September 12, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 12, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In the spring of this year, several Milton parents emailed me with an idea. Would the Milton Public Schools consider “Going Gold” in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness in the month of September? Many planning meetings later, in collaboration with the Town of Milton, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Fire Department, our 6 schools and multiple community members, I am proud to share with you that Milton GOES GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness from September 16th-30th! Our goal is to raise awareness and funds and show support for children who are battling cancer.

HOW CAN YOU GO GOLD?

Please join us as Milton GOES GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness from September 16-30th! All proceeds will be donated to Wicked Good Cause and the Michael C. McHugh Memorial Foundation.

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  

Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 16-30 Milton GOES GOLD
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 21 Children’s Hospital Blood Drive  –  Cunningham/Collicot Driveway
Sep 24 Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski, PARENT Speaker Series
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Children’s Hospital Blood Drive at Cunningham Hall
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
Sep 27 MHS Football Game  – Milton GOES GOLD
Oct 2 Milton School Committee
Oct 3 MHS 8th Grade Information Night
Oct 9 No School – Yom Kippur
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm. At this meeting MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman, MHS Principal James Jette, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Karen Spaulding, and MPS Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue will present the findings of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey  administered this past March at Milton High School. The survey illuminates the behaviors of our students, particularly around substance use and mental health status.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School will host its annual “Back to School Night” on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30pm. Back to School Night is a great opportunity for you to get an overview of the high school, receive information from various organizations, familiarize yourself with your child’s schedule, and meet teachers and administrators. The Back to School Night will start promptly at 6:30 p.m with a greeting from Mr. Jette.

PIERCE PAGES

L-R: Mrs. Kerry Callender, Crystal Carter, Mrs. Leslie Pouliot, Ella Forgues-Gilbert

8th graders at Pierce have started the school year with a unit on Power, Tolerance, Responsibility, Survival and Courage.  Within the unit, students create a poem or visual representation highlighting and honoring the individual heroes and victims of the September 11th attacks as well as the historical significance and impact of September 11th.

Pierce observed a moment of silence before 8th grade students Crystal Carter and Ella Forgues-Gilbert shared their poems with students and staff as part of Pierce’s 9/11 remembrance on Wednesday.

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You’re invited to join the Kindness Friday Movement! For the past three years, we have promoted the wearing of the color red or our Kind is the New Cool t-shirts on Fridays to build community and promote kindness as a school. This isn’t just a movement for our students — teachers, staff, and administrators will wear their Kind is the New Cool shirts and families should feel welcome to join in too!

While it’s not required in order to get involved, if you are interested in purchasing a red Kind is the New Cool t-shirt you can order them by clicking HERE.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Mrs. McClain’s 1st grade students at Cunningham were working this week  with their STEM partners on a “Paper Tower Challenge”. They were  given three pieces of construction paper, a roll of plastic tape, and 15 minutes to design and build the tallest tower they could. Students enjoyed sharing their strategies for building the tallest tower and working together as a team. They especially enjoyed comparing the height of their tower to their own height!

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Collicot held its PBIS Assembly , “All are Welcome” , on September 11th with all students from  kindergarten through 5th  grade. During the assembly the Collicot Code as well as school and classroom expectations were reviewed and students were re-introduced to the Collicot Compliment Cards and Cardinal Classroom of the Week. Mrs Caruso read “ All are Welcome”  to students” by Alexandra Penfold.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS – VAPING

The dangers of vape/e-cig use made National headlines this summer with several teens suffering from severe lung issues and Congress questioning vape/e-cig manufacturers about targeted marketing to youth.  In our efforts to keep your children safe and to keep you informed, I want to bring to your attention the use of E-Cigarettes, Vape Pens or Juul Pods.

As many of you may know already, the popularity of these devices are creating many challenges for communities  throughout the country as well as compromising the health and safety of our youth.  Milton Public Schools has been diligently addressing the issue and will continue to remain vigilant.  Some of the actions we have taken or plan to take include: offering two parent/guardian training sessions this past spring regarding substance use prevention.  At the same time, Vape detectors were installed in the bathrooms at MHS.   All grade 5 students had lessons in tobacco/vape/e-cig prevention due to a grant from BID-Milton which will continue again this year. Students in grades 6-12 have health education classes that address substance use prevention and the dangers of vaping were included in an updated curriculum last year and the lessons will continue.  Thanks to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition(MSPAC), we had the substance abuse prevention troupe “Drug Story Theater” present to MHS students and they held a community event. We look to work with the MSAPC again to bring in more programs to educate students this year.  We’ll look to bring in a speaker to address “Vaping Prevention” as a part of our PARENT Speaker Series.  We continue to offer numerous clubs and after-school activities to keep students engaged and involved.  We conduct brief screenings (SBIRT) to 7th and 9th grade students regarding health behaviors including substance use.

We will continue to provide resources to assist parents/guardians as you look to continue the conversation with your child about the dangers of vaping.  Don’t hesitate to contact Director for Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue  or your child’s principal or school nurse with any questions. Please see the following resources:

Vaping: What You Need to Know and How to Talk to Your Kid 

Quit Vaping – from the Truth initiative – texts to help youth quit vaping/juuling. While we’d like to prevent youth from using in the first place, this resource can help users quit. Text Quit to 202-804-9884, Check out this 4 minute video introducing the program on NBC Today.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful, as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan the new areas of focus. This workshop will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.

FREE and open to the public. This presentation is relatable to parents/guardians of ALL AGES.

MPS STAFF HIGHLIGHT

The Milton Public Schools is proud to have a vibrant staff of instructional assistants who support the ongoing and daily needs of our students across the district.

Beginning in the integrated and specialized preschool programs, our instructional assistants work collaboratively with preschool teachers to support our youngest students. These staff provide a wide range of assistance, from transition support, self-care, and facilitating positive social behavior to communication support, promoting developing play skills and encouraging participation.

At the elementary level, most families are familiar with the kindergarten paraprofessionals who support each classroom as many children begin their first MPS full school day experience. There is one paraprofessional in each of our kindergarten classrooms and these instructional aides work in tandem with the classroom teacher to ensure a smooth, productive and enriching year for our kindergarten students.

Across all grades, K-12,  we have special education instructional assistants who support students who have an Individualized Educational Plan, or IEP.  These staff are trained to provide support in many areas, including  accessing classroom materials, following daily routines, maintaining positive and pro-social relationships and navigating the school environment. As students often work in small groups, these educators may be supporting different learners in a classroom throughout the school year. Additionally, some of our instructional assistants have specialized training in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA. These staff are skilled in providing 1:1 instruction and behavioral support to our students with Autism and related disabilities.

At Milton High School, job coaches and instructional assistants also have the added responsibility of supporting our Achieve and 18-22 year old students who have pre-vocational and community based employment.

We are fortunate to have an incredibly dedicated and strong cadre of support staff in the Milton Public Schools. Their work is vital to the operational success of our schools and the personal achievements of our students.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the 2019 Monster Dash 5K run/walk and Kid’s Fun Run. Sunday, October 27th at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton.

The Monster Dash, now in its 21st year, benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools. Register now for this fun family event! 

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Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 25th. The winner will see their drawing on race t- shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 27th. All details on the t-shirt contest can be found here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

On September 27th, MPS will host an “ed-camp” style conference for all of our MPS educators and colleagues from surrounding communities. Our administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals will participate in a Keynote Address from Dr. Kenneth Wesson (“The Neuroscience of Learning: What Works, What Lasts and Why?”), and then choose from a menu of 85+ hour-long sessions to attend, facilitated by MPS teachers, administrators, community members and other education professionals. In addition to 85+ professional learning opportunities, lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day. Next week, the conference website will be up and running, and all participants will sign up to choose the sessions they would like to participate in throughout the day.

Questions? Please contact: Ben Kelly, Vice Principal, Milton High SchoolAJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director, MPS ; Amy Tom, Science Department Head, Milton High School  

FOOD AND NUTRITION 

In a few days, our MHS grow racks will look like this!

The Milton School Food Service Program is partnering with EvanLee Farms to provide sustainable gardens to our schools. This past Friday we installed the second indoor “Grow Rack” at Milton High School. Our students in the Achieve Program planted romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, micro mix, kale and basil and lemon basil. Students will harvest the greens in three weeks and they will bring it to our kitchen so we can serve these amazing items at lunch.

These racks will be growing within the school by our students and for our students. Students will learn how to make  informed food choices, how to grow their own food and garden and how to process their food in a  sustainable way.

These racks also serve to educate our students in the science of soils – how soils work to give our plants their nutritional value and understanding the root system of plants. Students will also be learning the history of agriculture and changes due to pesticides, climate change, and what we must do to adapt. The students along with their teachers will plant, maintain and harvest what they grow for consumption in our cafeterias.

TRANSPORTATION 

The MPS Transportation Department is excited to roll out the FirstView Parent App provided by First Student, our bus company.  FirstView is comprehensive and secure bus tracking and parent communication app.  The FirstView app is easy to download, set up and use to provide estimated bus arrival times, transportation messaging regarding delays or issues and customizable alerts for when your student’s bus is a chosen distance or number of minutes away.    

Please visit FirstViewApp.com or find FirstView in the App Store or Google Play to download to your smartphone.  Additionally a desktop version of FirstView is available at  FirstViewApp.com.

Next week be on the lookout for emails from the transportation department with specific instructions and school codes to upload your student’s route into your app. 

ATHLETICS 

The Football Team beat Bishop Feehan 17-7 last Friday. Their game this Friday will be at 3:45 at Framingham High School.

Volleyball has started their season 3-0, with wins over Framingham, Notre Dame Academy and Braintree.

The Swim Team made history last night. Andrew Tran, Joe Pezzini, Christian Bartkiewicz and Sebastien Yunger made the state cut in the 200 Medley Relay! They also had Amalia Halpin, Madison Crummy, Adri Halpin and Emily Dobrindt make the state cut in the girls 200 Medley Relay as well. Madison Crummey, Rose Gillooly and Emily Dobrindt all made state cuts in two individual events. Amalia Halpin made a state cut in the 100 butterfly. The girls also made states in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Christian Bartkiewicz made a sectional cut in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Sebatien Yunger in the 50 freestyle, and Liv DiSandro also in the 50 freestyle. The boys 200 free relay a made a sectional cut as well.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

Rescheduled to this weekend! The MHS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” bottle and can drive on September 14th, 9am-12pm  at Milton High School.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Girl Power Running Program elementary school aged girls is ongoing! This is a FREE (parent run) program. The purpose of this program is to provide a come when you can, low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal, push themselves at a healthy pace and comfort level while supporting one another and participating in an outdoor, good for your body and soul activity. Occasionally we will have a woman that embodies “girl power” join us. We try to have women from a wide range of professions to demonstrate to our girls their limitless options. We will start with a walk/jog, everyone go at their own pace, one mile loop and slowly increase our mileage with the end goal being to participate (if your child wants) in the Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27. The program will meet at the Cunningham Park tennis courts on Mondays and began on Monday, September 9th. We will meet at 3:45 for sign in and warm ups prior to our run. All details can be found here.

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The Town of Milton invites you to a Community Housing Forum on Saturday, September 14th at 10am at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street. The town is in the process of preparing a Housing Production Plan that will provide up to date information on local housing issues, identify priority housing needs, and propose short and long-term strategies to address these needs.

Please come to hear what the Town has learned about shifts in demographic and housing trends and needs. Participate in a special program to offer your perspectives on the Town‘s future housing agenda. This is the first of two planned public meetings. A draft summary of the plan can be found on the Town website. Free childcare will be provided. Please call the Select Board Office at 617-898-4843 with any questions.

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The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through September. 

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The Forbes House Museum is looking for a Saturday Docent. This is a paid, part-time position, with work hours 10:30 am – 2:30 pm on alternating Saturdays throughout the year. If you enjoy history, art,  ongoing learning, and sharing your passions with others, but are also able to work independently, this is a great opportunity to represent the museum and Milton to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about the specific duties and requirements of the position, please visit  the Forbes House website.

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Brookwood Community Farm’s 7th Annual Farm Dinner is Sunday, September 15th. Funds raised support the farm’s mission to improve access to fresh food in surrounding communities. We donate to more than 5 food pantries and work in cooperation with Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. In 2018 over $21,000 worth of produce was donated and in 2019 we are well on our way with over $11,000 donated so far. We are thankful for our partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and with The Trustees of Reservations for land use and for our many volunteers and local supportive businesses that help to sustain this farm community. Please join us to enjoy the beautiful setting at Prowse Farm and a dinner filled with Brookwood produce! Tickets can be purchased online at this link.

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Milton’s Plastic Bag Ban takes effect on September 14, 2019. Our town’s ordinance was designed to limit the use of single-use plastic checkout bags to protect our streets and public spaces from litter and reduce our environmental impact. We encourage shoppers to remember to bring reusable bags along with them when shopping in Milton. More information can be found here. 

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance (A program of Discovery Schoolhouse, Inc.) in partnership with Learning Circle Preschool & Curry College Education Dept.
present BEYOND REMOTE CONTROLLED CHILDHOOD; Creating and Finding Balance in the Media Age, by Diane E. Levin, Professor of Education Wheelock College, Dept. of Early Childhood Education. Join us as Dr. Levin discusses ways in which families can effectively manage media and technology in the lives of their children, describes their effects on learning, play, and development, and explains the value of concrete hands-on play experiences for learning. To learn more about Dr. Levin’s work as an educator, author, and children’s activist, visit her website at dianeelevin.com.

AMBASSADORS

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

STAFF: As you read above, our paraprofessional staff are a crucial part of our mission at the Milton Public Schools. We would not have the excelling district we do with out these dedicated and professional staff members. Please join me in thanking them for all they do for our students throughout the year.

STUDENTS: I am pleased to announce our student’s Advanced Placement (AP) exam results. In the spring of 2019, Milton High School students took AP exams across almost 20 disciplines. Advanced Placement courses expose students to introductory college level coursework and a score of 3 or above on an AP exam indicates that students would perform well at the college level. Once again, our students have demonstrated excellence in their AP results with 150 Milton High School students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars with various distinctions. These results are a testament to the hard work, dedication and preparation of both our students and faculty. Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievement in AP exams and on their recognition from the College Board.

The National AP Scholar designation is granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. We are very proud of Aidan G. Braithwaite, Justin M. Chan, Sarah P. Hancock, Penelope C. Holland, Samuel A. LeLacheur, Hannah J. Mitchell, Julia L. Nerenberg, Eliza C. O’Donnell, Suvan Shukla for achieving this impressive benchmark.

The AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. The following students are to be commended for their AP achievements: Lucas B. Alvarez, Grace L. Baker, Alexandra K.Boursican, Aidan G. Braithwaite, Justin M. Chan, Frances M. Collins , Colleen l. Conley, Lilja J. Cormack, Julia C. DeFilippo, Alex Dhima, Emily R. Dobrindt, Michael C. Doyle, Grace M. Dwyer, Edward M. Enyedy, Katherine M. Fahy, Jada M. Farrar, Aemilia A. Ferreira, Mark R. Guerra, Jeremiah J. Hainline, Sarah P. Hancock, Caitlin E. Heelen, Penelope C. Holland, Jackson T. Hoy, Alexandra Kelly, Meghan C. Kelly, Amanda I. Kwong, Jordan H. Lawrence, Samuel A. LeLacheur, Alisa Lorden, Claire V. Mandel, Kara A. Milliken, Hannah J. Mitchell, Julia L. Nerenberg, Philip M. Ng Pack, Thanh Nguyen, Grace C. Noonan, Mary C. O’Connell, Eliza C. O’Donnell, Laura K. O’Hanlon, Nessan F. ODonnell, Madison N. Pellegri, Alexandra C. Rene, Madeline W. Riordan, Sagar Risal, Emily S. Schewe, Suvan Shukla, Isabel C. Smith, Mary Leigh Sullivan, Amanda R. Tam, Clarissa M. Waldmann, Darragh P. Walsh, Dietrich I. Werner, Yatchun Yip and Onn Ye Young.

We also wish to recognize both our AP Scholar with Honor students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams and our AP Scholar students who received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Congratulations to AP Scholar with Honor students Molly K. Baker, Neamhain L. Berry , Alex R. Caputo, Joseph S. Charles, Nicola A. Cross, Zachary D. Danner, Raquel C. Gallagher, Paul J.Goodman, Margaret C. Haley, Veronica G. Harris, Patrick J. Hoey, Abdur Hosein, Jeremy A. Killingback, Matthew E. Laine, Francis X. Lalley, Karisa R.Lasoff,Thomas Newell, Margaret M. Pellegri, Abigail A. Rogers, Brandon Seeto, Max Winkler and Shannon M. Young

Congratulations to our AP Scholars Ayla S. Alsebai, Kianna A. Barrett, Samantha Baum, Katherine A. Biagiotti, Annabel V. Botsford, Luke H. Botsford, Aine Buchau, Alannah M. Corcoran, Kyle S.Coull, Brendan D. Cox, Michael R. Daly, Sophia L. Deal, Isabelle B. Driscoll, Ava M. Duggan, Simone L. Elfer, Guinevere A. Ferreira, Matthew M. Finnegan, Daniel P. Flaherty, Mary K. Fox, Julia E. Francesconi, Maya S. Galeano, Madeline L. Gray, Lorna R.Grey, Nicholas J.Griswold, Amalia C.Halpin, Wallace P. Heller, Katherine E. Kates, Bridget M. Kelly, Lauren M. Kelly, Patrick J. Kennedy, Catherine H.Le, Esme A.Link, Vanessa Lorden, Kyle T. Loria, Vincent H. Luong, Jenny Ly, Cooper J. Madigan, Matteo C. Mastandrea, Ryan J. McGroarty, Sarah G. Mitchell, Katherine R. Morrissey, Molly F. Murtagh, Kami H.Nguyen, Minh-Anh Nguyen, Andrew T. Nilsen, Matthew J. Noris, Rebecca C.Noris, Jordan M. Pascal, Cameron Pentland, Audrey R. Pugh, Mohammed A.Rahman, Isabelle L. Richer, Coleman L. Rose, Brendan M. Scott, Caleb J. Smith, Grace K. Stenson, Grace A. Sullivan , Jonathan T. Truong, Kennedi D. Van Allen, Hanganh T. Vo, Taylor A. Vrettas, Douglas B. Walko, Connor P. Withington and Austin C. Wright.

Congratulations to these students on their achievements on the AP exams!

VOLUNTEERS: I want to recognize the parents and guardians who serve on the PTOs (or PTSFO at MHS) at each our six schools. These dedicated volunteers give countless hours to our schools, in the service of enhancing and enriching the Milton Public Schools experience for all students, staff and families. Please join me in thanking our PTO boards and leadership teams. If you have ever considered a role with the PTOs at one of our schools, I encourage you to reach out and see how you can be a part of these vibrant and welcoming organizations.

Cunningham PTO Leadership Team: Suzanne Fitzsimons, Erin Burke, Karin Roethke-Khan, Marybeth Doyle, Stephanie Doyle, Christina Carlin, Laura Phelps, Abigail Callahan, Emily Dwyer, Marianne Kinsella, Sheila Hume, Sammi Yee, Deb Lynch, Jackie Barkowski, Megan Pallai, Megan Dietrich, Brittany Rist and Mandy Susi.

Tucker PTO: Meena Tondravi and Lacy Stoneburner – Co-Presidents; Rebecca Allen – Treasurer; Lateefah Franck – Diversity & Equity; Stacey Soloman and Vanessa Foster – Hospitality; Tanjirene Smith – Communications and Dawn Beckman – Fundraising.

Collicot  PTO: Christine Morrow and Rebecca Stover – Co-Presidents; Stephanie Oldfield – Secretary; Colleen Fogerty and Heidi Naumes – Co-Treasurers.

MHS PTSFO: Annellen Lydon and Trisha Sullivan serve as co-presidents.

Pierce PTO Leadership Team: Colin Delaney, Kristin Dembowski, 
Michelle Cardoza, Stephanie O’Keefe, Lisa Weinstein, Suzanne Moynagh, Sarahkate Feloney and Denise Leonardo.

Glover PTO: Christine Sullivan and Emily Duffy  – Co-Presidents; Erika Doherty- Vice President; Sheila Armstrong  -Treasurer and Suzanne Bridges  – Secretary.

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September 5, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 5, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Rabbi Benjamin, of the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills recently emailed me to share the passage below. He did not write this passage and I regret to say I don’t know who did write it so I can not credit the author. The words are powerful and I hope you will take a moment to read the paragraph below and share the sentiment with your children.

As we begin a new school year soon, take a minute to say a little prayer for the kids that don’t fit in.
The kids that come home in tears because they don’t understand why no one likes them, or maybe there’s too much of everything around them and just can’t hold it together anymore.
Pray  for these kids who no one will talk to because someone else spread rumors about them.
The kids that don’t have the right shoes , haven’t gone to the right places on vacation, or think/act a little different.
Right now, those kids are dreading going back to school .
Right now they are crying  and begging their parents to let them stay home or go to a different school. Pray they know they are loved, Pray they know they are special, and pray they find their group of friends.
NOW is the time to tell your children to be nice, kind, and get to know the kids who are wanting friends. You will never know how much this can make a difference in someone’s life.

A mother of one our students sent me this article at the beginning of school and it also speaks to Rabbi Benjamin’s sentiment above. She wrote that ” A first day of school picture is going viral, in a really good way. Two elementary school boys began the new school year with a lesson in kindness. We wanted to share this as we are all hoping for a good, kind, inclusive school year for all of the students and staff of the Milton Public Schools.

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This week we welcomed our newest and youngest students – our kindergarten and preschool students!  Welcome to the Milton Public Schools and we look forward to walking beside you on your educational journey over the next 13 years!

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  

Sep 10 Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11 Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 16-30 Milton GOES GOLD
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 21 Children’s Hospital Blood Drive  –  Cunningham/Collicot Driveway
Sep 24 Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski, Parent speaker Series
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Children’s Hospital Blood Drive at Cunningham Hall
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
Sep 27 MHS Football Game  – Milton GOES GOLD
Oct 2 Milton School Committee
Oct 3 MHS 8th Grade Information Night
Oct 9 No School – Yom Kippur
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, September 18th at 7pm.

PIERCE UPDATES

Science is up and running at the Pierce Middle School. Mr. Fish stopped by Mr. Romeo’s 8th grade science class and joined in on the fun! Students began the year with a team building STEM challenge that allowed them to apply scientific ideas to design and construct the tallest freestanding tower. Their work designing and testing towers not only served as a review of the Design Process but also emphasized the science practice of Developing and Using Models, an integral component of the 8th grade science curriculum.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

The Glover Sensory Pathways are off to an amazing start as you can see in this recent Patriot Ledger article.

MILTON GOES GOLD

Join us as Milton GOES GOLD this September to raise awareness and show support for children who are battling cancer! From September 16-30th, Milton GOES GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness and there are several ways for families to participate. How can you Go Gold?

  • DONATE YOUR GOLD: From September 16-30, send spare change in with your child to help fill the GOLD boots at all elementary schools. We are also collecting items from this list at Pierce and MHS.
  • GIVE BLOOD – AS VALUABLE AS GOLD: We are holding TWO blood drives in September. Saturday 9/21 9am-4pm (75 slots) and Thursday 9/26 8am -3pm (75 slots). Sign up in the links above.
  • WEAR YOUR GOLD: On Thursday September 26th, wear as much gold as you can! You can wear your own gold clothing/ accessories and/or purchase Milton GOES GOLD shoelaces ($3) in your school office (next week) or online here. 
  • CHEER FOR GOLD: Attend the MHS Football game on Friday, September 27th for Milton GOES GOLD night!

This week several of the families involved in Milton GOES GOLD visited the MPD and MFD to place gold ribbon magnets on MPD and MFD vehicles. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Teenagers are often told that they have their whole lives ahead of them. The idea that a teen could be thinking about ending that life might be hard for their friends, families, or other people in their community to believe.  But the risk of suicide should be on the radar of anyone who interacts with teens, says Dr. Jane Pearson, a mental health expert at NIH.

The rate of teen suicide has increased over the last decade. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults in the United States.  Experts don’t know why this rate has been rising. But NIH-funded researchers are working on better ways to find and help teens who are thinking of suicide.  In the Milton Public Schools, we have a dedicated staff (including counselors, nurses, educators, admin) who are trained to provide support and resources for students struggling with mental, emotional, and/or behavioral health issues.  As part of our health education curriculum, students in grades 5 through 12 learn about healthy strategies to manage stress, how to recognize if a friend is struggling and how to advocate/support them, and where to go to get help.  Learn more at this link.

Some common suicide warning signs are below.  The more warning signs, the greater the risk of suicide.

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Having extreme mood swings
  • Giving away belongings, including treasured objects

Get your teen help from a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. You can also text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful, as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan the new areas of focus. This workshop will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.

FREE and open to the public. This presentation is relatable to parents/guardians of ALL AGES.

FROM THE READERS

I often receive articles or videos from parents and staff that are worthy of sharing with you. MHS English teacher Dyanne Crowley sent me the video in this link about how to teach your kids to love reading. As a life long reader and educator, this resonated with me.

This recent article in the Boston Globe may be interesting to you, as it pertains to the ever evolving MCAS test and the controversy over a passage and question that were included on some tests last year. 

Milton Access TV is a valuable member of our community and provides a way for many of us to stay abreast of local issues. Their most recent news letter can be found here.

SPECIAL EDUCATION  

This link contains information from SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel regarding multiple upcoming opportunities to meet SEPAC representatives and learn about this vital role they play in our community.

FOOD SERVICE

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs or substitutes in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

ART AND MUSIC

Please join us for the ALP Beginner Registration Night on Tuesday, September 10, 7-8pm at Milton High School.

What is the Applied Lessons Program? The Applied Lessons Program (ALP) is a partnership between the Milton Public Schools and local, private music teachers, which provides reduced cost music instruction on band and string instruments.

Checking out the instruments and getting advice from our music students at the Instrument Petting Zoo in June.

Who can participate in ALP? ALP welcomes any Milton child interested in studying an instrument.  Students may begin as early as the 4th grade but beginners of any age are welcome!

Lessons for which instruments are provided? ALP offers a wide range of instruments: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar.  Vocal instruction, and lessons on piano and recorder are NOT provided.

When and where do ALP lessons take place? All lessons last 30 minutes, occur weekly, and take place at Milton High School between 3-9pm.

How are lessons structured? ALP teachers offer private (one student) and semi-private (two students) lessons.  Semi-private lessons are for students studying the same instrument, and must pair prior to signing-up for a time with a teacher.  No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if only one student is registering.

What is the cost of lessons? Lessons are divided into two semesters, and payment for SESSION I (15 lessons) must be provided at registration night: private lessons (1 student) are $420 and semi-private lessons (2 students) are $270.00 each.  Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher on registration night.  Payment for SESSION II is collected by the ALP teacher in January.

How do I obtain the instrument my child will study? Milton partners with several vendors from which families can purchase or rent an instrument. Rental fees are most typical, and vary depending on the instrument and rental plan. The following vendors will be onsite during instrument registration night:  Johnson String , Spencer Brook Strings  , Needham Music and Leonards Music .

I pre-registered for lessons online during the summer.  Should I attend? Yes!  You will need to complete registration for lessons with your assigned ALP teacher, provide payment for session one, and rent an instrument (if you do not already have one) from one of the music vendors available that night.  You can also buy/rent an instrument from any other company you choose.

I didn’t pre-register.  Can I still sign-up? Absolutely!  When you attend ALP registration night, you will be directed to an instructor for the instrument of your choice to schedule a lesson time, and then to the vendor area to rent or buy the instrument if needed.  Please note that lesson slot can fill quickly so plan to arrive early to secure instruction on the instrument of your choice.

If my child already participates in ALP, do I need to attend? Registration night on Tuesday, September 10th is for beginners only.  Continuing students should contact their current lesson teachers directly to register—they do NOT come to beginner registration night.

I wish to participate but cannot attend registration night.  Who should I contact?n Please contact Applied Lessons Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with questions or concerns. Further details on the program and registration night can be found here. 

ATHLETICS 

Please see the following communication from MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden.

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and is excited to be back in school!  The Milton High School Fall Athletic Season is now upon us which means Friday Night Football and many other sports!  Please take a few minutes to read through some information that you may find useful regarding athletics at MHS.

2018-19 Brief Recap: A tremendous fall season was highlighted by our Golf Team winning the Division II Sportsmanship Award, as voted by coaches in the state.  Wrestlingstole the show in the winter, taking home the Division II Metro Championships, while Coach Ted Carroll won Division II Coach-of-the-Year! In the Spring, Rugby returned to the “Big Game”, beating Cambridge Rindge & Latin en route to their second straight championship. The highlight of the spring season, however, was the newly formed Unified Track Team.  We had nearly 40 students participate in the first every Unified Sport at Milton High School, and we hope to build on that for next season.  Four more Milton High School student-athletes signed Division I Letters of Intent.  Ella Affanato and Elise O’Leary both signed on for Cross Country and Track at Merrimack College and the University of Connecticut, respectively. Elias Deaibes signed on to Temple to continue his rowing career, while Smith Charles will shift to a darker shade of Red, as he takes his trade to Cornell University for Track.

