From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, October 31st, 2014
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Did you know that National Family Literacy Day is tomorrow? Saturday has been designated National Family Literacy Day, a time to showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event’s kickoff is officially celebrated on November 1st, but events occur throughout the month of November. Please see the following links for more information about this celebration:
- National Center for Families Learning: NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in advancing education and families learning together, including educators, schools, community based organizations, and libraries. Our efforts support learners of all ages in these environments in concert with our advocates and partners.
- Wonderopolis: Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
- Reading Adventure Packs for Families: Reading Rockets offers resources for family literacy bags that students can take home to share with their families.
- Parent Resources: The International Reading Association offers a series of brochures with literacy tips intended for parents. Some of the topics covered include reading with young children, watching television together, surfing the Web, the importance of nutrition, and more. Brochures are available for download in both English and Spanish.
Also, as part of National Family Literacy Month, I would like to be sure that parents/guardians know about our collaboration with the Milton Public Library.
The Children’s Librarian from the Milton Public Library, Sara Truog, and the Elementary School Librarian from the Milton Public Schools, Lori Henry, have capitalized on the success of their successful, collaborative efforts in several ways.
On Thursday, October 23rd, they spoke at the Milton Library Foundation’s Literary Gala on the impact of their grants — The Milton Public Library and The Milton Public Schools: Community Partners for Students’ Success, Take One and Take Two. These grants have positively impacted our students and the emphasized the importance of early literacy in our children’s lives.
Since November is Family Literacy Month, they are planning to reach out to parents and guardians through the elementary PTOs and present ideas to support family literacy at home and highlight the Milton Public Library’s Cool Tools That Kids Can Use. In the future, to support the Milton Public Schools’ elementary teachers, they will be presenting helpful ideas and resources for classroom use. In the spirit of Family Literacy Month, Sara and Lori’s collaboration continues to support learning at home, at school and in the community.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, summarized below:
October 15th: This meeting began with a discussion of the FY15-16 bus fees. The Finance Sub-committee has proposed equalizing the fee on all the buses and making the family cap $900. Members agreed they would like to have more discussion with families about the fees and the equity across town. They plan to vote on this issue at the next meeting on November 5th.
Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator, was introduced to the committee. Dr. Burke outlined her professional experience and how she has begun interacting with administrators, teachers and students. Next, Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Collicot Principal Holly Concannon presented a follow-up report on Student Achievement. This report focused on two issues – the district’s growth across the levels and achievement across the levels. There was discussion about the success of Pierce Academy, which offers an after-school program to students who have been identified as needing intervention. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ResponsetoSCQuestionsPresentation101514FINAL.pdf
Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Clasby presented a follow-up to her report on Special Education Strategies and National Best Practices for Closing the Achievement Gap. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AddressingtheAchievementGap-FOLLOWUP.pdf
The Diversity Report was presented to the School Committee. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/editeddiversity2013-14.pdf
Members voted to approve the annual Field Trip list and also approved the FY16 Budget Calendar. To view the budget calendar, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY16BudgetTimelineProposal.pdf
As part of the Chairman’s Report, the committee discussed the upcoming Superintendent’s Evaluation and agreed to vote on this at the November 5th meeting. Members also voted on seven resolutions which will be presented at the MASC meeting, and approved a vendor warrant. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head for Milton High School:
In May of this academic year, approximately 40 Milton High School students will take the Advanced Placement United States History (better known by MHS students as APUSH) exam along with hundreds of thousands of students around the world. What’s different this year is that the exam will be newly designed to assess students not so much on content, but rather critical thinking skills. This change was introduced by the exam’s creator, College Board, to allow teachers to delve into topics in history and teach students to be historical thinkers – which is defined by the College Board as the ability to study history using “chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative.”
Milton High School history teacher Nancy Warn has taught the Milton APUSH course for five years, and she is excited about the changes. Warn stated that she is now more likely to “use a lot more stimulus-based multiple choice and short answer questions, and focus less on memorization of facts and more on historical thinking skills.” Before, the test focused on content, and students were required to remember content rather than critically think about the content.
