Attention Milton High School families! There have been changes to traffic patterns and parking this year on the MHS campus. Please click here to view a map of the changes.
From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
I would like to be sure, now that the start of school is upon us, that everyone is aware of one of our most valuable resources here in the Milton Public Schools. Several years ago, as part of our Advancement Budget, we created the position of Family Outreach Liaison. This job is aptly filled by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, whose responsibilities span a broad variety of duties. Ms. McKenna can help our Milton Public School families with many issues, among which are:
- Ms. McKenna works to ensure that residents of Milton with preschool age children have access to information pertaining to all of our preschools, including programs offered, cost of each program, lottery procedure, registration process and family expectations.
- In order to establish a strong school-home connection, Ms. McKenna works closely with the school registrar, residency and registration coordinators, principals, teachers and staff to identify families new to the district. She communicates with families via telephone, email, school or home visits offering assistance with orientation to our district and provides information and materials covering a wide range of services: Edline, free and reduced lunch, mentoring program, transportation, after school activities and clubs, youth sports, school athletic programs and community resources.
- Ms. McKenna works collaboratively with school administrators, PTO leadership teams and ESL coordinator to provide programming that is inclusive of all families, promoting intercultural understanding and respect in the school community.
- By working closely with community resources to develop working relationships, Ms. McKenna is in contact with churches, temples, community groups and ancillary service providers. She attends community events and collaborates with other school community liaisons to share information and resources.
- Because family involvement in a child’s education is paramount to a student’s success, Ms. McKenna works with School Administrators, teachers and staff to identify students, at risk and/or not meeting academic or attendance expectations. She will reach out to families via telephone calls, school and/or home visits to increase involvement in their child’s education and to develop a strong partnership between school and home in order to improve student outcomes.
If the need arises, please be sure to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna, our Family Outreach Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 617-980-7343.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
The most recent School Committee meeting was held on August 24th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held at pm in Milton High School’s television studio, Room 245.
August 24th: This meeting began with several back-to-school updates as part of the Superintendent’s Report, as well as approval of the school handbooks for each school. School Committee members approved the vendor warrants and four policies before adjourning. To watch the recording of this meeting, please click here.
The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta, Middle School Science Coordinator:
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum Framework in April, 2016. For the two school years prior to the final approval, the middle school science teachers were working with both the previous and draft standards in mind. Now that the new standards have been adopted, we will be making some adjustments to better align our curriculum units.
The eighth grade science team at the Pierce Middle School spent time this summer working on two different projects. They spent time developing an engaging climate change project that will be a new addition to our Weather Unit. The goal of this project is to connect the different activities throughout the unit with new standards related to the relationship between the Earth and Human Activity. Research and our own experience tells us that students learn more when they understand the relevance and connection between content and their lives and we believe this project will create that opportunity for students. Our eighth grade team is hoping to deepen understanding of weather and climate by providing students with rich experiences that will allow them to work collaboratively to analyze data and present their findings using a variety of resources related to climate change.
All eighth grade students take the Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS in the spring. Unlike other content areas, the Science MCAS covers three years of content. During the 2015-2016 school year, the entire science department looked at student data and identified key concepts and sample questions that would be helpful for students to review prior to taking the assessment. The second project the Grade 8 science team focused on this summer was a continuation of this work as they are currently developing resources to help eighth grade students review key science and technology/engineering concepts covered in the 6th and 7th grade. As we start the 2016-2017 school year, the Pierce Science Department has another exciting year of science planned for our students.
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The following item was sent to us by Amy Tom, MHS Science Department Head:
The science department at Milton High School has spent the past year focusing on rewriting curriculum to align with the newly adopted Massachusetts Science, Technology and Engineering Frameworks. In the process of curriculum revision the department has focused on increasing the use of both inquiry and technology in all science classes. During the fall of 2015, all high school science teachers attended a PD session at PTC in Needham to increase use of inquiry and STEM across all science disciplines. This PD allowed teachers to further explore student centered lessons allowing students to model, design, and build assessments focused on science and STEM content. In February 2016, the high school science department received PD from Vernier to further allow teachers to explore the use of their technology in the science classrooms. Funded through STEM Advancement and grant approvals by the MFE, all classes will be working with Vernier technology in science classes for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. This summer, the department continues to modify lab investigations and assessments to reflect the increased modeling and designing seen across the new standards, as well as preparing for the increased use in technology. The department will also be offering a full Engineering elective during the 2016-2017 school year, currently being designed by both teachers and administrators.
