Milton Public Schools

September 19th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 19•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

After the devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck Texas and Florida, and with the approaching Hurricanes Jose and Maria showing potential for additional damage, members of the Milton Public School community have been brainstorming ways to help our fellow Americans. One initiative I am proud to announce is a K-12 benefit concert, to be held at Milton High School on October 17th. We will announce more details as the event draws closer. Please contact Dawn Sykes if you would like to volunteer to help with the concert (ticket sales, etc.) at dsykes@miltonps.org

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Great news! Milton Public Schools are joining forces with eight other school districts to tackle issues like substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and bullying by addressing students’ social and emotional needs. As part of the Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning (exSEL) Network, Milton will design new initiatives to help students develop skills like grit, persistence, empathy, and healthy decision-making.

This has been a priority of mine for some time. Research shows that districts who implement this will increase their schools’ performance and enhance the life prospects of their students. I’m thrilled that we will be getting support from experts, through this exSEL grant, to help us implement this program.

Participating districts will build overall knowledge of social-emotional learning practices, use actionable data to drive improvement, and share lessons learned with each other. Each district will develop a unique plan to address the specific social-emotional needs of its students.

“While Massachusetts is a national leader in academics, we have work to do when it comes to addressing the non-cognitive learning needs of our students,” said Tom Scott, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for School Superintendents. “Social and emotional skills are the foundation for success both in school and after graduation. Today’s employers expect workers to have technical and academic knowledge as well as a broad range of interpersonal skills.”

The development of social and emotional skills is tied to better academic performance, higher college graduation rates, increased employment and wages, lower risk of substance abuse and criminal activity, and better overall health and well-being.

Other participating district include Brockton, Canton, Fitchburg, Mendon-Upton, Millbury, Monomoy (Chatham and Harwich), Tri-Town (Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield), and Whitman-Hanson— and serve more than 40,000 students. The group was selected to represent a cross-section of districts in Massachusetts after a competitive application process highlighting each districts’ social-emotional needs.

The project is led by the exSEL Coalition, whose members include the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts Organization of Educational Collaboratives, and Massachusetts School Administrators Association. The exSEL Coalition’s non-profit partners—the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, Transforming Education, and Teachers 21—will provide expertise, support, and training for the network.

“The Milton Public Schools are on the road to creating great things around the promotion of Social Emotional Learning. This opportunity will put us on a fast track,” said Laurie Stillman, the District’s Social Emotional Learning Facilitator, who wrote the grant.

I am grateful to the following members of our exSEL Committee:

Shelagh Breathnach
Karen Cahill
James Jette
Mary Bianca Mattocks
Karen McDavitt
Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai
Asst. Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Dr. Karen Spaulding
Laurie Stillman
Lisa Veldran
Noel Vigue

 For those of you who have not heard, we have a new Director of Instructional Technology, AJ Melanson. Mr. Melanson wrote the following item to announce some good news:

Milton Public Schools is excited to announce the implementation of the PlusPortals by Rediker, our new and improved way to provide online, real time communication, and to access class information.  The PlusPortals will replace Edline. Rediker’s Parent/Guardian and Student PlusPortals are powerful, user-friendly systems that give parents, students, and educators easy access to information about class information.

Through PlusPortals, schools will be able to share the following information with you.

  • Attendance records, giving parents the ability to submit tardy and absent letters.
  • Schedules with detailed class information.
  • Alerts and announcements to help you stay informed about upcoming events and happenings.
  • School directory of parents (optional) and staff.
  • Communication platform among teachers, students and parents.
  • Automatic email notifications when new data is posted to PlusPortals.

Please keep in mind that the full implementation of PlusPortals will take several weeks to complete.  Edline and the Portals will be running simultaneously until the full implementation is complete. In addition, a new MPS website is in the works!  Once the new website is live, Edline will no longer be available, and the new website and Portals will be the only way to access information for the district, school, and teachers.  The target date for full implementation is October 1st.  Teachers are currently working hard on their class pages, and administrators and staff are transferring resources and documents to the Portals and the forthcoming, upgraded district website.

Last week MHS and Pierce Middle School sent Parent Portal login information.  If you have a student in grades six through twelve and have not received Portal login instructions, please contact your school’s administrative assistant.  Elementary parents will receive their Portal login information before their school’s Open House.  Students will receive a hard copy of their Portal login information during the school day.

Tutorials are located on their Portal home page, in the bottom right corner in the section titled “School Links & Files”.  Click on the drop down box to the right of the title and select “PlusPortal Tutorials”.  To view a tutorial, click on the blue icon to the right.

For more information regarding the Parent Portal in PlusPortal please follow the follwing link: http://www.redikersupport.com/documentation/parentplus.htm

Would you like to have the Portal on your handheld device?  Please follow the links below to add the ParentPlus or StudentPlus app to your device.

For Apple Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

For Andriod Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on September 6th. That meeting is summarized below.

Sept 6th: This meeting began with a Social Emotional Learning Presentation by SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman. Click here to view the presentation. Next, the committee voted to approve the appointment of School Physician Dr. Patricia Guglietta. As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee approved an edited 2017-18 calendar of meetings. The Finance Subcommittee gave a report before approving vendor warrants. The Policy Subcommittee had first readings of Policy BBA, School Committee Powers and Duties, as well as Policy BBB, School Committee Membership and Term of Office. The Strategic Planning Committee and Transportation Subcommittees also presented updates before the meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 27th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

 The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators, Bernadette Butler (Cunningham), Catherine DesRoche (Tucker), Amy Gale (Collicot), and Sara MacNeil (Glover):

 We are pleased to announce that this year, students at the elementary level will be participating in a new literacy program, National Geographic’s Reach for Reading Program.

Milton’s Literacy Leadership Committee collaborated over the past year, with outside consultants, to review programs and recommended practices relating to literacy. It was determined that National Geographic’s Reach for Reading Program would provide a comprehensive research-based approach for literacy success for the students attending the Milton Public Schools.

This core curriculum provides the opportunity for students to develop important foundational skills while at the same time developing a love for reading, stamina and fluency through the accompanying authentic literature. The original National Geographic content helps students to engage in meaningful reading and writing experiences that build vocabulary and language, allows for the rich analysis of texts and the opportunity to employ higher order thinking skills in questioning and responding.  The curriculum is fully aligned with the Common Core standards and will allow for us to continually monitor the progress our students are making and provide the necessary interventions to support and challenge their learning.

Due to the vast resources this curriculum provides, Reach for Reading trainers have been available to teachers to provide support on early release and full professional development days. Principals, assistant principals/coordinators, reading specialists, and members of the Literacy Leadership Team have also been available to support teachers with any needs that arise.   Both teachers and students are very excited about Reach for Reading and are adopting this new curriculum with great interest and enthusiasm!

We are hoping that our families will partner with us as we strive to support each and every one of our students to develop strong literacy skills that can be used across all content areas.  As we begin our work within the program, we are assessing all students to ensure that our teaching meets their needs, but also immersing students in engaging thematic study. Below is an overview of the themes that students are exploring by grade level these first weeks of school. Please ask your child about these themes, what they are reading in school and as always encourage library visits and nightly reading at home.

Kindergarten- Step Into School
Grade 1- My Family
Grade 2- Hello Neighbors
Grade 3- Happy to Help
Grade 4- Living Traditions
Grade 5- Crossing Between Cultures

In addition, this week teachers have begun exploring the student online component of Reach for Reading (MyNGConnect) in their classrooms. Once the children are comfortable with utilizing this resource in school, we will send usernames and passwords home for parents to allow for extra practice, games and assignments on this user friendly platform. This link will allow you to preview the student site’s homepage. On this site you will find access to parent resources, the student anthology and a plethora of other games and activities.

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 The following item was submitted by Alysa Buchanan, ELE Coordinator:

The English Language Education Department supports linguistically and culturally diverse students in their acquisition of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English. Support services are provided in all of the six Milton Public Schools and the ELE teachers are especially trained and licensed to teach English as a Second Language. Additionally, content area and classroom teachers across Milton hold, or are in the process of obtaining, the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement which is specific training to support students of varying English proficiency levels to obtain educational success in our schools.

The ELE team is currently in the process of notifying parents of their child’s eligibility in the program or graduation from our program and this notification happens on an annual basis. We have many ways in which we communicate with families by using interpreters, translations, family member liaisons, an on demand phone interpreting service, communication apps as well as a diverse ELE staff who speak multiple languages themselves. We are very excited that this year, along with support from the School Committee and override, we have increased staffing to meet the instructional needs of our growing population of English Learners. The additional staffing ensures that can continue to support the students and families in our schools.

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The following item was submitted by Milton School Committee member and Early-Childhood Advocate Ada Rosmarin:

We should all be proud to see where Milton stands in the Massachusetts trends for Full Day Kindergarten.  It is so wonderful that FDK is now available to 100% of our students at no cost.  As noted in this piece, “Kindergarten is a critical point in the birth-third grade trajectory of early learning, so it is important that the kindergarten year be as high-quality an experience as possible, for children, families, and teachers.”

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The following information was submitted by Karen Cahill, Director of Guidance:

Advanced Placement News: We are very proud to announce the recipients of AP Scholar awards. This year, Milton High School had 61 AP Scholars; 29 AP Scholars with Honors; 36 AP Scholars with Distinction; and three National AP Scholars.

In addition to the outstanding achievements by the AP Scholars listed below, the most recent results show that more students achieved qualifying scores of 3, 4 and 5 than in past years. Detailed information on district-wide AP scores will be released in October.

Please see both the recipients and the criteria required for each level of recognition. This is an amazing achievement.

AP SCHOLARS — Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Graduates – Class of 2017: Maia Adley, Ruby Poveromo-Baker, Sara Cavanaugh, Liam Chase, Bailey Cook, Devin Coulter, Carmen Cushing, Amy Dai, Daniel deBenedictis, Alexander Dustin, Patrick Egan, Max Fitzgerald, Omar Fraser, Kevin Huang, Madison Jrolf, Olivia Kelly, James Long, William Macmillan, Steve Matin, Samuel McGrath, Felicia Nguyen, Hannah O’Toole, Paige Purcell, Owen Regan, Thomas Reilly, Ishan Shukla, Stephen Tan, Lilly Tennyson.

Seniors: Ryan Au, Brendan Baker, Shoilee Banerjee, Christopher Caputo, David Casaz, Claire Casey, Eva Chow, Genevieve Connelly, Zachary Cormier, Josephine Cousineau, John Cullen, Ornella Ebongue, Xavier Fischer, Patrick Fitzgerald, Mercedes Harvell, Gigi Jiang, Helene Juzyca, Nora Kelly, James Le, Finley Link Nethania Marc, Caroline McGillivray, Meagan McMahon, Emma Newell, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Edward Pelletier, Taylor Snellen, Ashley Thermidor-Payne, James Tran, Grace Varela, Andrew Viveiros.

AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Graduates – Class of 2017: Julia Biagiotti, Allison Carey, Matthew DiCarlo, Liam Donelan, Lauren Griswold, Cameron Keliher, Sarah Lam, Olivia Medeiros, Elena Milwood, Destiny Perkins, Shane Savage, Andrew Steele, Katherine Steele, Clara Tennyson, Christina Tougias.

Seniors: Khalil Darouichi, James Eder, Sean Erlich, Alyssa Foster, Gillian Handy, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Jasper Malcolm, Griffin McLaughlin, Mary Kate Murtagh, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Isaac Pilavin, Isaac Savona, Benjamin Scott.

AP SCHOLAR WITH DISTINCTION: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Graduates – Class of 2017: Andrew Arcieri, Julia Butler, Morgan Chandler, Mariah Conway, Ben Corson, Camille Coutant, Kyle Dempsey, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Aidan Duggan, Michael Eberhardt, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock, Gregory Hebard, Cormac Howley, Delphine Jrolf, Nolan Mandel, Sydney Nguen, Aislinn O’Brien, Claire O’Neill, Emily Possi, Margaux Rose, Elizabeth Sbarra, Morgan Smith, Rachael Tomaszewski, Ethan Walko, Maya Watanabe, Liezel Werner, Samson Yuan.

Seniors: Shane Berry, Peyton Carvalho, Nuasheen Chowdhury, Sawyer Flanagan, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang.

NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Graduates – Class of 2017: Michael Eberhardt and Aislinn O’Brien.

Senior: Domenic Jancaterino

Please also note the following information about Advanced Placement courses at Milton High School:

  • MHS offered a total of 21 AP courses this past year.
  • 5 courses have a qualifying rate of 95 to 100%. This means almost all students in these courses achieved a score of 3, 4, or 5 to qualify for college credit.
  • Music Theory, Studio Art, Statistics, French Language, Latin Lit,
  • Spanish Language is on the cusp at 94%
  • 18 of 21 courses have a qualifying rate of 75% or above. – The 3 courses that fall below this threshold are Calculus AB at 74%, European History at 71%, and Psychology at 67%. – Last year, 7 courses fall below this threshold.
  • 13 of 21 courses saw an improvement in the qualifying rate from the previous year.
  • Computer Science Principles is a new test for MHS this year, and the qualifying rate is 91% (21/23 students). The existing Computer Science A test garnered a qualifying rate of 75% (6/8 students) – an improvement over last year’s rate of 36% (5/14 students).

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding:

The ADL’s A World of Difference Peer Leader Training Program Pierce Middle School is implementing the Anti-Defamation League’s, A World of Difference Peer Training program this year. This program will provide our students and staff the opportunity to promote our school community’s core values of respect, civility, and pride. A selected group of 7th and 8th grade students will be trained by the institute to develop their leadership potential and facilitate workshops for the current sixth grade students this spring. The goals of the Peer Training Program are to: Explore the meaning of community; Examine ways in which people knowingly or unknowingly might make others feel like they don’t belong; and Identify what members of the school community can do to actively promote an inclusive learning environment. We take pride in promoting a supportive school community where people of diverse backgrounds can come together, contribute to our core values, and fulfill their responsibilities as caring members of our society. Applications were offered to interested 7th and 8th grade students and are due Thursday, September 28th. The link to the application can be found on the login page of PlusPortals: https://www.plusportals.com/PierceMiddleSchool

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please join us on October 11th at Milton High @ 6:30pm for a presentation on College Funding 101.

Todd Weaver, Strategies for College, Inc., will be discussing what forms you need to fill out, how to fill them out,  who should fill them out (everyone) and when you should be doing this.

Parents of college-bound Seniors and Juniors, should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. We hope to see you there!!

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The following was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, Elementary Assistant Principals/Curriculum Coordinators who also serve as Volunteers for Joanna’s Place Circle-S:

The Milton Public Schools is proud to host Joanna’s Place Circle-S Support Group!  The Circle-S program serves children (ages 6-18) whose siblings have a disability, and also supports their parents.

This is a free program that allows children and parents to enjoy a pizza dinner and join other “typical siblings” who face similar joys and challenges of living with a sibling with special needs.  This has proven to be a very beneficial program for families that have participated.

The group will run for 8 consecutive Mondays from 6:00-8:00 starting October 16 and ending on December 4.  It will be held in the Cunningham/Collicot School Library (80 Edgehill Road, Milton MA 02186).

If you are interested in this program or would to register (please note, registration is required), email the Circle-S Facilitator Lauren Bartolotti at Lauren.Bartolotti@bmc.org or call 781-266-6776.

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SAVE THE DATE. On Oct 19th, Maria Trozzi, M.Ed, will speak from 7-9pm in the Milton High School auditorium as part of our new PARENT Speaker Series. Ms. Trozzi will present on “Finding Resilience — Strategies To Produce Competent And Confident Children Able To Successfully Navigate A Complicated World.”  Ms. Trozzi is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, emeritus, at Boston University School of Medicine.  This free presentation is appropriate for K-12 parents/guardians, teachers and community members.

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It’s time to register for the 2017 Milton Boosters Swing for Sports Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Tuesday, October 10th at Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fee is $175 per golfer, or $700 per team. Registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. A reception will be held at 5pm with live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit Milton High School athletes.  Hurry! Spots sold out last year! Check the Boosters website at www.miltonboosters.com for more information.

ADULT ED NEWS

Registration for Milton’s fall Adult Education session is still open, and most classes begin in 2 weeks!  Some of our offerings include Yoga, Zumba, French, Microsoft Word and Excel, Intro to iPads, Knitting, Needlepoint, Foundations of Investing, and new food and wine courses through our partnership with VINOvations.  Please take a look at ALL of our offerings at www.miltonadulted.org!  Questions?  Please contact Sara Warner: adulted@miltonps.org.

SEL NEWS

The following item was submitted by Health/Physical Education teacher Noel Vigue:

On Wednesday evening, we had over 220 parents/guardians and educators attend our premiere event in our PARENT Speaker Series. Ms. Sarah Ward’s presentation regarding “How to Help Your Student Plan, Organize and Manage Tasks” was very well-received.  She provided practical advice and tips for parents and educators to support their students and assist in their executive functioning.  We’d like to acknowledge the following groups for their support: Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Milton Times, Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, and the Milton PTOs. We look forward to our next event on October 19th when we welcome Maria Trozzi, presenting “Finding Resilience -Strategies To Produce Competent And Confident Children, Able To Successfully Navigate A Complicated World” to be held at MHS auditorium from 7-9pm.  Please contact Director of Health/Physical Education, Mr. Noel Vigue with your ideas or contributions to the series at nvigue@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5547.

PARENT photo

From left: MPS Health/PE Director Noel Vigue, Superintendent Mary Gormley, Speaker Sarah Ward, Stephanie Truesdell, VP of Philanthropy at BID Milton Hospital and SEL Facilitator and MSAPC member Laurie Stillman.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Please note the following important dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 22nd -PSAT Pre Administration for all 10th and 11th graders during Advisory
  • Thursday, October 5th-8th Grade Step Up Day from about 9-10:45 in the Field House and tour of building for all incoming 8th graders
  • Wednesday, October 11th –PSAT for all 10th and 11th graders; late start for grades 9 and 12
  • Thursday, October 12th-Fall College Fair

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Share Our College Knowledge (SOCK) is a volunteer group of parents who work with the Guidance Department of Milton High School to provide first generation students with one-on-one support and assistance in their college application and selection process. All MHS juniors and seniors who are the first in their family (including parents) to attend college will be invited to after-school college workshops and will be paired with a college coach who will support the student throughout the process.

SOCK volunteers will work with students over three semesters: second semester junior year (will cover what juniors should do over the summer to prepare for the college application season); first semester senior year (will cover the importance of a well-rounded college prospect list and key deadlines); second semester senior year (will review financial aid packages and selecting the best fit both academically and financially).

If you would like to participate in this exciting program, please see your guidance counselor! If you would like to contribute or volunteer for SOCK, please email anne.comber@comcast.net.  For more information, visit www.sockmilton.weebly.com.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

 Breakfast Provides Benefits… Make it a Priority! Did you know that Milton Schools serves hot breakfasts everyday school is in session?

Your child can get a healthy, balanced meal with whole grains, fresh fruit, skim or 1% milk and 100% fruit juice at school. They can choose from whole grain muffins, cereals, WG pancakes and WG breakfast sandwiches.

They will also have more energy and get important nutrients like calcium,Vitamin D, protein and fiber.

Higher Test Scores-Research has proven that children who eat breakfast have higher math and reading scores. Students who eat school breakfast score 17.5% higher on standardized math tests. Source: Share Our Strength

Improved Attendance- Studies show that students who eat breakfast are absent and tardy less often. Students who eat school breakfast attend on average 1.5 more days of school per year. Source: “Share our Strength”

Fewer Trips to the School Nurse- When students eat breakfast, nurses report fewer hunger related office visits.

Improved Classroom Behavior- Principals confirm that they see fewer discipline problems when students have eaten breakfast. Students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior, standardized achievement test scores as well as decreased tardiness. Source: Food Research & Action Council

Better Learning-Students are better able to pay attention in class when they have eaten.

More Time on Learning- When students have eaten, they are better able to concentrate and behave in the classroom. This allows teachers to spend more time on teaching and less time on discipline.

Wake Up to School Breakfast” is the theme of the National School Breakfast Program this March 2018. “Eating Breakfast gives each student in the Milton Schools a chance to be their best”-       Source: Superintendent Mary Gormley

Save yourself time in the morning and get your child out the door faster knowing she/he will have a nutritious meal when they get to school!

Breakfast is $1.25 for a complete meal!!!

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Job Opportunities in the Milton Public Schools Food Service Program

Are you interested in a part-time job? If so, Milton Public Schools Food Service Program is looking for you.  If you are an adult who loves to work with children, having fun and challenges, we have a job opening for you.

We are looking for energetic, dependable people who have time and talent to share.  No college degree is required. You would be working in the kitchen and serving meals to our students with the Milton Schools Food Service Program.

Our substitute pay is $12.95 and starting pay for a permanent position is $14.75 an hour. If you are interested in joining our staff, please send an email of interest to me at jmorgan@miltonps.org

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

 The following was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, Elementary Assistant Principals/Curriculum Coordinators who also serve as Volunteers for Joannna’s Place Circle-S:

The Milton Public Schools is proud to host Joanna’s Place Circle-S Support Group!  The Circle-S program serves children (ages 6-18) whose siblings have a disability, and also supports their parents.

This is a free program that allows children and parents to enjoy a pizza dinner and join other “typical siblings” who face similar joys and challenges of living with a sibling with special needs.  This has proven to be a very beneficial program for families that have participated.

The group will run for 8 consecutive Mondays from 6:00-8:00 starting October 16 and ending on December 4.  It will be held in the Cunningham/Collicot School Library (80 Edgehill Road, Milton MA 02186).

If you are interested in this program or would to register (please note, registration is required), email the Circle-S Facilitator Lauren Bartolotti at Lauren.Bartolotti@bmc.org or call 781-266-6776.  Please also see the attached flyer for more information.

FROM THE READERS

One of our parents sent me this info about a new Spanish-language television show:

TSTF and Univision Partner on New Miniseries Airing Sunday, 9/3 — We’re excited to share that we’re continuing our partnership with Univision to raise awareness about the importance of early brain development with the broadcast of a new miniseries, “La Fuerza de Creer” (The Power of Believing). The first episode will air on Univision at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. CT) this Sunday, September 3rd.

Meet Dr. Laura, a pediatrician who in addition to providing medical care, gives her patients with tips and tools on early education topics including ways to boost early brain and language development, the benefits of bilingualism, the importance of fathers and other caregivers, and healthy social-emotional development.

This new miniseries marks the first time that Univision is utilizing dramatic storytelling to empower its audience and promote a social impact message. Our mini-telenovela includes two hour-long television episodes, three webisodes, as well as digital content. Check out the trailer here and the full suite of resources here. You can also text the word “VALIOSOS” to 26262 to receive tips and videos from Dr. Laura!

About Pequeños y Valiosos: “La Fuerza de Creer” is part of Pequeños y Valiosos, our partnership with Univision to emphasize the importance of engaging young children ages 0-5 in activities that contribute to their early brain development and support parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their children from the moment they’re born.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

 The following item was submitted by Caroline Kinsella, Chair of MSAPC:

The Steering Committee of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is pleased to inform you that we have hired Laurie R. Stillman as the Coalition’s first Director.  We created the position with our limited funds because we believe it is prudent to have someone who is charged with managing the coalition’s day to day operations, programs and budget, and who can help secure its future and guide the implementation of its strategic plan.  Ms. Stillman has the skills and commitment to do so.   The position is only funded for two days per week.  In addition to fundraising, Ms. Stillman will be a senior advisor to our community partners as we seek to implement programs, policies and practices that support the Coalition’s goals.    Ms. Stillman is a Milton resident and holds a Master’s Degree from Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School for Social Policy and Management.  She has held senior leadership positions in public health over the past thirty years, including as Executive Director of the Somerville Mental Health Center, the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the New England Asthma Regional Council.  Over the past two years, she has had a private consulting practice serving philanthropic, governmental, academic and non-profit organizations across New England.  Her consulting includes working with the Milton Board of Health to help build the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition as well as with the Milton Public School Department as the district’s Social Emotional Learning Facilitator.   Ms. Deborah Milbauer will continue to support the coalition as a subject matter expert and oversee the Community Activities Committee.   The Director position was widely advertised, and the Steering Committee interviewed three finalists.  Ms. Stillman was the candidate who possessed the greatest range of the skills we were seeking including grant writing and management, substance abuse prevention expertise, and community health programming.  She will transition from her role as Consultant to Director over the coming weeks.  Please join me and the Steering Committee in congratulating Laurie!

