Milton Public Schools

August 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 28•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: August 28th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Wednesday night, as part of the School Committee meeting, we were pleased to honor two individuals and one group, all of whom have been chosen as award recipients by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. Former Milton School Committee members Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly were recognized, as was the Milton Foundation for Education for their outstanding work with the Milton Public Schools.

  • Mary Kelly was awarded the “Friend of Public Education Award,” which is for an individual who has demonstrated commitment to and support of public education. Ms. Kelly served on the school committee from 2003-2015 and was a constant presence on the Finance Subcommittee. She was a strong proponent for special education and a voice for working families in Milton
  • Lynda-Lee Sheridan was awarded the “Community Leader for Public Education Award,” which recognizes an individual community leader who has demonstrated outstanding support for the public schools. Ms. Sheridan exemplifies, both personally and professionally, the role of an advocate for public schools. She attended Milton Public Schools, sent her two sons to our schools, served on and chaired the School Committee, spent her career as a Special Education professional and now serves as an elementary school principal.
  • The Milton Foundation for Education was awarded the “Outstanding School Partner Award,” for being a non-profit organization which supports public education. The MFE, which was established in 1995, provides programs and opportunities for the Milton Public Schools which are beyond the reach of the district’s budget. As the beneficiary of this foundation’s extensive work, the MPS is a vastly different district than it would have been without this assistance. The Monster Dash, the Celebration for Education and the Outstanding Teacher Awards are only three of the many events sponsored by the MFE to recognize and support our district.

I would also like to mention that Monday and Tuesday are Professional Development days for our staff. All staff members will meet in Milton High School’s auditorium on Monday for a very special keynote presentation by Dr. Thomas Hehir. Staff members should be promptly seated by 8:15am for Dr. Hehir’s presentation at 8:30am. Professional Development sessions will take place after this event at each school.

Thomas Hehir, Ed.D., is Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs from 1993 to 1999, Hehir was responsible for federal leadership in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and played a leading role in developing the Clinton administration’s proposal for the 1997 reauthorization of IDEA. In 1990, Hehir was associate superintendent for the Chicago Public Schools. Hehir served in a variety of positions in the Boston Public Schools from 1978 to 1987, including that of director of special education from 1983 to 1987. An advocate for children with disabilities in the education system, he has written extensively on special education, special education in the reform movement, due process, and least restrictive environment issues.

On Tuesday, September 1st, there will be a “Welcome Back,” presentation to the staff, which will also take place in Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at 8am. After this presentation, faculty and staff will report to their respective schools for Professional Development sessions.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held last night, Wednesday, August 26th. That meeting is summarized below.

August 26th: This meeting began with a brief awards ceremony (see above) for the recipients of the MASC awards. This was followed by a STEM Grade Four Program, given by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan. The committee approved all six School Handbooks and discussed the FY16 School Committee Goals, voting to approve several of them. As part of the Finance Subcommittee Report, the committee approved Vendor Warrant #7; and approved the tuition for the new Blue Hills Full Day preschool at Tucker. There was a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee Report, and the committee approved the minutes of July 29, 2015 before adjourning to executive session.

The next meeting will be held September 9th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

PHONE SYSTEM AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL

The following update was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding:

The Pierce phone system’s hard drive was significantly damaged and had to be sent out for repair.  It is estimated that it will take 7-10 days for it to be restored.  In the meantime, our phone menu system that allows you to connect directly to offices and classrooms and our voicemail system do not work.  Please see the following communication plan:

If you call the Pierce Middle School main number 617-696-4568, the phone will ring directly in the main office and either Ms. Wyse or Ms. Higgins will answer it.  They are able to transfer you to other offices in the building, but please keep in mind that voicemail will not pick up if the person is unavailable to answer.  If it is during the school day, callers will not be transferred to a classroom as there is no voicemail to pick up the call and teachers are teaching.

If both Ms. Wyse and Ms. Higgins are on the phone at the same time, which could happen especially at peak time, your call will continue to ring.  Given that, if no one picks up the phone please wait a minute or two and call back again.

In addition, the following numbers are direct lines and will ring in the office of the person listed.  Please keep in mind though, no voicemail will pick up if the person is unavailable.

Nurse Barbara Perry 617-696-4575
Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Dean of Students, 617-696-7003
Anna McReynolds, Assistant Principal, 617-696-4570
Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal, 617-696-7004

If your call is of an URGENT nature and the issue, concern, or question is not such that it can wait a couple of minutes until your call goes through, we have set up a hotline at the Superintendent’s Office.  If your call is URGENT and must immediately be addressed, please call one of the following phone numbers:

617-696-4808 or 617-696-4809 or 617-696-4810 or 617-696-4811

Upon receipt of your call, someone will immediately get into contact with me at the Pierce Middle School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The Milton Public Schools Edge Hill Preschool (at Collicot School) has opened a brand new integrated session.  We currently have seats available for three or four year old students to attend an integrated setting form 12:00-2:30p.m.  The tuitions is $3,125.00.  Students will participate in the Creative Curriculum and attend Collicot school events, when appropriate.  If you are interested, please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at 617.696.5040 ext. 5588, or email preschool@miltonps.org.

Also, there are seats available in the Milton High School Pre-K, Gile Road Campus. We currently have three spots available in the morning session (7:50a.m.-11:10a.m.) and seven spots in the afternoon session (11:10am  – 2:10pm)The tuition is $1,200.00 and students participate in the Creative Curriculum as well as work with high school juniors and seniors in the on-site laboratory school setting. If you are interested, please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at 617-696-5040 ext.5588 or email to preschool@miltonps.org

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Parents/guardians, please click on the documents below to read the very important information from our district:

Consolidated Facilities Director William F. Ritchie’s Information Concerning Integrated Pest Management

Consolidated Facilities Director William F. Ritchie’s Asbestos Management Plan

Milton School Committee’s Parental Notification Relative to Sex Education Policy IHAMA-R

Athletic Director/K-12 Physical Education/Health & Wellness Director Alex Campea’s Exemption from Sex Ed Instructions for Parents/Guardians

NEW STAFF

Please join me in welcoming our new teachers. We held a New Teachers’ Luncheon earlier this week and are very pleased to introduce our latest staff members. We have hired more than 30 new teachers. Some are replacing staff members who have retired, have resigned or are on leave. Welcome!

 

MHS New Staff

Milton High School: Back row, from left: Guidance Director Karen Cahill, Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Principal James Jette, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau, World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher, Science Department Head Amy Tom,  Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright, Physics Teacher Samuel Tocci, Athletic Director Alex Campea. Second Row, from left: Strings Teacher Debra Thoresen, Special Education Chair Anna Green, Occupational Therapist Irene Egersheim, English Teacher Jaymes Sanchez. Front row: Special Education Teacher Shawn Carrigan, Math Teacher Shirla-Ann Davis, Math Teacher Richard Horan.

Pierce New Staff

 

Pierce Middle School: Standing (L to R): School Psychologist Juanita Reppucci, Special Education Teacher Jeffery Tripp, Science Teacher Kristen Fleury, French/Latin Teacher Margaret Folcarelli, Dean of Students Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald, Music Teacher Debra Thoresen, Special Education Chair Rhonda Bevis, Occupational Therapist  Irene Egersheim, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau, Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn, World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher, Science Teacher Allison Meleedy, Science Curriculum Coordinator Christie Chiappetta, Assistant Principal Anna McReynolds. Seated (L to R): Science Teacher Rachel Clancy, English Teacher Lauren Hoyt, Spanish Teacher Ashley Critchley.

 

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CU/CO: Standing: (L to R): Collicot Special Education Teacher Elise Dabritz, Cunningham Third Grade Teacher Amy McDavitt, Cunningham LEAP Teacher Lindsey McMahon, Collicot Special Education Teacher Molly Ceglarski, Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden, Music Teacher Debra Thoresen, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau, Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale, World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher, Collicot Principal Holly Concannon.  Seated (L to R): Cunningham Adjustment Counselor Mary Bianca Mattocks, Elementary Reading Specialist Katie Keady, Collicot Fifth Grade Teacher Maura Middleton, Science Director Bernadette Moonan.  Not pictured: Collicot Pre-K Teacher Cailin Gallagher.

Glover New Staff

Glover: Standing: (L  to R):  K-12 Math Coordinator Michelle Kreuzer, Data Specialist Vy Vu, Fourth Grade French Immersion Teacher Bradford Hoff, Kindergarten Teacher Nicole Grant, Curriculum Coordinator Meredith Kempf, Fifth Grade Teacher Melissa Ahern, Reading Specialist Katie Keady, Music Teacher Debra Thoresen, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau, Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis. Seated (L to R): STEP Teacher Meghan Rhodes, School Psychologist Juanita Reppucci, Science Director Bernadette Moonan, World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher. Not pictured: Grade Three Co-Taught Teacher Kathleen Bakis.

 

Tucker New Staff

Tucker: Standing (L to R): Music Teacher Debra Thoresen, Third Grade French Teacher Lily Glickstein, Occupational Therapist  Irene Egersheim, Special Education Team Chair Rhonda Bevis, World Language Director Martine Fisher, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau, Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai, Grade Three/Four Teacher Jessica Donovan, Science Director Bernadette Moonan. Seated (L to R): Third Grade Teacher Alexandra Lee, Curriculum Coordinator Stephanie Nephew, School Nurse Kerry Joyce, Pre-K Teacher Cailin Gallagher.

FAMILY LIAISON

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

Summer recess often times brings changes in routines, later bedtimes and for many, it means scrambling to find child-care or fill those unstructured hours. School will be back in session on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 for grades 1-12 and Tuesday, September 8, 2015 for Kindergarteners and preschoolers. (MHS Pre-K begins Wednesday September 9, 2015) Below are some tips from Sign Up Genius to help make the transition from summer to school a little smoother.

Back to School Tips:

Turn off the TV. While the click of a button may seem more exciting than the turning of a page, having your child engage less in TV and video games and more in reading will reap great benefits come late August. As opposed to passive early morning activities, encourage your child to do puzzles, design crafts, or play outdoors. It’ll not only give them a summer to remember, but will ease them back into the routine of mental stimulation that comes with a new school year.

Buy school supplies. Most schools will send out a supply list beforehand. While none of the essentials should be overlooked, there’s no need to splurge on the latest gadgets. Before heading to the store, scrounge around your house to find any pencils, rulers, or backpacks that are in good condition and can be used. When going through the store, make sure you keep a copy of the list close at hand and check off what you already have in the cart. If you have multiple children darting around and tossing in supplies, it’s easy to end up accidentally buying seven packs of colored pens.

Fill out the wardrobe. As far as clothes go, because it’s still summer, focus only on buying hot weather clothes. Let’s face it, kids grow fast and may not fit into the warmer clothes you pick out in a couple of months. Have your child go through her closet and pull out anything that she can no longer wear. Then, make sure she has enough shirts, shorts, under garments and shoes to get her through the season. When shopping, only do so to fill in the gaps, not start a new wardrobe.

Establish the routine. Where will the kids put their backpacks and lunchboxes? What are approved after-school snack choices? Where will they do their homework? Before the year begins, have your kids join you and literally walk through the after-school routine. Show them where to put their backpacks and lunchboxes, and create a space for them to do homework. This could be a desk in their room, a cleared off kitchen table, or an extra office space. Also, make them aware of any additional rules such as TV and video game limits, as well as when they should do their homework.

Check out the school. Even if your child has attended the school in the past, it is vital to kick off the school year with a campus visit beforehand. If possible, attend an open house. This will let your child see his new classroom and interact with the teacher and fellow classmates. This would also be a good time for you to get to know the teacher and build a comfortable relationship with her for the upcoming year. While you’re there, show your child the way. If he has class changes, walk him through his schedule one or two times. Having you there will foster security, so he can avoid the fear of getting lost on the first day of school.

Contact the teacher. A quick note or email to the person who will be with your child every day for the next year can’t hurt. It’s best that he knows about any general challenges or specific needs your child has, and request that he openly approach you about your child’s behavior and progress. Let him know that you are excited about the upcoming year, and perhaps offer to assist with classroom parties or events. Doing so will help foster the relationship between parent, teacher, and child, so everyone can have a relaxed, successful school year.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

RESIDENCY

Those of you who have been notified by our Residency Director to re-establish residency, please be aware that there are only three days left to complete the paperwork in order to ensure your child’s education is uninterrupted. If you are the parent/guardian of an incoming 6th or 9th grader (or an out-of-district student) and have not already re-established residency, please contact Residency Coordinator Patty Lesenechal at 617-696-4470 x 5516 or plesenechal@miltonps.org . Please check our main website (www.miltonps.org) for the necessary documents.

FOOD SERVICE

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

Welcome back to another school year. We will be serving breakfast and lunch to all students on opening day, Wednesday Sept. 2, 2015.   Families should deposit money on their children’s account for breakfast, lunch, snack or milk before school begins at our online website www.myschoolbucks.com This website let’s families manage their children’s food service account, view transactions and sign up for low balance alerts. Prepaying allows our serving lines to move faster which allows our students more time to enjoy their meal.

Free and Reduced applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be sent home the first week of school. The High School and Middle School Principal’s included this application in their welcome back letter to families. Our elementary school students will be sent home with it during the first few days of school. Families only need to fill out the application if they feel they may qualify for the free or reduced meal program. The application can also be found online HERE. If your child was receiving these benefits last school year they will automatically be carried over for the first month of school. All families who need this assistance need to reapply each school year. We now offer the family application to make it easier to apply.

Please contact Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services for any assistance or questions at 617-898-1051 or jmorgan@miltonps.org

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

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

The response to bus registration this year has been excellent; we have received a large number of registrations for student riders all over the Town of Milton. Due to the large response, the Transportation Department has redesigned some of the previously announced routes for the 2015/2016 school year. Due to the restructure of routes, new bus passes have been mailed to many of the riders that attend Cunningham and Collicot. No passes for Tucker, Glover, Pierce, or Milton High School will be affected by this restructure.

If you are affected, you should have received a new pass. While your child’s bus stop may remain the same, he or she may be riding on a different bus number. Please be aware of this change and use the newly received pass for the upcoming school year. Additionally, some new passes may be exactly the same as old passes; if that is the case you should use the newly received pass as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at jsmith@miltonps.org.

NEWS FROM THE COMMISSIONER

I recently received a newsletter from Arne Duncan, the US Secretary of Education. There is an excellent article with advice for families on how to get a good start to the school year, which is applicable to students of all ages. Click here to read the article:

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/08/start-now-to-start-the-school-year-right/

There is also a month-by-month guide filled with advice, tools, and online resources for parents and guardians. Click here to access the guide.

http://www.ed.gov/parents/countdown-success

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Commission on Disability reminds all residents that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is currently celebrating its 25th year. This fall the Commission will host a town-wide forum open to all residents, students, teachers, and town employees to bring awareness to the ADA and the civil rights of the disabled.  The forum will be held on Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm in the Milton High School library. Residents with any related questions are encouraged to contact the Commission. The Commissions’ website also provides links to the ADA website:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_BComm/COD/COD

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On Saturday, September 12th, the Milton Department of Public Works will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Milton residents. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine. Materials should be left, where possible, in their original containers. Containers should be put in sturdy boxes and placed in the trunk of a vehicle so that contents will be easy to remove. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process.

Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
Propane Tanks: $3.00 each (both large and small tanks)
Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each
Tires: $3 each

Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents:

These items will NOT be accepted:

Latex paint (Read label – If clean-up calls for soap and water, it is not hazardous and do not bring it to the event) (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
Mercury-containing items and fluorescent bulbs , appliances, electronics, rechargeable batteries. (These items are accepted at the Recycling Center on the first Saturday of every month)
Prescription medicine or syringes
Commercial or industrial waste
Asbestos
Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)
The following items can be brought to the collection:

Adhesives and glues
Aerosol cans
Engine degreaser, brake and transmission fluid
Hobby and art supplies
Household cleaners and spot removers
Non-alkaline batteries (these are found in camcorders, cordless power tools, cordless phones and laptop computers).
Oil-based paints
Photo chemicals and chemistry sets
Poisons, insecticides, pesticides, and weed killers Solvents and varnishes
Swimming pool chemicals
Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
Wood preservatives and fiberglass residue

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Fall is coming – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! 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 September 6 – 12:

Monday, September 7th
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, September 11th 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, September 12th from 10:00 – 10:30 am
NEW PROGRAM: Little Linguists Storytime

Bonjour and Hola! Come enjoy stories, songs and activities with Mary Doherty, local language instructor. Elements of the French and Spanish languages will be introduced each week. For ages 0-5 with parent. No registration required.

Saturday, September 12th from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades 1-5 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.

Saturday, September 12th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required, and will open three weeks before 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 take a moment to check out our new football team’s website. Thanks to Coach Steve Dembowski for adding such a great resource for team parents and the community.

http://www.miltonwildcatfootball.com/

The fall sports schedule for all Milton teams will be updated and ready to go within the next few days. Thank you.

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.

 

August 18th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 18•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are pleased to announce that the Milton Public Schools have been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, targeted for an Innovative Pre-School Program. We have State Senator Brian A. Joyce to thank for advocating for these critical state funds to pilot a pre-school here in the Milton Public Schools that will educate children from families of low income who would not otherwise be enrolled in any form of pre-school. A limited number of seats will be available to the children of families who are not low income. We would also like to extend thanks to Representative Walter F. Timilty who advocated for these funds as well as for the full-day kindergarten grant.

This new full-day, district-wide pre-school program will begin in September and will be housed at the Tucker Elementary School. This program is one of four Milton Public School pre-school programs, all of which are outstanding choices for parents/guardians of pre-schoolers. This Innovative Full-day Pre-School Program will allow four year old children to attend five full-day sessions from 7am to 5:30pm. This program is for students who will be four years old on or before August 31, 2015. For a description of all four Milton Public Schools pre-school programs and more information about this full day pre-school, please click HERE.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The School Committee held its annual retreat on Friday, August 7th. The next meeting will be held on August 26th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please see the following information from the state regarding test results:

In mid-September, official state, district, and school-level MCAS and MCAS-Alt results will be released to the public. In late September, the printed Parent/Guardian Reports for students participating in standard MCAS tests and MCAS-Alt will be sent to school districts to be sent home to families. This includes results for the following:

  • MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering for Grades 5, 8, and 9;
  • MCAS Mathematics for Grade 10; and
  • MCAS English Language Arts for Grade 10

In late fall 2015, official district and school PARCC results and accountability reports will be released to the public. For more information, please click here:

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We have a Pre-K program here at Milton High School and there are still some openings for the afternoon session. This wonderful program operates from September to June each year on the Milton High School campus. High school students who are interested in careers in education enroll for Child Study courses, taught by two certified high school teachers.  Pre-school children come to the classroom three days a week and engage in a typical Pre-K curriculum with assistance from the high school students. The openings are for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday session (11:10am – 2:10pm) for the school year. The cost is $1,200.00 per child per year. To register or for more information, please contact Eileen Mullen at: emullen@miltonps.org or Marti McKenna, Family Liaison Coordinator at 617-696-5040   ext. 5588

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We have some incredible news from the College Board. Our 2015 AP results have come in and 96 Milton High School students have qualified for distinction in one of four categories. This includes seven students who were granted the title of “National AP Scholar.”

National AP Scholar (granted to students in the US who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams): Kevin Conway, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, William Hess, Fanhao Kong, Oceane Marescal, Garrett Sager.

