Milton Public Schools

October 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 02•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  

At last night’s School Committee meeting, I made the public aware of the following information:

“I want to update the public on an incident involving Kenneth Aubert, who retired at the end of the 2012- 2013 school year as head of the guidance department at Milton High School. Mr. Aubert has been charged by the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office with five counts of larceny in connection with the collection of fees for Advanced Placement tests at the High School during the years 2009 through 2013. I want to stress a few points about this.

  • First: When it came to the attention of the Milton High School staff that certain records regarding the collection and payment of fees for Advanced Placement tests appeared to be incomplete, we immediately reported the matter to local law enforcement authorities. We have cooperated fully with the Milton Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office during the investigation of this incident.
  • Second: We have commissioned an outside, independent review of our practices and procedures in this area to make sure that we are doing everything possible to prevent something like this from happening again.  They have evaluated our existing processes and procedures around the handling of cash and are developing procedures for strengthened controls going forward.
  • Third: No students’ scores were impacted and every AP test was administered. The allegations in this case are of theft – theft from the Milton Public Schools and theft from some students.
  • Finally: We deeply appreciate the professionalism of the Milton Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in this matter and we will continue to cooperate fully.

I hope everyone understands that because this is an ongoing criminal prosecution, there are limits to what I know and to what I can say. So,  if you have any questions about the case, I would refer you to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE  

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held last night. A summary will be included in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, October 15th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 10th, due to a Professional Development Day and NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 13th due to the Columbus Day holiday.

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Elementary School: We are pleased to announce the district-wide Kindergarten Readiness Pilot which will begin this fall and will be housed in the Tucker Elementary School. This unique and creative district-wide pilot program is targeted for students four years of age who do not currently attend preschool. Ten-week sessions will run Monday and Wednesday at Tucker from 8:30am-10:30am from October to June. Students will work on Literacy, Math, Social, Science, and life skills throughout the school year. The Kindergarten Readiness Pilot is for Milton students who are four years of age by September 1st, 2014 and who are toilet trained. The program is cost-free, with the goal of providing kindergarten readiness skills to four-year-olds and resources for parents/guardians. Students may be able to attend more than one ten-week session, depending on enrollment. For more information, please contact our Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or at 617-696-5040 x 5588.

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Last spring, World Language Department Head Dr. Martine Fisher arranged for several of the elementary French Immersion teachers to visit the Milton Public Library and go through the library’s collection of French books for children and “level” them, using numerals from 1-5. Teachers Fatima Bourass, Marie Brown, Esra Buyukozer, Zeina Hamada, and Emma Segall arrived on a recent Saturday morning and powered their way through the books on the shelves. Several of those teachers came back a few weeks later to deal with the books that were returned after the initial visit. Since then, Mme Brown stops by every few weeks to check on new arrivals. According to MPL Librarian Elaine Weischedel, the project has been a great success for all concerned. Parents feel more confident helping their children choose books from the collection since the level numbers give them some much needed guidance. Library staff are also better able to assist families in selecting materials.

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As a reminder, this school year includes several Early Release Days for students in elementary, middle and high school. Parents/guardians of elementary school students should be aware that Milton Community Schools will hold Early Release Day Programs (ERDay) on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 19th (Parent/Teacher Conferences), Wednesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, January 7th, Wednesday March 15th and Wednesday, April 1st.

The ERDay program will headquarter in each school’s cafeteria and offer students several choices of activities including homework club, sports, crafts, and games. ERDays will run from the time of early dismissal until the regular dismissal time. Buses will run at the time of early dismissal; there will be NO buses at the regular dismissal time.  Parents must pick up students at the regular dismissal time unless they are scheduled to attend ASE. The ASE program will run as usual following the ERDay program. The cost will be $20, and advance registration is required.  Watch your email in mid-October for registration information for the November 19 ERDay or check the MCS website: www.miltoncommunityschools.org  or call 617-696-5040 x5544.

Middle School:

It is going to be a very exciting year in science at the Pierce Middle School!  Thanks to the Milton Public Schools’ Advancement Budget last year, the Pierce was able to purchase new science curriculum and materials.  These new units will be fully implemented across all grade levels this year with each grade having an integrated science experience that includes Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science.   Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to investigate different aspects of the scientific world through a mixture of hands-on, inquiry-based activities and structured discussions.  Some of the exciting new curriculum experiences students can look forward to this year include:  sixth grade students taking a virtual trip to the Grand Canyon with our New FOSS Earth History Curriculum to learn more  about geology, collecting data on milkweed bugs and building ecosystems as part of our new 7th grade Ecosystems curriculum, and designing experiments to help us better understand the weather in the 8th grade as part of our Weather and Climate unit.

High School:   This week, students from Sakae Higashi High School in Saitama, Japan, came to Milton High School for a visit and a meaningful cultural exchange.  This exchange, in its 9th year, has become a major highlight of the school year as well as a unique cultural learning experience.   With over 500 Japanese students visiting over the two days, it is recognized as the largest such exchange in the United States.  Sakae Higashi High School is located in Saitama Prefecture, about one hour north of Tokyo and is a selective private school.  Each year they charter a trip to the United States so that their students can learn more about the culture and language of their favored trading partner.

Each day, 250 Japanese students descended on Milton High School to attend a short assembly and then pair up with and shadow a Milton High School student “Ambassador” for the remainder of the day.  In the assembly, there was a musical performance in the auditorium by both the Milton High School marching band as well as a cheerleading performance from the Sakae Higashi students.  After they finished their performances, the students proceeded to class, where the Japanese students shadowed their ambassador.  They also have lunch together and spend quality time getting to know each other. Kathleen Kelley of Milton High School made all of the arrangements for the program and enabled a robust group of student leaders to help her arrange the large people-moving event.  Many gifts were exchanged during the event, as gift-giving or “Omiyagi” is an integral part of Japanese culture.  The Sakae Higashi group spends eight days in the USA in Boston, New York and Las Vegas during the trip, but Milton High School is the most important part of the trip, as it is their only educational destination.

The exchange has been sponsored by American Learning, Inc. a non-profit cultural exchange organization founded in 1991 by Milton resident Steve Shapiro.  “Mr. Jette, Ms. Kelley and the entire faculty have been wonderful to work with and very committed to this unique opportunity for their students to come fact-to-face with a large group of students from 6,000 miles away,” said Mr. Shapiro. “Although the visit is brief, it is a great way for Milton students to meet a counterpart from a very interesting culture and have an opportunity to converse.  The visitors have been studying English for 4-6 years, and it will be a lot of fun for both sides to have a good chat.”

For more information about the cultural exchange, residents may contact Shapiro at americanlearning@gmail.com.

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Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarships. These scholarships entitle the students to four years of free tuition (not including fees) upon acceptance to a participating Massachusetts public institution of higher education. Great job!

Gabrielle Che, Mackenzie Cherry, Christopher Chinman , Emma Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Madelyn Driscoll, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Anna Gaden, Eric  Hale, Mitchell Hause, Edward Hines, Emily Hutchinson, Kristen  Ingraham, Christian Kackley, Micaela  Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie  Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane  Marescal, Denis McAuliffe, Elizabeth McCurdy, Lily Moerschel David Mullen, Siobhan Murtagh, Elisabeth O’Connor, Liam Queally, Edwin Rodriguez, Anne Schindler, Christina Similien, Caitlin Smith, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Olivia Taber, Rodger Tejeda, Matthew Wong, Vincent Chan, Morgan Connolly, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Emma Pred-Sosa, Jake Fahey, Nicolo Gilmore, Corin Handy, William Hess, Christian Jamal, Olivia Jensen, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Tansy Massey Green, Shane          McLaughlin, William Mozek, Caitlyn Murphy, Sean Ng Pack, Julia Pelletier, Kevin Pham, Caitlin Rodensky, Jacqueline Ruscito, Amy Savino, Rebekah Schaffner, Christine Stafford, Tianna Stephenson, Ciara Swan, Garrett Sager, Alex Toyias, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann.

PERSONNEL/HIRING NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Public Schools Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna.

I am very excited to begin my new role as Family Outreach Liaison. My first week has gotten off to great start.  Over the next month I will be meeting with school principals, PTOs, Leadership Teams, Diversity Committees, School Site Councils and attending many of the great events taking place in all our schools.  In the meantime, if you would like to reach me, please feel free to contact via email at mmckenna@miltonps.org or by telephone at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588.

HEALTH NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses for the MPS:

 Each fall always brings the cold, sore throat and “stomach bug” season which lasts through winter and into spring. This year the “enterovirus D 68” is added to the list. Additionally, we know that all students “share their germs” with their peers and teachers. The Milton Public Schools work very closely with the Milton Board of Health and follow all Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommendations in all school health matters. We are requesting that all parents / guardians assess their children carefully before sending them to school.  If your child does exhibit any symptoms of illness, please keep your child home for twenty four hours after the symptoms are gone. If your child has a fever with any of the following symptoms: headache, stomach pain, sore throat, diarrhea and or nausea / vomiting, your child must remain at home.  Sending a not fully recovered student to school ensures that others will get sick.  Contact your primary care provider if necessary or if symptoms persist. Please encourage your child to use proper hand washing techniques after coughing, sneezing, before and after meals, and of course, after using the bathroom. If you have a questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We are collecting gently used books for elementary school students to help build classroom libraries for our teachers and home libraries for our students. Before your next yard sale or book donation, please consider gifting your books to the Milton Public Schools. Bring your children’s books to the Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday, October 4th from 9am to noontime. Our staff and student volunteers will unload your car, then sort and level the books to be sure that all Milton Public School students have access to a fantastic diversity of literature. Research shows that one indicator of academic success is the number of books in a student’s home. Help boost student achievement, improve early literacy, enhance community spirit, promote recycling and celebrate literature. Donate your books and help share the gift of reading. For more information, please contact Family Literacy Committee members:  Jennifer Troy (jtroy@miltonps.org), Jessica Royster (jroyster@miltonps.org), Sara Doherty (sdoherty@miltonps.org) and Lori Henry (lhenry@miltonps.org)

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When Evan Jones, MHS Class of 2011, passed away at the age of 19 from Sudden Unexpected Death due to Epilepsy (SUDEP), the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends continue to turn their grief into something positive by raising money to improve the weight room at MHS, something very important to Evan. On Saturday, October 11, the Second Annual fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a Dunk Tank, Zumba class, Boot Camp, Dodge Ball, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, and $5 for children 10 and younger. The money raised at this event will support updating the weight room equipment, as well to support scholarships that will be awarded next spring to two graduating seniors at Milton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristan Bagley Jones at bagleyjones@comcast.net

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following information was submitted by Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Service for the Milton Public Schools:

Milton Schools will be participating once again in the Farm to School Program and the Harvest of the Month campaign.  This will be our seventh year having farm fresh produce on our menus. Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month campaign promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in K-12 cafeterias across the state. The program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.   Featured local foods for 2014-2015:

September – Tomatoes, October – Pears, November – Kale, December – Carrots, January – Apples, February – Butternut Squash, March – Dairy, April – Potatoes, May – Seeds and Seedlings, June – Strawberries.

Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible. It also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate, and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community! Why Buy Local? Purchasing locally grown food is a great way to encourage students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and it also supports local farms. Buying local products in season is often very affordable. Food service directors who have introduced local foods programs often report increased meal participation and decreased waste.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, October 4th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The girls’ volleyball team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash.

Additionally, the girls & boys ski teams will host a car wash on October 4th from 9 to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham school, 44 Edgehill Road. All funds earned will directly support their teams. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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The Milton High School Boosters Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament will take place at the Wollaston Golf Club on Tuesday, October 21st. This is the Boosters biggest fundraising event of the year that raised approximately $30,000 last year. All proceeds go directly to the athletes of Milton High School. The golf outing will feature prizes for many holes, including 2 Hole in One prizes ($10,000 and a new car). Entry fees include a box lunch, golf greens fees and cart or tennis fee, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a reception.  Sponsors are needed to support this event as well as live and silent auction items. Donations can be sent by emailing the fundraising committee to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com and registration information can be found on the Booster’s website www.miltonboosters.com. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding its annual elections for board members. Current members should be sure to cast their vote. Their new leadership roster will be announced in the next E-blast.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent in by MFE Monster Dash Co-Chairs Nora Vernazza, Beth Plunkett and Greg Gordon:

Please note the 16th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 26th at Cunningham Park. This is a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello.

5K RUN/WALK

  • Prizes for best costumes
  • T-shirts to first 300 runners
  • Recognition of top finishers
  • $25 ($75 family maximum)

KIDS FUN TICKET

  • Ages 10 and under
  • Costume Fun Run with Super Mario
  • All new kids’ crafts & activities!
  • Rocket Balloons and much more
  • $7 per child ($15 family maximum)

9:00 — REGISTRATION OPENS

10:00 — KIDS ACTIVITIES & COSTUME FUN RUN

11:00 — 5K STARTS

12:00 — AWARDS

The Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in the Milton public schools. Some examples of past initiatives made possible through grants from Sam’s Fund include:

  • Kindergarten Discovery Ramps
  • First Grade Wind Tunnels
  • Second Grade Weather Books
  • Site License for WeatherBug Achieve
  • Third Grade visits from a Trailside Naturalist
  • Third Grade Owl Talks
  • Fourth Grade STEM Learning Kits
  • Fifth Grade Einstein’s Workshop Experience
  • Supplies for all of the classroom science activities
  • Students in grades 3 and 5 participate in the Junior Naturalist Program at the Trailside Museum
  • Partial funding of the initial implementation of Science for Scientists program in all Fifth Grade classrooms

Twice during the school year, the MFE awards grants to teachers or staff in each of Milton’s public schools. These grants fund such things as percussion instruments at Pierce Middle School, science non-fiction books to enhance curriculum and aid research projects at the elementary schools, and math software for smartboards. Once a year, the Milton Foundation for Education presents Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven teachers or staff members in the Milton Public Schools. The award recipients are surprised in their classrooms, and then honored at a public reception at Milton High School. Every year, the MFE sponsors Celebration for Education, a gala event that raises money for various initiatives in the public schools. Over the past several years, proceeds of Celebration for Education have funded Language Arts, Physical Education, Libraries, Music, and Science and Technology. This school year’s Celebration for Education is on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The MFE is currently working closely with the administration to continue to ensure proceeds from this year’s Celebration will fund enrichment activities and initiatives at all the schools and the ongoing work of the MFE. To learn more, please email nvernazza@gmail.com or visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org

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Also, please note there is a Monster Dash Art Contest to choose the race T-shirt design for the Milton Monster Dash. The deadline for the art contest is October 8th and the winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 26th. Pick up entry forms and contest rules in the main office of your elementary school.

  NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note that Celebrate Milton will be held at Pierce Middle School on Sunday, October 5th from noon to 4pm. ¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. We sponsor an annual event that has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994. The organization also recognizes outstanding residents with its Community Builder Awards and supports community efforts with financial grants to organizations and individuals who bring our mission to life in the community.

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If you see some Milton students walking around town with a large magnifying glass and wearing a traditional cape coat, it is most likely because they are participating in Milton’s town-wide read.  This year the Friends of the Milton Public Library chose The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Milton sophomores are playing their part by reading “The Speckled Band” in their English classes.  Sophomores in English II focus on the study of literary genres and “The Speckled Band” is an intriguing short story that provides students an opportunity to study the components of a short story while reading a great “whodunit.” A special thanks goes out to Annie Davis and Connie Spiros for their work in getting enough copies of the “The Speckled Band” for every sophomore to own their own copy.  Students also will be participating in the many events hosted by the sponsors of the school-wide read.

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  The following item was sent to us by the Department of Public Works:

Please be advised that the Yard Waste collection for October will take place the weeks of Wednesday and Thursday – October 15th & October 16th; and Wednesday and Thursday – October 29th & October 30th

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

  There’s always something cool 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 October 5 – 11th.  In other news, the Children’s Room has recently gotten an aquarium! Milton kids are very excited about this new development. Please feel free to come by and check it out!

Friday, October 10, 2014 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. In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

  Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Drum to the Beat with Otha Day, Ages 8-17

Come join a drum circle with Otha Day! A Drum Circle is a highly interactive group of people who play drums and percussion instruments together to create in-the-moment music. In this program Otha will lead kids and teens ages 8-17 in rhythm activities, games, traditional ensemble pieces, songs and improvisation. An awesome time is guaranteed! 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

STUDENT WORK

I am pleased to introduce a new section to my E-blast which will include samples of student work. This week, we have a poem from an 8th-grade Latin student from Pierce and some artwork samples from Glover students. Enjoy!

Submitted by Pierce Latin teacher D. Huebner:

PEGASUS

Pegasus would go higher and higher!
Because he himself was the best flyer!
I will watch him as he will fly by
As I look up he looks like a butterfly.
He is a magnificent horse,
That rides the sky as his course
— Eve Brearley

Submitted by elementary art teacher Cailtin Clavette:

Students at Glover School have begun the year in art with the study of LINE, one of the most important elements of design.  Each grade level has looked at line in a different and developmentally appropriate way, and created a work of art focusing on the use of this element. For instance, grade 5 students viewed images of city skylines from around the world. They discussed the importance of line in architecture, and created their own “Cityscape Drawings.” These drawings were then transferred to printing plates, and printed in black ink on a painted background to create the illusion of a Cityscape and its reflection. Students will continue from the study of line on to other elements and principles of design, and be introduced to different artists and art from cultures around the world.

 

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ATHLETICS

For generations, Milton High School athletes have excelled on the field, court and track in countless athletic events. League titles were won, state championships were earned and hundreds of student athletes earned scholarships to some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.  But until recently, there was no way to acknowledge those students who gave so much to Milton High School athletics. Former Milton High coach and teacher Michael Goodless thought that should change. About eight years ago, he began to put together a plan to create the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Milton High was a school with an outstanding athletic tradition and one of the few schools in Massachusetts with no athletic hall of fame,” said Mr. Goodless. “With the enthusiastic support and encouragement of Superintendent Mary Gormley, I started the process by forming a group of teachers, coaches and administrators who had a passion for athletics.”

With the help of early strong supporters Dick Ryan, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons and Tom Herget, the group was able to establish bylaws and a plan for the first induction. More recently, the group has been helped by Sean McDonagh, Mark Sullivan, Bill Donovan and others. The first induction was held in 2007, with the unveiling of plaques in the Copeland Field House lobby and a reception at the Common Market. Now, eight years later, there have been 83 individuals inducted, along with 11 teams.  All of the inductees are honored by plaques in the lobby of the Copeland Field House at Milton High School.

The Class of 2014 induction ceremony will be held November 1st at Copeland Field House, followed by a reception at the Hoosic Club and will add another 11 individuals and six teams. This year’s inductees are: John Bibinski 1980, Molly Golden 2007, Pamela Kelley 1982, John Kantaros 1968, Jamie McCormack 1999, Alex Lazar Norrman 2003, Bob Norton 1971, Donald Shea 1943, Kevin Ryan 1993, John Vercollone 1968, Carl Wallin 1957, Baseball 1979, Boys Basketball 1990, Field Hockey 1986, Lacrosse 2000, Softball 2005, Wrestling 1964.

This year’s Board of Directors are: Michael Goodless, Chairperson; Dennis Duggan, Vice-Chairperson; Thomas Herget, Treasurer; and members Dyann Crowley, Bill Donovan, Margaret Gibbons, Sean McDonagh and Dick Ryan.

“It’s a labor of love, that’s for sure,” said Dick Ryan, former MHS Athletic Director and  current board member. “The committee works very hard and we’ve been successful, thanks to the direction of Mike Goodless.”

The 2014 Selection Committee members are: Brian Borde, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons, Michael Goodless, Thomas Herget, Deirdre Enos Lovett, Gary Maus, Sean McDonagh, Karen Duggan McLaughlin, Ellen McCarthy Needham, Richard Ryan and Tracy Bubas Turgeon.

“The Milton High Athletic Hall of Fame is a hardworking group that does a great job in honoring our student-athletes from all decades,” said James Jette, principal of Milton High School. “I had the luxury this past Saturday, September 20th of meeting some of the inductees, one being Joe Sidoti of the Class of 1964 who will be the first 3-time inductee. Not only are they great athletes, they are great people too. By recognizing the contribution of our high school athletes, we honor our town, our schools and both past and present residents of Milton who excelled at their sport.”

To make a donation to the MHSAHOF or to purchase a ticket to the induction ceremony reception at the Hoosic Club, please email:  bdonovan@miltonps.org

  The following Athletic Update was provided by Larry Rooney, Athletic Director at Milton High School:

  GIRLS SOCCER

Record of 4-3 Sophie Cousineau leads the Herget Division with 5 goals and 4 assists, and we had a big win over Wellesley last week! There was also a big 1-0 win over Dedham on Tuesday, Sept 30th.  The team holds a 5-3 record, which is tied for second in the division. Milton plays Weymouth on Thursday at home.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys soccer team ties their second game of the season with a 3-3 score at Dedham High School. Jonathan Cardoso scored twice to help the boys earn the point.  The boys soccer team will attend the Curry College game on Wednesday night and play at Weymouth on Thursday. The team is 0-7-2 halfway through the season, but going in the right direction. The next games are vs Weymouth away on 10/2, and Needham away on 10/7.

GIRLS XC

The team is 3-5, but recently finished 8th out of 24 teams at the Amherst Invitational. Bridgett Mitchell ran the fastest time ever for a freshman on the course at Amherst and finished 5th out of 155 runners. On Tuesday night, our girls beat Dedham 18-40. Sophomore Colette O’Leary and Freshman Bridgett Mitchell finished first and second respectively.

BOYS XC

The boys cross country team defeated Dedham Tuesday to run its record to 2 and 5. The teams top three runners all year have been John Lenane, Tim Lynch and Kevin Conway. Freshman Nick Villard has come on strong in recent weeks as well.

GOLF

The Varsity Golf Team is now 6-5-1 after a loss Monday at Wellesley, and a win against Weymouth on Tuesday. The team hosts Brookline at home this week.  The regular season wraps up the following week with matches against Weymouth, Natick and Dedham, and the Bay State League Tournament.  The team needs two more wins to secure a spot in the Div. II South Sectional Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

The MHS volleyball team is 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the league. The team is ranked 52 in the state and 19 in Division 2 and has clinched a tournament berth under the Sullivan Rule with a win over Dedham. They have set a team goal to enter the tournament with better than .500 ball this year. Player standouts include Senior Middle Hitter Olivia Taber who is currently #13 in Division 2 with kill percentages (74), Senior Outside Hitter Ciara Swan is #23 in Division 2 with a .123 Hitting percentage. Senior Meredith Kelly is #13 in Division 2 and # 3 in our own league with assists totaling 183 and Sophomore ‘Liebero’ Joanna Needham is #10 in the STATE, #4 in Division 2 and #1 in the Bay State League with 164 digs.

FIELD HOCKEY

Our Team Record is 1-10 and the team played a great game Tuesday. The girls played together as a team and had a strong defense give a phenomenal game. We lost 1-0 and put our heart and soul into that game. Team Goalie Jacqui Losi has had an incredible year and continues to make incredible saves that keeps the team unified.

