January 16, 2020

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 9, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There is no reason to leave Milton in the coming weeks to experience engaging and enjoyable theater and music. Our students and staff are prepared to entertain you – please consider supporting their endeavors!

Tonight at Milton High School, our Pierce and Milton High School musicians will wow you at the MHS/Pierce Jazz Concert at 7pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at MHS.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Pierce! Pierce Players productions are always a hit and enjoyed by theater goers of all ages. Come see our Pierce Players in action on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7pm, Friday, Jan. 24 at 7pm and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2pm in the Pierce Auditorium. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 13th at 12pm. Admission is $10 and all details and ticket link can be found on the Pierce Players website.

MHS Theater invites you to An Evening of One Act Plays: The Women of Lockerbie/These Shining Lives on Thursday, January 30; Friday, January 31;  and Saturday, February 1  – all at 7pm.  Tickets are available at the MHS Theater website.

The Women of Lockerbie: A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

These Shining Lives: In this drama centering around Catherine Donahue and her three coworkers / friends, the new financial independence of women working in the post-war 1920s is both liberating and exciting. The women earn a comfortable living painting watch faces glow-in-the-dark. This new vision of freedom is shattered when one by one the women begin to fall ill to mysterious ailments. THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, its true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spiritsor endanger the lives of those who come after them.

On February 13th, please join us for the MHS Cabaret, and be entertained by our students and staff alike. These talented performers will leave you wanting more!

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The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association invites all to their Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. There are service projects happening from 9-11am at St Michael’s Episcopal Church, 112 Randolph Avenue, Milton. For the indoor service project, volunteers are invited to donate, assemble, and distribute Blessing Bags to homeless individuals. Please bring supplies to donate if you are able and willing. The full list of needed supplies, as well as the RSVP, can be found by clicking here.

In the evening, we will gather to celebrate Dr. Kings life from 6:30-8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton.  Join the MHS Gospel Chorus,  MPS Elementary Singers, MHS Diversity Groups, MICA Scholarship Winners,  members of Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice and more as we come together as a community around the theme for this year: The Challenge of Change.

All are welcome to volunteer in the Day of Service activities and join in the Celebration as we remember and honor the legacy of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

These are busy days in the Milton Public Schools with grade specific Information Nights, two upcoming PARENT Speakers, concerts, theater productions, activity fairs, budget meetings and more all on the MPS calendar in the coming weeks. There are many options for staying “in the know” at the Milton Public Schools. Please refer to our Milton Public Schools website, district calendar, Facebook page, Twitter account, your Principal and PTO communications and of course this weekly update to stay informed and aware of all that is happening in your child’s school and our district.

Jan 16 MHS/PMS Jazz Concert
Jan 20 No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 21 PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole-“Vaping and our Youth”
Jan 22 Milton School Committee
Jan 23,24,25 Pierce Players
Jan 23 Kindergarten Information Night
Jan 28 Budget Meeting 6:30pm, Tucker School Library
Jan 29 Budget Meeting 6:30pm, Collicot/Cunningham Library
Jan 30, 31 Feb 1 MHS Winter Production – One Act Plays
Feb 4 Parent Speaker Series, Jon Mattleman – Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens
Feb 5 Early Release Day for Students
Feb 5 Milton School Committee
Feb 6 Milton Activities Fair – Tucker Gym
Feb 12 Budget Meeting 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium

Are you looking for activities for your elementary school age children? Please join the Milton Public Schools on February 6th, 2020 in the gymnasium of the Tucker School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway from 5:30-7:00pm. Representatives from a variety of athletic programs, after school activities, musical instrument lessons, theater, acting and future engineers opportunities, and Milton Summer Enrichment will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, a representative from the Milton Public Library will be on hand to register students for a library card and outline all the amazing MPL programs offered.
If you have any questions or need additional information please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison.

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here. The School Committee voted recently on the 2020-21 school year calendar. The approved calendar can be found here. 

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION NIGHTS

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q&A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham library,  for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on January 22nd, 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

MPS Budget Meetings: Along with members of the Milton School Committee, MPS Administrators recently presented budget requests for Fiscal Year 2021 to the Warrant Committee. As we navigate the process of presenting the school budget to the Warrant Committee and eventually to Town Meeting, we want to keep the MPS community informed as to the process. To that end, we are holding three School Budget Presentations in the coming weeks. Each of these presentations is open to all Milton residents, please consider attending the meeting that best fits your schedule. Please join us on one of the following dates to discuss the projected MPS budget for the 2020-21 school year.

January 28, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Tucker School Library
January 29, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Collicot/Cunningham Library
February 12, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Milton High School Auditorium

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Our PARENT Speaker Series is midway though the 3rd year of bringing interesting and valuable speakers to parents and guardians in Milton and beyond. We are thrilled with the success of the PARENT Speaker Series and want to recognize the community organizations that help to fund the series. The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, MPS Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council. We have two compelling speakers in the coming weeks and I hope you will consider making time to attend one or both of these valuable presenations.

On Tuesday January 21st at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, Mary Cole, MPH, CHES presents “Vaping and Our Youth: Strategies for Prevention”. Learn more about what e-cigarette and vape products are, why they are harmful, how the tobacco and vaping industry are targeting kids, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend. Mary Cole is the Program Coordinator of the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Mary has her Masters in Public Health from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). In conjunction with the speaker, you may find these links helpful:  Teen Vaping: What You Need to Know and CDC/Surgeon General Tip Sheet for Parents. 

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On Tuesday, February 4th, we will welcome Jon Mattleman presenting “The Secret Lives of Teens/Tweens” at the MHS auditorium, starting at 6:30pm. Jon will help provide new ways of understanding and engaging with teens/tweens, effective strategies you can implement immediately and leave you with more confidence, courage, and patience in your parenting skills. Jon is a mental health counselor and trainer with 30 years of experience working with children, teens, young adults, parents and families. His dynamic presentations have been well received by thousands of parents throughout New England. We welcome his return to Milton after presenting “Minding Your Mind” at Pierce Middle School in 2017.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 

Congratulations to our MHS students who attended the  All American Model United Nations Invitational this past weekend and were award “Best Delegation” All American!

Pictured (L to R): Sophie Kasiba, Anderson Korman, Jonathan Waldmann and William McElroy. Not shown but participated: Kiera Glazer, Honu Panerio-Langer and Iris Trafton

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MHS student Rejeila Sami Firmin shares the following about a recent field trip for the Young Men and Women’s Group.

Seniors in the Young Men and Women’s Group took an eye-opening trip to the Boston Public Library on December 18th to learn more about the college process. The students visited the Teen Center as well as the ASA Education and Career Planning Center.

As seniors, the members had already been to many different kinds of college informational sessions like tours, fairs, and meetings with counselors. However, this trip provided so much more. David Vera, Education Advisor at the Boston Public Library asks, “How many of you have actually taken the time to sit down and write a list of your skills?” In a room full of 20 seniors, not one raised a hand.

As the session carried on, Vera continued to ask the seniors simple questions about themselves, and immediately provided a plan for them. Vera advised the seniors to take advantage of social media, build themselves a portfolio, and begin working in the field they wish to pursue. At the end of the meeting, students made follow-up appointments and arranged to meet with Vera before Winter Break.

Young Women’s Group member Michelle Gauvin says, “I really liked how he talked about different options other than a 4-year college. A lot of people talk badly about community college but David talked about how you can save a lot of money that way.” Leila Stella, another member of the Young Women’s Group continues, “He gave us good advice for our futures and how we’re going to create a pathway for ourselves. He also reassured us that all our journeys are going to be different so we shouldn’t doubt ourselves and I really feel like that’s what a lot of young adults need to hear.”

The trip accomplished the goal of giving the seniors a new outlook on the college process through allowing students to ask individualized questions and beginning the discovery of their different career pathways. Due to the success of the first trip, the Young Men and Women’s Group plan to bring the sophomores and juniors in March of 2020.

PIERCE PAGES 

8th grade Pierce social studies classes enjoyed a field trip this week to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute  for the US Senate. Students participated in a Senate simulation playing the role of Senators from various states, political parties, with differing political views. Students debated the topic of immigration and voted on various clauses and a bill. Thank you to Representative William J. Driscoll Jr., Democratic Representative, 7th Norfolk,  who addressed students on his journey to political office.

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We are happy to share the great effort and results by Pierce Middle School wrestling this weekend at the Boston City Championships! Congratulations to Will Doyle – 1st, Colt Osinski – 3rd, Owen Crowley – 1st, Reese Lyte – 3rd, Nathan Auguste – 3rd, Vinny Thill – 3rd, Mack Poles – 1st and Griffin White – 1st.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Mrs. Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders  are currently studying “Pebbles, Sand, and Silt”. In this unit, students are learning that rocks can be described by their properties. Students learn that properties are like categories, and that scientists sort rocks according to color, shape, texture, weight, luster, and pattern. Students were excited to use magnifying glasses to observe and compare physical properties of rocks. Students were captivated with the Rock of the Day- GRANITE. They examined its properties and discussed how this speckled rock is used in everyday life (stairs, countertops, curbstones, etc…) Our students rock on in grade 2!

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Collicot 5th graders serve as student leaders and have jobs around school that they work on during recess. Students use their recess time to empty recycle bins, organize books in the library or help administrators and Ms. Barker in the office. Some 5th graders have chosen to volunteer in our kindergarten classrooms and join students during centers. Below our 5th graders support kindergarten students during center time in Mrs. Bullard’s class.

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Tucker students are enjoying morning Yoga with Ms. Nicole as part of the winter enrichment offerings offered at Tucker. Other classes include Robotics, STEM Stories, Basketball, Girls and Boys Grade 5 Empowerment Group and more.

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Joel Christian Gill, Associate Professor of Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, visited Cunningham this week. Mr. Gill is a cartoonist and author who creates comics to tell the stories of unheralded figures from black history. In his presentation to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, he spoke about his development as an artist and storyteller and shared samples of his work, from a picture book about Bessie Stringfield, an African-American pioneer for women in motorcycling, to a graphic novel about Henry “Box” Brown, an enslaved person who escaped by mailing himself in a crate from Virginia to Philadelphia. After the presentation, Mr. Gill treated the 5th grade classes to a workshop where students gained confidence as artists, learned tips about telling stories through the medium of cartooning, and created comics of their own.

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The Cunningham and Collicot PTOs held a parent/guardian coffee last week and Cunningham and Collicot adjustment counselors Jaclyn Germano and Elizabeth Caruso gave an informative and well attended  presentation focused on building confidence in children starting at a young age. They discussed the science behind the development of a child’s brain and provided parenting tips, family activities and other resources including bedtime books and videos. If you missed this valuable presentation, please take a moment to view the presentation and watch the Ted Talk linked in the slides.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY 

The Milton Public Schools is looking for ways to support those in our community who have deployed members of the military in their family. If you feel you could help us discern the best ways to provide support, we welcome your involvement (staff, parent/guardian, community member) as we consider a path forward. Please email Superintendent Gormley to join this informal group.

If your family needs support at any time, for any reason, please email our Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna. 

MPS PRESCHOOL 

Preschool pre-registration is open and will close on January 23rd. Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.The link to pre-register for Preschool can be found here. The following links will bring you to important information regarding our preschool programs. Preschool Presentation 2020-21; Preschool Overview 2020-21; Preschool Fact Sheet 2020-21; Preschool Important Dates 2020-21; Preschool Tuition and Financial Aid 2020-21

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT – VISUAL ARTS

I have asked Dawn Sykes, Fine and Applied Arts Director to share information about our visual arts curriculum here.

Milton’s visual arts program encourages students to develop creativity and expressive awareness. In art classes, students gain powerful tools for learning artistic modes of problem solving, bringing an array of expressive, analytical, and developmental skills to all situations. Furthermore, visual arts programming heightens cultural traditions while encouraging self-realization and self-discipline.

In the elementary grades, students receive 45 minutes of art instruction per week where they build skills and experiment with making art. Lessons are grounded in the elements and principles of design, include exploration of materials, and the study of cultures and art from around the world. As students progress through the grades, they refine observational skills, learn to think abstractly, and make decisions to portray meaning in their art. Students in the fifth grade who show special interest in art-making may participate in Artistic Creative Enrichment (ACE), a program that allows for greater exploration of materials and techniques for more personalized artwork.

Students in middle school may elect to take visual art classes where they continue to learn about the creative process, and are encouraged to seek deeper personal solutions to artistic challenges. As well, they learn specific techniques traditionally used in art making. Along with the basic skills used in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and ceramics, students study a variety of artists and art movements. Also, students continue a deeper study of the elements and principles of design, and how to employ them to create successful compositions. In middle school, particularly dedicated students may continue with ACE Designation as a supplemental component to the class.

Finally, in high school, students are offered a wide variety of art experiences to explore their creative potential and to develop accompanying skills. In addition to increasing awareness of visual concepts, students refine technical skills as well as develop exploratory and experimental approaches to self-expression. Students are enabled to organize and direct the focus of their work through independent study, goal setting, creative problem solving and personal reflection. Expanding on concepts presented in prior years, the high school program aims to forge interdisciplinary connections between cultures, past artistic endeavors and the individual’s personal concepts. Courses in traditional art-making processes of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, and sculpture are offered as well as digital photography and a study of visual concepts in film. Students may also elect to study AP Studio Art.

Our purpose is to foster attitudes, understanding, skills, and enjoyment so that each individual’s artistic potential may be developed. In developing their potential, students realize that participation in the Arts adds a richness to life.

TECHNOLOGY

We are looking forward to the first-ever elementary school Digital Citizenship Day.  All Milton Public School elementary students will take part in two to four engaging digital citizenship lessons during this exciting day.  The lesson topics will include but are not limited to, digital footprints, internet privacy, copyright, cyberbullying, and creating passwords.

The ready to teach no teaching experience needed lessons will be delivered by family volunteers.  Each class will need two to four volunteers. The lessons will be shared with the volunteers on Tuesday, January 14th.  If the volunteers need support in preparing for the day an optional training session will be offered to all of the volunteers on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 pm in the Collicot/Cunningham cafeteria.

The  dates of each school’s Digital Citizenship Day are as follows:

  • Collicot – Friday, February 14th at 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • Cunningham – Friday, February 14th at 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • Glover – Tuesday, February 11th at 9:20 am – 12:20 pm
  • Tucker – Thursday, February 13th at 9:20 am – 12:20 pm

If you would like to volunteer please complete the Google Form for your student’s school: Collicot’s Google Form; Cunningham’s Google Form; Glover’s Google Form;Tucker’s Google Form  If you have any immediate questions please email  AJ Melanson, MPS Educational Technology Director.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Over two days in December, teams of 5 or 6 teachers from each elementary school gathered at Cunningham Hall to build understanding of how to promote trauma-sensitive school environments.  This opportunity is one piece of a new partnership with STRIVE- Supportive Trauma Interventions for Educators.  Dr. Neena McConnico, Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project, and Courtney Bailey, Clinical Coordinator the Child Witness to Violence Project, led participants through a series of interactive activities and reflection exercises.  The overall goals of STRIVE are to:  Improve socio-emotional regulation for children and improve student-teacher interactions; 2).  Integrate a cultural lens that acknowledges inequities in exposure to adverse childhood experiences in order to create inclusive learning environments for students; 3). Promote trauma-sensitive school environment by leveraging existing data and coordinating partnerships to build institutional capacity of public schools that serve minority and disadvantaged youth.  We look forward to furthering this partnership and continuing to build capacity in our district to ensure the success of all of our students

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

CELEBRATION 2020 is coming soon! Save the date for April 4th, 202o at Granite Links. Details and tickets in the coming weeks. In the meantime…

Are you interested in being among the first to have a 1/500 chance of winning a 2020 Jeep Wrangler or $20,000 cash? 2020 MFE Jeep Raffle tickets are hot off the press! Email Liddiefb@gmail.com to purchase a ticket or with any questions.  The winner will be drawn 4/4/20 at Celebration. The Milton Foundation for Education’s Celebration and Jeep Raffle raises money in support of all  six Milton Public Schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is conducting a comprehensive program review of the Special Education programs in Milton. A component of this review is input from various community stakeholders. We are  seeking interested community members who would like to participate in a 1 hour focus group. The goal of the group is to hear from community members about their experiences in special education. Information gathered will be integrated into our Program Review and will help guide future planning for Special Education.

