11/16/2017 E-blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
As we approach Thanksgiving week in the Milton Public Schools, I would like to take this opportunity to say how thankful I am for the staff, families and volunteers who comprise the Milton Public Schools.  A school district is only as strong as the people who work, learn and volunteer here every day and we are lucky in Milton to have a dynamic staff, engaged students and a generous school community.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones.                     

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
For the past 18 months, members of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (School Committee Members Ada Rosmarin, Dr. Kevin Donahue, Margaret Eberhardt, parents Steve Paxhia and Spencer Blaisdale and MPS administrators James Jette, Janet Sheehan, Glenn Pavlicek, A.J. Melanson, Dr. Karen Spaulding and Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai) have met regularly to create a strategic roadmap, process and a set of actionable strategic initiatives stated here: Technology;  Social Emotional Learning; Cultural Competence;  Curriculum and Instruction; Data Dashboard.

To further define their work, a new MPS Vision Statement was crafted and approved by the Milton School Committee on November 9th , 2017:

We, the Milton Public Schools, envision a district with excellent instruction in every classroom, where learning experiences are aligned with students’ individual strengths and needs, and where attention to academic and social emotional growth are balanced so that every child achieves at high levels and develops a strong sense of self.  We see a district of intellectual discourse and professional learning at all levels- students, faculty, and administration- in which there are structures and processes for continual reflection, innovation, and data driven decision-making.  We know that such a district is achievable if: we facilitate instruction that instills a passion for learning, curiosity, and critical thinking skills; we are committed to cultural competency; we foster a positive approach to the behavioral health of children; and we build strong partnerships with families and the community. 

As this important work continues, I invite you to read more about the Strategic Planning Committee.

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday,  December 6th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
Over the past year, Milton High School Staff has worked tremendously hard to revamp its online presence. At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, we began using the PlusPortal system for class webpages, online grading, and teacher, student and parent communication. On November 27, 2017, MHS will begin using PlusPortal accounts to provide students and families with live grades. Continue reading details about MHS Live Grades….

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As part of our Junior and Senior Health curriculum, our Health and Physical Education staff encourage students to reflect on a health topic of their choice, to research their topic and create a presentation for the in school Health Fair. On Tuesday, our students presented their findings to peers and staff on dozens of health issues – from distracted driving and lung cancer to depression, bone strength and anxiety.  

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On Thursday, November 16th at 7pm, Milton High School will present the Music Department’s first annual Cabaret.  Come out to MHS to support our students in this showcase of original student talent. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.

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Join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning Night on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm at Milton High School. We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know to survive and thrive during the college admissions process. Informational sessions will be held for Financial Aid, Standardized Testing, supporting your senior throughout the year, NCAA requirements, overview of the college process, and Naviance. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians and students in any grade.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
As part of their US Government and Civics curriculum, our 8th graders will be visiting several historic sites in downtown Boston this week, as they learn about how Boston was one of the foundations of democracy in our country. Exploring these historic locations  offers hands on insights into the reasons why our government became what it is today.  They will end their day at the New England Aquarium to view an IMAX film, Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland 3D , a film about adaptations on the island which correlates with the second unit of the 8th grade science curriculum on Genetics, Natural Selection, and Evolution.  

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Pierce Middle school is gathering for their Global Celebration on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 pm.  There will be student performances and a performance by the Benkadi Drum and Dance group. All are welcome at this celebration of student talent!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
As a part of November’s Family Literacy Month, Tucker celebrated its Fifth Annual Book Character Day on November 9th. Students were encouraged to dress as characters from a favorite book. During the school day students celebrated their love of literacy with Book Buddies from other grades as our older students were paired with younger grades in a Book Buddy reading exercise. Older students brought a book and shared favorite passages and pictures in a relaxed environment. Seeing the “big kids” enthusiastic about reading was impactful for our young students and our older students valued the opportunity to continue to be student leaders. Many of our classes plan to continue these partnerships as the school year progresses.  

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Are you looking for fun, interactive ways your elementary student can practice what they are learning at school from home?   Have your student login to their National Geographic REACH for Reading,  Study Island, or Everyday Math account (Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, or Tucker).  All three sites provide extra support for your student.  Students have been provided login cards for each site from their teacher with their username and passwords.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Please note the short Thanksgiving week with Thanksgiving Recess 11/22-11/24

The next MPS K-12 Early Release Day is Thursday, December 7th (P/T conferences for grades K-5)

ART AND MUSIC NEWS
This week, 230 third grade students submitted artwork to the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Poster Contest. This collaboration between art teachers, classroom teachers and Town Administrator Mr. Michael Dennehy endeavored to raise public awareness, promote the attributes of good local government, and encourage future leaders of Massachusetts to take an active interest in their community activities.  Local Government is Helpful, Local Government is Safe, and Local Government is Fun were among the themes that resonated with students.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($250), second ($100), and third ($50) place winners.  Good luck to the Milton contest participants! 

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On Saturday, November 11th, the Wildcat Marching Band, Colorguard, and members of the Milton High School Chorus honored all veterans in musical performance during Milton’s 2017 Veterans Day Observance.  The program included a medley of Armed Forces songs, Amazing Grace, and a performance of The Star Spangled Banner during the raising of the flag.  You can check out their performance on the Milton FAME Facebook page.

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On Saturday, November 18th, over 1000 musicians will pass through the halls of Milton High School to audition for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Eastern District Senior Festival.  Milton High student volunteers will work to assist judges and facilitate the audition process for selection to the festival’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, Mixed Chorus, and Orchestra.  Forty five Milton students will audition as well!  If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event, please contact Milton FAME at miltonfame@gmail.com.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS
Pass us your soccer uniforms…and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Drop off your used soccer uniforms and equipment in collection bins located in the lobbies of The Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce Schools and at 34 Cliff Rd. Any donations of clean t-shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. We will also happily accept uniforms from other sports. Please contact Madame Brown at 617-696-8125 with any questions.  

FROM THE READERS
I wanted to share a recent conversation Mr. Jette had with a Milton Public Schools parent. Mrs. Gail Linehan shared news of her two sons, James, MHS Class of 2013 and Joseph, MHS Class of 2016. James and Joseph are both serving in the military as Navy Corpsman and both are using the French they learned as part of the French Immersion program at MPS.  James was stationed in Naples, Italy in the emergency room and he was able to translate for a patient to ensure proper care.  Joseph was recently on a two week training in Camp Lejeune where he served as the translator for the French Legion during their combined training. We are always pleased to see our Milton Public School graduates using the many skills learned at MPS as they successfully embark upon their chosen careers.   