BOYS & GIRLS CREW

MHS line-ups/results at The Head of The Merrimack:

Event 46: Women’s Jr Novice 8+ competition Entry A: Miwa Joiner, Katherine Buchanan, Ruby D’Amato, Tricia Tape, Celia Cullinane, Julia Biagiotti, Morgan Smith, Antonina Welz, Maya Watanabe 1st place

Event 11: Women’s Jr 4+ competition Entry A: Margaret Boyce, Emma Heller, Meghan Donelan, Olivia Jensen, Kathryn Weidmann  5th place; Entry B: Meredith Clarke, Eleni Minias, Lucia Hainline, Annie Statham, Rachel Joyce  4th place; Entry C: Claire O’Neill, Brigitte Dugas, Elena Millwood, Hannah Carroll, Alexa Onishuk  10th place

Event 17: Mens Jr 8+ competition Entry A: Olivia Sidoti, Dane Matejka, Jackson Callahan, Nicolo Gilmore, Robert McCullough, Liam Hines, William Hess, Shane McLaughlin, Joshua Kery  3rd place; Entry B: Charlie Karoff, Matthew Nolan, Greg Hebard, Aidan Cullinane, Steven Matin, Whitman Davis, Liam Halloran, Rudy Chase  8th place

Event 19: Mens Jr Novice 8+ competition Entry A: Isaac Savona, Sean Ehrlich, Dylan MacLeod, Robert Dexter, Ben Corson, Timothy Karoff, Jasper Malcolm, Declan Foley, Emmett Kibbee  5th place

Event 41: Mens Jr 4+ competition Entry A: Olivia Sidoti, Nicolo Gilmore, Robert McCullough, Liam Hines, William Hess  3rd place; Entry B: Dane Matejka, Jackson Callahan, Shane McLaughlin, Joshua Kery  8th place Entry C: Courtney Dillon, Steven Matin, Whitman Davis, Liam Halloran, Rudy Chase  12th place; Entry D: Griffin McLaughlin, Charlie Karoff, Matthew Nolan, Greg Hebard, Aidan Cullinane 13th place

Event 43: Mens Jr Novice 4+ competition Entry A: Kevin Kleiman, Timothy Karoff, Jasper Malcolm, Declan Foley, Emmett Kibbee  1st place; Entry B: Sawyer Flanagan, ANDREW VIVEIROS, Alexander Merrill, Thomas Reilly, Andrew Freedman  2nd place

FOOTBALL The team has a 1-2 overall record with a 1-0 record in the Bay State Conference. Losses were to non-league schools Stoughton HS and Mansfield HS.  The first win was on Saturday, Sept 27th vs Norwood HS 21-6.  Next game is on Thursday, Oct 2 vs Dedham HS at Dedham HS at 7pm.

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: Three students from Milton High School serve as Student Representatives to the School Committee. These students not only attend the meetings, they participate and comment during these meetings and serve as valuable spokespersons for their peers. Thank you to Audrey Erickson, Matt McCarthy and Spencer Torres for their service on this committee.

Staff:   I would like to recognize and thank Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, who has been invaluable  in training our teacher facilitators in the implementation of our new evaluation model and tool.   Dr. Spaulding has led professional development for teachers and administrators on this new evaluation system which was developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to promote student learning, growth, and achievement. Dr. Spaulding has worked tirelessly to plan workshops for district educators that focus on meeting performance standards to enhance professional growth and accountability and improve teaching and administrative leadership.  I am very grateful to Dr. Spaulding for her expertise in this area and also for her outstanding leadership of the Pierce Middle School.

Volunteers: I would like to thank some of the hardest working volunteers in the Milton Public Schools. Our PTO presidents are the “front line” volunteers for each of our schools and their work is invaluable. Please help me to thank the following people who donate their time as PTO presidents: Collicot: Mary Clare Cantor, Linda Stefanick, Kerry Kelly, Chuck Karimbakas and Ken Bohlin. Cunningham: Robyn Quinn, Laura Woodward, Suzanne Glazer, Marie Mignosa and Stephanie O’Keefe. Glover: Nancy Kelly and Christine Tobin. Tucker: Kristen Lacasse and Michelle Schweitzer. Pierce Middle School: Sheila Varela, Karyn Viveiros, Marie Kelly and Trish Heelen. Milton High School: Kathy Peltier and Tricia Sullivan.

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.

September 16th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 16•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As you know, we consider the safety and security of your children a top priority when they are in our care in the Milton Public Schools.

Several of my previous E-blasts have communicated safety and security initiatives that the Milton Public Schools have implemented during the past 22 months. Immediately following the Newtown tragedy, I convened a multi-disciplinary Safety and Security Working Group that included Milton Police Chief Richard Wells, Jr., Milton Police Sergeant Jack Richman, Milton Police Officers Maria Poles and Christopher Potts, School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker, Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek, Consolidated Facilities Director Bill Ritchie, Community Schools Director Pam Dorsey, Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Department Head Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Information Technology Director Bob Pattison, Milton High School Principal James Jette, Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer, Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, Glover Elementary School Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis, Milton High School Athletic Director Larry Rooney and Milton High School Senior Custodian Jason Scherer. The Safety and Security Working Group developed a plan under the leadership of the Milton School Committee, with the financial support of the town’s Capital Committee and Milton Public School budget and in close collaboration with the Milton Police Department. The group identified five key areas of focus and two implementation phases as outlined below:

Phase One:

  • Improve police communication capability
  • Harden physical facility perimeters
  • Control access to school buildings

Phase Two:

  • Strengthen response capability during after-school activity hours (3-10pm)
  • Create a culture of security

I am pleased to report that all of the above objectives have been accomplished. We have recently completed the last objective regarding a “culture of security” by training all school personnel in our lockdown procedures and response guidelines in the event of a violent intruder situation. Over the next few weeks, teachers will be discussing (in age-appropriate terms) these procedures with all students. For all students, these discussions will include when stay-in-place or evacuation procedures are appropriate. Middle- and high-school students will have conversations with their teachers about instances where assistance with barricading and/or distraction measures may be an appropriate last resort.  We have been working hard to ensure that our district is among the most proactive schools in the Commonwealth when it comes to safety issues and have been assured that this is now the case.

In addition to routine fire drills, students in all six of our schools are also regularly trained in lock-down procedures and practices. The training of our administrators and teachers/staff is supervised by Milton Police Sgt. Jack Richman, who is recognized across the state as a leader in School Security and Training.

“Over the past several years, Milton has been involved in an ongoing program to increase the participation by faculty and staff to increase security in our schools,” said Sgt. Richman. “This enhanced training that we are providing this year will further advance the safety of the children in our school buildings.”

Governor Deval Patrick is quoted in the Massachusetts Task Force Report on School Safety and Security as stating that “No child will be able to succeed academically if they don’t first feel safe in school.  No teacher will be able to reach their best if they aren’t confident there’s a plan in place to ensure their school is well prepared for an emergency.”

We have dedicated one full professional development day per level (elementary, middle and high) to train your children’s teachers, staff, custodians, lunch staff and administrative assistants in the enhanced lock-down procedures and protocols. Now that every Milton Public Schools employee has been trained in these procedures, we are now prepared to have our teachers and administrators train our students and conduct practice drills under the direction of the Milton Police and Milton Public School administrators.

As noted above, your child’s teacher will be sharing age-appropriate procedures to use in drills with students in the classroom. My primary goal is to assure each of you and our staff members that the Milton Public Schools have prepared our staff and students on a variety of emergency responses.  We will do our best to answer any and all questions from you or your children.

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               I would also like to note that we have had a smooth start to the school year. The buildings were all meticulously cleaned during the summer months. Student schedules, registrations and class assignments were all in order and opening day was a big success. We did have some issues with bus routes, but those issues have since been resolved. If you have questions about bus routes or other transportation questions, please email bus@miltonps.org and add my name to the “cc” line: mgormley@miltonps.org.  I am grateful to all of those who helped get the 2014-15 school year off to a great start.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The most recent School Committee meeting was held Wednesday, September 10th. Please see the summary below:

September 10th: The meeting began with a back-to-school update, including information on teacher orientation, mentoring, bus issues and class sizes. Next, as part of the Chairman’s Report, there was an executive session vote report-out. After approval of vendor warrants, the meeting adjourned to executive session. The next meeting will be held October 1st at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

PRESCHOOL INFO

               Milton’s Integrated Pre-School program at the Collicot Elementary School has additional openings for four-year-old Peer Role Models!

These are for PM sessions, which run from 12-2:30, Monday-Friday.  Tuition is required. Interested parents must complete registration with Jane Barrett in the Registration Office at Milton High School.

Additional Information about the Integrated Pre-School Program can be found on the MPS Website (http://www.miltonps.org/documents/UPDATED1-14IntPKWebInfo.pdf) or by contacting Karen Clasby at kclasby@miltonps.org

CURRICULUM NEWS

Note: In addition to the curriculum news we have always included in each E-blast, I will now be highlighting specific curriculum initiatives from each level.

The following item was submitted by Alyssa Buchanan, English Language Education Coordinator.

English Language Education Update:  Core academic teachers who teach English Language Learners and administrators who supervise those teachers have been participating in Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement courses in Milton and surrounding cities and towns.

This is the second year that Milton educational professionals have participated in these courses.  The courses are required as part of RETELL, the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners Initiative.  The course provides researched based background in language acquisition; effective teaching methodologies particularly focused on developing academic language associated with content as well as provides an understanding of cultural issues which effect language development.

The training is sponsored and funded by the MADESE and Milton will offer an on- site course for one additional school year.  After that time, teachers of English Language Learners and administrators will be required to seek out and participate in the endorsement course or pass an SEI MTEL in order to renew licensure. Additional information regarding this initiative can be found at the RETELL website http://www.doe.mass.edu/retell/

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I wanted to make you aware that due to contractual changes the school day has been extended by 5 minutes. This means that all four elementary schools and our middle school all have a later dismissal time.

This change has been made to the elementary and middle schools effective the first day of school.  Additional information will be distributed regarding arrival and dismissal procedures and routines.

Please see all changes to times below.  As always, I appreciate your support as we work to enhance the instructional day and maintain the safety and security of the buildings.

New Start & Dismissal Times for Schools:

GLOVER: 8:50am – 3:19pm
TUCKER: 8:50am – 3:19pm
COLLICOT: 8:20am – 2:49pm
CUNNINGHAM: 8:20am – 2:49pm
PIERCE: 7:57am – 2:26pm
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL: 7:50am – 2:19pm (did not change)

Also, please note that there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, September 25th in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

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An innovative program which brings Milton High School students directly into local places of business has become increasingly popular among high school students who are interested in exploring career options.

The program, known as the Schools to Career Partnership, brings together schools, businesses and organizations to offer industry- specific seminars, business site visits, guest classroom speakers, mentorships, internships, shadow days and advisory boards to make academic learning relevant.

The program is open to all Milton High students, although the majority of participants are upperclassmen, according to Dana Giannattasio, a MHS Biology teacher who coordinates the program.

“As local team leader for Milton High School, I value the emphasis that the School to Careers Partnership places on the connection between the school and the professional world,” said Ms. Giannattasio. “By giving students opportunities to explore different fields while in high school, they are becoming more knowledgeable about the intricacies of potential careers, and are better prepared for the requirements of higher education.”

On-site visits to local businesses occur during the school day and students get the opportunity not only to see and tour the workplace, but also get a chance to talk to employees about their careers.

The next opportunity for high school students will be the Bio-Tech Futures event on Tuesday, October 7th, when the program will key professionals from leading bio-tech and medical groups at Canton High School.

The objective is for students to discover interests, talents and opportunities through this program. The hope is that they use the information to formulate college and career goals that excite them, resulting in self-motivated and achieving students.

The School to Careers Partnership program exists in fifteen middle and senior high schools the Boston area. For more information about Milton High School’s involvement with this program, please contact Dana Giannattasio:  dgiannattasio@miltonps.org

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Pierce Scientists Use Notebooks as a Tool for Learning: With the passing of the 1.0 Advancement Budget by the Milton Public Schools’ School Committee came a much needed influx of science curriculum materials to the Pierce Middle School.  Curriculum selections were done based on a commitment to engage students in “doing” science “as scientists do” such that students would develop both important ideas in science, as well as, the skills and habits of mind of scientists and engineers.

One critical aspect of engaging students in “doing” science is maintaining science notebooks.  Scientists and engineers use notebooks for a number reasons including recording data, raising questions, planning experiments, brainstorming solutions, recording emerging ideas and explanations, and communicating with each other.  The scientist’s notebook becomes an artifact of his or her own evolution of understanding of scientific phenomena.

Given that, using science notebooks with students can also serve as an invaluable tool for formative assessment for the teacher.  The kinds of notebooking experiences in which Pierce Middle School students engage include: recording data, sketching observations, authoring predictions and hypotheses, making note of step by step procedures and experimental designs, reflecting on one’s ideas and explanations, graphing and analyzing data, and drawing evidenced-based claims.

Science notebooks are a powerful tool for supporting the development of scientific ideas in students not to mention enhancing their ability to write and support their ideas with evidence, and so have become an integral part of the science program at the Pierce Middle School.  To read more about the use of notebooks in the middle school science classroom, please visit the FOSS Science Curriculum web site:  https://www.fossweb.com/delegate/ssi-foss-ucm/ucm?dDocName=D1423685

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Last year, thanks to generous funding from the Milton Foundation for Education, we were able to pilot an educational program in the fifth grade classes at the Cunningham and Collicot Schools called Science from Scientists.  Based on feedback from students, teachers, and parents, the program was a success. Glover and Tucker teachers may remember attending the Science Theater event, run by Science from Scientists, last June.

We are excited to announce that the Science from Scientists program will be expanding into the fifth grades in all four elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year!

Science from Scientists provides hands on lessons, materials, supplies and curriculum that is standards based. The model includes a full menu of lessons that can be chosen by the district.  Science from Scientists provides a Scientist to co-teach with the classroom teacher bi-weekly to deliver a 45 minute lesson.  The person who comes to your classroom bi-weekly will be the same person for the entire year, creating a relationship between the instructor and students.  Watching an actual scientist teach in your classroom on a regular basis will be an excellent professional development opportunity for you and a fantastic learning opportunity for our students.  In addition, Science from Scientists offers a rich PDP program that you may wish to take advantage of.  The program allows teachers to earn PDPs by creating and implementing follow-up science lessons in their classroom.  A representative from Science from Scientists will share more information with the Milton Public Schools about that opportunity this fall. Funding for this program was shared by the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Foundation for Education.

The link below will lead you to a one minute video of some of the lessons that took place at the Cunningham School last year: http://youtu.be/iaqN39KbRks

Feel free to check out the Science from Scientists website to learn more:  http://sciencefromscientists.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Open House events will be held at the following dates/time:

Pierce Middle School Open House on Thursday, September 18th at 6:30pm
Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm
Collicot Open House on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30pm.

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Online registration has already begun for Adult Education classes. Walk-in registration for Adult Education classes will be held at Milton High tonight (September 16th). Please see the brochure below for more info:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AdultEdBrochure-Fall2014-1.pdf

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Exercise for Evan: Fundraiser to Support Milton High School’s Weight Room

When Evan Jones, MHS Class of 2011, passed away at the age of 19 from Sudden Unexpected Death due to Epilepsy (SUDEP), the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends continue to turn their grief into something positive by raising money to improve the weight room at MHS, something very important to Evan.

On Saturday, October 11, the Second Annual fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a Dunk Tank, Zumba class, Boot Camp, Dodge Ball, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, and $5 for children 10 and younger.

The money raised at this event will support updating the weight room equipment, as well to support scholarships that will be awarded next spring to two graduating seniors at Milton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristan Bagley Jones at bagleyjones@comcast.net

NEW APPOINTMENTS

I would like to announce the appointment of the district’s new Technology Administrator.  Dr. Angela Burke will be starting in this position, which was created as a result of the Advancement Initiative, with funds approved by the School Committee, Warrant Committee and Town Meeting.

Dr. Burke comes to the Milton Public Schools from the FUSE (Family Urban Schools of Excellence) educational management organization in Hartford, Connecticut, where she served as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.  She previously served as the Academy Director for Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston, a Project Coordinator/Teacher Quality Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education and was a Founding Academic Dean for Achievement First in Hartford, Connecticut.  Dr. Burke is also a published author and has served as a classroom teacher in Boston and New Britain, Connecticut.

Dr. Burke earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, her master’s degree from Simmons College and her doctoral degree from the University of Hartford.

“Dr. Burke comes with an impressive background to the position that we expect to shape the Digital Technology and Instruction Strategy for the Milton Public Schools,” said Leroy Walker, Chairman of the Milton School Committee. “I welcome her to the Milton Public Schools Management Team and encourage her to take the lead in helping us meet this important challenge.”

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I would also like to inform you that Martha O’Keefe has been appointed as the district’s new Parent Liaison. This position was also created as a result of the Advancement Initiative, with funds approved by the School Committee, Warrant Committee and Town Meeting.

“This is a valuable position for the Milton Public Schools as it will provide a much-needed link between families and the schools,” said School Committee Member Kristan Bagley Jones. “It is well understood that a strong connection between home, school and community results in better academic achievement for all.”

Ms. O’Keefe has been employed by Milton Public Schools since 2009, as a Librarian/Library Paraprofessional and as a Future Problem Solving teacher and coach. She previously served as Program Director at the Parent to Parent Program in Quincy and also served as the Interim Program Director and interim home visitor for the Parent Child Home Program in Quincy. She was a Social Worker/Case Manager/Adoption Worker for the Department of Social Services in Weymouth.

Ms. O’Keefe earned her degree in Social Work from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont.

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Please help me to also welcome Patricia Lesenechal, who has been appointed our new Residency Coordinator.  Ms. Lesenechal will be filling the vacancy left by Doreen Walsh. Ms. Lesenechal previously served as a Senior Campaign Manager for Boston Globe Media, as well as in the company’s client service department and as an inside sales representative.  She also served as Personnel Assistant for the US Navy in Boston. We encourage all Milton Public School families and Milton taxpayers who may have tips on residency issues to contact Ms. Lesenechal via the Student Residency Anonymous Tip Line: 617-698-1213 or plesenechal@miltonps.org

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Milton High School was recently approved for a Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant in the amount of $1,500.  The grant will help supplement the high school’s Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices program.  As part of the program, the MHS Student Leaders’ work with the freshman class and facilitate small group discussions that center around making healthy choices about substance abuse, how to handle bullying, conflict resolution and managing stress.  The grant will allow for approximately 40 Milton High Student Leaders to be trained by Caron Treatment Centers in group facilitation skills.  The training reinforces communication and collaborative problem-solving skills as a way to reinforce healthy values and good-decision-making.

The Good Decision Making and Health Choices program is also supported by funds from the Milton Junior Women’s Club.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant check will presented to the Milton High School Student Leaders and the other winning organizations at the hospital’s annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th at 10 a.m.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education wishes all students, parents, and teachers a wonderful start to the 2014/2015 school year. In the next week, you will receive our Annual Appeal Mailing. Donations made to the Annual Appeal directly benefit students and teachers through our Teacher Grant Program. Please be on the lookout for this mailing and help us to “Fund a First” in your children’s education. We have also set the dates for our two biggest community events, our Monster Dash 5k Road Race on Sunday, October 26 (see below) and the Celebration for Education on March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Visit our website at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org to learn more about the MFE or contact Co-Presidents Patti Elliott, Meg Kaster, and Denise Queally for more information.

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Save the Date! This year’s Monster Dash that will take place on Sunday, October 26th. This will be a fun day for all — runners, volunteers, sponsors and there will even be science-related activities to keep young students engaged and entertain.

The Monster Dash is an annual 5K Road Race, which is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker student who died tragically in a playground accident in 1999.  The Milton Foundation for Education created Sam’s Fund to raise money in support of science enrichment in all four of Milton’s elementary schools. Proceeds from this race enable the Milton Public Schools science coordinator to undertake hands-on science lessons, train teachers and partner with the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on a number of educational projects.  To register, click here:  http://www.active.com/milton-ma/running/distance-running-races/milton-s-16th-annual-monster-dash-2014?int=

The race organizers can be contacted via email:

bethvplunkett@hotmail.com  flashygreg@gmail.com   nvernazza@gmail.com

FOOD SERVICE

The following item has been submitted by Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan:

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. School lunch must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART School Year 2014-2015
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,590 $1,800 $416
2 $29,101 $2,426 $560
3 $36,612 $3,051 $705
4 $44,123 $3,677 $849
5 $51,634 $4,303 $993
6 $59,145 $4,929 $1,138
7 $66,656 $5,555 $1,282
8 $74,167 $6,181 $1,427
Each additional person: +7,511 +626 +145

 

Nearly 32 million children receive meals throughout the school day. These meals are based on nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. New nutrition standards for schools increase access to healthy food and encourage kids to make smart choices. Schools are working to make meals more nutritious, keep all students hunger-free, and help children maintain or reach a healthy weight.

  1. Healthier school meals for your children

Your children benefit from healthier meals that include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lower sodium foods, and less saturated fat. Talk to your child about the changes in the meals served at school.

  1. More fruits and vegetables every day

Kids have fruits and vegetables at school every day. A variety of vegetables are served throughout the week including red, orange, and dark-green vegetables.

  1. More whole-grain foods

Half of all grains offered are whole-grain-rich foods such as whole-grain pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal. Some foods are made by replacing half the refined-grain (white) flour with whole-grain flour.

  1. Both low-fat milk (1%) and fat-free milk varieties are offered

Children get the same calcium and other nutrients, but with fewer calories and less saturated fat by drinking low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk. For children who can’t drink milk due to allergies or lactose intolerance, schools can offer milk substitutes, such as calcium-fortified soy beverages.

  1. Less saturated fat and salt

A variety of foods are offered to reduce the salt and saturated fat in school meals. Main dishes may include beans, peas, nuts, tofu, or seafood as well as lean meats or poultry. Ingredients and foods contain less salt (sodium).

  1. More water

Schools can provide water pitchers and cups on lunch tables, a water fountain, or a faucet that allows students to fill their own bottles or cups with drinking water. Water is available where meals are served.

  1. New portion sizes

School meals meet children’s calorie needs, based on their age. While some portions may be smaller, kids still get the nutrition they need to keep them growing and active.

  1. Stronger local wellness programs

New policies offer opportunities for parents and communities to create wellness programs that address local needs. Talk with your principal, teachers, school board, parent-teacher association, and others to create a strong wellness program in your community.

  1. MyPlate can help kids make better food choices

Show children how to make healthy food choices at school by using MyPlate. Visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for tips and resources.

  1. Resources for parents

School meal programs can provide much of what children need for health and growth. But for many parents, buying healthy foods at home is a challenge. Learn more about healthy school meals and other nutrition assistance programs at www.fns.usda.gov

Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

Concerned about your child texting and driving? Then you won’t want to miss the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Community Health Walk and Health Fair at the hospital on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am – 2 pm. In addition to the 5k and 1 mile health and wellness walks, health fair, family-oriented games and activities and complimentary barbecue lunch, the hospital is presenting the nationally noted Arrive Alive texting and distracted driving prevention simulation program from Unite http://arrivealivetour.com/unite/. Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvement and new equipment for the hospital’s outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free. Visit www.bidmilton.org  and download registration forms.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop with the Milton DPW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, 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. No early arrivals! 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 by the attendants. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process

The following items can be brought to the collection:

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosol cans
  • Engine degreaser, brake & 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

These items will NOT be accepted:

Latex paint (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)
Mercury-containing items, and fluorescent bulbs (collected at the Recycling Center the first Saturday of each month)
Prescription medicine or syringes
Commercial or industrial waste
Asbestos

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

Tires: $3 each
Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
Propane Tanks: $3.00 each
Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each

No cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker.

For more information, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900

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The Sunshine 5K is on Sunday, September 28th at 10AM at Cunningham Hall. Registration is online at www.racewire.com or on race day starting at 9AM. There will be prizes for top finishers and T-shirts for sale. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Sunshine School. To sign up, click here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=3945

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The Milton Park & Rec Department is holding its Middle School ID Sign-Up Program. This is a way to sign up middle school students for a variety of fun events, dances, field trips, etc. For more information, click here:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/ID%20EVENTS%20FALL%202014%20My%20Version.pdf

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The Master Plan Committee invites everyone to join them at their final public forum on September 29 from 7-9pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. The Master Plan Committee and the consultant team will present the draft of Milton’s Master Plan at that meeting and will seek input from attendees on prioritization, strategies and timing of the implementation steps.