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Save the Date! Celebrate Milton will be held on Sunday, October 1 at Pierce Middle School. We will provide more detail in the next E-Blast.

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The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC), comprised of nearly 400 town residents committed to reducing youth substance abuse and later addiction, is looking for town-wide support- including students and adults—to keep their efforts going. Here’s a fun opportunity!

A 5K (3 mile) Walk/Run is planned for Saturday morning October 21st, and MSAPC would appreciate if you, your children and your neighbors joined the event!  It’s only $30 to register, and it’s easy!  You can sign up as an individual or as part of an existing Milton team!  Here is the link.  

The 5k Walk/Run will leave from Cunningham School. It’s called “Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse” in honor of Mike Mulcahy, a Milton resident who recently passed away after a heroic battle with addiction.

Already over 200 people have registered, and there are many community sponsors as well. Please choose to be part of the effort and show your support for this worthwhile cause!  Half of the proceeds will benefit the Milton Coalition.

To find out more about MSAPC, or to join for free as a member, visit their website at www.milton-coalition.org 

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The following item was sent to us by Diane DiTullio Agostino, Chair of the Milton Commission on Disability:

We need a few good Milton residents aged 18 or older! Please see the following Commission on Disabilities 1986 Town Meeting Adoption Article, which may assist potential candidates better understand the powers and duties of the Commissioners. Please note: Commissioners are allowed to call in to the meetings which run from 1 1/2 to a maximum of two hours. Some work of the Commission:

  • Businesses requesting variances from accessibility requirements to restaurants, stores etc.
  • Educating Milton employees and residents on the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Social Media presence, including website design, Facebook, Twitter etc, in order to reach residents, employees and visitors who need assistance
  • Registration of every household on www.SMART911.com to improve emergency responses. We are especially looking for people with a technology background and someone with strong writing skills. Many residents have disabilities and we need everyone to be aware of anything from car crashes that are disabling to reminding residents not to park in Handicapped Spaces unless they are handicapped. While we are required to meet ten (10) times a year, we have fallen short in recent years due to lack of commissioners.

More information can be found at www.townofmilton.org under Commission on Disability or contact Diane DiTullio Agostino directly at DianeDiTullioAgostino@gmail.com or 617-698-8232.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Summer Reading Challenge Update: Summer vacation may feel like a faint memory but at all the MPS elementary schools we are still busy celebrating all the amazing minutes students read and logged in over their summer break.

We are very proud to announce that 1550 children town-wide logged in minutes as part of our summer reading challenge. Milton Public School students in grade K through 5 logged in a total of 519,322 minutes.  During library classes, Mrs. Henry has been acknowledging the hard work of those students; all students who logged in minutes have been receiving a special bookmark.  Over the next few weeks those students who logged in minutes will have an opportunity to participate in a raffle to win a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift certificate to purchase more fantastic books to add to their home libraries.  Raffles will be held by grade level in each school.

The Summer Reading Challenge is a partnership initiative between the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library. A special thank you to, Assistant Director, Sara Truog and her dedicated team of librarians for their hard work and commitment to this program.  We would also like to thank the following PTOs: Cunnningham, Collicot, Tucker and Glover for their generous support of the Summer Reading Challenge.

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 .

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

 The following item was submitted by Jennifer Struzziero, Children’s Librarian:

We hope everyone is off to a terrific start to the new school year! During the new school year, there is still lots of fun to be had in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 18th -23rd:

 Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Family Flick Ages 6-11
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

No school today… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room!

Today we’ll be showing popular summer hit Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie: Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 29 minutes. Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime @ the Farmer’s Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara, Miss Elaine, and Miss Jen, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at five 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.

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Art with Sue Ages 6-10
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Come make an art project with local art instructor Sue Hoy!

For ages 6-10. Registration is required and will open two weeks prior to the event. 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 Children’s Room 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

 It’s time to register for the Milton Boosters 2017 Swing for Sports Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held Tuesday, October 10th at Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fee is $175 per golfer, or $700 per team. Registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. A reception will be held at 5pm with live and silent auctions. All proceeds will benefit Milton High School athletes.  Hurry! Spots sold out last year!

The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

The Football Team won 27-12 vs. Quincy High School on Friday night 2-0 for the season. Their first league game of the season will be at Natick this Saturday night 7pm. They handled Belmont with ease last Friday.

The Boys Soccer Team struggled early on in a very good Bay State League. They are a  young team with promising freshman and a slew of sophomores playing. The Wildcats are improving each day and have played much better recently against Framingham and Norwood.  They tied Norwood on Friday, with sophomore Cooper Madigan scoring the lone Wildcats goal, assisted by freshman Miguel Varela.

The Girls Soccer Team are not having any trouble finding the net. Chae Diani continues to steal the headlines with goals in all of the Cats first five games, including a hat-trick against North Quincy. They beat the Mustangs of Norwood 6-1 on Friday.

The Field Hockey Team is improving day by day, with solid efforts against Wellesley and Notre Dame.   They won last night, 2-1 over Framingham for their second win. The Girls also beat Newton North 2-0 on the road, with goals from Megan Bernardi and Taylor Vrettas (her first Varsity goal.)

The Volleyball Team has been playing well, having won their second straight game, 3-0 over Framingham. Although the team came up short in their matches against Walpole and Wellesley, they battled Wellesley hard, taking the first set, but a very good Raiders side eventually won.

The Girls Cross Country Team  got off to a good start. They are 2-0, after beating Natick and Newton North in the first race of the new season.  An impressive win considering Natick and Newton North Girls are ranked highly in the state

The Boys Cross Country Team lost to Natick and Newton North to open their season.

The Swim Team had their first race on Tuesday, falling to Framingham.  Their 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay team made state cuts and besides many wins, they had many life time best times.  Looking forward to our meet tonight at 3:30 against Walpole HS at the Blue Hills Regional High School.

Golf has started strong, with a record of 3-1-1 and 2-0-1 in the league. They have had great performances from Jared Carney, Jared Carr, and Jack Boylan so far.

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 winners of the Tucker School Family Mentoring Scavenger Hunt! Fourth-graders Nathaniel Codio and Zachary Trachtman (pictured below with their teammates and mothers Lisa Trachtman and Tangela Brinson.) The scavenger hunt was held as part of the Tucker Family Mentoring Program, which pairs current Tucker families with new families.

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Back row: Lisa Trachtmann, Tangela Brinson. Front row: Zachary Trachtmann,Nathaniel Codio.

Staff:   I wanted to pass along the exciting news that MHS Science teacher, Kara Yifru, is a finalist for the PAEMST award she was nominated for last year; recognizing math and science teachers. We are all very excited for Kara to have made it as a finalist and we are hoping she makes it all the way through!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize MPS parent Michele McCormick, who has helped organize the annual Swing for Sports fundraiser for the Milton Boosters. This event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Boosters and it takes a great deal of time and energy. Please join me in thanking Ms. McCormick for her efforts.

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.

 

 

August 29th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 29•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  August 29th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

‘Twas the night before school starts, and all through the town
The excitement was rising, it could not simmer down.
The outfits were selected, the pencils were bought
School starts tomorrow, ready or not!

So, this is it! Tomorrow morning, we kick of the 2017-18 school year! I have a strong feeling that this year is going to be incredible. I know that all our families are busy getting ready for the big day, but I wanted to send a quick E-Blast to let you know about a few things:

* Our fabulous Glover principal, Karen McDavitt, created an amazing “Back to School” video for us to enjoy.

* I met with the entire MPS staff on Monday to review the “health” of the district and to get everyone motivated and excited for the start of the year. Please click here to view this presentation.  Thanks to MPS Data Specialist Vy Vu, MPS parent David Taugher and Communication Specialist Moira Downes, all of whom worked with me to create this year’s back-to-school presentation.

*Please note, bus routes were updated on www.miltonps.org as of 4:10 this afternoon. I would like to thank all of our staff members who work year-round for their efforts this summer, but I would especially like to thank Transportation Director Jane Barrett and Dr. Glenn Pavlicek for their attention to our bus routes and other transportation issues.

* For those of you who need nuts-and-bolts information about start times, bus routes, etc., please refer to my E-blast of August 25th or August 17th, both of which have plenty of back-to-school details.  In addition, the homepage for the Milton Public Schools has a wealth of information.

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

 

 

August 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 25•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton School Committee held its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday night and there were three takeaways I’d like to share with you:

1. Margaret Gibbons, our Head Nurse, unveiled a new program to identify and address substance abuse in our schools. This program will be implemented at both the middle and high school levels. Click here to learn more about SBIRT.

2. School Committee member Dr. Elaine Craghead spoke eloquently about the reduction in user fees as a result of the recent override. She noted that the reduction in athletic fees now puts the Milton Public Schools in the middle of the pack compared to other towns in Massachusetts who charge fees.

3. The School Committee unanimously voted to approve “A Resolution Affirming the Provision of Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Schools for All Students Without Regard to Race, Religion, National Origin, or Immigration Status.” I am very proud to lead a district which passed this resolution. Please click here to read the full text of the resolution, and read below under “School Committee” for a summary of the rest of the meeting.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. That meeting is summarized below:

August 23rd: This meeting began with a report on upcoming SBIRT Screening, which was given by Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons. Next, the committee voted Final Approval of School Handbooks. As part of the Chair’s report, the committee approved their District Goals and approved the Revised School Committee Calendar for 2017-2018. Next, they voted approval of Vendor Warrants and approved three policies and one resolution. Ms. Varela updated the committee on the work of the Transportation Subcommittee and members approved four sets of minutes before adjourning to Executive Session.
The next meeting will be held September 6th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

I am so excited to start school and discover what you’ve been reading all summer! So many minutes have been logged, mysteries solved, victories won, adventures experienced and discoveries made right in the pages of your summer reading books! And the summer reading fun isn’t quite over yet thanks to the generous donation of all of the elementary PTOs; there will be some summer reading surprises awaiting your return. I’m looking forward to sharing those surprises with you and hearing all about your summer reading story!

BUS ROUTES

Please follow the links below for the most updated bus routes:

Bus Route A  (Pierce Middle School/Milton High School)

Bus Route B (Cunningham and Collicot)

Bus Route C (Glover and Tucker)

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Tuesday, August 29th will be a Professional Development Day
  •  Monday, August 28th @ 3pm, Milton High School New Student Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 29th, Grade 6 Information Night
  • Wednesday, August 30th School Opens for all students in Grades 1-12
  • No School Friday, September 1st or Monday, September 4th for the Labor Day   Weekend
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5th First Day for Kindergarten and Preschool

Please check the Master Calendar for all upcoming events:

• Monday September 11, 6:30-8:30pm, Applied Music Lesson Registration
• Tuesday, September 12th @ 6:30 Collicot Open House
• Wednesday, September 13th – Executive Function Skills and Strategies, Pierce Auditorium @ 7pm, Sara Ward will present to Parents/Guardians
• Thursday, Sept. 14th @ 6:30pm, Milton High School Back to School Night
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30pm Cunningham Open House
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30pm Tucker Open House
• Thursday, Sept. 21 No School for Rosh Hashanah
• Tuesday, Sept. 26th @ 6:30pm Glover Open House
• Thursday, Sept. 28th @ 6:30pm, Pierce Open House
• Friday, Sept. 29th @ 6:30pm Cunningham Movie Night

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by MHS Music Teacher Rebecca Damiani:

Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
Applied Lesson Program – Beginner Registration Night
Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00-8:30 Milton High School

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.
If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner Registration Night on Monday, September 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Milton High School. You can register for lessons with the ALP teachers and rent an instrument (if you do not already have one) from one of the music vendors available that night, or you can buy/rent an instrument from any other company you choose.
Please follow the link to the Pre-Registration form. Milton ALP Pre-Registration. Pre-Registration is to help with the facilitation of distributing free instruments and ensuring adequate staffing.

Payment: Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company. No lessons will be scheduled without payment. SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night. Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher. Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees: Vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices. Johnson String (www.johnsonstring.com), Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com), Needham Music (www.needhammusic.com) and Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com) will be present at the registration.

Availability: There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, email Gary Good (ggood@miltonps.org) and Rebecca Damiani (rdamiani@miltonps.org) on Tuesday, September 12, to find out if there are any spots left.

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

Milton Public Schools is excited to announce a district-wide PARENT Speaker Series for the 2017-18 school year. PARENT stands for Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens [all students]. Our goal is to continue to develop and enhance our relationship with the community, helping to provide families and caregivers skills, knowledge and resources to support the overall well-being of students. We can’t do this alone. We’d like to acknowledge the Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton and the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for their support.

But we still need financial support and funding ideas to help this initiative take root and grow. Please contact Director of Health/Physical Education, Mr. Noel Vigue with your ideas or contributions at nvigue@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5547.

We are pleased to share with you our tentative line-up of speakers:

  • September 13 Sara Ward How to Help Your Student (K-12) Plan, Organize and Manage Tasks 7pm-9pm at Pierce Middle School
  • October 19 Maria Trozzi Finding Resilience -strategies to produce competent and confident children (K-12), able to successfully navigate a complicated world 7-9pm at MHS auditorium
  • January 8 Rachel Simmons Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
  • January 30 & 31 Minding Your Mind Program Mental Health Awareness at Pierce Middle School
  • February 8 Dr. Ruth Potee Preventing Addiction (sponsored by MSAPC) 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
  • April 5 Michael Thompson Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys 7pm-9pm at Pierce Middle School

The first speaker, on September 13th at Pierce Middle School, is Sarah Ward. Ms. Ward is a speech and language pathologist with a clinical interest in the treatment of executive function deficit. Her workshop will focus on creating a homework space, improving organization and manging time, tasks and projects for students K-12.

This event is free. Parents, teachers and community members are welcome to attend.

Presented by:
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
DATE: Wednesday, September 13
TIME: 7 – 9 pm
LOCATION: Pierce Middle School Auditorium
How to Help Your Student (K-12)
Plan, Organize and Manage Tasks
The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.

SUMMER READING

The following item was sent to us by MHS Librarian Jen Troy:

Are you still looking for that perfect book for your free choice summer reading option? In addition to asking friends, family members, teachers and librarians for recommendations there are many great online resources available. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recently opened the polls for the 2017 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the list for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also publishes “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” lists every four years. They are broken down into areas of interest: Arts and Humanities; History and Cultures; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Technology and Social Sciences. Goodreads, a social media site dedicated to books, also offers a variety of recommendations based upon titles you have already read and enjoyed.

If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page.
Enjoy the last few days of summer. Happy Reading!

To view all summer work for all grade levels, go to http://www.miltonps.org and scroll down to Summer Reading/Summer Math categories.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

The following item was submitted by Pam Dorsey, Director of Milton Community Schools:

Our department, Milton Community Schools, offers out-of-school-time activities for elementary students throughout the year. Each elementary school has on-site programs that run from 7:00am until school starts and from school dismissal until 6:00pm. We also offer school vacation and summer camps covering the same time periods. Information for all of our programs can be found on our website: www.miltoncommunityschools.org

Online registration was open during July and is open throughout the school year. Parents/guardians can register online by any Wednesday to begin the following week. Once again, welcome to Milton Public Schools. Please contact me if you have questions about the ASE or ESAP programs at pdorsey@miltonps.org

ADULT ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education:

It’s back-to-school season, but that doesn’t have to apply exclusively to your children! Milton Adult Education believes in and aims to support lifelong learning by providing courses on a wide range of subjects and skills to adults in Milton and neighboring towns. Whether you want to try something entirely new or nurture an existing passion, we hope that you find what you are looking for in our courses. To view our Fall 2017 course offerings, and to register, please visit our new website: www.miltonadulted.org.

Questions? Comments? Interested in teaching a course? Please email Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education: swarner@miltonps.org.

RESIDENCY

The Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” Click here for more info.

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the link above and provide all necessary documentation.

With only a few days remaining until the start of the school year, most of those who are required to re-register have done so. Please take a moment to complete the paperwork if you have not already done so.

SEL NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Support Groups for Parents with Children who have Mental Illness — The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering free programming for parents of adolescents coping with mental illness, called NAMI Basics. The program will be offered in Milton in September.
It is a resource developed by parents who have had children and adolescents with mental illnesses in their own lives. This is a free course that is taught all across the country in six sessions, about two or three hours, to help parents to put their experience into some perspective, deal with the traumatic impact on their family, problem solve for their children, and learn more about mental illnesses.
For more information:      For contact info, email namisouthshore@gmail.com

Connecting Parents support groups offer parents and caregivers a safe place to find the support, education, and resources necessary to manage the challenges and rewards of raising children with mental health concerns. Meetings are facilitated by professionals who have personal experience as a caregiver of a child with mental health concerns. These groups are funded by the Department of Mental Health, and are free and open to the public.

Monday Evenings
6:30-8:30pm
Canton Library
Art and Activity Room
786 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
Tuesday Mornings
10:00am – noon
Westwood Public Library
Conference Room
660 High St.
Westwood, MA 02090
Friday Mornings
10:00am – noon
Walpole Public Library
Children’s Activity Room
143 School St.
Walpole, MA 02081

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Boosters:

We have two events on Saturday, September 2nd.

• Cans for Cats to benefit Milton HS Cheerleading at the High School from 9:00 -12:00
• Car Wash to benefit Milton HS Softball team at Cunningham/Collicot Driveway from 9:00 – 12:00

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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 seeks 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.

FROM THE READERS

Below is a fascinating article from Atlantic magazine about the pervasive use of smartphones and the effect it is having on our youth.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

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The following article was sent to us by one of our readers with some helpful back-to-school tips: https://www.google.com/amp/abcnews.go.com/amp/Lifestyle/back-school-tips-children-parents/story%3fid=49198216

MFE NEWS

Attention ghosts and goblins: registration for Monster Dash is now open!! This year’s 5k and kids fun run will take place on October 29th. To register for Monster Dash, click here: For more information about the race and event, visit the MFE website:

Do you have a budding artist in the family? Every year a student from Milton gets to design our Monster Dash T-Shirt! Information on this spooktacular contest can be found here: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/documents/MonsterDash2017ArtworkContestflyer-r2.pdf

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item is an updated announcement from the Milton Police Department and the Milton Public Schools:

On Monday August 28th from 6-8pm, there will be a public discussion followed by a question and answer session to explain the ongoing construction taking place on Edge Hill Road. The meeting will take place in the Collicot School cafetorium. The purpose of this meeting is to give background information on why the construction is being done and what to expect when school comes back into session. The meeting will be attended by members of the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Police Department as well as the Town of Milton’s Engineering Department.

The meeting will begin at 6pm, with introductions, followed by an overview of the project and what to expect in the coming weeks. This meeting is solely to address the Cunningham/Collicot Construction Project. Unrelated traffic and construction matters will not be discussed.

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The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop with the DPW:

Streetlights to be Converted to LED lights
LED conversions to start in the fall 2017

The Town of Milton is converting all streetlights to LED. Over 3300 light fixtures have been ordered and should arrive in early September. The conversion should be complete this Fall. The DPW asks for your patience during the conversion.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Director:

Summer is winding down and school is starting, but there is still lots of fun to be had in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

In addition to our regular storytime on Tuesday evening, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 3 – 9:

Monday, September 4, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime @ 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 four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

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 Children’s Room 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 item was submitted by Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics:

Fall sports have finally arrived. Football started on August 18th, while all other sports start on or after August 24th. For a full calendar view schedule of preseason, please click here.

SWIM
Tryouts for this year’s swim team will take place starting Monday August 28th. Monday 8/28, Tuesday 8/29, and Wednesday 8/30, tryouts will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the Egan Center (Shamrock Swim Club).

TRYOUT PROCESS
Please keep in mind that students are encouraged to attend all preseason sessions in their sport. In order for coaches to properly evaluate all student-athletes and ensure each student-athletes receive a fair shot at making the team, students are highly encouraged to attend all tryouts. Tryout times may change after the first day depending on what the coach deems necessary. Please plan accordingly.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION
Freshmen student-athletes, as well as any Student-Leaders are also allowed to miss their practice if it interferes with the Freshman Orientation on Monday, August 28th. The Freshman Orientation is from 4-6pm and all coaches understand that any freshman student or student-leader will miss the practice without penalty.

REFUNDS
In the event of a student being cut, or an over payment on UniPay, please advise that all refunds will be processed by Wednesday of next week. The tryout process will end when school commences.

FAMILY ID
If you have not done so already, please remember to complete your Family ID registration as it contains important information needed by coach for player safety.

PHYSICALS
Please remember to keep your son/daughter’s physical up-to-date (within 13 months). Once a physical has expired, student-athletes will not be allowed to practice or play. Be on the look-out for an email from Family ID about the student-athletes physical expiration date.

For all fall schedules, please visit the website – www.miltonwildcats.com

We thank all student-athletes for their participation in preseason and we wish all students well in their first week of school.

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 give a warm welcome every new student entering the Milton Public Schools. Whether you are entering preschool or 12th grade, we are happy that you are now part of the MPS community.

Staff: I’d also like to welcome every one of our new staff members. From teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals to custodians, lunch staff and administrative assistants, we are looking forward to a fantastic year and are thrilled that you are part of the MPS team! Please see pictures below of our fantastic new staff!

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Collicot Elementary School

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Cunningham Elementary School

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Glover Elementary School

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Tucker Elementary School

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Pierce Middle School

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Milton High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

August 18th Transportation & Adult Ed E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 18•17

Good morning!

Please note the 2017-18 bus routes for the Milton Public Schools below. Also, registration for Adult Ed has opened, and our Adult Ed Director, Sara Warner, has just launched a new website to make course selection and registration easier.  Click here to access the new Adult Ed site.

BUS ROUTES FOR 2017-2018

  • Some bus routes have been altered since last year, due to changes in the number of riders.
  • Middle and High School morning routes (the “A” routes) begin at approximately 6:55 am.
  • Collicot and Cunningham routes (the “B” routes) follow immediately after and should start their pickups at approximately 7:30 am.
  • Tucker and Glover routes (the “C” routes) follow the Collicot and Cunningham routes, with first pickups at approximately 8:15 am.
  • Please be patient during the first two weeks of school as everyone adapts to the route changes.
  • We will publish more precise stop times once the routes get settled.

