Principal's Message

By Ms. Laura Magruder, John Mills Elementary School Principal

Laura Magruder photoWelcome to John Mills Elementary School!

John Mills School is a diverse community of learners, with over 640 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.  

The teachers and students at John Mills are always excited to embrace new opportunities to learn and grow. This year we are rolling out new English language arts (ELA) and mathematics curricula in grades 1-6. 

Our ELA curriculum for Grades 1-5 is ReadyGen. Our new math curriculum is GoMath! In grade 6 our new ELA curriculum is My Perspectives, and our updated math program is Connected Math 3 (CMP3). We are also in year two of our implementation of our STEMscopes science curriculum, which both the students and teachers thoroughly enjoy. 

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 toward 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