From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
As a former elementary school teacher and principal, I have many special memories of Valentine’s Day in the classroom. This was always a day of great excitement and a celebration of friendship. This year, I was so pleased to see that yesterday’s Valentine’s Day event coincided with the 100th Day of School celebration. Please enjoy these adorable pictures from our elementary school students, who managed to pull off a double celebration.
I would also like to remind all of our parents and guardians about our upcoming Budget Presentations. The Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation will be presented by the administration and Milton School Committee to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton on the following dates, times and locations.
- The Glover PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm in the Glover Library.
- The Tucker PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm in the Tucker Library. (Please note Tucker PTO’s presentation had to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm.)
We strongly urge you all to attend one of the sessions. The same presentation will be given at each site. No matter which school your child attends, you can attend either of these presentations to receive the same information. We would like as many Milton School parents/guardians and community members to attend and give feedback on the presentation as possible.
This is a great opportunity to get educated, ask questions and give your opinions on choices that will need to be made with regard to the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal school year. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and be on the lookout for reminder announcements from your school principals and PTOs. We look forward to your attendance and feedback!
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight, February 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.
The following item was sent to us by our school librarians, Jen Troy and Jess Royster:
The importance of independent reading is multi-faceted. It will improves vocabulary and word knowledge, writing skills, and even brain function! You can learn about different cultures, the history of the world, and delve into the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Independent fiction reading also improves nonfiction reading skills, which will benefit students in the classroom while reading difficult texts in science, math and engineering. Students who take up the habit of independent reading in the early years will thrive in school and likely will become readers for life. For more information about the importance of independent reading, check out these links:
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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:
The Milton Public Schools have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Milton based ed-tech company BoomWriter. Over the last 5 years, our friends at BoomWriter have partnered with us to support the implementation of a highly engaging online writing experience. Students have written stories that have been published; have explored non-fiction topics from a variety of perspectives; and through the BoomWriter platform, have engaged in the process of peer review. This resource has become an invaluable opportunity for learning at the elementary level and one in which students are always eager to participate.
Chris Twyman, Co-Founder and CEO of BoomWriter , along with his colleague and Co-founder Ken Haynes, recently proposed a new and exciting way for students to participate in a BoomWriter project. All students in grades 4 and 5 across the district will participate in the First Annual Milton Boom Writer Bee. All children will read chapter 1 of a story and then each week, write the chapters that follow. A voting process will select a winning chapter each week. At the end of the project, we will have a published book written by the pens (actually keyboards) of many of our students. All students along the way will have the opportunity to provide feedback and determine the direction of the story, thus making it a truly collaborative writing process.
The Bee will kick off the week before February vacation with a school-based assembly for all grade 4 and 5 students and will culminate at the end of March with a celebration, honoring the writers and the completion of the book! Books will be offered for sale by BoomWriter, the proceeds of which will be donated back to the schools to support important school based initiatives.
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The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine and Applied Arts:
Looking Ahead: Milton Celebrates MIOSM! — Music In Our Schools Month or “MIOSM” is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March, which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools. In recognition of this exciting, month-long event, the Milton Music Department will present a series of performances that highlight Milton music makers. These concerts will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School on the dates below. They are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend!
March 7th Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 6 & 9-12, 7:00p.m.
March 8th Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 7-12, 7:00p.m.
March 16th String Orchestra Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.
March 21st Band Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.
In addition to these concerts, Milton students will participate in several regional festivals in March and in the months to come. Nearly 200 Milton musicians auditioned for select festivals this year, and here are the most recent results:
Eastern District will host a Junior Festival in Sudbury on March 3rd and 4th, and eight Pierce students have been selected to participate: Brian Fay, Sam Higgins, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Saoirse Killion, Cecile Madigan, Jahdiele Marc, and Claire Walko.
Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA) will host a Senior Festival on March 24th and 25th, and 30 Milton High students will travel to Fall River to participate: Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey, James DiSandro, Ava Duggan, Paul Goodman, Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, Esme Link, Lemuel Marc, Henry McKay, Sarah Mitchell, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Coleman Rose, Gwyneth Sauter, Caleb Smith, Liezel Werner, and Annie Wong.
In the spring, SEMSBA will host a Junior Festival in Braintree, MA, and 23 Pierce and Milton High students will attend: Katharine Baker, Alix Benoit, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Grace Kelly, Saoirse Killion, Ava Lundbohm, Zoe Malouf, Sophia Manning, Jahiele Marc, Elana Naide, Ella O’Hanlon, Franklin Ollivierre III, June Padera, Roisin Queally, Anna Spinale, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko, Victoria Williams, Catherine Le, Giselle Neville, and Kate Possi.
On March 9th – 11th, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) will host the annual conference in Boston. Alongside the professional in-service for music educators, selected high school students will gather to perform in the All-State Honors Ensembles, which after two days of rehearsal, will perform at Boston Symphony Hall. Six Milton High students were selected to participate: Jamie Eder, Dominik Hyppolite, Nethania Marc, Benjamin Scott, Katherine Steele, and Stephen Tan.
In addition, upper elementary students will audition for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus, and Milton will send 22 fifth and sixth grade students: Greta Cardoza, Owen Creamer, Neve d’Arcy, Logan Do, Isabella Fiske, Kiera Glazer, William Heffron, Mia Jilani, Kaze Karuretwa, Daschel Koh, Tucker Korman, Lily Lane, Sadie Leggett, Marc Leimkuehler, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Mary Mullen, Fionnuala Queally, Luca Sandonato and Fiona Zimon.
Finally, Milton will be represented at the MMEA All-State Conference by two Milton High School ensembles, which were selected for their outstanding performance. The Milton High School Saxophone Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good, will be featured during one of the Casual Concerts. Also, the Milton High School String Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Debra Thoresen will perform during Concert Hour. This selection is a tremendous honor as only four ensembles in the state are chosen to be featured in Concert Hour! Congratulations to these students and their Directors for this outstanding work. Happy MIOSM! Music making abounds in the Milton Public Schools!
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The following item was submitted by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director:
Pierce Middle School is in its first year of participation in the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM). Mathematicians in grades 6-8 prepare weekly with math team advisors Ms. Pullia and Ms. Shapiro in order to compete in five IMLEM meets over the school year. Pierce recently hosted its first home meet on Thursday, January 12. We were excited to have teams from Franklin, King Philip Regional, Mansfield, Milton Academy, Norwood and Sharon come to Pierce to compete in mathematics for over two hours after school. Participating in the Pierce math team is fun as well as challenging; it is a great way to expose children to mathematics that is outside of the standard middle school mathematics curriculum. Below is an example of a fun problem from the last meet. Enjoy!
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Tonight, the Milton Public Schools will hold a STEM Information Night! Kindergarten students and their parents are welcome to attend. During STEM Information Night, attendees will be given an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.
STEM Information Night will take place tonight in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria and will run from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may enter through the back doors of the building (cafeteria doors) beginning at 6:25 PM. Due to limited space during this event, we ask that you make efforts to leave siblings of current kindergarteners at home. We hope to see you there! Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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March 2nd is First Grade Information Night for parents/guardians at the Milton High School Auditorium at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about first grade programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.
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March 14th is Grade 5 Information Night at the PMS Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders who are interested in having their child attend Pierce Middle School next year should plan to attend this event. Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience. The purpose of this information night is to share with families of current 5th grade students the many academic and enrichment programs that the Pierce Middle School has to offer. Students are welcome to attend with their parents and guardians.
FAMILY LIAISON NEWS
This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:
Preschool Update for the School Year 2017-2018. Milton Public Schools offers a variety of district-wide preschool programs. Tucker Elementary School is home to the Blue Hills full-day program, along with both morning and afternoon half-day programs. Across town, the Edgehill Program, housed at the Collicot Elementary School, offers an integrated half-day program with both morning and afternoon sessions along with a substantially separate classroom available for students with intensive needs, as identified by an IEP Team. The Gile Pre-K program, offering a three full day program, is located at Milton High School as part of the MHS Child Study Course.
