From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: October 1st, 2015
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
This has been a very exciting week a Milton High School. We are engaging, once again, on the largest student exchange of its kind. On those two days, 500 visitors will descend on Milton High School from Sakae Higashi High School of Saitama, Japan. The students are the entire junior class of Sakae Higashi High School, located one hour north of Tokyo.
This exchange, in its 10th year, is a unique opportunity for students on both sides to make new friends and learn about each other’s respective culture. The program includes performances by both sides, including the Milton High School Marching Band and a unique performance by some Sakae Higashi Students of the traditional Japanese dance, Yosokoi Soran.
Milton High School student ‘ambassadors’ are paired up with a Japanese student for the day and bring them to their class, have lunch together and engage in conversation. “This is such a meaningful and important part of our student’s education” said Akira Honda, lead teacher from Sakae Higashi. “Many of them have been studying English since 6th grade and this is the pinnacle of their experience, to actually use their language skills with native speakers. We value the relationship with Milton HS so much and appreciate their hospitality to welcome us’.
Gift giving is an important part of Japanese culture and gifts were exchanged by all students as part of the exchange. Additionally, James Jette, principal of MHS, exchanged gifts with the Japanese teachers on the trip and has accumulated an impressive collection of Japanese artwork over the years, prominently displayed around the school. “This is such a tremendous opportunity for our students, and I am proud of how well they have represented MHS during the exchange, as true goodwill ambassadors. Kudos to Kathleen Kelley, who organized the entire program from our end”
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. At this meeting, the school committee heard an update on the Full Day Kindergarten Legislation which took place at the State House. The committee voted to continue to participate in the CHARMS Collaborative Agreement. As part of the Chairman’s Report, members approved an FY16 School Committee Goal, a preliminary FY17 Budget Estimates. An MPEG update was given as part of the Vice Chair’s report. During the Finance Subcommittee Report, they voted to approve a 5-Year Capital Plan for Facilities and Technology; requested an extension of DESE’s FY15 End of Year Report; approved the MPEG Lease Renewal; approved the FY16 Budget Line Items; and approved two Vendor Warrants. The Policy Subcommittee voted to approve the following policies:
- Second Reading, Student Discipline, Policy JK
- Second Reading, Disciplining Students with Special Needs, Policy JKF
- Second Reading, Superintendent’s Evaluation, Policy CBI
- Second Reading, Hazing, Policy JICFA-R
- Second Reading, Sexual Harassment, Policy ACAA
The Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee presented a report on bus routes and pedestrian issues in East Milton. The next School Committee meeting will be held October 7th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
The Milton Library Foundation, in coordination with Milton Public Schools, is proud to announce a visit from Alice Hoffman, an international best-selling author. Ms. Hoffman has written more than twenty novels and short fiction for both adults and young adults. Her work, which reaches audiences all over the world, has been translated into twenty different languages. Ms. Hoffman invites all middle and high school students to be part of the conversation on Thursday, October 22nd at 4:00 pm at the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Please join us at this free event!
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Milton High School is pleased to offer SAT Prep course to students who are looking to improve their SAT scores. Students can sign up for a Verbal Prep course, a Math Prep course or both courses. Both courses are held at Milton High School.
Courses: The courses are designed to prepare students for the Nov 7th SAT exam. Course dates: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31.
- SAT Math: ($75) Saturdays 10:30am – 1pm. This course provides students with a review of Number and Operations, Algebra and Functions, Geometry and Measurements, and Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability. The course also includes advice on exam-taking techniques.
- SAT Math 550 ($75) Saturdays 8am to 10:30am. This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT math exam or who have scored a 50 or above on the Math PSAT.
- SAT Verbal ($75) Saturdays 8am-10:30am. This course provides students with a review of vocabulary, verbal understanding and reading comprehension. The course also includes advice on exam-taking technique.
- SAT Verbal 550 ($75) Saturdays 10:30am – 1pm. This is an advanced course designed for students who have previously scored a 550 or above on the SAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams or who have scored a 50 or above on the PSAT Critical Reading and/or Writing exams.
