Milton Public Schools

June 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 22•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As this year quickly winds to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank each of our Milton Public School parents, guardians and staff for working together on behalf of all our  students. We have a committed and supportive relationship with our  parents and guardians. It goes without saying that our administrators and teachers are gifted, talented, dedicated and committed to advancing the individual potential of each and every Milton Public School student. I am proud to be your Superintendent of Schools. I wish you all a restful and wonderful summer break.  See you in August!

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Last spring, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

This process, now in its second year, is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer beginning on Tuesday, June 28th to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit their Re-Establish Residency packets by Friday, August 26th to ensure their child’s uninterrupted placement in Grades 6 and 9.

Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

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Finally, on behalf of thousands of Milton Public School students, I would like  to recognize, congratulate and thank the following individuals who are retiring or have retired from the Milton Public Schools this year:

Claude Bird
Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett
Kathleen Caccamo
Teresa Cunningham
John Desmond
Margaret Fajando
Susan Homan
Elizabeth MacElhaney
Joanne Magliozzi
Helene Olken
Steven Scherer
Susan Smialek
Charles Tacey
Margaret Turner
Lisa Tutunjian

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, June 15th.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 6th at 7 pm in the Milton Access Cable Studio in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, elementary classroom assignments, middle school team assignments and high school home room assignments will be e-mailed out in late August. Milton High School student schedules will be handed out on the first day of school.

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 All grade levels require some summer assignments. Please refer to the resources below to be sure your student/s completes their work.

Elementary Schools: Summer Reading is important for all! It fosters a lifelong love of reading and helps maintain the gains in reading comprehension that students have made during the school year. With these goals in mind, we hope students read every day over the summer and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at the Milton Public Library. Over the last few weeks, we have enrolled students in the program during library visits. If parents or guardians have any questions over the summer regarding the Summer Reading Challenge please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmkenna@miltonps.org or Sara Truog at struog@ocln.org.

The Pierce Middle School summer reading information can be found on both the Milton Public Schools website and the Pierce Edline page. If you have any questions about the Pierce summer reading materials, please contact the Pierce ELA curriculum coordinator, Nancy Warn at nwarn@miltonps.org.

The Milton High School summer reading info can be found on both the MPS website and the MHS Edline site. Please click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, and Suzanne Moynagh, parent of Collicot and Pierce students.

For the past three years, our fifth graders have had the opportunity to participate in a dynamic classroom science experience called Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org).  This exciting science program is taught every other week throughout the entire academic year.  Through this program, charismatic scientists come into our fifth grade classrooms and lead lab-style science classes (which are standards-based, hands-on, and fun) for the day.  These scientists provide all necessary equipment and materials while the classroom teachers help as active participants.  Not only do students benefit from having actual scientists in their classroom as science role models, the teachers grow as professionals from being afforded the opportunity to work with these real-life scientists for the duration of the school year.  On average, Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) MCAS scores increase about 11% over a 5-year period when schools partner with Science from Scientists.  However, after implementing this program in Milton, the STE MCAS scores improved by 8%, 11%, and 14% in three out of four Milton elementary schools just last school year alone!  It is clear this program has had a profound impact on our budding scientists!

Needless to say, the Science from Scientists program has sparked excitement and inspiration in both the teachers and the students involved!  Many of you, as parents and guardians, have been in the classroom to witness the power and impact of this program!   We are now asking for your help in securing donations to fund this important STEM initiative.  Together, the Milton Public Schools and Milton Foundation for Education have secured $25,000 in funds but we are in need of an additional $35,000 to continue the program in each of our elementary schools for the next academic year.  Many of the companies Milton Public Schools parents/guardians work for may be willing to donate or may offer grants that support this type of initiative.

If you or someone you know works for a company that may be willing to help, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org.  If you would like to make a private donation of any size, please visit the Milton Public Schools website (www.miltonps.org), click UniBank on the right side of the webpage, and then select “Science from Scientists Donation”. Any amount is welcomed and will truly make a difference!

If you have any questions at all about the program or donations, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org).  Thanks in advance for your support of this amazing program!

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FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting reading programs this summer.

Summertime Stories for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at four sessions held around town.  On July 7th and August 4th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 21st and August 18­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  All sessions begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September!

Summer Reading Challenge Updates: Over the past two weeks the elementary schools’ library staff and family outreach liaison have been busy registering children in Grades K-4 for the On Your Mark, Get Set… Read! Summer Reading Challenge. The Milton Public Schools’ approach to summer reading at the elementary level in both French and English is to ask that students READ EVERY DAY in any language.   By registering for the Summer Reading Challenge, students can log on to their very own home page and keep track of the minutes they have read beginning June 23 through August 31st. Each student can be a part of the goal to surpass last years’ record of 484,000 minutes read.

If you have questions about your child’s username or password please contact MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog at  struog@ocln.org.    If you did not have an opportunity to complete the registration form and submit to your child’s teacher you can sign them up directly at https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

Preschoolers and rising 6th graders are also invited to participate!

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Want to get a head start on plans for next year including days off, parent/guardian-teacher conferences, professional development days? Visit the MPS calendar for the school year ’16-’17 here

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The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

We are pleased to announce the results of the recent elections held by the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

Chair-Amanda Serio Vice chair -Leslie Cheverie Secretary -Jennifer Grubler Treasurer- Doug Connolly SEPAC School representatives Collicot-Adam Graham, Kelly Graham, Jessica Raider Preschool-  Amy Masferrer Cunningham-Jennie Muqueen Glover- Jenny Sheehan, Jon Sheehan Tucker- Rebecca Levreault Pierce-Claire Keating, Linda Mancini MHS -seeking representative

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Police Department is advising residents to please be aware of two scams going around town by telephone:

    1. You get a call from a party stating they are from the IRS and you own them money. They state that there is a warrant out for your arrest if you do not pay them.
    2. A party calls up stating they are a lawyer and that one of your family members were in an accident and arrested. They say that they need you to get a money order and give them the serial number in order to get your family member out of jail.

Please do not give any personal information to these callers and do not give them any money. If you have any questions or doubt, please contact Milton Police right away at 617-698-3800.

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This weekend will be a very exciting one in Milton. On June 25 and 26th, the Milton Music Festival will be held at Governor Hutchinson’s Field.  The bands begin playing at 3pm on Saturday, with fireworks scheduled after dusk. Celtic Sunday will begin at 11:30am on June 26th. For more info, visit www.wearemilton.org  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join  the fun. Any MHS students who are interested in getting community service hours for volunteering for this event on Saturday should contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek at gpavlicek@miltonps.org

 

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 26 – July 2:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Bugs, Ages 6-11

Join us for a totally buggy workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Learn about the world of creepy, crawly creatures through hands-on activities and entertaining demonstrations, and build your own model insect. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  It can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  Each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required

Friday, July 1, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth, Ages 0-4 with caregiver

Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth. Learn how to sign the book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow to your child.  Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. Registration is required. 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 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.

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center still has openings in its five-week K-5 summer programs. Each week has a different theme from “Under the Sea,” to “Fairy Houses,” and “Everything Animal.”  Click here for more info or to register.

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Students: I would like to recognize Taija-Rayne Franklyn, a Pierce Middle School student, who wrote a beautiful poem for this year’s School Committee Volunteer Reception, held earlier this month. Here is her poem:

Making a mark on a life
Can start with the smallest of gestures
A grain of sand
that slips through your fingers,
as you peer out over the ocean.
Every so often, it’s easy to forget
the impact we have on those who we encounter
along our way,
But just try to hold on to this mindset:
the smallest grain of sand we gave,
will soon become a solid pebble alongside a riverbank.
Then a beautiful, even more substantial rock,
Within the crashing waves.
Before long, a majestic mountain
rises up in the distance,
Pure validation,
that the smallest grain of sand does indeed
ripple through the lives we touch.

Staff: Although Chief Richard Wells is an employee of the Milton Police Department, we like to think of him as one of our own here in the Milton Public Schools. For 32 years, the last nine as the Chief, Richard Wells has logged countless hours inside our schools, whether responding to crises or attending security planning meetings or reading to kindergarten students. With his retirement at the end of June, we would like to wish Chief Wells all the best and thank him for all he has done for the Milton Public Schools.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Ms. Trozzi, an author and nationally recognized grief counselor, has worked closely with the Milton Public Schools for many years in times of crisis. This includes the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown shooting and tragedies within our own district. Her advice has been invaluable and the resources she has provided to our staff and our parents through the years has been extremely helpful. I would like to publicly thank Ms. Trozzi for all she does for the Milton Public Schools.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

June 10th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 10•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, June 10th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last weekend at Westfield State University, the Milton High School Girls Outdoor Track team made history. The team brought home the All State Title from this championship meet, a feat which has never been achieved by Milton High School’s track program. Please read the play-by-play summary below by Coach Tom Shaw:

On Thursday, June 4th, junior Jessy Iwuala traveled to Westfield to compete in the All State Pentathlon Championships. The pentathlon and pole vault events were held on Thursday, but all results counted towards the team totals on Saturday.  Jessy finished the day in 4th place, and our rivals, Tewksbury did not have a good day at the Pole Vault so we entered Saturday’s meet tied with Tewksbury.
Score: Tewksbury 5pts, Milton 5pts

On Saturday, June 4th, our Milton girls headed to Westfield to compete against the best teams in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The meet started out with field events. It appeared as if there was some bad voodoo in the field events as the girls from both teams did not score a point. But it is important to note Hanganh Vo as a freshman did compete in the Long Jump at the biggest meet of the season and it was only her fourth time ever long jumping.

The first event up on the track for either team was the 400M hurdles. This event went about as poorly as it could have for us. The girl from Tewksbury finished 4th and Elise O’Leary did what she does best, which is exactly what her coach told her to do. I told her not to stutter step at the hurdles. So she didn’t and by me taking her out of what she normally does she wasn’t able to run her race. This resulted in her finishing in 12th place.
Score: Tewksbury 10pts, Milton 5pts

Next was the 200M. We did not have anyone in the event but Tewksbury had the Div III State Champ in the event. Now it was Tewksbury’s turn to have a stroke of bad luck. Their girl finished 9th in the trials, one place out of scoring. That would prove to be important later! In the One Mile, our two teams have two of the best milers in the state. Bridget Mitchell and Rachel Sessa. Bridget ran the race exactly the way we had planned but her legs just didn’t have the kick needed at the end to hang on for a top three finish. It was a strong courageous race by Bridget. Something we have come to see every time she races. She was within reach of the win with 300m to go. She finished 4th overall with a personal best of 4:58. She is now one second away from Kate O’Neill’s school record of 4:57. Rachel Sessa won the event.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 10pts

Next up was the 100M. We had three girls (Abi Jean-Baptiste, Paola Charles and Jaleigha Williams) entered in the event, but only one would make it to the finals. After the trials, Abi and four girls from other teams were all within .01 seconds of each other and two of those girls didn’t make the finals. The officials had to review the video of each girl’s finish and determine their times down to the one thousandth of a second. Fortunately, Abi was one of the two who made it! This was good because it meant Abi was going to earn a medal for herself and points for the team!

Before the finals of the 100M came the 400M. In this race, Elise O’Leary had an opportunity to change things around for the team and that she did! She was the fourth seed going into the race and within the first half of the race, she was already in fourth place. But as she came around to the final stretch of the race, one of the girls ahead of her dropped out. Elise did not let the opportunity go to waste. She held off the girls chasing her and finished third overall, breaking her own school record by a few tenths of a second.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 16pts

Next up was the 800M. Colette O’Leary was the top seed in this race and we were hopefully going to get some big points. But as the race unfolded, it quickly became clear this was not going to be Colette’s day. She finished 10th overall, two places out of scoring.

After the 800M was the 100M finals. Abi Jean-Baptiste now had a chance to get on the scoreboard herself. One of Abi’s strengths usually is her start, but the field was stacked with the best talent in the state and on this day she did not have her best start. She finished 8th overall which was good enough for a medal and a much needed point.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 17pts

Now I know what you’re thinking — we are slowly closing in on Tewksbury. But we are also running out of events! There are now just three events left. The relays. The good news is that we had three relay teams that we were excited about and expected to score. The bad news is that Tewksbury had the same.

Next up was the 4x800M. Ali Belash was the first leg of the relay for us. She ran the race of her life, running a 2:18. That was good enough for a 4 second PR! And it gave us the lead in the relay. Going into the next two legs, Eliza O’Donnell ran a respectable 2:26 and Ella Affanato ran a respectable 2:28 while nursing a knee injury. But with the competition on this day, respectable was not going to be good enough. By the time Bridget Mitchell received the baton, we were running a distant 8th place and Tewksbury was contending for the win. We finished with the third-best time in Milton High School history, with a 9:34. But only good enough for 8th place and one point. Tewksbury finished second earning 8pts and totally undoing all of the work we had done since the mile. We were now down by 10pts again.
Score: Tewksbury 28pts, Milton 18pts

Now at this point in the meet, you have to realize we are down by 10 points and with only two events left, the most we could earn is 20. But our opponents have two good relay teams left as well. I could see no path to victory here. I went over to the Tewksbury coaches and congratulated them on the win. (And for the record I wasn’t wrong .. they did win!)

The 4x100M will be remembered as the event that breathed life back into our team at a moment when every coach in the stadium had us pegged for done. I can’t tell you the number of coaches that came up to me after the meet and were shocked when they heard we had won. Here is how the 4x100M went down:

Abigail Jean-Baptiste started off for the team and did what she does best, get us a good start. She had a great handoff to Atheana Pierre and we were in position to win the relay. Atheana then ran one of her best relay legs of the season, keeping the team in good position, but her handoff to Paola Charles was a little shaky. No worries! Paola took off and ran her best to make up for it but then her handoff with Jaleigha Williams was also not good. As a result, with a 100m to go, Jaleigha found herself in 4th place and fighting for anything better. In what will surely become Milton Track lore, Jaleigha showed us what it means to compete and never give up. She caught the two girls in front of her just as they were arriving at the finish line and then she out-leaned them both! In the end, .03seconds separated 2nd and 3rd place and only .1seconds between 2nd and 4th place. Jaleigha did it! The relay team finished 2nd! And to our surprise, the Tewksbury team finished 17th. We scored 8 big points Tewksbury earned none.
Score: Tewksbury 28pts, Milton 26pts

Wow! Now we are down by two points with only one event to go. We knew Tewksbury’s 4x400M team could go well under 4 minutes flat. But we also knew that ours was better. One big problem, however, is that we were in the slow heat. This meant if we were going to run a fast time, it was going to have to be without any competition pushing us. The girls in the 4x400M knew what was at stake and they were confident they could get the job done. I would even say they couldn’t wait to get on that track and show everyone they were the team to beat.

The gun went off and Ali Belash had another absolutely amazing relay leg. The senior captain certainly was going to make sure that one of her last races of her high school career was her best. She started off with a 58.99 and gave the team the lead. Josie Cousineau honestly ran the race of her life as well in the second leg, getting a time of 61.35. A huge PR for her and we were still in the lead. Then she gave the baton to Colette O’Leary who was ready to make up for a disappointing 800M performance and propel our team to a time no one could beat. She ran her personal best in the 400M with a time of 57.6 and handed the baton off to her sister with a huge lead. But the time is what mattered most and Elise had to run like she was being chased by an invisible foe — and that she did. When she crossed the finish line, her split was 56.20 — also a personal best and the team had shattered the school record and beaten the second place team in our heat by NINE seconds. The girls ran a time of 3:54 which was three seconds better than the best time in the state this year. Tewksbury and all the teams in the fast heat had to watch us run a time none of them had ever done and dared them to beat it. I can only guess they were a little anxious as their race was about to start. In the end, Tewksbury ran a heroic race, running away from the field but falling short of our time. They ran a 3:55. We earned first place, giving us 10 points. Tewksbury earned second place and 8 points.

No more events left! The meet was over!! Final Score: Tewksbury 36pts, Milton 36pts.

We were both winners!! And that’s how it went down. That’s how we won our first All State Title!

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CURRICULUM NEWS

As you know, our elementary students take part in Continental Math competitions throughout the school year. The last meet was held on March 10th.

Below are the scores for GLOVER:

Glover Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Roth; Sophia 5 Cardiasmenos 25 3
Beckett; Kindt 5 Bodkin 26 2
McSorley; Jack 5 Bodkin 26 2
Duffy; Michael 5 Cardiasmenos 26 2
Ceranoglu; Ardic 5 Bodkin 27 1
Hartford; William 4 Flanagan 24 3
Darvish; Soraya 4 Flanagan 26 2
Carr; Camden 4 Hoff 28 1
Mann; Sebastian 3 Koita 15 3
Gray; Nicholas 3 Koita 16 2
Ruth; Sadie 3 O’Leary 17 1
Robinson; Madoc 2 Turner 12 3
Woodhams; Abraham 2 Turner 12 3
Doiron; Enzo 2 Coates 13 2
Sweeney; Teagan 2 Stallions 13 2
Musto; Callum 2 Turner 13 2
Ceranoglu; Bora 2 O’Neill 15 1

Here are the results for COLLICOT:

Collicot Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Connor Naughton 5 Currie 26 1
Conor Mannion 5 Murphy 26 1
Matthew Stockbridge 5 Murphy 25 2
Luca Sandonato 5 MacNeil 25 2
Tobias Kelleher 5 Currie 25 2
Lane Carte 5 Middleton 25 2
Wesley Morisette 5 Murphy 24 3
Bridget Miskell 5 Murphy 24 3
Patrick Kerins 5 Murphy 24 3
Lok Ye Young 5 Lohan/Hannon 24 3
Alexander Tran 5 Currie 24 3
Daniel Steinberg 4 Rogers 27 1
Jack McAnulla 4 Hodgkins 24 2
Luke Naughton 4 Rogers 24 2
Braden Benzan 4 McManus 24 2
Van Tran 4 Rogers 22 3
Collicot Classes Rogers, McManus and Cunningham/Collicot shared classes Hyde, Doyle & Hodgkins together were a Euclidian Division Regional Team Winner for Grade 4!
Olivia Hart 3 Walcott 17 1
Mae McKenna 3 Walcott 15 2
Keira Lally 3 Walcott 15 2
Brendan Brosnan 3 Walcott 15 2
Malachi Buchanan 3 Kelley 15 2
Stephy Dai 3 McDermott 15 2
Scott Longo 3 Kelley 14 3
Molly King 3 Walcott 14 3
Ida Zoll 3 Walcott 14 3
Victoria Kirkham 2 Hamada 15 1
Dario Karanxha 2 Nguyen 14 2
Ellyson Ash 2 Nguyen 14 2
Cole Belcher 2 Nguyen 13 3
Evan Abramovitz 2 LaMonica 13 3

Here are the results from CUNNINGHAM:

Cunningham Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Trinity Phan 5 Steuterman/Theobald 27 1
Raina Sohur 5 Smith 27 1
Kiera Glazer 5 d’Entremont 27 1
Adriana Ruiz 5 Steuterman/Theobald 26 2
Samuel Callahan 5 d’Entremont 25 3
Samuel Boucher 4 Chen 26 1
Daschel Koh 4 Chen 25 2
Mary O’Keefe 4 Horn 22 3
Benjamin Parmele 3 Walsh 17 1
Ryan Phan 3 Hennessy 16 2
Colin Glazer 3 Morton 15 3
Charles Hamblet 2 Olken 18 1
Brady Sugrue 2 Young 15 2
Orla Crosse 2 Young 12 3
National Student Winner- Charles Hamblet!

Here are the results for  TUCKER:

Tucker Year End CML Results 2016

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Nicholas Reason 5 Sewall 27 1st
Logan Do 5 Nguyen 27 1st
Mackenzie Palmer 5 Doyle 26 2nd
Claudia O’Neill 5 Sewall 26 2nd
Ian Wick 5 Doyle 24 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
John Best 4 Zimmermann 23 1st
Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays 4 Zimmermann 21 2nd
Nathan Ehui 4 Zimmermann 20 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Brooke McHughe 3 Glickstein 14 1st
Noah Stikoff 3 R/D 13 2nd
Evan Patterson 3 R/D 11 3rd
Kaoutar Bouhlal 3 Glickstein 11 3rd
Ronan O’Connor 3 Glickstein 11 3rd
Aiden Pope 3 Lee 11 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Mary Fundling 2 Breathnach 18 1st
Michael DeMatteo 2 Breathnach 17 2nd
William Rhee 2 Ignani 16 3rd

 

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We also had some wonderful news from the Great East Music Festival. On Friday, June 3rd, the Pierce Middle School performing ensembles participated in the Great East Music Festival with overwhelming success! Nearly 250 students in the 7th and 8th grade band, chorus and strings ensembles performed, receiving the highest ratings:

Band 7 & 8:  GOLD Award
Strings 7 & 8:  GOLD Award
Boys Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award
Girls Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award

This festival opportunity provided students with a formative evaluation of a prepared program. After their performance, students received a comprehensive workshop and a rating of achievement by an expert clinician.  The day closed with an afternoon of celebration at Canobie Lake Park.  Congratulations to all who participated!.