New Coaches: We would like to introduce two new coaches to the MHS Coaching Staff.  Patrick Ellis is our new Boys Varsity Soccer Coach. Coming to us from Weymouth High School, Coach Ellis is also teaching Business at Milton High School.  Jessica Gillooly takes over as our new Coed Varsity Swim Coach after serving as the Varsity Assistant last season. She teaches Art at Tucker Elementary.  We will also have new coaches for Girls Ice Hockey, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Indoor Track, and Boys Outdoor Track.  These positions will not be announced until all have been filled. See here for our full list of coaches.

MHS Athletics Website: I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of our Athletics Website. Nearly all questions you may have regarding the Athletics Department can be answered on this website.  You can find rosters, schedules, and All-Stars.  A coaching directory, list of sports offered, and news page with highlights can also be found.

Registration and Winter/Spring Seasons: Below are some key dates for the winter and spring athletic season.  Students must register on Family ID each Athletic Season.  The concussion course only needs to be completed once per year.  Most importantly, once a student’s physical expires, a new one must be provided in order for the student to be cleared. Registration steps can be found here.

Schedules: For those of you that have been looking for the High School Athletic Schedules, you can find them on the front page of the MHS Athletics Website.  You can also sign up for Game Alerts and Notifications here. Also, for future planning purposes, tryouts for fall 2020 begin on Friday, August 21st for Football and Monday, August 24th for all other fall sports.  Tryouts are mandatory for all students, including incoming freshmen, and missing tryouts may impact a student’s chances of making a team.

Student-Athlete Handbook: New this year is our Student-Athlete Handbook.  Starting in the winter season, students and parents/guardians must read this handbook.  Confirmation will be marked on the Family ID Registration. A copy of this handbook can be found on the MHS Athletics Website as well as here.

Parent/Guardian Feedback Form: This feedback form for athletics will be kept live all academic year.  Parents and Guardians may complete this form at any point during their season.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Girl Power Running Program elementary school aged girls starts next week! This is a FREE (parent run) program. The purpose of this program is to provide a come when you can, low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal, push themselves at a healthy pace and comfort level while supporting one another and participating in an outdoor, good for your body and soul activity. Occasionally we will have a woman that embodies “girl power” join us. We try to have women from a wide range of professions to demonstrate to our girls their limitless options. We will start with a walk/jog, everyone go at their own pace, one mile loop and slowly increase our mileage with the end goal being to participate (if your child wants) in the Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27. The program will meet at the Cunningham Park tennis courts on Mondays beginning Monday, September 9th. We will meet at 3:45 for sign in and warm ups prior to our run. All details can be found here.

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The Town of Milton invites you to a Community Housing Forum on Saturday, September 14th at 10am at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street. The town is in the process of preparing a Housing Production Plan that will provide up to date information on local housing issues, identify priority housing needs, and propose short and long-term strategies to address these needs.

Please come to hear what the Town has learned about shifts in demographic and housing trends and needs. Participate in a special program to offer your perspectives on the Town‘s future housing agenda. This is the first of two planned public meetings. A draft summary of the plan can be found on the Town website. Free childcare will be provided. Please call the Select Board Office at 617-898-4843 with any questions.

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Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th.

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The Milton Historical Society will be hosting an open house commemorating the annual Suffolk Resolves Day for its 245th anniversary, on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be offered. Historical reenactor Michael LePage will be portraying Paul Revere.

The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through September. 

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The Forbes House Museum is looking for a Saturday Docent. This is a paid, part-time position, with work hours 10:30 am – 2:30 pm on alternating Saturdays throughout the year. If you enjoy history, art,  ongoing learning, and sharing your passions with others, but are also able to work independently, this is a great opportunity to represent the museum and Milton to visitors of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about the specific duties and requirements of the position, please visit  the Forbes House website.

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Brookwood Community Farm’s 7th Annual Farm Dinner is Sunday, September 15th. Funds raised support the farm’s mission to improve access to fresh food in surrounding communities. We donate to more than 5 food pantries and work in cooperation with Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. In 2018 over $21,000 worth of produce was donated and in 2019 we are well on our way with over $11,000 donated so far. We are thankful for our partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and with The Trustees of Reservations for land use and for our many volunteers and local supportive businesses that help to sustain this farm community. Please join us to enjoy the beautiful setting at Prowse Farm and a dinner filled with Brookwood produce! Tickets can be purchased online at this link.

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Milton’s Plastic Bag Ban takes effect on September 14, 2019. Our town’s ordinance was designed to limit the use of single-use plastic checkout bags to protect our streets and public spaces from litter and reduce our environmental impact. We encourage shoppers to remember to bring reusable bags along with them when shopping in Milton. More information can be found here. 

AMBASSADORS

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

STAFF: Congratulations to Milton High School English teacher John Radosta, on the recent publication of his book, “Bob Dylan in Performance: Song, Stage, and Screen”. The book explores the different ways Dylan chooses to express his genius. Mr. Radosta and his college roommate Keith Nainby (who became almost as obsessed with Bob Dylan as Mr. Radosta when they lived together at Boston University) co-wrote the book.

Mr. Radosta shared that, ” A lot of people say they like his lyrics, but he can’t sing.  We argue that he makes very deliberate choices about how he sounds, as shown by the way he manipulates the sounds of words to convey more meaning, plays with rhyme, and even changes his voice from song to song, even on the same album. We look at the different periods of his career, and how, even though people thought he was betraying them every time he made a turn in his performance style, they all eventually decided to follow him anyhow.

It was a lot of fun to write the book, because I don’t usually get to do that kind of research, and it was especially strange collaborating with someone who lives in California. Going through the process of collecting material, drafting ideas, sharing them back and forth, and then having to format it in a professional scholarly way taught me all kinds of things I can use in my classroom when I’m teaching the research process.”

We are delighted to be able to share the link to purchase the book (enter the title in the search bar and use LEX30AUTH19 for a 30% discount) and very proud of our newly published author, John Radosta. More information can be found here and the book is also available online at additional booksellers.

VOLUNTEERS: I want to give a big thanks to Bill Resnick of Proforma , who thought of MPS when one of his suppliers had a large amount of new, quality pens to donate. Our students and staff are always in need of new pens and this large donation at the beginning of the year is most welcome!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Christie Chiappetta, Noel Vigue, Rabbi Alfred H. Benjamin, Dawn Sykes, Rebecca Damaini, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai,  Jon Redden,  Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Susan Maselli and Dr. Karen Spaulding.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

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August 29, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 29, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

On Wednesday of this week, we welcomed our 1st-12th grade students for the 1st day of school. These two days of school (following two days of preparation and Professional Development for our staff – capped off with a terrific performance by the MHS Marching Band) provide students and teachers an opportunity to work together to learn new routines and schedules, establish classroom and school expectations and begin partnerships that will last throughout the school year and beyond. The excitement of seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, making new friends and experiencing new adventures is evident on the faces of our many students and staff on these opening days.

Tucker students and staff were excited to start the morning with their annual visit from Senator Walter Timilty who led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed all to a new school year. Tucker ended the day with a surprise visit from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley who wanted to wish our Tucker students a wonderful year! As you can see in this short video, Congresswoman Pressley took the time to greet many Tucker students on their way home and had a message for them – I work for you everyday in Washington, DC.  Following dismissal she visited the Tucker after-school program briefly and shared with them a wonderful message about reaching their career aspirations. The students repeated back for her to hear “If it is to be…. it is up to me”. Thank you to Senator Timilty and Congresswoman Pressley for taking the time to visit Tucker this week.

On Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd, the Milton Public Schools will be closed for Labor Day weekend.  Follow our MPS Facebook page and MPS Twitter account for news and information throughout the year. The full MPS calendar can be found here.

Please enjoy the long Labor Day weekend and we look forward to seeing all students, including our kindergarten and preschool students, on Tuesday, September 3rd.

SCHOOL SPECIFIC INFORMATION

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle and Ms. Meghan Connors
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information
MHS Open House – September 12th
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE
Principal Mr. William Fish and Assistant Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Ms. Janice Mazzola
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Meet Mr. Fish – The PTO invites you to meet Mr. Fish in the Pierce lobby on Thursday, September 5th 6:30-7pm and Friday, September 6th 8:15-8:45am
Pierce Open House – September 11th 6:30pm
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce Webpage
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

GLOVER
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 3 after drop off
Glover Open House- September 26
Glover Webpage 
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off
School Picture Day – Monday September 9th
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 13th
Collicot Open House – Wednesday, September 25th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email 
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Administrative Assistant Ms. Erica Cadigan 
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 19th
Cunningham Webpage 
Cunningham PTO email 
Facebook Page
Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram

TUCKER
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai and Assistant Principal Maggie Dillier
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Picture Day-September 6th
Open House-September 26th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage 
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  

Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The July and August  School Committee meetings can be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cunningham 5th graders Caroline Melanson and Sara Callahan held their 2nd annual “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” camp this summer.  The girls had 4-6 K campers each week who practiced kindergarten readiness skills through fun craft projects, read alouds and outside play. Cunningham teacher Ms. Windwer visited the group on the last day for an exciting finish!

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Thanks to a very generous Collicot Class of 2019 gift and a successful partnership with Sustainable Milton, the Collicot PTO and the town of Milton, Collicot has new water bottle filling station. This gift reflects the great respect and responsibility Collicot students model. Morgan refilled her bottle this week and so far we have already helped eliminate the waste from 187 water bottles!

The past few weeks have been busy with popsicle playdates, kindergarten meet ups and fun story times. We hope all of our young students had fun and feel comfortable starting school this week and next.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

We are excited to announce that Grade 5 Health classes will continue for the 2019-20 school year. Thanks to a generous grant from the Beth-Israel Deaconess Lahey Hospital – Milton, all 5th grade students in the Milton Public Schools will participate in health education lessons using the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum. The grant provides funding for a health educator and curriculum materials. This evidence-based curriculum addresses all of the most important factors leading adolescents to use one or more drugs by teaching a combination of health content, general life skills and drug resistance skills. There’s years of documented evidence of the curriculum’s effectiveness through extensive evaluation and has been proven to prevent or reduce tobacco, alcohol and other drug use. Part of the curriculum will be supplemented with vaping prevention strategies from the Stanford University School of Medicine – Anti-Vaping Toolkit.

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Elementary School program is a comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally appropriate substance abuse and violence prevention program designed for upper elementary school students. This highly effective curriculum has been proven to help increase self-esteem, develop healthy attitudes, and improve a students’ knowledge of essential life skills – all of which promote healthy and positive personal development. The program learning objectives are as follows:

  • Personal Self-Management Skills: Students develop skills that enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving skills, help them reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
  • General Social Skills: Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
  • Drug Resistance Skills: Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco (including e-cigs), alcohol, and other drugs (including marijuana and opioids).

The lessons include the following topics:Self-Esteem, Responsible Decision-Making, Tobacco/Vaping Prevention (supplemented with Stanford’s Anti-Vaping Toolkit), Media Influences and Advertising, Coping with Stress, Communication Skills, Social Skills/Peer Pressure and Assertiveness.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful, as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan the new areas of focus. This workshop will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.

FREE and open to the public. This presentation is relatable to parents/guardians of ALL AGES.

SPECIAL EDUCATION  

This link contains information from SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Counsel regarding multiple upcoming opportunities to meet SEPAC representatives and learn about this vital role they play in our community.

MPS GOES GOLD

Join us as the Milton Public Schools GOES GOLD this September to raise awareness and show support for children who are battling cancer! From September 16-30th, MPS GOES GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness and there will be several ways for families to participate. We will share all details next week.

As part of MPS GOES GOLD, we are holding TWO blood drives in September. Saturday 9/21 9am-4pm (75 slots)and Thursday 9/26 8am -3pm (75 slots).  Please support this valuable effort and sign up in the links above.

FOOD SERVICE

Children need healthy meals to learn. Milton Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25; lunch costs $2.00/$2.25/$2.50 (Elementary, Pierce, MHS) Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.00 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. The packet linked here includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

Who can get free or reduced price meals? 

  • All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP, MA TAFDC, FDPIR, or specific categories of Medicaid are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. 
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart. 

All information on free and reduced school meals can be found here. More information on our Nutrition Services program can be found here. 

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There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs or substitutes in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

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All school lunch menus for the month can be found here. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Laurie Stillman, MPS  SEL Facilitator shares the following.

Did you know that children perform better in school when they learn how to manage their emotions, constructively handle challenging situations, establish positive relationships with peers and adults, develop caring and concern for others, and make responsible decisions?

These qualities not only help students to achieve academically, but they also build character, self esteem and engagement in learning. These social emotional skills can be learned and practiced, and are the underpinnings of having successful careers in a 21st Century economy.  They are characteristics that employers value most, and are associated with higher wages. Here are some tips for raising caring, confident and capable children, recommended by the state of Illinois:

  • Set fair and thoughtful consequences for misbehavior, and then stick to them
  • Ask your children how they feel, and show them that their emotions are important to you
  • Find ways to stay calm when you’re frustrated and angry. Don’t lose control. It sends the wrong message.
  • Give your children room to make mistakes when learning new skills.
  • Give children choices, so they can learn to solve problems
  • Ask questions that help children solve problems on their own
  • Encourage sharing and helping

Fostering these skills will help support children’s resilience in dealing with life’s pressures.

TRANSPORTATION 

Bus passes for all assigned students have been mailed home and routes and schedules for the 2019-2020 school year are posted on the MPS website under the transportation page. All riders are REQUIRED to present their bus pass to ride the bus every day.  Students will not be allowed to board without their pass.

Please note that in the first week or two of school buses can run early or late based on traffic and new route patterns, please plan to have your student at their assigned stop at least 10 minutes early as we ask for patience as the routes settle into regular patterns for the school year.

ATHLETICS 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see  MHS Athletics website  with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!

The MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a car wash on September 7th, 9AM-12PM at the Cunningham School.  $10/car.

The MHS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” bottle and can drive on September 7th, 9am-12pm  at Milton High School.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

A Reason to Ride is an annual family-friendly event where participants can choose between a 5K walk or a bike-a-thon with the option of 10-, 25-, or 50-mile rides through the scenic north shore towns of Danvers, Beverly, Wenham, Essex, and Gloucester to benefit cancer care and research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

This event started out as a labor of love for brain cancer survivor and BIDMC grateful patient Tom DesFosses. Tom and his wife, Judy, their close friend, Bob Barry, and numerous grateful patients, friends, and family members, launched A Reason to Ride in 2008 to raise funds for Eric Wong, M.D., and the Brain Tumor Fund at BIDMC. In 2011, recognizing that cancer touches everyone’s lives in different ways, Tom and Dr. Wong expanded the ride to support care and research for other types of cancer at the medical center. We hope you will join us on September 8 as we continue our efforts to support critical research, better treatment options for patients, and someday, a cure.

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Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th.

The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through September. 

