Milton Public Schools

December 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Dec• 05•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, December 5th, 2016

Please note, there will be an early release day for all students K-12 on Wednesday, December 7th. Elementary teachers will be attending Parent/Teacher conferences during the afternoon and evening; and middle and high school teachers will be attending Professional Development sessions.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 It’s that time of year again, when we get ready to register and welcome our youngest students. Parents/Guardians of children entering preschool, kindergarten or Grade One should be aware of the following dates:

2017/2018 – Dates for Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Information

  • December 5th -Pre – Registration for Kindergarten flier out in Blasts/Milton Times/Website
  • January 12th – Pre-School Information Night at 6:30pm – MHS Auditorium
  • January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm – MHS Auditorium
  • January 27th – Pre -School lottery closes
  • February 6th – Pre- School letters are sent to families
  • February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration MHS Library
  • February 14th, 15th, 16th – Kindergarten Registration MHS Library
  • March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium

Those who have children entering any of our preschool programs and have questions should contact Family  Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org

Those who have questions about our kindergarten or Grade One programs should contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

Also, for a step-by-step timeline and outline of the registration process, please click here to access the flyer under the heading “It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by Amy C. Gale, Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator:

 A friendly reminder to all elementary families that our new Standards Based Report Card will be sent home via backpack on Tuesday, December 6th and conferences will be held on Wednesday, December 7th.  The implementation of the new report card has allowed for all teachers to analyze the strengths and challenges of each student with regards to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Teachers will no longer be providing families with numeric or letter grades, but rather with a mark that indicates “progress toward” individual standards. We have found this to be a more effective way of reporting to families what a child knows and is able to do. Please access this link to see each grade level’s report card, the letter to families that accompanies the report card and our current list of Frequently Asked Questions.

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On November 19th, the Debate team attended the Little Lexington Debate Tournament at Lexington High School and did extremely well. The team was led by Aislinn O’Brien and Tanvir Islam, who finished 8th overall and Domenic Jancaterino and Eva Hiller, who finished 12th overall.

Overall, five of the seven teams that competed earned enough victories to qualify for the State Tournament and the 2 teams that did not qualify were one victory shy. The students did an amazing job and we are looking forward to our next tournament, which is on December 10 at Lincoln-Sudbury.

 

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Members of the MHS Debate Team

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The following item was sent in by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies.

 I am proud to announce that Nethania Marc and Katherine Steele have been selected for the 2017 All-Eastern Honors Ensemble! The ensemble will rehearse and perform in Atlantic City, NJ at the Biennial Eastern Division Conference this coming April. Nethania will be a member of the Orchestra, and Katie, a member of the Mixed Chorus.

Eastern Division is a component of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and includes the states of New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.  To be selected for a division-level ensemble is a tremendous acc0mplishment.   Congratulations to Nethania and Katie, and their families!

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The following item was sent in by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator:

With the holiday season among us many of you may be considering the purchase of a Chromebook for your scholar. Since this is one of the preferred devices of the district, we do support your decision to have your scholar utilize one at home as well; however we do not endorse any one name brand. The district currently purchases “HP”, but we believe that there are other options that work just as well. We do believe that the Chromebook is a valuable tool for all scholars and find it compatible in most disciplines. There are of course instances when an iPad may be more appropriate for a specific task, but overall a Chromebook can help our scholars accomplish most of their goals. In thinking about keeping your scholar safe on the internet Chromebooks offer a feature called “Supervised Users”. This allows parents to monitor web activity, block sites, and configure “SafeSearch”.

Here is a link to a quick YouTube video that outlines the process for activating “Supervised Users”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gd4GCd35ZA

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The following item was sent in by Pierce teachers and Model UN advisors Lauren Hoyt, Melissa Augustyn, and Nancy Warn:

This fall, Ms. Augustyn, Ms. Hoyt and Ms. Warn worked with some amazing students on the Pierce Model United Nations team. We meet weekly and engaged in topics of global importance.  We attended two conferences as a team, the Global Leadership Conference and the November Model United Nations Conference.  At these conferences, we engaged in various topics representing the countries of the United States, France, Egypt, North Korea, Myanmar, Israel and more.  We engaged in problem solving and consensus building on topics of hunger, the rights of women, nuclear proliferation, the rights of the disabled, as well as climate change and many other challenges facing the world community.  Pierce students wrote position papers and resolutions on topics that required great research and understanding.  Our students were incredibly dedicated and performed with excellence.  Throughout the fall, students read articles, researched topics and countries, and studied parliamentary procedure.  They represented Pierce Middle School and Milton Public Schools incredibly well and clearly enjoyed each and every experience.

At the November Conference, six Pierce students were recognized for their excellence. Abigail Files, Ralph Destin, Donovan Murray, Sophia Manning, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman were given awards and invited to participate in a United Nations Crisis Simulation on December 3, 2016.  Ralph Destin, Sophia Manning, Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy and Donovan Murray attended the conference last Saturday.  Students were told the overall topic would be Ebola however, upon arrival; the topic was changed to nuclear proliferation.  Our students adjusted, read their briefings and got to work.

For the Crisis Simulation, our students represented Israel, North Korea, Myanmar, and Belgium at this conference and tried to prevent various escalations in crisis, throughout the day. Although all students performed well, seventh grader Sophia Manning was recognized for her creativity in her representation of North Korea on the topic of Nuclear Proliferation.

We are proud of all Model United Nations Team participants and grateful to have had these incredible opportunities. We are grateful for the support of the Pierce P.T.O., Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, and Superintendent Mary Gormley for making this opportunity possible. We are also thankful for the support of the parents who helped make last Saturday possible.  John Clancy was the parent advisor on Saturday.  He stayed with the students throughout the day, sending us updates and pictures.  In addition, Bob Murray and Katie Manning both assisted with transportation.  These experiences would not have been possible without this support and we are grateful for all those who assisted.

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Members of the Pierce Middle School Model UN team

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, there have been some changes to the Pierce concert schedule. Tomorrow night, Tuesday, December 6th, the 6th Grade Concert will be held at 6:30pm in the Milton High School auditorium. But this concert will also feature the 7th and 8th Grade Girls Chorus and 8th Grade Band, since they were unable to perform due to the fire alarm last week.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Attention, high school seniors! The January 1st deadline is fast approaching…have you requested your transcripts yet? Below is a list of what needs to be done as soon as possible if you have a January 1st Deadline.

  1. Complete the 12th Grade Student Portfolio in Naviance under “About Me”.  We cannot write your letter of recommendation  until you fill out this form. 
  2. Add your list of colleges and request transcripts in Naviance under “Colleges I’m Applying to”.
  3. Ask 2 academic teachers for letters of recommendation.
  4. After talking to the teachers about the letters, request the letters in Naviance under “Colleges I’m Applying to”.
  5. Make sure YOU have requested through College Board that your SAT scores be set out to colleges.

If you have any questions about this please make an appointment to see your guidance counselor as soon as possible.  All letters and transcripts must be sent out by December 23rd if you have a January 1st deadline.  The guidance staff will not be in school over the holiday break to send out letters and transcripts.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, director of Food Service:

The school cafeteria is open every school day for breakfast and every full day of school for lunch, serving many choices of nutritious hot and cold lunches, with lots of fruit and vegetable options.  Our goal is to serve fun and healthy meals, with lots of choices, to as many students as possible.

We are asking all families to sign up for an online account. This not only allows you to pay on line but also set up a low balance email alert so that your child does not go into the negative.  Families can still pay by check but are being asked to set up the online account as a communication tool as Parents/Guardians can also see the last 90 days of transactions.  Having the low balance email has been very helpful to our families so their child does not go negative in their spending.

We are trying to help students be more aware of their account and let them know at the serving line when they need to reload funds or send in a new check payment. By setting up an online account at www.myschoolbucks.com and signing up for low balance alerts this will help keep you and your student more informed.

Breakfast/Lunch Prices:

  • Elementary $2.00 (Breakfast at all of our schools, $1.25)
  • Pierce Middle School $2.25
  • High School $2.25, $2.50 for Salad and Deli Bar

Milton Nutrition Services Department uses a computerized Point of Sale payment system called Nutrikids.

How to Prepay:

By check:

  • Send or bring a check (payable to Milton School Food Service Program) to your child’s school, in an envelope marked ‘Cafeteria’ for deposit into your child’s account. Your initial deposit can be any amount.       We have locked mail boxes in the main office and in the cafeteria at each school.
  • Record on the memo line of the check:  Student’s first and last name.

How the computerized payment system works:

    1. Every student will have their own personal lunch account, whether or not they ever use it.
    2. Parents/guardians can deposit money into the student’s account by check, cash, or on-line (see above).
    3. In the cafeteria there is a computer touch-screen cash register and PIN pad for entering the PIN # at middle and high school.
    4. If your student qualifies for free or reduced price lunches, this information is securely contained within the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.
    5. Students access their accounts at the cash register by entering their PIN # on the PIN pad (just like the number section on a computer keyboard) located at the register. However, if they do not remember it, we are able to access it through the computer register by entering their name. Elementary students come through the serving line with their homeroom and they just need to give their name to the cashier.
    6. Sales will be automatically deducted from the student’s account, and account use is tracked in the system.
    7. Money paid into a student’s account can be used to purchase meals or one of the snacks and beverages we have available (varies at each school level). You may contact food services if you do not want your child to purchase snacks. jmorgan@miltonps.org
    8. Student account balances are allowed to go negative (for breakfast and lunch only, no a la carte items) to a maximum limit of ($10.00). Students who owe more than that will be offered a healthy yet alternative meal until the debt is repaid.
    9. Cash sales are still an option, although discouraged, as it slows the line, leaving less time to eat.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS NEWS

The following item was submitted by MPS Health/PE Director Noel Vigue:

BOKS is a before-school exercise program that launched in October 2009. Founder Kathleen Tullie, after reading the book SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey, was inspired to get her own kids moving and boost their academic performance. She rallied a small-but-dedicated group of passionate moms armed with a mission, a simple idea and whistles.

These moms were the first volunteers of what would become a nationwide movement.  BOKS is a grassroots program, lead by parent volunteers that look to get kids moving, teach simple nutrition lessons and reinforce healthy behaviors taught in health and physical education classes.  It’s a wonderful example of school community working to help students be their best.

Studies show that students who exercise regularly, in moderate to vigorous intensities, see significant boosts in intelligence-test scores and core subjects at school, compared to their inactive peers (Ratey, 2009). There has been great interest in looking at the association between participation in physical activity programs like BOKS and academic-related skill building and executive functions. There is evidence that aerobic exercise is linked to a particular type of learning.  Researchers found that executive functions that are closely related to learning achievement can be improved by acute and recurring moderate to vigorous physical exercise (Kubesch, Walk, Spitzer, Kammer, Lainburg, Heim, and Hille, 2009). They examined the effects of a single 30-minute physical education program on working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibition of attention and behavioral tendencies of eighty-one students.  Results indicate that the maintenance of on-task attention in the face of distraction was improved by an aerobic endurance exercise-based physical education program. Interestingly, over the course of three years of study, the patterns towards more improved working memory for BOKS children as compared to their non-BOKS peers had been strong and suggest a robust relationship between participation in a before-school physical activity program, such as BOKS, and improved capacity to complete tasks, carry out instructions, and to multi-task.

School districts across the country are seeing the results and looking to provide more opportunities for students to be physically active and help prepare their brains to learn, Milton is no exception. Standardized test findings from BOKS builds the case that physical activity engagement can actually support learning and that increased physical activity involvement positions children to be more ready and alert for learning experiences.  Researchers Sattelmair and Ratey suggest the link between learning and physical activity may be strong, citing research that indicates students who receive a high level of strenuous physical activity exhibit higher test scores (2009).  Ratey points out that, exercise does not specifically make someone smarter, but what it does do is optimize the brain for learning for 90+ minutes post-exercise.  Consistent with Ratey’s findings, three years of research on BOKS points towards valuable associations of participation with, enhanced executive skill functioning, and improved performance on school-related learning measures.

BOKS is a great example of some of the ideas that we are exploring, as we look to find more possibilities for students to be physically active and improve academic performance.

We would like to recognize the following parent volunteers for their outstanding efforts and valuable time spent organizing the before-school exercise program BOKS (Build Our Kids Success).

  • Collicot: Thank you to Eric Kelley (BOKS leader), with tremendous support from Heather Bergin, Jon Heelen, Patty Gervasi, and Marie Morse.
  • Tucker:  Thank you to Tracy Troiano, Meena Tondravi, Keith Schleicher, and Theresita Cochran for spearheading the effort to bring BOKS to Tucker.
  • Glover: There is a rotating list of parents/guardians helping with BOKS at Glover. We would like to recognize Courtney MacNaught (BOKS leader), Deborah Milbauer, Melanie Manares and Andrea Synnott for all their help.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact MPS Health/PE director – Noel Vigue at: nvigue@miltonps.org.

(Reference: Natick BOKS study prepared by: National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at Wellesley College, 2011-2014)

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MPS parent and Philanthropy Officer for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, Anne Gatnik:

Is running the Boston Marathon on your bucket list? Well here’s your chance to make it happen! Team BIDMC is now accepting applications for runners who would like to run the Boston Marathon on April 27, 2017 for BID-Milton.  Runners selected to run for BID-Milton will raise funds for patient care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton. The fundraising minimum is $7,500 for charity runners and $1,000 for qualified runners. Runners are fully supported in their fundraising and training efforts through Team BIDMC. Apply at www.2017treadstrong.org. Please submit your application by Thursday, December 1st.

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The following item was submitted by Mme. Brown, a first-grade teacher at Glover Elementary School:

Please drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. (Collection dates are November 28th – December 16th)For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public schools and Milton Soccer

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

The Milton Public School District strives to promote an inclusive environment for all students through our instructional practices, curriculum, and support services. Moreover, the Inclusion Task Force continues to make recommendations to further expand opportunities for all students in our schools and the Milton community.

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated this year during the week of December 5th. One way in which we embrace Inclusive Schools Week is to review and use resources in our classrooms. To further enhance inclusive opportunities for all students, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has published the Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice (2015).  This guidebook is a valuable resource for teachers and administrators to use in the classroom setting and the guidebook provides suggestions  regarding  strategies to foster inclusive practices. The guidebook can be found using this link:

Also, please note that starting today, Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, will be emailing every teacher a daily reminder of best practices for inclusion next week.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Flanagan of the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) is thrilled to announce the commencement of our 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant Program!

Last year, the MFE celebrated 20 years of funding initiatives that have altered the educational landscape of our school system, many through our Teacher Grant Program. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have created a special commemorative grant. Like our previous grant programs, this is designed to provide innovative and inspiring educational opportunities that fall outside the district’s budget. These are ideas conceived by the people who are on the forefront of educational discoveries and know what our students need best – our incredible teachers! Such grants have provided musical instruments, hands-on STEM opportunities, anti-bullying initiatives, enhanced libraries, artist-in-residency programs, social thinking programs and so much more.

The 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant Program will be all of this and more. Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful sponsors and generous community through Celebration 2016, we are putting this year’s grant program into overdrive. We have invited teachers and department heads to apply for grants of larger scope than we were able to fulfill before: to tell us about those big ideas that will enrich classrooms and inspire minds and to change lives on a bigger scale than was previously possible through our grant program.

We can’t wait to see what evolves from this exciting opportunity.  Stay tuned for more!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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 December 4 – 10:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 7:15-7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re currently reading Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration is required. In partnership with Milton Reflecting.

Friday, December 9, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent/Baby, Ages 8-18 mos. with caregiver

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  Infants from eight months of age can learn concepts such as “thirsty,” “milk,” “water,” “hungry,” “sleepy,” “pacifier,” “more,” and other basic signs; participants will learn how to use these signs, and more! For babies 8-18 mos, with parent.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades 1-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will host a Small Works Show and Holiday Party Friday December 9th from 6-9pm. The event will feature live music by vocalist Pat Neves and light refreshments and is open to all.

All works are for sale and priced very reasonably for holiday giving. The show will be up from December 10 – December 22, with open gallery hours on Fridays 4-6, and Saturdays 12-4. All work can be taken “off the wall” and brought home at the time of purchase! Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for beautiful locally-made fine art! Visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the MHS Girls Cross Country team, who, after finishing their undefeated season, headed to upstate New York last weekend to compete in the Nike Northeast Regional Cross Country Championship. The Milton girls placed fourth in the region, competing against teams from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and all the New England states. Junior captain Bridget Mitchell finished the race in 10th place.

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Please note that Winter Athletic contests will begin on Sat. Dec. 10th

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Elliott Physical Therapy, with locations in Milton and Dorchester, has partnered with Ted Kackley, Milton High’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, to provide free injury screens to all Milton High School students and teams.  Student athletes are assessed both individually and as teams using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and additional injury prevention assessments. The screen looks at strength, balance and flexibility specific to the athlete’s age and gender. Trained physical therapists calculate the results and develop an individualized sport-specific training program to address their needs. Please email Patti Elliott at patti@elliottphysicaltherapy.com if you are interested in scheduling an assessment for your student or team.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to Pierce Middle School students Donovan Murray, Barron Clancy, Sophia Manning, Anderson Korman, and Ralph Destin, all of whom were invited to participate in the Model UN Invitational. This is a remarkable achievement and we are very proud of these students!

Staff: Congratulations Ms. Sherman! Please join me in congratulating Pierce Middle School art teacher, Ms. Sherman, whose artwork is being featured at the Main Street Arts Art Gallery in New York as part of a special juried exhibition, Small Works 2016. Artists from across the country were selected to feature a piece that was 12 inches or smaller. Ms. Sherman’s self-portrait was part of her “40 until 40” challenge where she painted 40 paintings, one a day, in the 40 days leading up to her 40th birthday. Well done!

Volunteers: There is a group of volunteers who I would like to recognize. Our Milton High School Boosters are made up of parents, community members and other interested parties who enrich the MHS Athletic community by providing financial support and assistance for our athletic programs. From car washes to bottle and can drives – from our annual Swing for Sports fundraiser, to the daily staffing of the concession stands — our Boosters are a huge source of support to our student athletes. I am grateful to all who volunteer with the Boosters, but especially to their leadership team: President Tom McCarthy, Vice Presidents John McDonnell and Jeanne Kibble, Treasurer Gary Kelly, and Secretary Carla McDonnell. My sincere thanks to all of you!

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.

 

November 22nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 22•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  November 22nd, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are so pleased whenever we get feedback from the readers of the Superintendent’s E-blast. And from time to time, parents/guardians will let us know about omissions or ask for further information.

To that point, we would like to include the names of the Girls Cross Country Team who all had a hand in securing the All State Championship on November 19th in Gardner, Mass. The members of the varsity team who were on the roster for the All State Meet were: Bridget Mitchell, Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary, Naomi Negassi, Genevieve Connelly, Grace Dwyer, Emme Schewe and Ashley Thermidor-Payne.