Please see this video clip from Great East: Video

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Ms. Eileen Mullen and the students in the Child Study classrooms celebrated their annual Pre-K graduation this week. This event is the highlight of the year for both our Pre-K students and the high school students who take Ms. Mullen’s class. Please enjoy this photo: prek grad

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Our Pierce Players are at it again! If you missed Opening Night last night, there is still time to catch this year’s show. Our talented middle-schoolers will be presenting Cyrano de Burger Shack tonight (June 10th) and Saturday (June 11th) at the Pierce Middle School. Tickets are $10.  For more information, visit www.pierceplayers.org

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Milton High School will be holding its first Iron Chef Cooking Competition on Monday, June 13th at 3pm in the Foods Room. Come cheer on our MHS students as they cook with local chefs from around town. Many thanks to The Plate, Ester, Kick* Catering and the Seasoned Palate Catering, all of whom will be joining us for this event.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

The end of another school year is upon us and summer is fast approaching. For many families the full days of summer can add an additional financial burden.  Are you or someone you know having a hard time putting healthy food on the table?  Your family may be eligible for SNAP also known as Food Stamps.  SNAP helps you stretch your family’s food budget and keep your family healthy.  Calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline is a simple way to find out if you qualify for SNAP.  Hotline counselors, assisting families in 160 languages, can let applicants know if they are eligible during a phone screening and assist them with the application process

In addition, families can contact the Project Bread hotline directly in late June/early July to learn where the closest Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program is located. The SFSP offers free meals to children ages eighteen and under to ensure that every child has access to the food they need in order to return to school in September ready to learn.

The FoodSource Hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on SNAP or Summer Food Service Program locations, call 1-800-645-8333

The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about MPS summer programs, Summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  Contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

 Our students were treated to some “celebrity” sightings in the cafeterias this week. Principals, secretaries and administrators all took turns “taking the heat,” in our kitchens and helping to serve breakfast and/or lunch to our students. Have a look at some of  the fun!

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NEWS AROUND TOWN

The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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 The Blue Hill Bank is hosting a great kids’ event this weekend. — Ms. Money’s Summer Savings Kick-Off for Kids! Join Ms. Money for snacks, crafts and tips on saving!  Pick up your FREE piggy bank and start your summer of saving! The event will be held Saturday,  June 18th  from 10am to noon at the Blue Hills Bank – Milton, 480 Adams St.

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Barnes & Noble is having a three-day event this weekend to celebrate Young Adult Literature.

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Lilly Sundell-Thomas, Reference & Young Adult Librarian:

Free Paper and Pencil NEW SAT Practice test
The Milton Public Library will be hosting  a free SAT Practice test on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM; and Saturday, August 20th from 9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM. These tests are being offered by Princeton Review. Students should bring a number two pencil, eraser, and graphing calculator to the test. Register with  Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/303188

The item below was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 19 – 25:

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff with Jungle Jim, Ages 3+

Join us on the last day of school to kick off our 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with Jungle Jim! Jim’s balloon magic show, The Reading Olympics contains Jim’s signature brand of balloon artistry, magic, comedy, storytelling and improvisation with over 15 volunteers taking part. Archery, basketball, fencing and even Scottish caper toss are just some of the events that our “athletes” will compete in. Most importantly, Jim will incorporate just how important reading and staying active work together. For ages 3+. No registration required. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

* Afterwards, join the Friends of the Milton Public Library for strawberries and cream!

Friday, June 24, 2016 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.

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 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:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

In addition to the fantastic synopsis above, I would also like to add that we recently learned that Coach Tom Shaw has been named D3 Girls Track Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe. Kudos to Coach Shaw!

We have also learned that the following spring athletes have been named Boston Globe All Scholastics:

  • The Girls Outdoor Track Team’s 4×400 relay: Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Alexis Belash, Josie Cousineau.relay team

 

  • The Boys Outdoor Track Team: Smith Charles  smith charles

Congratulations to all five of our Boston Globe All Scholastics!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize all of the students who are taking part in the Pierce Players’ Cyrano de Burger Shack play this weekend. The cast and crew have all put in an incredible amount of hours to make sure that this is one of their best shows ever! This is truly a team effort and we are always amazed by the work of the Pierce Players.  Great job!

Staff:  I would like to thank Bill Deschenes, our Pierce drama teacher, without whom we would not be seeing the top-notch plays and musicals coming out of Pierce Middle School. He is truly dedicated to his students and it shows. Thank you, Mr. Deschenes!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize, once again, all those who attended the Wednesday night School Committee Volunteer’s reception. This is always a memorable evening and this year was no exception. I would also like to thank and recognize all those MPS volunteers who serve countless hours, but could not attend the reception. We value each and every volunteer here in the Milton Public Schools. Thank you all.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

June 6th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 06•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Please read this very informative and timely article written by MHS student Josh Kery about the history of Milton High School:

MHS Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary
By Joshua Kery

The Seniors of 2016 were the 150th class to graduate from Milton High School. While there is no specific ceremony being held to recognize this historic year, Milton High School’s employees and oldest graduates celebrated its arrival.

John Cronin, who served as Milton’s Town Administrator for 34 years and was a member of the Class of 1955, notes that the anniversary marks “Milton’s 150-year commitment to providing an excellent public high school education.”

“As we think about this 150th Anniversary it’s important for students to understand the importance of public education,” comments MHS Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright, “As Americans we may sometimes take for granted the public education we are afforded, but that was not always the case.”

“It was just a year after the Civil War that Milton High School was opened. I can only imagine a fair share of students enrolled in those first classes were young men who returned from fighting to face an uncertain future. Imagine the benefits of knowing they were able to advance their education and train for a profession.”

Milton established its first public high school in 1866, just before the rise of the United States’ high school movement. This movement popularized public secondary education across the U.S. as a ticket to better employment as the service industry and white collar jobs expanded in the country’s economy. The high school movement reached its peak in the early twentieth century, according to Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz of Harvard University.

“Americans devised the secondary school for the masses to train youth ‘for life’ and not just ‘for college,’” wrote Goldin and Katz in a 2008 paper.

This expressed purpose for high school — making its students ready “for life” — is a far cry from the goals of high school today. Milton High School, like many public high schools in the United States, is one in which college admissions tests like the SAT are the norm for students, of whom the majority are expected to use their high school education to prepare for college. For the graduating class of 2016, the value of any one of their high school diplomas has been eclipsed by that of a college degree, in much of the same way secondary education diminished the value of primary schooling in the late nineteenth century.

“College opens more doors,” writes Robert Farrington of Forbes Magazine, “But even then, it just gets you what a high school diploma did twenty years ago.”

And in terms of salaries, a college degree continues to win out: “A college graduate now makes about 1.8 times as much as a high-school graduate, up from about 1.4 times as much in 1979, according to the EPI [Economic Policy Institute] data,” writes the Huffington Post’s Jillian Berman.

Regardless Milton High School does offer an excellent secondary education; U.S. News ranks it 30th out of 353 public high schools in Massachusetts, and it has a 5-year graduation rate 97.2% as of 2012, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

But of those leaving Milton High that year, 85.3% were moving on to higher education. College has become the true runway for students seeking to take off into employment while high school, as AT&T South Carolina President Pamela P. Lackey said to the New York Times, “‘prepares [students] for a different type of work than we have as a reality today.’”

Milton High School itself predates the highest rates of public high school founding during the U.S.’s greater high school movement. The “enormous expansion” of public high schools in the country began with an increased demand for white-collar jobs as twentieth century automatization replaced blue-collar laborers, according to Harvard’s Goldin and Katz. Additionally, a high school education brought greater wealth to workers who remained blue-collar laborers or farmers in addition to those working in the rising retail and service industries.

Milton’s creation of a public high school was motivated by many of the same needs; public primary education was no longer considered “adequate” in preparing students for work, according to Dr. Anne Coghlan, MHS Class of 1944. Many secondary schools were established in the 1820’s in the cities in the East that were industrializing the most rapidly. In Milton as in many small, wealthier towns in the U.S., private academies were first popularized to meet the demand for better trained students. Milton Academy began teaching in 1823.

With the end of the American Civil War, public education increased in popularity across the country. When a lack of financial benefactors required Milton Academy to suspend its work in 1866, the Town of Milton employed its staff and leased its building to establish the Town’s first public secondary school: Milton High School.

When the Town finally bought Milton Academy’s land in 1885, the high school building was demolished and replaced by the second Milton High School. Then, nearly 130 years ago, Milton High School students were taking many of the same classes as they are today — English, History, Physics, Latin, French — according to historian A. K. Teele. The second building was in turn replaced by a third building near the same site in 1896, much larger than the previous two. The Vose Elementary School, where Pierce Middle School stands today, was converted into the fourth High School in 1917, and a School Building Committee, established in 1998, saw the completion of the fifth and current Milton High School and its facilities by 2010.

The high school’s anniversary this year appears to be a significant juncture in the value of its graduates’ diplomas, but the rise in importance of a college degree has been long-coming. Like Milton and the East’s turn to high schools after the American Civil War, the country has frequently promoted college education — the G.I. Bill provided postsecondary schooling to WWII veterans in 1944, and university students were exempted from military service during the Vietnam War.

Today college is well ingrained in people’s minds as a crucial step on a path to success; high school is often only the step just preceding it, and “most students,” as Forbes’ Robert Farrington notes, simply “transition from a free education to a paid education.”

Yet the college degree appears to be well worth the potential for student debt. And as a stepping stone, Milton’s, like all other high school educations, is crucial for students seeking a higher level of financial and occupational success.

“The individual best equipped to evaluate what an education has offered,” notes Dr. Anne Coghlan, “Is the graduate who translates the educational experience to work and personal satisfaction, family, citizenship and concern and help for others.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 8th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 of Milton High School.

CLASS OF 2016

The week preceding graduation has always been a very special week for our senior class. The celebration of Senior Awards Night, our Boosters Banquet and the Junior/Senior Prom —  as well as Commencement yesterday — all made for a very busy and rewarding week for all.

More than $110,000 worth of scholarships were awarded as part of Senior Awards Night, which is a testament to our incredible community. The following seniors were recognized at Senior Awards Night.

Awards Night
Julie Affanato Wallace Memorial Award: Shannon FitzGerald
AFL-CIO Scholarship: Owen Walsh
Julian S. Alexander Memorial Award Alexis Belash
American Learning International Exchange Scholarship Caroline Johnson & Colin Rooney
American Legion – Paul W. Curran Memorial Award Cole Kroninger
American Legion – Post 114 Scholarship Amanda Thorne & Michael Wyatt
ARTDante Scholarship in memory of Dante Fugazzotto Mairead Dambruch & Josh Kery
Asian Culture Club Award Dylan Bahn, Emily Chow & Xiaoging Deng
Edward H. Baker Scholarship Harry Kong
Jesse B. Baxter Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
Carol A. Blute Memorial Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
John and Nina Bombaci Memorial Scholarship Calvin Luong
Heidi Wolensky Bradley Memorial Scholarship Aisling Desmond
Jay A. Brown and Edward Leahy Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship Anna Mahoney
Caroline F. Carter Memorial Scholarship Emma Heller
Clougherty Family Scholarship Isabel Belash, Robert Fleurissaint, John Mazzarella & Antonina Welz
Mark L. Coles Memorial Scholarship Lydia Horan
Leo E. Cook Memorial Scholarship Rudy Chase
Charles L. and Gladys Copeland Memorial Scholarship Matthew Aldrich, John Clifford, John Cremmen, Shannon FitzGerald, Lauren Hogan, Brendan McManus, Jacqueline Sullivan and Henry Wells
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship Shannon Conley, Mairead Dambruch, Danielle Dumais, Hope Huban, Chris Jean Baptiste, Kathleen McAuliffe, Kate Riccuiti, John Viveiros
Olympia Haveles Crowley Scholarship Hope Huban & Hailee Sullivan
Leonard V. and Dorothy A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Kalyani Twyman
Cunningham Park Men’s Bowling Scholarship Madison Brown & Ashley Vaughn
James M. Curley Class of 1976 Memorial Award Michael Fallon
John M. Curley Memorial Scholarship Tyler Volpe-Knock
Mary Louise Daly Community Service Award Sarah Monderer
Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award Audrey Erickson
Debra A. Davis Memorial Scholarship Ariana Ferrante & Sabrina Najarian
Michael A. Devin Memorial Scholarship Kailey Allen & Ja Maurie Coakley
Dr. Frank J. Giuliano Jr. Award Charles Karoff
Charles S. Pierce Middle School Award Derek Perkins
John D. Glover Elementary School Award Hope McDonald
Mary A. Cunningham Elementary School Award Kristen Mills
Richard Collicot Elementary School Award Jamie Donahue
Robert Tucker Elementary School Award David Perkins
Paul Dorsey Baseball Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe, Cullen McMurray & Brandon Musto
Esther P. Edwards Fund Scholarship Mackenzie Abbott
Kate Lisa Etienne Memorial Scholarship Levinia White
FAME Scholarship for Band Simon Eder
FAME Scholarship for Chorus Hope Huban & Colette Nourie
FAME Scholarship for Jazz Michael Wyatt
William T. and Lenore Fidler Memorial Award Kourtney Smith
Gino M. Fiore Memorial Scholarship Simon Eder
Robert E. Forde Memorial Scholarship Monica Woods
Diallo B. Fuller Memorial Scholarship Nia Pinto
Emily McLaughlin Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Joseph Stroud
Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Memorial Citizenship Award Lydia Horan & Kendall VanAllen
John Hagan Memorial Scholarship Mikalia Jackson
Henrietta T. Hallowell Citizenship Award Shannon Conley
Mark G. Hamilton 22nd Annual Memorial Scholarship Henry Wells
Jack M. Hanley Memorial Scholarship Penelope Taylor
Charles E. Hardison Memorial Scholarship Jacquelyn Bertram
John Phelan Community Service Award Owen Walsh
Nancy J. Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship Emily Dsida
John J. Karol Memorial Scholarship Daniel Costello
Rabbi Nathan and Helen Korff Memorial Scholarship Nathan Liberty
Barbara Anne Holub LaCambria Memorial Scholarship Ava Urkevic
Donald P. Lake Memorial Scholarship Mary Cronin
Jack Lanigan Memorial Scholarship Cullen McMurray
Elliot and Esther Levine Scholarship Maryanne MacIsaac
Christine Marie Linehan Scholarship Miranda Czwakiel
Baron Hugo Lira Music Scholarship Matthew Nolan
Edith Hamilton Lira Business Scholarship Brandon Musto
Louis Armstrong Award Liam Hines
Joseph F. Lynch Jr. Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship JaMaurie Coakley
Robert “Bubba” Maloney Scholarship Shannon Conley
Rachel B. and Robert J. Mantica Award Ava Berg
George C. Marsden Memorial Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe
Gerald D. Martin Scholarship Allegra DeNooyer
Elaine McFadden Scholarship John Cremmen & Ariana Ferrante
Jennifer McManus Memorial Scholarship Kristyn Swift
Dr. Alan Barrie Meisler Memorial Scholarship Megan Caljouw
Milton Amateur Gardeners Club Award Katherine Driscoll, Elizabeth Murphy  & Liam Halloran
Milton Animal League Scholarship Taylor Avery
Milton Educators Association Scholarship Anna Mahoney, John McGrath
Milton Fire Department Scholarship Elizabeth Murphy & Rudy Chase
Milton for Peace Gerda Conant and Jean Curry Memorial Peace-Builder’s Award Kalyani Twyman
Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe & Hailee Sullivan
Milton High School Class of 1988 in memory of Alex Losordo Scott Cummings
Milton High School Dramatics Society Award Audrey Erickson
Milton High School English Excellence Award Allegra DeNooyer & Simon Eder
Milton High School Journalism Award for Scholastic Editing and Reporting Joshua Kery
Milton High School Music Theater Award Samantha Antoniewicz, Emily Dsida, Colette Nourie & Michael Wyatt
Milton High School Spirit Scholarship
(funded by Teens in Need) Kailey Allen & Chinedu Nzepuome
Milton High School TRI-M Music Honor Society Award Emily Dsida
Milton Historical Society Scholarship Simon Eder
Milton Junior Wildcats Scholarship Michael Fallon & Kendall Van Allen
Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Shannon Conley, Hope Huban & Simon Eder
Milton Kiwanis Club Scholarship Jacquelyn Bertram, Hope Huban, Elizabeth Lawless
Milton National Little League Scholarship Colin Rooney & John Walker
Milton Performing Arts Award Madeline Scott
Milton Players Scholarship Joshua Kery
Milton Police Association Scholarship John Clifford
Milton Retired Educators Award Leah Bohmbach & Tyler Volpe-Knock
Milton Rotary Club Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
Milton Softball Scholarship Ashley  Vaughn
Milton Times Scholarship Taylor Avery & Shoshanna Onyiriuka
Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship Matthew Aldrich, Jacqueline Bertram, Maeve Doyle, Danielle Dumais & Josh Kery
John Brendan Moore Scholarship Megan Caljouw
Morosini Memorial Scholarship Ky-Nam Dang, Amena El Sayed, Colin Keally, Erica Poon & Kate Ricciuti
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators  Association Achievement Award Danielle Dumais
Jeffrey D. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Nolan Carvalho
National Choral Award Samantha Antoniewicz
National Orchestra Award Allegra DeNooyer
Lawrence R. Neret Jr. Memorial Scholarship Dane Matejka
Norfolk County Teachers’ Association Book Award Danielle Dumais
Pearce – Riordan Memorial Scholarship Kendall Van Allen
Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship Anna Mahoney, Evangelos Pesiridis, Colin Rooney & Jacob St. Fort
Pierce Middle School PTO Scholarship Joshua Kery
Anne Power Memorial Scholarship John McGrath
George F. Ramacorti Memorial Award Sarah Dragon
Alison Mae Regan Scholarship Liam Hines & Colette Nourie
Susanne M. Ruicis National Honor Society Memorial Scholarship Lydia Horan
Dominique Sade Samuels Memorial Scholarship Paola Charles
Charles Hamilton Savage Memorial Award John Walker
Richard J. Scopa and Family Scholarship John Lenane
Kurt P. Shannon Memorial Scholarship Maeve Lydon & Hailee Sullivan
Shoolman Family Scholarship Daniel Costello
Michael A. Siciliano Memorial Scholarship Tatiana Perez
Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Anne Grudem, Mikalia Jackson & Sabrina Najarian
Arthur L. Sneider Memorial Scholarship Meaghan McDougall
John Philip Sousa Award Liam Hines
Julia D. Stackpole Memorial Scholarship Shareen Alsebai & Sindhu Banerjee
Superintendent’s Awards for Academic Excellence Joshua Kery
Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship Sophia Cousineau, Greta Freking, Joshua Kery, John Lenane & Owen Walsh
Sustainable Milton Green Student Leadership Award Alexis Belash& Chris Jean Baptiste
James E. Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Olivia Chin
Francis W. Tatro Memorial Music Award Lara Nasser
Marylou Trojano Memorial Scholarship Isabelle Bongiorno
Tucker PTO Scholarship Shoshanna Onyiriuka
Hiram Tuell Citizenship Award Simon Eder
Mathys J. and Maxine Pearce Van Dam Memorial Scholarship Akeem Smith
Charles C. Winchester Memorial Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee & Lydia Horan
Winter Valley Scholarship Max Harris & Vincent Nguyen
Michael J. Young Memorial Scholarship Maximilian Welz

On Wednesday night (June 1st), we enjoyed the annual Milton High School Boosters Banquet, where many of our students were honored for their athletic abilities, as well as sportsmanship and integrity. Please join me in recognizing the student-athletes from the following categories:

MHS Booster Awards

Most Accomplished and Outstanding Athletes Scholarship: A point system was used to score each applicant; a score of 1 was counted for each accomplishment. Student athletes with the highest scores will be awarded scholarships, without any league violations. Congratulations to: Katherine Driscoll, Mairead Dambruch, Timothy Lynch, Sophia Cousineau, Patrick McDonnell, Meaghan McDougall, Colin Rooney and Michael Fallon.

