Mustang 6151 Rainbow Drive Phone: (408) 252-3755 San Jose, ca 95129 Fax: (408) 255-5269 Principal: Richard P. Taylor Counselor: Amorette Lueck Assistant Principal: Steve Burrell Counselor: Amy Steele Board of Education

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Joaquin Miller Middle School Mustang

6151 Rainbow Drive Phone: (408) 252-3755

San Jose, CA 95129 Fax: (408) 255-5269

Principal: Richard P. Taylor Counselor: Amorette Lueck

Assistant Principal: Steve Burrell Counselor: Amy Steele

Board of Education

Anjali Kausar, Ben Liao, Josephine Lucey, Gary McCue, Phyllis Vogel Superintendent Phil Quon



Attendance: Call 252-3755, extension 6

Please report absences by 9:00 a.m. each morning that your child is absent. Please spell the child’s name

beginning with last name, first name, include grade, reason for absence, and your relation to the child.


Homework may be requested for absences of three days or more. Please call before 9:00 a.m. to request, and

pickup the homework after 3:00 p.m. You may also check the teacher’s website for homework.

To email Staff: June 2009

Website: School/MillerMustang/
2009 California Distinguished School
As the 2008/2009 school year draws to a close, it is good to pause and celebrate our students’ successes. They have grown not only academically, but have continued to develop their outstanding qualities of character.
The school year began with the news that our students achieved a 19 point increase over last year on the State Annual Performance Index (API) resulting in an API score of 976. This elevated Miller Middle School to be the highest performing middle school in the district and county and the second highest performing middle school in the State of California.
This April Miller Middle School was selected as a 2009 California Distinguished School, an annual award that recognizes some of the state's most exemplary public schools.
In the National Word Master Contest our seventh graders finished sixth in the nation among 302 teams competing. Our eighth graders finished fifth in the nation among 175 teams. Two seventh graders scored perfect 20's. Only 63 seventh graders in nation scored a 20. Eight eighth graders earned 20's. Only 119 eighth graders in the nation did so.
Seventh grade students explored hands-on exhibits and learned about the Renaissance works of Leonardo da Vinci and the engineering of Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Tech Museum field trip.
In our sewing class, one student made her own dress for graduation.
The Science Enrichment class sponsored a Model Airplane Competition with winners for originality of design and best flight performance.
Miller students had stellar results in the National French Test (Le Grand Concours). 83,068 students participated Nationally. Fourteen Miller students placed in the top ten percent in the country. Within our Northern California chapter (2,573 participants) eighteen students placed in the top ten percent.

Two students were league champions at the wrestling league final. The “C” girls volleyball team won VJHSAL league championship. The 6th grade girls track team won the league championship. One student placed third in league finals for Cross Country. A student was selected to play at the 2009 Junior Pan American Badminton tournament August 17-23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Physical Education department sponsored an art contest to design a new Mile Club T-shirt.

