From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Thursday, March 20th, 2015
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
One of my favorite events of the school year is just around the corner. The Milton Foundation for Education’s annual Teacher of the Year ceremony is scheduled for April 30th at the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. This evening has been called the “Oscars for Teaching,” and is always a heartwarming celebration of our finest teachers. Since 2001, the MFE has recognized one teacher from each school as part of this celebration, for a total of 101 teachers.
In order for the night to be a success each year, we depend on our Milton Public School parents and guardians to nominate their children’s favorite teachers. The nomination process is relatively easy and the rewards are incalculable. Nominations are due by tomorrow (Friday, March 20th). Please click here to make your nominations.
And while we are on the topic of favorite teachers, we asked two of our long-serving School Committee members to share a few words about their favorite teacher. Both Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly will be stepping down from the Milton School Committee next month. We are very grateful for their years of service to the teachers, staff, parents, guardians and students of Milton.
Ms. Sheridan: “My favorite teacher? It has to be a tie: Miss Ellis was my third grade teacher at Pierce Elementary School who made learning fun and challenged all kids to do their personal best. Ms. Langley was the Pierce librarian and I always looked forward to hearing which book she had chosen for our class and listened intently as she brought books to life! Both of these women contributed to my desire to become a teacher myself.”
Ms. Kelly: “I had many amazing teachers in my 12 years in the Milton Public schools. I don’t know that I have one favorite. Miss Haines in 4th grade, Miss Pierce and Mr. Chic were some of my favorite science teachers. They each brought contagious energy and passion to their science class.”
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on March 18th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held April 1st at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
March 18th: This meeting began with the approval of seven sets of minutes. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, English Language Education Coordinator and Teacher Alysa Buchanan gave a presentation on the ELL programs in the Milton Public Schools. Next, there was an update on the search for a new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services and the recent hiring of Vy Vu, the district’s new Data Analyst. The FY16 Cut/Reduction List Update & Recommendations was presented. Next, a memo from Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison was presented to the school committee, with an update from Ms. O’Keefe McKenna. The committee also approved a vendor warrant and heard a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee report from Mr. Zullas. There was a first reading of the district’s Domestic Violence Policy.
We are currently in the process of editing the school calendar for the 2015-16 academic year. Although we start school before Labor Day, we are hoping to avoid holding classes until late June. One option would be to attend school on Yom Kippur and/or Good Friday. We are hoping to get parents, guardians and staff to provide feedback on what their preferences would be for next year. Based on the results of the survey (see link below), the final 2015-16 school year calendar will be presented to the School Committee on April 1st. Please help us by filling out this survey: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/CZZBCYH
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One of our talented Milton High School artists has been named a National Medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Michael Wyatt, a junior at Milton High School, was recognized for his talent in Drawing & Illustration. Michael and his family have been invited to an award ceremony in New York City in June. Only 33 students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were awarded the Gold Key in this contest, which received more than 300,000 submissions. This prestigious competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Congratulations to Michael and his art teachers.
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Milton High School recently hosted a group of professors and graduate students from Harvard University who came to work with students taking physics classes. The professors and graduate students touched on topics involving gravitational force in celebration of Einstein’s birthday (March 14th) . This was a wonderful opportunity for our students. I would like to thank Science Department Head Amy Tom for helping to organize this event.
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Congratulations to five sixth-grade students from the Pierce Middle School, who were recognized for their art/science talent by the Cool Science group this year. The Winners were Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay. The Runner Up was Justin Wilmot and an Honorable Mention went to Eliza Callahan and Colin McMorrow .
Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay will have their work displayed throughout the Lowell Regional Transit Authority. Cool Science is a collaborative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences. The Cool Science team brings an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenge of improving public understanding of climate change science. Cool Science aims to engage students, teachers, parents, and the general public with the science of climate change.