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Cunningham Assistant Principal Bernadette Butler shares  What our staff is reading this week. 

MFE NEWS
The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce that $21,000 was raised at this year’s Monster Dash to enrich and enhance science in all six Milton schools. 1500 Miltonians ran, walked, dance, sang, and had a fantastic time at the event held in loving memory of Sam Cichello. The MFE thanks each and every sponsor and participant for making a difference in the lives of all our children.

NEWS AROUND TOWN
The Milton Library Trustees are developing a strategic vision for the Kidder Building on Blue Hills Parkway. They will be hosting a public forum on November 27th at 6:30pm in Keyes room to share our process and gain input from the town residents. All are welcome.

What’s happening at the library for kids?

DPW Thanksgiving trash pickup schedule

Head down to Cunningham on Saturday, November 18th at 9 am for The Best Buddies Milton 5k Gobbler run/walk!  

Skip Hop and Co-Op Playgroup

Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair  takes place on Saturday, December 9th from 10-4pm. We are featuring over 20 local artists including Pierce Middle School student Maggie Mannion who sews skirts and pillow cases. 

ATHLETICS
Ryan Madden’s Fall Sports Update

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Winter Registration is open for Winter Athletics 

THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL GAME – Skip the line!
The Thanksgiving Day Football Game is in Milton this year.  We play Braintree High School at 10 am and it can be very crowded, especially at the ticket gate. In an effort to reduce the wait time for our home fans, we will be pre-selling tickets in both the Main Office and the Athletic Director’s office. Pre-sale tickets are $10 general admission.  It is first come first served, cash or check accepted. Pre-buying your tickets will save you from waiting in line.

BOOSTERS FUNDRAISERS
The Milton Boosters is partnering with Mackies’ Barber Shop in Milton to raise money for Milton High School Athletics.  From 12-3pm on Sunday, November 19th Mackies’ Barber Shop will be offering “buzz cuts” or “Mohawk” cuts for $15.  All proceeds will go to the Milton Boosters.  Thank you to the Boosters and Mackies’ Barber Shop for their help!

Did you know you can support MHS Athletics and get all your Milton gear through the Boosters? They have lots of great Milton apparel for the cold weather – pompom hats, sweatshirts, t shirts, fleece and flannel, in both adult and youth sizes. Email Pandresino@comcast.net or maggieoldfield@comcast.net to purchase items or stop by our indoor concessions stand after school everyday from 2:15-3:15. The Boosters will also be selling gear at the Thanksgiving football game, St Agatha Holiday Boutique on 12/1, Thayer Nursery Holiday Celebration on 12/3 , Girls and boys basketball home openers and at the MHS concert on 12/12.

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’m very happy to congratulate the MHS Students of the Quarter who were recognized this morning at Milton High School. In order to recognize students who are making a contribution to our community, each MHS department nominates two students who deserve commendation for the previous marking period. These students may have displayed academic excellence, shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort.  Students of the Quarter receive a certificate and their pictures are posted  near the main office.  Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school. It is a pleasure to recognize these accomplished students.

Back L-R Sam LeLacheur, Lindsey Dunn, Matthew Dunn, Samantha Dely, Josh Wright, Bronwen Mandel, Franklin Ollivierre, Nicola Cross, Grace Baker, Gillian Handy, Jack Elliot, Zachary Bouadjemi
Front L-R Melvin Rosario-Fernandez, Halle-Marie Armstrong, Dilruba Manavoglu, Karine Correia, Ronald Tejeda, Katherine Possi, Garrett Allen, Richard Wheeler, Courtney Dunn, Katherine Morrissey

Staff: Please join me in thanking Mrs. Annie Dutton as she retires from the Milton Public Schools. Mrs. Dutton has spent most of her time at MPS as the administrative assistant at the Cunningham School and was likely was the first person who welcomed you into the building or the friendly voice you heard when calling. She has been a valuable member of the Cunningham community and she will be missed dearly. The Milton Public Schools thanks Mrs. Dutton for all of her years in the Milton Public Schools and especially for her work at Cunningham School. I wish her nothing but the best during her retirement.

Volunteers: A big thank you to our elementary parents who helped Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick inventory and re-stock our Science Materials Kits to take this burden off our teachers. The parent support in this effort is priceless and appreciated. In addition, our volunteers were excited to have the opportunity to see the hands on materials their children are using every day in science. There will be more opportunities to help with this ongoing project, please look for emails from your Principal and PTO. ​

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

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November 9th E-blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
The Milton Public Schools commemorates Veterans Day in a multitude of ways. Many of our High School students participated in the #MyVeteran writing program promoted by our local Veterans Affairs office and MHS junior Grace Baker was chosen to share her essay profiling a Veteran at the Veterans Day Ceremony. The MHS Key Club collected candy to be sent to our troops overseas and Pierce 8th grade teacher Owen McElhinney engaged students in writing thank you notes to veterans at a local VA hospital. At The Tucker School, classes read the children’s book America’s White Table and participated in a tribute based on the book.  Glover School students raised their flag and staff with family in the military spoke with students while the entire school joined in song.  The Collicot School invited Veterans to be honored at an all school assembly and The Cunningham School held their 5th Annual Veterans Day Remembrance. Students and staff invited a Veteran or active Service Member to join them at school for a coffee social where they heard from student and Veteran speakers, attended the flag raising by a military Honor Guard, enjoyed students leading the school in patriotic songs and visited classrooms. I encourage you to attend the Town of Milton’s Veterans Day Ceremonies on Saturday, November 11th at 11 am at Town Hall.  In advance of Veterans Day on November 11th, please join me in thanking all of the Veterans and active duty Service Members in the Milton Public Schools community.  We are extremely grateful for their service.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Thursday November 9th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
This term, twenty-three Spanish students in Señora González’s two AP classes, have been working on a special project linked to the Global Challenges theme.  This comprehensive unit trains and engages students to reflect on economical, environmental, social and contemporary philosophical issues. Students develop their understanding and critical thinking skills about current events and important concepts relating to demographic, immigration, work, social welfare, and globalization by reading, writing, and discussing – in Spanish – a wide range of contemporary articles, literary pieces, and multi-media resources. Our students have demonstrated an impressive array of creativity, higher order thinking, linguistic proficiency and genuine engagement during this project. By leading her advanced students in a series of meaningful interdisciplinary activities in authentic real-life settings, Ms. González is training them to develop an informed understanding of the challenges of our time and to think creatively about solutions for a better future. Continue reading…

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Congratulations to the cast and crew of Milton High School’s fall musical production, PIPPIN!  The show featured MHS Seniors James DiSandro as Pippin, Grace Varela as Leading Player, and over 50 students and musicians in the cast, crew and orchestral pit.  A tremendous thank you to Directors Kevin Black, Katherine Encarnacao, and Preston Pero, and the team of parents and guardians who made this production such a success!