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Please save the date for the Milton Library Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Literary Gala. This year’s event will be held Thursday, October 23rd at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The gala will feature authors Dr. Lisa Genova and Greg O’Brien, who both have covered the topic of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Genova is the author of Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Still Alice; Mr. O’Brien is the author of On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.

In addition, the gala will also feature a short presentation by our own MPS Librarian Lori Henry, who will be sharing the podium with Milton Public Librarian Sara Truog. The pair will be discussing the recent grant they have been working on — MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Student Success. I am very proud that they have been chosen to highlight the meaningful collaboration taking place between the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library. For tickets and more information, click here: http://www.miltonlibrary.org/foundation/documents/2014MLFJulyGalaSummary.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

School may have started, but the fun for kids continues all year long at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting upcoming programs for the young people in your life:

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades 1-5

Join Miss Debbie for another tasty exploration for your taste buds. Children entering grades 1-5 are invited. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center proudly announces the lineup for its Milton Music Series. The series features performers whose singing and songwriting skill has won them a national following. It’s a terrific opportunity to catch the excitement of live performance! This program enjoys the generous support of the Milton Chamber of Commerce. For more information and advanced tickets visit: MAC Music

The MAC is also offering their fall adult and child art classes, a series of concerts, yoga and several “tryIt’s” nights of workshops.  please visit their website at miltonartcenter.org for more information and to register.  Classes start the first week of October.

ATHLETICS

Boosters Events:

  • The first Boosters meeting takes place tonight Tuesday, September 16th at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the High School; enter thru the field house, take a right and we meet in room 133. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month and are open to all.
  • The Swing for Sports Golf and Tennis event at Wollaston Country Club will be held on Tuesday, October 21st. Details will be posted to the Boosters website soon at www.miltonboosters.com. Volunteers and donations are needed so please consider helping out.

Booster membership applications will soon be in the mail to all residents. Different levels of membership are available. All funds collected go to the teams, scholarships and the annual awards banquet.

Those wishing to support MHS athletes can buy Wildcat athletic wear at all football games and at the Boosters’ indoor concession stand in the Copeland Field House and also at MHS home football games.

The Boosters are a volunteer group of high school parents, coaches, students, and community members whose mission is to enrich the MHS Athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for the Milton High School athletics, raising money through membership, concessions and other fundraising events and initiatives.

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The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

FIELD HOCKEY
Current record is 1-4. Meghan Kelly and Kate Driscoll are our top scorers. Mackenzie Scanlon had an outstanding stroke against Newton North. This week we have four games against top teams in our division but we will be ready! And as Mia Hamm said “I am a member of the team, I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

BOYS CREW
The boys’ crew team has started the season with a wonderful new crop of motivated novice boys. The varsity boys have really taken to guiding and teaching the younger rowers to get them up to speed for the racing season. We could not be more excited with the start of this season. We are also looking forward to reconnecting with our four seniors from last year at the fall “head races”, all of whom will be rowing in college this fall!

GIRLS CREW
Girls Crew had a terrific week where of land training. This week, we’re practicing on the water getting ready for our first race, September 27th in Methuen. After that, it’s one race a weekend at: Lowell, Pembroke, New Hampshire, the Head of the Charles in Boston, the state championship in Worcester and finally the South Shore Invitational at home in Milton.

VOLLEYBALL
We are 4-1…team goal is to try and take the BSC Herget Division Championship this season..it won’t be an easy task but girls are very goal-oriented and on a mission. We have been working hard one game at a time with the leadership of our tri captains Ciara Swan, Meredith Kelly and Olivia Taber as our trifecta. We hope it is within our reach. We just beat division friends Norwood in Friday 3-1 and will take on rivals Natick in the Copeland Field House on Tuesday, Sept 16th at 4pm as we look to improve our record to 5-1.

GIRLS SOCCER
We are 2-2, with a 2 game winning streak! We already Qualified for Tournament with win over Norwood last Friday! Sophie Cousineau has scored in all 4 games. Games coming up are vs. Natick High School on 9/16, and Walpole HS on 9/19.

BOYS SOCCER
0 wins, 3 losses , 1 tie. We play 2 tough games this week, Tuesday – Natick away and Friday – Walpole home . When we played Framingham (#12 in state) we had seven sophomores and two freshman on the field at the same time. This is truly a rebuilding year for the boys soccer program.

GOLF
The Varsity Golf team beat Natick High School today, led by team captains Walker Stroud and Lloyd Hill. Milton has won four straight and will take on Framingham on Tuesday at home.

FOOTBALL
MHS Varsity Football is 0-2 with losses to Stoughton HS and Mansfield HS, both non-league games. In the Mansfield game, the Wildcats were down 0-14 at halftime, but came back to take a 20-14 lead in the 4th quarter.  Mansfield came back to win 21-20 late in the 4th quarter.  Up next is BSC rival Norwood HS on Saturday, Sept 27th at Milton’s Brooks Field.

BOYS XC
The boys cross country team has a record of 1 win and 2 loses. Even though the team lost to Walpole last Wednesday, many of the boys ran their best times on the Houghtons Pond course.

GIRLS XC
2-1 Record. Our top five runners beat the number two runners from both Norwood and Framingham. Freshman Bridget Mitchell won her first race against Framingham and Norwood. The Girls XC team participated in a scrimmage race on Friday, Sept 12th at Ursuline Academy. Next meet is Wednesday at Wellesley vs. Wellesley and Brookline.

CHEERLEADING TEAM
The Fall cheerleaders cheered on the Varsity and JV football teams. They are preparing for their competition season that begins at the end of October. They are lead by captains Daysia Fox and Madelyn Driscoll.

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

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

STUDENT WORK

The image below is a piece of artwork created by Milton High School senior Maddy Hoy, who created the work as part of her summer work for her AP Art class this year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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 AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: One of our Milton High School students, Harry Kong, deserves a special mention. Harry got great news this summer that he received qualifying scores on four AP courses he took at MHS last year.  Harry attended Harvard Summer School this past summer, and took courses in directing, stage and film production and Microeconomic Theory.  Although Harry is relatively new to Milton High School, he has managed to achieve a great deal. Nice job!

Staff:   Please join me in thanking Janet Potts, who recently retired from her position as administrative assistant for Special Services. I would like to recognize her loyalty to the Milton Public Schools. Janet Potts began her career in the Milton Public Schools in 1997 as a Teacher Aide at the Cunningham Elementary School and moved to Special Services more than 15 years ago. She is the proud parent of three Milton High School graduates – Gregory, Timothy and of course, our School Resource Officer and Milton Police Officer Christopher Potts. She and her husband, Richie, are avid supporters of the MHS athletic program and can still be seen at many of the boys’ basketball games.  On behalf of the Milton Public Schools I want to personally and professionally thank Ms. Potts many years of dedicated service to Milton’s students, staff, parents and this Superintendent.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize this year’s Monster Dash Co-Chairs: Beth Plunkett, Nora Vernazza and Greg Gordon. This race is not only a highly-successful fundraiser for Sam’s Fund, which benefits our elementary science programs, but it is also a wonderful community event.  Please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/events.php for more information about the Monster Dash. Thank you to this year’s chairs for all their hard work.

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

 

 

August 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 22•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, August 22nd, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

               I hope the summer provided valuable time with your family and friends.  Labor Day marks “New Year’s Day” for those of us who teach, work in schools and/or attend school.    As I wrote to you in my Back to School letter, I hope each of you are experiencing a feeling of positive anticipation for the 2014-2015 school year.    

               I met with our new teachers on Wednesday morning and told them that the standard for excellence in both teaching and achievement is high in the Milton Public Schools.  I shared our Core Values and explained that these values drive our decision making.  Milton Public Schools’ Core Values are:

  • High Academic Achievement  for All Students
  • Excellence in the Classroom
  • Collaborative Relationships and Communication
  • Respect for Human Differences
  • Risk-Taking and Innovation for Education

Based on our students’ achievement data, Milton’s School Committee has prioritized and with the Warrant Committee’s and Town Meeting’s support targeted funding to staff, texts, materials and supplies and professional development to support the following Advancement Initiatives:

  • Emphasizing Early Literacy (Pre K-3) Achievement
  • Closing the Proficiency Gap  (K-12)
  • Advancing Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering  and Math) Initiatives (Pre-K-12)

I stressed to our new teachers that they are joining a school system which is fully supported by the town’s citizens.   The town of Milton is its public schools.  Milton Public School parents have high expectations for their children and it is the responsibility of our teachers and staff to maximize the individual potential of each and every one of our students.   

 In closing, I am sure that you join me in welcoming our new teachers, administrators and support staff as well as new students and their families to the Milton Public Schools.  Later in this communication, you will be able to read and “meet” our new teachers and support staff.    

NEW SCHOOL DISMISSAL TIMES  AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Please note the following changes to school dismissal times at the elementary and middle school levels.  Milton High School remains the same.

GLOVER: 8:50am – 3:19pm

TUCKER: 8:50am – 3:19pm

COLLICOT: 8:20am – 2:49pm

CUNNINGHAM: 8:20am – 2:49pm

PIERCE: 7:57am – 2:26pm

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast.

July 16th:  This meeting began with a visit from Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, who was accompanied by Eliza O’Donnell, who recently won a national photography. She was congratulated by the School Committee. Next, Milton High School Principal James Jette, Milton High School Science Department Head Amy Tom, Dr. Spaulding and Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai gave an Internal Assessment Data Presentation.  There was a vote to approve the student handbooks. The discipline data for 2013-14 was reviewed, as was this summer’s collaboration between the Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library on an Early Literacy initiative.  Dr. Spaulding discussed adding a Middle School Health Position to the Pierce. As part of the Chairman’s Report, there was discussion of the Superintendent’s Evaluation schedule. Next, the Finance Subcommittee approved the vendor warrants. As part of the Policy Subcommittee Report, there was a first and second reading of the Student Discipline Policy, which was voted on an approved.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Middle School team assignments and teacher elementary assignments were mailed to your homes on Wednesday, August 20th.  If you have not received these assignments by Monday, please call your child’s school for this information. Incoming high school freshmen will receive homeroom assignments during the Freshman Orientation Barbecue on Monday, August 25th (from 3:30-6pm)   High school sophomores, juniors and seniors will receive their schedules in homeroom on the first day of school.

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Please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, August 29th and NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 1st. 

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For students who are registered with the Milton High School Pre-K program, please note that Open House will be held Friday, September 5th. Families of students enrolled in the Morning Program will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Pre-K Room (room 131); and families of students enrolled in the Afternoon Program will meet at noontime, also in Room 131.  The first day of school for the Pre-K program will be Monday, September 8th. Please note the following program times: Morning session is 7:45-11:10 am (no earlier than 7:30 drop-off) and Afternoon session is 11:10 – 2:10 pm. If there are any questions about the MHS Pre-K program please contact emullen@miltonps.org or  jmiller-freking@miltonps.org

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For students who are registered with the Collicot Integrated Pre-School program, orientation will be held Thursday at the Collicot School and school begins on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

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Please join me in congratulating three Pierce educators who were honored by state and national organizations:

Nicole Hoyceanyls, a sixth grade science teacher at Pierce Middle School, recently learned that she is a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

James Moonan, who will be teaching 7th grade math this fall at Pierce, was selected as one of the winners of the “Math Moves U Math Hero” award sponsored by Raytheon. Both Mr. Moonan and Pierce Middle School were awarded $2,500 as part of this award. Each year, only 32 teachers nationwide are chosen as “Math Heroes” for their effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement in math. Here is the link to a description of the award:
 http://www.mathmovesu.com/about-mathmovesuscholarships/math-hero-award
Many thanks to Milton Public School parent Eileen Heller, who nominated Mr. Moonan for this award.

Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding was selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to serve on the Educator Effectiveness Cabinet.  This Cabinet seeks to inform the development of new policies and initiatives at the state level and only a small number of educators were chosen statewide to serve as part of this cabinet.

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Parents and guardians of students in grades 4 and above should note the following message from Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Music, Milton Public Schools:

Instrumental lesson registration for beginners will be held on Tuesday, September 9th, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP).  Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, French horn, drums, guitar, violin, viola, cello and bass.  ALP students must be in grades 4 and above.  We do NOT offer recorder or piano lessons. 

The 30-minutes lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m.  Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner Registration Night on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Milton High School.  You can register for beginner lessons with the ALP teacher and rent a guitar, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument from the Rayburn Music Company OR a violin, viola, cello bass from Johnson String Instrument.

Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for rental company.  No lessons will be scheduled without payment. Payment for SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night.  Private lessons (1 student) are $375 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $247.50.  Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher.

                Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument who can schedule a lesson at the same time.  It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners–you need to register together.  No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.  All students must be in Grade 4 or above.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose.  Go to www.rayburnmusic.com or to www.johnsonstringcom to choose the plan best for you depending on the instrument that your son/daughter chooses. 

The Milton Music Department owns some instruments and these will be given out on a first come first served basis.  Parents have to sign a yearly contract ensuring that they are financially responsible for repairs; there is no rental fee for school-owned instruments

There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night.  There is something for everyone, but not if everyone wants the same instrument!   If you cannot attend, call Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett at 617-696-4470 x5518 on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to find out if there are any spots left. 

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Middle School Students Visit Harvard Medical School:The first cohort of The Calculus Project, comprised of twenty seven rising 8th grade students, visited the Harvard Medical School on July 23rd.  The trip was put together with Brian Frederick, Assistant Operations Manager and Animal Specialist in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.  The purpose of the trip was to expose students to career paths and opportunities in the fields of Math and Science.  During the visit, students participated in four hands-on labs.  The labs included work with genetic networks to develop strand-resistant antibiotics, studying tumor suppressors by looking at the growth of liver cancer in mice, studying embryo development by working with zebra fish, and  studying gene regulation by observing the fruit flies.  The experiences of the students at Harvard Medical School will serve to motivate the students to succeed in their academic careers so that they will one day have the opportunity to work in a challenging and thrilling career. 

FOOD SERVICE

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

September is Whole Grain Month and what a wonderful time to explain why Whole Grains are so important to all of especially our children.
 A whole grain possess natural nutrition and a unique rich flavor. In fact, whole grains are so good for you that the USDA recommends that 3 of our grain servings each day are made up of whole grains. Whole grains have fiber, vitamins and minerals and when children begin eating whole grains early, they tend to develop a preference for those flavors for a lifetime of healthy eating.
               Whole grain is better than typical white bread because it still contains original phytonutrients and micronutrients. When grain is processed it is stripped of the nutritious bran and germ of the grain, removing these inherent vitamins that your growing baby and toddler need.
               Just remember, you want the bran and germ. They’re good for your children and you. So when you shop, make sure to check the labels carefully. Purchase only grain products marked with 100% WHOLE grain: not multigrain, not enriched flour and don’t choose breads based on appearance alone. When grain is unprocessed the bran and germ is still intact.  Naturally, whole grain provides so many benefits. Your children will gain several healthy benefits from starting to eat whole grains at an early age:

  • Rich in fiber to help maintain healthy digestion. To calculate the grams of fiber your child needs each day just add 5 to their age (i.e. 4-year-old + 5 = 9 grams of fiber) Whole grain acts as a scrub brush through your intestines and keeps our colons clean.
  • Helps control blood sugar and maintain cholesterol within already normal limits.
  • Keeps you full longer so you do not get hungry and therefore eat less.

The national school lunch program has now mandated that all grains served in schools be 51% or more whole grain.  Milton Schools has been moving in the direction over the past five years and we are pleased to say that we will be in complete compliance this school year.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Incoming high school freshmen and students new to Milton High School are invited to the New Student Orientation Barbecue on Monday, August 25th from 3:30-6pm. Students should report to the front doors of Milton High School. Parent/guardian attendance is optional.

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Pierce Middle School will be hosting its Grade Six Info Night for parents and guardians. If your child is entering sixth grade at Pierce Middle School, you are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm in the Pierce Auditorium.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

We have great news from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton. We recently learned that the hospital has given the Milton Public Schools a grant for $1,500 for a second year to continue our Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices initiative.  This is very exciting! 

The Town of Milton and the Milton PTO’s have partnered with Bay State Textiles to promote textile recycling and generate revenue for the PTOs by hosting donation boxes at Glover, Cunningham, Collicot, Pierce and Milton High School.  Did you know……every year in Massachusetts, over 520 MILLION pounds of textiles are disposed of at incinerators or landfills, of which 95% can be reused or recycled? Turn these textile throw-outs into revenue for the Milton PTOs.  Bay State Textiles pays a rebate to the PTO’s of $100 per ton for unwanted textiles. The focus of the textile recycling program is to spread awareness to the problem of textile waste, educate on acceptable items for textile recycling while keeping the revenue generated in the Milton school community.  Donated items are accepted in any condition as long as they are clean and dry, Bay State Textiles takes “the good, the bad and the ugly.“  Visit www.baystatetextiles.com for a list of acceptable items including clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, linens and stuffed animals. Keeping these items out of the trash will also help to reduce the trash fees in Milton.  Statistics say the average American discards 70 pounds of textiles a year, in Milton that equates to 945 tons. When cleaning out your closets, redecorating or getting rid of the childhood stuffed animals, support the Milton PTOs!!!

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

The following item was submitted by Transportation Director Jake Smith:

Bus passes have been issued to students riding the bus and routes have been set for the 2014-2015 school year.  Transportation has been designed to provide the children of Milton with a safe and timely way to get to and from school every day.  With this in mind, I ask that all residents are patient as I work with our bus company, First Student, to get the routes up and running this year.

 The Transportation Department is not accepting new registrations from August 15 to September 15.  As Transportation director, I need this time to meet with bus company supervisors and drivers to review and confirm bus routes and stops and distribute bus lists to school administrators.   I also must allow the buses to run for a couple of weeks to establish that all buses arrive at their target schools at appropriate times.  If you were unable to register for the bus, but still wish to enroll your child, please contact me again on the 16th of September, at bus@miltonps.org

During the school year, transportation issues may arise.  Due to the fact that I am a classroom teacher, reaching me during the school day may prove to be difficult.  I can be reached in one of two ways, either by emailing bus@miltonps.org or by calling my voicemail (617-696-4282, press “3” for Collicot, and then dial extension 1200).  I will get back to you as soon as possible after the school day is over.  I wish you all a great start to the school year.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Due to inclement weather, the free children’s concert hosted by Brian Joyce on August 13th , outside of Milton Town Hall was postponed to Thursday, September 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Baron Hugo Gazebo outside of Milton Town Hall at 525 Canton Avenue in Milton.

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The 2014 Celebrate Milton event will take place on Sunday, October 5th.  In order to provide a single location, regardless of the weather, this event will be held at the Pierce Middle School this year.  In addition to the inside/outside benefit, Pierce is a very visible location, which we believe will encourage even more residents to attend.  Hope you’ll join us!  For more information, please visit: http://www.celebratemilton.org/

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

The hospital will hold its annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at BID-Milton.  The family-oriented event consists of a 5k health walk, health fair, family activities, lunch and more. This year, for the first time the hospital will be hosting an interactive program, Unite: Arrive Alive Tour, that teaches teens the dangers of driving and texting. See link and info below. http://arrivealivetour.com/unite/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Summer is almost over, but there is always fun happening for kids 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 August 24 – 30:

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 10:00-12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Family Game Time, Ages 3-12

Since school is out today, drop in to the Story Hour room and play a game with your family and friends!  We have a great selection of board games for you to choose from.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LIBRARY CLOSED

ATHLETICS

Our fall sports are off to a great start.  Our student athletes have signed up for fall sports and many of our high school teams have already begun double sessions. Our Pierce Middle School Cross Country team, now in the second year, will begin practices on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in late September (meet schedule TBA).

If you have specific sports-related questions for a coach, please refer to the list below:

Milton High School Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Jim Bowes – jbowes@miltonps.org
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
Boys Crew Head Coach – Bill Hamel – Bill_hamel@milton.edu
Girls Crew head Coach – Mike McVeigh – Mm2104@gmail.com
Volleyball Head Coach – Robin Lee – rlee@miltonps.org
Cheerleading Head Coach – Jessica Parsons – jparsons@miltonps.org

Pierce Cross-Country Coaches
Kerry Devin – kdevin@miltonps.org
John O’Leary – joleary@miltonps.org

Larry Rooney – Athletic Director -Milton High School lrooney@miltonps.org
(617) 696-4470 x5515

NEW HIRES

We have hired new staff members during the summer months and we are pleased to introduce them to their colleagues, as well as parents, guardians and students.

COLLICOT

Elizabeth Caruso, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Caruso previously worked at the Oak Street Elementary School and the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin as a K-8 Adjustment Counselor. She has also worked in Norwood and Dedham before coming to Milton. Ms. Caruso earned her bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Alison Neipris, SPED Chair
Ms. Neipris previously worked as Student Services Coordinator and Mental Health Clinician at the Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover. She also served as School Adjustment Counselor in Concord and as a counseling intern at Bay Cove Treatment Center in Boston, Butler Hospital in Providence and Caritas Norcap Lodge in Foxboro. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Rhode Island and her master’s degree from Lesley University.

Colleen Anselmi, Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Anselmi previously worked as an ABA Therapist and Integrated Preschool Teacher at the Future Behaviors Therapy Center in Beverly, Applied Behavior Learning Services in Newton, the May Institute in Randolph, and most recently at the Sudbury Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College and her master’s degree from Endicott College.

Aileen Newton, Grade 4 Co-Taught
Ms. Newton previously worked as a Preschool Special Education Teacher in the Dedham Public Schools, as a Learning Center Teacher K-3 in the Reading Public Schools and as a Developmental Educator at FIRST Early Intervention in Weymouth. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Amherst and her master’s degree from Lesley College.

CUNNINGHAM

Caroline Morton, Grade 2 French.
Ms. Morton recently graduated from Wheaton College with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and a minor in French Studies. She spent a semester abroad at Sweet Briar College and the Universite de Paris. She completed her student teaching practicum at the Nourse Elementary School in Norton and interned at the Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center in Quincy.

Robin Saccol, Grade 3 French
Ms. Saccol previously worked as a French Immersion Reading Tutor in the Holliston Public Schools, as well as an Elementary Teacher in the Norton Public Schools and a substitute teacher in the Bellingham Public Schools.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and is pursuing her master’s degree at American International College.

GLOVER

Lisyl Rigsby, Grade 1 English
Ms. Rigsby previously worked as a Grade 1 teacher at the Turnaround Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston, and Grade 4 teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Susan Howard, Grade 5 Co-Taught
Ms. Howard previously worked as a long-term substitute teacher in Brookline and here in Milton at Glover Elementary School. She has also served as a classroom teacher for various grade levels at the Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, PA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Sheila O’Shea, Special Education Teacher, STEP Program

Ms. O’Shea previously worked at the Clifford School at the Home for Little Wanderers as well as in Millis Public Schools as a Special Education teacher.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Framingham State College and her master’s degree at Bridgewater State University.

Meredith Kempf, Curriculum Coordinator
Ms. Kempf previously served as a Title I teacher at Tucker Elementary School and will be moving to Glover Elementary School as Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. Kempf has also been both a classroom teacher at Glover and Curriculum Coordinator.

TUCKER

Kelly Ryan, Grade 4 Co-Taught
Ms. Ryan previously worked as an Educational Assistant in the Co-Taught classroom at Tucker Elementary School. She also worked in the Early School Arrival Program at Tucker; an Educational Assistant in both the NECC program and a K-1 classroom at Collicot School; and as an Educational Assistant in the Co-Taught Kindergarten classroom at Glover Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and her master’s degree from Curry College.