The focus group for community members is Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 4-5pm and the group will meet in Milton High School room 209. Please reach out to let us know if you are able to come, so we plan for appropriate space. if you have already RSVPed, you are all set. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Susan Maselli.

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Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council invites you to SEPAC monthly meetings. Mark your calendars: Meetings start at 7pm at Glover Elementary School on 2/5/20, 3/4/20, 4/1/20, 5/6/20, 6/3/20.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

MPS Head Nurse Kim Coughlin shares that all schools are reporting students testing positive for flu.  These resources may be helpful for families: CDC “Flu: What to do if you get sick” link  and “Healthy Habits to prevent flu”.  As a reminder,  students should be fever-free for 24 hours without medicine before returning to school. 

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Milton High School staff and students – Do you want to avoid the lunch lines? Want to have more time to relax and eat your lunch? There’s an App for that!

This week, our new app, WebMenus, will be launching and will allow you to preorder your sandwich, salad or Power Pack just in time for your lunch period! You will be able to order your lunch up to a week ahead of time or before 9:30 AM for the day of.

  • Download the WebMenus app on your Apple or Google device. (Or order straight from your computer desktop at Milton School’s Foodservice Webpage  – look for the link on the top left corner of the food service page).
  • Enter your name; pick up date, email, and cell phone number (if you’d like a text confirmation).
  • Customize your sandwich, salad, or Power Pack.
  • During your lunch period, pick up your order at the cooler on the TOP SHELF before stopping by the cashier. It will have a label with your full name and order on it.

That’s it – no lines to wait in, more time to eat! Just go right to the cashier for payment.

*Please be aware that orders that are not picked up will still be charged to the student/faculty’s account. Please direct any questions you may still have to Milton’s Foodservice Department 617-898-1051

ATHLETICS  

Boys Hockey won in convincing fashion last night, beating Newton north 6-0. Goals from Bobby Carew, Rob Ricciardi, Owen Radley, Jack Vaughn, Ronan Robinson and John Carey.

The Girls Hockey Team won their second game, beating Newton North 4-1, with goals from Cheistina Sweeney (2), Kat Baker and Grace DeBenedictis. They will play at 6pm on Saturday before the Boys play at 7:40pm in a double-header. It is also Youth Hockey Night!

The Boys Basketball Games has not been for the faint of heart lately, as they rebounded from an overtime loss to Newton North with a 3-point victory (65-62) over Randolph last night to improve to 5-4 on the season.

All schedules can be found on our Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The film In Their Shoes was created to amplify the unheard, disempowered, and often vilified populations in the drug crisis –  the easiest targets caught in the most difficult cycles.  All are invited to a screening and discussion of the film on Thursday, January 30th in the student lounge of Quincy College. All details can be found here.  

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter has information for families about many activities for children in the coming weeks.

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There is much fun to be had this season in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 26th.

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The Milton Historical Society is hosting its annual Fireside Chat program on two separate occasions. The first chat is on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 10 a.m., and second on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 7 p.m., both at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. Reservations are required as there is a 20-person limit at each sitting. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Reservations only to EJPen@comcast.net.
Suffolk Resolves House Curator Diann Strausberg will bring Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson to life using Hutchinson related items in the society’s collection.

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The next Milton Community Concert, “Rockin’ With Renaissance Men”, will be on Saturday evening, January 18th at 7pm at First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. This is a free benefit concert, with donations of any amount going to support the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition recently  took a deep look at youth and drugs, alcohol and mental health issues in Milton in 2019. This included surveys of hundreds of teens and preteens, a survey of over 500 parents, interviews with key stakeholders, focus groups, and data from BID Hospital Milton and our ambulance service. Milton youth demonstrate a lot of strengths and use of illegal substances has decreased generally since MSAPC last examined this issue. However, we still face challenges. Come and hear the results of this community assessment ( on January at 6:30pm at Milton Hospital) and what we can do as a community in order to continue to move misuse rates in a positive direction. The 2016 release of the last community assessment led to amazing collaboration across town departments focused on decreasing youth alcohol and marijuana use and increasing the focus on behavioral health.

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Please consider supporting Brookwood Community Farm or joining as a member. Over the past few years, a variety of elementary school students have visited the farm with their class, walking the fields, learning about how plants grow and more, all at the base of the Blue Hills.

YOUTH SPORTS 

It’s only January but many spring sports registration sites are up and running – or will be soon! If you are considering a town spring sport for your child, now is the time to explore options and register. Milton has many sports options for your child, including: Milton Youth Lacrosse;Milton Girls Softball ;Milton American Baseball ;Milton National Little League.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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: Glover 4th grader, Cole Robinson, has loved koala bears since the age of two, when a family friend gave him a koala stuffed animal from Australia. He has been devastated (as have many of us) by the news coming out about the bush fires in Australia and was inspired to take action.

Along with his friends Jack Queally, Owen Burnes, Patrick O’Leary, Emmett Sullivan and Charlie Heavey, Cole has begun to raise funds to support those impacted. Last week, Cole and friends organized a Hat Day at Glover. Students were invited to wear their hats all day in school in exchange for a donation, in any amount, to Cole’s fundraising efforts.

Thanks to the generosity of the Glover community, over $3000 was raised in the Hats for Koalas fundraiser! All funds raised are going to a carefully researched animal hospital in Australia that is currently treating hundreds of injured koalas. We are grateful for our student leaders, Cole, Charlie, Jack, Owen, Patrick, and Emmett for helping to bring this project to fruition. Thank you to all who participated to help make their charitable efforts a success!

STAFF: Thank you to Geralyn Comer, Carolyn Brandi, Amanda Brink, Kate Elovich, Sheila Arens, Cassi Driscoll,Anne-Isabelle Jungels, Amy Gale, Jackie LaMonica, Fatim Kramer and Jennifer Fitzsimmons. This group of K-2 teachers dedicated a recent Saturday to science professional development and I appreciate their commitment to their students.

During this professional development series, teachers investigated how to use FOSS science to help students explore science in a hands on manner, beginning with inquiry. Teachers participated in conversations about the importance of sense-making discussions in the primary science classroom and met in grade level teams to prepare for upcoming science units considering these two important ideas. Our students and staff continue to benefit from robust professional development.

VOLUNTEERS: Congratulations to Katherine Touafek of Schools to Careers who has been named the NRCC Paul Smith Volunteer of the Year 2019. The award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the NRRC (Neponset River Regional Chamber) and its members – exemplified by the late Paul Smith, Sr. – selfless giving of time, talent and materials to help fellow members succeed. Many of our students participate in the successful Schools to Careers field trips and seminars and we are grateful to Katherine for her work with Schools to Careers.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Caitlin Deptula, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Bernadette Butler, Josh Coben, AJ Melanson, Karen McDavitt, Ryan Madden,  Ellen Lohan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jon Redden, Susan Maselli, , Jackie Morgan, Kim Coughlin, Bill Deschenes, Margaret Carrels, Tanya Walsh, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Kevin Black , James Jette, Dawn Sykes, Jaclyn Germano, Elizabeth Caruso, Melissa Augustyn, Barbara Wright and Rejeila Sami Firmin.

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January 9, 2020

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 9, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

These are busy days in the Milton Public Schools with grade specific Information Nights, two upcoming PARENT Speakers, concerts, theater productions, activity fairs, budget meetings and more all on the MPS calendar in the coming weeks. There are many options for staying “in the know” at the Milton Public Schools. Please refer to our Milton Public Schools website, district calendar, Facebook page, Twitter account, your Principal and PTO communications and of course this weekly update to stay informed and aware of all that is happening in your child’s school and our district.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Jan 9 Preschool Information Night
Jan 9 Milton Neighbors Event to Benefit MPS Music
Jan 16 MHS/PMS Jazz Concert
Jan 20 No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 21 PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole-“Vaping and our Youth”
Jan 22 Milton School Committee
Jan 23,24,25 Pierce Players
Jan 23 Kindergarten Information Night
Jan 30, 31 Feb 1 MHS Winter Production – One Act Plays
Feb 4 Parent Speaker Series, Jon Mattleman – Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens
Feb 5 Early Release Day for Students
Feb 5 Milton School Committee
Feb 6 Milton Activities Fair – Tucker Gym

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

The School Committee voted recently on the 2020-21 school year calendar. The approved calendar can be found here. 

Save the date for Milton Summer Enrichment 2020! MSE 2020 will run from July 6-31st, 2020. Look for details after the new year. For a peek at last year’s MSE details, check out our MSE webpage.

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION NIGHTS

TONIGHT – Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm at Milton High School. Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.

The link to register for Preschool can be found here and will be live on the evening of January 9th. Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. All details can be found here. 

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q&A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham library,  for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next in our PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole, MPH, CHES presents “Vaping and Our Youth: Strategies for Prevention” on Tuesday January 21st at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium.

Learn more about what e-cigarette and vape products are, why they are harmful, how the tobacco and vaping industry are targeting kids, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend. Mary Cole is the Program Coordinator of the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Mary has her Masters in Public Health from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

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Just two weeks later, our next PARENT Speaker will be at Milton High School on Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30pm. Jon Mattelman will  present “The Secret Lives of Teens/Tweens” as part of our PARENT Series. Jon shares this article in reference to his presentation.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on January 8th, 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

MPS Budget Meetings: Along with members of the Milton School Committee, MPS Administrators recently presented budget requests for Fiscal Year 2021 to the Warrant Committee. As we navigate the process of presenting the school budget to the Warrant Committee and eventually to Town Meeting, we want to keep the MPS community informed as to the process. To that end, we are holding three School Budget Presentations in the coming weeks. Each of these presentations is open to all Milton residents, please consider attending the meeting that best fits your schedule. Please join us on one of the following dates to discuss the projected MPS budget for the 2020-21 school year.

January 28, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Tucker School Library
January 29, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Collicot/Cunningham Library
February 12, 2020 @ 6:30pm, Milton High School Auditorium

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS 

MHS Theater invites you to An Evening of One Act Plays: The Women of Lockerbie/These Shining Lives. Tickets are available at the MHS Theater website.

The Women of Lockerbie: A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate.

These Shining Lives: In this drama centering around Catherine Donahue and her three coworkers / friends, the new financial independence of women working in the post-war 1920s is both liberating and exciting. The women earn a comfortable living painting watch faces glow-in-the-dark. This new vision of freedom is shattered when one by one the women begin to fall ill to mysterious ailments. THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, its true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spiritsor endanger the lives of those who come after them.

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Earlier today, 14 students involved in MHS Theatre’s Winter Production above  attended a day of workshops organized by The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild and hosted at Bridgewater State University. Students were able to enroll in a variety workshops including Physical Theatre and Clowning, Acting for the Stage, Oral Interpretation of Poetry, Acting Shakespeare, Introduction to Directing, Introduction to Costume Design, and Scene Shop Construction Techniques. All of the workshops were taught by professors from Bridgewater State, so students were able to experience collegiate level theatre classes, speak with current theatre students at Bridgewater State about their experiences, and build connections with other theatre students at local high schools.

PIERCE PAGES 

Students in Mrs. Magill’s 7th and 8th grade FUSE classes have been experimenting with a new challenge in the FUSE program called Sculpty Pet. FUSE is an interest-driven STEAM exploration class offered at Pierce. In this challenge, students  use a program to “sculpt” a virtual ball of clay into a pet. Students are learning about symmetry, scale, and coordinate planes to create these pets and place them in the worlds they design.

Students were excited to learn that they could 3D print their pets.  Students have created an elephant, pigs, dogs, cats, and what could be an  angry bird or a platypus!  The challenge ends at Level 5, with students creating a virtual world for their pet to live in by importing backgrounds and sculpting other objects to have in that world.  As students begin to create their pet’s new worlds, we suspect that soon we will have an elephant flying in a spaceship or a cat and dog floating down a river on a raft. We look forward to seeing where our student’s creativity leads them!

Below, 7th graders Jennifer Lo (L)  and Mary Cullinan (R) show off their pets.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Pierce! Pierce Players productions are always a hit and enjoyed by theatergoers of all ages. Come see our Pierce Players in action on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7pm, Friday, Jan. 24 at 7pm and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2pm in the Pierce Auditorium. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 13th at 12pm. Admission is $10 and all details and ticket link can be found on the Pierce Players website.

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Thank you to MPS parent John Gillooly for these terrific pictures of our current Pierce Patriots Basketball Teams. I know we will see many of these athletes in Wildcats gear in the coming years!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Tucker students were wowed by visiting Chinese acrobat, Li Liu last week. Li Liu was born in Bejing, China and began learning acrobatics when she was 6 years old. She has toured with the circus and performs on the Princess Cruise Lines and at NBA halftime shows.

The performance was a blend of acrobatic stunts such as artistic cycling, paired with lessons about Chinese culture and celebrations, including the upcoming Lunar New Year. Students were mesmerized by the ribbon dancing and excited to participate in some of the stunts.

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Cunningham 3rd graders have been busy learning about owls in class as part of the FOSS Structures of Life unit. Today,  two educators from the Trailside Museum in Milton visited Cunningham and brought two live owls to the classrooms. Students explored the adaptations owls have that make them unique nocturnal birds of prey. Students handled touchable nature artifacts and met two live owls which are native to the Commonwealth. Students were shocked to learn that these big owls were each only between 1 and 1 1/2 pounds as they have hollow bones!

The Trailside Museum will come to Glover later this month and to Collicot and Tucker in the Spring. Thank you to the Milton Foundation for Education for generously funding these visits using Sam’s Fund and Monster Dash proceeds!

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The Milton Activities and Athletics Fair is on February 6th, 2020 in the Tucker Gymnasium from 5:30-7pm. Join us to hear about how your student can get involved in the many Milton teams, activities and learning opportunities! Learn more about Milton Youth Lacrosse, Wrestling, Soccer, Hockey, Softball, Girl Power Run Club, STEAMologists, Parks and Recreation, Musical Instrument Lessons, Milton Summer Enrichment and more.   Please email Noel Vigue with any questions. 

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to become more involved in your child’s school? Getting involved is a great way to show them that you take an interest in their education and sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.  

Across the district all of Milton Public Schools offer opportunities for families to get involved in whatever capacity they are able. Whether you are looking to join a committee that meets on a regular basis or are only able to help out when your schedule allows – there are opportunities for all.  Studies have shown that increased parental involvement can boost achievement levels in students.  Below, Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna shares some of the ways families can get involved and make a difference!

Site Council:  Each school in the district is required by state law to support the programs and policies of the schools through a shared vision.  School site councils are made up of a group of teachers and parents/guardians, community members and students (at the high school level only). Council members meet monthly with building principals.  The responsibilities of the council is to adopt educational goals for the school that are consistent with local educational policies and statewide student performance standards, identify the educational needs of students attending the school, review the annual school building budget and formulate a school improvement plan.