Athletic Achievement Award: Applicants were evaluated on the basis of their athletic success, dedication, sportsmanship, and leadership, as well as academic achievement and character. A point system was used to determine achievement level. One letter of recommendation demonstrating your dedication, sportsmanship and leadership is required as part of the selection process (Head Coach or position coach). Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and no league violations: Alexis Belash, Katherine McAuliffe, Sara McMenamin, Akeem Smith, John Walker.

Impact Award

Any student/athlete participating in any sport while at MHS, with a 2.0 GPA. This Athlete set an example with their hard work, dedication, undaunted determination, no matter from the field, bench or bleachers. This award is an example of the athletic community the MHS Boosters likes to see make an impact. It is not always about the most gifted athlete or scholar. The individual’s association can be through direct or indirect participation. Evaluation will be on the level of participation in each activity: Madison Brown, Kailey Allen, Caroline Johnson, Greta Freking, Sarah Dragon, Benjamin Donahue, Scott Cummings, Zachary Fischer.

MHS Athletic Awards

Unsung Hero Award
Alexis Belash & Michael Fallon

Sportsmanship Award
Katherine Driscoll & Kendall Van Allen

Outstanding Female Athlete
Sophia Cousineau

Outstanding Male Athlete
Derek Perkins

Mickarl Thomas Spirit Award
Isabel Belash & Matthew McAuliffe

Peter Muse Scholarship Award
Mairead Dambruch & Joseph Walker Stroud

Evan Jones Scholarship Awards
Michael Fallon & Meaghan McDougall

MHS Individual Team Awards

Volleyball Award
Coaches Award – Sarah Dragon & Elizabeth Murphy
Most Improved Player Award – Haley O’Brien
Outstanding Senior Award – Madison Brown

Girls Cross Country
Outstanding Senior Award – Mairead Dambruch

Boys Cross Country
Outstanding Senior Award – Tim Lynch

Boys Tennis
Outstanding Senior Award – Michael Wyatt

Girls Tennis
Outstanding Senior Award- Mikalia Jackson

Rugby Award
Coaches Award – Patrick McDonnell
Outstanding Senior Award – Ameil Marc

Baseball Award
Harry E. Carlson Award – Colin Rooney
John Morosini Baseball Award – Scott Cummings
Outstanding Senior – Jake Walker

Golf
Outstanding Senior Award – Walker Stroud

Ski Team
Coaches Award – Niamh Lynch
Outstanding Senior Award – Georgia Bell & Owen Walsh

Boys Lacrosse
Groundhog Award – Max Fitzgerald
MVP Award – Max Fitzgerald
Coaches Award – Bobby Lesenechal
Outstanding Senior Award – Joseph Binda

Cheerleading
Coaches Award – Bailey Cook
Outstanding Senior Award – Monica Woods

Boys Crew – Spring
Outstanding Senior Award – Liam Hines

Girls Crew – Spring
Outstanding Senior Award – Grace Wamester

Wrestling
Baldwin Award – Patrick McDonnell
Outstanding Senior Award – Dane Matejka

Girls Soccer
Outstanding Senior Award – Sophia Cousineau

Boys Soccer
Tom Herget Award – Cole Kroninger
Outstanding Senior Award – Alden Rosa

Boys Ice Hockey
Marc Susi Award – Colin Rooney
Steve Wilkie Boys Hockey Award – David Cunniff
Outstanding Senior Award – Elliott Chauvet

Girls Indoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Sophia Cousineau

Boys Indoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Derek Perkins

Girls Lacrosse
Outstanding Senior Award – Morgan Begley

Softball
Hilltoppers Award – Shannon Fitzgerald
Outstanding Senior Award – Ashley Vaughn

Field Hockey
Outstanding Senior Award – Kate Driscoll

Girls Outdoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Alexis Belash

Boys Outdoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Colin Keally

Coed Swim Team
Outstanding Senior Award – Emma Heller

Girls Ice Hockey
Steve Wilkie Hockey Award – Meaghan McDougall
Outstanding Senior – Kate Driscoll

Football
Patrick Bowes Memorial – Akeem Smith
Sgt John T. Carota Memorial – John “Mac” Feeney
Daniel E. Duggan Trophy – Jack Clifford
Perry Thanksgiving Award – MVP Mac Feeney & David Brundage
Outstanding Senior Award – Mike Fallon

Girls Basketball Award
Coach Jack Sullivan Award – Sarah Dragon
McMann Family Award – Olivia Chin
Outstanding Senior Award – Sara McMenamin

Boys Basketball
Edward Carlson Basketball Award – John Cremmen, III
Outstanding Senior Award – JaMaurie Coakley

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I am also very proud to announce the list of colleges and universities that our Class of 2016 will be attending:

Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Auburn University, Babson College, Bates College, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Bryant University, Bryn Mawr College, Bunker Hill Community College, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University of America, Champlain College, Clark University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia College Chicago, Curry College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Fitchburg State University, Flagler College, Fort Hays State University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, George Washington University , Hamilton College, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson & Wales University, Keene State College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Manhattan College, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, McGill University, MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Merrimack College, Mount Holyoke College, Mount Ida College, Nazareth College, New York University, Newbury College, Northeastern University, Pace University, Pennsylvania State, Providence College, Purdue University, Quincy College, Quinnipiac University, Regis College, Roger Williams University, Rollins College, Russell Sage College, Sacred Heart University, Saint Anselm College, Salem State University, Simmons College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Spelman College, Springfield College, Syracuse University, Temple University, Trinity College, Tufts University, Union College, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Delaware, University of Maine, University of Maryland/College Park, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Massachusetts/Boston, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, University of Michigan, University of New England, University of New Hampshire/Durham, University of New Haven, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, University of Texas/ Austin, University of Vermont, Ursinus College, Vassar College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Wheaton College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Yale University.

In addition, we have students who have enlisted in the US Navy and the US Marine Corps; and students who will be attending Hotchkiss Prep and Brewster Academy.

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Also, I am often asked for a list of colleges and universities where our seniors have been accepted, but are not necessarily attending. Please see below for this list of colleges and universities that accepted members of the Class of 2016:

Adelphi University, American International College, American University, Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Arizona State University, Assumption College, Auburn University, Ball State University, Bard College, Barnard College, Baruch College of the CUNY, Bates College, Bay Path University, Bay State College, Becker College, Belmont University, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Borough of Manhattan Community College of the CUNY, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Brown University, Bryant University, Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, Buffalo State College of SUNY, Bunker Hill Community College, California Institute of the Arts, California State University/Fresno, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Catholic University of America, Central Connecticut State University, Champlain College, Clark Atlanta University, Clark University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Cleveland State University, Coastal Carolina University, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, College of Charleston, College of the Holy Cross, College of William and Mary, Columbia College Chicago, Columbia University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Connecticut College, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, Cornell University, Creighton University, CUNY-Macaulay Honors College, Curry College, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Dean College, Denison University, Dickinson College, Dominican University, Drexel University, Duke University, Duquesne University, Durham University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Eastern Nazarene College, Eckerd College, Elon University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Emory University, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fisher College, Fitchburg State University, Flagler College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Southern College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida State University, Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus/Rose Hill Campus, Fort Hays State University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gettysburg College, Gordon College, Goucher College, Grinnell College, Gulf Coast Community College, Hamilton College – NY, Hampton University, Harvard University, Hawaii Pacific University, High Point University, Hofstra University, Hollins University, Howard University, Husson University, Iona College, Ithaca College, Jacksonville University, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson & Wales University (North Miami), Johnson & Wales University, Juniata College, Keene State College, Kenyon College, La Salle University, Lasell College, Lehigh University, Lesley University, Lewis & Clark College, LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola University New Orleans, Lyndon State College, Macalester College, Make Up For Ever Academy New York, Manhattan College, Marist College, Marquette University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Community College – Canton, McDaniel College, McGill University, MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Medgar Evers College of the CUNY, Merrimack College, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Middlebury College, Morehouse College, Morgan State University. Mount Holyoke College, Mount Ida College, Muhlenberg College, Nazareth College, New England College, New York University, Newberry College, Nichols College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Nova Southeastern University, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Pace University, New York City, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Pennsylvania State, Plymouth State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Providence College, Purchase College State, University of New York, Purdue University, Queens College of the CUNY, Quincy College, Quinnipiac University, Reed College, Regis College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhodes College, Rice University, Rivier University, Roger Williams University, Rollins College, Roosevelt University, Russell Sage College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Sacred Heart University, Sage College of Albany, Saint Anselm College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Michael’s College, Salem State University, Salve Regina University, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Seattle University, Seton Hall University, Siena College, Sierra Nevada College, Simmons College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Southern New Hampshire University, Spelman College, Springfield College, St. John’s University – Queens Campus, St. Lawrence University, Stanford University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stonehill College, Stony Brook University, Suffolk University, SUNY College at Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Temple University, The New School, Trinity College, Tufts University, Tulane University, Union College, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Bridgeport, University of Bristol, University of California/Berkeley, University of California/Los Angeles, University of California/San Diego, University of California/ Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado/Boulder, University of Colorado/Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Glasgow, University of Hartford, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Maryland/Baltimore County, University of Maryland/College Park, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Massachusetts/Boston, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities, University of New England, University of New Hampshire/Durham, University of New Haven, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina/Asheville, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Scranton, University of Sheffield, University of South Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, University of St Andrews, University of Tampa, University of Texas, Austin, University of Tennessee/Knoxville, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, University of Utah, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Ursinus College, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, Villanova University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington College, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, West Virginia University, Western Connecticut State University, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Wheaton College, Wheelock College, Wichita State University, Widener University, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University, Xavier University, Yale University and Youngstown State University.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that the last day of school will be June 23rd. This will be a half day.

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For those of you who attempted to solve the Continental Math problems provided in the last E-blast, here are the answers:

Marcy has 28 pennies and Tom has 21 pennies. If Marcy gives Tom 5 pennies he will have _____ more pennies than Marcy will have. Answer: Tom will have 3 more pennies than Marcy will have.

George spent $22. This is half as much as Maria and Harriet spent together. Maria spent $15. How much did Harriet spend? Answer: Harriet spent $29.

Pedro lives 3 miles from his Aunt’s house. He can walk a mile in 17 minutes. If he leaves his house at 9:15 a.m., he will arrive at his Aunt’s house at ______a.m. Answer: 10:06 a.m.

Tyshawn needs $90. He worked 6 hours on Thursday earning $7 an hour.

He worked 4 hours on Friday earning $8 an hour. How much more money does he need? Answer: $16

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

It seems like every day we hear about teens dying behind the wheel because of texting and driving. The Arbella Insurance Foundation and DPS Insurance Group, Inc. are committed to stopping this problem. How?

The Arbella Insurance Foundation created and funds Distractology a mobile simulator experience, designed to show new drivers exactly how dangerous it is to text and drive. New drivers will get firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and avoid accidents while safely behind the wheel of a driving simulator. It’s real. It’s useful. And it’s memorable.

This opportunity is available to new drivers with their learner’s permit or license. The program is FREE and participants also receive a $15 gas card! Milton High School is proud to be hosting Distractology Monday, June 13th through Friday, June 17th.

If students would like schedule an appointment, they must sign up in the Milton High School’s Main Office.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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Our Park & Rec Department has plenty of summer programs available for Milton residents. Please check their website here for more information.

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The following item was sent to us by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass:

Have you thought about enrolling your daughter in Girl Scouts, but want more information prior to doing so? Have you ever considered being a troop leader, but don’t know where to begin or what’s involved?  The Milton Girl Scouts Service Unit is here to help!  The Service Unit’s purpose is to provide support town-wide as new troops are formed, existing troops evolve, and to share best practices along the way.  The Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass also support our town troops, so there is more help available than you may realize!

If you want to learn more, let us know you’re interested by Friday, June 24th by completing a brief interest form online at goo.gl/qnDWSA. The Milton Service Unit will follow up with you in accordance with your specific interest.

If you already plan to register or re-register your child for Girl Scouts, you can do so directly on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass website. Registration information is located at http://www.gsema.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.html. A registered Girl Scout, even if not yet placed in a troop, receives access to many camp, outdoor, and family activities throughout the year.

BID- MILTON

Children with a sick or injured Teddy Bear can have their bears evaluated by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Emergency Department staff at the hospital’s seventh annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 am – 2 pm, at the hospital located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.

The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

A new family feature this year will be a Teddy Bear Clinic. Hospital Emergency Department staff members Erin Ryan, CNA, and Deirdre Michalski, PA, will staff a “Teddy Bear E.D.” where children can have their bears checked out and professionally treated for an assortment of common Teddy Bear illnesses and injuries.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11 am to 12 noon.

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 10:30 am. Health screenings and checks will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The American Red Cross’ Blood Mobile will be onsite to accept blood donations from the community. Individuals who are interested in donating should call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. Those who donate blood will be entered into a raffle to win a special prize.

Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvements and new equipment for the hospital’s cardiac testing service. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

Summer is almost here – so get ready by joining us for fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Also, have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 12 – 18:

Friday, June 17, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

New name, same program! Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). 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 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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Art Center:

Summer — time to go deeper into what matters. Exploring new worlds and artists. Children learn skills to make vivid their ideas and bring them to life. Strengthening the ability to create gives children the confidence they need to draw from every day to succeed in shaping their world.

Our art teachers at the MAC engage children’s imaginations and feelings using open-ended instruction to teach art skills. Children enjoy the process of creation and the pride of accomplishment.

The 2016 Summer Arts @MAC program will take place from June 27 through July 28th for children in Grades K-5. Five weeks: June 27 – July 29, 2016  9:00AM – Noon http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

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Also, the MAC will be hosting a Backyard BBQ Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 11th from noon to 7pm. Spend the afternoon playing games and doing art projects like T-shirt printing, rock painting and much more. Buy a treasure from our local artists on our front lawn and attend the opening of our Celebrate Summer Art Show in the main gallery. Take in some of the best of MAC’s Open Mic talent, and then it’s the Roy Sludge Trio at 6pm to wake up your rockabilly. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and Italian ice will be served all day. Bring a blanket or a chair and we’ll see you there! Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road.

ATHLETICS

Our spring seasons have all wrapped up, with the exception of the Girls and Boys Outdoor Track Teams. Last weekend, the Girls Outdoor Track Team won the D3 Outdoor Championships in Burlington — and on Saturday, June 4th, the team pulled off a stunning victory at the MIAA All State Outdoor Championship in Westfield. After trailing behind the meet leaders most of the day, the Milton girls rallied in the final few events and finished the meet tied for first place with Tewksbury. The victory was a true team effort with amazing performances by the Milton girls, including a 3rd place finish in the 400M by freshman Elise O’Leary, a 4th place finish in the mile by sophomore Bridget Mitchell and a 4th place finish in the Pentathlon by Jessy Iwuala. However the big moments in the meet came down to the last two events, the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The 4x100m relay of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Atheana Pierre, Paola Charles and Jaliegha Williams pulled out a huge 2nd place performance that provided a much needed 8pts for the team. Then the 4x400m relay of Alexis Belash, Josie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary won the 4x400m with a state-best time of 3:54, sealing the tied victory. Congrats to these girls, as well as Coaches Tom Shaw, Dion Crichlow and George Daly.

On the Boys side, freshman Smith Charles placed first in the 100M dash, and the 4x100M relay placed third in the state. The team overall finished sixth in the state.

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Also, the Pierce Track and Field team completed their season with a successful performance at the South Shore Middle School League Championships. Nosa Iyamu finished first in the high jump, John Barros finished first in the 100M and Luke Botsford finished third in the 100M hurdles. The boys’ team finished third overall. The girls’ relay teams came in second in the 4X100, 4X400 and the 4X800. Crystal Dai was fourth in the long jump and Ava Duggan was second in the high jump. The girls’ team finished 5th overall. Congratulations to these Pierce athletes for another great season!

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:

AMBASSADOR

Staff: It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dawn Sykes as the Director of Milton Public Schools Fine Arts. Included in this department is K-12 Music, K-12 Visual Arts and 9-12 Family & Consumer Studies. Ms. Sykes has served since 2004 as the Choral Director at Pierce Middle School. She recently completed the Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program at Curry College. Ms. Sykes earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta; and her Masters of Arts from San Diego State University. Prior to joining the MPS, Ms. Sykes taught music and was a chorus director at all different grade levels in California.

I have every confidence that Dawn Sykes will continue the tradition of excellence created by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett over the past three decades. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating and thanking Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett for her years of service and in welcoming Ms. Sykes to this important leadership position within the Milton Public Schools.

Students: Congratulations to each and every member of the Graduating Class of 2016. We are very proud of all you have accomplished!

Volunteer: I would like to thank and recognize the tireless volunteers who have organized this year’s All Night Party for our seniors. This annual tradition in Milton is not only a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to spend time together before the summer begins, it is also an excellent way to keep our students safe. The party takes a great deal of planning and volunteer hours and was organized this year by Annellen Lydon and Trisha Sullivan. Thank you to both of these women and all of this year’s volunteers for their hard work.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

May 27th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 27•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 27, 2016

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today, I am very pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Karen McDavitt to the position of Principal of Glover Elementary School. Ms. McDavitt comes to us with 13 years of experience as an educator.

Ms. McDavitt holds a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College; a master’s degree from Lesley University; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Boston University.

Ms. McDavitt is currently employed as a teacher in the Cohasset Public Schools, where she has held various leadership positions since 2008 and was selected as a semifinalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Prior to Cohasset, Ms. McDavitt was a teacher at the intermediate level in Ipswich, where she served as the English Language Arts Coordinator for K-5; Chair of the Writing Committee; Student Leadership Mentor and Leader; and Literacy School Library Creator and Coordinator.

Ms. McDavitt possesses many qualities which will make her an effective principal. These include a strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction, an ability to work collaboratively and a love for education and for her profession. I am confident that Glover parents/guardians, teachers, staff and most importantly, students, will continue to flourish under the leadership of Ms. McDavitt.

“I am excited for her leadership tenure,” said Glover parent and Screening Committee member JP Plunkett. “She blends unbridled passion and unabashed classroom excellence with leadership intangibles that signal a superstar in the quick making.”

I have no doubt that Ms. McDavitt will establish strong relationships with parents/guardians and staff to continue to meet the rigorous standards that have been established at the Glover Elementary School.

“Not only did Ms. McDavitt demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching but it was clear that she resonated with the teachers and staff — and I have no doubt that her warmth and commitment to elementary education will be immediately felt by the students and parents,” said Glover parent and Screening Committee Member Kathryn Beaumont Murphy.

Glover staff members who served on the Screening Committee Mary McCarthy, Brian Powers and Mary Bodkin said they are pleased with the appointment, noting: “Ms. McDavitt has demonstrated enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to students, staff and families throughout her career in education.” They extend a warm welcome to Ms. McDavitt from the Glover Community.

There were many qualified candidates for this position and I would like to thank the Screening Committee for their hard work in reviewing the applications and interviewing the candidates with me. I am grateful to the following members of the Glover Principal Screening Committee:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan,Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Glover Adjustment Counselor Brian Powers, Glover Teachers Mary McCarthy and Mary Bodkin, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau,Parent Representatives JP Plunkett, Anna Barker and Kathryn Beaumont Murphy.

Additionally, a second round of interviews was conducted with myself, Principals James Jette, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Glenn Pavlicek and Janet Sheehan; School Committee Members Sheila Varela, Dr. Elaine Craghead, Margaret Eberhardt; Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Meredith Kempf; and Guidance Director Karen Cahill. Ms. McDavitt will begin her new position on July 1st.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

 There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held June 8th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio in Room 245.

May 25th:  This meeting began with a presentation by the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee and an introduction of the 5th Grade Safety Patrol from each school. Transportation Director Jake Smith described the responsibilities of the patrol and School Committee members congratulated them for their efforts. Next, members voted to approve two upcoming field trips. The FY17 Needs and Priorities list was voted on, as was the FY17 School Committee Calendar and summer retreat. Subcommittee assignments were approved. The Third Quarter Report was discussed, and a Vendor Warrant was approved. Member voted to approve the minutes of April 27th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meredith Kempf, Curriculum Coordinator at Glover Elementary School:

Problem solving is an integral part of the Milton Public Schools Math Curriculum. Each elementary classroom provides opportunities for students to develop their problem solving skills through integrating problem solving strategies and real life word problems into their daily routines. Students are able to demonstrate their deep understanding of math concepts through their application of skills in these problems and are encouraged to share their strategies with their peers.