Kimberly Dee, Grade 1
Ms. Dee previously worked as both a Co-Teacher in a Special Education classroom and a Learning Center Teacher at the Williams Elementary School in Newton. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Dartmouth and her master’s degree from Lesley College.

PIERCE

Jennie Beliveau, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Beliveau previously worked as a Clinic Coordinator at Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston and as a Life Skills Group Facilitator at Community Resources for Justice in Boston and Somerville. She has also served as a clinical intern at Community Academy in the Boston Public Schools and the Hampshire Educational Collaborative with Department of Youth Services in Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Michelle Boissonneault, Grade 6 Science
Ms. Boissonneault previously worked as a long-term substitute teacher for Grade 8 science at Pierce Middle School. She also served as a math and science teacher at the Mosaica American School of Hyderabad in India and at La Paz Secondary School in Nicaragua. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. 

Brendan Bonn, Health
Mr. Bonn previously worked as a Special Education Aide in the Norwood Public Schools and at Dedham High School. He also served as a permanent substitute at Dedham High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Nichols College and is pursuing his master’s degree at Eastern Nazarene College.

Matthew Buckheit, Special Ed (REACH)
Mr. Buckheit previously worked as a replacement teacher in the Grade 7 Resource Room, a paraprofessional and a student teacher at the Merrick Avenue Middle School in Merrick, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY and his master’s degree from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY.

Donald Clements, Science
Mr. Clements previously worked as a science teacher for Grades 7 and 8 at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lesley University and his master’s degree from Cambridge College.

Erica Dunton, Health
Ms. Dunton previously worked as a health & physical education teacher at the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College and is pursuing her master’s degree at Cambridge College.

Millicent Hartgering, Special Ed
Ms. Hartgering previously worked as a Special Education teacher at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester. She also served as an Inclusion Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Charter School in Hyde Park, as a third-grade teacher at St. Matthew School in Dorchester and as a special education aide at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Provincetown. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lesley College and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Laure Knobloch, French
Ms. Knobloch previously worked as a long-term substitute in the Milton Public Schools at various grade levels. She has also served as a long-term substitute at the Glover Elementary School and was a Marketing Teacher and Program Director at the Institut de Formation et de Conseil in Valence, France. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saarbruken College in Germany and her master’s degree from Universite de Metz in France.

Renee Mendoza, Math
Ms. Mendoza previously worked as a long-term substitute in a Grade 5 Science and math classroom at the Hanover Middle School. She also served a teaching intern for Grade 8 Algebra at Randolph Community Middle School and was the Chief Resource Manager with the Massachusetts Army National Guard in Hanscom. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Amherst and her master’s degree from UMass/Boston.

Joseph Scarbo (STEP)
Mr. Scarbo previously worked as a paraprofessional and student teacher in the Mansfield Public Schools. He also served as a paraprofessional in the Brookline Public Schools and as a skills trainer in the Arc of Bristol County.

Nancy Warn, Curriculum Coordinator for Humanities 
Ms. Warn previously served as a history teacher at Milton High School. This fall, she will be serving in the role of Humanities/Curriculum Coordinator at Pierce Middle School and will continue to teach two AP History Classes at Milton High School. 

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

Heather Ayres, Humanities/Special Ed Teacher
Dr. Ayres previously worked with edBridge Partners, as an educational consultant for College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has also served as a Senior Educational Manager for College Board New England Regional Offices. She was Director of Admissions at Wellesley College and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Dr. Ayres earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, her both her master’s degree and doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jennie Beliveau, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Beliveau previously worked as a Clinic Coordinator at Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston and as a Life Skills Group Facilitator at Community Resources for Justice in Boston and Somerville. She has also served as a clinical intern at Community Academy in the Boston Public Schools and the Hampshire Educational Collaborative with Department of Youth Services in Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Kacy Dotoli, History Teacher
Ms. Dotoli previously worked as a Social Studies Teacher at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton before coming to Milton. She has also served as a long-term substitute at the Pierce Middle School and a student teacher at North Quincy High School. She was a student teacher at the Malaspina School in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and also at the North Hampton School in New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of New Hampshire and her master’s degree from UMass/Boston.

Nancy Leung, French Teacher
Ms. Leung previously worked as a French teacher at the J Henry Higgins Middle School in Peabody and at Malden Catholic High School. She has also served as a French/Spanish teacher at the John Ahern Middle School in Foxborough and at Norwood High School.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Gordon College.

Andria Mochi, Alternative Ed Teacher
Ms. Mochi previously worked as a teacher for the Quincy Historical Society, a substitute teacher for both Quincy and Milton Public Schools and an ESL teacher for the Intercoop Language and Washington Language School in Rome, Italy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and her master’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College.

DISTRICTWIDE

Stephanie McLaughlin, Reading Specialist
Ms. McLaughlin previously worked as a Reading Specialist/Title I Teacher in the Belmont Public Schools. She also served as a Grade 3 and Grade 1 teacher in Belmont, and as a Specialist Teacher of Reading Student Teacher at the Lesley Compass Program at the Peabody School in Cambridge. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree in Education from Boston College and a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University.

Other changes in the district include the appointment of:

Gail Chase as Accounts Payable in the Business Office
Melissa Raj as Administrative Assistant at Milton High School
Lisa Huban as Administrative Assistant for Pupil Personnel
Melissa Perry as Administrative Assistant for Pupil Personnel
Angela Van Allen as After School Enrichment Supervisor for Collicot Elementary School.
Jake Smith as Transportation Director

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to thank all the students who volunteered to help with our Milton Summer Enrichment program at Milton High School this summer. This year’s volunteers (“Red Shirts”) were among the best group ever, according to directors Barbara Perry and Jonathan Redden. More than 500 students attended the MSE program this summer and dozens of “Red Shirts” were able to fulfill a good portion of their community service hours by assisting in classrooms, helping with the car drop-off and pick-up zones and manning the building’s entranceways during arrival and dismissal. Thank you for your hard work!

Staff:  I would like to recognize Charlene Roche, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for her remarkable work, not only during this past summer, but during the entire year. Ms. Roche, along with her husband and two sons, attended Milton Public Schools. She is an incredible asset to Central Office and works tirelessly on behalf of the Milton School Committee, our staff and faculty of the entire district, as well as parents, guardians and students. We appreciate the time, effort, dedication and positive attitude that Ms. Roche brings to work each and every day. Thank you.

Volunteers: I would like to name Ada Rosmarin as one of the district’s most valued volunteers Ms. Rosmarin’s three children have all graduated from the Milton Public Schools, but she continues to work as a strong advocate for the district.  Ms. Rosmarin was a member of the School Building committee and has served on various boards and committees through the years. She is known and respected across the state as an early education advocate and expert. Ms. Rosmarin was responsible for leading the Milton Public Schools through the process of implementing our unbelievably successful Full-
Day Kindergarten program and continues to work with our preschool teachers in the implementation of kindergarten assessment programs and Professional Development. We value her efforts on behalf of all Milton Public School students, but especially our Pre-K and kindergarten students. Many thanks to Ada and her husband, Dr. Alan Rosmarin.

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•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: July 21st, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this month, I announced the appointment of Janet Sheehan to the position of Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Human Resources. This week, I am very pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Holly Concannon to the position of Interim Principal of Collicot Elementary School. Ms. Concannon currently serves as Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham and Collicot Elementary Schools.

I am confident that Collicot parents/guardians, teachers, staff and most importantly, students, will thrive under the leadership of Ms. Concannon. She possesses many qualities which will make her an excellent principal. These include a thorough knowledge of curriculum and instruction, boundless energy and enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and passion for her profession. These qualities will serve her well as the leader of the Collicot Elementary School.

Before coming to Milton in 2010, Ms. Concannon  served as a teacher at the Murphy School in Dorchester; the Trotter School in Roxbury; and the Edward Everett School in Dorchester. She served as Interim Co-Principal of the Glover Elementary School in the 2012-13 school year.

“I am very pleased that Holly will assume the role of Interim Principal at the Collicot,” said Leroy Walker, Chairman of the Milton School Committee. “Holly has distinguished herself as a strong advocate for student achievement and for ensuring that we are educating the whole child. It should also make for an exciting experience for her own children, who are students at the Collicot!”

I have no doubt that Ms. Concannon will work collaboratively with parents and staff to continue to meet the high standards of excellence in education that have been established at the Collicot Elementary School.

Ms. Concannon will begin her new position on August 1st.

Thank you and please enjoy this wonderful summer weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 11•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, July 11, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

               As we enjoy the beautiful summer weather, I would like to be sure that all of our students are aware of their Summer Learning requirements. While we all agree that summer vacation should be a time of rest and relaxation for both students and teachers, we also must stress that the benefits of Summer Reading are enormous. I believe that the key to a student’s success in school is their ability to read and their love of reading.  Summer is the perfect time to read for pleasure and the Milton Public Library is a great resource for those who are looking for reading material.
          Many of our teachers participate in some type of professional development during the summer months, and there is an expectation that our students also continue to learn. We have listed the Milton Public Schools’ Summer Reading requirements for each grade level below, as well as links to more specific information from each school.
               As part of the Early Literacy Advancement Initiative, we are pleased to announce an exciting new pilot program taking place this summer. Together with the Milton Public Library, we will be offering “Summertime Stories for Pre-Schoolers,” at two locations this summer. We will offer a 10 am session at the Tucker Elementary School Library on Wednesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 13th; and a noontime session at Cunningham Hall on Wednesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 13th. This Cunningham Hall session has been timed so that families who are enjoying Cunningham Pool can simply walk up the hill with their pre-schoolers to enjoy story-time during the pool’s mid-day closure.
               This is also a wonderful chance for parents and guardians to be informed of many of the resources available both from the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library. I will provide more information on these “Summertime Stories,” in my next E-blast.
               I have attached paperwork to apply for a card at the Milton Public Library. For those of you who do not have a library card, simply fill out the form and bring to the Milton Public Library.
               I have also attached a fun “What’s Your Ice Cream IQ?” quiz to this newsletter, published by the Food Network Magazine to show that quizzes can be fun. This is age-appropriate for both children and adults.
               I wish you all a safe, fun and healthy summer and look forward to seeing everyone back at the end of vacation.  School will resume for teachers on August 25th and 26th; for students in grades 1-12 on August 27th; and for our Kindergarteners on September 2nd .

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on June 25th. I have summarized this meeting below. The next meeting will be held on July 16th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
June 25th: This meeting began with a presentation by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil- Girmai and Tucker Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Stephanie Nephew, who came to discuss the Pre-School Pilot as part of the Advancement Initiative. This pilot will introduce literacy skills to pre-schoolers who may not have access to formal preschool education experiences.
               A presentation was given by Attorney Paige Tobin of Murphy, Lamere & Murphy, who reviewed the new discipline rubrics recently passed by the state. New restrictions on suspensions, detentions and expulsions were discussed.  An end-of-the-year data report was presented, which summarized the year’s assessment data, demographics, class size, etc.  Next, members approved Warrant #52. They also voted to approve three of next year’s Advancement Initiative positions as full-time positions before adjourning.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Listed below are the summer learning requirements for each grade level:
Elementary Summer Reading
Elementary Summer Reading 2014
Elementary Summer Reading Log 2014
Additional Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Math Reading List
Elementary Summer Math
Elementary Summer Math Grades 1-3
Elementary Summer Math Grades 4 & 5
Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Additional Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Pierce Middle School Summer Work
Pierce Summer Reading 2014
Pierce Summer Reading Log 2014
Pierce Summer Reading Book Reflection 2014
Pierce Summer Math Log 2014
Milton High School Summer Assignments
MHS Summer Assignments 2014

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Although it is summertime, many of our school buildings are being well-used. Camp Cunningham, part of Milton Community Schools,  is housing summer programs at Cunningham and Collicot schools.  Extended School Year programs are being held at both the Milton High School the Cunningham/Collicot campuses. Welcome to Middle School camps are held at the Pierce Middle School. There are hundreds of students in the hallways of Milton High School this summer, attending programs ranging from Driver’s Ed to Marching Band Camp to our popular Milton Summer Enrichment program. The Explore Japan program is housed at both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School and the Calculus Project and Bridge Program are both housed at Milton High. All totaled, we estimate nearly 900 students are enrolled in a Milton Public School-sponsored summer program this summer.

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Please note: Teacher assignments for all elementary school students will be mailed home during the week of August 18th. Pierce “team assignments” will be mailed home the week of August 18th.  All incoming Milton High freshman and new students are invited to a Cook-Out/Orientation on Monday, August 25th from 3:30 to 5pm at Milton High School. These students will receive their homeroom assignments at this time. All returning Milton High School students will receive their class schedules on the first day of school in homeroom.

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Eliza O’Donnell, a rising eighth-grader at Pierce Middle School, was recently notified that she won the grand prize in a national photography contest. Eliza won the top prize in the Ringling College Art & Design Storytelling Contest for Photography in Grade 7-9. Eliza and her teacher, Stephanie Sherman, will be travelling to Sarasota, Florida on July 22nd to accept her award at an on-campus ceremony and the pair has also been invited to enjoy Universal Studios during their visit.  Below is the poem she wrote to accompany her photo:

I speak English, they speak Portuguese
I celebrate Christmas, they celebrate the Chinese New Year
I eat a burger, they eat rice
I drink soda, they have a cup of tea
I wear sneakers, they go barefoot
But, we can always find one thing in common
We all know the feeling of the perfect touch,
The perfect pass,
And the perfect shot
The joy of a victory
And bitterness of a loss
All around the world children play soccer
Even though we are set apart
We are brought together on the soccer field
Playing soccer
Under the same sun

To view the entire gallery of winners, click here: http://theringawards.com/gallery/

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We have end-of-the-year WordMasters results from our elementary schools. Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 in their grades:

Tucker Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Logan Do 18, Nicholas Reason 17, Emily Gallagher 17, Ha-Yen Nguyen 16,

Myles Bedingfield 14, Claudia O’Neill 13, Emma Harris 13, Ian Wick 12, Timothy Fay 11, Lucas Cecere 11 Grade 4 Stella Yuan 18, Luke Shield 17, Elle Anthony 16, Marcus Ollivierre 16, Max Hollingworth-Hays 16, Griffin Ritchie 15, Michael McHugh 13, Darioush Ghazian 13, Henry Wien 12, Peter Rhee 12 Grade 5 Daniel Truog 20, Oskar Peloquin 19, Walker Harris 18, Gabriel Estevez 18, Claire Walko 17, Max Mangum 17, Franklin Olivierre III 16, Sebastien Yunger 16, Luke Palmer 16, Dominque Thomas 16.

Collicot Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Caelan Leddy 20, Ava Robertson 20, Cole Humphrey 19, Bridget Miskell 19, Olivia DiSandro 19, Connor Griffen 18, Toby Kelleher 18, Lok Ye Young 18, William deGregorio 18, Molly Farley, 17. Grade 4 Sam DiSandro 18, Vinzenz Vingl 18, Lily Tynan17, Izzy Doten 17, Andrew Tran 17, Tyler Kennedy 17, Emily Karimbakas 17, Nate Labbe 16, Keira Earner 16, Caroline Ghelli 16. Grade 5  Aislinn Mershon19, Kate McDonald 18, Anthony Martin 18, Saoirse Killion 18, Katie McDevitt 18, Colin McMorrow 18, Ben Mills 18, Maureen Lang 17, Arlo Stoodt 17, Michael Swanton 17.

Cunn. Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Erika Wong 19, Patrick Schultz 19, Paul McLaughlin 19, Anya Weinstein 19, Liam McLoughlin 19, Benjamin Waterman 19, Kiera Glazer 19, William Kelley 19, Sophie Kosiba 18, Raina Sohur 18 Grade 4 Anna Hamblet 17, Mary Mylod 17, Dimitri Sophinos 17, Chloe Zhong 16, Aidan Skillin 16, Lucia Dwyer 15, Elizabeth McGill 15, Barron Clancy 15, Somachi Amadi 15, Kiley Fitzgerald 14 Grade 5 Arjun Sohur 18, Eris McCubbin 16, Sophie Boucher 16, Olga Kasarov 16, John McCampbell 16, Kayley Moy 16, Gwen LeLacheur 16, Joseph Andresino 15, Mahina Panerio-Langer 15, Jami Milliken 15

Glover Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3  Ardic Ceranoglu 19, Lydia Geering 19, Alexander Shenouda 19, Michael Duffy 19, Sampreeti Fitton 19, Clare Graham 19, Craig Pentland 19, Meredith Tangney 19, Clara Johnson 20, Nicolas Sutter 20 Grade 4 Frances Corcoran 17, Donovan Murray 17, Carolina deOliveira Castro 17, Annabella deOliveira Castro 18, Veronica deOliveira Castro 18, Rohan Meier 18, Billy Petrik 18, Jake Lippert 18, Henry Synnott 19, Nathaniel McNulty 20 Grade 5  Solveig Ask 16, Laura Braithwaite 16, Anna Fahy 16, Aidan Greene 16, Andrew Shenouda 16, Aidan Quinn 17, Thomas Statham 18, Luke Baltay 18, Luca Mostofi 18, Emmett Martin 19, Austin Au 19, Abigail Files 19.

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We also are pleased to announce the final scores for the following students who “placed” in the Continental Math competition. Congratulations to the following students, their teachers and their parents/guardians:

Collicot

Grade Three. Perfect Scores: Luca Sandonato, Conor Mannion, Ethan Putman, Lane Carte, Lok Ye Young, Ciara Walsh, Iris Trafton, Wesley Morisette, Kwon Lok Young, Daniel Cherry, Kate Karimbakas. First Place: Luca Sandonato, Conor Mannion. Second Place: Ethan Putman, Lane Carte. Third Place: Lok Ye Young, Ciara Walsh, Iris Trafton, Wesley Morisette, Owen McHugh. Grade Four. Perfect Scores: Ronan O’Flaherty, Benjamin Malisheski, Ava McLaughlin-Leeman, Sam DiSandro, Jonathan Waldmann, Rachel Steinberg, Tracy Le, Charles Vaughan, Josie Mastandrea, Lila Glen, William Riley. First Place: Sam DiSandro. Second Place: Jonathan Waldmann, Rachel Steinberg. Third Place: Tracy Le, Benjamin Malisheski. Grade Five: Perfect Scores: Arlo Stoodt, Ryan Fitzmaurice, John Roche, Grace Muir. First Place: Maureen Lang, Arlo Stoodt. Second Place: Katie McDevitt, Ryan Fitzmaurice. Third Place: Jack Lally.

Cunningham

Grade Three.Perfect Scores:  Paul McLaughlin, Raina Sohur, Erika Wong, Patrick O’Neil. First Place: Raina Sohur. Second Place: Edward McFadden, Trinity Phan. Third Place: William Kelley, Lillian McLaughlin, Paul McLaughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Erika Wong, Kiera Glazer. Grade Four.Perfect Scores: Anna Hamblet, Lucia Dwyer, Joseph Warren, John Clancy, AnaSophia Lessner, Aden Lok, Caroline Gannon, Ella Lantigua, Sydney Denish, Anna Rowley, Aiden Skillen. First Place: Anna Hamblet. Second Place: Lucia Dwyer, Aidan Skillin. Third Place: Joseph Warren, Mary Mylod, Chloe Zhong. Grade Five.Perfect Scores: Eris McCubbin, Paul Kates, Gwyneth LeLacheur, Koli Zilla-Ba. First Place: Eris McCubbin. Second Place: Paul Kates. Third Place: Gwyneth LeLacheur, Philip Phan, Louis Timmins.

Glover

Grade Three:Perfect Scores: Michael Duffy, Jack McSorley, Kindt Beckett, Craig Pentland, Thomas Sullivan, Clare Graham.  First Place: Michael Duffy. Second Place: Jack McSorley. Third Place: Abigail Coggins, Brady Vrettas.  Grade Four. Perfect Score: Caroline D’Oliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Jake Lippert, Ian Lundeen, Aoife Ruth. First Place: Jake Lippert. Second Place: Rohan Meier, Ian Lundeen. Third Place: Jack Theobald, Aoife Ruth.  Grade Five:Perfect Scores: Ella Pelton, Yeager Ferreira. First Place: Robert Wiersenholm. Second Place: Ella O’Hanlon, Andrew Shenouda. Third Place: Luca Mostofi.

Tucker

Grade Three:Perfect Score: Nicholas Reason, Ian Wick. First Place: Logan Do. Second Place: Timothy Fay, Joseph DeCourcey. Third Place: Lucas Cecere, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nicholas Reason. Grade Four: Perfect Score: Luke Sheilds, Tait Peloquin, Stella Yuan, Peter Rhee, Maxwell Mitchell, Declan O’Connor, Michael McHugh. First Place: Peter Rhee. Second Place: Declan O’Connor, Luke Shields, Lucas Quijano. Third Place: Maxwell Mitchell. Grade Five: Perfect Score: Nathon O’Neill. First Place: Daniel Truog. Second Place: Alix Benoit, Dominique Thomas. Third Place: Claire Walko.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

For those of you who may have missed it, I sent out an E-blast earlier this week announcing the appointment of Janet Sheehan as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources. Ms. Sheehan is currently the Principal of Collicot Elementary School and will join our Central Office Administrative Team on  August 1st. We are actively seeking a replacement for the Collicot Principal position and hope to announce this appointment within the next few weeks. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Sheehan and welcoming her to her new position.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Nearly 100 elementary and middle school teachers attended professional development from July 8-10. The workshops, facilitated by literacy consultant Martha Winokur, covered the Writers’ Workshop model, Small Group Instruction in Readers’ Workshop and Conferring in Readers’ Workshop. According to Amy Gale,  Humanities Curriculum Coordinator, has been a great three days and teachers have left with a wealth of knowledge and resources to bring back to their classrooms in the fall.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

The following information was provided by Jake Smith, Director of Transportation for Milton Public Schools:

               Open registration for school bus routes for the 2014-2015 school year has officially closed.  The routes are now being planned and assigned and your children’s bus passes will be mailed to your home address by the end of July.  In order to receive a pass in the mail, your bus fee must be paid in full by the mailing date of July 25th.  Otherwise, your pass will be available for pick up at Milton High School in room 201 after the end of July. 

               There are still seats available for certain routes.  Although no spots are guaranteed after open registration, and the bus route closest to you may be filled already.   If you are interested in signing up, please email: bus@miltonps.org. The fee is $375 per student seat on the bus.  If your child is in Grades K-6, and your family lives more than 2 miles from the school your child attends, your child’s seat is free. For more information, please email bus@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Joe Lynch, the Director of the Milton Department of Public Works: 

               There has been a change in trash/recycling/yard waste collection routes. Collections have changed from a five-day collection schedule (currently M,Tu,W,Th,F) to a two-day collection schedule (Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY). Starting Monday June 30th, the Department of Public works will implement a new 2 day collection service for all trash, recycling and yard waste.
               The old five-day collection schedule will continue until Friday June 27th. At that point, no further collections will occur until the following Wednesday. The new collection days will be every Wednesday and Thursday and collections will begin on Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd.
               For more information, a list of streets by collection route and a map of the new routes, please click here: New 2 Day Collection Additional Information
               We ask that you please be patient and understand that this is a new schedule that is being implemented. Some scheduling difficulties are expected, just growing pains.
We trust that you will find it an improvement over the old schedule once it is in place.
One main difference you may enjoy is the reduction of delays due to holidays falling on a Monday!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Our Summer Reading Club is open for business and going strong!  For all of the details, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens.asp or come in to see us in the Children’s Room.  In addition to our reading program, we’ve also got a jam-packed schedule of exciting programs, contests, and special offers planned for your kids all summer long.  Please keep the Milton Public Library at the top of your list for summer fun! 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 20 – 26:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Miss Amy (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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades 1-5

Join Miss Debbie for another tasty exploration for your taste buds. Children entering grades 1-5 are invited. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 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.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show!  Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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There is also plenty going on in  the Teen Room at the Milton Public Library. Please click here to see a listing: http://www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp

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VISUAL ARTS

There may still be space in Artspace Milton Summer Art Lab, being held at Milton High School.  Register for one week or more! For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade. Camp meets from 9-12 Monday through Friday and tuition is $150 per session.