Diversity Committee: The Diversity Committee was created to promote high academic achievement by all students, respect for all people and an affirming atmosphere for students and families in the Milton Public Schools.  Committee members meet monthly and are made up of teachers, parents, community members and principals.

PTO – Parent – Teacher Organization: The purpose of the PTO is to promote the welfare of students through a united effort between parents/guardians and teachers in order to assure the greatest educational advantage. Through fundraising efforts, the PTO’s goal is to provide additional programs and activities, which enhance the education of the students.  The PTO sponsors cultural and social events for students. All monies raised by the PTO are used exclusively for school activities.

PTO membership is non-commercial, non-sectarian and non-partisan.  Any parent or guardian of pupils in a particular school may join the PTO.  The PTO relies on members’ support, both financial and through volunteer opportunities, to achieve its goal: the enhancement of the student’s education.

Please contact your building principal or administrative assistant to learn more about how to join or to learn about other opportunities that may be available. MHS – James Jette; PMS – Bill Fish Collicot – Holly Concannon; Cunningham – Jon Redden; Glover – Karen McDavitt; Tucker – Elaine McNeil GirmaiPlease reach out with any questions  to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, via email or by phone at 617-980-7343.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

MPS Head Nurse Kimberly Coughlin shares the following information about the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Vaping Ban.

The Massachusetts Public Health Council approved new regulations that restrict the sale of nicotine vaping and flavored vaping and tobacco products, and ended the Governor’s temporary statewide ban on the sale of vaping products in place since September 24th. This action follows Governor Charlie Baker’s signing into law An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control on November 27, 2019. The new regulations went into effect on December 11th.

Effective January 1, 2020, Massachusetts commercial health insurance plans plus the Group Insurance Commission and MassHealth, must cover smoking cessation counseling and FDA-approved products such as gum, lozenges, or patches without cost-sharing. Beginning on June 1, 2020, the sale of all other tobacco products that have a flavor, such as menthol cigarettes and flavored chewing tobacco, will also be restricted to licensed smoking bars where they may be sold only for on-site consumption. Information about this announcement is available here. The site will continue to be updated as new information and resources are available.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT

An effective math curriculum provides learning opportunities for students to explore mathematical concepts and ideas as a whole class, within collaborative groups, and independently engages them in activities and tasks that encourage multiple approaches, deepen conceptual understanding, and connect to prior learning. I have asked Brian Selig, K-12 Math Director , to share more about our elementary math curriculum below.

All K-5 teachers in the Milton Public Schools presently utilize the fourth edition of the Everyday Mathematics curriculum to address the math learning standards defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (click here to see). The strengths of this curriculum include its spiral design to allow repeated opportunities to revisit important concepts on an ongoing basis to combat “siloed” learning, its use of visual models to promote deeper understanding and connections, and its well-designed games to engage elementary students in fun and meaningful learning opportunities. No curriculum resource is perfect and as such we as a district are in the planning stages of a review of the Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum to determine whether it or another program will best meet the needs of our young learners in the Milton Public Schools going forward.

With the significant changes in math education over the last decade, often referred to disparagingly as the “new math”, comes an obligation on the part of every school district not only to adopt and implement high quality curriculum materials but also to provide teachers with the necessary professional training to understand the intention and realize the potential of these changes on the learning experiences within their classroom, which can be characterized by a greater emphasis placed on understanding of the problem-solving process rather than a limited prioritizing of the desired result, answer, or solution.

This shift in how teachers approach math instruction with their students carries particular importance at the elementary level because success with more advanced algebraic concepts in math depends on a strong and flexible number sense established in the early grades and the fact that elementary teachers are responsible for instruction in multiple subject areas, not just math.

In Milton we are very fortunate to have two fantastic K-5 math coaches, Maura Middleton and Mary Shapiro, who are experts in content, effective instructional practices, and varied methods of assessment. By working collaboratively with one of the coaches, elementary teachers deepen their own content knowledge, utilize effective instructional strategies that include the use of concrete manipulatives and visual models, and develop techniques to facilitate rich mathematical discussions in their classrooms to help synthesize students’ learning.

TECHNOLOGY

It is with great excitement that we announce the first-ever elementary school Digital Citizenship Day.  All Milton Public School elementary students will take part in two to four engaging digital citizenship lessons during this exciting day.  The lesson topics will include but are not limited to, digital footprints, internet privacy, copyright, cyberbullying, and creating passwords.

The ready to teach no teaching experience needed lessons will be delivered by family volunteers.  Each class will need two to four volunteers. The lessons will be shared with the volunteers on Tuesday, January 14th.  If the volunteers need support in preparing for the day an optional training session will be offered to all of the volunteers on Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 pm in the Collicot/Cunningham cafeteria.  

The  dates of each school’s Digital Citizenship Day are as follows: 

  • Collicot – Friday, February 14th at 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • Cunningham – Friday, February 14th at 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • Glover – Tuesday, February 11th at 9:20 am – 12:20 pm
  • Tucker – Thursday, February 13th at 9:20 am – 12:20 pm

If you would like to volunteer please complete the Google Form for your student’s school: Collicot’s Google FormCunningham’s Google FormGlover’s Google Form;Tucker’s Google Form  If you have any immediate questions please email  AJ Melanson, MPS Educational Technology Director.   

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

CELEBRATION 2020 is coming soon! Save the date for April 4th, 202o at Granite Links. Details and tickets in the coming weeks. In the meantime…

Are you interested in being among the first to have a 1/500 chance of winning a 2020 Jeep Wrangler or $20,000 cash? 2020 MFE Jeep Raffle tickets are hot off the press! Email Liddiefb@gmail.com to purchase a ticket or with any questions.  The winner will be drawn 4/4/20 at Celebration. The Milton Foundation for Education’s Celebration and Jeep Raffle raises money in support of all  six Milton Public Schools.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is conducting a comprehensive program review of the Special Education programs in Milton. A component of this review is input from various community stakeholders. We are  seeking interested community members who would like to participate in a 1 hour focus group. The goal of the group is to hear from community members about their experiences in special education. Information gathered will be integrated into our Program Review and will help guide future planning for Special Education.

The focus group for community members is Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 4-5pm and the group will meet in Milton High School room 209. Please reach out to let us know if you are able to come, so we plan for appropriate space. if you have already RSVPed, you are all set. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Susan Maselli.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

The Milton Public School offers breakfast every morning for twenty minutes before school begins.  There is no need to sign up for breakfast and we have breakfast supervisors in our cafeteria’s each day with our students.  

When students start the day with a nutritious breakfast, they start the day ready to learn. Some students skip breakfast at home because they are not hungry when they first wakeup.  Many families find it difficult for their children to get up, dressed, fed, and off to school. When parents rely on the School Breakfast Program, they can be assured that their child will receive a healthy breakfast every day. 

This is an excellent opportunity to ensure that your child is receiving a nutritionally balanced meal at the start of each day.  We offer breakfast for $1.25 each day as a complete meal.  These funds can come out of a student’s prepaid meal account. We offer a variety of whole grain items, egg sandwiches and fast grab and go items for students who may want to eat their meal a little later in the morning.  Each meal is accompanied with fresh fruit, 100% juice and white milk.   Studies have shown that children who eat a nutritious breakfast have better behavior, better attendance, and improved grades.  All students are welcome to attend Monday through Friday.  We also offer breakfast on our half days of school.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Food Services, Jackie Morgan via email or phone at 617-898-1051.

ATHLETICS  

Sophomore Lateef Patrick (below R) and Senior Owen Leddy (below L) are your Susi Athletes of the Month for December. Lateef averaged 16.5 points per game over the first four games of the season; Scored 31 points in an opening night win over Framingham. Leddy been instrumental in every game. Has made huge strides from start of season to now. Has worked his way from the 4th line center position up to the 2nd line center position. Has become an instrumental player on both our penalty kill and now is on our 2nd power play unit. His stats for the month were; 6 GP – 2G, 3A = 5 Pts.

Girls Hockey earned a tie last night against Plymouth South. Christina Sweeney scored with 40 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 1!

The Wildcats from Weymouth pay a visit on Friday for Boys Basketball, and Saturday for Boys Ice Hockey.

All schedules can be found on our Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The popular Milton Neighbors Facebook page is holding their annual member social on Thursday, January 9th at Novara. This year, the group has generously offered to donate all profits to the Milton Public Schools pilot music program for children who wish to take a musical instrument, and need financial assistance to participate.

Learning a musical instrument is a gift that can change a life and we so appreciate these neighbors working together to give some of our MPS children the gift of music!

Do you have an instrument collecting dust in your attic? Bring it to the social for a tax-deductible donation! Please contact them ahead of time if you are bringing an instrument by emailing melissa@miltonscene.com.

Tickets are available here. Please consider attending and supporting this valuable MPS program.

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance Winter Newsletter has information for families about many activities for children in the coming weeks.

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There is much fun to be had this season in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 20th-25th.

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The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

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The Milton Historical Society is hosting its annual Fireside Chat program on two separate occasions. The first chat is on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 10 a.m., and second on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 7 p.m., both at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. Reservations are required as there is a 20-person limit at each sitting. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Reservations only to EJPen@comcast.net.
Suffolk Resolves House Curator Diann Strausberg will bring Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson to life using Hutchinson related items in the society’s collection.

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The next Milton Community Concert, “Rockin’ With Renaissance Men”, will be on Saturday evening, January 18th at 7pm at First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. This is a free benefit concert, with donations of any amount going to support the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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Please consider supporting Brookwood Community Farm or joining as a member. Over the past few years, a variety of elementary school students have visited the farm with their class, walking the fields, learning about how plants grow and more, all at the base of the Blue Hills.

YOUTH SPORTS 

It’s only January but many spring sports registration sites are up and running – or will be soon! If you are considering a town spring sport for your child, now is the time to explore options and register. Milton has many sports options for your child, including: Milton Youth Lacrosse; Milton Girls Softball ; Milton American Baseball ; Milton National Little League.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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: I am pleased to announce the winners of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King writing, poetry and art contest for Milton High School. We had some outstanding work submitted and choosing the top four was a difficult task. The writing submissions can be read here. These four students will attend and present at the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020 6:30-8:00pm at the Concord Baptist Church. 180 Blue Hill Ave, Milton. All are invited to attend this special community evening.

Congratulations to the following students (L-R in photo) who were chosen as this year’s winners.

  • Sophomore Caroline Gannon wrote a poem called “Daydreaming.”
  • Freshman Lok Ye Young drew a piece of art and an accompanying poem called “The Challenge of Change.” (Pictured right)
  • Freshman Lydia Geering wrote a poem called “This is not an Angry Poem.”
  • Freshman Kiera Glazer  wrote an essay titled “Changing the World.”

New Chromebooks in the 4th grade!

VOLUNTEERS: A big thank you to Paul Shiff and his employer, HUB Tech in Easton, MA. Mr. Shiff is not a MPS parent but is friendly with a Cunningham family. When he learned that the 4th grade had requested some new Chromebooks, he offered to donate 15 new Chromebooks to the 4th grade at Cunningham. Last Friday, Mr. Shiff brought the Chromebooks to Cunningham and spent time with Mrs. McKay and Ms. Staker’s class. We are incredibly grateful for this generous donation!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Caitlin Deptula, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Bernadette Butler, Amy McKay, AJ Melanson, Karen McDavitt, Ryan Madden,  Ellen Lohan, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jon Redden, Susan Maselli, Brian Selig, Alyson Zukowski, Jackie Morgan, John Gillooly, Bill Deschenes, Kevin Black and Deanna Magill.

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January 2, 2020

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: January 2, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today we welcomed back our Milton Public Schools students and staff after what we hope was a restful and enjoyable winter break. Our custodians were busy over break preparing our buildings for the winter season and we thank them for their continued efforts on behalf of our students and staff.

There are several important dates on the MPS calendar in January and February and I want to call your attention to them here. Please see the Grade Specific Information Nights listed just below.

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION NIGHTS

On Tuesday, January 7th, 5th grade parents/guardians are invited to the Pierce library at 6:30pm for the 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night.

Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm.Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. All details can be found here.

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q&A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham library,  for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Jan 7 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night
Jan 8 Milton School Committee
Jan 9 Preschool Information Night
Jan 16 MHS/PMS Jazz Concert
Jan 20 No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 21 PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole-“Vaping and our Youth”
Jan 22 Milton School Committee
Jan 23,24,25 Pierce Players
Jan 23 Kindergarten Information Night
Jan 30, 31 Feb 1 MHS Winter Production
Feb 4 Parent Speaker Series, Jon Mattleman – Secret Lives of Teens & Tweens
Feb 5 Early Release Day for Students
Feb 5 Milton School Committee

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

The School Committee voted recently on the 2020-21 school year calendar. The approved calendar can be found here. 

Save the date for Milton Summer Enrichment 2020! MSE 2020 will run from July 6-31st, 2020. Look for details after the new year. For a peek at last year’s MSE details, check out our MSE webpage.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next in our PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole, MPH, CHES presents “Vaping and Our Youth: Strategies for Prevention” on Tuesday January 21st at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium.

Learn more about what e-cigarette and vape products are, why they are harmful, how the tobacco and vaping industry are targeting kids, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend. Mary Cole is the Program Coordinator of the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Mary has her Masters in Public Health from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on January 8th, 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Collicot 5th grade students recently learned about Egyptian art by making their own version of papyrus paper. Students deconstructed brown butcher paper by ripping into long finger width strips then dipped the strips into diluted glue and set them to dry.
The completed papyrus became the perfect background for their Egyptian profiles and hieroglyphics.

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Collicot and Cunningham students in Mrs. Allegrezza’s music classes recently celebrated the end of term one by performing individual and group performances for their classmates during a special activity called “Music Share.”. Please enjoy this compilation of some of the many acts performed at Collicot and Cunningham before winter break.

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The Tucker Basketball League ended their season with a big game on December 16th. Congratulations to the Blue Team who won a close one after 5 weeks of head to head competition across 4 teams!  36 of our 4th and 5th grade students participated in this fun school league which enjoyed its fourth year of success. A big thank you to  Coaches David Beaufort and Aidan Johnson for their time and dedication to our students and to all of the players and families who participated.

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Just before winter break, Collicot 5th graders presented their projects for the 2nd annual STEM Toy Fair.

The CHALLENGE for the STEM Toy Fair was: Design and build a homemade toy that two to four children can play together. Use as many found materials as possible.

The CRITERIA for the STEM Toy Fair was as follows. The toy should…

  • Be a toy that children around the world would like to play with
  • Be designed for 2 to 4 children to play together
  • Be constructed of mostly found materials (reuse/recycle)
  • Be safe to play with
  • Be easy to carry

Children all over the world have some things in common. They all need food, shelter, and clothing. And they all PLAY! Many children create their own toys with things they find in their environment. This leads to the invention of many homemade toys. Our students  enjoyed making these creative projects from recycled materials!

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Cunningham 3rd  graders in Mrs. Zoll’s class recently participated in an owl pellet dissection as part of a FOSS investigation.

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Glover students in Ms. Comer’s kindergarten class are starting the year off learning about graphing in math. Students built a class bar graph based on favorite colors and then discussed the information that was presented in graph form. Way to start off the new year in Kindergarten!

ATHLETICS  

  • Boys and Girls Track take on Framingham tonight in a cross-division matchup at the Reggie Lewis Center.
  • Wrestling travels to Brookline High School to start the new year.
  • Next up in the league is Natick High School, as the Girls Basketball and

    Thank you, MHS Boosters!

    Girls Hockey Teams are home on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Thank you to the Boosters for the brand new chairs for our Field House and thank you to all who supported our student athletes over winter break with attendance at games! All schedules can be found on our Athletics website.