For more than 25 years, Milton Public School students in grades 2-5 have been participating in the Continental Math League (CML). All students participate in at least 3 CML “meets” per year within their classrooms. These meets provide an additional way for our students to challenge themselves and demonstrate their ability to problem solve.   Each thirty minute meet consists of 6 challenging word problems that require students to use their analytic skills to determine which math skills are needed to answer the question.  For years our students have challenged themselves and persevered demonstrating their ability to approach difficult problems in different ways.  Success is measured not only through their individual score in a meet but also through growth from meet to meet.

More recently, each school has also added Math Clubs. These clubs provide the opportunity for students to further develop their problem solving skills.  Students meet with parent facilitators to work through problems and challenges.  In this format, students have the opportunity to develop the skill of determination and experience the excitement of success in a club format.  Frequently, students can be found working in small groups using multiple ideas and perspectives to figure out how to solve the problems.  In this format, students also discover that many problems have multiple ways in which they can be solved.

When asked about CML, one student explained, “I like how it is challenging and you have to work hard on it.” Give some problems a try yourself!

  • Marcy has 28 pennies and Tom has 21 pennies. If Marcy gives Tom 5 pennies he will have _____ more pennies than Marcy will have.
  • George spent $22. This is half as much as Maria and Harriet spent together. Maria spent $15. How much did Harriet spend?
  • Pedro lives 3 miles from his Aunt’s house. He can walk a mile in 17 minutes. If he leaves his house at 9:15 a.m., he will arrive at his Aunt’s house at ______a.m.
  • Tyshawn needs $90. He worked 6 hours on Thursday earning $7 an hour. He worked 4 hours on Friday earning $8 an hour. How much more money does he need?

SUMMER READING INFO

The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

It’s that time of year again! All of our teachers have been working hard readying children to take on the challenge of reading every single day this summer and topping the last summer’s record of 484,000 minutes read. We are once again partnering with our friends at the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. Students currently in grades K-4 have already brought home a registration form to be filled out and returned to school. Upon receipt of this form, Mrs. Henry and Mrs. McKenna will ensure that each child is registered on the library’s website and can participate in their SUMMER READING CHALLENGE!! Please let your child’s teacher know if you did not receive the summer reading registration so that we can ensure all children are signed up and READY TO READ!!!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Great news … the Milton Transportation & Traffic Sub-Committee of the Milton School Committee was nominated for and won the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Community Collaboration Award! This award goes to the community which has best demonstrated the importance of collaborating among local organizations and municipal staff to develop an effective and successful SRTS program.

The group has been meeting consistently for the past year. Regular members include: SRTS, parent reps from each school, school committee, superintendent’s office, school transportation dept. This is an open public meeting and, as such, is listed on the town website 24 hours in advance so any interested community residents can join. The Sub-Committee has planned and implemented an annual pedestrian safety training at all four elementary schools- both the parent/teacher volunteer instructor model and the peer (5th grade) mentor model. All four elementary schools have incorporated the AAA Safety Patrol. The middle school has incorporated annual bicycle safety training into the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum in addition to hosting a community-wide bike rodeo. All schools have recently completed student travel surveys, aerial mapping, and walk assessments in order to create recommended walking routes. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at the Grand Staircase Hall, State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston from 10am to noon.

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The Milton Public Schools will be hosting Arbella Insurance’s Distractology Program at the Milton High School campus on June 13-17. This is a free distracted driving program for our students, which utilizes a driving simulator.  Details on signups, etc will be included in the next E-blast.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

For those of you who have been following Milton’s Challenger League, which is now in its fourth season, there are still a few games left this year. The Challenger Team welcomes players of all genders, 6-18 years old, with any special need. Games are played Sundays at Shields Park. Please join the players and fans on Sunday, June 5th at 4:20pm; or Sunday, June 12th at 4:30pm.

BID-MILTON

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) will hold its seventh annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 am – 2 pm, at the hospital. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11 am to 12 noon.

A new family feature this year will be a Teddy Bear Clinic. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff.

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings and checks will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The American Red Cross’ Blood Mobile will be onsite to accept blood donations from the community. Individuals who are interested in donating should call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. Those who donate blood will be entered into a raffle to win a special prize.

The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Grants to several local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs identified in the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvements and new equipment for the hospital’s cardiac testing service. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk  to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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 We recently received this letter from BID-Milton President/CEO Peter Healy:

I write to you with mixed emotions to announce that I will be leaving Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on January 1, 2017 to assume the newly created role of President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

This move is part of a strategy to place the Beth Israel Deaconess system in the best possible position during a period of rapid growth and change locally and across the industry.  In just a few short years, the Beth Israel Deaconess family has grown to include an academic medical center, three member community hospitals, four community hospital clinical affiliations, one specialty hospital and more than 2,400 physicians.

I will report to Kevin Tabb, MD, who will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer for BIDMC. He will focus largely on the system including building and overseeing the leadership team, and developing and executing a system-wide strategy.  As President of BIDMC, my focus will be on the medical center’s internal operations such as service, operations, management and finance.

I was not looking to leave BID-Milton.  This was a very difficult decision, especially on a personal level.    During my tenure at BID-Milton, we have made strong progress on a number of fronts:

  • A Spring 2016 Joint Commission Survey placed us among the nation’s top hospitals
  • Expansion of our Center for Specialty Care to include 18 BIDMC physicians and specialist surgeons, bringing outstanding expertise to our community
  • Implementation of a board-certified, critical care specialist ICU staffing model which is offered by fewer than 50 percent of hospitals nationwide
  • Fifteen percent growth in Emergency Department volume since the closure of Quincy Medical Center while maintaining prompt throughput times for patients and families
  • Fiscal strength enabling reinvestment in facilities, technology and staff
  • Robust community partnerships established in Milton, Quincy and Randolph Please know that I have greatly enjoyed working with you and other community partners.  An extensive search for BID-Milton’s next President and CEO will soon be launched. The role is sure to attract many talented candidates due to our strong clinical, financial and market positions, our outstanding care givers and your unwavering support.I thank you for your commitment to BID-Milton and I look forward to our continued work together.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at Peter_Healy@bidmilton.org or at (617) 313-1353. NEWS AROUND TOWNOur town will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30th. The American Legion Post #114 will begin this year’s Memorial Day program with the raising of the flag and the placing of the wreath at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. Following this observance, participants will march to Milton Cemetery for the customary ceremony.

TOWN HALL – 9:30 a.m.

  • Placing of the Wreath at the War Memorial – Legion Members
  • Raising of the Flag – Legion Members
  • MHS Band – National Anthem

CEMETERY – 10 a.m.

  • Introduction – Frank Stout, Legion Member (introductory remarks and introduction of special guest and keynote speaker U.S. Army Major General Stan Genega (Ret.)
  • Greetings – Paul McDonnell, Commander of the American Legion Post #114 and Joseph M. Reardon, Cemetery Trustee
  • Invocation – Reverend Stephen Zukas, Administrator, Saint Elizabeth Parish
  • Select Chorus & Band – Armed Forces Salute – Songs from all branches of the American Armed Forces (Select Chorus under the direction of Noreen Burdett and MHS band under the direction of both Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good)
  • Welcome – Kathleen M. Conlon, Chair, Board of Selectmen
  • In Flanders Fields – recited by Joanna M. Needham, MHS Junior
  • Band Selection – National Emblem
  • Keynote Speaker – U.S. Army Major General, Stan Genega (Ret.)
  • Coin Presentation – WW II Veterans
  • Prayer Offered by Rabbi Alfred Benjamin (in absentia) – written by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff
  • Placing of Wreaths – Legion Member
  • Roll Call – Kevin Cook, Veterans Agent
  • Volley / Echo Taps – Legion Member / MHS Student
  • Flag Raising – National Anthem – MHS Mixed Chorus
  • Remarks – State Representative Walter F. Timilty
  • Benediction – Reverend John Allen, Pastor, First Congregational Church
  • Band Selection – MHS Band

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 The Milton Jr. Wildcats are happy to announce that we will be offering an inspirational football team for the Fall 2016 season.  Any child ages 5-21 with cognitive or physical challenges may register for this team.  This team will meet two nights each week for one hour.  The children will do an exhibition in competition events and games, but no child will be required to participate.

You can register for the inspirational team by going to our website at www.miltonjrwildcats.org, click the REGISTER NOW button and follow the prompts from there. Practices will start in August, then continue throughout the season which ends in October. Uniforms will be provided to each cheerleader for the season.

We have a few committed volunteers already but are actively looking for more, please forward along any persons or volunteers to me and we will add them to the list. The JR. Wildcats are very excited about this new team and we look forward to working with all of you.

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The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Milton Hill Sport and Spa, Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools have created teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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All are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun. The annual Green Up the Blue Hills will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins.  Students and families will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  Volunteers should park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton. It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot to the cabins. The event is rain or shine.  Please RSVP to Anne Comber at Greenup@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent in by Lilly Sundell-Thomas, Reference & Young Adult Librarian at the Milton Public Library.

Teen Yoga with Joanne Lloyd

The Milton Public Library will be offering a series of teen yoga classes this summer on Monday afternoons from 4pm – 5pm in the Keys Community Room. Local yoga teacher Joanne Lloyd has been practicing yoga with young people and their families for the past 9 years. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, Yogafest, Faneuil Hall,  and in local daycare centers in the Boston area. Classes will be on 6/27, 7/11, and 7/25. Register online for FREE at miltonlibrary.org. Beginners welcome!

The following was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Summer is on its way – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 5 – 11:

Friday, June 10, 2016 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, June 10, 2016 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 and will open two weeks prior to the event.

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 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:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

Please join me in congratulating Coach Tom Shaw, who was recognized at the annual Coach of the Year banquet sponsored by the MIAA in Milford last night. Coach Shaw was recognized for his work as Girls Cross Country coach. He and his student athletes do an amazing job of representing our athletic program, our high school and our town.

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The following was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

Reminder that the Annual Booster banquet is next Wednesday, June 1st in the Copeland Field House at 6pm. Tickets are on sale online at www.miltonboosters.com. All tickets must be purchased online. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Congratulations to all our Spring athletes and coaches as they have all represented Milton High School athletics with poise and class throughout the season. Best of luck to all those continuing to compete in MIAA tournament events!

Rugby: The team finished another highly successful regular season last night.   The combined records of Varsity and JV were 11 wins-2 losses-1 tie, this Spring. With a 23-13 victory over Brookline in the Division 2 semi-finals on Tuesday, Wildcat rugby will roll into General Foley Stadium, Worcester this Saturday, May 28th, for the Divisions 2 State Final, pitted against #1 seed Lincoln Sudbury.  It will be Milton’s fourth consecutive year of making it to the D2 State Finals, having won titles in 2013 and 2015.

 Girls’ Crew: The two varsity boats raced this past weekend at the US Rowing Northeast Youth Championships. The first four came in fourth in their heat and did not advance to the second day. The second varsity four placed second in the heat and advanced to the semi’s on Sunday. They placed fourth in their semi’s putting them just out of the grand final later that day. Our final race is the Massachusetts Championships this Sunday, May 29th in Lowell. We will see some of our regular, tough opponents like CRLS and Duxbury Maritime.

Boys Tennis: The team wrapped up their season with a 3-2 victory at Dedham and a 1-4 loss to Natick.  Sophomore, Mike Gates led the team with a 10-4 record, while junior, Gainni Rodrigues ended the season with a 9-6 record.  Mike Gates was named to the Bay State League All Star Team and teammates: Mike Wyatt and Giannie Rodrigues were voted as Honorable Mentioned to the All Star Team. Down the stretch, the 1st doubles team of senior Mike Wyatt and freshman Kevin Meade had 2 crucial victories that helped move the team’s record to 7-8.Kevin Huang, Jeff Chan, & Aiden Sullivan showed great improvement throughout the season and should be major contributors next season.

Girls Lacrosse team finished strong this season with an exciting win against Ursuline Academy on Tuesday! The final score was 16-15, the Wildcats battled back with just minutes left in the game! Milton also had a big win against Dedham with a final score of 14-10! Unfortunately, the team finished the season just short of making the tournament, ending the season with a 7-10 record. Devin Coulter was awarded first team in the league and Julia Scannell got an honorable mention! Both girls were top scorers along with captains Morgan Begley and Katie Abbott. The defense was led by Julia Collins, Kate Driscoll and Lily Phelan with outstanding goal tending by Kat Buchanan.

Girls Softball: The team got on a roll and finished the season strong. The girls defeated Brookline and Dedham this week bringing their final record up to 9- 11. Thank you to everyone who supported the softball program this weekend at the Car Wash!

Girls Tennis: The team started off the last week of the season with a win against Dedham! Our first singles, Kate won in two sets, while second and third singles, Mikalia and Adri both won in a third sets. First doubles, Abbey and Alyssa also beat their opponents in two sets. Second single Ange and Lidia won in a third set tiebreak, solidifying their 3rd win of the season. The team is excited to play our last two matches of the season this week!

Girls Outdoor Track:  The team finished the regular season with a record of 3-2. They are competing for the Div III State Title on Saturday and are one of the favorite contenders for the title. The team will be bringing 26 athletes to the state tournament. The girls team has never brought this many girls to the state tournament.

Boys Tennis Team wrapped up their season with a 3-2 victory at Dedham and a 1-4 loss to Natick.  Sophomore, Mike Gates led the team with a 10-4 record, while junior, Gainni Rodrigues ended the season with a 9-6 record.  Both boys should at least received Honorable Mention when the All Star voting takes place later this week. Down the stretch, the 1st doubles team of senior Mike Wyatt and freshman Kevin Meade had 2 crucial victories that helped move the team’s record to 7-8.

Baseball The Wildcats have won three conference games in a row over Walpole, Wellesley and Brookline to bring their record to 9-10 with one game remaining. They need to win their last game to make the tournament. They will play tomorrow at Nauset Regional HS.  Pitching has been great from Sam Jacobsak, Brandon Musto, and Jake Walker all season long.

Boys Lacrosse: The team is looking forward to preparing for the 2017 campaign, with eight returning starters who gained a great deal of experience this season. Congratulations to our graduating seniors, Nick Rogers, Charlie Karoff, Joey Binda, Mike Fallon, David Cunniff, and Nick Bagley.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: To the Class of 2016, I would like to express my sincere congratulations. Some of you have spent 13 years with the Milton Public Schools. Some have spent less than a year with us. But you are all now part of the community of Milton Public Schools. Please enjoy the upcoming school events (Senior Awards, Boosters Banquet, Prom, and Graduation) but please also make wise decisions and keep yourselves and each other safe. We look forward to seeing you all on Graduation Day on June 5th.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Glover French Reading Teacher Kate Lavalle for being one of this year’s Outstanding Teachers. Ms. Lavalle was not in school on the day the MFE conducts its annual “surprise” visits to teachers’ classrooms, but she is certainly a worthy choice for this honor, and she did receive a classroom visit the following week. Congratulations to Ms. Lavalle!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Julie Ritchie, Piel Hollingsworth, Angie Van Allen, Eileen Heller, Nora Vernazza and Liddie Sutter for their incredible work at last night’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year presentation. I hope that the poignant words of our teachers demonstrated everyone how much the Milton Foundation for Education is appreciated and valued by our teachers, administrators and staff.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

May 13th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 13•16

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

 Guess who won this year’s Teacher of the Year? To see the winners from each school, scroll down to the “MFE News” item!!

 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 I would like to remind the community about a wonderful event taking place next month right here in Milton. The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s 7th annual Community 5k Health Walk and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.

We are so fortunate to have such an incredible medical facility in our town, and as the Superintendent, I also consider myself fortunate to have such a strong community partner in the BID-Milton.

The event kicks off with a 5k walk around Milton at 10 a.m. This Community Health Walk generates much-needed awareness for a variety of organizations that provide public health programs and support cardiovascular health through the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Starting and ending at BID-Milton, enjoy a 3.1 mile (5k) walk through the streets of Milton. Beginners can follow the half-mile course around the hospital campus instead, if they choose. Every dollar raised will go towards enhancements to the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

After the walk, walkers and other guests may visit BID-Milton’s annual health fair and family-friendly entertainment. There will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. For more information, call 617-313-1557. The cost is $5 per walker and employees of BID-Milton and children 12 and under are free! To register, click here.

See you there!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting held since my last E-blast, held on May 11th. That meeting is summarized below:

May 11th: This meeting began with a School Choice Open Public Hearing. School Committee members voted unanimously not to accept School Choice.  As part of the regular meeting, members discussed the New School Committee orientation packet and reviewed the Needs & Priorities list for the budget. The Finance Subcommittee report included a Town Meeting update and a Third Quarter report. Members voted to approve the payment for the School Resource Officer and approved two vendor warrants. As part of the Policy Subcommittee report, members voted to revise the Policy Adoption process.  And members also voted to approve a contract for a Facilities Management Plan as part of the Facilities Subcommittee report. This will be a comprehensive, 20-year plan.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm in the Milton High School Cable Access Studio, Room 245.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Danielle Huebner, Milton High School Latin Teacher:

We can be very proud to have students who have achieve excellent performance on the National Latin Exam again this year. There are over 150,000 students from all over the world who take this prestigious exam (from our 50 states and 13 foreign countries), so it is very competitive and the awards are truly merited.  All of the students on the list below scored above the national average!

National Mythology Exam Results:

On the National Mythology Exam this year, even more great news; 13 medalists, two of which were PERFECT SCORES! This is another nationally recognized exam with students who participate from all over the country. Athena Gold Award of Excellence /National Mythology Exam Gold Medal for perfect score: Abigail Files (7th) and Catherine Le (8th). National Mythology Exam Silver Medal: Connor Foley (7th), Shea Flanagan (8th), Michael Daly (8th), Dilruba Manavoglu (8th). National Mythology Exam Bronze Medal: Christopher Le (6th); Nathan Labbe (6th) Victoria William (6th), Abigail Tran (7th), Jack Elliot (7th), Sam Dunnington  (7th), Mary Howley (8th)

National Latin Exam Results:

Intro Level: Seventh graders Brendan Cullen, Abigail Files, Connor Fowley, Colin McMorrow, Evan Trafton, Abigail Tran, Francisco Vu, Aidan Welch. Latin I Level: Gold Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award (8th Graders): Shea Flanagan. Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Dilruba Manavoglu. Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Catherine Le.

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Attention middle school and high school families!  Billy Donovan will be announcing Family ID registration and walk-in registration sessions for middle school students via e-mail. The High School Guidance Department will be sending out information about Summer School in a letter to parents of students who are in danger of failing a class for the year.

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Sargent Chuck Caputo of the Milton Police Department treated the MHS Pre-K children and the Child Study seniors to their annual field trip to the police station. Sgt. Caputo talked to the students about many safety issues before giving the children a tour of the station. Students were also able to hop on the motorcycles, sit in the police cars and watch a demonstration with Officer Kristen and the police dog Fozzie. The children learned so much about the job of a police officer and how to keep safe. Sgt. Caputo has been inviting the Pre-K children for more than ten years now. His own three children went to the MHS Pre-K (Gile Campus) and are currently students at the high school.

 

Sgt. Chuck Caputo gives a tour of the Milton Police Station to the MHS Pre-K students

Sgt. Chuck Caputo gives a tour of the Milton Police Station to the MHS Pre-K students

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The following item was submitted by MHS English teacher Mike Young:

The Milton High’s newspaper’s field trip to The New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference at Boston University yielded positive results for the Elephant in the Room as a whole and for key individuals.

Congratulations to the entire staff for winning a “Superior Achievement” journalism award in scholastic editing and publishing for its print/online newspaper.

Loyal staff members who contributed to the newspaper over the past year include: Joshua Kery, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Meredith McGroarty, Shoshanna Onyiriuka, Liam Connolly, Orlane Destin, Nathan Liberty, Zaviara Luc, Matthew McAuliffe, Paige Purcell, Cole Salamone, and Zawadi Tyrell. In addition, “Special Achievement” awards in journalism were earned by Anne Marie Grudem for her “Girls’ Cross Country” cartoon; special contributor Michael Wyatt for his photograph of Bernie Sanders; and Meredith McGroarty for her article “Is Milton Really that Boring?”

Out of a pool of over 600 entries, Milton students’ submissions were chosen for their quality and excellence. That’s talent!