This past summer, Ms. Warn attended a one-week summer institute in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and she believes the program helped her in preparing our students to successfully apply the new learning expectations. Mrs. Warn joined other veteran AP teachers from the area to examine and discuss the new template, and they worked together to “dig into the new exam, format and requirements.” As a result, Mrs. Warn said, “I was able to seek out helpful resources to assist students as they try to achieve success in the new AP US History course.”
As for her students, Mrs. Warn believes they are “doing well and transitioning their thinking about history, facts and analysis.” It is a skill that takes time to master, and the 9th and 10th grade curriculum at the high school has been transitioning to a more “critical thinking” model of teaching over the past several years, focusing on analysis of primary sources and application of historical information. Next year, the AP European History course will undergo similar changes.
The following item was submitted by Nancy Warn, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator for Pierce Middle School:
Great learning opportunities are taking place in all Humanities classrooms this year at Pierce! Students are digging into primary sources, making connections to a variety of texts, reading independently, writing and participating in mock elections! Here are two exciting examples of the fun and learning here at Pierce.
History’s Mysteries: One exciting project 6th grade students are working on during the month of October is the History’s Mysteries Project (in their Writing classes)! Students are researching some of history’s greatest mysteries to report back on to their peers and teachers. Our sixth grader teachers are working with the Milton Public Library staff to provide a wealth of information and a variety of theories about what happens to those travelling through the Bermuda Triangle, or the mysterious fate of the colony at Roanoke, or on what actually happened to Amelia Earhart? The questions are endless and our 6th graders are seeking out information on the wealth of theories that exist while also determining a few theories of their own. Students are learning how to research, analyze the quality of web sources, compare and contrast theories of merit and think as historians themselves. Jessica Royster (Pierce Librarian) has been a great help as she provided lessons and assistance about online research and Sara Truog (librarian at Milton Public Library) set aside books for students to use at the town library! We will check in with Ms. Power, Ms. Freedman and Mr. Dolan to see if they find any definitive answers about the unsolved mysteries of the past…
Yoga and Meditation: Our 8th grade World cultures students learn about religion as part of their studies. They read from a variety of primary and secondary sources to better understand the basic tenets of religions from around the world. Soon they will not only be learning about Hinduism and Buddhism, but they will be meditating and participating in yoga instruction. Again this year, Mr. McElhinney is continuing his tradition of engaging students in a more hands-on way as they study Hinduism and Buddhism. Students are reading about the history of yoga and meditation with Mr. McElhinney, then engaging in both guided meditation and yoga instruction. Students love making a connection between healthy bodies and minds as well as discovering new ways to bring a little calm into their lives! Our 8th graders are reading great sources and thinking critically about religion, but also getting the opportunity for movement and contemplation during their studies. Lots of fun for our 8th graders!
The following item was sent by Stephanie Nephew, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator.
To ensure our students at the elementary level have robust writing opportunities and experiences, we tackle writing instruction in a variety of different ways. First, to compliment the focused work on implementing Readers’ Workshop, this year we have purchased the Lucy Calkins Writers’ Workshop Units of Study as a framework of targeted lessons for students in grades K-5. The units outline skills necessary for students to successfully explore information, opinion, and narrative writing. With the curriculum purchase, we have also been targeting professional development opportunities for teachers as they implement the materials. The first round of PD was offered over the summer and additional workshops will take place in the next couple of weeks.
In addition to focusing on the genres of writing through the writers’ workshop model, we are also examining and implementing best practices in supporting students writing across content areas. With the help of Full Option Science System (FOSS) science units purchased this year, we have implemented science notebooks in grades 3-5. We continue the work of writing in response to literature in our Readers’ Workshop classes, and we are beginning to develop common assessments to help facilitate the analysis of students’ strengths and areas of need of additional targeted instruction and feedback.
Parents and guardians can help their students become more skillful writers. The link from the National Council of Teachers of English provides some helpful tips of how parents/guardians can get involved. http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/howtohelpenglish
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A group of four Milton High School students recently attended the Twenty-Seventh Annual Invitational Math Meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institution.