July 14-17 Treehuggers
Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.

July 21-24 Museum Week – all new activities!
Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.

July 28-July 31 Back to the Sixties
Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more!

To register email artspace02186@gmail.com

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The Milton Art Center is offering Teen and Adult Summer classes.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/Teen%20Adult%20Summer%202014

ATHLETICS

Registration for Milton High School fall sports will begin on Monday, July 21st – those trying out will need to register in advance of practice/tryouts on www.familyid.com.  Actual tryouts will begin for sports teams on August 18th. To view specific team tryout and practice times and dates, please click here: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   I would like to wish the best of luck to Milton High School students who will be spending a year abroad along with and four students who are spending the summer overseas.
               Luke Pastore, who graduated from Milton High School last month, was chosen by the Milton Rotary Club to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange. Mr. Pastore will be spending a “gap year” in Thailand, attending high school in the Lopburi Province. As part of the Rotary exchange, Milton High School will be hosting a high school student from Turkey.
               Delphine Jrolf, a rising sophomore at Milton High School, received a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship to spend eleven months in Germany as a guest of the German government. She will live with a host family in Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany and spend her sophomore year at a German high school. Ms. Jrolf will spend a week in Washington, D.C. in August with other CBYX scholars before departing for Germany in September.
               Also, three Milton High School students will be spending from three to six weeks in France — Liam Halloran, Niamh Lynch and Ben Corson were chosen to go on the Rotary’s Short Term Exchange this summer. In addition, Jacki Dwyer, a rising junior, is currently in Africa doing community service building parks for schools.
               We are very proud of these students, who we are sure are serving as true ambassadors for Milton High School, the Milton Public Schools and our community.

Staff:   We recently learned that Nancy Mearn, Principal Clerk, Accounts Payable, will be retiring this summer.  Ms. Mearn has worked a total of 25 years for the Milton Public Schools.  Her father, Thomas Taylor, was a custodian for 40 years for the district and her mother, Elizabeth Taylor, served in the MPS Business Office for a decade. Ms. Mearn’s daughter, Kelly Ryan, is an instructional aide at Tucker Elementary School. Needless to say, the Mearn family has a long history with the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Mearn has been a loyal and hardworking member of the business office and she will be truly missed. We wish her the best of luck in her retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Co-Presidents of the Milton Foundation for Education. Please join me in welcoming Patti Elliot, Meg Kaster and Denise Queally.  The MFE volunteers are all very hard-working individuals who strive to enhance the educational experience of each and every Milton Public School student.   The MFE makes a difference!

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.

E-blast for July 8th, 2014

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 08•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: July 8th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

To all Milton Public School Parents, Guardians and Staff:

We are pleased to announce that Janet Sheehan has been appointed Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources. Ms. Sheehan, who currently serves as Principal of Collicot Elementary School, will be taking over this position effective August 1st, 2014.

We are actively seeking a replacement for the Collicot Principal position and hope to announce this appointment within the next few weeks.

Ms. Sheehan has served as Collicot principal for the past three years. Previously, she served as principal of the Joseph Osgood Elementary School in Cohasset for ten years. Prior to her principalship in Cohasset, Ms. Sheehan served as Assistant Principal at the Collicot Elementary School from 1994-2001.

“Ms. Sheehan’s commitment to education, strong leadership skills and experience with curriculum and professional development will be tremendous assets in her new position,” said Superintendent Mary Gormley. “We are fortunate to have a leader with this unique set of skills to fill such an important role in the Milton Public Schools.”

An experienced educator, Ms. Sheehan serves as Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University and has taught in both Norwell and Randolph Public Schools. She is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Massachusetts Elementary Schools Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and is affiliated with the Harvard Principals Center.

“I am very pleased that Janet has agreed to bring her talents to the role of Assistant Superintendent,” said Milton School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker. “Janet has been a key factor in the success of the Collicot Elementary School and will now help us continue our efforts to offer every Milton Public School student the most positive and diversified educational experience.”

E-blast for June 20th, 2014

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 20•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I have said many times that I count myself very fortunate to work with some of the most hardworking, professional and dedicated people here in the Milton Public Schools.  A bittersweet part of every career occurs at the end, when staff members make their decisions to retire. Although we hate to see them go, we are happy that they are moving into the next chapter of their lives. I have listed this year’s retirees below. There are some employees with whom I have worked for their entire careers. There are others who have been with us for a decade or two and some have been here for only a few years. But every one of this year’s retirees contributed towards our goal of high student achievement for each and every child in the Milton Public Schools. I would like to recognize and thank the following staff members who have retired or will be retiring in 2013-2014:

Patricia Andresino, Kathleen Bertrand, Lorraine Cimildoro, Carol Kenney, Elaine Lovett, Mary Lou Markarian, Nancy Mearn, Martine Murphy, Cynthia Rossini, Joan Traverse, Roberta Williams, Christine Winchester and Suzanne Woodward. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

 There  have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on June 4th and June 11th.  They are summarized below. The next meeting will be held June 25th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

June 4th This meeting was preceded by a Retiree Reception in the Milton High School library to honor this year’s retirees. Once called to order, the chair invited the Milton High School Rugby Team and Coach Joe Dolan to discuss their season. Coach Dolan talked about their success, not only on the field, but also for their community participation. There was a recap of the recent high school graduation and the Academic Honors awards, as well as the Boosters Banquet.  As part of the Chairman’s Report, there was a presentation on Science MCAS. School Committee members voted to approve Warrant #49 for $386,104 and also voted to approve a transfer to pay wages for the School Resource Officer. There was a first reading on Policy ADDA (Background Checks). Members suggested edits to this policy, which involves CORI checks and the new fingerprinting requirements.  They also reviewed Policy ACH, which is the amended Bullying/Peer Aggression Policy and suggested edits for the Second Reading.

June 11th This meeting was preceded by a Volunteer Reception in the Milton High School Cafeteria to honor all the Milton Public School volunteers. After moving up to the library, the meeting began with a visit from Citizens for a Diverse Milton. This group came to discuss the strategies for helping each of the schools’ Diversity Committees. In addition, they reviewed a data presentation on the racial/ethnic makeup of honors courses and the athletic program at Milton High School.  Next, Amy Gale and Courtney Walsh presented data on PARCC and made recommendations for a PARCC testing schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which the School Committee voted to approve.  Next, John Phelan gave a Science Achievement presentation.  As part of the Chairman’s Report, School Committee members voted on salary increases and reviewed the summer retreat format and the School Committee calendar for 2014-15. There was a brief discussion about the prior year’s water bill, which is being negotiated and members voted to approve the MFE as this year’s MASC nominee.  Members also approved the most recent warrant (#50) for the amount of $270,856. They also voted to approve two policies regarding background checks: Policy ADDA and ADDA-R. At the end of the meeting, it was noted that this would be John Phelan’s last School Committee meeting and each member reflected on Mr. Phelan’s contribution to the Milton Public Schools.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: The last day of school for students K-12 will be Tuesday, June 24th. This is an early release day for all students and no lunch will be served. Buses will run on an early-release schedule.

Also, please note that teacher assignments for all grade levels and schedules for middle- and high-school students will be sent via email in late August.

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Every year at this time, we publish our Summer Reading requirement for each grade level. Recently, we asked some town officials, school administrators and library staff about their favorite summertime books.  Please see the responses below:

Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw:Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches (S.C. Gwynne) “Awesome book!!”

Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai:  Harriet the Spy.

Milton High School Humanities Director Barbara Wright: The Known World by Edward P. Jones. “One of my all-time favorite books.”

Milton School Committee Member Becky Padera: To Kill a Mockingbird. “This was always my favorite.”

Milton Board of Selectman Chairwoman Kathleen Conlon gave three suggestions — To Kill A Mockingbird for high-schoolers; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Little House on the Prairie for middle-schoolers; and Charlotte’s Web for elementary school children.

Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis recommended A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving for adults; and Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss for elementary school students. Also, Rain by Peter Spier for a read aloud and picture book.

Milton Public Library’s Teen Librarian Amy Rosa:  All The Truth’s In Me by Julie Berry, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Every Day by David Levithan, and Winger by Andrew Smith.

Milton Public Library’s Assistant Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:  Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli. “For picture book readers, you can’t go wrong with Laura Numeroff’s funny story If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. “

Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator Amy Gale: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and two picture books — The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe.

Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator Stephanie Nephew: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin for elementary and a picture book for all ages — Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco.

Superintendent Mary Gormley: Port Chicago 50 for Nonfiction, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild for a picture book, and Grasshopper Jungle for fiction.

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Please click below for a listing of Summer Assignments for Milton Public School students. Please note there requirements for different subject areas:

Elementary Reading: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ElementarySummer-2014.pdf
Elementary  Reading Log: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ElementaryReadingLog-2014.pdf
Elementary Math Grades 1-3: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SummerMathEnteringGradescalendars.pdf
Elementary Math Grades 4-5:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SummerMathEnteringGrades4and5.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceSummerReading2014.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading Log: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceReadingLog2014.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading Book Reflection: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceBookReflection2014.pdf
Milton High School: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Department_Pages/Library_Media_Center/Summer_Reading_2014

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Congratulations to Pierce 7th-grader Milan Smith, who was recently named the third-place winner in a statewide poster contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  Ms. Smith, a student in Bernadette McEvoy’s science class, accepted the challenge to design a winning poster for the MWRA. She was invited, along with her family and her teacher, to the awards ceremony at Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant last month.

GRANTS/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Pierce Middle School recently received a $9,944 grant from Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for the grant titled, “Into the Field!  Creating Environmental Research Experiences for Students.”   This grant will provide funding to create a new seventh-grade life science unit on ecosystems; and support the development of an elective STEM course on environmental science for students who would like to conduct research through independent fieldwork on our local watershed.

MFE

The following item was submitted by Margaret Eberhardt, President of the Milton Foundation for Education:

               “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Milton Foundation for Education I would like to thank the parents, community members, businesses, teachers, and school administrators who supported the work of the MFE  during the 2013-2014 school year.  It was a wonderful year for the MFE thanks to the continued support of the entire Milton Community.  Whether you volunteered at one of our events, donated to the Annual Appeal or Red Apple Program, sponsored Celebration or ran in the Monster Dash- your generosity and support makes all the work of the MFE possible.  Together, we are making a difference each day in the lives of teachers and students.   

               At our June meeting, we elected a new Executive Board.  For the 2014-2015 school year, Patti Elliott, Denise Queally and Meg Kaster will serve as our co-Presidents.  Eileen Heller and Susan Sullivan will serve as our Vice Presidents.  Leslie Collins will be our Treasurer and Sheila Leddy will be our Corresponding Secretary.  In addition, we welcome to the board new trustees MaryJane Walsh, Courtney Affanato and Amy Carleton, PhD.  We thank outgoing board members Robert Davis and Sally Creedon.  Please visit our website at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org if you would like to learn more about the MFE or contact us.  

               We wish you a safe and healthy summer, time for family and friends.  We will see you in September. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

               We hope that everyone has heard by now that this weekend is the Milton Music Festival. Now in year two, this year’s event adds a second full day of music titled “Celtic Sunday.”
               The festival will be held Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd at Governor Hutchinson’s Field on Adams Street in Milton.
               Anyone who lives in Milton or Dorchester has passed Governor Hutchinson’s Field atop Milton Hill hundreds of times.  This beautiful parcel is owned and maintained by the Trustees of the Reservation. The Field offers a spectacular view of the Boston skyline and the Neponset River basin.
               Last year, a local committee was formed after the very successful Milton 350th Celebration in 2012.  “We are Milton” (WAM) engineered the first Milton Music Festival in June of 2013, with an impressive fireworks display launched from the River below as the finale of the evening.  The event was sponsored by the Copeland Foundation of Milton.
               This year “We are Milton” is back. For 2014, event planners have included a full afternoon of Irish Music on Sunday June 22nd.  Once again, ADMISSION FOR BOTH DAYS IS FREE.
               The festival will begin at 5 pm of Saturday June 21st.   The evening will feature some first time musical groups, including the Quincy Choral Society and the celebrated Boston Crusaders Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. There will be food, ice cream, face painting and more.  Saturday evening’s musical lineup will conclude with a brilliant fireworks display beginning at 10pm. 
               On Sunday afternoon June 22nd, the festival will continue with six hours of continuous Irish music on the main stage beginning at 1pm.  Milton has deep Irish roots and the committee is pleased to offer music enthusiasts, “Celtic Sunday.”
               Headlining the afternoon is the legendary Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. 
De Dannon is one of Ireland’s most renowned recording groups. They have travelled the world and are flying direct from Ireland to headline Sunday’s lineup of talent.
               In addition to De Dannon, Celtic Sunday will feature some of Boston’s most popular bands including The Fenian Sons, Cat and the Moon, Erin’s Melody, Devri Irish, and Milton’s own, Pauline Wells.  There will be food, drink, an Irish pastry and tea tent, homemade pizza and much more.
               Free parking is available both days just down the street at Laboure College, 303 Adams St. Shuttle busses will run round trip to Hutchinson’s Field. For more information on this great weekend of music and splendor, go to www.wearemilton.org

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 Rookie Rugby: Join us this summer for some non-contact, flag rugby in Milton! Have fun learning and playing America’s fastest growing sport. Two age groups (Co-ed):  8, 9, 10 and 11, 12, 13.  Good sportsmanship, teamwork and FUN are stressed, as players learn the basic rules of the game, running with the ball, kicking and passing. Players will be mentored by coaches and members of the Boston Rugby Club and Milton High School Rugby Club.
Come out to Milton HS, Lower Gile grass field, Sunday afternoons, 4:00-6:00pm.  Dates: July 20thand 27th, August 3rd, 10th & 17th.  Sponsored by the Boston Rugby Football Club. No cost to Milton residents. $10 per session for non-Milton residents. All parents MUST register their children on site, fill out liability waivers and have proof of proper medical insurance before children can participate.   Paperwork MUST be completed for EVERY player before they participate.  www.bostonyouthrugby.com for more information and forms.

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The following item was submitted by Joe Lynch, the Director of the Department of Public Works:

               There has been a change in trash/recycling/yard waste collection routes. Collections have changed from a five-day collection schedule (currently M,Tu,W,Th,F) to a two-day collection schedule (Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY). Starting Monday June 30th, the Department of Public works will implement a new 2 day collection service for all trash, recycling and yard waste.

               The old five-day collection schedule will continue until Friday June 27th. At that point, no further collections will occur until the following Wednesday.The new collection days will be every Wednesday and Thursday and collections will begin on Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd.

               For more information, a list of streets by collection route and a map of the new routes, please click here: New 2 Day Collection Additional Information

               We ask that you please be patient and understand that this is a new schedule that is being implemented.Some scheduling difficulties are expected, just growing pains.

We trust that you will find it an improvement over the old schedule once it is in place.

One main difference you may enjoy is the reduction of delays due to holidays falling on a Monday!

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               Backpack and School Supplies Drive at Milton Public Library: For a community service project, Sean Bentley, a rising freshman at Milton High, is collecting backpacks and school supplies for the 500 children served by the Interfaith Social Services (ISS) food pantry in Quincy.
               Drop-off box for donations is at the Milton Public Library through Friday, July 25th. Backpacks in good or new condition gratefully accepted, along with paper, notebooks, folders with pockets, pencils, pens, erasers, glue sticks, markers, safety scissors, crayons, index cards, spare calculators, or other supplies.
               The filled backpacks will be distributed to children served by ISS as they come to the food pantry beginning August 1.
               If you would prefer to contribute a check for ISS to buy supplies to fill the backpacks, please call 617-921-8644 or email bbentley@comcast.net. Thank you so much for your generosity to our neighbors. Click here to read more about ISS and the drive: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Backpack-Drive-to-help-local-children.html?soid=1105280230759&aid=PgehcsX9qzE

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The Town of Milton’s Park & Rec program has a plethora of summer programs for Milton residents. For more info, click here:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/2014%20Summer%20program%20brochure.pdf

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The following items were submitted to us by Robin M. Tagliaferri, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum

Please join the Forbes House Museum for two upcoming events:

  • Reception with Irish Consul General O Caollai With Introduction to the trans-Atlantic project, Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine Revisited Tuesday, 17 June, 7pm, at Forbes House Museum We are receiving tremendous response for this event as we continue to build momentum and support for our Great Famine project. We will officially announce the donation of a challenge gift of $15,000 toward the project. Irish music and refreshments will end off the evening. (please see the attached invitation for details)
  • Opening Reception for the exhibit, Mary Bowditch Forbes and the FHM Lincoln Collection Wednesday, 25 June, 6-8pm, at the Milton Public Library This exhibition is made possible through a partnership between Forbes House Museum, Milton Historical Society and Milton Public Library.

For more information,  http://forbeshousemuseum.org/index.html

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Teen Librarian Amy Rosa.

MPL Summer Programs for Teens:

  • Thurs. June 26, 3pm:  Hula Hoops & Hot Dogs Summer Kickoff Party (all ages welcome)
  • Mon. July 14, 6pm: How to Draw Superheroes  (please register online)
  • Sat. July 12 and Sat. Aug. 23, 9am: Kaplan  SAT Practice Tests  (please register)
  • Mon. July 28, 6pm: Fun with SandArt
  • Mon. Aug. 18, 6pm: Brainteaser Night
  • Mon. Aug. 25, 6pm: End of Summer Party and Raffle Drawing for grand prize
  • Wed. June 25 6 -8pm Pastel Painting Workshop (Registration Recommended)
  • Thurs.  July 24 & August 21, 6pm Fashion Design @ the Library (Advance registration required)
  • Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  July 8-July 12 Tween Crafternoons (Advance registration required)

We also have the following item submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian.

Our Summer Reading Club is open for business!  For all of the details, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens.asp or come in to see us in the Children’s Room.  In addition to our reading program, we’ve also got a jam-packed schedule of exciting programs, contests, and special offers planned for your kids all summer long.  Please keep the Milton Public Library at the top of your list for summer fun!

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 29 – July 5:

Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Marvelous Marv, Ages 5-12
We are pleased to welcome Marvelous Marvin, educational entertainer, to present his Magic of Science program!  The Magic of Science explains the scientific process, from the art of experimenting to the creation of an invention. With simple experiments that kids can try at home, they will learn about air pressure, carbon dioxide and the invention of the wheel. The Magic of Science draws a link between the work of artists and scientists, encouraging persistence and exploration. Ages 5-12 welcome (with parent).  Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Mad Science, Grades 1-5
Goop! Ooze! Slime! Slippery Science introduces children to the world of polymers, from common Tupperware to ooze that seems to defy gravity. And everyone goes home with their own colorful batch of ooey-gooey Mad Science slime. This program is open to children entering grades 1-5; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 pmReaders’ Theatre Club, Grades 2-4
Readers’ Theatre is a 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.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show!  Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, 2014 – LIBRARY CLOSED

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

VISUAL ARTS

Our Second annual Garden Party Fundraiser is Friday, June 20th 7-10pm.

Join your favorite art center friends and neighbors on the longest day of the year for an evening of fun! Join us on the solstice! Fairy light stars, flowers… sipping summertime drinks…relaxing to music, nibbling on appetizers, an opportunity to bid on some incredible vacation getaways like a ski weekend in NH or a week’s stay at a villa in Italy!

For more info, click here: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/

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Artspace Milton Summer Art Lab at Milton High School is open for registration.
Register for one week or all four! For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade. Camp meets from 9-12 Monday through Friday and tuition is $150 per session.

July 7-10 Big World Tiny World
We will play around with scale, making unexpected tiny and HUGE painting, sculpture and drawing.
July 14-17 Treehuggers
Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.
July 21-24 Museum Week – all new activities!
Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.
July 28-July 31 Back to the Sixties
Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more! T

To register for any of these classes, email artspace02186@gmail.com

ATHLETICS

On Saturday June 7th, the Pierce Middle School Track and Field team headed to Fitchburg State College to compete in the 4th Annual Massachusetts Middle School Track and Field Championship meet. These athletes trained hard all season and qualified with their times, heights, and distances to participate. Both the boys and the girls teams finished 4th for Division 1.

The following athletes participated:

100 M: Smith Charles, Dominik Hypolite, Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Sarafina Revulis 200 M: James Tran, Jaleigha Williams, Amani Boston, Zoe Doherty 400 M: Phillip Heelen, Ella Affanto 800 M: Noah Fuller, Elise O’Leary, Heidi Freking

Mile: Shane Berry, Bobby Carew, Bridget Mitchell, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran 100 M Hurdles: Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Ava Kelly, Mercedes Harvell 4×100 M Relay: Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan & Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston, Jaleigha Williams 4×800 M Relay: Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran, Heidi Freking High Jump: Jeffrey Chan Long Jump: Smith Charles, Dominik Hypolite, Mercedes Harvell Shot Put: Matt Dunn, Jillian Radley, Janelle Descopins, Kayleen Pean

Some exciting highlights from the day:

The following athletes earned medals for their outstanding performance by placing in the top 8 overall at States: Boys: Smith Charles won 3rd place in the 100M and 4th place in the long jump; Kyle Lok earned 6th place in the hurdles; and the Boys 4×100 relay team (Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan) earned 7th place overall. Girls: Genevieve Connolly won 4th place in 100M; Jaleigha Williams won 2nd place in the 200 M; Bridget Mitchell won 7th place in the 1 Mile; the 4×100 M Relay team (Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston and Jaleigha Williams) won 1st Place; and the 4×800 M Relay (Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran and Heidi Freking) won 5th place.

In addition, the following athletes earned ribbons for placing in the top 8 for Division 1:

Boys:  Jeffrey Chan won 3rd place in High Jump; Smith Charles won 1st place in Long Jump and 100M; Dominik Hypolite won 3rd place in Long Jump; Matt Dunn won 3rd place in Shot Put; the 4 X 100 M Relay (Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan) won 4th place. Girls: Genevieve Connolly won 2nd place in 100M; Jaleigha Williams won 1st place in 200 M; Amani Boston won  5th place in 200 M; Bridget Mitchell won 3rd place in the 1 Mile; Mercedes Harvell won 3rd place in Long Jump; Jillian Radley won 7th place in Shot Put; the 4X100M Relay (Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston and Jaleigha Williams) won  1st place; and the 4 X 800M Relay (Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran and Heidi Freking) won 3rd place.

The coaches are thrilled with the effort put forth by each athlete and all of their accomplishments. It was a wonderful way to end the 2nd year of the Track and Field program at Pierce Middle School.

Milton High School Girls Outdoor Track

MIAA All-States were held on Saturday, June 7th at Bridgewater State University, with Angie Higgins competing in the 200m and Andrea Juzyca in the Javelin.  Andrea finished 3rd in the javelin (throwing 121’) at All States and qualified to compete at New Englands. Angie Higgins finished 4th in the 200 Meter at All States.  At the New England Championships, Andrea Juzyca earned 8th place in the region in javelin with a throw of 117’ 2”.   Andrea Juzyca, and Colette O’Leary were selected to the BSC Outdoor Track All Star First Team. Also,  Andrea broke the 16-year old school record in the javelin by nearly 15 feet this season. The previous record was held by Jessica Nevulis, who threw 106′ 5″ in 1998. The new record is 121′ 1”, set by Andrea Juzyca. She and Angie Higgins were both named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic team.