Secondly, I would like to recognize the cast and crew of the recent musical performed here at Milton High School. On November 3rd and 5th, the students of Milton High presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Enchanted with tremendous success!  The show featured Jessica Ayer as Cinderella, Stephen Tan as Prince Christopher, along with nearly 50 other cast members, crew and orchestra pit musicians. Please join me in thanking Director Brittany Rolfs, along with the following cast, crew and musicians:

Cast

Cinderella-Jessica Ayer
Prince Christopher-Stephen Tan
Fairy Godmother-Julia Butler
Stepmother-Isabel Smith
Grace-Annabel Botsford
Joy-Grace Varela
Lionel-Shea Flanagan
King-Will Macmillan
Queen-Tiye Williamson
Cloth Merchant-Desi Crawford
Baker/Cat-James DiSandro
Cheese Merchant-Grace Finnegan
Butcher-Coleman Rose
Older Sister/Forest Spirit-Paula Hogan
Younger Sister/Forest Spirit-Penelope Holland
Young Girl/Forest Spirit-Aine Buchau
Four Village Women/Ensemble-Kelia McCullough, Grace Martin, Colleen Conley, Lade Gbolade
A Girl-Arielle Solomon
Another Girl-Audrey Pugh
Royal Staff/Ensemble-Gray Davis
Royal Staff/Ensemble-Connor Withington
Mouse/Forest Spirit/Ensemble-Lade Gbolade
Mouse/Forest Spirit/Ensemble-Maxim Alvarez
Dove/Ensemble- Jada Farrar
Ensemble- Caitlin Lydon, Claire Mandel, Sarah Hancock, Mariah Conway, Grace Finnegan

Crew

Stage Managers:
Liezel Werner and Annie Wong

Sound:

Maeve DiSandro
Lucas Kery

Lights:

Ben Scott
Annie Wong

Shifting Crew:

Kianna Barrett
Edward Enyedy
Aidan Guilderson
Dominik Hyppolite
Michael McCarthy
Sean Potter
Isaac Savona
Liezel Werner

Pit Orchestra

David Lien – Conductor
Eckbert Sierra – Percussion/Assistant Music Director
Taylor Rossi – Flute
David Norville – Oboe
Kyle Dempsey – Clarinet
Ryanne Flynn – Trumpet
Jamie Eder – Bass
Hue-Ninh Nguyen – Violin
Alice Truong – Violin
Abigail Jean-Baptiste
Evan Anderson – Keyboard/Sinfonia
Mark Hajjar- Trombone

Please enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. School will resume on Monday, November 28th.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

November 21st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 21•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, November 21, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It will come as no surprise when I tell you what a wonderful and generous community in which we live. I am always struck by the kindness of our students and families, but during this time of year, it is on full display. Over the past few weeks, our elementary students and teachers have diligently been collecting food items for the Milton Food Pantry. Literally thousands of items were brought in from homes across Milton and placed in collection boxes in each classroom. High school students from the National Honor Society visited the pantry last week and not only delivered the food donations from Milton High, they also sorted and bagged donations, unloaded produce trucks and re-stocked the shelves.  Thanks to the hard work of our students and teachers, as well as the volunteers from the Milton Food Pantry, dozens of families will be provided with a holiday meal. Our Pierce families hold a food drive in February to help replenish the supplies after the holidays. And for all of this, I am very thankful. And while I’m at it, here are some other things for which I’m grateful

Students, Families, Parents/Guardians , Teachers and Administrators and Staff, School Committee , Community that supports public education , Community Schools , Milton Foundation for Education, PTOs, Site Councils, Diversity Committees , M-PACE, Citizens for Diverse Milton, Milton Boosters, FAME, FAVA, All of the committees of parents/guardians in each of our schools , the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame, Milton Woman’s Club, Town Hall, the MPD, especially our School Resource Officers, the Milton Public Library, our senior citizen volunteers, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Curry College, Beth Israel-Deaconess- Milton, and all of our houses of worship.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on November 16th. Below is a summary:

November 16th.  The meeting began with a presentation, as part of the Superintendent’s Report, by Tracy Grandeau, Director of Pupil Personnel.  She discussed the PCG report and outlined various findings from the report. A presentation on Web-Based Communication was given by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan, who gave information about alternatives to Edline.  As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee voted to approve the School Committee Goals, and also approved the FY18 Contingent and Non Contingent Budget Categories and Priorities. The committee approved a vendor warrant before hearing a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee Report from Ms. Varela. The next meeting will be held December 7th 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies:

This past weekend, more than 1,000 musicians passed through the halls of Milton High School to audition for the Eastern District Senior Festival.  As hosts, Milton High School students assisted judges to facilitate the audition process for selection to the festival’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra.  In addition, the following students auditioned and were accepted to the festival: Ryan Au, Viola; Jada Farrar, Alto; Esme Link, French Horn; Lemuel Marc, Trumpet; Kaleigh Pentland, Soprano; Isaac Piliavin, Trumpet; Grace Varela, Alto; and Annie Wong, Soprano

The following students were accepted to the festival and earned qualifying scores to audition for the MA All State Festival in March: Julia Butler, Alto; Nick Daly, Snare Drum; Gray Davis, Bass; Jamie Eder, String Bass; Sawyer Flanagan, Snare Drum; Dominik Hyppolite, Bass; Nathania Marc, Violin; Benjamin Scott, Euphonium; Katherine Steele, Soprano; and Stephen Tan, Tenor

These are tremendous results!  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, these festivals serve to extend school music programs by offering students additional opportunities to rehearse and perform challenging literature with guest conductors.  Congratulations to these outstanding musicians who qualify! Also, thank-you to the hard-working student volunteers who made the day run smoothly, to FAME who provided concession items and services.district2 district1

 

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The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head:

The Difference between Advanced Placement Language and Advanced Placement Literature:   Each spring Milton High School sophomores and juniors enjoy building their next year’s course of study.  They will ask themselves (and their friends, family and teachers…) “Which English course is best for me next year?  Among their choices are the English Department’s Advanced Placement courses.  Rising juniors may select AP English Language and Composition and rising seniors may select AP Literature and Composition.  The two courses are very different, but the question is… what’s the difference?

Juniors can elect to take AP Language as their English requirement. Think of AP Language as a study of the art of persuasion.  In most high school English courses curriculum heavily relies on imaginative literature – novels, poetry, etc.  In AP Language Students read non-fiction speeches, essays, news articles and books to examine how an author builds his argument, which is called rhetorical analysis.  In addition to studying the history of American rhetoric, students also debate current events in an effort to build their own analytical skills.  As a result there is a strong “current events” component to the course.  Students write extensively in the course as they work to build their own ability to use rhetoric to formulate and defend an argument.

The senior AP Literature course, on the other hand, is a study of the Western tradition, from Ancient Greece through the 21st century   – novels, sonnets, poetry, short story, etc.  The College Board describes the course as a study of “literary elements such as a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.” Students who love to read and are intrigued by literature are ideal candidates for AP Literature, which is a course that requires significant reading.

An example of their differences might lie in the way the two different courses would analyze the same author. In AP Language students might look at a speech or interview made by Langston Hughes to determine subtexts, political undertones and the historical context.  They might analyze the diction employed by the speaker to achieve his purpose.  They might further be asked to write a “counterpoint” as an assignment.  In AP Literature the students might analyze the imagery of a Langston Hughes poem, and discuss use of symbolism and metaphor.  They might be asked to analyze the form and constructions employed by the poet, or find other works in literature that capture the same imagery that Hughes paints in his poem.

It’s important to understand that these two courses usually appeal to two very different students at Milton High, and there is no expectation that the courses are taken as a tandem offering. Both courses are demanding and ask students to read and write extensively, but the focus is quite different.  Often students will choose one AP and not enroll in the other because the focus and skills are so different.  Milton High offers AP Language during junior year and AP Literature senior year, and students should discuss their options with both their English teacher and Guidance Counselor.

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I would also like to recognize the following students, who recently contributed art work to help brighten up the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High. The student’s artwork was framed and is now proudly displayed! Many thanks to: Yvon Dominique, Fabiola Goyau, Dillon Simmons, James Troiano, Kaoutar Bauhlal, Jack Schweitzer, Reade O’Hara, Brooke McHugh, Cari Gibbons, Camille Dunn, Daniel Bienick, Jaunique Coston and Philippe Bienick.

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The following item was sent to us by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

2016 School & District Report Cards Available for Distribution: Updated school and district report cards, including assessment data and other indicators, are now available on ESE’s School and District Profiles website. As a reminder, districts receiving Title I funds are required to distribute report cards annually to all parents or guardians of students enrolled in district schools. The Department asks that districts distribute report cards to families by the end of December. For more information, including details about electronic distribution, see our report cards website or contact ESE at esea@doe.mass.edu or (781) 338-3550.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by Glover Elementary School Principal Karen McDavitt:

I just wanted to share with you some exciting news! I was contacted by an editor of Scholastic News who was interested in learning more about Glover’s Ducks! On Thursday of last week, Bernadette Butler, Mary O’Leary, Wendy Roth, and I were interviewed and our story was selected to be the feature article of the First Grade April Issue of Scholastic News nation-wide. All first grade classrooms across the country who subscribe will be reading about Glover’s Ducks in April! We sent along many pictures for them to use with the article.

The editor provided our first graders with a free year-long subscription to Scholastic News so that they can get used to the publication and excited about their upcoming issue. She was unbelievably excited about the magic of the story and enthused about sharing it with the country. I just thought you might want to know! Looking forward to seeing our ducks on the front page!

MFE NEWS

Teacher Grants are the cornerstone of the MFE’s work. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to fund innovative programs that fall outside of the school system’s budget. Programs inspired by those who know what the students need best, our incredible teachers.

On October 20th, members of the MFE Grants Committee and teacher readers from each of the district’s six schools came together to discuss the grant applications for the fall grant cycle. The committee recommended funding for 18 grant applications, totaling over $18,000 that will go toward enriching the educational opportunities of Milton students from pre-school through high school. Grants will fund curriculum innovation in a multitude of areas, ranging from early literacy initiatives to computer coding to biological science instrumentations—and everything in between! We can’t reveal this year’s grants yet, as letters will go out to teachers tomorrow. Last spring’s grants have already been implemented into all six schools including:

  • Great Scientist books for Pierce Middle School which representing a diverse population of scientists
  • Five ELMO visual presenters that will help Milton High language teachers bring their lessons to life
  • Global literature books for Glover
  • Let’s Get Moving tools to be used by occupational therapists across schools
  • STEAM activities for Cunningham Kindergarteners that let students design, problem solve, and create structure collaboratively
  • A hands-on New England Aquarium experience at Pierce Middle School that reinforced concepts taught in a 7th grade ecology unit
  • Finding Kind video assemblies for Pierce and Milton High to raise girl-to-girl bullying awareness
  • Short complex fiction libraries across all four elementary schools
  • Standing desks and stability balls that provide alternate seating options at Tucker
  • A moving cart of non-fiction leveled readers at Collicot
  • A Bose sound dock for the shared gymnasium at Collicot and Cunningham
  • Authentic “Big Books” literature for ELE classrooms at Tucker and Glover

…. And so much more

Our sincerest gratitude to our generous community for making this all possible. We look forward to sharing this fall’s grants soon!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note, the Boy Scouts Wreath Sale will take place over Thanksgiving weekend on the front lawn of Glover Elementary School and in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. The annual wreath sale is sponsored by Troop 3 Milton and will take place Friday to Sunday, 10AM to 4PM at Glover, Collicot and Blue Hills Gas Station.  www.troop3milton.com

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The following item was sent to us by the Attorney General’s Office:

BOSTON – Following reports of harassment and intimidation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals and immigrants since Election Day, Attorney General Maura Healey today announced that her office has established a new hotline for Massachusetts residents to report such incidents.

“In Massachusetts, we will protect people’s rights, fight discrimination and keep people safe,” said AG Healey. “There are reports from around the country following the election that people have been targeted and subjected to conduct that imperils safety and civil rights. Today, I am establishing a hotline for residents to report bias-motivated threats, harassment, and violence. Such conduct has no place in Massachusetts.”

The hotline will be managed by attorneys and staff in the AG’s Office. While not every incident will be appropriate for legal action, the AG’s Office will be tracking reports and appropriate matters may be referred to local law enforcement or the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau.

Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s Hotline at 1-800-994-3228 or fill out a civil rights complaint form at this link. Residents may also contact the AG’s Office through its social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

Potential hate crimes – including bias-motivated assault, battery, and property damage – should also be reported to the local police in the first instance. Residents who fear for their immediate safety should call 911.

Most hate crimes are prosecuted by the local District Attorney’s Office. However, in some cases, the offender may also be prosecuted civilly, either in addition to criminal charges or instead of criminal charges, by the AG’s Office under the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act (MCRA).

The MCRA protects the rights of all residents and visitors to Massachusetts to be free from bias-motivated threats, intimidation, and coercion. The MCRA protects the right to use public parks and transportation, walk on public streets, attend school, live peacefully, and enjoy other basic rights. Under the MCRA, the Attorney General may bring legal action against a perpetrator who threatens, intimidates, or coerces another person on the basis of that person’s membership in a protected group (e.g., race, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability) or protected activity (e.g., exercising the right to vote or the right to associate).

Whether it’s potential hate crimes, housing discrimination, or wage theft, the AG’s Office encourages immigrant communities to come forward with their concerns without fear of reprisal based on immigration status.

For more information, visit the Attorney General’s Office website.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 27 – December 3:

Friday, December 2, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Life-Size Candyland, All Ages

Join us for a sweet adventure: families are invited to visit the Keys Room and play a life-size version of the classic board game Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required so we know how many players we’ll have, but you can drop in anytime between 2-4pm (play should take approximately a half hour). Registration will open two weeks in advance of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

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ATHLETICS

First and foremost, congratulations to the Girls Cross Country Team on capturing their second straight D2 State Title yesterday, capping off an impressive undefeated season.  Bridget Mitchell was once again the star of the show – finishing first – while teammates Elise O’Leary (7th), Ella Affanato (9th), Colette O’Leary (19th), and Naomi Negassi (30th) demonstrated the ‘Cats incredible depth.  Congrats to all the girls and Coach Shaw on a fantastic season.  Also, thank you to all who made the trip out to Gardner to support them.

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The Wildcats Football team are on the road this year in their Annual Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Braintree Wamps.  Game starts at 10am (Thursday, 11/24) at Braintree High School.  Tickets will be $7 for students and $10 for adults. Good luck ‘Cats!

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The Milton High Cheer Team qualified for States, and competed in the MSSAA State Cheerleading Competition this past weekend. Congratulations to all the team and their coach for a very successful season.

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There are only a few hours left for Winter Registration.  Please remember to register on Family ID.  All those not registered on Family ID will not be issued a uniform until registration is complete.  For instructions please click here.  You must also fill out and turn in an Athletic Clearance Form, found here.  Please take a look at our new Athletic Website . We are slowly adding more information.  For any suggestions/comments, please email rmadden@miltonps.org.

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

Last month, our Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony. I would like to recognize this year’s inductees, as well as all of the hard-working volunteers who help to organize this amazing event.

2016 Inductees: James Blake (Student-Athlete, Class of 1949) Thomas Brennan (Coach-Teacher-Administrator) Ryan Ciampa (Student-Athlete, Class of 1999) Patrick Dunn (Student-Athlete, Class of 1996) Jack Griffin (Student-Athlete, Class of 1979) William Maheras (Student-Athlete, Class of 2002) the 1986 Field Hockey Team and Derrick Snowden (Chairman’s Award Winner, Class of 1989)

The 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors: Dyanne Crowley, Billy Donovan, Sean LoPresti, Sean McDonagh, Ben Midura and Mark Sullivan.

2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee: Brian Borde, Billy Donovan, Tom Herget, Sean LoPresti, Deirdre Enos Lovett, Sean McDonagh, Karen Duggan McLaughlin, Richard Ryan and Tracy Bubas Turgeon

The Athletic Hall of Fame is a volunteer organization made up of Milton High School staff members, coaches, and alumni who aim to honor the achievements and contributions of Student-Athletes, Coaches, and Contributors to Milton High School Athletics. In addition to our bi-annual induction ceremonies, the Hall of Fame also awards two scholarships to graduating Milton High School seniors and contributes to Milton High School’s Athletics Program.

Donations are welcome to help us continue to honor Milton High School’s best while also providing for the future of Milton High School Athletics. Contact bdonovan@miltonps.org for more info.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to the following 12 students who have been selected for the Cunningham Student Council: Colin Cretan, Fiona Zimon, Frank Hawker, Jasmine Bethea , John Gillooly, Kyla Miller, Margaret Henry , Mary Maloney, NASA Boddie, Organ Pater, Rowan McCullough, Tucker Korean and Charlie Little. All students were selected by their peers after writing responses to two questions about being a leader. The council members have already met twice and are in the planning stages of writing the first edition of the student Newspaper and planning the school’s Anti-Bullying assembly.  Great job!

Staff:  I would like to recognize Collicot Grade 2 teacher Zeina Hamada, who wrote a grant to the MFE for the purchase of books for her classroom. The books are aligned with the Reader’s Workshop curriculum and can be used by all students in her classroom. Thanks to Ms. Hamada and to the MFE!

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Volunteers: I would like to thank and congratulate Peter Healy, the CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton for his time, energy and commitment to the Milton Public Schools over the past several years. Mr. Healy will be assuming a new role, as President of BIDMC in Boston effective January 1st, 2017. Mr. Healy has been a fantastic resource for our district and has met with our leadership team on a monthly basis since he was first appointed to Milton in 2013.  We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

November 15th Eblast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016

All parents and guardians, please note, there will be a half day on Thursday, November 17th for all grades. There will be Parent/Teacher Conferences at the middle and high school levels at this time. Please make every effort to attend these sessions.  Parent/Teacher Conferences for elementary schools will be held on Thursday, December 7th which is also a half day for all grades.  Also, please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Nov 23, 24 and 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Current events are continuously integrated into the lessons taught by every Milton Public School teacher and staff member. This fall has been no exception. The climate in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias and playing fields in each of our six schools is welcoming, positive, diverse and safe.

In the words of a parent who emailed me over the weekend, there is “an openness and willingness to create a diverse educational community,” here in the Milton Public Schools. This sentiment is expressed in one of our District’s Five Core Values, which include:

– High Academic Achievement for all Students

– Excellence in the Classroom

– Collaborative Relationships and Communication

– Respect for Human Differences

– Risk-Taking and Innovation for Education

There are many “teachable moments” during the course of a school year, and our teachers and staff strive to capture these learning experiences. Please be assured that our culture of respect and inclusion applies to all Milton Public School students at all times. We remain committed to partnering with each and every family in supporting our students – your children – to become engaged, informed and caring citizens.

I have heard from several parents regarding this issue. I would like to recognize and thank Dr. T. Atilla Ceranoglu, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston/ MGH Bressler Program for Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.  Dr. Ceranoglu provided this link from the American Academy of Pediatrics for those who would like more information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on November 9th. This meeting will be summarized in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

All parents and guardians, please note, there will be a half day on Thursday, November 17th for all grades. There will be Parent/Teacher Conferences at the middle and high school levels at this time. Please make every effort to attend these sessions.  Parent/Teacher Conferences for elementary schools will be held on Thursday, December 7th, which is also a half day for all grades.

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Also, please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Nov 23, 24 and 25th to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

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I would like to congratulate the latest inductees to the National Honor Society. This group was inducted at Milton High School last week and will join the 61 members of the senior class who were inducted last spring. The senior class officers were also inducted last week. Congratulations to all these students, along with last spring’s inductees, who should all be very proud of their accomplishments.

