Milton Public Schools

March 24th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 24•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, March 24th, 2017

  • Golfers needed! Come to Granite Links on Monday, May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing – and a reception — to support Science from Scientists. Register for the tournament by clicking here.
  • Tickets to MFE Celebration 2017 are now on sale. The cost is $95 per person. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please click here.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, our community has been dealing with recent incidents involving the discovery of swastikas on school property. This topic was discussed at the most recent School Committee meeting. In response to these incidents, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) is organizing an initiative entitled, “It’s Time To Talk About Hate.” Please read the letter below, written by MICA and signed by many members of the Milton community. We will keep all of our MPS families apprised of this initiative and will pass along the time/date when it is announced.

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association expresses again our deep sadness and dismay over anti-Semitic behavior in the town of Milton, expressed in more graffiti depicting swastikas at the Pierce Middle School. We commend Superintendent Gormley and Pierce Middle School principal Spaulding for their swift and decisive response, both in addressing the behavior and in informing the larger community. As faith leaders in a town that continues to grow in knowledge of diversity and interdependent life, we feel it is now necessary for this community to initiate a comprehensive response to the presence of hate and fear of difference.  No single authority – whether parents, or school officials, or clergy, or civil servants – can address systemic issues that confront us.  This is the second swastika graffiti incident since December, following the desecration of the Holocaust Memorial at Milton Cemetery in September.  Together, we must create an opportunity to go wider and deeper in our understanding of what it takes to establish a justice-centered civic life.

With this in mind, MICA has begun working with town leaders to put together an initiative entitled “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” that will invite the participation of every family in Milton with children in grades K-12. Drawing upon the knowledge of experts in the field, we will create age-appropriate “Talking Point Resource Sheets” for parents and guardians that will help guide them in how to have constructive conversations about hate, civility, respect, and interdependence with their children.  In addition we will also set up a response listing where Milton families can publicly and proudly affirm that they have participated in this initiative and “Talked About Hate.” Everyone in the town, of course, can benefit from having these kinds of conversations. We feel it is essential for everyone to internalize the understanding that embracing diversity is a reflection and expression of mutual respect, and the only way to thrive both as individuals and as a community is to welcome varied walks of life into our days.  By creating this “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” initiative, we seek intentionally to empower one another to find a common language toward deep and abiding welcome of each other’s humanity, and to instill that empowerment in our children. Our Jewish neighbors and friends were once again maligned in a way that hurts and diminishes us all.  May courage and wisdom flow in their lives in abundance, for fielding senseless disdain is hard to bear.

  • Katie Conlon, David Burnes & J. Thomas Hurley – Milton Board of Selectmen
  • Michael Dennehy – Town Administrator
  • John King – Chief, Milton Police Department
  • Mary Gormley – Milton Public School Superintendent
  • Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Business
  • Janet Sheehan, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel
  • Dr. Karen Spaulding – Pierce Middle School Principal
  • James Jette – Milton High School Principal
  • Holly Concannon – Collicot Elementary School Principal
  • Jonathan Redden – Cunningham Elementary School Principal
  • Karen McDavitt – Glover Elementary School Principal
  • Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai – Tucker Elementary School Principal
  • Margaret Gibbons, President of Milton Educators Association
  • Julie Marotta – St. Mary of the Hills School Principal
  • Heather Flewelling – Director, Multiculturalism & Community Development at Milton Academy
  • Leroy Walker, Dr. Kevin Donahue, Dr. Elaine Craghead, Margaret Eberhardt, Sheila Varela & Kristen Bagley Jones – Milton School Committee
  • Corinne Perkins – Headmistress, Delphi Academy
  • Kevin Chrisom, Bob Kelly & Regina Malley – Milton Parks Commissioners Board
  • Jason Beckett – President, Milton National Little League Baseball
  • Michael McArdle – President, Milton American League Baseball
  • Board of Directors – Milton Youth Football and Cheer
  • Kevin Keating – President, Milton Youth Hockey
  • Cathy Smith and Robert Callahan – Co-Directors, Milton Youth Lacrosse

If you know of a Milton-based organization which would like to sign on as partners in this initiative, send an email to MICA chairperson The Rev. Hall Kirkham (hkirkham@stmichaelsmilton.org)

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 29th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

The Warrant Committee has finalized their recommendations for the FY18 budget. They will be proposing that Town Meeting vote and the Community vote for a Proposition 2 1/2 Override for next year. As a result, the School Committee has voted two budgets: one assuming an override passes and a second assuming it fails. Details for both budgets with their impacts are available on our website by clicking here.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Also, as I mentioned in a prior E-blast, we are in the midst of celebrating Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please note the upcoming art fairs, titled “Passport to the Arts.” Each of our six schools will host a “Passport to the Arts,” event, which will feature displays of student artwork.

  • March 30         Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 3              Milton High Passport to the Arts 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 4          Cunningham Passport to the Arts, 6:00-6:45 p.m. & Collicot  Passport to the Arts, 6:45-7:30pm
  • April 5             Glover Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Pierce  Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7:00pm

Please see the photos below for a sample of elementary artwork:

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

The Milton Public Schools are currently at 100% participation of having scholars in grades 2-12 utilizing their district-issued Google accounts. These accounts deliver personalized log-ins to Chromebooks, providing a safer, more controlled access to these devices. The Google accounts also provide access to the host of G-suite applications under the Google Apps for Education offering. Scholars are able to create work in Google: Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc. that allow for collaboration amongst peers and teachers. This also makes for an easy submission process when it is time to turn in work. Gone are the days of losing assignments or missing deadlines, since teachers can easily access anything shared on the drive. Teachers are able to see work in real time and provide valuable feedback on the spot. Opening up these platforms will ultimately help save a tree as we begin to reduce our use of paper and traditional worksheets. We are excited to continue the widespread use of these tools, as these are all tools that they will continue to use and need in their career choices.

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The following item was sent in by Kacy Dotoli, who coaches the MHS Debate team, along with Dana DePaul:

Six students are preparing for the state finals this Saturday. The topic is: Resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution. In order to compete in this weekends tournament, students had to qualify at another local tournament this year. Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien are preparing to compete at the National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky this May. They qualified for this tournament by coming in first at a tournament in Shrewsbury this past February. Our hotel rooms have been funded by a donors choose project we set up and was overwhelmingly supported by friends, family, teachers and the Milton Community very quickly. However we still have $1500 to raise to cover airfare which will hopefully be done through our other upcoming fundraisers: California Pizza Kitchen (3/31), Chipotle (4/25), Concert Ticket Raffle, and a potential car wash in May.

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

This was the final week of our BoomWriter Bee and excitement was in the air! Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham) were the four finalists who competed for the coveted BoomWriter Bee title. The students all voted today and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 27.

The BoomWriter Bee Publishing Party will take place next Thursday, March 30 from 5-7 (awards at 6 pm) at the Hoosic Club- 193 Central Ave. Come honor the amazing writing of all of our students and meet Jeff Cohen, Chunk from the Goonies who inspired our story.  All are welcome!

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The following item was sent in by Pierce Teacher Nancy Warn:

The 2017 Pierce School wide spelling bee was a true sensation! It took place on Friday, March 10th and was an impressive competition that kept audience members on the edges of their seats, as they supported the contestants!  Last year, a 6th grader emerged victorious so all students were hopeful they would have a good showing in the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  The following students triumphed over their Pierce teammates to participate in the school-wide spelling bee:  Michelle Tran, Michael Duffy, Oisin Allen, Ben Garrity, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nick Reason, Barron Clancy, Dylan Beaulieu, Jonathan Waldmann, Henry Synnott, Jordan Elliot, Chloe Zhong, Anna Fahy, Saoirse Killion and Ella O’Hanlon.  All participants first won their class bees, then their team bees – to make it to the school-wide bee.  At the school-wide bee, the group was so impressive, that they completed all prepared rounds (14 rounds were prepared).  Each year, we prepare an emergency list of extra words, just in case the talent of our student body blows us away.  That happened this year and we were impressed.  Although all our participants were incredible spellers, Saorise Killion was the runner-up and Barron Clancy emerged as the winner, by correctly spelling the word Velocipede!  The entire Pierce community congratulates seventh grader and Yellowstone team super star Barron Clancy for winning the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  In addition to congratulating all our contests, we also want to thank the Pierce P.T.O. for generously supplying Barnes and Nobles gift cards to all participants in the school bee.  We also want to thank all the teachers who gave up time to run team bees and to run the school-wide bee.  In particular, we’d like to thank Lauren Hoyt for helping organize and run the 2017 school-wide bee.

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Also, I would like to offer congratulations to the 61 Milton Musicians in Grades 5-12 who participated in the MMEA All State Festival in Boston last week! Happy Music in Our Schools Month!

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And finally, I would like to congratulate all the Glover K, 1 and 2 students who participated in the recent Musical Concerts at Glover Elementary School. For those of you who did not attend, please check out this video, made by Principal Karen McDavitt: https://animoto.com/play/lsjFZcBzal2npHXJhxVfDw. The cuteness factor is off the charts!!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, Grade Five Information Night will be held on Monday, March 27th in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following items were submitted by Karen Cahill, Guidance Director:

Parents/guardians of high school students are invited to join the Guidance Department on Wednesday, March 29th for our annual Program of Studies/AP Information Night. This event offers a comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP Teachers and department heads will be available to answer specific questions you may have. The event begins at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium. All parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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SOCK…Is your child the first in your family to go to college? Share Our College Knowledge (SOCK) is a volunteer group of parents who have children in college now and who have been through many of the challenges that MHS parents face when trying to help their children understand the often-confusing process of picking and paying for college.  These volunteers will meet with MHS parents in small groups, either in their homes or at the library, to provide additional support and advice.  These volunteers work closely with the MHS Guidance Department so that all parents will have the information and tools they need to help their children with the college selection and application process.

The topics we will review are included in three steps:

  • Choosing a College (Rising Seniors): College Board, Naviance, College visits and interviews
  • Applying to College (First Semester Seniors): Timeline of activities: deadlines for juniors and seniors, SAT and ACT tests, AP classes and tests, Common Application and waivers, College Essay
  • Paying for College (Second Semester Seniors): Financial Aid Overview, CSS Profile, FASFA, other Scholarships and Grants

For more information, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.  The counselor will refer you to the SOCK program and a SOCK volunteer will contact you and arrange to meet you in your home, at the library, or at another convenient location.

LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Please read the letter below, sent out by Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dear Parents and Guardians: This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. The next-generation MCAS marks our transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Why do we Conduct Statewide Testing?

Many parents ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

  • Test results help you gauge whether your child is making academic progress.
  • Test results help your child’s teacher identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.
  • A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.
  • Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.
  • Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

Connection between MCAS and our Status as Number One in the Nation

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Questions about Participation in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren’t, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public  comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school’s accountability rating for two years.

If you are interested in learning more about the next-generation MCAS, information is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing requirements can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you a grandparent raising your grandchildren?

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is offering workshops across the Commonwealth addressing a number of issues grandparents who are raising their grandchildren face. Workshops are being held statewide in South Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Northampton, Worcester and Hyannis.

Local workshops are scheduled for 4/4/17 from 9:30-12:30 at So. Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H Street, South Boston, Ma. and  4/12/17 from 9:30-12:30 at The Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street,  Brockton, Ma. The South Boston workshop will include a presentation on legal information for caregivers followed by a panel presentation of resources and services for grandparents including representatives from DCF, DTA, Mass Health, and more. The Brockton workshop will include a presentation by Karen MacDonald from AdCare to discuss the disease of addiction followed by an informational panel which will include representatives from DCF, DTA, Masshealth, and more.   Breakfast pastries, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Please register by contacting Colleen Pritoni  at 617-748-2454 or via email at colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us

In addition the Quincy Family Resource Center located at 1120 Hancock Street in Quincy offers a support group, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren –Attend a meeting, meet other grandparents and get support from each other in the challenges and joys of raising grandchildren at this drop-in support group. Childcare is provided. No registration is required. Please contact Debbie at 617-481-7227 ext. 196 or dbaker@baystatecs.org for more information.

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 .

SEL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Laurie Stillman, MPS School District Facilitator:

From a school-based perspective, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be put into three major buckets:

  • Facilitating Character Development in students. This includes developing the ability to have empathy for others and appreciation for human differences, work in groups, address peer pressure and make healthy decisions, and be socially aware and civically engaged.
  • Supporting students’ Emotional Grounding.  There are many things that can be done to support resilience in youth, such as their ability to cope successfully with adversity, seek out help when emotional problems arise, as well as be self-aware of feelings and manage those feelings in a healthy way
  • Cultivating a Safe and Supportive School Environment.  A school climate, where students feel welcomed, supported, respected and appreciated works hand in hand with social and emotional learning—just as the home environment does.

The Milton Public Schools will be working in more intentional ways to support the emotional intelligence and capabilities of our students over the coming years.  Fostering strong home and community engagement will be part of our key strategies.  We look forward to a continued partnership with you and with our other Milton colleagues.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

There was a wonderful celebration held at Tucker Elementary School earlier this week, as staff and students celebrated a milestone for Food Service employee Alex Giokas. Ms. Giokas became a US Citizen this week. To mark the occasion, Kim DiBona, manager of the Tucker cafeteria, prepared a special “stars and stripes” dessert, with the help of fifth-graders Daniel Thomas and Anna Labbe. Please see the lovely photos below from this special day, and congratulations to Ms. Giokas.

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PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a SEPAC Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, March 28th in the Milton High School library. Come meet the special education service providers, educators and administration.  Learn what to expect as your child enters a new grade or new school.  This will be a roundtable discussion designed for parents to ask questions and meet other parents in the special education program.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!

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The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity. We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.

In addition to purchasing the art display boards, we will be hosting an Art Show on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library. Organized by Milton elementary school art teachers and parent volunteers, the 5th grade ACE students’ artwork and other student artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette will be displayed.

If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools. Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org).

Please feel free to reach out to your PTO or school’s parent ambassador below with any questions. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on June 14.

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Please read the item below, sent to us by a Pierce student about a community service project:

My name is Dominique Thomas and I am an 8th Grader at Pierce Middle School. I am Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for 2017-2018. This spring, Project 351 Ambassadors from all over the state are leading service in support of Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides everyday essentials for children in challenging economic and homeless circumstances.

Project 351 is a nonprofit service leadership organization started by former Governor Deval Patrick and continues with Governor Baker. Project 351 unites one 8th grade Ambassador from each town in Massachusetts for a year of service, leadership development, and unity.

Please support a Clothing and Shoe Drive. Collection bins have been placed in ALL Milton Public Schools and St. Mary of the Hills Church, March 27-April 3rd.  Please donate gently-used/like new clothing and shoes from Birth-12 years old. Please contact divinebeing57@hotmail.com with questions.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Karyn Viveiros of the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education is Making History! Don’t Miss Out on Milton’s Biggest Dance Party on April 8th!

Get your dancing shoes ready as the Milton Foundation for Education will be celebrating like never before at Celebration 2017, the foundation’s annual fundraising fete which is taking place on April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Thanks to our four Celebration Event Sponsors, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, Curry College, Milton Academy and The Sarah W. Rollins Charitable Trust, over 700 MPS parents, teachers and supporters are expected to have an incredible night out at the event, which will have a whole new “vibe” this year with a cocktail reception, plenty of scrumptious appetizers and food stations including a sushi bar, dance floor complete with a lounge-like atmosphere and featuring live music by “Boston’s best dance band”, The Marsels.  Our online silent auction will also be back so you have a chance to bid on our most popular auction items like MHS Graduation Reserved Seating and VIP Parking and the coveted Naming of Your School’s Driveway!  Be sure to charge those cell phones.  This year Celebration 2017 will fund academic programs that enhance student learning and achievement within the history, civics and humanities courses of study in all six of our schools.  The MFE looks forward to “Making History” and in doing so, encouraging our students to do the same.  We are thrilled to honor the work and contributions of Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and his wife Jen (Larner) Casey, both MHS Class of ’88, who will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Tickets to Celebration 2017 are $95 per person ($65 per person for Milton public school teachers and staff). To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org and like us on Facebook. Tickets are only available online and the MFE has sold out in the past so kindly purchase your tickets soon. Sales end on Wednesday, April 5th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Forbes House Museum would like you to “Save the Date,” for their annual Spring Fundraiser– Cocktails on the Orient Express. This event will be held Saturday, June 10th. More details to come!

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The following item was sent to us by Allan Bishop of the Milton DPW:

The first yard waste collection for 2017 begins Wednesday or Thursday, April 5th or 6th, depending on your regular collection day. Some simple guidelines:

    • Please remember to place all yard waste into barrels or in a paper leaf bag.
    • Leaf bags may be purchased at your local hardware and lawn care centers.
    • Branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter.
    • Branches should be less than 3 feet in length.
    • Branches may be bundled and securely tied with natural fiber string.
    • Bundles should be under 40 lbs in weight.
    • Grass clippings should be in paper bags or barrels labeled as “YARD WASTE”
    • Yard Waste stickers from DPW are no longer used.
    • Please add your own “YARD WASTE” label on barrels.
  • And please, no plastic bags!!

If you have any questions please call our DPW line at 617-898-4900 and select the TRASH LINE.

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The following item was sent to us by Don Grace, Head of School, Thacher Montessori School in Milton:

I am writing to invite you and your school’s staff and parent/guaridans to attend presentations at Thacher Montessori School by two nationally-known experts:

Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Please visit www.thacherschool.org for event details and registration.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring has sprung 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 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 April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 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.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. 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:

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will be hosting its Second Annual Juried Show. The opening reception will be held tonight, 3/24 at 7pm and the show will run through Saturday, May 13th.  For more information, click here.

ATHLETICS

The Milton High Rugby Team will be hosting a Car Wash at Cunningham School from 9:00- 12:00 on Saturday, April 1st   $10.00 per car!

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The Milton High School Boys Tennis Team is hosting a Cans for Cats Collection on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Milton High School from 9:00 – 12:00.

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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:

Students: During a recent “Learning Walk” at Tucker School (scheduled onsite visits by our leadership team designed to 0bserve and give feedback to classroom teachers in each school) one of our administrators was moved by the actions of a Tucker student. James Jette, our high school principal, observed a STEM classroom and noticed fifth-grader Gabriel Veal offering support to a classmate who was struggling. This young boy’s gesture of kindness, in addition to his enthusiasm during class, led Mr. Jette to email Gabriel’s parents to let them know what a thoughtful child they had raised. Thank you to Mr. Jette for pointing this out to us, and thank you to Gabriel Veal for his kindness.

Staff:  Please read my item abovewhich details Tucker Food Service employee Alex Giokas, who recently became a US citizen. Congratulations to Ms. Giokas, and also to the staff of Tucker School, who helped her to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Mike Zullas, Cunningham Parent and former School Committee member, who will be moderating the upcoming Milton Speaks Candidate’s Forum on Monday, March 27 at 7pm in the Milton Access Television Studio, Room 245 at Milton High School. Mr. Zullas has given generously of his time and expertise for the town of Milton and we appreciate all that he does!

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

 

 

March 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 16•17

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

Please note, there will be a final 2017-18 Budget Presentation (contingent/non-contingent) held on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. This is a district-wide meeting to discuss the two budgets which were recently finalized by the Warrant Committee. We are urging all parent/guardians and community members to attend, ask questions and get information on next year’s budget. Please spread the word!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Glover Elementary School! For years now, ducks have made their nests in Glover’s Outdoor Classroom and many baby ducks have hatched. To get to Turner’s Pond, they must walk through the school. Students line the hallways and sidewalks to safely usher them to the pond. It is a real-life “Make Way for Ducklings”!  Last year, the duck walk became a YouTube sensation. This year, Scholastic News selected the story of Glover’s ducks to be the Grade One April Edition! Scholastic News is a weekly nonfiction print and digital magazine that focuses on building content knowledge, vocabulary, and nonfiction reading skills. The magazines get more challenging throughout the school year as children become better readers and they see themselves in the pages because the magazine reflects the rich diversity of today’s classrooms.

A group of volunteer parents affectionately nicknamed the “Duck Whisperers” (Mary O’Leary, Ida Geering, and Wendy Garpow Roth) and Glover Principal Karen McDavitt were interviewed by Laine Falk, Scholastic News writer. Glover staff sent along as many photographs as we could find and then held their collective breath, hoping their story would be chosen. They received word that Glover’s ducks would grace the cover of the April issue of Scholastic News and were overjoyed. This month, every first grader in the Milton Public Schools will receive a month of Scholastic News for free to read in school and take home. Included in the month of Scholastic News will be the publication dedicated solely to the Glover ducks! Teachers will receive teaching guides with standards correlations and lesson ideas. Glover’s duck walk video will be featured in Scholastic’s online resources, as well as other nonfiction videos. The Glover staff is now watching carefully for the first signs of our newest duck families in our Outdoor Classroom and will be sure to let the community know when the mama ducks arrive! Finally, here is a link to a video produced by Scholastic about the Glover ducks.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting had only one agenda item, to discuss the recent incident at Pierce Middle School. Rabbi Benjamin of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills was in attendance, as was Milton Police Chief John King, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and other community members.

The next School Committee meeting will be held at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, March 29th in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. The regular meeting will be preceded by an Open Budget Hearing, to begin at 6:45pm. The regular meeting will begin at 7pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

  • Kindergarten Registration confirmation emails will be going out the week of March 20th.
  • Incoming Kindergarten Student must be fully registered by April 28, 2017 in order to receive a school assignment and screening appointment early in May.
  • The Kindergarten Screening will be held in the MHS Library on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th.
  • If you have any questions please contact Laurie Dunn at Ldunn@miltonps.org

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Grade One Program Selection Forms are due back to the main offices of the elementary schools TOMORROW, March 17th. This is the form which asks the parent/guardian to choose the English Innovation Pathway or the French Immersion program. Please contact your child’s school if you have not received this form.

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We look forward to seeing all current and prospective high school parents/guardians on Wednesday, March 29th at our Program of Studies/AP Information Night and answering any questions you may have. The presentation will begin at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Art Teacher, Karen Hughes:

Scholastic National Award Medal Recipients were announced for the US today. Only students with Gold Medals from the State Scholastic Awards were moved on to compete in the National Finals. Out of a total of 120 MA State National Award winners Milton High School has three National Awards. Both Rachael and Sarah have been my students for four years, taking every imaginable art course at MHS and have received a number of departmental awards. Sarah was accepted to MA College of Art and a number of other colleges, and Rachael was accepted to Parsons School of Design in NYC, her top choice. Both Sarah and Rachael were in the original ACE student group in elementary and middle school and attribute their love and passion for the arts to the art experience they both received in the Milton Public Schools from elementary to high school. They are both planning to continue in the arts after high school. This is a first for our district.

I am so proud to give you the results:

  • Rachael Tomaszewski won a Silver National Medal for her entire Art Portfolio titled: A Family Portrait
  • Sarah Lam won two individual National Medals: a Gold Medal for her Print titled: All Eyes on You, and a Silver Medal for her Photograph titled: Fog.

Milton High School has had three total National Award Winners total in the past years: Mairead Dambruch, Michael Wyatt, and James Gallagher.

They will be accepting their medals with their families in NYC at Carnegie Hall, joining all the national winners throughout the US in June.