The staff of MHS Newspaper, Elephant in the Room. From left:  Advisor and MHS English Teacher Michael Young, along with newspaper staffers Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Cole Salamone, Nathan Liberty, Orlane Destin, Meredith McGroarty, Josh Kery, Patrick Davoren, Anne Marie Grudem, Andrew Viveiros, Taylor Avery, Kelsey Foran

The staff of MHS Newspaper, Elephant in the Room. From left: Advisor and MHS English Teacher Michael Young, along with newspaper staffers Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Cole Salamone, Nathan Liberty, Orlane Destin, Meredith McGroarty, Josh Kery, Patrick Davoren, Anne Marie Grudem, Andrew Viveiros, Taylor Avery, Kelsey Foran

 

 

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The deadline to register for Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) courses is fast approaching!  Courses are filling quickly, and the deadline to register is May 27, so please register soon!  This summer, we will be incorporating two special events during the MSE day that all children will be invited to attend!  In addition, we’d like to remind you of two new and exciting MSE courses running this summer:

International Chess Master David Vigorito will be teaching chess courses at MSE this summer!  As a reminder, the fee for the Chess course has been reduced to $200.00.  If you have already registered for this enriching Chess course, you will be automatically refunded by UniBank.  If you would like to enroll your child in the Chess course but have already chosen other courses, please email your request to MSE@cunninghamschool.org.  Here are some interesting facts about Chess Master David Vigorito, who will be teaching the course:

  • International Master (IM) David Vigorito is one of the top chess teachers and players in the country
  • ranked in the top 100 tournament players in the U.S. for over 10 years
  • highly experienced trainer of scholastic tournament players
  • coached former National Champions for 7th and 8th grade
  • coached players of all levels up to and including top Grandmasters
  • author of 8 highly acclaimed chess books
  • 2007 Massachusetts Champion and 2009 and 2012 New England co-champion
  • director of Milton’s ‘chess-a-palooza’ tournaments

Mike Lynch will be teaching TV Production courses this summer in our new hi-tech lab!  TV Production Pro is for high school students who have taken the prerequisite course, called Digital Video and/or MHS Wildcat News at Milton High School.  In this course, students will expand upon the basics of TV production, with the introduction of chroma-key technology, more in-depth studio productions, and how to make everything come together in Final Cut Pro. Note that this class is only offered to Milton High School students who have already taken Digital Video and or MHS Wildcat News.

Mike Lynch will also be teaching a course called Intro to TV Production for students entering grades 7-12 who would like to learn the basics to TV production – pre-production planning, how to set up a three camera shoot with lighting, and post-production procedures. Students will be exposed to state of the art high definition equipment that can be found in most TV studios throughout New England.

If you have any questions regarding MSE, please contact Jonathan Redden and Bernadette Butler mse@cunninghamschool.org.

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As many of you have already learned, the video of our Glover ducklings and their mama duck has gone viral! Click this link to view the YouTube video taken of this very sweet annual tradition.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School in partnership with the Parent Solution Parent Coaching will present the movie Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. The screening will be held at Milton High School in the Charles Winchester Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Please click on the link for ticket information and further details regarding about this important topic.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted to MHS Music Teacher Rebecca Damiani:

Spring cleaning and looking for a place to donate your gently used clothing and housewares? Please support the Milton High School Class of 2017 and donate it to our Savers drive! Items can be dropped off at Milton High School on Saturday, May 14 between 8-11am. Please contact Rebecca Damiani with any questions at rdamiani@miltonps.org

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC has encourages all parents of children with special needs to join us on Tuesday, May 17 at the Glover Library from 7-9pm. We will update you on the progress made working with MPS district as well as our own restructuring efforts to better support you.

MPS Administrator of Pupil Personnel Tracy Grandeau will outline changes being made in the district to better support students with special needs, including organizational structures, programs/services, inclusion and consistency of practices across the district.

You will have the opportunity to tell us what issues are important to you, which will help us plan for next year’s parent workshops as well as identify district priorities in working with MPS administration. Your input is essential to effectively advise and advocate for students with special needs! We will also outline how you may get more involved so we continue to serve as a proactive voice for the special needs community.

Please contact Michelle Connolly with any questions at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

MFE NEWS

Today was a very exciting day in the Milton Public Schools, thanks to the Milton Foundation for Education. This afternoon, we “surprised” staff members in their classrooms with the news that they had been chosen as Teachers of the Year.  This is an incredible honor, both for me as the Superintendent to help give these awards, and for our teachers who receive them.  Many congratulations to:

Milton High School: Richard Guarino:  Adjustment/Guidance Counselor
Pierce: Genevieve Martland:  Language Arts Teacher 
Glover: to be announced
Collicot: Esra Buyukozer: First Grade French Teacher 
Tucker: Soondarie Barker: Kindergarten Teacher 
Cunningham: Sarah Smith, Kindergarten Teacher

Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies

As we wrap up another successful Teacher Appreciation Week, the Milton Foundation for Education provides several ways for you to express appreciation.

MFE Red Apple Program!

For a $25 individual donation or a $50 class donation, your teacher will receive a special Red Apple certificate and a sincere thank you for sharing the gift of learning.

Your donation will support the MFE Annual Appeal Fund, which provides creative teacher grants each year. To send your teacher a Red Apple, click here or mail your teacher’s name and school together with your name and donation to MFE, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186.

Teacher of the Year!

While we are honoring Teachers this month, please come to the BEST night of the year…2016 Teacher of the Year Awards!  Bring your students to be inspired by these dedicated teachers! The event will be held Thursday, May 26th at Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. The event begins with a 6pm reception and the awards ceremony begins at 6:30pm.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Neponset River Watershed Association:

Join us at our Watershed Party on Sunday May 15, 2016 from 3-6 PM! Discover the Neponset River Watershed Association, a non-profit organization that works to protect your water, wildlife, and land.  Celebrate the projects that help to improve your neighborhood, and learn how you can get involved. Tickets: $35 regular price; $45 event and discounted NepRWA membership. The price includes delicious appetizers & cocktails, great raffle prizes, eagle viewing station, and music by Matt Browne.

Raffle prizes include:

  • Night away in Boston- includes 1 night stay at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor & two round-trip water taxi tickets
  • Museum tickets
  • Dorset Hall $25 gift certificate
  • Milton inspired jewelry from Galatea Jewelry
  • 4 Grandstand tickets to Boston Red Sox game with EMC Club access & free parking for one vehicle

Purchase tickets at www.neponset.org/party

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The following item was submitted by Connie Spiros of the Friends of the Milton Public Library:

Calling all Milton Teachers! The Book Shop at the Milton Public Library invites you to end the school year on a high note, by offering your children free books for their summer reading. From Tuesday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 31, the Book Shop will offer a One Free Bag for Teachers Sale!  During that time, teachers from Milton public schools can fill a bag of books for free. Subsequent books are available at half-price, or 4/$1. The Book Shop is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. Summer shop hours are:  Tuesdays from 10am-2pm, Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm, Fridays from 10am-12pm, Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Bags are provided for you in the shop, so simply identify yourself as a teacher and enjoy the sale! For more information, or to help in the shop, contact cdspiros@comcast.net.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Community Concerts:

“Sing For Their Supper II” Concert to Close MCC Season on May 21stOn Saturday, May 21st at 7pm ten talented opera singers will arrive in Milton, raising their voices in order to raise money for two very deserving local charities.  “Sing For Their Supper II”, a FREE benefit concert, will take place at First Parish of Milton (535 Canton Avenue).  This is the fourth and final concert in Milton Community Concert’s second season. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Milton Food Pantry and Milton Residents Fund.

Following up on the success of last year’s concert, this year’s will feature an entirely new group of singers donating their time and talents as they sing favorites from opera, operetta, and musical theatre: Sopranos Molly Crookedacre, Celeste Fraser, Courtney Huffmann, Barbara Quintilliani, and Elisa Sunshine; Mezzo-sopranos Heather Gallegher and Jessica Grigg; Countertenor Chia Wee Kiat; Tenor Greg Zavracky; and Baritone John Allen Nelson.  There will also be an appearance by Tamara Ryan and Grace Allendorf as they join Elisa Sunshine in the Rodgers and Hart trio “Sing For Your Supper”.  Pianist for this program will be Timothy Steele, music director and producer of Milton Community Concerts.

There is only one performance of this program. Plan to arrive early as seating is unreserved.  Admission is free, and there is ample free parking.  For more information visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop of the Milton DPW:

Milton’s Thirteenth Annual DPW Open House
10am-1pm   Saturday, May 14th
DPW Yard – 629 Randolph Ave

The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works. At this fun-filled, free family event, Milton residents can enjoy hotdogs and cotton-candy as they learn about what the Milton DPW does every day to maintain our roads, water, sewage, drainage, and solid waste systems. Children may climb aboard DPW trucks to honk the big horns and marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11.30 am and 12:30 pm.

In addition, the 13th annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented to an individual or organization whose actions exemplify outstanding community service in the public works arena.

In the spirit of reuse and recycling, BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will at the yard, be running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm. Bikes may be donated by bringing them to the DPW yard on Friday May 13th 3 – 6:30 pm and on the event day from 8.30-10am. Proceeds from the sale will be used to promote safe cycling in Milton. Sustainable Milton will also be at the event, helping to give insight to recycling, reuse, and conservation measures to give a new lease on life to unwanted items.

Button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling these keeps hazardous substances out of our waste stream)

Residents wanting to save money on their water bills and conserve water can order rain barrels at our event. Special pricing for Milton residents – ($60/$65) is available. See www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com or call 800-251-2352 for more information There will be no barrels available for pick-up at the event. For those wanting to reduce trash sticker costs and turn yard waste and veggie peelings into soil for the garden, subsidized Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).

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The following item was sent to us by Town of Milton DPW:

There are several roadway projects underway in Milton during the next several days. Roadway construction began on Monday, with crews milling the existing roadway surfaces.

Locations of roadway reconstruction work:

– Randolph Avenue between Brook Road and Centre Street.
– Centre Street between Randolph Avenue and Brook Road.
– Canton Avenue between Blue Hill Avenue and Blue Hills Parkway.
– Hemlock Drive – full length of street.
– Dollar Lane – full length of street.
– Sumner Street between Canton Avenue and Pope Hill Road.

Crews began paving the newly milled roadway surfaces on Wednesday and will continue throughout the week, weather pending. While we will make every effort to keep roadways open to at least one-way traffic at all times, access may be limited for residents at any given time for a short duration while the paving equipment passes each driveway and the new asphalt is rolled. Police details will be onsite to direct local traffic and assist the construction crews. Street parking will be prohibited during roadway construction, 7am to 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works – Engineering at (617) 898-4900.

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Griffiths of the Forbes House Museum:

Join us for our Spring Fundraiser evening of canapés, cocktails & music on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. The event co-chairs are Georgia Lee and Carla Morey. This fundraiser will take place at The Sugarbaker House, 1015 Brook Road in Milton. Boarding passes for cocktails on the Orient Express are $75 (advance ticket before June 3rd) or $100 full ticket price. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500. For electronic boarding passes, visit: www.forbeshousemuseum.org/orientexpress. For paper boarding passes, mail a check to:  Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams St., Milton, MA 02186 Creative Cocktail Attire Encouraged. For more information or questions, please call 617.696.1815 or e-mail d.griffiths@forbeshousemuseum.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following update was sent to us by Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 22 – 28:

Friday, May 27, 2016 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.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 2-6

Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home! No registration required.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Stunt Planes, Ages 6-11

Join us for a sky-high workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Fly through the basics of flight and aerodynamics, then build your own stunt planes and gliders. For ages 6-11; registration is required. 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 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.

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was sent to us by the Milton Art Center:

Allysen Callery will be performing at the MAC on Saturday, May 14th with Will Houlihan of Haunt the House!  Join us for the Boston area CD release event for Allysen Callery’s “Songs the Songbird Sings.” Tickets are just $15 include a free CD! Milton Art Center’s Gallery 334 turns into the South Shore’s most intimate listening space for experiencing some of the finest regional and national musical performers. MAC presents a diverse schedule of performances that you would typically need to travel into Boston or Cambridge to hear. To purchase tickets, click here:

ATHLETICS

Baseball: The team continues to get outstanding pitching performances from Brandon Musto and Sam Jacobsak. The Wildcats lost to Natick and Norwood by the score of 1 -0 this week. Jake Walker pitched the team to victory with a complete game 5-0 shutout of Weymouth. All three starting pitchers have been outstanding all season long. The teams will play the defending State Champions today, Friday at Braintree.

Softball: Milton beat Dedham with a great comeback Tuesday. Milton was down by two in the 5th inning when Samantha Jensen came up and hit a 3 run homerun to put Milton ahead. Fitzgerald’s pitching was able to hold them to no runs in the 6th and 7th inning for the win. Toyias went 3 for 3 at bat to help Milton win by two. Final Score: 10-8. The team will be playing at home today vs. Braintree. The game on Monday vs. Walpole will be Senior Night.

Girls Outdoor Track: The team finished second at the MSTCA Div III Relay Championships on May 1st,  with the girls’ 4XMile relay team shattering the 17-year-old school record by 37 seconds. The record breaking relay team consisted of Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary and Ella Affanato.  On May 4th at a BSC tri-meet, Milton beat Walpole and lost to Wellesley. They had another record-breaking day at the Freshman Sophomore Invitational on May 7th, where Bridget Mitchell broke the meet record in the mile with a winning time of 5:03; and the 4x800M team of Elise O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell, Eliza O’Donnell and Josie Cousineau also broke the meet record with a time of 9:46. Also at this meet, Elise O’Leary won the 400M hurdles and Alexis Daly won the 100M Dash. The team finished up the regular season with a convincing win over Dedham yesterday, where the Milton girls won 16 of the 17 events. The team will be competing this Saturday at Acton Boxborough HS in the Coaches Invitation Meet.

Boys Outdoor Track: The team split a dual meet on Wednesday against Walpole and Wellesley.  The boys defeated Walpole and lost a close one to Wellesley running their record to two and two.  The team is led by the top sprinter and jumper in the league, Smith Charles and by two of the top 800 meter runners Colin Keally and Kyle Dempsey.  The team will be competing on Saturday at BC High in the Coaches Invitational Meet.

Girls Lacrosse: The team has turned around their season winning their last two games against Weymouth 15-5 and Brookline 1 3 – 3. They presently have a 5 – 7 record and are looking forward to the final five games of the season. The game on Monday, May 16th against Canton at home at 7:00pm will be Senior Night. The team looks forward to the excitement that is ahead.

Boy’s Lacrosse: The program is still hard at work and improving with each game.  The players and coaching staff are working to get better each day.  Midfielders Max Fitzgerald and Tommy Noonan have been pacing the team as the top scorers and goalie Bobby Lesenechal continues to make many great saves in goal, while anchoring the team. The program has some important dates coming up, with the Evan Jones Night game on Saturday, May 21st and Senior Night.

Boys Tennis: The Boys Tennis Team suffered their 4th loss of the season to Framingham 2-3.  First Singles players #1: Mike Gates (5-2) and #2: Gianni Rodrigues (5-3) were victorious in the team’s loss.  Both Mike Gates and Gianni Rodrigues will be competing this weekend in the MIAA State Individual Tournament. The boys will be competing today at home vs. Norwood.

Girls Tennis: The team has had a rough start to the season, playing the league’s top competitors. Although we have yet to take a win, the girls continue to have a positive attitude and try hard. Although the season is winding down the team continues to work toward improving each and every day.

Varsity Crew: The team competed in the duals event last weekend on Saturday, May 7th vs. Waynflete, Lowell High School in Milton at the Neponset River. All members of the team had a great showing. The team has this weekend off before their next event the weekend of Saturday, May 21st the Varsity & Novice will be competing in a regatta in Medford.

Rugby: The MHS rugby team continues to enjoy a successful season, undefeated thus far at Varsity and JV levels. Varsity is now 5-0 with recent wins over Wilbraham & Monson Academy, 21-10 and Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 31-10. The JV squad record sits at 3-0-1 with a win last week over Xaverian, 55-5 and a true battle against D1 powerhouse Belmont, 13-13. Next Varsity match will be Milton vs. Brookline, and JV against Blue Hills

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/day/05-11-2016/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: We have very exciting news out of the Cunningham Elementary School. Second grade student Charles Hamblet was a National Student Winner for Continental Math League. He scored a perfect 18 out 18 for the three meets that grade 2 participated in this year!  Very exciting for Cunningham and the Hamblets!

Staff: Congratulations to our own Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, who was recently selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Arts Learning “Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award.” This award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. Dr. Diamond Burdett will be recognized at the 29th Annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 in Westborough.

Volunteers: Congratulations to longtime MPS volunteer and MPS parent Elizabeth Thomas! Ms. Thomas was recently selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2016.  Annual Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth. Ms. Thomas is the mother of Pierce student Dominique Thomas and Tucker student Daniel Thomas. For more information on this award, please contact the MCSW office at 617-626-6520 or refer to www.mass.gov/women. Again, we are so pleased for Ms. Thomas!

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

May 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 02•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, May 2, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Week. From now through Friday, we are asking our MPS families to take a moment to let your child’s teacher know that they are appreciated. Handwritten notes or emails from you and/or your child are a thoughtful way to commemorate this week, and many of our PTOs are organizing school-wide “gestures” to let our teachers know they are valued. Last week, I asked for you to share stories of your favorite teacher memories and I promised to share a few with you. Please enjoy!

“Our family feels very lucky to have Marie Brown as our daughter Victoria’s teacher. She is absolutely the best. She is completely vested in our daughter and is the most amazing teacher we could have asked for. We are ever so grateful for her commitment and care of our daughter.” – Sondra & Kevin Fleming

“My daughter Georgia is in Madame Brown’s first grade class at Glover and there were two things she shared with me about Madame Brown.  One is the fancy apple peeling contraption Madame Brown keeps on her desk.  Not only is Georgia in awe of the contraption’s ability to produce a fancy peel, but it also encourages healthy snacking.  The other tidbit that comes to mind was a beautiful hand written note Madame Brown sent to Georgia for something small Georgia had given her. Madame Brown’s acknowledgment of this small act meant a lot to Georgia.” — Liz Tretinik

While we’re on the topic of teacher appreciation, I’d also like to share a fun and inspiring video which features the Cunningham Elementary School staff. Click below  to watch what happens when an entire staff “gets happy!”

https://youtu.be/qWVUGxz0GK0

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MPS World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher:

I am happy to report that for the fourth year in a row, all our DELF students passed the exam. We had exams at three different levels of proficiency this year. We have more and more students taking this international exam every year, with 37 this year. Congratulations to our DELF teacher, Ms. Pons and the following students: Camille Coutant, Kristen Mills, Liam Halloran, Colette Nourie, Shannon Conley, Leah Bohmbach, Zackary Fischer, Isabelle Bongiorno, Michael Wyatt, Lydia Horan, Megan Caljouw, Audrey  Erickson, Julia Blutt, Miller Michaud, Hope Huban, Tyler Volpe-Knock, Emme Cronin, Noelle Maher, Owen Walsh, Emma Heller, Paola Charles, Niamh Lynch, Tim Lynch, Maryanne MacIsaac, Loic Sanges, Sarah Monderer, Margaux  Rose, Hailee Sullivan, Sadie Marcus, Sabrina Najarian, Mariah Conway, Catherine Casaz, Allegra DeNooyer, Anne Grudem, Madeline Scott, Joshua Kery, Ludwig Von Frederique.

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Parents/guardians of incoming Kindergarten students, please note that if your child was fully registered by Friday, April 29th, you will receive an email from Laurie Dunn the first week of May.  This email will contain your child’s school assignment and your child’s screening appointment date and time.  The Kindergarten Screening will be held in the MHS Library on May 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th.  If your child is not fully registered, please contact Jane Barrett at jbarrett@miltonps.org

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Registration for Milton Summer Enrichment is well underway. More than 400 parents/guardians have signed up their children for Milton Summer Enrichment. New offerings this year include chess, Intro to TV Production, Intro to Irish step dancing  and lots of science, science and science! Some courses have filled up, but there are still openings. Please click here to access the registration page.

Also, for those who do not have a computer or who need assistance, there will be a face-to-face registration session on Wednesday, May 4th at Tucker Elementary School from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School will be one of only a handful of high schools in the state to host a screening of the documentary film, “Screenagers – Growing up in the Digital Age.” This film will be shown at Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and all students are free. To learn more about this film, which was discussed on Good Morning America and featured in the New York Times, Forbes magazine and on NPR, click here. This screening is sponsored by Parent-Solutions Parent Coaching and Milton High School.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING

The following item was sent to us by MHS Business Teacher AJ Melanson:

The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! They are taking Monopoly and Miltonizing it!  All of the spaces around the board will be businesses in Milton.  For a small fee of $200 your business can purchase a space along the board.  Spacing is limited, and will be on a first pay first serve basis.  MHS FBLA will be ordering 350 games; this means your business will reach a family in Milton for 57¢ per family! Funds will be used to help the  team travel to Atlanta to compete at Nationals.