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Noel Vigue, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Liz Spitz, Jackie Morgan, Marti McKenna, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Sara MacNeil, Bernadette Butler,  Jon Redden, Susan Maselli and Laurie Stillman.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

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August 22, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 22, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach the beginning of school, I want to extend a warm welcome to our parents/guardians and staff who are returning to the Milton Public Schools and a special welcome to those of you who are new to the Milton Public Schools.

The beginning of the school year brings changes to our staffing as teachers and staff retire, resign or move to different positions within the district. Below, I will introduce you to some key new employees of the Milton Public Schools. All of these new staff members are replacing staff who have left the Milton Public Schools or have moved to other positions within MPS. The district does not have any new positions in the 2019-20 school year beyond two new elementary classroom teachers who were hired to accommodate increasing enrollment. Please join me in welcoming these talented educators to their new roles in the Milton Public Schools community.

See the video link below to meet the new MPS staff!

Our new staff members joined the Milton Public Schools on Monday, August 19th and attended a full day of orientation, meetings with their respective principals and coordinators and a cookout luncheon prepared by Milton’s Food Service Director JackieMorgan and served by our administrators. On Tuesday, August 20th, our new teachers spent the day with their mentors at Curry College. Thank you to our Mentor Leadership Team of April Allegrezza, Deanna Magill, John Radosta and Meredith Kempf as well as to our dozens of teacher mentors for their year long support of our new teachers.  I would also like to thank Curry College President Kenneth Quigley for sponsoring the day.

This short video will “introduce” you to many of the new staff members you will meet in the coming weeks. Thank you to Principal Karen McDavitt for this introduction to many of our new staff. Meet the new MPS staff here!

NEW MPS STAFF

I am pleased to share that Ms. Janice Mazzola will be the new Pierce Assistant Principal, joining Principal Fish and Assistant Principal Dr. Nick Fitzgerald at the Pierce Middle School. Principal Fish shares that Ms. Mazzola has served as the assistant principal of Norwell Middle School since 2009. During that time, she oversaw a student body of approximately 550 students, directly managed and supported the school’s special education program, and developed a variety of programming to meet the contemporary needs of middle school students. Ms. Mazzola has supported Norwell Middle School’s implementation of 1:1 computing, daily mindfulness programming for students, and language-based classrooms. Ms. Mazzola’s breadth of experience and passion for middle school students will be a tremendous asset to the Pierce community.

Pierce parent and screening committee member Becky Padera shares, “ I was immediately impressed with Janice Mazzola because of her extensive experience as both an English teacher and an Assistant Principal at the middle school level. Through her interview she demonstrated her focus on effective communication with parents and students, as well as the importance of listening to their concerns. She was able to convey her vision to help work with the leadership team to continue to create a safe, friendly and positive learning environment at Pierce Middle School. Her experience working with the Bridge Program in Norwell will bring a unique and helpful perspective to Milton. I know she will be a welcome addition to the Pierce Administrative team and I am so happy she will be working for the Milton Public Schools!” Pierce teacher Rachel Clancy adds, “I am excited to see what Ms. Mazzola, an experienced administrator, brings to the Pierce community for the upcoming school year.”

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We are pleased to announce that Cat DesRoche has been appointed as our new K-8 Literacy Director. Ms. DesRoche, who has been the Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator at Tucker since August 2016 (and prior to that served as the MPS Title One Director for 3 years) is a wonderful addition to our district wide leadership team. The K-8 Literacy Director is not a new position, rather a renaming and combining of existing roles within MPS. Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai shares that Cat is a wealth of knowledge and has proven herself to be an exemplary educator at Tucker elementary school over the last eight years. As a classroom teacher, reading specialist and both Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal she always brought creativity, high expectations and hard work to the role. We are excited for Cat to continue to support literacy further at Tucker and throughout the district in her new role. Her love of literacy is contagious and she will do great things in this new role.

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Brian Selig is the new K-12 Math Director for the Milton Public Schools. In his role as the K-12 Math Curriculum Director for Whitman-Hanson Regional School District for the last four years, he developed a passion for working with teachers and students at the elementary level and his prior experience teaching math at Braintree High School from 2005-2015 gives him strong insight into our high school learners and curriculum. He believes in the importance of instilling strong number sense, problem solving skills, and a curiosity and excitement about math in all of our learners. Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai writes that she is excited for the wealth of experience working K-12 that Mr. Selig will bring to the district. His work reviewing and implementing elementary math curriculum and strong content background will provide for a smooth transition at all levels.

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While remaining as MHS Humanities Department head, Ms. Barbara Wright will also assume the role of supporting our Social Studies teachers and curriculum at Pierce Middle School. Dr. Karen Spaulding shares that for many years Milton High School has benefited from Barbara Wright’s thoughtful, social justice stance toward leadership. We are very excited that she will bring her expertise and firm commitment to children to the Pierce Middle School history team as they continue their incredible work.

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I am happy to share that Maggie Dillier has been hired as the new Tucker Curriculum Coordinator and Assistant Principal. Ms. Dillier is coming to us from Lawrence Public Schools where she served as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds degrees from Northwestern and is very excited to join the Tucker Faculty.  When asked by Dr. Spaulding during the interview process “Why, the Tucker School?”, Ms. Dillier explained that she knew the moment she entered the room and met the Tucker interview team that it was the right school for her. She has dedicated her professional life to ensuring that joy remains a central part of teaching and learning, and she felt that joy and passion coming from those in the room.  Ms. Dillier looks forward to learning and leading alongside the educators, families, and students of the Tucker community.

BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

The 2019/20 school year starts on Monday, August 26th for staff, on Wednesday, August 28th for 1st-12th grade students and on Tuesday, September 3rd for our kindergarten and preschool students. On Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd, the Milton Public Schools is closed for Labor Day weekend.  Follow our MPS Facebook page and MPS Twitter account for news and information throughout the year. The full MPS calendar can be found here.  You will find school specific information below.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle and Ms. Meghan Connors
Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school
New student orientation for all freshmen and new students August 26th 4-6 pm
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information
MHS Open House – September 12th
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE
Principal Mr. William Fish and Assistant Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Ms. Janice Mazzola
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed the week of August 19th
New families night – August 20th at 6:30 PM
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 27th at 6:30pm
Picture Day – August 29th
Pierce Open House – September 11th 6:30pm
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce PTO School Supply Order Program
Pierce Webpage
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

GLOVER
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
Homeroom assignments – week of  August 19
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 20, 10am (playground)
and Thursday, August 22 at 6pm (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 29 9:30-11am  (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 3 after drop off
Glover Open House- September 26
Glover Webpage 
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 27th, 2pm
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 29th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off
School Picture Day – Monday September 9th
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 13th
Collicot Open House – Wednesday, September 25th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email 
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Administrative Assistant Ms. Erica Cadigan 
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 27th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 27th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 29th, 11- 2pm
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 19th
Cunningham Webpage 
Cunningham PTO email 
Facebook Page
Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram

TUCKER
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai and Assistant Principal Maggie Dillier
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K, August 21st at 6pm, Tucker Playground
Picture Day-September 6th
Open House-September 26th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage 
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  
Aug 28  First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

MPS SUMMER

The MPS staff recently shared their summer reading favorites and you can see what they are reading here.

Our summer reading at MPS has been strong with over one million minutes read by our elementary readers! The end of summer celebration at the Milton Public Library was a great success and attended by many of our MPS students.

Thank you to all who have sent in summer reading pictures. You can see some of the most recent pictures below.

Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Milton High School Guidance Department is closed for the summer and will reopen on Monday, August 26th. Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle  via email in the main office with any inquiries before August 26th.  The main office can also be reached by calling the high school at (617) 696-4470 and dialing 0.

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 28th, during homeroom. A welcome letter with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Freshmen and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at the New Student Orientation on August 26th.

All summer assignments are available on Plus Portals.  You do not need a password to access this information.

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held during the school year.  Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Class of 2020: Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.

Don’t forget to sign up for your Senior Portrait sitting with Hayward Photography.More dates have been added to the schedule. More information can be found here: MHS appt instructions 201920 1 2.pdf; Milton Senior fee 201920 2 1 1.pdf; MHS parents letter 201920 1 1.pdf . If you have any questions or concerns please email Kelly@haywardphotography.com.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Duck foot prints, lily pads, frogs, puddles, sun flowers…you would think we were talking about Turner’s Pond or the Outdoor Classroom at Glover School. But the hallways that were once ordinary have been transformed into a structured movement pathway that encourages students to jump, hop, balance, and bounce. Staying true to Glover’s famous ducks, these stickers are designed to provide all Glover kids with movement opportunities throughout the day. Numerous research studies suggest that movement enhances students learning and engagement. These paths are anticipated for whole class transitions as well as a tool to support students who may need additional movement and input on their way to get a drink of water. Thanks to the generous support and funding from the PTO, each of Glover’s four hallways are lined with duck feet to stomp on, logs to balance across, lily pads to hop between, and much more. This project was the brainchild of Glover’s Occupational Therapist, Sarah Whitten, and her amazing father. They custom-designed the pathways to match Glover’s unique habitat and worked tirelessly to bring this project to fruition. We look forward to revealing the pathways to all 608 Glover Kids when school begins.  Until then, here is a little “teaser” video of our new sensory path!  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The July and August  School Committee meetings can be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in rising 5 –  8th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

We will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th). Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

Coming together with your child’s team each year can be both exciting and stressful, as you reflect upon your child’s progress and plan the new areas of focus. This workshop will offer parents information, insight and tips that will lead to more effective communication and advocacy as you come together with your district team to plan for your child’s educational needs.

FREE and open to the public. This presentation is relatable to parents/guardians of ALL AGES.

FOOD SERVICE

Children need healthy meals to learn. Milton Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25; lunch costs $2.00/$2.25/$2.50 (Elementary, Pierce, MHS) Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.00 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. The packet linked here includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

Who can get free or reduced price meals? 

  • All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP, MA TAFDC, FDPIR, or specific categories of Medicaid are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. 
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart. 

All information on free and reduced school meals can be found here. More information on our Nutrition Services program can be found here. 

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There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

TRANSPORTATION 

Bus passes for all assigned students have been mailed home this week and routes and schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on the MPS website under the transportation page. All riders are REQUIRED to present their bus pass to ride the bus every day.  Students will not be allowed to board without their pass.

Please note that in the first week or two of school buses can run early or late based on traffic and new route patterns, please plan to have your student at their assigned stop at least 10 minutes early as we ask for patience as the routes settle into regular patterns for the school year.

ATHLETICS 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see  MHS Athletics website.  with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!

The MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a car wash on September 7th, 9AM-12PM at the Cunningham School.  $10/car.

The MHS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” bottle and can drive on September 7th, 9am-12pm  at Milton High School.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Tonight! Enjoy a Family “Happy Hour” at the Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams
Street. Thursday, August 22, 5:30pm – 7:30pm. As the carefree days of summer are winding down, spend a casual evening with friends and family at the Forbes House Museum. We’ll have live guitar music, lawn games and beer and wine available for purchase. Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds. Free admission.

Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th.

The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through September. 

AMBASSADORS 

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

VOLUNTEERS: We are so grateful to Driscoll Landscaping for their generosity to the Glover community. The Glover Outdoor Classroom is a courtyard within the confines of the Glover school and is a breeding ground for the Turner’s Pond ducks. Every year after the ducks have hatched, the Outdoor Classroom grows into a beautiful but very overgrown jungle! Thanks to the incredible generosity of Driscoll Landscaping, each summer the outdoor classroom is transformed back into a beautiful space where children can draw, explore, read, write, and learn. Asking nothing in return, Driscoll and his crew spend hours pruning, raking, mowing, and trimming. Under the watchful eye of outdoor classroom enthusiasts Mary O’Leary and Wendy Garpow Roth, the Outdoor Classroom becomes accessible again for all Glover Kids. We are very thankful to Driscoll Landscaping for always being so good to us here at Glover!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Noel Vigue, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen Spaulding, Jackie Morgan, Marti McKenna, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Karen Cahill, Deanna Magill, April Allegrezza, Jon Redden and Catherine Lee.

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August 8, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update 
Date: August 8, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

As we continue to enjoy some beautiful summer weather, I wanted to share some information about back to school dates, as well as school specific information for each of our six schools. 

The 2019/20 school year starts on Monday, August 26th for staff, on Wednesday, August 28th for 1st-12th grade students and on Tuesday, September 3rd for our kindergarten and preschool students. On Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd, the Milton Public Schools is closed for Labor Day weekend.  Follow our MPS Facebook page and MPS Twitter account for news and information throughout the year. The full MPS calendar can be found here.  You will find school specific information below. 

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle and Ms. Meghan Connors

Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school 
New student orientation for all freshmen and new students August 26th 4-6 pm
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information
MHS Open House – September 12th 
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE
Principal Mr. William Fish and Assistant Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Ms. Janice Mazzola
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed the week of August 19th
New families night – August 20th at 6:30 PM
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 27th at 6:30pm
Picture Day – August 29th
Pierce Open House – September 11th 6:30pm
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce PTO School Supply Order Program
Pierce Webpage
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

GLOVER
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
Homeroom assignments – week of  August 19 
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 20, 10am (playground)
and Thursday, August 22 at 6pm (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 29 9:30-11am  (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 3 after drop off
Glover Open House- September 26
Glover Webpage 
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19 
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 27th, 2pm 
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 29th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off  
School Picture Day – Monday September 29th
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 13th
Collicot Open House – Wednesday, September 25th 
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email 
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 27th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 27th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 29th, 11- 2pm 
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off 
Cunningham Open House – September 19th 
Cunningham Webpage 
Cunningham PTO email 
Facebook Page
Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram

TUCKER
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K, August 21st at 6pm, Tucker Playground
Picture Day-September 6th
Open House-September 26th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage 
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  

Aug 19–21  Welcome to Middle School Camp
Aug 21  Milton School Committee Meeting
Aug 28  First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

MPS SUMMER

The MPS Calculus Project held its 6th summer mathematics enrichment program this summer with  over 65 MPS students from grades 8 through 12 attending. The Calculus Project is an initiative designed to increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus.  The summer enrichment courses are used by students to maintain their standing in honors level courses or to make the move to honors or advanced placement level. This year was particularly exciting because some of our first cohort of graduates came back to speak to the younger students about their experience in Calculus Project and at Milton High School.  

Thank you to Ms. Capasso, Ms. Bachant, Ms. Conaty, Ms. Ritten, Ms. Pompilus, and Ms. Meunier for working with our students this summer. Our students  appreciate you and had plenty to say about what they liked most about the summer mathematics enrichment program: “I enjoyed digging deeper into my love for math. I also enjoyed the exposure to more kids that look like me.” “The teachers, meeting the seniors and talking about what high school is going to be like.” “Sitting together and working on worksheets, and going over the answers together.” “Being in a class where you weren’t the only non-white person.” “I got a lot of help on my summer work and I feel well prepared for next year.” 

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Milton Summer Enrichment wrapped up last week with a terrific field day. MSE was recently featured in a Patriot Ledger article, which you can read here.  