Fall 2016 NHS Inductees:  Andrew Arcieri, Thalia Bennett, David Brundage, Camrin Clayton, Courtney Dillon, Gregory Hebard, Elena Milwood, Sydney Nguyen, Morgan Smith and Andrew Steele.

NHS Officers: President Delphine Jrolf, Vice President Benjamin Corson, Secretary Morgan Chandler, Public Relations Officer Bailey Cook and Historian Rachael Tomaszewski.

Spring 2016 Inductees: Maia Adley, Ruby Baker-Poveromo, Julia Biagiotti, Taylor Burns, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Kristy Chan, Morgan Chandler, Mariah Conway, Bailey Cook, Ben Corson, Devin Coulter, Camille Coutant, Daniel deBenedictis, Kyle Dempsey, Orlane Destin, Matthew Dicarlo, Liam Donelan, Mary Driscoll, Aidan Duggan, Michael Eberhardt, Max Fitzgerald, Omolade Gbolade, Allegra Giddings, Lauren Griswold,  Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock,  Alexis Higgins,  Erisha Joseph, Delphine Jrolf, Madison Jrolf,  Olivia Kelly, Zack Kenneally,  Molly Kibble, Sarah Lam, James Long, Alyssa Lum,  Nicholas Marinilli, Samuel McGrath, Olivia Medeiros,  Joanna Needham, Naomi Negassi, Felicia Nguyen, Aislinn O’Brien,  Claire O’Neill, Astry Peguero Santana, Emily Possi, Paige Purcell, Margaux Rose, Shane Savage, Elizabeth Sbarra,  Hannah Solomon,  Katherine Steele,  Stephen Tan, Clara Tennyson,  Lilly Tennyson, Rachael Tomaszewski, Christina Tougias, , Ethan Walko Maya Watanabe and Samson Yuan.

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We have exciting news from Collicot Elementary School! Students in Grades 5 just published the first edition of the Collicot Cardinals newspaper!  The students worked on the publication as part of a CASS class, with teachers Ellen Lohan and Jacqueline Tierney.  Click here to read this informative, student-written newspaper!

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The following item was sent in by Eileen Flanagan, our Spanish Club Advisor:

Students in the Spanish club attended a private Mexican cooking course with chef Estela Calzada. Students made tamales — a classic Mexican dish made with steamed dough, chicken, and salsa verde — and atole, a warm drink made with cinnamon and cocoa. The class was conducted entirely in Spanish and was offered through Nibble Somerville, an initiative of The Somerville Arts Council dedicated to supporting immigrant communities and promoting meaningful cultural exchange.

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Our Milton High School Debate Team has been having a successful season. Please read the summary from coaches Kacy Dotoli and Dana DePaul:

The next topic the Debate Team will be preparing is: Resolved: On balance, the benefits of the Internet outweigh the harms of decreased personal privacy. Students will be competing on this topic on November 19th and December 10th. If there are any Milton Public School parents who have expertise in this field, we would love to hear from them and invite them to join us for a prep session! This team is hoping to compete at a national tournament January 20th – 22nd at Columbia University. Please contact kdotoli@miltonps.org or ddepaul@miltonps.org

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The following item was submitted by Paul Arenberg, one of the coaches of our MHS “Quiz Show” team:

Mike Goodless and I brought six students, Liam Chase, Anson Yip, Michael Eberhardt, Khalil Darouichi, Julia Nerenberg and Aidan Braithwaite to WGBH’s Brighton studio to participate in the 8th annual Super Sunday- High School Quiz Show’s qualifying event. Our Milton team competed against 124 other Massachusetts high school teams. Each team answered 50 questions in a variety of categories including math, science, literature, history, sports, current events,  geography and fine arts. The top 16 scoring teams will be invited to compete in televised matches beginning in February.

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The Pierce Middle School is proud to announce that this year’s Project 351 Ambassador is 8th grade student, Dominique Thomas.  Project 351 began with Governor Patrick’s second inaugural and is now convened by Governor Baker.  It is a statewide non-profit organization that gathers 351 youth, one from each city/town in the Commonwealth, who are selected for their “ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude”.  Dominique has a long history of service both in school and in her community.  She is a model for her peers and an inspiration to her teachers.  We are extremely proud that she will represent the Pierce Middle School this year and look forward to hearing about her leadership and community service efforts as a member of Project 351.

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The following item was sent to us by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Milton Public Schools invite you to join them in celebrating National Literacy Month. Throughout the month of November, at the back playground of the Tucker School, located at 187 Blue Hills Parkway, the two partnerships will host a Story Walk featuring the book The Most Magnificent Thing, La Chose La Plus Magnifique, La Cosa Ma’s Magnifica as a tri-lingual English, French and Spanish story book.   “Experience literacy in a unique way while enjoying a wonderful children’s book with your family! Stop at each sign board and read the page with your child. Or, have your child read the page to you!

The Story Walk can easily be appreciated by children both young and old.”  Susan Dolan, the director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, organized this StoryWalk. She explains that “StoryWalks promote early literacy, encourage parents and children to do outdoor activities, and support the crucial idea that parents are their children’s first teachers”.  In addition, Dolan says, “StoryWalks introduce parents and children to new books.”

The Story Walk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle and Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

For more information please call the Milton Early Childhood Alliance at 617-696-2262 or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net.   To find out more about the many programs they offer visit their website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org  This is an outdoor, rain or shine, free event.  Hope to see you there!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

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FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The following item was submitted by Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons:

I would like to thank our school nurses, Mary Jane Walsh, Barbara Perry, Allison Joyce Jeanne Sgroi, Kerri Joyce and Maureen LeBlanc for their hard work and time at last week’s Flu Clinic, held at Pierce Middle School. The team gave over 150 flu shots to students, parents/guardians and staff! The Milton Community is so lucky to have such a wonderful team of nurses to care and support the students, families and our colleagues in our community!  Kudos!

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT NEWS

The AFL/CIO exam will be given at MHS on Thursday, February 2nd to any senior who qualifies. Please fill it out and return the application form to Ms. Cahill in Guidance by Friday, November 18th.

Please see the FAQs from the AFLCIO website to see you qualify to take the exam: 

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Program

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, along with affiliated local unions, and labor/non-labor organizations, offers a scholarship program providing hundreds of scholarships totaling over $900,000 to union members, their children/step children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and non-union Massachusetts’s high school seniors.

Who is Eligible?

Every year the Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a scholarship brochure describing the eligibility criteria for each award.  Students with a union affiliation are eligible for both the Massachusetts AFL-CIO awards and those awards listed under their specific local union/central labor council.  Students with no union affiliation are eligible only for the Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships.

What are the requirements?

The brochure is divided into 2 sections describing the two types of scholarship programs.  Section 1 lists those scholarships requiring the student to take the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor History Exam in February.  Section 2 lists those scholarships offered by local unions/central labor councils that select their own winners either through a lottery or exam of their own (to qualify for these scholarships students do not need to take the Labor History Exam in February).

How do I sign up for the Labor History Exam?

Interested applicants can access/download the application, the brochure, and the study guide through our website at www.massaflcio.org, or through their guidance department.  Participation in the Scholarship Program of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is voluntary.  Students desiring to take the Labor History Exam apply directly to their Guidance Office, Social Studies Teacher, or Principal by December.  The school then forwards the number of seniors desiring to take the examination in February to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and in turn receives exams and instructions for supervising teachers.  Each exam must be complete and bear the signature of the Principal, Department Head, or Examination Coordinator, and returned to the Massachusetts AFL-CIO the following day.

What is the scope of the Labor History Exam?

The labor history exam is divided into two parts.  Part 1 is a series of multiple-choice questions covering the history and structure of the labor movement in America, legislation affecting America workers, child labor laws, minimum wages, civil rights, safety in the workplace, old age and health insurance, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation and past and current labor events.  Part 2 is an essay of 500 words or less based on a topic selected by the Scholarship Committee each year.

How are winners selected?

All Massachusetts AFL-CIO scholarships and local union/central labor council scholarships listed in Section 1 of the scholarship brochure are awarded solely on the basis of the multiple-choice exam and essay score.  Awardees are selected by the Scholarship Committee, which reviews and scores the essay question, and combines this score with the multiple-choice exam.  Students that comply with the guidelines and rate highest on the exam shall be judged the winner of local union/central labor council awards. Students sponsored by a local union are eligible to receive no more than 2 scholarships.

How do I apply for scholarships offered by my local union or central labor council?

After reviewing the scholarship brochure, students who believe they are eligible for local union/central labor council scholarships listed in Section 2 of the scholarship brochure should contact their local union/central labor council for application information and further eligibility requirements.

For more information, contact Carla Trulli, Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Coordinator at (781) 324-8230 Ext 10or ctrulli@massaflcio.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Come and support the Fall Music Cabaret on Tuesday, November 15th at 7 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. There will be a wide variety of performers from solo pianists to jazz combos to solo singers to rock bands! Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door before the show.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please Help the Citizens of Haiti as they recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew. We will be collecting pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and bills. November 7th through November 18th during all Milton High School lunches.  (Sponsored by the MHS Young Women’s Group). Donations will be distributed through H.U.A. Inc. and H.U.L.K.

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Please help to support Milton PTOs! There is an ongoing Textile Recycling Fundraiser. The donation boxes are located outside of each Milton School (Tucker’s bin is expected to be installed in the next two weeks!) This program generates a rebate of $100 per ton on textiles collected, and has already earned more than $2,500 this year alone. Please bag your donations. The bins accept the following: footwear, clothing, accessories (hats, pocketbooks, belts, gloves, backpacks, ties, scarves, and bathrobes); linens (sheets, blankets, curtains, towels, throw rugs, table linens) and stuffed animals. When cleaning out your closets, re decorating, or updating your household linens, support Milton PTOs!!!  For more information, visit this link.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Jacqueline Morgan, Food Service Director:

Elementary Lunch Menu — Breakfast Menu K-12. How to access the new interactive online menus:

  • Go to: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1466119320502
  • Or go to miltonps.org and click Food Services under the DEPARTMENTS tab.
  • Click on the MENU tab. You will then find menus organized by month, school, and meal.
  • Try hovering over menu items with you cursor and wait until an information box appears. This will provide you with product descriptions, nutritional and allergen information for that product.

Click on the allergens tab and select allergen(s) of interest.

The menus will then cross out any items on the menu that contains that allergen.

Clicking on the magnifying glass in the corner of each day’s menu will bring you to a screen where you can “build a meal” by selecting the foods your child would take from the ones being offered. This will automatically calculate the calories, carbohydrates, protein, and fat in that meal and display it at the bottom of the page.

MFE

Over 1500 ghosts and goblins came together to run, walk, and creep across the finish line at the Milton Foundation for Education’s Annual Monster Dash on October 30. Together we raised $25,000 to support science in all four Milton Public Elementary Schools, in loving memory of Sam Cichello. Thank you! None of this would be possible without you, our amazing community and our generous sponsors for a spooktacular record-breaking event!

Congratulations to all who participated, especially these fast people!

Male

1 ADAM TENFORELE – 16:43 (5:23/mile)
2 BOBBY CAREW (14 years old!) – 17:28 (5:37/mile)
3 NICK RYAN 17:43 (5:42/ mile)

Female

1 BILIANA MIHAYLOVA – 20:14
2 LAURA ETRE – 21:15
3 STAR FISHE – 21:42

NEWS AROUND TOWN

For those of you who missed it, the Town of Milton was voted according to a new list by personal finance social network WalletHub. Please see the link below:

Milton, Melrose Ranked Among Best Small Cities in America

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We were pleased this week to welcome the host and crew from the television show, “Chronicle,” to our district this week. They are filming a segment on Milton Public School. Details to follow in a future E-blast.

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Best Buddies Massachusetts will be hosting its 9th annual 5k Gobbler on Saturday, November 19th at the Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road, in Milton. Arrival time: 7:30/8:00am. Race gets underway at 9:00am. Please join us this year in honoring EJ Spellman, a participant at the Henderson Inclusion School in Dorchester. EJ has been involved with Best Buddies since 2009 and is an amazing representative of what is possible when people with disabilities are given a chance to be included. Fun fact: EJ served as the official Best Buddies Water Carrier for Tom Brady at the 2016 Tom Brady Challenge touch football game!

Register at: http://www.TEAMBESTBUDDIES.ORG/MILTON5K

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A free wrestling clinic will be offered for all students in grades K-8 this Sunday (Nov 20th) at 9am at a new gym which opened in Canton. The gym is named American Grit MMA and is located at 420 Turnpike St Canton.  Click here for more information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the MPL:

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 27 – December 3:

Friday, December 2, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Life-Size Candyland, All Ages

Join us for a sweet adventure: families are invited to visit the Keys Room and play a life-size version of the classic board game Candyland! Kids, see if you can beat your parents to the Candy Castle to rescue King Kandy, while at the same time practicing counting and color recognition. For all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult in order to play. Registration is required so we know how many players we’ll have, but you can drop in anytime between 2-4pm (play should take approximately a half hour). Registration will open two weeks in advance of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

We are very pleased to announce that three Milton High School seniors participated in National Signing Day last week. The Milton students joined thousands of high school athletes from around the country who signed letters of intent to receive college athletic scholarships to Division I colleges and universities.

Maia Adley signed with Boston University to row on the women’s crew team. Sam Jacobsak signed with Northeastern University for the men’s baseball team. Colette O’Leary will be running for the UMass/Amherst women’s track team.

The signing ceremony was recorded as part of Mike Vega’s “Steppin’ Up to the Plate” program, which can be viewed by clicking this link. Each student was joined by their coach and/or parents to sign their letter. Milton High School principal James Jette and Athletic Director Eric Karjel were on hand to witness the ceremony, as well as many of the student-athletes’ teammates, teachers and school administrators.

Mr. Jette said there are several more students at Milton High School who are still being recruited for athletic scholarships and may participate in the next scheduled National Signing Day in February.

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Congratulations to our MHS Girls Cross Country team, who won the Div. IV East State Championship on Saturday in Wrentham. Please read the meet summary provided by Coach Tom Shaw. This was an impressive victory and a gutsy way to defend last year’s title.

Saturday’s meet was an epic moment in MHS Athletics history. What the girls did yesterday left everyone who watched it in awe of how special this group is. Special because they picked each other up. Special because when unexpected and negative things happen they don’t get rattled, instead they do whatever it takes to overcome the unexpected challenge. Special because they are always the toughest team on the course. They demonstrated all of these qualities yesterday and it is the reason they won. When the chips were down and the race appeared to be all but lost they never not lost hope and willed themselves a path to victory.

Before the race even began, our top two runners did not have an ideal week leading into the race. Bridget Mitchell had been essentially bedridden for the 48 hours prior to the race and Colette O’Leary had been working through a minor injury the past two weeks. Also Emme Schewe was coming back from having her appendix removed. Needless to say, we had some question marks going into the biggest meet of the season thus far. Of course despite these obstacles, the girls showed up positive in spirit and ready to go.

During the first mile, it was obvious that things weren’t developing the way that we had hoped. Bridget was clinging to the lead and her teammates were not in the positions we had expected.

During mile two, things mostly got worse. Bridget lost the lead and faded fast, moving into about tenth place. Elise O’Leary had recognized what was happening and admirably took over the responsibilities as our top runner. Ella Affanato, did not back down from the unexpected responsibility of being our number two and ran with confidence and poise. But the back of the pack was coming to the rescue. Naomi Negassi made what was one of the biggest moves of the whole meet. She dropped Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners AND began passing girls further ahead of her from other teams. Not far behind her, Genevieve Connolly made her own move, catching Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners. What a bonus for us that was! This race was going to be won or lost by a few points and her performance was critical. We had help coming from the back of the pack to save the meet!

During the third mile, not much changed. Elise widened her lead for third place. Ella and Colette were still chasing Tewksbury’s 3rd runner. Naomi was still making ground moving further up to the front of the race, Bridget was fading further back. Genevieve was thick in the middle of battling Tewksbury’s 4th and 5th runners and Emme was doing everything she could to keep Genevieve in her sights. By the end of the third mile, we had made up a few points we lost in the second mile — but we were still losing.

Then that beautiful last tenth of a mile happened.

Elise kicked for the finish and almost secured second place, but hung on for a solid 3rd place finish. Genevieve passed Tewksbury’s 5th runner. Naomi had worked herself all the way up to 12th place after being in the low 20s during the first mile. Bridget was hanging on with all of the will and power she could muster and squeaked out 15th place overall. This was Bridget’s worst finish ever in a Massachusetts race, but I think she ran with more grit than I’ve ever seen her run with before — and that’s saying a lot. Emme was giving it her all in her first true race in over a month. But the final move that got us over the edge was Ella and Colette in the final 200meters of the race. They made the move that changed EVERYTHING. They caught and passed Tewksbury’s 3rd runner. Ella was 6th, Colette 8th and the Tewksbury girl was 9th. A small shift in places was exactly what was needed to give us a very slim 4 point win.

Heroic is the proper word to describe what they did yesterday. Elise, Ella, Naomi, Genevieve and Emme simply picked Colette and Bridget up and let them know they had their backs. Bridget and Colette did not prevent their worst races of the season from allowing themselves to hang tough and stay positive. They knew no matter how bad their race was, their role to help the team win was the most important thing. As a group, through much adversity, these young women carried each other to a true team win. What a special way to win a meet.

Congratulations to our two-time Div. IV East Championship TEAM!! You girls deserve every accolade sent your way. You girls are inspiring to all of us.

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We would also like to congratulate our Cheer team, who qualified at Regionals with a third place finish this past Sunday. The team will now be headed for States, which will be held on Sunday Nov. 20th at Tantasqua Regional HS in Sturbridge at 2pm.

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This year’s Thanksgiving Day football game will be held at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 24th.  Kickoff is at 10am.

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Don’t forget that it is registration time for winter sports. Please click this link for instructions.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize our Milton High School Marching Band, Color Guard and the Mixed Chorus for their performances during the Veterans Day ceremony at Town Hall on Friday. In addition, I would like to thank MHS students Michael Eberhardt, Ella Gavin and Alex Kelly, who also participated in these ceremonies. These students are so fortunate to have teachers like Dyanne Crowley, Barbara Wright, Dawn Sykes, Gary Goode and Rebecca Damiani who are so giving on their time and talents.  What a wonderful tribute to our town’s veterans. Thank you to all who helped with this ceremony.

Staff:  There are two staff members who I could honestly recognize in each and every E-blast I send out. Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, our Assistant Superintendent for Business; and Janet Sheehan, our Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources are two of the hardest working employees in our district. I rely on their experience, their judgment, their intelligence and their incredible knowledge on a wide variety of topics. We are very fortunate to have two administrators who are not only consummate professionals, but who sincerely care about the Town of Milton and its students.

Volunteers: If you have ever attended any Milton High School sporting event, you are familiar with the work of Roy Chambers. He is the sports photographer who has attended nearly every game, match, meet and regatta. I would like to thank and recognize him for his time, talent and generosity through the years. I know many of our student athletes check his professional website regularly to see his stunning action photos of their sporting events. Thank you, Roy, for all you do – and all you have done — for the Milton Public Schools.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

 

November 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 07•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, November 7th, 2016

Congratulations and best wishes to our Varsity Girls Soccer team, who will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight at 7pm in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game. Fans are encouraged to wear RED! Roll Cats!!!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is Election Day, which means there is no school for students. Our teachers and staff will be involved with professional development during the day and school will resume on Wednesday. Also, please note there will be no school on Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Catherine DesRoche, the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Tucker Elementary School:

Family Literacy Month is underway and there are many things you can do with your family to celebrate! While we all know reading with our children builds a great foundation for future learning, the National Center for Families Learning provides 30 activities for families to engage in literacy activities with their children: http://30days.familieslearning.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/NCFL30Days.pdf .