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The following was sent to us by Collicot/Cunningham French teacher Marianne’s Lebigot.

“A la maison, on lit! – At home, we read!”  Second graders in French Immersion at Cunningham and Collicot go above and beyond to maintain their readings skills and engagement over the vacations! During each break, students are asked to complete a reading challenge: add a feather to their turkey each time they read during the Thanksgiving break, add a stamp to their passport when reading African animal reports during winter break, or add a snowball to their snowperson during the February break. The following students happily exceeded the expectations by reading as many as 55 times! Congratulations to Caoimhe Allen, Madison Garrett, Reece Cook, Maddy King, Claire King, Mia Rogers, and Maya Mitchell. Bravo and keep on reading! Be ready to “spring” into one more challenge over April vacation.

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The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director, K-12:

Below is a great opportunity for a free summer immersion coding program in Boston for girls in 10th and 11th gradeThe application deadline is March 17th.  We’ve had at least one Milton High School student participate in the past – and the feedback was great.  Please consider this fantastic program as you plan for the summer.

Girls Who Code will be hosting two Summer Immersion Programs in Boston at Akamai and TripAdvisor this summer!   Applications for their Summer Immersion Program are open now. Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies — They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.
  • Project-based learning — They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!
  • Sisterhood — They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.

In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students! The summer stipend is available for all Summer Immersion Program applicants who qualify.  The Boston Summer Immersion Programs run from July 10 – August 25. Apply now! Please feel free to email isabel.baylor@girlswhocode.com with any additional questions.

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The BoomWriter Writing Bee continues to be a great success for all of our 4th and 5th grade students. Once again, we received hundreds of creative and compelling chapters to add to our story; The Legend of One Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure. The winners for week 2 are as follows; Oona Bard-Glover School, Mae McKenna-Collicot School, Fiona Zimon- Cunningham School and Loren Johnson-Tucker School. The overall winner for the week was Fiona Zimon, a Cunningham 5th grader, whose chapter 3 will appear in the final published book. Congratulations Fiona!

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Please note that the BoomWriter Bee Publishing Party will take place on Thursday, March 30th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Hoosic Club, 193 Central Ave. Jeff Cohen (Chunk from the Goonies) who inspired the story will be on hand to celebrate with us and sign autographs. This should be a great event and all are welcome!

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A group of students from our Elementary Select Chorus performed recently at the Seaport in Boston. This was quite a treat, not only for our students, but for the audience. Click to see the  Video

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Congratulations to our MHS Drama Club. Four of our students will perform in the State Semi-Finals at Norwell High School this Saturday March 18. Best wishes to Jada Farrar, Grace Varela, Lucas Kery, and Julia Butler. Break a leg!

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PRESCHOOL SCREENING is APRIL 5th: Screening for children who will be entering a Milton Public School preschool program in the Fall 2017 will take place in the Milton High School Library located at 25 Gile Road. Screening is by appointment only.  If you have questions please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org.

SUMMER SCIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

The following opportunities were sent in by MHS Science Department Head Amy Tom:

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. Eligible students can also enroll in an after-school laboratory training program that will prepare them for the many exciting summer internships that will be offered by research institutions and life sciences companies throughout Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.masslifesciences.com/programs/hsapprenticeship

NCSE Scientists in the Classroom NCSE is in the process of recruiting teachers for NCSEteach’s Scientists in the Classroom program. NCSE has over 30 years of experience supporting the teaching of science in public schools, with a particular focus on climate change and evolution. With this program, teachers and scientists collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education. So how exactly does it work? First off, teachers apply for the program here. Then, we’ll work to find a scientist in the area who matches the interests and needs of the class. Once a match is made, we’ll connect the teachers with a local scientist and provide guidance throughout the semester-long program to plan and carry out two in-class visits. For more information on Scientists in the Classroom, visit NCSE’s website.

Clean Tech Competition The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18 year old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences. Each year, the Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

  • The 2017 Challenge: “Creating a Greener Future” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the problems associate with buildings, homes, efficiency and building materials.
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Online registration is open! Registration closes March 24, 2017
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due 14 April, 20176.
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and ‘Continued Mentorship’ at the 2017
  • Final event to happen at Stony Brook University, NY, USA!

Official Competition website: www.cleantechcompetition.org

AMP it up! Challenge – Register to Win! Your school could win $5,000! Register now for the Video Challenge. The AMP it up! Video Challenge invites Massachusetts middle school and high school students to research the inner workings of a manufacturing innovation and how it impacts the world around them. We’re challenging them to bring it all to life in a 3-minute video and submit it on the AMP it up! website. The video must capture three main ideas about a product, including:

  1. How it’s made
  2. Why it matters
  3. What it means to me

Individual students, classes, groups, or clubs can all participate. While the public votes online, submissions will also be reviewed by a panel of judges. The top three videos selected will each earn $5,000 donated to their school! They took the Challenge—and won! It’s real. Your school really can win big. Look who won last year.

  • B.M.C Durfee High School in Fall River (video: Blount Fine Foods and H&S Tool)
  • Melrose High School (video: Avedis Zildjan Company)
  • Seven Hills Charter Public School (video: Warner Babcock Institute For Green Chemistry)

Videos are due by March 30, 2017 To see these winning videos or learn more about this year’s AMP it up! Challenge, please visit: www.ampitupma.com/challenge

Science on Saturday at MIT All of our Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers. They are sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Parking and seating are limited, so we recommend that you arrive early. Attendees can park in either the West Garage (very close to the event) or Albany Garage (a ~10-15-minute walk from the event) provided they can pay the $7 flat fee with a credit card at either parking garage. Alternatively, attendees can take MBTA buses to the MIT Massachusetts Avenue stop (very close to the event) or the subway to either the Central or Kendall Square T stops (a ~20-minute walk from the event). For maps of the event and parking garage locations, please see the attached advertising flyer or our web page: http://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/science-saturday Please plan to join us 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139:

  • April 1, 2017 How the Internet Works
  • October 14, 2017 Biotechnology
  • December 2, 2017 (Stay tuned!)

2016/2017 Witnessing Change Video Competition This competition asks students to make 2-3 minute documentaries on the personal costs of climate change experienced by members of their own communities. The deadline is April 1st. For our high school competition, first and second prize winners will receive prizes of $US 500 and $US 250 respectively The Climate Cost Project and its partners, which include universities and environmental organizations will promote the winning videos as educational and communication tools on climate change. You can read the full for the competition and see the guidelines here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/7fc012_03e717b8cee94bdcb6c9934315f32da2.pdf.

The video competition was originally designed as a capstone project for students after they complete a brief module (1-5 days of class, depending on the teacher) on environmental economics as it pertains to climate change. The Climate Cost Project designed classroom lesson because we received feedback from educators that there was a shortage of materials to provide a social context for climate change in science education. You can find out more about the less module by following this link: http://media.wix.com/ugd/7fc012_bc5f2cb366ea44f39e14836e1cf3bb55.pdf. You can also see a short video on the overall project at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWaB3wbNuCQ.

It is not necessary to use the module in order to take part in the competition, but we wanted the teachers to know that the material is available if they feel that their students need it in order to master the concepts that are covered the competition guidelines. Our goal is to help students relate the theory that the learn about climate change in class to physical changes and personal impacts that are already occurring in their communities. Then, through the process of making the videos and sharing their work, the students get the opportunity to act as messengers to tell the general public about the impacts climate change in America. The teachers who participated in the pilot program told us the project helped the students connect climate change with the real world around them for the first time.

Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 Expands Girls’ STEM Horizons & Closes the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce Registration is now open for Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 hosted by Jr.Tech, Inc., taking place at Regis located in Weston, MA on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Jr.Tech, Inc., is a Massachusetts-based non-profit educational organization celebrating 11 years of supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Over the past six years, Jr.Tech has delivered eight Summits across Massachusetts and is once again inviting 250 high school girls to experience the premier Massachusetts STEM event for high school girls.

Kicking off the day-long event will be an inspirational keynote speech from a female leader in a STEM field after which students will begin rotating through five different hands-on career path breakout sessions with leading female STEM professionals representing a range of STEM fields. Following lunch, students will visit the hands-on Exhibit Hall featuring many STEM-focused organizations and higher education institutions all demonstrating and discussing different areas of STEM careers and fields of study. Afternoon breakouts continue followed by a closing ceremony where attendees will be given a parting gift before heading home.

Phyllis Russell, Jr.Tech’s President and Executive Director, and the creator of the Girls STEM Summit shares, “At every Summit, the energy that radiates from our attendees, presenters and teachers is amazing! The feedback from the girls in attendance is positive and immediate and the adults involved love sharing their STEM experience and knowledge with such bright and enthusiastic attendees.

The key goals of Girls STEM Summit – Statewide are to educate young women in grades 8-12 on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts, to encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in order to prepare for college degree programs, to inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM fields, to demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable, to impact decision-making at a critical period, and to close the gender gap in the STEM workforce.

The Girls STEM Summit – Statewide 2017 serves girls in grade 8-12 and will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Regis, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA. The event runs from 7:45 am – 4:15 pm and has a fee of $60 per student (fee includes lunch and parting gift). Individual and group enrollment available. For additional information and to register students for the Summit, please visit juniortech.org. Questions can be directed to either of the individuals noted below. Contacts: Phyllis Russell 774-994-2097 phyllis@juniortech.org Rachel Arno 617-659-1570 rachel@juniortech.org

Genes in Space 2017 – Design and Launch your DNA Experiment to Space! We invite students in grades 7 through 12 to design DNA experiments for space. Students will pioneer DNA research on the International Space Station to address real-life challenges of deep space exploration. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring from Harvard and MIT PhD scientists, present at the 2017 International Space Station R&D Conference, and receive miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ for their education institutions. Winners will also attend Space Biology Camp and send their DNA experiment to space! Submission deadline is April 21st 2017.

Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, Boeing, Math for America, CASIS, and New England Biolabs. The contest is free, and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit. miniPCR DNA Discovery System™ will also be awarded to the top 5 teams from grades 7 and 8 (Junior Scientist Awards) and to the school with the highest number of submissions from each of the 5 US regions (Constellation Awards).

Teachers – Here’s how you can turn contest submissions into a class assignment that’s aligned with national standards. Find us on the web at www.genesinspace.org

What A Year! Mass. Society for Medical Research Annual Student Competition The 2017 MSMR Student Competition – “Hot News!” In the 2017 competition, you may submit an Essay, a Poster or a Website. You may submit multiple entries, but they must be on different topics. The Challenge

  • For the 2017 MSMR Student Competition, you are a journalist working at a science news service for teenagers.
  • Your editor wants a report on a recent biomedical research break-through. You have to learn about this new research and present it in a way that shows you really understand what it is and what it means. Your presentation should also be appealing to your audience – teenage science students.
  • Your editor will accept your work as an Essay, a Poster or a Website, but she is stubborn and cranky and has firm requirements for each kind of submission. Make sure you don’t get fired: follow the boss’s rules, on the following pages.
  • As a journalist you know that there are many ways to get info about new discoveries, including science websites, TED Talks, science news blogs, research journals, newspapers, magazines, news releases from research organizations, interviews, and your teachers, parents and friends. To get you started, a few specific suggestions are included on pages 9 and 10, below.

To Be Successful

  • You must show that you understand the topic and can present it with originality, creativity, clarity and economy. Judging is based on (a) the quality of the information you provide, (b) how well your submission exemplifies the actual biomedical research, and (c) the power of your work. Create your entry so that your audience wants to read or view it.

Student Prizes (in each Level)

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $250
  • 3rd Place $100
  • HM – Certificate of Merit

Classroom Grants to Teachers (in each Level)

  • 1st Place $100
  • 2nd Place $50
  • 3rd Place $25

For more information, go to: https://msmr.org/event/the-26th-annual-msmr-student-competition/ Deadline: All Posters, Essays, Websites and Entry Forms for the 2017 Competition must be submitted by May 8, 2017, inclusive. Eligible Participants: New England students in grades 7 – 8 (Level 1) or grades 9 – 12 (Level 2). Every student is eligible: public, parochial, private/independent, home-school.

BSU Summer Science Academy The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer the Summer Science Academy. The Academy offers one-week science classes for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration. Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Limited need based scholarships are available. July 10-14

  • Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge (Entering grades 6-8)
  • So You Want to be a What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences (Entering grades 9-12)

July 17-21

  • Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology (Entering grades 6-8)
  • Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12)

July 24-28

  • Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (Entering grades 6-8)
  • Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12)

Course Descriptions can be found on our website http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs Classes for students entering grades 6-8. The program fee of $400 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. Classes for students entering grades 9-12. The program fee of $490 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College STEM Programs UMass Summer Programs offers residential pre-college summer intensives for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the sciences, humanities and arts. With 1-week, 2-week and 6-week sessions running between June 25th and August 5th, 2017. STEM programs include:

  • Modern Astronomy
  • Engineering Institute
  • Hydrology & Climate Change
  • Genetic Engineering & GMOs
  • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
  • Forensic Chemistry

Opportunities also exist for high school students to work in research labs alongside University faculty in the 6-week Research Intensives program. Co-curricular programming and S.A.T. prep are included. Accepting applications now through mid-June. For program descriptions, dates, pricing and to apply, visit www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

MSE Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017.  Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4.  If we have any more snow days this year, we will need to adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

Registration:  Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month.  Please note that all courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of if you register online or in person.  We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved.  If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

We will have personnel available to help you register in person on the following dates from 3:30-5:00 at both the Tucker School and the Cunningham School:  May 3, May 10, May 17

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules.  There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE.  It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive!  Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April  12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 3, May 10 and May 17: In-person registration at both the Tucker and Cunningham Schools
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions (Locations and times TBD)
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

2017 Tuition: 

1 Course = $175         3 Courses = $525
2 Courses = $350         4 Courses = $600
Family Max = $1,200       Pre–K = $650

  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017!  Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

NEWS FROM THE COMMISSIONER

The following newsletter was sent to us by Commissioner Mitchell Chester and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,

This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. After considering for several years how to best update our already strong statewide assessment, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to maintain a test unique to our Commonwealth that would draw some of its questions from the existing MCAS, some of its questions from the PARCC assessment developed by a consortium of states, and some questions created specifically for the next-generation MCAS. This spring is the debut of that new test.

The Board also voted to transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Many people ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

  • Test results help parents gauge whether their children are making academic progress.
  • Test results help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.
  • A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.
  • Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.
  • Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Refusal to Participate in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren’t, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school’s accountability rating for two years.

Students who refuse to take the MCAS test may remain in the testing room as long as they are sitting quietly and are not interfering with other students. If a student becomes disruptive, they should be removed from the testing room and placed in a safe location until testing is completed and regular classroom instruction resumes. Given that statewide standardized tests are a legal requirement, it is my department’s expectation that all students will participate.

More information about the next-generation MCAS, including information for parents, is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing refusals can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, due to the recent snowstorm, Grade Five Information Night was moved to Monday, March 27th at 6:30 in the Pierce Auditorium.

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Also, as I mentioned in a prior E-blast, we are in the midst of celebrating Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please join us at any of these upcoming events:

  • March 16         String Orchestra Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7pm
  • March 21         Jazz & Concert Band Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00pm
  • March 23         Glover K-2 Music Showcase, 2pm
  • March 28         Tucker Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • March 30         Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 3              Milton High Passport to the Arts 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 4              Coll Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • April 4                    Cunn. Passport, 6:00-6:45 p.m. & Coll Passport, 6:45-7:30pm
  • April 5              Cunn. Gr 4 & 5 Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am
  • April 6             Glover Passport, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Pierce Passport, 5:30-7:00pm
  • May 4               Glover Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15am.
  • May 16             Tucker K-3 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 24             Cunningham Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
  • May 25             Collicot Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
  • May 25             Glover Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MHS Debate Coach, Kacy Dotoli:

Two MHS students recently won a regional tournament that qualified them for the national tournament in Kentucky.  The trip is costly, but it is a great opportunity for the students so I set up a Donors Choose page. The organization is matching every donation of up to $50 within the next 6 days. To donate to this trip, click here: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/debating-our-way-to-kentucky/2492464/ It is really important they use the code LIFTOFF when checking out so we get the matched gift!

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The following item was sent in by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools. We all know that fostering a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in young students will help them prepare to be successful adults in the ever-changing world we live in.   The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

The SfS program costs $60,000 annually, and funding to sustain the program has come primarily through contributions from the Milton Foundation for Education and Milton Public Schools, as well as fundraisers, donations and grants. We are hopeful that through the generous contributions of sponsors/donors and a high number of golfers and attendees to the reception, this upcoming golf tournament will be a key factor that helps continue the SfS program for years to come.

If you’d like to:

  • Register to play in the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament ($175/person – space is limited so register early! This price includes golfing, a boxed lunch, and the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion)
  • Purchase a ticket to the reception at Granite Links after the tournament ($40.00/reception ticket only)
  • Be a sponsor for the tournament, or to donate

Visit http://www.chipinforescience.org or contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (Bbutler@miltonps.org) or Parent Representative Suzanne Murphy (chipinforescience.org).

We hope to see you on May 1 for a fun-filled day of golf to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools!

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One of our Pierce Students is hosting a clothing and shoe drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Bins will be placed at all six Milton Public School buildings and St. Mary of the Hills Church and will be in place from March 27-April 3. Please read below for a message from our Pierce 8th-grader:

Hello, My name is Dominique Thomas. I am an 8th Grader at Pierce Middle School. I am Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for 2017-2018 I am participating in a charity benefiting Cradles to Crayons through Project 351. Project 351 is an organization started by Former Governor Deval Patrick, and continues with Governor Baker with one representative from each town in Massachusetts. Cradles to Crayons is an Organization that helps support families in need. I will be collecting clothing and shoes from birth  -12 years old. Please contact divinebeing57@hotmail.com with any questions.

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Also, please note this great event happening tomorrow in the Copeland Field House at Milton High:

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SEL (Social Emotional Learning) NEWS

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

Important to Know: Kids Misusing Prescription Drugs: An important finding in our student surveys was that abusing prescription medications was the most common form of illicit drug use, aside from marijuana. In addition, the Milton Substance Abuse Coalition’s Parent Survey indicated that parents were generally unaware of the problem and did not secure their dangerous medications.  Many parents don’t believe that their child would do such a thing. However, don’t be fooled.  Their brains’ decision-making capacity is not yet fully developed, and their risk-taking and experimentation are much higher before they become adults. So despite having a “good and successful child”, the temptations at home and with friends can challenge their decisions, putting their health and safety at risk.

Here are some tips to protect your child. Remember, this is not about trust; it’s about the biological reality of adolescence.

Why Youth Are at Risk for Prescription Drug Abuse

  • Young people take risks and experiment with alcohol and drugs
  • Four in ten teens believe getting high on prescription  medication is not dangerous because they are  prescribed by doctors

The most commonly abused prescription drugs are: 

  • Pain medications
  • Sleeping pills
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Stimulants (used to treat ADHD)

Prescription drugs are just as dangerous as illicit drugs, especially pain relievers such as Percocet and OxyContin.  They mimic heroin and are highly addictive.

  • 70% of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they get them from a friend or relative

What can parents do?

  • If you have prescription drugs in your home that can be abused, monitor and secure them. (Grandparents be aware too!)
  • Many addictions start after a child has experienced a sports injury or had their wisdom teeth pulled. If your child has been prescribed these drugs, speak to your provider about getting a limited quantity.
  • Discard your unused or expired medications at the confidential kiosk outside of the Milton Police Department offices on Highland Avenue.

(adapted from flyer produced by District Attorney Michael Morrissey)

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

Thursday, March 23rd: How to Make College Affordable for You

Nearly 70% of parents in a recent survey were unhappy with the way they funded college. Make sure you’re part of the happy 30%! Learn how to fix where you are unnecessarily and unknowingly losing money on college. Todd Weaver, Senior Vice President at Strategies For College, Inc. will be here to speak to parents and students on how to make college affordable to you! Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Milton High auditorium to learn more! Students and parents/guardians are all welcome from any grade! This is important information to hear! The sooner the better!

Wednesday, March 29th: Program of Studies/AP Information Night

A comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP Teachers and department heads will be available to answer specific questions you may have.

Both of these events will begin at 6:30 pm in the MHS Auditorium. All parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend both events!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

SPECIAL EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE NIGHT: The Milton Public Schools along with SEPAC invite you to join us for the “Special Education Roundtable Night” on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Milton High School Library.  This is an exciting opportunity for parents and community members to learn more information regarding the district’s programs and services. There will also be the chance to ask questions from staff at all school levels. We look forward to seeing you! For additional information, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

INCLUSION TASK FORCE

In  February 2016, the Milton Public School District formed an Inclusion Task Force. This task force is comprised of representatives from the school committee, parents, school staff, and community members. The purpose of the Inclusion Task Force is to make recommendations to promote  the further expansion of opportunities for all students in our schools and the Milton community.  The Milton Inclusion Task Force is currently looking for new members.   If you are interested in joining the Milton Public School District’s Inclusion Task Force, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, email: tgrandeau@miltonps.org .

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It’s not too early to think about CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts the beginning of April and promises to be another great year.  Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up early!  Let’s all build excitement and do our best with  recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

OPENING WEEK A MONTH AWAY! Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566 JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com  617.999.4993

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

“Snacking Can Be Very Healthy:” Many parents ask me what is the best snacks to offer my children.   I have gathered the following list from families, teachers, and staff members.  Next time your children or yourselves are hungry give one of these a try.  These are all 100 calories.  Pre-portioned snacks often help our children enjoy a treat while controlling how much we eat.  Snacking can be part of a healthy diet.

  • 1 large stalk of celery with 2 Tbsp. of nut butter (Almond butter is delicious)
  • 1 cup of raw vegetables with ¼ cup of light ranch dressing
  • 28 grapes
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce with a slice of whole grain toast cut into sticks for dipping
  • 10 cashews
  • 1 mozzarella string cheese with two whole wheat crackers
  • 6-8 oz. of low fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. hummus with 12 grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup plain oatmeal with ¼ cup fresh berries
  • 1 medium banana
  • ½ cup of 1% cottage cheese with 5 strawberries
  • 1 cup of mango chunks
  • 8 corn tortilla chips with ¼ cup of salsa
  • ½ apple with 2 tsp. of nut butter
  • 12 almonds
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 6 whole wheat crackers with 2 tsp. almond butter
  • 1 medium apple with ½ oz cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. raisins
  • 7 baby carrots with 2 tsp. of nut butter

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton Community Concerts presents “Black and Green for Rosie’s”, a free benefit concert to support Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the US, based in Boston. Vocalists Pauline Wells and Robert Honeysucker will present a program of African-American songs, including spirituals, and Irish folk music. Saturday, April 1st at 7pm at First Parish in Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. For more information visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung 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 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 March 26 – April 1:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Story and Craft Time, Ages 3 and up

Come get crafty! Miss Elaine will share a story at 10:00 am, and there will be related crafts available for children and caregivers to work on together. For ages 3+, with caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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

On March 10th, 11th and 12th, members of the Milton High School Boys and Girls Indoor Track teams travelled to New York City to compete in the New Balance National Indoor Championships. We are thrilled to announce that two of the girls relay teams earned top four finishes, which makes them All Americans! Congratulations to the 4×1 mile relay team of Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, who placed SECOND in the nation; and to the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) of Colette O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, which placed FOURTH in the nation and set a school record. Here is a link to the DMR video. Milton Girls are wearing black tank tops and red shorts

We also have a video of the Girls race.  4×1 mile, which means each Milton girl had to run one mile, for a total of four miles. This was a hard-fought race with lots of lead changes and incredible hard work by the Milton girls to work their way into their eventual second place finish. Amazing! They now have the second-fastest time the US!! Milton Girls are wearing black tank tops and red shorts

At this same meet, Jessy Iwuala tied the school record and won Bronze in the Emerging Elite division of high jump. Congratulations, Jessy!