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MHS Math teacher Kristina Craven, English teacher Ayeola Davis, Special Education teacher Marcus Jones, and science teacher Jillian Pieciak led a group of motivated incoming 9th graders in the MHS Bridge program this summer. Over the course of the program, students completed their required Math and English summer work, wrote appreciation letters to soldiers and veterans (among other service projects), and used inquiry-based science investigations to construct their own inventions. Students also checked out their future classrooms, had visits from department chairs and other faculty members, and completed their concussion training in preparation for sports tryouts. The summer spent in the Bridge Program allowed students to have some fun, spending time with friends and beginning to feel more at home at MHS and ready to take on the high school in the fall! 

The pictures below are of some of the student creations from this summer – solar ovens used to “bake” s’mores in the sun, a spaghetti tower built for balance, and sunflower plants grown and cared for all summer long!”  

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After seven busy weeks of endless fun and many great activities at Camp Cunningham, the fun will come to end on Friday. Campers enjoyed activities such as Science & Tap Dancing with Mrs. Roye, Coding & Comics with Jackson, Harry Potter Math with Rudy, Arts & Crafts with Mrs. B., Hip-Hop with Kristen, Multi-Sports with Andrew, Cooking with Mrs. Goodwin and our swimming lessons with Cullen. We enjoyed some terrific field trips to Ward’s Berry Farm, Starland, Edaville, Pirate Cruise Ship, Rock Spot Climbing, Drumlin Farm, Roger Williams Zoo and the movies. 

A special thank you to our counselors this year, as they have been amazing with the campers and truly made a difference this year. Thank you also to our support staff who contributed to an unforgettable summer for the kids. Thank you to Taylor Shockley and Paisley Sargent our camp nurses who always welcomed campers with

We could not have asked for better staff and we thank you for a successful summer  of Camp Cunningham.

a big smile and took care of them and thank you to CO/CU custodians for keeping the building clean and accessible. Thank you Supervisor  Susan Gionfriddo and Asst. Supervisor John Leazott  for another great summer at Camp Cunningham. To see pictures all of the fun at Camp Cunningham this summer, check out our website. 

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 The MPS staff recently shared their summer reading favorites and you can see what they are reading here.

 

Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Milton High School Guidance Department is closed for the summer and will reopen on Monday, August 26th. Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle  via email in the main office with any inquiries before August 26th.  The main office can also be reached by calling the high school at (617) 696-4470 and dialing 0.

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 28th, during homeroom. A welcome letter with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Freshmen and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at the New Student Orientation on August 26th.  

All summer assignments are available on Plus Portals.  You do not need a password to access this information: 2019 Summer Assignments Summer Work 2019

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held during the school year.  Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Class of 2020: Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.  

Don’t forget to sign up for your Senior Portrait sitting with Hayward Photography. If you have any questions or concerns please email Kelly@haywardphotography.com. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The July 10th School Committee meeting can be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 21st. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Our staff participates in PD throughout the year, including over the summer. We’ve highlighted a few of the PD programs attended over the summer below. 

At right, Pierce Science teachers Allison Meleedy, Kristin Fraine and Rachel Clancy are heading out to Spectacle Island for a field study on the effects of climate change on island species.  They took a PD course through the New England Aquarium to help enhance our science curriculum with the latest research around climate change. 

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Four MPS faculty attended the Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT) course at the Harvard Graduate School. Sarah Whitten, Tina Greene, Mary Shapiro, and Amy Tom represented the MPS  21st Century Taskforce. The main program premise focused on reflecting and brainstorming about our people, programs, and principles to develop plans, and prototypes that would best answer our needs as a district. Facilitators presented innovative ideas around how space has the potential to positively impact learning. Our focus, “Hack the House,” involved ‘hacking’ the classroom to allow for small, but targeted spatial shifts designed to encourage collaboration.

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Our MPS administrators attended the  2019 National Principals Conference in Boston . 3 days of world class education and PD happening right here in Boston. We are so lucky to have had this opportunity in our own backyard! 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in rising 5 8th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

We will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th). Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

FOOD SERVICE

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Milton Public Schools is  conducting Child Find. In accordance with Federal and State regulations, Milton Public Schools provides special education programs for eligible students designed to meet the needs of children attending not only public schools but also those attending private school at private expense and whose parents reside in Milton.

Anyone can refer a child in need.  This includes a teacher, parent or guardian, or medical provider. You should refer your child for Special Education Eligibility/504 if you feel he or she has a disability and is not making effective progress/deriving educational benefit from his or her current school program. To qualify for special education, the child will be evaluated by district staff, with your consent, and if the Team determines the child has a disability, he or she may be eligible for services and or accommodations documented within an IEP or 504.

Milton Public Schools provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs using a continuous and systematic effort to identify children in need of special education services.

Milton Public Schools will arrange for screening and evaluation of those students ages 16 through 21 who have not graduated from high school and who are not now attending school or children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay or intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, autism, communication, physical, specific learning or health impairment or combination thereof.

For any child who has been under medical care for mental health/emotional difficulties, a screening or evaluation may be appropriate in conjunction with your child’s health care provider’s recommendations. If you have concerns about a child, please notify your child’s principal or contact the Registrar’s office in Milton

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Please refer to the  Pupil Personnel website for additional resources throughout the school year. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Bus passes for all assigned students will be mailed home the week of August 19th and routes and schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on the MPS website under the transportation page. All riders are REQUIRED to present their bus pass to ride the bus every day.  Students will not be allowed to board without their pass.  

Please note that in the first week or two of school buses can run early or late based on traffic and new route patterns, please plan to have your student at their assigned stop at least 10 minutes early as we ask for patience as the routes settle into regular patterns for the school year. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Marching Band camp will be held at Milton High School on August 12-16 from 8 AM- 3 PM.  Please remember that band camp is mandatory for all students who wish to participate in marching the show. This is the only week the marching band has to learn the entire show. At this point, the show is written and we are depending on your attendance!   All parents/alumni invited to attend a run through of the show at 2 pm on Friday, August 16 at Brooks Field.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact miltonfame@gmail.com.

ATHLETICS 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see  MHS Athletics website.  with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!  

The MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a car wash on September 7th, 9AM-12PM at the Cunningham School.  $10/car.

The MHS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” bottle and can drive on September 7th, 9am-12pm  at Milton High School.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

MPD Night out – TONIGHT – Join the fun!

The Milton Police Department will host a community event at the police station on Thursday evening, August 8th, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. It will be modeled after what the department has done in the past the day after National Night Out. This event is free and open to the public. It will include station tours, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses, SWAT exhibit, refreshments & more. Please check the MPD Facebook page as details become available.

Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th.

AMBASSADORS 

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

VOLUNTEERS and STUDENTS: Thank you to MHS students Mercy Osifo, Osas Osifo and Gifty Johnson who joined our Pierce garden “Fairy Godmother” Beth Neville in planting flowers at Pierce Middle School Outdoor Classroom this past week. We are so grateful for all of our volunteers!

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July 18, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update 
Date: July 18, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

We are four weeks into summer vacation and I hope your family is relaxing and spending time together during these beautiful days. While summer may seem like a time that our schools experience a slower pace, in reality we are as busy as ever! There are multiple summer programs taking place in each school, which keep our buildings humming with activity. Our custodians perform regular maintenance and deep cleaning  as well as special projects throughout the summer. We are also continuing to plan for the 2019/20 school year that will start on Monday, August 26th for staff, on Wednesday, August 28th for 1st-12th grade students and on Tuesday, September 3rd for our kindergarten and preschool students. There is plenty of summer left however, so please enjoy it! But first, please take a moment to read the summer update below. 

MPS SUMMER

Our elementary summer reading program is well underway and MPS librarian Josh Coben has a message for our elementary students. 

Mr. Coben reads a fan favorite.

Hello, summer readers! I hope you’re enjoying these beautiful, lazy July days. I always look forward to having extra reading time during summer break, whether I’m at home, at the beach, or on a family trip. Remember that any kind of reading is great, from curling up with a book in a quiet spot, to listening to audiobooks (a new favorite of mine), to reading with a family member. With so many choices-chapter books, picture books, eBooks, graphic novels, magazines-you’re bound to find something you enjoy. Stop by the library to see what’s new. Don’t forget to log your reading minutes here and have fun! 

Pierce Middle School librarian Jess Royster also wanted to say happy summer to Pierce students and send along the following message: I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing, fun filled summer. While you’re enjoying your summer, don’t forget to pick up a book. Whether you are outside on the beach or inside in the air conditioning, remember that summer reading doesn’t have to be serious! Parents and students can pick up a magazine, listen to an audio book or even reread an old favorite. Read a book that is being turned into a movie, see the movie and then debate which was better. Summer reading is critical for improving students’ reading skills and engagement, but it doesn’t have to be a chore for students (or parents)! 

MHS Librarian JT asks: 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) will open the polls on August 15th for the 2019 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the nominees for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also created the Book Finder database that you can use to search through titles that have won awards at their conferences. You can browse by genre or author. Goodreads, a social media site dedicated to books, also offers a variety of recommendations based upon titles you have already read and enjoyed (no need to create an account you can search booklists and recommendations at the bottom of the site).

If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Sora through the state consortium. The website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions on how to access Sora through your school Google account can be found on the library webpageEnjoy the days of summer. Happy Reading!

JT’s summer stats: Currently Reading: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Everything In Its Place by Oliver Sacks. Recently Finished: There, There by Tommy Orange; On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Our students and staff have been doing their summer reading in some interesting places! Send your summer reading photo to sokeefe@miltonps.org and we’ll share it with the MPS community. 

Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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On Monday, July  8th, we welcomed over 500 students to MHS for the first day of Milton Summer Enrichment!  We have a dedicated staff of more than fifty instructors engaging students in hands-on classes each hour from 8am-12pm.  Students are enjoying courses ranging from Wildcat Soccer to Chess and Harry Potter Math to Hip Hop! In addition to the course instructors, we have 70 High School student ‘Red Shirts’ assisting students to get from one course to another, accessing course material and ensuring safety and efficiency during arrival and dismissal. You can reach our program directors Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan with any questions or comments at mse@miltonps.org.

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We have had a fabulous start to summer in our ESY (Extended School Year) Program! Students have been participating in engaging and inclusive learning opportunities including trips to Cunningham Pond, attending Milton Summer Enrichment courses, visits from Gracie the Golden Retriever, and community outings. The fun and learning continues at both Cunningham and Milton High School until August 2.

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On Monday, June 17th, Camp Cunningham welcomed the summer 2019 season. The theme for our first session was Super Heroes. Campers are enjoying a variety of activities such as cooking, science, tap dancing, hip-hop, sports, arts & crafts and of course swimming at Cunningham Pond. Field trips have been so much fun; the first week, campers visited Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon where they picked delicious strawberries after a fun hayride. Week two, a group of campers went to Starland in Hanover where they had a blast with mini-golf, go-cart racing, laser tag and bumper cars!

The theme for session 2 is Pirates and Princesses. Besides enjoying a variety of theme related activities on site, a group of campers went to Plymouth and had a great time being pirates for one hour on a real boat!  Mr. Moonan came and brought SHOWTIME! The campers had so much fun, dancing, singing, and acting on stage. There was music from, the Broadway Show Annie and music from Peter Pan. Once again this year, Grand Master Mike McNamara and Master Instructor Ms. Camille had many campers for Karate Summer Camp.

To see more pictures and what else is happening at Camp CU, please visit our website.

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Please join us for the next 3 Summertime Stories for preschoolers and incoming kindergarteners. Our 1st storytime was a great success!  Despite the very humid day we had almost 50 people attend and all the children enjoyed the stories and songs by the Milton Public Library’s Miss Sara.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The July 10th School Committee meeting can be watched on On Demand at Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 21st. 

PIERCE UPDATES

New Pierce Principal Bill Fish has been busy settling in at Pierce, connecting with staff, parents and others over the past two weeks. Mr. Fish can be reached via email or phone ( 617-696-4568). The Pierce PTO will host two opportunities to meet Mr. Fish during the first full week of school. Please join us in the Pierce lobby on Thursday, September 5th from 6:30-7pm or on Friday, September 6th from 8:15-8:45am. Please see the letter Mr. Fish recently sent to the Pierce community here.

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We are pleased to welcome Janice Mazzola to Pierce as the new Assistant Principal who will join Mr. Fish and Dr. Nick Fitzgerald. Please see the  announcement from Mr. Fish regarding Ms. Mazzola’s appointment here. 

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School  supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Collicot garden is in full bloom this summer! You can see all the growth and perhaps learn something about gardening in this short video

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The newest residents of Turner’s Pond are home! Thank you to the Glover School teachers and students who helped us usher out the latest duckling family over the 4th of  July weekend.

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The Tucker Garden had a bountiful harvest last weekend! Tucker parents and a rising-fifth grader picked 10 bags of produce and delivered it to the Milton Food Pantry on Saturday morning. Beautiful Swiss chard, tons of kale, salad greens and some of the biggest cucumbers around went from our garden to members of the Milton community all within a few hours. 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Registration for After School Enrichment started July 1 and will close on July 31. Children registered during the month of July will start the first day of school. Grades 1-5 start on August  28th and Kindergarten starts September 3rd. Please see this ASE registration letter with all details. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in rising 5 –  8th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

We will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th). Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School. 

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Our Milton Public Schools Facebook page and Twitter account are great ways to keep up with events and activities throughout the Milton Public Schools. Be sure to follow both!  

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Please see the most recent bus transportation update from Dr. Glenn Pavlicek. The letter can be found in this link.

TECHNOLOGY 

AJ Melanson, Director of Instructional Technology, has information for rising 9th-Graders concerning Chromebook Declaration & Pick-Up Information. 

Thank you to the 219 families who have declared for Milton High School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) next year.  We still have 90 families who have not declared for BYOD. If you have not declared, please complete this short declaration survey as soon as possible.  

All MHS students are asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  For more information regarding the MHS BYOD initiative please visit the FAQs document.  

Rising 9th-grade students who will be loaning an MHS Chromebook will pick-up their device immediately following MHS new student orientation on Monday, August 26th.  Students must bring a signed Chromebook Loan Agreement in order to pick-up their device.

Please see this  flyer for more information regarding, Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, and Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy.

FOOD SERVICE

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514) for more information. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

The Milton Public Schools is currently undergoing the new Tiered Progress Monitoring System, formally referred to as the Coordinated Program Review(CPR). Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be on site this fall to conduct site visits.

Unlike with past CPRs, this review does not include extensive review of student records. This self assessment is designed to target our instructional practice, policy and procedures and ensure they are compliant with regulations. This past spring we also participated in two self studies in the area of Civil Rights and Special Education. 

