Principal's Message

By Ms. Laura Magruder, John Mills Elementary School Principal

Welcome to John Mills Elementary School!

John Mills School is a diverse community of learners, with over 630 children in grades 1 through 6. We have more than 60 staff members and over 450 families in our community.

Our children are wonderful, dynamic and inquisitive learners who are actively engaged in the learning process, which includes reading, writing, math, science, social studies, music, art, physical education and technology.  

Our teachers and students are always excited to embrace new opportunities to learn, such as our work in Writer’s Workshop, student-centered literacy and mathematics, and our new STEMscopes science program, which we are rolling out this fall.

John Mills is a PBIS school, and we are always working to be Responsible, Respectful and Ready. We pride ourselves in our work around PBIS and helping students to develop a positive sense of self-worth, community and kindness towards all.

We are lucky to have a wonderful community, including our dedicated teachers, staff and parents, who continually understand that our mission is to help all students achieve their personal best.  

Our students thrive due to the strong partnership that is created between our staff and our parent community. We are especially proud of our John Mills PTA, whose members work tirelessly to help bring activities and resources to our students and families.

I am excited and proud to be the principal here at John Mills Elementary School, where our goal is to meet the needs of every learner every day. If you should have further questions about our school or programs, please feel free to contact me at (708) 452-3560.


Ms. Laura Magruder