The MHS Ski Team will be hosting the first Cans for Cats bottle and can drive of 2020 on Saturday, January 4th from 9 a.m. to noon at Milton High School.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The popular Milton Neighbors Facebook page is holding their annual member social on Thursday, January 9th at Novara. This year, the group has generously offered to donate all profits to the Milton Public Schools pilot music program for children who wish to take a musical instrument, and need financial assistance to participate.

Learning a musical instrument is a gift that can change a life and we so appreciate these neighbors working together to give some of our MPS children the gift of music!

Do you have an instrument collecting dust in your attic? Bring it to the social for a tax-deductible donation! Please contact them ahead of time if you are bringing an instrument by emailing melissa@miltonscene.com.

Tickets are available here. Please consider attending and supporting this valuable MPS program.

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The next Milton Community Concert, “Rockin’ With Renaissance Men”, will be on Saturday evening, January 18th at 7pm at First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. This is a free benefit concert, with donations of any amount going to support the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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: I would like to thank MPS parent Sean Roche and all who participated and attended in three Pop Up Art Shows in December to benefit the Art and Music Programs in the Milton Public Schools. These events raised $3,155.00 in support of out Art and Music programs. I could not be more thankful for this generous contribution that will directly benefit our students!

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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: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.

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December 23, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 23, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we all begin a well deserved winter break, I want to wish all who are celebrating holidays this week a very Happy Holiday and to all of our Milton Public Schools students, families and staff a Happy and Healthy New Year and restful winter break with family and friends.

Below you will see some of the holiday activities and events that have happened at our schools over the past few weeks, please take a moment to join me in celebrating the giving spirit of the students and staff of the Milton Public Schools.

We look forward to seeing staff and students on Thursday, January 2nd for the 1st school day of 2020.

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We welcomed our Milton Public Schools retirees to Milton High School on Monday of last week for our annual retiree luncheon. This chance to celebrate the educators and staff who impacted so many of our students throughout the years is always a highlight of the holiday season. A special thank you to The Tsanotelis Family and Eagle Farms for their very thoughtful donation of fifty holiday arrangements and to The Resnick Family and ProForma Printing for their generous donation of many gifts for the attendees.

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Each morning at MHS last week, we were greeted by beautiful music. We were also treating to some caroling in the halls on Friday. The video below is a short compilation of the week. Enjoy!

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Our schools held various drives over the past few weeks for those in need. Student (and staff) groups collected socks, coats, clothing, gift cards, money, toys and more to be distributed to those in our Milton community who need a helping hand during this holiday season. We appreciate these efforts and thank those who coordinated and donated to make them successful.

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We said goodbye and Happy Retirement to long time MPS recess/lunch aide and Community Schools employee Deb Hayes this week. We wish you all the best Mrs. Hayes!

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, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, 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, hiring and firing of staff, 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: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.

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December 19, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 19, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we have had several days of impactful winter weather already this month, below is a reminder about how we approach inclement weather at the Milton Public Schools. Snow days are a necessary part of life in the northeast and the better we manage them as partners, the more successful our winter will be.

The safety of students and staff is paramount and we do not want to have students, parents and staff on the roads when the conditions are unsafe. In addition, we need to be sure our sidewalks, crosswalks and buildings are ready for our students and staff to have a safe and successful school day.

Before and during inclement weather, I consult with the relevant town departments, MPS administration and superintendents from neighboring districts. I also monitor weather forecasts, including those provided by the Town of Milton. At times, the decision is clear and we are able to call a snow day the evening before school. Often, however, the forecast is difficult to predict with any certainty for Milton and those decisions are best made in the early morning (by 5:00am). When we experience inclement weather, there are three options that I consider: a full school day; a 2 hour delay; complete cancellation of school.

If we have a full school day:

  • The day will proceed as a regular day with breakfast, Before School, after school activities, etc. all taking place.
  • Please be aware that even with a full school day, there can be traffic delays for our buses due to weather.

If we have a 2 hour delay:

  • Your child’s school day will start 2 hours later than a regular day.
    MHS – 9:50 start and dismissal at 2:19. MHS will be open for arrivals
    starting at 9:35.
    Pierce – 9:57 start and dismissal at 2:26. Pierce will be open for
    arrivals at 9:40.
    Cunningham/Collicot – school will start at 10:20 and end at 2:49.
    School will be open for arrivals at 10:05 am.
    Glover/Tucker – school will start at 10:50 and end at 3:19. School will
    be open for arrivals at 10:35.
  • Busses will run on a 2 hour delay, please be aware that some busses
    could be running behind as they navigate the snow.
  • There will be no Before School program or before school activities at any school.
    After School Enrichment, after school activities and evening school based activities will proceed as planned.
  • There will be no breakfast served at any school.
  • Lunch will be served at every school.

If school is cancelled due to inclement weather:

  • All after school and evening activities will also be cancelled.

This school year, we will be utilizing the Remind app system for bus delay notifications. I urge all families with children who take the bus to join the messaging system for the specific route(s) their student(s) ride. Families can join more than one route. All details on opting in to Remind can be found on the MPS Transportation page. Please email our Transportation Department at bus@miltonps.org with any questions.

MHS Principal Jette recently shared this AAA Tips for Driving in the Snow with me and I share it with you here in the hopes you will read and also share with your student drivers.

When possible, we will communicate the decision to cancel or delay the evening before school. When the forecast dictates waiting until morning, we will communicate the decision to cancel or delay by 5:15 am. Please refer to our website, as well as check your email and voicemail as we will communicate this news via email, phone and website.

Please have plans ready for your children in the event of either a delay or cancellation in the case of inclement weather. I appreciate your patience and understanding this winter as we work to make the most informed decisions on behalf of MPS students, families and staff.

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION 

On Tuesday, January 7th, 5th grade parents/guardians are invited to the Pierce library at 6:30pm for the 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night.

Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm.Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. All details can be found here. 

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q/A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham library,  for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break
Jan 2 Classes Resume
Jan 7 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night
Jan 8 Milton School Committee
Jan 9 Preschool Information Night
Jan 16 MHS/PMS Jazz Concert
Jan 20 No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 21 PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole-“Vaping and our Youth”

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

The School Committee voted last night on the 2020-21 school year calendar. The approved calendar can be found here. 

Save the date for Milton Summer Enrichment 2020! MSE 2020 will run from July 6-31st, 2020. Look for details after the new year. For a peek at last year’s MSE details, check out our MSE webpage.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on January 8th, 2020 at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Last week, students involved in computer science-based classes at Milton High School participated in CS Ed week, a week dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take an interest in computer science.  MHS student Tyler MacNeil shares this summary of the week below.

Students in Mrs. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class were asked to visit the middle and elementary schools to do a presentation to some of our elementary  and middle school students at each school. The older students wanted to show younger kids that anyone can participate in computer science, and to encourage them to take an interest in computer science courses.
MHS students who presented were hopeful that students from Pierce and the elementary schools were able to be actively engaged in their activities and that they would consider learning more about computer science.

AP Computer Science A students also participated in an infiltration day. Students visited MHS classrooms to present  on a topic that related to Computer Science and the class they  ‘infiltrated.’ 3D Design was one of the classes infiltrated. Students presented on 3D printing and  showed their peers how to code 3D designs using BlocksCad. The designs were then printed in the new  library Maker Space. You can see the full list of CS Week events here.

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Sophomore and Juniors: Please save the date for the 2nd annual HerUniverse Conference  at Curry College. The event will be on Friday, May 15th, 2020, from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Held at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, HerUniverse is a free conference for young women (currently in their sophomore or junior year of high school) who aspire to work in the tech industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore different fields of technology through speakers, presentations, and hands-on workshops. Topics will include subjects from cybersecurity, programing robots, and more! Students can register at HerUniverse Registration.

PIERCE PAGES 

There is another Community Teen Skate Night at Shea Rink this Friday, December 20th from 8-10pm for middle school students. There will be music and local MC/DJ, Matt McAuliffe, will surely make it a fun night!

Admission is $5 a the door. Skate rentals will be available for $6 and the snack bar will be open for refreshments. Drop your middle schooler for some fun and get some last minute shopping done while they enjoy a fun night out with their peers!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Thanks to Glover parents, Thao and Tuan TranPham, Glover fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to participate in a before-school enrichment Speech and Debate Club. Each week, students complete assignments, learn about effective speakers and presentation techniques, and give speeches in front of their peers. Speaking and listening skills are reinforced through peer critique as well as adult feedback. The students are really enjoying this experience! Enjoy this speech about the influence of Nelson Mandela given by Sebastien TranPham.

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Gracie the therapy dog has been visiting  classrooms at Collicot this fall. Gracie and her owner Ginny are a registered therapy dog team through Dog B.O.N.E.S. As a team, Ginny and Gracie visit assisted living facilities and schools in the area to provide therapeutic contact and bring a little joy to the elderly and the young. Students at Collicot have enjoyed getting to pet Gracie, talk to her, and read her books. The students have also practiced how to interact with dogs. They have learned how to approach and pet a new dog as well as the importance of asking, “May I pet your dog?” This therapeutic opportunity has been both calming and uplifting for all. We’re looking forward to more Gracie visits in the new year!

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BOKS Fall Session has officially wrapped at Glover! Thanks to Ellen Stoddard and her crew of amazing helpers, our students culminated their weekly exercise sessions with the annual “running of the halls” at Glover. You can see the Glover fun here.

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the Milton Public Schools Speech Language Pathologists have compiled a list of fun interactive games that work on vocabulary and language skills. Try some out with your family or use them as inspiration for those on your gift-giving list.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT 

Director of World Languages Dr. Martine Fisher, Collicot Assistant Principal Zeina Hamada and Cunningham Principal Jon Redden recently hosted visitors from New Hampshire who are interested in implementing language immersion programs in the state of New Hampshire. Our NH guests included the Commissioner of Education, Manchester Superintendent of Schools, New Hampshire teachers and professors from Plymouth State University and St. Anselm College.

After splitting up and visiting  Holliston and Brockton in the morning, our guests
joined together and spent the afternoon at Cunningham and Collicot. Our two schools on one site provides for a variety of classrooms to visit and observe. We were pleased to share the details of our immersion program, challenges we have faced, solutions that have worked and the overall success of our  30 plus year old French Immersion program in Milton. This sharing of knowledge across districts and states only serves to enrich educational opportunities for all of our students.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is a parent driven organization that supports the families of Milton who have children with special needs. SEPAC can provide  links to essential services, state and federal laws, programs, meetings and community events. Our goal is to improve communication and increase membership so that we may effectively advocate and advise the school district on special education issues, initiatives and policies. Our vision is to have our website be a comprehensive resource, you can also contact SEPAC by email directly.

SEPAC is offering an OPT IN for their listserve. Use this link to sign up and receive their ongoing news and supports! 

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The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is still looking for parental input in our Parent Survey. If you have not done so, and have a student in special education, please complete this brief survey.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how! We now have 53 Milton families enrolled, and 3 more pending enrollment. Sign up now to get your family involved.

Milton Public School families have been given an opportunity to partcipate in a study being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University. This study is funded through the National Institutes of Health. There are five openings left in the study for 5th-7th grade students and their parent/guardian.

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.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education depends on the support of our community to make a difference in the Milton Public Schools. We are a non-profit, volunteer-run charitable organization that relies on your financial support. Every level of charitable giving on behalf of our schools makes a difference.

Our sincerest gratitude to the many of you who have given in the past. Some of the many opportunities your generous support has made possible include: Discovering Justice, Science from Scientists, wireless internet in all six schools, Biotech Lab, peaceful playgrounds, SMART boards, STARlab, Wildcat Wellness Center, artists-in-residence, anti-bullying initiatives, mentoring programs, enhanced libraries, and much more.

Thank you for your support of the Milton Foundation for Education during their 2019 Annual Appeal! Give online here  or, if you prefer, mail a check to: Milton Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186. As a 501c(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible.

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Need a quick and easy holiday gift? Get an EARLY MFE Jeep raffle ticket.
Email Liddie Sutter  to purchase your ticket.Tickets are $100 and  are limited to 500 sold so get yours now!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next in our PARENT Speaker Series, Mary Cole, MPH, CHES presents “Vaping and Our Youth: Strategies for Prevention” on Tuesday January 21st at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium.

Learn more about what e-cigarette and vape products are, why they are harmful, how the tobacco and vaping industry are targeting kids, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend. Mary Cole is the Program Coordinator of the Greater Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Mary has her Masters in Public Health from Boston University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are a registered nurse in MA and would like to see if school nursing is for you, consider applying for a per diem position in Milton Public Schools. For more information, please contact Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing or call 617-696-4470 x5537.

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We are hiring for substitute positions in food services at all schools.  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

Milton Pop Up Art Show – Last Chance! If you missed the boat last weekend, be sure to stop by Friday night. The Art Show is at  1700 Dorchester Ave, December 20th, 3-9pm. Admission is free! Proceeds benefit our MPS Art and Music Programs.

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Congratulations to our Senior District audition winners! These students have been invited to and will participate  in the Eastern District Senior Festival in January. Congratulations to these talented students.

 ATHLETICS  

Bobby Carew recently signed his National Letter of Intent to run Cross Country and Track at UMass Amherst. He is now the fourth signing this year, following Ava Duggan (XC/Track Northeastern), Grace Sullivan (XC/Track, Bryant) and Matthew Cormier (Gymnastics, Penn State). Congratulations to these student athletes!

Winter sports are in full swing. All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

  • Boys Basketball is 1-1 after beating Framingham to open the season, while both Boys and Girls Track beat Braintree to start 1-0 as well.
  • Wrestling split over the weekend and look forward to a busy winter break schedule.
  • Girls Hockey bounced right back after losing their opener with a 2-1 win over Framingham for Coach Lodi’s first Varsity win.
  • Boys Hockey played out a 5-4 tie after a back-and-forth game with Framingham and then tied Braintree 3-3 last night.

The MHS Ski Team will be hosting the first Cans for Cats bottle and can drive of 2020 on
Saturday, January 4th from 9 a.m. to noon at Milton High School.

IN THE COMMUNITY

DECEMBER:

There are activities at the Milton Public Library for children of all ages throughout the winter break. 

JANUARY: 

The next Milton Community Concert, “Rockin’ With Renaissance Men”, will be on Saturday evening, January 18th at 7pm at First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. This is a free benefit concert, with donations of any amount going to support the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

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The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

ONGOING:

Milton Youth Lacrosse spring registration for grades 3-8 is open! New players welcome. For those with need for financial aid please email miltonyouthlacrosse@gmail.com. Indoor practices begin in January!

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Environmental Coordinator for the Milton Department of Public Works Hillary Waite share the following: The winter season is sprinkled with holidays, celebrations, gifts and delicious foods. It can also be wasteful. According to the EPA, household waste in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, totaling about 1 million extra tons of waste. What can people concerned about their environmental footprint do to make seasonal celebrations more sustainable? More information can be found here.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue,  Zeina Hamada, Maureen Butler, Karen McDavitt, Karen Cahill, Dr. Martine Fisher, Jessica Jarboe, Tyler MacNeil and James Jette.

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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December 12, 2019

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Several years ago I met young man in the Milton High School library who was attending one of our Milton School Committee meetings. I approached him and he introduced himself as Calvin Hennick – at that time he was writing for the Boston Globe. Calvin had a young son and had just moved to Milton. His wife is a Boston school teacher and I told Calvin how happy his son and family would be at Tucker Elementary School in just a few years. I have followed Calvin and his son’s journey at the Tucker and just last year Calvin asked Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai  to help him begin a robotics club for Tucker students. Calvin’s daughter is a kindergartener at Tucker and his son is in third grade.