Please also join me in congratulating the following students, who were also recognized by the College Board for their success on the AP exams:

AP Scholar (granted to students who receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams): Shareen Alsebai, Leah Bohmbach, Megan Caljouw, Olivia Chin, Emily Chow, Meredith Clarke, Elisa Coutant, Mary Cronin, Allegra Denooyer, Robert Doherty, Madelyn Driscoll, Emily Dsida, Shannon Fitzgerald, Eric Hale, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Hope Huban, Andrea Juzyca, Meredith Kelly, Olivia Keohane, Cole Kroninger, Anna Lamb, Alanna Loria, Maryanne Macisaac, Robert McCullough, Rebekah Mondelus, Elizabeth Murphy, Sean NgPack, Kevin Pham, Liam Queally, Caitlin Rodensky, Edwin Rodriguez, Evan Reusch, Anne Schindler, Olivia Sidoti, Marmarah Similien, Christine Stafford, Kendall Stanley, Roger Tejeda, Alexis Umeh, Tyler Volpe-Knock, Michael Wyatt

AP Scholar with Honor (granted to those students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams): Emma Chinman, Monika Cormack, Jillian Eckard, Simon Eder, Anne Grudem, Christian Jamal, Micaela Keating, Julian Killingback, Maggie Kleiman, Alex MacIsaac, Elizabeth O’Connor, Christian Similien, Mackenzie Stanley, Matthew Wong

AP Scholar with Distinction (granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams): Sindhu Banerjee, Nolan Carvalho, Vincent Chan, Gabrielle Che, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Timothy Eberhardt, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Anna Gaden, Mitchell Hause, William Hess, Lydia Horan, Madeline Hoy, Emily Hutchinson, Benjamin Johnson, Christian Kackley, Joshua Kery, Fanhao Kong, John Lenane, Julia MacDougall, Shannon Macleod, Oceane Marescal, Tansy Massey-Green, Denis McAuliffe, Shane McLaughlin, William Mozek, David Mullen, Caitlyn Murphy, Brandon Musto, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Jacqueline Ruscito, Garrett, Sager, Amy Savino, Hannah Shepard, Julia Sullivan, Olivia Taber, Kathryn Weidmann

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Parents/guardians of students entering Grades 4 and 5, please note: There is an Edline page for ALP (Applied Lesson Program), which is a program where students can take individual or group music lessons after school at Milton High School. Click here for the link to the Music Department page and note the various documents under “Contents” where registration information and pricing are available. Registration will be held at Milton High School on Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm.  If you are not able to attend the registration event on the evening of September 15th, please contact Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett at nburdett@miltonps.org or by calling 617-696-4470, extension 5518.

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Assignment letters for the 2015-16 school year will be mailed to all elementary and middle school parents/guardians on Wednesday, August 26th and emailed to high-school parents/guardians on the same date.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

More than 400 families have come to Milton High School’s front office during the past several weeks to re-establish residency. The Milton School Committee recently 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 those 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 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.

Our Residency Coordinator will be working morning and evening hours all summer to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by September 2, 2015 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     `

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Summer is winding down – but the fun for kids continues at the Milton Public Library! Don’t forget: Summer Readers can continue to log minutes for our summer reading challenge through August 31. 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 August 23 – 29:

Friday, August 28, 2015 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.

ATHLETICS

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

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well and enjoying these final few weeks of summer. I am excited as I begin my new position and am grateful to the many people that have welcomed me and assisted in my transition to the Milton School Community.

I have met with all the fall coaches and they are also excited to begin the season. There have been some coaching changes, but our teams are working hard and are on schedule to begin the fall athletic season. Please be certain to review the athletic letter that was sent along. It is imperative that all necessary documentation and information be on file and updated as required. We do not want to have any delays in your daughters’ or sons’ participation in athletics.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me acampea@miltonps.org or call my office 617-696-4470 x5515. I look forward to meeting the many student/athletes and their families in the near future.  Please see below for registration information:

Milton High School Athletics – 2015 Fall Sports Registration

IMPORTANT DATES

July 21 – August 26, 2015 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

    • Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2014-2015, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2014-15, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.
    • Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
    • You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com

 

  • You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS
  • You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  • Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions

August 19-21, 2015 – OBTAIN YOUR MHS CLEARANCE CARD

  • Time – TBD
  • Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian)

August 24, 2015

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 27, 2015

  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2015

Milton High School 2015 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Erica Dunton – edunton@miltonps.org

PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

  • August 24 – FOOTBALL
  • August 27 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
  • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 26 – August 21, 2015 at http://www.familyid.com

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize five Milton Public School students who were designated as the top readers in the Milton Public Library’s Summer Reading Celebration. Luke Allen from Tucker; Arielle Austin from Cunningham; Michael O’Keefe from Cunningham; Mary O’Keefe from Cunningham; and, Imaad Tahir from Glover were all awarded $25 gift cards to Barnes & Noble by the Milton Rotary for having logged the most hours on summer reading. Although students are still reading and logging their minutes until August 31st, more than 1,634 readers registered for the program, and they have collectively read 484,027 minutes – over three times our projected goal. Many thanks to MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog along with our own librarian, Lori Henry and the MPS Family Liaison Marti O’Keefe-McKenna for their work on this very successful program.

Staff:   The Milton Educators Association and the Milton School District want to thank and congratulate our Mass Teacher Association Consultant Jackie McDonough.  We wish Jackie only the best and years of health and happiness in her retirement.  Jackie spent 27 years giving expert advice, counsel, and support to the teaching and administrative staff of Milton in more ways that can be counted. Ms. McDonough became more than a consultant to all of us.  She became a friend to all in Milton – Administration and Union.  Thank you Jackie McDonough!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Milton attorney and MPS parent Peter Hoy who was instrumental in helping a very generous citizen make a donation to Milton High School. Irma Anderson contacted us over the summer to see if she could find a new home for her sister’s grand piano. Ms. Anderson’s sister, Yvonne N. Husbands, was a retired Boston Public School supervising music teacher and concert pianist.  With the help of Mr. Hoy, we were pleased to bring the beautiful piano to Milton High School where it will be well-used by our talented music students. Thank you to both Mr.. Hoy and Ms. Anderson!

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.

 

July 31st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 31•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, July 31st, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I have a “great news story” from the State House. On Wednesday, both the House of Representatives and the Senate voted overwhelmingly to override the Governor’s veto of $17.6 million for Kindergarten Development Grants, thus fully funding the Conference Budget line item total to $18.6 million. Your outpouring of support to restore these funds was effectively heard and we thank you for your active support. Please express your appreciation to the legislators who responded so strongly. (See contact info below.) Milton Public Schools students, teachers, staff, parents/guardians and our town’s citizens owe a huge debt of gratitude to our elected officials, Sen. Brian A. Joyce and Rep. Walter F. Timilty, both of whom continued to work tirelessly to represent the students and the town of Milton.

To view the presentation made to the School Committee by Sen. Brian A. Joyce on Wednesday, July 29th, click here:

According to our School Committee Chair, Mike Zullas, the recent Full Day Kindergarten funding problem raises a larger issue:

“This district and our families with young children waited on tenterhooks for this resolution over the summer and particularly during the last two weeks since the Governor’s veto. Today, families in Milton pay up to $3,700 in tuition for FDK offered by the Milton Public Schools. If the Governor’s veto is had not been overridden by the legislature, that amount will be $4,300.

Anyone who has visited a kindergarten class over the past few years knows full well that kindergarten is much more than what it was in the past. Kindergarten is not just play time. It is not just a place for rhymes and routines. It is not just glorified day-care. Today, kindergarten is the academic starting point. It is where children begin to read, begin to write and begin to learn the basics of math.

Kindergarten today is, effectively and in reality, the new first grade.

Nationally, 75% of kindergartners have access to FDK. In Massachusetts, the number is 88%. These numbers have soared in the past decade.

So what are we to do with this new reality?

In Massachusetts, 262 communities recognize the new reality and offer tuition-free kindergarten. Milton is one of only 65 school districts in Massachusetts that still charge tuition. And Milton’s kindergarten tuition is in the highest range.

As we develop our budget for fiscal 2017, we need to determine whether kindergarten – the new academic starting point – the new first grade – will become part of the program of public education offered by the Milton schools.

That will not come without some additional cost to the taxpayers. The question is whether the benefits – providing a platform for our children to compete nationally and internationally, joining the majority of communities in Massachusetts that offer kindergarten as part of the program of public education, and making our school and our community more attractive to families who may want to stay or move here – whether those benefits outweigh that additional cost.

My hope is that we’ll have that discussion over the next few months and my hope is that Milton will continue to be a leader in education.”

Milton Legislative Delegation

Senator Brian Joyce – brian.joyce@masenate.gov 617-722-1643 Representative Walter Timilty – walter.timilty@mahouse.gov 617-722-2230 Representative Daniel Cullinane – daniel.cullinane@mahouse.gov   617-722-2006

Conference Committee Members

Senator Karen Spilka – karen.spilka@masenate.gov   617-722-1640 Senator Sal DiDomenico – sal.didomenico@masenate.gov   617-722-1650 Senator Patricia Jehlen – patricia.jehlen@masenate.gov   617-722-1578 Senator Bruce Tarr – bruce.tarr@masenate.gov   617-722-1600 Representative Brian Dempsey – brian.dempsey@mahouse.gov   617-722-2990 Representative Stephen Kulik – stephen.kulik@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380 Representative Benjamin Swan – benjamin.swan@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380 Representative Bradley Jones – bradley.jones@mahouse.gov   617-722-2100

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held Wednesday night, July 29th. I will summarize that meeting in my next E-blast. The next meeting will be held on August 26th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note the following Summer Reading requirements:

Elementary Schools: Great news!!   89% of students entering grades 1-5 have already registered for “Every Hero has a Story”.

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.   The elementary schools, in partnership with the Milton Public Library, have registered nearly 1500 students entering grades 1-5 for the “Every Hero has a Story” Summer Reading Challenge. By registering for the Summer Reading Challenge, students log on to their very own home page and keep track of the minutes they have read, writing the book title in the comment box.  Please encourage your child to read every day and log in their minutes. Minutes can be logged in daily, weekly or whatever works best for your family. If you do not have access to the internet please feel free to stop by the library. You can log in minutes, check out some new books and pick up a prize once your child has reached the library’s goal of 300 minutes. The last date to register is August 15 and the last date to log in your minutes is August 31. Every student should be logging in their minutes! Students will be asked to show their summer reading log to their new teacher. Logs can be printed by going to your child’s home page, click add/view log and then click on print. If you do not have access to a printer these logs can also be emailed to your child’s teacher.

If you have any questions about the summer reading program, have forgotten your child’s password or need assistance in logging on or printing the completed log, please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or at 617 696 5040 ext. 5588. .   If you would like to sign up directly please click here: but remember the last day to do so is August 15th.

Pierce Middle School: For info on summer reading, please visit here: roll down to NEWS and click on Summer Reading

Milton High School: For info on required summer reading, please visit here:

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Although our Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) program is nearly at an end, we were very pleased to have received recognition for one of our innovative classes we offered this year. The “Whimsical Dr. Seuss” course, offered to our elementary-aged students, was visited by a team from the Boston Globe this week. Not only were the staff and students interviewed by the Globe reporter, there was also a short video made of the classroom. This article will be featured on the front page of Saturday’s Living/Arts section. Thank you to former Milton High School student Mariel Sager, who teaches this class.  Click below for link to article:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2015/07/31/local-kids-give-new-seuss-book-thumbs/fJUSiQKgNNAzN83cgXMqwM/story.html?s_campaign=8315

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More than 200 families have come to Milton High School’s front office during the past several weeks to re-establish residency. The Milton School Committee recently 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 those 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 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.

Our Residency Coordinator will be working morning and evening hours all summer to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by September 2nd, 2015 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

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Parents/guardians of students who took a PARCC exam during the 2014-15 school year should be aware that results will not be released until September or October. We will include updates in upcoming E-blasts on this topic.

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

Would you send your quarterback into the game without his jersey?  Would you want to see your point guard playing in her blue jeans?  The Milton High School uniform brings our teams together and instills pride in all of us Wildcat fans.

There’s a MHS team playing without proper uniforms and we’re asking for your help to support this group of students who add a vital dimension to Wildcat pride.

The Wildcat Marching Band was revived in 2010 under the direction of our dedicated music teachers, Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good.  Five years later, the MHS marching band is thriving. We think it’s time to make a modest investment in these student musicians. This would be the first time since the 1970s that we have seen uniforms on the MHS marching band.

So far, the band has performed in hand-me-down tracksuits. They are certainly not flashy but they served a purpose. To replace them, Milton Friends and Advocates for Music Education are asking for your support in a fundraising campaign to outfit the Wildcat Marching Band with a previously owned uniform set that will provide performers with pants, jacket, gloves, shako hats and a decorative plume.

A new uniform with accessories costs approximately $400 per uniform.

We think that we’ve found a smart alternative that will save approximately 75% percent, bringing the average cost per uniform to $100. These funds will have to be raised outside of the school budget.

Help us meet our goal of $10,000 with an individual or corporate contribution. New uniforms will put the Wildcat Marching Band on sartorial par with their peers and make them eligible for certain competitions and parade appearances. Their numbers have been growing and last year the Wildcat Marching Band competed in a regional MICCA competition where they received the highest rating in their division for musical performance.

Thank you for your support. Let’s keep MHS musicians marching forward!

http://www.gofundme.com/n2z58c

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The Milton High School Cheerleading team will be holding a Car Wash and a Bottle & Can Drive on Saturday, August 22nd from 8am to 12pm at the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. A car wash is $10 and cheerleaders will be on hand to take your redeemable bottles and cans.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Open Bus Registration for the 2015-2016 School year is now closed. Bus passes will be mailed out on August 7th to all registered students, so please keep an eye out for your child’s MPS 2015-2016 bus pass. If you missed the open registration period, there are still seats available on SOME routes in town. Please email bus@miltonps.org with your request.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

FREE FUN FRIDAYS!

The Highland Street Foundation “Free Fun Fridays” initiative is offering visitors no cost admission to local museums. Below is a list of the remaining summer dates and museums.

August 7

Boston Harbor Island Alliance(Boston)

Worcester Historical Museum(Worcester)

Concord Museum(Concord)

Hancock Shaker Village(Pittsfield)

Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel(Boston)

Springfield Museums(Springfield)

Old State House(Boston)

August 14

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)

Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)

Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)

Children’s Museum of Fall River (Fall River)

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)

USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

August 21

Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)

Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)

Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)

Discovery Museums (Acton)

Museum of African American History (Boston)

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Beckett)

August 28

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

EcoTarium (Worcester)

Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

MASS MoCA (North Adams)

FREE FAMILY FLICKS!!

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown, but arrive early to grab your spot on the lawn and enjoy free samples, games, and giveaways with WBZ NewsRadio 1030 – the fun starts at 6pm with WBZ’s Morgan White Jr!

Martini Shell, Truman Pkwy., Hyde Park

August 4: Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

August 11: The Wizard of Oz

August 18: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

August 25: Guardians of the Galaxy

Pope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Blvd. Dorchester

August 6: Indiana Jones & Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

August 13: The Wizard of Oz

August 20: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No

Good, Very Bad Day

August 27: Guardians of the Galaxy

For more information on movies at The Hatch Shell, or for cancellation information, call

the WBZ Free Family Flicks hotline at 617-787-7200, DCR at 617-333-7405, or visit their

website at www.boston.cbslocal.com/flicks

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – On Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm. The Milton Police Department invites everyone in the community to join them at Milton Police Headquarters, 40 Highland Street for their annual community celebration which includes a Police Vehicle Display, Headquarters Open House, Milton Police Canine Demonstration, Cookout, Ice cream, Children’s Rides and more! Mark your calendars and don’t miss this wonderful community event.

NEW FAMILIES: If you have recently registered your child(ren) in the Milton Public Schools and have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming school year please do not hesitate to contact the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617 696 5040 ext 5588 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

Just a reminder of some fun activities that are going on throughout the summer.

STORY WALK, Daily 8:30am-5:00pm. The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is hosting a story walk daily through August 31, 2015 at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1094 Canton Avenue, Milton. “What’s a StoryWalk? Children go for a walk and stop along the way where the pages of a book are posted so they can hear the story read aloud — or read it themselves or to a younger sibling. Susan Dolan, the director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, organized this StoryWalk with the Trailside Museum, and she explains that StoryWalks promote early literacy, encourage parents and children to do outdoor activities, and support the crucial idea that parents are their children’s first teachers. In addition, Dolan says, StoryWalks introduce parents and children to new books .”

BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARMS: JULY 22, 2015 and on alternating Wednesdays at 9:30 am during the months of July, August, September, and October children (ages 3 through 9) and their caregivers will have the opportunity to listen to a story and then explore the farm. Exploration may include activities like picking seasonal produce to bring home, using farm veggies to make a smoothie, exploring the insects in our learning garden, or creating a craft using flowers from the farm. The cost is $7 per child. The program is limited to 12 children, so reserve your spot early. This is not a drop-off program. You can register for this program at http://brookwood-community-farm.mybigcommerce.com/education/.

MILTON FARMERS MARKET, Thursdays from 1-6pm through the end of October, located at Wharf Park in the Milton Village area. Please visit www.miltonmassfarmersmarket.org for more information and upcoming events including a blueberry festival tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2015 and a 20 year anniversary celebration on July 23, 2015.

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, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Milton Public Library’s Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:

Summer is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Don’t forget: registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open now. To learn more, check out the Children’s page at www.miltonlibrary.org .

In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of August 2 – 8:

Monday, August 3, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
The Puppetree presents Swimmy/The Swimmer, All Ages

The PuppeTree, a puppet company from Vermont, presents their shadow puppet show Swimmy/The SwimmerSwimmy is based off the book of the same name by Leo Lionni, while The Swimmer is an original play about a little girl trying to clean up her river and cut down on the use of plastics. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Fun en Français, Gr. 2-3

Keep your French language skills up over the summer! Led by beloved Tucker first-grade teacher Mr. Alex Leite, this program is for children entering second and third grades in fall 2015 who are in the French program. Mr. Leite will use poems and games with students to help them maintain their French during vacation and have fun at the same time! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon for Tweens, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Lilly (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as recycled materials, hardware, jewelry and more!  Registration is required.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 10:00-10:30 am
Summertime Stories @ Tucker Elementary School, Ages 0-6 (with caregiver)

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library, and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance invite you to Summertime Stories: outdoor storytimes at Milton community locations! Miss Sara, the Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four sessions around town this summer. Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. For families with their children ages birth to six years old. Rain or shine.

Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre Club, 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. Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre 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 at the same time! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4. Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together. The Club will meet six times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends. Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade. Registration is required.

Friday, August 7, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Lego Club: SUPER Edition, Ages 6-12

Milton Public Library is pleased to host Ian Coffey, a Legoland Discovery Center Master Model Builder, for this special edition of Lego Club! Come meet Ian, find out how he because a Master Model Builder, and see some of his creations. After that, Ian will stick around to share some tips and expertise while we build creations of our own, which will go on display in the Children’s Room at the end of the event. For ages 6-12; 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.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

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

ATHLETICS

There will be a Youth Cheerleading Clinic held Tuesday, August 11th to Friday, August 14th at the Copeland Field House at Milton High School. For registration information, please contact Varsity Cheerleading Coach Erica Dunton at edunton@miltonps.org

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize a former Milton High School student who has been intricately involved with our Milton Summer Enrichment program. Camille Van Allen, MHS Class of 2013, is now in her 7th summer with our MSE program. She began volunteering as a “Red Shirt,” as a rising MHS freshman and has returned every summer since. Now entering her junior year as a nursing student at the University of Connecticut, Camille is a keeps the MSE office running smoothly and is one of the hardest working employees on the staff. Camille was a varsity volleyball player while here at Milton High School and is now a dean’s list student in the honors program at UConn, where she also volunteers with a Big Brother/Big Sister program and tutors student athletes. Camille is a wonderful role model for our Milton High School students who work at MSE during the summer. We are very proud of this alum. Great job, Camille!

Staff:   We recently learned that one of our long-time lunch aides from the Collicot School, Teresa Cunningham, will be retiring from her position. Mrs. Cunningham has been working in the Milton Public Schools since 1984! I want to thank Teresa for her dedicated service to the students, parents, guardians and staff in the Milton Public Schools. In her 31 years of service, Teresa was conscientious in her duties and made every effort to fulfill her role as lunch and recess supervisor. On behalf of the students, parents/guardians and staff in the Milton Public Schools, we wish her a happy retirement.

