Award Year: 2015

Mill Road Elementary School

35 Elm Avenue
Elizabethtown, PA, 17022-1502

(717) 361-7424

Mrs. Lois Hossler Brewer, Principal at time of Nomination

Elizabethtown Area School District

School Website


"Students accomplish high quality results (academically, socially, emotionally) through our school's continuous growth mindset; risk-free environment; and collaboration with staff, students, parents, and community."

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 88%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Peer conversations using student-created rubric to improve reading responses.

Peer conversations using student-created rubric to improve reading responses.

Collaboration is key to Mill Road Elementary's success in Elizabethtown, PA. This collaboration provides the basis for our educational philosophy's guiding principles.

Teachers share ownership of responsibility for all students' success by looking through a lens wider than their classroom alone. We collaborate to develop activities that forward our school-wide Code of Conduct, which emphasizes character development and positive relationship building. Students are recognized for following the Code of Conduct through our positive behavior support program. Weekly class meetings help students learn problem-solving skills and teachers provide student leadership opportunities. We collaborate to provide remediation and enrichment through tiered RtII programming.

Effective collaboration forwards academic excellence. Vertical teams complete data analysis, establishing building-wide math and reading goals. Block scheduling allows grade level collaboration in Professional Learning Communities, brainstorming instructional strategies focused on metacognitive thinking and math problem-solving strategies to help all students meet our rigorous Pennsylvania Standards aligned curriculum. Teachers reference the Multiple Measures Evaluation rubric to increase the rigor of their instruction, developing lessons that teach students how to use student created rubrics to analyze other's writing and provide suggestions for improvement.

Parents collaborate with the school to support their children through a Reading at Home fluency or comprehension program. PTO volunteers provide a variety of social and service activities for students and their families.

Mill Road was a 2013 Title I Distinguished School award recipient and received an SPP score of 97.5 in 2014. Mill Road's consistent success is rooted in its commitment to a collaborative community culture.