Other advertising opportunities are available as well. Business logos can be featured on the money at a price of $100 per 40 bills (280 bills total), or a business can have their logo featured on ALL of the currency for $600. The back of Deed, Fate or Yellow Cards can display a business logo for $500 apiece.  The center of the board will feature company business cards that can be purchased for $200 or a company logo for $100.

The games will be available for purchase next fall for $25. For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org.

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The following item was sent to us by Teresa McDonald of the MHS Key Club:

The Milton High Key Club has been working with the Mass Hospital School in Canton to organize a sock drive for the students there. We will be collecting socks from all the Milton public schools from Tuesday, May 2 until Tuesday, May 10.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 6th: Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, the Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 6. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series.  School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services.  Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.

Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free parent café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten”. Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to help you prepare.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive helpful hints, a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenwalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.  Simply choose one of the dates listed below, register and attend.  These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall.

  • Thursday, May 5th from 5-6pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway
  • Thursday, May 12th from 8:30-9:30am at the Collicot Elementary School Cafeteria, 80 Edgehill Road

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling MECA at 617 696 2262.  To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is NOT available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna: email; mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617 980 7343.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

We are very pleased to report that Temple Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills has officially dedicated its new temple. The event was preceded by a Torah parade from Town Hall this past weekend, culminating with a dedication ceremony at the site. This temple’s six-year search for a new home is now over. Mazel tov!

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The folks from the Challenger League wanted to be sure everybody has their schedule for the season. They are still looking for umpires and volunteers. The spring schedule is below and all games will take place at Shields Field on Eliot Street in Milton.

Sun, May 15     4:20-5:50pm
Sun, May 22     4:20 – 5:50pm
Sun, Jun 5        4:20 – 05:50pm
Sun, Jun 12       4:20 – 05:50pm

VISUAL ARTS

Jewelry Workshop at the MAC: Using a wide selection of precut colored glass pieces and fused beads, Michel L’Huillier will help attendees create 2 beautiful mosaic pendants to keep or give as gifts. The workshop, which is open to adults and children (7 or older accompanied by an adult), will be held at the Milton Art Center on June 8, 7-8:30 p.m.  The instructor will supply all materials and no prior experience is required. Cost of the workshop is $60. Please see www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during May 1 – 7:
Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

New name, same program! Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, May 6, 2015 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, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades K-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

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 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.

ATHLETICS

The following update was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

Softball – The girls softball team has been working hard as a team. Jenna Conroy has been dominating at the plate and all three pitchers, Fitzgerald, S. Jensen, and Brink, have been doing a fantastic job. The girls are on the upswing and are looking for more wins throughout the rest of the season.

Boys Outdoor Track – The boys track team has a record of one and zero having defeated Norwood by a score of 84 to 51.  Smith Charles continues to dominate the sprints and jumps with for first place finishes in the meet. The team faces Natick this Wednesday for first place and the Herget division of the Bay State League.

Girls Outdoor Track – The girls track team won the Freshman-Sophomore meet at Newton South this past weekend. They had stellar performances from Clodagh Corcoran, Alexis Daly, Helene Juzyca, Jaleigha Williams and Elise O’Leary as they all won their individual events. Special congratulations to Elise O’Leary who broke the meet record in the 800m. The team is 1-1 in BSC league action so far this season.

Girls Lacrosse – The Milton High School girls’ lacrosse team has had a challenging start to the season so far. The Wildcats fell to Braintree 3-14, Natick 12-21, Newton North 5-19, and Wellesley 3-16. They did, however, celebrate the first victory of the season against North Quincy with a big win of 14-6. Their unified defense is led by Kate Driscoll, Lily Phelan and Julia Collins. Midfielders Julia Scannell and Devin Coulter have been standouts, as have Morgan Begley, Katie Abbott and Anna Mahoney. We look forward to the continued growth and successes of the girls throughout the season and expect great things!

Baseball – Milton baseball is currently 4-3. They have received quality pitching from starters Brandon Musto, Jake Walker, and Sam Jacobsak. They recently won the Quincy Tournament during April Vacation with wins over North Quincy and Weymouth. Next game is Friday 4/29 at Cunningham Park vs. Framingham.

Rugby – Varsity Rugby is off to off strong start, 3-0 so far, with wins over Newport, Hanover, and Marshfield.  Our JV squad is also showing their talent (2-0-1), with wins over Winton Academy from England, Marshfield and a tie against Belmont.  Leading the scoring chart is Seniors Joe Linehan, MJ Stovell, and Juniors Joe Morphin and Malik Cameron.  Upcoming league matches include games against vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Brookline, Lincoln Sudbury and Cambridge. Come out and support our ruggers as they defend their Division 2 Championship title!

Boys Lacrosse – The Milton High Boy’s lacrosse program is still working towards it first victory on the season. The players and coaching staff are working hard to get better each day. The team is determined to continue to compete and that victory will be coming their way.

Boys Tennis The MHS Boys Tennis Team is currently on a 4 game winning streak following their victory yesterday over Braintree and is now 4-1 in the Bay State League. The team continues to be led by singles players Mike Gates, Gianni Rodrigeus & Aiden Johnson.

Girls Tennis – This week the girl’s varsity tennis team played Walpole (away) and Braintree (home). Both matches were 0-5 losses, although the girls played really hard. Adri Estevez played an outstanding match on Monday. After a loss in the first set, she brought second set into a tie breaker. The tiebreaker ended in a loss for Adri, although it was an amazing match and wonderful to see our team come together and support her

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student: I would like to congratulate the following students who were inducted into the Tri-M Society last week at Milton High School. This is a special year for this honor, as 2016 marks 80 years of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Our latest inductees are: Julia Butler, Mariah Conway, Kyle Dempsey, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Lucy Hainline, Tony Hancock, Nick Marinilli, Emily Possi, Hannah Solomon, Katie Steele, Stephen Tan, Alice Truong, Maya Watanabe and Liezel Werner. Hearing  these gifted and talented students perform their musical pieces is always one of my favorite “school events.”

Staff: Please join me in congratulating Eileen Kelleher, Educational Assistant at the Pierce Middle School and John Desmond, Speech Language Pathologist at Glover Elementary in for being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service and Honor Awards recipients respectively. Ms. Kelleher and Mr. Desmond have given over 33 years of service to the Milton Public Schools and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on June 7th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Once again congratulations to our outstanding recipients!

Volunteer: I would like to welcome our two newest School Committee members, who officially began their duties at the April 27th meeting. Dr. Elaine Craghead is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), and has more than 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in academia. A Glover parent, she has served as the school’s Box Tops Coordinator. She also volunteers at Milton Public Library’s Book Shop, was a recent guest speaker at Milton Public Library and Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, and serves as a Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member, and as current Chair of the Milton Cultural Council.

Margaret Eberhardt has been a teacher and an administrator for 23 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Teaching from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. An active Glover, Pierce and MHS parent, Ms. Eberhardt’s third son is currently a junior at Milton High School. She has served as the president of the Glover PTO and Milton Youth Soccer Board, a Cub and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer for the Wakefield Estate, Outdoor Classroom Project and, for the past nine years, as a trustee and past president for the Milton Foundation for Education.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

April 26th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 26•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is the time of year when families across the nation – and right here in Milton – take a moment to recognize their children’s teachers. Next week (May 2-6) week has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Week and we are asking our Milton Public School families to help us celebrate. Please send in your child’s favorite story or memory of a beloved teacher to me (mgormley@miltonps.org) with the subject line “My Favorite Teacher” and I will publish some of these tidbits in my next E-blast!

In the meantime, we still have two very important events to mention. Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 27th) is Administrative Professionals Day. I don’t need to remind any of our MPS families how critically important the roles of our school’s Administrative Professionals are.  Joanne Barker, Annie Dutton, Susan Doyle, Eileen Keaney, Susan Higgins, Sandy Wyse, Maureen Kennedy and Brad Spindle are all invaluable employees of the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in thanking them for their roles in making our schools more pleasant places to visit, learn and work!

And we can all agree that some of our districts unsung heroes can be found in the nurse’s office of each school. Jeanne Sgroi, Allison Joyce, Maureen LeBlanc, Kerri Joyce, Barbara Perry and Margaret Gibbons are all talented, dedicated and caring professionals who make our schools a healthier place to be in each and every day. National School Nurse Day is May 11th and I’m sure all of our school nurses would appreciate a kind word or note of thanks on that (or any other) day.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not encourage all parents and guardians to nominate their favorite teacher for the Milton Foundation for Education’s annual Outstanding Teacher award. Please click here to download the nomination form. Please keep in mind that in order to be eligible for nomination, a teacher must:

1) Have completed three consecutive years teaching at MPS and currently teach at MPS
2) Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination
3) Have not been selected for Teacher of the Year in the past three years.

Please note these are due on Friday, April 29th!!  Thank you and please don’t forget to vote in today’s elections!

CURRICULUM NEWS

Four students from Pierce Middle School recently competed in the Regional Middle School Science Fair at Regis College. Christie Chiappetta, our Middle School Science Coordinator, attended with the sixth grade team of Estelle Renaud and Aoife Ruth, along with two individual entrants — seventh-graders Ana Fahy and Bowen Popkin — and I am thrilled to announce that two of the projects were recognized in the awards ceremony! Anna Fahy received an honorable mention and Estelle and Aoife were among the 2nd place winners.  These two projects have now advanced to the state middle school science fair on June 4th in Worcester.  I would also like to mention that Nicole Hoyceanyls worked with these students this winter to advise them on their projects and help them make edits and revisions to prepare for the regional fair.  She has taught most of our participants in the regional fair over the last two years in 6th grade and seems to be the common denominator in many of our Pierce science fair winners! I am so pleased that science education and student achievement in science at Pierce are advancing at leaps and bounds! Many thanks to Ms. Chiappetta, along with Ms. Hoyceanyls and our elementary- and high-school science coordinators Ms. Tom and Ms. Butler who work in collaboration to achieve these amazing results.

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As I mentioned in a previous E-blast, Sophie Kosiba, Will Kelley, Sofia Porras-Avalos and Adriana Ruiz have been invited to compete at the International Bowl of the Future Problem Solvers in June. Since then, we have learned that two additional students — Mary Mullen and Raina Sohur placed in second and third place at the State Bowl as individuals. This is an amazing accomplishment and I am very, very proud of these students, and their coach, Elementary Librarian Lori Henry.

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More great news! Four young women attended the Wheelock College Youth Symposium Series today. I am very proud of Milton High School students Mikalia Jackson, Imani Walker, Olivia Kelly and Shoilee Banerjee. Our students studied the intersection of “Politics of Race, Gender, and Equity.” Together with their peers, they considered the impact of the topic on their neighborhoods/community, media, schools, and higher education. The keynote speaker was Beverly Bond, TV producer, writer, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. This was a wonderful experience for our students. Many thanks to MHS English Teacher Heather Ayres, who accompanied these young women to this event.

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Please note, Milton Summer Enrichment signups begin today at 5:00pm. Please click here to view the course offerings and/or registration page:

GRANT/FUNDRAISING

In the market for a mattress? The MHS Music Department is hosting its Third Annual Mattress Sale on Sunday, May 1st from 10am – 5pm. This event will be held at Milton High School Auditorium and there will be many styles and sizes to choose from.  For a list of mattress brands or any additional information, please contact MHS music teacher Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The folks from the Challenger League wanted to be sure everybody has their schedule for the season. They are still looking for umpires and volunteers. The spring schedule is below and all games will take place at Shields Field on Eliot Street in Milton.

Sun, May 1       04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, May 15     04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, May 22     04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, Jun 5        04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, Jun 12       04:20 PM – 05:50 PM

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The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition submitted the following item:

Parent Survey Update

Our online Parent Survey is now closed, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Over 700 parents responded, from both public and private Milton schools. That response rate exceeded our wildest expectations. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. We look forward to sharing the results over the summer months. We want to thank the regional Quincy Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for making funding for the data analysis available to MSAPC.

Something of Interest:

Announcing the Inaugural Boston Bulldogs 5k  Run for Recovery 9:00 am on Sunday, May 22nd Franklin Park | Boston  Visit www.bostonbulldogs.racewire.com for online registration and race day info.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during May 1 – 7:

Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

New name, same program! Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, May 6, 2015 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, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades K-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

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 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.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

April 15th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The past few weeks have certainly been busy ones for our friends at the Milton Foundation for Education. After the rousing success of this year’s Celebration for Education, these busy volunteers are jumping right into their Teacher of the Year Ceremony. This annual event is one of the highlights of the year and is an amazing tribute to our outstanding teachers.  I have attached a nomination form to this E-blast (see item under “MFE” below for more info.) I strongly encourage all parents/guardians to nominate a teacher who has made a difference in their child’s life.  Thank you.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. They are summarized below:

April 6th: This meeting started with a Milton High School Site Council Presentation (Attachment). Mr. Jette, along with Assistant Principal Ben Kelly, Teacher Rep Greg Pullia, Parent Reps Mary Scott and Veronica Guerrero-Macia, and Community Representative Vicky McCarthy came to present the School Improvement Plan. To view this presentation, click here: Next, the committee discussed the potential approval of the Wilson-Kindelan School and the issue of non-employee security badges. Dr. Donahue gave an update on the Long Range Strategic Planning Advisory Subcommittee; and the committee voted to approve vendor warrants. There were first readings of the Home Schooling Policy and the Security Camera System Policy, as well as the approval of minutes before the committee adjourned to executive session.

April 13th: This was the last School Committee Meeting for Chair Mike Zullas and Vice Chair Becky Padera. The meeting began and immediately went into executive session. When they returned to open session, Mr. Zullas reported on the ratification and School Committee vote to approve the MEA and AFSCME contracts. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, the Glover/Tucker Spelling Bee Teams, along with their coaches reported on the success of the spelling bee. Coaches-Debra Fidrocki, Kathleen Powers, Melissa Ahern, Heather Morris and Debbie Muse, along with Glover team Sebastien TranPham, Patrick Kelly, Sadie Ruth, Soraya Drarvish and Roman Padera; and Tucker team Osamudiam Odion-Ukpebor, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Isabella Baylon, Kevin Gomes and Joshua Miscadyn spoke to the School Committee about the event. Mr. Zullas and Ms. Padera were surprised with a visit from the MHS Marching Band and presented with gifts from the administration to thank them for their time on the School Committee. Next, Gerry and Janet Lorden came to speak about the STEM Garden Institute. The issues of Non-employee Security Badges was brought up and members voted to refer the issue to Policy Subcommittee, with several changes to the practice of giving School Committee members security badges. There was an update on the request for School Committee approval of the Wilson-Kindelan School. Dr. Donahue reported that this issue is being addressed in Policy Subcommittee, but the time frame for approval (mid-June) may be unattainable. The committee voted to approve a Vendor Warrant and received a Health and Wellness Subcommittee Report from Ms. Bagley Jones. The committee also approved three sets of minutes before adjourning to executive session. The next meeting will be held April 27th (reorganizational meeting) at 7 pm in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden and Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, both of whom will be co-directing this summer’s Milton Summer Enrichment program:

The wait is over!  The Milton Summer Enrichment 2016 brochure is ready. Please take a look at all the courses and their descriptions. This year we have quite a few new offerings to be excited about. Please use this link to view the brochure –  MSE2016 

Online registration will begin on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to mse@cunninghamschool.org.

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 The following item was sent to us by Paul Arenberg, a retired MPS teacher who now coaches our Milton High School LifeSmarts Team:

The Milton High School LifeSmarts Team and I had a very rewarding experience at the 2016 Nationals in Denver. While competing, Captain Nolan Carvahlo and Sindu Banerjee, Liam Chase, Harry Kong and Brandon Musto demonstrated a strong depth of consumer knowledge and they remained competitive during all eight events. Heading into the final three buzzer matches, random seeding pitted Milton again tough opponents (including two teams that finished in the final four). Disappointingly the team was unable to achieve their goal to finish on top. Individually, Nolan Carvahlo was recognized as having the second highest individual score on the written Consumer Rights exam.

In addition to the tournament, the students and I were able to visit many Denver sites, including the Museum of Natural History and Science, the State Capitol, the U.S. Mint, and Dinsosaur Ridge, located in the foothills of the Rockies.

We are very grateful for the MTA Grant, along with a travel stipend for winning the Massachusetts competition, a travel stipend for presenting Safety Smarts to the integrated Pre-K and Tucker and Glover after-school programs, and donations received through the team’s fundraising efforts.

I am very proud of each member of our LifeSmarts Team. They demonstrated admirable sportsmanship and carried themselves with a confident and respectful demeanor while interacting with other teams, coaches and judges from all over the country.

As the Milton High School community knows, Nolan, Sindhu, Liam, Harry and Brandon are intelligent, hardworking, personable young men with exceptional potential. I have enjoyed serving as their LifeSmarts Coach during Nancy’s medical leave. I am privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to accompany them to Denver.

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The following item was sent to us by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

 Earlier this month, freshmen from both Milton High School and Fontbonne Academy were entertained with a theatrical performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Charles Winchester Auditorium in Milton High.  As part of our grade 9 curriculum all students read Shakespeare’s timeless play, and as has become the tradition, the capstone activity is seeing the live production, performed by the Shakespeare Now theatre company.  The production is generously sponsored each year by MPACE, who graciously donate funds for our students to see this play as well as a variety of other art-themed activities throughout the year.

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The following item was submitted by the Milton Junior Women’s Club member Sarah Howes:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarships Available:  The Milton Junior Woman’s Club invites Milton residents graduating from high school to apply for scholarships for further education. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who plan to enter schools or colleges in 2016, and are not limited to four year accredited programs.   The Milton Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide members the opportunity to socialize and make friends, and to make a difference in our community and in the lives of others. Money raised throughout the year by the club enables it to fund the scholarship program, particularly the annual Milton Road Race held each May.   Applications are available through your school guidance office.  Applications consist of a form, a school transcript, letters of recommendation and a brief personal statement. As a community organization, Milton Junior Woman’s Club will award scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and community involvement.   Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded by May 31st  2016.   For application forms or additional information contact your school guidance counselor, our website: www.miltonjuniorwomansclub.com or Amy Caldwell at aj.caldy@gmail.com.

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The following item was sent to us by Transportation Director Jake Smith:

On April 12th and 13th, the chosen members the 5th grade at each Milton elementary school, under the direction of MPS Director of Transportation Jake Smith and Diana Dias of the American Automobile Association (AAA), were trained and sworn in as official members of the MPS Safety Patrol.  Members were taught safe techniques for assisting other students in arriving and departing the school every day, while also learning about their responsibility as leaders of the school.  After taking the Safety Patrol Pledge, students were given safety patrol belts and badges, to wear while they are on patrol.  AAA is celebrating the 95th year of the Safety Patrol Program, which was started in 1920 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Through the town’s partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Milton was able to have the training and materials provided free of charge by AAA.  The patrols will begin after April vacation. Congratulations to the following members: Collicot: Stephanie Needham, Darcy Lefever, Caroline Driscoll, Daniel Cherry, Lucy Liberidis and Michael McDonnell. Cunningham: Lily Lane, Samantha McGillivray, Sienna Angus, Kiera Glazer, Anthia Davis, Mason Eng, Brady Quinn and Abigail Taugher. Glover: Adam Murray, Kyra Geyling, Daniel Hipp, Kate Schewe, Clara Johnson, David Sutter, James Carroll, Michael Duffy and Omar Ramadan. Tucker: Amira Wallace, Joanna McPherson, Gabe Glover, Harlan Lundgren, Emily Gallagher, Kristian Harrell Hartfield, Jessica McHayle and Ada Unamka.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The following item was submitted by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan and MPS Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke:

The district calendar includes a schedule for early release days each school year for the purpose of providing Milton educators with high quality professional development defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as “a set of coherent learning experiences that is systematic, purposeful, and structured over a sustained period of time with the goal of improving teacher practice and student outcomes.” Professional development may be school-based and focused on individual school goals, or there may be a topic that is applicable to all educators across the district.

During our most recent early release day on April 6th, approximately 360 MPS educators enjoyed a unique experience. All participated in an event known as the World Café, which is a very engaging and increasingly popular methodology for facilitating large group discussions on important topics or key questions.