For the month of November, students, families and community members can enjoy a Story Walk at the Tucker Playground hosted in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA). The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is displayed page by page (in English, Spanish & French) along the fence for visitors to walk through and enjoy.  The story highlights for readers the common experience of making mistakes and the importance of perseverance.

The Milton Public Library always has many family events that can be found on their website: http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/M/MILTONPL/ekmonth.cfm.  In particular, Small Wonders (Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.) is a program for babies, toddlers and their grown ups to listen to songs and nursery rhymes together.  For children ages 7-11, there is the SPUB Club (Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club) hosted by Miss. Sara where she reads a few chapters of a book each week.  Children listen to the story while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more.  November’s book is Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings and takes place on Tuesdays from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

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The following article on early literacy was sent to us by Amy Gale, Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham and Collicot Schools:

https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/10/31/how-to-help-students-develop-a-love-of-reading/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202705

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Please note, this year’s Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 6-12 will be held on Thursday, November 17th. This will be a half-day. Please be sure to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher(s.)

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 1-5 will be held on December 7th, and that will be a half-day as well.

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Special congratulations to our Grade 3 students who are attending the Tucker Saturday Academy. Please see the photo below:

tucker-kids

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We have scheduled several Veterans Day observances in our schools:

Cunningham: Our Veterans Day Remembrance is a special day at Cunningham. Students and staff invite a Veteran or Service Member to our indoor program and then join the entire school community outside for a flag raising ceremony by a military honor guard. We hope you can join us for this meaningful ceremony. Click Veterans Day Invitation for an invitation to send to your guest. Please let us know if you are bringing a guest so your child can be dismissed to greet their guest. An email to cunninghampto@gmail.com with your guest’s name, child’s name and teacher is all we need. Thanks!

Tucker:  Students at the Tucker Elementary school have organized a Veterans Day tribute this week in the cafeteria that follows in line with the children’s book America’s White Table.  Below is a link that outlines the different items you can choose to place on the table and the significance of each. Students review the story in class and during our monthly community circle.

https://www.veteranscaucus.org/index.php/events/memorial-day/america-s-white-table

Collicot:  On Thursday afternoon at 1:45, there will be a Collicot assembly. During this time, there will be a patriotic sing aloud and the students will share some Veterans Day-themed work.  Any Collicot students who have a veteran in their family have been encouraged to RSVP to the PTO for VIP seats. In addition, Curry College students also are hosting a drive for toiletries for veterans. Collicot is a site for donations.

Glover: Teachers at Glover are selecting appropriate articles to read with their students. They are also working on Veterans-Day-themed individual classroom writing and drawing activities, with a few being selected for sharing on the daily announcements. Principal Karen McDavitt’s announcements each morning include an educational piece about Veterans Day as well as student-generated thoughts and ideas. The whole school has been invited to dress patriotically on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, Ms. McDavitt will be circulating through classrooms and reading a mentor text called My America and talking about Veterans Day.

Pierce: The Pierce Middle School Student Council invited all local veterans to join them at the first Annual Pierce Middle School Veterans Day Coffee.  This event will be held in the Pierce library on Thursday, November 10th from 8 to 9am. Any local veteran and their families are invited to attend, but are asked to please RSVP to jdemaggio@miltonps.org Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. In addition, the Pierce Student Council asked all Pierce families to fill out paper “stars” with the names of a veteran who is important to their student. These starts have been hung in our cafeteria and along the hallway for all to see.

I would also like to recognize Ella Gavin, a Pierce seventh-grader. During the past week, many Pierce students participated in the Veterans Poster Contest sponsored by the Town of Milton Veterans Services Department. Several Pierce teachers along with Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, chose this year’s poster contest winner. Mr. Cook and Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding surprised Ella with the news this past Friday. Mr. Cook was particularly impressed with how Ella captured what Veterans Day means to her from many different perspectives. Ella will be honored at the annual Milton Veterans Day Ceremony at 11am on November 11th.  Congratulations Ella!

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Milton High School:

Students from Milton High School will be performing as singers and musicians during the Veteran’s Day ceremony. Also, please read the essay below, written by Milton High School student Alexandra Kelly, a sophomore in Mr. Coady’s English class. Ms. Kelly’s essay was selected as the winning entry in an essay contest from dozens of entries. She will be reading this at the Veterans Day observance on November 11th.

What is a Veteran?

“Greater love has no one than this- that he would lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

            No word other than “Veteran” comes to mind when reading this quotation. Veterans are a unique part of our society because of their call to duty in such a violent world like today’s. All soldiers are similar in the way that every day they give their lives, time from their loved ones, and the ultimate gift to our country: Freedom. 

            Although Veterans have not been a direct part of my life, I still hold them very close to my heart. They’re out there fighting for me and for my friends and family, protecting us for very little reward. I am honored to live in a place where people have this type of compassion and love for their country and its citizens. 

            We all should feel grateful and blessed to live in such a country where people sacrifice their own lives for ours. In other countries people aren’t as lucky. People aren’t as selfless or as nationalistic. The government must draft young men to join their military, whereas in the United States there are plenty of men and women excited and honored to do so. Veterans are more than just soldiers, they’re the unseen wall to our country. 

           Veterans should be recognized not only because of their sacrifice alone, but also because  of their motive behind it. They are neither obligated to enlist in the military, nor to risk their own life for ours. To me this is the most special part about Veterans. They weren’t required to protect us, they weren’t coaxed or bribed. They do this simply out of the kindness of their hearts. Bravery, selflessness, and pure compassion live on in our soldiers of today and our Veterans of yesterday. 

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: One mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: One and a half miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: Two miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for the Milton Public Schools, wanted to remind all MPS families that there is a flu clinic being held on Wednesday, November 9th at Pierce Middle School from 3:30-5:30pm. This flu clinic is a joint collaboration between the Milton School Nurses and the Milton Board of Health.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Just a reminder that Milton High School’s PTSFO Fundraiser starts today, Monday, November 7th and will run through Sunday, November 13th at the Fruit Center Marketplace. The Milton Fruit Center Market Place is located at 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

Please shop often and bring your vouchers with you!  See the attached flyer. These flyers will also be available in the main office at Milton High School! Please share with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers; we want to make this our biggest fundraiser yet!

http://fruitcentermarketplace.com/documents/miltonhigh2016.pdf

Have wonderful week of shopping and make sure you remember to bring your voucher with you.

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The Milton High School Junior Class has two fundraising events in the coming weeks. First, on November 17th  the class is sponsoring an event at Buffalo Wild Wings. Bring this flier with you and a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated back to the Class of 2018.

Second, the Class of 2018 is once again holding a Savers Drive. Every pound of soft or hard goods donated will result in a donation back to the class. You may drop off gently used clothing and housewares at Milton High School during school hours starting on November 21st through December 2nd. The Savers truck will be here between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM on Saturday December 3rd for those who would like to drop off at that time. Last year, the Class of 2017 raised over $500 through this fundraiser. Please help the Class of 2018 with this fundraiser. Contact Ms. Damiani- rdamiani@miltonps.org- with any questions.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us from Barbara Martin at Milton Town Hall:

This year’s Veterans Day Observance will be observed on Friday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Town Green.  A procession from the High School to the Town Green will begin at 10:30 a.m. weather permitting.

Kevin Cook, Director of Veterans Services, has initiated several new aspects to this year’s observance.  The first initiative is to honor Korean War veterans with the awarding of the ‘Challenge Coin’ which was commissioned earlier this year by the Board of Selectmen.  Keeping with this theme, a member of the Republic of Korean’s consulate will be the featured speaker this year.

Secondly, two contests were held – one at the middle school and one at the high school.  The theme of each contests was, ‘What Is A Veteran?’ Both contest winners will be recognized and awarded a plague at the observance. The winning poster will be displayed at the gazebo and the essay winner will recite her essay. Other components of the program will be in keeping with programs of years past.

In the case of inclement weather, the procession will be cancelled and the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Council on Aging.  The decision as to weather and the revised program will be made on Wednesday, November 9th.

Veterans Day is a reminder to all of us to honor the men and women who have served our country.  I hope all will make a special effort to attend this year’s observance.

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You are invited! Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsoring a strategic planning retreat to prevent and reduce youth substance misuse and addiction in Milton. Mark your calendars Tuesday, December 13th from 5:00pm-8:30pm. info@milton-coalition.org a light dinner will be served. We will create a Milton roadmap to identify our priorities and strategies for the coming 3 to 5 years. Youth, parents, community leaders, people in recovery, and concerned residents are encouraged to attend.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of Noveber 13 – 19:

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re soon starting our November title in conjunction with Milton Reflecting: Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration required.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! In honor of tomorrow’s Fantastic Beasts premiere, we’ll be showing the 2001 fan favorite Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Rated PG; run time 2 hours 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
International Games Day, Ages 4-Adult

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. This year it falls on Saturday, November 19. We’re celebrating this exciting day at Milton Public Library in HUGE style: we’ll be playing life-size board games in different locations around the library! Drop in anytime between 10am and 3pm to check out the fun, play with friends, and make new ones. Games will include Jenga, Connect 4, Twister and more. Ages 4-adult are welcome to play; players under the age of 8 should be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

We still have a few teams competing at the tail end of the fall season.

Girls Soccer: Our varsity girls will compete tonight at Brooks Field vs. Canton High School tonight in the MIAA Div. 2 South Quarter-Finals. The winner advances to a Thursday Semi-Final game, with the location and time TBD.

Girls Cross Country: The top-ranked Milton Girls will be headed to Wrentham on Saturday, November 12th to compete in the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Our girls are expected to perform very well individually and are hoping to come home with a  team trophy as well!

Boys Cross Country: The Boys team will also be headed to Wrentham this Saturday, November 12th for the MIAA Eastern State Championships. Best of luck to all competing!

Football: The Wildcats will be hosting Silver Lake this Thursday night at 7pm at Brooks in the final home game of the season.

Cheerleading: The Cheer Team will be competing in the Regionals on Sunday at Marshfield – time is TBA

Reminder: Winter Sports Registration is Ongoing!

Now is the time to sign up for Winter Sports. Please click this link for instructions.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

November 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 01•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Prepare to be amazed! Our talented students at Milton High School will be presenting “Cinderella” in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 pm and two shows on Saturday, November 5th – at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Please scroll down to “Upcoming MPS Events” below for more details. To view a brief glimpse of the show, click the links below:

The Stepsisters’ Lament
The Prince is Giving a Ball

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, summarized below:

Wednesday, October 26th:  The meeting began with a visit from members of the MFE to promote the upcoming Monster Dash. Next, the School Committee heard budget presentations from the Cunningham and Glover Site Councils.  This was followed by a visit from Citizens for a Diverse Milton and a review of the district’s Diversity Report. Next, there was a follow-up data presentation by the MPS principals James Jette, Dr, Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Holly Concannon and Jonathan Redden, along with Curriculum Coordinators Amy Gale, Meredith Kempf, Kat Buchanan and Data Specialist Vy Vu.  Members voted to approve the Annual Report and deferred the remaining agenda items to the next meeting, which will be held on November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

For this E-blast, I would like to focus on one of our most important resources in the Milton Public Schools – our libraries. I have asked each of our librarians to summarize recent happenings in their schools. Please read below for an update on our libraries:

From Lori Henry, Elementary Librarian: Have you ever wondered how a pumpkin grows? Was Johnny Appleseed a real person? What is an electoral college? In the elementary school libraries we’re discovering the answers to these questions and more, developing and deepening an understanding of the library’s organizational scheme, discussing our favorite reading selections, exploring the online public access catalog to find materials to meet our needs and fuel our passions. We’re analyzing texts that address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge and compare the approaches authors take.  We’re reading widely and fluently to make connections with ourselves, the world and previous reading. We’re challenging ourselves to read new titles, different genres, exciting series and engaging authors.  All this and more is happening in the libraries at Tucker, Glover, Collicot and Cunningham schools!

From Jess Royster, PMS Librarian: The Pierce Middle School Library recently hosted the Scholastic Book Fair. Every year, the Scholastic Book Fair highlights the importance of family literacy and reading for fun, while also raising money for the Pierce Library. We recently purchased new “comfy chairs” for the library, using our Scholastic Dollars raised by past book fairs. Our new comfy chairs are a huge success and a new favorite spot for reading at Pierce!

From Jen Troy, MHS Librarian: The Milton High School library has been busy this Fall. In September new students participated in library orientations to learn about all of the resources available at the high school. October brought many classes to the library to activate their NoodleTools accounts (a research management website subscription) to organize research projects and learn to use information ethically.  This November in collaboration with the English department students will be participating in our annual family literacy activity that encourages the continuation of academic conversations at home. Happy Reading!

Also, please read this item, submitted by our Technology Administrator, Dr. Angela Burke:

What is “Standards-Based Reporting”?

A scholar’s individual achievement on standards is measured on attainment of the learning goals as outlined by state standards. The purpose of this system is to provide accurate information about scholar performance on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The goal is to communicate scholar progress. Standards based reporting will help parents better understand their scholar’s strengths and weaknesses. Before making a determination regarding scholar proficiency, teachers analyze a scholar’s progress over the course of the reporting term. Teachers collect key samples of scholar work as evidence combined with observed demonstration of the skill through various modalities.

Why don’t we use grades?

Scholars and their learning are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their scholars have mastered. The achievement marks indicate a scholar’s progress towards achieving specific grade level standards as identified by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Standards based report cards benefit scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians by providing a detailed outline of the expectations.

The report card is just one component of our reporting system. We encourage a strong home-school connection to keep you informed of your scholar’s progress. The comment box is provided for the teacher to include any additional information, however; to receive the full depth of understanding of your scholar’s progress please continue to attend parent conferences each reporting term.

In addition, our curriculum coordinators have prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the Standards-Based Report Card, designed for parents and guardians. Please click on the link below to view.

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ReportCardParentPresentation.pdf

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The following item was sent in by MHS teacher and Debate Coach Dana DePaul:

As a co-coach for the debate team, along with Kacy Dotoli, we have worked for the past month with the club and class members to prepare for the first debate tournament. Earlier this month, I accompanied eight MHS teams to Walpole High School to compete in the Novice Tournament. The teams that competed consist of students from all grade levels and several varsity members attended to either participate as judges or help the novice debaters.  All eight teams competed in three rounds of debate on the following topic: Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students. Liam Donelan and Julia Butler performed incredibly well and finished the day with a 3-0 record.  In addition, Christopher Little and Nick Villard finished with a 2-1 record.  All in all the students enjoyed their day and expressed that they felt they improved in speaking, confidence, and constructing their arguments as the day progressed.

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Join the Guidance Department for our second annual College Information night that will take place in the Milton High School library at 6:30pm TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 1st   We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know about to survive the college process. Mini sessions will be held for the following topics:

  • Standardized Testing – Discussion will center on differences between the “new” and “old” SAT, what your child should expect from the new exam, and whether your child should consider the ACT as an option.
  • NAVIANCE – Counselors will demonstrate the tools available to families that will aid you in making thoughtful decisions in choosing colleges and possible majors.
  • Financial Aid – Counselors will discuss important deadlines and changes to the process.
  • Naviance accounts for parents – Interested in seeing how your child is progressing with their college research? A counselor will be available to activate a Naviance account for you! If you would like to activate your Naviance account before November 1st please email Mr. Guarino at rguarino@Miltonps.org and let him know what email account you would like to use for your Naviance account.

Attendees will be broken down into groups and will rotate between the different sessions. Each session will last approximately 20 minutes. We look forward to seeing you TONIGHT!

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And for those with college-bound seniors, please check out this interesting article in the Washington Post: http://wapo.st/2drkyfr?tid=ss_mail

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Please join us as Milton High School proudly presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Enchanted Edition).  A cast of 35 Milton High School students will transport you to the kingdom of dreams-come-true in this timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale reborn. Originally a 1957 television broadcast starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed fairy tale program in history, and its later recreations were no less successful. As adapted for the stage, with warmth and a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits in this Enchanted Edition based on the 1997 teleplay.

Show times:

  • Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5th, 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

This show will be performed at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased in the main office at Milton High School, Pierce Middle School and Tucker Elementary School on weekdays from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Directed & Choreographed by Ms. Brittany Rolfs; Musical Direction by Mr. David Lien; and Technical Direction by Mr. Joseph Strong

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Don’t forget, the Milton Boosters is sponsoring the Cans for Cats in the front driveway of MHS on Saturday, November 5th to benefit the Golf Team.

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

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SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

A Conversation about Inclusion — The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is proud to host Dr. Anne Howard TONIGHT, Tuesday November 1st from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Pierce Middle School library.

Dr. Howard, a Professor in the Education Department at Fitchburg State University and the president of the Board of Directors for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will lead a conversation about inclusion. Dr. Howard will explain the history and the legislative backdrop of including students with disabilities in general education. She will discuss approaches to educating all students and fostering a culture of inclusion.

Anne M. Howard, Ph.D., coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in severe disabilities, as well as the Special Education Guided Studies graduate programs at Fitchburg State University.  Anne began her career as a physical therapist, became licensed as a general and special educator, and received her Ph.D. in disability policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.  She has provided extensive training for paraprofessionals, teachers, related service providers, and administrators throughout New England. Anne serves on the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (MDSC) Education Task Force and contributed to the MDSC Educator’s Manual.

We hope you will join the conversation. Parents, teachers, and staff are welcome to attend.  For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at miltonsepac.org, or contact us at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Save the date for the PTFSO one and only fundraiser of the year! The Milton Fruit Center Market Place will be helping Milton High School with their fundraising efforts. During the week of Monday November 7th – November 16th, a portion of sales from the Fruit Center will be donated back to the Milton High PTFSO.  Please shop often and bring your vouchers with you!  (See the attached flyer.) These flyers will also be available in the main office at Milton High School! Please share with your family, friends and neighbors; we want to make this our biggest fundraiser yet! http://fruitcentermarketplace.com/documents/miltonhigh2016.pdf

The Milton Fruit Center Market Place is located at 10 Bassett St, Milton, MA 02186

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison

Are you looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old? The Milton Public Schools offers a variety of programs and presently openings in two of our preschool programs:

The Milton Public Schools Edge Hill Campus Preschool (at Collicot School) presently has two seats available for three or four year old students to attend an integrated setting from 12:00-2:30pm.  The tuition for this program is $3,125.00 and will be pro-rated depending on time of enrollment.  Students must be at least 3 on or before Aug 31, 2016.

The Milton Public Schools Gile Road Campus Pre-K (at Milton High School) presently has one spot available in the full-day session (7:30am-2:10am). The tuition is $3,750.00 and will be pro-rated depending on the time of enrollment.  Students must be 4 on or before August 31, 2016.