Also this summer, Milton Public Schools will undergo self study for our supports and services that meet the regulations pertaining to a Student’s Right to Educational Stability. This review looks at the students we support who qualify under the McKinney -Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Military Status and Foster Care as well as students who are unaccompanied (enrolling without a guardian or as their own guardian). 

MPS policy and procedures are being reviewed to align with current regulations. This information also includes review of staff training, community outreach and systems in place regarding identification of students in these categories, (as well as special education) via the Student Find Process (often referred to as Child Find). The Department of Education will complete their review this fall. 

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

Aug 5  School Committee Retreat 
Aug 19–21  Welcome to Middle School Camp
Aug 21  Milton School Committee Meeting
Aug 28  First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

If you are interested in instrumental lessons for your student grade 4 or higher, you can find all of the details here. Pre-registration for instrumental lessons will close on July 31st. 

ATHLETICS 

Congratulations to the MHS Rugby Team who successfully defended the MIAA Division II State Title with an undefeated, 8-0 season and a final score of 41-12! 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see this link for a letter from AD Ryan Madden, with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!  

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website. 

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town of Milton shares the following: A very high heat index has been forecasted for Milton MA. Please use this link for tips to keep cool. Please also check on pets & elderly neighbors to ensure they are safe. And, as always, call 911 for an emergency.

Looking for something to do next week? The Milton Public Library has great programs for families all summer long!

MassDOT will be hosting a public information meeting regarding the Rt 28/ Chickatawbut Road (Milton) intersection improvements on July 23rd at 6:30 at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Paul Kelly Community Room, Milton, MA 02186. All details on the meeting can be found here. 

The Milton Historical Society will be hosting an open house on August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The Eustis Estate has two programs this month you may find interesting. Explore and Create Sculpture at the Eustis Estate on Saturday, July 20th from 10am-1pm and a Sunset Concert at the Eustis Estate on Thursday, July 25th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Both events take place at Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186. Details can be found here.

Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th. 

The Milton Police Department will host a community event at the police station on Thursday evening, August 8th, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. It will be modeled after what the department has done in the past the day after National Night Out. This event is free and open to the public. It will include station tours, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses, SWAT exhibit, refreshments & more. Please check the MPD Facebook page as details become available.

AMBASSADORS 

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

Many in the MPS community came to celebrate at Friendly’s with Sophia and her friends.

STUDENTS:  You may remember Cunningham rising 3rd grader Sophia Cassini from her annual sock drive, which has generated thousands of new donated pairs of socks for homeless men and women in Massachusetts. Recently Sophia was honored by Friendly’s and used the event to start a Summer Sock Drive! So far she has collected 112 pairs of new socks during her Summer Sock Drive. If you would like to donate to this summer drive, please drop your socks at 3 Phyllis Lane.

Thank you to Senator Timilty and Sophia’s 2nd grade teacher Tanya Walsh for joining her for some Friendly’s fun! Mr. Redden sent a surprise note and Sophia’s friends and family had a great time while raising awareness for her worthy cause. Senator Timilty invited Sophia to come into the Senate Chamber this summer to talk about her Summer Sock Drive and meet the other Senators. You can follow Sophia’s sock drives on Instagram @sophias.socks and donate by dropping off socks to 3 Phyllis Lane.

STAFF:  While our teachers relax and recharge over the summer, they also learn and grow as educators! Case in point – Pierce science teacher Alison Meleedy at the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers. (SSEAT) is a week-long summer PD that provides teachers with an opportunity to learn about science concepts and pedagogy, meet professional scientists, visit the behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and other world class research facilities. Ms. Meleedy will bring her enthusiasm and creativity back to PMS in the fall!

STAFF: Pierce guidance counselor, Erin MacCurtain, helped to build a home in Thailand with Habitat for Humanity this past June. The group was able to get most of the house completed and Habitat’s local volunteers finished the project and the family has now moved in. The group  also completed two fish ponds for a local school. Erin and her now husband have done three trips with Habitat. Erin recently got married and as a special treat the villagers gave them a traditional Thai wedding! We are so proud of our staff who continue to learn and give back over the summer months. 

VOLUNTEERS: Thank you to the parents/guardians, MPS staff and community volunteers who served on our Pierce Assistant Principal Search Committee. This committee comprised of Teacher Representatives Deanna Magill,Rachel Clancy and
Sarah Pullia; Parent Representatives Charlie Drane, Becky Padera, I’Man Soloman and Elizabeth Thomas; Assistant Principal Nick Fitzgerald and Principal Bill Fish worked together  in July to identify and screen Assistant Principal candidates. We thank them for their dedication to the Milton Public Schools and for giving up some precious summer days to help us identify some excellent candidates.

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June 17, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 13, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I write this, there are just a few hours left in the 2018-19 school year. Teaching your children throughout the year is a joy, a privilege and a responsibility that the administrators, teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools do not take lightly.

We delight in their public accomplishments – academic, artistic, athletic – and celebrate their private moments of personal triumph. We watch friendships grow and change, see challenges acknowledged and worked through, witness their growth and maturity and encourage them through difficult times. I can not imagine another career where one individual can have such an impact on a child’s life. Thank you for the opportunity to leave an imprint on your child’s educational journey.

I hope that you and your family are finishing this school year on a high note and are looking forward to a summer with family, friends, exploration, relaxation and learning. The teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools will also be relaxing and recharging this summer and will return at the end of August ready for another wonderful, challenging, fun, academic and busy school year. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

The 1st day of school for students in 1st-12th grade is Wednesday, August 28th and we will see our kindergarten and preschool students for their 1st day on Tuesday, September 3rd.

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Last week many in the MPS community enjoyed an evening wishing Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan a wonderful retirement. Thank you to all who attended and as I said in my remarks last week, Mrs. Sheehan has left her mark on the Milton Public Schools and she will be missed more than she knows.

MPS SUMMER

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as details on our Summer Reading partnership with the Milton Public Libraries.  Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Every year the Milton Public Schools create a summer program to challenge students and foster a love of reading. Research has shown that reading builds empathy and knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory, focus, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Don’t wait until the end of summer to benefit from a universe of stories!

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers sent home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be sure to return the bottom section of the registration form to your child’s classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. 

These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

Summertime Stories for preschoolers and kindergartners will be on July 11 and August 8 at 10 am at Parkway United Methodist Church and July 18 and August 27 at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students.

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The last days of school bring some fun activities and projects to our schools. Enjoy these photos below!

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Congratulations to the Milton Wildcats Rugby team who beat the  Hanover Indians 24-0 last Friday at Brooks Field. The ‘Cats will play Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Saturday for the State Finals. Good luck! Thank you to Roy Chambers for these terrific photos and for our header photo this week!

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The Milton Music Festival and Fireworks team are this  weekend  –  June 22-23rd  – at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum. Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

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June 13, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 13, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last week we honored our recent retirees from the Milton Public Schools at a reception at Milton High School. These long time educators have taught many of your children throughout the years and I hope you will join me in wishing them a well deserved happy retirement.

Thank you and congratulations to Debbie AbdonConstance CatinellaGregory ForgeMary Jill MarkarianPatricia Leahy MurtaghAnn McGonagleJanet Sheehan and Dr. Louise Thomson. You can read about each of our retirees and their contributions to the Milton Public Schools by clicking on their names above.

MPS SUMMER 

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as details on our Summer Reading partnership with the Milton Public Libraries.  Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Every year the Milton Public Schools create a summer program to challenge students and foster a love of reading. Research has shown that reading builds empathy and knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory, focus, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Don’t wait until the end of summer to benefit from a universe of stories!

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers sent home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be sure to return the bottom section of the registration form to your child’s classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. 

Math is everywhere! These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

Summertime Stories for preschoolers and kindergartners will be on July 11 and August 8 at 10 am at Parkway United Methodist Church and July 18 and August 27 at 10am at Cunningham Hall. 

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

It was a terrific evening at MHS last night as the School Committee and MPS administrators honored the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the Milton Public Schools. The success of our school system is directly related to the enthusiasm  of our volunteers!

The next School Committee meeting will be on July 10th at 7pm at Milton High School.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, whose members include the Milton Public Schools, is conducting a Parent Survey.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child in 6th through 12th grade, we urge you to participate. The information gathered is important for the ongoing work of the whole coalition to positively impact the health and wellness of Milton youth. The link to the survey can be found here. 

PIERCE UPDATES

I could not be more pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Mr. William Fish to the position of Pierce Middle School Principal. Mr. Fish has served as Principal of Norwell High School for 8 years and prior to that served as the Assistant Principal of Sharon High School. He is a Milton resident whose children attend the Milton Public Schools. Earlier this week we notified the MPS community of Mr. Fish’s appointment and you can read that letter in its entirety here.

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Congratulations to the Pierce Players on a sold out run of Mary Poppins, Jr! The lists of cast, crew and staff who entertained us with this production can be viewed here. Thank you to Gordon Grisinger for these terrific photos!

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Congratulations to our Future Problem Solvers who attended the International FPS Bowl at UMASS Amherst last weekend. We are proud of your accomplishments!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The end of the school year brings exciting days for our 5th graders at Tucker, Glover, Cunningham and Collicot  as they prepare to step up to middle school. Each school enjoys special traditions including field days, step up days, visits to Pierce and more. We are grateful to the Forbes House Museum, the Wakefield Estates, The Suffolk Resolves and the Old Burial Ground who host our students over many days in June for a Tour of Milton to learn about the historical sites in our more than 350 year old town.

We also appreciate the annual invitation from Senator Timilty and Representative Driscoll to visit the Massachusetts State House. Students dress for the occasion and spend the morning exploring the State House, capped off by the traditional all grade photo with our hosts.

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Tucker 5th grade Career Day once again inspired our students to pursue their passions and to educate them about their future opportunities as they met with a diverse group of professionals. To prepare for Career Day, students researched careers that interest them in an interactive web quest. Students were scheduled into three session with our visiting professionals: artist and teacher Lyssa Palu-ay;  lawyer Nicole Daley; BU college professor Regina Jean Charles; actuary Fritz Mozoul, psychotherapist and small business owner Gabrielle Abelard, members of the Milton Fire Department, and Erin Forry, a forensic scientist from the Boston Police Crime Lab. Students were provided with a note-taking guide to assist them with prompts on asking questions including a section for notes. As with past Career Day’s, it was a huge success! Thank you teacher Shannon Brooks for organizing the 5th Annual Career Day and to all the parent volunteers who have inspired our next generation! 

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2nd grade students at Tucker have been working on a stop motion animation project with  technology Jen Van Hill. They started with an app learning how to make animations with toys.  Students worked in groups to choose something that interested them about changes in nature. The groups created story maps, props and finally put it all together using the Stop Motion app.  Check out their amazing stop motion animations here:  Ms. Driscoll’s class. Ms. Ignagni’s class. Ms. Frossard’s class.

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This week, Collicot celebrated International Day. This yearly celebration, organized by Collicot  teachers and the Diversity committee, shares the history, culture, and traditions of different parts of the world. Students enjoyed activities organized by teachers including making  masks for carnival and Origami from Japan. Kindergarten classes learned about Australia, 1st grade studied countries in Europe, South America was the continent for 2nd grade, Asia was explored in 3rd grade, and Central America and Africa were the focus for 4th and 5th grade. International Day concluded  with a whole school assembly of Indian music and traditional Folk and Bollywood dance by Puja Tiwari. Collicot students participated in the assembly with great end of year enthusiasm! 

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Milton community members visited Cunningham last week for the annual Cunningham Community Read day. Members of the community gather at the school and visit classrooms to share a book and a bit about what they do in the Milton community. Thank you to those who took the time to read to our students.

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These have been busy days in our elementary schools! You can see some of the fun below.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in (rising) 5 – 7 th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will close on June 14th.  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus wait list if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby. Only families with students in rising grades 6 and 9 and who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School and Norfolk County Agricultural High School must complete this process. The final scheduled time to reestablish residency is Friday morning, June 14th, from 7am-1pm in the MHS lobby. Please email Ms. Burke with any questions. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Extended School Year (ESY) services are set to begin soon.  If your child has been recommended for services, please be sure to return your IEP and registration paperwork as soon as possible. As a reminder, your contact for summer services is Bridget Renehan and her email is brenehan@miltonps.org.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

After School Enrichment (ASE) ends this Friday June 14. The Early School Arrival Program (ESAP) program will be open on Monday June 17. Registration for both ASE and ESAP will start in July and more information will follow.

Kuddos to the Tucker ASE program for their annual showcase on Friday June 7. A special thank you to Aileen Quinlan, Barbara Roye, George-Marie Jasmin, Eleanor Jones and Liz Macomber for making it possible.

FOOD SERVICE

There are jobs available in our Food Service department starting at $15.05 per hour. These school year jobs are during the school day and allow parents/guardians to be home when their children are. If you would like more information, please email Jackie Morgan.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

Jun 13  Grades 7 and 8 Spring Concert
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day
June 22-23 Milton Music Festival and Fireworks
July 10 School Committee Meeting

2019-2020 School Calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

Please join me in congratulating the performing ensembles of Pierce Middle School and their directors Debra Miller, Julia Hanna and Guillermo Ortiz for their impressive performances this spring!

Great East Festival 2019:  This year, 7th and 8th grade students in band, chorus and strings attended a performance and clinic at Burlington High School followed by an afternoon at Canobie Lake Park.  This very special, long-standing Milton tradition allows students to perform for master clinicians and receive a workshop and ratings award. After four impressive performances, the following awards were presented:

Pierce Concert Band: Gold Award; Pierce Cambiata Chorus: Gold Award 
Pierce String Ensemble: Platinum Award; Pierce Treble Chorus: Platinum Award

Congratulations to these students, and thank you to our dedicated Pierce faculty and parents who made the experience possible.

All State Treble Chorus:  After being rescheduled due to inclement weather in March, the All State Treble Chorus presented their concert last weekend, concluding months of preparation.  This state-wide festival for young singers is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and intended to provide the highest quality chorus experience.  This year, the following Milton students were selected to participate: Lillian Heaton, Christopher Mancini, Madison Mercier, Mairead Brien, Ava Butler, Rebecca Raider. Congratulations to these students and their director, Julia Hanna, for this impressive accomplishment.

Pierce Spring Concerts:  This is the final week of performances for the Milton Music Department.  Please see this link for PierceMiddle School’s spring performances or join us TONIGHT starting at 6:30 at Pierce Middle School for the 6th Grade Concert.

Instrumental Music Lessons Information Night:  Thank-you to Applied Lessons Program Directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good, and students of the MHS Tri-M Music Honor Society who hosted Milton’s second annual Instrumental Lessons Information Night and Petting Zoo.  Over 100 Milton residents attended to learn about the Applied Lessons Program and discover the instruments offered in the lessons program hosted at Milton High School. Families unable to attend can find information on the Applied Lessons Program Website.  Online, pre-registration for fall lessons is highly encouraged.   Please email Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good  with any questions.