Volunteers: I would like to thank Sheila Rogers and Therese Joyce, two Milton Public School parents who helped to secure funding for our Grade Five Science from Scientists program. Both of these women were able to get donations from their workplaces to help this valuable program in our elementary schools. Ms. Rogers is an employee of PTC, Inc. of Needham; and Ms. Joyce is an employee of the Seattle Foundation. We are very grateful, not only for the financial resources that these two volunteers brought to us, but also for the time and effort they gave to the Science from Scientist program. Thank you!   We are partnering with the Milton Foundation for Education, Staples, Raytheon, Blue Hills Bank and our PTOs, and still need to raise $16,000 to cover the cost of this program for every fifth-grade classroom in the Milton Public Schools. If you are interested in donating or initiating a corporate donation, please contact Bernadette Moonan at bmoonan@miltonps.org

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.

 

 

 

July 21st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 21•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: July 21, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to share with you an important update regarding state funding for Full Day Kindergarten, which remains in jeopardy. Last week, on Friday, July 17, Governor Charlie Baker signed the fiscal year 2016 state budget into law. This budget contains $162 million in line-item vetoes. The vetoes include a $5 million reduction in funds for early education and care programs, as well as a $17.6 million reduction for full-day kindergarten grants. The Legislature can vote to override these vetoes. Senator Brian Joyce and Representative Walter Timilty, both of whom represent Milton, have pledged to support a veto override.

This veto, if not overridden, could have a dramatic and negative impact on Full Day Kindergarten across the Commonwealth.  Here in Milton, the impact could be a tuition increase of as much as $600 per child, effective in September of 2015.

An advocacy group we support, Strategies for Children, maintains a blog with more information on this topic, as well as a form to contact your state legislators at this link:

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on July 8th. This meeting is summarized below: The next meeting will be held July 29th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

July 8th: This meeting began with an update on the Special Education department. Next, there was a presentation from Mike Lynch of MPEG, who outlined plans for the creation of a television studio at Milton High School. Ms. Padera was approved as the committee’s representative to the MASC conference and Facilities Subcommittee appointments were made. There was a review of Milton School Committee FY14-15 District Goals. Members voted to approve a new Residency Policy for the district, which includes re-registering students at certain grade levels and those who attend schools outside of the district. Five sets of minutes were approved before the committee adjourned to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

More than 80 families have come to Milton High School’s front office during the past week to re-establish residency. The Milton School Committee recently 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 those 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 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.

“Feedback has been extremely positive,” said Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator. “People have actually reached out to thank us for taking this extra step.”

Ms. Lesenechal will be working morning and evening hours all summer beginning on July 14th to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by September 2nd, 2015 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

STAFF/HIRING NEWS

We are pleased to announce the following staff changes/new hires in the Milton Public Schools:

Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald has been named Dean of Students at Pierce Middle School. Dr. Fitzgerald has been an English teacher at Milton High School since 2005, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. He has served as the Debate Team coach and has been the advisor to Student Leaders, Outdoors Club and the Recycling Club. He has also been a teacher mentor, chair of the scholarship committee and has served as a design team member for MAAP, which planned PD conferences for Advanced Placement teachers. Dr. Fitzgerald has also served as a commander in the US Army, serving both overseas and in the US. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of education history at UMass/Boston. We are very pleased to have Dr. Fitzgerald join the leadership team at Pierce Elementary School.

Alex Campea has been named Athletic Director and Director of Physical Education & Wellness. Mr. Campea previously served as AD at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, where he had served since 2001. He also served as head baseball and football coach for the school and was recently inducted into the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He served on the MIAA tournament committee for both baseball and wrestling and is a member of the MIAA Board of Directors. He has also coached football at Oliver Ames High School in Easton, Bridgewater State College and UMass/Boston. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Campea to the Milton Public Schools.

Ben Kelly, Vice Principal, Milton High School. Mr. Kelly has been a math teacher at Milton High since 2010. He also coaches the Varsity Golf Team and the JV Baseball team. He has served as a new teacher mentor and as a member of the Milton High School site council. Mr. Kelly previously taught in the Saugus Public Schools and has been an administration practicum student here at Milton High School. We are confident that Mr. Kelly will make an excellent vice principal.

Michelle Kreuzer, Director of Mathematics/Business/Technology Department K-12. Ms. Kreuzer has served as vice principal of Milton High School since 2012, and as part of this role, has served on the Bullying Prevention Advisory Committee, Security Task Force, Digital Learning Team, School Site Council and other various boards and committees. She has been instrumental in coordinating both MCAS and PARCC exams and has been an outstanding member of the district’s leadership team. Ms. Kreuzer previously served as the Department Head for Mathematics, Business and Technology from 2010-2012. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Northeastern University. This is a new position within the MPS, which was created as a result of a reorganization. Ms. Kreuzer’s strong content background combined with her administrative experience makes her uniquely qualified to lead math teachers and drive the math curriculum district-wide.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

New Families: If you have recently registered your child(ren) in the Milton Public Schools and have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming school year please do not hesitate to contact the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617 696 5040 ext 5588 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

Looking for some fun activities right here in our own community? Here are some to consider:

Story Walk: Daily 8:30am-5:00pm. The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is hosting a story walk daily through August 31, 2015 at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, 1094 Canton Avenue, Milton. “What’s a StoryWalk? Children go for a walk and stop along the way where the pages of a book are posted so they can hear the story read aloud — or read it themselves or to a younger sibling. Susan Dolan, the director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, organized this StoryWalk with the Trailside Museum, and she explains that StoryWalks promote early literacy, encourage parents and children to do outdoor activities, and support the crucial idea that parents are their children’s first teachers. In addition, Dolan says, StoryWalks introduce parents and children to new books .”

Brookwood Community Farms: July 22, 2015 and on alternating Wednesdays at 9:30 am during the months of July, August, September, and October children (ages 3 through 9) and their caregivers will have the opportunity to listen to a story and then explore the farm. Exploration may include activities like picking seasonal produce to bring home, using farm veggies to make a smoothie, exploring the insects in our learning garden, or creating a craft using flowers from the farm. The cost is $7 per child. The program is limited to 12 children, so reserve your spot early. This is not a drop-off program. You can register for this program here.

Milton Farmers Market: Thursdays from 1-6pm through the end of October, located at Wharf Park in the Milton Village area. Please visit here for more information and upcoming events including a blueberry festival tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2015 and a 20 year anniversary celebration on July 23, 2015.

National Night Out – August 6, 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm. The Milton Police Department invites everyone in the community to join them at Milton Police Headquarters, 40 Highland Street for their annual community celebration which includes a Police Vehicle Display, Headquarters Open House, Milton Police Canine Demonstration, Cookout, Ice cream, Children’s Rides and more! Mark your calendars and don’t miss this wonderful community event.

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, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Gene Boylan of the Milton Farmers Market:

Farmer’s Market Celebration! On Thursday, July 23rd at 3pm, there will be a special celebration at the Farmers Market. Milton Police Chief Richard Wells is back cooking hot dogs for the 20th Anniversary of the Market.  We have invited back our founders, Elise Brink and Susanna Place, and all who have made the first two decades such a success.

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The Rotary Club of Milton is proud to present the Baron Hugo Lira Musical Series, “Music in the Streets of Milton.” This jazz combo and string quartet will perform in the business district of Milton from 9:30 to 11:30am; and the farmer’s market (on Wharf Street at Milton Landing) from 3 to 5pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday, August 1st – Central Avenue Business District
  • Thursday, August 6th – Farmer’s Market
  • Saturday, August 8th – East Milton Business District
  • Saturday, August 15th – Central Avenue Business District
  • Thursday, August 20th – Farmer’s Market
  • Thursday, August 27th – Farmer’s Market

These concerts are performed by some of Milton High School’s most talented musicians, including Hannah Solomon, Liezel Werner, Alice Truong, Michael Wyatt, Liam Hines, Matt Nolan, Mairead Dambruch, Shane McLaughlin, Isabelle Neville, Natanya Mark, Eva Chou and Hue Ninh Nguyen. Donations to the Baron Hugo Lira Fund are welcome and can be sent to: Milton Rotary Club, Attn Baron Hugo Lira Fund, Box 243, Milton, MA 02186

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Don’t forget: registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open now. To learn more, check out the Children’s page here.

In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of July 26 – August 1st:

Tuesday, July 28th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Fun en Français, Gr. 1

Get ready to enter the French language program in the Milton Public Schools! Led by beloved Tucker first-grade teacher Mr. Alex Leite, this program is for children entering first grade in fall 2015 who will be in the French program. Mr. Leite will introduce students to foundational French vocabulary such as greetings, personal expressions, counting, colors, and the alphabet through fun activities like songs and games. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon for Tweens, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Lilly (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as recycled materials, hardware, jewelry and more!  Registration is required.

Friday, July 31, 2015 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, July 31, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Electricity, Ages 6-11

Join us for a mysterious workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Learn how to send secret messages to your friends, and become a detective by using your observational skills to solve mysteries! 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.

ATHLETICS

The MHS Cheerleading team will be holding a car wash and bottle & can drive on Saturday, August 22nd from 8am to 12pm in the driveway of Cunningham/Collicot. Please come to support these Milton High School student athletes in their fundraising efforts.

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The following information was sent to us by Friends of Milton Crew:

 

Dear Friends, Rowers, Parents, and Guardians:

The Friends of Milton Crew Inc. are excited to share some news about changes in our program for the 2015 Fall Season. This fall we will offer our crew program to Milton High School athletes, and we will also welcome athletes from other local schools that want to experience the sport of crew. We will continue to launch from the Milton Yacht Club dock on Wharf Street and we will still be competing in exciting competitive races like the Head Of The Merrimack, the Textile River Regatta, the New Hampshire Championships and the South Shore Invitational. If we are lucky enough to be chosen in the lottery, we will compete at the Head Of The Charles Regatta for the third year in a row!

Registration packets are being finalized now and we hope to have online registration available for the NRC Fall season. Although we will be rowing as Neponset Rowing Club, athletes may wear their Milton High School uniforms on race day. Milos will be returning as program director, Bill Hamel as Boys Head Coach, Lucy as Novice Coach and we are talking to some strong candidates to replace Mike as Girls Head Coach.

We hope you are as excited about this change to our fall programming as we are. The Neponset Rowing Club provides the opportunity to expand rowing in Milton while keeping true to our mission of developing personal character, an ethic of cooperation, and physical fitness within the ultimate team culture of the sport of rowing!

SOME KEY FACTS:

  • Our program has grown from approximately 20 athletes in 2011 to over 60 athletes today.
  • 8th graders are welcome to participate in the fall program.
  • All of our graduating seniors this year plan to row in college this fall.
  • Fall season begins August 31st.
  • Although fall crew will not be a varsity sport crew will return to a varsity sport next and every spring.
  • Crew will continue to race competitively in the best local and regional regattas.
  • Parents and guardians will always be important to our continued success. We urge you to consider volunteering of your time or talents to the crew program.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Terry Driscoll at directors@neponsetrowing.org

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For information on registering for Fall Sports, please click here:

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.

 

July 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 09•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, July 9th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton School Committee recently 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 those 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: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2015ReestablishmentDocs_11515.pdf and provide all necessary documentation.

This process 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 July 14th to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by September 2nd, 2015 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

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We have some good news from the State House. The conference committee budget was just released and it includes level funding for Full Day Kindergarten. This means that we will not have to increase tuition for our incoming K classes.  I would suggest that this is a good opportunity to contact Senator Brian A. Joyce and Representative Walter F. Timilty and thank them for their support.

The governor will have 10 days to review, approve or veto hundreds of line item appropriations and outside sections. In the meantime, the state is maintaining operations through a temporary budget that runs through the end of July.

The Legislature’s budget would maintain funding for Kindergarten Development Grants at $18.6 million in fiscal 2016, which is a major victory for the 117 communities and school districts — including Milton —  that depend on these funds.

We are very grateful to Sen. Joyce and Rep. Timilty for their work on this budget.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on June 24th and July 8th. Please see the June 24th summary below. The July 8th meeting will be summarized in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held July 29th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

June 24th:  The meeting began with a group of Milton High School Student Athletes who had qualified for spring tournaments and/or post-season play. These included the Boys and Girls Crew State Championship (Coach Bill Hamel); Rugby Division 2 State Championship (Coach Joe Dolan); Girls Tennis Division 2 South Sectional (Coach Liz Mercer); Boys Tennis Division 2 South Sectional (Coach Paul Ajemian); Boys and Girls Outdoor Track (Coaches Tom Shaw and Chuck Ajemian.) Next, there was a presentation on the End of Year Report/Internal Assessments, by Data Specialist Vy Vu. An Edline update was given by Technology Administrator Dr. Angela Burke.  There was discussion and a vote regarding the Special Education Program Review contract award. As part of the Chairman’s Report, the FY16 School Year Calendar was discussed, as well as the Strategic Issue Committee Package. There was a first reading of the new Residency Policy Addendum, which was tabled for a vote at the next meeting. There was a finance subcommittee report, approval of Vendor Warrants. The committee adjourned to move to Executive Session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We hope you are all enjoying the summer season so far. Please note that school begins on Wednesday, September 2nd for Grades 1-12 and both kindergarten and preschool begin on Tuesday, September 8th.

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Our friends at Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) have sent us their newsletter, full of great information and free summer events for children. Please check out the link here:

http://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/MECA%20Newsletter%20Summer%202015%20Free%20Summer%20Fun.pdf

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Please note the following start and end times for each of our six schools:

Milton High School 7:50am – 2:19pm
Pierce Middle School 7:48am – 2:26pm
Collicot 8:20am – 2:49pm
Cunningham 8:20am – 2:49pm
Glover 8:50am – 3:14pm
Tucker 8:50am – 3:14pm

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Bill Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities:

We just received news that Milton has been awarded a $244,248 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy! Congratulations are in order to our entire Green Communities Team for working so tirelessly over the last year and a half. Their work was recently recognized by the Competitive Grant Round for energy funding.  Our team has spend many hundreds of hours over the past year, conducting detailed energy audits, project costs, filling out detailed grant forms, and writing project scope in applying for the grants.

It is not often that a town receives energy grants for nearly $245,000 to fund energy efficiency projects.  These energy projects once implemented will have many years of benefit for the entire town.  The energy reduction and cost savings over the years will also be a huge savings.

I have also applied for an additional $100,000 of utility funding to offset the remaining project costs so that each energy upgrade that was awarded today would be 100% funded.   We should hear the news in the coming month from our utility.

Milton’s 2015 Competitive Grant award will be used for the following energy conservation measures: exterior lighting retrofits with LEDs at Cunningham/Collicot Elementary, Glover Elementary, Tucker Elementary, Pierce Middle, Milton High and the Public Library; interior lighting retrofits with LEDs at Pierce Middle, Glover Elementary, Cunningham/Collicot Elementary, and Tucker Elementary; and installation of walk-in cooler/freezer controls at Pierce Middle, Cunningham/Collicot Elementary, Glover Elementary, Tucker Elementary, and Milton High School.  

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

The Milton Public Schools has partnered with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting programs.

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 engage children at four sessions held around town.  On July 2nd and August 6th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 16th and August 20th, 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 to meet new friends who might be in your class!

Summer Reading Challenge is off to a great start. Before summer vacation began school librarians registered over 1300 students in grades K-4 for Every Hero Has A Story.  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.  If you have not received an email with your child’s user name and password or didn’t have an opportunity to complete the form before the end of school please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna.  If you would like to sign up directly please visit, http://iread.evanced.info/miltonlib/sr/homepage.asp?ProgramID=8.

Milton High School and Pierce Middle School Summer Reading Requirements

For Milton High School 2015 REQUIRED Summer Reading Program please visit http://www.edline.net/files/_FZKBD_/0105b788635c7ca33745a49013852ec4/Summer_Reading_List_to_be_distributed_in_June_2015-1.pdf

For Pierce Middle School 2015 REQUIRED Summer Reading Program please visit http://www.edline.net/pages/Charles_S__Pierce_MS, scroll down to NEWS and click on Summer Reading.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”.     Sir Richard Steele

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, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) has launched a new website. This group is an advocacy group for parents/guardians of special needs students. Click the link to check out the website: http://www.miltonsepac.org/

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Trustees of Reservations are inviting local residents to the Blue Moon Campfire at Governor Hutchinson’s Field, Adams Street, Milton on July 31st at 7pm. Join the Trustees to celebrate the second full moon of the month! We’ll gather around our campfire, make roasted snacks, play games, and enjoy the blue moon. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bug spray! For more information, click here: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-3636.html?srregion=&srrelated_property=56508503&srevent_type=&dateType=srevent_start_date&srstartDate=&srendDate=&x=46&y=10

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Don’t forget: registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open now. To learn more, check out the Children’s page at www.miltonlibrary.org . 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 July 19 – 25:

Monday, July 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Circus Minimus, All Ages

Please join us for Circus Minimus’s enthralling, whimsical show One-Man Circus in a Suitcase! From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration. For all ages. Registration is required. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Fun en Français, Gr. 1

Get ready to enter the French language program in the Milton Public Schools! Led by beloved Tucker first-grade teacher Mr. Alex Leite, this program is for children entering first grade in fall 2015 who will be in the French program. Mr. Leite will introduce students to foundational French vocabulary such as greetings, personal expressions, counting, colors, and the alphabet through fun activities like songs and games. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon for Tweens, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Lilly (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as recycled materials, hardware, jewelry and more!  Registration is required.

Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:15 pm
STEM Stories, Ages 4-7

Join us for an exploration into the world of “STEM.” (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Each of our “STEM Stories” programs will focus on one or two topics. Stories, songs and related activities will be featured in this program for children ages 4-7. Registration is required.

Friday, July 24, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back. 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). This event is sponsored by the Friends of the 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 Milton Art Center is now registering children and teens for summer art classes.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates:

http://www.miltonartcenter.org/index.php/back-to-main-site/kclass

ATHLETICS

Summer is a great time to get a jump on fall sports registration. Parents/guardians can take the concussion course, register on FamilyID and request copies of annual checkups from your doctor’s office, all in advance of the fall deadlines.  Please see below for the timeline and coach’s email addresses:

Milton High School Athletics – 2015 Fall Sports Registration

IMPORTANT DATES

July 21 – August 26, 2015 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

    • Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2014-2015, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2014-15, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.
    • Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
    • You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com

 

  • You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS
  • You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  • Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions

August 19-21, 2015 – OBTAIN YOUR MHS CLEARANCE CARD

  • Time – TBD
  • Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian)

August 24, 2015

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 27, 2015

  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2015

Milton High School 2015 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Erica Dunton – edunton@miltonps.org

MILTON HS 2015 FALL SPORTS

PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

    • August 24 – FOOTBALL
    • August 27 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
    • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 26 – August 21, 20th.  www.familyid.com

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to recognize Walker Stroud, a rising Milton High School senior, who auditioned for and was accepted into a very prestigious orchestra program, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This summer, Walker and the entire orchestra and staff will travel to Europe for a series of concerts in some of the greatest concert halls in the world. We wish him well on this incredible adventure!

Staff:   I would like to recognize and thank one of our long-time custodians, John Studley. Mr. Studley has been with the Milton Public Schools since 1985 and has worked at Milton High School his entire career. We wish him all the best in his retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Beth Neville, an amazing Pierce Middle School volunteer, for her work on the Outdoor Classroom. Ms. Neville has taken the lead on this challenging project and, with the help of some dedicated Pierce students, has transformed sections of the Pierce campus into a beautiful garden. We cannot wait to see what grows there this summer!