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Join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm at Milton High School. We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know to survive and thrive during the college admissions process. Informational sessions will be held for Financial Aid, Standardized Testing, supporting your senior throughout the year, NCAA requirements, overview of the college process, and Naviance. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians and students in any grade.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS
Every month at Pierce Middle School, our teachers nominate students as Student of the Month. Students can be nominated for a variety of achievements: academic success, excellent effort, significant improvement in behavior or academics, outstanding citizenship and more. Just this week a staff member nominated a student for “Going above and beyond to make a new student in our class feel welcome, comfortable and included.” Students of the Month are announced during morning announcements, celebrated in the cafeteria, given a hand calligraphed certificate, published in the Milton Times and added to our Student of the Month picture wall. We love celebrating our students and the many ways they achieve at Pierce Middle School.

Last Friday the Pierce Student Council organized a March for Peace with a simple goal – to spread Peace in our community.  Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding had this to say: “As may be the case for some of you, I am often asked what I do for a living when meeting new people or mingling at a social event. The exchange typically goes something like this…They ask, “What do you do for work?” I reply, “Oh, I am a principal.” They continue, “How nice! What level? Elementary?” I reply, “Middle school!” They reply, sometimes while placing their hand gently on my shoulder, “Oh, I am so sorry.” Well, I wish those folks could have been with me on Friday at the First Annual Pierce Middle School March for Peace! It was absolutely my proudest moment as a principal! As we assembled on the back field and the numbers grew- more than 50, now over 100, getting closer to 200 attendees- I knew something special was happening. Students hoisted their signs calling for love and peace up in the air and made their way up the driveway, onto Clapp Street, down to Thacher, up to Canton Avenue, and onto the Gazebo at Town Hall. Along the way, neighbors waved to us from their porches. “What are you walking for?”, some asked. “Peace,” we replied. “Just peace?”, they questioned. “Yes, just peace,” we said proudly.” The Pierce school motto of “We are Pierce” was in full display on Friday.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
During the Thanksgiving season, each of our Elementary Schools partners with The Milton Food Pantry to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in Milton who may need some assistance this holiday season. Students in each grade bring in a specific item to contribute to the complete meal  and volunteers and older students help to assemble the boxes for delivery to the Milton Food Pantry. The food pantry adds turkeys, fresh fruit and fresh pies – Dinner is served! With contributions from Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker, the Milton Public Schools is able to help provide over 125 holiday meals for Milton families.

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As part of the ongoing effort to connect each child and family with athletics and activities, the Tucker Basketball League has kicked off this fall! 4th and 5th grade students make up the four teams that play each other on Thursday nights at the Tucker School.  32 students gather for an hour of instruction, guidance and encouragement from family and friends.  Tucker parent Winston Daley takes the lead in this effort by offering his expertise in basketball and fosters a love of the sport. Acting as the game day official, Coach Daley’s enthusiasm and leadership has inspired an energy that lasts long after each game has ended. Tucker Basketball is also lucky to have Milton High School volunteers who assist in coaching the student teams. It is wonderful to see Tucker alumni serve as mentors to current students and help foster an understanding of the game. The Tucker Tigers will play their championship game on December 14th in the Tucker Gymnasium.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Collicot’s One Book, One  School –  The Jennifer Kelly Project
Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam , Ava and Ronan, passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009. She was a huge presence in the Milton Public Schools Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School. Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book, One School program. In this program, each family receives their own copy of the same book to read. The books chosen at Collicot celebrate diversity, embrace our differences and cultivate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion. The school community then comes together to participate in fun, shared events that celebrate our book’s theme. The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at Collicot as part of a diversity committee initiative. Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.

Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  Please join the Collicot Community as we raise funds for our 9th year of One Book, One School on Friday, November 17th, 7-11 pm Neighborhood Club in Quincy. Ticket sales close Friday 11/10.

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The  Annual Student Flu clinic for students  and parents is on Tuesday, November 14th  at Pierce Middle School from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as permission forms must be completed. There is no cost for this flu shot, but please bring your insurance card.

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On Thursday, November 16th at 7pm, Milton High School will present the Music Department’s first annual Cabaret.  Come out to MHS to support our students in this showcase of original student talent. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.

FUNDRAISING NEWS
Four more days to shop at the Fruit Center to benefit Milton Public Schools! Download your school’s voucher below.

Collicot     Cunningham      Glover     Tucker    Pierce Middle School      Milton High School

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
The Milton SEPAC invites you to join them for an opportunity to meet fellow parents and area service providers on Tuesday, November 14th from 7:30-9  pm at Boston Sensory Solutions, 500 Granite Ave, Milton. Among those in attendance will be specialists in OT, speech, sensory integration, executive functioning, ADHD, ASD, nutrition, behavioral issues, and inclusive classes and activities. You will have the chance to mingle with parents and providers in a casual setting and get to know more about local resources. The event is only for adults and is open to the public.

TECHNOLOGY
Technology Tips for families sent in by AJ Melanson, Instructional Technology Director

Check out the new Milton Public Schools Facebook page 

Follow us on Twitter

Have you visited our new website?

FROM THE READERS
I wanted to share this generous thank you I recently received from those who organized Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse.

We wanted to thank you for the incredible support by the Milton Public Schools of the inaugural Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse held on October 21, 2017.  We especially thank Noel Vigue and Karen Cahill who did an excellent job collaborating with us to get so many Milton students involved.  We had approximately 36 student volunteers and many students ran and walked! In fact, we had over 625 registrants for the run. It would not have been a success without the support of people like Noel and Karen.  They were really a pleasure to work with and we look forward to working with your team again next year.  It meant alot to us to get young people involved given the prevalence of the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.   The Mike’s 5K Committee

MPS at Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse

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Sent in by a reader: Six Myths About Choosing a College Major- The New York Times

NEWS AROUND TOWN
The week of Thanksgiving, all trash collections will occur on Wednesday November 22nd, the day before the holiday. Please have all your barrels, bins and bags out at curbside by 7 am on Wednesday, 11/22.   