Children attending half-day programs must be at least three years of age on or before August 31, 2017. The full-day programs are available to children who will be four on or before August 31, 2017. Children receiving special education services may be eligible to enter during the school year once they turn age 3 per the IEP Team process. Tuition assistance is available for all preschool programs for families who meet the income eligible criteria. For an overview of each program including similarities and differences visit our website here.
An information night was held last month, at which time the pre-registration link was launched. Currently, 134 families have pre-registered their child for placement in a preschool program for the school year 2017-2018. Any family who completed the pre-registration form by January 26, 2017 was eligible to have their child’s name entered into the lottery which was held on January 27, 2017. Due to the high demand it was necessary to hold lotteries for four of the six preschool options offered. Families were notified of the outcome and assignment including placement on waitlists on January 30, 2017. The deadline to complete registrations and submit deposits is February 24, 2017 at which time families on waitlists as well as those who pre-registered their child after January 27, 2017 will be offered seats in any vacant spots.
If you are interested in pre-registering your child, but have not had an opportunity to do so, please go to the link below and complete the questionnaire. Pre-registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/jzivrBvU9m7UWczj2
If you have questions regarding MPS preschools or need more information, contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at email@example.com or by telephone at 617 980 7343.
Help Wanted! Science from Scientists (http://www.sciencefromscientists.org/) is an incredible program that all fifth graders participate in here in the Milton Public Schools. Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of our Glover fifth graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). They send real, charismatic scientists into our classrooms every other week during the school day and throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth are competitive globally in STEM. We have worked tirelessly to obtain funding so that this program can continue.
This year, we are hosting a Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Granite Links on Monday, May 1. We are actively looking for sponsors to support the tournament. If you are interested in helping the committee secure sponsorships, please consider attending a meeting on Wednesday, March 1st from 6:30-7:30 in the MHS Library. During this meeting, we will talk about the list of potential sponsors we have generated and a plan going forward to reach out to those sponsors and hopefully secure them in the upcoming weeks. We would really appreciate and love your help with this step in the process! Thank you for helping us ensure that this amazing program continues to be offered to all MPS fifth graders.
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CelebrateMilton has released its Grant Application, with a deadline of Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 2/21/17 to be considered. The ¡CelebrateMilton! Advisory Board is now accepting grant applications from Milton-based individuals and organizations for programs that reflect and promote our mission.
¡CelebrateMilton! Mission Statement:
- We are committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community.
- We are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.
- We are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering civic engagement, social justice, peace and harmony within our town.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask that grant requests are kept within a range of $100 to $1,000. The application can be downloaded here. The application deadline is February 21, 2017. Grant decisions will be made by the end of February. For additional information please contact Lori Bilewicz at email@example.com.
The following item was sent to us by our friends at the MFE:
The Milton Foundation for Education is asking everyone to Save the Date for Celebration 2017 with Honorary Event Co-Chairs Jennifer and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Milton High Class of 1988.
Get ready to Let the Good Times Roll on Saturday, April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. There will be delicious food, exciting raffles, and fun games. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes as Boston’s best dance band, The Marsels, will have us jumping. Look for the invite in your email soon! Can’t wait to see you there!
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This photo will make your day! Pierce Grade 8 students- Anna Fahy and Eliza Callahan look on in amazement at the 3D printer as it cranks out a Gingerbread House. Mr. Forge had students use Google Sketch Up to design Gingerbread Houses. Winners got the opportunity to have their Gingerbread House made into a 3D model!
PS: The Pierce 3D printer was made possible by the ever-generous Milton Foundation for Education!