The Art Department recently concluded their annual art exhibit, a series of art shows hosted in each school to feature the works of all K-12 visual art students.  Among this year’s featured exhibits were self portraits, relief printmaking, clay works and digital photography. Thank-you to department members, Karen Hughes, Abigail Young, Stephanie Sherman, Robyn Thompson-Duong, Starleen Baylon, Jessica Gillooly, Laurel Bernini and Anthony Reynolds as well as the many teachers, staff and parents who contributed in making the exhibit a success! 

ATHLETICS

Baseball had an excellent season, though falling 12-3 at Hopkinton High School. Finn Doherty and Colin T Hoey were named Bay State Conference All-Stars.

Softball had an excellent season as well, also falling to Hopkinton in the MIAA Tournament. Marilyn Carroll and Jillian Vaughn were named Bay State Conference All-Stars.

Rugby plays in the State Semifinal on Friday, June 13th against Hanover with a chance to play in the State Final for the third straight season. Alex Caputo, Micah Allen, Bryce Stovell, Killian Smith, Malik Jean Guillaume, Dean Stein, Tim Cummings were all named Patriot Rugby Conference All-Stars. Alex Caputo was named the forward MVP of the Conference.

Boys Tennis fell to Hanover once again in the MIAA Tournament, with Nate Dickens named Bay State Conference All-Star.

Olivia DiManno was named a Bay State Conference All-Star for Lacrosse this season.

Boys and Girls Track round out the All-Star Awards with the following students named Bay State Conference All-Stars; Jayda Dillon, Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Tiye Williams, Smith Charles, Isaiah Woodley, and Luke Botsford.

Jayda Dillon and Kyle Hipp are your Susi Athlete of the Month Winners.

Kyle was one of the most influential partners who participated in Unified Track and Field this season. His commitment to the athletes and his team were genuine, and he was fully engaged in his role as a partner. Kyle’s outgoing and caring personality quickly became the foundation of the team. He never shied away from lending a helping hand, and took it upon himself to become a leader and mentor for our athletes. Kyle was consistently positive and always had a smile on his face. His work ethic to make others around him better, and his willingness to try new things was authentic. Kyle is an outstanding representative for all aspiring partner, both on and off the field. He truly is a pleasure to have as a student athlete.

Jayda had a busy month of May. She went undefeated in the final 3 dual meets of the season. She competed in multiple invitationals and was one of the top performers in all of them. She won the 100 meter dash and was part of the winning 4×400 relay at the Bay State Conference Championship. Jayda scored over 18 points at the Division 3 State Championship. She finished second in the 100 and 200, while running personal best. She also helped Milton place 1st in 4×400. She also finished 1st in the 100 meter in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Invitational Meet.

Thank you to Susi Art in Braintree for sponsoring t-shirts!

The MHS Cheer team will host a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22nd, 9am – 12pm at the Cunningham School.  Cost is $10/car.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

The Forbes House Museum will have special extended hours for one week to display 80 pieces of Longquan celadon by some the finest  artisans working in China today. The exhibit will also be open on the following dates and times found on our website.

The Forbes House Museum and Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice are hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” on June 27th at 7pm. After the reading, the 2017 MA History Teacher of the Year, Kevin Dua, will lead a moderated discussion, exploring topics such as how the impacts of slavery are still felt today and the ways in which race plays a role in our current lives. This historical event is sponsored by Celebrate Milton! and Mass Humanities, and is one of several readings that will be taking place around the state. All are welcome! To participate as a reader, please email kdghoran@gmail.com.

The Milton Historical Society will be hosting two more open houses during the summer months on July 14 and August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. The event is free and open to the public.

Our Town Moderator recently formed an Electronic Voting Committee to review the feasibility of using electronic voting technology at Milton Town Meeting. There is a a simple web site regarding the issue which you can find here. Please take a moment to have a look and complete a very short poll. The technology can provide better efficiency, accuracy of vote counts, and accountability (e.g. residents can know how their elected town meeting members voted on issues). There is a cost associated with this (ballpark figures are between ~$6,000 – 10,000) per year. It is an interesting technology that approximately 30+ towns in the Commonwealth have adopted. The committee is very interested in your thoughts.

The Town of Milton’s trash collection schedule will be changing, effective July 1, 2019. Beginning on July 1, the Town is returning to a 5-day waste collection schedule. Residents can look for their new collection day here. Yard waste will be collected on the same day as other waste.

Summer at the Eustis Estate; Come to the Eustis Estate for self-guided visits of the air conditioned house or explore the acres of landscape, all free to Milton residents. This summer’s exhibition Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate will feature pieces in the house and on the grounds. There are many special events and tours including a family sculpture day with tours of the exhibition, hands on activities, and kids yoga on July 20 and our annual Victorian Birthday Party on August 25.

Are you going to the Solstice Garden Party at Brookwood Community Farm next Thursday?  Please see link to tickets for details and tickets.  All proceeds support our fresh food donations to 5 local food pantries (Canton, Milton, Roslindale, Rosie’s Place and Germantown) and the Mattapan youth run farm stand Thursdays in the summer.

AMBASSADORS

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

STUDENTS: MHS senior Annabel Botsford was nominated for a Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Musical Theater Award this past month. METG offers high schools an opportunity to bring experienced adjudicators into their schools to receive professional feedback on their theater productions. Participating students and teachers benefit from the educational expertise, which in turn helps improve theater programming. The MET Musical Awards ceremony in June recognizes student excellence across several performance, design, and production categories. Annabel was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance of Madame Thenardier in MHS’s fall production of Les Miserables. Congratulations to Annabel!

Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai (R) with her sister (L) and mother(C).

STAFF: I would like to recognize Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai for her recent award from the  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Recipients of this award have played an instrumental role in working with students of color and creating educational opportunities for underserved communities. Dr. McNeil Girmai received her award at the 5th Annual Bow Ties and Pearls Scholarship brunch last weekend. We are lucky to have Dr. McNeil-Girmai as a leader in our district and I know you join me in congratulating her on this well deserved recognition. 

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June 6, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 6, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, June 2nd as we graduated the Class of 2019! Our student speakers, class President Thanh Dieu Hoang Nguyen and Selected Speaker Karisa Rose Lasoff, impressed the crowd and all were moved by teacher Teacher Appreciation Award Winner Richard C. McCready. Principal James Jette and School Committee Chair Sheila Varela shared heartfelt speeches and the MHS musicians wowed the crowd.  From the entering processional to the the final cap toss, it was a wonderful day. We wish these young people much success in their future plans and know they will continue to make the town of Milton proud.

MPS SUMMER

With just 7 days left in the school year, I wanted to bring your attention to two summer learning opportunities available to our students. Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to a break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn.

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan. Below some of our students share what they love about MSE! 

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”, this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers will be sending home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be on the lookout June 10th for the registration form and be sure to return the bottom section of the form to their classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting is on June 12th,  2019 at 7pm at Milton High School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

At 6pm on June 12th, the School Committee will say thank you to our volunteers at a reception in the MHS courtyard.  We look forward to thanking our volunteers!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thank you to junior Halle Armstrong for sharing this information about the recent Computer Science Gala at MHS.  On Monday, May 20th, students from Mrs. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class hosted their 3rd annual Gala! This gala was a chance for the students to display what they have been working on for the past few months in preparation for their AP exam which took place in early May.

Unlike many other AP classes, AP Computer Science Principles requires students to complete a part of their exam in class. Students spent over 20 hours completing both their Create and Explore Tasks. The Create Task (12 hours in class) involves making a program that utilizes algorithms and logical concepts, much like a professional coder would do. The Explore Task (8 hours in class) requires students to take a closer look at a piece of new technology to discuss the data and effects on society.

Students from all grades came up to the library to participate in the gala! They received ‘passports’ to keep track of which presentation they listened to in hopes to be rewarded once they reached 10. But the prize was just a bonus. Whether people were able to play a really cool game or learn about a whole new language, everyone was exposed to STEM.

Computer Science is a growing industry and is important in our society. The fact that our students can take a class and learn about it and also spread that knowledge to others is amazing! This year the majority of our seniors plan on pursuing computer science in college. We are excited to see what great things they do in the future.

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Congratulations to MHS Best Buddies on a successful fundraising year!

Milton High Schools Best Buddies Chapter has been collecting bottles and cans around the high school throughout the school year. This has not only provided a vocational training experience for our students, but also helps to fundraise money for the Best Buddies Prom, field trips, and celebrations. We have also been able to purchase ribbons, socks, and tie-dye t-shirts for different events, such as Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Day, and Spread the Word to End the Word Day. From our can drive and a variety of fundraisers, we have raised almost $200. Thanks for all of the support!

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11th and 12th grade  students have been working on developing and practicing CPR/First-Aid skills in their Health classes.  Students learn the content knowledge, observe the skills and then get to put what they’ve learned to practice, preparing them for potential emergency situations where they can offer assistance to those in need. Students practice infant, child and adult CPR, they practice using a training AED, they also use a trainer EpiPen, and they work on assisted carries.  These are just some examples of the skills students learn during health classes at MHS. Thank you to Ms. Radley for sharing the student photos.  

PIERCE UPDATES

Students in Mr. Romeo’s rocketry club put their engineering skills to the test this past week. Each of these 8 students, who designed uniquely different rockets, launched their projectiles from Kelly Field. In attendance were several classes from the Pierce Middle School who cheered on their classmates with excitement and anticipation. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to Ms. Katherine Touafek, director of the Schools to Careers Partnership, for funding this wonderful event. 

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

This week all of Tucker School  enjoyed a beautiful salad from our Grow Rack. A big thank you to Elementary Science Coordinator Ellen Lohan for her dedication to our rack and working with our amazing food service team. This Thursday we will be featuring Kale Crunchers and next week we will be dining on our fresh basil in the Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil salad.

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Cunningham kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders had the opportunity to participate in an author visit from Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, the authors of the book Rescue and Jessica this week.  The book is about the partnership and friendship of Jessica and her service dog, Rescue. Jessica and Patrick became amputees following the 2013 Boston Marathon, and have toured the country doing author visits at elementary schools teaching students about inclusion, disabilities, and the power of perseverance. The visit consisted of a book reading, a service dog presentation, and a question and answer session. The students were incredibly engaged and respectful throughout the entire presentation.

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Tucker School students celebrated the end of the year with a fantastic Field Day this past week. Obstacle courses, kickball, soccer, parachute play and ultimate tag kept the kids moving both on-campus and at Kelly Field. The event was topped off with popsicles and lots of smiles all around! Many thanks to Coach Jones for leading the events and to all of the parents who volunteered!

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Glover Kindergarten classes traveled to Brookwood Farm this week.  During their visit they went on a scavenger hunt for roots, leaves, stems, and flowers; completed an interactive activity to represent what a seed needs to grow; planted seeds, and got “dirty” while they investigated soil structure.  This amazingly fun day connected directly with a FOSS unit of study from earlier in the year. This was an important link in helping to bring the science curriculum and content to life.

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Some of our Collicot and Cunningham students participated in the Buzz Off at Gillette stadium last Sunday. It was a fun and unforgettable event as people came together to shave their heads in honor of  and in support of kids with cancer. Just like a walk or road race, participants raise money by asking family and friends to sponsor their participation.

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It’s time to Step Up to Pierce! For weeks 5th grade students from across the district have written letters back and forth getting to know each other and today they got to meet each other at Kelly Field. Students saw a dress rehearsal of the Pierce Players upcoming show Mary Poppins, Jr. and enjoyed an interactive presentation with Dr. Spaulding about the “must knows” for middle school. Thank you Pierce for supporting our students and making them feel comfortable as they get ready to Step Up to Pierce!

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Collicot 5th graders have started to Walk and Talk in the gym after morning arrival. Walk and Talk is an opportunity for students to go to the Gym and walk around with their friends while having a conversation and catching up. Students enter the building in the morning excited to meet with their friends before starting their day in the classroom.

PRESCHOOL

Tucker Preschool celebrates 1-4-3 Day! May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year, 143 has been know to be Mr. Rogers ideal weight and 1-4-3 was Mr. Rogers way of saying I Love You. One letter for I, 4 letters in Love and 3 letters in You. Mr. Rogers is alive in this preschool classroom. He is talked about, his songs are sung on a daily basis and his poetry always brings a feeling of peace and love to everyone in the room. At left, Jeremiah Ducoste proudly displays his 1-4-3 I LOVE YOU poster! Happy 1-4-3 Day!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

On Tuesday night, several parents/guardians participated in the Life Skills Parent Program presented by Traci Wojciechowski from Caron Treatment Centers.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS was able to offer this award-winning workshop twice, once in May and again in June. The program offered tried and true collaborative skills and resources to help parents strengthen communication with their children and to prevent them from using drugs, alcohol or nicotine products.

If you were unable to attend and would like further information about the program, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

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Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in 57th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, whose members include the Milton Public Schools, is conducting a Parent Survey.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child in 6th through 12th grade, we urge you to participate. The information gathered is important for the ongoing work of the whole coalition to positively impact the health and wellness of Milton youth. The link to the survey can be found here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The future of Physical Education is here and students are loving it and so are their PE teachers! Students at Glover and Pierce have recently started working with heart rate monitors (HRMs) during physical education class.  Students are learning how technology can help them set and reach health-related fitness goals; get instant, reliable and personalized feedback on effort and productivity; how their cardiorespiratory system functions during physical activity; and how  brain function improves with aerobic exercise while in their target heart rate zone (THRZ). Thank you to Jackie Morgan for her support and to the MFE for partial funding of this powerful technology tool. Students have been so proud of their accomplishments.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will close on June 14th.  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus wait list if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains the details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby during the schedule at right.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

June 6 Cunningham Art Show
June 6,7,8 Mary Poppins, Jr.
Jun 10  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 6
Jun 11 Instrument Petting Zoo at MHS
Jun 12  Milton School Committee Meeting and Volunteer Reception
Jun 12 Grades 5-8 Athletics Information Night – MHS Auditorium
Jun 13  Grades 7 and 8 Spring Concert
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day
June 22-23 Milton Music Festival and Fireworks

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
2019-2020 School Calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo.Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Good news for our athletes! Baseball, Softball, Rugby, and Boys Tennis all made the MIAA Tournament.

Boys Tennis lost to Hanover on Tuesday Night.

Baseball travels to North Attleboro and Softball travel to Hopkinton. Both games are on Thursday at 4:00pm.

Rugby earned a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Hanover and Weymouth. They went undefeated (6-0 and won the Patriot League title) and look to defend their State Title.

All-Stars will soon be announced for Spring Sports!

Grades 5-8 Athletics Information Night is June 12th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. 

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available at www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com and you can learn more about the race and the generous  sponsors through the Milton Road Race Facebook.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Forbes House Museum’s Lincoln Day celebration on May 19. The Museum recently sent 40 letters written by visitors that afternoon to Troops, Veterans, New Recruits and First Responders through Operation Gratitude. What a great demonstration of support for these patriotic men and women!