Pierce Middle School/Milton High School Routes

BUS 1A AM

6:55 AM —15 NAHANTON AVE
HARBOR VIEW RD & HILLTOP ST
EAGER RD & HARBORVIEW AVE
HILLSIDE ST & MARK LN
FORD RANCH RD & HILLSIDE ST
HARLAND ST & HILLSIDE ST
FOREST ST & HILLSIDE ST
HILLSIDE ST & STONE HILL LN
1271 CANTON AVE
CANTON AVE & DOLLAR LN
Pierce Middle School
Milton High School

BUS 1A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
BREWSTER RD AND NAHANTON AVE
HILLSIDE ST & MARK LN
HARLAND ST AND HILLSIDE ST
HILLSIDE ST & STONE HILL LN
CANTON AVE & DOLLAR LN
1271 CANTON AVE
CANTON AVE AND BLUE HILLS PARKWAY

BUS 2A AM

06:55 AM — ADRIAN RD & SILVER BROOK RD
1776 CANTON AVE
1672 CANTON AVE
WOLCOTT RD & BIG BLUE DR
CUSHING RD & BRUSH HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & VOSE HILL RD
BEACON ST & SMITH RD
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIRCLE
CANTON AVE & ATHERTON ST
MINGO ST & CANTON AVE
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

BUS 2A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
MINGO ST & CANTON AVE
CANTON AVE & ATHERTON ST
BRUSH HILL RD & VOSE HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIR
BEACON ST & SMITH RD
CUSHING & BRUSH HILL RD
WOLCOTT RD & BIG BLUE DR
101 MILTON ST
1672 CANTON AVE
1776 CANTON AVE
ADRIAN RD & SILVER BROOK RD

BUS 3A AM

6:55 AM — PLEASANT ST & HORTON PL
PLEASANT ST & LAWRENCE RD
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

BUS 3A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
PLEASANT ST & HORTON PL
PLEASANT ST & LAWRENCE RD

BUS 4A AM

6:55 AM — 15 GUILFORD RD
SQUANTUM ST & HURLCROFT RD
PLEASANT ST & MURRAY AVE
Pierce Middle School
Milton High School

BUS 4A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
PLEASANT ST & MURRAY AVE
SQUANTUM ST & HURLCROFT RD
15 GUILFORD RD

BUS 5A AM

6:55 AM — ADAMS ST & FORBES RD
233 ADAMS ST
ADAMS ST & WHARF ST
ELIOT ST & MORTON RD
ELIOT ST & VALLEY RD
ELIOT ST & CLIFF RD
BLUE HILL AVE & CHURCHILL ST
BLUE HILL AVE & CONCORD AVE
BLUE HILL AVE & HOLLINGSWORTH RD
BLUE HILL AVE & MEADOWVIEW RD
CRAIG ST & TROUT BROOK AVE
CANTON AVE & WHITTIER RD
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

BUS 5A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
CANTON AVE & WHITTIER RD
CRAIG ST & TROUT BROOK AVE
ADANAC RD & BLUE HILL AVE
BLUE HILL AVE & PAGODA ST
BLUE HILL AVE opp CONCORD AVE
BLUE HILL AVE & CHURCHILL ST
BLUE HILL PARKWAY opp TUCKER SCHOOL
ELIOT ST & CLIFF RD
ELIOT ST & VALLEY RD
ELIOT ST & MORTON RD
ADAMS ST & WHARF ST
233 ADAMS ST
ADAMS ST & FORBES RD

BUS 6A AM

6:55 AM — BROOK RD & GOVERNORS RD
GRANITE AVE & WOOD ST
BROOK RD & PLEASANT ST
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

6A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
BROOK RD & PLEASANT ST
BROOK RD & GOVERNORS RD

BUS 7A AM

6:55 AM — 712 RANDOLPH AVE
PLEASANT ST & COTTAGE PL
CLIFTON RD & WILDWOOD RD
BUCKINGHAM RD & HIGHLAND ST
HIGHLAND ST & FLETCHER STEELE WAY
EDGE HILL RD & GOVERNORS RD
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

BUS 7A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
712 RANDOLPH AVE
PLEASANT ST & COTTAGE PL
CLIFTON RD & WILDWOOD RD
HIGHLAND ST & BUCKINGHAM RD
HIGHLAND ST & FLETCHER STEELE WAY
EDGE HILL RD & GOVERNORS RD

BUS 8A AM

6:55 AM — CHURCH ST & FRANKLIN ST
BRACKETT ST & GRANITE PL
ROCKWELL AVE & WASHINGTON ST
ADAMS ST & PILGRIM RD
ADAMS ST & FOSTER LN
GRAFTON AVE & STATE ST
BROOK RD & RANDOLPH AVE
Pierce Middle School
Milton High School

BUS 8A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
BROOK RD & RANDOLPH AVE
GRAFTON AVE & STATE ST
ADAMS ST & PIERCE ST
ADAMS ST & PILGRIM RD
ROCKWELL AVE & WASHINGTON ST
BRACKETT ST & GRANITE PL
CHURCH ST & FRANKLIN ST

BUS 9A AM

6:55 AM — GRANITE AVE & THISTLE AVE
COURTLAND CIR
HOPE AVE & PINE GROVE ST
CHURCH ST & SQUANTUM ST
CHURCH ST & EMERSON RD
Milton High School
Pierce Middle School

BUS 9A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
GRANITE AVE & THISTLE AVE
COURTLAND CIR
HOPE AVE & PINE GROVE ST
CHURCH ST & SQUANTUM ST
CHURCH ST & EMERSON RD

BUS 10A AM

6:55 AM — EDGEHILL RD & WESTVALE RD
LYMAN RD & GERALD RD
LYMAN RD & SPRUCE ST
LYMAN RD & BIRCH ST
Pierce Middle School
Milton High School

BUS 10A PM

02:19 PM — Milton High School
Pierce Middle School
LYMAN RD & BIRCH ST
LYMAN RD & NANCY RD
LYMAN RD & GERALD RD
EDGEHILL RD & WESTVALE RD

Cunningham and Collicot Bus Routes

PLEASE NOTE: THE TIMES LISTED ARE ESTIMATES. THE BUSES MAY NOT ARRIVE AT THESE TIMES DUE TO TRAFFIC AND OTHER ISSUES THAT MAY ARISE DURING THE COURSE OF THE RIDE TO SCHOOL

BUS 1B AM

7:30 AM — 147 ELIOT ST (@ Central)
ELIOT ST & ROCK VIEW RD
CAPEN ST & ELIOT ST
FIELDSTONE LN & HINCKLEY RD
114 RANDOLPH AVE
WOODSIDE DR & MEADOW LANE
PLEASANT ST & JILL KATHLEEN DR
LYMAN RD & PLEASANT ST
Collicot Elementary
Cunningham Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 1B PM

2:45 PM —St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
FIELDSTONE LN & HINCKLEY RD
CAPEN ST & ELIOT ST
ELIOT ST & ROCKVIEW RD
147 ELIOT ST (@ Central)
114 RANDOLPH AVE
WOODSIDE DR & MEADOW LN
PLEASANT ST & QUARRY ST
LYMAN RD & PLEASANT ST

BUS 2B AM

07:30 AM — FROTHINGHAM ST & BROOK RD
BROOK RD & CHURCHILL LN
LIBBY RD & SQUANTUM ST
SQUANTUM ST & HURLCROFT RD
ADAMS ST & BROOK RD
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 2B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
SQUANTUM ST & HURLCROFT RD
LIBBY RD & SQUANTUM ST
ADAMS ST & BROOK RD
BROOK RD & CHURCHILL LN
BROOK RD & FROTHINGHAM ST

BUS 3B AM

7:30 AM — BLUE HILLS PKY OPP TUCKER SCHOOL
CLAPP ST & WOODBINE ST
MEREDITH CIRCLE AND REEDSDALE RD
HIGHLAND ST & BUCKINGHAM RD
12 MARTIN RD
MIDDLE CLIFTON RD
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 3B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
MIDDLE MARTIN RD
MIDDLE CLIFTON RD
HIGHLAND ST & BUCKINGHAM RD
MEREDITH CIRCLE AND REEDSDALE RD
694 RANDOLPH AVE
THACHER ST & WOODBINE ST
BLUE HILLS PKY OPP TUCKER SCHOOL

BUS 4B AM

7:30 AM — EMERSON RD & GRANITE AVE
GRANITE AVE & THISTLE
COURTLAND CIR
CEDAR TERRACE ST & HOPE AVE
HOPE AVE & SQUANTUM ST
BROOK RD & RESERVATION RD
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 4B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
BROOK RD & RESERVATION RD
262 GRANITE AVE
GRANITE AVE & THISTLE
COURTLAND CIR
CEDAR TERRACE ST & HOPE AVE
HOPE AVE & SQUANTUM ST

BUS 5B AM

7:30 AM —EDGEHILL RD & GRAFTON AVE
CHURCH ST & WOOD ST
CHURCH & COLLAMORE ST
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary

BUS 5B PM

02:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
CHURCH ST & COLLAMORE ST
CHURCH ST & WOOD ST
EDGEHILL RD & GRAFTON AVE

BUS 6B AM

7:30 AM — 11 INDIAN SPRING RD
80 WHITTIER RD
COLONIAL RD & INDIAN SPRING RD
202 OLD FARM RD
LONGMEADOW RD & SADDLE RIDGE RD
CHANNING ST & GULLIVER ST
694 RANDOLPH AVE
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 6B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
CHANNING ST & WENDELL PARK
CHANNING ST & GULLIVER ST
11 INDIAN SPRING RD
COLONIAL RD & INDIAN SPRING RD
202 OLD FARM RD
LONGMEADOW RD & SADDLE RIDGE RD
80 WHITTIER RD

BUS 7B AM

7:30 AM — 1066 HILLSIDE ST
EILEEN RD & SILVERBROOK RD
HILLSIDE ST & STONEHILL LN
HILLSIDE ST & PARKWOOD DR
FORD RANCH RD & HILLSIDE ST
HILLSIDE ST & MARK LN
HARBOR VIEW RD & HILLTOP ST
HARBOR VIEW RD & RIDGEWOOD RD
BREWSTER RD & NAHANTON AVE
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 7B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
BREWSTER RD & NAHANTON AVE
HARBOR VIEW RD & RIDGEWOOD RD
HARBOR VIEW RD & HILLTOP ST
HILLSIDE ST & MARK LN
FORD RANCH RD & HILLSIDE ST
HILLSIDE ST & PARKWOOD DR
HILLSIDE ST & STONEHILL LN
EILEEN & SILVERBROOK RD
1066 HILLSIDE ST

BUS 8B AM

7:30 AM — GIBBONS ST & AUDUBON RD
9 WARREN AVE
HUDSON ST & PAGODA CIR
FERNCROFT RD & TRURO LN
NORMAN RD & TRURO LN
ADANAC RD & TRURO LN
SUMNER ST & TROUT BROOK AVE
St. Agatha School
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary

BUS 8B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
GIBBONS ST & AUDUBON RD
9 WARREN AVE
HUDSON ST & PAGODA CIR
FERNCROFT RD & TRURO LN
NORMAN ST & TRURO LN
ADANAC RD & TRURO LN
SUMNER ST & TROUT BROOK AVE

BUS 9B AM

7:30 AM — ADAMS ST & FOSTER LN
ADAMS ST & PILGRIM RD
ROCKWELL AVE & ROCKWELL PL
BUNTON ST & WASHINGTON ST
BELCHER CIR & CHURCH PL
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 9B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
FOSTER LN & ADAMS ST
PILGRIM RD & ADAMS ST
ROCKWELL AVE & ROCKWELL PL
WASHINGTON ST & BUNTON ST
BELCHER CIR & GRANITE PL

BUS 10B AM

7:30 AM — BEACON ST & SMITH RD
388 BRUSH HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIR
BRUSH HILL RD & VOSE HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & FAIRMOUNT AVE
ATHERTON ST & WOODLAND RD
ATHERTON ST & CRESTVIEW RD
541 RANDOLPH AVE
RANDOLPH AVE & CENTRE ST
334 CENTRE ST
Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
St. Agatha School

BUS 10B PM

2:45 PM — St. Agatha School
2:49 PM — Cunningham & Collicot Elementary
334 CENTRE ST
RANDOLPH AVE & CENTER ST
541 RANDOLPH AVE
ATHERTON ST & CRESTVIEW RD
ATHERTON ST & WOODLAND RD
BRUSH HILL RD & FAIRMOUNT AVE
BRUSH HILL RD & VOSE HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIR
388 BRUSH HILL RD
BEACON ST & SMITH RD

Glover and Tucker Routes

1C AM

8:15 AM — CANTON AVE & APPLE LN
RTE. 138 & BARBARA LN
TRURO LN & ADANAC RD
NORMAN ST & TRURO LN
AUDUBON RD & GROVE ST
ACROSS FROM TUCKER SCHOOL
Glover Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills
Tucker Elementary

BUS 1C PM

3:19 PM — Glover Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills
Tucker Elementary
2 SCHOOL ST
AUDUBON RD & GROVE ST
NORMAN ST & TRURO LN
TRURO LN & ADANAC RD

BUS 3C AM

8:15 AM — 7 RANDOLPH AVE
158 ELIOT ST
195 ELIOT ST
ELIOT ST & VALLEY RD
ELIOT ST AT SHIELDS PARK
HINCKLEY RD & ELIOT ST
HINCKLEY RD & RIDGE RD
2 SCHOOL ST
Glover Elementary
Tucker Elementary

BUS 3C PM

3:19 PM — Glover Elementary
139 ADAMS ST
158 ELIOT ST
195 ELIOT ST
ELIOT ST & VALLEY RD
ELIOT ST @ SHIELDS PARK
HINCKLEY RD & ELIOT ST
HINCKLEY RD & RIDGE RD

BUS 4C AM

8:15 AM — 380 RANDOLPH AVE
PLEASANT ST & LODGE ST
CYPRESS RD & PLEASANT ST
CHURCH ST & WOOD ST
BROOK RD & PLEASANT ST
BROOK RD & CHURCHILLS LN
Glover Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills
Tucker Elementary

BUS 4C PM

3:19 PM — Glover Elementary
RANDOLPH AVE & CENTRE ST
ARTWILL ST & RANDOLPH AVE
QUARRY ST & PLEASANT ST
BROOK RD & PLEASANT ST
CHURCH ST & WOOD ST

BUS 5C AM

8:15 AM — ATHERTON ST & CANTON AVE
1300 CANTON AVE
WOLCOTT RD & BIG BLUE DR
BRADLEE RD & BRUSH HILL RD
BRUSH HILL RD & METROPOLITAN AVE
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIR
BEACON STREET & SMITH RD
BRUSH HILL RD & CHEEVER ST
Tucker Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills School
Glover Elementary

BUS 5C PM (TUCKER AND GLOVER)

3:19 PM — Glover Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills School
Tucker School
BRUSH HILL RD & CHEEVER ST
BEACON STREET & SMITH RD
BRUSH HILL RD & LOEW CIR
BRUSH HILL RD & CUSHING RD
ATHERTON ST & CANTON AVE
ATHERTON ST & WOODLAND
ATHERTON & MINGO

BUS 6C AM

8:15 AM — 274 REEDSDALE RD
MANNING LN & THACHER ST
CHANNING ST & ELM ST
20 GILE RD
85 OLD FARM RD
COLONIAL RD & OLD FARM RD
ATHERTON ST & MINGO ST
ATHERTON ST & WOODLAND RD
Glover Elementary
St. Mary of the Hills School
Tucker Elementary

BUS 6C PM

3:19 PM — St. Mary of the Hills School
Glover Elementary
MEREDITH CIR & REEDSDALE RD
REEDSDALE RD & BUCKINGHAM RD
85 OLD FARM RD
20 GILE RD
CHANNING ST & ELM ST
MANNING LN & THACHER ST

BUS 9C AM

8:15 AM — BREWSTER RD & SASSAMON AVE
HILLSIDE ST & HARLAND RD
EILEEN RD & BLUE HILL RIVER RD
1793 CANTON AVE
Glover Elementary
Tucker Elementary

BUS 9C PM

3:19 PM — Tucker Elementary
Glover Elementary
BREWSTER RD & SASSAMON AVE
HARLAND ST & HILLSIDE ST
1793 Canton Ave

BUS 10C PM

3:19 PM — Tucker Elementary
NORMAN RD & TRURO LN
ANNAPOLIS RD & TRURO LN
242 ROBBINS ST
BARBARA LN & BLUE HILL AVE
44 BRADLEE RD
BRUSH HILL RD & DANA AVE
WOLCOTT RD & BIG BLUE DR
BRUSH HILL RD & WOLCOTT RD
1300 CANTON AVE
ADRIAN RD & SILVERBROOK RD

BUS 11C PM

3:19 PM — Tucker Elementary
SCHOOL ST & CENTRAL AVE
ELM ST & CHANNING ST
COLONIAL RD & OLD FARM RD
700 RANDOLPH AVE
PLEASANT ST & LODGE ST
380 RANDOLPH AVE

 

 

 

 

 

August 17th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 17•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, August 17th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

From time to time, one of my colleagues, Henry Bolter, sends poems to a group of his fellow educators. They are usually related to the seasons, or to current events. Mr. Bolter is the director of Teachers As Scholars, a non-profit group which offers Professional Development seminars for K-12 teachers, as well as overseas study trips. I’d like to share one of Mr. Bolter’s latest offerings, as it relates to this time of year:

Remembering Summer (W. S. Merwin)

Being too warm the old lady said to me
is better than being too cold I think now
in between is the best because you never
give it a thought but it goes by too fast
I remember the winter how cold it got
I could never get warm wherever I was
but I don’t remember the summer heat like that
only the long days the breathing of the trees
the evenings with the hens still talking in the lane
and the light getting longer in the valley
the sound of a bell from down there somewhere
I can sit here now still listening to it

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are very proud!! Milton Public Schools were recently ranked #19 of all public school districts in Massachusetts – AND earned an A+ rating — from the website Niche.com. Click below to view more details:

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-school-districts/s/massachusetts/

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 The following item was submitted by K-12 Mathematics Director, Michelle Kreuzer:

 The Calculus Project (TCP) at Milton Public Schools is just about to wrap-up another successful mathematics enrichment session this week.  This summer, we had over 65 students participate in three weeks of mathematics preview work.  Our four cohorts of students participating in TCP include 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th graders.  The very first cohort started in the summer of 2014; these students will be entering their senior year at Milton High School in 2018-2019.

The Calculus Project’s vision is to dramatically increase the number of low income, African American, and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus during their senior year at Milton High School.  The program was designed in response to the fact that students who are capable of advanced mathematical thinking have more post-secondary educational opportunities available to them.  Students generally start TCP in the summer preceding 8th grade. The program supports students in two ways.  The first is through a free tutoring center which is open to TCP students Tuesday through Thursday after school during the school year.  The second support is through our summer mathematics enrichment program.  Students who participate in the summer enrichment program preview important mathematical topics for the upcoming school year as well as reinforce strategies for being successful mathematics students. Over the years, we have had many Milton teachers participate in the either the summer- or school-year portions of the program, including Ms. Losi, Ms. Meunier, Mr. Moonan, Ms. Capasso, Ms. Ritten and Mr. Moray.   The teachers have become mentors to the TCP students and have developed a support network to help our students achieve their goals.

Here is what our students have to say about The Calculus Project:

  • “The Calculus Project has helped me grow as a math student and helped me be a strong and confident mathematician.” – Milan Smith
  • “I feel more comfortable in my Calculus Project class than I do in my classes at school. I’ve been coming to the Calculus Project since 7th grade and I love it each year!” – Maya Whigham
  • “The Calculus Project is a safe space.” – Jasmine Opara
  • “It’s helped me gain confidence in my math abilities.” – William Craig
  • “We are mathematically proven to have fun!” – Rachael Lefevre
  • “The Calculus Project has helped me grow and I managed to move up from CP to Honors in math. It’s a lot of fun and is a great learning environment outside of school.” – Lauren Kelly

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Please read this letter from Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Summer has come and gone, and it is time for another exciting school year to begin. I am confident that the 2017-2018 school year will be a great one as Massachusetts continues its tremendous educational success. Due primarily to Massachusetts’ strong public schools, U.S. News & World Report recognized Massachusetts as the best state in the nation this year. It was one of many recognitions for the Commonwealth’s schools in recent months, and it is the strength and character of our state’s educators and students that have made that success possible. I sincerely appreciate all that you and your faculty and staff do every day to help students.  To prepare you for the new school year and to help you keep your school committee, teachers, and parents informed and engaged, we have attached the following resources:

  1. The New ESE Website: The new site has been designed to allow families and educators to more easily find information and resources, including a page to subscribe to ESE newsletters;
  2. The Year Ahead: Major developments from ESE that will impact your 2017-2018 school year;
  3. Back-to-School Basics: A brief overview for parents on how the state and districts work together to support teaching and learning [Accessible version];
  4. MCAS Parent Guide*: An interactive guide for parents on understanding the next-generation MCAS; and
  5. Leading the Nation Poster: An 11”x17” high-resolution .pdf file schools can print and display to promote Massachusetts’ upcoming celebration of student success in 2018. A low-resolution version of the poster is also available for sharing via email and social media.

The upcoming school year is a milestone: In 2018, Massachusetts will celebrate 25 years of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act and student success. Massachusetts’ implementation of a standards-based education system and more equitable school funding programs in 1993 helped make the Commonwealth a national leader in education. Students and educators should be aware and proud of their incredible accomplishments, and ESE is developing a “Leading the Nation” campaign for 2018 to raise awareness of Massachusetts’ success. I look forward to celebrating with you!

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 The following item was sent to us by MHS Music Teacher Rebecca Damiani:

Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
Applied Lesson Program – Beginner Registration Night
Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00-8:30 Milton High School

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar.   The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner Registration Night on Monday, September 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Milton High School. You can register for lessons with the ALP teachers and rent an instrument (if you do not already have one) from one of the music vendors available that night, or you can buy/rent an instrument from any other company you choose.

Please follow the link to the Pre-Registration form. Milton ALP Pre-Registration. Pre-Registration is to help with the facilitation of distributing free instruments and ensuring adequate staffing.

Payment: Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company.  No lessons will be scheduled without payment. SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night.  Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50.  Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher.  Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time.  It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together.  No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees: Vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose.  You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices.  Johnson String (www.johnsonstring.com), Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com), Needham Music (www.needhammusic.com) and Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com)  will be present at the registration.

Availability:  There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night.  If you cannot attend, email Gary Good (ggood@miltonps.org) and Rebecca Damiani (rdamiani@miltonps.org) on Tuesday, September 12, to find out if there are any spots left.

BACK TO SCHOOL INFO

Please refer to the following info for each school:

Preschool:
Telephone: 617-980-7343
Email: preschool@miltonps.org

Collicot
Start: 8:20am
Dismissal: 2:49pm
Address: 80 Edge Hill Rd
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4282 or (f) 617-698-3577
Principal Contact Info: Ms. Holly Concannon, Principal x2003
Ms. Amy Gale, Assistant Principal x 2010

Cunningham:
Start: 8:20am
Dismissal: 2:49pm
Address: 44 Edge Hill Rd
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4285 or (f) 617-698-3473
Principal Contact Info:  Mr. Jonathan Redden, Principal x2013
Ms. Bernadette Butler, Assistant Principal x2010

Glover:
Start: 8:50am
Dismissal: 3:19pm Address: 255 Canton Ave
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4288 or (f) 617-698-2346
Principal Contact Info:  Ms. Karen McDavitt, Principal, x 4100
Sara MacNeil, Assistant Principal x4102

Tucker:
Start: 8:50am
Dismissal: 3:19pm
Address: 187 Blue Hills Parkway
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4291 or (f) 617-698-3374
Principal Contact Info: Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Principal x6123
Katherine DesRoche, Assistant Principal x6121

Pierce:
Start: 7:57am
Dismissal: 2:26pm
Address: 451 Central Ave
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4568 or (f) 617-698-2238
Principal Contact Info: Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal x3600
Ms. Anna McReynolds, Assistant Principal x3603
Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal x3604

MHS:
Start: 7:50am
Dismissal: 2:19pm
Address: 25 Gile Road
Telephone: (p) 617-696-4470/4478 or (f) 617-696-5038
Principal Contact Info:   Mr. James Jette, Principal
Mr. Ben Kelly, Vice-Principal
Mr. Brian Mackinaw, Vice-Principal

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

KINDERGARTEN DAYS!!

August 27th through September 2nd, 2017

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering two terrific activities for Milton’s newest Kindergarten children to celebrate their entering Kindergarten this fall!

First, in cooperation with some Milton area businesses who want to let children know how important their education is to all of us, they are participating in Kindergarten Days from August 27th through September 2nd. During this week, the sponsors listed here will offer free gifts or discounts to children who are entering kindergarten this fall when they visit wearing their bright yellow “I’m Going To Kindergarten!” t-shirt. Participating businesses will display a special sign in their window to remind you to visit them. You don’t need to turn anything in to take advantage of the offers – but your child must be present and wearing his or her yellow Kindergarten t-shirt. As you visit our sponsors, please join us in thanking each of them for their support of Milton’s youngest school children!

Kindergarten Days Sponsors:

Sponsor Address Offer
Bent’s Café 7 Pleasant Street 2 free sugar cookies
Mackie’s Barber Shop 20 Central Avenue Receive a $1.00 bill
Mr. Chan’s 534 Adams Street Free 4 pc. chicken finger
Ichiro Sushi 538 Adams Street Free item of your choice from 7 specific food items
Starbucks 552 Adams Street Free kiddie size drink of your choice
The Fruit Center Marketplace 10 Bassett Street Free tumbler and a piece of fruit (while supplies last)
The Nutshell 10 Bassett Street Free goodie bag with pencil, eraser, and stickers (while supplies last)
Citizen’s Bank 420 Granite Avenue Free bank coloring book and crayons (while supplies last)
Milton Public Library 476 Canton Avenue Free temporary tattoo (while supplies last)
Historic New England’s Eustis Estate Museum 1424 Canton Avenue Free family pass to tour any Historic New England property

 TRANSPORTATION

For parents who are looking for bus information, please be aware that applications are being processed, routes are being set up and bus passes will be mailed in the next few days. For more information, please call Jane Barrett, Director of Transportation/Registration at 617-696-5040 x 5510 or bus@miltonps.org

RESIDENCY

 The Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” Click for http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2Doc.pdf

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link and provide all necessary documentation.