The four students, Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee, Raymond Chen, and Liam Chase competed in a math exam against their peers from more than 85 schools throughout the New England Region, and were accompanied by Milton High School math teacher Dan Jarboe. Harry Kong earned the high score from Milton.
The contest consisted of two rounds of competition. The first round was an individual competition and the second round was a team effort. The high school students also attended a short program to introduce them to WPI, as well as a talk about pursuing degrees and careers in the mathematical sciences.
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Milton High School will be sending four students and two alternates to compete in this year’s High School Quiz Show. Harry Kong, Sindhn Banerjee, Albert Enyedy and Nolan Carvalho will be competing in the program, sponsored by WGBH-TV. Liam Chase and Peyton Carvalho will be the alternates. More than 120 schools are competing in the “Super Sunday,” on November 16th to qualify for the televised competition in January of 2015.
The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a high quality, computer-based assessment for Mathematics and Language Arts/Literacy. This test will measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers and will give teachers, schools, students, parents and guardians better information about whether students are on track in their learning. This test was piloted by a random sampling of classes in all six Milton Public Schools in 2013-14 and will be implemented district wide in the 2014-15 school year; as detailed in the chart below.
All PARCC tested grades will participate in a Performance Based Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 75% of the way through the school year. The PBA component will require five sessions – three sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of these sessions is designed to take between 50 min. and 80 min. and will allow students to return to their day after the test session. In addition, students will take a PARCC End of Year Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 90% of the way through the school year. The EOY component at each grade level will require four sessions – two sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of the two sessions is designed to take 55 min. to 70 min., once again allowing for students to return to their regular schedule.
||PARCC Language Arts/Literacy (PBA & EOY)
||PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY)
||MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering in grades 5 and 8 only.
||PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY)
||MCAS English Language Arts
||PARCC Language Arts/Literacy(PBA & EOY)
The following item was submitted by Owen McElhinney, an 8th grade history teacher at Pierce Middle School:
Professional Development is essential to help keep teachers inspired and help them keep pace with the latest methodologies for teaching students. Primary Source in Watertown, our partner for Professional Development for Humanities, continues to provide the teachers in Milton with valuable educational resources.
I have attended classes on Africa, the Middle East, The Americas and many courses centered around the history of China. In 2007, I had the opportunity to travel to China with Primary Source. Twenty-two teachers from Massachusetts and Maine traveled to six destinations in China and attended numerous worthwhile workshops.
Currently, Primary Source is offering a three day course of study on the Ottoman Empire, Islam and the creation of the country of Turkey. Although rich in historical content, the program provides various teaching strategies to help teachers present content in new and exciting ways. Lately, we are focused on helping students evaluate primary sources via the compare and contrast method
The program includes lectures from leading professors from Simmons College, Endicott College and Boston University as well. It is an outstanding way for Milton teachers to remain students of history and keep up with new ways of teaching the students of Milton.
FAMILY OUTREACH NEWS
The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.
As the new Family Outreach Liaison, I have enjoyed visiting each of our six schools. I have met with parents, guardians and teachers and would like to share some exciting events and opportunities:
- Have you heard about KRP? This is a new Kindergarten Readiness Program being offered to preschool-aged children who are not currently attending preschool. The program began on Monday, October 27th at the Tucker School, but there are still a few spots available. Four-year-olds from across the district are welcome! For more information on this program, click here: http://www.edline.net/files/_5HCdq_/2d31b1ba1b273a6a3745a49013852ec4/kindergarten_readiness_program1.pdf
- Are you new to Milton? Do you need resources for student activities, sports, town events, free/reduced lunch or anything else? I will be making every effort to contact all families who are new to the Milton Public Schools during the next few weeks. If you would like to speak or meet with me in the meantime, however, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-696-5040 ext. 5588.