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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Dean of Students, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald:
Punctuality matters. Students make their first commitment to learning when they arrive to school on time. Similarly, teachers and administrators make their first commitment to establish a disciplined and efficient learning environment when they hold students accountable for being on time. At the Pierce Middle School, students are considered late for school if they are not seated in their first period class by 7:57 a.m. We mark students who arrive to their first period classes after 7:57 a.m. “Tardy.” We only consider students “excused” if they are late due to one of the reasons listed for “acceptable absences” in the Pierce Middle School Student Handbook (i.e. medical appointment that could not be scheduled outside of school hours, death in the family, observance of religious holiday, or court appearance for the student). Parents/guardians should inform us when their children are late or are going to be late, and provide a note that explains the tardiness. The attendance will reflect that a student is “Tardy Unexcused” if he or she arrives late without a note or for a reason other than those listed in the handbook. Please note that reasons such as heavy traffic, weather, and over-sleeping (as well as other unacceptable reasons) will be marked as “Tardy Unexcused”.
The teachers and administrators at Pierce recognize that mornings can be a chaotic time for many families, including our own, and that getting out of the house on time can be challenging. We also know that weather and unpredictable traffic can hinder even the most concerted efforts to be on time. Regardless, the expectation at Pierce is that students are seated in class by 7:57 a.m. The Pierce Middle School Student Handbook and Massachusetts General Law support this expectation. Students who arrive late to school compromise not only their learning, but also their classmates’ learning and their teachers’ preparation. Additionally, education research suggests that students who arrive to school on time confront fewer academic and behavioral issues in school, and ultimately find more success after graduation.
Punctuality matters, and therefore it is a priority for us to support you in getting your student to school on time. The parents/guardians of children who are frequently tardy will be invited to meet with school administrators to create a plan to help their child arrive to school earlier. However, we encourage you to reach out to us before your child’s tardiness becomes a problem. If you would like our assistance in getting your child to school on time, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or Dr. Fitzgerald, the Dean of Students, to arrange a time to come into school. It is also important to note that students who are frequently tardy to school – or class – will receive disciplinary consequences and may forfeit their participation in extra-curricular activities. Again, if at any time during the upcoming school year you worry that your son or daughter is arriving late too many times, please contact us to arrange a time to meet. Your child’s safety and success are our primary concerns and we welcome the chance to help you ensure that tardiness does not compromise either.
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The following item was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:
The Milton Public School’s elementary readers have been very busy this summer! We have partnered once again with the Milton Public Library and, as of today, 554,748 minutes have been logged on the MPL’s Summer Reading website! We’ve topped our goal of 500,000 minutes and are still going strong. Keep up the extraordinary reading and keep logging until August 30!
Readers, in order to share your summer reading log, please log into the MPL’s Summer Reading web page and view your log. At the top of the page there’s a button that says “Print the Log.” Please print it and bring it to school on the first day. Your teachers, principals and Mrs. Henry can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading!
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The following item was sent in by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:
Nationally Recognized STEM Summer Program in the Milton Public Schools! Camp Invention Encourages Creativity, Problem Solving Through STEM Learning
Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), took place at the Tucker Elementary School this summer for students district-wide and beyond entering grades 1-6. Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention is encouraging children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, they have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns. Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.
The camp that was held in Milton is called Epic™, inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Epic™ features hands-on modules like CrickoBot™, where Campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park ™, where Campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Learn more about this year’s curriculum here.
Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Here in Milton, we have seven Milton Public Schools staff members involved, and ten Milton High Schools students volunteering at the camp. There are 110 enthusiastic students who participated in the camp!
