From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Please join us for this year’s Milton Interfaith Clergy-sponsored MLK Celebration, which will take place on Monday, January 16th from 6:30-8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
We are very excited about the upcoming performance by our own Pierce Players. These talented middle schoolers will be performing “Aladdin Jr.” on Thursday, Jan. 19th at 7pm, Friday, Jan. 20th at 7pm, Saturday, Jan. 21th at 2pm. In case of inclement weather, there will be a make-up “snow date performance” to be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 2pm.
For those of you who have never been to a performance of the Pierce Players, you are in for a treat. Our students, under the direction of Pierce Drama Teacher William Deschenes, stage an incredible “mini-Broadway” type of theater experience. Tickets to these shows frequently sell out, so I would strongly encourage advance purchase. General Admission tickets are $10 and they can be purchased at the main office of Pierce Middle School during school hours. Download a ticket order form by clicking here.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have helped to make this production such a giant success, and I wish them all the best as the curtains go up!
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.
For parents/guardians of children entering Preschool, Kindergarten or Grade One, please note below:
- January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night in MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)
- January 27th – Pre -School lottery
- By February 6th – Pre- School letters are sent to families
- February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
- February 14th to16th– Kindergarten Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
- February 15th – First Grade Interactive STEM Demonstration/Program Explanation in Collicot/Cunningham Cafeteria at 6:30pm (parents/guardians & students) Click here for more information.
- March 2nd – First Grade Information Night in MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)
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Congratulations to Rebecca Damiani and Morgan Schneider for a wonderful Winter Jazz Night in the Charles A. Winchester Auditorium, which featured a great display of combos as well as big bands. This was Ms. Schneider’s jazz debut in her first year at MPS. Her ensemble work with the students is amazing. There were six groups performing a variety of jazz repertoire which finished off with the Pierce Middle School and Milton High School Jazz Bands at a well-attended concert. Jazz is alive and well in Milton Public Schools!
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I am so proud to share some exciting news with you all! We recently learned that Ms. Debra Thoresen, Grades 5-12 Strings Director, and the MHS Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Conference in March.
Each year, the MMEA Conference Committee selects four exemplary ensembles for Concert Hour, a performance that features the most outstanding ensembles in the state. This year, Ms. Thoresen submitted an audio file of her winter concert program for consideration, and it was selected to be one of the four featured performances!
This is the highest honor a performance ensemble can receive from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. Frequently, Milton is represented at state-level festivals by individual student performers, however, it is a rare occurrence when a whole ensemble is showcased. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Thoresen on this major professional accomplishment, and her students for their dedication and hard work.
I posted this link in a previous E-blast, but for those of you who missed it, here is a recording of the performance. It is well-worth a second look. (The soloist is Nethania Marc, a MHS Junior.) I hope you enjoy!
Now that we are in the midst of the FY17-18 budget season, we will be holding presentations for our parents/guardians. Please see the schedule below, and if you cannot attend the session for your child’s school, you may attend any of the other presentations.
- Collicot/Cunningham, Feb 7th at 6:30pm, Co/Cu Library
- Pierce/MHS, Feb 8th @ 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
- Tucker, February 9th @ 6:30pm, Tucker Library
- Glover, February 16th @ 6:30pm, Glover Library
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener, how each classroom is set up, the kindergarten curriculum used across the district and the registration process. All families who have pre-registered by January 15, 2017 will receive a registration packet and appointment time at the conclusion of the program.
February 15th – First Grade Interactive STEM Demonstration/Program Explanation, 6:30-7:30pm., Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria, 44 Edgehill Rd
This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem! Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.
March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.
The following item was sent in by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:
On May 1, a golf tournament will be held at Granite Links to help support the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools. We are looking for volunteers in the Milton community that may be able to help with: soliciting sponsors, helping to manage financial aspects of the tournament, website design/maintenance, and more. Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler and the tournament co-chairs (email@example.com) if you are interested in helping!
See below for more information on the Chip In Fore Science golf tournament:
Chip in Fore Science is dedicated to the continuation of a well-loved 5th Grade science enrichment program called Science from Scientists; a yearlong in-class instructional program that sends two charismatic scientists into the classroom on a bi-weekly basis for the entire academic year to lead standards-based, hands-on, and fun science lessons, and provide all necessary equipment and materials. With a goal of raising $60,000.00 annually we are able to facilitate Science for Scientists to assist our teacher to educate, motivate and inspire our children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visit their website sciencefromscientists.org for more information.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan – and written by Rita Stegman- Intern from Framingham State University
On, Tuesday, January 17th the Milton High School we are rolling out a new lunch concept! “My Way Café”. Just like their favorite Mexican chain, students can create a burrito bowl using fun and nutritious ingredients. Students will choose lean seasoned taco meat or flavored diced chicken with jalapenos and queso to add a burst of flavor while brown rice, black beans, peppers, onions and shredded romaine lettuce will add tons of nutrients.