If you have questions or would like more details regarding any of the preschool programs Milton Public Schools has to offer please visit our website at http://www.miltonps.org/FactSheetforPreschoolInformationNight or feel free to contact Marti McKenna at 617-980-7343 or by email at mmckenna@miltonps.org.

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following information was sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Nutrition Information – Understanding Food Labels

In order to plan a healthy diet, we must know how to read a food label. Food labels show us if a food has a little or a lot of certain nutrients. Look on the side of a product to find the Nutrition Facts title.

You will find the serving size of the food below the nutrition facts title. Similar food products have similar serving sizes. The servings per container are also included to let you compare what you actually eat with the serving size on that product. So remember, if the serving size is 1 cup and you eat 2 cups, then you will need to double the numbers on the label. % Daily values are listed to give you an idea of how one serving of a product contributes nutritionally to a 2000 calorie diet. Use the % daily values to see if a food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. The amount of calories in one serving of the product is listed. Only a few nutrients are listed on the Nutrition Facts label-those that relate to today’s most important health issues. The label lists total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium because people eat too much of these.  Fiber, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron are listed because people do not eat enough of these every day. You should try to eat at least 100% of the daily value of each of these every day. Fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, total carbohydrate, fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron are required on the label. Other nutrients may be listed if the company would like to list them.

What Are Nutrients? Nutrients are substances found in food that are needed for good health. Your body can’t make nutrients, so they must be supplied by food. During digestion, food is broken down into nutrients, which are absorbed into your bloodstream and carried to every cell in your body. More than 40 nutrients in food are classified into six groups: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Each nutrient has a specific function and they all work together for your good health.

Carbohydrates – are the body’s main source of energy or calories. Carbohydrates are classified in two groups: complex carbohydrates (starches) and sugars. Fiber, which is another carbohydrate, aids digestion and helps fight some diseases but is not a nutrient because it is not digested and absorbed by the body.

Protein – supplies energy and amino acids. Amino acids are building blocks that build, repair, and maintain every cell in your body.

Fats – also supply energy but they have many other functions. Fats transport nutrients and they are a part of many body cells. Fats provide storage and insulation for your body. Carbohydrates and proteins that are not needed for energy are stored as fat.

Vitamins – trigger many different body processes. These compounds are needed in very small amounts in the diet to regulate chemical reactions in the body. Each vitamin has a specific job in your body, so one vitamin can’t replace another. Vitamins do not provide energy but they help our bodies use the energy from foods.

Minerals – are like vitamins and are used in the body to promote chemical reactions and form body structures.

Water – is a part of every cell and tissue in the body. Water carries nutrients to cells and removes wastes products. Water is also needed to help regulate body temperature. Water makes up 55-75% of your body weight.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition published their October newsletter recently. You can use this link to read it: http://eepurl.com/cl6FKb

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Community Concerts:

On Sunday, November 6th at 6:00pm Milton Community Concerts at First Parish presents a concert of opera arias and duets with an international focus, featuring Russian soprano Maria Lyudko and Korean tenor David Won.  “Connections: An Operatic Celebration” is designed to highlight the way that music connects individuals and cultures throughout the world.  Also performing will be Georges Devdariani, host and clarinetist, and Timothy Steele, pianist.

Ms. Lyudko has sung opera roles in many of the world’s greatest venues, including the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Komisches Oper in Berlin. She has won top prize in several international competitions, has sung in numerous music festivals, and appeared with some of the finest orchestras in Russia and elsewhere.  In 2008 she received the title of “Honored Artist of Russia”, and for the past twenty years has taught on the faculty at the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Mr. Won has performed in recital extensively around New England. He was a featured soloist at the Massachusetts State House for the 9/11 memorial ceremony in 2015.  He has sung with the Chorus Pro Musica and the New England Philharmonic.  Recently he sang two world premieres, an aria from the opera “Alma” by Greek composer Lina Tonia, and Pascal Szymczak’s “Ode to a Nightingale”, a setting of Keats written especially for him  Originally from South Korea, David is currently a resident of Hull, MA.

This concert will take place at historic First Parish Church of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors, and free for 18 and under (no advance sales).  For more information visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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Please read about this event below from our friends at Best Buddies Massachusetts:

Join us for the annual Milton 5K Gobbler Run/Walk to benefit Best Buddies Massachusetts on Saturday, November 19th at 8am.  The race starts and ends at Cunningham School. This is a USATF certified course with official chip timing and there are prizes for the top finishes, as well as the coveted “Golden Gobbler Trophy” for the top team and individual fundraisers. For more information or to register, visit http://www.teambestbuddies.org/milton5K

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The Milton Art Center is hosting a “Kids Night Out,” on November 18th. Activities include a “Gobble Till You Wobble” dessert-making challenge. For more details, click here.

FROM OUR READERS

I recently received an interesting article, sent to us by an MPS parent, which discusses the use of cell phones in schools. Click here to read.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at MPL:

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 30 – November 5:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re on the verge of finishing October’s book, The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. No registration required

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Backyard Astronomy: Using the New Library Telescope, All Ages

The Milton Public Library has recently acquired a 4.5″ Orion StarBlast Telescope, and soon we will be making it available to Milton residents for checkout! Please attend this family-friendly PowerPoint presentation to learn how to use the new Library Telescope to observe objects from your own backyard using a technique called star-hopping and see how easy it is to use. After the presentation, we’ll be heading outside for some outdoor observing, weather permitting. This telescope was funded by the Milton Public Library and will be maintained by the Aldrich Astronomical Society, Inc. as part of their Adopt a Library Program. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, November 4, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required and will open two weeks prior to the event

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. In conjunction with Milton Reflecting, students will be learning about civic responsibility and voting, and they’ll make a patriotic snack! Registration is required and will open two weeks in advance of the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

The following summary was sent to us by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

The Girls Cross Country team continued their historic undefeated season this past weekend. The varsity girls won the Bay State Conference by more than 46 points, with Milton girls taking home four of the top ten spots. Bridget Mitchell won second place; Elise O’Leary took third; Colette O’Leary won fourth; and Ella Affanato won eighth place. The JV squad placed fifth at this meet, with junior Ashley Thermidor-Payne earning fourth place overall. The Milton girls are now preparing to defend their 2015 State Championship on November 12th in Wrentham and will compete in the All State Meet on November 19th in Gardner, Mass.

The Boys Cross Country team finished up their season this past weekend at the Bay State Conference meet with a very competitive showing.

The football team dominated the first half as they rolled to a 28-7 quarter-final win over Medfield and now advance to the Division 2A South Semi-Final at Falmouth Friday, November 4th at 6pm. Senior tailback Koby Osazee was unstoppable as he rushed for 3 first half touchdowns. Smith Charles also added a touchdown for the Cats.

The Golf team placed 2 Cats on the Bay State 1st Team All-Star team as both Jared Carr and Jared Dudley were honored for their great seasons!

The Girls Soccer team will be heading into State Tournament play later this week as they look to continue their strong season. Senior Alyssa Lum’s incredible season earned her BSL 1st Team All-Star, BSL Top 10 and she was named MVP of the Herget Division! Junior Chae Diani received Bay State League 1st Team All-Star honors and Bay State Top 10! Congrats Girls on an amazing season!   On Senior Night the Cat’s defeated Dedham 3-0 to close out the regular season 9-5-2.

The Boys Soccer team wrapped up their season this past Saturday with a convincing 6-2 win over North Quincy to retain the Town Line Cup! Liam Donelan and Aidan Duggan led the way with 2 goals each, and Hurens Villette added his first varsity goal!   Senior Liam Donelan and Junior Josh Madden both received Bay State League 1st Team All-Star honors. Congrats Cats!

The Field Hockey team beat Brookline on Senior Night 5-0 as Elena Kapolis notched a hat trick. They concluded their season with a 0-0 tie versus Dedham.

The Volleyball team has qualified for the State Tournament with a 12-10 record, as they won their last 2 matches 3-0 over Dedham and 3-0 over Archies. The Cat’s will open tourney play later this week, good luck Cats!

The Cheerleading team will be competing in the Bay State Conference Cheer Competition on Thursday, November 3rd at Braintree High School at 6pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Good Luck WildCats!

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This past weekend several of our Milton rowers competed in the youth division of the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta, rowing against teams from around the world. Three girls’ boats and one boys’ boat braved some challenging winds and represented Milton Crew with the strength and determination that is the hallmark of this sport. One girls’ varsity four (Brigitte Dugas, Lucia Hainline, Maya Watanabe, Maia Adley, Morgan Smith) placed  30 out of 85 boats, guaranteeing Milton Crew a spot in next year’s Regatta. Congrats to all athletes who competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta!

 

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Once again, Milton High School Football is nominated as a candidate for FOX25 High School’s GameDay Game of the Week.  One of the five games that are nominated will be featured as our spotlight game this Friday, November 4. They will report live from the Game of the Week on FOX25 News at 6 and highlights from the matchup will be featured on FOX25 News at 11, the FOX25 Facebook page and FOX25Boston.com. How can we make certain that Milton High School’s Football game vs. Falmouth is the Fox25 High School Game of the week? VOTE! It’s time to vote!  Please spread the word and encourage students, fans, friends and family to vote for our game.  The polls will stay open until 11pm on Wednesday, November 2nd and the winner will be announced on FOX25 News at 11 that night.  You can vote at this site

When: Friday, November 4th at 6:00pm.
Where: Fuller Field (located behind the Falmouth Police Station and Gus Canty Rec Center – 790 Main Street Falmouth, MA)
Cost: Tickets will be $5 for Students & Seniors and $6 for Adults

Please wear Milton’s colors: Red and White

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student:  I would like to thank all the MPS students who volunteered and ran the Monster Dash this past weekend. This is a wonderful community event to benefit Sam’s Fund, which provides enrichment for the elementary science program. “Thanks to the generosity of the MFE and this community, our K-5 science curriculum has been enhanced by the Science from Scientists program, annual presentations from Mass Audubon and many hands-on science materials for use in the classroom. These are things that might not have been provided without Sam’s Fund,” said Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator.

Staff: I would like to recognize Genevieve Martland, who has been appointed as the school designee to the board of the Milton Library Foundation. This organization is run by hardworking volunteers, who seek to ensure that the Library continues to provide the programs and resources it needs to serve as a cultural center of the community for current and future generations of the Milton community

I would also like to give a special thank you to our six Milton Public Schools principals and two Assistant Superintendents. This past weekend, I was privileged to be invited to speak at The Parkway United Methodist Church’s Appreciation Banquet.  At this event, the leadership team of the Milton Public Schools was recognized, including Collicot Principal Holly Concannon, Cunningham Principal Jon Redden, Glover Principal Karen McDavitt, Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Milton High School Principal James Jette; along with Assistant Superintendents Dr. Glenn Pavlicek and Janet Sheehan. During my remarks to the 200-plus people who had gathered for this event, I called these principals “the heroes of the Milton Public Schools.”  Teachers teach, but amazing things happen in a school when there is an extraordinary principal and EXTRAORDINARY describes our current team of principals and Assistant  Superintendents.

Volunteer: Rabbi Benjamin Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills recently invited our administrative team to the new temple for a tour of the magnificent facility. We also discussed an exciting pilot the congregation is  launching. Volunteers  will be visiting our elementary schools to provide tutoring to our students. This is a unique partnership that I am excited to be part of. I would also like to add my congratulations to Andrea and Marvin Gordon and the Shoolman Family, who are are being honored by Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills this Saturday night, November 5th, for their leadership in making the temple’s vision of a new home possible.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

October 18th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 18•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I had a meeting the other day with Dr. Brieanne Midura, our district’s school physician, and Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for MPS, and we would like to reiterate our illness policy, which is included in every Student Handbook. Please read below:

“Occasionally a student is kept home from school for illness. A student with vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home from school until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, the student is able to take nourishment, and is sleeping through the night. If diarrhea or vomiting persists consult your primary care provider. If cold or cough symptoms are associated with a fever the child should NOT come to school. If symptoms do not readily improve contact your primary care provider. Your student may attend school if there is no fever. Your primary care provider should evaluate a sore throat in conjunction with a fever. Students treated for strep throat may return to school after 24 hours on an antibiotic.

Please notify the main office if you student is absent from school due to illness. This provides the school nurse with significant information to identify tracks of illnesses and to help prevent the spread of illness by communicating with staff and with parents/guardians.”

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

Internationally recognized artist Dr. Napoleon Jones-Henderson spoke to MHS students about the importance of art and the commitment each student needs to make to their own education.  Earlier this month, Dr. Jones-Henderson visited the high school as part of the History Makers organization, a Chicago-based organization that works to bring oral history makers to schools across the country.  Each year they sponsor a “Back to School” event that joins local entrepreneurs and schools, and at the end of the presentation students take a commitment oath that challenges each student to make education a priority in their lives.  More than a thousand schools across the country participate each year, and this marks the second time Milton High has participated.

After speaking to a larger crowd in the Charles Winchester Auditorium, Dr. Jones-Henderson spent time with Milton High Advanced Placement art students, where he talked about the importance of education and perseverance.  He encouraged students, advising them “don’t be afraid of being a starving artist,” letting them know that following their passion was important to their own happiness.

Dr. Jones-Henderson studied at Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and the Maryland Institute, as well as the Sorbonne Student Continuum Arts Center in Paris France.  He has been a professor at Massachusetts College of Arts and Emerson College in Boston as well as Malcolm X College in Chicago.  Most recently Dr. Jones-Henderson was commissioned to feature his art at both the Bolling Building in Boston and Roxbury Community College.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Parents and guardians, please note that Milton High School will be hosting Information Night for parents and guardians of students in Grades 5-8 on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30pm.

This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL FACTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

21 Advanced Placement course offerings in 2016 -2017 90% of Milton High Students took the SAT in 2015-2016
The PSAT is administered to all sophomores & juniors before graduating 88% of students admitted to 4-year & 2-year university/college.
Students have access to Music Lab, Language Lab, Biotech Lab, Computer Labs In 2015-16, 49% of Juniors and 61% of Seniors took an AP exam (76 % of students who took an AP exam obtained qualifying scores (3 or better).
More than 75 clubs and activities Robotics Team
Community Service Opportunities Music Program: Band, Chorus & Strings
Excellent Athletic Program and Facilities Debate Team

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Also, please note that our Guidance Department will also be hosting the following events:

  • MEFA Financial Aid Night; Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium-come and hear all about the new changes to FAFSA and how they will affect you!
  • College Planning Night-Tuesday, November 1st 6:30 pm. Come and participate in mini interactive sessions on all aspects of the college process.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS music teacher and Marching Band co-director Rebecca Damiani:

Last weekend, the Milton Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Wakefield Memorial High School to compete in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association’s Marching Band festival. After spending four years in Division 1, the Wildcat Marching Band has grown to compete in Division 2 for the first time. Their performance on Saturday earned them a three-star rating in all categories including music, percussion, visual performance, color guard and general effect for an overall rating of Three-stars. The Wildcat Marching Band is led by senior drum majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Senior Color Guard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan. You can catch their show “The Music of Coldplay” at all remaining home varsity football games.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

HEALTH NEWS

As a friendly reminder, please review our district’s lice policy.

In an effort to contain the spread of lice, we would like all parents to be informed on how to respond if their child has lice. The goal is that parents examine your child and if lice or nits are found follow the instructions in this memo. It is only through your cooperation that we can respond to each periodic outbreak.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on people’s scalps and hair. Head lice hatch from small eggs, called nits that become firmly attached to hair shafts and cannot easily be removed (different from simple dandruff).  Nits may be found throughout the hair so it is important to check the entire scalp.  Nits hatch in about 8-10 days, with new lice reaching adulthood in another 8-10 days.  Thee female louse, about the size of a sesame seed, typically lives for about thirty days and lays about six eggs per day.  Lice can live off the host in the environment, although generally not for more than forty-eight hours.

Anyone who has close contact with an infested individual or shares personal items can become infested. Lice are spread only when they crawl from person to person directly or crawl onto shared personal items, such as combs, brushes, head coverings, clothing, bedding, or towels.  An infested individual can transmit head lice to others continuously until undergoing treatment to kill the insects and nits.

Diagnosis is usually made by detecting nits. Nits are tiny, pearl-gray to light brown, oval-shaped eggs attached to the hair usually near the scalp.  Use a magnifying glass and natural light when checking for them and pay extra attention to the back of the neck, behind the ears and at the top of the head.

Students may return to school after being treated and after being examined by a school nurse to assist with parent/guardian treatment. For parent/guardian convenience, a nurse is available at other schools: Milton High School from 7:00 a.m. and Pierce Middle School from 7:30 a.m.  Please make sure that the nurses are aware that you are coming for a head check. 

Links for the video used:

HEADLICE TO DEADLICE

(Part 1)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCoZP5Aso5U

(Part 2)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGvGY72zAqi

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The MFE’s 18th Annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Join the top local restaurants to support community rowing on the Neponset. Get your tickets for the delicious Head of the Carbs fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, October 21st.  This event will be held at First Parish Milton, Parish Hall. Join the Friends of Milton Crew for a casually elegant evening with tasting stations generously donated by great local restaurants, including Abby Park, Novara, The Plate, La Scala, 88 Wharf and Steel & Rye. This year’s fundraiser theme, “Head of the Carbs,” celebrates our youth rowers competing in this year’s Head of the Charles, the world’s preeminent rowing regatta. And it will help us raise funds to maintain and grow our fleet of boats, oars, launches, and motors.  Tickets are limited – get your today! http://neponsetrowing.org/

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Milton Public Schools is supporting efforts for “Create the Change Day 2016” by hosting a toy drive for The Jared Box Project!!

Project Giving Kids is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to get kids involved in giving back to our community – our first Create the Change Day will take place on October 30th, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

This Halloween themed event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids and families to volunteer and will feature numerous Boston area nonprofit organization from The Jared Box Project, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Hospitality Homes and many others.

You can help by bringing in the suggested small toys, games, and crafts listed on the attached and below to school from October 4th through October 26th. Boxes have been placed for donation drop off in the school lobby. You can also join in the fun on October 30th as your donations are used to make Jared Boxes for children served by Boston Children’s Hospital and Good Shepherd Community Care as a part of “Create The Change Day 2016.”

Collection for children ages 4-8 years old: K – Bubbles, stickers, dress up toys 1 – Travel sized board games 2 – Silly putty, Play-Doh 3 – Card games, puzzles 4 – Plastic animal figurines, cars 5 – Nerf balls, art supplies

The Jared boxes will be assembled at the 10/30 Create the Change Day event and will be delivered to hospitals, providing a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

Here are the links to the Create the Change Day Event, Project Giving Kids, and The Jared Box Project. Please check out the link to the event and join us on Oct. 30th from 1-4 for a Halloween themed day of fun-filled events and on-site service opportunities! You can also click here to watch a video.

Any questions, please send email to stover.rebecca@gmail.com and sunni.fleming@outlook.com

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The following item was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton Department of Public Works:

MWRA Water Main Maintenance Likely to Cause Discolored Water and Slightly Lower Water Pressure in Areas of Hyde Park and Milton. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be conducting water main maintenance in Hyde Park.  The project will start on Monday, October 17th and will be completed by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Though the work is being done in Hyde Park, it will likely result in a slight change in water pressure and discolored water in parts of Milton during this five day period. If discolored water does occur, it will result from a small amount of iron in local pipes.