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Also, MHS sophomore Smith Charles competed in the finals of the 60 meter dash. Here is a link to the video of his race. He is wearing all white in the far lane. Smith got 8th place in the nation!  Smith also earned 10th place at Nationals in long jump.

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Finally, Milton Girls also sent a 4×800 relay team to Nationals. Here is the video of the race.. For all four girls on this relay, this was their first trip to Nationals. They are all underclassmen and represented Milton very well and had a personal best. Congratulations to Genevieve Connelly, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau and Ella Affanato.  Also, a huge congratulations and thanks are in order for both Girls Coach Tom Shaw and Boys Coach Chuck Ajemien.

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:

Students: Although they were mentioned in the Athletic section above, I want to be sure that an amazing group of athletes gets the proper recognition. A group of Milton High School students travelled to New York City this past weekend to compete at a national track meet. Two of our relay teams earned All American status. If you haven’t already done so, please read the details above about these incredible accomplishments. Thank you to Josie Cousineau, Jessy Iwuala, Elise O’Leary, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell, Genevieve Connelly, Eliza O’Donnell and Smith Charles – and their coaches — for representing our town and our school so admirably.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Jackie Morgan, the district’s Food Service Director, for working tirelessly to educate parents/guardians, students and staff about the importance of breakfast and MPS’s breakfast program.

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Volunteers: I would like to thank the following volunteers, who graciously offered to serve as “celebrity judges” for tonight’s Tucker Science Fair. We are indebted to: Janet Lorden, Hydroponics Company Founder; Eno Ebong, Northeastern University Science professor; Beth Neville, Gardening/school support; Emily Speck, Tucker Parent/Science Instructional Coach at Cambridge Public Schools; Erin Hardy, Social Science Researcher; Recreational Science Lover; Brian Flaherty, Retired Science Educator; Libby Dunphy, Bunker Hill Community College-Science Professor; Ernst Simon, Tucker Parent and Camille Simpkins, Tucker Parent. Many thanks to all who volunteered for this wonderful event!

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

 

 

 

March 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 09•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Just as parents aren’t supposed to have a favorite child, superintendents aren’t supposed to have a favorite program. But I will admit to being a giant fan of one particular program which I have followed fanatically through the years. The Future Problem Solvers started here in the Milton Public Schools nearly 25 years ago as an elementary school program. Since that time, it has expanded to our middle school and, as a result, our students have achieved amazing success at local, regional, national and even international competitions.

The fifth grade team uses the FPS six-step model which focuses on research, problem solving and communication skills to tackle complex issues facing society. This year’s topics included Educational Disparities, It’s All in the Genes, 3D Printing and Identity Theft.

The team meets weekly during the school year and competes with other teams in Milton and throughout the state at the Qualifying and State Bowls. The goal of the program is to develop the ability to design and promote positive futures using critical and creative thinking.

In Milton, the Future Problem Solving Program is also taught year-long to every fourth grade student. Students in fourth grade learn the six-step model: they explore challenges, focus on one problem area to solve, brainstorm solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate their solutions, develop an action plan and work cooperatively in small groups. Students then apply the future solving process to solve social and scientific challenges.

The Future Problem Solving Program prepares our students to be leaders. They develop the skills to generate ideas and communicate those ideas to others. They also use creative thinking skills to analyze situations, identify challenges and develop and recommend a plan of action, through cooperative group work. At our elementary schools, teams are coached by Librarian Lori Henry and at our middle school, Nicole Louria is the coach of the FPS After School Club.

I am so pleased to report that this year’s FPS teams have done extremely well. Both of our Glover teams (Imaad Tahir, Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Roman Padera, Gabriella Hernandez, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen and Camden Carr) and both of our Cunningham teams (Meghan Mylod, Lucy Asanza, Cormac Burke, Tucker Korman, Daschel Koh, Mary O’Keefe, Rachel Jones-Booker and Kyla Miller) have been invited to the FPS State Bowl on April 1st at Clark University in Worcester. Being a state finalist is quite an honor and an accomplishment! The topic of the State Bowl is Identity Theft and the teams are researching this topic and gathering as much knowledge as possible.

Additionally, both the Pierce and the Elementary Schools have been asked to bring one individual to compete at the State Bowl for every team that wasn’t invited. Based on the students’ enthusiasm for FPS I think we’ll have many interested individuals.

Since the State Bowl’s topic is Identity Theft, I am reaching out to any Milton Public School parent who works in this field or knows an expert in the field who could spend some time with our amazing Future Problem Solvers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Lori Henry at lhenry@miltonps.org

Cunningham FPS Team: Lucy Asanza, Meghan Mylod, Rachel Jones-Booker, Kyla Miller, Mary O'Keefe, Tucker Korman, Cormac Burke and Daschel Koh.

Cunningham FPS Team: Lucy Asanza, Meghan Mylod, Rachel Jones-Booker, Kyla Miller, Mary O’Keefe, Tucker Korman, Cormac Burke and Daschel Koh.

Glover FPS Team: Front row- Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen. Back row- Gabriella Hernandez, Camden Carr, Imaad Tahir, Roman Padera

Glover FPS Team: Front row- Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen. Back row- Gabriella Hernandez, Camden Carr, Imaad Tahir, Roman Padera

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 15th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

We are happy to report that the District-wide 4th and 5th grade BoomWriter Bee kicked off last week with much success! After grade level presentations to introduce all children to chapter one of our story; The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure, nearly 700 students wrote their own version of chapter two. The enthusiasm with which our students approached this assignment and the expertise that the teachers brought to the instructional side of the equation resulted in hundreds of well written and creative chapters. The week culminated with an anonymous voting process identifying a winner at each school and an overall winner.  The winners for week one are as follows;

Timmy Cross- Grade 4 Collicot School, Daniel Drozdick- grade 4 Cunningham School, Nicholas Heavy- grade 4 Glover School and Nathan Ehui- grade 5 Tucker School. The overall winner for the week was Nathan Ehui (pictured below)

Nathan Ehui- Grade 5 Tucker School.

Nathan Ehui- Grade 5 Tucker School.

The children are now off and running with chapter 3….best of luck to all of our writers! Also, please save the date for the Boomwriter Bee Celebration on Thursday, March 30th. More details to follow.

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The following item was sent to us by MHS Humanities Director Barbara Wright:

Recently, juniors enrolled in Milton High’s American Experience (AMEX) course traveled to the John F. Kennedy Library to participate in the museum’s annual Federal Budget Simulation Program. This field trip has become a tradition for our AMEX students, and a highlight of their course.  Our Milton students join students from throughout Massachusetts as they study the proposed federal budget and make recommendations for the allocation of federal funds.  Students negotiate and compromise on key budget components such as defense spending, education funding and health care.  The program is simulates the work of our US Congress, and students are able to role play an important function of our government.  Junior Nicholas Ruiz summed up the trip well in saying, “I learned that being part of Congress is harder than it looks.  A politician has a lot of responsibility and making the right decisions is hard.”

In preparation for the day’s activities AMEX teacher Kathleen Kelley teaches students about the budget process and explains the intricacies of each of the topics they will discuss, and on the day of the event she and the other AMEX teacher, Steve Tart, chaperone our students and also play a role in the program as facilitators in small group discussions. These smaller group discussions, where students from multiple school districts must negotiate their proposals, are an essential part of the learning process.  Student Tyler Tewsksbury stated, “Seeing so many different individuals and learning about their backgrounds made me think differently about how we should work the budget.”  Matt Dunn, another AMEX student, said, “I learned how students in different towns have ideas about what is important that are way different than my own.  This makes me think about how hard it must be for people in the government to create a budget that everyone can be happy with.”

Students walk away from the experience knowing more about the budget process, and also made connections with other students from other districts throughout the state. Junior Bridget Howley summed up the day, stating “It was really eye opening to realize how people from all places and cultures eventually agree on a budget.”

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Music Teacher April Allegrezza:

Congratulations to our elementary- and middle-school students selected for the 2017 Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus. The students attend grades 5 and 6 in the Milton Public Schools and will perform on Saturday, March 11 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel at 2 PM for their parents and members of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association. They are students of music teachers April Allegrezza (music teacher at Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools), Julia Hanna (choral director at Pierce Middle School) and Colleen Martin (music teacher at Glover and Tucker Elementary Schools).

Row 4 (Left to right): Fiona Zimon, Daschel Koh, Owen Creamer, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Isabella Fiske Row 3 Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Neve D'Arcy, Tucker Korman, Kiera Glazer, Lily Lane Row 2: Mia Jilani, Sadie Leggett, Logan Do, Luca Sandonato, Mary Mullen Row 1: Marc Leimkuehler, Kaze Karuretwa, Greta Cardoza, Fionnuala Queally, William Heffron

Row 4 (Left to right): Fiona Zimon, Daschel Koh, Owen Creamer, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Isabella Fiske
Row 3 Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Neve D’Arcy, Tucker Korman, Kiera Glazer, Lily Lane
Row 2: Mia Jilani, Sadie Leggett, Logan Do, Luca Sandonato, Mary Mullen
Row 1: Marc Leimkuehler, Kaze Karuretwa, Greta Cardoza, Fionnuala Queally, William Heffron

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The following item was submitted by our MHS Drama Coach, Jaymes Sanchez:

I’m proud to announce that the Drama Club’s production of ALCHEMY OF DESIRE/DEAD MAN’S BLUES has advanced to the State Semi-Finals of the Massachusetts State Drama Festival after an outstanding performance by the entire company on Saturday.

Four of our students were named to the “All-Star Company”: The judges recognized Jada Farrar and Grace Varela for their acting, Lucas Kery for lighting design, and Julia Butler her direction of the production. We will perform in the State Semi-Finals at Norwell High School on Saturday March 18. Please give these artists a round of applause!

Kianna Barrett, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Colleen Conley, Mariah Conway, Maeve Disandro, James DiSandro, Jada Farrar, Aidan Guilderson, Sarah Hancock, Dominik Hyppolite, Lucas Kery, Karisa Lasoff, Alisa Lorden, Claire Mandel, Michael McCarthy, Audrey Pugh, Coleman Rose, Isaac Savona, Kendall Smith, Isabel Smith, Grace Varela, Liezel Werner and Tiye Williamson.

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The following item was submitted by Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai and Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Since January, students at Tucker and Glover schools have been working hard to master the words identified by the Scripps National Spelling Bee for in-school bees in February. The students involved first participated and won their classroom bees before attending a four week Spelling Bee club and studying intently at home! On the day of the bee, the competition was very high going more than thirty rounds at both schools! At the end, the Glover school had six-way tie and Tucker school identified fourth grader Loatchwel Joseph as the school winner! The top six spellers from each school came together this week at the second annual Tucker/Glover Spelling Bee which held at Pierce Middle School. The competition was fierce and after over twenty rounds, of play we still had seven finalists remaining. A special thanks to Deb Fidrocki, Deb Muse, Merry McGrory and Morgan Nesbitt, the teachers for the bee. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work!

Glover Spelling Bee Team (from left to right): Imaad Tahir, Max Kelly, Roman Padera, Sebastien TranPham, Sundy Zimmerman, Lily Brockmyre.

Glover Spelling Bee Team (from left to right): Imaad Tahir, Max Kelly, Roman Padera, Sebastien TranPham, Sundy Zimmerman, Lily Brockmyre.

Tucker Spelling Bee Team: Loatchwel Joseph, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Julia Magnum, Catherine Best, Nina Truog & Hoa Tsong

Tucker Spelling Bee Team: Loatchwel Joseph, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Julia Magnum, Catherine Best, Nina Truog & Hoa Tsong

The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director, K-12:

Below is a great opportunity for a free summer immersion coding program in Boston for girls in 10th and 11th gradeThe application deadline is March 17th.  We’ve had at least one Milton High School student participate in the past – and the feedback was great.  Please consider this fantastic program as you plan for the summer.

Girls Who Code will be hosting two Summer Immersion Programs in Boston at Akamai and TripAdvisor this summer!   Applications for their Summer Immersion Program are open now.   Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs are FREE 7-week summer programs for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US. In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:

  • Tech Companies — They’ll meet female engineers and get an inside look at technical roles in the world’s top companies.
  • Project-based learning — They’ll learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps and more!
  • Sisterhood — They’ll work in teams and make lifelong friendships with a supportive and diverse community of thousands of girls.

In addition to providing a free program, Girls Who Code provides summer stipends to cover transportation and living costs for Summer Immersion Program students! The summer stipend is available for all Summer Immersion Program applicants who qualify.  The Boston Summer Immersion Programs run from July 10 – August 25. Apply now! Please feel free to email isabel.baylor@girlswhocode.com with any additional questions.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton High School Diversity Committee is preparing for the fourth annual International Fest, which is being renamed this year to the Heritage Fest to embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community. There are more than 25 different countries represented by our students and their families in the town of Milton. We hope that many students and families will contribute to make this celebration enjoyable for all. We invite students, friends, family, and staff to participate in this event by having a table display of your culture and/or cooking food from your culture. We also welcome any individual or group who can perform a cultural dance, play an instrument, or represent your culture in any way! If you are able to participate or contribute, please fill out the form below. With your help, this could be a great opportunity for our community to get together and celebrate its many cultures! Please RSVP as soon as possible. Mark your calendars:

Thursday, May 4th 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:30  PM
Location: TBD (Local library or church)

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

I am pleased to offer a new addition to my weekly email blast, which I believe will be of interest to our Milton school community. The topic is Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and it is receiving widespread attention for its importance to student success. Please read the following item, sent to us by our new Social Emotional Learning Facilitator, Laurie Stillman. Ms. Stillman has a maser’s degree from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and has been working in the public health and behavioral health field for nearly 30 years. She is a Milton resident of 25 years and a parent of two MPS students. Some of you may remember Ms. Stillman from her years on the Milton School Committee. This  position is a grant-funded, part-time position:

School professionals understand that strong academic preparation is critical for college and for career readiness. But in our global dynamic society, plenty of research indicates that non-cognitive skills are of critical importance as well. While attention to academic content is expected, conveying student skills in managing emotions and social relationships, as well as fostering healthy decision making is a vital aspect of educational learning.  These are “life skills” that, in combination with providing safe and supportive school and home environments, can lead to better life outcomes for our children.

The Milton Public Schools is committed to building the social and emotional competencies of our students. To that end, we have recently engaged an SEL Facilitator to look into best practices and policies, and we will be sharing resources and information with you about practical ways in which we can support the social skills and emotional intelligence of our children.

FROM THE HEALTH ROOM:

Parents and Guardians: recently we have been hearing about the increase in documented flu cases in Massachusetts!  We all knew this would happen and there has been an increase of students in our health rooms with flu like symptoms supporting this fact.  In an effort to help parents and guardians make decisions on if their child should go to school or stay home I have included the Mass Department of Public Health Check List.  As always, the nurses in Milton want to have you informed in an effort to have our students healthy at school.
Flu season in Massachusetts usually starts in the fall and runs through the spring. The main symptoms of influenza (flu) include fever in combination with a cough and/or sore throat.  Some people may also have a runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feel tired.  Some people (especially young children) may also have diarrhea and vomiting.

To keep flu from spreading in the community it is important to keep your sick child at home when he or she has the flu. Use this form during flu season to determine whether your child should attend school or child care.

Flu-like illness: Should I keep my child home?
Yes No
1)     Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours?  Note:  100.4° F is the same as 38° C.
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2)     Does your child have a cough OR sore throat?
If you answered YES to both questions above, keep your child home. Your child has an influenza-like illness (fever and cough or sore throat).  If your child has a cough or sore throat without fever, he or she may be well enough to go to school or child care.  Your child’s school or child care program may have additional guidance.
After the flu: Can my child return to school or child care?
Yes No
1)     Has your child had a fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours?
If you answered Yes to the question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms.
2)     Has your child had acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) to reduce fever in the past 24 hours?
If you answered YES to either question above, keep your child home for at least another day to observe for additional symptoms. Then use the check list questions again to decide whether you should continue to keep your child home.

 

If you answered NO to both questions above, and your child appears well, your child can return to school or child care.

Where can I find more information about influenza?

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

It’s not too early to think about CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts the beginning of April and promises to be another great year.  Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up early!  Let’s all build excitement and do our best with  recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

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OPENING WEEK A MONTH AWAY! Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration.

For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com

Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com  617.999.4993

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Playground Planners are hosting a fun event for kids this Sunday afternoon at Cunningham Hall. It is a “Sock Hop and Bowling Party” for kids age 7 and under. Please see flyer below.

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung 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 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 March 19 – 25:

Friday, March 24, 2017 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, March 24, 2017 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, March 25, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. 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 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

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

5th Annual TeenCon South: Calling all teens/tweens! You are invited to attend the 5th Annual TeenCon South, being held at the Thayer Public Library at 798 Washington Street, Braintree, on Saturday March 11th from 1pm-3pm. This year’s line-up includes a Fashion Show (costumes optional), Seven Second Challenge, Henna Tattoos, Makerspace, Candy Sushi, Photo Booth, Tube Wars, snacks, and prizes. We are also excited to announce that there will be stormtroopers from the 501st Legion joining us for photo ops. Through the collaboration of South Shore libraries, this young adult event is completely free, so bring friends! TeenCon South is only for teens/tweens in grades 6-12.

For more information, please contact Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or mcupidon@ocln.org.

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 sent in by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Boys & Girls Indoor Track

In the New England Regional Championships, Smith Charles won the long jump, finally eclipsing 23 feet, with a jump of 23’03”.  He also finished 3rd in the 55-meter dash, with a time of 6.4 seconds.  Both were PRs for Charles.  Elise O’Leary placed third in the 600 meter.  Abigail Jean-Baptiste finished 6th in the 55-meter while breaking the school record.  Bridget Mitchell placed 8th and Colette O’Leary placed 12th in the 1000-meter. The 4×400 meter relay team of Colette, Elise, Bridget, and Josie Cousineau, finished 4th and recorded their best time of the season!

Smith Charles from the Boy’s team, along with Jessy Iwala, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Eliza O’Donnell, Ella Affanato, Genevieve Connelly and Bridget Mitchell from the Girl’s team, will be traveling to New York to compete in Nationals this weekend!  Good luck to all those participating!

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Hockey bowed of the State Tournament over the weekend, losing to a very good NDA team.  Notre Dame Academy, Hingham, entered the tournament undefeated (19-0-1) but were tested early on by the Wildcats.  Milton only trailed 1-0 entering the second period, when Elena Kapolis scored. Another goal from Adrienne Shea in the third saw Milton fall 6-2 on the night. Congratulations to the Girls on a great season!

Cheer

The Milton High School Cheer team competed in the South Sectional Championships at Whitman Hanson Regional High School over the weekend.  They did an amazing job and placed 4th on the day with a score of 161, just shy of the score needed to qualify for States.  Congratulations on their accomplishment!

Reminder from the Cheer Team:

The Milton High Cheer squad is hosting a Wildcat fun night fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Collicot gym.  The event will be for girls and boys in grades k-5.  The cost is $10.00 per child if you register by March 9th or $15.00 per child at the door.  This is a fun event for all children!!  The Milton High cheerleaders along with some of their football and basketball friends will play with and entertain your child/children while you get a well deserved night out!! *** No food will be served at this event, we will have water for the children.  You can download and print a registration form with more information here.

Spring Athletics

Registration is OPEN for Spring Athletics.  Deadline is now March 10th.  Tryouts begin March 20th . Please visit http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ for all information regarding the sign-up process.  You MUST complete the Family ID Registration (instructions found at link) in order to participate in Athletics.  Any questions can be emailed to rmadden@miltonps.org.  Clearance Forms can be found in the Athletic Office or on the website. www.miltonwildcats.com Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_ For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize MHS junior, Gigi Jiang, who has been working to start a tutoring initiative. Ms. Jiang is a very motivated, passionate and committed student, who has been collaborating with her peers to get this tutoring program launched. The goal of the program is to provide additional support in a supervised environment at Milton High School. The first session will be held this Saturday, March 11th from 10am-12pm in the MHS Library. Thank you, Gigi, for all your efforts!

Staff:  I want to thank, congratulate and acknowledge Brenda Rogers for her unbelievable efforts in writing successful Donors Choose grants. Not only has she written grants that have brought thousands of dollars of instructional materials and Chrome books into Collicot Classrooms, classroom, but she has also unselfishly shared her monetary awards with her fellow MPS teachers and staff members. Great job, Ms. Rogers!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Suzanne Murphy, the Cunningham parent of both a kindergartener and a second grader. She volunteered to co-chair the Chip in Fore Science golf tournament with Bernadette Butler, which will be held on May 1, 2017. Suzanne has a background in event planning, and has been invaluable through the planning process of this golf tournament, which is being held to help support the Science from Scientists program in our fifth grade classes district-wide. Suzanne has already spent countless hours planning and organizing, and we know the event will be a success! To sign up to be a sponsor or to register to golf in the tournament on May 1, please visit www.chipinforescience.org.

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.

 

 

March 3rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 03•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, March 3, 2017

Milton High School Girls Hockey scored four goals in the third period Wednesday night to beat Ursuline Academy 6-4 and have advanced to play undefeated Notre Dame Academy of Hingham on Saturday, at 7pm at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham.

Members of the Milton High School Girls and Boys Indoor Track teams will be competing on Saturday at New England Indoor Track & Field Championship, being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Field Events start at 10:30am and Running Events start at 11am.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The past few weeks have been unbelievably successful for our administrators at the Pierce Middle School. While we usually celebrate the receipt of any grants, our middle school has been awarded THREE different grants recently, which are outlined below:

The FUSE Grant:  The Pierce Middle School has been chosen to implement FUSE Studio in 2017-2018. FUSE was developed by researchers and educators at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. This program is based on extensive research that suggests that rich learning occurs when students are given the opportunity to pursue topics of genuine interest. The program, which will be implemented via selected computer classes, will engage students in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM) topics and foster the development of important 21st century skills. The FUSE program currently has challenges including: robotics, electronics, biotechnology, graphic design, Android app development, 3D, and jewelry design. As students gain skill, they can “level up” through the challenges. Pierce Middle School applied and was selected to be one of six schools in the Greater Boston Area to receive funding from the Nellie Mae Foundation to implement FUSE. The Pierce Middle School will receive over $26,000 in materials, professional development, and technical support. Read more about FUSE: https://www.fusestudio.net/

Safe & Supportive Schools Grant: The Pierce Middle School was awarded a grant for $19,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We sought this grant to support our goal of creating programming and targeted support for students’ social emotional well-being. The funds will be used to gather a school based team consisting of Pierce educators, student leaders, and parents to apply the Department’s Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool to identify areas of strength and areas of need related to supporting students’ positive behavior and social emotional health. Funds will also support site visits to other districts that have used the tool and created action plans to further their work. As we know students benefit greatly from a supportive, smooth transition from elementary school to middle school, we included the Glover Elementary School in our proposal. It is our hope that by working with a school based team at the Glover School that our work will be enhanced and result in a more robust, effective plan for supporting students.  It should be noted that Marvin & Andrea Gordon made a generous donation of $12,800 to implement the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework and Self-Assessment Tool at Milton High School, Tucker, Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools.

