food.

On Wednesday, May 22nd, six of our students will have their science fair projects on display at the Chabot Space and Science Center. This special event to celebrate science is open to all students in OUSD and I highly recommend going.
Congratulations to:
Keith Jeung, Mrs. William’s Class
Amethyst Reber, Ms. Palmer’s Class
Axel Santos, Ms. Green’s Class
Julian Korchin, Ms. Robinson’s Class
Meridith Schley, Ms. Moran’s Class
Jack Ponting, Ms. Scott’s Class

I also want to congratulate Jonah Bloom and Amara Romero for earning 2nd place at the Oakland Unified School District 34th MLK Oratorical Fest 2013!

We have just six weeks left and many end of year events.
Please add these dates to your calendar:

• California Standardized Testing (CST) – April 29-May 9 8:30-11:00 AM
Provide a healthy breakfast
Go to bed earlier than usual
Come to school on time; late arrivals may not enter the class once testing has started. They will have to test at a different time. Please be on time to avoid this frustration.
No cell phones in the testing area; they maybe in the student’s backpack.

• Tuesday, May 21 Career Day!
We are still looking for careers to share with our students. Please use the attached notice to sign up or refer a friend to the event. No job is too small or too big, we want them all! Remember we are planting seeds.

• Wednesday, May 22 School Wide Field Day! Parents please watch your email groups for info on which color t-shirt your child is to wear for this special event celebrating health, fitness, and team work!

• Wednesday, May 22 District Science Fair 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM All are welcome.

• Thursday, May 23 Parent Appreciation Breakfast by the JM Staff, in the AM located in the MPR

• Friday, May 24-May 27 Holiday Break – No School

• Wednesday, May 29 Honoring our Safety Patrol at the Scottish Rite Center 5:30 PM Please come to cheer on our Safety Patrol Team! The more the merrier! Our students and their families have done an excellent job this year!

• Monday, June 10-June 13 are minimum days. June 13th is the last day of school.

• Tuesday, June 11 is the 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony. This event is a standing room only event. Please arrive on time and be considerate of our families with wheel chairs, canes, or elderly family members. Please do not bring balloons in to the MPR, as they obscure the view of the proceedings. This is a special event for our students leaving us for Middle School. Don’t forget the tissue!

Parents I want to share with you a few more points for your consideration. Our cafeteria has a new additional staff person, her name is Ms. Rapunza. She will assist Ms. Lily until the end of the school year.

The Dad’s club has designed a brand new Lost and Found Container System. However, I must say we are losing the war with the lost and found items. Please take time to look through the lost items, anything left behind will be donated. I am looking for a volunteer to haul away everything to the Good Will or other appropriate organization.

As the year winds down, I would like to request that parents have a talk with their children about following school rules, minding the adults, and being kind to their peers. Students must not become violent with others in any manner, not even for “fun”. Words are also important and students must be cordial and kind to others. Put downs, name calling, teasing and the like will cause your child to have a significant consequence. I really appreciate your partnership and support.

Our students are no longer are receiving snacks at 10:00 AM recess. The District has stopped sending the snacks, because of a compliance issue. If you are able to bring in snacks, our students would really appreciate the food. Some students are not eating lunch every day, which is really setting them up for a challenging afternoon. Please pack something for them to eat each day, if they won’t eat in the cafeteria.

Our teachers and I have gotten to know your child well. You should feel confident in our process to properly place your student next year. Please direct any input about placement to your child’s teacher. Teachers will include the additional information in their thought process, but the ultimate decision rests with our staff. The class lists are final when they are published in August and will not be altered during the first six weeks of school.

A new instructional minutes schedule is being developed for next year. A draft schedule will be forth coming. We are excited about some of the adjustments to the schedule and I think you will be too.

Thank you for being a wonderful community. This year is an evaluation year for me. I would really appreciate and value your feedback, testimonial, or stories of how I have made a difference for you, your child, or the school. I also would value any constructive criticism you may have as well. Feel free to email me or place a note in my box.

In the Spirit of the Wolverine Way,

Ms. Smith

(Letter sent home, 4/29/13)

Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Survey

April 9th, 2013

Dear Joaquin Miller Families,

We have enrolled in the Alameda County Safe Routes to School program and have agreed to assist in their survey efforts.

This email is a reminder that Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program will be working with us to collect student and parent travel information between April 8th and April 19th.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to support the Safe Routes to School initiative. The more responses the better the data!

Here is the link for the parent survey,
in English:
and in Spanish:

Thank you!
Paulette Smith