I am thrilled to share that (as you hopefully already know) Calvin Hennick is presenting to the MHS community next week as part of our PARENT Speaker Series. Calvin has recently been featured in the both the Boston Globe Magazine and book section of the Sunday Globe.

I am sure that you join me in congratulating Milton Public School parent and author, Calvin Hennick. I hope that you will be able to attend Calvin’s presentation on December 16th. Details are below.

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On Monday December 16th at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, author and Tucker parent, Calvin Hennick presents “Great Expectations: What Do We Want From Our Boys?”

Mr Hennick is featured on the cover of this week’s Boston Globe Magazine: Raising a black son in America. Calvin Hennick thought he could somehow shield his child from the ugly truth of racism just a little longer. But a very public incident at Fenway showed he was wrong. “There are many reasons I’m filled with self-doubt,” Hennick writes. “This is one of them: I am white, and my wife is black, and I have nothing to teach my son about how to be a black man in America.

In his  talk at MHS on December 16th, Mr Hennick will explore historical expectations of men and boys, unpacks how those expectations have already changed and continue to evolve, and suggests ways that parents can prepare their sons to meet the challenges of today’s world. His memoir “Once More to the Rodeo” was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019 and Winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. This will be a night not to be missed.

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION 

On Tuesday, January 7th, 5th grade parents/guardians are invited to the Pierce library at 6:30pm for the 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night.

Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm.Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. All details can be found here. 

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q/A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham library,  for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series – Calvin Hennick
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break
Jan 2 Classes Resume
Jan 7 5th Grade Health & Development Information Night
Jan 8 Milton School Committee
Jan 9 Preschool Information Night
Jan 16 MHS/PMS Jazz Concert
Jan 20 No School-MLK Jr. Holiday

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

We have had our 1st snow day of the 2019-20 winter season. The last day of school is now June 17th, 2020.  Please click this link for the Milton Public Schools procedures for inclement weather as it pertains to school delays and cancellations.

Save the date for Milton Summer Enrichment 2020! MSE 2020 will run from July 6-31st, 2020. Look for details after the new year. For a peek at last year’s MSE details, check out our MSE webpage.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found in the School Committee tab on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

There is a place for every skill and talent set in the health and medical fields and Schools to Careers works to prove that to our high school students. The health care and medical fields continue to grow, offering unlimited opportunity for every type of student.

Many of our students attended an in house field trip this week and met with a wide variety of health care professionals from area hospitals, including BID – Milton Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Steward Norwood Hospital, MCPHS (MASS College of Pharmacy & Health Services) and others. Our Keynote Speaker was Dr. Kim Dever, OBGYN & VP of Medical Affairs at South Shore Hospital and a Milton High School graduate!

Presenters included nurses, pharmacy techs, laboratory techs, therapists (PT/OT/Respiratory), a dietician, radiologists, EMTs, CNAs, administrators and more  and our students experienced hands on demos and informative exhibits. A full list of speakers can be found here. 

We are grateful to Schools to Careers and the professionals who attended and thank them for sharing their time and expertise with our students who are beginning to explore career paths.

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On Friday December 13th, 9th and 10th grade students at MHS  will be attending a program about alcohol, marijuana, and vaping prevention presented by the Improbable Players, a theater company of young professional actors who are in long-term recovery.  “I’ll Never Do That!” has been welcomed in schools for over 34 years.  It’s a light-hearted play with a spectrum of scenes that explore stereotypes and issues about substance abuse and depicts a family and how they deal with drinking (including other substances) in their family.  Noel Vigue, Director of Phys. Ed and Health, shares the following. 

After the performance, the actors share their own stories and engage in a question/answer session with the audience.  Students are encouraged to talk among themselves and with you, about the issues raised. MHS administration will share resources available in the community.  

Parents can play an active role in supporting your children through these years when they or their friends may be experimenting with substances.  We would encourage you to use this program as an opportunity to have a conversation about alcohol and drug use in our community. Think about a few issues you may want to discuss regarding alcohol and drug use to bring up with your student in the days following the presentation.

PIERCE PAGES 

Great job, Pierce coders!

Led by Deanna Magill, four Pierce students participated in the New England Region Cyber Robotics Coding Competition. Hannah Lukasse, Jack McAnulla, Mason Pellegri, and Conor Walsh were recognized as finalists in the competition which was held at the University of New Hampshire. The team of Conor Walsh and Jack McAnulla finished in second place! In addition, there 65 members of the 103 Club (students who complete all 103 missions in the school competition) in New England, and only three of them are from MA – and all three are from the Pierce Middle Schools! Congratulations to Orla Crosse (who was unable to attend the competition), Jack McAnulla and Mason Pellegri for being part of the 103 Club!

The Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions are robotics and coding tournaments where students compete to showcase their STEM skills. The competitions are interactive, fun, and exciting, providing students and educators with the opportunity to learn how robots work, to build coding and robotics skills with virtual 3D robots, and to expand their knowledge and skills. Congratulations to Hannah, Jack, Mason, Conor, Orla and Ms. Magill!

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The deadline for registration for the 8th grade DC trip is December 15. Instructions to register: Go to https://www.nationsclassroomtours.com/; Click on Register/Pay at the top of the page; Enter our Tour ID 35672001; complete the necessary information.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Inclusive Schools Week was acknowledged across the Milton Public Schools last week.  Inclusive Schools Week celebrates the progress  schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. Students read books about diversity and inclusion, watched videos to celebrate people with living different disabilities, and had meaningful discussions about ways they can be more inclusive in their schools and communities. They also created art projects and wrote pieces about what they can do to promote inclusion, enjoyed fun lunches together and created colorful bulletin boards throughout their schools.

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Collicot and Cunningham students in Mrs. Allegrezza’s music classes recently celebrated the end of term one by performing individual and group performances for their classmates during a special activity called “Music Share.”. We hope to share a compilation of some of the many acts performed at Collicot and Cunningham in next week’s blog, but for now, please take a minute to enjoy this beautiful and expressive piano solo performed by Collicot 4th grade student, Thinh Tran.

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In a joint initiative between Glover’s PTO and Glover’s Diversity Committee, Glover has worked to bring diverse authors to Glover and Tucker Schools. Thanks to Glover parent and literary agent, Sara Crowe, the schools have been visited by many incredible and acclaimed authors, including Varian Johnson, Veera Hiranandani, and Jessica Hische. The first author of the 2019-20 school year, Megan Frazer Blakemore, visited Glover and Tucker on December 4. She is well-known for her Frankie Sparks series as well as The Firefly Code. Prior to her visit, a group of 40 Glover Kids met as a book club to talk about her book and complete exciting activities to share with her. During her visit, the Book Club had the opportunity to meet with her one of one and talk a bit more about the process of narrative writing as well as the specific content of her books.

Next up in Glover’s Diverse Reads Book Club, they will be reading The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon and will be skyping with her on January 29. In February, they’ll be reading Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly and she will be skyping with readers on March 12 at the Milton Public Library. We are also looking forward to reading and skyping with authors Kwambe Mbalia and Lesa Cline-Ransome, author of Finding Langston and Before She Was Harriet.

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Please be sure to RSVP in the link below.

The Tucker community invites all MPS parents and guardians  to join them for their Second Annual Tucker Talk on December 14th 8:30-11:30am at the Tucker School Library, 187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton.

Wee the People present: The ABCs of Racism: Starting the Conversation about Race and Racism with Kids. This interactive workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with kids, examine the social science of race awareness in children, and identify strategies to start the conversation with kids about the complexities of race, racism, and racial differences.

You can learn more on the Wee the People website. This session is for adults. Free childcare is provided. All MPS elementary school parent/guardians are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you are able to attend as it will help us plan ahead for light refreshments to be served.

Tucker Talk is sponsored by Tucker PTO, Celebrate Milton and the Tucker Diversity Committee.

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The focus was learning fun painting techniques while also emphasizing that all are welcome in our school, in Ms. Tran’s painting CASS class at Collicot last week. Students painted many different papers and used the painted paper to cut out letters to collage the words “All Are Welcome Here”. Students researched different languages to make signs with the same message. The students created signs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Polish, Vietnamese, and Mandarin.

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Mrs. Chen’s Cunningham 5th graders enjoyed a Minecraft dance party during this week’s Computer Science Education Week. Look for more pictures and information about CS Ed Week in next week’s blog.

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Enjoy this month’s edition of the Glover Gazette – created and published by Glover 5th graders!

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Tucker students with Jessica, Patrick and Rescue.

Tucker students recently had a visit from Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, authors of the children’s book Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship. Jessica and Patrick were injured  in the Boston Marathon bombing and their award winning children’s book is a heartwarming children’s story about the friendship between a young girl named Jessica and her new service dog Rescue. Students enjoyed an animated read aloud from Jessica’s husband Patrick Downes, witnessed some of Rescue’s therapy skills in action, and had an opportunity to ask questions to the authors. It was a wonderful experience for all at Tucker!

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the Milton Public Schools Speech Language Pathologists have compiled a list of fun interactive games that work on vocabulary and language skills. Try some out with your family or use them as inspiration for those on your gift-giving list.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT 

It’s always the most wonderful time of the year in Elementary Physical Education!  Students have the opportunity to collaborate with peers and learn while moving, in a fun, yet challenging environment. Our goal is to develop physically literate students who have the knowledge, skills  and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity. Quality physical education programs help to improve physical competencies, health-related fitness, self-responsibility, cognitive abilities and foster enjoyment of physical activity.  

Physical education is an integral part of a student’s educational path in MPS.  Physical education contributes, primarily through movement experiences, to the total growth and development of all students. Student experiences are designed to meet the appropriate level of development and help students to become skillful movers who are physically fit. We provide opportunities for children to develop their potential for movement mastery in a variety of ways, not just within the context of games. By challenging children to think, to operate creatively within limits of their own abilities, to solve problems, to share thoughtfully, and show consideration for others, our programs provide meaningful experiences to the total education of all students.

During December, elementary students work on several climbing skills in PE class. Under the supervision of their physical educator, K-2 students learn about safety, body alignment, patience, self-awareness, and communication skills.  Students in grades 3-5 work on developing the same competencies as above and practice working on muscular strength, muscular endurance, balance, coordination, resiliency, and developing a growth mind-set.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) is a parent driven organization that supports the families of Milton who have children with special needs. SEPAC can provide  links to essential services, state and federal laws, programs, meetings and community events. Our goal is to improve communication and increase membership so that we may effectively advocate and advise the school district on special education issues, initiatives and policies. Our vision is to have our website be a comprehensive resource, you can also contact SEPAC by email directly.

SEPAC is offering an OPT IN for their listserve. Use this link to sign up and receive their ongoing news and supports! 

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The Office of Pupil Personnel Services is still looking for parental input in our Parent Survey. If you have not done so, and have a student in special education, please complete this brief survey.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The MFE is thrilled to share that science items funded by proceeds from the Monster Dash in loving memory of Sam Cichello,  will be in your child’s classroom soon! Look for a Sunspotter Telescope, Earthquake Engineering Project tools, Convection Boxes and Vernier Sound Sensors all coming soon to Pierce! MHS and elementary resources are also coming soon and we look forward to sharing them in action in our classrooms.

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The Milton Foundation for Education depends on the support of our community to make a difference in the Milton Public Schools. We are a non-profit, volunteer-run charitable organization that relies on your financial support. Every level of charitable giving on behalf of our schools makes a difference.

Our sincerest gratitude to the many of you who have given in the past. Some of the many opportunities your generous support has made possible include: Discovering Justice, Science from Scientists, wireless internet in all six schools, Biotech Lab, peaceful playgrounds, SMART boards, STARlab, Wildcat Wellness Center, artists-in-residence, anti-bullying initiatives, mentoring programs, enhanced libraries, and much more.

Thank you for your support of the Milton Foundation for Education during their 2019 Annual Appeal! Give online here  or, if you prefer, mail a check to: Milton Foundation for Education, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186. As a 501c(3) charitable organization, all donations are tax deductible.

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Need a quick and easy holiday gift? Get an EARLY MFE Jeep raffle ticket.
Email Liddie Sutter  to purchase your ticket.Tickets are $100 and  are limited to 500 sold so get yours now!

 MPS GIVES BACK 

Milton Soccer Uniform program is a yearly tradition at MPS. Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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It’s easy to donate to Sophia’s Sock Drive – drop your socks into the donation bin in the lobby of Cunningham or the front porches of 3 Phyllis Lane or 178 Lyman Road.  Thank you for helping Sophia to deliver new socks to those who need them!

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The Pierce Student Council is holding a  Sock Drive to Benefit the Boston Rescue Mission.  Their  goal is to have 1,000 pairs of adult socks (about one pair per student at our school) to donate by the December 15th deadline. All donations will be given to the Boston Rescue Mission. Please consider donating to this very worthy cause! Donations can be dropped at Pierce during school hours.

ART AND MUSIC

Milton Pop Up Art Show – Part 2! If you missed the boat last weekend, be sure to stop by Friday night. The Art Show is at  1700 Dorchester Ave, December 13th, 4-9pm. Admission is free! Proceeds benefit our MPS Art and Music Programs.

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Our MHS musicians will be out and about in Milton this weekend, spreading some holiday cheer! Catch them at the dates below.

12/13 Merry Historic Milton at the Eustis Estate & Forbes House – Jazz Combo & String Ensemble
12/14 Holly Jolly Sing Along & Lantern Parade at the Eustis Estate – Christmas Carolers
 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are a registered nurse in MA and would like to see if school nursing is for you, consider applying for a per diem position in Milton Public Schools. For more information, please contact Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing or call 617-696-4470 x5537.

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We are hiring for substitute positions in food services at all schools.  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.

ATHLETICS  

Winter sports started last week. We look forward to sharing updates as games begin!
All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

DECEMBER:

The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

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The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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We’ve decked the halls of the Forbes House and you’re invited to enjoy an afternoon of traditional holiday funat the  Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 14th from 1-4pm. There will be Victorian re-enactors (Santa too!), a working model train in a Dickens’ Village setting, ornament crafts, caroling, live music played on an 1853 melodeon, and a make-your-own-hot-chocolate bar. Plus, an architecture activity will have you and your family exploring the house in a whole new way. Admission: $5/person; $20 max/family. Members are FREE.

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Join us on Saturday, December 14th, 5-7pm, for an enchanting family-friendly holiday lantern stroll and joyous Christmas carols at the Eustis Estate. Decorate a lantern with your own designs, then join a parade around the property. The Milton High School choir leads a sing-along of festive winter songs. Warm up with hot chocolate, coffee, and treats, and explore the decorated museum. Appropriate for children ages 5 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Most of the event is outdoors (weather permitting), so dress warmly. In the event of bad weather, all activities will be indoors. Family (member and non-member): $25; Historic New England member adult: $5; Non-member adult: $10; Member and non-member child: $5. Advance tickets recommended. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.

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On Sunday, December 22, from 5-7om , enjoy a magical evening of music and holiday cheer at the Eustis Estate. Explore the 1878 mansion, which has been lavishly decorated for Christmas, while live holiday music, provided by the Milton Public schools music department, fills the halls. Light refreshments, including wine and cider, will be served. Historic New England member: $20; non-member adult: $25; Student (13-) member and non-member: $15

Advance tickets required.To purchase tickets, please visit our website  or call 617-994-6600 for more information.

JANUARY: 

The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

ONGOING:

Milton Youth Lacrosse spring registration for grades 3-8 is open! New players welcome. For those with need for financial aid please email miltonyouthlacrosse@gmail.com. Indoor practices begin in January!