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 25th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 25•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  June 25th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Congratulations on the conclusion of another successful school year. As we begin the summer vacation, I would like to share some research on the importance of summer reading and the value of both independent reading and modeling reading by parents and guardians.  During my teaching career, I could easily identify the students who read independently at home.  These children usually showed the following characteristics:

  • Their vocabulary was superior
  • Their oral and independent comprehension skills were outstanding
  • Their “love of reading” was evident
  • They were familiar with the local library and visited often

The lifelong habit of reading for pleasure is developed at a young age. By providing children with time and opportunities to read for pleasure, and by allowing children to see their parents/guardians reading at home, a true love of reading can be instilled. The following research is from a Hanover Research study released in June of 2013. Although I have shared this study in a previous E-blast, I find it to be an excellent synopsis of the benefits of summer learning and worth sharing a second time:

Best Practices in Summer Literacy Programs: There is growing concern among K‐12 educators about the effects of “summer learning loss,” or “summer slide”— terms that refer to students’ decline in academic ability during summer months when they are away from school. Research shows that during summer vacation, students lose “too much of what they learned during the school year” and “typically score lower on standardized tests after the summer break than they did before it.”

All students are susceptible to summer learning loss, but low‐income students are at greater risk, especially in reading. Findings from a 1996 meta‐analysis of 13 studies on summer learning loss indicate that low‐income students lose two to three months of reading ability during the summer, while their middle‐class peers usually make slight gains. Research also suggests that achievement loss is greatest during elementary grades.  National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) reports that “more than half of the achievement gap between lower‐ and higher‐income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.”  Different rates of summer loss, when repeated annually, contribute to widening achievement gaps as students enter middle and high school.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has described summer learning loss as “devastating,” and advises that summer learning gaps be addressed through the development of new summer programs. Research suggests that “high quality academic enrichment programs can decrease and perhaps eliminate summer learning loss for low income children.”  Providing learning opportunities to children is typically viewed as the responsibility of school districts, but summer programs offered by traditionally non‐ academic organizations also appear poised to meet the challenge. The American Camp Association (ACA), for instance, explains that summer camps are “assuming a greater role in year‐round education and youth development, recognizing that the same ‘fun’ activities and programs they have traditionally offered can be packaged as highly effective alternative learning models.”

KEY FINDINGS

*Independent reading, often the centerpiece of effective summer literacy programs, has been shown to improve student achievement. Research indicates that increasing students’ reading time is crucial to improving literacy ability. In addition to allowing students ample time for independent reading, effective elementary literacy program educators:

  • Ensure students read appropriately complex materials
  • Read aloud to children
  • Model effective reading techniques
  • Tutor children one‐on‐one
  • Consider children’s reading preferences
  • Integrate reading into other camp activities

*Speaking and writing activities are vital to improving students’ literacy achievement. Though literacy programs typically emphasize reading, highly effective programs also facilitate meaningful discussion on relevant topics and ask students to write creatively.

*Research suggests that a typical, 12‐week summer program should provide students with at least four hours per week of literacy activities. Scientific evidence indicates that out‐of‐school time (OST) learning programs must devote a total of at least 44 hours to literacy activities in order to improve student achievement. Researchers note that programs lasting fewer than 44 hours may not be long enough to fully engage students and affect learning outcomes.

*Effective summer reading programs offer students a wide variety of high‐quality reading materials. Research suggests that offering varied reading materials to children increases their motivation to read. Furthermore, a range of materials is necessary to ensuring students read appropriately challenging texts. Many programs have addressed the need for reading materials by creating an on‐site library and/or visiting community libraries.

*Effective camp‐based summer learning programs often seek collaboration with local schools to facilitate staff development, align learning activities with school‐ year curricula, and attract more participants to the program. Experts encourage summer learning programs to access educational expertise by cooperating with local schools. Teachers can provide opportunities for staff development and help make learning activities engaging and relevant.

*Youth organizations should approach partnerships with schools strategically by evaluating prospective partners, anticipating school personnel concerns, and marketing their summer learning program.

*Program evaluation is an essential component of effective summer learning programs that strengthens program quality when conducted properly. The suggested guidelines for a comprehensive assessment of summer literacy programming include quantitative data analyses and qualitative surveys or focus groups.

*Summer literacy programs can obtain easy‐to‐use guides and other useful materials from web‐based resources. ReadWriteThink, Reading Rockets, and Reading is Fundamental (RIF) offer free, evidence‐based resources that can help program staff improve student achievement.

I hope that you have found this information helpful. Please check the main website for summer work for each grade level at Milton Public Schools (www.miltonps.org) We are looking forward to seeing everyone return, safe and healthy on September 2nd, 2015. Please enjoy the summer season.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held last night at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.  I will summarize this meeting in my next E-blast. School committee summer meetings will be held on July 8th, 29th and August 26th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head.

Author Alice Hoffman to Visit Milton High School — Milton Public Schools will work in conjunction with the Milton Library Foundation in welcoming world renowned author Alice Hoffman to Milton High School.  Ms. Hoffman, a resident of the Boston area and author of both adult and young adult novels, is the keynote speaker at the Milton Library Foundation’s annual Gala October 22nd, 2015 and has graciously agreed to meet with students earlier that afternoon at Milton High School.  Students at both Pierce Middle School and Milton High School will incorporate some of Ms. Hoffman’s books into their fall curriculum, including our sixth grade writing program, Advanced Placement Literature classes and creative writing classes at both the middle and high school.  All students at both Pierce Middle School and Milton High School will be encouraged to read Ms. Hoffman’s works via our summer reading program as well.  Parents are also encouraged to read Ms. Hoffman’s works as well, and join the Gala celebration hosted by the Milton Library Foundation.  More details will follow in September regarding this exciting opportunity.

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I would like to briefly recap the summer programming options for Milton Public School students:

Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) is a program located at Milton High School from July 6th to August 6th and is directed by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden and Pierce Middle School Nurse Barbara Perry. Click below for more details:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015Brochure.pdf
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015AtaGlance_000.pdf

Camp Cunningham is a Milton Community Schools program located at Cunningham/Collicot Elementary Schools from July 6th to August 14th and is directed by Camp Cunningham Supervisors Susan Gionfriddo and Karen Nee.  Click this link for more details: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/

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Please note that the School Year Calendar was revised on June 10, 2015.  Click the link below to download a copy of this calendar:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2015-2016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved061015final.pdf

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The following article was submitted by Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Milton High School English teacher:

“In the winter of 2011, I visited the Milton Historical Society Archives at the Milton Library to start research for my doctoral dissertation.  In the Milton High School file, I found a broadside poster that announced a lecture series hosted by the Milton High School Association.  One of the speakers was Frederick Douglass.  I found this interesting, because we had just introduced Frederick Douglass’s narrative (titled: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass) into our sophomore curriculum.  I was, therefore, very interested in the fact that Douglass had visited Milton at some point in his career.

When he visited, I imagine that he would already have garnered a fair amount of celebrity, so I am guessing that it was a big deal – and perhaps controversial.  At the time, I wanted to have the broadside copied, framed, and displayed in the lobby of Milton High School.  The best I could do was to grab a digital picture of the broadside.

When the Milton High School Diversity Committee began planning their February 2015 event to address issues of race (“50 Years Later, Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant”), I brought it to the committee’s attention that Frederick Douglass had visited Milton in the 19th century.  They were interested, so they displayed the black and white copy I had made at the event.  At that point, I believe Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek started doing some independent research about Douglass’s visit.

Sensing some enthusiasm about the visit, I tried once again to have the broadside professionally copied, framed, and hung at the high school.  This time I was more successful, but only because I stumbled into the help of Annie Davis and Amy Morgan Link.  Ms. Davis is a professional archivist who was enthusiastic about the project.  She introduced me to Amy Morgan Link, the new president of the Milton Historical Society.  Together, they were able to have a professional scan done of the broadside, which they sent to me.  I had it printed and framed, and now it is hanging in the foyer.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank Ms. Morgan Link and Ms. Davis for their invaluable help.  We could not have done it without them.”

As the Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to invite the public to stop by the lobby of Milton High School to see this historical document, which we hope will hang proudly for at least another 100 years.  Thank you to Mr. Fitzgerald for his diligence on this issue.

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As I mentioned in our last E-blast, we have an innovative Pre-K program here at Milton High School and we still have some openings for the afternoon session. This wonderful program operates from September to June each year on the Milton High School campus. High school students who are interested in careers in education enroll for Child Study courses, taught by two certified high school teachers.  Preschool children come to the classroom three days a week and engage in a typical Pre-K curriculum, with assistance from the high school students.

The openings are for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday session (11:10am – 2:10pm) for the school year. The cost is $1,200.00 per child per year. To register, or for more information, please contact Eileen Mullen at: emullen@miltonps.org or Marti McKenna, Family Liaison coordinator at 617-696-5040   ext. 5588

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding:

The students at Pierce Middle School are really looking forward to just one thing – summer vacation! Thoughts of lazy beach days, summer camp, sleeping late and no homework are the constant thoughts of our middle schoolers these days.  But when they return in September, there will be a nice surprise – an additional 191 books in the library, courtesy of the annual Anne Lawrence Memorial book donation.  The donation fund was set up by the Lawrence family in honor of Anne Lawrence, grandmother to 8th grader Jordan Lawrence and mother to Judy Lawrence.  During her life, Anne Lawrence was a school librarian and this is the way the family has chosen to honor her memory. This also marks the 3rd year of book donations to the school, making the total donation total to Pierce 424 books (92 of which were much needed French books and French dictionaries, donated last year).  This is actually the 7th year of the book donation which started in 2008 and ran for 4 years at Glover, when Jordan attended school there. Next year, books will be donated to the high school each year as well.  In any case, there are lots of new books to be read after summer vacation.  Enjoy!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Michelle Connolly of the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

SEPAC Announces Election Results for 2015-2016 Executive Board: Chairperson: Michelle Connolly; Vice Chairperson: Amanda Serio; Secretary: Shannon Gallagher; and Treasurer: Doug Connolly.  Members-At-Large: Norah Ferry, Ann Finnegan, Clare Keating, Linda Mancini, Amy Masferrer, Dana Royster-Buefort and Jen Grubler. This year promises to deliver an even stronger agenda so that we may fulfill our mission to:

  • Provide families support, information and training on the special education process, and laws that govern their child’s right to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment
  • Network and share resources to better support our children’s needs,
  • Work in partnership with the school district to create and improve positive outcomes for students with disabilities, and
  • Promote education, communication and programs within our community

We encourage those of you who are not members to join, and those who are members to volunteer and become more involved! It’s free, and your input is essential for the SEPAC to advocate and educate on issues that matter most to you. If you have not done so already, please check out our website for a link to an online parent survey: www.miltonsepac.org. Please contact us with any questions/concerns at miltonsepac@gmail.com (or by filling out a request form on our website under Contact Us).

MFE NEWS

The MFE Jeep raffle is back! Only 500 Tickets Will Be Sold. Tickets Are $100 Each. Every ticket gives you a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport or $20,000 in cash. Tickets Are available at each school or email jeepraffle2015@gmail.com. The winner will be drawn June 27th at the “We Are Milton” event.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Would you send your quarterback into the game without his jersey?  Would you want to see your point guard playing in her blue jeans?  The Milton High School uniform brings our teams together and instills pride in all of us Wildcat fans.

There’s a MHS team playing without proper uniforms and we’re asking for your help to support this group of students who add a vital dimension to Wildcat pride.

The Wildcat Marching Band was revived in 2010 under the direction of our dedicated music teachers, Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good.  Five years later, the MHS marching band is thriving. We think it’s time to make a modest investment in these student musicians. This would be the first time since the 1970s that we have seen uniforms on the MHS marching band.

So far, the band has performed in hand-me-down tracksuits. They are certainly not flashy but they served a purpose. To replace them, Milton Friends and Advocates for Music Education are asking for your support in a fundraising campaign to outfit the Wildcat Marching Band with a previously owned uniform set that will provide performers with pants, jacket, gloves, shako hats and a decorative plume.

A new uniform with accessories costs approximately $400 per uniform.

We think that we’ve found a smart alternative that will save approximately 75% percent, bringing the average cost per uniform to $100. These funds will have to be raised outside of the school budget.

Help us meet our goal of $10,000 with an individual or corporate contribution. New uniforms will put the Wildcat Marching Band on sartorial par with their peers and make them eligible for certain competitions and parade appearances. Their numbers have been growing and last year the Wildcat Marching Band competed in a regional MICCA competition where they received the highest rating in their division for musical performance.

Thank you for your support. Let’s keep MHS musicians marching forward!

http://www.gofundme.com/n2z58c

NEWS AROUND TOWN

We Are Milton presents the 3rd Annual Music Fest & Fireworks. This two-day event will be held on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th.  The Music Fest will run on Saturday from 3pm to 10:30pm. Musical guests include Will Macmillan, The Neville Sisters, John Lucas, The Jenna Lotti Band, The Joel Hiller Band, Ward Eights, New York Police Pipes, the Eight Tracks, and Drums, Zip Zap and the Zops, & MAC Open Mic Review. Celtic Sunday will be from 1pm to 8pm and will feature Pauline Wells with DEVRI, Erin’s Melody, Gaelic Storm, Patsy Whelan & Paul Kenny and the Fenian Society of Boston.  This weekend of music and fireworks will be held at Governor Hutchinson Field, Adams St. in Milton. There will be Kids Karaoke, Jackson Blue from Hot 96.9, Touch A Truck. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.wearemilton.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, the Milton Public Library’s Children’s Librarian:

Summer is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Don’t forget: registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open now. To learn more, check out the Children’s page at www.miltonlibrary.org .  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 July 5 – 11:

Monday, July 6, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Ed the Wizard, All Ages

The Milton Public Library welcomes magician Ed the Wizard for his exciting program, Every Hero Has a Story! Learn about Ed’s Hero, Dumbledore, and how he provided the inspiration Ed needed to become Ed the Wizard. Starting at 4 Privet Drive, experience the power of inspiration, how to improve your own reading skills, and learn how to become your own Super Hero as we visit classes from Divination through Potions. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Fun en Français, Gr. 1

Get ready to enter the French language program in the Milton Public Schools! Led by beloved Tucker first-grade teacher Mr. Alex Leite, this program is for children entering first grade in fall 2015 who will be in the French program. Mr. Leite will introduce students to foundational French vocabulary such as greetings, personal expressions, counting, colors, and the alphabet through fun activities like songs and games. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon for Tweens, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Lilly (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as recycled materials, hardware, jewelry and more!  Registration is required.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre Club, 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. Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre 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 at the same time! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4. Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together. The Club will meet six times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends. Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade. Registration is required.
Friday, July 10, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back. 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 Library.

Friday, July 10, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 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.

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 Milton Art Center is now registering children, teens and adults for summer session art classes. Some children’s classes begin on June 29th and courses run throughout the summer.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the following athletes, who were recently named to the Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic team: Colette O’Leary (girls track), Kingston Iwuala (boys track), the Boys 4×100-meter relay team of Koby Osazea, David Perkins, Ludwig Frederique and Derek Perkins; Colin Rooney (baseball) and Jason Turner (baseball)

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Please note the following timeline for registration for fall sports at Milton High School:

IMPORTANT DATES

July 21 – August 26, 2015 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

  • Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2014-2015, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2014-15, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.
  • Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
  • You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com
  • You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS)
  • You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  • Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions

August 19-21, 2015 – OBTAIN YOUR MHS CLEARANCE CARD

  • Time – TBD
  • Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian)

August 24, 2015

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 27, 2015

  • All other Milton HS Fall Sports Team practice tryouts: boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, volleyball, and golf
  • Milton Public Schools UniBank LINK
  • https://unipaygold.unibank.com/default.aspx?customerid=715
  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2015

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  A group of Milton High School students left Milton on June 20th to volunteer for a service project in Warfield, Kentucky.  These young people are part of a larger group of high school students from Milton and Quincy who are taking part in the Appalachia Service Project offered through St. Agatha’s Young Church Ministry. I would like to recognize Andrew Archieri, Shareen Alsebai, Julia Biagiotti, Natalie Carroll, Francesca Coyne, Madeline Crehan, Maeve Doyle, Timothy Looney, Erin McCarthy, Shannon Middleton, Lily Sbarra and Hailee Sullivan. These young people will be volunteering to perform home repairs and provide companionship to residents of central Appalachia.

Staff:   I would like to thank the following staff who are retiring from the Milton Public Schools:  Mary Ellen Burke, Collicot 1st Grade; Nathan Randall, MHS History; Elaine Lovett, MHS Family/Consumer Studies; Ludmila Nivoroshkin, PMS World Language; MaryLou Bradley, Tucker Nurse;  Karen Clasby, District  Special Ed Director; Jeanne Roulleau, PMS World Language; Pat Kurpeski, Collicot Kindergarten; Kathy Roche, PMS Special Education Teacher and Kathleen McClain, Glover School. We are very grateful to these individuals for their commitment to the Milton Public Schools. I wish them well in their retirement.

Staff:  I would also like to recognize Margaret Gibbons, our Milton High School nurse and the head nurse for the district. Ms. Gibbons also serves as president of the Milton Educator’s Association.  The word “caring” characterizes Ms. Gibbons’ entire life. She cares for the medical needs of each of our Milton students. She also skillfully represents her membership, our teachers, administrators and staff. Ms. Gibbons started her career in Milton in September of 1984, starting out at the Cunningham Elementary School as a nurse. She has been a pleasure to work with since that time. Ms. Gibbons epitomizes the professionalism of the Milton Public Schools educational system and I am grateful for all she does.

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 17th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 17•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update Date
Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

For the past few years, the acronyms STEM and STEAM have been part of our vocabulary and have been totally integrated into the Milton Public Schools.  STEM refers to “Science Technology, Engineering & Math,” and STEAM refers to “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math.”

This area of education has captured attention because STEM education has been identified as a national priority and here in the Milton Public Schools, STEM is one of our Advancement Initiatives. The most recent MFE event also chose STEAM funding as the theme of the night and successfully raised more than $120,000 for our STEAM programming.

The integration of STEM and STEAM are part of the curriculum in the elementary schools as part of the English Innovative Pathway, in the middle school as iSTEM course offerings and at Milton High School as part of many of our computer science, robotics, physics and other science and computer technology courses.

Our Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan is a strong proponent of STEM education for our youngest students and has taken the lead and launched several innovative programs, including the Science for Scientists program. Please read below to learn about this creative new program in all the Milton Public Schools’ fifth-grade classrooms.

Help Support Science from Scientists!

Science from Scientists (http://www.sciencefromscientists.org/) is a yearlong in-class instructional program. SfS designs and teaches hands-on, dynamic lessons to students in grade 5. All materials are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Massachusetts curriculum frameworks.

SfS sends two charismatic scientists into the classroom on a bi-weekly basis for the entire academic year. These scientists lead all of the science classes for the day and provide all necessary equipment and materials while the classroom teachers help as active participants. Feedback from principals, the science coordinator, teachers, parents, and students have all been positive.  Not only do students benefit from having actual scientists in their classroom bi-weekly, the teachers grow as professionals from being afforded the opportunity to work with these real-life scientists for the duration of the school year.

The Milton Public Schools has recently identified science and STEM as priority areas.  Over the past two years, many positive changes have been made in the district to address this priority area, including hiring an Elementary Science Coordinator, purchasing and implementing a new elementary and middle school science curriculum (Full Option Science System also known as FOSS), and increased professional development and support for teachers.

In addition, the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Foundation for Education have partnered to bring the Science from Scientists program into our fifth grade classes for the past two years, which has sparked excitement and inspiration in both the teachers and the students involved!  The Milton Public Schools and Milton Foundation for Education have secured $22,500 in funds (thanks to MFE’S Sam’s Fund, Raytheon, Staples, Blue Hills Bank, and the elementary PTOs) but are in need of $17,500 more to continue the program in each of our elementary schools next year. We are looking for donations from companies, grants, and/or individuals to help aide with the cost of the program.