Clean Energy Grant: We are extremely excited to share with you that the Pierce Middle School was awarded a grant for $8,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to support a Clean Energy Activity Day Program. This MassCEC Workforce Capacity Building Program is “designed to develop replicable models that address systemic deficiencies and enhance working models in clean energy training and education programs [in] the Commonwealth”. Grant funds will be used to facilitate Pierce Middle School Clean Energy Activity Day on April 26, 2017. All students will be invited to apply to participate in this event, which will run from 2:30 PM- 6:30 PM. Students will hear from keynote speakers in the Clean Energy field, engage in hands-on clean energy design challenges, and be able to ask a panel of scientists questions about their education and career pathways. Look for more information in the weeks to come about this exciting opportunity

I would like to give special recognition to Dr. Karen Spaulding, who has been a tireless grant writer for the Pierce Middle School. In addition, I would like to thank and recognize former and current MPS parents Tony Cichello and Catherine Williams, both of whom have been diligent about bringing grants to our attention. Many local companies and foundations offer grants, so please take a moment to see if your employer offers any grants which could benefit the Milton Public Schools.  It would be greatly appreciated.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, March 1st.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Last night, we held a very successful Grade One Info Night. Although this event was very well attended, for those of you who missed it, here is link to the presentation.

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Also, parents and guardians of next year’s first graders, please note, Grade One Program Choice Forms were distributed today to current K students. They are due back to the K teachers by March 17th.

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

Kindergarten STEM Experience using Dash and Dot

This year the Kindergarten classes at all four elementary schools are using Dash and Dot robots.  Dash and Dot provide a fun and interactive way for scholars to learn about coding and robotics.  Dash and Dot are an innovative learning tool that incorporates Science and STEM, as well as other subjects.  Elementary Science Coordinator, Bernadette Butler, decided to purchase the robots for the Kindergarten classes when awarded the funds from the 2015 MFE Celebration Full STEAM Ahead.

Last year, Maureen McClain, Kindergarten teacher at Cunningham, piloted the Dash and Dot robot experience with her scholars.  Maureen’s insight and ideas have been invaluable in helping to launch the use of Dash and Dot in the Kindergarten classes this year. So far, scholars have explored robotics using the Go App.  To use the Dash and Dot robots scholars connect the robot to an iPad, where they control the robot’s movement similar to using a remote control car.  Using the Go app, scholars first explored the different robot features of Dash and Dot.  They learned how to turn the lights on and off, change the color of the lights, play sounds, and record their own sounds using their voice.

Next, scholars learned how to move Dash.  They have learned how to code using Dash. The giggles and excitement were contagious when scholars first started to drive Dash around the floor. By using Dash and Dot, scholars are learning problem solving skills and working collaboratively to complete a task. All while having a fun and hands-on experience incorporating STEM in the classroom. Next up in the Dash and Dot adventures will be using the Path app, where scholars can measure their route or path while incorporating Math skills.

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For those of you who may have missed STEM Information Night for kindergarten students and their parents/guardians, check out this video from Milton Access Television:

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The following item was sent to us by Kacy Dotoli Kalell and Dana DePaul:

I have some exciting updates on the debate team regarding their competitions in February. In early February, our two captains Domenic Jancaterino (11) and Aislinn O’Brien (12) competed at the NCFL qualifier in Shrewsbury for a chance to qualify for the NCFL tournament in Kentucky in May. The top 6 teams at this tournament qualify for the National Tournament. Domenic and Aislinn came in 1st place going undefeated the whole day.  Over winter break, eight students competed at a three-day national tournament at Harvard University. All teams that attended did really well winning at least three rounds and gained some very valuable experience. We again have a very busy month ahead with two local tournaments and the state finals.

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

On Tuesday, February 28th, over 20 organizations and athletic teams gathered in the Tucker gymnasium to promote student involvement across town. Representatives ranged from High School Crew to STEAM activity groups to Applied Lesson Programs. Over 100 families visited the Activities and Athletics Fair at Tucker School and were able to get more information about teams and groups.  What made the evening even more enjoyable were the performances of the Milton High School Jazz Ensemble and the Milton High School String Quartet.  The elementary students and families were inspired to take lessons after hearing what hard work and practice produce at the high school level.  There were demonstrations of Taekwondo forms from the Modern Taekwondo Center and a hands-on instrument gallery with Milton Public Schools teacher, Gary Good.  If you were unable to attend the fair but would like information on how to contact Milton sports teams as well as local groups and involvement opportunities, please contact Cat DesRoche, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator (cdesroche@miltonps.org) to get more information. Ms. Desroche did an outstanding job organizing the event, which had an amazing turnout!

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The following item was submitted by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator:

Science Fairs — The elementary schools have had successful Science Fairs over the course of the last month at the Cunningham School, the Glover School, and the Collicot School. We are looking forward to the Tucker School’s Science Fair, which will be held on March 16! Between the Science Fairs at each school, approximately 500 total children have participated, and we can’t wait to see that number grow as the Tucker Science Fair Proposals start coming in!  The projects we have seen have been remarkable and student-driven, allowing children to explore topics they are interested in!   We have been most impressed by the students’ ability to explain their thinking and answer questions as they presented their projects.  At each Science Fair, efforts have been made to increase the number of volunteers circulating to ask questions – including MHS volunteers, MPS teachers, and parent volunteers.

We’d like to recognize the parent volunteers and each school’s PTO as they work very hard behind the scenes to make the Science Fairs come to life:

  • Cunningham School: Jane Gannon
  • Collicot School: Linda Stefanick, MaryClaire Cantor and Lisa Bohlin
  • Glover: Maggie Hale, Melissa Feldman, Danielle Fernandez and Colleen Muse
  • Tucker School: Joanna Weiss, Libby Dunphy, Erin Hardy, and Emily Speck

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Both Linda Stefanick (Collicot) and Jane Gannon (Cunningham) just completed their final year of Elementary Science Fair organization, and we would like to extend our sincerest thanks for their years of dedication and enthusiasm!

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 The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta Middle School Science Coordinator:

The Pierce Science Fair last night was a big hit!  We had students from grades 6-8 participating with over 80 projects displaying in the cafeteria and library.  From the Impact of Temperature and Humidity on Bee Activity in a Langtroph Beehive to investigation into the impact of exercise and stress on the human body, students pursued a wide range of scientific questions they were interested in.  There were also many exciting design engineering projects, including a Storm Drain Oil Filter, a Hydraulic Arm, and a series of designs for a toothpaste-dispensing toothbrush.  As our science fair continues to grow, we are seeing students continue their research and further develop projects over multiple years.  Our next step is determining the projects that will advance to the Regional Science Fair at Regis College on April 22nd.I would also like to share how supportive the teachers in the science department were of the science fair.  We literally had 100% participation as every teacher in the department either spent time after school judging projects or spent their evening at the science fair.  It was a really great night for kids, who felt supported and encouraged by their teachers.

While the highlight was the amazing student work, you should also know that Jon Diamond’s Robotics Team was a big hit!  They were kind enough spend their evening demonstrating their robot for students and families.

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The following two items were sent to us by Collicot Principal Holly Concannon:

The atmosphere at the Collicot Elementary School is vibrant, as students wait to go for their CASS class on their scheduled dates and when CASS sessions are over, students are impatiently waiting for the next session to start.

What are CASS classes? This winter’s sessions included:

CASS classes are an opportunity for Collicot staff to identify an interest, a talent or a hobby and create a six week after school experience for students. Students stay after school for 45 minutes enjoying a hobby or activity they have registered for.

The atmosphere at the Collicot Elementary School is vibrant, as students wait to go for their CASS class on their scheduled dates and when CASS sessions are over, students are impatiently waiting for the next session to start.

Scientific Tuesdays, Cardinal Connection, Zumba, Lego Club, Pokemon Club, French Club

Math Olympics, Yoga, Fast and Furious Floor Hockey, Girls Group, Boom Writer, Google Slides, and Computer Coding Club.

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Another Highlight at the Collicot School is The Cardinal Connection. This teacher-run , student-driven 5th Grade newspaper includes a Teacher Feature, sports highlights, book reviews,activities happening in town and in other schools and more… Ms. Lohan, fifth grade teacher, and Ms. Tierney edit their students’ articles and then with student help and support, publish it to the whole school. The Cardinal Connection team members are hard at work on their next issue coming soon…

MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

Happy MIOSM!  As you might know, March is a special month for music education, and in recognition of Music In Our Schools Month we have some very musical events on the calendar.

On March 9-11th, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association will host the All-State Conference & Festival in Boston.  We are very proud to have six MHS students selected to attend this three-day festival rehearsal and performance at Symphony Hall on Thursday, March 9th & Friday, March 10th: Jamie Eder, Dominik Hyppolite, Nethania Marc, Benjamin Scott, Katherine Steele and Stephen Tan.

On Thursday, March 9th, The MHS Saxophone Choir under the direction of Rebecca Damiani will be featured in a Casual Concert at All-State.  The following students are attending: Dylan MacLeod, Henry McKay, Coleman Rose, Isaac Savona, Caleb Smith.

On Friday, March 10th, the MHS String Chamber Ensemble will attend All-State to perform for Concert Hour.  This is a HUGE recognition for these students and their Director, Debra Thoresen.  This ensemble is one of only four in the state selected to perform for this event! Ryan Au, Eva Chow, Nicola Cross, Julia DiFilippo, Grace Dwyer, Adri Estevez, Abby Fay, Lucy Hainline, Amalia Halpin, Veronica Harris, Abigail Jean Baptiste, James Le, Jenny Ly, Nethania Marc, Elena Millwood, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Than Nguyen, Kate Possi, Milan Smith, Hannah Solomon, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong, Hanganh Vo, Liezel Werner and Billy Liddell.

Looking ahead, on March 24th, 30 MHS students will participate in the SEMSBA Senior Festival in Fall River. Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey,James DiSandro, Ava Duggan, Paul Goodman,Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, Esme Link, Marc Lemuel , Henry McKay, Sarah Mitchell, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Coleman Rose, Gwyneth Sauter, Caleb Smith, Liezel Werner and Annie Wong,

Finally, the Tri-M Music Honor Society will play musical selections at Milton High School over the PA system each morning, prior to morning announcements during the month of March.

YOUTH ART MONTH

The following item was sent to us by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine and Applied Arts:

The Value of Arts Education

Arts education offers a far-reaching and multifaceted effect on a child’s learning and development.  In fact, according to Arts Education Partnership*, “as the country becomes increasingly diverse, the world more interconnected, and the workplace more oriented on technology and creativity, arts education is key to such a system and to ensuring students’ success in school, work and life.”  Here a few ways the arts prepare students for success:

In School

  • The arts boost literacy skills by providing enriching opportunities for students to become better readers and writers.
  • Instruction in music facilitates advances in math achievement, and mastery of computation and estimation skills.
  • Students who study the arts develop critical thinking skills– skills for comparing, hypothesizing, and critiquing alternative viewpoints.
  • The arts provide a means for students to connect new knowledge to personal experiences, and express what they have learned.
  • Arts education can foster a positive school climate and culture, and facilitate meeting the needs of diverse learners.

In Work

  • Arts education develops creativity, and flexibility and adaptability in thinking.
  • The arts develop reasoning skills, and strengthens a child’s ability to analyze information and solve complex problems.
  • Collaboration and communication are central to the artistic process; students learn to articulate intentions, offer and receive constructive criticism, and improve listening skills.
  • The arts allow students to participate in a community as members who work collectively towards a common goal.
  • Arts education increases a capacity for leadership through developing decision-making skills, strategy-building, and reflection.
  • In artistic experiences, students develop a sense of identity and confidence.

In Life  

  • Arts education strengthens a student’s capacity to persist in challenging situations.
  • The arts offer opportunities to foster social tolerance and cross-cultural understandings in an increasingly diverse world.
  • Programming in the arts creates a sense of community that support personal, artistic, and civic development.
  • Arts education fosters a creative community in which students will continue to participate as educated consumers later in life.

In the Milton Public Schools, arts education is recognized for these contributing factors in educating the whole child, and students are offered a variety of rich, artistic experiences through fine arts programming.  This week, Cunningham Elementary School kicked-off a three-month calendar of fine arts presentations with a K-2 General Music Showcase.  Bravo!  Please join us in celebrating K-12 Arts Education in the Milton Public Schools at these future events:

March 7           Sing-Along Chorus Performance (MHS), Grades 6 & 9-12, 7:00 p.m.
March 8           Collicot K-2 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
March 8           Sing-Along Chorus Performance (MHS), Grades 7-12, 7:00 p.m.
March 16         String Orchestra Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00 p.m.
March 21         Jazz & Concert Band Performance, Grades 5-12 (MHS), 7:00 p.m.
March 23         Glover K-2 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
March 28         Tucker Gr 4 & 5 Music Showcase, inc Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
March 30              Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
April 3                      MHS Passport to the Arts (Art, MHS Pre-K, & Fashion Design) 6-7:30
April 4              Collicot Grades 4 & 5 Music Showcase, incl Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
April 4                     Cunningham Passport to the Arts, 6:00-6:45 p.m.
April 4               Collicot Passport to the Arts, 6:45-7:30 p.m.
April 5              Cunningham Grades 4 & 5 Showcase, including Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
April 6              Glover Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
April 6              Pierce Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
May 4              Glover Grades 4 & 5 Music Showcase, including Band & Strings, 9:15 a.m.
May 16             Tucker K-3 Music Showcase, 2:00 p.m.
May 24             Cunningham Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
May 25             Collicot Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.
May 25             Glover Grade 3 Music Showcase, 9:15 a.m.

Milton Artists at Work!

Please enjoy this performance of Dixie Cat by Mr. Hoff’s 4th Grade Class (Glover Elementary School).   Video provided by Music Teacher, Colleen Martin.

Winner of the Door Decorating Contest, a Grades 3-5 collaboration for Collicot for Kindness Month.

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Photos provided by Art Teacher, Angela Trumbower.

*For more information, including citations, please visit the online publication by Arts Education Partnership,  Preparing Students for the Next America.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Grade Five Info Night will be held at Pierce Middle School on  March 14th at 6:30pm.

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The Milton High School Drama Club will present its production of Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s Blues, written by Caridad Svich and directed by Julia Butler, TONIGHT, Friday March 3rd  at 7 P.M. in the Milton High School Auditorium. Admission is free but donations are welcome and appreciated!

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Glover and Tucker Parents and Guardians, mark your calendars! Since January students at Tucker and Glover school have been working hard to master the words identified by the Scripps National Spelling Bee for in school bees that occurred on February 17th. The students involved first participated and won their classroom bees before attending a four week Spelling Bee club and studying intently at home! On the day of the bee, the competition was very high going more than thirty rounds at both schools!

At the end, the Glover school had six way tie and Tucker school identified fourth grader Loatchwel Joseph at the school winner! The top six spellers will be going head to head this coming week at the second annual Tucker/Glover Spelling Bee which will be held at Pierce Middle school on March 8th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in congratulating the students from each school!

Tucker: Loatchwel Joseph, Nina Truog, Catherine Best, Lucy Hollingsworth Hays, Hoa Tsong & Julia Magnum

Glover: Imaad Tahir, Sundy Zimmerman, Sebastien TranPham, Roman Padera, Max Kelly, and Lily Brockmyre.

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

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2017! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program.

Administration for MSE: Those of you who have had children participating in the MSE program in past years know that Jonathan Redden did a tremendous job of hiring high-quality teachers and high school staff, ensuring the children in attendance were safe and had fun, and keeping families aware of MSE updates and happenings. Mr. Redden will now be moving on from the position, and Bernadette Butler (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator) and Cat DesRoche (Tucker Curriculum Coordinator) will now be working together to ensure 2017 is the best summer yet! We can be contacted via email at mse@miltonps.org. We are fortunate to have Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) on our team as well, who will be continuing his role of coordinating middle and high school courses.

MSE Courses: Recruitment for teachers interested in implementing engaging and fun courses is underway! We look forward to offering wide range of courses that are appropriate for various grade levels and interests. In early April, families will be sent the “At a Glance” document, which contains a listing of courses available for each grade level during each hour. Families have found this helpful when planning potential course selections for children. Before official registration begins, you will receive the official MSE Brochure, which contains course descriptions and very important information pertaining to the program. In late April, online registration for MSE 2017 will begin. Please see below for important tentative dates (keep in mind these dates are subject to change slightly, but you will be updated if dates change).

Registration: Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month. We will also have personnel available to help you register in person if you cannot use the web-based registration tool (times/dates will for face-to-face registration sessions will be released in April). Please note that all courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of if you register online or in person. We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved. If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules. There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE. It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive! Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes

April 12: MSE Brochure document is sent out April 26 – May 26: Online Registration May 1 and May 2: In-person registration (time and location TBD) Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

MSE 2017 Logistics: MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday-Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017. Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4. We will keep our fingers crossed for no snow days, but if needed, we will adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175 2 Courses = $350

Family Max = $1,200

3 Courses = $525 4 Courses = $600

Pre–K = $650

Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017! Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

Nearly 70% of parents in a recent survey were unhappy with the way they funded college. Make sure you’re part of the happy 30%! Learn how to fix where you are unnecessarily and unknowingly losing money on college. Todd Weaver, Senior Vice President at Strategies For College, Inc. will be here to speak to parents and students on how to make  college affordable to you!

Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm in the Milton High auditorium to learn more! Students and parents/guardians are all welcome from any grade! This is important information to hear! The sooner the better!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents. NSBW is an opportunity to celebrate the good work being done here in Milton and to draw attention to the fact that breakfast is available in our six of our Milton Schools. Breakfast is open twenty minutes before the start of school for all students and is only $1.25.  There is supervision for breakfast at all of our schools.

Children who eat breakfast at school start the day ready to learn—reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior. However, only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Council. To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, the Milton Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week. Slated for March 2-6, 2015, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2016 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success.

The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 6-10.

“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Jacqueline Morgan “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our schools.”

Our High School and our Middle School now offer a hot breakfast in the cafeteria and also on their GRAB and GO carts. Every school day, Milton’s school breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day. We offer a great variety of whole grain items, juice, fruit and milk.  Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium.

Contact Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at 617-898-1051 or you can email her at jmorgan@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following information regarding Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade One Program Selection Information was sent to us by Family Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Preschool: Preschool information night was held on Thursday, January 12th. For those whose names were selected in the lottery held on January 27, 2017, registration took place on February 17, 2017 with a deadline to submit all required documents and deposits by January 24, 2017.  Due to inclement weather predicted on January 13, 2017 previously scheduled appointments have been rescheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017.  Families on the waitlist will be notified if and when spots become available. For those families that did not have an opportunity to pre-register their child and wish to have their names added to the waitlists please click here.  The Preschool Information Night presentation can be found here.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten information night was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Registration took place on February 14, 15, 16, 2017 in the MHS library.  If you have not had an opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the school year 2017-2018 please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-5040 ext. 5510.  Students who are fully registered by April 28, 2017 will receive notice in early May indicating their child’s school assignment along with their screening appointment time which will be held in late May. The Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found here.

Grade One: Grade One Information Night was held Thursday, March 2, 2017. Program selection forms will be distributed to parents/guardians on Friday, March 3, 2017.  Forms are due back to the child’s kindergarten teacher no later than Friday, March 17, 2017.  School-based and District-wide lotteries for French Immersion (if necessary) will take place the week of March 27, 2017.  Program assignments will be communicated to families the week of April 3, 2017. The Grade One Information Night presentation can be found here. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about the important dates mentioned again.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Milton Public Schools along with SEPAC invite you to join us for the “Special Education Roundtable Night” on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Milton High School Library.  This is an exciting opportunity for parents and community members to learn more information regarding the district’s programs and services. There will also be the chance to ask questions from staff at all school levels. We look forward to seeing you! For additional information, please contact Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools. We all know that fostering a love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in young students will help them prepare to be successful adults in the ever-changing world we live in.   The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

The SfS program costs $60,000 annually, and funding to sustain the program has come primarily through contributions from the Milton Foundation for Education and Milton Public Schools, as well as fundraisers, donations and grants. We are hopeful that through the generous contributions of sponsors/donors and a high number of golfers and attendees to the reception, this upcoming golf tournament will be a key factor that helps continue the SfS program for years to come.

If you’d like to:

  • Register to play in the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament ($175/person – space is limited so register early! This price includes golfing, a boxed lunch, and the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion)
  • Purchase a ticket to the reception in the Granite Links Pavilion after the tournament ($40.00/reception ticket only)
  • Be a sponsor for the tournament, or to donate

Visit http://www.chipinforescience.org or contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (Bbutler@miltonps.org) or Parent Representative Suzanne Murphy (chipinforescience.org).   We hope to see you on May 1 for a fun-filled day of golf to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools!

MFE NEWS

SAVE THE DATE: This year’s Celebration for Education will take place at Lombardo’s on Saturday, April 8th.

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To buy tickets, click here.  To become a sponsor or donate an item, please visit our event website

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Milton Foundation for Education 20th Anniversary Grant Winner, “For the Love of Libraries”:  Last year, the Milton Foundation for Education celebrated 20 years of funding initiatives that have altered the educational landscape of our school system. Many such initiatives were the product of the MFE’s Competitive Grant Program!  To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, the Milton Foundation for Education created a one-time larger monetary commemorative grant of $20,000 to complement our fall and spring grant cycles where the average grant size is $1,500.

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the winner of our 20th Anniversary Competitive Grant, “For the Love of Libraries”. This grant will provide much needed updates to the book collections at the four elementary school libraries with an emphasis on nonfiction materials. Presently the average publication date for material in Glover is 1990, Tucker collection is 1990 and the Collicot- Cunningham collection is 1992. For the Love of Libraries grant will provide 1,124 newly published quality titles for circulation to all elementary school students in all four schools which will allow 2,105 students access to wider reading, motivate learners, and support students as they develop independent information literacy skills.

Congratulations to School Librarian, Lori Henry, for writing and applying for the grant and she is looking forward to these new books stocked in the library very soon!

The Milton Foundation for Education would also like to thank all of our community sponsors and donors who help to make these grants possible and enhance all 6 Milton Public Schools.

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FROM OUR READERS

We were very pleased to read this week’s editorial in the Milton Times, written by Editor David Johnson:

MHS Girls Track Team Makes Magic

Congratulations to the Milton High School girls track team and their coach, Tom Shaw. The girls have just won their second state championship in a row. This is a pretty big deal.

Over the past two years, MHS girls cross country and track teams have won eight State and All-State championships. With a largely overlapping membership, the teams have the same coach. As Shaw pointed out, success often feeds on itself. Shaw credited the girls with “a lot of confidence going into these meets now. They don’t need so much from us now. In terms of coaching them up, because they have that mental toughness.”

Shaw has pointed out the team has matured and runs well as a group, with one girl picking up the slack if someone else has a weak performance during a meet.