With only a few weeks remaining until the start of the school year, more than half of families who are required to re-register have done so. Please take a moment to complete the paperwork if you have not already done so.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

The following item was sent to us by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin:

Strategic Planning Process for Schools Underway. The School Committee’s Strategic Planning Subcommittee is moving forward with the next steps in its development of a strategic planning process for the schools.

In 2016-17, the Strategic Planning Subcommittee identified key agenda items for its work and convened teams to address key questions. In the fall of 2016, three teams reviewed topics such as: School system description and data initiatives; core beliefs and goals and three current initiatives; environment and technology.

In the summer of 2017, the Strategic Planning Subcommittee was reconvened and has developed a process for moving forward. First, they plan to revise the Milton Public Schools Vision Statement.  A draft list of descriptors for the Vision Statement has been developed.  These descriptors will be vetted and prioritized by district staff, parents and guardians in the month of September. Participants in this vetting process will be asked to consider “What kind of district do you imagine?” and “What do you hope our students will become?”  Once broad input has been gathered, a revised Vision Statement will be developed, and reviewed and approved by the School Committee in November.

Also, in the fall of 2017, the Strategic Planning Subcommittee plans to develop an Initiative Map, which will focus efforts on key initiatives and related goals and benchmarks. Stay tuned for more on that later.

SPED/SEPAC NEWS

 The following item was submitted by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Special Education:

Inclusion Task Force: Thank you to the members of the Inclusion Task Force who worked hard to make recommendations regarding increasing inclusive opportunities for our students. Members include representatives from the School Committee, Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), parents, community, and school staff. During the 2016-17 school year, the following members were part of the Inclusion Task Force:  Margaret Eberhardt, Leroy Walker, Michelle Connolly, Kathy Fagan, Norah Ferry, Kevin Lenane, Jennie Mulqueen, Bob Reetz, Sara Truog, Dr. Angela Burke, Daniel Jarboe, Tracy Grandeau, Kelly Herbert, Kelly Losi, Caroline Mannion, Lindsey McMahon, and Jonathan Redden.

The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force is to increase awareness of/and opportunities for students with disabilities in the general education environment throughout the district as well as in community settings.   This year, the members of the Inclusion Task Force created and administered a survey to determine the professional development needs of the district. Members of the group also conducted professional development at the elementary and secondary levels in the spring of 2017. The Inclusion Task Force also developed action plans which included activities designed to further promote inclusive practices.

As needs changed, the Inclusion Task Force reorganized in to three subcommittees to conduct further research: (1) Policies and Practices, (2) Culture, and (3) Skill Development and Staffing. The Inclusion Task Force is currently looking for volunteers to serve on one of the three groups.  For the 2017-18 school year, the Inclusion Task Force will meet every other month at Milton High School. The next meeting is planned for September 18, 2017 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. If you are interested in joining the Inclusion Task Force, please contact the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

 FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

NEW FAMILIES AND STUDENTS: WELCOME TO MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!  Below please find a list of new family/student events.  We hope to see you there!

MHS – Monday, August 28, 2017
New Student Orientation for all incoming freshman and students new to the district
Time: Registration will be begin at 3:30 and program will take place from 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Milton High School Auditorium

New students to the high school will have an opportunity tour the building, receive important information, review schedules and have a bite to eat. They will also have an opportunity to see what exciting opportunities the high school has to offer.

PMS – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Pierce Middle School Library

Newly registered middle school students and their families will have an opportunity to listen to a presentation by the principal outlining the team approach at Pierce as well as learn about afterschool opportunities followed by a tour of the building.

Collicot – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
New family tour at 2:00-3:00
Whole School popsicles with the principal at 3:00pm

Cunningham- August 29, 2017
New family tour and pizza at 5:00-6:00
Whole School popsicles with the principal at 6:00

Glover – August 23, 2017 and August 21, 2017
Kindergarten Play Date – Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6:00pm and Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:00am
New Students Grade 1-5 – Tours at 5:30pm and Popsicles with the principal at 6:00pm, Monday, August 21, 2017

Tucker – August 16, 2017 at 6:00pm
New student event including Pre-K through Grade 5.

Office of the Family Outreach Liaison -The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. If you are new to the district and have any questions or need additional information to help make your child’s transition to school a smooth one please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org.

Summer Reading: 1500 Milton children have registered for the Milton Public Library Summer Reading Program. The goal for this summer’s program was to collectively read 500,000 minutes.  As of Monday, August 14, 2017 486,120 minutes have been logged in.  Keep on logging in those minutes and be ready to share with your new teacher the first full week of school.

Summertime Stories: If you haven’t had a chance to join in the fun, please join us for the final story time to be held at the Cunningham Park on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The session will begin at 10:00am. Bring a blanket and an imagination.  Sessions will be held rain or shine!

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

 The following item was submitted by Pam Dorsey, Director of Milton Community Schools:

 Our department, Milton Community Schools, offers out-of-school-time activities for elementary students throughout the year. Each elementary school has on-site programs that run from 7:00am until school start and from school dismissal until 6:00pm.  We also offer school vacation and summer camps covering the same time periods. Information for all of our programs can be found on our website:  www.miltoncommunityschools.org I have attached the Collicot and Glover ASE program schedules, Special Classes information, and Early School Arrival (ESAP) information sheet.  Online registration was open during July and is open throughout the school year, and we will hold a final In-Person Registration on August 16th, from 2:00-6:00pm at the rear of the Glover School.  If you need your children to start ASE on the first day of school, please attend the registration on the 16th; if not, you can wait until school starts and register online by any Wednesday to begin the following week. Once again, welcome to Milton Public Schools.  Please contact me if you have questions about the ASE or ESAP programs at pdorsey@miltonps.org

ASE FLYER ASE flyer Glover
Fall 2017 ASE Special Classes

Unless otherwise noted, register for these classes at your ASE program, Sept. 18-29 from 4:00-6:00pm. Special Classes begin the first week of October. Enrollment in ASE during these class times is required (register online by the Wednesday before the class begins)

Gymnastics

Experienced, professional instructors teach students routines involved in Vaulting, Tumbling, on Bars and on the Balance Beam. They will also practice locomotive skills for the development and improvement of general coordination. Mastering physical skills helps develop self-confidence and independence. Classes will have an 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio. Co/Cu Mon, Glover Tues, Tucker Fri 10-week session Grades K-2 $150 additional fee Min 12 Max 16

Mass. Audubon’s Nature Explorers

Students enjoy interacting with live animals and artifacts while investigating and learning about ecology and habitats. Taught by Trailside Museum educators, this class features hands on exploration, active learning, creative play and citizen science projects. Includes a 2-hr field trip to the Trailside Museum at session end. 10-week session Co/Cu Tues, Glover Wed, Tucker Thur Grades K-5 $150 additional fee. Min 12 Max 20

Chess Club

International Chess Master (IM) David Vigorito, the 2016 Massachusetts State Champion and one of the top chess teachers and players in the country, offers classes for students of all levels. 10-week session Co/Cu/Tucker Mon, Glover Thur Grades 1-5 $150 additional fee. Min 12 Max 20

StagePlay and ShowTime

Picture a super-imaginative program of outside-the-box theatre games, cool music, and lots of role-play. Jim Moonan, musician, children’s music songwriter/storyteller, and owner of NorthWind Education teaches this unique class. He also works in Needham and Newton public schools and performing arts centers in Greater Boston. The session concludes with a family & friends performance including makeup, props and scenery.

Children learn the true meaning of “all for one and one for all” as they plan, practice, and perform their own show where all talent is worthy of a standing ovation. Collicot/Cunningham  14-week session Grades 1-5 ShowTime $100 additional fee Min 12 Max 16. Grade K StagePlay $100 additional fee

Cooking

Students prepare ingredients, mix, and cook a variety of foods. Please confirm that instructors are aware of any food allergies your child may have when you register. Grades K-5 $2/class fee (#classes vary) Max 12

The following classes begin the first week of September. See below for registration details.

 Ja Shin Do Karate

Miss Camille, holder of multiple black-belts, has taught karate in MPS for over 20 years. Students develop the 5 Ss of Ja Shin Do: Self-Discipline, Self-Respect, Self-Esteem, Self-Control and Self-Confidence to progress through belt levels. Enrollment at ASE include a Saturday am class at Glover. Co/Cu Wed, Glover Thur, Tucker Tues Ongoing classes throughout year Grades K-5 $35/mo additional fee. Register for Karate during online ASE registration; check the box marked “Karate” and include +$35 in mo tuition

Piano Playtime

This unique experience uses peer group motivation and a playful approach to learning piano. One-hour lessons are semi-private, with 3 students in each class. Lessons cost $25 each, and session fees vary depending on the day selected. Parents must purchase an instruction book through Piano Playtime for $12. Ongoing classes Register: contact Piano Playtime’s Molly Howard at pianoplaytime@yahoo.com during the month of July

 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

 The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, District SEL Facilitator:

Know the Risks of E-Cigarettes: E-cigarettes are very popular with young people. Their use has grown dramatically in the last five years. Today, more high school students use e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults.

E-cigarettes are devices that heat a liquid into an aerosol that the user inhales. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavoring in it. E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine, which comes from tobacco. Nicotine exposure during adolescence and young adulthood can affect the developing brain and lead to addiction. Besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain potentially harmful ingredients, including:

  • Ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs
  • Flavorants such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to serious lung disease
  • Volatile organic compounds, which can be carcinogenic
  • Heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead which can affect brain development

You can influence your children’s decision about whether to use e-cigarettes. Even if you have used tobacco yourself, your children will listen if you discuss your struggles with nicotine addiction. Be clear that you don’t approve of them smoking or using e-cigarettes, and that you expect them to live tobacco-free.

*A message from the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office

 FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Milton Food Service is looking for substitute part-time positions that could lead to permanent employment. These are perfect hours for working parents/guardians, while your children are in school. Interested parties can either email jmorgan@miltonps.org or call Ms. Morgan’s direct line at 617-898-1051.

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The Milton School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. School lunch must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Students who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

free lunch chart

Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from: SNAP, FDPIR, TANF.  No application is required for free meal benefits as these programs now communicate with schools directly. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice the household should contact the School Food Service Program and have benefits extended to that child.

Applications are available on the Milton Schools Website at www.miltonps.org, in your child’s school’s main office and at the Food Service Departments office located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA 0286.Contact Jackie Morgan with any questions or concerns at jmorgan@miltonps.org

CONSOLIDATED FACILITIES

The following item was submitted by Bill Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities Department and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager:

During the summer months, there is a long list of facilities and cleaning projects that are accomplished at each school location. All of the school classrooms, offices and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district custodians. The town facilities, custodial and seasonal staff works tirelessly all summer long to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.

Specialized facilities inspections and equipment is tested during the summer months such as, HVAC systems, life safety equipment is tested, emergency generators, elevators, drinking fountains and Integrated Pest Management inspections are completed. All of the school playgrounds are inspected and receive new wood chip surfacing for added safety.

A few of the major projects completed this summer involved the entire resurfacing of Brooks Field Track, replacement of the Pierce Middle School science wing roof, major roadway paving at the High School and Pierce Middle School. At the Collicot School, the entire gym floor was resurfaced inhouse by our custodial staff.  At the Cunningham School, the front portico is being freshly painted and repaired. The front of Collicot and Cunningham playground has new drainage work and a new retaining wall installed to minimize the future drainage issues.  In the next few months, energy upgrades will be installed at the schools from a Green Communities grant that we received in the amount of $246,645.

Phase four of the security system upgrades was installed at the Tucker, Glover, Pierce and Collicot/Cunningham Schools.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

 The following item was submitted by Milton Persists:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of Charlottesville, Virginia. We all need to take a stand against such hatred and bigotry! Milton Persists has organized a Vigil for Charlottesville TONIGHT, ( August 17th ) at 6:30pm at the Milton Town Hall Gazebo . Event co-sponsors include the Milton Interfaith Clergy and the Milton Board of Selectmen. Please join us with signs and candles at the Milton Town Hall Gazebo to stand with our community against hate tonight, Thursday , August 17th at 6:30pm.

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Police Chief John King:

The Milton Police Department will host a community event at the police station on Thursday evening, August 24th from 5pm to 8pm.  This event is free and open to the public. Join us at the Milton Police Station for a Community Cookout, hamburgers, hotdogs and ice-cream! Meet our officers, tour our station, get up close to our equipment /emergency vehicles and watch a K-9 demonstration. Don’t miss out! We will also have gaming trucks, balloon and tattoo artists along with music and a chance to dunk one of our officers!

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Picture this: a safe place to try new things, find a sense of belonging, take on challenges and inspire others! That’s Girl Scouts. A place where a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) can transform her ideas into action, turn her questions into adventure, and grow her confidence through practice. Girl Scout troops are organized by school grade (K-12), meet regularly during the year, and are led by a team of volunteers. Annual membership is $40 per girl. Join a troop today at gsema.org/join.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

7th Annual Candlelight Vigil in Quincy Aug. 31

The Town of Milton has been invited to formally join Quincy’s Vigil to remember those who have died from an opioid overdose.  (See flier below.) To have your loved one’s name remembered at the vigil, please email Laura Martin, Quincy’s Substance Use Coordinator, at Lmartin@quincyma.gov Send her their name, age, and indicate town of Milton. MSAPC hopes to see Milton residents join the vigil to show your concern and support.

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The following item was sent to us by the Neponset Rowing Club:

Parents and students from all Milton-area high schools and middle schools are invited to an information night to learn more about our fall youth rowing program. Information Nights will be held on August 10th and August 17th from 7 to 7:30 at the Milton Yacht Club, 25 Wharf Street, Milton.

Novice Rowing

The Novice Program prepares athletes for the Varsity Program the following year. Novice athletes train together five days per week, working toward individual and team goals. They build on the skills developed in Learn to Row and gain racing experience at fall and spring regattas. Athletes interested in becoming coxswains, who steer the boat and learn to motivate the rowers, are also encouraged to sign up. The Novice program runs in the fall and spring, with an opportunity to train with the Varsity during the winter.  Prerequisite: none

Varsity Rowing

Our state-ranked, award-winning Varsity team is an ideal fit for athletes who have completed the Novice Rowing program and are dedicated to improving their rowing skills and competing at a high level. Within a strong team environment, rowers will challenge themselves physically and mentally. Rowers practice six times per week and attend several weekend regattas each season. Prerequisite: Novice program

Crew is often called “the ultimate team sport” because of its contribution to helping young athletes develop personal character, an ethic of cooperation, and physical fitness.

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Eclipse News:   I wanted to share our Boston Museum of Science eclipse page for younger children: https://www.mos.org/eclipse

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Director, MPL:

Summer is winding down, but there’s still lots of fun to be had in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and you can log minutes on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org through August 31.

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 August 20 – 26:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Art School, Ages 7-11

Pop-Up Art School combines art history and hands-on learning to teach a variety of art techniques to kids. These creative, informative and fun workshops focus on famous artists. In this workshop, artists will be learning about Antoni Gaudi, an architect whose innovative and unique buildings are found in Barcelona, Spain. His organic style is unique and was inspired by natural forms. Create a mosaic cityscape, in Gaudi’s style, with opaque and translucent papers. With a battery operated candle (included) we will transform the mosaic into a glowing luminaria! For ages 7-11. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, August 23, 2017 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Summertime Stories @ Cunningham Hall, Ages 0-6 with caregiver

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library, and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance invite you to Summertime Stories: outdoor storytimes at Milton community locations! Miss Sara from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the last of four sessions around town this summer. If the weather is nice, bring a blanket because we’ll be outside. If it is rainy, we’ll meet indoors. Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. Registration is not required, however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. RAIN OR SHINE! For families with their children ages birth to six years old.

Thursday, August 23, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime @ 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 four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, August 24, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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 Children’s Room 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 following about the changes in Athletics User Fees for the Academic Year 2017-18. With the passing of the override, user fees have decreased in all school-funded sports by 50%.   Please see below for the new fees:

$150  All Sports (listed below, except swim/crew)

B/G Soccer
Field Hockey
Volleyball
Golf
Football
Cheerleading (Fall/Winter)
B/G Cross Country
B/G Basketball
B/G Ice Hockey
B/G Indoor/Outdoor Track
Ski
Baseball
Softball
B/G Lacrosse
B/G Tennis
Wrestling
Rugby

$400  Swim

$650  Crew

Please note the Family Cap is now $750, (or $900 if Ice Hockey is one of the sports.) All Checks should be made out to Milton Public Schools.

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Milton High School Fall Sports Registration opened on Tuesday, August 1st.  You must register on Family ID prior to receiving clearance to participate in tryouts. Please follow this link – www.http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ – for step-by-step instructions on how to register.   Football Tryouts begin TOMORROW, Friday, August 18th.  All other fall sports begin Thursday, August 24th.  Please keep in mind that Swim is now a fall sport at Milton High School.  All information regarding Milton High School Athletics can be found at – www.miltonwildcats.com. You will find office hours to receive clearance cards.  As a reminder, please be sure to have an updated physical prior to the start of tryouts.  The student-athletes physical must be within the past 13 months.  If you played a spring sport and handed one in, you MUST STILL bring a copy in this fall.

Also, more information on Middle School Athletics (Boys and Girls Cross Country, Basketball and Outdoor Track) will be provided to Pierce Middle School students in mid-September.

AMBASSADOR

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 thank and recognize Milton High School students Frances Collins, Paul Goodman, Sarah Hancock, Jenny Ly, Claire Mandel and Thanh Nguyen for their volunteer work as summer tour guides with the Forbes House Museum. Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum, contacted me to let me know how much she appreciated these students’ help. Ms. Vaughan said that this group immersed themselves in Forbes family history, which includes the American China trade, maritime history, the Gilded Age, as well as Civil War memorabilia.  We are so grateful for our students’ enthusiastic help with this Milton historical treasure.

 Staff – Nicole Young, a third-grade teacher at Cunningham Elementary School, left this morning for a service project in Guatemala. This is her second year volunteering with a project called Worthy Village. Ms. Young will travel to the village of Panajachel on Lake Atitlan, and work in the surrounding impoverished villages. One focus of the trip is to teach health care and hygiene to women and children in the villages. She and her colleagues will teach oral hygiene and daily hygiene, hand washing, healthy living and eating, disease transmission prevention, and other crucial, life-saving topics. They teach and run seminars in schools, orphanages, and local community centers. Hygiene products and Healthcare Books are provided to each individual. Another focus of the trip is to deliver clean water filtration systems to families and schools in need, and to teach the families the importance of clean drinking water and make sure they are properly trained in using the filters. “Last year, my third graders learned all about my trip,” said Ms. Young. “We studied an entire unit on Guatemala, and the clean water initiative. My students learned all about how life is similar and different as a child in Guatemala and wrote a story about the day in a life of a Guatemalan child. They also collected donations for me to bring on my trip.”

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Volunteers – I cannot say enough about the amazing work of our PTO presidents. These volunteers work year-round on dozens, if not hundreds of issues that affect our students and staff. As we start a new school year, I would like to thank and recognize this year’s PTO presidents. :

Preschool PTO: Mandy Gaughn Susi (mandy_gaughan@yahoo.com), Sharon Neale (sharonneale@comcast.net) and Colleen Driscoll (driscoll.colleen@gmail.com)

Glover Elementary: Christine Sullivan (cac2083@gmail.com) and Sarahkate Sullivan Feloney (aspensk@yahoo.com)

Collicot Elementary: Rebecca Stover (stover.rebecca@gmail.com) and Christine Morrow (morrow.christine@gmail.com)

Tucker Elementary: Michelle Schweitzer (mich_dev76@hotmail.com) and Tracy Troiano (tracytroiano@gmail.com)

Cunningham Elementary: Suzanne Fitzsimons (fitzsimons1@comcast.net), Abigail Callahan (abigailcallaha@gmail.com), Robyn Quinn (robynleequinn@gmail.com), Karin Roethke-Kahn (Karin_roethke-kahn@milton.edu) and Erin Burke, Treasurer (erinbenedict@hotmail.com)

Pierce Middle School: Christine Paxhia (cpaxhia@hotmail.com), Kristen LaCasse (kristen.lacasse@comcast.net), Stephanie O’Keefe (sastruck1@aol.com), Michelle Cardoza (ashergreta@gmail.com) and Trish Heelen, Treasurer (heelen@aol.com)

Milton High School: Tricia Sullivan (trishsull@hotmail.com) and Annellen Lydon (lydonaev@gmail.com),

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.

 

 

August 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 01•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Do you have bus or transportation issues? If so, please call Jane Barrett, Transportation Director at 617-696-4470 x 5510 or email bus@miltonps.org

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to congratulate Dr. Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head for the Milton Public Schools, who was recently honored by the Ordre des Palmes Academiques for her work on French language education. This award recognizes distinguished teachers, professors and figures in the world of culture and education. The distinction rewards people who have dedicated their lives to the teaching and the promotion of the French language and the French culture. Dr. Fisher will be honored at a ceremony next month. Congratulations!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on July 26th. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

July 26th: This meeting began with a presentation by Milton High School, Principal James Jette and Guidance Director Karen Cahill regarding the proposal to eliminate class rank. Members did not vote on this proposal, citing the need for further review and discussion. Next, members approved draft versions of the 2017-18 student handbooks. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Pavlicek outlined the new override positions and Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan gave a presentation on the new Elementary Literacy program for K-5. As part of the Chair’s Report, Consolidated Facilities Director William Ritchie discussed Green Communities Competitive Grants. Also, a draft version of the 2017-2018 School Committee Schedule was approved;  non union Staff Salary Adjustments were approved, eight sets of minutes and three  vendor warrants were approved before adjourning the meeting.

BACK TO SCHOOL INFO

  • Cunningham: 8:20am-2:49pm
  • Collicot: 8:20am-2:49pm
  • Glover: 8:50am-3:19pm
  • Tucker: 8:50am-3:19pm
  • Pierce: 7:57am-2:26pm
  • Milton High School: 7:50am-2:19pm

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The following item was submitted by Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek:

In an attempt to improve safety and reduce congestion, the  Department of Public Works, the Police Department and the School Department have been working over the summer on improvements to pedestrian access for the Cunningham and Collicot Schools.  The existing crosswalk at the entrance to Cunningham Park will be moved just west of the entrance to the bus lane in front of the schools (image below.)  This allows for better visibility as the current location is partially shielded by the crest of the hill and also gives the incorrect impression that it is controlling traffic out of the Cunningham Park driveway.

In addition, two new crossings with rapid flashing beacons will be installed across Edgehill Road, one at Century Lane (image below) and one at a redesigned Fullers Lane intersection.  Combined with sidewalk “bump-outs” , these new crossings should increase safety of walker approaching the schools.

Walkers approaching from East Milton Square who need to cross Edgehill Road can either cross at Century Lane or at the crosswalk in front of the schools.

Walkers approaching from west of the schools who need to cross Edgehill Road can do so either at Fullers Lane or in front of the schools.

Those coming from the Cunningham Park parking lot will walk westward along Edgehill Road and cross at the new crosswalk by the entrance to the bus lane.

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CURRICULUM NEWS

With only a few weeks of summer left, it’s important to touch base with your children regarding summer reading and other summer work. All of our summer reading and summer work is posted on the front page of our website (www.miltonps.org)  You can also click the links below to access summer work:

Elementary Summer Reading Program

Elementary Summer Math Program

 Pierce Middle School Summer Reading

 Pierce Middle School Summer Math

 Milton High School Summer Assignments

Click here

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We are unveiling a new literacy curriculum this fall for all students in grades K-5. This new curriculum, entitled Reach for Reading, is the result of a months-long comprehensive study from the Literacy Leadership Team. Reach for Reading will be an improvement over the former curriculum, Readers’ Workshop. Elementary teachers were surveyed at the start of the process to assess their classroom needs.

Reach for Reading was selected after the Literacy Leadership Team participated in a series of six sessions during the past few months, led by Harvard researchers. The new curriculum will be introduced to teachers through a schedule of professional development workshops, beginning on August 29th.