If you are interested in donating, or know of a company who may be willing to help, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan at bmoonan@miltonps.org.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday night. That meeting is summarized below.

June 10th:  This meeting was preceded by a volunteer reception, during which the School Committee recognized those volunteers who have helped the Milton Public Schools throughout the year. Attendees were given a potted vegetable (grown by students in the Glover outdoor classroom) to grow in their garden and a certificate.

The meeting began with Citizen Speak, during which several Milton Public School parents spoke about the potential changes to the school calendar. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Milton High School English Teacher Mike Young brought the staff of the school newspaper, who recently won the New England Scholastic Press Association Meritorious Achievement Award.  Mr. Young and his students were congratulated on this achievement. Next, a group of students and staff from the Tucker Elementary School came to talk about the school’s Mentoring Program. Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Stephanie Nephew and Reading Specialist Margaret Berges spoke about the success of this program, which recently concluded its pilot year. The school committee received an update on residency issues before beginning discussion of the FY16 School Year Calendar. Chairman Zullas read a letter signed by a number of citizens on this issue, after which members discussed the large number of snow days, the date of Labor Day and other issues. After calling for a vote, members voted unanimously to restore the two religious holidays to the FY16 school calendar. As part of the Chairman’s Report, members received an update on funding for Full Day Kindergarten Update and discussed the formation of a Strategic Issue Committee. They also approved a summer schedule and two vendor warrants. There was a vote on a Technology Line Item Transfer and an update from the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee before the committee adjourned. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 24th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As noted above, the School Committee voted to restore two religious holidays to the school calendar.  Please note, for the 2015-16 school year, the Milton Public Schools will be closed on both Yom Kippur (September 23rd, 2015) and Good Friday (March 25th, 2016). To view or print out the latest version of the academic calendar, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2015-2016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved061015_000.pdf

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor Lisa Veldran:

We were fortunate to have hosted an excellent, informative speaker at Milton High School last week.  On Monday June 8th, Internet Safety Specialist Katie Greer arrived in Milton. During the school day, Ms. Greer delivered dynamic presentations to all 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes.  Ms. Greer taught our children how to use media devices and platforms in a safe and healthy way.  At this stage, our students are becoming more interested in communicating with their friends online through a variety of social networking sites (most of which students in this age group are not allowed to be on) and cell phones and other devices.  Ms. Greer’s primary message is to alert students of the potential dangers related to communicating with others through various technologies and setting rules regarding privacy.

The topics highlighted in each presentation included:

  • defining personal information/teaching students to keep information private
  • privacy settings
  • examples of cyber bullying and real life implications
  • geotagging
  • understanding which social networking sites that students are currently using
  • interactive gaming rules
  • technology tattoos

Ms. Greer’s vibrant and enthusiastic attitude is contagious as she easily engages every audience in creative and powerful ways. She is a true expert and passionate about this important topic. During the evening, Ms. Greer delivered a powerful two hour message to educators and community members that included specific information and tips so that parents can be proactive in order to keep their children safe in the digital world. She gave updates on the latest technology trends and dangers.  If you missed this important event and would like to learn about extensive resources and tips to protect our children in today’s technology-driven world, please visit Ms. Greer’s website, KL Greer Consulting at www.klgreer.com

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I am pleased to report that the first annual Tucker Career Day was a huge success. Tucker teacher Shannon Brooks, along with her Tucker fifth-grade colleagues and PTO president Piel Hollingsworth, organized this event on Wednesday, June 10th for all students in fifth grade. A dozen professionals from different walks of life spent the morning teaching Tucker students about their careers. Students were engaged and interested in each of these presentations, and were encouraged to ask questions. Each student’s schedule allowed for three different choices of speakers. I would like to thank the following professionals who joined me in spending time at the Tucker for this fantastic event:

  • Dr. Faisal Khan, cardiologist
  • Officers James Bowden and Thomas Brooks, Boston Police Department.
  • Theresa Quijano, attorney
  • Cheryl Tougias, architect
  • Dr. Anna Greka, medical researcher
  • Tricia Villegas, sales & marketing
  • Bob Hurley, video games
  • Fredson Gomes, martial arts instructor
  • Christine Walker, farmer
  • Matty O’Hara, finance
  • Tami Lewis-Blue, marketing manager

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For those of you who do not know about our Milton High School Pre-K, this wonderful program operates from September to June each year on the Milton High School campus. High school students who are interested in careers in education enroll for Child Study courses, taught by two certified high school teachers, Ms. Eileen Mullen and Ms. Julie Freking.  Preschool children come to the classroom three days a week and engage in a typical Pre-K curriculum, with assistance from the high school students. This is a win-win for everyone, with our youngest students benefiting from one-on-one instruction and our high school students learning valuable real-life teaching skills. As has been the tradition, the Pre-K classes celebrated “graduation” this week in our high school auditorium, accompanied by their older classmates. Please check out the photos below:

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I would like to announce the Milton High School representatives for Boys State & Girls State. These two programs are sponsored by the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, respectively. They are open to high school juniors who demonstrate academic talent and leadership ability.  Both Girls State and Boys State will take place this coming week at Stonehill College in Easton. Congratulations to the following Milton High School students.  Boys State: Matthew McAuliffe, Sindhu Banerjee and Kendall Van Allen. Girls State: Sophie Cousineau, Lydia Horan, and Tyler Volpe-Knock.

MFE NEWS

There are only 10 days left to buy a Jeep Raffle ticket.  The drawing is on June 27th.  Your chances of winning are better than ever. Get your ticket today. Available in every school’s office or by emailing JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

We Are Milton presents the 3rd Annual Music Fest & Fireworks. This two-day event will be held on Saturday, June 27th and Sunday, June 28th.  The Music Fest will run on Saturday from 3pm to 10:30pm. Musical guests include Will Macmillan, The Neville Sisters, John Lucas, The Jenna Lotti Band, The Joel Hiller Band, Ward Eights, New York Police Pipes, the Eight Tracks, and Drums, Zip Zap and the Zops, & MAC Open Mic Review. Celtic Sunday will be from 1pm to 8pm and will feature Pauline Wells with DEVRI, Erin’s Melody, Gaelic Storm, Patsy Whelan & Paul Kenny and the Fenian Society of Boston.  This weekend of music and fireworks will be held at Governor Hutchinson Field, Adams St. in Milton. There will be Kids Karaoke, Jackson Blue from Hot 96.9, Touch A Truck. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.wearemilton.org

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The Milton Historical Society and Forbes House Museum will offer Historic House Tours on the following dates: Sunday – July 12th and Sunday – August 9th.

Suffolk Resolves House is located at 1370 Canton Avenue, Milton. Tour Hours are 1 To 3pm (No Reservations Required.) For more information, call 617.333.9700 or email askus@miltonhistoricalsociety.org

Forbes House Museum is located at 215 Adams Street, Milton. Tour begins at 3:15pm (Reservations Required.) Please call 24 hours in advance to make a reservation. For more information call 617-696-1815 or email info@forbeshousemuseum.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Teen Book Club
Monday July 13th , 3—4pm

Our July pick is The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Based on the adventures of the Green Turtle, who solved crimes and fought injustice like any other comics hero of the 1940s. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity . . . The Green Turtle was the first Asian American superhero.  We will be meeting in the Teen Room, snacks will be provided.

Crafternoons for Tweens
Every Wednesday  2:30 —3:30pm

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara and Lilly  for crafting fun. Each week we’ll be making something different, from lava lamps to mini terrariums, and more! Registration is required.

Free Kaplan Practice Tests (In the Keys Community Room)

Saturday July 11th – 9:30am—1:30pm:  SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test

August 22nd – 9:30am—1:30pm: SAT Practice Test

Registration

June 25th—August 24th — Registration is open! Register for the Teen Summer Reading Program online at: www.miltonlibrary.org/teensummerreading.asp or in person at the library.  Use the library’s summer reading software to track your reading time, write reviews, and more!  Earn raffle tickets for every hour that you spend reading, attending summer programs, and writing book reviews. There will be a prize drawing at the end of the summer party.
End of Summer Pizza Party

Monday August 25th, 6pm—7pm

Celebrate the end of the summer with pizza, music, a special prize drawing, super hero trivia, and more in the Keys Community Room!

Questions?

Contact Lilly Sundell-Thomas

lsundell-thomas@ocln.org

(617) 698-5757

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

For those of you who have been involved with the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, you already know what a fantastic organization we have here in town.  Founded and headed by Milton High School teacher Michael Goodless, this group has recognized generations of Milton High School student athletes for their achievements. You may not know that this group gives out an annual scholarship to a graduating senior. This year’s recipients of the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame are Denis McAuliffe and Olivia Taber. Denis McAuliffe is a three sport starter, in golf, basketball and baseball. He was president of the National Honor Society and will attend the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, majoring in economics. Olivia Taber is a Bay State League All Star, Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic, and State Coaches Association Divison II All-State selection in volleyball. Olivia will attend the University of Maryland, majoring in business and finance.

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Please note, signups for Milton High School Athletics for the fall of 2015 will begin in mid-July. Please see below for important dates:

  • July 21 – August 26th – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration
  • Fall sports sign-ups at: https://www.familyid.com
  • If you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2014-2015, you can sign into FamilyID with your username and password.
  • If you are new to Milton High or did not play a sport at Milton High in 2014-15, you must create a new FamilyID account.

 

  • You must complete the online NFHS concussion course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) Take the course by clicking here: www.nfhslearn.com
  • You must have an updated physical exam (dated within the last 13 months)
  • You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your fall sports clearance card
  • Call FamilyID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any FamilyID registration questions
  • August 19-21st. Obtain your MHS clearance card. Time: To be determined.
  • Bring in your updated physical exam and copy of the NFHS concussion course certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian)
  • August 24th Milton High football practice tryouts. Time: To be determined
  • August 27th

 

  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under athletic fee – fall 2015

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  We are looking forward to welcoming our incoming kindergarten students in the fall of 2015. There are a few end-of-the-year events and summer “popsicle parties” scheduled at each of our elementary schools to help our newest students ease into Milton Public Schools.  Please check your child’s home school website for more information, and again, welcome to the future class of 2028!!

Staff:   Although he is not officially a member of our staff, I would be remiss if I did not extend best wishes to Frank Schroth. Mr. Schroth has been publishing MyTownMatters for the past several years and has been a valuable member of the community. He recently announced his decision to suspend publication. His insight on town politics, local news and events will be missed, as will his presence at nearly every Milton Public School event.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank a group of volunteers from the Cunningham Elementary School who have taken the time to collaborate on the Cunningham Fifth Grade Banner Project.  I am grateful to Laura Cannata, Stephanie O’Keefe, Joanna Weiss, Tracy Finch, and parents/artists Dana Clanc, Jess Gillooly and photographer John Gillolly.  I would also like to thank Principal Jonathan Redden, Cunningham art teacher Angela Lathwell and the 5th grade teachers, as well as the students and their families for helping to make this vision come true. It is truly a beautiful sight.

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•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  June 10, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT             

For those of you who were guests at this year’s Milton High School commencement ceremony on June 7th, you were treated to a wonderful event with some stellar speeches. I was unable to attend due to a family obligation, but I have taken excerpts from each of the day’s speeches and compiled them below. I hope you derive as much inspiration from them as our graduates did!

School Committee Chairman Michael Zullas: “Welcome to the beginning. Welcome to the beginning of a journey whose course is unchartered and whose end is unknown. And while the unknown often brings apprehension, try to remember that not knowing what happens next adds to the color, and the flavor, and the excitement of life. Welcome to the beginning of newly earned authority and responsibility.”

Milton High School Principal James Jette:  “…Today I highlight a piece of your legacy as you close one chapter of your life and begin to embark upon new endeavors. Some of you will find immediate success, while others may encounter setbacks or hardship. However, it is my hope that each of you has the motivational fortitude to overcome those obstacles. Rely upon the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the course of the years. Seek the support of family and friends and never give up … never quit!”

Milton High School Class of 2015 President Madelyn Driscoll: “The feeling of excitement and anticipating that we have felt while growing up is something that we will feel many more times in our lives. No matter what you are going to be doing in the coming years, there will be many new things that provoke the feelings you have felt when doing new things in Milton. We have all shared a similar background which contributes to our warm relationship. As you move on, you will be part of new relationships and communities. Your success here foreshadows the success that you will have in your future communities.”

Milton High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian Albert Enyedy: “…Regardless of the amount of work assigned or the amount of sleep we lost, we made it through these four years. We overcame our struggles and persevered until the end of high school (or should I say the beginning of our independent lives?)  Now that we’re here, we can look back at those achievements and enjoy this graduation. As we look forward to our new adventures, whether in college, the workforce or serving our country in the Armed Forces, we thank you, our teachers and parents, for your unwavering support. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

Milton High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian Oceane Marescal: “…I spent much of the first three years (of high school) alone in my room with a textbook on my lap – not exactly the fun that I was promised high school would be. I kept expecting that something would magically happen that would propel me out of social isolation. But nothing ever did. Instead, change came in the form of a choice I myself made: joining the Milton Track Team. Joining a new sport senior year may seem like a strange decision for most, but for me, this decision was the best and most liberating choice I have ever made. Track gave me the opportunity I had been searching for the past three years – to come of out of my shell, bond with other people and relieve the stress from school that we have all felt. Being part of the team gave me a sense of acceptance, community and friendship that I’m sure you have all felt at some point in these four years with our own teams, clubs and friend groups.”

 

The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents asks me annually to recognize the valedictorian of each class for a special award. This year, I am proud to award the Superintendent’s Certificate of Academic Excellence to Oceane Marescal,  the student with the highest GPA in the Class of 205. Oceane will be attending McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

This past weekend was the Milton High School Class of 2015 graduation. Once again, I would like to congratulate each of our graduates and wish these students the best of luck in their future endeavors. Following is a list of the colleges, universities, trade schools, preparatory schools and military branches our students will be heading off to in the next few months. Some of these schools have more than one Milton High School graduate attending:

Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, Babson College, Wellesley, MA, Barnard College, New York, NY, Bates College, Lewiston, ME, Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, Boston University, Boston, MA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, Bridgton Academy, North Bridgton, ME, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater MA, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC, Connecticut College, New London, CT, Curry College, Milton, MA, Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH, Dean College, Franklin, MA, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, Emerson College, Boston, MA, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, Endicott College, Beverly, MA, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, George Washington University, Washington, DC, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, Indiana University/Bloomington, Bloomington, IN, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, Johnson & Wales, Providence, RI, Keene State College, Keene, NH, LA College of Music, Los Angeles, CA, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, Lasell College, Newton, MA, Loyola University/Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, Manhattanville College, New York, NY, Massasoit Community College, Brockton MA, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Boston, MA, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, Mount Ida College, Newton, MA, New York University, New York, NY, Nichols College, Dudley, MA, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, Pace University, New York, NY, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Providence College, Providence, RI, Quincy College, Quincy, MA, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, Regis College, Weston, MA, Roxbury Community College, Boston, MA, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, Simmons College, Boston, MA, St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, Stonehill College, Easton, MA, Suffolk University, Boston, MA, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Toni & Guy Hairdressing School, MA, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Tufts University, Medford, MA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, University of Maine/Orono, Orono, ME, University of Maryland/College Park, College Park, MD, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Amherst, MA, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Boston, MA, University of Massachusetts/ Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Lowell, MA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, Western New England University, Springfield, MA, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

We are also proud to announce that one of our students will be attending the US Naval Academy in Bethesda, MD, two students have enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps; and one student has enlisted in the U. S. Navy.

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Congratulations to the Pierce Players for their recent presentation of “Bye Bye Birdie.”  I attended one of the performances and was very impressed with the quality of the performances by the singers, dancers, crew members and actors in this play. Congratulations also to Pierce Middle School drama teacher William Deschenes. Great job by all!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Be sure to check out the upcoming Milton Public Schools’ Bike Rodeo this Friday afternoon!

  • What:       Bike Safety and skills Training by Massachusetts’ Safe Routes to School Program
  • When: Friday June 12, 2015, from 3:30 to 5:30PM
  • Where: Pierce Middle School Parking Lot
  • Who: All Current MPS 3rd and 4th Graders

Parents or guardians must accompany their children. Students must bring their bike and helmet. (Some free helmets provided on first come basis).  Juice boxes and cookies will be provided courtesy of Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee. Basic bike maintenance provided by MBAC volunteers. Questions?  Email Ben Jones: bjones@miltonps.org

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 Our recent Kindergarten Screening was a huge success. More than 300 incoming kindergarteners visited the Milton High School library for their screening appointments. The next step will take place at each of the elementary schools.

Collicot Elementary: Parents and students entering kindergarten in September of 2015 are invited to the Collicot School Kindergarten Stroll & Popsicle Party on Tuesday, June 16th at 9am. Join Collicot staff for a tour of the school followed by a Popsicle party with classmates on the playground. Students will also invited to board a big yellow school bus.  Please enter the building through the main entrance and check in at the school office.

Cunningham Elementary: Incoming Kindergarteners and who will be attending Cunningham School are invited with their families to an event on June 23rd at 9am. Students and their parents/guardians will be given a brief tour of the school, which will be followed by “Popsicles in the Park,” at Cunningham Park.

Glover Elementary: On June 18th from 5-6pm, incoming kindergarten students and their families will be given tours of Glover School by members of the incoming 5th grade class. Afterwards, they are invited to join the rest of the students at Glover for the end-of-the-year picnic in the front playground.  In addition, there will be two “Popsicle Playdates” scheduled for this summer, held in the front playground of Glover on August 20th from 10am to 11am and August 27th from 6 to 7pm.

Tucker Elementary: Parents and guardians of incoming kindergarten students are invited to an adults-only information session & tour on June 17th from 12:30-1:30pm.  There will be a Popsicle Party for incoming K students and their parent/guardians on August 16th at 10:45am in the back playground and on August 18th at 6pm. Finally, there will be a Kindergarten Orientation on September 3rd for parents/guardians and students.

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The Milton High School Library will be having a book fair at the Braintree Barnes & Noble bookstore tomorrow, Thursday, June 11th.  A percentage of sales made at this store will go towards the MHS library if you mention the Book Fair ID#11597762.

 MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by the folks at the Milton Foundation for Education:

Honor a Teacher with the Milton Foundation for Education Red Apple Program: As another school year comes to a close, we reflect on the role our teachers play in our childrens’ lives — igniting their curiosity, encouraging free thinking, providing challenge and motivation to achieve new heights, and championing their causes. Here is a simple way to say thank you, a Red Apple.

When you make a $25 individual donation or a $50 class donation to the Red Apple Program, your teacher will receive a special Red Apple certificate and a sincere thank you for sharing the gift of learning. Your donation will directly support our Annual Appeal Fund, which provides grants that enable teachers to foster creative classroom atmospheres and capture the interest and imagination of their students. 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.

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Don’t forget about the MFE’s Jeep raffle. Your chances of winning this Jeep are so good, it’s scary.  But you have to buy your ticket soon. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today. Available in every school’s office, through any MFE Trustee or by emailing JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Rotary Club and the Milton Kiwanis Club proudly present the Baron Hugo Noremberga Park “Totem Pole” Dance tonight, Wednesday, June 10th at 6pm. This event will take place at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Hall Green. Music will be provided by the Black Velvet Band.

Hugo Englebert Lira, was one of the last leaders of the bands that played the hotel and ballroom circuit in and around Boston. Mr. Lira, known better by his stage name, Baron Hugo, worked for more than 60 years as a drummer and band leader. Between 1942 and 1952, Baron Hugo was regarded as “the king of the Totem”. Baron Hugo continued to perform at weddings and special occasions until his death at age 88.