Registration deadline is Thursday, October 1st.
Register online at www.tinyurl.com/miltonadulted
Select “SAT Prep” – payable by check or credit card. Note: if you are unable to register online, please contact Michelle Kreuzer at 617-696-4470 x 5519 or email email@example.com for assistance. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Course confirmation and scheduling/cancellation updates will be sent to the contact information that you provide during registration.
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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
The Milton High School Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive and a car wash on Saturday, October 3rd to benefit athletic team fundraising. The field hockey team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive at Milton High school. Student athletes will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, from 9:00 a.m. to noontime to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash.
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In addition, a carwash will be held at the Cunningham school, 44 Edge Hill Road, from 9:00 a.m. to noontime. Please stop by and get your car washed by your Wildcat Cheerleaders. Go Wildcats!
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October 7th is National Walk/Bike to School Day. Here in Milton, we will be celebrating with prizes for walkers/bikers at all four elementary schools. Please check with your child’s school to see what special events are planned for the day and encourage your family to celebrate by ditching the car and walking and/or biking to school on Wednesday.
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The Annual MHS Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, October 20th at Wollaston Golf Club. All proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High School. Golf registration begins at 9:30am with a shotgun start at 11am. Tennis registration begins at 10am with Round Robin beginning at 10:30am. There will be a reception at 5pm with both silent and live auctions. This event is sponsored by Curry College and the Wollaston Golf Club. Entry fees are $175 for golf and $75 for tennis. Hole sponsorships and tennis sponsorships are available. For those who wish to attend the reception only, the fee is $25 pe person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize of a hole in one, sponsored by Milton Soccer; and a new car prize for a hone in one sponsored by Toyota of Braintree. Online registration for individuals, teams and sponsors can be found at www.miltonboosters.com. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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There will be a Clothing & Electronics Collection held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm to help raise money to support the Milton Public Schools’ Science From Scientists program. This fundraiser will accept gently used clothing (adults and kids – all sizes), small household items and electronics. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture, large items such as refrigerators or books. Also, recycling fees apply to the following:
Air Conditioners: $10 each
Large Humidifiers: $10 each
Dehumidifiers: $10 each
TVs (27” and under) $15 each
CPUS, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment: $5 each
VCRs and DVDs: free
Keyboards, mice & wires: free
For more information or to volunteer (see below), please email email@example.com
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Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Clothing & Electronics Collection Event to be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. This fundraiser is to support the Science from Scientists program and is being held in partnership with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies. Volunteers are needed to greet and direct, assist donors and answer questions. If you are interested in helping, please email Bernadette Moonan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monster Dash: Attention kids of ALL ages! Are you ready for some Spooktacular fun again this year?!!!
The MFE is hosting its 17th Annual Milton Monster Dash on Sunday, October 25th from 9 am to 12 noon at Cunningham Park. Proceeds from the Monster Dash are devoted to the support of enhanced science programming for students in grades K through 5.
This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999.
The MFE will also be kicking off the very popular Monster Dash T-Shirt Design Contest soon so please look for emails and notices from the schools to learn more. The winner of the design contest will have his or her artwork featured on the race t-shirts and will be invited to officially start the 5K!
Start training now, keep your eyes peeled for a comfortable and creative costume and get ready to run on your own or with a running team! If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Monster Dash, the MFE would welcome your support. Please contact Will Korman at email@example.com. To learn more about the Monster Dash and the T-Shirt Design Contest, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org. We look forward to seeing you at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 25th!
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The event date has been set! Celebrate Milton will be held this Sunday, October 4th from noon – 4pm (rain or shine) at Pierce Middle School on Brook Road. The CelebrateMilton event strives to provide a mix of local talent that reflects the diverse composition of our community. In the past, the line-up has included gospel music, Japanese drummers, Irish step dancing, a steel drum band, and the Milton High School fall musical cast. For more information, click here:
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I would like to congratulate Pat Desmond, editor of the Milton Times, for celebrating the 20th anniversary of her newspaper. This is a remarkable achievement, especially in an era where many newspapers are struggling to survive. The Milton Times held a small gathering recently to celebrate, where Ms. Desmond recognized Eddie Baker, a Milton Times contributor and long-time supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Desmond’s success with the Milton Times is something of which she should be very proud and something the entire community should recognize. Great job, Pat!