What’s happening at the library for teens?           What’s happening at the library for kids?

Join Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on Tuesday,  November 14th at 7pm  for a free community education program developed specifically for young athletes and their parents-  “Concussions – What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You.”

The Best Buddies Milton 5k Gobbler run/walk will be held on Saturday, November 18th at Cunningham School. Prizes , food and a great new DJ will help commemorate the 10th annual anniversary for the event.  

Skip and Hop Playgroup Series 

ATHLETICS
Milton Public Schools has had a full and exciting week of sports! In case you missed it, you can find all the news and upcoming dates in Athletic Director Ryan Madden’s update, sent earlier today.

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: Please join me in congratulating Cunningham 5th graders Delia Higgins and James Goodman who were chosen to read their “Letter to a Veteran” essays at the Cunningham School’s Veteran’s Day Remembrance. Delia and James spoke from the heart and should be proud of what they wrote and shared with fellow students, staff and invited guests.

Staff: We are lucky at Milton Public Schools to have two full time Resource Officers. Officers Chris Potts and Maria Poles spend most school days building relationships with our Milton High and Pierce Middle School students, attend many school day and weekend events and support MPS in supporting the safety and security of our students and families. They can often be found cheering on our athletes, attending a play or greeting students at the beginning or end of a school day. We are fortunate to have two such caring Milton Police Department officers assigned to Milton Public Schools throughout the school year.

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize community member Janet Evans, who has been volunteering at Collicot every Wednesday. She is working with our kindergarten students to support literacy and can be seen reading and writing with small groups, playing letter and sound games and supporting the students at recess. Collicot Assistant Principal Amy Gale writes, “ She has been an amazing addition to our school community!”

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

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November 2nd E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: November 2nd, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Members of the Pierce Middle School Student Council will lead a March for Peace on Friday, November 3rd at 2:45 pm. All are welcome to attend as students, staff and participants from the Milton Community process from Pierce to the Gazebo at Town Hall where these student leaders will share thoughts about peace in our local and worldwide community. We will also hear from some talented Pierce singers. The students meet weekly and conceived of the idea for the March for Peace with their advisors, Pierce Middle School writing teacher Mr. Dolan, 6th and 7th grade teacher Ms. Percuoco, and 8th grade history teacher, Mr. Smith. These advisors worked with members of the Student Council on the logistical planning as well as their goals for the March. The intent of the March is simple: to promote peace and spread a simple but powerful message of love and kindness. The March for Peace is non-political and non-denominational and our Pierce  Student Council hopes it will send a message of unity and peace in our community.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Thursday,  November 9th  at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. (Please note the change from the usual Wednesday date).

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Milton High School English Teacher Jason Coady:

More than 200 Milton High School sophomores were invited to hear Vietnam Veteran Tom Hannon speak at Milton High School on Thursday, October 26th.  Sophomore students in Mr. Coady,  Mr. Young, and Mr. Sanchez’s classes have been reading Tim O’Brien’s 1990 Vietnam War novel “The Things They Carried.”  Students have been discussing O’Brien’s ideas on how fiction, more than autobiography and memoir, can be a superior medium for conveying universal truths, especially in war narratives. They have also been considering the conflict of individual conscience versus the state as O’Brien writes about the controversy of the draft during the Vietnam era. This reading has been enhanced and enriched through viewing segments of Ken Burns’ PBS Vietnam War documentary dealing with the antiwar movement, and the soldier’s experience in Vietnam. The students’ personal discussion with Mr. Hannon, who served in Vietnam in the Spring of 1969 as a Hospital Corpsman attached to a Marine Unit before being injured, was both further enlightening and a chance for students to connect written history with a Vietnam Veteran who has dedicated his life to supporting veterans working as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the Boston Vet Center, a PTSD treatment clinic of the Veteran’s Administration. In his capacity as a PNP Mr. Hannon serves both the physical and emotional scars many veterans face. Mr. Hannon shared his first impressions of Vietnam and answered many insightful questions from our students.  Especially in advance of Veteran’s Day, Milton Public Schools is grateful to Mr. Hannon both for his service to our country and his willingness to share his life experience with our students.

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The following was sent to us by Amy Tom, High School Science Department Head:

Milton High School Pre-K students participated in a series of “Mad  Scientist” experiments this week.  Our Pre-K students have been  studying the five senses and were asked to utilize these senses while rotating through various stations. The class ended with a chemical reaction experiment with students using their sense of sight and sound to conduct observations. 

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Thanks to a generous Milton Public Library donor, nine of our Milton High School students were able to attend the MPL Literary Gala this week. MHS teacher Stephen Collyer attended the event with the students and remarked “The students enjoyed the evening and expressed gracious appreciation for the experience. They got to share in their own community’s celebration of storytelling and witness the town’s support for the library’s expanding role as the community anchor of literacy.”

L-R Kennedi Van Allen,Ryan Au, Kelsey Foran,Kara Milliken, Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Andrew Viveiros, Shoilee Banerjee,Alyssa Foster, Colin Fennessey, Stephen Collyer (Teacher)

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The following was sent to us by Milton High School Vice Principal Ben Kelly;

Milton High School Parents/Guardians: Please visit Parent/Teacher conference information and Conference Scheduling details to schedule your conference for November 8th. If you do not have availability to internet access you may call the main office at 617-696-4470 between the hours of 9-11am or 1-3 pm on school days.  

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All MCAS scores have been mailed home this week. If your child participated in MCAS and you have not received the letter by the end of the week, please contact your child’s principal.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School proudly presents the musical PIPPIN on November 2nd at 7 pm and Nov 4th at 2 pm and 7 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Road.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of the young Frankish prince, son of King Charlemagne, who seeks fulfillment in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power, but who ultimately finds happiness not in extraordinary endeavors, but in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. The show leads the viewer into introspection and is perhaps best enjoyed by a more mature audience who appreciates the experience of a deeper message. ​

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the MHS main office, at the door or online. For more information call 617-696-4470.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following was sent to us by Karen Cahill, Director of Guidance:

Join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night on Wednesday, Dec 6th at 6pm at Milton High School. We will be discussing all of the topics that your child will need to know about to survive and thrive during the college admissions process. Informational sessions will be held for Financial Aid, Standardized Testing, supporting your senior throughout the year, NCAA requirements, overview of the college process, and Naviance. This workshop is open to all parents/guardians and students in any grade.