There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Shaw told the School Committee that during one of the cross country meets some of the stars of the team didn’t do as well as expected. To compensate, a number of the other girls stepped up their performances. They wound up winning. Afterwards, another coach told Shaw the Milton team was “a perfect example of what we’re trying to get at.”

The group of individuals, functioning as one team dedicated to a common goal is indeed the ultimate in sportsmanship. While these skills are obviously great for sports, they are also valuable for life. How many people work on the job totally alone? Not many. Cooperation and teamwork is part of just about every aspect of life, whether on the job or not. The Wildcats can be assured that what they are learning now, will be useful to count upon later in life. Probably frequently.

“It was pretty magical, pretty special,” Shaw said of the team’s performance recently.

And that’s the truth.

But then there’s the coach himself. Shaw has modestly said, “The students make me look good. I couldn’t be more pleased and proud coaching them.” He is being a little modest, which seems to be a common trait among good leaders. He was passing all the glory off onto the students. But, the girls couldn’t have done what they have without some direction. That came from Shaw, who clearly brought the team together and brought out the best in the individual members.

The U.S.Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Shaw Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year for 2016, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has also named him Coach of the Year.

So, with everyone complaining about their water runoff bills, the traffic and so on, Miltonians can all take a little bit of pride in the girls track and field and cross country teams and the coach who leads them so well. Even those people who are not parents can take pride in the achievements of the students, after all we are all part of the same community.

And speaking of communities, and of schools, Cunningham Elementary School Principal Jonathan Redden, the staff at the school and their students also deserve congratulations.

The students also collected donations for the Milton Food Pantry, which is always a popular cause. It will do the students good to learn that others may not have all the things they enjoy and realize that the food, they make take for granted, makes all the difference to someone less fortunate.

The Milton Schools should be commended for encouraging students to build character and think in new directions.

– David Johnson Editor

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The MBTA will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 13th 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd., Milton to discuss investments to the Mattapan-Ashmont Trolley Line. Click here for the MBTA’s flyer.

Over the next two years the MBTA will invest approximately $8m to replace propulsion and breaking systems of the historic Presidential Conference Car (PCC) fleet. This significant investment will extend the service life of the PCC fleet in the near term and into the next decade. Three public meetings will be held to seek public comment, highlight the investments and discuss a study currently underway which will assess existing conditions of the corridor’s infrastructure and future needs beyond the useful service life of existing assets.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful 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 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 March 12 – 18:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth, Ages 8-18 mos. with caregiver

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  At this class, Maribeth will teach participants how to sign the classic children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. For babies 8-18 mos, with parent. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, March 17, 2017 from 4:15 – 4:45 pm
Irish Step Demonstration, All Ages

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Kenny Academy Irish Dancers! Dancers ages 6-17 will put on a fun show of traditional Irish dancing, and will get the audience up dancing with them at the end of the performance. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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:

ATHLETICS

Boys & Girls Indoor Track

The Milton High School Girls Indoor Track Team has won two additional championships in the past two weeks – first by claiming the D4 State Championship, and one week later, earning Milton’s first-ever Indoor All-State Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury on Feb. 26. Between Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, all of which are coached by Tom Shaw, the teams have earned nine state and all-state championships in cross country and track and field over the last two school years. Also, on the boy’s side, Milton High School Boys Indoor Track earned third place at the All-State Meet, with all 25 points earned by sophomore Smith Charles, who won the 55-meter dash and the long jump to grab 10 points in each event, then scored 5 points with a fourth place finish in the high jump.

For the girls, valuable points were earned by Jessy Iwuala in the high jump, Abigail Jean-Baptiste in the 55-meter, and Alexis Daly in the long jump. In the 600-meter run, Elise O’Leary, who won the event last week at the Div. IV state meet, placed third. During the 1,000-meter, the Wildcats picked up the bulk of their points, with a 1-2 finish from Bridget Mitchell and Colette O’Leary. The final event is what pushed the Wildcats to their All-State victory, with a fourth-place finish and critical points earned by the 4×400 relay team of Josie Cousineau, Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary.

Smith Charles from the Boy’s team, along with Jessy Iwala, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Josie Cousineau and Bridget Mitchell are now focused on the New England Championship meet at Reggie Lewis Center this Saturday — and then Nationals in New York City.

For full results, click here.  For video recaps, and interviews, click here.

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball lost in the first round of the tournament against a very good Oliver Ames Team.  The Tigers played very aggressively and made Milton work for every basket.  Eddie Hassell worked extremely hard all night, finishing with 27 points.  Aidan Johnson ended with 13 point, and senior Christian Reddick had 12 points on the night.  Oliver Ames will move on to play Whitman Hanson in the next round, and the Wildcats will enter their offseason with high hopes for next year.  Congratulations to Coach Lopresti and the boys on a great season!

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Hockey will play Notre Dame of Hingham on Saturday night at 7pm at the Pilgrim Arena in Hingham after beating Ursuline 6-4 on Wednesday.  Elena Kapolis had a hat-trick, while Scannell scored twice and Abbott had the other.  Notre Dame is currently undefeated and should be a great game.  Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults at the gate.  Good luck ‘Cats!

Cheer

The Cheer Team will be competing in South Regional Championships on Sunday, March 5th at Whitman Hanson High School. Start times vary depending on the day’s schedule, but the events kick off at 12:15 pm. Good luck to the girls!

ALSO: Messages from the Cheer Team

Hello Milton parents!  Need a night out?  The Milton High Cheer squad is hosting a Wildcat fun night fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Collicot gym.  The event will be for girls and boys in grades k-5.  The cost is $10.00 per child if you register by March 9th or $15.00 per child at the door.  This is a fun event for all children!!  The Milton High cheerleaders along with some of their football and basketball friends will play with and entertain your child/children while you get a well deserved night out!! *** No food will be served at this event, we will have water for the children.  You can download and print a registration form with more information here.

Spring Athletics Information Registration is OPEN for Spring Athletics.  The deadline is March 9th.  Tryouts begin March 20th . Please visit http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/ for all information regarding the sign-up process.  You MUST complete the Family ID Registration (instructions found at link) in order to participate in Athletics.  Any questions can be emailed to rmadden@miltonps.org.  Clearance Forms can be found in the Athletic Office.

MHS Athletics

www.miltonwildcats.com

Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize Pierce Middle Schooler Dominique Thomas, who is our Milton Ambassador for Project 351. Dominique is getting ready for the upcoming Spring Service Fundraiser, which will be to benefit Cradles to Crayons. She will be collecting gently used clothing and shoes to benefit all those who are served through Cradles to Crayons by placing bins in all the schools from March 26-April 3. We are very grateful to Dominique for serving as an ambassador.

Volunteers:  I’d like to recognize a Glover parent, Emily Duffy, for bringing math to life with our K-2 students. In addition to spearheading our Glow Run efforts and chairing the Glover Outdoor Space Committee, she has brought an amazing enrichment program to Glover. In response to the fact that we have before-school Continental Math leagues for Grades 3, 4, and 5 but similar opportunities don’t exist for K-2, Emily single-handedly researched and found an amazing program called Crazy 8s.

Crazy 8s is a recreational before school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities!   From the creators of Bedtime Math, Crazy 8s is fun for kids of all math abilities.   Every Tuesday for 8 weeks, our Glover K-2 kids meet build things, run and jump, make music, and have fun while learning math.   From Glow in the Dark Geometry to Toilet Paper Olympics, the kids are using their math skills in new ways by creating, defining and understanding math in a tactile and physical way.   During one session, the students mummified their principal and measured the length of toilet paper used! Another involved using glow sticks to create shapes!

Emily meets with 16 K-2 students each Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:35 in the Glover library and they are having a ball! Her second session is already full and she has a waiting list! This is an amazing way to motivate and encourage our youngest MPS mathematicians!

Staff:   For the last item in this Eblast, I’d like to share with you a video taken during the staff vs. student basketball game at Cunningham Elementary School. Do yourself a favor and watch this video. Not only does it show what an unbelievable staff we have at Cunningham, it will also put a giant smile on your face. Have a great weekend! Click here to view or press play below.

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.

 

 

February 23rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 23•17

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

LAST CHANCE! The last  Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation, sponsored by the Administration and Milton School Committee, will be presented to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton at Tucker Elementary School on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm in the Library.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

With the month of March right around the corner, I am sure that you’ll join me in celebratring events which celebrate the arts. March is Youth Art Month, which means we can all look forward to a variety of visual treats. And to kick things off, we received some wonderful news from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards. This year, our students received six Gold Key and two Silver Key awards from this very prestigious competition. Please see their artwork and read the rest of the exciting news from our art departments below under Art and Music News. Be sure to make an effort to attend one of our upcoming art fairs during the month of March. You won’t be sorry!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, the deadline for Kindergarten registration is April 28th. If your child will be five years old by August 31st, 2017 and you have not yet registered them for kindergarten, please contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

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Our district recently held a STEM Information Night at the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria to inform parents/guardians of prospective first-graders about the STEM/Innovation Pathway program in the Milton Public Schools. If you were unable to attend, but have questions about this program, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org

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 Please enjoy these photos from the recent Science Fair at Collicot School:

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ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Youth Art Month is a Celebration of the Visual Arts!

The Council for Art Education administers Youth Art Month to encourage support for quality school art programs, and promote art material safety.  The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including problem solving, creativity, observation, and communication.

Across the nation, art shows, special exhibits, and school and community activities take place annually, traditionally during March, to celebrate visual art education for grades K – 12.  This year, Milton celebrates Youth Art Month by highlighting the many recipients of the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards.  Each year, Milton High School students apply in 29 categories of art and writing where upwards of 300,000 submissions are typically received.  These submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts who look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Submissions may be awarded Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mention, or American Visions & Voices Nominations.  The work of Gold Key recipients goes on to be judged nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts to receive national Medals, including Gold, Silver, American Visions & Voices, Portfolio Silver with Distinction or Portfolio Gold Medals and Sponsored Awards.  National Medalists are recognized in part of the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Below are Milton High School’s 2017 Scholastic Art Award Recipients:

Honorable Mention:  

Nicholas Crowley- Photography
Amy Dai- Photography
Sarah Lam- Art Portfolio & Photography
Eleni Minias- Art Portfolio
Sydney Nguyen- Photography, two submissions
Hannah O’Toole- Photography
Rebecca Scott- Photography
Morgan Smith-  Photography
Rosalind Smith- Photography, two submissions

Silver Key:  Two Awards

Adriana Estevez- Photography
Sydney Nguyen- Photography

Gold Key: Six Awards

Sarah Lam- Photography & Printmaking
Morgan Smith- Photography, two submissions
Rachael Tomaszewski- Art Portfolio & Photography

These Gold Key recipients will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on March 11th held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and their submissions will be forwarded to the national level for further medal consideration.  Congratulations to these artist, MHS Art Teacher Ms. Karen Hughes, and good luck to our Gold Key recipients. Please see their artwork below:

Sydney Nguyen

Sydney Nguyen (Silver Key)

Sarah Lam (Gold Key)

Sarah Lam (Gold Key)

 

Rachael Tomaskewski (Gold Key)

Rachael Tomaskewski (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith (Gold Key)

Morgan Smith

Morgan Smith

 

Adriana Estevez

Adriana Estevez

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Youth Art Month will conclude with Passport to the Arts, a week-long art show featuring the work of all Milton young artists.  The schedule for Passport to the Arts is as follows:

Thursday, March 30th
Tucker Elementary from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 3rd
Milton High School & MHS Pre-K from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4th
Cunningham Elementary School from 6:00-6:45 p.m.
Collicot Elementary School from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5th
Glover Elementary School from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Pierce Middle School from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Passport to the Arts is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. Please join us in this artistic celebration!

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Elementary Music News:

March marks the beginning of our Elementary Music Showcases, a series of grade-level performances highlighting the elementary general music curriculum, and the elementary band and string ensembles.  Mark your calendars with the dates below:

March 1          Cunningham Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 9:15am
March 8          Collicot Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 9:15am
March 23         Glover Kindergarten-Grade 2 Showcase, 2:00pm
March 28         Tucker Gr 4-5 Showcase and Band & String Ensemble Concert,9:15am
April 4          Collicot Grade 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble, 9:15am
April 5          Cunn. Gr 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble Concert, 9:15am
May 4            Glover Gr 4-5 Showcase, and Band & String Ensemble Concert, 9:15am
May 16           Tucker Kindergarten-Grade 3 Showcase, 2:00pm
May 24           Cunningham Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am
May 25           Collicot Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am
May 25           Glover Grade 3 Showcase, 9:15am

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The following item was submitted by the following Cultural Competence Committee Members: Dr. Dennis Slaughter, Dr. Angela Burke, James Jette, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Larry Jordan, Vy Vu and Janet Sheehan:

Each year due to retirements and educator mobility, districts are faced with the need to recruit educators and leaders who meet expectations for excellence in teaching, learning, and leading.  As has been recently reported (see Mass. Teachers Far Less Diverse Than Students- bostonglobe.com), districts in the Commonwealth are finding it particularly challenging to recruit candidates of color.

In order to work toward the goal of a diverse faculty, for the first time South Shore districts are participating in a Regional Minority Recruitment Fair, which will take place on Saturday, March 4, from 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM in the Field House at Milton High School. Beginning in December, the Regional Minority Recruitment Fair Committee established commitments from South Shore school districts to attend. Additionally, local universities will be in attendance to publicize their graduate education programs.  This event is being widely publicized in an effort to attract diverse candidates who might be interested in starting, or continuing, their career as an educator on the South Shore.

We are hoping that if you are affiliated with an educator preparation program or related organization that you would consider posting or distributing the attached flyer.  Finally, although we recognize that the FY18 budget is still uncertain, we have still chosen to participate in this Regional Minority Recruitment Fair as we see it as an opportunity to network with diverse educators so that once our needs for next year become clear, we can look deeper into this pool of educators.

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March 2nd is First Grade Information Night for parents/guardians at the Milton High School Auditorium at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about first grade programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

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March 14th is Grade 5 Information Night at the PMS Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders who are interested in having their child attend Pierce Middle School next year should plan to attend this event. Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience. The purpose of this information night is to share with families of current 5th grade students the many academic and enrichment programs that the Pierce Middle School has to offer. Students are welcome to attend with their parents and guardians.

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Science Fairs will be held in our schools over the next few weeks. Collicot and Glover have already had their science fairs. Please see the schedule below for the remaining fairs:

  • Cunningham: Tuesday, February 28th
  • Pierce Middle School: Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8pm.
  • Tucker: Thursday, March 16th at 6:30pm.

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The Milton High School Boys Track Team is hosting a Cans for Cats Collection on Saturday, March 4th at Milton High School from 9:00 – 12:00.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Milton High School requires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition.

For the 2017 AP exams, students at Milton High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

This year each AP exam costs $89.00. Milton High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Karen Cahill, kcahill@Miltonps.org, at Milton High to learn more.

Online Exam registration will begin on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM and end on Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link on the Naviance website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/221440 to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the PDF of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams, we strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.

Milton High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Registration Begins
  • Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM – Registration Ends

Please contact Karen Cahill, kcahill@Miltonps.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

ADULT EDUCATION NEWS

The Spring brochure has just been released. Please click here to see course offerings.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Magda Cupidon, Young Adult & Reference Librarian:

Teens, please join us for the Draw a Manga Face workshop facilitated by Pop Up Art School on Thursday, March 2 from 4-6pm in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. For more info, contact Magda Cupidon at mcupidon@ocln.org

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

Winter is wonderful 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 addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people happening during the week of March 5 – 11:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, March 10, 2017 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.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and offered in partnership with Milton Reflecting.

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, Crew Info Night will be held at the MHS Library on Tuesday, February 28th. MHS Crew offers high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn how to row and compete. Crew is a spring varsity sport and no previous rowing experience is necessary. At Information Night, there will be information about the sport of rowing, how the program works, costs, practice dates and times, etc. For more information, contact Program Director Milos Nikolic at mnikolic@neponsetrowing.org

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

Boys Basketball

Boys Basketball won eight straight games until they were bested by Cathedral High School.  After beating Quincy in the semis on Monday night, 62-52, the Wildcats lost to Cathedral in the finals of the Moscardelli Tournament hosted by Quincy High School.  They finish the season 13-7, and will await seeding on Friday afternoon. Congratulations to Coach Lopresti and good luck to the boys in the tournament.

Girls Basketball

Girls Basketball ended their season with back-to-back wins over Randolph and Quincy over the weekend.  They finished 7-13 on the year.  Seniors Lucy Crawford and Joanna Needham were honored Thursday, as well as National Anthem Singer Julia Butler and Team Manager Amanda DelConte. Congratulations to Coach Donovan and the girls on a great season.

Boys Ice Hockey

Boys Ice Hockey put five past Norwood on their senior night over the weekend.  Three seniors capped off their career with goals in their final home game – Jared Carney, James Long, and Cole Doherty.  They will not qualify for the tournament, as they stand at 6-11-2, though they have their Woburn Tournament to look forward to.  They will play Billerica Memorial High School on Wednesday, and then in the finals or consolation game on Friday.  Good luck and congratulations to Coach Noonan and the boys on a great season.

Girls Ice Hockey

Girls Ice Hockey has had a tough time lately. They are 1-5-2 in their last eight games but still hold a record of 10-7-3.  They came just short of winning the Herget Division.  With one game remaining on Thursday at 9:30am vs Plymouth South, the Girls will look to right the ship before entering tournament play early next week.  Seedings will be done over the weekend so be sure to look at the Milton Athletics website and Twitter to find out who the girls will match up against.

Boys Indoor Track

Boys Indoor Track did very well at States last Thursday, finishing 4th, with Smith Charles stealing the headlines – Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger both featured Charles in their pictures.  He set the meet record in the 55 meter dash, as well as excelling in the Long Jump and High Jump.  The Patriot Ledger, and the Boston Globe both had great articles. Click the links to read the articles.

Girls Indoor Track

The Girls Indoor Track Team has taken Massachusetts track by storm.  They won the States on Saturday, scoring 95 points – Tewksbury finished second with 74 points.  They are back-to-back state champions, while Coach Shaw has won five straight state titles.  The Patriot Ledger, and the Boston Globe had great articles. The lead paragraph for the Ledger read, “Technically, it was the MIAA Division 4 Indoor Track & Field State Championship meet. . . But you could call it the Milton High Invitational.”  Click the links to read about the performances.

Wrestling

The Wrestling Team fared well in the sectional tournaments, but bowed out early in the state tournaments in Algonquin on Friday.  Matt LaBelle finished 0-1 on the day, Jack Stapleton ended 0-1, and Liam Kelly went 0-1.  They are still a very young group and Coach Carroll has done an excellent job with them this year.  Congratulations to him and the entire wrestling team on a great season.

Cheer

The Cheer Squad qualified for Regionals last Wedneday at Braintree High School with a 5th place finish, scoring above the 70 points needed for qualification. They will compete in Regionals on Sunday March 5th at Whitman Hanson High School, time TBA.  Good luck to the Girls and congratulations on a great season so far.

Swim

The Milton Swim Team competed in the Massachusetts Girls State Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships at Boston University.  In only the second year with Swim as a varsity sport, the girls did very well, and there is a lot of potential in this group. The team placed 18th overall.  The results from the championships are below:

100 Yard Butterfly – 9th Amalia Halpin FR Milton 1:01.47 500 Yard Freestyle – 7th Emily Dobrindt FR Milton 5:25.83 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – 15th Milton (Adley, Dobrindt, Haley, and Halpin) 1:46.82 100 Yard Backstroke – 8th Amalia Halpin FR Milton 1:01.69, 14th Emily Dobrindt FR Milton 1:03.45 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – 11 Milton (Adley, Dobrindt, Haley, and Halpin) 3:53.75

Full Results can be found here.  No one progressed to all-states.  Congrats on a great season!

MHS Swim Team relay team with Coaches Zitz and Heller

MHS Swim Team relay team with Coaches Zitz and Heller

Ski

The Ski Team enjoyed some success this year, with Aidan Walsh and Kate Rulon missing out on the Top 30 by just a few places in the boys and girls divisions, respectively.  Kate Rulon earned a total of 107 points over her 8 races, while Walsh finished with 78.  No skiers qualified for the state races.  Congratulations to Coach Ajemian all skiers on a great season.  All race results can be found here.

In the coming weeks, Bay State League All-Stars will be announced.  Spring Sports signups is open and quickly approaching the deadline.  Be sure to check out the Athletics Website to find instructions on how to sign up on Family ID.

www.miltonwildcats.com

Twitter:   @MHS_Wildcats_

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to commend two of our Milton High School student-athletes, Naomi Negassi and Smith Charles. These talented athletes not only represented Milton High School, they represented the entire Bay State League at the MIAA Indoor Track Recognition Banquet. Congratulations to both of these students.

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Staff: Although they are not technically Milton Public School employees, I would like to recognize and congratulate two Milton Police Department employees who recently received promotions. Lieutenant Charles Caputo (and MPS parent) and Sergeant Michael Dillon are to be commended. Best of luck in your new positions!

Volunteers: I would like to thank the volunteers from the Milton Historical Society who have been incredibly helpful to our students through the years. Recently, Gwen Labbe, the educational director and Stephen O’Donnell, the President of the Historical Society, assisted a group of Pierce students at the Suffolk Resolves House. Students were excited by much of what they learned that day, including the mystery of the Baker Chocolate Factory desk and a trap door at the Suffolk Resolves House. We are very grateful to all the hardworking volunteers at the Milton Historical Society.

Volunteers: I would also like to give a belated “thank you” and special recognition to Peggy Rusnock. Ms. Rusnock has been responsible for creating the beautiful floral arrangements that adorned the front of the Glover School for years. Although her children no longer attend the Milton Public Schools, Peggy’s heart will always be at the Glover School. In fact, this winter, she returned to create beautiful winter holiday arrangements and most recently, a Valentine’s Day display that Glover families loved. Thank you, Ms. Rusnock, for all you do!

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.

 

 

February 15th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 15•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As a former elementary school teacher and principal, I have many special memories of Valentine’s Day in the classroom. This was always a day of great excitement and a celebration of friendship. This year, I was so pleased to see that yesterday’s Valentine’s Day event coincided with the 100th Day of School celebration. Please enjoy these adorable pictures from our elementary school students, who managed to pull off a double celebration.

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I would also like to remind all of our parents and guardians about our upcoming Budget Presentations. The Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation will be presented by the administration and Milton School Committee to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton on the following dates, times and locations.

  • The Glover PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30pm in the Glover Library.
  • The Tucker PTO will be hosting the Milton School Committee and Administration as they present the FY18 Budget on Monday, February 27th at 6:30pm in the Tucker Library.  (Please note Tucker PTO’s presentation had to be rescheduled due to the snowstorm.)

We strongly urge you all to attend one of the sessions. The same presentation will be given at each site. No matter which school your child attends, you can attend either of these presentations to receive the same information. We would like as many Milton School parents/guardians and community members to attend and give feedback on the presentation as possible.