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The Milton Board of Health will be holding a public flu clinic on Thursday October 8, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Council on Aging. This clinic is open to all Milton residents ages 4 and up. We are able to accept Medicare and most other HMO’s so please bring your insurance cards with you. If you do not have health insurance, we will also have state supplied vaccine available to you free of charge. Due to changes in the distribution of flu vaccine, this will be our only public flu clinic this year. We will also be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Milton Food Pantry at the clinic so please consider bringing a donation with you.
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CALLING ALL RUNNERS AND WALKERS! Join Our Team! The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is entering a team to run/walk in the Milton Monster Dash on Sunday October 25. Registration begins at 9AM, race begins at 11AM. Join us! No costume? No problem! Red and White running shirts provided free to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention and mental health, and promote the coalitions efforts. To sign up or for more information please contact Joan Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a middle school student please sign up in Ms. Dunton’s room (room 324) BY THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8th and she will be happy to email you more information!!
[The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is sponsored by the Milton Board of Health.]
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Save the date for the Boston Bruins Alumni vs Milton Youth Hockey. This fundraiser will benefit the children of Milton Youth Hockey. T he game will be held at Ulin Rink, on Saturday, October 24th at 4 pm. Tickets are $10. For additional information, contact:
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Milton Community Concerts kicks off its second season of concerts in a big way with a free benefit concert, “Right On Your Doorstep”, on Sunday, October 18th at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue). It will feature three outstanding musicians who have Milton connections: resident Pauline Wells, known for her numerous public appearances throughout New England, baritone Brandon Grimes, an MHS grad who has achieved success in both opera and musical theater, and Milton Public School parent and pianist Timothy Steele. These three performers, along with several other musicians, will present a wildly eclectic program of songs with something to please everyone. All of the proceeds for this concert will go to support the music program in the Milton Public Schools.
Ms. Wells has always been very active in charitable and community causes. Many fans have heard her spirited and inspirational rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, and she has made over 300 public appearances, including Justice Square at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and Harvard University. Her concerts have drawn audiences to the Wilbur Theatre, Blue Ocean Music Hall, and Old Town Hall in Manhattan. For 23 years she has served with the Cambridge Police Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. She resides in Milton with her husband Richard and daughter Molly.
Mr. Grimes recently sang in a national tour of the musical JEKYLL AND HYDE. He has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, has sung at the Cape Playhouse, and soon will be performing at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He studied opera at the University of Houston and University of Michigan, and has appeared in productions with Opera in the Ozarks and College Light Opera. As a student composer at Milton High School he wrote “Mass for a Dawning Age” which was premiered by the Quincy Choral Society, orchestra and soloists.
Mr. Steele is an active vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera, and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Madame White Snake, and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston, he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.
Admission to this concert is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Ample free parking is available. For more information about this concert visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian:
Fall is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 11 – 17:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5
Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
Friday, October 16, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12
Come build with the library’s Lego collection! Each month we’ll build on a different theme. At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy. Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Sensory Storytime, All Ages
If other storytimes have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you are looking for! Join presenter Miss Kerri for fine/gross motor activities, songs and wonderful stories. A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions. This program is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays ALONG WITH their typically developing peers and siblings. All ages welcome, with parent or caregiver; no registration required.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Makey Makey Inventor’s Workshop, Grades 3-6
Join the Rhode Island Computer Museum and spark your imagination! In this workshop, students will learn how to use everyday items and the “Makey Makey” to complete an electronic circuit in order to control computer programs. Use bananas to play a virtual piano or band instruments! Use a pencil and PlayDoh to make a controller for a computer game! Various conductive materials will be provided to get everyone started, but kids are encouraged to bring their own. Parents are encouraged to attend the workshop with their children. They’ll have lots of fun too! For kids in grades 3-6. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
The Varsity Volleyball team is 4-3. Next opponents are Dedham on Thursday and 7-1 Cardinal Spellman on Friday (@ home). The team beat Framingham on Tuesday, 3-0 behind performances by senior captain middle hitter, Liz Murphy, 8 kills, sophomore middle hitter, Haley O’Brien, 8 kills and senior captain setter, Kate McAuliffe, 19 assists.