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Iron Chef Junior: The Milton Public Schools will be hosting its own version of the popular cooking show. Six teams of three elementary school students will be joined by local chefs to prepare a meal from a “secret basket” of ingredients. This event will be open to the public and will be held Monday, November 3rd from 4-7pm at the Milton High School cafeteria.
We are very grateful to the following chefs who are donating their time for this event: Lola Sotomayor Ellis from Ester, Lauren Barone from The Seasoned Palette, Tony Terienzo from Abby Park, Tim Doherty from Blue Hills Grille and Gabe Quinones from Whole Foods Dedham.
There is no fee for admission, but we ask that guests bring a non-perishable donation for the Milton Food Pantry.
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Tickets for the MHS musical “Legally Blonde,” are now on sale. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. There will be one show on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm and two shows on Saturday, November 8th — at 2pm and 7pm.
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The Milton High School Cross Country team is hosting at Youth Trail Run on Sunday, November 16th. The race, to be held at Turner’s Pond, will be open to any student in Grades 1 to 8. There will be a one-mile race for 1st & 2nd graders; a 1.5 mile race for 3rd – 5th graders, and a 2.5 mile race for 6th-8th graders. Registration is being held on the day of the race and will begin at noontime. The shorter races begin at 1pm, followed by the longer races. The cost is $10 and all participants receive a prize. Registration tables will be set up in the parking lot area near Glover Elementary School. The race is being held as a fundraiser for the Milton High Cross Country program and to raise awareness about the sport of cross country.
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Conferences will be held on November 19th in all six of our schools. This will be an early release day for students. Please be on the lookout for further communication from your child’s principal.
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One Night Out: Please save the date and come support a wonderful project for Collicot School! This event will be held on Friday, November 21st from 7-11pm at the Boston Winery. There will be music, appetizers, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are now on sale at: https://onebookoneschool.eventbrite.com. Everyone is welcome to this event., which is held in honor of Jennifer Kelly.
Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (9th), Ava (8th) and Ronan (2nd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009. She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School.
Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.
In this program, each student receives their own copy of the same book to read. The books chosen contain topics that celebrate our differences. The school community then comes together to participate in fun, shared events that build community, understanding and acceptance.
The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at Collicot as part of a Diversity Committee initiative. Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.
Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory. We are so proud to celebrate our 6th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to our school.
The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The boys lacrosse 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. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.
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The Milton Foundation for Education is once again offering its Competitive Grants for teachers. The deadline for applications is November 5th. The MFE Grants committee, along with one teacher from each of the schools, will thoughtfully consider all applications. Teachers should be informed of our decisions by mid-December. Once awarded, teachers are asked to spend the money within 6 months. Please click here for more info: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/grants.php
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
Not only does the Milton PAC have a new name and website, but they also have a new Board of Directors. The group formerly known as Milton Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will now be known as Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Their website will be listed as www.miltonsepac.org.
Please help me in welcoming the 2014-2015 Milton PAC Board:
Chairperson Michelle Connolly; Vice Chairperson Ann Finnegan; Secretary Kevin Lenane; Treasurer Doug Connolly. Members-at-Large: Norah Ferry, Shannon Gallagher, Clare Keating, Linda Mancini, Amanda Serio and Jerry Vitti.
The group’s first general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th from 7-9pm at the Pierce Middle School Library. See below:
Planning & Parent Speak Session
Join us for our kick-off meeting!
- Learn how we are restructuring to better support families of children with special needs
- Tell us what issues are important to you
- Connect with parents who share similar concerns, frustrations, and joys
Educate, Advocate, Support: Together, we can find solutions for students receiving special education services Questions? Please email Michelle Connolly, SEPAC Chairperson at email@example.com
The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:
“Eat a healthy breakfast every day.” Did you know that every school in Milton offers breakfast at school? It is served 20 minutes before the school day begins. Students can use their MY SCHOOLBUCKS account for breakfast as well as lunch. Breakfast includes whole grains, fruit, juice and milk. A complete breakfast is only $1.25.
Selections include WW Muffins, WW Egg/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches, WG cereal and Assorted WG French toast, Pancakes and Waffle Sticks. Breakfast is always supervised and offers a variety of choices each day. If you child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, breakfast will be free as well.