FOOD SERVICES

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

If your student has a life-threatening food allergy, it is important to build a team of key individuals at school who can help safely manage your child’s needs. Start by contacting your school nurse to discuss implementing an allergy action plan. The school nurse can work with parents and health care providers to develop a health care plan to meet the unique needs of each student. Continue reading…  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

We are once again lucky to be partnering with the Milton Fruit Center for Schools Shopping Week November 6th-12th. All six Milton Public Schools will be benefiting from the Fruit Center’s generosity.  Here’s how you can participate:

Download a shopping voucher for your school below (you’ll need Adobe Reader). Print as many you’d like and share them with friends, family and neighbors.

Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 6th through Sunday, November 12th. Shop as often as you’d like during that week. The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of the total purchases back to your school so stock up on your favorite Fruit Center items and help out your school!

Collicot    Cunningham     Glover     Tucker     Pierce Middle School     Milton High School

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The following was submitted by Teresa McDonald, Co-President of the MHS Key Club:

The Milton High School Key Club will be collecting candy for the troops from November 1st-7th. The candy will be sent to the Mashpee Fire Department and they will ship it overseas as a treat to our troops. Please drop off your extra Halloween candy in the Milton High School Main Office or in the Guidance Department. The Key Club and the troops thank you!

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Throughout the year, the Pupil Personnel Services Department sends emails regarding SEPAC news, events and district wide information. If you have not received these emails and would like to be on the email list, please contact Tracy Grandeau, the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The following was sent to us by Milton High School senior Arielle Soloman:

On Wednesday October, 25th 10 students from Milton High School traveled to Scituate High School to learn about risk prevention and mental health knowledge in regards to depression and suicide. Questions such as “Does depression look different in children vs. adults?” and “How does depression look and feel in different ethnic groups?” were discussed. This day taught us how to be more knowledgeable when given a situation in regards to suicide and depression and how to best respond to a friend who is struggling. Continue reading… 

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The following was sent to us by Laurie Stillman, Director of Social Emotional Learning:

The Milton Public Library is sponsoring a free coffee, “Tips for Teen Parents” on Saturday, November 4th at 11 am with veteran educator Eliza Wagner.  Ms. Wagner will discuss the ups and downs of the middle and high school years and how to give your teen the tools necessary to succeed academically followed by an open question and answer session.

HEALTH NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

Milton School Nurses are planning the Annual Student FLU CLINIC for students AND parents on Tuesday, November 14th (Please note date change) at Pierce Middle School from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as permission forms must be completed.  There is no cost for this flu shot, but please bring your insurance card. This flu clinic is a joint collaboration between the Milton School Nurses and the Milton Board of Health. We want to keep everyone healthy this flu season!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please click on any link below for more nformation:

What’s happening for teens at the Milton Public Library?

What’s happening for kids at the Milton Public Library?

BID Milton Concussion seminar for young athletes and their parents on 11/14.

Commission on Disability needs volunteers to serve as Commissioners.

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent to us by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

Our Girls Volleyball Team will play at Pembroke High School on Friday, November 3rd  at 6 pm in the first round of the D2 South Sectional Tournament. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Our Girls Soccer Team will play at Duxbury High School on Saturday, November 4th  at 5 pm in the preliminary round of the D2 South Sectional Tournament.

Our Football Team will play Silver Lake here at Milton High School on Friday November 3rd at 7 pm in the second round of the D4 South Sectional Tournament.

Our Swim Team will participate in the Bay State League Swim Meet at Wellesley College on Sunday November 5th  at 9:30am.

Our Cheer Team finished 2nd out of the Coed Cheer Teams in last night’s Bay State League Conference Championships.  They have also qualified for states!

Registration is now open for Winter Athletics.  You can visit Registration for more information and steps on how to register.  

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Got Cans? The Rugby Team  will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday, November 4th from 9 am- 12 pm ONLY. Drop off location is down near the wood shed/dumpster/in back near the Field house area and not the front of the school. Please note that cans dropped off before 9:00 am and after 12:00 pm  unfortunately often end up  as trash and do not benefit the hosting team. Please drop of only between 9:00 am -12 PM. The Rugby Team thanks you for your support and cooperation!

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 Glover 3rd and 5th graders, Zach and Matt Morin. Last year they were inspired by an article read in school and launched a plan to increase Autism awareness at Glover. They met with Principal McDavitt, reached out to AANE (Autism/Asperger Network), communicated school wide with a message that has focused on appreciating differences and worked with a team to create a fundraising program tied to fitness at Glover. Last week, all 586 Glover students learned how to do a plank in gym class and did an official plank to raise Autism/Asperger Awareness and. After planking, each got a bracelet honoring their plank for Autism. They are still accepting donations We are so proud of Zach and Matt and thank them for bringing this wonderful opportunity to all Glover students. 

Staff:  Please join me in congratulating Elementary Librarian Lori Henry on a well deserved upcoming retirement. Mrs Henry has been a valued member of the Milton Public Schools for almost 20 years and will be missed by students and staff alike. Cunningham Principal Jon Redden has worked with Mrs Henry for 6 years and writes “Mrs. Henry has always tried to instill a love of reading in every student and fostering this at an early age promotes lifelong readers and learners. When students returned to school after summer break, Mrs. Henry always asked them about the books they read while sharing interesting new books she found for them and her passion for books of all genres has carried over into our classrooms. In addition, Mrs. Henry’s work as the 5th grade Future Problem Solver coach has been phenomenal. Our teams were always prepared to compete at the highest level and multiple teams have qualified for the State Bowl each of the past four years. She also lead our 2016 team to the International Competition in Michigan!  It has been a pleasure working with Mrs. Henry and I wish her the very best in retirement.”

Volunteers: Please join me in thanking the Fruit Center Marketplace for their generosity to the Milton Public Schools over the years. The Fruit Center has been a long time supporter of our schools and through their School Fundraiser Week alone they have donated over $35,000 to the Milton Public Schools. We are grateful for their considerable ongoing support and pleased to have them as a vibrant part of our Milton community.