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Environmental Coordinator for the Milton Department of Public Works Hillary Waite share the following: The winter season is sprinkled with holidays, celebrations, gifts and delicious foods. It can also be wasteful. According to the EPA, household waste in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, totaling about 1 million extra tons of waste. What can people concerned about their environmental footprint do to make seasonal celebrations more sustainable? 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: I would like to acknowledge our Milton High School Guidance Staff, led by Director of Guidance Karen Cahill,  for what I understand was an excellent College Information/Post Secondary Planning night last week. I received several emails praising both the information shared and the way in which it was presented. Thank you to Scott Devlin, Leonice Bernard, Lisa Spinelli, Rich Guarino, Karen Cahill and Administrative Assistant Colleen MacDougall for preparing and presenting an informative and engaging evening for our parents and guardians. We are lucky to have a top notch guidance department at Milton High School.

STUDENTS: The Milton Youth Hockey 5th grade team took the gold at Lake Placid this past weekend! Congratulations to the team with students from all of our elementary schools, who swept the competition.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Noel Vigue, Deanna Magill, Bernadette Butler, Zeina Hamada, Maureen Butler, Bill Fish, Holly Concannon, Caitlin Deptula, Susan Maselli, Karen McDavitt, Rina Chen, Joyce White and April Allegrezza.

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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December 5, 2019

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

While we are just one-third of the way through this school year, planning is well underway for the 2020-21 school year. There are several information nights and action steps in the coming weeks for parents/guardians of younger students that I would like to call to your attention.

Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm.Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. All details can be found here. 

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q/A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night on March 2nd, in the Collicot/Cunningham cafe, for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

On Monday December 16th at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, author and Tucker parent, Calvin Hennick presents “Great Expectations: What Do We Want From Our Boys?”

Mr Hennick is featured on the cover of this week’s Boston Globe Magazine: Raising a black son in America. Calvin Hennick thought he could somehow shield his child from the ugly truth of racism just a little longer. But a very public incident at Fenway showed he was wrong. “There are many reasons I’m filled with self-doubt,” Hennick writes. “This is one of them: I am white, and my wife is black, and I have nothing to teach my son about how to be a black man in America.

In his  talk at MHS on December 16th, Mr Hennick will explore historical expectations of men and boys, unpacks how those expectations have already changed and continue to evolve, and suggests ways that parents can prepare their sons to meet the challenges of today’s world. His memoir “Once More to the Rodeo” was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019 and Winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. This will be a night not to be missed.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 6 Wildcat Fun Night – details at right
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 11 Athletic Info Night at MHS
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series – Calvin Hennick
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break
Jan 2 Classes Resume

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

We have had our 1st snow day of the 2019-20 winter season. The last day of school is now June 17th, 2020.  Please click this link for the Milton Public Schools procedures for inclement weather as it pertains to school delays and cancellations.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High TONIGHT,  Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A description of topics and locations  can be found here.

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Please join Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics, for an information night on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Library. Topics discussed will include sports offered, tournament qualification routes, and highlights. After a short presentation, there will be time for questions and suggestions for the athletic department.

PIERCE PAGES 

As you can see in the video below, 8th graders are learning about how thermal energy affects the particles in a fluid in accordance with MS-PS3-4: Conduct an investigation to determine the relationships among energy transferred, how well the type of matter retains or radiates heat, the mass, and the change in the kinetic energy as measured by the temperature of the sample. Students are reviewing thermal energy transfer as a precursor to an engineering design project in which they will build heat resistant “pods” to prevent ice cubes from melting. They also look like they are having fun in 8th grade science!

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Pierce teacher Deanna Magill is pleased to share that Pierce Middle School won the CoderZ Social Media Domino Challenge Competition! Nine students created and coded their own original designs of their robot laying down a trail of dominos and then knocking them down and submitted a screen recording which Mrs. Magill posted to Twitter. If you use Twitter you can search for #dominochallenge and #PierceMiddleSchool to see all nine submissions. Congratulations to (pictured L-R) Sophia Kociol, Matthew Chin, Molly King, Lia Duran, Jackson Wagner and Braeden Mahoney and (not pictured) Chris Ennis, Wyatt Hartford, and Joseph Koh, who went above and beyond to complete this challenge. Well done!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Collicot 4th graders in Mrs. Hodgkins’ class have been studying energy and circuits.  Students discovered how to make a complete circuit using a D-cell, wires, and a lightbulb and were then introduced to a switch and a motor to make a circuit that they can turn on and off.  In these pictures, students are working on using a different energy source, a solar cell, to produce electricity using energy from sunlight to operate the motor.

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The Tucker community invites all MPS parents and guardians  to join them for their Second Annual Tucker Talk on December 14th 8:30-11:30am at the Tucker School Library, 187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton.

Wee the People present: The ABCs of Racism: Starting the Conversation about Race and Racism with Kids. This interactive workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with kids, examine the social science of race awareness in children, and identify strategies to start the conversation with kids about the complexities of race, racism, and racial differences.

You can learn more on the Wee the People website. This session is for adults. Free childcare is provided. All MPS elementary school parent/guardians are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you are able to attend as it will  help us plan ahead for light refreshments to be served.

Tucker Talk is sponsored by Tucker PTO, Celebrate Milton and the Tucker Diversity Committee.

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As in previous years, elementary Spanish students celebrated the Dia de los Muertos in all schools. At its origin, this tradition combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls’ Day, a holiday that Spanish invaders brought to Mexico starting in the early 1500s. Halloween has its origins in the Celtic harvest festival while the Day of the Dead is rooted in the ancient religious traditions of Mesoamerica. This holiday is celebrated mostly in Mexico early November. El Dia de Los Muertos is a joyful time that enables families to remember the deceased and celebrate the memory of loved ones. During the holiday, colorful Ofrendas – such as the beautiful one currently on display at the Tucker School – decorate homes and public places. Activities and craft in classes included: discussions and readings about special events and ceremonies (parade in Mexico City, meals and costumed gatherings), decorations (candles, flowers, sugar skulls, masks and paper craft called papel picado), culinary treats (sweets and special bread).

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Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences for families with K-5 students are on Thursday, December 12th. Conferences are a great opportunity to sit down with your child’s teacher and get and give feedback on how your child’s year is going thus far. Below are “Tips to Get More Out of Your Parent-Teacher Conference” adapted from Scholastic PARENTS.

Before the Parent-Teacher Conference
Start preparing early, don’t wait until the night before to get organized. Create a folder at the beginning of the year in which you keep assessments, homework assignments, and any notes. If you haven’t been doing that so far, not to worry. Just pull together any materials you have, and jot down questions. Talk to your child. Ask how they’re doing in class and about what’s going on during lunchtime, recess, and when they go to special classes like music or gym.

During the Parent-Teacher Conference
Arrive early. With only a few precious minutes to spend, you don’t want to be late.
Go in with a positive attitude. The goal of both the teacher and you should be the success of your child. Arrive with a compliment to start the conference off on the right foot. (“My son is really enjoying the unit on space” or “We had a great time on the field trip.”) Then address any concerns respectfully. Find out the communication protocol. Don’t let this be the only time you talk to your child’s teacher. Ask them how they like to communicate, whether it’s by email, notes passed through a folder, or phone calls.

After the Parent-Teacher Conference
Follow up. If the teacher brings something to your attention that needs to be addressed with your child, take steps to put the plan in motion, whether it’s working on organizational skills, getting extra help, or addressing a social issue. Update your child. Start with the positive things their teacher had to say, then fill them in on any concerns you and the teacher discussed. Explain how you can all work together to ensure your child has a successful year.

With a little planning, these meetings will go from possibly stressful to totally successful.
If you are in need of additional information or resources , please feel free to reach out to the MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone at 617-980-7343.

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the Milton Public Schools Speech Language Pathologists have compiled a list of fun interactive games that work on vocabulary and language skills. Try some out with your family or use them as inspiration for those on your gift-giving list.

PRESCHOOL FUN

The Gile Road preschool students recently painted with corn on the cob! The students experimented with the best way to paint, whether it was rolling or sliding the corn over the paper, blotting the paper or using the corn cob like a crayon. Students made whole table designs with several different colors, and had fun creating.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT 

The Woodworking Program at MHS provides experiences far more important than those typically associated with wood shop. I have asked MHS teacher Jamie Merkle to share some insight into our woodworking course.

Courses like Woodworking and other Applied Arts ask students to use their hands to not only build projects, but help build confidence, strength of character, and problem solving capabilities useful in all careers and in all other educational settings. Working with natural materials in a creative manner also promotes cross-curricular relevance that can give students context for their other classes.

Our curriculum covers the safe use of hand and power shop tools, the identification of woods and their characteristics (hardwood vs. softwood) and the assembly and finishing of a piece of quality furniture. We also explore CAD drawing and dimensioning to enhance the skill of spatial visualization and reasoning.

Throughout the projects, students become ‘self-assessors’ using measuring tools, squares, and the final ‘fit’ of things to truly assess the quality of their own work. These habits of perseverance and patience are at the heart of the coursework. Above all, it is a course that all students can succeed in and enjoy equally!

 MPS GIVES BACK 

During Thanksgiving week, some of our Pierce Middle School staff  headed into Boston to distribute backpacks to homeless men and women. The group distributed 43 backpacks filled with donations supplied by Pierce staff. Included in every bag was a hat, gloves, socks, long underwear, personal items, toiletries, flash lights, and gift cards for food. The group packed bagged lunches with a PB&J sandwich, a piece of fruit, bottled water and Halloween candy and those were also given out.Thank you to our Pierce staff and their families for taking the initiative and bringing some Thanksgiving cheer to those who may be struggling this holiday season.

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Milton Soccer Uniform program is a yearly tradition at MPS. Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Cunningham 3rd grader Sophia started doing a sock drive for the homeless when she was just 4. This is her 5th year and she hopes to be able to deliver over 1000 pairs of warm socks to Boston’s homeless men and women. It’s easy to donate – drop your socks into the donation bin in the lobby of Cunningham or the front porches of 3 Phyllis Lane or 178 Lyman Road.  Thank you for helping Sophia to deliver new socks to those who need them!

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The Pierce Student Council is holding a  Sock Drive to Benefit the Boston Rescue Mission. The Student Council will be collecting pairs of new adult socks for two weeks, starting on December 3rd. Their  goal is to have 1,000 pairs of adult socks (about one pair per student at our school) to donate by the December 15th deadline. All donations will be given to the Boston Rescue Mission. Please consider donating to this very worthy cause! Donations can be dropped at Pierce during school hours.

ART AND MUSIC

If you are looking for a fun night out this weekend, please consider the MILTON POP-UP ART SHOW on Saturday, December 7th 6-10pm at 1700 Dorchester Avenue, Boston ,MA. You’ll enjoy live music, food from the Blarney Stone and terrific local art.  Tickets are  $25.00 and can be purchased here. The proceeds of this event will be  donated to MPS Art & Music Programs!

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Our MHS Chorus was asked to sing the National Anthem at the Celtics game this week! You can hear their beautiful rendition below. Thank you to MHS Senior, Nikolai Zychowicz for the video.

There will be more opportunities to hear our talented singers and musicians this month all over Milton. We hope you will be able to attend one of these community events!

12/7 Caroling on the Common at First Congregational Church – Christmas Carolers

Our Pierce Chorus kicked off the season at the East Milton Tree Lighting after Thanksgiving.

12/8 Evening of Christmas Cheer at the Eustis Estate – Brass Choir
12/9 Pierce Grade 6 Ensembles at MHS at 6:30pm
12/10 Pierce Grade 7 & 8 Ensembles at MHS at 6:30pm
12/11 MHS Ensembles at MHS at 7:00pm
12/13 Merry Historic Milton at the Eustis Estate & Forbes House – Jazz Combo & String Ensemble
12/14 Holly Jolly Sing Along & Lantern Parade at the Eustis Estate – Christmas Carolers
12/16 Milton Public Schools Retiree Luncheon – Saxophone Quartet

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Curry College and Milton Public Schools have announced a partnership that will allow all employees of MPS preferred partner pricing and discounts for all Continuing Education, Graduate and Post-Graduate coursework and programs of study at Curry. Through this collaboration (which excludes only the Bachelor of Science in Nursing ACCEL program), MPS employees will be able to complete degrees or pursue programs/courses at Curry College’s Milton or Plymouth locations, as well as online.

The Milton Public Schools is proud of our new partnership. You can read all of the details here.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are a registered nurse in MA and would like to see if school nursing is for you, consider applying for a per diem position in Milton Public Schools. For more information, please contact Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing or call 617-696-4470 x5537.

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We are hiring for substitute positions in food services at all schools.  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.

ATHLETICS  

Milton Football brought back the Ramacorti Trophy after beating Braintree 19-7 in the 90th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game! Thank you to Roy Chambers for these photos of our Thanksgiving Day game.

Winter Sports officially started on Monday! Games will begin next week.

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Please join Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics, for an information night on Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Library. Topics discussed will include sports offered, tournament qualification routes, and highlights. After a short presentation, there will be time for questions and suggestions for the athletic department.

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The MHS Girls and Boys Winter Track Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive this Saturday, December 7th from 9am-noon  at Milton High School.


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

IN THE COMMUNITY

DECEMBER:

The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

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Santa Claus is coming to the Eustis Estate Saturday, December 7th from  11am – 2pm!  Take a photo with Santa and see the 1878 mansion decorated for Christmas. Enjoy cookies and cider in our cozy kitchen. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Select a time slot to reduce your wait time (11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.). To purchase tickets, please visit out website or call (617) 994-6600.

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Enjoy a magical evening of music and holiday cheer at the Eustis Estate on Sunday, December 8, 5-7pm. Explore the 1878 mansion, which has been lavishly decorated for Christmas, while live holiday music, provided by the Milton Public schools music department, fills the halls. Light refreshments, including wine and cider, will be served.

Advance tickets are required.To purchase tickets, please visit our website or call 617-994-6600 for more information.

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The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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 The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of December.

JANUARY: 

The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

ONGOING:

Milton Youth Lacrosse spring registration for grades 3-8 is open! New players welcome. For those with need for financial aid please email miltonyouthlacrosse@gmail.com. Indoor practices begin in January!

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Environmental Coordinator for the Milton Department of Public Works Hillary Waite share the following: The winter season is sprinkled with holidays, celebrations, gifts and delicious foods. It can also be wasteful. According to the EPA, household waste in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, totaling about 1 million extra tons of waste. What can people concerned about their environmental footprint do to make seasonal celebrations more sustainable? More information can be found here.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Noel Vigue, Karen Cahill, Kristin Fraine, Deanna Magill, Christine Hodgkins, Maggie Randall, Ryan Madden, Jamie Merkle, Hillary Waite,  Zeina Hamada, Laurie Dunn, Susan Higgins, Dawn Sykes, Roy Chambers, Marti O’Keefe McKenna.

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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November 27, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 27, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to the residents of Milton for their ongoing support of our public schools.

To Milton Public Schools staff,  I want to recognize your professionalism, dedication and commitment to maximizing the individual potential of each and every one of our students.

To the parents and guardians of our Milton Public Schools students, thank you for your endless support and for entrusting the education of your children to us.

Most importantly, to our 4,500 students, I am grateful to each of you for reminding us of the endless possibilities that the future holds.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Please enjoy this short video of our stellar MHS Chorus – you will be thankful you did! 

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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November 21, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 21, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I want wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day with family and friends and a restful long weekend. When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have just three weeks of school before Winter Break begins on Monday, December 23rd.

I would like to share two important staffing updates with the Milton Public Schools community.