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The following item was sent to us by Dave Perdios, Director of Milton Park and Recreation:
The Milton Park & Rec department recently hosted a Sixth Grade Fun Night at Pierce Middle School. The response was tremendous, with more than 130 Milton sixth-graders attending. There was plenty of action and also time for friends to be friends. The thing that really stands out to me is the smiles on all the faces. Paul DiManno and I were there to oversee the night, along with other adult supervisors. Several Milton High school students and Curry baseball players were there to help monitor the games and activities. All the volunteers were great role models for these kids! We have great kids in Milton. When we give them things to do they come together!
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The following item was sent in by Heidi Vaughan at the Forbes House Museum:
It’s time for the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest! The Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established in 1924 by Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878-1962), granddaughter of China trade merchant, captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1802-1889). Miss Forbes greatly admired President Abraham Lincoln, and in 1909 began collecting Lincoln and Civil War artworks and memorabilia, which are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. To promote appreciation for our 16th president, Miss Forbes requested original essays and drawings from students each year, inspired by the life and work of Abraham Lincoln.
Today, the Museum continues the tradition, and sends an annual request for essays and drawings from students throughout Milton and Greater Boston. Each year, the FHM Lincoln Committee, comprised of Museum Trustees, K-8 educators, Lincoln historians and Civil War enthusiasts, meets to debate and select a question and topic. The question and topic are then released to the public, and students must use the question or topic as the subject for their essay or drawing.
Individual student submissions are encouraged. The FHM Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established as a civic exercise, challenging students to excellence outside the scope of their regular school work.
K-8 educators are also welcome to introduce the essay and drawing question or topic to their students as part of a classroom lesson or unit of instruction. A submission of individual essays and drawings, gathered into one package by an educator, is accepted and encouraged.
First, second and third place winners are chosen among the entries for each grade level. Essays are accepted from students in grades 6 through 8; drawings are accepted from students in kindergarten through grade 5.
Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner of each grade level and are being generously provided by B.R. Alexander & Co. and Citizens Bank. All winners will receive a free family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other surprises!
2017 Lincoln Essay Contest Topic:
Grades 6-8: Write an essay clearly describing women’s contributions during the Civil War Era and how these efforts supported President Lincoln in preserving the Union and extending the rights guaranteed by our Founding Fathers.
2017 Lincoln Drawing Contest Topic:
Grades K-5: As a lover of history and a collector of artifacts, Miss Mary Bowditch Forbes surrounded herself with many items that were representative of Lincoln and his efforts in the Civil War. What might Miss Forbes show you if you visited the Forbes House during her lifetime? Draw a picture of your visit to meet Miss Forbes.
For images of Lincoln and Civil War Era artifacts, Miss Forbes and the Forbes House, click here.
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The following item was sent to us by Sue Bertram of the Milton Times:
The Milton Times now offers a free app called the Milton Insider. This app is available to download through either the iTunes Store or Google Play for smartphone, Android or iPad. There are categories for Events, Food, Wellness, Finance, just to name a few. The Events section offers everything from Milton Public School happenings, sports events though the Milton Boosters website, the ability to register for Milton Parks and Recreation sports teams,events at the Milton Public Library and so much more. The Superintendents e-Mail Blast can also be found by tapping onto the website! The advertisers on the app offer the best of Milton services, and we are looking for more to add. The Milton Insider is THE community resource for the busy Miltonite.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:
Milton High School is the first public high school to participate in a unique, fresh Catch of the Day program offered by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, which sustains a network of small boat New England fishermen. This comes just two months after four Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools successfully launched the program feeding 220-300 pounds of fresh fish to students in just one week.
Red’s Best Catch of the Day is a series of sustainable seafood options designed to move large amounts of abundant and seasonal fish for small boat fishermen. This model, designed for academic, corporate and healthcare dining services, offers high volume of fresh catch at a low-fixed rate. The exact species, selected by Red’s Best, is simply determined by what the most flaky white fish is landed by the fleet that day. Institutions throughout New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic serve Catch of the Day in dining facilities daily.