This is a great opportunity to get educated, ask questions and give your opinions on choices that will need to be made with regard to the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal school year. Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and be on the lookout for reminder announcements from your school principals and PTOs. We look forward to your attendance and feedback!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight, February 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by our school librarians, Jen Troy and Jess Royster:

The importance of independent reading is multi-faceted. It will improves vocabulary and word knowledge, writing skills, and even brain function! You can learn about different cultures, the history of the world, and delve into the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Independent fiction reading also improves nonfiction reading skills, which will benefit students in the classroom while reading difficult texts in science, math and engineering. Students who take up the habit of independent reading  in the early years will thrive in school and likely will become readers for life. For more information about the importance of independent reading, check out these links:

https://www.learningsuccessblog.com/benefits-reading-pleasure-infographic

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/22/18wilhelm.h33.html

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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The Milton Public Schools have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Milton based ed-tech company BoomWriter. Over the last 5 years, our friends at BoomWriter have partnered with us to support the implementation of a highly engaging online writing experience.  Students have written stories that have been published; have explored non-fiction topics from a variety of perspectives; and through the BoomWriter platform, have engaged in the process of peer review.  This resource has become an invaluable opportunity for learning at the elementary level and one in which students are always eager to participate.

Chris Twyman, Co-Founder and CEO of BoomWriter , along with his colleague and Co-founder Ken Haynes, recently proposed a new and exciting way for students to participate in a BoomWriter project. All students in grades 4 and 5 across the district will participate in the First Annual Milton Boom Writer Bee. All children will read chapter 1 of a story and then each week, write the chapters that follow. A voting process will select a winning chapter each week. At the end of the project, we will have a published book written by the pens (actually keyboards) of many of our students. All students along the way will have the opportunity to provide feedback and determine the direction of the story, thus making it a truly collaborative writing process.

The Bee will kick off the week before February vacation with a school-based assembly for all grade 4 and 5 students and will culminate at the end of March with a celebration, honoring the writers and the completion of the book! Books will be offered for sale by BoomWriter, the proceeds of which will be donated back to the schools to support important school based initiatives.

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

Looking Ahead:  Milton Celebrates MIOSM! — Music In Our Schools Month or “MIOSM” is the National Association for Music Education’s annual celebration during March, which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.  In recognition of this exciting, month-long event, the Milton Music Department will present a series of performances that highlight Milton music makers.  These concerts will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School on the dates below.  They are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend!

March 7th          Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 6 & 9-12, 7:00p.m.
March 8th           Sing-Along Chorus Concert, Grades 7-12, 7:00p.m.
March 16th         String Orchestra Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.
March 21st         Band Concert, Grades 5-12, 7:00p.m.

In addition to these concerts, Milton students will participate in several regional festivals in March and in the months to come. Nearly 200 Milton musicians auditioned for select festivals this year, and here are the most recent results:

Eastern District will host a Junior Festival in Sudbury on March 3rd and 4th, and eight Pierce students have been selected to participate: Brian Fay, Sam Higgins, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Saoirse Killion, Cecile Madigan, Jahdiele Marc, and Claire Walko.

Southeastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association (SEMSBA) will host a Senior Festival on March 24th and 25th, and 30 Milton High students will travel to Fall River to participate: Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey, James DiSandro, Ava Duggan, Paul Goodman, Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, Esme Link, Lemuel Marc, Henry McKay, Sarah Mitchell, Julia Nerenberg, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Coleman Rose, Gwyneth Sauter, Caleb Smith, Liezel Werner, and Annie Wong.

In the spring, SEMSBA will host a Junior Festival in Braintree, MA, and 23 Pierce and Milton High students will attend:  Katharine Baker, Alix Benoit, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Max Hollingsworth-Hays, Michael Howard, Grace Kelly, Saoirse Killion, Ava Lundbohm, Zoe Malouf, Sophia Manning, Jahiele Marc, Elana Naide, Ella O’Hanlon, Franklin Ollivierre III, June Padera, Roisin Queally, Anna Spinale, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko, Victoria Williams, Catherine Le, Giselle Neville, and Kate Possi.

On March 9th – 11th, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) will host the annual conference in Boston. Alongside the professional in-service for music educators, selected high school students will gather to perform in the All-State Honors Ensembles, which after two days of rehearsal, will perform at Boston Symphony Hall. Six Milton High students were selected to participate:  Jamie Eder, Dominik Hyppolite, Nethania Marc, Benjamin Scott, Katherine Steele, and Stephen Tan.

In addition, upper elementary students will audition for the MMEA All-State Treble Chorus, and Milton will send 22 fifth and sixth grade students: Greta Cardoza, Owen Creamer, Neve d’Arcy, Logan Do, Isabella Fiske, Kiera Glazer, William Heffron, Mia Jilani, Kaze Karuretwa, Daschel Koh, Tucker Korman, Lily Lane, Sadie Leggett, Marc Leimkuehler, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Mary Mullen, Fionnuala Queally, Luca Sandonato and Fiona Zimon.

Finally, Milton will be represented at the MMEA All-State Conference by two Milton High School ensembles, which were selected for their outstanding performance.  The Milton High School Saxophone Choir, under the direction of Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good, will be featured during one of the Casual Concerts.  Also, the Milton High School String Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Debra Thoresen will perform during Concert Hour.  This selection is a tremendous honor as only four ensembles in the state are chosen to be featured in Concert Hour! Congratulations to these students and their Directors for this outstanding work.  Happy MIOSM!  Music making abounds in the Milton Public Schools!

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

Pierce Middle School is in its first year of participation in the Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts (IMLEM). Mathematicians in grades 6-8 prepare weekly with math team advisors Ms. Pullia and Ms. Shapiro in order to compete in five IMLEM meets over the school year. Pierce recently hosted its first home meet on Thursday, January 12. We were excited to have teams from Franklin, King Philip Regional, Mansfield, Milton Academy, Norwood and Sharon come to Pierce to compete in mathematics for over two hours after school. Participating in the Pierce math team is fun as well as challenging; it is a great way to expose children to mathematics that is outside of the standard middle school mathematics curriculum. Below is an example of a fun problem from the last meet. Enjoy!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Tonight, the Milton Public Schools will hold a STEM Information Night! Kindergarten students and their parents are welcome to attend.  During STEM Information Night, attendees will be given an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

STEM Information Night will take place tonight in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria and will run from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may enter through the back doors of the building (cafeteria doors) beginning at 6:25 PM.   Due to limited space during this event, we ask that you make efforts to leave siblings of current kindergarteners at home.  We hope to see you there!  Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) with any questions.

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March 2nd is First Grade Information Night for parents/guardians at the Milton High School Auditorium at 6:30pm. Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about first grade programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

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March 14th is Grade 5 Information Night at the PMS Auditorium from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders who are interested in having their child attend Pierce Middle School next year should plan to attend this event. Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience. The purpose of this information night is to share with families of current 5th grade students the many academic and enrichment programs that the Pierce Middle School has to offer. Students are welcome to attend with their parents and guardians.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Preschool Update for the School Year 2017-2018. Milton Public Schools offers a variety of district-wide preschool programs. Tucker Elementary School is home to the Blue Hills full-day program, along  with both morning and afternoon half-day programs. Across town, the Edgehill Program, housed at the Collicot Elementary School, offers an integrated half-day program with both morning and afternoon sessions along with a substantially separate classroom available for students with intensive needs, as identified by an IEP Team. The Gile Pre-K program, offering a three full day program, is located at Milton High School as part of the MHS Child Study Course.

Children attending half-day programs must be at least three years of age on or before August 31, 2017. The full-day programs are available to children who will be four on or before August 31, 2017.   Children receiving special education services may be eligible to enter during the school year once they turn age 3 per the IEP Team process.  Tuition assistance is available for all preschool programs for families who meet the income eligible criteria. For an overview of each program including similarities and differences visit our website here.

An information night was held last month, at which time the pre-registration link was launched. Currently, 134 families have pre-registered their child for placement in a preschool program for the school year 2017-2018.   Any family who completed the pre-registration form by January 26, 2017 was eligible to have their child’s name entered into the lottery which was held on January 27, 2017.  Due to the high demand it was necessary to hold lotteries for four of the six preschool options offered.  Families were notified of the outcome and assignment including placement on waitlists on January 30, 2017.  The deadline to complete registrations and submit deposits is February 24, 2017 at which time families on waitlists as well as those who pre-registered their child after January 27, 2017 will be offered seats in any vacant spots.

If you are interested in pre-registering your child, but have not had an opportunity to do so, please go to the link below and complete the questionnaire. Pre-registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/jzivrBvU9m7UWczj2

If you have questions regarding MPS preschools or need more information, contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at preschool@miltonps.org or by telephone at 617 980 7343.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Help Wanted! Science from Scientists (http://www.sciencefromscientists.org/) is an incredible program that all fifth graders participate in here in the Milton Public Schools. Science from Scientists’ mission is to improve the attitudes and aptitudes of our Glover fifth graders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). They send real, charismatic scientists into our classrooms every other week during the school day and throughout the entire academic year to inspire students and improve STEM competency by teaching hands-on, frameworks-relevant lessons to ensure that our nation’s youth are competitive globally in STEM. We have worked tirelessly to obtain funding so that this program can continue.

This year, we are hosting a Golf Tournament Fundraiser at Granite Links on Monday, May 1. We are actively looking for sponsors to support the tournament. If you are interested in helping the committee secure sponsorships, please consider attending a meeting on Wednesday, March 1st from 6:30-7:30 in the MHS Library. During this meeting, we will talk about the list of potential sponsors we have generated and a plan going forward to reach out to those sponsors and hopefully secure them in the upcoming weeks. We would really appreciate and love your help with this step in the process! Thank you for helping us ensure that this amazing program continues to be offered to all MPS fifth graders.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org or 617-696-4285 x2024 or Suzanne Murphy at suz.mc.murphy@gmail.com.

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CelebrateMilton has released its Grant Application, with a deadline of Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by 2/21/17 to be considered. The ¡CelebrateMilton! Advisory Board is now accepting grant applications from Milton-based individuals and organizations for programs that reflect and promote our mission.

¡CelebrateMilton! Mission Statement:

  • We are committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community.
  • We are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.
  • We are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering civic engagement, social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

Questions can be emailed to loribilewicz@hotmail.com

We ask that grant requests are kept within a range of $100 to $1,000. The application can be downloaded here. The application deadline is February 21, 2017. Grant decisions will be made by the end of February.  For additional information please contact Lori Bilewicz at loribilewicz@yahoo.com.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by our friends at the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education is asking everyone to Save the Date for Celebration 2017 with Honorary Event Co-Chairs Jennifer and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Milton High Class of 1988.

Get ready to Let the Good Times Roll on Saturday, April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. There will be delicious food, exciting raffles, and fun games. And don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes as Boston’s best dance band, The Marsels, will have us jumping. Look for the invite in your email soon! Can’t wait to see you there!

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This photo will make your day!  Pierce Grade 8 students- Anna Fahy and Eliza Callahan look on in amazement at the 3D printer as it cranks out a Gingerbread House.  Mr. Forge had students use Google Sketch Up to design Gingerbread Houses.  Winners got the opportunity to have their Gingerbread House made into a 3D model!

PS: The Pierce 3D printer was made possible by the ever-generous Milton Foundation for Education!

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NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Dave Perdios, Director of Milton Park and Recreation:

The Milton Park & Rec department recently hosted a Sixth Grade Fun Night at Pierce Middle School. The response was tremendous, with more than 130 Milton sixth-graders attending. There was plenty of action and also time for friends to be friends.  The thing that really stands out to me is the smiles on all the faces.  Paul DiManno and I were there to oversee the night, along with other adult supervisors. Several Milton High school students and Curry baseball players were there to help monitor the games and activities. All the volunteers were great role models for these kids! We have great kids in Milton.  When we give them things to do they come together!

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The following item was sent in by Heidi Vaughan at the Forbes House Museum:

It’s time for the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest! The Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established in 1924 by Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878-1962), granddaughter of China trade merchant, captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1802-1889). Miss Forbes greatly admired President Abraham Lincoln, and in 1909 began collecting Lincoln and Civil War artworks and memorabilia, which are now part of the Museum’s permanent collection. To promote appreciation for our 16th president, Miss Forbes requested original essays and drawings from students each year, inspired by the life and work of Abraham Lincoln.

Today, the Museum continues the tradition, and sends an annual request for essays and drawings from students throughout Milton and Greater Boston. Each year, the FHM Lincoln Committee, comprised of Museum Trustees, K-8 educators, Lincoln historians and Civil War enthusiasts, meets to debate and select a question and topic. The question and topic are then released to the public, and students must use the question or topic as the subject for their essay or drawing.

Individual student submissions are encouraged. The FHM Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest was established as a civic exercise, challenging students to excellence outside the scope of their regular school work.

K-8 educators are also welcome to introduce the essay and drawing question or topic to their students as part of a classroom lesson or unit of instruction. A submission of individual essays and drawings, gathered into one package by an educator, is accepted and encouraged.

First, second and third place winners are chosen among the entries for each grade level. Essays are accepted from students in grades 6 through 8; drawings are accepted from students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner of each grade level and are being generously provided by B.R. Alexander & Co. and Citizens Bank. All winners will receive a free family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other surprises!

2017 Lincoln Essay Contest Topic:

Grades 6-8: Write an essay clearly describing women’s contributions during the Civil War Era and how these efforts supported President Lincoln in preserving the Union and extending the rights guaranteed by our Founding Fathers.

2017 Lincoln Drawing Contest Topic:

Grades K-5: As a lover of history and a collector of artifacts, Miss Mary Bowditch Forbes surrounded herself with many items that were representative of Lincoln and his efforts in the Civil War. What might Miss Forbes show you if you visited the Forbes House during her lifetime? Draw a picture of your visit to meet Miss Forbes.

For images of Lincoln and Civil War Era artifacts, Miss Forbes and the Forbes House, click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Sue Bertram of the Milton Times:

The Milton Times now offers a free app called the Milton Insider.  This app is available to download through either the iTunes Store or Google Play for smartphone, Android or iPad.  There are categories for Events, Food, Wellness, Finance, just to name a few.  The Events section offers everything from Milton Public School happenings, sports events though the Milton Boosters website, the ability to register for Milton Parks and Recreation sports teams,events at the Milton Public Library and so much more.  The Superintendents e-Mail Blast can also be found by tapping onto the website!   The advertisers on the app offer the best of Milton services, and we are looking for more to add.  The Milton Insider is THE community resource for the busy Miltonite.

 FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Milton High School is the first public high school to participate in a unique, fresh Catch of the Day program offered by Red’s Best, a Boston based seafood wholesaler, which sustains a network of small boat New England fishermen. This comes just two months after four Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools successfully launched the program feeding 220-300 pounds of fresh fish to students in just one week.

Red’s Best Catch of the Day is a series of sustainable seafood options designed to move large amounts of abundant and seasonal fish for small boat fishermen. This model, designed for academic, corporate and healthcare dining services, offers high volume of fresh catch at a low-fixed rate. The exact species, selected by Red’s Best, is simply determined by what the most flaky white fish is landed by the fleet that day. Institutions throughout New England, New York and the Mid-Atlantic serve Catch of the Day in dining facilities daily.

“Adding Red’s Best program is a perfect addition to our existing farm-to-school dining initiative,” explained Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services for Milton Public Schools. “We do our best to source fresh, local products for our students and community. When we learned what Red’s Best was doing, we were on board immediately. Red’s made it easy to add a quality, cost-effective seafood option to our menu.”

Milton High is hosting two assemblies February 17th, at 8:30 am and 9:20 am 25 Gile Road, Milton MA 02186 inviting students, parents, faculty and staff to meet Red’s Best and better understand the local seafood supply chain. “Educating students and providing fresh local fish in public schools is creating and perpetuating a sustainable culture that values a local, community-based food supply,” commented Jamey Lionette, Red’s Best Director of Sustainable Seafood Program. Milton High Principal, James Jette, noted, “If we teach kids to see and value the resources around them, that becomes a sustainable way of life.” Red’s Best will set up an interactive whole fish display during four student lunch periods as well.

Jared Auerbach, Red’s Best CEO noted, “Milton is making a huge impact encouraging young people to see the value of coastal communities and connecting students with the hardworking people who caught their food. THIS is exactly what it means to put our fishermen first.”

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful 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 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 February 26 – March 4:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Trolls, just out on DVD: A troll princess and her companion, the one unhappy troll try to rescue her friends from being eaten by their nemeses. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 32 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, March 3, 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Spy Training, Ages 8-11

Calling all spies: come use your code-breaking, secret-keeping skills in the Children’s Room! We’ll be working in teams to solve a mystery together, using the Library’s new “escape room” kit. For ages 8-11. Registration is required. Offered in partnership with Milton Reads.

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:

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by David Mills, a MHS History teacher who is also coaching the Mountain Bike Team:

The Milton Mountain Bike Team will begin its second year of competition this spring in the New England High School Cycling Association.  The team is open to boys and girls in grades 7-12, who will compete against 400 other high school students in six races.    Riders compete in their age group, with a focus on safety, fitness and fun.  The goal is to introduce students to a new and exciting sport, while competing on a team. If your child is interested in joining the team or would like more information, please contact David Mills at dmills@miltonps.org.  In addition, the club is always grateful for members of the Milton community to help out in any way, including equipment, sponsorship of a rider, or as a ride leader.

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The following athletic update was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Swim: Out of 40 teams competing at Sectionals last week at MIT, with well over 120 swimmers, four of our MHS swimmers — Maia Adley, Emily Dobrindt, Margaret Haley, and Amalia Halpin — finished in the top half, lead by great performances from Dobrindt and Halpin in the 100 yard butterfly.  Dobrindt grabbed 5 points in the 100 yard buterfly, finishing 12th, just .05 seconds in front of teammate Halpin. Halpin would grab 7th place for the fly as well. In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the girls took 14th.  The team is comprised of three freshmen and one senior (Adley) and is the youngest team to finish in the top 20. There were no other relay teams ahead of them in the 200 yard freestyle race with more than one freshman in the group. This young group of girls looks very promising. The girls qualified for States in the 200 and 400 relay! They will be competing this Saturday 2/18, at Boston University among the best swimmers in the state. Full results from this past weekend can be found here.  Congrats to the girls on a great weekend.

Ski: Though the ski team will enjoy the snow, they have not been able to race for over a week.  Their race from last week is rescheduled to Thursday, at Ski Ward at 6:00 pm.

Girls Hockey: Senior Night was capped off with a 3-3 tie with Herget Division opponent, Norwood.  Katie Abbott and Elena Kapolis are the only two seniors for the ‘Cats.  Kapolis fittingly scored in her last regular season home game to end her Milton High career.  Their current record is now 10-5-2.  They next play on Wednesday at Braintree at 6:00 pm.

Boys Hockey: It has been a tough few weeks for Boys Hockey, as they have fallen to 5-11-1, dropping Saturday nights game 5-1 to Norwood. The underclassmen have showed well recently though, and they will be a tough group to play against next year.  They will play Braintree on Wednesday, before hosting Dedham for Senior Night on Saturday Feb. 18th.

Girls Basketball: Girls Basketball has had a tough time as of late, playing a string of excellent teams. With an 5-10 record, they will visit another tough team in Braintree on Tuesday.  They will then play Dedham, Boston Latin (rescheduled from 2/13) and Quincy in three straight days to end their season. Their senior night is Friday, February 17th, 5:30pm vs. Boston Latin at Milton High School.

Boys Basketball: Boys Basketball has played well lately, fighting for a tournament berth.  They sit at 9-6 after three good wins vs Wellesley, Brookline and Norwood.  Their senior night is February 16th, 6:30 vs Dedham at Milton High School.

Wrestling: The Wrestling Team showed well at sectionals this past weekend.  After a bye in the first round, Jack Stapleton beat Gbedema of Catholic Memorial, where he eventually fell to Kourafalos of Winchester, placing 4th.  Xavier Fischer (126lb) battled hard, losing by a score of 7-2 to Avery of Woburn. Chris Caputo (138lb) also lost by decision, with a score fo 8-4 to Doherty of Winchester. Liam Kelly (145lb) earned himself a place in states after a good match with Appolon of Norwood, losing 16-7.  Captain Matthew LaBelle (160lb) finished 2nd, winning 3 matches and eventually losing in the finals to #1 Bastarache of Natick.  LaBelle won his first match 12-3, won by pin in his second, and won in sudden victory in the semi-finals.  Freshman Kevin Swanton (195lb) did not qualify for states but showed well this past weekend.  He earned a bye in to the quarterfinals where he beat Ganno of North Quincy, before losing in the semis.  Austin Wright (113lb) lost his first match but still qualifies as an alternate. This Friday, the following wrestlers will participate in States at Algonquin Regional High School.

120 Jack Stapleton vs Kaya Bogle (Hingham)
145 Liam Kelly vs Eli Tuttle (Andover)
160 Matt LaBelle vs Christian Hernandez (Greater Lawrence)
113 Austin Wright is an alternate.

Girls Indoor Track: Girls Indoor Track continues to impress.  Standing undefeated, they finished in 1st place with over 100 points, to win the Bay State Conference Championships for the second consecutive year.

Boys Indoor Track: After a hot start, Boys Indoor Track has slipped up following a few injuries to key runners. They still raced well and placed 5th in the Bay State Conference Championships.

Cheer: The Cheer Team will be participating in the Winter Bay State League Championships on Wednesday, at 6:30 at Braintree High School.

Spring Registration is OPEN.  Clearance Forms can be found online, as well as in the Athletic Office.  Instructions and directions for signing up can be found on the home page of the Athletics Website.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize Milton High School student Suvan Shukla, who has been working on a very ambitious community service project in conjunction with My Brother’s Keeper Center. Suvan has been helping to create a Haiti “Hospital on a Bus” project. He is involved in both the fundraising and business planning aspects of this venture. Congratulations to Suvan for his efforts.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Amy Gale for her outstanding work with BoomWriter. This is an online writing program that supports story writing, vocabulary, development in a fun and competitive way. Ms. Gale has been working with this group since the program began about five years ago. With her help, BoomWriter has been introduced at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Thank you to Amy Gale, and to Chris Twyman and Ken Haynes, who co-founded BoomWriter.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize a group of Milton citizens who have been working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations. With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign each spring to raise funds for field trips to museums, interactive geography games and live Shakespeare performances. The board of M-PACE is composed of myself, Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Moira Downes. Thank you to all these volunteers for their work on this worthwhile cause. If you would like to make a donation to M-PACE to enhance offerings in the arts for Milton Public School Students, please send a check to M-PACE, c/o James McAuliffe, Town Treasurer’s Office, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.

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.

 

February 3rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 03•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, February 3rd,  2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The  Milton School Committee’s FY18 Budget Presentation will be presented by the Administration and Milton School Committee to parents/guardians and citizens of Milton on the following dates, times and locations.

We strongly urge you all to attend one of the sessions. The same presentation will be given at each site. No matter which school your child attends, you can attend any presentation to receive the same information. We would like as many Milton School parents/guardians and community members to hear and give feedback on the presentation as possible.

This is a great opportunity to get educated, ask questions and give your opinions on choices that will need to be made with the regard to the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal school year.

Please spread the word to your friends and neighbors and be on the lookout for reminder announcements from your school principals and PTOs. We look forward to your attendance and feedback!