Cool Science holds an art competition each year where students are asked to choose a question about Climate Change, learn the science of Climate Change, and then express their understanding through art. Congratulations to all who entered and, most especially, those who were recognized by the Cool Science Team.
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I would also like to congratulate the three Future Problem Solvers Teams who have been invited to compete in the State Bowl on April 11th at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. These teams – one from Glover, one from Cunningham and one from Pierce – qualified due to their high scores at the Qualifying Bowl held in Canton earlier this month. The State Bowl is an extremely competitive event. This year’s State Bowl topic will be “Enhancing Human Potential.” Please join me in congratulating the following students, as well as their FPS coaches, Lori Henry and Nicole Hoyceanyls.
Glover Team: Hadley Blasdale, Aurora Buchau, Ian Lundeen.
Cunningham Team: Barron Clancy, Anna Hamblet, Anderson Korman, Mary Mylod.
Pierce Team: Zoe Malouf, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko.
In my last E-blast, the dates for the Welcome to Middle School program were incorrect. Please review the various summer programs available through the Milton Public Schools:
Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.
Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf
Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School. Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.
- Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
- Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
- Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
- Welcome to MS (I) June 29-July 2
- Welcome to MS (II) Aug 24-27
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Please note, the Pierce Middle School Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30pm in the Pierce cafeteria. All are welcome.
Milton High School will hold its Program of Studies Night on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.
A Band Concert will be held for students in Grades 5-12 on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.
Please note, the Dr. Trozzi event scheduled for April 9th has been cancelled Dr. Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, was scheduled to speak on Resiliency. This presentation will be rescheduled.
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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Department is presenting the 2nd Annual Passport to the Arts at all of the schools. Students and their families are encouraged to attend multiple exhibits and have their “passports” stamped by the art faculty at each school. The schedule:
- April 6 — Pierce Middle School, rooms 101 and 104 — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- April 7 — Glover School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- April 8 — Cunningham School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
- April 8 — Milton High School, main foyer — 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Followed by MHS Cabaret Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.)
- April 9 — Collicot School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:30-7:30PM (In conjunction with Adventure Night)
- April 9 — Tucker School, 1st floor bulletin boards and Art Room — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The following student works comes to us from Cunningham Elementary School:
The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.
STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8
Weymouth Public Schools in partnership with AAUW is offering an Interactive Workshop for girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00-1:00pm at Weymouth High School Gold Cafeteria, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA 02190. For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a parenting series on March 24, 31 and April 7, 2015 from 7:00-8:30pm. The series will be held at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave. For more information and to register please call 617 696 2262 or email email@example.com
Camp Cunningham is offering six weeks of summer camp. Headquartered at the Cunningham School with daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. Spaces are limited and are open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in the fall 2015.
MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT
Milton Summer Enrichment will begin on July 6, 2015 and run through August 6, 2015. Students enrolled will have an opportunity to attend a variety of classes held Monday through Thursday from 8am-12pm. Brochures will be sent to parents mid-April.
Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of any assistance.
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
The Milton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is proud to announce “Stressed Out Students,” – a presentation on anxiety in children and teens. The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 7 to 9pm in the Pierce auditorium and will be led by Dr. Angela Currie.
A growing number of students are experiencing anxiety in the classroom. The impact of anxiety can be detrimental to their learning, as well as their social and daily lives.
All parents and educators are invited to join the Milton SEPAC for a discussion of how to identify and manage anxiety in children of all ages and abilities.
Dr. Angela Currie will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Her presentation will also cover what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular student’s anxiety and include an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she oversees the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services. Dr. Currie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders and has provided a wide range of school-based mental health services. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for the Milton Public Schools:
Food Service is now online. Parents can view their student’s transactions, set up low balance email alerts and pay on line. The Milton Schools has adopted a computerized Point of Sale payment system for all school meals purchased in the cafeteria. The website is www.myschoolbucks.com
We are encouraging every student to use their own personal lunchroom account. This account is for breakfast, lunch, milk and snacks. The LOW BALANCE email alert is something families are really enjoying. We all live such busy lives and this is a great way to know when and if your child needs additional funds.