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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October 26th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: October 26th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope that you will join the Milton Public Schools community this Sunday at the 19th Annual Monster Dash, a 5K road race held each year in memory of Tucker Elementary School student Sam Cichello who died following a playground accident in 1999. Funds from this race help the Milton Public Schools science coordinators undertake hands-on science lessons, train teachers and partner on a number of educational projects. The Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education, a non-profit parent group that funds innovative programs and enrichment opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. The MFE supports Sam’s Fund to raise money in support of science enrichment in all of Milton’s public schools. Please see below for a note from Sam Chichello’s family.

“We are eternally grateful to our friends and sponsors who give each year to the Monster Dash in Sam’s memory along with the members of the Milton Foundation who donate so much of their time in planning , coordinating and growing this event. We also want to thank all the wonderful kids and families who come out each year and inspire us with their joy and energy. We hope the many science programs the race supports in the Milton Public Schools will bring the same joy and creative spirit to our kids in the schools and foster dreams, curiosity and a passion for learning as they grow up.”  Chris, Tony, Bridget, Teresa & David Cichello

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Milton Public Schools are very fortunate to have a partnership with Maria Trozzi, one of the foremost experts in the country on resilience as families, schools and communities face crises.  Ms. Trozzi is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, the Director of the nationally known Good Grief Program, and Program Director of Joanna’s Place, an organization dedicated to supporting families and promoting resilience in children who are facing some of life’s most stressful events. While Ms. Trozzi  has supported our schools over the years during times of crisis, she most recently presented at the district’s PARENT Speaker Series. We are asking parents/guardians to follow the links below and consider the free services provided by Maria Trozzi and Joanna’s Place if your child or children are in need of support at this time.  The next support group will be held at the Collicot School on Mondays for 8 weeks for children who have siblings with significant special needs. Circle-S will start on Monday, October 30th and be held for eight  weeks on Monday evenings from 6-8:00 pm. The Circle-S program will provide a family-focused support group for parents of children with disabilities and their “typically-developing” siblings between the ages of 6 and 18. Dinner will be served and the program is free. The program is being sponsored by Joanna’s Place.  For more information and to register see the Circle S flyer.

There are two more Circle groups starting this winter. Please visit Circle I (Illness) and Circle G (Grief) for more information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting, on October 25th, since my last E-blast. I will update in the next E-Blast. The next meeting will be held on November 9th at 7:00 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

This past spring the Pierce Middle School received a grant for Northwestern University’s FUSE Program.  FUSE is a new kind of interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers and educators in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The program engages pre-teens and teens in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM) topics while fostering the development of important 21st century skills. FUSE is based on extensive research on interest development and interest-driven learning.  This past summer Pierce Middle School Science Coordinator, Christie Chiappetta, and Pierce Technology teacher, Deanna Magill, attended a training to prepare for implementing this engaging, innovative program.  Ms. Chiappetta has been working closely with Ms. Magill not only to support the implementation of FUSE, but also to consider the ways in this student-interest driven model can be replicated in other classrooms.

The core activities in FUSE Studios are a set of challenges. Each challenge uses a leveling up model from gaming and is carefully designed to engage teens in different STEAM topics and skills sets. FUSE currently has dozens of challenges in areas such as robotics, electronics, biotechnology, graphic design, Android app development, 3D printing and more. New challenges are always in development.

“Every time I walk into Ms. Magill’s classroom I am blown away!  All of the students are fully engaged, diligently working, and having fun working on their challenge,” states AJ Melanson, Milton Public Schools Instructional Technology Director.

Teachers in FUSE play a new kind of role- they facilitate instead of instruct. FUSE challenges provide a new way to explore science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and math in a fun and relaxed way.

FUSE teacher Deanna Magill stated, “I was a little worried about the Facilitator role at the beginning because as a teacher you are used to being in control of the learning. After doing this for two months though, I cannot imagine doing things differently. Seeing the excitement in the students when they get the marble to go through the track they made for Coaster Boss or they get the LED to light up for the first time on LED Color Lights is the best feeling.”

Some of the FUSE challenges include: 3D You, Coaster Boss, Cookie Customizer, Crystal Ball, Dream Home, Electric Apparel, Eye Candy, Game Designer, How to Train Your Robot, Jewelry Designer, Keychain Customizer, LED Light Colors, Mobile App Designer, Party Lights…

Here are what the students are saying about FUSE:

“It is my favorite part of the day!”

“So far, it has been my favorite class. I love how it’s interactive!”

“It is a really fun class because you get to design anything you want”

“Thank you for letting our school use this program I love it.”

“I enjoy learning in a different way!”

“It is so fun and it is now my favorite class!”

“Fuse is so amazing. I really think all computer classes should do fuse.”

“This class should be mandatory because FUSE is so great and it would teach kids so much if they were in this class like me.”

“Students were frustrated at the beginning of the year because I was not giving them the answers to how to complete the challenges, I would constantly refer them back to the FUSE website to watch the video again or have them ask a classmate who had already worked on that challenge. They are much more willing and able to persevere when something becomes hard which is a big step in the right direction,” said Ms. Magill. Learn more about Fuse  and see Fuse in action at Pierce

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All four of our Elementary Schools are enjoying a robust session of BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) this fall. BOKS is a before school physical activity program that  prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun! A typical BOKS class is 40 minutes long.  If your child is not in the fall BOKS session at Cunningham, Collicot, Glover or Tucker, look for individual school sign ups for the next session later in the year!  Learn more by visiting BOKS. 

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On Saturday, October 21st , the Milton Wildcat Marching Band competed in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association’s Marching Band (MICCA) Festival held at Wakefield Memorial High School. After five years of increased student participation, the marching band competed for the first time in Division Three, a classification for 56-70 member ensembles. In Saturday’s performance, the band earned a three-star overall rating in the categories of Percussion, Visual Performance, Colorguard and General Effect. The highlight of the evening, however, was the highest possible, five-star rating in the  category of Music! This is our first time achieving five-star rating in any category. The Wildcat Marching Band is led by Senior Drum Majors Isaac Savona, Shoilee Banerjee and Dylan MacLeod, Senior Colorguard Captain Kelia McCullough, and Senior Percussion Captains Sawyer Flanagan and Billy Liddel. Congratulations to these fine musicians and their directors, Rebecca Damiani, Gary Good, and Grace Marinilli.  You can catch their show, “The Music of Chuck Mangione,” at all remaining home varsity football games. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School proudly presents the musical Pippin on November 2nd at 7:00 pm and Nov 4th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Road.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from musical theatre giant Stephen Schwartz, Pippin is the story of the young Frankish prince, son of King Charlemagne, who seeks fulfillment in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power, but who ultimately finds happiness not in extraordinary endeavors, but in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day.