“Adding Red’s Best program is a perfect addition to our existing farm-to-school dining initiative,” explained Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services for Milton Public Schools. “We do our best to source fresh, local products for our students and community. When we learned what Red’s Best was doing, we were on board immediately. Red’s made it easy to add a quality, cost-effective seafood option to our menu.”
Milton High is hosting two assemblies February 17th, at 8:30 am and 9:20 am 25 Gile Road, Milton MA 02186 inviting students, parents, faculty and staff to meet Red’s Best and better understand the local seafood supply chain. “Educating students and providing fresh local fish in public schools is creating and perpetuating a sustainable culture that values a local, community-based food supply,” commented Jamey Lionette, Red’s Best Director of Sustainable Seafood Program. Milton High Principal, James Jette, noted, “If we teach kids to see and value the resources around them, that becomes a sustainable way of life.” Red’s Best will set up an interactive whole fish display during four student lunch periods as well.
Jared Auerbach, Red’s Best CEO noted, “Milton is making a huge impact encouraging young people to see the value of coastal communities and connecting students with the hardworking people who caught their food. THIS is exactly what it means to put our fishermen first.”
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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was sent in by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:
Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 26 – March 4:
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11
Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 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 2016 release Trolls, just out on DVD: A troll princess and her companion, the one unhappy troll try to rescue her friends from being eaten by their nemeses. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.
Friday, March 3, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5
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.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Spy Training, Ages 8-11
Calling all spies: come use your code-breaking, secret-keeping skills in the Children’s Room! We’ll be working in teams to solve a mystery together, using the Library’s new “escape room” kit. For ages 8-11. Registration is required. Offered in partnership with Milton Reads.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
The following item was submitted by David Mills, a MHS History teacher who is also coaching the Mountain Bike Team:
The Milton Mountain Bike Team will begin its second year of competition this spring in the New England High School Cycling Association. The team is open to boys and girls in grades 7-12, who will compete against 400 other high school students in six races. Riders compete in their age group, with a focus on safety, fitness and fun. The goal is to introduce students to a new and exciting sport, while competing on a team. If your child is interested in joining the team or would like more information, please contact David Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the club is always grateful for members of the Milton community to help out in any way, including equipment, sponsorship of a rider, or as a ride leader.
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The following athletic update was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:
Swim: Out of 40 teams competing at Sectionals last week at MIT, with well over 120 swimmers, four of our MHS swimmers — Maia Adley, Emily Dobrindt, Margaret Haley, and Amalia Halpin — finished in the top half, lead by great performances from Dobrindt and Halpin in the 100 yard butterfly. Dobrindt grabbed 5 points in the 100 yard buterfly, finishing 12th, just .05 seconds in front of teammate Halpin. Halpin would grab 7th place for the fly as well. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the girls took 14th. The team is comprised of three freshmen and one senior (Adley) and is the youngest team to finish in the top 20. There were no other relay teams ahead of them in the 200 yard freestyle race with more than one freshman in the group. This young group of girls looks very promising. The girls qualified for States in the 200 and 400 relay! They will be competing this Saturday 2/18, at Boston University among the best swimmers in the state. Full results from this past weekend can be found here. Congrats to the girls on a great weekend.
Ski: Though the ski team will enjoy the snow, they have not been able to race for over a week. Their race from last week is rescheduled to Thursday, at Ski Ward at 6:00 pm.
Girls Hockey: Senior Night was capped off with a 3-3 tie with Herget Division opponent, Norwood. Katie Abbott and Elena Kapolis are the only two seniors for the ‘Cats. Kapolis fittingly scored in her last regular season home game to end her Milton High career. Their current record is now 10-5-2. They next play on Wednesday at Braintree at 6:00 pm.