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The following message was sent to all Milton High School freshmen via Naviance and shared with us by the MHS Guidance Department:
On behalf of the Guidance Department at Milton High School I would like to welcome you and your child to Milton High School. This email is being sent to you through Naviance, a web-based program that the guidance department uses to email students with community service opportunities, information on college open houses, and to work with students on the college process including college research, career interests and resume writing.
When you see these emails, please take some time to read them and pass along to your child. The freshman class will activate their Naviance accounts at the end of September in Group Guidance and then they will receive these emails as well. As we begin the school year, please understand the guidance office is a very busy place with new students arriving and last minute schedule changes being made. Please know if you call or email us we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We hope your child will join us at New Student Orientation on Monday, August 29th at 12pm. As part of orientation, students will receive their schedules, homeroom assignments and learn their way around the building. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Guidance assignments for the Class of 2020 are listed below by counselor:
Mrs. Spinelli email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5529<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205529> for students with last names A- El Sayed
Ms. Bernard email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5528<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205528> for students with last names Elfer-Liu
Mr. Devlin email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5527<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205527> for students with last names Lorden-Possi
Mr. Guarino email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 617-696-4470 ext, 5526<tel:617-696-4470%20ext%2C%205526> for students with last names Quijano-Tucker
Mrs. Cahill email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5530<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205530> for students with last names V-Z
Mrs. MacDougall is the Guidance Admin Assistant and can be reached at email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> or at 617-696-4470 ext. 5533
For our SENIORS:
We will hit the ground running with the college application process for many of our seniors. Please pay close attention to emails that are sent out to our seniors about deadlines and application expectations. You can always find out more information by logging onto your Naviance account (both students and parents/guardians have accounts) and looking into the Document Library for upcoming College Open Houses in the area, Financial Aid information and what steps are involved in college application process.As always, please contact your child’s guidance counselor with any questions.
MEFA (Mass Educational Financing Authority) Information Night: October 26th College Info Night, Tuesday, November 1st.
More details to come about these two informative nights!
The following item was sent to us by MHS Librarian Jen Troy:
Are you still looking for that perfect book for your free choice summer reading option? In addition to asking friends, family members, teachers and librarians for recommendations there are many great online resources available. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recently opened the polls for the 2016 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the list for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also publishes “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” lists every four years. They are broken down into areas of interest: Arts and Humanities; History and Cultures; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Technology and Social Sciences.
If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page. Enjoy the last few days of summer. Happy Reading!
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We had our fourth and final story time last week at Cunningham Park, with 78 participants. This is the third year of the MPL, MPS, MECA partnership and it just keeps getting bigger and better. Each family went home with a new book, which you can see displayed on the fence. During our first story time in July, each child went home with a book but it was so popular we needed to limit it to one per family so we wouldn’t run out. This program was huge success this summer, thanks to the cooperative work between community resources.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS
The following items were sent to us by MHS Music Teachers Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good:
The Wildcat Marching Band held their annual band camp from August 15-19 at Milton High School. We were joined by Percussion Instructor and new Pierce Band Director Morgan Schneider and Colorguard Instructor Grace Marinilli to lead the band in learning their halftime show “The Music of Coldplay”. Members of the Marching Band practiced from 8 am- 3 pm for five days in order to learn the entire halftime show, culminating in a preview performance for a large crowd of parents, friends and alumni of the band on the last day of camp. Drum Majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan, Colorguard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Drum Major Isaac Savona served as outstanding student leaders throughout the camp.
Last year, the band received generous donations from the Milton Community and the the Copeland Family allowing them to purchase uniforms. In addition, the band also received a donation from the Seattle Foundation that aided in purchasing “tough terrain frames” for all of their percussion equipment, allowing them to expand the percussion section. Enrollment in the marching band is up to 58 students from last year?s 42, which moves the Wildcats into division 2 when they take the competition field in October! You can catch the Wildcat Marching Band perform at all home varsity football games this fall!
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Come be a part of the Applied Lesson Program (ALP)! Parents/Guardians who have a child in Grades 4 and above, please note that the Applied Lesson Program Beginner Registration Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 7:00-8:30 at Milton High School. See additional info below:
What’s Beginner Registration Night? You can register for beginner lessons with the ALP teacher and rent an instrument. Bring 2 checks?one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the 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 $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher. Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.
Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices:
Johnson String (www.johnsonstring.com)
Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com)
Needham Music (http://needhammusicanddance.com)
Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com) will be present at the registration, but other companies may also come.
No rental fee: 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.
Availability: There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, contact Rebecca Damiani, email@example.com and Gary Good, firstname.lastname@example.org on Wednesday, September 14 to find out if there are any spots left.
* ALP does not offer lessons in recorder or piano.
* Students must be in 4th grade or above to register.
* No students in grades lower than 4th will be registered on September 13.
* If there are available slots AFTER September 16, younger students can register.
* This registration night is for BEGINNERS only.
Continuing students should contact their lesson teachers directly to register.
Bus routes for the 2016-17 school year are posted here. If you have questions, please email Transportation Director Jake Smith at email@example.com
FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS
The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:
To all our new families, welcome to the Milton Public Schools! Transitioning to a new school can be difficult for some students no matter what grade they will be entering. Below, please find an article offering tips to help your child transition, written by Dr. Meryl Ain and featured in Parenting Magazine. Whether your child is moving up from nursery school to kindergarten, or changing schools for any number of reasons, there are steps you can take now to ease the transition for your child.
Whatever the age of your child, it’s a good idea to arrange a visit to the new school. A visit will demystify the new school environment by enabling your child to see the physical building, including classrooms, playground, and cafeteria. Meeting school personnel will also familiarize your child with the new cast of characters in his or her life.
There are also many excellent children’s books that deal with school, such as Curious George Goes to School by Margret Rey, and The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain. My all-time favorite book for children and adults of all ages is Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. It inspires kids of all ages to be bold and courageous in new situations.
Here are some tips to help you and your child become comfortable in the new school.
- It’s normal for both you and your child to be anxious about entering a new school, but if you have concerns, please don’t express them to your child. Express confidence and optimism about his/her ability to meet the new challenges.
- Look for opportunities for your child to meet his/her classmates over the summer. Check with the school principal, PTO, social organizations and other groups to find connections.
- If your child has special needs, such as a learning disability or food allergy, work with the new school as far in advance as possible to determine placement and to line up services and support.
- Keep the spark of learning alive during the summer. Students can lose from one to three months of learning during the summer, so plan to keep your child engaged by encouraging reading, word games, math and nature activities. Simply cooking and baking with kids can help develop math, reading, and science skills.
- Call the PTO president and introduce yourself. Parent organization leaders are in a good position to share information and issues about the new school with you. Ask how you can contribute your skills and interests. Getting actively involved in your child’s new school benefits you and your child! Research indicates that the more involved parents are, the more successful their own children will be.
- Know the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of your children’s teachers, principal, and school nurse. By all means, contact them if you have questions or concerns.
- Become familiar with your school and school district websites, and check them for calendar changes, meeting announcements and minutes, news, policies and procedures, and other information.
- Check your mail for the publication of the annual calendar/directory. Keep it in an accessible place.
- Find out how your school communicates important information to parents and then be alert to those messages. Is it by automated phone message, e-mail blasts, electronically through systems such as Parent Portal, newsletters, snail-mail, or in your kids’ backpacks?
Staying on top of information and issues will enable you to be a proactive and informed parent. Your ongoing engagement, support, and encouragement will expedite your child’s transition into the new school.
If you are new to the district and have any questions or need additional information to help make your child’s transition to school a smooth one please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a report by William Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager:
During the summer months, there is a long list of facilities and cleaning projects that are accomplished at each school location. A few of the major projects completed this summer involved a redesign of the roadway and parking area at the entrance to the Copeland Field House. Improvements include new asphalt paving, granite curbing, drainage basins, lane markings and a new traffic pattern. New LED lighting was installed in the courtyard and new gym flooring was installed in new Wildcat Wellness Center at Milton High School. At Glover Elementary, the solar array system on the gym roof was structurally upgraded and completed, a new concrete walkway was installed, the fire alarm was upgraded and a new security system was installed. At Tucker Elementary, a new soccer play area and fencing was installed. At the Pierce Middle School, new vinyl flooring was installed in a few locations. At the Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools, the front playground wall was repaired and new drainage line installed to minimize the future drainage issues.