At the CMEA Band Festival the Mustang Band earned straight “excellent,” with an “excellent” in sight-reading and the Advanced Band earned “Superior,” with a “Superior” in sight-reading. Miller band students and parents ran and coordinated the Area V CMEA Solo Ensemble Festival at San Jose State, and eighty Miller Band musicians performed earning many great ratings and comments from the adjudicators. Miller's Jazz Band earned Unanimous Superior, the highest rating possible, from the three judges at the CMEA Jazz Band Festival. Only one other middle school and one high school earned Unanimous Superior. Four Miller students performed in the Northern California Honor Band, and five Miller students were selected by audition to perform in the 2009 California All-State Honor Bands. Miller’s Advanced Band performed at the Cal State Fresno Invitational Festival for select bands of California. Twelve Miller Band musicians performed in the CMEA State Solo Ensemble Festival in Sacramento all earning Silver or Gold ratings.
The Miller Color Guard participated in the San Jose Holiday Parade.
At the Third Annual Napa Valley Choral Festival the advanced choir earned a unanimous superior rating from the three collegiate judges scoring 288 out of 300. Eleven Miller students were selected to participate in 2008 CMEA Bay Section Honor Choir. Mr. Anthony Arnold was chosen by CMEA to be the Bay Section Conference Honor Choir Director for this concert. For the fifth year in a row the Miller Choral Music Department scored unanimous superior ratings at CMEA at Saratoga HS. The choir scored an excellent in sight-reading and the advanced choir a superior. Our eighth graders from advanced choir who participated in the first ever chamber choir, a combination of eighth graders through high school juniors, scored a unanimous excellent and a superior rating in sight reading.
The Miller Mathcounts team competed in the Mathcounts State Competition at the University of Pacific in Stockton. The Miller team won the first place. One Miller student was selected to be on the California State team and competed in the national competition. The California State team placed 4th in the nation. On the AMC 10, 15 Miller students earned an invitation to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam.
A Miller student participated in the 14th Junior Solar Sprint Challenge 2009 organized by UC Berkeley at Lawrence Hall of Science. Twenty teams from seven schools participated in this event. Our student placed first. A Miller team took first place in the Tech Challenge making a device for exploring a volcano. Also at the Challenge other students won Most Sustainable in the Device Performance Award Category and Greatest risk takers in the Inspirational Award Category. Another student was awarded best environmental science project by the Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Science Discovery Championship and was invited to attend the state level competition in L.A. The Miller Robotics Team attended the First Lego League Regionals during the winter break and won the Robot Performance Award and the Champion’s Award.
After winning Miller’s Spelling Bee Contest, a student went on to win the San Francisco Chronicle Written Bee at UC Berkeley, and then advanced to the finals in San Francisco. In March the student took first place at the San Francisco Chronicle's final spelling bee in San Francisco entitling her to represent the entire Bay Area in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Miller also sponsors a Geography Bee.
The Miller Chess Team placed 7th place in the 7-8 Varsity in the 34th CalChess State Scholastic Championship. In 4-6 Varsity, Miller won 8th place. In 4-6 Novice, Miller won 6th place.
At the Future Business Leaders of America Bay Sectionals competition 15 students placed in the top 10 spots for all the testing categories. 13 students placed high enough to go on to State Competition along with 1,440 High School students. Five of these Miller students placed in the top ten in their respective events: Business Math, Sports Management, Parliamentary Procedure, and Introduction to Business.
We were pleased to receive 50 Miller student entries in the PTA Reflections Contest this year. Seventeen of those entries were submitted to the PTA Council level. Eleven of those entries continued on to the PTA Sixth District level. Out of 1,460 total entries representing elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in all of Santa Clara County (PTA Sixth District), 116 entries received awards, 8 of those being Miller entries. Miller students won in the categories of Dance Choreography, Film/Video Production, Musical Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts.

15 students entered Doodle for Google. Two students were published in “Teen Ink Raw”, an online newspaper written by and for teenagers. Two students had their poems selected for inclusion in the 2009 anthology "A Celebration of Poets". One student had a drawing published in the State of California Energy Saver’s calendar. One student wrote a grant for a 6th grade bike cage, which was awarded $3,500 by the Traffic Safe Communities Network in Santa Clara County.

Much has been accomplished. I wish everyone a restful vacation. I extend best wishes to our current eighth graders as they continue their education in high school. We look forward to the return of next year’s eighth and seventh grade students and look forward to welcoming a new sixth grade class.

Richard P. Taylor


Congratulations!'>Congratulations! to 7th grader Aurea Siu and 8th graders Albert Chang and Matthew Lee, who also competed in the Tech Challenge this past Saturday, April 25.  These Miller students came away with the honors of "Most Sustainable Invention," despite competing against hundreds of high school students.  Way to go!

Congratulations! to Chetan Potu (8th grade).  Chetan was selected to play at the 2009 Junior Pan American Badminton tournament August 17-23 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He will play various singles and doubles matches in the “under 15” category.  Best wishes, Chetan, for a wonderful experience and congratulations on a great achievement.  For more info on this organization, go to .  

Congratulations to Andrew Jin, Jimmy Jiang, Jun Seo Park, for their winning entry in the California Multimedia Festival.  (To view their winning entry: .)

Congratulations!  It gives me great pleasure to announce the winners of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA-SF) council essay contest winners.  The topic this year was “How important is international cooperation for the growth of space exploration?”  In the seventh grade category, Fujia Luo won third place, and in the eighth grade category, Isaac Lam won first place.  Winners will be recognized at the awards banquet on May 21. Congratulations to Fujia and Isaac!  (see: for more info on AIAA-SF.)  Mrs. Shah

Thank you!  We wish to thank Jeffrey Luan for his generous donation to the Miller Technology Fund. Jeffery donated the proceeds from a series of technology sales he sponsored earlier in the year.

Congratulations! In the 34th CalChess State Scholastic Championship, the Miller Chess Team placed 7th place in the 7-8 Varsity with Arun Giridharan and Jonathan Uesato on the team. In 4-6 Varsity, we won 8th place with Matt Wang and Victor Chen.  In 4-6 Novice, we won 6th place with a team of David Yang, Rohith Krishna, Rahul Sabnis, and Gautam Nair. The 7-8 Varsity trophy will be on display in the office.  The results are found in the link below:  Well done, Miller Chess Team!  

Congratulations! Three Miller students performed well at the CMEA State Solo Ensemble Festival on Saturday, May 9th.  Kevin Chang earned a Gold Rating for his clarinet solo; Helen Jun earned a Silver Rating for her flute solo; and Derrick Du earned a Gold Command performance award for his violin solo.  Once again, congratulations!

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