One of the options that students can choose from is our new spicy rice. (Featured in our last email blast). This brown rice is cooked in diced tomatoes and seasoned with cumin, curry and chili powder. Students who want a classic option can choose regular brown rice. They may choose whole grain tortilla chips or a whole grain tortilla. Whole grains meet the nutrition standards and provide important fiber and B vitamins.
Delicious toppings for their bowl include seasoned black beans, sautéed peppers and onions, fresh guacamole, fresh salsa, shredded low fat mozzarella cheese and melted cheese. Beans are an essential part of a healthy diet and a requirement from the National School Lunch Program. Also, they are the perfect addition to a burrito bowl. Salsa, lettuce, onions and peppers pull from many different vegetable categories and can be mixed and matched however the student chooses.
My Way Café is a unique way for students to make their own combinations of delicious, healthy ingredients. Encourage your kids to stop by the cafeteria to make a burrito bowl their way!
FROM THE READERS
As many of you know, we had our Preschool Information Night last night at Milton High School earlier this week. So this article, sent in by one of our readers, is both informative and timely. Originally published in Prevention Science, the article discusses the benefits of students’ one-on-one relationships with preschool teachers. Click here to read the article.
We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Wildcat Wellness Center. This new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility is an outstanding addition to the Milton High School campus.
This project could not have happened without the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm MHS Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris, and MHS English Teacher Steve Collyer, all of whom worked very hard to get our new Wildcat Wellness Center up and running. A small reception will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30pm outside the new Wellness Center.
The MFE helped to fund this important Health & Wellness initiative. The weight training room has been in use since mid-September and the cardio room opened in October. Most of the finishing touches have been completed at this time and the rooms are fully functional and ready to be used. This will be an invaluable resource for all our students!
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Please Save the Date! On April 8th, the MFE will hold their annual Celebration for Education at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Details to follow!
NEWS AROUND TOWN
MSAPC Strategic Planning Retreat was Inspiring and Productive
Last month, nearly 70 Milton residents, leaders, students and employees attended an engaging and informative Strategic Planning Retreat at Curry College, hosted by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Four community contributors to youth substance misuse in Milton were identified, based on information gathered from our community assessment, and small groups brainstormed strategies for how to address them. We came away with excellent suggestions! The next step is for the coalition’s Core Stakeholder Group to meet on January 24th to prioritize and refine the suggestions we received. We will announce when the strategic plan is finalized, which will appear on our website. Thanks to Steve Nelson, we have some fantastic pictures of the strategic planning retreat, and we encourage you to peek at them to see just how engaged everyone was. Here is a link to our website where the pictures can be found. (Scroll down the page to the “Strategic Planning Retreat Images.”) https://www.milton-coalition.org/strategic-plan
Marijuana Dispensary in Milton
The New England Patient Network (NEPN), a marijuana dispensary that is seeking a letter of support or no contest from the town, requested a meeting with members of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. The meeting was held on January 10th and coalition representatives Caroline Kinsella, Deborah Milbauer, and Noel Vigue were in attendance. Ms. Kinsella informed NEPN representatives that the MSAPC was there to listen and ask questions, but that they were not authorized or prepared to make any decisions on behalf of the MSAPC. The Selectmen will likely vote on NEPN’s request for a letter on January 31st at 7pm at a public hearing. The location will appear on the town’s new website. www.townofmilton.org
Quilting for the Compassionate Companions Program
Our Compassionate Companions Program is a pilot offering focused on providing comfort and companionship to patients to are terminally ill. This session is an opportunity to tie quilts that will be distributed to terminally ill patients. These quilts are a source of great comfort to our patients and their loved ones during a difficult time. No sewing or quilting experience is necessary! Martha Burke, wife of Dr. Dennis Burke, is a terrific teacher, and supplies the quilts, needles and thread. The session will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. (Conference Room)
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following was sent in by MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:
Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday and Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 22 – 28:
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11
Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We will be starting a new book at this session! No registration is required.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:00 and 10:45 am
Launch Party: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Children’s Room invites your baby, toddler, or preschooler to participate in our brand-new program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Come to this party to learn all about the program and sign up on the spot. Miss Sara and Miss Elaine will be on hand to read stories to get your child started, and everyone who registers will receive a prize! We’ll be offering two sessions of this program from 10-10:30 and 10:45-11:15; choose the one that suits you best. No registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Friday, January 27, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5
Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
Friday, January 27, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12
Come build with the library’s Lego collection! Each month we’ll build on a different theme. At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy. Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
American Girl Tea, Ages 5-10
Please join the Friends of the Library and the Children’s Room for a tea celebrating all things American Girl! We’ll be enjoying tea and snacks, doing crafts, and more. Participants may enter a raffle with several wonderful prizes! Bring your American Girl doll with you and let her join in on the fun. For ages 5-10. Because spaces are limited, registration is required. Cost: $5 per child, which is due at check-in for the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
As we near the midpoint of the winter season, our teams will be looking to qualify for the State Tournaments. The Girls Hockey team sits at 6-1-1 and hopes to punch their tournament ticket in the next few games. The Indoor Track teams are both undefeated and are strong contenders for Bay State Conference Championships. The Boys Ice Hockey team, both Basketball teams, and the Wrestling team are all hovering around .500 and are working hard to make runs to post season play. Please check our new and improved athletic website for recaps of recent athletic contests. Click here for the Wildcats website.