Throughout the summer months, most of the specialized facilities inspections and major cleaning at each of our school building is completed. Many of the HVAC systems are overhauled, all of the life safety equipment is tested and certified, (fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire pump, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting). All of the emergency generators, elevators, drinking fountains and Integrated Pest Management and air quality inspections are completed.
In addition, all of the school classrooms, offices and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district custodians. All of the carpets are cleaned and disinfected and painting projects are completed. The entire facilities, custodial and seasonal staff works tirelessly all summer long to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.
New mini-soccer pitch at Tucker Elementary School playground!
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
The following item was sent to us by the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Tracy Grandeau:
We are looking forward to an amazing 2016-17 school year! Three highlights of the year will be the continuation of the Inclusion Task Force, ongoing implementation of the PCG report recommendations, and the Coordinated Program Review (CPR).
The Inclusion Task Force was formed in February of 2016 and its members include representatives from school committee, parents, community leaders, and staff. The Inclusion Task Force has met monthly and will continue to work hard in the coming school year. The task force strives to promote the inclusion and a set of structured and consistent inclusive practices across the district and community.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the district contracted Public Consulting Group (PCG) to evaluation the efficiency and efficacy of the special education programs and services. After visiting classrooms, reviewing data, and meeting with representatives of the school community, PCG published a report. This report is available online under the School Committee section on the district’s website. Over the next few years, staff and community members will continue to work on reviewing the report and developing action plans to implement many of the recommendations made by PCG. This process will help to improve the instruction and services for our students.
The district will be participating in a Coordinated Program Review this coming semester. Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be visiting the district in December to review compliance and procedures regarding Civil Rights, ELL, and special education services. Parents may be asked to participate in interviews and a report will be made public several months after the onsite visit.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was sent to us by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:
The Milton 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. 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. Paid lunch is $2.00 elementary, $2.25 for middle school and $2.25/$2.50 for the high school.
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 For School Year 2016-2017
|Each additional person:
Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from: SNAP, FDPIR, TANF. No application is required for free meal benefits as these programs now communicate with schools directly. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice or you do not receive a letter from the food service director in the mail the household should contact the School Food Service Program and have benefits extended to that child.
Applications are available on the Milton Schools website at www.miltonps.org, in your child’s school’s main office and at the Food Service Departments office located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA 0286. Contact Jackie Morgan with any questions or concerns at email@example.com
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Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat.
Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school. For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.
If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out! A great breakfast program is offered at each of our six schools every day. This is available every day twenty minutes before the bell rings. School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25! If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.
What your children eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. School breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Eating a well balanced breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores. Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory. We all know that when students eat breakfast, they perform better and are better able to concentrate.
Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight. Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits later in life.
Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast. As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards are being implemented into your child’s school breakfast. These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options. According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products. There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option. Request a menu so you can view what your child may be eating at school.
Instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children eat a healthy meal, let us do the work. They can get a great breakfast at school, and there will be no dishes for you to wash! Let’s help students to perform better every day, by making sure they eat a healthy breakfast. Mornings can be rushed, but it is important to make time for breakfast. Make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! All of the schools in Milton offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school. There is no need to sign up, just show up. Each school also has supervision available.
We are now piloting breakfast in the classroom at Tucker Elementary School with our Grade Pre-K, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Breakfast begins for this small group at the bell and children can eat at their desks as their day is beginning.
Contact Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-898-1051.
FROM OUR READERS
From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.
The Importance of Being Little:
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Summer is almost over – but fun family activities continue at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytime on Tuesday evening, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 4 – 10:
Monday, September 5, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, All Ages
Come find us for story time at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.