Please note that iron will stain light-colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents may want to wait for the water to clear before using it. If you have any questions, please contact Milton’s MWRA Community Relations Manager, Leonard Cawley, (617) 305-5757, Leonard.Cawley@mwra.com or MWRA’s 24-hour water line: (617) 305-5950.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country: The Girls Cross Country team has dominated the Bay State Conference as they stand unbeaten at 10-0 and continue to work hard to prepare to defend their State Title in November. This past weekend, the team won first place at the Twilight Invitational in Barnstable, with four Milton girls scoring in the top nine out of 251 runners. Bridget Mitchell won the race in a time of 18:06 and Colette O’Leary finished second overall with a time of 18:29. Congrats to these girls on an amazing performance!

 Boys Cross Country: The Boys Cross Country remains competitive despite a 2-8 record.

Football: Our Wildcats remain in contention for a Herget Division title with a 5-1 record and they are looking to earn a high seed in the upcoming MIAA playoffs after a convincing 47-12 win over Dedham. This week, the Cats host Wellesley on Friday night at 7pm in a Herget showdown.

Golf: The Golf team is currently 6-6 and needs one more win to qualify for the MIAA State Tournament with 2 matches left to play this week.

Girls Soccer: The Girls Soccer team is currently 7-4-2 and qualified for the State Tournament with a 6-0 win over Quincy on Saturday.

Boys Soccer: The Boys team is currently 2-11 and is looking to close out the season on a strong note with two weeks remaining.

Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team has four wins, eight losses and one tie as they continue to play great defense and play very competitive games.

Volleyball: The Volleyball team has been on a roll at they have improved to 10-6 and need one more win to qualify for the State Tournament.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize three MHS students who earned spots to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, October 23rd.  Although the Neponset Rowing Club is sending three other boats to compete at the regatta, the foursome of Maya Watanabe, Lucy Hainline, Maia Adley, and Brigitte Dugas earned their spots from their hard work last year.  Congrats to these three girls!

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize MHS Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris and MHS English Teacher Steve Collyer, all of whom worked very hard to help get our new Wildcat Wellness Center up and running. This new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility could not have happened without the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of these three staff members. We are also grateful to the Milton Foundation for Education, who funded this important Health & Wellness initiative. The weight training room has been in use since mid-September, but the cardio room just opened today. This will be an invaluable resource for all our students!

Volunteers: I would like to thank one of our Milton families who recently went above and beyond for the Collicot School. The Madden family spent the weekend painting lines in the outdoor spaces for playground games. There are now designated spots to play Pickle, Soccer, Baseball, Football, and a new Four Square. It is temporary paint and should last about three weeks. The Madden family has very close ties to Milton, with Mike Madden serving as our boys’ varsity soccer coach and his wife Heidi Madden serving as a Collicot lunch/recess aide. In addition, their son Ryan is a job coach/aide at Milton High School and also helps out our Athletic Director. The Madden’s four other children are students in the Milton Public Schools. What a thoughtful and generous way to support our schools and community.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

October 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 14•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, October 14, 2016

For those of you who have children in Grades 5-8, please join us on Thursday, October 20th for Milton High School Info Night. This event is designed to introduce parents/guardians and students to all that Milton High School has to offer. The evening begins at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium and will conclude with a building tour with visits to our various department heads.

“This night allows us to showcase all the wonderful academic strengths that Milton High School offers,” said Guidance Director Karen Cahill. “We pack a lot of information into a short amount of time and we hope that anyone considering Milton High School as an option for their child comes to this event to learn more.”

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am proud and humbled to announce that the Milton Public Schools leadership team has been chosen for an extraordinary honor. On Saturday, October 29th from 7pm until midnight, the Parkway United Methodist Church will be honoring our leadership team at their 2016 Annual Appreciation Banquet. This honor is to recognize that the team “has been engaged in thoughtful work that has advanced the dialogue concerning diversity, inclusion and belonging in the schools,” according to Dr. Dennis L. Slaughter, Director of Music at Parkway United Methodist Church.

This banquet is Parkway United Methodist Church’s way of extending and expressing their gratitude to those who make our Milton community strong. The 2016 Awardees are members of the Milton Public Schools’ Leadership Team:

Ms. Mary Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Ms. Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources
Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs
Mr. James Jette, Principal, Milton High School
Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal, Pierce Middle School
Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Principal, Tucker Elementary School
Ms. Karen McDavitt, Principal, Glover Elementary School
Ms. Holly Concannon, Principal, Collicot Elementary School
Mr. Jonathan Redden, Principal, Cunningham Elementary School

The banquet will be held at Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph.  Tickets are $75 or $50 for Milton Public School staff and faculty and may be purchased by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/2016_Parkway_Banquet

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Milton Public School staff participated in a comprehensive professional development program on Wednesday, October 12th.  The day began with a presentation by Synergy Solutions, a company that partners with schools to provide emergency response training. Teachers also heard from a representative from COPsync, a communication network and threat alert system that enhances school safety.

Another presentation, “Making the Grade: Effective Strategies to Promote Healthy Relationships and Prevent Relationship Violence,” was led by one of our own Milton parents, Casey Corcoran. Mr. Corcoran is the Program Director for the Children and Youth Program at Futures Without Violence. We wish to thank Mr. Corcoran for sharing his expertise in violence intervention and prevention and for engaging Milton educators in very important topics for discussion.

The professional development day also provided an opportunity for us to continue our work in the area of Cultural Competency. Milton resident and educational consultant Dr. Dennis Slaughter provided a dynamic presentation that focused discussion on classroom practices. Teachers examined case studies on diversity and social justice education and collaborated in breakout groups. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Dr. Slaughter as we pursue our goals for developing culturally proficient practices.  Our professional development days provide meaningful learning experiences for Milton educators, and we truly appreciate these opportunities for professional growth.

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We are pleased to report that every Milton Public School classroom in grades PreK-5 will be implementing the Second Step curriculum to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL). The research is very clear about the relationship between Social Emotional Learning and student achievement and the impact on school climate. Key findings on effective SEL work in schools cite improved academic achievement, improved school attitudes and behaviors, fewer negative behaviors, and reduced emotional distress (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, & Schellinger 2010).

A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum Committee collaborated over the past two years to review programs and recommended practices. It was determined that Second Step would provide a comprehensive research-based approach to social and academic success for students through lessons that include the following concepts: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving.  Short-term outcomes include increased social-emotional competence, increased self-regulation, improved classroom behavior, and increased on-task behavior. Long-term outcomes of Second Step include increased school success, increased school connectedness, improved peer relations, and reduced aggression. While Second Step will support our work to decrease bullying behavior, we will continue to implement the Bully-Proofing Your School program, which provides an additional five lessons that are aligned with our new program.

Second Step also has a parent communication component with home connections that reinforce skills. Both teachers and students are very excited about Second Step and are adopting this new curriculum with great interest and enthusiasm!

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On Wednesday, October 19th, all Milton High School juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT, (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), an important test that provides many benefits that can help him or her along the path to college. This test will be given at Milton High School, starting at 7:50am and ending by 11:15am. There is no fee for your child to take this exam, as the Milton Public Schools covers the cost of each student’s exam through the generosity of the Copeland Foundation.

If your child is a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers not only a chance to practice for the SAT, but also for him or her the opportunity to enter competitions for college scholarships.

For both sophomores and juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT is a great practice for the SAT. They will get personalized feedback on their performance to help improve their skills before taking the SAT or ACT, which is required for collegiate admissions for the majority of colleges and universities in the United States.

In addition, students receive free college planning tools to help them start their college search and feedback on the types of AP courses for which they may be particularly well prepared. Taking these college-level classes can help students earn college credit while still in high school and provide them with a competitive advantage in the college admission process.

If your child is interested in hearing from colleges and universities across the country that are looking for students like him or her, remind your child to opt into the Student Search Service when he or she takes the test.

If you have any further questions about the PSAT, you may also contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Martine Fisher, Director of World Languages:

World Languages at the High School: On target!

World language instruction and curricula are in constant evolution at all levels and in all our schools.

Advances in technology, communication, research-based studies on the learning process, learners’ styles and instruction, new standards for language instruction combined with the contributions of neuroscience and cognitive psychology contribute to the on-going and necessary evaluation and evolution of our educational practices, priorities, and objectives, notably in World language instruction.

At the High School, French, Spanish and Latin teachers have been examining and revising content, instructional practices, sequencing, assessments and materials for the last four years taking into consideration these various contributions. This effort is bearing fruit. At the High School, World Language studies are one of the highest areas of achievement at the Advanced Placement exam. In French and in Spanish, the comparison between the four last years of AP results with the four previous years speaks for itself:

2009-2012 2013-2016
French 94% 100%
Spanish 36% 88%

 

The progress in Spanish is particularly striking. For the first time last year, the number of AP Spanish students exceeded the number of French immersion students.

Latin students are growing in numbers every year at the High School. This trend is a tribute to Ms. Huebner’s work but also directly linked to her productive collaboration with her High School colleagues (Ms. Menard and Ms. Murphy) to ensure vertical articulation and curricular coordination. The adoption of the well-establish Cambridge Latin Course from grade 6 to grade 12 provided the necessary framework to guarantee consistency in instruction. Our Latin AP results are also encouraging with an average of 26% qualifying scores in 2011 and 2012 compared with an average of 58% in the last two years. We are confident that these scores will continue to steadily rise following our recent curricular and instructional work.

Advanced Placement scores are useful indicators as they allow administrators, educators, parents and guardians to analyze and contextualize the performance of our students on a national scale. These results are however neither ultimate goals nor final measures of achievement. Learning a world language is about successfully living in our global society. It is about communicating, discovering and understanding other people and cultures as well as considering new perspectives. As Federico Fellini used to say: “A different language is a different vision of life.”

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Milton High School Girls Indoor Track team will be holding a car wash at the Cunningham Collicot driveway tomorrow — Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. All proceeds will benefit the team.

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I’d like to let you all know about a wonderful public service project being run by a Milton High School senior. Michael Sullivan will be conducting the Flag Collection Project in our schools for the second year in a row. In honor of Veterans Day, Michael will be collecting old, worn or tattered American flags in order to properly retire them according to flag protocols. Flag collection bins will be in each of our school buildings. All flags will be part of the 2016 Veterans Day Flag Retirement Ceremony to be held at 10am on Friday, November 11th inside Fort Independence, Castle Island, South Boston.

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2016 Induction Class. Joining the Hall of Fame are James Blake (’49), Thomas Brennan, Jack Griffin (’79), Patrick Dunn (’96), Ryan Ciampa (’99), William Maheras (’02), and the 1986 Field Hockey team as well as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Derrick Snowden (’89).

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22nd.  There will be a brief ceremony to unveil the plaques at Milton High School followed by dinner and awards ceremony at the Common Market in Quincy. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by contacting Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org). Tickets are $65 per person and can be paid for by check. Tickets are limited so make sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible for this wonderful celebration of some of Milton’s finest athletes.

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Save the date for Milton High School’s musical production of CINDERELLA! You don’t want to miss this enchanting production proudly prepared by Director Brittany Rolfs and her talented troupe:

  • Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 5th at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.

Admission is $10 and Tickets will be available for purchase in the Milton High School office beginning October 17th.

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Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

GUIDANCE NEWS

Milton High School Guidance Department is hosting three great upcoming events!

  • Grade 5-8 Info Night (see item in red at top of E-blast) on Thursday, October 20th.
  • MEFA Financial Aid Night; Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium-come and hear all about the new changes to FAFSA and how they will affect you!
  • College Planning Night-Tuesday, November 1st 6:30 pm. Come and participate in mini interactive sessions on all aspects of the college process.

All parents/guardians of students in all grades are welcome!

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

For many families, having a “No School Day” means having to find childcare. In an effort to assist families in planning ahead below is a list of remaining holidays as well as school vacations and early release days. Extended school day and vacation camps are available through the Milton Community Schools.  For detailed information please visit www.miltoncommunityschools.org.

The Milton Public Schools will be closed all day for students attending Pre-school through Grade 12 on the following dates:

November:

  • Tuesday, 11/ 8 – Teacher Professional Development Day   ELECTION DAY
  • Friday, 11/11 – Veterans’ Day
  • Wednesday, 11/ 23, Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25 – Thanksgiving Recess

December:

  • Monday – Friday, 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/29, 12/30 – Winter Recess

January:

  • Monday, 1/2 – New Year’s Day Observed
  • Monday, 1/16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

February:

  • Monday – Friday, 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 2/24 – February Recess

April:

  • Friday, 4/14 – Good Friday
  • Monday – Friday, 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/20, 4/21 – April Recess

May:

  • Monday, 5/29 Memorial Day

In addition, students in Preschool – grade 12 will have Early Release Days on the following dates:

November:
Thursday, 11/17 – Early Release

December:
Wednesday, 12/7 – Early Release

January:
Wednesday, 1/11- Early Release

March:
Wednesday, 3/1 – Early Release

April:
Wednesday, 4/5 – Early Release

June:
Monday, 6/19 – Last Day of School unless make up snow days are required

Parent/Guardian – Teacher Conferences:

For students in Grades Pre-K -5 conferences will be held on Wednesday, 12/7 and Thursday, 3/9. Conferences for students in grades 6-12 will be held Thursday, 11/17 and 3/9.  Unlike Open Houses, held in early fall, these conferences provide an opportunity for teachers to provide feedback specific to how your child’s year is going thus far.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! We have taken the classic Monopoly game and Miltonized it!  Most of the spaces around the board feature businesses in Milton. The games are now available for purchase for $25. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset the costs of competing this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California and the 2017 State Leadership Conference held annually at Bentley University. The game can be purchased on Saturday, October 15th from 10 am -12 pm at the MHS front entrance and also during regular business hours at Bent’s Cookie Factory, Body Benefits, Copeland Field House Concession Stand (2:30-3 pm on school days). For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org

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For those of you who are not familiar with Donors Choose, this is a fantastic website which matches classroom teachers who have an unmet need with potential donors. Any public school can participate and our teachers and students have benefited from Donors Choose for the past several years. Currently, there are a few requests from teachers from Pierce Middle School, as well as Glover, Collicot and Cunningham elementary schools on Donors Choose. To view these or to make a donation, click here.

There is also a Donors Choose option which only requires an online vote – no monetary obligation is needed. Cunningham kindergarten teacher Sara Slater recently posted a Donors Choose project for STEM materials for her Kindergarten classroom. Her project can receive funding if it’s one of the top-voted projects at the website, Limeades for Learning. Here’s how voting works:

  • Donors vote for their favorite project once per day, per e-mail address, at www.limeadesforlearning.com
  • Vote online ten times and get two extra vote codes via email –Each week (September 26 through October 23) SONIC will fund up to$250,000 towards the projects that received the most votes.
  • You can vote for her project by clicking on the following link: http://limead.es/2253143

Please vote for Ms. Slater’s project! Remember to keep voting. You can vote every day-it only takes a second.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Child Find: In accordance with Public Law 94-142, Milton Public Schools provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending not only our public schools, but also those who attend private schools at private expense and whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in Milton.

Milton provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs and thrives to identify all children in need of special education services. Milton Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of children aged 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability. These disabilities may include: Developmental Delay; Autism; Intellectual Impairment; Sensory Impairment; Neurological Impairment; Emotional Impairment; Communication Impairment; Physical Impairment; Health Impairment; and/or Specific Learning Disability.

For further information regarding eligibility for evaluations, programs, and/or services, please call the Pupil Personnel Office at 617-696-5040 x 5574. You may also contact via email the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Brandon Rabbitt, Dietetic Intern with our Food Service Department:

On October 3rd, 2016 the dietetic interns from Framingham State University held a sports nutrition class for any athlete interested in attending. The class had an incredible turnout, with both the entire high school boys soccer and JV girls volleyball teams in attendance. The class focused on the importance of the different macronutrients, good sources of each, as well as proper nutrition before, during, and after participating in sports.

The macronutrients that give the body energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Carbohydrates are the most important nutrient for athletes because they are the source of “quick energy” desired by the muscles when exercising. Good sources that athletes should be consuming are fruits, vegetables, whole wheat bread, pasta, and beans.

Fat slows digestion and should not be eaten in high amounts before exercising because they can cause cramping and slow down absorption of nutrients from food. During breakfast or after sports, athletes should focus on consuming healthy fats from foods such as eggs, sun butter, fish, nuts, avocado, and oils as opposed to unhealthy fats from fried foods, high fat meats, and high fat dairy.

Protein is needed for muscle growth and repair; good sources for athletes include low-fat dairy, eggs, poultry, fish, meat, nuts, and beans. Athletes tend to have a skewed idea that the more protein you consume, the more muscle you can gain. However, this is not true. Protein needs for athletes are higher than a sedentary person, but these needs can easily be met through their diet with no need for protein powders or supplements. When protein is consumed in excess of a well balanced diet with adequate calories, the protein will not be used to build muscle, but will be stored as fat.

How to eat before, during, and after sports:

  • 3-4 hours before sports: Students should eat a meal high in carbohydrates, with moderate amounts of protein, and low in fat. School lunch is a great well-balanced meal that will give students the proper energy they need during this time. Drink at least 2-3 cups of fluid at this time.
  • 1 hour before sports: A high carbohydrate snack should be eaten 1 hour before activity. Talking a fruit such as a banana or apple during lunch and saving it for this time is a great snack idea. Drink a cup of water before starting sports.
  • During sports: It is important to drink 1 cup of water for every 15 minutes of exercise. This will ensure students do not get dehydrated since the body uses a lot of water to stay cool while exercising. After exercising for 90-120 minutes it is important to eat a high carbohydrate snack such as fruit or pretzels or drink a sports drink to ensure there is enough energy to power the rest of the workout and repair muscles after the workout is complete.
  • 0-1 hours after sports: Students should eat a meal high in carbohydrates, moderate to high in protein, with moderate amounts of fat. An example meal could be a turkey wrap with avocado, mixed veggies, and milk. If students do not have access to a meal right after a game they should bring a snack with them to have in the meantime. It is just as important to drink water after working out as it is before and during exercise.

Following a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and low fat dairy while using the guidelines set above will give high school athletes the energy they need to perform at their greatest potential during a game and will allow their bodies to build and repair itself for the following days activities.

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The MFE’s 18th Annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton DPW:

The Town of Milton’s DPW will be hosting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, October 15th from 9am – noon. Proof of residency is required and no cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker (Sticker preferred.) The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine. Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents:

  • Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
  • Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
  • Propane Tanks: $3.00 each (both large and small tanks)
  • Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each
  • Tires: $3 each

These items will NOT be accepted:

  • Latex paint (Read label – If clean-up calls for soap and water, it is not hazardous and do not bring it to the event) (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
  • Mercury-containing items and fluorescent bulbs, appliances, electronics, rechargeable batteries. (These items are accepted at the Recycling Center on the first Saturday of every month)
  • Prescription medicine or syringes
  • Commercial or industrial waste
  • Asbestos
  • Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)

Materials should be left, where possible, in their original containers. Containers should be put in sturdy boxes and placed in the trunk of a vehicle so that contents will be easy to remove. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process.