Milton High Boys Outdoor Track

Two members of the Boys Track team competed at the MIAA All-States on Saturday, June 7th at Bridgewater State University: Chavinskee Milcent in the high-jump and Anthony Smith in the triple-jump. Both Chavinskee Milcent and Anthony Smith were named to the BSC Outdoor Track First Team All Stars. Chavinskee Milcent high jumped 6’4″ at All States and competed in The New England Championship  meet on Saturday, June 14th, where he earned second place in the region with a long jump of 6’ 07’.  In addition, Chavinskee Milcent has been named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic team.

Boys & Girls Crew

Earlier this month, the Milton High School Boys & Girls Crew Teams competed at the first annual National School’s Championship Regatta held in Saratoga Spring, New York.

Congratulations to team members Paul Corcoran, Nico Gilmore, Lucas Campbell, Shane McLaughlin, and coxswain Kip Melcher, who earned a bronze medal in the Mens 2nd 4+ race.

Baseball

8-8 BSC Record, 11-9 overall record.  Qualified for the Division II MIAA Tournament, losing in the first round 5-2 to Oliver Ames HS.  Colin McCabe was a Bay State Conference First Team All Star.  Jason Turner was a BSC Honorable Mention selection.

Softball

3-13 BSC Record, 4-15 Overall Record, Julianne Cosetta was selected as a BSC First team All Star, and Julia Moore was a BSC Honorable Mention selection

Boys Lacrosse

3-8 BSC Record, 7-11 Overall Record, Connor Richard was selected to the BSC First team All Star and Dan Matisoff was selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Girls Lacrosse

2-9 BSC Record, 3-12-1 Overall Record, Claire Mahoney was selected as a BSC First Team All Star and McKenzie Stanley was selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team

Boys Tennis

2-9 BSC Record, 4-13 Overall Record, Judas Taylor, Gustavo Arnal, and Peter DeLuca were selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Girls Tennis

3-8 BSC Record, 5-11 Overall Record, Olivia Johnson was selected to the BSC First team All Star Team and Mikalia Jackson, Renie Chiu, and Ellese Crawford were selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Rugby

Division II South Sectional Champions . Lost in the Mass State Championship match to Brookline HS, 22-19.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to recognize all the Milton Public School students who took part in the town’s Memorial Day celebration. I am proud to note that some of our students sang at the ceremony at Milton Cemetery, while others played instruments in the band. One of our high school students read the Gettysburg address and members of our Milton High football team planted flags on veteran’s graves before the ceremony.  It was a wonderful display of patriotism from our students.

Staff:  We recently learned that Doreen Walsh, the Residency Coordinator for the Milton Public Schools, will be leaving at the end of this school year. Ms. Walsh has been an incredible asset to the district and has worked tirelessly to ensure our residency policies are enforced. She has worked closely with our building principals, the Milton Police Department and the administration. We are very grateful to Ms. Walsh for her time with the Milton Public Schools and we wish her personal and professional success.

Volunteers: I would like to take a moment to thank the board and staff of the Cunningham Foundation for their generosity to our Milton High School student athletes.  Not only do they accommodate our baseball team’s varsity home games on their fields, but they also host nearly a dozen of our teams’ end-of-season banquets at Cunningham Hall and serve as the site for the annual rugby road race. I would especially like to thank Dave Wahlgren, who has always been very accommodating of our student athletes. We are very grateful for all that the Cunningham Foundation does for the students of the Milton Public Schools.  

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

 

E-blast for May 23rd

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 23•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, May 23, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

               Every year around the time of graduation, I begin to think about the group of seniors who will be moving on from Milton High School. I love to use the word “commencement” because it gets the point across that this is a beginning – not an end.  As these young people begin the next phase of their lives, my wish is that we have instilled in them not only a practical and meaningful education, but also a love of community and a sense of self.

               Some of these students began with us as shy kindergarteners or even preschoolers.  Some arrived in elementary or middle school. Others just joined us this year. But I consider every one of these members of the Class of 2014 as representatives of Milton High School and the Milton Public Schools as well as the town of Milton.

               I would like to extend sincere congratulations to the parents and guardians of these accomplished young men and women.  Without your support and guidance of both your children and the Milton Public Schools, our district would look and feel much different than it does today. I am grateful for all that you have done, and in many cases, all that you will continue to do for the Milton Public Schools.  Thank you.  

Note from Milton High School Principal James Jette: “Graduation marks the culmination of hard work, challenges and success stories of each student receiving his/her diploma. It signifies the closing of one chapter of a student’s life which indicates that they are prepared to use the skills and knowledge acquired over the years as they embark upon their future endeavors. For me personally, I approach the graduation with mixed emotions; I am saddened to see such wonderful and intelligent students move on but at the same time, I am happy to see the students venture off into the “real world” whether it is college, the Armed Forces  or the workforce.  I am confident that the graduates of Milton High School are just as prepared as any graduating senior in the country to become positive contributors to society and be our leaders of tomorrow.”

Note from School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker: “Graduation represents an achievement of which each of our seniors can be proud. Some of the same qualities that led to this achievement; setting goals, managing multiple responsibilities and interests and sacrificing short-term gratification for long-term gains will continue to serve them well throughout their lives. Congratulations to our seniors and their families!”

Note from Milton High Administrative Assistant Lisa Huban: “I have a unique perspective. I see these students come in as timid freshman, maneuvering their way academically through this vast space with so much available to them. They immediately see and feel differently once becoming a high schooler. I become very attached, like their mother, nurturer, confidante, and friend. I find it very easy to be kind to them because they are deserving and are so eager to grow and mature. They give to me, everyday, more than I give to them ~ joy. This is what I enjoy the most, their development into smart, strong, opinionated young individuals. I miss each class that passes out of these doors for their uniqueness and the gifts they have given to me, kindness, patience and hope.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There was as School Committee meeting held last night (5/21). This meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held June 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. This meeting will be preceded by a Retiree Reception at 6:30pm.

May 21st:  The May 21st meeting began with a brief address by members of Milton Foundation for Education. Please see the item below, which details the success of this year’s Celebration for Education. Next, Pat Latimore of the Citizens for Diverse Milton came to publicly thank John Phelan for his work with this group and to wish him well in the future.  Next, the School Committee recognized 11 Pierce students who were selected as 2014 winners of the Cambridge Science Festival’s Curiosity Challenge: Caroline Robinson, Jillian Rundlett, Aine Buchau, Kathryn McCarthy, Maeve DiSandro, Domenic Jancaterino, Tina Nguyen, Clarissa Waldmann, Hope Bell, Alisa Lorden and Pennie Sullivan.  This was followed by the recognition of the 19 winners of this year’s Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards, many of whom appeared with their artwork. Gold Key: Mairead Dambruch, Silver Key: Chloe Bustin; Emme Cronin, Allison Grassa, Josh Kery, Sienna Smith and Tori Zimmer . Honorable Mention:  Madeliene Collins, Mairead Dambruch, Maddie Hoy, Della Jrolf, Nancy Marcell, Kate Mulvey, Cate Pappano, Edwin Rodriguez, Amanda Thorne and Rose Zilla-Ba. Dr. Life Legeros, Pierce Middle School Math Curriculum Coordinator, gave a presentation on the Common Core Curriculum, followed by a PARCC presentation given by John Phelan. School Committee members then approved two vendor warrants, approved the School Committee Subcommittee list and voted to approve the ASCME Memorandum of Agreement. There was an update on the Town of Milton’s Five-Year Financial Plan Committee by Dr. Pavlicek and a brief third-quarter report and Policy Subcommittee report.

GRADUATION/SENIOR EVENTS

The next week will be a very busy one for our Milton High School senior class. Please note the following events:

  • Tuesday, May 27th is Senior Awards Night in the Milton High School auditorium. Students should arrive by 6pm and the event begins at 7pm.
  • Wednesday morning, May 28th is Graduation Practice for all seniors in the Copeland Field House from 8:30 to 10:30am.
  • Wednesday evening, May 28th is Boosters Banquet in the Copeland Field House at 6pm.
  • Thursday, May 29th is Graduation Practice for all seniors in the Copeland Field House from 8:30 to 10:30am.
  • Friday morning, May 30th is Senior Breakfast in the high school cafeteria at 8am.
  • Friday night, May 30th is the Junior/Senior Prom at Gillette Stadium. Students will not be admitted after 8pm.
  • Sunday, June 1st is Graduation Day at 2pm in the Copeland Field House. Seniors should arrive by 12:30pm and guests will begin to be admitted to the Field House after 1pm.
  • Sunday, June 1st is the All Night Party for the senior class. Doors open at 10:30pm and close at 11pm. Doors will not re-open until 5am

*Please note: Milton High School administration does NOT condone the student-coordinated Scavenger Hunt or “Senior Drive-By.” On the contrary, we encourage our students to have fun in a safe manner that does not involve loitering, destroying, tampering with or taking other people’s property. The Scavenger Hunt is not an activity that is endorsed by the high school administration. Students are constantly reminded to be safe, have fun and to be good citizens in the community as well.

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I am very pleased to provide the list of colleges, universities, military branches and post-graduate schools that members of our Class of 2014 will be attending. This list contains the plans of 95% of our seniors.

Anderson University South Carolina, Assumption College, Bates College, Boston College, Boston University (2), Bridgewater State University (3) Bunker Hill Community College (2), Catholic University of America, Coastal Carolina University, College of the Holy Cross, Concordia University- Montreal (2), Connecticut College, Curry College (4), Emerson College, Fitchburg State University, Flagler College (2), Framingham State University (2), George Washington University (2), Harvard University, High Point University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Johnsons and Wales (2), Keene State College, Laboure College, Lasell College, Lesley University (3), Loyola University Maryland, Mass Bay Community College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (3), Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (3), Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College (3), Merrimack College, Mount Ida College, Muhlenberg College, New England School of Photography, Nichols College, Northeastern University (3), Oakwood University, Ohio State University, Plymouth State University, Providence College (6), Quincy College, Quinnipiac University, Regis College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2), Rhode Island College (2), Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roger Williams University, Saint Anselm College (2), Saint Joseph’s University (2), Salve Regina University, Simmons College, Smith College, Springfield College, Stonehill College (2), Suffolk University, Syracuse University; Texas Tech University, Tufts University, UMass/Amherst (8), UMass/Boston (11), UMass/Dartmouth (2), UMass/Lowell (3) ,  Union College, Unity College, University of Colorado- Boulder, University of Maine Farmington, University of Maine-Orono, University of New England (2), University of New Hampshire (4), University of New Haven, University Of Rhode Island (2), University of Scranton, University of South Carolina, University of Vermont (4), Universal Technical Institute,  Villanova University, Wentworth Institute of Technology (2), Westfield State University (4), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University. The United States Marine Corps (6), The United States Navy.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please be aware that Monday, May 26th is Memorial Day and there will be no school.

Also, please note that Wednesday, June 4th will be an Early Release Day for Grades 9-12.

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               Milton Historical Society has revamped the annual 5th Grade History tour taking place in June. This year the tour is happening on June 4 (Collicot), June 5 (Cunningham), and June 9th (Glover) and June 13th (Tucker). The Milton Historical Society has been giving tours to Milton Public School 5th graders for over 30 years. Last year, Co-Directors of Education, Amy Morgan Link and Judy Kennedy made some changes to the curriculum and during the month of May, students use a blog, and specially created “History Binders”  that are chock full of fascinating Milton history.  All of this is designed to enhance their tour experience. The week before the tour, the 5th graders all take part in the “Milton Magical Mystery History Meet” in each of the classes. 
               This year, the students will be visiting The Forbes House Museum, The Old Burying Ground, The Wakefield Estate and The Suffolk Resolves House. Some of the 5th graders work will be on display at the Milton Historical Society’s Flag Day Celebration on June 14th from 1-3pm. 

Among the offerings:

  • A fun blog that the teachers use in the classroom    miltonhistory.wordpress.com
  • Provided all of the 5th grade classrooms with Milton Local History Binders, that allows teachers to prep students for tour.
  • “Milton Magical Mystery History Game” in which the 5th graders compete in a Jeopardy-like game show
  • “Made in Milton” research (new this year) we are hoping to have the students read up and present on items that are currently in the Milton Historical Society’s collection at the Suffolk Resolves House. We would like to display their descriptions during   the Suffolk Resolves June Open House.

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Pierce Middle School students recently did very well on several national exams. Congratulations to our 2014 Classics Exam Award Winners. The Athena Gold Award of Excellence and National Mythology Exam Gold Medals were awarded to seventh-grader Eleanor Baldwin and eighth-grader Genevieve Connelly. The National Mythology Exam Silver Medal was awarded to sixth-graders Anna Crowley, Michael Daly and Catherine Le; and eighth-graders James Le and Al Lenz. The National Mythology Exam Bronze Medal was awarded to sixth-graders Dilruba Manavoglu, Wendell Pierce and Shaylen Vangestel; and eighth-graders Jordan Bacci, Eva Chow, Cameron Delerme, Chiara Ferrante and Emmet Kevaney. 

On the National Latin Exam, three students from the Intro Level earned Outstanding Achievement Award & Purple Ribbon: Michael Doyle, Shea Flannagan and Suvan Shukla. The following students won the Achievement Award: Catherine Le, Alex Caputo, Ellen Finch, Will Heavey, Kenya Mathieu, Tina Nguyen, Antonio Rosado, Kennedi VanAllen and Tiye Williamson.  For Latin Level 1, two eighth-graders won the Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: James Le and Domenic Jancaterino. The Silver Medal and Maxima Cum Laude Honorable Award was earned by Victoria Chen. The Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award was earned by Jordan Bacci; and the Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award was earned by Brendan Baker, Eva Chow, Jamie Eder and Emmet Kevaney.

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               Earlier this week, we hosted an unbelievable event here at Milton High School.  Organized by the Diversity Committee and Milton High School students and staff, our International Fest at the Charles Winchester Auditorium and high school cafeteria celebrated the many different cultures of our students and their families. With Bollywood dancers, Irish Step Dance, Jamaican & Haitian Dance as well as Haitian & Cape Verdian poetry, this event was truly a celebration of diversity. I would like to recognize the following people who helped to make this event happen:

               Master of Ceremonies: Tianna Stephenson. Performances by: young Bollywood dancers Reva Mishra, Kaavya Krishnasamy, and Sanvika Setty – organized and choreographed by Sugandha Gopal & Dr. Anitha Krishnasamy, Irish Step Dance by Isabelle Bongiorno, Cape Verdian poem by Eugenio Lopes, Haitain Dances by Jenny & Wenny Descopins, Paola Charles, Allison Bosquet & Fredjaly Cime, Haitian poem by Djenie Meca, Jamaican dance by Andriana Higgins, and another Bollywood dance by Sadia Suhail & Shoilee Banerjee.

               Country Displays showed us many of the traditional crafts, costumes, photos, maps and games by: Cape Verde – Eugenie Lopes; China – Asian Cultural Club; Dominican Republic and Guatemala  - Angelly Perez; Ecuador/Hispanic countries – Jeny Gonzalez & Spanish language students; Eritrea – Naomi Negassi; Francophone Countries – MHS French Club & Lang. Dept.; Greece – Syd Malaxos, Tess Deiabes; Haiti – Allison Bosquet & Friends; India/Pakistan – Sadia Suhail, Shoilee Banerjee, Sugandha Gopal & Anitha Krishnasamy; Italy – Larry  Jordan; Jamaica – Dajia Aikens Taylor & friends; Japan – Miyabi Frasier & Vincent Nguyen; Malaysia – Ginny Kime; Malta – Rachael Tomaszeski; Poland – Welz Family; Trinidad – Johance Liverpool, Katrina Ramkissoon, Patrice Miller.

               Thank you to the following for their donation of food to help celebrate:

Abby Park, Asmara Restaurant, Cesaria’s Restaurant, Catering by Terrie, Las Vegas Express, Euromart Catering, Restaurant Chito, Sher-A-Punjab and Steel & Rye.  Also thanks to: Fruit Center Marketplace for the flower centerpiece donation, BJ’s Wholesale, Costco & Target for the water & paper ware donations.

               We hope to repeat this event next year to continue the sharing of cultures! If anyone is interested, please contact members of the MHS Diversity Committee.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

On Saturday, May 31st from 9am to 2pm, there will be a car wash at Cunningham School to benefit the Cunningham Fifth Grade classroom.

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Please note the ACE Art Exhibit will be held at the Pierce Middle School from 6-8pm on May 29th in the Pierce Art Rooms.  Artwork from students in Grades 5-8 who take ACE art courses will be on display during the Grand Opening event and also after-school from 2:30 to 5 pm on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

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Tucker Elementary School will hold Unity Night from 6-9pm on May 29th in the Milton High School Auditorium. Unity Night is a Tucker tradition where each class will be performing a dance in which this years’ theme, Unity Through Relationships, is incorporated.  Our choreographers, Adrian Williams, Miriam Lundgren and Genie Knight have been working with our students for a few months leading up to the performance. The Tucker Community looks forward to this tradition every year. Unity Night lives up to its name – it is always a huge success in bringing everyone together.

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               On Wednesday, June 4th, 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 or at Milton High School. You can also support the MHS Library by shopping online at www.bn.com/bookfairs from Wednesday, June 4th, through Monday, June 9th, by including the book fair voucher ID #11334604 on the payment page during checkout.

               This fundraiser will benefit the Milton High School library and will be held at Barnes & Noble, 150 Granite Street, Braintree throughout the day on Wednesday, June 4th, 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.

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               Please Save the Date!  Pierce Players will be presenting The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Thursday, June 5th, Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th.  Shows on Thursday and Friday will be at 7pm and the Saturday matinee will be at 2pm. The classic Mark Twain story jumps off the page and comes to life in this musical adaptation of America’s favorite book. The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is the irresistible story of a fourteen-year-old boy growing up in the heartland of America.

               Set in 1840 Missouri, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is the tale of young Tom Sawyer and the never ending mischief of which he so often finds himself a part of; whether it’s matching wits with Aunt Polly, tricking his friends into white-washing a fence for him, or narrowly escaping the clutches of a murderous villain. Along with best friend Huckleberry Finn and love interest Becky Thatcher, the greatest Tom Sawyer exploits are plucked from the book and brought to life on the stage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and can be purchased from Anna McReynolds at Pierce Middle School. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.

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The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, June 7th, from 9am to 12pm at Milton High School (back of the school). The girls’ tennis team will be at the back entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!

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It’s that time of year! The 37th Annual Milton Junior Woman’s Club 5 & 10K road race will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM (rain or shine). The race starts and ends at Cunningham Hall. All proceeds for the event get reinvested into Milton in the form of grants to non-profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. There is discounted registration to youth runners (under 18). Visit miltonroadrace.racewire.com to register! 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

One of the Milton Public Schools’ Community Partners is the Blue Hills Bank. This community bank is headquartered in Hyde Park and has been a strong ally of the Milton Public Schools. Blue Hills Bank established the Blue Hills Charitable Foundation in 2011 to further the bank’s philanthropic and community-based mission. In addition to the generous donation of a WeatherBug station and software for the Glover Elementary School, the Foundation also made a contribution to the Milton High LifeSmarts team.

Blue Hills Bank funded several things at the elementary level:

  • Cunningham – Madame Brown received binoculars, thermometers, nature guides, canvas totes, and magnifying/collection pots to enhance outdoor learning.
  • Glover – Dr. Sheila Kukstis wrote a grant to get a Weather Bug Station and the Weatherbug Achieve software at Glover School.
  • Tucker – Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai wrote a grant to purchase general science materials for the staff and for 3 FOSS Science Kits for Kindergarten.

We are very grateful to Blue Hills Bank for their generosity. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with them in the years to come.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Rachel Schewe, who co-chaired this year’s Celebration for Education.

               On behalf of my co-chairs Courtney Affanato and Sheila Leddy, I wanted to share some excellent news regarding the Milton Foundation for Education’s Celebration for Education event, Power Up which took place in April.
               First we wanted to thank Mary Gormley, John Phelan and Glen Pavlicek for their support of the MFE and Celebration for Education.  Additionally we extend our deep thanks to the Digital Learning Committee under the leadership of Mr. Phelan for all of their outstanding work with the initiatives that the MFE has supported over the last year and will continue to support.
               We would also like to thank the entire leadership committee of the Milton Public Schools, the Principals, the curriculum heads, all of the staff, teachers and especially the school secretaries at each of the six schools.  This event wouldn’t happen without the outstanding support from every level of the Milton Public Schools.
               Sheila, Courtney and I would also like to thank each of our committee heads and every trustee of the Milton Foundation for Education for all of their help every step of the way in planning Power Up, this event would never happen with such amazing team work.
               Finally, the success of the event is in no small part due to our amazing sponsors, especially our event sponsors Curry College and Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Hospital as well as every member of the Milton School community who supported the event either by donating or attending Power Up.  Thank you to all.
               As a result of all of the generosity, hard work and enthusiasm of everyone mentioned, we are thrilled to share that Power Up raised over $171,000.  This is money that will directly affect the education of the children of the Milton Public School. Thank you again.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Congratulations to Milton Fire Chief John J. Grant, who was sworn in as the new President of the Massachusetts Fire Chiefs Association at a ceremony held at Curry College earlier this week. Chief Grant is an outstanding representative of the Milton Fire Department and the town of Milton.

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The Town of Milton Memorial Day Observance is scheduled for Monday, May 26th. The American Legion Post #114 will begin its program with the raising of the flag and the placing of the wreath at 9:30 a.m. at Town Hall. Following this observance, participants will march to Milton Cemetery for the customary ceremonies that will begin at 10:00 a.m. As part of this ceremony, the Milton High School Mixed Chorus & Band will perform an Armed Forces Salute and other musical selections under the direction of Noreen Diamond Burdett and Gary Good.  Milton High School Junior Kevin Conway will recite the Gettysburg Address, and our chorus will sing the National Anthem during the flag-raising ceremony.  All are welcome to attend.

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The Town of Milton’s Park & Rec program is currently holding on-line signups for a variety of summer programs, including Lamar Reddicks basketball clinics, Summer Rec program at Cunningham Park and Summer Sports Clinics. Click here for more info:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

Also, the Park & Rec Department has finalized their Summer Concert Series. This summer, they have changed the day and time to Wednesdays; 6-7:30pm. Also, Park & Rec will be running a Mohegan Sun trip on June 6th and an adult golf clinic, starting on May 28th. For more information about these events and the summer schedule of concerts, click here:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

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The Town of Milton Master Planning Committee will be holding two roundtable sessions in the month of June. The first will be held at Cunningham Hall on Wednesday, June 11th at 7 pm to discuss Housing and Neighborhoods. The second will be held on Saturday, June 14th at 9am at the Milton Public Library as an Open House.