On Tuesday, the Milton Field Hockey team travelled to Framingham High School.Led by our two captains, Kate Driscoll and Meaghan McDougall, the Wildcats won 3-1! Two amazing goals were scored by Elena Kapolis and one from our midfielder, Morgan Begley. On Thursday, we will travel to Dedham, and Tuesday October 6th, we will have a night game against Norwood High at 7 pm! Come out and cheer on Tuesday night! We are currently 2-3-2. This is our year!
This week, the boys’ soccer team split their games and went 1-1 on the week. On Saturday, the boys played Malden Catholic in the Bay State League vs Catholic Conference Challenge. Milton won their game 3-2. The boys also took part in the Think Taylor concussion awareness event. They wore orange and took an oath to raise awareness about the dangers of concussions. On Tuesday night, the boys played well against the #2 ranked team in the state — Framingham — and lost 4-1. Goal scorers this week were Ethan Walko, Stefan Richardson and Alden Rosa had 2. Tonight (10/1) the boys will play at home vs. Dedham at 7pm and on Saturday, the boys will play Archbishop Williams at 7pm at Brooks Field. Come support the boys soccer team.
The Wildcats are riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s divisional rivalry with Dedham High School. The team has scored 14 goals while only yielding 2 during the streak. Senior Tri-Captain Sophie Cousineau leas the squad with back to back hat-tricks for a total of 7 goals and 2 assists for the three matches. Sophomore Chae Diani scored twice and has two assists to complete the scoring. Senior goalkeeper Isabel Belash had her first shut-out of the season with the team’s dismantling of Fontbonne Academy 8-0. Milton is now 4-3-1 overall.
The cheerleaders are continuing to practice hard! We are excited for our away game this Friday and looking forward to our choreography practice next Friday! Also, the MHS Cheerleaders will be holding a car wash (weather permitting) this Saturday, October 3rd at Collicot/Cunningham from 9a-12pm, $10 per car!! Please stop by and show your support to the MHS Cheerleaders!!
Girls Cross Country
Freshman Race: The Milton High School Freshman Girls earned first place at the Manchester Invitational last weekend. This was an impressive performance by the “Fab Five” Freshmen. All five of Milton’s runners finished in the top 37 freshman runners out of 141. Elise O’Leary finished second overall running 12:56. Clodagh Corcoran also ran amazing finishing in sixth place in just under 14 minutes. Ella Affanato, Grace Dwyer and Emme Schewe all gave strong performances to contribute to the win. Girls JV Race:
Sabrina Najarian and Ruby Baker-Poveromo ran very respectable, quality races for themselves finishing 99th and 105th respectively out of a whopping 254 runners. Girls Varsity Race: Needless to say the competition was intense at this meet. The Varsity Girls finished a very respectable 7th out of 32 teams. Bridget Mitchell placed 4th, ran a very impressive and assertive race finishing under 19minutes. Colette O’Leary ran hard and earned a great time of 19:37, finishing 16th. The fact that she didn’t finish higher tells you just how great the competition was. Alexis Belash had her best race of the season, getting out quick in a very difficult start, finishing in 20:51. Naomi Negassi and Mairead Dambruch ran 21:20 and 21:37 finishing 83rd and 96th out of 228 runners. Two years ago on this course, Mairead was the only Milton runner to break 22:00 minutes. That team went to All States. This team looks like it should be expecting a lot more than that this season!