Mr. Lira was a member of the Milton Rotary Club and a very active member of the Town of Milton. He supported many community activities and was a supporter of musical programs for the public schools. He sponsored a number of scholarship funds for Milton students, provided funds for building and maintaining of the Gazebo in front of the Milton Town Hall and established a fund with the Milton Rotary Club, to name a few of his financial contributions to the community.

The Milton Rotary Club will accept donations to the Baron Hugo Lira Fund in order to replenish and thus continue this series of music events for The Town of Milton. Contributions can be made to:

Milton Rotary Club,
Attn: Baron Hugo Lira Fund,
Box 243
Milton, MA 02186

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               Milton Soccer announces its new Champions League! The Milton Soccer Champions League offers exciting in-town competition, Signing Day, World Cup, and skills clinics by professional coaches.  Built upon the success of the growing K2 and Travel programs, the Champions League brings to all Milton children grades 3-8 a new opportunity for a high quality soccer experience.

As you may have heard, the Travel and Town soccer programs merged in 2012 to become Milton Soccer. Milton Soccer is committed to providing creating a safe learning environment in which all children have fun and develop an appreciation for all aspects of the game of soccer.  Milton Soccer is dedicated to offering a range of soccer program options to Milton families from just having fun to competitive teams at older age groups.

Milton Soccer is proud to introduce our newly designed Champions League.  The Champions League is an in-town league for 3rd – 8th graders.  Rules and team formats are consistent with travel leagues across the state, and games will be refereed by licensed referees from our very strong Milton referee program.  Volunteer parent coaches will have support from our professional coaching partners at UK Elite and coaching license expectations.  In addition to team practices, players will be able to take advantage of UK Elite’s coaching during weekly age group skills clinics.

The exciting season will kick off with a Signing Day event where kids find out what team they are on (named after Champions League teams in Europe), pick up their kit (uniform), and meet their coach.   Teams will play a 9-week season, culminating with a World Cup on the 10th Saturday, a mini-tournament that promises to be the highlight of the season.

This league is open to anyone who lives or goes to school in Milton and who is entering grades 3-8 in September.  All skill levels are welcome – even if your child has never played.  We are committed to creating balanced teams to ensure competitive games.

Soccer is a great sport for all ages.  It is inexpensive, requires minimal equipment and is a great introduction to team sports.  After the fall season, Champions League players will have the choice to join a travel team in the spring, or take a break from soccer for the spring.  We are excited to see the Champions League grow to become one of the premier in-town soccer programs in the Commonwealth.

Milton Soccer Programs:  Pre-K for ages 3-5 (fall and spring); K2 for kindergarteners – 2nd graders (fall and spring); Champions League for grades 3-8 (fall only); Travel League for grades 4-8 in the fall and 3-8 in the spring. Registration for all fall Milton Soccer programs is now open.  To register and for more information, go to www.miltonmasoccer.org

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 Milton Parks and Recreation has announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series Schedule. All Concerts take place from 6-7:30pm at the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green at the Town Hall.

June 10 (Wednesday) ………….. Black Velvet
Sponsored by: Milton Rotary and Milton Kiwanis

June 17 (Wednesday) ………….. Four Guys In Tuxes
Sponsored by: Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital -Milton

June 24 (Wednesday) ………………..Memphis Nights
Sponsored by: Dolan Funeral Home and Cremation Svcs. and
Dolan & Chapman Funeral and Cremation Svcs.

July 1 (Wednesday) ……An Enchanted Evening w/Paul Agnew and the John Capevella Quartet
Sponsored by: Alfred Thomas Funeral Home

July 8 (Wednesday) …………………..Curragh’s Fancy
Sponsored by: Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and Michael Capuano

July 15 (Wednesday)….”Sweet Harmony” w/ “Mixed Emotions” Riverside Theatre Works
Sponsored by: Blue Hills Bank

July 22 (Wednesday)………………… “Erin’s Melody”
Sponsored by: Dan Tarpey Jr. and Celtic Monument

July 29 (Wednesday)…………………… Pauline Wells w/ “IRISH DEVRI”
Sponsored by: The Copeland Family Foundation

August 5 (Wednesday)……………….. Curragh’s Fancy
Sponsored by: Representative Walter F. Timilty

August 12 (Wednesday) ……………..Music Fun with Wayne Potash
Sponsored by: Senator Brian Joyce

August 19, 2015 (RAINDATE)
August 26, 2015 (RAINDATE)

***Schedule Subject to Change***

Concerts are offered by the Milton Parks and Recreation and the Board of Selectmen. Rain cancellation info after 5 pm: 617-898-4940

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Please join us for the first annual Kathryn’s Ride, in memory of Kathryn McCourt, at SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill on Friday, June 26, at 3:30 pm! Can’t make the ride?…meet us on the patio at Ester in Lower Mills that night, or donate! All proceeds will support Joanna’s Place, a non-profit organization offering complimentary counseling services and resources for children and families facing unexpected loss. Please feel free to participate in any or all of the ways below. Please click on the Eventbrite link to participate: http://bit.ly/KathrynsRide

Friday, June 26th from 3:30 to 4:15pm
SoulCycle – Chestnut Hill 200 Boylston Street Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Summer is coming – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Registration for our annual Summer Reading Challenge is open NOW! Information about this program has gone home with every Milton Public elementary schooler; to learn more, check out the Children’s Page at www.miltonlibrary.org . 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 21 – 27:

Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff: Mystic Drumz, All Ages

To celebrate the kickoff of our Summer Reading Challenge, please join us for a world music safari adventure with Mystic Drumz! They will be presenting their show “The Legend of Marshmallow Island,”  which features a magical island that rises from the middle of a mystical pond.  Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the legendary dance party that takes place there. Come see and hear such featured instruments as the Nigerian Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more. After the show, please join the Friends for a hot dog cookout! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, June 26, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back! 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

BID-MILTON

This Saturday, June 13th, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton will be hosting the 6th Annual Community Health Walk & Health Fair.  Come at 9:30 am to meet the Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster! Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Community Health Walk will generate much-needed awareness for a variety of organizations that provide public health programs and support cardiovascular health at BID-Milton through the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Starting and ending at BID-Milton, enjoy a 3.1 mile (5k) walk through Milton’s most beautiful streets, or if you’re a beginner, just follow our half-mile course around the hospital campus! 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 health fair and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment.

Call 617-313-1557 or visit ww.bidmilton.org/walk to register

Free health screenings and information-blood pressure, vision, BMI and more

  • Texting and driving simulator
  • Emergency vehicle tours
  • Moonwalk obstacle course and games
  • Face painting
  • Raffle prizes
  • Free BBQ Lunch

ATHLETICS

Baseball: The Milton High Baseball Team made tournament this year, but lost 3-2 in the first round of the MIAA DII South Sectional Tournament.  They ended their season with a final record of 11-10.

Girls Tennis:  The team made it the first round of the MIAA DII South Sectional MIAA Tournament, but lost to Falmouth High School.

Boys Tennis: The team qualified for the DII South Sectional Tournament, but lost to Sharon High School in the first round.

Boys Track:

All States: The boys relay team of Koby Osazee, David Perkins, Ludwig Frederique and Derek Perkins finished the season as the second-best 4×100 relay team in the state at the All State Track Meet at Fitchburg State University on Saturday, June 6th.  The team came close to being the top team in the state, losing the state title by .03 of a second, but breaking the school record with a time of 42:80.  The relay team qualified to compete in The New England Interscholastic Track Outdoor Championship this Saturday, June 13th in Saco Maine. Senior Kingston Iwuala earned 9th place in the boys’ high jump with a height of 6-02.00

States: This relay team won first place at the MIAA D3 State Track Meet on June 2nd.  At this meet, David Perkins finished fourth in the 200m and Derek Perkins finished third in the 100m dash.  Kingston Iwuala was also D3 state champion, placing first in the high jump and Myles McDermott took fifth place.  The boys’ 4 x 800 m relay team consisting of Colin Keeley, Kyle Dempsey and John Lenane finished in fourth place.

Girls Track: 

All States: Members of the girls track team also competed at the All-State Meet in Fitchburg.   Sophomore Colette O’Leary placed 8th in the state for the 800 meter with a time of 2:17. Freshman Bridget Mitchell placed 15th in the mile with a time of 5:17.14. The 4×400 relay placed 14th with a time of Milton 4:05.20. The relay was comprised of Seniors Emma Pred Sosa & Zion Theodros, Junior Alexis Belash and Sophomore Colette O’Leary. Sophomore Abigail Jean-Baptiste placed 19th in the long jump with a 16-01.25. Senior Andrea Juzyca also placed 19th in the javelin with a throw of 105-05.

States: Team members also scored extremely well at the MIAA D3 State Meet at Durfee High School on June 3nd.  At this meet, Abigail Jean-Baptiste earned 5th place in the 100 meter dash, with a time of 12.95.  Zion Theodros placed 9th in the 400 meter with a time of 61.40.  Colette O’Leary won first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17. Bridget Mitchell earned second place in the mile with a time of 4:59.54 and also placed fourth in the two mile with a time of 11:21.52. The girls 4×800 relay earned third place; the 4×100 relay earned 6th place; the 4×400 got 5th place; Andrea Juzyca earned second place in the javelin with a throw of 125-10. In the Pentathalon event, Jesse Iwala got 4th place, Isabel Belash got 6th place, Oceane  Marescal got 9th place and Savannah Madden got 11th place.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   I would like to recognize one last time, the Class of 2015, who graduated from Milton High School this past weekend. We are very proud of our newest alumni and cannot wait to hear how they change the world!  Please see the item above, under “Curriculum News” for a list of colleges, universities, trade schools and military branches where our graduates will be heading this fall.

Staff:   I would like to congratulate Pierce Middle School teacher Nicole Hoyceanyls, who was named a finalist in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching.  This is one of the most prestigious contests for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. To have been considered a finalist for this award is an incredible achievement.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Deanna Terranova, along with all the parents and guardians who volunteered to make our annual All Night Graduation Party such a success. This event attracted hundreds of our graduates, keeping them all safe and happy on what can be a time of celebration, but can also be a dangerous time for teenagers. These volunteers deserve a round of applause!

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 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 28•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, May 28, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to share with you an important update regarding state funding for Full Day Kindergarten, which remains in jeopardy.

The State Senate, in its FY16 Budget, only provides $1 million for the Quality Full Day Kindergarten Line Item (7030-1002).  This represents a 95% reduction in funding and could have a dramatic and negative impact on Full Day Kindergarten across the Commonwealth.  Here in Milton, the impact could be a tuition increase of $600 per family.

The state budget now goes to the Conference Committee, a small group of both House and Senate members who will settle the differences between their respective budgets.

Here is what you can do: Contact our Milton legislative delegation and the conference committee members (listed below) and tell them to please restore funding for the quality full day kindergarten program, line item #7030-1002. Your calls and emails really do make a big difference.  So, please act now!

Milton Legislative Delegation

Senator Brian Joyce – brian.joyce@masenate.gov 617-722-1643
Representative Walter Timilty – walter.timilty@mahouse.gov 617-722-2230
Representative Daniel Cullinane – daniel.cullinane@mahouse.gov   617-722-2006

Conference Committee Members

Senator Karen Spilka – karen.spilka@masenate.gov   617-722-1640
Senator Sal DiDomenico – sal.didomenico@masenate.gov   617-722-1650
Senator Patricia Jehlen – patricia.jehlen@masenate.gov   617-722-1578
Senator Bruce Tarr – bruce.tarr@masenate.gov   617-722-1600
Representative Brian Dempsey – brian.dempsey@mahouse.gov   617-722-2990
Representative Stephen Kulik – stephen.kulik@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380
Representative Benjamin Swan – benjamin.swan@mahouse.gov   617-722-2380
Representative Bradley Jones – bradley.jones@mahouse.gov   617-722-2100

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, which was held on May 20th.  Below is a summary of that meeting:

May 20, 2015:  The meeting began with the introduction of the Elementary and Middle School Future Problem Solvers, along with the Program Advisors/Coaches Elementary School Librarian Lori Henry and Pierce Middle School Science Teacher Nicole Hoyceanyls, who described their recent success at the State Bowl. Next, three Pierce students were honored for their success at the Massachusetts Regional Science and Engineering Fair, along with Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Science Curriculum Coordinator Christie Chiappetta. Milton Public School Elementary Librarian Lori Henry and Milton Public Library Librarian Sara Truog came to talk about the Milton Public Schools/Milton Public Library Initiative/Partnership.

There was an FY16 Budget Update and a Full Day Kindergarten Update as well as a Strategic Plan Update/Discussion. Members voted to approve two vendor warrants and two sets of minutes before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM

To all our Milton Public School families who are also US Military families, I would first like to say thank you. With the Memorial Day weekend only recently behind us, this is a good time to acknowledge the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. I would also like to encourage all MPS military families to fill out the questionnaire on our MPS website in order to help us provide any benefits or services for which you may be eligible. Please access this survey by visiting the Milton Public School website, then fill out the form and return to our registrar, Jane Barrett at

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Please read the following item regarding PARCC testing, submitted to us by the PARCC Governing Board:

Today we are announcing news about test design changes voted by the PARCC state chiefs yesterday that will reduce testing time, consolidate the testing windows, and greatly streamline the test administration process for schools and districts. Please share with others in your organizations, as appropriate.

The PARCC governing board, made up of state education commissioners and superintendents, asked states, districts and teachers for their feedback on how to improve the PARCC assessment.  The governing board listened and agreed to make important changes to the assessment that will be implemented in the 2015-16 school year. On May 20, 2015 the PARCC governing board voted to:

  • Reduce the testing time for students by about 90 minutes overall (60 minutes in mathematics; 30 minutes in English language arts) and create more uniformity of test unit times.
  • Consolidate the two windows in English language arts/literacy (including reading and writing) and mathematics into one.
    • The single testing window will simplify administration of the test for states and schools that experienced challenges with scheduling two testing windows.
    • The testing window will be up to 30 days and will extend from roughly the 75% mark to the 90% mark of the school year. Most schools will complete testing in one to two weeks during that window.
  • Reduce the number of test units by two for most students.

Importantly, these changes preserve the quality of the assessment, which will continue to test the full range of standards, and the reliability of the results.  The assessment will continue to allow all students enough time to show what they can do and produce the kind of information our districts and teachers need to support our students.   With this change, the plan is to return results to schools, teachers and parents as close to the end of the school year as possible.

The press release and a more detailed explainer are online at: http://parcconline.org/parcc-states-vote-shorten-test-time.

The development of PARCC is a collaborative process among participating states with significant input from local educators, school leaders and higher education faculty.  The decisions made by the governing board validate this thoughtful process and the leading role of states as they work to refine the assessment to best serve their students.

In the next few weeks, we will support our state education partners with their work to inform schools of the design changes and to share information about the score reports and the timing of score releases this fall.  We will also begin the performance level setting process over the summer and the state chiefs will set the performance levels as students begin to return to school in the fall.

We will need your help to celebrate the states’ decision, to underscore the message that educator voices are indeed valued in this program, and to share supplementary information with parents and policy makers in your states and nationally about the value of the new standards and the PARCC assessments.  We will also need your help to set expectations around the release of scores in the fall and the change in scores as we set a new baseline and support our students on their path to college and career readiness by graduation.

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The following item was submitted by Michael Young, the advisor for the Milton High School Newspaper:

We are proud to announce that the New England Scholastic Press Association recently awarded the Milton High School newspaper The Elephant in the Room, two journalism awards.

The paper received a “Meritorious Achievement” award in scholastic editing and publishing; and a personal achievement award given to Anne Marie Grudem for her illustration “Senioritis.” The newspaper staff has worked hard this year to legitimize and professionalize the school news source.  The two papers that the students submitted, along with the many individual pieces, resulted from hours of writing, investigating, and editing.  The editors involved in the laying-out and revising of the two submitted papers include the following: Katrina Kourtelidis, Amy Savino, and Joshua Kery. The other contributors (writers, artists, and photographers) include Colman Lydon, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Aman Negassi, Meredith McGroarty, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Connolly, Javana Samuels, Delens  Ducheine, Nathan Liberty, Margaux Rose, and Katrina Ramkissoon.

The students who attended the BU ceremony and symposium took classes to better their understanding of editing, leadership, publishing print and online news, advertising, and photo editing, just to name a few topics. They also heard a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist from South Africa discuss his book The Bang Bang Club, about South Africa’s rise to democracy.

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor Lisa Veldran:

Patti Snell, a presenter from Boston vs. Bullies came to give presentations to all 5th grade students on April 17th and May 1st.  Boston vs. Bullies is an anti-bullying initiative presented by the Sports Museum and Boston sports community.  The students participated in a facilitated discussion and were shown a video featuring current athletes from Boston’s professional sports teams sharing their stories and providing activities to get students involved in developing and practicing the skills they need to effectively prevent and stop bullying.

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Albert Enyedy, a Milton High School senior, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Massachusetts. The award was determined on the basis of outstanding achievement or service in the field of mathematics. Mr. Enyedy was nominated by his math teacher, Jessica Parsons.

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A group of MHS art students will be heading to Rep. Walter Timilty’s office on Wednesday, June 10th for a tour of the State House.  An artist’s reception for the students has been arranged at Doric Hall on Wednesday, June 10 at 9:30AM.

Students attending the field trip: Maeve Doyle, Allegra Giddings, Amy Matondo, Destiny Moreta, Hope Huban, Mary Cronin, Mairead Dambruch, Mikalia Jackson, Hope McDonald, Kristen Mills, Kalyani Twyman, Imani Walker and Josh Kery.

Other students who are participating in the Milton Water Matters Project are: Ellese Crawford, Caroline Faherty, Alexa Onishuk, Molly Concannon, Darren Lopez, Julia MacDougall, Alex MacIsaac, Jessica Martin, Rafael Ramos, Elizabeth Stentson, Maddy Hoy, Meredith Clarke, Olivia Erickson, Nico Gilmore, Ben Johnson, Johance Lierpool, Mohoniqua Pierre-Louise, Julia Sullivan and Olivia Jensen.

Through our newly formed partnership with the Neponset Water Shed Association and Nancy Fyler coordinator of the education outreach program, Milton High School Art Students from Ms. Karen Hughes’ classrooms joined forces and created a dynamic Art Exhibit.

MHS Art students started their journey with a visit from Nancy and were given loads of information. Students learned how they are able to maintain and conserve the current water situation in their own community and how they have the ability to educate their peers, teachers and the surrounding Milton community. Students created illustrations educating Milton on the issues concerning: main drains, water pollution, pouring toxic chemicals down the drain, and the current crisis pertaining to the water bottle industry and the use of plastics in their environment.

The Milton DPW stepped in and funded the program providing the students with illustration Boards and with the support of their peers they created dynamic illustrations inspired by contemporary artists Shepard Fairey and Bansky. With their new found knowledge and experience, students are now planning to obtain any and all donations towards providing Milton High School with a Bottle filling Station and Drinking Fountain in the Copeland Field House.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please “save the date” for an upcoming Katie Greer presentation at Milton High School:

How do we keep our kids safe in this technology driven world? Want to learn more…? Please attend our PTO sponsored Parent/Guardian Workshop which will be held on Monday, June 8th at 7:00pm at Milton High School.  **Nobody under 18 years of age will be admitted**

We have invited Katie Greer to speak to us about internet safety. In the past 7 years, Katie has presented at hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise). Additionally, Katie has contracted with a variety of government and private organizations lending her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/Internet safety and social networking. She has been featured in: Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. For more information: http://www.klgreer.com/

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Terranova, a Milton High School Parent:

Volunteers are needed for the MHS All Night Graduation Party (22nd Year) to be held on Sunday June 7th. Don’t let your teenager become a graduation night statistic.

Why an all night Party?

Graduation is a time of celebration. Energy and excitement runs high and students feel invincible. Drinking and drugs are often a part of the rite of passage and the results can be tragic. The All Night Party has become part of the MHS culture with close to 100% participation. It is a community supported way for all seniors, and only seniors, to get together one last time in a safe, alcohol free, drug free environment to party until dawn with rocking music, plenty of food and great entertainment.