Many thanks to the members of the Literacy Leadership Team: Katie Callahan, Liz Cardiasmenos, Cat DesRoche, Christine Doyle, Kirsten Driscoll, Dr. Martine Fisher, Amy Gale, Kristen Giffune, Kelly Hannon, Christine Hodgkins, Maureen McClain, Karen McDavitt, Heather Morris, Kerry O’Leary, Kim O’Leary, Janet Sheehan, Lauren Vanacore and Vy Vu.

For more information about Reach for Reading, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit this link: http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/mte/downloads/cms_block_file/101851/file/135533

The following item was sent to us by Amy Gale, Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator:

Is there a series of books that you love? Are there any patterns you notice when you read books in a series? If you haven’t tried reading any books in a series, try it! You could also read books by the same author. We hope you’ve been logging your minutes! If you haven’t in awhile, don’t worry, you can still log on and record them now! http://www.miltonlibrary.org/

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, READ TO GROW! -Lawrence Clark Powell

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Please refer to the charts below to see the positions which have been funded by the June 2017 override vote.

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SUMMER PROGRAM NEWS

The following was submitted by MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Thank you to all the MSE families, students, staff and Red Shirts for a fantastic summer! It has been a quick five weeks full of learning, fun and making new friends.  We celebrated National Summer Learning Day on July 13th with a visit from award-winning storyteller, Len Cabral. All students also created an individual watercolor painting that was used in a mural to represent the unity of MSE as a town-wide program.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please feel free to reach out at mse@miltonps.org.  Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your summer!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Earlier this month, the rain couldn’t keep away the 57 children and adults who came out to join Milton Public Schools, Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Milton Public Library to kick off our Summertime Stories. In the Tucker School library, Ms. Sara delighted the crowd with a welcome song and stories including Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant, One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews, Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr and Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton.

At our second story time last week, the skies once again threatened to dampen the festivities.  Thanks to the generosity of the Cunningham Foundation, we were able to move the event inside. 75 attendees showed how happy they were along with the animals in the book, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Jungle Edition by James Warhola as they clapped their hands, stomped their feet, scratched their fur and hissed like a snake.  Ms Sara held the attention of all as she read Don’t Push The Button by Bill Cotter.  The children also enjoyed the book If you Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

At both sessions families were invited to take a gently used book home. Flyers offering tips on how to read to your child along with recommended titles were also handed out.

If you haven’t had a chance to join in the fun, please come to the Tucker School on Thursday, August 10, 2017 or to the Cunningham Park on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Both sessions begin at 10:00am. Bring a blanket and an imagination.  Sessions will be held rain or shine!

Office of the Family Outreach Liaison -The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about MPS summer programs, Summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  Contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above Applied Lesson Program – Beginner Registration Night will be held onTuesday, September 12th from 7:00-8:30 at Milton High School.

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments. If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner

Registration Night on Tuesday, September 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Milton High School. You can register for lessons with the ALP teachers and rent an instrument (if you do not already have one) from one of the music vendors available that night, or you can buy/rent an instrument from any other company you choose.

Payment Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company. No lessons will be scheduled without payment. SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night. Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher. Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices. Johnson String ( www.johnsonstring.com ), Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com ), Needham Music (www.needhammusic.com) and Leonards Music ( www.LeonardsMusic.com ) will be present at the registration.

Availability : There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, email Gary Good (ggood@miltonps.org) and Rebecca Damiani (rdamiani@miltonps.org) on Wednesday, September 13 to find out if there are any spots left.

Nota bene! ALP does not offer lessons in recorder or piano. Students must be in 4th grade or above to register. No students in grades lower than 4th will be registered on September 12. If there are available slots AFTER September 15, younger students can register. This registration night is for BEGINNERS only. Continuing students should contact their lesson teachers directly to register—they do NOT come to beginner registration night. Please follow the link to the Pre-Registration form. Milton ALP Pre-Registration Pre-Registration is to help with the facilitation of distributing free instruments and ensuring adequate staffing.

FAME/MUSIC NEWS

The following item was sent to us by our friends at Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME):

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer! While school is on hiatus, Milton FAME is gearing up for a busy fall season.    Upcoming dates to note:

  • Marching Band Camp – August 14th-18th @MHS
  • September 12th – Music Lesson Registration at MHS
  • Celebrate Milton – October 1st @ Pierce Middle School
  • Mattress Sale Fundraiser – October 7th @ MHS

We will be sending out a sign up email for donations of beverages and snacks for both Band Camp and Celebrate Milton in the next week. We also hope everyone will come out and support the Mattress Fundraiser for the Music Department by buying a mattress (or two)! And don’t forget to register your child in September to get started on music lessons! to keep up to date on all that is going on with music in the Milton Public Schools, please check out our website here and like us on Facebook. Questions? Need more information?  Please contact miltonfame@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

The following item was submitted by Pam Dorsey, Director of Community Schools:

Are you interested in a part-time job with almost no commute?  One where you can bring your school-aged child with you?  If you are an adult who has experience with children and enjoys fun and challenges, we have job openings for you.

No college degree is required, but a good sense of humor is.  You would be supervising children before or after their school day, at the Early School Arrival (ESAP) or at After School Enrichment (ASE) programs.  You can lead classes or assist other staff.  We are looking for energetic, dependable people who have time and talent to share.  Take a look on our website at the exciting, fun enrichment activities our programs offer:  www.miltoncommunityschools.org

  • ESAP hours are 7:00 – 8:30am.  The pay rate starts at $17.64
  • ASE hours are 2:30-6:00pm.  The general pay starts at $12.71; the pay rate for staff leading/instructing classes starts at $19.34.

If you are interested in joining our staff, please send an email of interest to me at pdorsey@miltonps.org

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

The following item was submitted to us by Laurie Stillman, District SEL Facilitator:

Talk To Your Teens About Distracted Driving. If you are driving with friends or family in the car, you are responsible for their safety. Your or their distraction could seriously injure or kill others.  Distractions include heavy or prolonged conversations, eating food, phone calling, working your GPS, and texting.

Distracted driving is deadly. It was responsible for 3,500 deaths in 2015, and responsible for many more injuries and disabilities. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of nearly 5 seconds at 55 mph, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and ten percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving. Teen drivers are especially susceptible to distraction while driving, especially texting and using their cell phone.  In Massachusetts, it is illegal for teens to do this.

Adapted from Under the Right Influence.

RESIDENCY NEWS

The Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” Click for more info

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link and provide all necessary documentation.

With only a few weeks remaining until the start of the school year, approximately half of families who are required to re-register have done so. Please take a moment to complete the paperwork if you have not already done so.

FROM THE READERS

Instead of an article this week, one of our readers sent us an interesting Ted talk regarding how to make STEAM education more fun. Click the link to learn more about this topic: https://www.ted.com/playlists/509/things_to_do_to_make_steam_lea

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following link was forwarded to me from Susan Dolan, Director of Milton’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program:

I received this email, and it’s link to a terrific video on the importance of engaging dads in their child’s life, from The Children’s Trust Fund and Suzin Bartley. As professionals who work with families in Milton regularly, please find 11 minutes somewhere in your busy day to watch this video. Its message will stay with me for a long time; hopefully, for you as well! http://childrenstrustma.org/giving-events/media-center/video/dads-rock-nurturing-father-engagement

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

Register for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. All proceeds will support MSAPC.

Help raise awareness in Milton about substance abuse! Too many Massachusetts and Milton residents are dying from addiction, the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. The run/walk is in memory of Milton resident Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction.

The event is going to directly benefit the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition! Please come and show your support! REGISTER TODAY by clicking here. Mike wants to CRUSH ADDICTION!

The walk/run in Milton will be held on:

  • Saturday October 21st
  • Register in the Cunningham School Library at 9am. Race starts at 10am
  • Starting at 44 Edge Hill Road (Cunningham School)

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The following item was sent to us by Jerry Vitti, JP Plunkett and Becky Padera with the Challenger League:

We recently had our Challenger day at Fenway.  In a word it was magical. Below is a link and a password to view the pictures taken by the Red Sox photographer.   Special thanks to Chili Davis and Victor Rodrigues, the Red Sox hitting coaches for the enthusiastic help. 7.14 CVS Clinic  password: allkidscan

We’re not sure what was our favorite part of the day.  There are great shots of the kids hitting, sitting in the Sox dugout, being at the Green Monster and meeting Wally.  I can’t say enough about the experience and I hope we get to come back.

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. To learn more about Milton’s Challenger League, click here:

http://miltonamericanbaseball.org/Page.asp?n=114777&org=MILTONAMERICANBASEBALL.ORG

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summertime fun in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

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 August 6 – 12:

Monday, August 7, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
AbraKIDabra with Mike Bent, Ages 4 and up

Join us for comedy-magician Mike Bent’s state-of-the-art, interactive magic show AbraKIDabra! Mike’s unique and appealing style will leave you laughing and scratching your head, long after he has left the stage. For children ages 4 and up. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Art with Ginny, Grades K-3

Children in grades K-3 can join Ginny Brearley and create an artistic masterpiece to take home. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join the Children’s and Teen Rooms for crafting/making/building fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as craft materials, recycled items, hardware and more!  Registration is required.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Summertime Stories @ Tucker Elementary School, Ages 0-6 with caregiver

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library, and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance invite you to Summertime Stories: outdoor storytimes at Milton community locations! Miss Sara from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four sessions around town this summer. If the weather is nice, bring a blanket because we’ll be outside. If it is rainy, we’ll meet indoors. Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. Registration is not required, however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. RAIN OR SHINE! For families with their children ages birth to six years old.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theater, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends at the same time! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  The Club will meet five times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, August 11, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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, August 11 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Friday Family Flick, All Ages

It’s hot outside… so come to the library and cool off by watching a movie in the Keys Room! Today we’ll be showing popular 2017 release The Boss Baby: A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour, 37 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. 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 Children’s Room 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 item was submitted by Ryan Madden, Athletic Director:

Milton High School Fall Sports Registration will open Tuesday, August 1st.  You must register on Family ID prior to receiving clearance to participate in tryouts. Please follow this link – www.http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ – for step-by-step instructions on how to register.   Football Tryouts begin Friday, August 18th.  All other fall sports begin Thursday, August 24th.  Please keep in mind that Swim is now a fall sport at Milton High School.  All information regarding Milton High School Athletics can be found at – www.miltonwildcats.com. You will find office hours to receive clearance.  As a reminder, please be sure to have an updated physical prior to the start of tryouts.  The student-athletes physical must be within the past 13 months.  If you played a spring sport and handed one in, you MUST STILL bring a copy in this fall.

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: Three Milton High School graduates recently were honored by the Boy Scouts for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to Nolan Carvalho, Michael Eberhardt and Nico Navarro. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. It represents many years of dedicated effort, and the successful completion of a long process which started when the young man became a Boy Scout. Only about 2% of all Boy Scouts earn this distinction and it is a great achievement for all parties involved: the Scout, his family, his community, his unit, and the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to these Milton High School alum!

Staff: Two teachers from Pierce Middle School, Erin Power and Danielle Huebner, attended the Anti-Defamation Leagues’ Summer World of Difference training in Vermont last week. The Peer Training Summer Institute for middle and high school educators is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and strategies to create inclusive, prejudice-free learning environments apply proven anti-bias teaching methodologies and materials and implement administrative and programmatic components of ADL’s Peer Training Program. We are very proud of  these educators!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank the new Board of Directors for the Milton Boosters. These hard-working volunteers are the heart of our athletic program and we are very grateful for all they do. Please join me in thanking President James Coyne, and the three Vice Presidents: Scott Domineau, Donna Conroy and Mike McDonnell, as well as Treasurer Trish Heelen.

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.

 

 

July 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 07•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, July 7th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope that all of our Milton Public Schools families are enjoying the start of summer. Although many of our students are enjoying time off, we still have a bustling crowd at the high school, where Milton Summer Enrichment is headquartered, and at the Collicot School, where Camp Cunningham and some of our ESY programs are located.  There also programs running at Pierce (Welcome to Middle School!) and Tucker Elementary School (Camp Innovation.) Although we hope that everyone can enjoy a little down time, I would like to give a gentle reminder  that summer reading and, for some grade levels, summer course work, should be on your radar. Also, for those with students entering Grades 6 and 9, please see the item below under “Residency” for more information on how to re-register your student. Please read below for more district news and information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

The Milton High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America just returned from an amazing trip to Anaheim, where they competed at Nationals!  The students networked with 13,000 FBLA students from all over the world (every state was represented, along with China, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Haiti.) They attended three days of workshops, went to Disneyland and California Adventure, and most importantly made memories that will last a lifetime! MHS rising senior Domenic Jancaterino won 8th place in the country in Economics! Here is a link to the video that Club Advisor AJ Melanson created for the parents & students. Congratulations to all! https://animoto.com/play/CVo22gvA33ZN6yFOpN9XQg

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The following item was sent to us by MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

On Monday, June 26th, we welcomed over 500 students to the Milton High School for the first day of Milton Summer Enrichment!  Thank you to all the MSE families for an outstanding start to the program!

We have a dedicated staff of more than 50 instructors engaging students in hands on classes each hour from 8am-12pm.  Students are enjoying courses ranging from Soccer Scores to Chess and STEM Fun to Hip Hop!  In addition to the course instructors, we have 70 High School student ‘Red Shirts’ assisting students to get from one course to another, accessing course material and ensuring safety and efficiency during arrival and dismissal. As always, please reach out with any questions, comments or concerns to: mse@miltonps.org.

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In the last E-blast, I reported on the  pumpkin planting at the Pierce Middle School. Science Teacher. Jeff Stoodt, along with volunteer extraordinaire Beth Neville, helped Pierce students to plant 100 pumpkins, plus sunflowers.  Please enjoy these photos from this wonderful project:

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I wanted to make families aware of a new social media app that I just learned about which could have serious implications. The Blue Whale Challenge is an app that instructs its participants (many preteens) to carry out increasingly dangerous tasks and self-harm over 50 days. Users are encouraged to tag friends on social media and ‘challenge’ them to participate in the game.

USA Today (May 25, 2017) reported on how it works – “Over the course of 50 days, an anonymous administrator assigns kids self-harm tasks. The challenges may start by asking kids to watch a scary movie and then grow increasingly dangerous to include acts like cutting. On the 50th day, the participant is supposed to commit suicide. The game can reach kids through social-media channels like Instagram, SnapChat, YouTube and texting.”

It’s very concerning because these apps are targeting a very vulnerable population. I would encourage parents to:

* ask your kids if there are ANY new games or popular challenges that they or their friends are hearing about or playing on social media or online

* search for hashtags like #BlueWhaleChallenge and/or photos of a blue whale on your kids’ social media accounts.

STAFF/FACULTY NEWS

There have been a few changes in our staff and personnel. First, I would like to announce the hiring of a new Instructional Technology Director. Milton High School Business and Technology teacher AJ Melanson took over this position effective July 1st.  Mr. Melanson will be replacing Dr. Angela Burke, who has accepted a position in the Randolph Public Schools.  We are looking forward to Mr. Melanson’s energy and expertise as the district’s Instructional Technology Director.

I am also pleased to report that Pierce Middle School math teacher Mary Shapiro has accepted the intermediate grades math coach, a Unit A position that is a new position as of our successful Override. This is outstanding news for our elementary teachers and thus our elementary grade students, to say nothing of the addition of this gifted and talented individual to our Leadership Team. Congratulations to Ms. Shapiro!

We are also very pleased to announce the hiring of Assistant Principals for each of our elementary schools. These .5 positions were created as a result of the recent Override and will result in a more effective and efficient administrative leadership model at our elementary schools. Each of these experienced educators will serve as half-time assistant principals and half-time curriculum coordinators.

  • At Collicot, Amy Gale will serve as Assistant Principal, as well as the English Language/Math Coordinator.
  • At Cunningham, Bernadette Butler will serve as Assistant Principal, as well as the English Language/Math Coordinator.
  • At Glover, Sara MacNeil, will serve as Assistant Principal, as well as the English Language/Math Coordinator.
  • At Tucker, Cat Desroche will serve as Assistant Principal, as well as the English Language/Math Coordinator.

SUMMER READING

The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

Happy Summer Vacation!! We know you all must have many fun activities planned for the time away from school, but don’t forget that READING can be another great activity for the whole family. Rainy days, lazy afternoons in the sun and bedtime are all perfect times to sit down and read a good book. It can be read alone, with a buddy or a group. It can be a picture book, a magazine, a novel or anything else…the important thing is to READ! If you haven’t already, make sure that you sign up on the Milton Public Library’s website to track your minutes for summer reading.   http://www.miltonlibrary.org/

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

The following article was submitted by MPS Elementary School Librarian, Lori Henry and MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library are partnering for another amazing summer reading program: “Build A Better World.” MPS is proud to team up with the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day.  Many families have already registered their children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to register or reactivate your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org .  If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.

Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools READS, READS, READS and fully participates in the Summer Reading Challenge! Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes upon returning to school in September.  We hope you all have an awesome summer filled with great books.

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This next item was submitted by Jess Royster, Pierce Middle School librarian:

Pierce Middle School Summer Reading: The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year.

At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.

Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and one required text.

  • Grade 6 (choose 1) Out of My Mind, Draper; Booked, Alexander; Fish in a Tree, Hunt
  • Grade 7 (choose 1) Misfits, Howe; The Revealers, Wilhelm; Anything But Typical, Raleigh- Baskin
  • Grade 8 (choose 1) *Divergent, Roth; Buddha Boy, Koja; Stargirl, Spinelli; Mockingbird, Erskine

*Some mature themes, parents please note.

  • On the website, you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read.
  • All forms and summer work will be posted on the PMS Edline page and the Milton homepage.
  • For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

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The high school reading list, submitted by Jen Troy, is available on-line:

Milton High School Summer Reading Program: All students will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students. We hope that everyone —parents, students, teachers —will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program. If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library Edline page.

In addition to summer reading there are also summer assignments for some classes. All of the assignments will be posted on Edline by subject.

Instructions to Access Assignments:

  1. Login to Edline
  2. Summer Assignments are located on the left side of the page under “Quick Links”
  3. Assignments are separated by subject area

*The link to these assignments will also be posted on the MPS website:   www.miltonps.org

BUDGET NEWS

Due to the recent successful Proposition 2 ½ Override, several of the Milton Public Schools’ user fees will be reduced. Please read below:

    • Bus fees will be reduced from $375 to$275. The family cap has been reduced from $750 to $550.
    • The Club and Activity fees at MHS and PMS have been cut in half.
    • MHS athletic fees will be reduced from $300 to $150 per sport; the family cap is being reduced from $1,500 to $750.
    • The fee for hockey has been reduced from $600 to $300, with the hockey family cap of $900.
    • Fees for Crew and Swim Team are unaffected by the reduction because they are self-supporting sports.
    • The sports fee for all Pierce Middle School sports has been cut in half.

RESIDENCY INFO

Re-establishment of Residency for students entering 6th and 9th Grade is off to a great start in the first week.  We have had over 50 families come in to complete the process.  Ms. Lesenechal will be in the main office of the high school (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday & Thursday 7 am to 10 am and Tuesday evenings from 4 -8 pm to assist families with the process.

Please read below for more information about how/why Milton residents must re-establish residency for the MPS:

The Milton School Committee’s Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine.”

As a parent/guardian of a child/student entering into grade six or grade nine, you are required to go to the following link: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2017Doc.pdf  and fill out a Re-establish Residency Packet. Please be sure to provide the required documents from all three columns.

This process is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton.  We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to accommodate the work schedules of parents/guardians. Starting Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 10 am; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8 pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by August 29, 2017 to ensure their child’s placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

PAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

Extended School Year Programming: The Milton Public Schools sponsors an Extended School Year(ESY) Program for students who qualify per the IEP Team process.   Decisions about ESY programs are made on an individual basis, taking in to consideration the unique needs of the child. The team must determine whether a student substantially regresses or falls behind during break periods in the school year (regression).  The team should also determine whether there is a substantial amount of time needed for the student to get back to the level of skills they were prior to the break period (recoupment).   Teams must also consider other factors such as the degree of the impairment.   This year’s ESY services and programs have already started and are very successful thanks to our ESY Director, Jaclyn Germano and the ESY Staff Team!

Inclusion Task Force:  The Inclusion Task Force is currently looking for new members.  The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force is to increase awareness of/and opportunities for students with disabilities in the general education environment throughout the district as well as in community settings. Members include representatives from the School Committee, Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC), Parents, Community, and school staff. The Inclusion Task Force meets on a monthly basis at Milton High School. The next meeting is planned for September 18, 2017 from 4pm-6pm. If you are interested in joining the Inclusion Task Force, please contact the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

SEL NEWS

The following article was sent to us by Laurie Stillman, District Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Help Build a Healthy and Resilient Teen: Parents and guardians of teenagers can help to create an environment that decreases the risk for drug use and other at-risk behaviors. The following list of proactive factors can help a teen become more drug-resistant:

Positive communication – nurture an aspect of trust
Daily family rituals – including eating dinner together
Appropriate supportive parental role models
Extended family involvement
Diversity in peer activities and friends
Community/religious involvement
Positive presence of law enforcement
Leisure family activities together

Adapted from Under the Right Influence 2017, an excellent guide for parents.  http://www.southshorehospital.org/workfiles/Health_and_Wellness/YHC_2017-Prom-Booklet_Final.pdf

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan:

Block Grants Putting School Meals on the Chopping Block

Background:

In 1946, the federal government made a promise to America’s families that students will always have access to healthy meals at school. Congress specifically designed the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs to be entitlement programs. Participating schools are “entitled” to a federal reimbursement for all meals served. Federal regulations and nutrition standards for these programs ensure meals and student access to them are consistent from state to state.

Fixed- sum block grants would eliminate these federal guarantees and the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed. Block grant proposals cut funds for school meal programs and nullify crucial federal mandates, including nutrition standards and student eligibility rules for free and reduced price meals.

Block Grants Restrict Student Access to School Meals:

Block grants break the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed.

Thanks to entitlement status, school meal programs always have the necessary funding to meet students’ nutritional needs. Funding fluctuates annually with the number of student meals served. When a natural disaster strikes, school enrollment increases, or a factory closes, the number of students receiving free and reduced price meals increases. Schools can serve more students knowing their reimbursement will rise to cover the added cost.

Fixed-sum block grants eliminate that guarantee, putting America’s most vulnerable students at risk. Block grants provide a finite amount of funding each year. If circumstances change mid-year, states do not receive additional funds to cover the cost of serving meals to students in need. For more information, call (301) 686-3100 and ask for the Government Affairs and Media Relations Center.

In a September 2015 report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned that: “block grants that are smaller than the funding that current legislation would provide would probably eliminate access to nutrition programs for some children and reduce it for others. Such grants would also leave the programs unable to respond automatically to economic downturns.”

Block Grants Slash Funds for School Meals:

The 2016 House-proposed block grant pilot would have slashed funds for school meal programs through an immediate funding cut and the elimination of annual adjustments, which help schools keep pace with rising costs. The proposal could have resulted in a crippling 12% funding cut after three years, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Cash-strapped school districts would be forced to cover meal program losses at the expense of academics. Further cuts would also impact hiring practices in school cafeterias nationwide.

History demonstrates that block grants shrink available funding over time, severely limiting a program’s ability to serve Americans in need. A CBPP analysis of 13 major housing, health, and social services block-grant programs reveals that combined funding for the programs declined by 26 percent — or $13 billion in 2016 dollars — from 2000 to 2016. Notably, when adjusted for inflation, funding under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant has plummeted by 32 percent, despite population growth.

Block Grants Abolish Crucial Federal Standards:

Block grants void federal rules that ensure the uniformity and consistency of school meal programs across the nation. States could set their own rules on which children are eligible for free or reduced price meals, restricting access for low income children currently enrolled in the program. States could abandon all federal nutrition mandates, and under the proposed pilot, states would be required to only serve one “affordable” meal a day to students, threatening recent national progress in expanding student access to healthy school breakfasts.

Block grants could void Buy American mandates and impact USDA Foods assistance for school meal programs, which have supported America’s farmers and introduced students to a wide variety of healthy US grown foods.