The cast includes Grace Varela as the Leading Player, James DiSandro as Pippin, Brendan Cullen as King Charles, Jada Farrar as Fastrada, Connor Withington as Lewis, Ana Hoey as Berthe, Paula Hogan as Catherine, Luke Palmer as Theo and an ensemble that sings, dances and performs exciting circus tricks to tell this delightful story. Directed by Kevin Black and choreographed by Katherine Encarnacao.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the MHS main office, at the door or online and we also invite you to meet our talented cast. For more information call 617-696-4470.

 GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following was sent in to us by Milton High School Visual Art Teacher Karen Hughes:

On Sunday, October 15th, nine students dedicated to the SADD chapter at Milton High School went to their second annual Team Rival Peer Leadership Conference at Gillette Stadium hosted by Michael Morrissey, Norfolk County District Attorney. Our SADD chapter competes every year against Braintree and Weymouth to gain points and have a perfect score of 100 points. We are 30 points shy of our 100 point goal, which would allow our chapter to earn  $1500 to promote healthy choices in our school. We need MHS students, faculty and staff  to help us meet this goal!

The Distractology Challenge is the area we need 100% participation and it is a quick survey that students can take to learn about distracted driving.. Along with learning from the survey and helping our school earn $1500, EVERY student who takes it will receive 1 hour of Community Service!

Learn more about the event at Gillette Stadium and  take the Distractology Survey.

Pictured L-R: Annabel Botsford, Milan Smith, MHS Visual Arts Teach Karen Hughes, Isobel Ouellet, Gwyneth Sauter, Adriana Ramondi, Kelsey Foran, Molly Baker, Alyssa Foster, Ancil Ramkissoon, and Norfolk County DA Michael Morrissey

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING 

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

Questions  you might ask at your child’s Parent-Teacher Conferences:

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good time to meet to discuss your child’s growth and development in the classroom and at school.  However, the time allotted is short and precious; so it is important to do everything you can as a parent to make it extremely valuable and productive. Taking a few moments to prepare for how you will make the most of your time together can really help to support your child’s learning.  Research affirms that parents who are engaged in student learning help to foster successful student outcomes.

The questions below are designed to ensure that you are really focused on your child’s growth and development, and how both you and your child’s teacher can work together to support these goals.  They were created by a respected social and emotional learning company, Panorama Education.

How is my child doing academically in this class? Key Questions:

  • Is my child achieving proficiency in what he/she should know and be able to do?  How do you know?
  • Does my child respond well to feedback on his/her work?
  • Does my child give up on hard problems?

 How is my child doing socially and behaviorally in this class?  Key Questions:

  • Is my child making a strong effort in class?
  • How well does this teacher’s approach to classroom management work for my child?
  • When my child is feeling pressured, how easily can he/she stay in control?
  • How comfortable is my child in asking for help from his/her peers?

What next steps can I take to support my child’s success in this class?  Key Questions:

  • What are the best ways for me to learn and keep up with the content of what my child is learning?
  • How can I increase conversations with my child about what he/she is learning in school?
  • How can I help my child understand the content he/she is learning in school?

PAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Ghosts & Goblins who benefit from smaller crowds to reduce sensory input are invited to join the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) in partnership with The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) for a sensory friendly hour at the Milton Monster Dash from 9-10:00 am.   

HEALTH NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

Milton School Nurses are planning the Annual Student FLU CLINIC for students AND parents on Tuesday, November 7th at Pierce Middle School from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian as permission forms must be completed.  There is no cost for this flu shot, but please bring your insurance card. This flu clinic is a joint collaboration between the Milton School Nurses and the Milton Board of Health. We want to keep everyone healthy this flu season!

FROM THE READERS

For an interesting article on standards based report cards sent in by Amy Gale, Collicot Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, please read Standards -Based Grading Made My Kid Average.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Foundation for Education:

Monster Dash is only THREE days away!  We hope that you will join us for the 19th Annual Monster Dash 5K and Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supporting science enrichment in all six Milton Public Schools. Online Registration will close at 4:30 pm on Friday October 27th and the first 500 registered runners for the 5K will get our great race bag and coveted t-shirt with the award winning design by nine year old Lia Duran of Tucker Elementary School.  Pre-registered runners can pick up their numbers and bags on Saturday October 28th at Cunningham Hall from 1-4:00 pm.  Registration and bag pick up will open at 9:00 am on race day, October 29th, at Cunningham Hall.  The kids activities will get started at 10:00 am with the costume contest at 10:15 and the 5K will kick off at 11:00.  The registration link is open now. Don’t forget your costumes -we hope to see you at this fantastic family friendly town wide event!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please click on any link below for more information

The Milton Commission on Disability is in search of new members.

A complete listing of Milton Public Library events.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

ATHLETICS

The following was sent to us by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

The Girls Soccer Team has qualified for the D2 State Tournament once again.  They will play Carver Thursday and then North Quincy on Saturday, before awaiting their seeding for the tournament next week.

The Boys Soccer Team will look to qualify for the D2 State Tournament tomorrow against Catholic Memorial.  They play CM on Thursday, and will look to retain the Town Line Cup against North Quincy on Saturday

The Volleyball Team has qualified for the D2 State Tournament beating Braintree 3-0.  They are 10-8 and have Archbishop Williams and Marblehead left to play.

The Girls Cross Country Team now has 27 consecutive wins and finished this season 10-0!  They just don’t know how to lose!

The Football Team qualified for the D4 State Tournament, capturing the #2 seed with a win over Norwood this past weekend.  They take on North Quincy on Friday night at 7 pm.  Parking will be at a premium, so car-pooling is highly encouraged for students and families.  Tickets will be sold at the door, $10 for adults and $7 for students.  This is an MIAA Tournament Game, so student-athletes will not enter for free.