Sixty tables were set up in the Milton High School field house, café style, where all gathered to engage in dialogue about cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, and working effectively in cross-cultural classrooms. A district committee of teachers and administrators planned this event with Milton resident and educational consultant Dr. Dennis Slaughter to gain a deeper understanding of cultural competence and to improve teaching practices. The district is committed to providing additional professional development opportunities on this important topic and how it relates to student achievement. Feedback from district staff indicated that the World Café was a great success!

The World Cafe is the first in a series of events and professional development opportunities that the newly formed committee has established.  Others include:

  • Identifying strengths and areas for improvement with regards to inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity (this includes collecting and analyzing data of our minority students in order to improve outcomes for all)
  • Creating a long term plan to address areas for improvement with regards to inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity
  • Supporting programs already in place that promote and support students of color
  • Recruiting minority candidates to fill open positions throughout the district
  • Providing a system of supports for faculty of color in order to improve retention of a diverse faculty
  • Celebrating our diversity throughout MPS
  • Improving our efforts to close the achievement gap

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School student Emily Dobrindt:

The drive is all over now!  My friend Emme Schewe and I sorted the donated clothes together over the weekend and between the two of us it took 12 hours!  C2C has very strict standards for what clothes they will accept, so the clothes that were not able to go to C2C were donated to Big Brother Big Sister. After the sort we delivered the bags to the pick up areas that C2C will go to to pick up the bags and to the donation area for Big Brother Big Sister. Thank you all for your help with everything and incredible generosity, I could not have done this without all of you. We collected so many clothes during the drive– almost 2000 total between C2C and Big Brother Big Sister. For C2C we collected 874 articles of clothes for girls and 655 articles of clothes for boys. We also collected other items such as hats, bathing suits, and gloves, getting 188 of these items. For Big Brother Big Sister we collected 255 tops, towels and sheets, pants, shoes, and hats. All together we received 62 bags of clothes to donate to both organizations, 53 of them going to C2C and 9 to Big Brother Big Sister. Milton is such a generous town, the bins at the schools were overflowing and some people also dropped donations off at my house. Thank you all for making my spring service project an amazing success, I really appreciate it. Many, many children will be helped and that feels good.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

The months of April and May will find many students around the district involved in PARCC and MCAS testing. The following tips for parents were adapted from the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) program.

Have conversations about the test: Make sure to discuss the test openly and in a positive way with your child, and encourage your child to do the best work possible. However, don’t pressure them. Your child should be relaxed about taking the test, not stressed out. Ask your child how they are preparing for the test, and how you can help them to prepare. Reassure them by telling them that you are proud of their effort.

Ask your kids if they experience test-taking anxiety, and tell them that it’s normal: Remind your child to stay positive during the test and to think positive thoughts like “I can do this!” Tell your child if he or she is feeling stressed or freezes up, to take a few deep breaths or to imagine a peaceful place like the beach or park. If you are anxious about your child’s test, don’t let them know it. Help your child learn how to relax.

Have realistic expectations about your child’s performance while encouraging their best efforts: Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance, and does not determine a person’s intelligence or worth. Tell your child that you will love them just the same, no matter how they do on their test, but that it is important to do their best.

Encourage your child to study, and make sure they have a well-lit and quiet area to do so: Regular study time can help your child prepare for tests and develop a routine to feel comfortable on any test-taking days.

More helpful tips:

  • On the day of the test, make sure your child is rested, eats a good breakfast, and arrives to school on time.
  • Know testing dates, and be sure to not schedule any sort of appointment for those days.
  • The night before, make sure that your child gets to bed early enough and gets a good night’s sleep. Adequate rest does make a difference! If your child is a restless sleeper, take them to do something active earlier in the day.
  • Nutrition also influences how well children do on a test-make sure your child gets a good meal, but not too heavy of a meal.
  • Send them off to school wearing comfortable clothing for long test-taking periods.
  • Keep an eye out for test results and meet with your child’s teacher to determine areas where your child can improve.
  • Keep an eye out for your child’s test results and teach your child to learn from their mistakes.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher to determine what areas your child need to improve in, and what sort of activities you can do at home to help them do better next time.

Contact information: email: mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617-980-7343

MFE NEWS

The Board of the Milton Foundation for Education invites all members of the Milton Public Schools community to nominate a teacher for our OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD PROGRAM, also known as TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Since 2001, the MFE has recognized the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by celebrating a teacher from each school for their dedication and determination to bring quality educational experiences to our students. To date, over 100 teachers have received this honor to date. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who show the ability to promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  Please use the attached nomination form to submit your nomination.  We look forward to hearing from all members of our school community, both young and seasoned, and learning about all of the amazing work of the teachers who inspire Milton students every day.

There is a nomination form attached to this email. Please download it and return your nominations by deadline of April 29th.

FOOD SERVICE

Featured Recipe: Kale Crunchers

Dear Families,

We offer monthly a unique spin to the traditional potato chip: it’s made from the highly nutritious and extremely popular green, leafy vegetable, Kale! Kale is a hardy vegetable, available fresh during the cold, winter months and is often seen in various soups, salads and sautéed dishes. Kale deserves the spotlight because it’s a fantastic source of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and integral for bone health  and calcium, which is also crucial for bone health, as well as muscle functioning . In addition, this nutrition powerhouse is a great source of vitamin A, which is vital for vision, and vitamin C, which is important for boosting your immune system and helping absorb iron from food . To increase kale’s “superstar status” even more, kale provides a large amount of antioxidants, which are compounds that neutralize free radicals often associated with such chronic diseases as heart disease and cancer and created by natural body metabolism and environmental exposures . So, give this easy, tasty snack a try! Chances are, you’ll enjoy it as much as your body does!

Kale Chips

1 head of kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 Tbsp olive oil
Table salt, for sprinkling (approximately a pinch or 1/8 tsp)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Based on personal preference: feel free to remove kale stem or not. Cut or tear washed and dried leaves into 1½ – 2 inch pieces. Place kale pieces into medium-sized mixing bowl. Add olive oil to kale pieces and, with clean hands, toss until all the pieces are coated evenly. Single layer kale pieces on a baking sheet and bake for about 6 minutes. Turn leaves over to ensure even cooking. Cook for another 4 – 6 minutes or until crisp. Let cool for 5 minutes and lightly sprinkle table salt over chips. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 4, ½ cup servings  Prep time: 10 min  Cooking time: 12 min  Price/serving: .48¢Per serving : Calories: 78  Total fat (saturated fat): 7 g (1 g)  Sodium: 93 mg  Fiber: 1.3g

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Offers Community Health Grants

Grant applications due May 6

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) is offering mini-grants in amounts ranging from $500 up to $1,500 to local service agencies, non-profit organizations, Boards of Health, coalitions and community groups to address specific community health needs outlined in the hospital’s 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Last year the hospital provided $9,000 in mini-grants to seven local organizations, including Milton High School, Girl Power, Joanna’s Place, Point Webster Middle School, Randolph Senior Center, South Shore YMCA and Quincy Public Schools. Grant applications are available through the hospital, and applicants should submit proposals which use proven or promising practices to improve primary care, disease prevention and/or health promotion for vulnerable populations with a focus on at least one of the following issue priorities:

  • Provide access to affordable, community-based medical or preventive services, particularly for seniors;
  • Offer educational programs and/or screenings to address chronic disease prevention and education that impacts vulnerable populations;
  • Increase awareness of substance abuse as a growing health problem with a focus on education and prevention;
  • Enhance community knowledge of mental health as a primary health issue and promote available mental health resources and supports;
  • Develop programming that addresses health education around obesity and nutrition;
  • Improve access to care by promoting existing public transportation options.

Applications must be for programs in BID-Milton’s market area of Milton, Randolph, Quincy, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Canton, Braintree or Weymouth, and are due Friday, May 6.

Grant applications may be downloaded from the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org. For more information call Robert McCrystal, director of communications, at 617-313-1590

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The following item was sent to us by our colleagues at the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office:

As you know, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office works closely with our partner non-profit, the Norfolk Advocates for Children (NAC) located in Foxborough.  The NAC assists children who experience physical, sexual and domestic abuse to ensure that services are available to these victims and their family members in Norfolk County.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  The NAC is hosting a 5K road race on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. to raise awareness about Child Abuse. Please support this very worthy cause!

Register at www.NAC5k.racewire.com

$25.00 before April 15, 2016 | Kids under 12 (FREE)

5K RACE

www.norfolkadvocatesforchildren.com

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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual Science on State Street Science Festival. This event will be held Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00am – 2:00pm on the Framingham State University Campus. What do you call a Saturday full of fun, family, and learning? Framingham State University calls it the Science on State Street Festival, and we’re hoping you’ll join us. Learners of all ages are invited to engage in exciting science and engineering activities stationed across the University’s green, leafy campus, including hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics, and engineering, as well as stunning HD planetarium programs.

Featured presentations include a live sky planetarium presentation for children 5 and younger at 10am, followed by shows for all ages throughout the day. As you walk the campus you’ll discover a do-it-yourself Rube Goldberg Machine facilitated by FSU students, opportunities to build a battery, to experience the colorful delights of chemistry, to interact with exotic insects, to program a robot, to meet the author of the new children’s book “The Secret Case of the Space Station Stowaways”, and much, much more!

And it all happens between 10:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, April 23 along the FSU quad, the O’Connor parking lot, and the McAuliffe Center. For more info, click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Sustainable Milton:

Green Homes Fair Save the date Sat, April 23rd: In celebration of Earth Day, Sustainable Milton will once again host our popular Green Homes Fair on Sat afternoon, April 23, 2016 at Cunningham Hall.  The Milton Green Home Fair is a bi-annual event (held in April) sponsored by Sustainable Milton. Milton Green Homes Fair is an enjoyable, educational and informative event for the whole family. The Fair has fun activities for children and valuable information and presentations from a wide variety of local vendors.

Our aim is to provide residents and businesses with a range of products and services that reduce a consumer’s environmental impact, from proprietors who have a local presence or Web-based business to decrease travel emissions and support the local economy and include sustainability as part of their DNA. For more info, click here.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 24 – 30:

Friday, April 29, 2016 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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. 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 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:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

The following update was sent in by MPS Athletic Director Alex Campea:

The Spring Athletic Season has been a challenge as most teams have been working hard indoors in the Copeland Field House as they prepare for the good weather that  all teams hope lies  ahead. The coaches, athletes and fans are all excited and look forward to the spring sports season ahead.

Congratulations to Senior, Kendall Van Allen as he has been selected as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.  This award comes from the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the foundation.  Kendall will be honored on Sunday May 15th at the Newton Marriott. Kendall is truly a gifted young man with excellent academic and athletic skills, but most importantly he is gentleman and represents Milton with such poise and grace.  His contributions to the team this season were a major factor to the team’s success.

Congratulations to Coach Tom Shaw, as he has been selected by the MIAA as the recipient of the 2016 MIAA Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. This award is based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community, and coaching credentials. The award will be presented to Coach Shaw at the 6th Annual Coach of the Year & Student Athlete Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 26th at The Doubletree Hotel in Milford.

Congratulations to Swim Coach, Eileen Heller as she has been selected by the Eastern Mass Swim Coaches Association to receive the Meritorious Service Award. The award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on May 1st. Head Coach, John Zitz nominated Coach Heller for this award.

On Saturday, April 30th from 12noon to 4pm, the Milton High School Student Government will be sponsoring “Putting for Patients “ in the Copeland Field House. This event will raise money for Pediatric Cancer. All proceeds will go directly to the Jimmy Fund. Cost to participate is $ 10.00 and all are welcome to take part in this very worthy event.

  • Calling all volunteers! The Challenger League is seeking volunteers to help the kids on the field. Games are generally Sundays, 3:30pm at Shields Park. You must be at least a freshman in high school. Please reply, even if you have volunteered for us in the past, if you are interested. We are compiling a fresh list. Many thanks and spread the word. Special thanks to Elliot PT for sponsoring the beautiful new volunteer tee shirts. The Challenger League welcomes players of all genders 6-18 years old, with any special need. For more information, please visit the website at: http://miltonnationalll.com

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I am so pleased to recognize Sophie Kosiba, Will Kelley, Sofia Porras-Avalos and Adriana Ruiz from Cunningham, all of whom have been invited to compete at the International Bowl of the Future Problem Solvers from June 1-5 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. This is an amazing accomplishment and I am very, very proud of these students, and their coach, Elementary Librarian Lori Henry.

Staff:   I am very happy to announce that Milton High School physics teacher and coach Tom Shaw was nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2016 MIAA Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year Award.  His selection was based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community, and his coaching credentials.  He was selected from all nominations by a screening committee of MIAA Coaching Education Instructors. The Coach of the Year Award will be presented to Tom Shaw at the Sixth Annual Coach of the Year and Student Athlete of the Month Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford, MA (11 Beaver Street).  A reception prior to the banquet will begin at 6:00pm.  The actual banquet will begin at 7:00pm.  As a result of this honor, Coach Shaw will also be the Massachusetts nomination to the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) Section I Coach of the Year Award for 2016-2017.  Congratulations to Tom Shaw on his accomplishments and this prestigious honor!

Volunteers: As I mentioned above in the School Committee update, this week marked the last meeting for School Committee Chair Mike Zullas and Vice Chair Becky Padera. I would like to honor and recognize both of these individuals for their work on behalf of the Milton Public Schools. Mr. Zullas served as both chair and vice chair of the committee. He was a member of the negotiation team subcommittee; policy subcommittee, finance subcommittee and transportation and traffic safety subcommittee, along with other subcommittees. He was a strong advocate for free 13-year education, maintained a strong liaison with the Board of Selectmen and Town Hall and initiated a move towards town and school consolidation. His commitment to public education and vision of excellence for of our students have benefited all of us. Ms. Padera served as vice chair, as well as co-chair of the Wellness Subcommittee. She also was a member of the negotiation team subcommittee and served as the School Committee rep to the MFE, MPEG and MASC , where she represented Milton at the state conference. Ms. Padera has been a strong advocate for social emotional learning and health and wellness, middle school sports. She is the person most responsible for our expansion of preschool and free Full Day Kindergarten. She has also been a voice in support of elementary art, physical education, music and Future Problem Solvers. I am deeply grateful to Ms. Padera for her work on behalf of Milton families, students, staff and teachers.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

March 30 E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 30•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  March 30, 2016

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FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you have already heard, the Milton School Committee has voted to approve free Full Day Kindergarten for all Milton Public School students, effective in the fall of 2016.

This exciting news is a result of the hard work and support of many people in our town and still requires the approval of Town Meeting in May. I would like to recognize members of the Warrant Committee, who recommended funding which will allow us to eliminate tuition. The bulk of the funding is coming from free cash for one year and will be replenished by additional Chapter 70 education aid from the state in future years.

The decision to fund Full Day Kindergarten is one that will have a huge impact on our students for many years to come. I am grateful to all of those who helped to make this happen.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been once School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on March 16th. That meeting is summarized below:

March 16th: This meeting began with the introduction of the Milton High School Life Smarts Team, Sindu Banergee, Nolan Carvalho, Liam Chase, Harry Kong and Brandon Musto, along with Coach Paul Arenburg. Please see my item below (under “Curriculum News”) about the team’s fundraising efforts. Next, there was a presentation from the Cunningham Elementary School site council. Principal Jonathan Redden, along with the site council, presented its School Improvement Plan. To view this presentation, click here:

The committee then voted to approve the FY17 budget, which included the provisions for tuition-free Full Day Kindergarten. They also reviewed the DESE End-of-Year audit report, approved vendor warrants  before adjourning to executive session. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 6th at 7 pm in the Milton High School cable studio in Room 245.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: There will be an early release day on Wednesday, April 6th to allow for Professional Development in all of our schools.

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We have extremely exciting news to share. Milton High School senior Mairead Dambruch earned both silver and gold medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a national competition which recognizes talented students from across the country. Nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year and less than 1 percent receives a medal! Mairead has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 2nd.  We are very proud of Mairead for this extraordinary achievement and would like to also congratulate art teachers, Karen Hughes and Kassandra Aloe, as well as Mairead’s family and those who have encouraged her artistic talent for years.

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We have another gold medal winner! Ishan Shukla, a junior at Milton High School, was recently notified that he has won the Congressional Gold Medal Award. This is an award for young Americans, established by the US Congress in 1979 to “recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people.” It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive program open to all 13 ½ to 23-year-olds. The Congressional Award recognizes the setting and meeting of goals in four program areas: Voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Based on time commitments to each of the areas, participants earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Certificates; and Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Medals. We are very proud of Ishan for earning the gold.

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I’m pleased to share the news that Milton High School will be hosting the 2016 SEMSBA Festival (South Eastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association) on Friday April 8, and Saturday April 9th. The SEMSBA festival encompasses chorus, band, jazz band and orchestra. Students who participate have auditioned and been selected for this event. This is wonderful honor for the Milton Public Schools, but also a great undertaking.  Milton High School will be the two-day host to 310 music students from all across the southeastern part of the state plus teachers, chaperones and parents. Please refer to my February 11th E-blast for a complete list of names of MHS students who qualified.

FAME will be offering water and snacks for rehearsal breaks on both Friday and Saturday and the concerts on Saturday and they desperately need your help!!

We are asking interested parents to consider giving an hour of time to make the experience for these students pleasurable one. Please contact Noreen Diamond Burdett (nburdett@miltonps.org) if you are interested in volunteering.

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Congratulations and best wishes to our MHS LifeSmarts team. The team was recently congratulated at School Committee for their recent success, which earned them the title of Massachusetts state champions and will allow them to compete at Nationals in Denver next month. LifeSmarts is a consumer literacy event, sponsored by the National Consumers League. At competitions, teams are tested on their knowledge of personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, as well as technology and the environment.  The team has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their trip to Denver. To donate, please click here:

Best of luck to this team, along with their coach, Paul Arenberg.  It should also be noted that part of the LifeSmarts mission is to educate younger students. To that end, the team visited Eileen Mullen’s Pre-K classroom at Milton High School recently. Please read the item below from Ms. Mullen:

Life Smarts Team at MHS presents to MHS Pre-K Program — Safety Smart Ambassador and Life Smarts team member Liam Chase recently presented a fabulous lesson called “Safety Smarts” to the Gile Campus Pre-K Program, morning and afternoon classes. Liam delivered lessons on two separate days involving our environment and health and safety. Our four- and five-year-olds learned so much in a fun interactive way. We appreciate Milton High School’s Life Smarts Team for offering to share their expertise with our little ones. This is another example of how lucky our Pre-K children are to participate in and be provided with such fabulous resources here at MHS!

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On Tuesday, March 29th, 17 Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.

“I could not be more proud of this group of students,” said AJ Melanson, Milton High School teacher and FBLA Advisor. “Our senior leadership is tremendous, and all of the students’ hard work and effort paid off. We have amazing students at MHS, and it is a privilege to be their adviser!”

The following students earned top honors: State Champion in Accounting: Calvin Luong; State Champions in Global Business: Andy Arcieri and Tim Walsh; State Champion in Publication Design: Harry Kong; State Champion in Social Media Campaign: Harry Kong; Second Place Business. Communications: Brandon Musto; Second Place Economics: Harry Kong; Second Place Marketing: Andy Arcieri and Brandon Musto; Second Place Sports and Entertainment Management: Chris Caputo and Peyton Carvalho; Third Place in Publication Design: Colin Keally and Brandon Musto.

Prior to the leadership conference Peyton Carvalho and James Tran qualified for nationals in FBLA Life Smarts by finishing in the top twelve in the nation in the Fall FBLA Life Smarts Challenge. Milton FBLA Adviser, AJ Melanson, won the award for Outstanding Adviser in Massachusetts. These students and Mr. Melanson have qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia June 29th – July 2nd.

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Griffiths, Assistant to the Director, Forbes House Museum:

The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. Continuing the tradition started by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924, the Forbes House Museum invites students in grades K-8 to participate in the contest, which provides youth an opportunity to express their creativity while cultivating an appreciation of President Lincoln’s life and legacy.  The contest is a highly anticipated signature event for the museum, which has received thousands of entries from area students since the re-launch of the annual program. The essays and drawings were judged by a member review committee comprised of members of the FHM Board of Trustees and Lincoln Committee, along with local educators and Civil War experts. The committee members are: Jeffrey Bernier, Rich Elam, Mary Ellen Geary, Denise Gilardone, Susan Lachevre, Anne Malone, Kenny Richardson, Harry Robinson, Joann Sacco, Pat Suhrcke and Mary Wendell.