Did you know? – Breakfast got its name from the statement “Break the Fast”. Our bodies fast when we are sleeping and a healthy balanced breakfast is the best way to break the fast. Breakfast is no longer the morning meal that many of us knew as children. Leisurely sit-down meals composed of hearty items are now the exception, not the norm, as many of us have shifted their morning eating behaviors.
Today, many people opt for items that are convenient and portable. But that morning meal also needs to be nutritious and help fuel their activities.
We all know that eating a healthy breakfast may help with weight control and academic performance but it may also prevent type 2 diabetes.
Previous studies have shown an association between skipping breakfast and obesity in young people. Some research has found that children who do not eat the first meal of the day may increase their risk of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
A new investigation found that young people who ate a healthy breakfast every day were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who skipped breakfast.
Angela Donin, PhD, with the Population Health Research Institute at St. George’s University of London, conducted the study with colleagues.
She and fellow researchers followed 4,116 children, ages 9 to 10, in the UK. The young participants answered questions about how often they ate breakfast. The choices were every day, most days, some days or not usually. Just over 1 in 4 reported that they did not have breakfast every day. Six percent said they rarely ate breakfast.
To see whether the children had signs of type 2 diabetes, scientists collected blood samples. These were tested for diabetes risk markers. The markers included fasting insulin, glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c).
The children in this study who usually skipped breakfast had 24.4 percent higher fasting insulin than those who always at breakfast. This indicated that their bodies needed higher levels of insulin to help glucose enter cells.
Breakfast skippers also had 26.7 percent higher insulin resistance. This meant their cells were not responding properly to insulin and easily absorbing glucose from the bloodstream.
A total of 2,004 children also completed a survey detailing specifics about what they had eaten. Those who ate a high-fiber, cereal-based breakfast had lower insulin resistance than participants who ate other types of breakfast, such as low-fiber or toast-based breakfasts.
Deborah Gordon, MD, nutrition expert and operator of an integrative medical practice based in Ashland, OR, told daily Rx News, “The study aligns with what we generally know about the various diseases of the metabolic syndrome [obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease], namely that refined carbohydrates (white flour) are the most powerful food group for aggravating risk and undermining health.”
Investigators from the study noted that, even after taking into account socioeconomic status, exercise levels and amount of body fat, children who ate breakfast regularly had a better type 2 diabetes risk profile.
“Though we don’t know precisely which component of breakfast was important, our analyses particularly suggested that children who ate a breakfast which had high fiber content had lower insulin resistance than children who ate a breakfast with low fiber content,” Dr. Donin told dailyRx News. “On this basis, I would recommend eating a breakfast cereal with a high fiber content, which will also help to meet daily recommended requirements for fiber.”
The study was published Sept. 2 in PLOS Medicine.
The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) held its 16th Annual Monster Dash this past Sunday at Cunningham Park. This community event, including a costumed 5K, children’s fun run and many other activities, is organized in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker elementary student who died tragically following playground accident in 1999. Funds raised from the Monster Dash are earmarked for Sam’s Fund to support science enrichment in our elementary schools.
This year’s Monster Dash was a memorable day in the history of the MFE, thanks in large part to MFE Trustees and Co-Chairs, Greg Gordon (aka Mario), Beth Plunkett and Nora Vernazza. The MFE believes this year’s Monster Dash set a record in terms of attendance as it estimates over 1,000 runners, running teams, parents, children, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers flooded Cunningham Park and the streets of Milton! Many participants were dressed in costumes and all had smiles on their faces! Simply amazing!
The MFE would like to thank the Cichello Family for their continued support of the Milton Public Schools, and for making a difference in the lives of countless children over the years.
Thank you also to our fantastic volunteers, including friends and neighbors, principals, teachers and staff, Selectmen, School Committee Members, Milton High School and Curry students, Milton Police Department…too many to mention!