We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account and set up an online account. You will need your child’s eight digit ID number to set up the initial account. Email Jackie Morgan at email@example.com . There is also an online payment option for families. We still accept checks and prepayments of cash. All checks should be dropped off in the beginning of school in the locked mail boxes at the main office or in the cafeteria. We encourage all families to set up this account at www.myschoolbucks.com even if you continue to pay by check. There is a new phone app for you to use to make payments and view transactions.
If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Attention pre-school and kindergarten families — Milton National Little League’s RookieBall program is open for any child born in 2010 who lives east of Randolph Avenue. Please spread the word to any friends who are new to Milton. Registration is open through March 31st at www.miltonnationalll.org
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The Milton Department of Public Works will be hosting a second public design meeting for the Glover School “Safe Routes to School” grant project on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm at the Glover Elementary School, 225 Canton Avenue. Since the first design meeting held last October, the project has been modified and the limits of work have changed to incorporate many of the ideas and concerns raised at the last meeting.
TEC, the engineering design firm, and MassDOT will be present to give an update on the project design and meet with residents on an individual basis to further discuss any concerns residents may have. All are welcome to attend. Please contact John Thompson, Town Engineer with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was sent to us by Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:
Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 29 – April 4:
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages
Another Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2014 release Annie, just out on DVD: “A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.” Rated PG; runtime 118 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.
Friday, April 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Child, Ages 0-4 with caregiver
Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth MacDonald. Learn how to sign the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle to your child. Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. Registration is required and will open three weeks prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5
The Reading Dogs are back! Kids currently in grades K-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners. Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers. Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf. Registration is required.
Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Peeps Dioramas, Ages 5-adult
If you like the Easter holiday, getting crafty, or you just really like candy, this is the program for you! Come join Miss Sara and build your own diorama starring… Peeps! Informal prizes will be awarded, and the dioramas will go on display in the library for one week following the program. In order to participate, please bring your own shoebox; candy and art supplies will be provided. Ages 5-adult welcome. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
The following update was submitted by MHS Athletic Director Larry Rooney:
Congratulations to Milton High School Freshman Bridget Mitchell, who recently competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals and finished 7th in the Freshman Mile event. Bridget travelled to New York City to compete in this event, which included some of the best high school runners in the country. Great job!
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Congratulations to Hannah O’Leary and Sarah Park, two members of the Milton High School girls’ hockey team, who were chosen to participate in the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Classic. The game is hosted by the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League and will be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, March 21st at 1:45 PM, as part of a hockey tripleheader. Hannah and Sarah are two of only 46 players in the state of Massachusetts chosen to participate in this prestigious event.
Also, please note that 2015 Spring sports practice/tryouts have begun. Milton High School has over 420 student-athletes practicing for the spring teams: baseball, softball, boys & girls lacrosse, boys & girls outdoor track, rugby, crew and boys & girls tennis. Due to the snow, the MIAA has extended the spring season by six days, from May 25th to May 31st. The Bay State Conference Athletic Directors are meeting this week to determine how we will reschedule BSC games/events.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
As part of this week’s Ambassador Page, I would like to recognize Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull, the chairs of this year’s incredibly successful Celebration 2015 “Full STEAM Ahead.” This one-night event sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education takes nearly a year to plan and organize and this team did an outstanding job. I would also like to thank everybody who worked the event, donated items, volunteered in the back room on the floor, as well as the Milton High School students who entertained the crowd and worked as greeters. Thank you one and all.
I would also like to recognize Todd Bland, Head of School for Milton Academy, for his generous offer to let Milton High School athletes use the Academy’s gymnasiums and track during his school’s two-week March break. As many of you have seen first-hand, our fields are still snow-covered and scheduling the many team practices in the Copeland Field House has been difficult. We are grateful to Mr. Bland and to Milton Academy.
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