Collicot/Cunningham, Feb 7th at 6:30pm, Co/Cu Library
Pierce/MHS, Feb 8th at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
Tucker, February 9th at 6:30pm, Library
Glover, February 16th at 6:30pm, Library

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on February 1st.  I will summarize that very brief meeting in my next E-Blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 15th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

I am very proud of our Future Problem Solvers program here in the Milton Public Schools. This is a long-standing program which has been a huge success for our students.  The Future Problem Solving Qualifying Bowl is this Saturday (tomorrow!!) at Canton High School. This year’s topic is 3D Printing and the teams are prepared and excited to compete and represent their school with pride!

Collicot Elementary School: Abby Stefanick,  Nathaniel Brown, Caroline Duffy, Andrew Miskell, Braden Benzan, Cora Redmond, Christopher Cherry and Greta Cardoza.

Glover Elementary School: Camden Carr, Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Roman Padera, Gabriella Hernandez, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen and Imaad Tahir

Tucker Elementary School: Cheyenne Thompson, Kai Quinones, Charles Bastien, Durgin Shields, Lucy Hays, Zenobia Chen, Gabriel Veal and Dharnel Jean-Pierre.

Cunningham Elementary School: Daschel Koh, Mary O’Keefe, Rachael Jones-Booker, Kyla Miller, Meghan Mylod, Lucy Asanza, Cormac Burke and Tucker Korman.

The FPS evaluators will be in touch with the Collicot FPS coach, Lori Henry, in a few weeks to let us know if a team advances to the State Bowl on April 1st at Clark University in Worcester. This year’s topic for the State Bowl is Identity Theft.

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Milton High School hosted a wonderful event this week, which was funded by MPACE. We invited the Bay Colony Shakespeare Company to come to Milton High School to perform Macbeth onstage at the Charles C. Winchester auditorium.  For those of you who are not familiar with the work of MPACE, it is a non-profit, cultural enrichment program that brings art, music and drama opportunities to our public school students.

More than 200 Milton High School sophomores enjoyed the live Macbeth performance. All sophomores at Milton High School read the “The Bard’s Play” as part of the English II curriculum, and the live performance is the culminating event for the unit. In coming months, students at Milton High School will benefit from other MPACE programs as well.  In March, all juniors will travel to the House of Blues for a show about musical connections between our own American history and the history of the Blues and Jazz.  The show features a live performance from a band that plays everything from “Wade in the Water” to “ABC” by the Jackson Five.  In April grade 9 freshmen will see a live performance of Romeo and Juliet, once again hosting the performance at the high school.

To help support MPACE programming, please look for the check-off box in this year’s excise tax bill.  Or make an online donation by clicking here.  Thank you.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

STEM Information Night /English Innovation Pathway

On Wednesday, February 15th, the Milton Public Schools will hold a STEM Information Night! Kindergarten students and their parents are welcome to attend. During STEM Information Night, attendees will be given an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

STEM Information Night will take place in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria and will run from 6:30-7:30 PM. You may enter through the back doors of the building beginning at 6:30 PM. Due to limited space during this event, we ask that you make efforts to leave siblings of current kindergarteners at home.

We hope to see you there! Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) with any questions.

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Also, First Grade Information Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm. Please note, this event is for parents/guardians only.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 6th Annual Teens in Need and Peter J. Muse Memorial Fund Fundraiser!

The great event will take place on Friday, March 3rd from 7:00-11:00pm  at The View Restaurant & Tavern, 357 West Squantum Street, Quincy, MA.  The cost of the event is $10 for MHS Graduates and $25 for Everyone Else.  Checks should be made payable to “Milton Teens in Need, c/o S.A.F., 84 Indian Spring Road, Milton, MA 02186.  The evening will include a cash bar, raffles and door prizes.

The Milton Teens in Need is a grassroots organization formed by caring parents and staff members.  The mission of the program is to raise funds for teenagers in need who attend the Milton Public Schools.   Monies raised are used to assist teens with graduation and college entrance expenses, gifts cards and other expenses teachers and guidance counselors help identify.  In addition the funds provide scholarships to qualifying seniors.

The Peter J. Muse Memorial Fund provides scholarships for qualifying MHS seniors.  The fund was set up in honor of Mr. Muse, of Milton, who assisted many Milton families and was a devoted member of the Milton community.

Please come and join in the fun while supporting a worthy cause!!!!!

MSE/SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was sent to us by this year’s Milton Summer Enrichment Co-Directors, Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2017! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program.

Administration for MSE: Those of you who have had children participating in the MSE program in past years know that Jonathan Redden did a tremendous job of hiring high-quality teachers and high school staff, ensuring the children in attendance were safe and had fun, and keeping families aware of MSE updates and happenings. Mr. Redden will now be moving on from the position, and Bernadette Butler (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator) and Cat DesRoche (Tucker Curriculum Coordinator) will now be working together to ensure 2017 is the best summer yet! We can be contacted via email at mse@miltonps.org. We are fortunate to have Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) on our team as well, who will be continuing his role of coordinating middle and high school courses.

MSE Courses: Recruitment for teachers interested in implementing engaging and fun courses is underway! We look forward to offering wide range of courses that are appropriate for various grade levels and interests. In early April, families will be sent the “At a Glance” document, which contains a listing of courses available for each grade level during each hour. Families have found this helpful when planning potential course selections for children. Before official registration begins, you will receive the official MSE Brochure, which contains course descriptions and very important information pertaining to the program. In late April, online registration for MSE 2017 will begin. Please see below for important tentative dates (keep in mind these dates are subject to change slightly, but you will be updated if dates change). Registration: Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month. We will also have personnel available to help you register in person if you cannot use the web-based registration tool (times/dates will for face-to-face registration sessions will be released in April). Please note that all courses are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of whether you register online or in person. We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved. If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person. This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules. There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE. It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26th when the children arrive! Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
April 12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
May 1 and May 2: In-person registration (time and location TBD)
Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions
June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!
Logistics: MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday-Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017. Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4 and no MSE on Fridays! We will keep our fingers crossed for no snow days, but if needed, we will adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175 3 Courses = $525
2 Courses = $350 4 Courses = $600
Family Max = $1,200 Pre–K = $650
Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525
We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017! Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact the directors, Bernadette Butler & Cat DesRoche at mse@miltonps.org

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Is your high school student looking for a summer volunteer or work opportunity?  Click this link to learn more about the 2017 Milton Summer Enrichment Red Shirt opportunities, and to apply for a position! All applications are due by February 17.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Freshman Class of Milton High School was planning to host a Family Movie Night at Milton High School this evening, but the event has been postponed until Friday, February 17th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Mark your calendars!We hope to see you on February 17th.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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, nurse’s 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 2017.  “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!!!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful 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 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 February 12 – 18:

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, February 17, 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Maker Saturday, Ages 8-15

Do you like to Make stuff? The Milton Public Library has a Maker Cart, which houses all sorts of building/engineering/technology tools. One Saturday each month, the Children’s and Teen Rooms will host a session where you can try our tools out for yourself! Build with Legos, construct and program a robot, make crafts, build with recyclable materials, and more. For ages 8-15. 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

Milton High School student-athlete Alyssa Lum, a senior on the MHS soccer team, participated in National Signing Day earlier this week. Alyssa signed a letter of commitment to play D1 soccer for Purdue University in Indiana. As a starting midfielder, she scored 21 goals and 12 assists during the 2016 season.  She was named a 2016 Bay State All Star and First Team Bay State League All Star. As a senior, she was named the #1 player in the Herget Division Bay State League; and the #2 Player Bay State League. She was also 1st Team All State Division 2 EMGSA; #2 Ranked Division 2 All Stat EMGSA; Eastern Mass Girls Soccer Association All Star 2016; and Leading Goals/points in the Bay State League. She was also the MHS Team MVP, the MVP for Offense and the Team Captain in 2016.

Although Alyssa missed two consecutive years of high school soccer, due to torn ACL in both knees, she was able to return from her injury and excel at her sport and earn a spot on a Big Ten team playing Division 1 soccer.

“Alyssa Lum is the most impactful player ever to play soccer at MHS,” said MHS Girls Soccer Coach Brian Borde. “She is the consummate team player who leads by example.”

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Milton High School Booster Club will be conducting a calendar raffle fundraiser from January 27th thru February 28th.  The drawings will be held daily during the month of March- there are 39 prizes to be awarded! As you can see we have many exciting prizes. Each calendar cost $10 with a goal of raising $30,000.

Calendar cost $10 each
Make check out to MHS Boosters
If you need more tickets- contact Jeanne Kibble (617-331-4848 call or text) or j.kibble@comcast.net
All proceeds go back to the ATHLETES !
All tickets and money must be returned to the concession stand by February 28 in order to win March 1
All prizes were generously donated by Milton residents, MHS alumni and parents
Each athlete is being asked to sell just 10 tickets. If they didn’t bring any home- contact Jeanne Kibble to get your packet.
Every sale is necessary and appreciated. And all proceeds benefit the athletes of Milton High. Please friend Milton Parent (Boosters) on Facebook to see the drawings and to find out who won!

Thank you for your continued support!!

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:

Students:  I would like to recognize some of our fifth-graders at Collicot school this week. These students began their volunteer jobs this week, which means they have chosen to give up their recess to help younger students in various classrooms ranging from preschool to fourth grade.

 

In this picture, a fifth grade student is supporting third grade students in Mrs. Kelley’s class during literacy. Students were working on reading paired texts and answering short response questions using an online resource. 3rd graders: Elsa Crowley and Kelly Murphy 5th grader: Kendall Stirling

Staff:  Special recognition should be given to Emily Nazzaro for partnering the Collicot students in the program mentioned above with preschool volunteer opportunities. I would also like to recognize the Collicot Grade 5 teaching team for coordinating this effort.  (Ellen Lohan, Kelly Hannon, Anna Currie, Kelly Murtagh, Amanda Vasconcelos, Fatim Kramer, Katie Callahan, and Jessica Murphy)  All jobs were assigned after students responded to a Google survey distributed by the homeroom teachers! Thank you to all.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize the efforts of a dedicated group of Milton volunteers — the Citizens for a Diverse Milton. I meet with members of this group on a regular basis and I am always amazed by their energy, passion and commitment to this community. Their work is important and I appreciate all that they do.

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.

 

 

 

January 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 25•17

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

Please note, tonight is our Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Road. This event is for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students.

On March 2nd, we will host the First Grade Information Night at 6:30pm (for parents/guardians only) at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I normally try to send my weekly E-blasts out on Friday, but this week I have two pieces of good news that I cannot wait to share. First of all, we had an amazing event at Milton High School last night. Thanks to the efforts of MANY people, we celebrated the “grand opening” of the new Wildcat Wellness Center.  I never use the phrase “…it takes a village…”, but the staff and friends of the Milton Public Schools proved that there is some truth to the expression, demonstrated by the way they came together and worked with the Milton Foundation for Education for this event.

Last night’s WWC Opening was perfect from beginning to end.  Students, staff, residents, elected officials and especially our amazing partners – the MFE Board Members – were all thrilled, proud and pleased. On behalf of the generations of students who will benefit from the WWC, thank you to ALL who donated their time, money, energy and resources to making this dream a reality. No public school in this Commonwealth is fortunate enough to have a partner like the Milton Foundation for Education and the staff and faculty to bring this vision to life.

SECONDLY, I have fantastic news from the Music Department. We recently learned that six students from Milton High School will be participating in the MMEA All State Music Festival in March. These students were selected as part of a statewide competition, with auditions held last week in Shrewsbury. Congratulations to Jamie Eder (Jazz Band); Dominik Hyppolite (Mixed Chorus); Nethania Marc (Orchestra); Benjamin Scott (Concert Band); Katherine Steele (Mixed Chorus); and Stephen Tan (Mixed Chorus).

Our music students will be competing in several upcoming events during the next few weeks:

  • January 28th    Eastern District Junior Festival Auditions will be held for Grades 7-9. Milton High has 9 students auditioning and Pierce Middle School has  18.
  • February 4th    SEMSBA Junior and Senior Festival Auditions for Grades 7-12. Milton High has 55 students auditioning and Pierce Middle School has 26.
  • February 11th MMEA All State Treble Chorus Rehearsal for Grades 5-6 at Northborough High School. 22 students from Milton Public Schools will attend.

Please enjoy these photos from the opening of the Wildcat Wellness Center:

Mr. Jette cutting the ribbon for the Wildcat Wellness Center

Mr. Collyer, one of the original supporters who helped in the planning of the WWC, gave a welcome speech.

State Senator Walter Timilty took a tour of one of the rooms that are part of the WWC.

Students from MHS help to cut the ribbon as part of the WWC Grand Opening

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 1st at 6 pm in the Cable Studio, Room 245 at Milton High School.

Please note at this Feb. 1st meeting, the Milton School Committee will be discussing the FY18 budget. Since the Milton Board of Selectmen are considering a Proposition 2 ½ override, the School Committee will be looking at what initiatives would be funded if the override were to pass, and what cuts/reductions to school services would be necessary if the override were to fail.

FY18 Budget Presentations for parents/guardians have been scheduled across the district. Any interested citizen can attend any one of these sessions, as they are not school-specific.

  • Collicot/Cunningham, Feb 7th at 6:30pm, Collicot/Cunningham Library
  • Pierce/MHS, Feb 8th at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
  • Tucker, February 9th at 6:30pm, Tucker Library
  • Glover, February 16th at 6:30pm, Glover Library

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The First Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee: The Milton Public Schools have enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Milton based Ed-tech company; BoomWriter.  Over the last five years, our friends at BoomWriter have partnered with us to support the implementation of a highly engaging online writing experience.  Students have written stories that have been published, have explored non-fiction topics from a variety of perspectives and through the BoomWriter platform have engaged in the process of peer review.  This resource has become an invaluable opportunity for learning at the elementary level and one that students are always eager to participate in.

Chris Twman, Co-Founder and CEO of BoomWriter , along with his colleague and Co-founder Ken Haynes recently proposed a new and exciting way for students to participate in a BoomWriter project. All students in grades 4 and 5 across the district will participate in the First Annual Milton Boom Writer Bee. All children will read Chapter One of a story and then each week write the chapters that follow. A voting process will select a winning chapter each week. At the end of the project, we will have a published book written by the pens (actually keyboards) of many of our students. All students along the way will have the opportunity to provide feedback and determine the direction of the story, thus making it a truly collaborative writing process.

The Bee will kick off the week before February vacation with a school-based assembly for all grade 4 and 5 students and will culminate in the end of March with a celebration, honoring the writers and the completion of the book! Books will be offered for sale by BoomWriter, the proceeds of which will be donated back to the schools to support important school based initiatives.

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Children Discovering Justice is a literacy-based social studies curriculum that has been well known to much of the Milton Public Schools community for many years now. Over the last three years, under the guidance of Educational Director Jan Shafer, the program has been newly updated and now allows increased opportunities for children to read, write and speak about such sophisticated topics as democracy, equality, justice and fairness.  Students begin to understand the connection between rules and law and are “empowered to stand up for their beliefs, engage in respectful discourse, and resolve differences in constructive ways.”

We have found the program to be beneficial on many levels. The rich literature that is the backbone of this program can be used as a model in literary, historical and social contexts and has allowed for students to broaden their thinking in a multitude of ways. Children are looking at issues from new or different viewpoints and exploring essential questions that allow them to see beyond their own communities and experiences.

The 2016-17 Pilot of this program (with thanks to the district) in all kindergarten classrooms and 10 additional classes from grades 1through 5 has taken off. Teachers are reporting that students have been thoroughly engaged in the program while developing academic language and vocabulary and a sense of civic understanding. It is clear that this pilot has been a successful one, children have been given a valuable resource to continue to engage in meaningful discourse about topics of great importance in their lives, their communities and the world.

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The following item was sent to us by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

Last month, the Collicot First Lego League (FLL) team, the LEGO LEGENDS, attended a Qualifier Event at Boston University Academy. Led by coaches Laura McDermott, Fatima Bourass, and Anna Currie, the team of 14 fourth- and fifth-graders got to share the hard work they have done by competing against 23 other teams during five robot matches and three interviews behind closed doors with a panel of judges. The interviews consisted of questions about their robot design, team dynamic/cooperation, and their research project, which was all about army ants!

I would like to recognize and congratulate the Collicot FLL team members and coaches: Mason Pellegri, Rebecca Raider, Michael Labbe, Owen Creamer, Riley McKnight, Amari Long-Francois, Natalie Mills, Audrey Joyce, Christopher Helm, Billy MacQuarrie, Taylor Xu, Luke Gibbons, Ida Zoll, Winston Cathcart, and coaches Fatima Bourass, Laura McDermott, and Anna Currie. A special “thank you” to the Collicot PTO for supporting the FLL team!

Members of the Collicot First Lego League collaborating on a project

The Collicot First Lego League

Collicot First Lego League members at a competition

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The MHS Winter Cabaret will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 7 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. Come and see a variety of student acts, including singers, songwriters, pianists, string quartets, jazz combos and rock bands. Admission is $5 at the door. Come support the music students!

MSE/SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was sent to us by this year’s Milton Summer Enrichment Co-Directors, Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Believe it or not, it is time to start thinking about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) 2017! We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer with the children. This letter will serve as the first of many communications in the upcoming months about MSE, and contains important information about our program.

Administration for MSE: Those of you who have had children participating in the MSE program in past years know that Jonathan Redden did a tremendous job of hiring high-quality teachers and high school staff, ensuring the children in attendance were safe and had fun, and keeping families aware of MSE updates and happenings. Mr. Redden will now be moving on from the position, and Bernadette Butler (MPS Elementary Science Coordinator) and Cat DesRoche (Tucker Curriculum Coordinator) will now be working together to ensure 2017 is the best summer yet! We can be contacted via email at mse@miltonps.org. We are fortunate to have Billy Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) on our team as well, who will be continuing his role of coordinating middle and high school courses.

MSE Courses: Recruitment for teachers interested in implementing engaging and fun courses is underway! We look forward to offering wide range of courses that are appropriate for various grade levels and interests. In early April, families will be sent the “At a Glance” document, which contains a listing of courses available for each grade level during each hour. Families have found this helpful when planning potential course selections for children. Before official registration begins, you will receive the official MSE Brochure, which contains course descriptions and very important information pertaining to the program. In late April, online registration for MSE 2017 will begin. Please see below for important tentative dates (keep in mind these dates are subject to change slightly, but you will be updated if dates change). Registration: Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month. We will also have personnel available to help you register in person if you cannot use the web-based registration tool (times/dates will for face-to-face registration sessions will be released in April). Please note that all courses are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of whether you register online or in person. We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved. If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person. This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules. There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE. It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26th when the children arrive! Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April 12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 1 and May 2: In-person registration (time and location TBD)
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

Logistics: MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday-Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017. Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4 and no MSE on Fridays! We will keep our fingers crossed for no snow days, but if needed, we will adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

2017 Tuition:

  • 1 Course = $175 3 Courses = $525
  • 2 Courses = $350 4 Courses = $600
  • Family Max = $1,200 Pre–K = $650
  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017! Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact the directors, Bernadette Butler & Cat DesRoche at mse@miltonps.org

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Is your high school student looking for a summer volunteer or work opportunity?  Click this link to learn more about the 2017 Milton Summer Enrichment Red Shirt opportunities, and to apply for a position! All applications are due by February 17.

FROM THE READERS

From time to time, interested parents and staff members will send me articles on relevant trends in education or timely issues for our district. Please click to the link to see an interesting article on how to help your student develop a love of reading.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent in by Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian:

Winter is wonderful 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 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 February 5 – 11:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, February 10, 2017 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, February 10, 2017 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, February 11, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. 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 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.

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The following item was sent to us by Magda Cupidon, MPL Young Adult Librarian:

The Milton Public Library will be offering yoga classes for teens with Ms. Joanne Lloyd on select Tuesdays from 4-5pm in February and March in the Keys Community Room. Join Ms. Joanne for a free yoga class from 4-5pm on February 7, February 28, March 7, and March 21. You can come to one, you can come to all! Don’t forget your mat. We look forward to seeing you there! All teen programs are for students in grades 6-12.

The Milton Public Library will be offering two free Study Skills Workshops with veteran teacher and education consultant, Ms. Eliza Srestha in February and March from 4pm – 5pm in the Keys Community Room. The February 6th workshop will focus on Essay Writing, covering the basic steps of writing an effective essay: brainstorming, outlining drafting, and revising. The March 6th workshop will focus on Organization, where students will learn different strategies to help with time-management and staying focused. All teen programs are for students in grades 6-12.

For more information, please contact Magda Cupidon, Young Adult Librarian, at (617)698-5757 or mcupidon@ocln.org.

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The Milton Public Library’s Study Skills Workshop presents “Write That Essay!” In this workshop, you will learn how to: create a persuasive argument, support your ideas , organize your points and proofread.  The session will be held Monday, February 6th from 4-5pm in the Keys Community Room.  All teen programs are for students in grades 6-12

The Study Skills workshop series is presented by Eliza Wagner Srestha, founder and director of ES Tutoring & Consulting, is a veteran educator with seventeen years of teaching experience. She also works for Boston University as a Program Supervisor in the School of Education. Students should bring a tablet, laptop, or paper and a writing utensil.

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

ATHLETICS

There will be an Open House/Crew Information Night on Thursday, February 9th and Tuesday, February 28th in the Milton High School Library. Both sessions will run from 7-8pm. MHS Crew offers Milton High School students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to learn how to row and compete. Crew is a spring varsity sport and no previous rowing experience is necessary.  At Information Night, they will cover information about the sport of rowing, how the program works, costs, practice days and times, etc. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about rowing. For more information, contact Program Director Milos Nokolic: mnikolic@neponsetrowing.org

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: Glover Elementary School has an industrious fifth grader named Soraya Darvish who met with Glover Principal Karen McDavitt to discuss a proposal for a Kindness Club Initiative. When the school year began, she and her friend Reagan Mahoney brought this proposal to fruition. In September, Reagan and Soraya began teaching students about what it means to be a GLOVER KID. They addressed all students in whole-school assemblies, classroom discussions, and on the announcements. Each month, they select a different symbol to represent positive behavior. In January, they handed out bags of mittens to each teacher. Students can earn mittens for any demonstration of positive behavior. When a student earns a mitten, they get to bring it to the main office, hang it prominently on the tree that Soraya and Reagan created, and every Friday, we “pick” a mitten from each grade. Those students are called to the office and we have a Friday Wrap-Up announcement. Walking by and noticing friends’ names on the Kindness tree is a favorite activity of Glover students. The focus on positive behavior has allowed us to recognize all of the Glover students who work so hard every day to make good choices. We are very proud of Soraya and Reagan for bringing this initiative to Glover!

Staff:  I would like to recognize Colleen Martin, a music teacher at the Glover Elementary School. In addition to all that Ms. Martin does every day to make a difference in students’ lives here at Glover and Tucker, she has also facilitated and supported our amazingly talented singers on their road to All-State Chorus. Each week, she works with students selected, preparing repertoire for them to present on Saturday, March 11 as part of the state-wide chorus. She will accompany the students on multiple trips to rehearse with the All-State Chorus and will proudly watch as Milton Public Schools’ talented singers take the stage. Thank you, Ms. Martin, for your dedication and hard work!

Volunteers: I would like to thank all the student tour guides and equipment “demonstrators” who helped to make last night’s Grand Opening of the Wildcat Wellness Center such a huge success.