This community event is near and dear to many of us, for many different reasons. It leaves such a lasting impression on people, enough so that they have made it a tradition of sorts…really looking forward to it every year and inviting family, friends and neighbors as we certainly saw this year.
It was very nice to see the “veteran” Monster Dashers and welcome many new faces as well…what a great day for the MFE and the MPS, and for our town as a whole! Thank you to ALL who participated! For more information on the MFE and Sam’s Fund, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/SamsFundActivities.php
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The following item was submitted by the Department of Public Works:
Yard Waste Collection Schedule for the month of November: Please be advised that the Yard Waste collection for November will take place the weeks of
- Wednesday and Thursday – November 5 and November 6
- Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added to the November Schedule)
- Wednesday and Thursday – November 19 and November 20
Please note that an additional Yard Waste Collection Week has been added for November.
Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added)
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was submitted by Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, Milton Public Library:
Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces November Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefavter as its November pick. “Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Thursday November 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library:
Tuesday, November 11th
Friday, November 14th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Lego Club, Ages 6-12
Come build with the library’s Lego collection! Each month we’ll build on a different theme. At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy. Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.
Saturday, November 15th : Dog Day at Milton Public Library
11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5
The Reading Dogs are back! Kids currently in grades 1-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners. Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers. Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf. Registration is required.
2:00 – 3:00 pm: Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? All Ages
You don’t need to be big to make a BIG difference in the world!
Norbert is a therapy dog. He only weighs three pounds, which is pretty small – but he’s such a big deal that a whole book has been written about him! Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? is an award-winning picture book all about this doggie superhero, and we in Milton are so lucky that he, his handler/author, Julie Freyermuth, and the book’s illustrator, Virginia Freyermuth, are going to come and visit us to tell us all about him. Join us for a slideshow, interactive book reading followed by question and answers with the author, a brief talk & live drawing from the illustrator about artist’s journaling, an introduction to Norbert as a registered therapy dog and what he does, and even a few cool tricks by Norbert. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program.
All ages welcome. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL
The Milton Art Center is selling tickets for the upcoming concert by Sara Hickman. Visit the Boston area’s newest concert venue! The Milton Art Center presents world class performances in the intimate art gallery space in East Milton Square, with generous support from the Milton Chamber of Commerce. The 2010 State Musician of Texas, Sara Hickman has built a national following from her home in Austin, one of our country’s music capitals. Her songs have been performed by artists such as Willie Nelson and Shawn Colvin. Shine, her newest CD, showcases her highly expressive vocal style and energetic delivery. Brian King is a singer, songwriter, and performer originally from Gloucester. He fronts the neo-cabaret band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? often selling out venues like Club Passim and Oberon in Cambridge, MA, and numerous venues in NYC. Adam Feldman of Time Out New York advises, “catch him as his star rises.” For music and info visit www.whattimeisitmrfox.com
Click here for tickets: http://sarahickmanmac.bpt.me/
The following student work was submitted by Collicot and Cunningham art teacher Angela Lathwell:
Collicot and Cunningham students have begun the year in art discussing and creating artwork based on the fundamental element of art: Line. Students of all ages learn to recognize lines in artwork and in their environment. Using lines, students create shapes, patterns, and contours (outlines) as the basis for their work, as demonstrated through various work by completed each grade.
Grade 3: Line Collection
Contemporary artist Sol Lewitt was the inspiration for third grade line paintings. Using pattern and repetition, students painted bright line patterns.
Top drawing: Abby Stefanick
Bottom drawing: Itabella Munnelly
Grade 4: Lichtenstein Line
Students distinguish the difference between organic and geometric shapes in this collage lesson. Using lines and geometric shapes, students create an interesting, abstract composition inspired by American artist Roy Lichtenstein.
By Marilyn Roche
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Despite the 4-7 league record, the Girls Cross Country team just finished third out of 22 teams at a state-wide invitational and are currently ranked 7th in the State. Milton High Girls Cross Country finished 6th out of 9 schools at the Bay State Cross Country Championships in Norwood this past weekend. Bridgett Mitchell finished 3rd and Colette O’Leary finished 4th in the varsity race.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
The boys cross country team finished with a record of 3 & 8. Fifteen boys competed in the Bay State League Championship on Saturday in Norwood. Freshman Nick Villard finished third and Shane Berry finished eleventh in the freshman race. Tim Lynch, John Lenane and Kevin Conway were the top finishers in the varsity race. Seven of the boys will be competing in the State Divisional Championship on November eighth.