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Spring Sports sign-ups will open up on Family ID on February 1st. Spring sports will begin on Monday, March 20th.
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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:
Students: I would like to recognize and thank the following students, who have been selected to serve on our Safety Patrol. The Safety Patrol is a group of volunteer students in the 5th grade in all four elementary schools. The Safety Patrol is tasked with making sure all students are safe around the school, before and after the school day starts. Duties of a Safety Patroller could include serving the school community, assisting teachers at arrival and dismissal, and helping other students arrive and depart the school building. Students selected for the patrol will have the opportunity to train with a representative from AAA, who will visit each school and teach patrollers about techniques they can use to help others be safer in our school environment. As a member of the Safety Patrol, students may be asked to arrive at school early or stay at school later than they normally would. Patrollers will be assisting teachers with arrival and dismissal at an assigned post. I would also like to thank our Transportation Director, Jake Smith, for his work on this project. Collicot: Cora Redmund, Steven Mason, Nolan Murphy, Ella Cantor and Mariel Jones. Cunningham: William Bilowz, Emma Buckley, Tommy Conley, Atticus d’Alessandro, Charlie Little, Kiera Nosal, Jack Ryan and Paige Warren. Glover: Soraya Darvish, Grace Festa, Violet Figuerido, Leo Heikka and Patrick Plunkett. Tucker: Julia Mangum, Catherine Best, Daniel Thomas, Jerry Kennedy, Kelly Dorlean, Hoa Tong, Yekta Manaveglu, Emerson Dobrindt, Anna Labbe, Mudia Ordion-Ukpebor.
Staff: Glover teacher Shauna O’Leary is being featured in the MWRA’s 2017 annual published calendar. There is a wonderful article about Ms. O’Leary’s work at Glover featured in the March section of the calendar. The MWRA published the calendar to recognize individuals who work on innovations in literacy instruction and features individuals from state and national literacy organizations for each month. Ms. O’Leary was recognized for her writing instruction. Congratulations!
Volunteers: I am always grateful to our volunteers and the Milton Foundation for Education has some of the hardest working volunteers in Milton. I wish everyone could meet these people and spend time with them. Along with our PTO and Milton Boosters volunteers, the MFE volunteers are tireless advocates of the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in thanking the following:
Officers: Presidents: Will Korman, Denise Queally; Vice President: Eileen Heller, Karyn Viveiros; Treasurers: Leslie Collins, Pete McLoughlin; Recording Secretary: Rachel Schewe; Corresponding Secretary: Sheila Leddy
Trustees:Courtney Affanato, Henry Bell, Leslie Collins, Jeanne Conley, Caroline Dodero, Margaret Eberhardt, Amy Flanagan, Greg Gordon, Eileen Heller, Piel Hollingsworth, Regine Jean-Charles, William Korman, Sheila Leddy, Kari McHugh, Pete McLoughlin, Amy Carleton Mills, Roxanne Musto, Beth Plunkett, Denise Queally, Bill Resnick, Julie Ritchie, Karly Maria Rizzo, Angela Rue-Van Allen, Ray Sambrano, Rachel Schewe, Allen Schweitzer, Susan Sullivan, Liddie Sutter, Nora Vernazza, Karyn Viveiros, MaryJane Walsh.
The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.