The winning drawings from the Lincoln Contest will no longer be on display as of Friday, June 7. Families wishing to retrieve their student’s artwork may make arrangements by calling 617-696-1815.

This weekend, the museum will be closed for tours as we ready the galleries for a new exhibit on Longquan celadon porcelain. Starting Monday, June 10, the Museum will have special extended hours for one week to display 80 pieces of Longquan celadon by some the finest  artisans working in China today. Meet the artists on June 10, from 1-5 pm. The exhibit will also be open on the following dates and times found on our website.

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The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

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The Milton Historical Society will be hosting three open houses during the summer months on June 9, July 14 and August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. The event is free and open to the public.

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Fuller Village is pleased to re-introduce summer intensive swim lessons! Small group classes will be held Monday-Thursday, for 30 minutes each age group. All details can be found here. 

AMBASSADORS

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition.  Please read about some of their accomplishments below:

VOLUNTEER: Thank you to Eagle Scout candidate Will DiGiovanni who recently built some outdoor chess sets for students and families to use during their recess and outside of school.  Playing chess has been an important part of Will’s life and he wanted to give others the same opportunity. Will believes chess is a game that teaches many useful life skills, such as problem solving, thinking ahead, and responding to change or difficult situations. For his Eagle Project, he  made 4 wooden chess boards and installed them onto the picnic tables of Glover’s playground. To create the boards, Will and a group of volunteer Scouts etched the positional numbers, letters, and squares onto mahogany slabs using a hot tipped pen to char the wood, resulting in two different colored squares. They also laminated the basic instructions and pictures of each piece and put these in the removable drawers so that anyone who doesn’t know how to play can learn to play. After a non-toxic marine varnish was applied with multiple layers on all the exposed wood, they assembled the boards and drawers to the top of each picnic table. For each set, there is a set of chess and checker pieces because the boards are identical for the two games. Thank you to Will for this fun and educational addition to the Glover playground!  

Molly and the Girl Scouts with some Project Linus blankets.

VOLUNTEER: Thank you to high school student Molly Theobald who has partnered with the students and staff of MPS on a variety of projects this year.  Molly reached out to elementary Spanish teacher Cristina Jauregui and Collicot French teachers to initiate a holiday card drive for the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). NPH is currently raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in their homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Our students wrote hundreds of cards and Molly collected over 1000 cards written in Spanish and French that were sent to NPH  homes all over Central and South America. She has also partnered with MHS students to raise money for Feed America and in January she reached out to the Milton and MPS community to collect gently used books for an elementary school in rural Maine that was working to start book bags for their students who don’t have access to book in their home. This spring, Molly also worked with a Girl Scout Troop comprised of students from all 4 MPS elementary schools to make blankets for Project Linus. Thank you to Molly for her work with the Milton Public Schools on behalf of those in need.

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May 30 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 30, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach graduation this Sunday, June 2nd, we have had many nights of celebration at Milton High School as we have honored our outstanding students for their achievements in academics, athletics and music. These are special nights in the Milton Public Schools and I know you’ll join me in congratulating the recipients and thanking those who make these evenings and awards possible.

Congratulations to Milton High Schools seniors for the academic awards presented to them this week. A special thank you to the families, organizations and foundations who donated over $140,000 to this year’s MHS seniors. This night is amazing as we honor many of our students with scholarships and awards. All names below can be enlarged by clicking on the photo and the full list of recipients can be found here. 

FAME recently held their annual banquet to honor our musicians and as it is every year, it was a moving evening. Students were honored for leadership, spirit, improvement and more. Our musicians grow exponentially during their time at Milton High School and it is wonderful to see them recognized. 

The Boosters rounded out our awards season with a terrific banquet just last night to honor our athletes. Athletes were honored for their sportsmanship, achievements on the field and court, athleticism and more.  

Seniors practice for Graduation 2019!

These events would not be possible without the support of many people. Thank you to the parents/guardians of FAME and the Boosters, MHS Principal James Jette and Assistant Principals Ben Kelly and Brian Mackinaw, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Scott Devlin, Administrative Assistants Maureen Kennedy and Brad Spindle and Athletics Assistant Kristen Lesser for their contributions to these special nights.

We look forward to celebrating all of our seniors this Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm at Milton High School.

Just beginning their careers at the Milton Public Schools are these members of the class of 2033! We look forward to welcoming them on Tuesday, September 3rd for their first day of kindergarten. Between now and then, there are multiple Welcome to Kindergarten events for our students!  

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On Thursday, June 13th we will celebrate Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan as she prepares for her retirement at the end of the school year. All adults in the MPS community are invited to join us for this special event at Wollaston Golf Club on June 13th at 5pm. All details can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting is on June 5th,  2019 at 7pm at Milton High School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

At 6pm on June 5th, the School Committee will honor our MPS retirees. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

What will your children be doing in July? If they want to do cool science projects, play basketball with friends, work on their creative writing, whip up a new recipe or dozens of other fun activities, you’ll sign them up for Milton Summer Enrichment!  You can see some of the 2018 MSE fun in the pictures below.

New this year – MSE will be offering Fun Fridays! Highlights will include a performance from Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, a presentation from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, and the first ever MSE Field Day!

To register for MSE, go to Family ID and go to ‘search programs’ and type in ‘MSE 2019’. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! For more information about MSE including the 2019 course descriptions, please visit the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan. 

PIERCE UPDATES

Thank you to our Veteran guests!

In advance of Memorial Day, the Pierce Middle School Student Council invited Veteran family, friends and community members to a breakfast gathering last Friday. Our honored Veteran guests enjoyed breakfast with the Student Council and then were joined by their Pierce student hosts. Each Veteran spoke about their service to their country and what it means to them to be a Veteran. Students asked questions and engaged in a dialogue around public and military service. Thank you to all who attended this special event.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers will be sending home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be on the lookout June 10th for the registration form and be sure to return the bottom section of the form to their classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

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This year, the Rising Stars Math Academy, an offshoot of The Calculus Project, debuted at Tucker. With Math Coaches Maura Middleton and Mary Shapiro at the helm, a group of Tucker 4th and 5th  graders participated in weekly math challenges designed to promote rigor, encourage mathematical reasoning and increase student confidence in their ability to solve math problems. To celebrate their months of hard work, Rising Star math students participated in an outdoor math event followed by a presentation of certificates. We would like to thank the Tucker families for their commitment to the program. In addition, we extend a special thank you to MHS  volunteer, Nkechinyere Onyiriuka, for all her hard work as a leader, mentor and role model to our rising stars. Finally, our highest praise goes to the young scholars who tested their mettle each week. 

As we shared two weeks ago, we will graduate our 1st class of Calculus Project Scholars on Sunday. We celebrated these students recently and you can watch the Calculus Project celebration in this video. We know many of our Tucker Rising Stars will be future Calculus Project graduates!

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1st grade French Immersion students at  Collicot and Cunningham came together on Friday, May 24th to celebrate the annual Francopholies cultural event. Students enjoyed a series of activities about Francophone countries around the world such as Haiti, Switzerland, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia and Canada and learned about the heritage and traditions of those countries. Artifacts from those countries were available for exploration and fun educational and physical activities led by teachers and guided by parent volunteers.  Francopholies is a special learning experience for our students every year.

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Tucker is excited to share the work from the sixth year of the Tucker Artist in Residence program. Each year Tucker staff works to identify a unique local or national artist to introduce students to a new art aesthetic and when possible, a new culture. This year our artist in residence was Sasja Lucas, a local artist born in Indonesia who lived internationally before settling in Massachusetts. Sasja’s work is based on Indonesian batik art and she brought the idea of steamroller mega print to us.

Each student designed an individual piece of balsa wood during art class with Tucker teacher Jessica Gillooly. The style of the work the students were emulating is Indonesian, based on batiks made by tjaps, (pronounced “chops”), traditional copper tools used to stamp the hot wax onto the fabric. Tjap images are made consisting only of lines, which lends itself to children’s drawings. The drawings are then “dented” into the soft base plate, resulting in a relief print. Sasja then joined our students work together, inked it and manually rolled the artwork using the pressure of the steamroller. In addition to Sasja’s team, Tucker parents Lyssa Palu-ay and Norell Veal agreed to be steamroll drivers during the exciting day. The prints were available to view at the Tucker art show last night  and will hold a special place in the school building for years to come.

Thank you to Sasja Lucas, Pete Chamberlain (driver and mechanic troubleshooter), Julian Libront (inker), Sharon Berke (assistant), Gail Bos (assistant and artist printed plate) and to talented and dedicated Tucker art teacher Jessica Gillooly, as the drawings and transfers to the base plates were made in the art classes under her direction.   

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Last week, Glover and Tucker joint diversity committees sponsored our first annual Diverse Reads Family Book Club. Students from all 4 elementary schools, as well as Pierce, attended and brainstormed questions together before they had the opportunity to video chat live with author Veera Hiranandani who wrote The Night Diary

Veera recently visited  Tucker and Glover 4th and 5th graders thanks to Glover parent, Sara Crowe and her connection to the Blue Bunny bookstore. MPS parent and MPL librarian  Sara Troug and the Milton Public Library generously offered their space to help make this happen. This is the first of what we hope will be many Diverse Reads Family Book Clubs sponsored by the Glover and Tucker Diversity Committees.  

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In recent weeks, Judy Jacobs from the Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Town of Milton nurses Caroline Kinsella and Susan Poirier to bring the Lyme disease awareness program, “Go Out and Play but Check Everyday” to our 4th grade classes as part of the elementary Future Problem Solving curriculum.  The program is designed so that our 4th graders will now be informed and be able to share with others how to prevent Lyme disease, especially during this time of year when children and adults are often spending more time outside.

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We hope many of you were able to be at Glover last Saturday to witness the annual Glover Duck Walk! Each spring, we anxiously await as a mother duck (hopefully) lays her eggs in the Glover Outdoor Garden. This space is a safe and protected area for the new duck family and the Glover School watches over the family from afar. Once the eggs hatch, the Glover (and if it happens on a weekend) Milton Community, comes together to quietly and calmly guide mother duck and her family to the waters of Turners Pond. Please enjoy the video of the  Glover Ducks which might have a surprise ending!

TECHNOLOGY

What a great year for Milton Public School’s WaitUntil8th campaign!  At left  are the updated number of pledges for each grade level in each elementary school, totaling more than 300. 

Remember, you can take the pledge at any time.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over kids having a smartphone.  The pledge is activated and the parents are connected once at least 10 students within a grade at a school have pledged.  All that is required is the student’s name, grade, school and a parent’s email address.

Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only!  And of course it’s a pledge to wait at least until 8th grade.  If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge! The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone. Here’s a link to some alternatives.

To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th. Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge: Kidzu – Why Tech Leaders Don’t Let Their Kids Use Tech Business Insider  – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Raised Their Kids Tech-Free -Jan 2018

FOOD SERVICE

Tucker 2nd graders have been doing an amazing job caring for and nurturing our new Grow Rack.  Our students have been watering and spacing our plants so each plant can have the proper room to grow. We will be harvesting our vegetables the first week of June.  Lettuce for salads, Kale for Kale chips and basil for our tomato, mozzarella and basil salad will be harvested by our very own Tucker students. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There is one more opportunity to attend the LifeSkills Parent Program on June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

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Help your kids make choices that will support their wellbeing. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in 5 –  7thgrade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5thgrade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

WORLD LANGUAGES

The FACE Foundation’s Fund for French Dual and Language Programs in the United States awarded our French Immersion Program a grant in the amount of $6,000 to renew the school library collections of French books in our four elementary schools. Josh Coben and Dr. Martine Fisher will use these funds to acquire new books reflecting the richness of contemporary children’s francophone literature. Our school libraries need books that act as both mirrors and windows for our students, some reflecting their identities and experiences, others expanding their knowledge and curiosity.

The FACE Foundation – French-American Cultural Exchange – is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. This is the second time that this institution is supporting our French Immersion Program.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year is open!  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Registration will close on June 14. Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus waitlist if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains the details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby during the schedule at right.

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION

The  SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) will hold their final meeting and elections on June 5th at 7pm in the library at Glover. The SEPAC is seeking nominations and the nomination form and more information is available here.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is in the middle of updating our Community Health Assessment.  The Assessment is critical for understanding what substance use challenges we face in our community and why, it helps us know if we are making a difference in our work, and it informs us about the concerns and ideas that community residents have.  All of this information helps the Coalition and our partners more effectively focus our efforts.

In June, the MSAPC will roll out a Parent Survey  – please consider taking it. Three years ago we had over 800 parents participate.  The information we gathered was amazing! All Milton residents who are the parents or guardians of at least one child in grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to participate. It will be available to take during the month of June and can be accessed on-line.  The link will be distributed through the Milton Times, MPS, Facebook, the faith community and the MSAPC newsletter. More information is available at the MSAPC website.

If you would like more information about our Community Health Assessment or great volunteer opportunities for youth and adults with MSAPC, please email the MSAPC.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

May 30 Collicot Art Show
June 2 MHS Graduation
June 5 School Committee, Retiree Reception
June 6 Cunningham Art Show
June 6,7,8 Mary Poppins, Jr.
Jun 10  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 7&8 at MHS
Jun 12  Milton School Committee Meeting and Volunteer Reception
Jun 13  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 6 at Pierce 
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

The Music Department would like to recognize members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society for a successful school year.  In addition to providing mentoring and tutoring services, members raised over $2,000.00 for the Sponsor-a-Lesson initiative.  With this funding, the department will be able to offer scholarship opportunities to beginner musicians. Congratulations to the MHS Tri-M Chapter of for their dedication and service. 

Congratulations as well to the following underclassmen who were recognized by the music department at the recent awards ceremony. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

The MHS Rowing Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can/bottle drive fundraiser on Saturday, June 8th, 9am to noon at Milton High School. To arrange pickup of a can/bottle donation at your home, please email clee2@verizon.net.

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available at www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com. There are some expected race related traffic issues and you can be aware of them here.

To commemorate the 40th annual Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at Weeks Foot Bridge on the Charles River and Memorial Drive on Sunday, June 9, a special exhibit of Longquan celadon porcelain will be on display at the Forbes House Museum from June 9-14. Some of the top artisans from China, most with UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status, will be at the Forbes House to demonstrate their specialized art-making skills for one day only, on June 10. More information can be found on our website. 

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here. 

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!  

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ryan Madden, Dawn Sykes, Sean Lopresti, Noel Vigue, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Margaret Carels, Laurie Stillman, Martine Fisher, Karen McDavitt, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Cat DesRoche, AJ Melanson, Jess Gilooly, Justine Novak, Jackie Morgan, Marti McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Emily Hyde, Zeina Hamada, Maura Middleton, Mary Shapiro and Catherine Lee.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

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