Dear Parents, Students, and Community of Black Canyon,
I am honored to be selected as the first principal of Black Canyon Middle School, and will dedicate my time to making it the best middle school in Idaho. I want to make sure that you know a little about me, and the things we will be focused on as a school.
I grew up in the Ammon area, and was fortunate to spend my elementary and secondary years in our district. It was through amazing teachers that I had decided to go into education myself. I was able to teach at both Lincoln and Bonneville High School in the business departments. I was a football, baseball and softball coach. I finished my Master’s degree while at Bonneville, and took a principal position at Aberdeen Middle School. While in Aberdeen I was able to open a new building, and develop staff unity in a way that helped staff and students do amazing things. I moved to Meridian next to become a charter administrator. I was then happy to come back home where I have worked in high schools, career-technical schools, and in the district office at District 91. I have found that the place I am the happiest is working with students. I bring 23 years of experience with me to Black Canyon, and am very excited to learn along with our staff and students.
On a personal side; my wife is the librarian at Rocky Mountain Middle School, my daughter graduated from Thunder Ridge last summer, and my son is a freshman at Thunder Ridge High School. We enjoy almost every sport, being outside, and spending time together. I love to fish, watch football and have a new hobby making wooden rings.
Through the process of staffing the school I have been able to meet some outstanding teachers that will be outstanding for our students. The teachers are passionate about their subjects, but also have strong desires to connect with students so they can learn. One of the challenges that we know we will face this next year is having students come from 2 middle schools, 7 elementary schools and a few private and charter schools, and how we will melt them into one student body. We plan to spend time this next year working on building relationships and connections with each student in the building. We want the students to feel safe, gain confidence in their learning, and have at least one adult in the school they feel like they connect with. If we can do those things then learning the content they need to learn will be much easier for everyone.
I look forward to meeting all of the students when they come to Black Canyon in the fall. The building is beautiful, but it is the people inside that make all of the difference. Thank you for trusting us with your students, and please reach out if you have any questions.
Craig Miller, Principal
View of Front Doors
Learning Stair Pre-Hardwood
7th Grade Hall
8th Grade "Pod" with Garage Doors on the Classrooms
Learning Space in Media Center
Logo on Gym Floor