The following items CAN be brought to the collection:

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosol cans
  • Engine degreaser, brake and transmission fluid
  • Hobby and art supplies
  • Household cleaners and spot removers
  • Non-alkaline batteries (these are found in camcorders, cordless power tools, cordless phones and laptop computers).
  • Oil-based paints
  • Photo chemicals and chemistry sets
  • Poisons, insecticides, pesticides, and weed killers Solvents and varnishes
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
  • Wood preservatives and fiberglass residue

For more information or question for materials not listed above, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900.

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For those who may have missed the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s recent event held at Milton High School, you may view the presentation by clicking the link below. This was a fantastic event, titled, “Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton.” The event was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Subcommittee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. Those who view the video can hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment and learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Viewers can also hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain and learn to recognize signs of teen use. Click this link to view.

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The Milton Public Schools and the Milton Police Department recently issued a Parking Enforcement Advisory for the Milton High School campus. Please read below:

Due to safety concerns, Milton High School is restricting all parking along the access road between the high school parking lot and Blue Hills Parkway. All parking on both sides is now prohibited. This is the area alongside the edge of the roadway and the grass where visitors often park during sporting events. DO NOT park here for ANY events. This warning is being sent to encourage compliance. The Police Department always wants to encourage voluntary compliance before enforcement action takes place. wants to encourage voluntary compliance before enforcement action takes place.

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was sent to us by ArtSpace Milton:

Calling all Fairies, Gnomes, and Elves! — Artspace Milton and Wakefield Estate Host Fairy Fest, Saturday, Oct. 22nd at the Wakefield Estate. The woods are full of fairies! Come out to the Wakefield Estate to build a home for a fairy or elf on the grounds of our beautiful estate. On October 22nd from 1:00-3:00 pm, Artspace Milton and the Wakefield Estate will be hosting a Fairy Festival at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton. ArtSpace Milton will be on hand to help out with lots of fun nature art activities and face-painting. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so RSVPs requested! Suggested donation of $15 per family. To RSVP, email artspace02186@gmail.com`. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather and there is no rain date.

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Art Center:

Gallery 334 at the Milton Art Center invites the public to the Second Annual “Open Up!” event. The event will be held October 14th through November 19th. The reception for Open Up! 2016 will be held on Friday October 14 from 6-9pm and will feature a wine bar and light refreshments.  There will be live music from Claudia Wellington and Ellen Watters Sullivan. Enjoy an eclectic selection of work in a variety of media—from watercolor to pastel, oil, encaustic and acrylic. The show includes more than 45 works by emerging and established artists. This is a great chance to pick up a piece of original art at very reasonable prices. “People’s Choice” awards will be given out at the end of the evening. This event will run on Fridays, 4-6pm and Saturdays 12-4pm, except holiday weekends. Gallery 334 is free and open to the public. For more info, visit http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 23 – 29:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. October’s book will be The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. No registration required.

Friday, October 28, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library

Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Star Wars Jedi Knight Training, Ages 4-9

The Children’s Room is pleased to welcome Jungle Jim, Jedi Master back to Milton for his Star Wars Jedi Knight Training Program! Star Wars fans will have a chance to interact with a real Jedi Knight. Ideal for ages 4 – 9, this interactive performance is great for both boys and girls! We lead the children through a series of challenges including Jedi Force Magic, the Laser Balloon Barrage and Jedi Teamwork culminating in an epic lightsaber duel with the Jedi Master himself. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

We have some great news from the MIAA. Milton High School has earned a place on the 2015-16 MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll. We are among several schools in the state who did not have any student-athletes or coaches disqualified/suspended from an athletic contest during the 2015-16 school year! click here for honor roll

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Please note, the Milton High School Girls Indoor Track team will be holding a car wash at the Cunningham Collicot driveway this Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. All proceeds will benefit the team.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to Collicot kindergartener Phinneas Buchanan, whose artwork was chosen from hundreds of entries to be the design for this year’s Monster Dash T-Shirts. The annual contest, run by the Milton Foundation for Education, recognized Phineas’ talent. Members of the MFE board visited Phineas in class yesterday to surprise him with the news!

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Staff:   We have great news from the World Language department. A $5,000 grant written by Dr. Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head, was recently approved by the Selection Committee of the FACE Foundation’s Fund for French Dual Language Programs in the U.S. This grant will be used toward expanding and updating French libraries in elementary French immersion classes (grades 1-5). I would like to recognize Dr. Fisher for her work on this grant, which will be an enormous benefit to our libraries!

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize Bea Filipski, a Tucker grandmother who began helping out about five years ago when two of her grandchildren (Cece and Cooper Madigan) were at Tucker. Her grandchildren have graduated, but Bea continues to volunteer two to three times a week, shelving and straightening out the books in the Tucker library. She is well loved and respected by the students and staff alike and known affectionately by all as Nana Bea. She rarely misses a week and when she does, because of illness or snow, she always calls to let the staff know she won’t be in because it’s her “job”. She is 85 years old and lives in Dorchester but loves being in Milton to help both us and her family and now has quite a following of fans (Tucker friends) when she goes to Cece and Cooper’s games and shows at Pierce. Her Tucker family is very grateful for her dedication, service and kindness over the years.

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The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

October 4th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 04•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Try leaving the car behind tomorrow to help celebrate Walk to School Day with us. As a special treat, Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox mascot, will be greeting our students from Glover, Cunningham and Collicot in the morning; and students from Tucker in the afternoon. We hope to see as many students as possible walking or biking to school tomorrow!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This past weekend, I attended one of my favorite annual events – Celebrate Milton – which was held at the Pierce Middle School on Sunday, October 2nd.  This is a tradition which makes me very proud to be a Milton resident. This year, I was even more proud to attend, since one of our own MPS teachers was honored with the Community Builder Award.

Please join me in congratulating Barbara Wright, who was recognized for her role in planning and leading system-wide diversity meetings, which bring together parents and staff from all six schools. Ms. Wright is the Humanities Department Head at Milton High School.

The Community Builders Award recognizes efforts to make Milton a more open and inclusive community to diverse populations.  The award is given to organizations, employees or residents of Milton who have been instrumental in bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to interact, develop an understanding of one another, and to engage in civic activities to make the town a more open and inclusive place to live. The award also encourages the development of new initiatives fostering diversity, social justice and community interaction.

I would also like to congratulate Lori Bilewicz, who led the planning of this event. Despite the rain, this year’s event went off without a hitch and was extremely well-attended. ¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. This annual event has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, October 11th for a Professional Development Day for our staff and NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, October 12th for Yom Kippur.

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We had another amazing cultural experience at Milton High School last week. Our high school hosted nearly 500 students from Sakae Higashi school in Japan. These students travel in the United States for several weeks, and include a stop at Milton High School every year, as the only school they visit. From the moment they arrive (in 15 coach buses!) to the moment they leave, these students are fully immersed in the typical day of an American high school student. After a morning assembly in the auditorium where our marching band performs, and the audience is treated to a Japanese student performance, students  attend classes, play games in gym class and eat lunch side-by-side with their American student “ambassadors.”  This is a very enriching cultural event that the Milton Public Schools are proud to be part of.  Many thanks to MHS History teacher Kathleen Kelly for her work with this wonderful program.

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The following item was sent in by MHS and PMS teacher Nancy Warn:

I’m happy to report another great experience for the Pierce Model United Nations team, who attended a “no preparation” tournament that was aimed at teaching students how to participate effectively in Model United Nations conferences.  Prior to the conference, students were told the general topic for the conference would be Refugees and Displaced Persons, which we engaged in learning about together in our weekly meetings.  In addition, we grouped students in pairs prior to arrival – which helped our students feel more comfortable going into their tournaments.  Once they arrived, they were given country assignments and put to task.

Pierce MUN advisors, Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn took 19 students to Suffolk Law School to participate in this introductory MUN – the Global Leadership Conference.  Our students represented Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Italy, Qatar, Albania, Romania, and Ireland.

By all accounts, it was an awesome day.  Lauren Hoyt and Melissa Augustyn were great advisors and oversaw an amazing experience for Pierce students.  All students were active participants in the Conference.  The participated in moderated and unmoderated debate, resolution writing, public speaking and diplomacy to pass resolutions and solve the problems facing refugees and displaced persons as well as address the complexities for countries accepting refugees.

At the end of the day, we were proud of all participants.   Four students won awards for being the “best negotiators” in their various committees.  Ralph Destin and Adrianna Halpin-Quiroga won in their committee. In addition, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman won best negotiators in their committee.

Our next conference is on November 19th. We will be representing the United States, France and Egypt at that conference, held at Northeastern University.

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The following notice was sent to MHS parents and guardians by MHS Principal James Jette:

Please note: On Wednesday, October 19th, Milton High School will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. Please make a note of the following:

Students in grades 10 and 11 will start school at the regular time of 7:50 a.m. and report to their grade level homeroom. When the testing is over, students will resume their normal schedule for the rest of the day. Students must be on time for the test.  Once the test starts no one can be admitted to the testing.

Students in grades 9 and 12 will start school at 11:15 a.m. by going to their 5th period class. If a student has first lunch then he/she will go to lunch and then go to his/her 5th period class. There will be no block day on Wednesday, Oct. 19th.

Please remember student athletes must be in attendance for the designated amount of time to be eligible to participate in a practice or game.

Buses on this day will run on the regular schedule. We realize that this may create a timing issue for freshmen and seniors who may take the bus. If it is not possible to arrange alternative transportation on this day, students may spend time in the morning in the cafeteria. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note this very important event happening tonight at Milton High School:

Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton: How many times have you thought, “No, not my kid,”? For those who have thought this, as well as any other parent or community member who would like more information on safeguarding our kids, please note this special event tonight —  Tuesday, October 4thin the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Exhibit halls open at 5:30pm and the Speaker Panel begins at 6:30pm.

Attendees may participate in a Skill Building Forum for Parents and Guardians of K-12. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Subcommittee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. The evening will feature a resource fair in the lobby, a panel of expert speakers, video clips and opportunities for a parent Q&A. Hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment. Learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain. Learn to recognize signs of teen use. There will be vendor tables, instructional video clips and MORE! For more info, visit  www.milton-coalition.com

Expert Speaker Panel:

  • Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Public Health Consultant, MSAPC Lead Consultant “A Milton Snapshot; Youth Substance Use And Mental Health Trends”
  • Dr. Marisa Silveri, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital “How Underage Drinking, Smoking And Drugs Effects The Teenage Brain”
  • Barbara Green, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Medical Director of Youth Health Connection. Walden Behavioral Care and South Shore Hospital. “Now What? Parenting Tips and Skill Building to Raise Healthy and Safe Kids”

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The Milton Transportation Sub-Committee has recently met and set some goals for the 2016-2017 school year.  Issues that the committee is currently dealing with are implementing the Walk/Bike to School program.  The Kick Off Wednesday is tomorrow, October 5th.  We will have a special visit that day from Red Sox Nation’s Wally The Green Monster to congratulate all the walkers and bikers.  He will visit Cunningham, Collicot and Glover as they arrive in morning and Tucker Students as they are dismissed in the afternoon!

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Please help support our Boosters and our MHS sports teams! There will be a car wash in the driveway of the Cunningham School on Saturday, October 15th from 9am to noon. The cost is $10 per vehicle and proceeds will benefit the MHS Girls Indoor Track Team.

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Swing for Sports, our annual benefit for Milton High School athletics, will be held Tuesday, October 11th at Wollaston Golf Course starting at 9:30am. The Boosters invite individuals, teams, sponsors and spectators to participate in a golf tournament, tennis round robin, silent and live auctions, as well as an evening reception. Big prizes include a a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize and a new car hole-in-one prize, the latter sponsored by Toyota of Braintree.

Entry fees include a box lunch, green fees, a golf cart, hors d’oeuvres and the dinner reception. A number of sponsorships are also available. Visit www.miltonboosters.com to register or provide sponsorship, or email swingforsports@miltonboosters.com for more information.

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The following item was sent to us by Sunni Fleming and Rebecca Stover, MPS parents and The Jared Box Supply Drive organizers:

Create the Change Day 2016: Project Giving Kids is excited to announce our latest approach to getting kids involved in giving back – our first Create the Change Day will take place on October 30th from 1-4pm at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

This event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids and families to volunteer and will feature numerous Boston area nonprofit organization from The Jared Box Project, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Hospitality Homes and many others.

Starting this week, Milton elementary schools will be doing a supply drive for one of the on-site partner projects, The Jared Box Project. A Jared Box is a plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, games, and fun activities. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals. Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital. Please be on the lookout for a flyer with details of the supply drive. Below are the links to Project Giving Kids, The Jared Box Project and the Create the Change Day Event.

Any questions, please send emai to stover.rebecca@gmail.com  and sunni.fleming@outlook.com

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

I received the following notice from one of my colleagues from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I would encourage any Milton parent/guardian who is interested to attend:

We hope you will join us on campus for our Thursday, October 6th forum featuring Ron Suskind talking about Life, Animated, the story of the remarkable journey of his autistic son. Please share this information with members of your community. These programs are free and open to the public.  The event will be held from 5:30 to 7pm, and the topic is Life, Animated: Autism, Ableism, and Educators.

Ron Suskind will speak about Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, the book and award-winning documentary about reaching his autistic son through Disney characters. He will engage in conversation with Michael Stein of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability and HGSE Professor Tom Hehir. This forum is being held in conjunction with the Disability and Equity @ Work: The Power of Policy, Myth and Practice from Higher Education to Employment conference. The conference is sponsored by HGSE Access and Disability Services, the HGSE Office of Student Affairs, the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. This forum is part of Teaching and Learning Week. For more information, click here.

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The annual MFE’s 18th annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to thank the dozens of students from the Milton Public Schools who volunteered their time on Sunday to help make the Celebrate Milton event such a huge success. Our tradition of community service in the Milton Public Schools was fully on display at this event, with our students representing their schools and their towns with pride.

Staff:  I would like to recognize Glover Elementary School teacher Shauna O’Leary, who recently learned that her project proposal has been accepted by the Massachusetts Reading Association. Ms. O’Leary’s has also been invited to speak about her proposal, “Thinking Through Your Pencil” at the Massachusetts Reading Association’s annual conference on April 6th and 7th, 2017 in Quincy.

Volunteers: I would like to  thank the following volunteers from our School Committee’s Transportation & Traffic Safety Subcommittee: Chair Sheila Varela; MPS parents Karrie Forgues, Michelle Schweitzer, Tracey Troiano, Jane Greene, Brian Canavan, Rachel Shanor, Trisha Sullivan; DOT Liaison Jana Linhart;  Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek; and Transportation Director Jake Smith.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

September 28th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 28•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday September 28th, 2016

Congratulations to the Milton High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD.) This group was recognized yesterday by the South Shore Families, Adolescents and Communities Together against Substances. The award was the “Community Heroes” award and we think our SADD team is very well-deserving! Great job!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Please read the report below, which I prepared with the district’s Data Specialist, Vy Vu:

In school year 2015-16, Milton Public Schools students participated in the Science MCAS in grades 5, 8, and 9. Grade 9 science MCAS is reported out by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) a year later when students are in grade 10. The MCAS was also given to grade 10 students in ELA and Math, a high school graduation requirement. Additionally, in grades 3 to 8, students took the computer-based PARCC tests in ELA and Math.

Below are the results of MCAS testing for Milton Public Schools:

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In the second year of official PARCC testing, the assessment changed slightly from the previous year in that it was shortened to one sitting at the end of the year as opposed to two sittings (Performance-Based Assessment and End of Year). Also, about 72% of students in grades 3-8 took PARCC in 2015-16 versus 54% in the prior year. Because of this shift in a majority of students taking the PARCC, the state could not calculate “state results” as it did last year using large representative sampling. Therefore, only district and school results are provided.

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Individual student MCAS and PARCC reports will be mailed home to families early next week, as we expect to receive these reports from the state department of education later this week. Please contact your child’s current teacher/principal if you have any question regarding performance.

Looking at the current 2016-17 school year and going forward, ESE will be changing our state assessment to a Next-Generation MCAS (or MCAS 2.0) in lieu of PARCC for grades 3-8 in ELA and Math. Like PARCC, MCAS 2.0 will be computer-based and will test our Massachusetts learning standards. MCAS 2.0 will build on existing MCAS items, PARCC items, and items developed specifically for this assessment.

In Milton, we are committed to preparing our students for any assessment, so we will be monitoring the implementation of this Next-Gen MCAS very closely. A standardized state assessment is a useful measure of what our students have learned during the year, and in this transitional period for the state, we ask for your continued assistance in motivating your students to achieve their best. Please be reminded that the state assessment is one of multiple measures – including homework, quizzes, internal assessments, class participation, projects, etc. – that we use in the district to evaluate your child’s performance. We firmly believe that the tremendous value of an education greatly exceeds any one singular measure.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 5th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS teacher Kathleen Kelly:

We are happy to welcome our Japanese exchange students to Milton High School on Friday, September 30th! This is our 12th annual celebration in which Sakae Higashi High Schools’ junior class will come to experience the culture of Milton High and the United States. This year, we have the largest group in 12 years; 450 Japanese students will shadow the schedules of MHS students. Our students will mimic Japanese culture with exchanging of gifts with their Japanese partners. Sakae Higashi picks up the cost for lunch for our MHS students in thanks for allowing our visit.

The following was submitted by MHS art teacher, Karen Hughes:

For the second year, Milton High School is participating in the History Makers Back to School program. On Wednesday, October 5th, Mr. Napoleon Jones-Henderson, a nationally recognized artist from Boston, will speak to students in the auditorium as a part of the History Makers Back to School program. The History Makers is an organization that sponsors a Back to School program each year, bringing local artists, entrepreneurs and leaders into schools around the country to stress the importance of education. Students listen to their story, and then pledge to make education an important part of their lives.

The following was sent by MPS Health/PE Director Noel Vigue:

Health and Physical Education Update: Our elementary students are off to an incredible start in their Physical Education classes. Kindergarten students are getting familiar with their new environment and are very excited to get moving and grooving with their classmates.  Their enthusiasm is infectious!  Students in grades 1 through 5 are learning elements of basic fitness with their “Fitness Olympics” unit.  We have a wide variety of fitness activities planned for the month of October.  We’re working on developing endurance for sustained effort, sportsmanship and team work with an emphasis on cooperation and sharing.  Students will also be involved in elementary social-emotional health education through the Second Step program with their classroom teachers.  This is a wonderful program with weekly concepts and objectives that look to foster and develop social and emotional learning. For example, in Unit 1, second grade students explore being respectful and learning how to be attentive listeners.

Wednesday, October 5th marks the date for our Walk/Bike to School Day. Milton Public Schools is a proud supporter of this nationwide event.  Elementary students, along with their friends, families, neighbors, and classmates will look to demonstrate healthy and active lifestyles by walking or biking to school.  Please consider joining us in modeling healthy behaviors.  Secondly, we hope you can also join us in a wonderful active family event; the 18th Annual Monster Dash, which is set for Sunday, October 30th, at Cunningham Park.  For more information please go to: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/events.php

Pierce Middle School students enrolled in health education this fall have been through four classes thus far. Students in 6th grade health are discussing aspects of bullying, while 7th graders are evaluating their personal wellness regarding controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.  8th graders are studying bullying as it relates to sexual harassment.   Students in physical education are traveling to Rio for the Pierce Olympics. Students participate in personal fitness assessments, establishing their baseline data and set personal goals to work on throughout the year. Other fall units include flag football and soccer.