Friday, September 9, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5
Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9
Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama! Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement. Registration is required. 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:
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Save the Date! The Forbes House Museum’s Annual Keechong Dinner will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 pm at The Granite Links Golf Club, The Hannon Ballroom, 100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy, MA
This year’s Guest Speaker will be Mark Wilson, Statewide Curator & Cultural Resources Manager, Trustees of the Reservation. Mr. Wilson will speak on the topic, “Restoration of the Chinese Temple Garden at Naumkaeg.” The Keechong Dinner tradition began in 1879, established by the partners of Perkins & Co. and Russell & Co. to renew the ties of friendship formed during their trading years in China and exchange the latest news of events in China. The Annual Keechong Dinner is a continuation of the tradition. “Keechong” means literally “flag of American prosperity” – a reference to the blue and white flag flown by both Perkins and Russell companies which symbolized American maritime and commercial supremacy.
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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Police Department:
Applications are now being accepted for position of school crossing guards. Job Posting – School Crossing Guards… fb.me/6r4ZXZT6y
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Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) Has Two Important Announcements
1) The Coalition’s yearlong Community Assessment has been completed, including the results of the Parent Survey and Community Focus Groups. It will be presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on Monday September 19th at 7pm. Limited seating. 2) The Coalition seeks self-nominations for its Core Stakeholder Group. Application deadline is August 30th.
Please click here for details.
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The following item was sent to us by Milton Public School parent Greg Gordon:
Many of our Milton runners take part in the Brookline Symphony Orchestra 5K Fun Run. As always, the event takes place on the last Sunday in September at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. We’ll have musicians from the orchestra playing live classical music for you to enjoy as you run, jog or stroll around the flat, two-loop dirt path. Who wouldn’t like to hear five tubas playing The Beatles on a beautiful crisp, early autumn morning? The race is family-friendly and t-shirts are guaranteed to all who register by September 2nd. On another note, I’m very excited to announce that the Brookline Symphony Orchestra has been selected as an official charity partner of Team Brookline and will field a team of runners in the 2017 Boston Marathon! We are eagerly looking for individuals who are interested in supporting the Brookline Symphony Orchestra by running the Boston Marathon as one of our official charity runners. Please contact me if you think you might be interested in applying for one of our bibs. Visit the Team Brookline page for details and official application. I hope to see you at the 5K Fun Run on Sunday, September 25th!
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Please be advised that the Milton DPW Recycling Center will be OPEN on Saturday September 3rd. There will be no changes due the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Recycling Center will be open from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm (noon). The Recycling Center is open the first Saturday of each month and its hours of operation are 9 am – noon. The Recycling Center no longer accepts cash or personal checks. Drop-off costs are as follows:
- TVs and computer monitors — $9 each. Just put 3 (three) $3 stickers on each item.
- Refrigerators, air conditoners, de-humidifiers –$9 each. Just place 3 $3 stickers on each item. (Please remove refrigerator doors before bringing to Recycling Center.)
All other drop-off items are free. These include:
- Metal items (including hot water heaters, stoves, washers and dryers, file cabinets, bikes, grills (remove fuel), etc.
- Propane Tanks: remove from grill, requires $3.00 sticker.
- Books (hardcover and softcover in good condition);
- Fluorescent bulbs; compact fluorescent bulbs
- Items containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, also elemental mercury); and
- Non-alkaline batteries (rechargeable batteries, etc.).
Please note that household ‘alkaline’ batteries (AAA, C, D, etc.) are not considered hazardous and should be thrown out in your regular trash.
Below are some of our fall coaches, along with our new Athletic Director, Eric Karjel (front row, far right) — good luck to all our student athletes and their coaches this season!
MHS Fall Coaches 2016
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/day/08-26-2016/
Student: As many of you know, our building and grounds for all six Milton Public Schools get a deep cleaning and sprucing up every summer. Part of the crew responsible for this work is made up of students from Milton High School. These hardworking custodians and landscapers work alongside our staff members to get everything ready for back-to-school. I am told that this year’s crew was the best ever, and I would like to thank all of our high school students who helped with the hard work of getting our buildings looking beautiful.
Staff/Volunteer: One of our Pierce Middle School’s Guidance Counselors, Erin MacCurtain, spent a few weeks in Fiji this summer as a volunteer with the home building team from Habitat for Humanity. Ms. MacCurtain was inspired to take this trip after visiting the Foreman Gym with Pierce Academy students last year.George Foreman IV told students to “fight it forward” during their visit, and Ms. MacCurtain took those words to heart!
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.