Taking a Step Backward

img_2417Over our Thanksgiving holiday break, room 162 was broken into by thieves. They stole 18 computers from our classroom and deflated much of our planned activities for the rest of this school year. Our district does not have the funds to replace the stolen computers, nor do we have insurance that would pay for replacement of our most valued learning tools.

They were not first class computers, mostly old Macs that were pieced together and made to do the jobs we needed them to do. They had dead batteries, missing keys, and sticky mice and trackpads. We had five different models of computers which were at least 4 years old.

But we had one for every student. And they used them everyday to blog, make movies and slideshows, and share and collaborate on assignments with each other and with our friends around the world.

We will continue to do many of these things with the computers we have left. We will get the duct tape out and mend the broken pieces that can be salvaged. The students of room 162 are up for the new challenges ahead and we are looking forward to sharing our learning in the new year with our friends.


  1. Benjamin

    Wow thats really sad you lost all those 18 computers hop you can get a couple more installed.


    Russell st school student Plamerston North New Zealand.

  2. Danielle

    That is really sad I hope that you can get more computers soon. And I hope they find the person that stole the computers.

    Danielle, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

  3. Jake

    Hi Mr. Miller
    here at SMS we had not too long ago had money stolen from us and I remember jsut how horrible everyone felt, but I can’t imagine how hard that must be for all of you, people truly are cruel sometimes. I’m very sorry to hear about your problem I hope the thieves will turn themselves or that someone will atleast help you raise the funds for new computers. Well good luck hopefully you can adjust for awhile without all the computers and hopefully nothing like this ever happens to you again.

  4. Hannah

    Hi, I’m Hannah from St. Mary’s in Minnesota.
    That sounds horrible! We have a Mac lab at our school and no one has ever taken any of them, but we had 400$ stolen last year for birthright, and it stunk. I hope you’ll find a way to pay for new computers,

    • John Miller

      Hi Hannah from Minnesota!

      Thank you for your comment. It is a really lousy thing that happened. We have a lab too, but it was nice to have a set in room 162 as well :-).

  5. Michael

    Mr. Miller And Class,
    That’s Terrible. It’s hard to believe that anybody would steal from a school, and that they would steal 18 computers. I hope you have better luck in the future.

  6. Joey

    Wow that’s terrible! I can’t believe someone would do that, especially if they were Macs, I love those computers! Well I hope you can either get them back or somehow raise money to get some new ones.

  7. Sophie

    It’s so terrible that this had to happen to you guys, and I wish there were some way I could help. While it is a shame that you were robbed of your Macs, I smile at the thought of how little the thieves must have gotten for them; all that trouble and all they barely got anything out of it! Anyway, best of luck to you and your students.

  8. John Miller

    Thank you so much for all the kind words everyone. We greatly appreciate it! Although it was quite a shock, we’ve managed to keep moving forward and make do with what we have. The mess has been mostly cleaned up and I am fixing some older computers to get our number back up. We will be back to full-time blogging when we return from break in January. :-)

  9. Christie

    Sorry to hear that sad story Mr. Miller. Your class is probably heart broken. :( I would be so sad. That was very rude of the thieves. That was your property. I hope you will get new computers this school year and have some more fun by the end of the year.


  10. Malia

    That is horrible! I don’t understand why anyone would even do that. It makes no sense. I hope that your school and your community can help and somehow get new computers for you so your school can keep blogging!

  11. Jasmine!

    OH NO! It’s Jasmine here I really hope you can get the computers fixed or get them replaced! Maby you could do some school fund-raising. What do you think?

  12. kasheemD

    i am so sorry.i don’t think they should have left them alone because the computers weren’t that good but you boys and girls still used them.

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  14. Chevaun

    Hello Mr.Miller’s class.
    I feel so sorry for you guys. That must really suck getting robbed and getting your computers taken. How did they get in? Hope you can get new computers.

  15. Chastity

    Hi my name is Chastity from Mrs.Braidwood’s class.
    I really hope that your class will get to blog again. Why would someone do that?
    I looked at the picture and it looks like it was a big mess. Did you get new windows yet?

  16. Josee

    Hi my name is Josee from Mrs. Braidwood’s class. That sounds so horrible. How are you going to get all of your work done? Was it scary for your class? Were the laptops worth a lot?

  17. kaylee

    Hello I’m Kaylee from Mrs Braidwood’s 6/7 spilt class. I’m in grade 6. I’m so sorry that someone would steal your computers. Why would someone even think about robbing your class? I hope your class is still able to blog. Are you able to get the money to buy more computers?

  18. Emily

    Hi. I’m Emily. Sorry this happend. I can’t imagen what you guys are all feeling like, and how hard it would be to finish all your work. I couldn’t picture that really happening. How are you all doing so far?

  19. Kyra

    Hi I’m Kyra from Mrs. Braiswood’s class. I’m so sorry to here about your computers being stolen and I hope you find enough money to replace them. You guys must have been in shock. I know I would be. Who do you think would do something like that?

  20. Celina

    Hi! My name is Celina and I’m from Mrs.Braidwood’s class. I think that’s horrific! I would be devastated if that happened to my school. I hope you can find the money somewhere to replace them. Who would go to a school and steel their computers? That’s just rude.

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  23. msbee

    Mr Miller and Room 162 – I am so sorry to hear about this… I am horrified that anyone could be so thoughtless. For the few dollars they probably get for your old computers, they have robbed you of many learning opportunities. Do keep blogging and let us know if we can help in anyway :)

  24. Linda Yollis

    Dear Mr. Miller and class,

    I am so sorry to hear about the break-in. What a loss for all of you.

    I like your positive attitude in spite of the adversity.

    All of you produce such great work and I always enjoy visiting and commenting.

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  25. Pam Hernandez

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. You have all been doing such great work. I can’t believe someone would do this. Stay motivated to do your best and prove that no one and nothing can stop you from getting the education you deserve.

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