At Milton High School, Health and Physical Education are combined into one course. Students have four units during their PE/Health class – three units of Physical Education and one unit of Health Education, which rotate approximately every ten days with the same teacher.  During the fall, students are learning how to be physically literate with several activities, including football, soccer, and softball.  These units offer ample opportunities for students to develop responsibility, take ownership, display appropriate sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.  From kindergarten to grade 12, students are assessed on several fitness components.  These assessments are useful for student self-reflection and both short-term and long-term goal setting.  Our expectations are: students gain knowledge to be life-long movers, demonstrate applied concepts, consistent productivity (i.e. putting forth their best efforts), and demonstrating higher levels of learning.   During health class, students in grades 9 and 10 are developing refusal skills, learning the impact of underage alcohol use on their overall well-being and the negative health effects of tobacco use.  Juniors and seniors are preparing to save lives, as they study elements of the American Red Cross CPR & First Aid course.  Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any questions, or feel free to reach out to me, Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education for Milton Public Schools at nvigue@miltonps.org.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

 The following item was submitted by Milton School Committee Member Sheila Varela:

The Milton Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee recently met and set goals for the 2016-2017 school year. One of the issues that the committee is currently working on is the implementation of the Walk/Bike to School program.  The Kick Off Wednesday is on October 5th.  Parents/guardians who are interested in assisting with your schools walk/bike to school program should reach out to their child’s school Transportation Representative.

Transportation Director Jake Smith is in progress of starting up our Safety Patrol Program for fifth-graders at each of the four elementary schools. Any fifth-grade student who would like to serve on the Safety Patrol should contact their school’s administrative assistant.

Traffic issues at the Glover School are also a priority for the committee to resolve this fall. The committee is working with traffic officials in town to come up with resolutions to the current Glover concerns. I would like to thank this year’s representatives: Glover: Karrie Forgues; Tucker: Michelle Schweitzer and Tracey Troiano; Collicot: Jane Greene; Cunningham: Brian Canavan; Pierce: Rachel Shanor; Milton High School: Trisha Sullivan.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Recently the Cultural Competency Committee applied for and received the Learning & Leadership Grant from The National Education Foundation. This is a $5000 grant that will support the work of building cultural competency within our organization. The money will be used specifically to provide a variety of professional development opportunities for staff. Thank you to the following members who serve with me on the Cultural Competency Committee. Vy Vu, Larry Jordan, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Dr. Dennis Slaughter, Dr. Angela Burke, Janet Sheehan and James Jette.

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More good news from Pierce Middle School! PMS Science teacher Allison Meleedy’s application to host a Girls Who Code Club at the Pierce has been submitted and approved. Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. The organization runs both school-year and summer programs which teach computing and programming skills to middle and high school girls. This approval means that Pierce could have a Girls Who Code club up and running in the next few months. Great news!

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The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! We have taken the classic Monopoly game and Miltonized it!  Most of the spaces around the board feature businesses in Milton. The games are now available for purchase for $25. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset the costs of competing this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA and the 2017 State Leadership Conference held annually at Bentley University. Miltonopoly will be available this Sunday, October 2nd at Celebrate Milton at Pierce Middle School.  For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Safeguarding Our Kids in Risky Times K-12 – Substance Use Awareness and Prevention in Milton

How many times have you thought, “No, not my kid,”? For those who have thought this, as well as any other parent or community member who would like more information on safeguarding our kids, please note this special event on Tuesday, October 4th in the Milton High School Auditorium. Exhibit halls open at 5:30pm and the Speaker Panel begins at 6:30pm.

Attendees may participate in a Skill Building Forum for Parents and Guardians of K-12. This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Public Schools Health and Wellness Sub-Committee, the Milton Board of Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital –Milton and the Marc A. Susi Scholarship Fund. The evening will feature a resource fair in the lobby, a panel of expert speakers, video clips and opportunities for a parent Q&A. Hear the latest results of the recent Milton youth assessment. Learn techniques of talking to your kids about substance use prevention. Hear from prevention experts on the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing teen brain. Learn to recognize signs of teen use. There will be vendor tables, instructional video clips and MORE! For more info, visit  www.milton-coalition.com

Expert Speaker Panel:

  • Laurie Stillman, MMHS, Public Health Consultant, MSAPC Lead Consultant “A Milton Snapshot; Youth Substance Use And Mental Health Trends”
  • Dr. Marisa Silveri, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital “How Underage Drinking, Smoking And Drugs Effects The Teenage Brain”
  • Barbara Green, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Medical Director of Youth Health Connection. Walden Behavioral Care and South Shore Hospital. “Now What? Parenting Tips and Skill Building to Raise Healthy and Safe Kids”

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The following item was submitted Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai:

The Tucker School community has completed its new playground, which includes a soccer mini-pitch, activity stencils, and an initial round of benches. We hope that the Tucker community will be able to join us to see the space, enjoy light refreshments and for a brief ceremony tonight, Wednesday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m. You are also welcome to stay for our annual potluck which will begin at 6:00 p.m. and there will be an opportunity to see the new space in action! For additional information you can visit the evite (http://evite.me/a8Px33fesc) or call 617-696-4291. Thank you again for being a part of the Tucker School Community!

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Boosters:

The “Swing for Sports” benefit for Milton High School athletics will be held on Tuesday, October 11th at the Wollaston Golf Course starting at 9:30 am. This annual event, which welcomes individuals, teams, and sponsors as well as spectators, features a golf tournament, a tennis round robin, silent and live auctions, and an evening reception. Two particular golf prizes are highlighted: a $10,000 cash hole-in-one prize and a new car hole-in-one prize, the latter sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Entry fees include a box lunch, green fees, a golf cart, hors d’oeuvres and the dinner reception. A number of sponsorships are also available.

“This is an extremely popular event that sold out last year, so we encourage everyone to register early,” says John McDonnell from the Milton High School Boosters. “It’s a great way to get out there and swing a gold club or a tennis racket, and know when you do that you’re supporting our kids’ health and wellbeing through sports.”

Teams, individuals, and sponsors can register online at www.miltonboosters.com, and questions can be directed to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com.

About us: The Milton High School Booster Club is a group of parents, volunteers and other interested parties whose mission is to enrich the MHS athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for Milton High School athletics. The Boosters raises funds through the annual Swing For Sports event, concession-stands sales indoors and at Brooks field, and through memberships. More at www.miltonboosters.com

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The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 2016 Induction Class. Joining the Hall of Fame are James Blake (’49), Thomas Brennan, Jack Griffin (’79), Patrick Dunn (’96), Ryan Ciampa (’99), William Maheras (’02), and the 1986 Field Hockey team as well as the recipient of the Chairman’s Award, Derrick Snowden (’89).

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 22nd.  There will be a brief ceremony to unveil the plaques at Milton High School followed by dinner and awards ceremony at the Common Market in Quincy. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by contacting Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org). Tickets are $65 per person and can be paid for by check.

Tickets are limited so make sure to reserve your seat as soon as possible for this wonderful celebration of some of Milton’s finest athletes.

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Save the date for Milton High School’s musical production of CINDERELLA! You don’t want to miss this enchanting production proudly prepared by Director Brittany Rolfs and her talented troupe:

  • Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 5th at 3:00PM and 7:00PM.

Admission: $10.00

Tickets will be available for purchase in the Milton High School office beginning October 17th. Can’t wait that long? You can catch a preview at Celebrate Milton on Sunday, October 2nd!

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Parents of Grades 1-8 runners …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m.
Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m.
Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m.

For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was sent by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

Are you looking for ways to become involved at your child’s school? Whether you have time to join a committee that meets regularly or are only able to help out occasionally there are many opportunities for you.   Studies have shown that increased parental involvement can boost achievement levels in students.

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, parents, community members and students (at the high school level). 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 at times volunteer, 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. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

Milton Public Schools is committed to creating a strong partnership between family and school. When families and schools work in partnership, studies show an increase in student achievement. One opportunity families and schools have to connect is through a visit to your child’s classroom.  Each school in the district will be holding an open house over the next couple of weeks to provide parents an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher, see their classrooms and learn about the curriculum.  Parent attendance helps to foster a strong connection with your child’s teacher and sends a great message to your child.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

In February of 2016, an amazing Inclusion Task Force was formed. This group is comprised of representatives from the School Committee, community, parents, and staff. Members of the 2016-2017 Inclusion Task Force include: Leroy Walker, Angela Burke, Michelle Connolly, Kathy Fagan, Norah Ferry, Tracy Grandeau, Kelly Herbert, Kelli Horton Prodanas, Larry Jordan, Kevin Lenane, Kelly Losi, Tina Mahon, Lindsay McMahon, Caroline Mannion, Jennie Mulqueen, Jonathan Redden, Bob Reetz, and Sara Truog.  The Inclusion Task Force has met monthly and will continue to work hard in the coming school year. The task force strives to promote the inclusion and a set of structured and consistent inclusive practices across the district and community. This year the Inclusion Task Force will be focused on obtaining feedback from educators as well as reviewing the needs of the district and the community to promote inclusive opportunities for all students.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for MPS:

At Milton Public School Food Service, it is Cool to Eat at School, we are committed to helping your student form the healthy habits today that will last a lifetime! We are building a new website! Along with information about meal components, menus, meal applications, and online payments…you will find interactive nutrition lesson plans, nutrition videos, nutrition games, fitness calculators, fun activities, and healthy recipes…

Check out our district’s interactive and user friendly website www.miltonps.org and learn how you can eat right and stay fit! Our webpage can be found under the “Department” tab of the district’s main website and then click the button to find the new website and menus. We now have our elementary breakfast menu posted as well as our Tucker School breakfast in the classroom menu.  Coming in November we will have all of our new lunch menus posted. You can also find a Scan QR Code for School Nutrition Website. Soon you will be able to check out nutritional information using the Mobile App on the go!

Download our NEW Mobile App for Interactive Nutritional Menus at your fingertips, make online payments and more! Use the QR code or at Web Menus by School Nutrition and Fitness at your app store.  Our unique QR code is on our new website.

The School Nutrition Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students’ health, well-being and their ability to learn. They are taking the lead to promote Nutrition and Fitness for our students. Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. When your nutritional needs are met it is easier to focus and learn. When you are physically fit you are more alert, more positive and enjoy a better quality of life. Combine good nutrition with physical activity and you will have a winning combination to succeed in school.

Eating healthy is a serious concern. The incidence of overweight children, Type II Diabetes and other health concerns are on the rise in America. It is directly related to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. Learn what you should be doing about it on our website or check out parent newsletters, nutritional information, and more on our Mobile App! Check out us out at…www.miltonps.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions: Jacqueline Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The annual MFE’s 18th annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Got weekend plans? Plan to join the fun at Celebrate Milton 2016 on Sunday October 2nd, from 12pm – 4pm at Pierce Middle School. The event takes place rain or shine. There’s no admission fee, and something for everyone:  food tent, free children’s amusements, musical entertainment, silent auction, gift basket and gift certificate raffle, and exhibitors representing many of the businesses and organizations in Milton. ¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

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The Milton community is invited to a Masquerade Ball & Silent Auction on Saturday, October 22nd from 7-11pm. This event is sponsored by the Milton Playground Planners and will be held at the Milton Hoosic Club. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but not required and prizes will be given for Best Costume. Judging will be done by the evening’s MCs, Lisa Donovan, of KISS 108’s Matty in the Morning show. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com/events and 100% of the proceeds will go towards playground renovations in the Town of Milton’s parks.

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The Village School Celebrates 50 Years! The Village School will be hosting a Parent Celebration on Saturday, October 15th at 7pm as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Current and past parents are invited to come together for a night out at the Wollaston Club to celebrate 50 years of Village School excellence and reunite with new and old friends. Appetizers, music and a cash bar will make for a memorable night. Tickets are $75 per person and a portion of the ticket price will help to support the Village School. To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Tess Doyle: tessdoyle@gmail.com

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The Milton Times unveiled a new app this week, called The Milton Insider. This app offers information about the community, a staff-moderated forum called “Free for All,” a Milton residential phone book and Milton High School sports information, along with Boosters events. To download the app, click one of the links below.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1139878561

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.milton.insider

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An exciting new project in town, Milton Reflecting, will be holding their launch at Sunday’s Celebrate Milton event. Milton Reflecting is the collaborative brain-child of a group of community organizations and individuals led by a partnership between the Milton Public Library and visiting national theater artists PearlDamour.  The community cohort includes Citizens for a Diverse Milton, Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Milton Art Center, Milton Dialogues, ¡Celebrate Milton!, Milton Public Schools, and the Elder Residences of Fuller Village, Winter Valley, and Unquity House, as well as individuals including Jenn Manak, Tanya Frank, Nancy Selig, and Jeff Stone.  Ron Bell has recently joined Milton Reflecting as Lead Community Organizer, focusing on outreach, recruitment for special events, audience development and community relations. Please stop by the Milton Reflecting table to learn more about this project, which will be producing a play about five towns named Milton around the United States. On Sunday, you can meet the team, try out a Story Circle (2pm), get interviewed or help build a giant Milton Reflecting mobile.

 FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs. Please enjoy the poem below, which is very fitting for this time of year:

The High School Band in September

Reed Whittemore

On warm days in September the high school band
Is up with the birds and marches along our street,
Boom boom,
To a field where it goes boom boom until eight forty-five
When it marches, as in the old rhyme, back, boom boom,
To its study halls, leaving our street
Empty except for the leaves that descend to no drum
And lie still.
In September
A great many high school bands beat a great many drums,
And the silences after their partings are very deep.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following information was sent by Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian:

The Milton Public Library will be offering yoga classes for teens with Ms. Joanne Lloyd on select Tuesdays from 4-5pm in October, November, and December in the Keys Community Room. Remember how as a kid you wanted to shake those sillies out? Well now you can stretch those sillies out… through YOGA! Join Ms. Joanne for a free yoga class from 4-5pm on October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6, and December 20. You can come to one, you can come to all! Sign up through our online calendar. Don’t forget your mat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Joanne Lloyd is a clinical social worker and currently works as a psychotherapist in Brookline. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, Yogafest, Faneuil Hall, and in local daycare centers in the Boston area. Joanne’s yoga training includes the Radiant Child Yoga Program, Circus Yoga, YogaKids and through Karma Kids Yoga in NYC.  She has trained in Therapeutic Yoga with local and international leaders in the field. For more information, please contact Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or mcupidon@ocln.org.

The following listings were sent in by MPL Children’s Librarian, Sara Truog:

Fall wouldn’t be complete without fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 2 – 8:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. October’s book will be The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett. Registration is required.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmer’s Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at six farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, October 7, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services. To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

Please note, the MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a carwash at Cunningham Elementary School this Saturday from 8am to noontime.

The following update was sent by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Girls Soccer: The team continued its strong play as they ran their record to 5-2 in Bay State play. Katherine Buchanan shut out Framingham 1-0 with Chae Diani netting the game winning goal. The Cats fell to Dedham 4-3 as Diani scored 2 goals

Boys Soccer: The team broke in the win column with back-to-back wins over Dedham 4-0 and Xaverian 3-2. The team is now 2-6. In the Dedham game, the Cats were led by a hat trick from Anthony Goncalves and a goal from Liam Donelan. In the Xaverian game, Goncalves netted 2 and Donelan 1 goal.

Football: The team ran their record to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in league action with 38-7 win over Walpole. Koby Osazee led the way for the Cats once again, with 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. QB Owen Keaney ran for a score and threw 2 touchdown passes, one of 14 yards to William Crowley and another of 68 yards to Smith Charles. Kicker Aiden Walsh nailed a 28 yard field goal as well as all 5 of his extra points. The Cats will host Natick this Friday at 7pm at Brooks Field.

Golf: The Golf team stands 3-3 overall and 3-1 in league matches as they begin their toughest week of the season with 4 matches in 4 days vs. Wellesley, Framingham and Norwood on back-to-back days.

Girls Cross Country: The Girls XC team raced past both Newton North 19-36 and Natick 23-32 in a tri-match at Houghton’s Pond to improve their record to 7-0. Milton was led by first-place finisher Bridget Mitchell and second-place finisher Colette O’Leary. The Cats continued to shine this past weekend as they took first place in a regional, invitation-only meet, the Bowdoin Park Classic, in Wappinger Falls, New York.

Boys Cross Country: The team lost to Newton North 47-16 and to Natick 31-24. The Cat’s top 3 finishers were Nick Villard, Bobby Carew, and Kyle Dempsey.

Volleyball: The team went 2 and 2 last week and is now 4-5 on the season as they defeated Archbishop Williams 3-0 and Dedham 3-0 while losing to Framingham 3-2 and Marblehead 3-1. In the match versus Archies Lauren Griswold led the way with 9 service points, Marie Fallon added 8 kills and Francesca Coyne had 6 kills. In the tough five-set heartbreaker to Framingham the Cats were led by Eva Hiller’s 17 service points, Gillian Handy with 15 service points and Joanna Needham with 19 digs.

Field Hockey: The team sits at 3 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie after beating Dedham in a league game 3-0, behind the strong play of net minder Devin Coulter who racked up her 4th shut-out of the season.  Katie Abbott tallied first and then Caroline Bligh lit the lamp post with an incredible assist from Maggie Ware. The next day the Cat’s lost 3-0 in a non-league tilt versus a very strong Notre Dame of Hingham team.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize Sam Higgins, a Pierce student, who recently performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Peace Clock in the Trygve Lie Plaza at the United Nations Complex in New York City.  Sam was asked by M.I.T. Professor of Music, Peter Child, to perform his composition Peace Poem After a Ugaritic Inscription for the event.  Sam Higgins is a member of the Boston City Singers Training Choir and is currently in their Cantare Chorus. The plaza honoring Norwegian statesman Trygve Lie (1896-1968), the first Secretary-General of the United Nations, has been reconstructed and refurbished with new concrete, bluestone, benches and landscaping. The Peace Clock by Norwegian artist Lina Viste Grønli is a kinetic sculpture whose hands form the peace sign twice a day at 4:30.

Staff:   I would like to recognize our district’s Data Specialist, Vy Vu. Ms. Vu works on a daily basis with our administrators and teachers, leading and instructing them on how to use assessment and data – from SATs, APs, PARRC and MCAS to internal tests and quizzes, and even athletic and club participation. Ms. Vu works at all levels of our district and is involved with every aspect of the Milton Public Schools. She serves on our Cultural Competency Committee, prepares our district’s Diversity Report and compiles data requests from multiple sources. On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, in this data-driven environment, I am very grateful to have a professional who can help our district use data to drive instruction and improve student achievement. I am also pleased to share the news that Ms. Vu recently moved into the town of Milton with her husband and two young children. Welcome, and thank you!

Volunteers: The Milton Public Schools have plenty of unsung heroes who quietly volunteer their time with little or no recognition. I would like to publicly thank one of those people – Ms. Candace Brown. Ms. Brown (“Candy”) has probably logged hundreds of hours in her capacity as the Car Wash/Bottle & Can Drive organizer for the Milton Boosters. Thanks to Ms. Brown’s efforts over the years, our sports teams have raised thousands of dollars for equipment, uniforms and all the little extras they would otherwise have to go without. We have heard that Ms. Brown will be relinquishing her role as the scheduler for the Boosters, although we suspect she may still be a very visible presence. Please join me in thanking Candy Brown for all her hard work through the years.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.