Parents of Graduates

Please encourage your student to attend. This party is for every graduating senior.  Grads have been given brochures, information has been emailed home and information is always available at www.mhsanp.blogspot.com  Keep your child safe.

This is event is run by parents and we want your help. Why should you help?

If you don’t do it, who will?  As parents of high school students, we have the most vested interests in making sure these students have a place to celebrate the smart and safe way this year and for years to come. Take this opportunity to show your son or daughter that you support their choice for a drug free, alcohol free, yet outrageously fun all night party.

What will I do?

There are jobs for everyone. Light lifting, lots of sitting, interacting with the kids, never seeing the kids, moving fast, never moving at all, staying out late, getting up early. Give us a reason why you can’t help and we’ll find a way that you can. We need you!

What will the kids do?

The kids will arrive at 10:30PM. The doors are locked at 11:00PM and do not open again until 5:00AM. The night is jam packed with activities including music, dancing, games, plenty of food, a hypnotist show, airbrush tattoo artists, tarot card readers and enough memories to last a lifetime.

I don’t have a graduating senior.

Maybe not this year, but someday you will. And when they graduate, you will want them safely locked down at the all night party. Help now to ensure this party continues.

My senior does not want me there.

Sign up for the PACK UP shift at 5:00AM (Monday), the SET UP shift at 5:30PM Sunday or a shift in the foyer (vs. the main party room). FYI, these same seniors that do not want you there are usually running around looking for Mom or Dad.

I can’t do it. It’s too late for me.

It’s too late for all of us. Remind yourself that you would not be getting a good night’s sleep if your senior was out on graduation night going from party to party. And you certainly would not get a good night’s sleep if you were awakened by a phone call from the Milton Police, Milton Hospital, or a crying neighbor.

I have to work the next day.

Like many of us, you might consider taking Monday off. Let your student know that you support their commitment to a drug free, alcohol free graduation.

Still not convinced?

When was the last time you partied until dawn? Enjoy the food, music and energy of 250 teenagers. This is a great night for the kids and a fun night for volunteer parents. We’ve raised good kids. You’ve known some of them since grade school. You will be proud of them. Come on out and help give them a good send off. We can’t do it without you.

Okay, Okay, I am signing up!

Email info to: MiltonANP@gmail.com

Volunteer Name:
Student:
Grade:
Your email:
Your phone:                                     Home/    work/   cell/

CHOOSE YOUR SHIFTS

June 7,  2015 (Sunday):

  • Shift ONE     5:30PM – 7:30PM       set up
  • Shift TWO    10:00PM – 2:00AM     doors open at 10:30
  • Shift THREE 2:00AM –   5:00AM    hypnotist show

June  8,  (Monday):

  • Shift  Four    5:00AM –  6:00AM    pack up

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Milton High School’s Future Business Leaders of America will be hosting a “Name Your Price” car wash Saturday, May 30th from 8 am to 12 pm at Cunningham Elementary School.  Please come help support Milton’s Future Business Leaders as we raise funds for our trip to Nationals in Chicago, Illinois!

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Pierce Players will be presenting “Bye Bye Birdie” — one of the most captivating musical shows of our time.  Performances will be held in the Pierce Auditorium on Thursday, June 4th and Friday, June 5th at 7pm and Saturday June 6th at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 617-696-4568. Bye Bye Birdie is a satire crafted with the fondest affection telling the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, Kids, and Rosie are musical theatre classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.

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In an effort to raise funds for their library, Milton High School is working together with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host a book fair at the Barnes & Noble Braintree store. On Thursday, June 11th, Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale, made with a special book fair voucher, to the Milton High School Library.  Vouchers will be available online at the Milton High School Library’s website and at Barnes and Noble the night of the event.  You can also support the MHS Library by shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs from Thursday, June 11th, through Tuesday, June 16th, by including the book fair voucher ID #11597762 on the payment page during checkout. Please help support the Milton High School Library by shopping at Barnes & Noble, 150 Granite Street, Braintree throughout the day on Thursday, June 11th, with a book fair voucher or shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs.  For more information, contact Milton High School librarian, Jen Troy via email at jtroy@miltonps.org.

MFE NEWS

Your chances of winning this Jeep are so good, it’s scary.

But you have to buy your ticket soon. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today!

Available in every school’s office, through any MFE Trustee or by emailing JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com.

With only one month left to go, Jeep Raffle tickets are flying out the door.

ONLY 500 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD! With your chances of winning this Jeep so high, our lawyers advised us to offer a warning list of reasons you might NOT want to win this Jeep.

The Top 8 Reasons NOT to Win this Jeep

#1. You will actually start enjoying your morning commute and will have to find something else to complain about. Who’s got time for that?
#2. You will be inundated with loads of new, super cool friends. They will want to come over and drink all your Snapple. There goes your Snapple budget.
#3. You will start going on really cool, adventurous vacations and you don’t have a selfie stick yet. STRESS!
#4. You will be overcome with a desire to surf, but last year you downloaded the Ocearch shark tracker app. Cognitive dissonance abounds.
#5. You will start driving off, over, around, on top of and through things, and that will bring up unpleasant memories about failing that preposition test in 7th grade.
#6. Your high school reunion is coming up and you don’t want to look “too cool.”
#7. You promised yourself that as soon as it got nice out you would start binge watching old seasons of “Hello Larry.” And now you have to drive this Jeep.
#8. You are allergic to fun. And you can’t even opt for the $20,000 cash prize instead because you are also allergic to money.

Only if you can live with all of these conditions, email JeepRaffle2015@gmail.com. Your chances of winning are THAT GOOD. The drawing is ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. Send us an email! Or visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Patti Dobrindt, Co-Chair of the Milton Road Race

Save the Date!  The 38th Annual Milton Road Race will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30pm. This 5K/10K event is held rain or shine and is sponsored by Milton Junior Woman’s Club. As many of you know, the proceeds from this race go directly back into our community in the form of grants to local non-profits and scholarships to graduating Milton seniors. This year, we were able to give out a record amount of scholarship money based on the success of last year’s race. A great deal of that success was due to an amazing turnout of student runners. We are hoping to have even more student (and faculty!) participation this year. There is a team registration function if schools are interested in setting up teams for their student/faculty. Please register at: www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Milton Public Librarian Sara Truog:

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  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 June 7 – 13:

Friday, June 12, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back. 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, June 12, 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, June 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

Last Reading Dogs session of the school year!  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 item was submitted by Boosters President Jeanne Kibble:

The Milton High School Boosters Club is hosting the 37th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to all members of the varsity teams, and awarding 17 scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community.

Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community can purchase tickets online at www.miltonboosters.com. If you choose to buy them in person, please go to the MHS concession stand after school where they are available 2-3PM. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child (Letter Recipients already received a free ticket in the mail). Tickets will not be available at the doors.  If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Kibble  (JKibble@miltonboosters.com )

The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Rugby:  Congratulations to our new State Champs! The Milton vs. Brookline game was played on Saturday May 23rd at Foley Stadium Worcester. Brookline came out of the gates hard and fast led by All American Jack Miller, scoring in the first five minutes with the wind at the their back.  7-0. Milton would settle down half way through the first half to go in front 12-7, with scores from Devon Nzeupome and Ugo Nwanekezi.  Two defensive goal line stands by Milton showed some serious determination to end the half. The second half was all Milton, using the wind at their back and a hard running offense accompanied by a high kicking game, pinning the Warriors in their own territory.  Every player played well, with Nzeupome and Nwanekezi scoring all the tries on the day and d Dara Kennedy adding 6 points kicking conversions.  Milton ended the year with a perfect 9-0 season, it’s second D2 State final in 3 years, and an overall record of 24 wins-1 loss the past three years since being awarded Varsity status.

Boys Outdoor Track:

  • Bay State League Meet: At this very competitive meet, the Milton boys’ team did very well. Derek Perkins won second place in the 100 meters. David Perkins won first place in the 200 meters.  The boys’ 4×100 relay team ( Koby Osazee, David Perkins, Liou Frederique and Derek Perkins) won first place.

Girls Outdoor Track:

  • South Shore Principals Association Twilight Meet: The team finished 5th out of 23 teams at this meet. The meet was highlighted by a 1-2 finish in the mile for Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell and a first-place performance by Andrea Juzyca in the Javelin. The 4x400m team (Colette O’Leary, Zion Theodros, Emma Pred-Sosa and Alexis Belash) finished in second place and Zion Theodros finished second in the open 400m.
  • Bay State League Meet: Colette O’Leary won first place in the 800m; the girls 4×400 relay team (Colette O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell, Zion Theodros and Emma Pred-Sosa) also won first place, as did the 4×800 relay team (Josie Cousineau, Mairead Dambruch, Alexis Belash and Greta Freking.) Andrea Juzyca won first place in the Javelin; and Abigail Jean-Baptiste won second place in the Long Jump.

Crew:

It was a great day this past Saturday, May 23rd at the MPSRA Championships in Lowell, for Boys’ Varsity Crew as they won gold in the boys 1st varsity four (4+V1) in a photo finish that had Milton winning over Mystic and Cambridge Rindge and Latin by a margin that separated first from third place by a quarter of a second! The Wildcats also captured the Overall Points Trophy for all Boys fours events for the MPSRA State Title having earned, in addition to the V1 gold, a silver in each of the V2, V3 and V4 as well as the novice 4 event.  The girls put forth a strong performance as well with Bronze/third in the Girls V2, V3 and V4 plus a 4th in the girls V1 out of 16 teams!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   I would like to recognize and congratulate the members of the Class of 2015, who will be graduating from Milton High School on Sunday, June 7th. Some of you have been with us since Kindergarten, while others have only recently joined us, but each and every one of you is now a member of the Milton Public Schools family. I wish all of you a safe graduation week. We will be publishing the future plans of the Class of 2015 in the next E-blast.

Staff:   I would like to thank the following staff who are retiring from the Milton Public Schools:  Mary Ellen Burke, Collicot 1st Grade; Nathan Randall, MHS History; Ludmila Nivoroshkin, PMS, World Language; MaryLou Bradley, Tucker Nurse;  Karen Clasby, District  Special Ed Director; Jeanne Roulleau, PMS World Language; Pat Kurpeski, Collicot Kindergarten; Kathy Roche, PMS Special Education Teacher. We are very grateful to these individuals for their commitment to the Milton Public Schools. I wish them well in their retirement.

Volunteers: I would like to thank in advance all the parents and guardians who volunteer to make our annual All Night Graduation Party such a success. This event could not occur without the many hours donated by our very dedicated volunteers, not only on the night of the event, but for many weeks ahead of time. This party not only offers an enjoyable evening for our graduating seniors, it also helps to keep them safe on what can be a dangerous night for teenagers. I know this group is still looking for volunteers on the night/morning of June 7 and 8th, so please visit www.mhsanp.blogspot.com  to sign up.

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•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  May 13, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Public School 2016 Budget was approved at Town Meeting’s May 7th Meeting (the presentation is posted on the School Committee’s Budget page on www.miltonps.org).

The Finance Subcommittee of the School Committee meets with Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources and me every Tuesday morning at 7 am in the Superintendent’s Conference Room.  Members of this year’s Finance Subcommittee were Mary Kelly (chair), Leroy Walker, and Mike Zullas.  Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel work collaboratively to prioritize the needs of the district in order to develop a budget that provides our teachers with the instructional texts, materials and supplies and professional development necessary to maximize the individual potential of every PreK-12 Milton Public School student.

The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel monitor the budget all through the year by  examining quarterly reports and discussing presentations on financial issues such as Athletics and Clubs and Activity Fees,  Food Service, Transportation, Consolidated Facilities,  etc. through the year.

We begin in October to develop the budget  by analyzing our student achievement data, meeting with curriculum leaders and principals across the district to prioritize our goals and initiatives,  study  student enrollment, examine state and federal mandates and costs and, ultimately, to determine our needs for the upcoming year.

The Finance Subcommittee works with and communicates all through the school year with the Town’s Warrant Committee. The Warrant Committee is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  (For details on the Warrant Committee, please scroll down to my Ambassador Page below or see their page at www.townofmilton.org).  The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel listed above present our budget to the Warrant Committee at least twice during December and January to the Warrant Committee.  The Finance Subcommittee, Central Office Personnel and Warrant Committee monitor each stage of the development of the State budget as it directly impacts the funding available to the Town and helps to determine the level of funding that the Warrant Committee ultimately recommends to Town Meeting.

Summary of FY 16 Budget

Our FY 16 budget is $40,747,500, a 3.5% increase over our FY 15 budget, but $347,000 less than our requested amount.  This level of funding will allow us to continue our advancement initiatives of Early Literacy, Closing our Proficiency Gaps, and expanding Science and STEM education.  It will also allow us to add two needed Special Education positions in the district.  It will, however, result in the loss of two teaching positions (one at each of the Middle and High Schools), one administrative assistant position in the Central Office, a reduction in duties of a Middle School Vice Principal, and several non-personnel spending reductions.  As indicated in our Town Meeting presentation, these were difficult choices that had to be made and underscore the need for the kind of team approach to budgeting that we use in the School department.  For further details, see our posted budget presentation.

Update: On Wednesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the Commonwealth’s FY 2016 Budget.  The Governor had originally proposed to eliminate the Full Day Kindergarten Grant program which helps to fund Milton’s Kindergarten.  The House had restored funding for the program, but the Senate has now recommended reducing the funding from $18.6 million dollars to $1 million, effectively eliminating the program.  If the grant program is eliminated, tuition for Full Day Kindergarten in Milton will need to rise from $3,700 to $4,300, effective next fall.

We encourage all Milton residents to contact the Senate, urging them to restore funding for this program.  If the Senate does not restore funding, we will need to contact members of the House and Senate Conference Committee to have them restore funding.  Please let your Senator and Representative know how important Full Day Kindergarten is and urge them to restore funding for these grants.

To contact Senator Brian Joyce: brian.joyce@masenate.gov or call 617-722-1643.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Pierce Middle School Spanish teacher Christine Shea:

This was our first year administering the National Spanish Exam. Seven students signed up to take the exam and the results are outstanding!!  More than 157,000 students took the exam across the country.  The following students received Honorable Mention, which is given for scoring at or above the national average: Daisy Johnson- 8th grade, Janelle Descopins- 8th grade and Elizabeth Francis- 7th grade. In addition, the following eighth-grade students received the Gold Medal, which is given for scoring in the 95th percentile or higher:  Sophia Li Raquel Gallagher Katharine Barrett

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The following item was sent to us by Milton High School English teacher Michael Young:

I am proud to announce that on Friday the New England Scholastic Press Association, headquartered at Boston University, issued the school newspaper, The Elephant in the Room, two journalism awards:  a “Meritorious Achievement” award in scholastic editing and publishing; and a personal achievement award given to Anne Marie Grudem for her illustration “Senioritis.” The newspaper staff has worked hard this year to legitimize and professionalize the school news source.  The two papers that we submitted along with the many individual pieces resulted from hours of writing, investigating, and editing.  The editors involved in the laying-out and revising of the two submitted papers include the following: Katrina Kourtelidis, Amy Savino, and Joshua Kery. The other contributors (writers, artists, and photographers) include Colman Lydon, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Aman Negassi, Meredith McGroarty, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Connolly, Javana Samuels, Delens Ducheine, Nathan Liberty, Margaux Rose, and Katrina Ramkissoon.

The students who attended the BU ceremony and symposium took classes to better their understanding of editing, leadership, publishing print and online news, advertising, and photoediting, just to name a few topics. They also heard a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist from South Africa discuss his book “The Bang Bang Club,” about South Africa’s rise to democracy.

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We recently received news that Collicot student Tyler Kennedy placed second in the state as an individual competitor at the recent Massachusetts Future Problem Solvers bowl. Tyler placed 2nd  in the Junior Division of the Global Issues Problem Solving – Individual competition. Congratulations to FPS Coach Lori Henry and Tyler!

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Latin Teacher Danielle Huebner:

Please join me in congratulating the following Pierce Middle School students, who performed very well in the most recent administration of the National Mythology Exam and the National Latin Exam.

National Mythology Exam

  • Athena Gold Award of Excellence and Gold Medal for perfect score: Sam Dunnington (6th), Connor Foley (6th), Ben Karol(6th) and Catherine Le (7th).
  • Silver Medal: Jennifer DoDai (6th), Abigail Files (6th), Veronika Lin (6th), Anna Crowley (7th), Michael Daly (7), Mary Howley (7th) and Shaylen Vangestel (7).
  • Bronze Medal, Brendan Cullen (6th), Jack Elliot (6th), Abigail Tran (6th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Molly Murtagh (7th), Jonathan Truong (7th), Eleanor Baldwin (8th) and Suvan Shukla (8th).

National Latin Exam

Intro Level (grades 6 and 7)

  • Achievement Award: Nicole Dragon (7th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Mary Howley (7th), Catherine Le (7), Molly Murtagh (7th), Wendell Pierre (7th)

Latin Level I (Grade 8)

  • Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Suvan Shukla (8th).
  • Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Daniel Flaherty and Jack Long (both 8th)
  • Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Molly Baker, Jackson Hoy, Grace Jacobsak and Tina Nguyen (all 8th)

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The following item was submitted by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

Congratulations to the following students, who recently passed the DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française.) This is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. This certification is officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. Such certification is useful for school records, as well as college and job applications in French-speaking countries. Scores are valid for life.

The DELF is designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real situation using authentic documents, and evaluate  her or his linguistic know-how (writing a letter, asking for information, exchanging opinions).  The exam assesses the four language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking skills and writing) and has two levels (B1/B2). The oral test has been administered by trained instructors from the French Cultural Center of Boston (Alliance Française).  Please help me to congratulate the following students, all of whom were students of Anne Pons.

B1: (At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life)

Christopher Chinman , Monika Cormack, Noura Darouichi, Olivia Erickson, Benjamin Johnson, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia McDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Elizabeth O’Connor, Jaqueline Ruscito, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan and Olivia Taber.

B2: (A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.)

Emma Pred-Sosa, Jillian Eckard and Shane McLaughlin.

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I am happy to report that the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association has awarded Caroline Morton, a Cunningham second-grade French Immersion teacher, the 2015 New Teacher Commendation. This is an award that recognizes new teachers who demonstrated excellence in teaching as well as involvement in school community and professional activities.  MaFLA, which received a great number of nominations this year, announced that Ms. Morton was selected by the MaFLA Awards Committee for the strength of her teaching and service. Great job!

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Milton placed first regionally in the Continental Math League Euclidean Division for both 4th and 5th grade. Below are the top-scoring students for each grade:

Grade 5: Collicot: Rachel Steinberg and Jonathon Waldmann. Cunningham: Anna Hamblet, Lucia Dwyer, Kiley Fitzgerald and John Clancy. Glover: Jake Lippert and Rohan Meier. Tucker: Max Hollingsworth, Stella Yuan, Alex Paxhia, Luke Shields and Elle Anthony.

Grade 4: Collicot: Wes Morisette, Connor Mannion, Ethan Putman, Mary Mullen and Lok Ye Young.  Cunningham: Raina Sohur, Hokulani Panerio-Langer, Abigail Tangher and Kiera Glazer.  Glover:  Harrison Dolgoff. Tucker: Logan Do and Nicholas Reason.

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Congratulations to the following members of the National Honor Society. The most recent inductees were honored during last month’s Scholastic Honors Night.