FROM THE READERS

Please click the link below to read an interesting article with suggestions of fun, educational activities to do with children over the summer to help continue  learning, including experiences related to science, social studies, reading, and more:

https://blogs.brighthorizons.com/familyroom/socialparenting-ways-to-keep-kids-learning-over-the-summer/

NEWS AROUND TOWN

I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who died last week after battling cancer. He was 65. Dr. Chester, who was appointed in 2008 was one of the longest-serving state education commissioners in the country. He lived in Winchester and leaves behind a wife and five children. I am sure that you join me in extending our condolences to the commissioner’s family, friends and co-workers at DESE.

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The following item was submitted by Bill Ritchie, Milton’s Director of Consolidated Facilities:

We have some very good  news from  Consolidated Services!  The Town of Milton will receive $246,645 in grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources to fund 15 energy efficiency projects throughout town through the Green Communities program.

The Town of Milton received a $246,645.00 grant from The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and Green Communities Division of Competitive Grants last week.  The DOER portion of the grant will fund a the majority of the $301,000 needed to complete the seven energy projects that were recommended by myself, Consolidated Facilities Office Assistan Diane Colligan,  Town Planner William Clark and Guardian Energy, which serves as the energy consultant for these projects.  An additional incentive grant of $40,000 was also approved by NGRID and Eversource Utilities to assist with these energy projects.  Our goal is to obtain the entire $301,000 in project funding at no cost to the Town of Milton.   It is a long six month process with over 175 hours of time but is tis well worth the effort.

The good news does stop here.  Once these energy upgrades are installed this coming year we anticipate a $35,000 per year savings in energy over the next year. The Town of Milton has received DOER and Green Communities grant funding of roughly $800,000 over the last five years and continued energy savings of $120,000 per year.

The list below is the energy projects that we will complete this year with the grant funding.

$40,435.00, Cunningham Collicott—EMS Upgrade-Optimal Start/Stop
$52,859.00, Glover School—Energy Analytic Software
$44,347.00, High School—Gym Lighting
$32,125.00, Town Hall—Lighting
$29,748.04, Public Works—Lighting
$32,508.96, Police—Lighting
$14,622.00, East Milton Fire—Boiler Jacket

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following information as submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Welcome to summertime fun in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

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 July 9 – 15:

Monday, July 10, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Nappy’s Puppets, All Ages

Join the Children’s Room as we travel the world with shadows, stories and songs, courtesy of Nappy’s Puppets! For thousands of years, people have manipulated puppets, and one of the oldest and most wonderful puppetry styles is shadow puppetry. In this fun and interactive show, you’ll meet everyone from elegant Chinese Emperors to the topsy-turvy Turkish trickster Karagoz, all with the hilarious Jim Napolitano as your guide! Audiences of all ages will enjoy this fun opportunity to experience world cultures and history, learn about traditional storytelling, all while witnessing the exciting evolution of shadow puppetry as an art form. All ages welcome. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

 Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Writing the Ballpark Mysteries with David A. Kelly, Ages 7-11

 Learn about what it takes to become a successful published author right from the source! Massachusetts native David A. Kelly, author of The Ballpark Mysteries and other titles, will join us for a 90-minute presentation/workshop for budding writers on topics such as: how children can become writers, specific techniques he uses to write the Ballpark Mysteries, the writing and editing process, and what it takes to be a successful author. Then we’ll try our hand at writing some of our own mysteries! This is a workshop for children ages 7-11, and space is limited to 25 participants. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

 Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

 Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join the Children’s and Teen Rooms for crafting/making/building fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as craft materials, recycled items, hardware and more!  Registration is required.

 Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Summertime Stories @ Tucker Elementary School, Ages 0-6 with caregiver

 The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library, and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance invite you to Summertime Stories: outdoor storytimes at Milton community locations! Miss Sara from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the first of four sessions around town this summer. If the weather is nice, bring a blanket because we’ll be outside. If it is rainy, we’ll meet indoors. Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. Registration is not required, however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. RAIN OR SHINE! For families with their children ages birth to six years old.

Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theater, Grades 2-4

 Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends at the same time! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  The Club will meet five times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

 Friday, July 14, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

 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, July 14, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 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.

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 Children’s Room 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 item was submitted by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

IMPORTANT DATES

  • August 1st – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration Opens
  • August 1st – August 24th – Athletic Director must sign off on all athletics clearance forms prior to participation in tryouts. Office Hours will be posted on the website at the end of July.
  • August 19th – Football Tryouts Start August 24th – All other fall sport tryouts start Please use the following link for step-by-step guides to registering for athletics – http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/

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

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:

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize all the MSE instructors and “red shirts” who help to make our summer programming such a success. We couldn’t do it without them!

Students: I would also like to thank the more than 500 students who come to the MSE programs each morning with a smile on their faces. We love seeing these young students, especially when they are taking part in the fun and enriching projects going on in the building!

 Volunteers: I would like to thank the following PTO presidents, who served during the past academic year: I am very grateful to the following volunteers. Glover Elementary: Christine Sullivan & Sarah-Kate Sullivan Feloney; Collicot Elementary: Alyson Zukowski & Rebecca Stover; Pierce Middle School: Karyn Viveiros, Christine Paxhia & Kristen LaCasse; Milton High School: Tricia Sullivan; Tucker Elementary: Michelle Schweitzer & Tracy Troiano; Cunningham Elementary: Stephanie O’Keefe, Robyn Quinn & Karin Roethke-Kahn

I would also like to recognize this year’s incoming year’s PTO presidents, some of whom will be serving a second or third term! Glover Elementary: Christine Sullivan & Sarahkate Sullivan Feloney. Collicot Elementary:  Rebecca Stover (Baker) & Christine Morrow; Pierce Middle School: Christine Paxhia, Kristen LaCasse, Stephanie O’Keefe, Michelle Cardoza; Milton High School: Tricia Sullivan & Annellen Lydon; Tucker Elementary: Tracy Troiano; Cunningham Elementary: Suzanne Fitzsimons; Abigail Callahan, Robyn Quinn & Karin Roethke-Kahn.

Finally, I would like to share with you some magnificent photos from the recent We Are Milton event. This was truly a community event and both days of activities went off smoothly. I would like to extend a thank you to the Copeland Family Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this event; and thank you to the volunteers from We Are Milton. Job well done! Thanks to Milton Selectman Richard Wells for these photos.

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

 

June 23rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 23•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, June 23, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today is the last day of school and, as the 2017-18 school year draws to a close, I find myself looking back at another amazing year. The concerts, the plays, the success of new programs, the continuation of proven strategies, the athletic accomplishments – they all meld together and reinforce the adage that success breeds success. I am enormously grateful to the entire Milton community for their recent support of the school budget. We are looking forward to the 2017-18 year with our mission intact and the resources to support that mission. We should all be very proud of the students and staff of the Milton Public Schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. Those meetings are summarized below:

Wednesday, June 7th  This meeting began with an update on the Grade Five Safety Patrol from Transportation Director Jake Smith, along with fifth grade students. Next, Food Service Director Jackie Morgan came to speak about the policy for students with negative balances. In MPS, these students do NOT get alternate meals (as DESE allows.) Instead, we make every effort to contact them to eliminate the deficits.  Students with negative balances in excess of $20 at the end of a year will not be allowed to register for any fee-based programs until the obligation is cleared.

As part of the Chair’s Report, committee members reviewed the summer schedule. The Finance Subcommittee reviewed the FY18 Fee Proposal and voted to approve vendor warrants. Both the Health and Wellness and the Transportation Subcommittees gave reports to the full committee before adjourning to executive session.

Wednesday, June 14th: This meeting began with the introduction of students from the Pierce Middle School who competed at the State Science Fair, along with Christie Chiappetta, PMS Science Coordinator. Next, the MHS Debate Team, along with Coaches Kacy Dotoli and Dana DePaul gave the committee an update on their competition schedule. The Milton High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended this meeting to discuss their upcoming trip to compete at Nationals in Anaheim, California.  Bernadette Butler and Catherine DesRoche spoke about the upcoming start of Milton Summer Enrichment and last-minute registration info. Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education, gave a presentation on Health & Wellness to the committee. As part of the Chair’s Report, committee members discussed the summer schedule and retreat. The Finance Subcommittee reported on the end-of-year closing and members voted to approve a vendor warrant before adjourning to executive session.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, July 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following article was submitted by MPS Elementary School Librarian, Lori Henry and MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library are partnering for another amazing summer reading program: “Build A Better World.” MPS is proud to team up with the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day.  Many families have already registered their children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to register or reactivate your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org .  If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.

Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools READS, READS, READS and fully participates in the Summer Reading Challenge! Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes upon returning to school in September.  We hope you all have an awesome summer filled with great books.

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This next item was submitted by Jess Royster, Pierce Middle School librarian:

Pierce Middle School Summer Reading

The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year.

At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.

Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and one required text.

  • Grade 6 (choose 1) Out of My Mind, Draper; Booked, Alexander; Fish in a Tree, Hunt
  • Grade 7 (choose 1) Misfits, Howe; The Revealers, Wilhelm; Anything But Typical, Raleigh- Baskin
  • Grade 8 (choose 1) *Divergent, Roth; Buddha Boy, Koja; Stargirl, Spinelli; Mockingbird, Erskine

*Some mature themes, parents please note.

  • On the website, you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read.
  • All forms and summer work will be posted on the PMS Edline page and the Milton homepage.
  • For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

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The high school reading list, submitted by Jen Troy, is available on-line:

Milton High School Summer Reading Program: All students will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students. We hope that everyone —parents, students, teachers —will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program. If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library Edline page.

In addition to summer reading there are also summer assignments for some classes. All of the assignments will be posted on Edline by subject.

Instructions to Access Assignments:

  1. Login to Edline
  2. Summer Assignments are located on the left side of the page under “Quick Links”
  3. Assignments are separated by subject area

*The link to these assignments will also be posted on the MPS website:   www.miltonps.org

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce volunteer Beth Neville:

Pierce Middle School Science Teacher Jeff Stoodt found a way to get his five classes of students outside, so we leveled the weeds, churned up the soil and planted 100 pumpkins, plus sunflowers. The landscapers did a great job of chopping down tall grass and the beds have never looked better. We talked about soil, planting, sun, water, minerals and other scientific problems, so the students got a perfect introduction to why we should have an outdoor garden bed to motivate students to love science. The students were very attentive, and followed all the instructions for planting vegetables. This project was a total success, in my opinion. We finished the class off with a cup of water and cookie which the students loved. Let’s hope Mother Nature takes care of the pumpkins this summer. They should be ripe in mid-October.

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Submitted by Ms. Meunier, MHS Mathematics Teacher, and Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director:

 Ms. Meunier’s Introduction to Computer Science class finished their final project in their Programming Unit this week after a semester of hard work. Students were asked to develop and write code for an educational game in a program called Scratch. Examples included Emily Dobrindt’s “Time Tellers” game, Cole Doherty’s “Underwater Adding!” game which focused on addition and subtraction, and Molly Murtagh’s “Learn Your ABC’s”, which involved the alphabet, sounds, and spelling. Finally, Joshua Bradley’s “Accuracy Test” was geared toward helping students with their motor skills while using a computer.

 On Wednesday, June 7th, Ms. Meunier’s students were able to see their games in action when they paired up with Mrs. Jackson’s class for a block period.  Mrs. Jackson’s students tried out the newly coded games from Ms. Meunier’s students and then moved on to create their their own programs in Scratch or Scratch Junior. Additionally, some of Mrs. Jackson’s students, who are taking Introduction to Computer Science this semester with Mr. Moray, shared what they had been coding in Scratch Jr. over the semester. The students had a blast coding together and hope to do more sharing out with other classes in the future!

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RESIDENCY INFORMATION

The Milton School Committee’s Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine.”

As a parent/guardian of a child/student entering into grade six or grade nine, you are required to go to the following link: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2017Doc.pdf  and fill out a Re-establish Residency Packet. Please be sure to provide the required documents from all three columns.

This process is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton.  We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to accommodate the work schedules of parents/guardians. Starting Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 10 am; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8 pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by August 29, 2017 to ensure their child’s placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Summertime Stories – The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting summer reading programs for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver.  Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at four sessions held around town.  On July 13th and August 10th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the library).  On July 27th and August 24­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Park (rain location will be in Cunningham Hall).  Please park across the street at Collicot School.  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  All sessions will begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September!

Summertime Food Resources –School is out tomorrow and summer is upon us.   For many families the full days of summer food cost can add an additional financial burden.

Are you or someone you know having a hard time putting healthy food on the table? Your family may be eligible for SNAP also known as Food Stamps.  SNAP helps you stretch your family’s food budget and keep your family healthy.  Calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline is a simple way to find out if you qualify for SNAP.  Hotline counselors, assisting families in 160 languages, can let applicants know if they are eligible during a phone screening and assist them with the application process.

In addition, families can contact the Project Bread hotline directly in late June/early July to learn where the closest Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program is located. The SFSP offers free meals to children ages eighteen and under to ensure that every child has access to the food they need in order to return to school in September ready to learn.

The FoodSource Hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on SNAP or Summer Food Service Program locations, call 1-800-645-8333.

Milton Food Pantry – The food pantry is located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway and is open Saturdays 9:30-12:00Noon. Please contact 617-696- 0221 or go to the pantry to complete an application. Families receiving assistance, such as food stamps, WIC or a Section 8 (housing) subsidy, can be approved based on their eligibility. The food pantry also refers families to the Milton Residents Fund, where a social worker can help determine if families may be eligible for additional services.

Office of the Family Outreach Liaison -The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about MPS summer programs, Summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  Contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan on behalf of Framingham State graduate student Samantha Therrien:

On Wednesday, June 14th, JSI Chef Brendan Gallagher led Milton High School’s nutrition staff in a “Live-Setting” Culinary Training. Milton High School was a pilot school for this concept and is the first school to receive a training of this kind from JSI. “Live-Setting” is a training approach created by Chef Kent Getzin in which foodservice teams train in their live working environment during regular production. This approach allows your nutrition program to still produce meals for the day while simultaneously learning skills they can use every day.

Chef Brendan worked with the staff to prepare a customizable Vietnamese noodle dish called pho and it was a huge hit! The pho contained homemade broth, lo mein noodles, and chicken or pork. Students could further customize their bowls by adding shredded carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts, Thai basil, mint, lime, hoisin sauce, sriracha, soy sauce, or fish sauce. All 186 servings were sold over 3 lunches and the students loved it! One student reported, “it was really good and I think they should make it more often.”

Milton Public Schools’ School Nutrition Director Jackie Morgan was excited about the “Live-Setting” training! She explained that in the past some of her staff have taken JSI’s Knife Skills workshop to go and not everyone was able to attend but “the “Live-Setting” training gives all employees access to skills.” Some of the skills the staff learned during this pilot training include knife skills, how to make a homemade broth including charring onions over an open flame, washing produce after chopping and using a salad spinner to dry it, and seasoning and roasting chicken and pork. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to bring a JSI “Live-Setting” Culinary Training to your school in the 2017-2018 school year!

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SEL NEWS

Submitted by Laurie Stillman, District Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Character Traits Can Be Developed: Character Counts is an organization that has provided a framework for thinking about building good character traits in children. The “six pillars of character” they promote are not political or religious principles; they are values that can bind us together as a civil society.  These are values that families, schools and other community institutions can foster in children in many ways.  They are:

TRUSTWORTHINESS
FAIRNESS
RESPECT
CARING
RESPONSIBILITY
CITIZENSHIP

As parents and teachers, there are numerous ways to cultivate positive character traits including modeling these behaviors with your children, recognizing and rewarding them when they exhibit pro-social behaviors, and having conversations when they—or others they see–don’t behave in ways that demonstrate good character.

Exposing children to valuable lessons through books and movies are also excellent ways to share and reinforce good character. Below are examples of young children’s literature, recommended by Character Counts, which you may want to read with them:

  • The Way I Act by Steven Metzger explains types of behavior in a way that is easy for little ones to understand.
  • Stand in My Shoes by Dr. Bob Sornson explores the virtues of empathy.
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a perfect springboard for a discussion on how something intangible (love) connects us.
  • Polka Dot Fixes Kindergarten has the protagonist solving problems she encounters with an unkind classmate.
  • Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class by Eileen Spinelli tells the story of a teacher who is tired of all of the fighting in her classroom and responds by declaring a Peace Week.
  • Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey, features the curious and often precocious monkey fixing his mistakes.
  • Bad Apple by Edward Hemmingway helps children reflect on friendship.
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is a moving story about the importance of kindness

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Will Korman, President of the Milton Foundation for Education:

It is never too soon to start planning your costume for the Milton Foundation for Education’s Monster Dash. This year’s 5k and fun run will be held on Sunday, October 29th. Prizes will be awarded for best costume so exercise your mind over the summer and come up with something extra creative!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

Milton Music Fest and Fireworks will be held on June 24th. Celtic Sunday will be held on June 25th.  Click here for more info.

Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton.  Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes.  There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf.  A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music.  Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games.  A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand.  We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase.  No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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The following item was sent to us by Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director, Forbes House Museum:

The Forbes House Museum is offering a number of free activities to coincide with the “We Are Milton” festivities this weekend. On Saturday, June 24th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor Historical Treasure Hunt (perfect for families!). Successfully complete the treasure hunt by solving the word puzzle at the end and earn a small prize. The Lincoln Cabin will also be open for visitors. On Celtic Sunday, June 25th, there will be 30-minute tours focusing on the Irish connection of the Forbes family, including Captain Forbes’s relief voyage to Ireland in 1847 and the lives of the Irish domestic workers who once worked at the mansion. Tours available at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and

2:30 p.m. Space is limited. Please call ahead for reservations: 617-696-1815. Currently, the Forbes House Museum offers regularly scheduled tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting in July, there will also be tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Fridays. Cost is $10/adult, $8/students and seniors. Visitors should call ahead to confirm tour times and make reservations. The museum suspends its regular tour schedule during special events and major holidays. We hope to see you at the Forbes House Museum this summer!

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The following links were sent to us by Susan Dolan of Milton Early Childhood Alliance:

Milton Early Childhood Alliance is once again offering Summertime Stories, as well as Story Hours at Brookwood Farm. Please click the links below for more information:

http://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/Summertime%20Stories%20Flyer%202017.pdf

http://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/Story%20Hour%20at%20Brookwood%20Farm%20Flyer%202017.pdf

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

Volunteers Needed for MSAPC Projects. Save the Date! The Community Activities Committee will discuss Volunteer Opportunities on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Library. The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) is ready to put its strategic plan into action and we need volunteers to join our Community Activities Committee to get things going.  Please join us at our next meeting on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library conference room (lower level) to learn about opportunities to get involved. Although we will debut the full plan that you all helped create at the next coalition meeting (date TBA), we are convening the ‘Community Activities Committee’ in the meantime to help prepare for next steps.  Volunteering may include helping to spread the word about special events (The ‘Safe Prescriber’ Conference or a 5K Milton Walk/Run fundraiser to benefit the coalition) or more involved work like helping with a parent speakers series with the schools.  We are so thrilled to share our good news, and explain at the meeting how you can help; the Coalition was chosen as the beneficiary of a fundraiser! Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse, is a walk/run in Milton to be held on October 21, 2017.  Register at Mikes5k.racewire.com. There are lots of volunteer tasks needed to be done, both small and large! If you are not able to make the meeting but want to help, email info@milton-coalition.org.  If you would like to be added to the ‘Community Activities Committee’ email list (which is a separate list from this coalition newsletter), please email info@milton-coalition.org.   See you all on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library conference room (lower level)!

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The following item was submitted by Milton Playground Planners:

Please see our flyer below for tomorrow’s event. All are welcome!

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ATHLETICS

The following items were submitted by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

We have more good news from the Girls Outdoor Track Team. One of our relay teams that competed at Nationals in North Carolina placed in the top six, which makes them ALL AMERICANS!!  This is an amazing accomplishment, and makes them the sixth-fastest relay IN THE COUNTRY!  The race is called the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), which means they run the 1200 meter, the 400 meter, the 800 meter and the 1600 meter. The four girls who achieved this were: Colette O’Leary (1200m), Josie Cousineau (400m), Elise O’Leary (800m) and Genevieve Connelly (1600m).  Other MHS athletes who competed at Nationals were: Eliza O’Donnell, Ella Affanato and Jessy Iwuala. Congratulations to this team, and to Coaches Tom Shaw, Dion Crichlow and George Walker.

From left: All-Americans, Colette O'Leary, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly, Elise O'Leary.

From left: All-Americans, Colette O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly, Elise O’Leary.

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Thank you to all the 8th grade parents that came to the information session at the Pierce Middle School last night.  All information that was presented will soon be available on our athletics website – www.miltonwildcats.com.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • August 1st – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration Opens
  • August 1st – August 24th – Athletic Director must sign off on all athletics clearance forms prior to participation in tryouts. Office Hours will be posted on the website at the end of July.
  • August 19th – Football Tryouts Start August 24th – All other fall sport tryouts start Please use the following link for step-by-step guides to registering for athletics – http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/

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I am pleased to announce that Mr. Roland Millien will be the next Head Coach of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team for Milton High School. Mr. Millien, a teacher in the Stoughton public Schools is also a highly skilled basketball coach with 5 + years of coaching experience and 20 years of playing experience. Mr. Millien possess excellent leadership skills and has a proven record of being an excellent coach and mentor. He will be an asset to the girls’ program!

He was the Boys’ Freshmen Coach and Varsity Assistant  Coach at Milton Academy (2012 – 2016) where he helped coach the team to its first ever Independent School League (ISL) Championship in 2013.  He also coached the Mass Ducks/ KSC Ducks Girls’ Basketball Team AAU (6-9) from 2012 -2015  Mr. Millien was a 2 time Hockomock League Basketball MVP (high school); a MASCAC First Team All-Conference in college (2008-2009); and Bridgewater State University’s Athlete of the Year.

We are thrilled to have Mr. Roland Millien join our Athletic Department and even more excited that he will be leading our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team next year.

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://miltonhigh.bigteams.com/main/calendar

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:  Our fantastic Pierce Players recently staged a performance of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” After the performance, I sent each member of the cast and crew a note to congratulate them. Please read the text of these notes below:

 “Every time I attend a Pierce Players production, I am always amazed and proud of the talented students in the Milton Public Schools.  Whether you were a cast member, participated in the ensemble or worked behind the scenes with the crew, you should be very proud.   The time you spent rehearsing and preparing for “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” was evident.  The show ran smoothly, the audience was impressed, and you brought laughter to your peers, families, teachers and Milton community members. Thank you again for a job well done!”

Staff:   We received exciting news from two of our faculty members. K-12 Math Director Michelle Kreuzer and Pierce Middle School teacher John Zitz will be taking part in the MCAS Math Grades 7-8 Standard Setting Panel for the MCAS from August 14-17. This is an excellent opportunity, not only for these two educators to grow professionally, but also for the MCAS panel, who will no doubt benefit from our Milton teachers’ shared knowledge.

Volunteers:  Every year, we ask our principals to forward the names of all their volunteers to us so that we can invite them to our annual Volunteer Reception, hosted each June by the School Committee. This year, School Committee Chair Dr. Kevin Donahue gave remarks before the ceremony. Please read his speech, excerpted below:

“The success of our schools is a group effort. It is the result of the hard work of our teachers and staff and of the students who work hard every day to achieve their best. You have all helped us achieve this success and our superlative reputation. You also remind us here in the schools that we are part of a larger community and of the associated responsibilities and privileges that come with that membership.”

I echo Dr. Donahue’s sentiments and would like to join him in thanking the dozens of volunteers who make the Milton Public Schools the exceptional district that it continues to be.

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

 

 

 

June 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 16•17

Please note, the last day of school is Friday, June 23rd. It will be a half-day.

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

SUMMER READING

Every summer, the Milton Public School district publishes its list of required and/or suggested summer reading. Each grade level has a different set of requirements, which are curated by our talented school librarians, Lori Henry, Jessica Royster and Jen Troy.

I am a strong advocate of reading for pleasure, and summer reading can be the impetus to learning to love reading for the sake of reading. I was reminded of not only the joy or reading, but also of the necessity of reading as I perused David McCullough’s latest work, “The American Spirit.” McCullough delivered a commencement speech at Boston College, which is excerpted in this book. His speech captures my feelings on this topic:

“(John Adams) read poetry, fiction, history. Always carry a book with you on your travels, he advised his son John Quincy. ‘You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.’ In a single year, according to the U.S. Department of Education, among all Americans with a college education, fully one third read not one novel or short story or poem. Don’t be one of those, you of the Class of 2008.