The Field Hockey Season record is 1-15-2. The team played four great games within the past two weeks. The team tied Brookline 1-1, and tied Natick 0-0. They played very well and cohesively as a team. Defense has had a tremendous impact on and off the field, leading with Captains and incredible goalie, with Meghan McDougall, Hope McDonald, Shannon Fitzgerald and Emme Cronin. At the game against Brookline, Milton scored a beautiful corner shot from Morgan Begley and scoring from Monica Woods. At the game against Norwood Ani Gaden scored two outstanding goals for Milton. During the Night game against Natick, Milton came out ready to play and had a great game offensive and defensive game. The midfield carried the game with ease and intensity with Monica Woods, Morgan Begley, and Kate Driscoll. Milton ended the game with a tie and without a score, but they played great! End-of-the-season losses to Wellesley and Dedham were difficult losses, but the team has truly come together at the end of the season. The girls have continued to gain skills and to go into each game with confidence and endurance. Senior Jaquelin Losi was a BSC 2nd team Honorable Mention selection.
The team celebrated Dig Pink night and Senior Night on Thursday October 23rd in high fashion with a big win over Wellesley. CEO and founder of the Sideout Foundation, Rick Dunetz made the trip up from Virginia to address the crowd along with James Jette and State Representative Walter Timility. With the efforts of the school community and the parents, the team was able to raise close to $4,000.00
The team won the first round of the MIAA Central Div 2 Volleyball Tournament last night, beating St. Peter Marian of Worcester 3-0. They will take on #2 Dedham this Monday in Canton.
The Milton High School Football team wrapped up its regular season with a record of 2-5. Four of the five losses for Milton have come against teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the state. The loss to Wellesley on Friday, October 24, 2014 nullified the opportunity to play in the DIII MIAA Football Playoffs. Milton will play 3 additional non-qualifying games starting this Saturday, November 1st vs Hingham HS at 1pm at Brooks Field. Milton will play its Thanksgiving game vs Braintree at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 27th.
Milton has been consistently playing tough defense holding Wellesley, Walpole and Natick to their lowest totals of the season powered by the efforts of Seniors Liam Queally and Ugo Nwanekezi; Juniors Akeem Smith and Devon Nzepuome; and Sophomore Omar Frazier. The offense has shown flashes of power and skill by Senior backs Jonathan Pierre, Mariano Davis and Alex Toyias; Junior receivers Ludwig Frederique and Scott Cummings; and Junior Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Offensive Line has been anchored by Junior standout Jack Clifford; along with Seniors Kaleb Herd, Matt McCarthy and Jake Fransesconi.
The golf team finished the season with a league record of 9-6-1 overall, with 8-2-1 League record. Milton High competed in the Bay State Conference Championship and MIAA DII South Sectional. Lloyd Hill finished 2nd with a round of 71, qualifying him for DII State Championships at The Glen Ellen Country Club, where he shot an 84 and placed 21st in the State of Massachusetts of DII High School Golf.
BOYS & GIRLS CREW
The Milton High Crew Team recently competed in the MPSRA Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Please see results below:
- Race 6: Boys 2x Final. 1st place: 15 (W.Hess, R.McCullough) GOLD
- Race 22: Girls 2nd Novice 4+ Final 1st place: 96 (A.Welz, K.Buchanan, C.Cullinane, R.D’Amato, [C.O’Neill]) GOLD
- Race 23: Girls 1st Varsity 4+ Final 2nd place: 101 (K.Weidmann, O.Jensen, M.Donelan, G.Wamester, [M.Boyce]) SILVER
- Race 24: Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 2nd Place: 116 (L.Hainline, A.Statham, H.Carroll, E.Heller, [M.Clarke]) SILVER
- Race 25: Girls 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place: 120 (R.Joyce, E.Minias, E.Millwood, B.Dugas, [J.Pelletier]) BRONZE
- Race 27: Boys 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 1st Place: 143 (J.Kery, S.McLaughlin, J.Callahan, D.Matejka, [K.Melcher]) GOLD
- Race 28: Boys 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place 148(R.Chase, L.Halloran, W.Davis, S.Matin, [C.Dillon]) BRONZE
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. The Bay State Cheer competition will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Braintree High School.