The Milton High Golf Team now stands at 3-6 on the season. The team picked up a great victory on the road on Monday at Norwood, the team won 103-95 with Walker Stroud and Jared Carr scoring a combined 34 points for the team. The team lost a close one on Tuesday at home against Wellesley 83-89 before having a rain out on Wednesday. The team gets back on the road on Thursday to travel to an undefeated Brookline.
Boys Cross Country
The boys do not have a meet until the 31st when it hosts Norwood and Framingham at Houghton’s Pond.
The Wildcats had everything rolling Friday night when they beat defending league champion Walpole 28-7. Senior Scott Cummings took a short reception 65 yards down the sideline on the opening drive. A few plays later, Senior QB Mike Fallon broke the pocket and scampered 23 yards to the end zone. David Perkins add the 2pt conversion and off we went. Wildcat defense, led by captain’s Devon Nzepuome and Akeem Smith stopped everything Walpole had in first half as we built onto our lead after Mack Feeney recovered a Walpole fumble to provide a short field. Koby Osazee did most of the work and Feeney converted a 4th & 1. Osazee’s 2 yard score made it 14-0 at the break.
Walpole kept fighting in the 2nd half and cut the score to 14-7 late in the 3rd period with a 53 drive that featured all runs. We answered with a 10 play drive that featured big pass plays to Osazee and Kendall Van Allen’s first touchdown from 14 yards out to build the lead to 20-14. The defense again held Walpole on a 4th & 4 from our 24 yard line and 3 plays later Fallon applied the final score when found a streaking Derek Perkins for a 69 yard TD pass on 3rd & 3. David Perkin’s caught his 2nd 2pt conversion to account for the final score of 28-7. Roll Cats!
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For those of you who did not hear the news, Milton High School’s Steve Dembowski has been named this week’s New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week following the team’s 28-7 win over Walpole High School. To recognize this feat, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Milton High School’s football program in Dembowski’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Dembowski and his team on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Milton High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television show, “Patriots All Access,” which airs on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com. This is the 20th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives. Congratulations to Coach Dembowski!
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Students: One of our Milton High School art student’s artwork was recently selected as the winner of a logo contest sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Coalition. Delphine Jrolf’s design was chosen from more than 30 other logos submitted to the contest. She will be the recipient of a $100 award from the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention, which will be presented her award during Celebrate Milton this Sunday. Congratulations to Delphine and her art teacher, Karen Hughes.
Staff: I would like to take a moment to recognize the following administrators, who are the backbone of the Milton Public Schools. Everyone understands the job of our principals, but without the expertise and talent of these educational leaders, their jobs would be much more difficult. The following staff members are responsible for with curriculum development, supervision and evaluation (along with the principals), and work collaboratively to provide the vision for the district. Please join me in thanking: Alex Campea, Amy Gale, Amy Tom, Anna McReynolds, Barbara Wright, Ben Kelly, Bernadette Moonan, Brian Mackinaw, Christie Chiappetta, Dr. Angela Burke, Dr. Martine Fisher, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Karen Cahill, Margaret Gibbons, Meredith Kempf, Michelle Kreuzer, Nancy Warn, Stephanie Nephew, Tracy Grandeau, Nick Fitzgerald and Vy Vu. We appreciate your work.
Volunteers: We are very grateful to two local businesses who have volunteered time and supplies to keep our schools beautiful. Coulter Landscaping has been helping to keep the Tucker School property beautiful. The Coulter crew cut the grass and installed mulch around the entire school, which was a lot of work. At the Pierce Middle School, Malloy Landscaping has been helping out by cutting the grass and mulching the beds.
In addition, A. Thomas gave the Milton Public Schools a discount when they graded and prepped the outdoor classroom earlier in the spring and summer. Also, Jason Tsanotelis from Eagle Farms assists us with discounted flowers and a reduced price in the cost of mulch.
We still need help to assist with the High School, Glover and the Collicot-Cunningham campus, so if there any other landscapers who could volunteer time and/or supplies, we would be very grateful.
The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students. The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.