Make the love of learning central to your life. What a difference it can mean. And remember, as someone said, even the oldest book is brand-new for the reader who opens it for the first time.

Read. Read, read! Read the classics of American literature that you’ve never opened. Read your country’s history. How can we profess to love our country and take no interest in its history? Read into the history of Greece and Rome. Read about the great turning points in the history of science and medicine and ideas.

Make use of the public libraries. Start your own personal library and see it grow. Talk about the books you’re reading. Ask others what they’re reading. You’ll learn a lot. “ – David McCullough

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The following article was submitted by MPS Elementary School Librarian, Lori Henry and MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library are partnering for another amazing summer reading program: “Build A Better World.” MPS is proud to team up with the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day.  Many families have already registered their children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to register or reactivate your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org .  If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.

Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools READS, READS, READS and fully participates in the Summer Reading Challenge! Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes upon returning to school in September.  We hope you all have an awesome summer filled with great books.

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This next item was submitted by Jess Royster, Pierce Middle School librarian:

Pierce Middle School
Summer Reading

 The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year.

At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.

Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and 1 required text.

Grade 6 (choose 1)
Out of My Mind, Draper
Booked, Alexander
Fish in a Tree, Hunt

Grade 7 (choose 1)
Misfits, Howe
The Revealers, Wilhelm
Anything But Typical, Raleigh- Baskin

Grade 8 (choose 1)
*Divergent, Roth
Buddha Boy, Koja
Stargirl, Spinelli
Mockingbird, Erskine

*Some mature themes, parents please note.

  • Attached you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read.
  • All forms and summer work will be posted on the PMS Edline page and the Milton homepage.
  • For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

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The high school reading list, submitted by Jen Troy, is available on-line:

Milton High School Summer Reading Program

All students will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students. We hope that everyone —parents, students, teachers —will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program. If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page.

In addition to summer reading there are also summer assignments for some classes. All of the assignments will be posted on Edline by subject.

Instructions to Access Assignments:

  1. Login to Edline
  2. Summer Assignments are located on the left side of the page under “Quick Links”
  3. Assignments are separated by subject area

*The link to these assignments will also be posted on the MPS website:   www.miltonps.org

CURRICULUM NEWS

There have been some amazing events happening at the JFK Library over the past few weeks. I would like to thank and recognize Lee Statham, a former MPS parent who continues to be a wonderful advocate and supporter of our district. Ms. Statham serves as Director of Special Events and Visitor Services at the JFK Library.  Ms. Statham contacted me months ago asking MPS students to perform at the JFK Library during the Library’s May and June programs honoring JFK’s Centennial Year and that idea has finally come to fruition. Our high school strings, orchestra and chorus performed in the glass atrium, as did our middle school chorus.

Pierce Chorus:

https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/vb.9538894955/10150961500334956/?type=2&theater

Milton High School Mixed Choir: https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/vb.9538894955/10150960468029956/?type=2&theater

In addition, Milton High School student Lemuel Marc performed at the flag raising and lowering on Memorial Day at the JFK Library. View this very moving clip of Lemuel playing at the Ceremony.

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Lemuel Marc performs Taps at the Flag Lowering Ceremony

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Members of the Marc Family: Ms. Soledad Marc, Nethania, Jahdiele and Lemuel

This has been an amazing opportunities for our extraordinary Milton Public School students whose gifts are identified and developed by our very talented teachers and staff.  Please join me in recognizing the students below:

Thursday, June 15th at 3:00
Pierce Middle School Chorus

Bella Baylon, Myles Bedingfield, Will Cannata, Henry Clark, Sophie D’Alesssandra, Charlotte Dangel, Logan  Do, Delilah Ferreira, Gabriella Gallagher, Emily Gallagher, Ben Garrity, Lydia Geering, Kiera Glazer, Ayana Gori, Connor Griffin, Joe Hegarty, Newly Henry, Mallory Hughes, Cole Humphrey, Brenna Kelley, Lily Lane, Darcy Lefever, Sadie Leggett, Lucy Liberidis, Cameron Lydon, Nick Maldonado, Natalia Masso, Emmet McElhinney, Lilli McLaughlin, Mary Mullen, Samantha Pincus, Jeff Potter, Meghan Riordan, Priya Shaw, Andrew Skillin, Abbie Steuterman, Divine Straughter, David Sutter, Emily Tobin, Ellis Wallace, Norah Walsh and Isabel Yuen

Wednesday, June 14th at 2:00
Milton High School Mixed Chorus

J’Quan Allen Jones, Shoilee Banerjee, Kianna Barrett, John Barros, Sage Blue, Peter Bongiorno, Caroline Connelly, Gray Davis, Sophia Deaibes, Jayda Dillon, James DiSandro, Sophia Eckardt, Joshua Elias, Francois Exantus, Jada Farrar, Grace Finnegan, Shea Flanagan, Damauri Fox Portis, Mary Kate Fox, Kathleen Gallagher, Karla Gonzalez Lynch, Aidan Guilderson, Mercedes Harvell, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Nosakhare Iyamu, Chrismara Jean Baptiste, Joshua Kackley, Lucas  Kery, Andre  Leclerc, Billy Liddell, Cooper Madigan, Mohamed Makouk, Michael McCarthy, Moses Moiwo, Isaiah Morisset, Owen  Murphy, Anneisha Nieves, Kaleigh Pentland, Cameron Pentland, Robert Ricciardi,, Joshua Riggs, Hudson Smith, Isabel Smith, Kendall Smith, Taylor Snellen, Arielle Solomon, Ava Stevenson, Bryce Stovell, Aiden Sullivan, Patrick Taugher, Grace Varela, Qamra Ward, Max Winkler, Connor Withington, Annie Wong, Isaiah Woodley and Scott Yuen

Wednesday, June 7th
Milton High School String Ensemble

Ryan Au, Samantha Baum, Katie Biagiotti, Jeremie Carpenter, Crystal Chen, Eva Chow, Nicola Cross, Julia Defilippo, Grace Dwyer , Simone Elfer, Abigail Fay, Mike Gates, Lucy Hainline, Amalia Halpin, Veronica Harris, Abi Jean Baptiste, Daisy Johnson, Mayu Joiner, Helene Juzyca, Catherine Le, James Le, Jenny Ly, Nethania Marc, Elena Millwood, Julia Nerenberg, Giselle Neville, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nquyen,, Thanh Nguyen, Caroline O’Connell, Laura O’Hanlon , Steven Pham, Kate Possi, Regina Scott, Olivia Shapiro, Milan Smith, Hannah Solomon, Lydia Tesfaye, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong, Clarissa Waldmann, Olivia Wood and Onn Ye Young.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

Milton students are using technology in English Language Arts well beyond writing and reading.  Students in Grade 5 at Tucker are using technology to recommend books to other students.  Chris Doyle, Grade 5 teacher, has taken on learning of her own so that students can engage authentically with technology in her classroom.  Following a Fantasy Literature unit, students use the application Garageband on iPads to record themselves giving a recommendation and review of a book they have recently finished.  Students are learning how to add music to their recommendation, re-record when something doesn’t sound right, and provide solid evidence as to why someone else should read the book they are discussing.  This project has motivated and engaged all students in her co-taught class and the benefits will be long-lasting.  Mrs. Doyle plans on creating a bank of links to these recommendations so that future students and students at different grade levels can hear about books they should read as recommended by other kids!

The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Dean of Student, Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald:

STEM Enthusiasts Celebrate Their Favorite Class: Aware of the potential reduction of the STEM and ISSTEM classes at Pierce, and concerned that future students might not have the same opportunities they’ve had, 7th graders Barron Clancy, Anderson Korman, and Dimitri Sophinos recently shared their fondness for their favorite class. Pierce students can take the STEM class during their 6th and 7th grade years, and 7th and 8th graders can apply for entrance into the ISSTEM classes, which are designed to be more intensive studies of STEM topics.

Barron, Anderson, and Dimitri each identified the rare and unconventional opportunities that the class has provided them outside the traditional science curriculum. Dimitri, now taking the STEM class for the second time, spoke about using the Computer Aided Design (CAD) program Tinkercad. With guidance from his teacher, Mr. Demaggio, Dimitri has used the program to design cars and “miniature houses.” Although unrelated to his CAD projects, Dimitri is equally excited about building model rockets that he and his classmates will eventually launch. Barron and Anderson both linked their recent success at the State Science Fair – they placed 2nd and are now applying for the Broadcom Masters Fair – to their experience in STEM. Anderson identified the genesis of their Science Fair project, a storm drain oil filtration system, as a field trip he took with his STEM class to the Pine Tree Brook as 6th graders. Barron, a student in the 7th grade ISSTEM class, captured exactly how his STEM and ISSTEM experiences helped him prepare for success at the State Science Fair. He used his class’s current project as an example. His ISSTEM class is now building dragsters out of balsa wood, and will eventually test them to see how far and how fast they can travel. As part of the project, students brainstormed design ideas, shared these ideas with classmates, enhanced their designs using the CAD program, and build prototypes out of Styrofoam. He said he and Anderson used the same steps when designing their filtration system.

All three boys, whose middle school success is largely the product of the STEM and ISSTEM classes, drew clear connections between the lessons they’ve learned in class and success outside of school. Whether it be the collaboration and critical thinking inherent in the classroom, or the extra curricular opportunities outside of the classroom, the boys recognize that the STEM and ISSTEM classes are setting them up to be successful in “the modern world.” They wanted to share their positive experience, hoping that future students will have similar opportunities to benefit.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Our recent Math Night was fantastic! It was really special to watch Glover kids, teachers, and families coming together to play math games and more! 15 teachers prepared and played alongside students. Many families commented on how thrilled they were to go home with some new ways to practice math and reading with their children. Many thanks to all!

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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden:

3rd Grade Weather Warrior Visit: Earlier this month, NBC Boston came to Cunningham School to teach the third graders about extreme weather and also show them the Weather Warrior vehicle, which is used to collect and track local weather data. The third graders were amazed at the fun facts NBC Boston Meteorologist Chris Gloninger taught them.  This program is a free outreach program that NBC does for local schools.  Our third graders were shown on the early morning news  and you can check it out by following the video link below.

http://www.nbcboston.com/on-air/as-seen-on/WEB-Weather-Warrior-Cunningham-Elementary-School_NECN-427191251.html

RESIDENCY INFORMATION

The Milton School Committee’s Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine.”

As a parent/guardian of a child/student entering into grade six or grade nine, you are required to go to the following link: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2017Doc.pdf  and fill out a Re-establish Residency Packet. Please be sure to provide the required documents from all three columns.

This process is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton.  We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to accommodate the work schedules of parents/guardians. Starting Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 10 am; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8 pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by August 29, 2017 to ensure their child’s placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

PRESCHOOL INFO

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

The halls will come alive with the bustling and pitter, patter of the little feet of three and four year olds in September as we open our doors to the newest members of the MPS community. This year we have had an overwhelming interest from families wishing to enroll their children in a preschool program for the 2017-2018 school year.  At the present time all of our programs are full with active waitlists being maintained.

Milton Public Schools is proud to offer 7 different preschool options. In the Edgehill Program, located at the Collicot School, families have the opportunity to enroll their child(ren) in either a morning or afternoon five day program.  There is also a half day and full day option for those students with special education needs, as identified by the IEP team including  a substantially separate program.  In the Blue Hills Program, located at the Tucker School, there are three options, a full day program and two half day programs which include morning and afternoon sessions.  All three programs meet five days a week.  The Gile Pre-K Program, located at Milton High School is linked to a child study course for juniors and seniors and meets three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If you are interested in learning specific details, including the similarities and differences of each preschool program, please visit: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2017-2018PreschoolOverview.pdf

If you are interested in adding your child’s name to the waitlist please go to the following link and complete the online pre-registration form: https://docs.google.com/a/miltonps.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHaS-UARXC7hK3hMuj6NcgtIVU5qnhKGaK5e0A9GUjrxvlFg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Please feel free to contact me over the summer should you have any preschool questions or want to inquire about any potential movement on the waitlists. I can be reached by email at preschool@miltonps.org or by calling 617-980-7343.

SUMMER PROGRAMMING

The following was submitted by the Milton Summer Enrichment Directors, Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Hello Milton Families! Thank you for registering your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We have one more opportunity to pick up your student schedules and important traffic information:

Saturday, June 17th: 9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day) Map of updated dismissal plan General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

Tuesday, June 20th:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Thursday, June 22nd:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please click here to view the pick up/ drop off map:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSEDismissalMap2017.pdf

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Health/Physical Education Director:

TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL: Using the latest data from December 2014, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported 34.5% of Milton high school students had consumed some amount of alcohol. As summer approaches and teens have more unstructured time on their hands, this is an important time to consider talking to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking. A resource you may want to consider are MADD Flipbooks which can be a great tool for initiating this conversation. The link below brings you to six different Flipbooks (interactive pamphlets). They include: Your Teen’s World, Parenting Styles, Talking about Alcohol, Making Good Choices, a Discussion Checklist, and a Pocket Guide. All six are very informative and useful tools. The pocket guide summarizes the four information booklets. It is printable so you can use it to inform yourself and plan your conversation. You can then use the discussion guide to start a dialogue. This guide is also printable and includes questions and discussion topics to engage you and your teen with the material.

Follow the link to access these guides: http://bit.ly/2sCE7KP. For more on summer and underage drinking visit:  http://bit.ly/2rU7R7X Thank you to the Youth Health Connection for providing some of the material in this article.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Does your high school student love working with children and need to earn community service hours?  If so, consider encourage them to apply to be a Leadership Intern at Camp Invention this summer! We are running Camp Invention for two weeks (July 10-14 and July 17-21) at the Tucker Elementary School. This is a fun STEM-themed camp that is for students entering kindergarten through grade 6, and we would love to have MHS students there to assist with projects and ensure the safety of our campers!  Please contact Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) for more information!

The Leadership Intern opportunity is ideal for high school and college age students. This opportunity builds leadership skills through formalized training and practical experience, introduces entrepreneurial and intellectual property concepts, strengthens college applications and provides a meaningful setting to complete required volunteer hours.

The Leadership Intern serves as a role model to participants, mentor to Counselors-in-Training (CIT) and primary liaison between parents and the program’s Director. Leadership Interns represent the Camp Invention program and brand. They help create an environment of fun, learn strategies to encourage collaborative learning, build the trust and respect of parents and assist in providing a safe environment for participants. It is often the role of an outstanding Leadership Intern that makes the Camp Invention experience most memorable for participants.

Benefits

Interns receive formalized leadership training and certification, developed by a third-party leadership training organization. The two-hour, online training is self-directed and completed prior to their week of volunteering at Camp Invention.

The formalized online training and program provide students opportunities to:

  •  Improve communication skills through interactions with parents, educators and participants y Discover how to build teamwork and guide a team
  •  Learn techniques to inspire creativity in others
  •  Apply newly acquired leadership skills in a dynamic environment
  •  Get inspired to be creative and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts, as well as innovation through program content
  •  Develop an understanding of Intellectual Property concepts and their connection to future economic prosperity y Learn entrepreneurial concepts through the lens of innovation and invention. Great for DECA club members
  •  Gain an increased awareness of personal leadership strengths and receive feedback from adult team members.
  •  Set themselves apart when applying for colleges, universities, scholarships or considering future employment
  •  Receive a letter of recognition provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  •  Earn up to 40 community service hours in a STEM educational program. Great for National Honor Society and graduation requirements or related coursework

RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  •  Getting to know participants in his or her group by name
  •  Motivating all participants to fully engage in the program experience
  •  Fostering a sense of team spirit and fun
  •  Treating all participants equally, in a respectful and professional manner
  •  Being a great role model
  •  Facilitating activities during sign-in/sign-out and Base Camp times
  •  Empowering participants to problem solve through curricular activities
  •  Assisting participants to build skills to successfully work in teams
  •  Making reminder calls to parents prior to the program (if asked)
  •  Escorting children to and from all areas they travel to individually and as a group
  •  Working with the Director and Instructors to maintain order, but not discipline
  •  Assisting Instructors in the classrooms with clean-up and other tasks
  •  Assisting with lunch and eating with participants
  •  Keeping track of group members at all times – until the last participant is picked up
  •  LIs will be paired with one or two CITs who are at least two grades below the LI’s grade level
  •  Coaching CITs throughout the day and helping them serve in a leadership capacity

REQUIREMENTS

  •  Must complete online training before the week of the program
  •  Must complete a post program review
  •  Must be available prior to the program’s start date for training and set-up
  •  Must be available for entire length and duration of the program (typical schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  •  Must be able to follow all Camp Invention rules of conduct and safety guidelines

This link will provide more information :https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9aNRbCACPKTblctWnBqSWF2UlE/view?usp=sharing

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The Milton Public School System participates in the National School Lunch Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Families who wish to apply for free or reduced meals must complete an application each year. The family of any Milton Public school student may submit an application at any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school’s main office, at the food service office and online at www.miltonps.org

Student Accounts: Any student whose school meal account has a zero or negative balance will be allowed to charge a reimbursable meal and/or milk. A “reimbursable meal” is defined as a meal consisting of at least three (3) of the five (5) offered meal components (grain, meat or meat alternative, fruit, vegetable and milk) and must include a fruit and/or vegetable component. This will result in a negative balance on the student’s account until funds are added to the student’s account.

Families will be notified weekly by the food service program if their account is negative. The food service program will work together with the school administration in a joint effort to contact students/parents to assist with collections.

Student with a negative account balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items until the student’s account is in good standing. “Good standing” for the purchase of a la carte items is defined as an account with a positive balance.

Payment Options

The Milton School Food Service Program offers an online payment option as well as a payment by check. Our online website is www.myschoolbucks.com

We encourage our families to pre-pay for meals at the paid or reduced price rate to help to ensure children have consistent access to meals without accruing unpaid meal charges. This pre-payment system includes a feature to allow for parental restrictions limiting a child’s spending at the point of service. For example, the system could allow families to place specific limits on à la carte purchases. Families can contact the food service office for further information..  We also accept checks at all six of our schools. We have locked mail boxes in the cafeteria and main office of each school.  Checks should be made out to the Milton School Food Service Program.

Online Payment

We allow families to add money to their child’s account from a computer or mobile device which makes payment more convenient for families.

Often, even families who do not opt to pay using the online system can access the system to check their child’s account balance. Many families may not realize how much their child is spending in the cafeteria each day, especially if the child is purchasing à la carte items in addition to their reimbursable breakfast and lunch. We encourage families to regularly check their account balance and track their child’s spending can help prevent households from accruing unpaid meal charges.

Automatic Payment

We also offer online payment platforms that include an optional feature families may use to automatically add money to their account when they reach a set dollar amount. Families using these systems may also set up a “low balance warning” to ensure they are notified promptly when a payment is needed.

The Milton Public Schools will work together with all of the fee based programs and activities. At the end of each school year students with an outstanding food bill above ($20.00) will not be allowed to register for any fee based program until the food balance has been paid off.

FROM THE READERS

And for all you parents/guardians who may be looking for own summer reading list, the Boston Globe just published an excellent list of suggestions for summer reading. One of our MPS families sent me this link. Please feel free to check out this comprehensive list:

https://apps.bostonglobe.com/arts/graphics/2017/06/summer-reading/

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Will Korman of the Milton Foundation for Education:

In MFE news . . .The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce that we have awarded $20,917  during our spring competitive  grant cycle. These funds will have a direct and immediate impact across a wide spectrum of schools, classes and subjects.

Although the calendar says June, it is never too early to start thinking about your costume for Monster Dash!! This year’s spooktacular 5k and fun run will take place on Sunday, October 29th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

Milton Music Fest and Fireworks will be held on June 24th. Celtic Sunday will be held on June 25th.  Click here for more info.

Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton.  Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes.  There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf.  A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music.  Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games.  A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand.  We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase.  No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Please see the newsletter below, sent to us by Milton Early Childhood Alliance. It is full of helpful information for summer fun for young children:

http://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/MECA%20Newsletter%20Summer%202017%20Free%20Summer%20Fun.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Welcome to summertime fun in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want starting June 22, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

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 June 25 – July 1:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Harnessing Heat, Ages 6-11

Come have a HOT time with Mad Science of South Boston! Children will be introduced to the concepts of heat and heat transfer through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations, capped off with a taste bud-pleasing demo of heat at work! For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Chalk & Bubble Party, All Ages

Happy summer! In honor of the season, let’s draw with chalk and blow bubbles out on the Children’s Patio. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome; no registration required. Weather permitting.

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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 Children’s Room 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 item was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

The Girls Track team continued to shine as they again dominated the competition in Massachusetts. After winning both their State Division Title as well as the All State Title, they had another great day at the New England Championship meet. Every girl who competed in the meet finished in the top 6. The 4x100m relay team of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roche, Alexis Daily, and Jayda Dillon smashed the old school record of 49.22 with a time of 48.53 and finished 5th.  Alexis Daly broke her own school record in the Triple Jump by jumping 38’5” and finished 3rd overall.  Jessy Iwuala finished 2nd in New England in the High Jump and will be competing at Nationals this weekend along with Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau, Ella Affanato and Genevieve Connelly. Sophomore Elise O’Leary has been selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats, Elise!

The Boy’s Track Team’s Sophomore Superstar Smith Charles came in 1st place in the Long Jump at the New England Championship meet with a leap of 23’ 4”. Smith also came in 4th place in the 100m dash.  At the All-State meet the weekend before, Smith won the All-State title in the Long Jump and came in 2nd in the 100m dash. For his effort Smith has been selected to the Boston-Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats Smith.

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In the first season of MIAA-sponsored Rugby, the Milton Wildcats advanced to the State Finals with a 61-10 win over Algonquin. In a great Division 2 State Championship game last Saturday at Endicott College, the Wildcats fell just short as Hanover rallied late for a 29-20.

The Boys Tennis team finished up a very good regular season with a 13-5 record and then defeated Plymouth North 3-2 in the State Tournament before losing to top-seeded Sharon.

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: Back in April, our Future Business Leaders of America competed at the State Leadership Conference at Bentley College. As top finishers in the state, several of our students earned the right to compete at the national level. These students will be headed to Anaheim, CA from June 29th-July 2nd.  Congratulations and best of luck to Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Ebongue, Domenic Jancaterino,  Peyton Carvalho, Lilli Cormack, Suvan Shukla, Karisa Lasoff, Linda Do, Vincent Luong, Chris Caputo, Will Jrolf and Tim Walsh. Also, many thanks to AJ Melanson, our Business and Technology teacher, who is the club advisor for FBLA.

Staff:    I would like to recognize and thank two MPS staff members, whose grant applications were recently approved. BID-Milton awarded a $2,000 grant written by Noel Vigue, our PE/Health Director, for his “Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens (PARENT) Program. PARENT is a skills-building parenting education series to build emotional resilience in youth with appropriate support from their parents. Mr. Vigue’s grant is sponsored in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the education series is scheduled for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

In addition, the hospital also awarded a $2,000 grant written by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai, for a behavioral health initiative aimed at reducing school bullying at Tucker. The grant would allow the school to add a clinical social work intern from the Boston University School of Social Work to its behavioral health team. The intern would oversee the implementation of a new bulling prevention program as well as facilitate a small student support group for identified at-risk students. Thank you to both of these educators for going above and beyond for our students and of course, thank you to BID-Milton for their generosity.

Volunteers: At a recent Tucker Potluck Dinner, Principal McNeil-Girmai surprised/awarded a first annual Community Spirit award for a family that have been exemplary members of the Tucker Community. Our first “winners” were Terry & Julie Shields. They have been members of the Tucker School community for eight years. They have both been very involved with Site Council and PTO. Julie has been very active in Reading about Diversity and supportive of school events. Terry was also an extremely prominent member of our Site Council playground renovation work particularly our last big build day were the stage was created. The family is moving to Deerfield, MA this summer and will be greatly missed!