An awards ceremony to recognize the contest winners will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Milton Public Library in the Keys Room. All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP at 617.696.1815 or info@forbeshousemuseum.org by Friday, April 8, 2016 to confirm attendance for the winning student and her/his family.  The winners are as follows:

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

 Kindergarten: First Place: Hannah Mattivello; Second Place: Ella Bowden; Third Place: Siofra Faherty; all of Cunningham School. Grade One: First Place: Bosa Mwosa, Cunningham School; Second Place: Lila Asanza, Cunningham School; Third Place: Esme Neugebauer, Collicot School. Grade Two: First Place: Reagan Vaughan, Collicot School; Second Place: Taya Miller, Cunningham School; Third Place: Mary Lovett, Cunningham School. Grade Three: First Place: Sydney Wilmot, Collicot School; Second Place: Sophia McFadden, Cunningham School: Third Place: Maggie Mullen, Collicot School. Grade Four: First Place: Lucy Asanza, Cunningham School; Second Place: Tanner Sutherland, Glover School; Third Place: Grace Analetto, Cunningham School. Grade Five: Third Place: Katie O’Toole, Cunningham School.

More details about the museum, tours, special events and the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest can be found on the Forbes House Museum website at http://www.forbeshousemuseum.org

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The following item was submitted by Jake Smith, Director of Transportation for the Milton Public Schools:

I would like to congratulate all of the applicants for the Milton Public Schools Safety Patrol. All of the applicants wrote very nice essays and I had some tough decisions to make.  Two students from each 5th grade homeroom were chosen.  The following students were selected as members of the 2015-2016 MPS Safety Patrol:

Collicot: Stephanie Needham, Darcy Lefever, Caroline Driscoll, Daniel Cherry, Lucy Liberidis, Michael McDonnell. Cunningham: Lily Lane, Samantha McGillviray, Sienna Angus, Kiera Glazer, Anthia Davis, Mason Eng, Brady Quinn, Abigail Taugher. Glover: Adam Murray, Kyra Geyling, Daniel Hipp, Kate Schewe, Clara Johnson, David Sutter, James Carroll, Michael Duffy, Omar Ramadan. Tucker: Amira Wallace, Joanna McPherson, Gabe Glover, Kristian Harrell, Jessica McHayle and Adachukwu Unamka.

This is a great honor and privilege, as these students have been chosen to serve their school community, assist their teachers, and help other students arriving and departing from school. In the next few weeks, the MPS Safety Patrol will have the opportunity to train with a representative from AAA (American Automobile Association), who will visit each school and teach Safety Patrol members about techniques they can use to help others be safer in their school environment.  As a member of the Safety Patrol, students will be assisting teachers with arrival and dismissal at an assigned post at their school.

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Fat tires will soon be rolling through Milton, now that Milton High has a mountain-bike team. Students on the team will compete against 40 other schools at bike races in April and May. The team is self-funded, and many students still need bikes and helmets to compete. There are also opportunities for businesses to sponsor the team. Those who are interesting in helping should contact the Mountain Bike coach, Dave Mills, at dmills@miltonps.org

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The following item was sent to us by Lori Henry, Elementary Librarian:

 I am excited to announce that Collicot Elementary School will be joining all the other schools in the district to celebrate Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day on Tuesday, April 12th. D.E.A.R. Day falls on Beverly Cleary’s birthday and is a national celebration designed to encourage a love of reading.

I am asking for your support in participating in this fun event. For 30 minutes on April 12th I hope everyone will drop everything and read, staff members included (exact time to be determined). We’ll be talking about the event in library class so that students will be aware of it and can think about what they plan to read before April 12th. The goal is to have fun, relax, drop everything and read.Thanks in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. Happy Reading!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Although the month of March is drawing to a close, there are still opportunities to see and hear some of our talented students’ work. Please note the following art fairs/concerts occurring this week:

March 30     Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Milton High School
March 31      Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Collicot & Tucker Schools
March 31      In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Glover School.
April 1           Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7, Pierce Middle School

ON THE AIR

The Milton Public Schools have been fortunate to partner with the talent and expertise of the folks at Milton Access Television to improve communication with our parents/guardians by producing education-based programming. As part of this effort, we will be piloting two programs on Milton Access Television of interest to our MPS families: The College Process, and Concussions.  Both of these programs will be available to be viewed online on Friday by clicking here.  I would like to thank and recognize Guidance Director Karen Cahill, along with Guidance Counselors Lisa Spinelli, Scott Devlin, Leonice Bernard and our Athletic Director Alex Campea for their work on The College Process; and also thank Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris, and Dr. Amy Brown, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, for their work on Concussions. We hope to produce more programming focusing on issues relevant to our families in the future. To suggest topics, please contact me at mgormley@miltonps.org  with your ideas.  Many thanks to Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Milton Access Television, and his team, for helping to turn our educators into television personalities!  We will be working on The Importance of Early Literacy for our next topic.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

One of our Pierce 8th graders, Emily Dobrindt, has organized a fantastic fundraiser to benefit Cradles to Crayons. From March 28th through April 1st, there will be drop-off bins in all six Milton Public Schools. Emily is hoping to collect lightly used or new clothes and shoes for children 12 and under. The donations will be used to help children in need. Any questions regarding donations should be directed to emily@dobrindts.com

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Jackie Morgan, MPS Food Service Director:

Attending Legislative Action Conference: I had the honor of attending the Legislative Action Conference this past month.  One thousand food service directors and industry partners were in attendance at the conference. This June will mark the 70th anniversary of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), named after Sen. Richard B. Russell from Georgia who is considered to be the father of the legislation.  Many changes have occurred through regular reauthorizations, or legislation that amends this law.  There have been almost two dozen reauthorizations over the past 70 years, as well as changes enacted in legislation.

School breakfast and lunch are permanently authorized.  That means no Congressional action is needed to keep things as they are.  These programs also receive mandatory funding, so we are not subject to the annual appropriations process.  But other parts of the NSLA and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (a complementary bill that includes, among other things, school breakfast) go away after a date set in the law.  Without Congressional action, these sections disappear. Congress uses this deadline as an opportunity to make many changes in the basic laws governing school meals and the other programs authorized by the acts.

Traditionally, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) occurred every four years.  But back in 1998, they shifted to a five year reauthorization.  In 2004, once again they chose a five year reauthorization so it wasn’t an issue during elections, and again, Congress failed to get the work done on schedule and the legislation was enacted in 2010.  We know that bill as the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).  Congress enacted another five year reauthorization, requiring action in 2015. This bill regulates all food made available to children in public schools from midnight to thirty minutes after the last school bell of the day.

This bill passed on September 30, 2015, until Congress enacts a CNR, all provisions of current law stay in effect.  In the middle of January, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed out a comprehensive CNR.  The 210-page bill covers all of the nutrition programs.  For school foodservice professionals there are several important issues addressed in the bill. Since 1994, the NSLA has required school meals to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).  HHFKA reinforced this requirement and shortly after passage, USDA issued updated menu planning rules for the first time in more than fifteen years.  Three key requirements affect school operators and school buildings– sodium, whole grain-rich products, and required amounts of fruits and vegetables.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

On Wednesday, March 30th, the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is proud to host Jackie Stachel, SLP, at 7pm in the Pierce Middle School auditorium. Ms. Stachel, a senior coach and director of communications for Beyond Book Smart, an executive functions company, will present “Executive functions: Fit the Strategy to the Learning Profile.” Ms. Stachel will explain how intelligence and executive functions differ and trace the timeline of executive functions development in students. She will identify eight specific Executive Function skills that students need to be successful and how weaknesses in each skill can manifest in school and home contexts. Using a case-study approach, attendees will learn tools and strategies to support students with a variety of learning profiles. All are welcome to attend. Milton Public schools staff in attendance will receive a certificate that can be used toward professional development credits.

For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at miltonsepac.org, or contact us at miltonsepac@gmail.com

MFE NEWS

Please take note of this not-to-be-missed event!  The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) will commemorate its 20th Anniversary at Celebration 2016, “Empowering Teachers, Enriching Students” on Saturday, April 9th  at Lombardo’s, Randolph, MA.

6:30 p.m. Registration and Cocktails, Dinner and Program to Follow

Buy Tickets here.

$95 ticket price  $65 ticket price for teachers (thanks to a generous donor)

If you think your company does corporate matches, please consider being the “table purchaser” for your friends!  Many companies do — contact Meg Kaster at cmkaster@comcast.net with questions!

Jeep Raffle Winner will be announced. Contact Liddie Sutter at liddievs@gmail.com or any MPS office for raffle tickets!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Times has announced its First Annual “Faces and Places of Milton” Photo Contest. This contest is open to all amateur photographers who are Milton residents. Photo subjects need to be either people or places in our town. Or it can be of your favorite person who resides in town at one of your favorite places, take your pick! Photos can be taken in black and white or color but must be at least 2.5MB in size for clarity and good resolution. The First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention winners will have their photos printed, matted and framed for exhibition in the lobby adjacent to the Plate at Milton Marketplace. These will also be published in an edition of the Milton Times. Photos will be judged by Tom Pilla, Contributing Editor, Barry Nelson, Photojournalist and Aldo Pinto, Production Manager for the Milton Times.

Criteria for Judging:

Photos must be of people and places of Milton. Each photo must come with a caption identifying persons in the photo and the place in Milton where it was taken. The photographer must be a Milton resident.

Photos will be judged on clarity, composition and of course, creativity. Photos must be sent as an e-mail attachment in jpg format to Sue Bertram, Ombudsman at editor@miltontimes.com. Please give your name, address, phone number and e-mail address along with a description of the photograph. Professional photographers, employees and families of the Milton Times as well as those families of sponsors are barred from submitting their work.

All photos sent to the Milton Times become property of the newspaper whether or not they are chosen as prize recipients. Prizes: 1st Place: Gift card to Novara and two year subscription to the Milton Times. 2nd Place Gift Card to the Fruit Center and one year subscription to the Milton Times. Honorable Mention: Six month subscription to the Milton Times. Submissions must be made no later than Friday, April 15 at 12noon, late submissions will not be accepted.

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“IT’S STRINGTIME” IN MILTON – Milton Community Concerts presents BSO violinist Bonnie Bewick Brown, Boston Pops cellist Jennifer Lucht, and pianist Timothy Steele in an entertaining and virtuosic program of classical and fiddle music on Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue).  Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors 65 and over, Free for 18 and under.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library:

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 3 – 9:

Wednesday, April 6 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2015 release The Peanuts Movie, just out on DVD: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Rated G; runtime 1 hour, 28 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, April 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 am (RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 11)
Signing with Maribeth for Parent/Baby, Ages 8-18 mos.

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  Infants from eight months of age can learn concepts such as “thirsty,” “milk,” “water,” “hungry,” “sleepy,” “pacifier,” “more,” and other basic signs; participants will learn how to use these signs, and more! For babies 8-18 mos, with parent.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, April 8 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, April 9 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots, Ages 0-6

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-6 with caregiver; no registration required.

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 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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

MPS Early Release Craft Workshop at the MAC — Milton Public Schools is having an early release day on April 6th. If you are wondering what to do with your children for the afternoon, consider bringing them to the Milton Art Center for a crafting workshop from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Christine Jorge, an instructor for Milton Community Schools, will help students create and customize their very own board games using paper engineering techniques and some imagination.  Cost of the workshop is $20 per child (grades K-6).  Please see www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register.

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

The Spring Athletic Season officially began last Monday, but unfortunately someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, as we were dealing with some snow that caused a bit of delay in the start of sports and try outs. All teams are back working in preparation for what is sure to be a great spring season for all our teams. Some teams are sharing space in the Copeland Field House and some are able to go outside on Brooks Field. The hope is that all teams will be outside soon. All our athletes and coaches will continue to adapt to the unpredictable weather this time of year, knowing that the good weather will be here soon.

BOOSTER CLUB INFORMATION

Time is running out for Calendar Sales!  March 31st is fast approaching and we have many more calendars to sell.  Just think of all the goodies Boosters could supply with all the proceeds – Brooks Field press box, softball scoreboard, pitching machine, track timing, lacrosse nets, etc.!  Show your spirit and get out there and sell!

Here are some selling location ideas:

  • Door to Door in your neighborhood
  • Twitter/Facebook Post
  • Parents’ Work
  • Your Work
  • Supermarket Doorways
  • Coffee Shop Doorways

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Students at Tucker and Glover schools recently participated in an official Scripps Spelling Bee. The winner of each classroom moved on to a combined Glover/Tucker competition. We are very proud of Tucker students Osamudiam Odion-Ukpebor, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Isabella Baylon, Kevin Gomes and Joshua Miscadyn, who represented their school admirably! We would also like to recognize Sebastien TranPham, Patrick Kelly, Sadie Ruth, Soraya Drarvish and Roman Padera, who competed on behalf of Glover school. Declaring a winner became a chore, after more than 20 rounds elapsed and both finalists were still spelling strong! In the end, judges called a tie between Roman Padera and Sebastien TranPham. Great job to all of our wonderful spellers, and to their teachers, Deb Muse Greene, Heather Morris, Deb Fidrocki and Kathleen Powers.

Staff:   This year, as part of the Celebration for Education, the MFE is honoring MPS faculty and staff who have been with us for 20 years or more. Please join me in commending the following staff members who have achieved this distinction. Thank you to the MFE for this recognition:

Celebrating 30 Years or More: April Allegrezza, Collicot & Cunningham Music, Sheila Arens, Collicot 1st Grade , Noreen Burdett, Director of Fine Arts, Lisa Cardinal, Milton High School Reading and Child Study Program, Claire Engrassia, Milton High School Inclusion Program, Gregory Forge, Pierce Middle School Technical Education, Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nursing, Susan Hennessy, Cunningham 4th Grade, Diane Jackson, Milton High School Special Education, Mary Rooney, Cunningham 1st Grade, Charles Tacey, Milton High School Junior Custodian.

Celebrating 25 to 29 Years: Elizabeth Carrigan, Collicot Lunch/Recess Aide, Tracy D’Entremont, Cunningham 5th Grade, Pam Dorsey, Community Schools, Mary Duggan, Tucker ELL, Debra Fidrocki, Tucker Special Education Resource Teacher, Maureen Flanagan, Glover 4th Grade, Christine Hodgkins, Collicot 4th Grade, Anne Kelley, Collicot 3rd Grade, Kathleen Mulligan, Cunningham Kindergarten, Annmarie Noonan, Cunningham 4th and 5th Grade Aide, Jody Shannon, Community Schools, Jason Scherer, Milton High School Senior Custodian, Stephen Tart, Milton High School English, Nancy Trifone-Seales, Collicot Kindergarten, Margaret Turner, Glover 2nd Grade, Anne Ware, Glover Special Education Resource Teacher.

Celebrating 21 to 24 Years: Claude Bird, Milton High School French, Brian Borde, Milton High School Social Studies, Karen Borde, Pierce Middle School English, Kathleen Caccamo, Collicot 2nd Grade, Karen Cahill, Milton High School Guidance Department Director, Michael Cleary, Pierce Middle School Social Studies, Dyanne Crowley, Milton High School English, Marianne Dann, Pierce Middle School 6th Grade, William Deschenes, Pierce Middle School Drama, Patricia Leahy-Murtagh, District Wide Specialist, PT, Deanna Magill, Pierce Special Education Team Chair, Susan McKay, Pierce Middle School Math, Veronica McManus, Collicot 4th Grade French, Anna McReynolds, Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal, Helene Olken, Cunningham 2nd Grade French, Leslie Pouliot, Pierce Middle School English, Erin Power, Pierce Middle School English, Colleen Queally, Pierce Middle School Physical Education, Margaret Radley, Milton High School Physical Education, John Radosta, Milton High School English, Sally Rush, Milton High School Special Education, Lisa Veldran, Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor, Diane Walcott, Collicot 3rd Grade French, Barbara Wright, Milton High School Humanities Coordinator Sandra Wyse, Pierce Middle School Secretary.

Officially Celebrating 20 Years along with the Milton Foundation for Education: Stephen Collyer, Milton High School English, Joseph Dolan, Pierce Middle School English, Susan Higgins, Pierce Middle School Secretary, Eileen Mullen, Milton High School, Family & Consumer Studies, Janis Powell, Glover 3rd Grade, Collicot Reading, Dorothea White, Tucker Kindergarten Special Education Aide.

Volunteers: In a previous E-blast, I asked for volunteers who could help our Future Problem Solvers program in their preparation for the State Bowl on the topic of Global Workplace. I am pleased to report that we got an amazing response! John Gerrity, senior manager at Global Tech Policy for Cisco Systems, took the time to “Sykpe” with the Cunningham and Collicot students from his Washington, DC office. They discussed a variety of issues related to the global workplace. On Thursday, our Glover team spoke with Emily Duffy, a Glover parent who works at Deloitte with Global Teams in consulting. She met with the FPS team to talk about shared office space, global telecommuting, the virtual office, time changes, etc. And yesterday, Glover parent Adrienne Sullivan spoke to the Tucker team about her career in global finance. She discussed the impact of currency fluctuation, international investments, products and services. The Pierce Future Problem Solving team is looking forward to a visit from Pierce parent Janet Lorden, who will help prepare those students for the State Bowl. We have an amazing community here in Milton and I am not surprised to learn that four very talented professionals stepped up to help.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please return the sold ticket stubs to the concession stand ASAP. If everyone does their part, we could raise $35,000!!!! Please note that this fundraising effort will benefit all of our athletic programs. Remember- Top 5 sellers receive CASH PRIZES!! To qualify for cash prize- students MUST sell at least 25 calendars.

March 14th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 14•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, March 14, 2016

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Ten Wildcats travelled to NYC this past weekend to compete in the New Balance Indoor Nationals. From left: Alexis Belash, Alexis Daly, David Perkins, Koby Osazee, Smith Charles, Derek Perkins, Bridget Mitchell, Elise O’Leary, Colette O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau and Coach Tom Shaw.

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a very exciting weekend for our Indoor Track Teams. Both teams left Milton High School on Friday after a rousing send-off from our Boosters, administrators, parents, Milton Police Department, faculty and staff in the lobby.  The teams travelled to the Bronx for the New Balance Indoor National Championship and returned with an All-American title.

The boys’ team sent their record-holding 4×200 relay (David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Smith Charles and Koby Osazee) and one individual, Smith Charles, who competed in the Freshman 60 Meter Dash.

The girls sent two relay teams, a DMR (Distance Medley Relay) comprised of Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell; and a 4×800 relay with Alexis Belash Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary; along with one individual, Alexis Daly, who competed in the Freshman 60 meter dash on Sunday morning.

On Friday night, Milton girls’ DMR battled teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia to win their heat, shatter the school record (by 27 seconds) and ultimately place 9th overall at Nationals. Colette O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary, and Bridget Mitchell (coming off a 6-week injury hiatus) each had to fight every step of the way during their legs to keep the team on pace. It was a remarkable thing to watch. Here is the video (just under 12 minutes)

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=167789

On Saturday afternoon, the boys’ 4×200 relay team competed against the best in the country. Unfortunately, they did not advance past the semi-final heat, but if you watch the race, there is no doubt these boys gave it their all. See link below:

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168175

On Saturday evening, the girls 4×800 relay team of Ali Belash, Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary returned to the New York Armory.  Their qualifying time for this race put them in the “slower” heat and nobody (except themselves and Coach Shaw) expected to see much change in the rankings.  See for yourself what teamwork, discipline and mental toughness can do for an underdog team. Keep in mind that none of these girls have ever competed at the national level, and their anchor is a freshman!!  The team went on to place 6th, which has qualified them as All-Americans. An amazing achievement!

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168541

Our freshman boy Smith Charles, blazed his way through the qualifying heats to make it to the finals on Sunday afternoon. Running against the best 9th graders in the country, Smith earned second place in this race with a time of 7.03 Congratulations to Smith Charles!  Watch his race below:

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168890

Our freshman girl, Alexis Daly, also competed in the Freshman 60 meter race, placing 13th overall. Her time was a 7.94. This was an amazing effort in an extremely competitive field.  Great job, Alexis!

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168833

We are so proud of every one of these athletes, who have represented Milton High School and the Town of Milton so admirably.

 

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All Americans!! The MHS Girls 4×800 relay team earned All-American status at this past weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship. From left: Sophie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary, Colette O’Leary and Ali Belsh.

 

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MHS Boys Indoor Track athlete Smith Charles placed second in the Freshmen 60 meter dash at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship in New York.

 

 

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The MHS Girls Indoor Distance Medley Relay team placed 9th at New Balance Indoor National Championship. From left: Coach Tom Shaw, Elise O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell.

 

 

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.