The MHS Girls Soccer team finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses. This qualifies the girls varsity team for the DII MIAA tournament. Tournament games have yet to be determined. The first tournament game is expected to be played on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Junior Sophie Cousineau finished the regular season with 11 goals, 9 assists and 20 points to lead the Herget Division of the BSC. Chae Diani had 9 goals, 6 assists, and 15 pints, followed by Kendall Stanley with 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points.
Students: Congratulations to the following students from Pierce Middle School, who achieved a “perfect score” of 280 on at least one of their MCAS tests. Each of these students were honored with a special “280 Luncheon” during school hours last week.
Sixth-Graders: Amanda Arcieri (Math), Luke Baltay (Math), Olivia Ketler (ELA), Saoirse Killion (ELA & Math), Jack Lally (Math), Aidan Long (Math), Zoe Malouf (Math), Emmet Martin (Math), Kate McDonald (ELA), Luca Mostofi (Math), Oskar Peloquin (Math), Arlo Stoodt (Math), Dominique Thomas (ELA & Math), Abigail Tran (Math) and Daniel Truog (Math). Seventh-Graders: Katherine Biagiotti (Math), Aine Buchau (ELA & Math), Emily Dobrindt (ELA), Edward Enyedy (Math), Stella Finocchio (ELA), Amalia Halpin (ELA), Wallace Heller (Math), Matthew Laine (ELA), Catherine Le (Math), Alisa Lorden (ELA), Vanessa Lorden (Math), Ryan Mazzotta (Math), Sarah McDonnell (ELA), Viviann Nguyen (Math), Cameron Pentland (ELA), Grace Quijano (ELA & Math), Coleman Rose (Math), Hannah Scanlan (ELA), Clarissa Waldmann (ELA & Math), Shannon Young (ELA), Ella Zimmermann (ELA). Eighth-Graders: Katharine Barrett (ELA), Julia Defilippo (ELA), Shayla Kelley (Math), Karisa Lasoff (Math), Kyle Loria (Math), Isabel Smith (ELA), Samantha Vangestel (Math), Madelyn Wiesenhahn (Math).
Staff: Congratulations to Courtney Miller, the Mathematics, Business, and Technology Department Chair at Milton High School, who was recently named to the Massachusetts PARCC Educator Leader Fellow Team. This is a group of 42 K–16 educators from Massachusetts public school districts, two- and four-year colleges, and universities. Teams from Massachusetts and other PARCC states make up a network of educators who provide leadership on state implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the PARCC assessments and related instructional materials. Hats off to Ms. Miller!
Volunteers: I would like to thank all of those who helped to organize the recent Milton Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser. The Swing for Sports Committee Chairs John & Carla McDonnell did an amazing job, with the help of committee members Candy Brown, Kara Russo, Ellen McAuliffe, Pete & Jeanne Kibble, Tom Mullen, Mary Turner, Kathy McSweeney, Tom McCarthy, Rob Shepard, Kevin & Mary Jane Walsh and Gary Kelly. Also, thank you to volunteers Kerri McCarthy, Laurie Jensen Janet Kelly, Mike McDonnell, Denis McAuliffe and Suzanne Johnson. Thank you to all of the participants – whether you played golf, tennis, or contributed to this event. Finally, I would like to extend a special thank you to Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College. The Boosters tell us it was their third year in a row of setting new attendance and fundraising records, and they appreciated the support of Athletic Director Larry Rooney, along with Milton High School Principal James Jette.
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