Inducted in 2015: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Ava Berg, Leah Bohmbach, Isabelle Bongiorno, Madison Brown, Megan Caljouw, Nolan Carvalho, Catherine Casaz, Olivia Chin, Emily Chow, Sophia Cousineau, John Cremmen III, Mary Cronin, Miranda Czwakiel, Mairead Dambruch, Allegra DeNooyer, Maeve Doyle, Sarah Dragon, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Greta Freking, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Liam Hines, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Charles Karoff, Joshua Kery, Fanhao Kong, Cole Kroninger, John Lenane, Maryanne MacIsaac, Anna Mahoney, John Mazzarella, Kathleen McAuliffe, Matthew McAuliffe, John McGrath, Kristen Mills, Sarah Monderer, Elizabeth Murphy, Brandon Musto, Sabrina Najarian, Lara Nasser, Colette Nourie, Tatiana Perez, David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Erica Poon, Madeline Scott, Hailee Sullivan, Amanda Thorne, Kalyani Twyman, Kendall Van Allen, Ashley Vaughn, Tyler Volpe-Knock, John Walker, Owen Walsh, Anthony Wong and Michael Wyatt.

Inducted in 2014: Vincent Chan, Gabrielle Che, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Noura Darouichi, Madelyn Driscoll, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Jake Fahey, Anna Gaden, Eric Hale, Mitchell Hause, Julie Henry, William Hess, Emily Hutchinson, Madeline Hoy, Kristen Ingraham, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Christian Kackley, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Anna Lamb, Julia MacDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane Marescal, Tansy Massey Green, Denis McAuliffe, Shane McLaughlin, Rebekah Mondelus, David Mullen, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Liam Queally, Caitlin Rodensky, Edwin Rodriguez, Jacqueline Ruscito, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Anne Schindler, Hannah Shepard, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Caitlin Smith, Christine Stafford, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Ciara Swan, Olivia Taber, Roger Tejeda, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann, Matthew Wong and Lisa Yuan.

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Congratulations to the following Century Club Students, who were also recognized as part of Scholastic Honors Night. The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers.  Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 40 seniors,  30 juniors, 20 sophomores, and 10 freshmen.

Freshmen: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Peyton Carvalho, Eva Chow, Ornella Ebongue, Chiara Ferrante, Heidi Freking, Domenic Jancaterino, Gigi Jiang, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen.

Sophomores: Andrew Arcieri, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Mariah Conway, Camille Coutant, Matthew Dicarlo, Mary Driscoll, Michael Eberhardt, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock , Gregory Hebard, Alexis Higgins, Erisha Joseph, Sarah Lam, Nicholas Marinilli, Aislinn O’Brien, Emily Possi, Isabelle Ruesch, Hannah Solomon, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong  and Maya Watanabe.

Juniors: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Megan Caljouw, Benjamin Clark, Allegra DeNooyer, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Maryanne MacIsaac, John Mazzarella, John McGrath, Sabrina Najarian, Colette Nourie, Madeline Scott, Amanda Thorne, Tyler Volpe-Knock and Michael Wyatt.

Seniors: (an asterisk indicates the student was a member of the Century Club for all 4 years)  Vincent Chan *, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu *, Molly Concannon, Kevin Conway *, Noura Darouichi, Shawn Dowds, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy *, Anna Gaden *, Delaney Glinner, Alden Hebard, William Hess, Madeline Hoy, Vanessa Joyce, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod *, Oceane Marescal *, Tansy Massey Green *, Denis McAuliffe *, Shane McLaughlin *, Patrice Miller, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Caitlin Rodensky, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Christine Stafford, Sadia Suhail, Kathleen Sullivan, Alexis Umeh, Gillian Veneto and Matthew Wong.

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Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016, who were recognized with Junior Book Awards Students at the recent Scholastic Honors Night event:

Simon Eder, Sindhu Banerjee, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Shareen Alsebai, Allegra DeNooyer, Nolan Carvalho, John Lenane,Tyler Volpe-Knock, Kathleen McAuliffe, Liam Halloran, Megan Caljouw, Danielle Dumais, Emma Heller, Emily Chow, Audrey Erickson,

Kristyn Swift, Samantha Antoniewicz, Anne Grudem, Mikalia Jackson, Leah Bohmback,

Kristen Rundlett, Hope Huban, Brandon Musto, Harry Kong, Maryanne MacIsaac, Madeline Scott, Greta Freking, Kalyani Twyman, Sabrina Najarian, Sarah Monderer.

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 If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2015, please be sure to complete the registration process. Visit this link: http://www.miltonps.org/about-student-reg.php For additional info, please email MPS Registrar Jane Barrett at: jbarrett@miltonps.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please note the Town Of Milton Youth Sports Information Night will be held on Friday, May 15th at Tucker Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Parents and guardians are invited to come and meet representatives from many of our local sports leagues and outdoor programs and learn about the many opportunities for Milton athletes and would-be-athletes!  This event will also feature guest speaker Jarrod Chin Northeastern University’s Center For The Study Sport in Society.

Representatives from the following groups are expected to be on hand: Milton Park & Recreation Department, Milton National Little League, Milton American, Cal Ripken Baseball, Milton Babe Ruth, Milton Youth Softball, Milton Youth Soccer, Milton Youth Lacrosse, Milton Jr Wildcats Football & Cheerleading, Milton Mustangs Football, Milton Rugby, Milton Field Hockey, Friends of Milton Crew, Egan Swim Center Shamrock Swim Club, Milton Wrestling, Milton Youth Hockey, Gaelic Football, AAU Baseball – The Milton Knights, Milton Metro Basketball and the ‘Girl Power’ Running Club. For more information, please contact Larry Rooney, Athletic Director Milton High School: lrooney@miltonps.org

STUDENT WORK:

I would like to share a letter that was received by Glover Elementary School Head Custodian Tom Malloy from one of the Glover students, Jalyssa Coley:

Dear Mr. Malloy,

The Glover Elementary School has read a book called One Hen and we learned that we should “pay it forward,” to our community and you! I have noticed that you have been having to clean up the messes in the cafeteria and in our classrooms. And I also noticed that  the 5th Grade classrooms having lunch in the cafeteria haven’t noticed that you are the one to come in the room and clean the mess from all the other grades.

I’m here to speak for all of the classrooms to say we are sorry. If you are having a bad day, you can read my “P.S.” that is below to show you we care and we are trying to “pay it forward.”  The students of Glover Elementary School are proud to present us “paying it forward” to you. Just know that we all know you are there for us. So you should know we are there for you.

P.S. I’m going to say “Thank You” every day. Just know it came from the heart.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:

The celebrations across the district were historic on Monday- May 4th to celebrate the hard working food service staff as Super Lunch Heroes.

Cunningham/Collicot food service staff arrived to a cafeteria decorated with cards, banners and posters celebrating the seven food service employees.  The students presented the staff with paper flowers with thank you notes on every pedal and a platter of treats.  During all of the lunches students thanked and smiled coming through the line and made each food service employee know how much they are appreciated.  Food Service manager Debbie Abdon stated “It was the best day ever”.

Tucker School food service staff was called to the Principal’s office in the morning at 9am with some concern but when they arrived the surprise of a life time greeted them in the conference room of a reception for them that they didn’t need to prepare.  They were handed cards from the students and a reception of treats and sweets was awaiting them.  They were so surprised.  Food Service manager Pat McIsaac said “It was an awesome way to start the day”.

Glover School Food service staff had beautiful fresh flowers arrive from the Principal and her staff.  They were so surprised and delighted.  The children all wished the staff thanks during the serving line.  Food Service Manager Sandy Zalios said “We had the beautiful flowers all week which made us all feel so special”.

Pierce Middle School staff was greeted in the morning by the top three administrators with boxes of beautiful chocolates and great praise of thanks from the entire school.  The students were so kind and nice coming through the line all day thanking all of the ladies for their hard work.  Food Service manager Connie Catinella said “It was such a wonderful surprise and all of the food service staff was so touched to be recognized”.

Milton High School food service staff was asked to come out in the cafeteria by Principal James Jette at the end of first lunch.  He asked for the student’s attention and they silenced immediately when the saw the nine food service staff being recognized.  Principal James Jette thanked each of the staff for their hard work, dedication and positive attitudes.  The entire first lunch of 300 students gave the food service staff a standing ovation.  Other students made posters of the staff in their uniforms with Superman logos on their shirts.  Food Service manager Elaine Rico Moore stated “The staff were very touched and really appreciated the students standing and clapping for them.  The poster was very touching and it made us all look so skinny.”

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! School Lunch Hero Day was the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The School Nutrition Association has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve recognition.

The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria and the Milton Public Schools did an amazing job celebrating our Super Lunch Heroes.

PARENT LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your pre-schooler during the summer months?  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting programs.

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 engage children at four sessions held around town.  On July 2nd and August 6th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 16th and August 20th, 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.

On Thursday, June 4th (rain date 6/11/15) Milton Early Childhood Alliance will be sponsoring a Children’s Concert at the Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton Town Hall, from 6:00 – 7:30pm.  Incoming kindergarteners are encouraged to wear their “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirts that they will have just received at their kindergarten screening May 26-29, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for incoming kindergarteners to meet new friends who are also going to be starting kindergarten in the Fall.

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, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

HEALTH NEWS

Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses, has some reminders from the Health Room

As we begin summer (without much spring) I would like to remind parents/guardians about two very important health concerns for our children and youth – hydration and sun protection.  Our students spend a large amount of their out of school time playing sports, exercising with friends on bikes and skate boards, and just in the neighborhood having fun.  All this is exactly what we all want and have waited for since the first snowflake!  However, keeping our children adequately hydrated can be a challenge.  Water either from the tap or in packaged bottles is only part of the solution.  The loss of electrolytes from activity and sweat requires more that water.  A significant number of headaches that children complain about are caused by dehydration.  An inexpensive substitute to expensive sport drinks is a combination of half water and half juice in a water bottle.  This also cuts down on the sugar in drinks.

In the same vein, all of us, but especially the children need to use sun protection.  I encourage all parents / guardians to discuss this with your pediatrician, however, sun screen should be part of any outdoor activity no matter how little time the children are outside.  We have an opportunity to have this become second nature to this generation helping them into adulthood without having had a sunburn!  The basic rule is to apply about 20 minutes before going outside and then reapply again in a few hours or as needed if swimming or sweating.  Demonstrating good habits with your children from an early age promotes and encourages a healthy response to many health issues that can last a very long time.  Happy, healthy and safe summer!

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The brochure for the Milton Public Schools’ MSE (Milton Summer Enrichment) program has been posted. Please click here to view:

Brochure: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015Brochure.pdf

At A Glance: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015AtaGlance_000.pdf

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The  Twelfth Annual  DPW Open House will be held on Saturday,  May 16th from 10am to 1pm at the DPW Yard at 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 can 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 12th 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 re-cycling, BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will at the yard, be running a used bike sale from 10am-4pmBikes may be donated Friday May 15th 5-6:30pm and on the 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)
  • More… 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 Patti Dobrindt, Co-Chair of the Milton Road Race:

Save the Date!  The 38th Annual Milton Road Race will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30pm. This 5K/10K event is held rain or shine and is sponsored by Milton Junior Woman’s Club. As many of you know, the proceeds from this race go directly back into our community in the form of grants to local non-profits and scholarships to graduating Milton seniors. This year, we were able to give out a record amount of scholarship money based on the success of last year’s race. A great deal of that success was due to an amazing turnout of student runners. We are hoping to have even more student (and faculty!) participation this year. There is a team registration function if schools are interested in setting up teams for their student/faculty. Please register at: www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 24 – 30:

Monday, May 25th

LIBRARY CLOSED

Saturday, May 30th  from 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Walkalong Gliders for Youth, Ages 8-11

Learn how to build and fly your own walkalong glider… indoors! Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join presenter Philip Rossoni for hands-on glider building and piloting – a fun way to get people interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics involved in aviation. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. * This program will be repeated at 3:30 for ages 12+.

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 Milton High School Boosters club is hosting the 37th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet held on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to all members of the varsity teams, and awarding 17 scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community.  Please contact Kerri McCarthy at kbee312@msn.com  or Donna Conroy at donnac8363@aol.com if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community can purchase tickets online at www.miltonboosters.com. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child (varsity student athletes received a free ticket in the mail). Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams.

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The Boosters are sponsoring a car wash on Saturday, May 16th to benefit the MHS Girls Softball team. This car wash will be held at the Cunningham Elementary School, 44 Edge Hill Road. Please stop by and get your car washed by the girls softball team between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

The following athletic update was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Baseball: Baseball is 9-5. The offense has been anchored by junior Colin Rooney and seniors Jason Turner and Denis McAuliffe. Pitching has been great.  Kevin Murphy, Lloyd Hill, Jared Macleod, Sam Jacobsak, and Brandon Musto have all contributed valuable innings. We have all league games left in the schedule vs Walpole, Braintree, NNHS, and Wellesley.

Softball: The MHS Softball team record stands at 3-9, and there has been much improvement in many areas of the team.  With eight games in the next two weeks, the team is looking to add several more wins and to keep on improving.  Freshman Jenna Conroy is not only the leading hitter on the team but one of the top hitters in the league at .518.  Junior Caroline Johnson is hitting .450 and also one of the top hitters in the league.  Senior pitcher Julie Henry has pitched most of the games and has been awesome.  Monday May 18th at 7PM is senior night vs.  Wellesley.

Rugby: Currently undefeated, 6-0, with wins over Newport, Algonquin, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Hanover, Essex County and Marshfield. We are currently the Massachusetts Division 2 Sevens Champion, beating Brookline in Cup Final 32-10. Our leading scorer is Ugo Nwanekezi with 55 points. The JV teams is 4-1 with wins over Belmont, Marshfield, Essex, Xaverian and one loss to BC High. The last regular season game is Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm at Brooks Field vs Scituate. (Senior Night) The Div 2 State playoffs are at Brooks Field on Tuesday, May 19th and the State Finals are Saturday, May 23rd.

Crew: MHS Boys and Girls Crew will be heading to the Mayor’s Cup in Medford on Saturday where the Wildcats will compete against about a dozen teams and try to defend their title as the champs of the boys’ and girls’ varsity fours and eights cups (four cups in total)! The very next day just down river in Malden, the Cats will be taking on just over a dozen teams in the annual Moose on the Malden Regatta where the Wildcats hold several titles as well.

Boys Track: The boys track team defeated Dedham him last Wednesday to run its record 2 and 3. It looks forward to competing in the Division III state relays this weekend and equaling its performance from last year as a second place finisher.

Boys Tennis: Last week, Boys tennis recorded a big 4-1 victory over Weymouth. Both doubles teams: #1 Dubs: Gianni Rodriguez & Matt Wong and #2 Dubs: Buddy Chinman & Ray Chen led the way for Milton with quick, straight set victories. The victory was capped by the strong play of Sean NgPack at 3rd singles and freshman #1 singles play of Mike Gates.  Milton is 3-5 in league play and will host Norwood & Weymouth today and Friday.

Girls Tennis: The Girls’ Tennis Team has played nine matches so far.  Our record is three wins and six losses.  We have seven matches left to play, 5 away and 2 at home.  The #1 singles player, Olivia Johnson, has 4 wins and 5 losses.  Six of our Varsity players will be graduating next month.

Boys Lacrosse: Record:  0-12. Highlights: Senior Shane Kelley, Sophomore Dylan DiManno, and Freshman Tommy Noonan lead the offense, while Senior defenseman Sean Hickey and Junior goalie Ben Clark anchor the defense. What’s next:  Over the next two weeks, the Wildcats will play six home games, including three Bay State Conference opponents.  The team is looking to end the season on a high note and winning their first game of the season.

Girls Lacrosse: Milton Varsity Girls Lacrosse team won their last two games. 13-11 win against Weymouth and 15-13 win against Brookline. These were important league games and the girls worked hard to end the games successfully. Hannah O’Leary has been an outstanding midfield player with aggressive play in the transition leading to much of the team’s success! The speed of Julia Scannell and the composure of both our attack players and defense players has contributed to their success. Weymouth game goal scorers: Caitlin Smith 3 goals 1 assist, Emily Kosak 2, Devin Coulter 2, Julia Scannell 1 goal 1 assist, Kelly Shea 1 and Morgan Beglet contributed an assist. Brookline game goal scorers: Katie Abbott 4, Morgan Begley and Julia Scannell each had 3, Emily Kosak and Caitlin Smith both added 2, and Kelly Shea with 1.

Girls Track: The team is 2-1 and will compete against Norwood tomorrow. At the recent meet against Dedham, the girls won easily. As a whole, there were 29 personal best performances at the meet! Some of the big ones were: Ornella Ebongue reclaiming the Freshman record in the Discus with a throw of 91 feet, which is almost good enough for a top three at Milton. Abigail Jean Baptiste had PRs in winning the Long Jump and Triple Jump with marks of 16′ 5.5″ and 33′ 8.5″ respectively. Taylor Burns had a PR in the High Jump with a mark of 4″ 7″. Colette O’Leary nearly broke the school record in the 400m with a time of 59.8. The school record is 59.7! Ruby Baker had a PR in the 400m by over two seconds with a time 74.6s.  Five girls (Dayajna Roache, Abigail Jean Baptiste, Andrea Juzyca, Atheanna Pierre and Ashley Thermidor-Payne) went under 29 seconds in the 200m! Dayajna Roache had her best race of the season winning the 100m dash in 13.5. Oceane Marescal had a PR in long jump by over 1″ jumping 14′ 5″. Athletes of the Meet are Saron Kindle for her determination and PRs in both the 100m and 200m races running 15.1s and 30.9s respectively and Isabel Belash for her very successful multi event day, who also had 15′ PR in the Javelin Throwing 90′ 7″ and won the 100m hurdles. Coaches Invitational:  Abigail Jean-Baptiste had a strong performance in the 100m dash, running 13.11, her fastest time ever. Alexis Belash and Mairead Dambruch ran PRs in the 800m with times of 2:28 and 2:32 respectively. The 4x100m team of Andrea Juzyca, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roache and Atheanna Pierre ran a season best 51.9 in the 4x100m relay.  Athletes of the Meet:  Josie Cousineau had an amazing race in the freshman mile, running for a 14s personal best with a time 5:40. The time is good enough to qualify her for states. Andrea Juzyca broke her school record in the javelin twice and left the meet as the 2015 Coaches Invitational Champion!  An amazing accomplishment considering the best athletes in the state were there.

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Students:   As many of you know, we recently concluded the annual Town Meeting,  held in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. Part of the tradition of Town Meeting is the participation of some of our high school students. During the multi-night event, students in the jazz band entertained Town Meeting Members in the lobby before the start of the event, a pair of students played a violin duet, and several students performed the National Anthem on-stage before the call to order. I would like thank the following students for their participation, some of whom agreed to provide musical entertainment, despite their obligations with AP tests, sports, clubs and part-time jobs.  I am very grateful to the following students: Jazz Band: Michael Wyatt, Matt Nolan, Shane McLaughlin, Mairead Dambruch, Leizel Werner and Liam Hines. Violins:  Hannah Solomon, Alice Truong and Liezel Werner. National Anthem: Monika Cormack, Liz O’Connor, Jackie Ruscito, Harry Kong, Kris Fort and Garrett Sager.

Staff:   Please join me in Congratulating Nathan (Ted) Randall, Social Studies Teacher at Milton High School and Mary Lou Bradley, Nurse at Tucker Elementary in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Ted and Mary Lou have given over 35 years of service to the Milton Public Schools and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on June 2nd  at Lombardo’s in Braintree

Volunteers:  Now that Town Meeting is concluded, I would be remiss if I did not  thank some of the hardest-working volunteers in the town of Milton – the members of the town’s Warrant Committee. This is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  Developing the budget for the entire town requires an exhaustive amount of meetings and preparation. I am very grateful to the following citizens for their time and patience during the course of the entire year, and especially during Town Meeting. Thanks to:  Ted Hays, Chair,  LeeMichael McLean, Secretary, Richard Boehler, Jean Eckner , Chuck Karimbakas , Michael Maholchic, Philip Mathews, Steven McCurdy , Jim Potter, Jonathan Schindler, Kevin Sorgi, Darnell Turner and Betty White.

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.