Margaret Gibbons began her career in the Milton Public Schools in 1984 and worked in Milton’s elementary schools prior to her transfer to Milton High School in 1999. She was shortly thereafter appointed to the position of Head Nurse for the Milton Public Schools.

It is next to impossible to detail the many ways that Margaret has positively impacted the lives of Milton Public School students, staff and the Milton community as a whole. She worked closely with our School Physician, Milton’s Board of Health, Milton’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Milton Public School Administration, Milton School Committee members and town officials on many initiatives to improve the health, safety and the social emotional well-being of students, families and staff. In her role as the President of the Milton Educators Association, Margaret advocated for all.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I want to thank Margaret Gibbons for dedicating her professional life to our students, staff, families and community. I am sure that you join me in wishing Margaret health and happiness in her retirement . 

Please join me in congratulating Milton High School nurse Kimberly Coughlin on her appointment as Director of Nurses for the Milton Public Schools.

Ms. Coughlin began her career with Milton Public Schools in 2011 as a substitute nurse. In August 2018 she was hired as the full time nurse for Milton High School. Ms. Coughlin is a Registered Nurse, holds her Masters in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner and has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston since 2001. Her 19 years of clinical experience and her advanced training in pediatric and adolescent health make her uniquely qualified for this important position. Ms. Coughlin will continue to serve as the Milton High School nurse in addition to assuming the responsibilities of Director of Nurses.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 21 Karin Roethke-Khan – Effects of Technology
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 2 Town Meeting
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

November 21 at  6:30 in the  Pierce Library: Parent discussion led by Karin Roethke-Khan, Cunningham parent, Milton Academy faculty member, and dorm parent to teenage girls for nearly 20 years. She will share her insights about the effects tech has had on her students and share strategies for managing it. You can register for this event here. 

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Please save the date for these grade specific Information Nights:

  • January 9, 2020, Preschool Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • January 23, 2020, Kindergarten Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • February 25, 2020, First Grade Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • Feb/March, 2020, Date TBD, STEM Information Night, Collicot/Cunningham Café, 6:30pm

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Ralph Destin

Congratulations to Debate Team members Ralph Destin, and Philip Ng Pack who teamed up and won 4 out of 5 debates at the Lexington tournament this past weekend. This impressive shoring qualified them for the Massachusetts State Tournament in the spring. This was a big win for Phil and Ralph early on and definitely gave the team as a whole motivation to keep working and practicing.  Bravo to them!

Philip Ng Pack

The topic for this  tournament was: Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms. This is a 2 month topic – so the students will be debating on this topic again at our next tournament on December 7th. We have 16 students from grades 9-12 competing at this tournament.

Between now and the spring state tournament the Debate Team has 7 more local tournaments (one of them is  2 day national level tournament). Additionally the students work 3 days a week after school to prepare for the tournaments.

Thank you to Debate advisors Dana DePaul, Kacy Kalell, and Kathleen Kelley for their mentorship of our students. The MHS Debate Team is  looking forward to a successful year!

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On Thursday November 30th , the Neponset River Regional Chamber and the Schools to Careers program invited local business and legislative leaders to “Go Back to School” at MHS. Our guests attended several classes and engaged students by answering thoughtful questions and sharing information about their chosen careers and their personal career paths. Attendees shared that they saw creative, energetic and innovative teaching and were hosted by well spoken, engaging and knowledgeable students. Thank you to BID Milton Hospital’s CEO Richard Fernandez, State Senator Walter Timilty, Selectboard Member Melinda Collins, MSAPC Director Laurie Stillman  and MPD Police Chief John King for sharing their time and talents with our students.

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Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A description of topics and locations  can be found here.

PIERCE PAGES 

Concepts in math build within and across grade levels, so it is vital for the math curriculum in the Milton Public Schools to reflect that. In the pictures below, our 7th grade students are ordering rational numbers on a number line, a review of a 6th grade math standard, that will help them to perform operations on rational numbers, as well as to solve real-life and mathematical problems containing rational numbers. You also see students working in groups, using paper strips to find equivalent fractions, an important foundational concept for the work in 7th grade around adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers.

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Thank you to all who submitted name ideas for the new Teen Center. The names have been narrowed down to 4 possibilities. All middle school students who live in Milton are invited to vote for their favorite name here – please submit a vote for your favorite! The vote closes on November 25th at midnight, so vote now!

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The Town of Milton is excited to be moving closer to the Teen Center opening date. The opening date is not set due to some work that needs to be completed prior to opening. However, there are some things that we need from parents/guardians of children that plan on attending the Teen Center located at the base floor of 495 Canton Ave. Middle School ID registered participants have access to this space and will need to present the Park and Rec ID prior to entry. It is also required that anyone planning to attend complete and return the waiver found here – this waiver must be completed prior to attendance. This waiver cannot be scanned or faxed, a hard copy may be mailed to Town of Milton, Parks and Rec, 525 Canton Ave Milton, MA 02186or dropped off at the Parks and Rec office at Town Hall (Monday -Thursday 8:00am to 5:00 pm. Lunch 12:30pm.-1:30pm. Friday 8:00am -1:30pm).

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8th grade parents/guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting about the 8th grade Washington, DC trip Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pierce Auditorium. Information about registration and details regarding this year’s trip will be shared. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions. All information presented will be emailed home after the meeting for any parents who are not able to attend.

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

The Milton School Food Service Program is partnering with EvanLee Farms to provide sustainable gardens to our schools and last spring we installed the first indoor “Grow Rack” at Tucker School. 2nd graders planted romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, micro mix, kale and basil. Last year’s 2nd graders cared for and nurtured the Grow Rack with great success! Students harvested the greens after about three weeks of growth and all students at the Tucker School enjoyed a beautiful salad from our Grow Rack. Milton High School also has a set of Grow Racks and students in the Achieve classroom care for and maintain the produce grown there.

Now it is the current crop of Tucker 2nd graders who get show their prowess as gardeners! These 2nd graders had their first harvest last week they cut the lettuce and delivered it to the cafeteria for use in salads that same day. It has been inspiring to watch these young students take ownership of the Grow Racks as they plan for their next harvest.

This program will be expanding to Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Pierce this year and we look forward to sharing the growth at all of our schools in the months to come.

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Our 4th grade students at Tucker, Glover and Cunningham and 3rd grade students at Collicot are beginning the 2nd unit of the Celebrating our Differences program this month. In Celebrating our Differences, students celebrate differences in our community over 5 sessions throughout the year. Students have multiple opportunities to walk in the shoes of individuals who experience different learning styles, physical limitations, visual impairment, living with autism and hearing loss. Community volunteers work alongside parent coordinators, classroom and special education teachers to present hands on experiences for the 4th grade students.

Cunningham 4th grader Jersey Baxley speaks to his classmates.

Cunningham 4th graders had the opportunity last week to experience navigating obstacles and playing basketball in wheelchairs thanks to a visit from the amazing and generous group Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England Chapter. As part of the physical limitations session, Inclusion Specialist Mrs. Maureen Butler also speaks to students about cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and limb differences. Our students then had the opportunity to hear from someone they know well their classmate and Cunningham 4th grader Jersey Baxley, who spoke to the students about his experience living with cerebral palsy. A special thank you to Jersey, who will visit each school as part of their physical differences unit.

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Milton Firefighters worked with Glover’s before school “Crazy 8s” math club this morning. Our MFD guests talked about how important math is in their every day jobs as First Responders and how being able to do math quickly is essential and literally life saving. Students weighed and measured equipment and felt first hand just how heavy the equipment is! Thank you to Glover parent Emily Duffy for fostering our “Crazy 8s” throughout the year  and to Lieutenant Jim Daley, Firefighter Tom Cicerone, and Firefighter Phil Wornum for joining our students before school this week.

MPS GIVES BACK 

Milton Soccer Uniform program is a yearly tradition at MPS. Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Cunningham 3rd grader Sophia started doing a sock drive for the homeless when she was just 4. This is her 5th year and she hopes to be able to deliver over 1000 pairs of warm socks to Boston’s homeless men and women. It’s easy to donate – drop your socks into the donation bin in the lobby of Cunningham or the front porches of 3 Phyllis Lane or 178 Lyman Road.  Thank you for helping Sophia to deliver new socks to those who need them!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next, on Monday December 16th at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, author and Tucker parent, Calvin Hennick presents “Great Expectations: What Do We Want From Our Boys?”

As parents, we know that the old ways of raising boys into men no longer works. But once we leave behind outdated “boys will be boys” notions of masculinity, what are we left with? What exactly do we want from our boys, and what kind of men do we want them to become? In this talk, author and parenting writer Calvin Hennick explores historical expectations of men and boys, unpacks how those expectations have already changed and continue to evolve, and suggests ways that parents can prepare their sons to meet the challenges of today’s world. His upcoming memoir “Once More to the Rodeo” was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019 and Winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. This will be a night not to be missed.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

The cold weather is upon us and with the cold weather comes a rise in heating costs that can put a strain on family budgets. MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna shares some local resources below.

Heating assistance: Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP),  located at 1509 Hancock Street, Quincy Center is the official government fuel assistance agency covering Milton. They began taking applications on October 1st, with the program officially opening Nov 1st. All Milton residents below the Heating Assistance Income limits should apply as soon as possible to receive hundreds of dollars directly towards winter heating bills. The current limits set by the federal government are $46,437 for a family of 2, $57,363 for a family of 3, $68,289 for a family of 4, and $79,215 for a family of 5.

If families expend their fuel assistance, but still need a tank of winter heating oil they can reach out to Noreen Kearney Dolan at the Milton Residents Fund by phone at (617) 696-1214 or by email. Those with gas or electric shutoff notices are also encouraged to call.
Other options include Metro Boston Housing’s ‘Housing Consumer Education Center’ (HCEC), located at 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120. HCEC offers a program called RAFT for those with shutoff notices or a notice to quit for eviction. They can be reached by telephone at (617) 425-6700 or by email.

Food Assistance: The Milton Community Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 9:15 – 11:15 am at the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway. The pantry offers monthly vouchers for free milk and eggs from the Milton Food Mart, fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, as well as some non-perishable items. They also offer larger holiday meals by appointment. Please contact them at (617) 696-0221 with any questions. Residents must be able to show some proof of address/residence and low income verification such as SNAP benefits, Fuel Assistance, free or reduced school lunch for Milton children, MA health, etc.

The FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with SNAP benefits and other food resources in their communities. The multilingual staff, complemented by able translators, can assist callers in over 180 languages. Foodsource Hotline hours are Monday-Friday: 8AM to 7PM and Saturday: 10AM to 2PM. The Food Source Hotline is 1-800-645-8333.

For families with children under 5, WIC offers personalized nutrition consultants, free healthy food, tips for eating well to improve health, referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family. To see if your family would qualify contact WIC by telephone at 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit them online.

If you are in need of additional services please feel free to reach out to the MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone at 617-980-7343.

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The Tobacco Free Community Partnership is funded by the MA Dept. of Public Health and they have prepared this information about talking with family and friends about vaping over this Thanksgiving holiday week.

When you get together with family and friends around a Thanksgiving table do you expect the subject of vaping and vaping illnesses to come up? Do you worry that you don’t know how to respond because you want to share accurate and helpful information? Here are a few suggestions to help you respond about vaping tobacco and nicotine from the Tobacco-Free Community Partnerships in Massachusetts along with links you can follow to learn more.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

On Monday and Tuesday of this week several of our health and physical education educators attended the 90th annual MAHPERD Convention in Worcester.  MAHPERD (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) is a non-profit organization for professionals and students dedicated to:

• Promoting healthy active lifestyles & advocating for quality programs
• Providing quality professional development opportunities
• Promoting leadership in each of the disciplines
• Recognizing outstanding professionals and quality programs
• Supporting research initiatives & disseminating research findings

This is the premiere event for professional development for our health and physical educators.  Julia Finnegan, Liz Gauthier, Brendan Bonn and John O’Leary participated in the 2-days of learning, participating in workshops, collaborating and networking with professionals from other districts. For more information about MAHPERD, please visit their website.

ATHLETICS  

The Swim Team placed 5th out of 17 teams at the State Meet at Harvard on Sunday. This was their highest ever finish!

The Cross Country Teams both placed 6th at their State Meet in Gardner. Ava Duggan had the highest individual finish of the day. She had a fantastic kick and finished 3rd! Bobby Carew placed 12th. We believe that this is the highest ever individual finish for a boy from Milton High School!

The Football Team fell just short again this year, though they finished their season with a very impressive 9-1 record. The Wildcats should be proud of their effort against Plymouth South.

The Cheer Team qualified for States at Worcester State University on Sunday. Their competition will start at 2pm. Best of luck to the Cats!

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

IN THE COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER:

TONIGHT – Come join the Milton Planning Board and our team of consultants for the first of three public workshops to brainstorm the future of land use in East Milton Square. WHEN: Thursday 11/21/19 • 7pm. WHERE:Council on Aging 10 Walnut Street Milton, MA 02186

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SATURDAY: Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll on Saturday,  November 23rd! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Top fundraising team wins a Gingerbread House Party courtesy of Montilio’s Baking Company!
Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives.

Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

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Brookwood Community Farm is is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday, November 24th. See the list online of BCF produce & products for sale. Order a BCF Harvest Box by Nov 21 for pickup on Nov 24. We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup. This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking. We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Quincy Choral Society will be joining with Eastern Nazarene College on November 24th  to rekindle an ENC tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah and celebrate the College’s Centennial. This is going to be an impressive performance. In addition to QCS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s chamber choir and members of the ENC choir and community will be performing. Please visit this link to purchase tickets. 

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On Small Business Saturday, shop, dine and sightsee locally during the Lower Mills Holiday Stroll! On Saturday, November 30, 3-6 pm, a trolley will run throughout the afternoon between the Forbes House Museum and participating shops and restaurants in the Lower Mills business district of Dorchester and Milton. Be among the first to see the Forbes House decorated for the holidays! We’ll have refreshments, carolers, pop-up vendors, a raffle, crafts for the kids, and a working model train. Admission is FREE.

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of December.

DECEMBER:

Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5 on Wednesday, December 4th. All details can be found here.

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MILTON POP-UP ART SHOW : Saturday, December 7th 6-10pm. Live Music & Food by Blarney Stone, 1700 Dorchester Avenue, Boston ,MA. Tickets are  $25.00 and can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds donated to MiltonArt & Music Program.

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The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Nov. 30, 9am-Noon, Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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Rashi Day School in Dedham is hosting Dr. Michael Rich on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public. You can register to attend here. 

ONGOING

Milton Police Chief John King shares this information about the 2019 Blue Hills Deer Hunt. 

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:

Our schools have been collecting canned goods, Thanksgiving items, pie donations and more in support of the Milton Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Glover students gathered this week to pack dozens of boxes that will  be given to a family to round out their Thanksgiving meal. Our other schools will be packing their many boxes today and tomorrow and the Tucker community will also gather Friday evening to assemble pie making kits. We wish all in the Milton Community a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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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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November 14, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 14, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last week I shared a curriculum overview on World Languages. This week, I have asked Elementary Science Coordinator Ellen Lohan to share an outline of our elementary STEM curriculum. If there is a component of our Milton Public Schools curriculum that you would be interested in reading about in this space, I encourage you to let me know at mgormley@miltonps.org. Ms. Lohan’s overview follows.

During the Raising the Bar Conference on the September 27th Professional Development day, teachers had the opportunity to hear from neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Wesson. In his keynote address, Dr. Wesson compared teachers to coaches of Olympic athletes. The particular challenge teachers face, is we do not know what “events” in which our students will compete! Many of the jobs our elementary students will hold in the future do not exist yet. In order to prepare elementary students for an ever-changing world, STEM is particularly important. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary approach that fosters problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. STEM encourages hands-on experiences and gives students the chance to apply “real world” knowledge in the classroom.