Boys Hockey: It has been a tough few weeks for Boys Hockey, as they have fallen to 5-11-1, dropping Saturday nights game 5-1 to Norwood. The underclassmen have showed well recently though, and they will be a tough group to play against next year. They will play Braintree on Wednesday, before hosting Dedham for Senior Night on Saturday Feb. 18th.
Girls Basketball: Girls Basketball has had a tough time as of late, playing a string of excellent teams. With an 5-10 record, they will visit another tough team in Braintree on Tuesday. They will then play Dedham, Boston Latin (rescheduled from 2/13) and Quincy in three straight days to end their season. Their senior night is Friday, February 17th, 5:30pm vs. Boston Latin at Milton High School.
Boys Basketball: Boys Basketball has played well lately, fighting for a tournament berth. They sit at 9-6 after three good wins vs Wellesley, Brookline and Norwood. Their senior night is February 16th, 6:30 vs Dedham at Milton High School.
Wrestling: The Wrestling Team showed well at sectionals this past weekend. After a bye in the first round, Jack Stapleton beat Gbedema of Catholic Memorial, where he eventually fell to Kourafalos of Winchester, placing 4th. Xavier Fischer (126lb) battled hard, losing by a score of 7-2 to Avery of Woburn. Chris Caputo (138lb) also lost by decision, with a score fo 8-4 to Doherty of Winchester. Liam Kelly (145lb) earned himself a place in states after a good match with Appolon of Norwood, losing 16-7. Captain Matthew LaBelle (160lb) finished 2nd, winning 3 matches and eventually losing in the finals to #1 Bastarache of Natick. LaBelle won his first match 12-3, won by pin in his second, and won in sudden victory in the semi-finals. Freshman Kevin Swanton (195lb) did not qualify for states but showed well this past weekend. He earned a bye in to the quarterfinals where he beat Ganno of North Quincy, before losing in the semis. Austin Wright (113lb) lost his first match but still qualifies as an alternate. This Friday, the following wrestlers will participate in States at Algonquin Regional High School.
120 Jack Stapleton vs Kaya Bogle (Hingham)
145 Liam Kelly vs Eli Tuttle (Andover)
160 Matt LaBelle vs Christian Hernandez (Greater Lawrence)
113 Austin Wright is an alternate.
Girls Indoor Track: Girls Indoor Track continues to impress. Standing undefeated, they finished in 1st place with over 100 points, to win the Bay State Conference Championships for the second consecutive year.
Boys Indoor Track: After a hot start, Boys Indoor Track has slipped up following a few injuries to key runners. They still raced well and placed 5th in the Bay State Conference Championships.
Cheer: The Cheer Team will be participating in the Winter Bay State League Championships on Wednesday, at 6:30 at Braintree High School.
Spring Registration is OPEN. Clearance Forms can be found online, as well as in the Athletic Office. Instructions and directions for signing up can be found on the home page of the Athletics Website.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/
As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:
Students: I would like to recognize Milton High School student Suvan Shukla, who has been working on a very ambitious community service project in conjunction with My Brother’s Keeper Center. Suvan has been helping to create a Haiti “Hospital on a Bus” project. He is involved in both the fundraising and business planning aspects of this venture. Congratulations to Suvan for his efforts.
Staff: I would like to recognize Amy Gale for her outstanding work with BoomWriter. This is an online writing program that supports story writing, vocabulary, development in a fun and competitive way. Ms. Gale has been working with this group since the program began about five years ago. With her help, BoomWriter has been introduced at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Thank you to Amy Gale, and to Chris Twyman and Ken Haynes, who co-founded BoomWriter.
Volunteers: I would like to recognize a group of Milton citizens who have been working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations. With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign each spring to raise funds for field trips to museums, interactive geography games and live Shakespeare performances. The board of M-PACE is composed of myself, Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Moira Downes. Thank you to all these volunteers for their work on this worthwhile cause. If you would like to make a donation to M-PACE to enhance offerings in the arts for Milton Public School Students, please send a check to M-PACE, c/o James McAuliffe, Town Treasurer’s Office, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.
The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.