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.

 

 

January 20th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 20•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, January 20th, 2017

There are still two chances to see the Pierce Player’s presentation of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” There is a show tonight (January 20th)at 7pm and tomorrow (January 21st) at 2pm.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I’m excited to attend next week’s Grand Opening of the new Wildcat Wellness Center (WWC.) This project is the culmination of the efforts of the Milton Foundation for Education, the Milton Public Schools and countless generous sponsors and donors. The Wildcat Wellness Center has been used by our student athletes and non-athletes alike since its initial opening this fall. These new spaces are much more than weight rooms. They are designed to serve as a meeting space where all students can work out together. It is hoped that the WWC will encourage all students, regardless of their athletic proficiency, to achieve. The Grand Opening will take place on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30pm. I will include pictures from this event in my next E-blast.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

The meeting began with the School Committee recognizing the Pierce Players’ upcoming production of Aladdin, with several cast members appearing to perform part of a number. The MHS Girls Cross Country team was also recognized for having won the state championship for the second year in a row. Members congratulated the team and their coach, Tom Shaw. As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee heard a presentation from NESDEC on enrollment projections. Click here to view this report.  As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent and Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator gave an update to the committee on Web Based Communication and Educational Technology Strategy. Next, Ms. Sheehan discussed Curriculum and Parent Engagement Strategies for Addressing Prejudice and Insensitivity. The committee reviewed and approved the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar. The committee reviewed the Superintendent’s Evaluation Feedback Summary and approved the Superintendent’s Goals. The  Finance Subcommittee voted to approve a vendor warrant before adjourning to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Important Dates for 2017 Pre School Registration, Kindergarten Registration, STEM Night and First Grade Information night -mark your calendar.

  • January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night in MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)
  • January 27th – Pre -School lottery
  • By February 6th – Pre- School letters are sent to families
  • February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
  • February 14th to16th– Kindergarten Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
  • February 15th – First Grade Interactive STEM Demonstration/Program Explanation in the Collicot/Cunningham Cafeteria at 6:30pm (parents/guardians & students) Click here for more information.
  • March 2nd – First Grade Information Night in MHS Auditorium  at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta:

Pierce Students Learn About the Chemistry of the Universe in the Starlab: The 7th grade students at the Pierce Middle School visited the Starlab, the district’s inflatable planetarium, last month with their science teachers. The lessons worked as a conclusion to the Astronomy unit as well as an introduction to their next unit, Chemical Interactions. Led by their science teachers, Rachel Clancy, Anh Le, Allison Meleedy, and librarian, Jess Royster, students experienced three stations in the library focusing on the chemistry connections between stars and the elements in the periodic table.  In the Starlab, students learned how to find some of the constellations currently visible in the Northeast.  The presentation included a discussion on the life cycle of stars and the chemistry behind the colors of Betelgeuse and Rigel, as they observed the stars that make up Orion.  In the computer lab, students completed the We Are Stardust Webquest where they learned how the birth of stars led to the formation of the naturally occurring elements in the universe.  At a text based station, students focused on the elements found in our star, the Sun, and on planet Earth. Students from the REACH classroom also visited the Starlab this week.  They experienced a presentation about the constellations currently visible in the night sky including some of the myths behind them.

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In my last E-Blast, I mentioned that one of our Glover third-grade teachers, Shauna O’Leary, will be featured in theMassachusetts Reading Association’s 2017 calendar. Please see her article below, on “Thinking Through Your Pencil.”

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This weekend, a group of debate students will be traveling to New York City to compete in a National Tournament at Columbia University. The students will be competing against the top teams in the Northeast.  Our high school students have been working on their cases for the past  two months based on the following:

Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending.

Best of luck to our Debate Team students, along with their coaches, Kacy Dotoli and Dana DePaul.

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Front Row (L to R): Shoilee Banerjee, Nuasheen Chowdhurry, GiGi Jiang, Naila Dorre-Tyrell, Tanvir Islam, Al Lenz, Ornella Ebongue. Back Row (L to R): Kacy Kalell, Domenic Jancaterino, Aislinn O’Brien, John Daly, Matt Sullivan, Jack Cullen, Sean Bentley, Dana DePaul.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There are still two chances to see the Pierce Player’s presentation of “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” There is a show tonight (January 20th)at 7pm and tomorrow (January 21st) at 2pm. See this flyer for more information.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Please join us on  Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium when Drew Heilpern, from Summit Educational Group, will discuss college entrance exams both the SAT and ACT.   Mr. Heilpern will be discussing everything you need to know about the changes to the SAT, how it compares to the ACT and answer any questions you may have.  Students of any grade and parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

FROM THE READERS

One of our blog’s readers sent in the following report:

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy recently released its Condition of Education in the Commonwealth’s 2017 Action Guide, entitled “Putting Students at the Center of Reform.” The Rennie Center’s mission is to improve public education through well-informed decision-making based on knowledge and evidence of effective policymaking and practice. The report can be viewed by clicking here:

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance just released their Winter 2017 newsletter. Click here to view this listing of playgroups, classes and other events.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Winter is wonderful 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 addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 29 – February 4:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, February 3, 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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.

VISUAL ARTS

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

Gallery 334 at the Milton Art Center invites the public to “Points of View,” a select photography invitational. The opening reception will be January 27th from 7 to 9pm. With backgrounds ranging from commercial to fine art, this exciting show juxtaposes the unique points of view of 21 talented Boston area photographers. Come explore the unique and powerful perspectives from an array of talented image-makers. Free and open to the public with wine bar and refreshments. Entertainment by Claudia Wellington and Pat Neves.  The exhibit will run from January 27th to March 11th. Gallery hours are Friday 4-6pm; Saturday 12-4pm and by appointment.  For more info, visit the MAC website.

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to our Girls Indoor Track Team, who won the D4 State Relay meet last weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center. Please read the summary below from Coach Tom Shaw:

If you missed the relay meet this past Sunday you missed one of the most bizarre meets I have ever been a part of. From uniform drama, to athletes falling on the track and even dealing with teams in the wrong heat of their relay – it was full of drama. But what made it the most exciting is the fact that we won! We have never won this meet before. Last year, we came close, but we lost by only ONE point. We certainly earned this one the hard way, through grit and clutch performances.

Here are the highlights:

The girls Long Jump Relay of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Alexis Daly and Jessy Iwuala successfully defended their title from last year. While they did not break their own school record from last year, they certainly were the best team of the day. They bested runner up Pentucket by over a foot!

The girls Shot Put Relay team put together the best shot-putting performance EVER by a team from Milton High School. They bested their own school record of 82 feet, which they set last year by over 8 feet. The trio of Helene Juzyca, Stephanie Che and Erianna Hines earned 4th place with a combined performance of 90′ 11.75″. Last year, that would have been good enough to win the meet.

Bridget Mitchell had two stellar finishes as the anchor leg in both of her races. She needed to put on an impressive kick to give the team of Bridget, Ella Affanato, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary the meet record in the 4x800m. They broke the meet record by less than a second ( .34 seconds.) Bridget then outkicked the reigning Outdoor State Champion in the mile (Rachel Sessa) by an equally small margin of .37 seconds to help the Distance Medley Relay team of Ella Affanato, Josie Cousineau and Antonnea Umeh deliver a much-needed win in the Distance Medley Relay. Had she not outkicked Rachel, we would have lost the meet by two points — instead of winning it by two points.

What is just as impressive about the 4x800m and Distance Medley Relay teams is that we were able to have two relay teams score in EACH of those events. In the 4×800, Eliza O’Donnell, Clodagh Corcoran, Margaret Pellegri and Emme Schewe finished 6th overall earning one point for the team. Also in the Distance Medley, Genevieve Connelly, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau and Margaret Pellegri put together a stellar third place finish, behind only our first-place Milton team and Tewksbury.

The High Jump Relay team of Jessy Iwuala, Taylor Burns and Antonnea Umeh also hung on for a key point in that event by finishing sixth overall. Jessy led the way with her best jump so far this season by jumping 5′ 1″.

In the 50 Yard Shuttle Dash, we were the defending champs from last year. Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roache, Alexis Daly and Atheana Pierre gave their best at defending the title and while falling just short with a second place finish, they still gave solid performances and delivered eight badly-needed points toward the team title.

And finally — if there wasn’t enough drama at the meet already  — in the final event, it came down to the 4x400m with the scored tied between Milton and Tewksbury. In a race that saw multiple lead changes, we were never in first place until the last 80 meters. Josie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Saron Kindle did their best leading up to Elise as the anchor leg. When Elise O’Leary got the baton in 4th place with the meet on the line, she cranked out an incredible relay split of 57seconds to secure the win in the 4x400m and the overall team title.

This was an awesome win, because it took a complete team effort. We scored points in all disciplines of the sport — from the throws, jumps sprints and distance events. It’s so much more rewarding to win a meet with every event group knowing they contributed to the win. And it is also important to mention there were many other girls that competed on Sunday that I have not mentioned here. They all ran hard and gave gutsy performances we can be proud of. This is a wonderful group of young women to be working with.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize and thank the students who are performing in Aladdin this weekend at the Pierce Middle School. In addition, those students who have volunteered to be part of the crew are also to be commended. We all know how much time, work and effort goes into putting on a top-quality show like Aladdin. Congratulations to each and every middle-schooler who helped to make this show such a success!

Staff:  Congratulations to Pierce Middle School teacher Kristen Fleury, who was recently selected by the NSTA Awards and Recognitions Committee as a recipient for the 2017 Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. As part of this award, Ms. Fleury has been invited to attend the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles this spring, where she will be presented with her award.

Volunteers: I would like to thank and recognize Marvin and Andrea Gordon for their recent donation, which will further the efforts of the Milton Public Schools to support Social Emotional Learning.

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.

 

 

January 13th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 13•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, January 13th, 2017

Please join us for this year’s Milton Interfaith Clergy-sponsored MLK Celebration, which will take place on Monday, January 16th from 6:30-8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are very excited about the upcoming performance by our own Pierce Players. These talented middle schoolers will be performing “Aladdin Jr.” on Thursday, Jan. 19th at 7pm, Friday, Jan. 20th at 7pm, Saturday, Jan. 21th at 2pm. In case of inclement weather, there will be a make-up “snow date performance” to be held on Sunday, January 22nd at 2pm.

For those of you who have never been to a performance of the Pierce Players, you are in for a treat. Our students, under the direction of Pierce Drama Teacher William Deschenes, stage an incredible “mini-Broadway” type of theater experience. Tickets to these shows frequently sell out, so I would strongly encourage advance purchase. General Admission tickets are $10 and they can be purchased at the main office of Pierce Middle School during school hours. Download a ticket order form by clicking here.

Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have helped to make this production such a giant success, and I wish them all the best as the curtains go up!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

For parents/guardians of children entering Preschool, Kindergarten or Grade One, please note below:

  • January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night in MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)
  • January 27th – Pre -School lottery
  • By February 6th – Pre- School letters are sent to families
  • February 13th & February 17th – Pre- School Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
  • February 14th to16th– Kindergarten Registration in MHS Library (parents/guardians only)
  • February 15th – First Grade Interactive STEM Demonstration/Program Explanation in Collicot/Cunningham Cafeteria at 6:30pm (parents/guardians & students) Click here for more information.
  • March 2nd – First Grade Information Night in MHS Auditorium  at 6:30pm (parents/guardians only)

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Congratulations to Rebecca Damiani and Morgan Schneider for a wonderful Winter Jazz Night in the Charles A. Winchester Auditorium, which featured a great display of combos as well as big bands. This was Ms. Schneider’s jazz debut in her first year at MPS. Her ensemble work with the students is amazing. There were six groups performing a variety of jazz repertoire which finished off with the Pierce Middle School and Milton High School Jazz Bands at a well-attended concert. Jazz is alive and well in Milton Public Schools!

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I am so proud to share some exciting news with you all! We recently learned that Ms. Debra Thoresen, Grades 5-12 Strings Director, and the MHS Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Conference in March.

Each year, the MMEA Conference Committee selects four exemplary ensembles for Concert Hour, a performance that features the most outstanding ensembles in the state.  This year, Ms. Thoresen submitted an audio file of her winter concert program for consideration, and it was selected to be one of the four featured performances!

This is the highest honor a performance ensemble can receive from the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.  Frequently, Milton is represented at state-level festivals by individual student performers, however, it is a rare occurrence when a whole ensemble is showcased.  Please join me in congratulating Ms. Thoresen on this major professional accomplishment, and her students for their dedication and hard work.

I posted this link in a previous E-blast, but for those of you who missed it, here is a recording of the performance. It is well-worth a second look.  (The soloist is Nethania Marc, a MHS Junior.)  I hope you enjoy!

BUDGET NEWS

Now that we are in the midst of the FY17-18 budget season, we will be holding presentations for our parents/guardians. Please see the schedule below, and if you cannot attend the session for your child’s school, you may attend any of the other presentations.

    • Collicot/Cunningham, Feb 7th at 6:30pm, Co/Cu Library
    • Pierce/MHS, Feb 8th @ 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium
    • Tucker, February 9th @ 6:30pm, Tucker Library
    • Glover, February 16th @ 6:30pm, Glover Library

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener, how each classroom is set up, the kindergarten curriculum used across the district and the registration process. All families who have pre-registered by January 15, 2017 will receive a registration packet and appointment time at the conclusion of the program.

February 15th – First Grade Interactive STEM Demonstration/Program Explanation, 6:30-7:30pm., Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria, 44 Edgehill Rd

This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem!  Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.

March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.

Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent in by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

On May 1, a golf tournament will be held at Granite Links to help support the Science from Scientists program in our elementary schools.  We are looking for volunteers in the Milton community that may be able to help with: soliciting sponsors, helping to manage financial aspects of the tournament, website design/maintenance, and more. Please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler and the tournament co-chairs  (chipinforescience@miltonps.org) if you are interested in helping!

See below for more information on the Chip In Fore Science golf tournament:

Chip in Fore Science is dedicated to the continuation of a well-loved 5th Grade science enrichment program called Science from Scientists; a yearlong in-class instructional program that sends two charismatic scientists into the classroom on a bi-weekly basis for the entire academic year to lead standards-based, hands-on, and fun science lessons, and provide all necessary equipment and materials. With a goal of raising $60,000.00 annually we are able to facilitate Science for Scientists to assist our teacher to educate, motivate and inspire our children in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Visit their website sciencefromscientists.org for more information.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan – and written by Rita Stegman- Intern from Framingham State University

On, Tuesday, January 17th the Milton High School we are rolling out a new lunch concept!  “My Way Café”. Just like their favorite Mexican chain, students can create a burrito bowl using fun and nutritious ingredients. Students will choose lean seasoned taco meat or flavored diced chicken with jalapenos and queso to add a burst of flavor while brown rice, black beans, peppers, onions and shredded romaine lettuce will add tons of nutrients.

One of the options that students can choose from is our new spicy rice. (Featured in our last email blast). This brown rice is cooked in diced tomatoes and seasoned with cumin, curry and chili powder. Students who want a classic option can choose regular brown rice. They may choose whole grain tortilla chips or a whole grain tortilla. Whole grains meet the nutrition standards and provide important fiber and B vitamins.

Delicious toppings for their bowl include seasoned black beans, sautéed peppers and onions, fresh guacamole, fresh salsa, shredded low fat mozzarella cheese and melted cheese. Beans are an essential part of a healthy diet and a requirement from the National School Lunch Program. Also, they are the perfect addition to a burrito bowl. Salsa, lettuce, onions and peppers pull from many different vegetable categories and can be mixed and matched however the student chooses.

My Way Café is a unique way for students to make their own combinations of delicious, healthy ingredients. Encourage your kids to stop by the cafeteria to make a burrito bowl their way!

FROM THE READERS

As many of you know, we had our Preschool Information Night last night at Milton High School earlier this week. So this article, sent in by one of our readers, is both informative and timely. Originally published in Prevention Science, the article discusses the benefits of students’ one-on-one relationships with preschool teachers.  Click here to read the article.

MFE NEWS

We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Wildcat Wellness Center. This new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility is an outstanding addition to the Milton High School campus.

This project could not have happened without the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm MHS Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris, and MHS English Teacher Steve Collyer, all of whom worked very hard to get our new Wildcat Wellness Center up and running. A small reception will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30pm outside the new Wellness Center.

The MFE helped to fund this important Health & Wellness initiative.  The weight training room has been in use since mid-September and the cardio room opened in October. Most of the finishing touches have been completed at this time and the rooms are fully functional and ready to be used. This will be an invaluable resource for all our students!

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Please Save the Date! On April 8th, the MFE will hold their annual Celebration for Education at Lombardo’s in Randolph.  Details to follow!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

MSAPC Strategic Planning Retreat was Inspiring and Productive

Last month, nearly 70 Milton residents, leaders, students and employees attended an engaging and informative Strategic Planning Retreat at Curry College, hosted by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Four community contributors to youth substance misuse in Milton were identified, based on information gathered from our community assessment, and small groups brainstormed strategies for how to address them. We came away with excellent suggestions!  The next step is for the coalition’s Core Stakeholder Group to meet on January 24th to prioritize and refine the suggestions we received.  We will announce when the strategic plan is finalized, which will appear on our website. Thanks to Steve Nelson, we have some fantastic pictures of the strategic planning retreat, and we encourage you to peek at them to see just how engaged everyone was. Here is a link to our website where the pictures can be found.  (Scroll down the page to the “Strategic Planning Retreat Images.”) https://www.milton-coalition.org/strategic-plan

Marijuana Dispensary in Milton

The New England Patient Network (NEPN), a marijuana dispensary that is seeking a letter of support or no contest from the town, requested a meeting with members of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  The meeting was held on January 10th and coalition representatives Caroline Kinsella, Deborah Milbauer, and Noel Vigue were in attendance. Ms. Kinsella informed NEPN representatives that the MSAPC was there to listen and ask questions, but that they were not authorized or prepared to make any decisions on behalf of the MSAPC. The Selectmen will likely vote on NEPN’s request for a letter on January 31st at 7pm at a public hearing.  The location will appear on the town’s new website.  www.townofmilton.org

BID-MILTON

Quilting for the Compassionate Companions Program

Our Compassionate Companions Program is a pilot offering focused on providing comfort and companionship to patients to are terminally ill.  This session is an opportunity to tie quilts that will be distributed to terminally ill patients.  These quilts are a source of great comfort to our patients and their loved ones during a difficult time.  No sewing or quilting experience is necessary!  Martha Burke, wife of Dr. Dennis Burke, is a terrific teacher, and supplies the quilts, needles and thread. The session will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 5-6:30 p.m. (Conference Room)

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following was sent in by MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:

Winter is wonderful 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 addition to our regular storytimes on Monday and Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 22 – 28:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:00 and 10:45 am
Launch Party: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Children’s Room invites your baby, toddler, or preschooler to participate in our brand-new program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Come to this party to learn all about the program and sign up on the spot. Miss Sara and Miss Elaine will be on hand to read stories to get your child started, and everyone who registers will receive a prize! We’ll be offering two sessions of this program from 10-10:30 and 10:45-11:15; choose the one that suits you best. No registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, and in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Friday, January 27, 2017 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, January 27, 2017 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, January 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
American Girl Tea, Ages 5-10

Please join the Friends of the Library and the Children’s Room for a tea celebrating all things American Girl! We’ll be enjoying tea and snacks, doing crafts, and more. Participants may enter a raffle with several wonderful prizes! Bring your American Girl doll with you and let her join in on the fun. For ages 5-10. Because spaces are limited, registration is required. Cost: $5 per child, which is due at check-in for 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.

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ATHLETICS

As we near the midpoint of the winter season, our teams will be looking to qualify for the State Tournaments. The Girls Hockey team sits at 6-1-1 and hopes to punch their tournament ticket in the next few games. The Indoor Track teams are both undefeated and are strong contenders for Bay State Conference Championships. The Boys Ice Hockey team, both Basketball teams, and the Wrestling team are all hovering around .500 and are working hard to make runs to post season play. Please check our new and improved athletic website for recaps of recent athletic contests. Click here for the Wildcats website.

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Spring Sports sign-ups will open up on Family ID on February 1st. Spring sports will begin on Monday, March 20th.

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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:

Students: I would like to recognize and thank the following students, who have been selected to serve on our Safety Patrol. The Safety Patrol is a group of volunteer students in the 5th grade in all four elementary schools. The Safety Patrol is tasked with making sure all students are safe around the school, before and after the school day starts.  Duties of a Safety Patroller could include serving the school community, assisting teachers at arrival and dismissal, and helping other students arrive and depart the school building. Students selected for the patrol will have the opportunity to train with a representative from AAA, who will visit each school and teach patrollers about techniques they can use to help others be safer in our school environment. As a member of the Safety Patrol, students may be asked to arrive at  school early or stay at school later than they normally would.  Patrollers will be assisting teachers with arrival and dismissal at an assigned post.  I would also like to thank our Transportation Director, Jake Smith, for his work on this project. Collicot: Cora Redmund, Steven Mason, Nolan Murphy, Ella Cantor and Mariel Jones. Cunningham: William Bilowz, Emma Buckley, Tommy Conley, Atticus d’Alessandro, Charlie Little, Kiera Nosal, Jack Ryan and Paige Warren. Glover: Soraya Darvish, Grace Festa, Violet Figuerido, Leo Heikka and Patrick Plunkett. Tucker: Julia Mangum, Catherine Best, Daniel Thomas, Jerry Kennedy, Kelly Dorlean, Hoa Tong, Yekta Manaveglu, Emerson Dobrindt, Anna Labbe, Mudia Ordion-Ukpebor.

Staff:  Glover teacher Shauna O’Leary is being featured in the MWRA’s 2017 annual published calendar. There is a wonderful article about Ms. O’Leary’s work at Glover featured in the March section of the calendar. The MWRA published the calendar to recognize individuals who work on innovations in literacy instruction and features individuals from state and national literacy organizations for each month. Ms. O’Leary was recognized for her writing instruction. Congratulations!

Volunteers:  I am always grateful to our volunteers and the Milton Foundation for Education has some of the hardest working volunteers in Milton. I wish everyone could meet these people and spend time with them. Along with our PTO and Milton Boosters volunteers, the MFE volunteers are tireless advocates of the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in thanking the following:

Officers: Presidents: Will Korman, Denise Queally; Vice President: Eileen Heller, Karyn Viveiros; Treasurers: Leslie Collins, Pete McLoughlin; Recording Secretary: Rachel Schewe; Corresponding Secretary: Sheila Leddy

Trustees:Courtney Affanato, Henry Bell, Leslie Collins, Jeanne Conley, Caroline Dodero, Margaret Eberhardt, Amy Flanagan, Greg Gordon, Eileen Heller, Piel Hollingsworth, Regine Jean-Charles, William Korman, Sheila Leddy, Kari McHugh, Pete McLoughlin, Amy Carleton Mills, Roxanne Musto, Beth Plunkett, Denise Queally, Bill Resnick, Julie Ritchie, Karly Maria Rizzo, Angela Rue-Van Allen, Ray Sambrano, Rachel Schewe, Allen Schweitzer, Susan Sullivan, Liddie Sutter, Nora Vernazza, Karyn Viveiros, MaryJane Walsh.

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

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