The STEM component of the English Innovation Pathway begins in first grade with the LEGO Engineering Curriculum, which was developed in partnership with Tufts University. Through this program, students work collaboratively to solve real-world problems using legos as their tools. Students go through the Engineering Design Process to guide them. Many of these lessons are based on high-quality children’s literature, and are tied to other content areas.

In second grade, students continue to use legos as their tools, but the focus shifts from mainly engineering to engineering, robotics, and computer programming. Through the LEGO WeDo Robotics Program, students are building simple robots using legos, tilt sensors, motion sensors, motors, gears, pulleys. After the students have followed instructions to build their robots, the real fun begins! Using bluetooth technology, these robots are connected to a chromebook. Students are then able to use drag and drop programming software to allow their robots to move and make sounds.

In third grade, students build upon the computer programming skills they learned in second grade by engaging in the Creative Computing Curriculum.The curriculum uses a program called Itch as a platform to write digital stories, build games and puzzles, and more. Later in the year, third grade students can transform their virtual coding skills to a tangible experience with Dash and Dot robots. Using an iPad, these robots can be programmed to navigate around objects, respond to voice commands and even sing and dance! Our third grade STEM curriculum puts an emphasis on students as the producers of technology, rather than just the consumer.

Both fourth and fifth grade students engage in a program called Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way introduces 4 modules at each grade level – 2 of which are Engineering, 1 is Biomedical, and 1 is Computer Science. Each module is tied to Next Generation Science and Technology Standards. Students develop skills and knowledge about real world topics including spread of infection and car seat belt design throughout the course of the modules. At the end of each module, students are challenged to work through the Engineering Design Process to solve a real world problem on the topic presented in the module.

The STEM component at each grade level is aligned with content standards in other disciplines, which allows our teachers to connect their STEM learning to other content areas, including general science, math, reading, writing and art. Efforts are made to make meaningful connections between weekly STEM activities and other content areas.

The Milton Public Schools offers STEM experiences to all students regardless of which pathway they choose. Through our general science program, FOSS, all students participate in investigations tied to Massachusetts Science Technology and Engineering standards throughout the year. Professional development with FOSS representatives and the Elementary Science Coordinator is ongoing. Each year students participate in Massachusetts STEM Week and complete grade level challenges throughout the week. All students enjoy the opportunity to work through the Engineering Design Process during classes with our Instructional Technology Specialist and during lessons in the Makerspace. Community Schools, after school classes at our elementary and middle schools and summer offerings at Milton Summer Enrichment also provide opportunities for STEM education to all students.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 14 Early Release Day for Students/Conferences Grades 6-12
Nov 23 Eastern District Sr Auditions
Nov 20 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 2 Town Meeting
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break

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, November 20th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School students visited Siemens Healthineers last week where they learned about immunoassay technology, a diagnostic device that locates specific antigens that bind to antibodies and detect disease. The trip was sponsored by the School to Careers program.

Siemen’s hosts Kent Richards, Missie Karch and Ragina Santos spoke with our students about the merits of this health care technology facility. Ms. Santos, who works in Human Resources, spoke at length about what the company looks for when hiring employees and supplied helpful tips on writing resumes, common interview questions, and developing a “30 second pitch”.  In addition to giving their presentation, Mr. Richards and Ms. Karch, took students on a tour of the building and into a real lab and had them assess the preparation of 0.01 M Sodium Phosphate Buffer. Our students were excited to see actual lab work! Before a delicious lunch in the Siemens cafeteria, students learned about manufacturing molecular technology, basic lab skills, and gathered interview tips and strategies.

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Gym Buddies is a program run by the Milton Parks and Recreation Department in coordination with Milton High School’s Community Service Program.
Gym Buddies is a gathering for developmentally delayed and/or physically handicapped adults and children. The program offers activities such as athletics, arts and crafts, games and special events. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for developmentally delayed and/or handicapped adults and children to socialize and interact with their peers. It also provides a community service learning opportunity for MHS students. Each participant is teamed up with two “buddies” from MHS. MHS students volunteer through the Community Service Learning Program at Milton High School.Thank you to the Milton Park and Recreation Department and MPS teacher Bridget Renehan for the coordination of this ongoing community program.

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Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A breakdown of specific topics covered in each session will be sent out as we get closer to the event.

PIERCE PAGES 

The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. Pierce is pleased to announce that 8th grade student Josh Ricciardi has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for the 2019/20 school year!

The following comments were submitted by one of Josh’s teachers as part of the recommendation process: “Joshua Ricciardi is a person who sincerely cares about his community, and he shows this each day through a kind, honest, inclusive attitude—never asking for recognition. He is naturally a reserved person, but you will soon notice that he gets charged up by his work to support others. Whether it was being a model in class for a struggling fellow classmate or his steadfast support of his Best Buddies group, Josh is the quiet leader of his class of over 300 students. Josh never misses the opportunity to include someone. Whether it is a weekend event or afternoon meeting to support favorite cause, or the chance to sit and eat lunch with a classmate from a different walk of life —Josh makes himself available.” Congratulations to Josh! We know Josh will represent Pierce and the Milton Public Schools well and we look forward to supporting his work with Project 351.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

After attending the amazing Raising the Bar Professional Development day in September, Cunningham 3rd grade teacher Taylor Windwer was inspired by the session titled ‘Building A Thinking Classroom’ led by Pierce math teachers Kate Capasso and Sarah Pullia. Ms. Capasso and Ms. Pulia shared their strategies and success in building “thinking classrooms” at Pierce. A thinking classroom is a classroom that is not only conducive to thinking but also occasions thinking, a space that is inhabited by thinking individuals as well as individuals thinking collectively, learning together, and constructing knowledge and understanding through activity and discussion (Peter Liljedahl).

Ms Windwer has been implementing this style of teaching in her math lessons whenever possible. This does not look like a typical math lesson, as students think both  independently and collaboratively, and work on vertical nonpermanent surfaces (white boards and white board dry erase posters). Students are placed into random groups for these lessons versus being grouped by ability.

During these lessons, Ms. Windwer notices her students are opening up with new ways to try and solve the same problem after conversing and sharing ideas and strategies with their classmates. Students are noting that some classmates questions are extremely helpful and students said that they loved having time to solve on their own and then together within a group.

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Our schools spent time honoring our Veterans last week with letters and cards, ceremonies and gatherings to thank and remember the Veterans in our community. Thank you to all who attended and participated.

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Glover Gives was excited about their post Halloween initiative: Candy for Cancer. Students sent their Halloween candy to school in the days following Halloween. On Thursday, November 7, students gathered in the cafeteria to package the candy and prepare it to be sent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through these efforts, 24 boxes of donated Halloween candy were delivered to both the Milton Food Pantry and Dana Farber.

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Milton Soccer Uniform program; Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of  Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Thank you to all who attended Glover Math Information Night this week. Families came and learned about the curriculum and ways to support their mathematicians at home. A special thanks to Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator Sara MacNeil and Tucker/Glover Math Coach Mary Schapiro for planning and facilitating and to Glover teachers Sarah Hammond and Rachel Spitz for joining and supporting families as they learned how to play engaging math games. Our 5th grade student leaders James Long and Thomas Hayden were a big help as they  modeled math games and interacted with families!

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Collicot 5th grade students in Mrs Curran’s class read a how-to-article from the Reach For Reading anthology titled “How to Make a Solar Oven” by Solargirl. After reading the online documents students compared it with a previous online document titled “Energy for the Future” by Thomas Taha Rassam Culhane. Students discussed the point of view of each article and determined if the writer used formal or informal language. As a culminating project, students created their own solar ovens using the directions from the article “How to Make a Solar Oven.” Students worked in four groups and melted a piece of chocolate in their made ovens.

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th Pledge is the first step in uniting like-minded parents and alleviating some of the social pressure that comes with smartphone use. However we all realize it takes more than a pledge to bring about healthy and safe technology use by our children. Our hope is that we can grow this community and support both parents and kids in making healthy technology decisions.

In upper elementary, children and parents begin to really feel the pressure for a smartphone as they prepare for middle school. That’s why we feel it is critical for parents to come together to talk about why it is important to not only delay smartphone use, but also create strategies for managing tech in our kids’ lives.

Please mark the dates below on your calendar and bring a friend. All events are open to all parents/guardians and are geared towards the parents/guardians of upper elementary and middle school students.

November 21 at  6:30 in the  Pierce Library: Parent discussion led by Karin Roethke-Khan, Cunningham parent, Milton Academy faculty member, and dorm parent to teenage girls for nearly 20 years. She will share her insights about the effects tech has had on her students and share strategies for managing it. You can register for this event here. 

February and March coffee chats at each elementary school: Join other parents to talk about the challenges that tech presents and strategies for working with kids to find solutions. Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education for MPS and AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director will join these chats to share insights and strategies.

We will have Healthy Digital Citizenship Days at each elementary school on the following dates: Collicot and Cunningham – Friday, February 14th. Glover – Tuesday, February 11th,
Tucker – Thursday, February 13th. If you would like to volunteer please complete the Google Form for your student’s school: Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker.

The Parent Guide from last night’s presentation of the Screenagers: Next Generation can be found here. If you were unable to attend, this guide will give you some of the information discussed last night.

You can also find research and support on the MPS website.

Thank you to our Wait Until 8th team of Teresa Cook, Glover parent; Tara McCarthy, Glover, Pierce, and MHS parent; Allison Norton, Glover parent; Rachel Pauli, Cunningham parent; Patty Sanchez, Collicot parent; AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director; Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education,  for facilitating this effort and these events.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

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.

TRANSPORTATION

This school year, we will be utilizing the Remind app system for bus delay notifications. Families are invited to join the messaging system for the specific route(s) their student(s) ride and can join more than one route. If you have not received an email with a unique code for your student’s bus route, please email bus@miltonps.org with your student’s name, school and bus route number and request a code. Text that code to 81010 to OPT IN to the messaging system. To receive updates you MUST OPT IN by texting this code to 81010. The Remind app is the only way families will be notified of significant delays or breakdowns and  multiple family members can join the system.  Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions.

ATHLETICS 

The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams both won the Division 3 Eastern Mass Championships in Wrentham this past Saturday. Bobby Carew finished in 1st place overall, while Ava Duggan finished second in her race. They will compete in All-States next Saturday at the Gardner Golf Course.

The Swim Team finished the season 6-3 while also earning the Division 2 Sportsmanship Award for the 2019 Fall Season. Presentation and recognition for this achievement will take place during the State Tournament @ MIT on Sunday, November 17th during the State Meet, that 13 swimmers will be swimming at after an excellent showing the Sectional Meet. They had top 8 finishers in every event we swam in at sectionals. See more results on the athletics website!

The undefeated Football Team will host Plymouth South on Friday at 7:00pm in the Division 4 South Sectional Final. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors. We advise Milton fans to show up early as there will be a big crowd. They finished the regular season 7-0, dispatching Westwood and Silver Lake in the tournament thus far.

The Golf Team showed well in the Bay State Conference Championships, with both Jack Boylan and Ben Ryan claiming BSC All-Star status.

The Volleyball and Girls Soccer Team both bowed out in the first round of the tournament after great seasons.

Join the fun at the Milton High School Boosters 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament & Social
to benefit Milton High School Athletics!  All ages welcome on  Saturday, November 30th from 6pm to midnight at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester.
$40 for General Admission, $100 per team of two to play in the tournament

All pricing includes dinner and dessert. There will be a cash bar, raffles, a 50/50 and music, so grab a partner, or plan to come as a spectator! Register at miltonboosters.com,
limited tickets will be available at the door.

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

IN THE COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER:

Milton’s Select Board and the Town’s Airplane Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) will be hosting an airplane noise and health meeting on Thursday, November 14th  at 7 pm at the Council on Aging located at 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA.

This public meeting will give residents a better understanding of the growing issue of airplane noise and air pollution affecting the town and its more than 27,000 residents, the ways the town is actively fighting this issue on a local and federal level, and how residents can get involved to help propel the cause.

For more information about this issue and recent announcement, please visit the town’s website. Questions? Contact:Christine Stanton, Contract & Licensing Agent/Benefits Assistant – cstanton@townofmilton.org or Andy Schmidt, Chair, ANAC – aschmidt.email@gmail.com

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Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll on Saturday,  November 23rd! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Top fundraising team wins a Gingerbread House Party courtesy of Montilio’s Baking Company!
Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives.

Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

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Brookwood Community Farm is is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday, November 24th. See the list online of BCF produce & products for sale. Order a BCF Harvest Box by Nov 21 for pickup on Nov 24. We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup. This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking. We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Quincy Choral Society will be joining with Eastern Nazarene College on November 24th  to rekindle an ENC tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah and celebrate the College’s Centennial. This is going to be an impressive performance. In addition to QCS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s chamber choir and members of the ENC choir and community will be performing. Please visit this link to purchase tickets. 

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of November.

DECEMBER:

Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5 on Wednesday, December 4th. All details can be found here.

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The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Nov. 30, 9am-Noon, Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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Rashi Day School in Dedham is hosting Dr. Michael Rich on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public. You can register to attend here. 

After graduating college, Dr. Rich worked as a filmmaker in Japan for twelve years where he worked with director Akira Kurosawa (a Luce Scholarship sent him to Japan as an apprentice and assistant director) and then to Hollywood where he worked as a “script doctor”. He became frustrated with writing scripts “by committee” and wanted to have a positive impact on the world. This led him to pre-med training and then medical school.
As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about children’s media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development. Dr. Rich will share how to encourage the children in your life to imagine, play, and think outside of the screen.

ONGOING
Milton’s Commission on Disability desperately needs a volunteer secretary. We’re especially in need of someone to proofread past minutes. Attending monthly meetings may be by calling in and we do not meet in the summer. This volunteer will write succinct minutes that will share important information for residents. Interested parties can call Diane DiTullio Agostino at 617-585-4546. Thank you.

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: On Wednesday of this week we celebrated both our Students of the Quarter and National Honor Society inductees.

I am always happy to receive notice of the Student of the Quarter ceremony at Milton High School. These students are making a contribution to our community, and are nominated by their teachers. Students may have shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort. Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school and it is a pleasure to recognize these students.

Our National Honor Society members are selected by the Faculty Council based upon careful consideration of their scholarship, leadership, service and character. National Honor Society is a great achievement. Congratulations to these new members and to our new officers (President: Emily Dobrindt, Vice President: Matthew Laine, Secretary: Clarissa Waldmann, Publicist: Sarah Mitchell, Historian: Isabelle Richer) for 2019-20.

Henry and Principal Redden at Cunningham.

STUDENTS: I would like to acknowledge Cunningham 5th grader Henry Michael for his under the radar community service. Henry walks through Cunningham Park with his new puppy each morning and began to notice trash and cans strewn about.  Last week, without  a word to his walking partner (his mom),  he took a large bag along on his walk and filled it with cans. Henry was sad to see our beautiful park littered with so many cans and glass bottles but he felt good going to school knowing he had helped out and done his part. Henry shared this story with his classmates and remarked that his friends seemed genuinely interested and want to help him continue this Cunningham Park clean up. Young people like Henry and his friends can inspire us all – if you see a problem, do something about it. Thank you, Henry!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, AJ Melanson, Bill Fish,  Ellen Lohan, Zeina Hamada, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen McDavitt, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Taylor Windwer, Jackie LaMonica, Marie Brown, Joyce White and Karen Cahill.

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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