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

 

 

 

June 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 09•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, June 9th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this week, we held a small ceremony in the MHS Library for all of our retiring faculty and staff.  This is an annual tradition of the Milton School Committee and it is our way of showing our retirees how much we appreciate them.  Please join me in recognizing this year’s retirees:

Claire Engrassia was hired in 1979 to act as a “home instruction” tutor.  In 1985, she became an instructional aide at Milton High School. In her years at Milton High School, Principal James Jette stated that ” Claire was a dedicated and passionate instructional aide whose math support was invaluable. She worked with so many of our students who had academic and social emotional challenges and she did it successfully for many years.” Tracy Grandeau who was the Special Education Team Chair prior to becoming the Director of Pupil Personnel Services added that “Claire always went above and beyond in helping our students. She was an advocate for our students with special needs and always willing to assist in any situation. Claire  displays amazing talent in the area of mathematics and she made sure that students understood even the most challenging concepts.  She is truly a team player and valuable member of our staff. We will never forget her passion and dedication to her work.” Diane Jackson worked closely with Ms. Engrassia over the years at MHS. Ms. Jackson added that “Claire has touched so many young lives. Her professionalism, patience, understanding and dedication is why so many of our students have met with success.  She is a wonderful person who always believed in her students and never gave up on them.  As a colleague, she would be there to assist in any way she could. ” We wish Ms. Engrassia continued happiness in her retirement years.

Sonja Fisher began her career in the Milton Public Schools Food Service Department at Milton High School in September of 1985. Sonja has worked as a cashier and has been the person in charge of making those delicious salads and sandwich wraps for our students. When technological advancements were introduced to the Food Service Program, Sonja was more than able to adapt to the new computerized Point of Sale operation. There have been many changes to the Food Service industry over the past 32 and she has been with us for every step, doing whatever she can to help her peers and our students. Another important role that Sonja has had over the past several years was her position as Union Steward for the AFSCME union. Sonja will be missed very much. According to Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan, “she has an amazing heart and is always so kind to our students.” Please join me in wishing the best to Sonja as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Marcia Goodless was hired in 2007 as a full time Special Education teacher at the Pierce Middle School. Dr. Karen Spaulding stated that “Mrs. Goodless has been supporting students with special needs for 29 years, the last 10 of which were at the Pierce Middle School. Mrs. Goodless’ time at Pierce Middle School has been in the team taught mathematics classroom and in the math lab.  Mrs. Goodless’ gentle, supportive approach with students has ensured that they not only develop their skills in math, but also mature as confident life-long learners.  Mrs. Goodless has collaborated with her regular education and special education colleagues on a number of initiatives, each of which has positively impacted our special education programming.  Mrs. Goodless will be remembered both for her kind, happy spirit and for her flashy (literally it flashes!) neckware.” We wish her the best as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Eric Karjel was hired in July, 2016 to the position of Athletic Director for the Milton Public Schools. He came to Milton with many years of experience after holding the same position in the Hopkinton Public Schools as well as at King Philip High School. According to Principal James Jette, “in his short period of time here as the Athletic Director, Eric illustrated what the AD position should be and gave us a focus point to build upon. His knowledge of the MIAA rules and regulations coupled with his many years of experience made him a perfect fit. Unfortunately for the Town of Milton, Mr. Karjel and his family decided to relocate to NY. With that said, he leaves a positive impression on our athletic program.” I am sure you join me in wishing Mr. Karjel happiness in his new home and throughout the years of his retirement.

Susan McKay was hired in September of 1993 as an elementary teacher at Pierce. Prior to coming to the Milton Public Schools, Ms. McKay worked at Saint Ann School in Dorchester for five years where she was described as a “dynamo”. In the words of Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of Pierce Middle School, “Ms. McKay has been a teacher at the Pierce Middle School for 24 years. She began her career at Pierce on the Silver Team, teaching at-risk students.  During that time, she taught every subject, including physical education and home economics.  Since then Mrs. McKay has taught English language arts, geography and even one year of Spanish.  In addition to being our premier costume seamstress for Pierce Players, Mrs. McKay has spent most of her time at Pierce as a mathematics teacher, teaching 7th &  8th grade math, Math Investigations, and our Advanced Math iSTEM elective.  Mrs. McKay knows well the importance of connecting mathematics to the real world and so over the years has facilitated a number of real world math-based projects with our students such as quilting, Barbie Bungee Jumping, and designing scale model homes.” Please join me in wishing the best to Ms. McKay as she begins her retirement.

Veronica McManus has been an important part of the MPS since 1987.  Throughout her career, she has held positions as an instructional aide at both Tucker and Cunningham before moving to Collicot in 1992 to fill a long-term substitute position and begin her career as a full time teacher. This year, the Milton Foundation for Education recognized Ms. McManus as one of the 2017 “Teachers of the Year.” Mme. McManus’ legacy will be one of an outstanding French Immersion educator of young children and model for all teachers. Mme. McManus has served the Milton Public Schools with distinction for twenty-five years and has taught grades two, three and four in all but one of Milton’s four elementary schools. I am sure you will join me in wishing Veronica McManus continued happiness as she begins her retirement.

Eileen Mullen began her career with the MPS in 1996 as a long-term sub at Pierce to cover a maternity leave. In 1999, she moved to Milton High School, where she remained until her retirement in September 2016. Ms. Mullen is remembered fondly by all her students, both high school and pre-school, for the amazing work she did directing the Milton High School’s  Pre-K program.  Under her leadership, this program expanded tremendously in popularity.  According to Principal James Jette, “her upbeat and positive personality was much needed in a position where she worked with Pre-K students and high school students who aspire to be educators. She gave the Pre-K students such a memorable and enriching experience that they still talk about, even when they are the high school students.” The impact Ms. Mullen had on her students is evident. I am sure you will join me in wishing Ms. Mullen all the best as she continues to enjoy the days of her retirement.

Janis Powell began her career in 1975 as a substitute teacher and in later years acted as an instructional aide and long term substitute before becoming a full time teacher in the district. Over the course of her career, Ms. Powell taught at all of the MPS Elementary Schools. Ms. Powell was dedicated to the profession of teaching. Her students were her priority and she worked hard to make sure that each of her students reached his/her full potential in the classroom Please join me in extending our best wishes to Ms. Powell. We hope she is able to enjoy her retirement and, more importantly, enjoy  her new grandson.

Margaret Turner began her career in Milton as an elementary teacher in 1990. She brought her strong teaching skills to the MPS and demonstrated what she wrote in her employment summary, “in the classroom, children do not learn by one method….a teacher needs to be flexible with a variety of teaching methods.” Ms. Turner is valued as an excellent elementary grade tacher by her supervisors and colleagues. They felt it was inspiring to watch her continued contribution to the school community because of her experience and successful years of teaching and instruction. She is indeed a skilled professional and a credit to the teaching profession. Best wishes to Ms. Turner in her retirement.

Dianne Walcott eagerly applied for a teaching position in the Milton Public Schools as an elementary teacher in the French Immersion program in 1994. Mme Walcott’s letter stated that coming to the Milton Public Schools “seems to be an ideal opportunity for me to pursue and tap many of my interests, including teaching, the development and education of children, reading and children’s literature, reading and speaking French, and exploring and sharing French culture.”  Handwritten on the bottom of that letter from the administrator interviewing her were the words “Excellent Candidate.”  Mme. Walcott has certainly proven to be an “excellent candidate.” According to Principal Holly Concannon, “Dianne spends countless hours at the Collicot preparing for lessons for her students. She commits her energy to insuring that all children feel welcome and safe under her guidance.” When asked to say a few words about Mme Walcott, Dr. Martine Fisher, Director of the World Language Department stated that “Dianne has proven her commitment to the Milton Public Schools and the Collicot School time and time again. She will be remembered for the quality of her work, but also for her kindness and her understated manner. Her quiet strength, love of children, commitment to teaching and learning, as well as her remarkable proficiency in French have inspired many of her colleagues and have motivated countless students to reach their potential, both in the classroom and in their relationships with others. We wish Mme Walcott happiness and good fortune in her retirement.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. I will summarize that meeting in the next E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access Studio, Room 245, Milton High School. This meeting will be preceded by a Volunteer Reception in the MHS Cafeteria at 6pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

It’s Time, It’s Time!!! Have you registered or reactivated your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account? MPS is proud to partner with the Milton Public Library once again to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day. Please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org to register or reactivate your child’s account. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.
Our hope is that each and every student in the Milton Public Schools registers and logs all of their reading this summer. Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes in September in school. Have a great summer and KEEP READING!!

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In my E-blast last week, I noted that our talented music students were invited to perform at the JFK Library for what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th birthday. The video of the Milton High School string orchestra is on the library’s website. Please take a moment to see our amazing MPS musicians!

https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/10150954858314956/

There will be two more opportunities for Milton students to perform at the JFK Library:

Milton High School Mixed Chorus:      June 14th at 2:00PM
Pierce Middle School Girls Chorus:    June 15th at 3:00PM

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

Some of our Tucker fourth grade students helped unpack the MFE Grant books this week and place plates in each book acknowledging the generosity of the MFE. They were very excited about the new acquisitions as you can see!

tuckerbook1 tuckerbook2

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The following item was submitted by Danielle Huebner, Pierce Middle School Latin Teacher:

We can be very proud to have students who have performed excellently on the National Latin and National Mythology Exams again this year at Pierce Middle School.

National Latin Exam Results: There are over 150,000 students from all over the world who take this prestigious exam (from our 50 states and 13 foreign countries), so it is very competitive and the awards are truly merited. All of the students on the list below scored above the national average! Nine award winners!

National Mythology Exam Results: On the National Mythology Exam this year, even more great news; 12 medalists! This is another nationally recognized exam with students who participate from all over the country.

Please see the list below and this link to a google folder containing some photos of our proud winners.
(https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B393S0URtTqINmd1S0Z3b3JTSkU?usp=sharing).

classic

 

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The following item was submitted by Director of Fine and Applied Arts, Dawn Sykes:

On Friday, June 2nd, the Pierce Middle School performing ensembles participated in the Great East Music Festival with overwhelming success! Nearly 250 students in the 7th and 8th grade band, chorus and string ensembles performed, receiving the highest ratings:

Concert Band 7 & 8: GOLD Award
Boys Chorus 7 & 8: GOLD Award
Girls Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award
String Ensemble 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award

This year’s festival provided students an opportunity to perform in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, a professional performance space that houses the beautiful and historic Great Organ. After each performance, students received a comprehensive workshop and a rating of achievement by an expert clinician. The day closed with an afternoon of celebration at Canobie Lake Park. Congratulations to the Pierce Music Department Ensemble Directors, Morgan Schneider, Julia Hanna, and Debra Thoresen, and their students for this outstanding achievement!

String Ensemble 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/r_mvQ9mZc4k
Boys Chorus 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/jie8j2Xqrjg
Concert Band 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/Sye5D1VEEDU
Girls Chorus 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/VUUaRfCpaWk
Girls Chorus 7 & 8- Awarded Platinum
https://youtu.be/8yRR36hGSJM

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The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta, Middle School Science Coordinator:

Earlier this month, three students from the Pierce Middle School participated in the Massachusetts Middle School State Science Fair at Worcester Technical High School. We are excited to share that eighth grader, Anna Fahy earned a Third Place award for her project How Should Referees Pump Up Their Soccer Balls in Order to Compensate for Players of Varying Ages? and 7th graders Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman earned a Second Place award for their project How Do We Filter Oil From Storm Drains? There were 290 projects at the fair and only the top 20% received awards, making this an incredible accomplishment. Anna, Barron and Anderson advanced to the State Science Fair after being recognized at the Region V Middle School Science Fair at Regis College in April. We are incredibly proud of their outstanding work!

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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

Yesterday, NBC came to Cunningham School to teach the third graders about extreme weather and also show them the Weather Warrior vehicle, which is used to collect and track local weather data. The third graders were amazed at the fun facts NBC Meteorologist Chris Gloninger taught them. This program is a free outreach program that NBC does for local schools. Our third graders were shown on the early morning news this morning, and you can check it out by following the link below: http://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Weather-Warrior-Feature-Page-415882533.html

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The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Physical Education and Health:

Thank you all for your support of Screenagers! It was a great success, we had over 350 people between the two sessions. The early session wasn’t as well attended but there were families that participated and benefited from the experience. It was especially powerful to see all the students with adults in the audience and several elementary students participated in the moderated discussion, offering advice and their opinions. Dr. Burke was outstanding, she provided clear and concise advice for solutions and helped facilitate a learning discussion that had several valuable takeaways. We provided all that attended the parent handout with helpful tips and resource list. We plan to continue to provide family/community support around these health/wellness/safety subjects. Please see this handout from the event, which contains very helpful information:

screenagers

 

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Several MPS staff members attended the recent Norfolk County Teachers Association Awards Ceremony, where Glover Elementary Teacher Margaret Turner and MPS Payroll Clerk Barbara Pakalnietis were honored for their years of service. Well deserved!
NCTA award

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Tucker Elementary School recently celebrated Career Day. Parents/Guardians of Tucker students, as well as community members, came to Tucker to speak about their careers.

Boston Police Officers Capt. Haseeb Hosein, Sgt. Tommy Brooks and Patrolman Cliff Davis spoke to the students about law enforcement careers and explained the concept of community policing. Dr. Elaine Craghead, a Humanities Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and member of the Milton School Committee spoke about her career and the mission of Mass Maritime. Milton Firefighters John Earner, John Cardile and Malik Gibbons demonstrated the use of their equipment, spoke about fire safety and described the duties of a firefighter. Sheila Varela, lead Acquisitions Specialist at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vice Chair of the Milton School Committee, spoke about the field of publishing and brought several textbooks to show the students. Former NBA player and current insurance and financial services professional Danya Abrams spoke about his transition from professional athlete to a career in finance. Boston Public Schools Psychologist Dr. Ayanna Quinones talked to students about mental health issues and the various career options for psychologists. Helene Norton Russell, Professor of Sociology at Johnson & Wales University, discussed her work teaching introductory sociology courses to undergraduates. Milton Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Sara Truog, brought several books to read and talked to the students about careers in library science. Cecil Thomas, a chef at Boston University, demonstrated some cooking techniques and spoke to students about the field of hospitality and food service. Susan Carty, Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College, spoke to the students about the importance of education and what is required to gain admission to college.

Students had opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers. Each student attended three different presentations and learned about three different potential careers. Tucker fourth-graders are already looking forward to next year’s Career Day.

 

tucker career day

Caption for Photo: Back row, from left: Chef Cecil Thomas, Tucker Teacher Shannon Brooks, Milton Firefighters John Cardile and Maliek Gibbons, Investment Professional and former NBA Player Danya Abrams, MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog, Director of Admissions, Suzanne Carty, Mass. Maritime Professor, Dr. Elaine Craghead and Educational Publishing Professional Sheila Varela. Front row (kneeling): Boston Police Patrolman Cliff Davis, BPD Sergeant Tommy Brooks, Milton Fire Department’s John Earner, BPD Capt. Haseeb Hosein, Psychologist Dr. Ayanna Quinones and Professor of Sociology, Helene Norton Russell.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, Co-Directors of Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE.)

Hello Milton Families! Thank you to those who have registered your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We are offering three opportunities to do this at various times of the day and week:

  • Thursday, June 8th:   3-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Monday, June 12th:   5-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Saturday, June 17th:   9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

  • Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day)
  • Map of updated dismissal plan
  • General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, June 20th: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Thursday, June 22nd: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us at mse@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Pierce Players are proud to announce this weekend’s performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performances will be TONIGHT June 9th at 7pm and Saturday June 10th at 2pm. For more information, click this link:  http://www.miltonps.org/images/poster.jpg

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Also, please join members of the MPS community on Wednesday, June 14th from 6-7:30pm for the 5th grade ACE Art Show in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library. Artwork from all four elementary schools will be on display as well as student work inspired by beloved art teacher, Ms. Clavette.

Through the generosity of our amazing community, each elementary school received two art display towers in loving memory of Caitlin Clavette. We hope you can join us to view the amazing work of our 5th grade ACE students and artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette displayed on our new art display towers.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, District SEL Facilitator:

Warning Signs of Children Using Alcohol and Drugs
Adolescence is a time of change and growth, including behavior changes. These changes are usually a normal part of growing up but can sometimes point to an alcohol or drug problem. Parents and caregivers should pay close attention to the following warning signs that may indicate underage drinking or substance abuse:
• Changes in mood, including anger and irritability
• Withdrawal, social isolation or other signs of depression
• Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
• Change in motivation to perform in school
• Rebelliousness
• Deceitfulness
• Interest in pro-drug culture (music/movies/literature)
• Difficultly with communication
• Restlessness or giddiness
• Changing groups of friends or avoiding old friends
• Low energy level/fatigue
• Reduced interest in activities and/or care in appearance
• Finding alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia among a teen’s things
• Smelling alcohol or “minty cover-up odor” on a teen’s breath
• Problems concentrating and/or remembering
• Slurred speech
• Coordination problems
• Coming home after curfew and avoiding interaction
• Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
• Sudden concern for privacy or locking bedroom doors

From Under the Right Influence 2017, an excellent guide for parents. http://www.southshorehospital.org/workfiles/Health_and_Wellness/YHC_2017-Prom-Booklet_Final.pdf

RESIDENCY NEWS

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

This process, now in its third year, is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer beginning the last week of June to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Summer hours and deadlines will be announced in next week’s E-blast.

Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Stop by the Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday, June 17th from 9am to noon to help support our State and All-State Championship Milton High School Girls Track team’s car wash.  The girls are washing cars to help raise money for team travel expenses to North Carolina to compete at Nationals.  The girls will also be selling raffle tickets at this car wash for a Yeti cooler (Tundra 45) with $100 worth of Kinnealy Meat. Stop by next Saturday morning!

FROM THE READERS

This week, instead of an article, one of our readers sent us a link to a Ted Talk on a very pertinent topic, STEAM. Please click the link below to listen:
https://www.ted.com/playlists/509/things_to_do_to_make_steam_lea

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

The 2017 Milton Music Fest, Fireworks and Celtic Sunday will be held June 24th and June 25th.
Saturday’s Events: 3pm-10:30pm Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton. Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes. There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf. A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music. Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games. A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand. We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos. Music kicks off at 3pm with many local Milton and Quincy artists. At 4pm the Bob Marley tribute band, “The Duppy Conquers” take the stage. Franc Graham band is at 5pm followed by The Neville Sisters at 5:30pm. At 6pm the Trasak Trio burns up the stage with the fastest violin in the East! Charlie Daniels had nothing on these guys. Divas with a Twist are on board at 6:45pm and they always fill up the dance floor! At 8pm, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band Chicago, we have brought in the Chicago Total Access tribute band. This ten-piece band complete with horns will bring the crowd to their feet.

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston and Quincy skyline as your backdrop. This will truly be a night to remember. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray! Go to We Are Milton.org for updates and free shuttle information.
Sunday’s Events: 1pm-8:30pm: We once again present: Celtic Sunday. The afternoon will feature many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Celtic Sunday is all about outstanding Irish and Celtic Music. This year, is a celebration of the Boston Irish music community. We are pleased to host the very popular Margaret Dalton and Erin’s Melody, Jinty McGrath, Danny Gill and “The Old Brigade,” Sean Brennan and “The Skiffs,” Curragh’s Fancy, The Fenian Sons, Milton’s Pauline Wells, DEVRI and other prominent Irish performers. Celtic Sunday will once again provide attendees an afternoon of brilliant music, great food and refreshment at a magnificent location overlooking the Neponset river basin and the Boston skyline. Grab your chair and sunscreen. There will be something for everyone, young and old.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. For more information on performers, scheduled times, parking, supporters, and volunteer opportunities, please go to: www.wearemilton.org

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The following item was submitted by Robert McCrystal with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its eighth annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 am – 2 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.

The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11 – 11:45 am.

Returning this year will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, a hit at the event last year. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff. A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings, including hearing and vision tests, will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Grants to several local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs of the community. Funds raised at the event will go towards the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk  to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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Save the Date!!! The Milton Playground Planners are holding a ribbon cutting at the new playground at Shields Park on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 am. All are invited (though parking is limited)!

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The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt! The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.
We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger). In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Happy end of school – and welcome to summertime fun at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out in the Children’s Room. Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want starting June 22, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

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 June 18 – 24:

Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff with Robert Rivest, All Ages

To celebrate the kickoff of the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World, please join us for a performance by comic mime Robert Rivest! Robert entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to build a better inner and outer world. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert shares mindful ways that we can work together to build a brighter, kinder, future. This fun family show is full of audience participation! For all ages. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. This event will be followed by a delicious snack of strawberries and cream at the Library entrance, provided by the Friends.

Friday, June 23, 2017 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) and will open two weeks before each class. 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 Children’s Room 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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VISUAL ARTS

The following item was submitted by Jessica Gillooly, Elementary Art Teacher:

We had an exciting week at Tucker with our visiting artist Szu-Chieh Yun. Szu-Chieh Yun is a local Boston artist that shared her art and experiences with the school and with parents during a community night. She brainstormed with the students what the word Unity means for Tucker and incorporated the words they shared into a painting design for the Tucker school. Here are some photos of the students working on the paintings that were inspired by the word UNITY. We had a great visit!

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ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Milton High School Principal James Jette:

I am pleased to announce that Mr. William “Billy” Donovan will be the next Head Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team for Milton High School.
Mr. Donovan has many years of coaching experience and a wealth of basketball knowledge that the Screening Committee overwhelmingly felt would be a great fit for the team. The screening committee stated that “Mr. Donovan was by far the most prepared, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and qualified candidate we interviewed. Mr. Donovan presented this Committee with countless testimonials from former students, players, and parents espousing not only his coaching skills but his genuine concern and care for the Milton community and it’s children”. I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Donovan today and I agree with the Committee’s recommendation. I am sure you join me in congratulating Mr. Donovan as Milton High School’s new Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach.

The following item was sent in by MHS Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Rugby: The Milton Ruggers took advantage of a depleted Algonquin squad on Friday, by dismantling them 61-10 in the semi-finals. The match took place at Curry College. Just over a week from beating Algonquin to earn the #2 seed, the Wildcats were required to repeat the task of taking down the T-Hawks. It could not have gone any more smoothly. Milton led 55-5 at the half, and kept the pace after the break. They will play Hanover on Saturday. The Wildcats finished (5-1) while Hanover finished (2-3-1). Milton’s only loss came against Marshfield, while they handled Hanover during the regular season. The final will take place at Endicott College on Saturday, June 10th at 2:30pm.
Outdoor Track: Congratulations to the Girls Outdoor Track Team, who in recent weeks have won the Bay State Championships, along with both the D3 State Championship and the All State Championships.

At the D3 State Championships, standout performances were achieved by Elise O’Leary (State Champ in the 400 meter dash); and the 4×100 relay team of Abigail Jean Baptiste, Alexis Daly, Jayda Dillon and Dayajna Roache, who took first place and broke the meet record for this race. Also, Jessy Iwuala won the state title for the High Jump at this meet.

At the All State Meet, the Milton Girls brought home the trophy with the help of many of the team’s runners, sprinters, jumpers and throwers. School records were broken at this meet by Elise O’Leary in both the 400m hurdles and the 400 meter dash AND by Jessy Iwuala in the Pentathlon.

Several of the girls are headed to North Carolina this month to compete at Nationals. Please see the item above with information about the girls’ upcoming car wash and Yeti raffle to raise money for this trip. If you would like to donate to this cause, please visit the car wash on June 17th or send a check to: MHS Girls Outdoor Track Nationals, c/o Milton High School Athletics, 25 Gild Road, Milton, MA  02186 or email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

Also, congratulations to sophomore Smith Charles, who captured first place in the 100- and 200-meters at States; and also won first and second at All States in the long jump and 100 meter dash.

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 all three of Pierce Middle School students who qualified for the Massachusetts State Science Fair. Anderson Korman and Barron Clancy took 2nd place and Anna Fahey took 3rd place at Saturday’s State Science Fair. Great work by our outstanding Pierce students!!

Staff: I would like to recognize our MHS Adjustment Counselor Jennie Beliveau, who was recently recognized with the Teacher Appreciation Award at Scholastic Awards Night by her students. Ms. Beliveau is one of the unsung heroes of our district and we appreciate the work she does each and every day. This award was recognition of her talent, hard work and dedication.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the outgoing Milton Foundation for Education Board Members, all of whom are selfless, gifted and talented volunteers whose hard work enriches and enhances the educational experience of each and every Milton Public School student. Many thanks to Beth Plunkett, Susan Sullivan, Julie Ritchie, Sheila Leddy, Denise Queally and Amy Flanagan for your hours, days, weeks, months and years of service on the Milton Foundation for Education.

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