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On Saturday, June 14th from 1-3 pm., the Suffolk Resolves will be openin honor of Flag Day and Bunker Hill Day.  Visit with Revolutionary War re-enactors and tour this popular historic site, located at 1370 Canton Avenue.  Celebrate Flag Day With The Milton Historical Society at the Suffolk Resolves House located at 1370 Canton Avenue
 Saturday June 14th 1-3pm.  Commemorate the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the American Flag with special activities for all ages:

  • Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn! *
  • Sandwiches and treats from The Plate will be available for purchase on site. *
  • See Revolutionary War reenactors in action!
  • Design your own special flag!
  • Learn about Milton’s contributions to American History – with help from some Milton 5th graders*weather permitting

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Springtime fun for families continues throughout the season in the Children’s Room at 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 25 – 31:

Monday, May 26thLIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, May 28th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, May 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5

The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5.  Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers.  The book we are reading for May is The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)by Tony DiTerlizzi.  Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org.  Come join us to discuss this exciting story about the Grace children, who move to an old family home that is already inhabited by some surprising residents!  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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces June Selection

The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected Winger by Andrew Smith as its June pick.  “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday June 2 for discussion and snacks! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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

VISUAL ARTS

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

The 2014 Milton Art Center Garden Party will be held on Friday, June 20th from 7-10pm. Join us on the solstice! Fairy light stars, flowers, sipping summertime drinks, relaxing to music, nibbling on appetizers, an opportunity to bid on some incredible vacation getaways like a ski weekend in NH or a week’s stay at a villa in Italy! Join your favorite art center friends and neighbors on the longest day of the year for an evening of fun!Please click here for more info: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

 Also, please note that registration for summer courses for teens and adults is currently underway. Click here for course descriptions: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/Teen%20Adult%20Summer%202014

The following items were sent to us by ArtSpace Milton:

Artspace and Sustainable Milton have been invited to participate in World Ocean Day on Sunday June 8th at the New England Aquarium. We will once again construct a geodesic dome using roughly 1500 plastic bottles, the number of bottles consumed per second in the United States. Of these, just 28% are recycled. Anyone interested in participating in this event should email artspace02186@gmail.com. We will need help in preparing beforehand, as well as on the day of the event. Students of physics or ecology are particularly encouraged!

Also, Artspace Milton Summer Art Lab at Milton High School is open for registration.
Register for one week or all four! For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade. Camp meets from 9-12 Monday through Friday and tuition is $150 per session.

July 7-11 Big World Tiny World
We will play around with scale, making unexpected tiny and HUGE painting, sculpture and drawing.

July 14-18 Treehuggers
Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.

July 21-25 Museum Week – all new activities!
Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.

July 28-August 1 Back to the Sixties
Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more!

To register email artspace02186@gmail.com

ATHLETICS 

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Team Record: BSC League: 3-8, Non-league Record: 4-5, Overall Record: 7-11Record: League: 3-8 Non-League: 4-3. Highlight:  After an 0-5 start, the team was able to win 7 of their last 13 games to remain in the tournament hunt until the last game.
The team achieved the program’s best record since 2006.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

Overall Record of 3-11-1 with BIG wins over Ursuline Academy, Brookline HS, and Weymouth HS.  Claire Mahoney provided great leadership and timely scoring.  McKenzie Stanley played fantastic in net for the Girls Lax team.

Boys Varsity Baseball

MHS Baseball team: 11-9 overall, 8-8 league. Colin McCabe finished season with .425 average, Jason Turner finished with .367 average. Colin McCabe had 4 wins on the mound. Liam Collins, Brandon Musto and Cam Brown were also great on the mound. The team qualified for MIAA post-season play.

Girls Varsity Softball

Milton High Softball:  4-15 overall, and 3-13 in the BSC.  The MHS softball seniors have provided great leadership all season.

Girls Track

League record is 2-4. The Girls Spring Track team competed in the Bay State League Conference in Braintree on Wednesday.  Top performers include freshman Abigail Jean-Baptiste  who placed fifth in the 100m dash, with a time of 13.49; junior Emma Pred-Sosa, who placed 7th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:03; senior Emma Greenawalt, who placed 8th in the 800 meter with a time of 2:28; freshman Colette O’Leary, who placed second in the one mile with a time of 5:13; sophomore Mairead Dambruch, who placed third in the two mile with a time of 12:00; junior Andrea Juzyca, who placed 2nd in the javelin with a distance of  110′-02″; and  freshman Savannah Madden, who placed 5th in javelin with a distance of 86′-00″.   For relay teams, Milton girls track’s 4×100 relay placed 7th; the 4×400 relay placed 5th; and the 4×400 relay placed 3rd.  Last Sunday, the team participated in the Division 3 State Relay Meet in Pembroke. The Girls 4×200 relay team placed 7th; and the Distance Medley Relay placed 7th.

Boys Track

The Boys Spring Track team competed in the Bay State League Conference Meet on Wednesday night. Chavinskee Milcent and Anthony Smith placed first and second in the long jump. Chavinskee also won the high jump and Anthony won the triple jump. Mandel Roberson finished third in the 100 meter dash and the 4 by 100 meter relay team place 4th. The boys should compete for the Division. 3 State title next Saturday.

 The Boys Spring Track team finished second in the Division 3 State Relay meet last Sunday, with five teams participating in the event and three teams winning. The boys won the long and high jumps and the hurdles. Ten athletes qualified for the State Meet.

Boys Tennis

League record 2-8. Overall record 4-12. 

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team has won 4 matches and lost 11 matches.  The #1 singles, junior Olivia Johnson, has 11 wins and 4 losses.  We play Weymouth today (our last match), and we hope to  beat them again. 

Boys Rugby

League record:  8-0….   Milton High’s Rugby Team competed in this year’s Division 2 State Semi Final vs. Cambridge Rindge & Latin earlier this week.  This was a hard-fought game with two of the top-performing teams in the state hoping for a place in the Final. Milton Rugby has now extended the winning season to 8-0 and shows no sign of slowing down. A special thanks goes out to all the families and friends that came out to support the team, to the coaching staff of both teams, to the players involved and the referee Chris Mutty.  Also, hats off to Mark Chandler for his Man-of-the-Match performance. Milton High School Rugby Team will now move onto the State Division 2 finals where they will meet Brookline High School at 1pm Saturday 24th May at Fort Devens. We all hope to see you there for a great day of rugby. Varsity Rugby has outscored its opponents 240 points to 40 this season.

Crew

The Milton High School Crew teams competed at two regattas last Saturday (Mayor’s Cup) and Sunday (Moose on the Malden). During the Mayor’s Cup, Milton won 4 cups (Boys Varsity 4+, Girls Varsity 4+, Boys Varsity 8+, Girls Varsity 8+) During the Moose on the Malden, Milton won 7 rowing events!  It was a great weekend for Milton High School Crew, who raced more than 15 different teams from Malden, Medford, Somerville, Main, New Hampshire and Cambridge. Our crew coaches reported that this was the best weekend in Milton High School crew history.Both Girls and Boys’ teams second 4 were invited to New England Regionals on Saturday and will also compete in Sunday’s state championships in Lowell. 

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 am very pleased to announce that the Pierce Middle School Boys 8th Grade Chorus scored “High Gold” and the Girls 8th Grade Chorus scored “Platinum” at today’s Great East Music Festival.  Bravo to these students and their teacher, Dawn Sykes.  

Staff:  I would like to congratulate Dr. Life Legeros, Pierce Middle School’s Math Curriculum Coordinator, who completed work on his Ph.D recently. Dr. Legeros earned his doctorate in Leadership in Urban Schools from UMass/Boston this week. Please join me in congratulating him for this accomplishment.

Volunteers: I would like to thank John Gillooly, a Milton Public School parent, who donated his services to create a lasting gift. Mr. Gillooly of Professional Event Images, Inc., took beautiful images of each of the front entrances of our school and arranged them in a magnificent framed collage as a gift for John Phelan, our outgoing Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel. To see more of Mr. Gillooly’s work, visit these links:

Portfolios: www.500px.com/JohnGillooly
Blog : www.peinews.blogspot.com
Work: www.peiphoto.smugmug.com

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.

 

E-blast for May 15th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 15•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: May 15, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Since October, the Milton School Committee and Leadership Team have been working together to develop our Milton Public Schools’ FY2015 budget. The Leadership Team of administrators and principals met to analyze our student achievement data, student enrollment trends, state mandates, contractual obligations, etc. and created a proposed budget.  Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek and I met with our School Committee’s Finance Subcommittee, made up of Chairperson Mary Kelly and members Leroy Walker and Mike Zullas. This subcommittee met every Tuesday morning from 7 to 8 am in a public meeting to monitor our current school budget while developing next year’s school budget. Our administrators made individual presentations related to the budget needs of their departments.We identified three Advancement Initiatives for the second year in a row:

• Emphasizing Early Literacy Achievement (Pre-K – 3)
• Advancing Science and STEM (Science , Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiatives (Pre-K-12)
• Closing the Proficiency Gaps (Pre-K—12)

The Leadership Team and Milton School Committee presented our FY2015 Budget to Milton’s Warrant Committee at four different meetings during this past school year. The Warrant Committee’s Subcommittee on the Schools, chaired by Cheryl Tougias along with members Carolyn Cahill and Paul Pasquerella, worked with our Finance Subcommittee and Leadership Team to identify priorities and analyze their costs.

The School Committee and Leadership Team presented our FY2015 school budget to each of our PTOs in widely publicized public meetings. Working collaboratively with the Milton Warrant Committee, we presented the attached FY15 Budget request to Milton’s Town Meeting last Thursday evening. I am very pleased to tell you that your Town Meeting members voted unanimously to support our FY2015 school budget.

This is wonderful news for our students and staff. The citizens of Milton understand the value their public school system and the support the work of our teachers and staff. On behalf of Milton Public School students and staff, I want to thank the Warrant Committee and Town Meeting Members for their support of the School Department’s budget. A special thank you goes to the Milton School Committee for their tireless work in developing next year’s school budget. The School Committee’s budget presentation can be found here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY15BUDGETPRESENTATION.pdf

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

A School Committee meeting was held last night — May 14th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. I would like to recognize and congratulate the new School Committee Chairman, Leroy Walker, and the new School Committee Vice Chairman, Michael Zullas. A summary of the meeting is below:

May 14th: This meeting started with a brief School Choice Open Public Hearing. School Committee members voted to remain a “non-School Choice” district. They then adjourned this portion of the meeting and moved to the regular School Committee meeting. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, there was an Elementary Grades Reading Assessment Presentation, given by Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinators Holly Concannon, Amy Gale and Stephanie Nephew. To view the presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/EarlyLiteracyInitiative201314.pdf

Next was a Science Achievement Presentation, given by Middle School Science Curriculum Coordinator Christine Chiappetta, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan and Milton High School Science Department Head Edward Mulvey. To view this presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SchoolCommitteePresentationMAY14.pdf

The School Committee also discussed the new DESE fingerprinting requirements for staff members and was given an update on the Health & Wellness Committee by Ms. Bagley Jones. Upcoming subcommittee assignments were reviewed, three recent vendor warrants were approved and a Town Meeting update was given by Mr. Zullas. School Committee members voted to approve a new transportation bid before adjourning the meeting.

The next School Committee meeting will be held May 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library. There will also be meetings on June 4th at 6:30 (preceded by the Retiree Reception) and June 11th (preceded by the Volunteer Reception.)

CURRICULUM NEWS

Milton High School biology teacher Amy Tom has been appointed the new High School Science Department Head for the 2014-2015 school year. Ms. Tom will be replacing Edward Mulvey, who was serving as interim department head this year. Ms. Tom has been teaching at Milton High School for six years.

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Milton Summer Enrichment will be holding walk-in registration at Cunningham School on Tuesday, May 27th, Tuesday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 17th from 2-4:30. Registration will be held by Ms. Van Allen in the Cunningham main office. To view the brochure, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/finalbrochure2014.pdf

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Each of our elementary schools will be hosting an Open House on Monday, June 9th for parents/guardians of incoming First Graders. Parents/guardians of rising first-graders will be contacted directly by their school’s principal.

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Several of our fifth-graders did very well in the National Poster Contest, sponsored by Saris Cycling Group.

Saoise Killion of the Collicot School was chosen as the first-place winner for the state of Massachusetts. She was awarded a bicycle, a helmet and a bike light. Tucker student Maeve Corcoran’s poster won second place in the state and was awarded a new bike helmet and bike light for her efforts.

Congratulations to both these students and their art teachers, Jess Gillooly and Angela Lathwell for their success.

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Two local librarians – one from the public schools and one from the public library – have been collaborating on a special project which aims to educate students about the vast resources available to them at the Milton Public Library and its website.

Lori Henry and Sara Truog have been working together on the “MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Student Success Take Two” project. Funded by the Milton Library Foundation and now in its second year, the project sent both librarians into the public schools to teach classrooms of elementary students about how to access resources at the library. This year alone, more than 2,000 students were reached as a result of this program.

“The ‘Take Two’ program exposed all of Milton’s elementary school students to the importance of the Milton Public Library’s mission to enrich the community by connecting people to the world of ideas, information, and imagination to support their work, education, personal growth and enjoyment,” said Lori Henry. “The initial project demonstrated that through thoughtful, collaborative efforts within the community, students gained an appreciation for the Milton Public Library as a local and virtual resource in the pursuit of life-long learning and access to information. ‘Take Two’ advanced this cause.”

Ms. Henry said that the staff at the Milton Public Library continues to gather statistics in the Children’s Room and reported that students may continue to redeem their prize coupons through May. “We are confident that the word about the Milton Public Library’s physical and virtual resources for students is spreading all over town, reaching new audiences, and being reinforced for those who we worked with last year.”

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Tucker Elementary School French Immersion Teacher Shelagh Frossard was recently notified that she has been selected for the annual New Teacher Commendation for 2014. This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in foreign language teaching.

“This award is well-deserved. Shelagh has rapidly demonstrated her remarkable talent as a French and elementary teacher,” said Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head for Milton Public Schools. “Her young students benefit every day from her kindness, creativity and enthusiasm. She is an asset to the Tucker school and our district.”

Dr. Fisher also noted that Ms. Frossard is herself an alumnus of the Milton Public Schools’ French Immersion program and was at one time a student of Dr. Fisher.

Ms. Frossard will receive the award from the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association at their annual fall Conference at the Business and Awards Luncheon that will take place on Saturday, October 25th.

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Two employees of the Milton Public Schools are being honored by the Norfolk County Teachers Association. Congratulations to Christine Winchester of the Pierce Middle School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor Award; and Susan Doyle of the Glover Elementary School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service Award.

Christine Winchester, who is retiring, has taught science for 26 years in the Milton Public Schools. Susan Doyle has served as the administrative assistant at Glover Elementary School for 14 years.

I would like to thank both of these hardworking employees of the Milton Public Schools for their service and congratulate them for this award.

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Michael McLeish has just been chosen for a summer internship at the Massachusetts State House. Michael will be working with State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez. Representative Sanchez represents the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District, which includes the Boston communities of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, along with Precinct Five of the Town of Brookline. Michael will be working two days a week, one day at Representatives Sanchez’s Mission Hill office and the other day at the State House.

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Dozens of students from Glover Elementary School were joined by parents, guardians, grandparents, dogs, strollers and local officials as part of the recent Walk/Bike to School Day on May 7th.

“This event, which has become a Glover tradition, is a day that everyone looks forward to,” said Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis. “We are grateful to State Representative Walter Timilty, Town of Milton engineer John Thompson and School Committee member Becky Padera for joining us on this wonderful morning.”

Dr. Kukstis also thanked Glover parent Erick Ask for the time he has devoted over the past years to make this day happen and Glover teacher Ben Jones for his help in organizing this event.

Massachusetts’ Walk/Bike to School Day is part of a nationwide effort to encourage walkers and bicyclists to join together to celebrate National Walk/Bike to School Day. The goal is to highlight the need for safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of a range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, cyclist and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community. Walk/Bike to School Day is an effort of the Safe Routes to School program.

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The Boston Globe recently ran an article, written by Milton’s own Bella English, about a new app that allows users to create anonymous posts. The article discusses the Yik Yak app, and quotes Milton High School Principal James Jette in the body of the article. This app was also discussed in both our middle and high schools, as part of the Katie Greer presentation on Internet Safety held last month in our schools. To read the article, click here:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2014/05/13/yik-yak-and-mobile-anonymity/3nK20WY0V08EfKZYTZdJxK/story.html

To access the Katie Greer website, where there are several article on the use of Yik Yak, click here: http://klgreer.com/

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents/Guardians of Milton High School seniors should have received an email and/or letter outlining the next few weeks of exams and activities for their senior. This includes information on the prom, Senior Sign-Out, Graduation Day, the All-Night Graduation Party, as well as Senior Scavenger Hunt and Senior Drive-By. Please be sure you review expectations with your student regarding these events.

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Please join us for the Grades 5-8 ACE Exhibit. The Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, May 29th from 6-8pm at the Pierce Middle School in the two art rooms and the hallway right outside of the art rooms. Continued viewing will be June 2, 3, 4 from 2:30-5:00.

There are dozens of beautiful pieces to be viewed, so please take a moment to stop by and see this exhibit.

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The Milton High School Girls Lacrosse team is hosting a car wash this Saturday, May 17th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham School driveway. Please stop by and get your car washed by your super Wildcat athletes. All funds earned go directly to the girls lacrosse team.

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The Milton High School Boosters 36th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 28th at 6pm in the Copeland Field House at Milton High School. Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams. The Banquet committee is currently seeking volunteers to plan this event. Please contact Robin Coyne at robincoyne@hotmail.com or Lorraine Kiley at 5kileys@comcast.net if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Tickets for parents, siblings and friends may be purchased online at www.miltonboosters.com or by emailing banquet@miltonboosters.com. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child. Letter winners are FREE.

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Girls Tennis Team Collects ‘Cans for Cats': The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, June 7th, from 9am to 12pm at Milton High School (back of the school). The girls’ tennis team will be at the back entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!

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The Milton High School Class of 2016 is selling raffle tickets for a Martha’s Vineyard Island Package valued at more than $500. The package includes 3 days and 2 nights at Shearer Cottage, a historic inn in Oak Bluffs; roundtrip tickets for two adults on the Island Queen; and at $25 gift certificate for lunch or dinner. Tickets are $20 each with volume discounts. The drawing will be held May 31st. For more information about tickets, email MHSMA.class2016@yahoo.com For more information about the Shearer Cottage, visit www.shearercottage.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW is hosting their annual open house on Saturday May 17th from 10am – 1pm. This event promises to be loads of fun for young and old. Please visit the DPW link here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_BBoard/047F0F32-000F8513.0/Press%20release%20-%20DPW%20Open%20House%20Press%20Release.pdf

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It’s that time of year! The 37th Annual Milton Junior Woman’s Club 5 & 10K road race will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM (rain or shine). The race starts and ends at Cunningham Hall. All proceeds for the event get reinvested into Milton in the form of grants to non-profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. There is discounted registration to youth runners (under 18). Visit miltonroadrace.racewire.com to register!

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The following item was submitted by the Milton Council on Aging:

“Game Plan for the Future,” — Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:30pm.. Often times here at the COA, we hear comments from people about their desire to make life easier. Many times their main concern is that big old house that costs too much in taxes and is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. They know it is time to “Game Plan for the Future” but where do you start?

Thanks to our good friend Tom O’Neill, Owner of Success! Real Estate of Milton, we can help you sort through this daunting task. Last fall, Tom and his team presented a similar program and it was very well received and extremely helpful to many people. A few weeks ago, Tom called and said he would love to do another similar type program and we were all thrilled to work with him once again.

Plans for this presentation include a delicious light supper at 5:30PM and the presentation will start promptly at 6PM. Tom will start the presentation giving us an update on the current real estate market in Milton. In talking with him last week, it was interesting to note that there are many buyers out there but not much inventory of homes in Milton. Once you make the decision to sell or downsize, there is always legal ramifications. This portion of the presentation will be covered by Attorney Thomas O’Neill from the law firm of O’Neill and McGrath PC. Thomas will explain the different types of trusts you can use to protect your home, the time limit for a Medicaid look back and the dreaded capital gains taxes when you do finally sell your home. Both Tom and Thomas will be available to take your questions as well. They have even agreed to stay after the presentation to speak with you privately over coffee and dessert.

As if all this wasn’t enough……there will also be a door prize of a FREE CLEAN OUT ($500 Value) so that you can get rid of your large and small unwanted/unneeded items or furniture. If you live in Milton you know how great it would be to win this door prize!!!! Handouts will be available as well as a few restaurant gift certificates given away throughout the event.

Reservations are required so please give us a call at 617-898-4893 to sign up. Special thanks to Tom and his team for their continued generosity and willingness to help us with our GAME PLAN FOR THE FUTURE!!!!

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Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

This year, a group of Milton High School students helped with the food drive by volunteering at the Milton Food Pantry to help unload and sort the donations brought in by postal workers. I’d like to thank Jonathan Pierre, David Perkins, Ellese Crawford, Kymric Coon, Krystal Gradner, Jerhan Potteen and Kaleb Herd for spending their Saturday helping with this effort. I would also like to thank Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw for helping to organize the students and also volunteering his time for this project. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.

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Congratulations to Caroline Kinsella, BSN, RN, who was recently named Milton’s Public Health Director. Ms. Kinsella has served on our School Committee’s Health & Wellness subcommittee and has been a strong advocate for heath programs in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kinsella to her new position.

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Please Save the Date! The Second Annual Milton Music Fest and Fireworks is coming up soon. On Saturday June 21st, “We are Milton,” will be hosting a music fest and fireworks display at Hutchinson Field. More information will be posted in the next E-blast.

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Congratulations to Chris Lenane of the Adams Street Early Learning Center, winner of the 2014 Professional Recognition Award. Milton is blessed with a dedicated workforce of early education and care professionals. Chris has worked daily to provide the very best opportunities for the children and families of our community. It’s time to take a moment to gather and celebrate the contributions made by her!

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The East Milton Square Parking and Access Design Project is holding a public information meeting on May 19th at 7:00PM at the Milton Council on Aging – 10 Walnut Street. The goal of the project is to take the locally-preferred alternative for East Milton Square identified by the Town’s Board of Selectmen and turn it into a buildable design. The implementation of the design will address issues currently experienced in East Milton Square such as parking concerns, the lack of connection between the pieces of the Square east and west of I-93 and the under-utilization of the deck area over the highway. The Town of Milton invites you to learn more about the project, review the materials developed to support the planning process and design phase, and contact the project’s public involvement specialist with your questions or comments. For more information, please visit: http://www.eastmiltonsquarestudy.com/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Springtime fun for families continues throughout the season in the Children’s Room at 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 25 – 31:

Monday, May 26th – Library Closed

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial. This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students. While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, May 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5

The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5. Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers. The book we are reading for May is The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Tony DiTerlizzi. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this exciting story about the Grace children, who move to an old family home that is already inhabited by some surprising residents! 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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The following information was sent by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian:

Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces June Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected Winger by Andrew Smith as its June pick. “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday June 2 for discussion and snacks! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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Join the Teen Services department for an after school movie! Pick between Frozen vs. Catching Fire! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Teen movies are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments.

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

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

For the first time in several years, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is now providing outpatient obstetrical and gynecological care through the office of Alice Shin, MD. Dr. Shin, who is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides full-service outpatient OB/GYN care at BID-Milton with inpatient obstetrical and labor and delivery care provided at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also performs gynecologic surgery at BID-Milton, including minimally invasive surgeries using laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques. She has extensive experience in treating women’s health issues, including fertility, uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, endometriosis and menopause.

Dr. Shin received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School and completed her residency at Washington University, Barnes Jewish Hospital. She is also an instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Shin is currently accepting new patients at her office, located at 100 Highland Street, Suite 205. The office telephone number is 617-754-0500.

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Does your child play a contact sport? Then you won’t want to miss “Injuries and Youth Contact Sports: Treatment options and reducing risk,” a free community education program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s orthopedic sports medicine specialist Dr. Ben Thompson on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm in the hospital’s Nangeroni Education Center. A must for young athletes, their parents, coaches and trainers, this program will cover concussions; shoulder, knee and ankle injuries as well as the treatment options, long-term recovery and reducing injury risk. Pre-registration is required by calling 617-696-8810

ATHLETICS

Great news! The Milton High School Rugby Team won the regular season title yesterday with a 22-12 win at Marshfield HS. The team finished the season at 7-0 and will now host the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday evening at Brooks Field. They will play Cambridge at 6:00 pm. It would be great if we could have a big “Red Nation” turnout for the game.

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: We have incredible students in the Milton Public Schools. I would like to recognize three of these students for their monumental fundraising achievements over the past several weeks. Milton High Senior Brendan Hunt planned, organized and successfully executed the Run for Red Nation, a local 5K which raised money for sports, clubs and activities at MHS. Last weekend, Matt McCarthy & Tansey Massey Green joined forces to organize the Mini- Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. All three of these students are to be commended for giving their time and energy to such worthwhile causes.

Staff: As I mentioned above, we have three staff members who were recently commended by statewide groups. Pierce teacher Christine Winchester and Glover administrative assistant Susan Doyle were recognized by the Norfolk County Teachers Association; and Tucker teacher Shelagh Frossard was singled out by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. Congratulations to all three!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Ivy Anthony, a Tucker kindergarten parent who is spearheading the outdoor classroom area at Tucker. Ms. Anthony has written several grants on behalf of Tucker and has translated them into the new garden boxes, resources for all K students and a partnership with Brookwood Farm. We are very grateful for the work Ms. Anthony has done so far and we look forward to seeing her ideas and energy translate into beautiful outdoor spaces for the Tucker school.

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.

E-blast for May 6th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 06•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  May 6, 2014

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There is no profession that impacts the future more profoundly than that of a public school teacher. A teacher educates and “unwraps” the gifts and talents of each student in their classroom. Pictured below is Tucker art teacher Jess Gillooly, one of many talented teachers in our district.

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Teacher Appreciation:  May 5th to May 9th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Every year, I try to encourage parents, guardians and students to take a moment to thank a teacher. Whether it is a PTO-organized luncheon or a thoughtful note or e-mail, I know that our teachers are grateful for the gesture. I am constantly amazed by the dedication and talent of the hundreds of educators that teach our students every day.

School Nurse Day: May 6th to May 12th is National Nurses Week.  I hope that all of those in the Milton Public School community will take time to thank their school nurse. Please remember these professionals who do their best every day to keep our students healthy and safe.

Administrative Professionals Day: I would like to wish a belated Administrative Professionals Day to our support staff at each of our school buildings, as well as those at Central Office, the Business Office, Guidance, Community Schools and Special Services. If the date slipped by you, it’s not too late to express your gratitude.  Please join me in thanking these professionals for the work they do for our district and our schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

April 2nd: During the Citizen’s Speak portion of the meeting, Brian Kelly and Kathleen Ready came to talk about the Run Again Project and their collaboration with the Pierce Middle School. Matt McCarthy spoke about the upcoming Relay for Life on May 10th. Melanie Davis came to speak about the French Immersion wait list. Frank Schroth noted the upcoming Candidate’s Forum. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, the LifeSmarts Team, along with Coach Nancy Mikels, was congratulated on their season and wished the best of luck in their upcoming Orlando tournament. Brendan Hunt plugged the fundraiser, Run for Red Nation. A presentation was made by the Collicot Site Council, which outlined the most recent data and detailed the recommendations for school improvement. School Committee members asked questions about some of the data and congratulated the Site Council for its hard work. Ms. Gormley announced that Jackie Morgan received the 2014 School Nutrition Director Award; and Owen McElhinney of Pierce Middle School has been named a George Washington Scholar. Members also reviewed the upcoming School Committee calendar and approved the warrant.

April 30th: This was a reorganizational meeting. Congratulations to Leroy Walker, who was voted Chairman and Michael Zullas, who was voted Vice Chairman.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Congratulations to the following students who scored in the top ten of their schools’ third and final WordMaster meet:

Tucker Top 10

Grade Three: Logan Do, Nicholas Reason, Emily Gallagher, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Myles Bedingfield, Claudia O’Neill, Emma Harris, Ian Wick, Timothy Fay, Lucas Cecere. Grade 4: Stella Yuan, Luke Shield, Elle Anthony, Marcus Ollivierre, Max Hollingworth-Hays, Griffin Ritchie, Michael McHugh, Darioush Ghazian, Henry Wien, Peter Rhee. Grade 5: Daniel Truog, Oskar Peloquin, Walker Harris, Gabriel Estevez, Claire Walko, Max Mangum, Franklin Olivierre III, Sebastien Yunger, Luke Palmer, Dominque Thomas.

Collicot Top 10

Grade 3: Caelan Leddy, Ava Robertson, Cole Humphrey, Bridget Miskell, Olivia DiSandro, Connor Griffen, Toby Kelleher, Lok Ye Young, William deGregorio, Molly Farley. Grade 4: Sam Disandro, Vinzenz Vingl, Lily Tynan, Izzy Doten, Andrew Tran, Tyler Kennedy, Emily Karimbakas, Nate Labbe, Keira Earner, Caroline Ghelli. Grade 5: Aislinn Mershon, Kate McDonald, Anthony Martin, Saoirse Killion, Katie McDevitt, Colin McMorrow, Ben Mills, Maureen Lang, Arlo Stoodt, Michael Swanton.

Cunningham Top 10

Grade 3: Erika Wong, Patrick Schultz, Paul McLaughlin, Anya Weinstein, Liam McLoughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Kiera Glazer, William Kelley, Sophie Kosiba, Raina Sohur. Grade 4: Anna Hamblet, Mary Mylod, Dimitri Sophinos, Chloe Zhong, Aidan Skillin, Lucia Dwyer, Elizabeth McGill, Barron Clancy, Somachi Amadi, Kiley Fitzgerald. Grade 5: Arjun Sohur, Eris McCubbin, Sophie Boucher, Olga Kasarov, John McCampbell, Kayley Moy, Gwen LeLacheur, Joseph Andresino, Mahina Panerio-Langer, Jami Milliken.

Glover Top 10

Grade 3: Ardic Ceranoglu, Lydia Geering, Alexander Shenouda, Michael Duffy, Sampreeti Fitton, Clare Graham, Craig Pentland, Meredith Tangney, Clara Johnson, Nicolas Sutter. Grade 4: Frances Corcoran, Donovan Murray, Carolina deOliveira Castro, Annabella deOliveira Castro, Veronica deOliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Billy Petrik, Jake Lippert, Henry Synnott, Nathaniel McNulty. Grade 5: Solveig Ask, Laura Braithwaite, Anna Fahy, Aidan Greene, Andrew Shenouda, Aidan Quinn, Thomas Statham, Luke Baltay, Luca Mostofi, Emmett Martin, Austin Au, Abigail Files.

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High School students in Kassandra Derby’s Drawing II class began work on the annual Mural project at Collicot Elementary School. The project began three years ago, when Collicot principal, Janet Sheehan, asked if high school art students could brighten up the first floor corridors with some colorful murals. Since then, the Drawing II classes have responded enthusiastically, creating several literacy-themed designs. This year’s students have created not one but two designs. On Monday night, the murals were revealed at a small ceremony to celebrate their completion.  Many thanks to: Rachel Park, Darren Lopez, Alex Perez, Kurtis Cahill, Jannatul Ferdaus, Keanu Armstead, Tori Zimmer, Kali Guise, Kevin Roche, Zach Mazzarella, Josh Kery and Anne-Marie Grudem. Well done!

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The following item was submitted to us by Stephanie Nephew, Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator for Tucker Elementary School.  

            The Milton Public Schools Elementary faculty has participated in a variety of strategic efforts to support early literacy in the 2013-14 school year. In the fall of 2013, MPS launched Readers’ Workshop K-5 and implemented a district-wide reading assessment plan. The Lucy Calkins Readers’ Workshop Units of Study were also implemented across the district to guide our reading curriculum.

            Readers’ Workshop is a structure for teaching reading that combines explicit instruction by the teacher, with extended time for students to read independently in “just right” books. The structure is designed to provide opportunities for differentiated instruction; whole group, small group, and individual instruction; exposure to a variety of genres; and a classroom that invites all students to become a part of a community of readers, thinkers, and talkers.

            Teachers across the district have put in a tremendous amount of work refining their instruction in the readers’ workshop model and unpacking the Lucy Calkins curriculum units. Professional development opportunities to support the work were multifaceted. Teachers participated in full-day district-wide professional development workshops in late August and October. In addition, five-hour and ten-hour professional development strands after school and on weekends were offered throughout the year to gain curriculum and instructional support. Reading consultant, Martha Winikur, also worked closely with grades 1 and 2 teachers proving additional formal workshops and classroom instructional coaching.

            In addition to instructional support, systematic assessments have been implemented to monitor reading progress and gain insight on the specific instructional targets necessary for individuals to continue to grow as readers. The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System has been implemented for all K-2 students and the Scholastic Reading Inventory was administered for upper elementary students. Regular school-based data analysis meetings have been held to thoughtfully analyze the data and to develop action plans for instruction.  With the increase of an additional reading specialist in the 2013-14 school year, we have been able to create a team approach to support all students.  We hope to continue to grow a collaborative environment where teachers and reading specialists team up to use the data to drive their work as they ensure all students meet with success.

            A full presentation of the early literacy initiatives including an overview of the district level elementary reading data will be presented to School Committee on Wednesday, May 14th at 7 pm.

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Two students from the Pierce Middle School attended a ceremony at the Seaport Hotel in Boston this past weekend for their success at this year’s NSTAR Challenge. The students, sixth-grader Peter Bongiorno and seventh-grader Justin Chan were required to creatively solve an energy challenge. Their entries were chosen from hundreds of student entries in towns which NSTAR serves.

            The NSTAR Challenge is a program for students in grades K-12 that promotes energy efficiency and sustainable living. As part of the program, students are tasked with grade-specific assignments to showcase their energy knowledge. A panel of judges reviewed their work and selected winners from each grade. Congratulations to Bernadette McEvoy and Jeff Stoodt for encouraging their students to enter this competition and for helping them to excel.

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 Ally_Jones_barn                                                           Painting by Ally Jones

            Milton High School senior Ally Jones recently learned that her painting has been selected for a state and national art competition. Each spring, a high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students in the 8th District and is sponsored by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch.

             Ally’s work, an acrylic painting of a rural scene, will be displayed in Congressman’s Lynch’s office. Ms. Jones and her family have been invited to the opening event featuring student artwork from around the 8th District. Winners will be announced on May 9th. The overall winner of the 8th District’s competition will have their work displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. 

            The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved in this contest.

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Please note — all incoming kindergarten parents and guardians will receive an email notice mid-May containing their child’s kindergarten screening appointment, tuition amount and school assignment information.  Kindergarten Screenings will be held by appointment only on June 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th.

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We recently invited Internet Safety Expert Katie Greer to speak to our students at both Pierce Middle School and Milton High School. In addition, we scheduled a presentation for parents and guardians at the Milton High School auditorium. For all three venues, Ms. Greer received rave reviews from our staff, students and Milton Public School families. We are working to bring Ms. Greer back to Milton next year, but in the meantime, for more information on how to keep your children safer on the Internet and social media sites, visit her site at: http://klgreer.com/

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         Congratulations to Leonice Bernard, who was recently notified by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling’s Inclusion, Diversity, Education, & Access Committee that she has been named a 2014 Margaret Addis Memorial Scholar.

            As a Margaret Addis Scholar, Ms. Bernard will be provided with a one-year NEACAC membership and a scholarship to attend this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference (AMC) at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from June 4th-6th.  Ms. Bernard will join hundreds of other admission counseling professionals who have been recognized with this honor over the past 27 years.

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Costume Contest

Milton High School Latin students at Classic Day.

Last month, Milton High School sent 24 Latin students to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester to take part in Classics Day. This day has now been a tradition for Latin students around the state for 42 years. It includes a series of events dedicated to the study of Latin and Roman Culture. Students competed in a Certamen (trivia) contest as well as a costume competition and chariot race. Our Milton chariot team dedicated a great deal of their time building their chariot themselves and decorating it with Milton pride.  All participants were engaged and conducted themselves admirably throughout the day. I would also like to thank Milton High School’s Latin teacher, Madeline Kolodziej, who accompanied our students to this event.

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The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Milton High School’s Humanities Department Head:

            More than 200 students from Milton High School recently attended a field trip to the House of Blues in Cambridge. The history of the Blues is really a history of America itself, and our 11th grade students learned about those connections through an interactive field trip at the House of Blues in Boston.  Students from around Massachusetts joined our high school students to learn about how the Blues influenced not only other forms of music but also its influence on society.  In the process they were treated to a concert presented by talented musicians from around Boston who played a wide selection of Blues-infused songs by artists like Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Mary J. Blige.

            The program mixed narration and music, and using both told the story of the Blues, from the advent of slavery in America through today.  Our juniors who attended are studying both American history and American literature this year, so were able to make connections to both their English and History curriculum.   Students learned how the rhythmic tones of the early Blues helped slaves communicate as they worked, and later those same rhythms expressed the social unrest felt during the Jim Crow era and then the determination of the Civil Rights era.  They also were shown the influence the Blues has on many other types of music, including rock, jazz, hip-hop and rap.

            The students sang and danced throughout the performance, and one of our students – Javana Samuels – even got a chance to sing “This Little Light of Mine” with the band’s lead singer.  Needless to say, she brought down the house with her vocals!!  She will be able to tell her friends and family that she sang in one of the most notable Blues venues in the United States. All in all, it was a very successful field trip. Thank you to M-PACE for their generous sponsorship of this event.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

  • Relay For Life will be held on Saturday, May 10th at 2pm in the Copeland Field House
  • The Milton High School Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 14th at 7pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The next Challenger Division game will be played on May 18th at 4:45pm at Shields Park on Eliot Street. The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18, or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school), to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.  

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Also, PAC Parent Speak and Elections will be held on May 15th at 7pm at the Pierce Middle School library.  All members of the Milton Special Ed PAC are encouraged to vote.

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

BIDH-Milton is pleased to announce that one-time grants are available for $500 up to $1,500 to serve communities within the service area of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. Applications are being sought from residents, local service agencies, non-profit organizations, Boards of Health, coalitions, and community groups to help address the community health needs outlined in BID-Milton’s 2014 Community Benefits statement of goals. Other hospitals or hospital-affiliated organizations may not apply for funding. For more information, contact robert_mccrystal@MiltonHospital.org or call 617-313-1590. Applications must be received by Friday, June 27th at 1 pm EST, and funded projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2015.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Joseph Lynch, Director of the Department of Public Works.

The Milton DPW will be holding their 11th Annual Open House on Saturday, May 17th from 10am to 1pm at the DPW yard on 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.

               This year, we will be offering food and refreshments to all in attendance. Both young and old can enjoy the many events that we will be hosting such as:

  • DPW Trucks and equipment will be on display for children to come aboard, honk the horns and have a great time.
  • Kids can also marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
  • In addition, the eleventh annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented.
  • BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will be at the yard, running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm.  Bikes may be donated Friday May 16th 5-6:30pm and on the day from 8.30-10am
  • Sustainable Milton and Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org) will also be at the event, helping to give a new lease on life to unwanted items.
  • Collections for inkjet cartridges and cell phones to raise funds for Milton Schools
  • Collections of button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling   these keeps  hazardous substances out of our waste stream)
  • Collections of worn sneakers to be made into sports surface by Nike Reuse-a Shoe
  • Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please). Order rain barrels via phone – 800-251-2352 or online at www.sustainablemilton.org by May 12, 2014.

For more information, visit the Milton DPW website at: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_DPW/DPW

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The item below was submitted by Janet Gilmore of ArtSpace Milton:

            Please join Artspace Milton, the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust, and Sustainable Milton in a creative celebration of love for your Mother Earth.

            Mayfest 2014 will provide families with an afternoon of live music, including Milton’s own Franc Graham Band, and art activities to exercise imaginations and demonstrate our appreciation for the wonderful world we live in. The day will include a Maypole dance, create a Mother’s Day Crown for your Mother (or yourself!), enjoy environmental art installations,  and tips and ideas for how to live lightly and reduce our impact on the environment. There will also be a Recycle Art Challenge:  “Bag the plastic!” Make an art piece out of recycled materials and bring to be exhibited at the event. Prizes will be awarded!

            The event will take place Saturday, May 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the stunning grounds of the Wakefield Estate at 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA. Mary “Polly” Wakefield was a lover of the natural world who believed it vital to “organize to re-establish the contact between the land and the people.” All events are weather permitting. Please call for updates 617-333-0924

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian.

In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library is pleased to offer this exciting program for the young people in your life:

Wednesday, May 7th from 4 – 5pm

French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Friday, May 9th from 10am–12:00 noon

Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Saturday, May 10th from 11am – 12:00 noon

Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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.

Saturday, May 10th from 2 – 3:00 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.

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. 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 registering for adult and teen summer art classes. In addition, they are holding sign-ups for MAC Paint Night on May 15th. Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Team Record: BSC League: 0-6, Non-league Record: 3-1, Overall Record: 3-7. Team Highlights:  The team went 3-0 over spring break, defeating Whitman-Hanson, Canton, and Silver Lake. Individual Player Highlights:  Senior co-captains Connor Richard and Dan Matisoff are leading the team in scoring, while senior goalie Seadna Scanlon is anchoring the team defense. What’s next:  The team will be playing 8 games in the next two weeks, with five at home.  The Milton High School Boys Lacrosse program will be hosting the Milton Youth Lacrosse program at their home game against Hanover on Saturday, May 10th.  There will be free admission for all youth players wearing their jerseys.  The team will  be holding Senior Night on Wednesday, May 21 for the program’s 12 seniors.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

League Record: 0-6, Overall Record: 0-9. Individual Player Highlights:  Claire Mahoney as midfield has been a solid contributor on attack and defense, with 17 goals & 8 Assists.  Mackenzie Stanley in goal has a 46% save percentage and has come up big in many games. Courtney Ware and Liz O’Connor have been backbones of the defense. Team Highlights: While continuing to compete in a very tough league, they had a great team effort against Walpole (#4 in the state) on Friday and played Wellesley to a close game in our second encounter.  Coming up next are games vs Newton North HS, Needham HS, Weymouth HS, and Ursuline Academy.

Boys Varsity Baseball

The team currently stands at 8-4, with a league record of 6-3. They are currently tied for first place in the Herget Division.  Leading the way offensively are Jason Turner and Colin McCabe.  Jason is currently hitting 0.442 and Colin McCabe is batting 0.375.  Sophomores Brandon Musto and Jake Walker both have two league wins on the mound, and senior Cam Brown has been outstanding out of the bullpen.  The team has a busy week this week, playing 4 games on the road vs Brookline HS, Norwood HS, Wayland HS, and Braintree HS. We are home again on 5/12 when they take on Walpole HS at 3:45. JV BASEBALL: 7-4 record with games at Brookline, Norwood, Wayland and Braintree this week (8 games left on the schedule).  Sophomore Cullen McMurray threw a no-hitter against Wayland on 4/17, leading Milton to a 2-0 win.  Freshman Andrew Steele threw a one-hit shutout against Weymouth on 5/2, leading Milton to a 1-0 win.  Sophomore Scott Cummings is leading the team in hitting with a .429 batting average, .618 on base percentage and 8 stolen bases.

Girls Varsity Softball

Milton High Softball – Currently 1 and 10 but a huge week coming up with 4 winnable games. Pitchers Julie Henry and Shannon Fitzgerald have been working hard, especially in our game Friday against Weymouth. Jacqui Losi is leading the team in hitting with a .437 batting average. Juliann Coestta is a close second with .428. Seniors Julia Moore and Emily Brink are helping the team succeed with their leadership skills. MHS is playing  home Wednesday vs Norwood HS and Friday vs Braintree HS!

Girls Track

The Girls track team is 0-3 overall and in the conference. They have had 3 losses to Needham, Wellesley and Natick.  The team had a meet vs. Walpole yesterday and will compete against Dedham on Wednesday.  Colette O’Leary took 2nd place in the one mile at the MSTCA Freshman Sophomore meet this past Saturday and Mairead Dambruch took 3rd place in the 2 mile at the same MSTCA meet.

Boys Track

The Boys Track team is currently 0-3, despite many fine performances. The team has an excellent chance of winning its last three meets vs Walpole HS, Dedham HS, and Norwood HS.

Boys Tennis

Boys Tennis is 2-3 in league play and 2-5 overall. Up next are matches vs Walpole HS, Needham HS, Dedham HS and Framingham HS

Girls Tennis

BSC League record 0-5, Overall Record of 1-5. The Girls Tennis team players are:  Gabrielle Che, Renee Chiu, Ellese Crawford, Miyabi Fraser , MadelineHoy, Mikalia Jackson, Olivia Johnson , Olivia Keohane , Oceane Marescal, Kate Ricciuti , and Natalie Tsang.  Up next for girls tennis are matches vs Walpole HS, Framingham HS, Needham HS, and Dedham HS

Boys Rugby

League record:  3-0…. victories over Algonquin Regional, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Scituate HS.  Overall record 5-0……  two non- league wins over Cambridge R&L and Lincoln Sudbury. Rugby Highlights: Carrying two full sides, JV and Varsity, Undefeated. Defending Div 2 state Champions.  Only ten points allowed in 5 games during first half.  Leading scorer:  Mark Chandler.  Captains are Phil Janvier, Tim O’Connor.  Number one seed in Massachussetts in Division 2.   2 more league games against Quincy and Marshfield this week.  Playoffs Tues, May 20.  Finals Saturday May 24 at Fort Devens.

Girls Crew

Coach Mike McVeigh is very happy with the results so far. The Varsity 4, our top boat, has decisively beaten the three opponents they’ve faced so far; Cambridge Ringe & Latin, Vermont Academy and Thayer Academy.  The second boat, or junior varsity, has also performed well, also besting our opponents’ top boat in two out of the three races.  There is real competition for seats inside our first boat, a crucial element which pushes performances and makes each practice count. “I’m excited to see what kind of speed we can achieve in the next few weeks heading into both the regional (5/24) and state championships (5/25)”, says Coach McVeigh.

Boys Crew – The boys Crew team has had a rocky start.  Versus Cambridge Rindge and Latin our third boat was a good 20 second ahead in a 4 minute race, only to break an oar and never recover. Nevertheless our 2nd boat demonstrated equal dominance with a 20+ second victory sans equipment breakage.  Our 1st boat, still finding its rhythm lost by 8 seconds to a strong CRLS 1st boat.  Versus Vermont Academy our 1st boat won decisively and our second boat came in behind VA’s 1st boat as expected.  Finally against Thayer, equipment issues continued to plague the boys team.  First and second boat suffered a 40 degree collision bow to bow in the first 200 meters, crippling the second boat and taking the first boat out of the race.  Nevertheless, we seem faster than ever and the next few weeks should help to reveal whether looks are deceiving or on the mark!  We look forward to the regional and State championships on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of May!

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

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

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Students:  Congratulations to each of the sixth-grade students in Ms. Smialek’s class at Pierce Middle School. These students recently participated in the National Lemonade Day Entrepreneurial program sponsored by Babson College. This program is designed to teach students the skills needed to become small business owners.  The students selected a name for their business (Cheers 4 Charity), set up a budget, took out small loans, created advertising posters, built a stand, and made and sold lemonade at the Pierce Middle School’s Global Celebration of Diversity.  From the profit they made, the students repaid their loans and are donating their profit to the Milton’s Teens In Need charity. Great job!

Staff:  Please join me in thanking our School Nurses. These hardworking professionals do their best every day to keep our students healthy and safe. Many thanks to: Maureen LeBlanc of Glover, Marylou Bradley of Tucker, Barbara Perry of Pierce Middle School, Alison Joyce of Cunningham, Joan Traverse and Jeanne Sgroi of Collicot,MaryJane Walsh, district-wide and Margaret Gibbons of Milton High School.

Volunteers: Now that Town Meeting season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of Town Meeting Members who give their valuable time to the Town of Milton. Town Meeting is an excellent example of direct democracy which has existed since the 17th century. I am proud be a witness to this process and I think it serves as a valuable civics lesson to our students and to our community. I am grateful to each and every Town Meeting member for their time and effort.

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.