Winter Information: Winter Sports Registration will open November 1st online.  Family ID Registration must be completed for each sport, each season. Tryouts begin November 27th.

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

The following item was sent to us by Milos Nikolic, Friends of Milton Crew:

Milton Crew had a solid performance last week at the Head of the Charles regatta (HOCR). They gave their best shot to race against teams from all around the world. Excellent job!

The boys varsity four took the 41st place out of 86 boats and the girls varsity four took the 68th place out of 84 boats. The boys boat automatically qualified for the next year Head of the Charles Regatta as they finished in the top 50%. The girls boat will enter the HOCR lottery to an entry for next year.

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The Rugby Team  will be hosting a Cans for Cats event on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm ONLY. Drop off location is down near the wood shed/dumpster/in back near the Field house area and not the front of the school. Please note that cans dropped off before 9:00 am and after 12:00 pm  unfortunately often end up  as trash and do not benefit the hosting team. Please drop of only between 9:00 am -12 PM. The Rugby Team thanks you for your support and cooperation!

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 the Collicot Garden Club students who visited the community gardens on Edge Hill Road this past Monday.  After a Fall clean up, the students made 15 beautiful bouquets of flowers to be delivered to a local hospice.  Please join me in applauding these young and thoughtful students.

Staff:  We are so grateful to Sergeant Jack Richman of the Milton Police Department for all that he does to keep us safe in the Milton Public Schools. Last week, he came back to school after a lockdown drill at Glover to recognize one student who demonstrated unbelievable leadership during the drill at the Glover School.  Please join me in recognizing Sergeant Richman as he led all six schools through successful lockdown drills last week.  

Volunteers: As we look forward to enjoying the Monster Dash on Sunday, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees of the Milton Foundation for Education who donate countless hours to their work at the MFE in support of all six Milton Public Schools. These community leaders are part of what makes Milton such a vibrant and caring community. Please join me in thanking Will Korman, Rachel Schewe, Karyn Viveiros, Leslie Collins, Pete McLoughlin, MaryJane Walsh, Angela Rue–Van Allen, Liddie Sutter, Courtney Affanato, Henry Bell, Jeanne Conley, Caroline Dodero, Margaret Eberhardt, Greg Gordon, Regine Jean-Charles, Amy Carleton Mills, Karly Rizzo, Ray Sambrano, Allen Schweitzer and Nora Vernazza.

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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October 20th E-Blast

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

Great news! Our new Milton Public Schools website is now live.

Please visit it HERE to see all the terrific new features!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I wanted to again highlight a letter that I sent yesterday regarding Milton Public Schools Next Generation MCAS results. In school year 2016-17, Massachusetts implemented a new state assessment for all students in Grades 3-8, known as the next-generation MCAS in both English language arts and mathematics. This new assessment was developed after the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to create a next-generation, computer-based, and Massachusetts-specific test. They found that despite being the top public school system in the nation, we still send students to college who need remedial courses to catch up and engage in college-level work.  Please click here for the rest of this important communication.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, October 25th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

The following item was submitted by Steve Paxhia of the Strategic Planning Sub-Committee:

The School Committee has appointed a strategic planning sub-committee to develop a process for analyzing significant opportunities and challenges that will have an impact on the school district over the next two to five years.  The sub-committee has strived to include the ideas and input of teachers, parents and guardians, school leaders and outside experts.  After gathering feedback from all stakeholders, the sub-committee has chosen the following topics for the first phase of the planning process:  curriculum, inclusion, cultural competence, the impact of technology on instruction and learning, and the role of data in helping, teachers, students, schools, administrators, and the School Committee to be more effective in their roles.

The sub-committee is leading the efforts of stakeholders in developing a new mission statement for the district that should be approved by the School Committee shortly.  Task forces are being assembled to develop and implement plans  for each of the five topics mentioned above.  The ultimate goal is to develop an ongoing process to consider annually what factors are likely to have the greatest impact on the school district and to develop clear action plans to take advantage of opportunities and to anticipate and resolve challenges.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted from Martine Fisher, Director of World Languages:

This past month we celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month in Elementary Spanish classes. This important celebration pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society: The breadth of Latino/a experience is a vital aspect of America’s rich and diverse past (See National Hispanic Heritage Month introduction posted on the Library of Congress site here).  Multiple national and cultural institutions such as the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined their efforts to highlight and celebrate the rich and diverse contributions of the Hispanic community to our society. The months of September and October have symbolic and historic significance as they mark the anniversary of independence of numerous Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.

In our four elementary schools, Spanish students participated, at all levels, in this celebration through a wide range of language, Social Studies, cultural and artistic activities. Some activities were directly linked to our Language Arts curriculum, such as the reading and discussion of Biblioburro. This is an inspiring book relating the true story of a Colombian grade-school teacher and librarian who brings books — on donkeys’ backs — to the children of remote villages of Colombia. The English version of this famous book is available through the new REACH classroom libraries. Some activities were more directly linked to Social Studies lessons. Our fourth graders, through classroom research, learned about the historical and cultural connections of Southwestern states with the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures.  After studying the names of natural and political features of California, Arizona and New Mexico, students had to translate the name of famous places such as Sierra Nevada, Rio Grande and Santa Fe. Fifth graders also learned through research about famous Hispanic Americans whose great contributions have enriched the world of art, literature, music, politics, public service, medicine and athletics throughout history. Art projects were numerous and included the interpretation of a painting from Carmen Lomas Garza whose work illustrates the everyday events in the lives of Mexican Americans, a craft project on Biblioburro, and the creation of a heritage collage in the style of Maria Castagliola, an American painter born in Cuba.

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The following was submitted by Karen Cahill, Director of guidance:

We are pleased to share the news that two of our Milton High School students, Regina Scott and Sawyer Flanagan qualified as Semifinalists for the 2018 National Merit Scholarships  in recognition of their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying PSAT test. These two students will continue on in the competition for National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring. These students are among the highest scoring entrants in the state.

In addition, fifteen Milton High School students are being recognized as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Please join me in congratulating all of these exceptional students. (Not pictured: Robert Dexter)

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Come see our talented students in PIPPIN,  the Milton High School Fall Musical on November 2nd at 7pm & November 4th at 2pm  and 7pm in the MHS Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in the MHS main office, at the door or online and you can meet the cast in a great video here.

HUMAN RESOURCES

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of recent transfers and new personnel in key areas of the Milton Public Schools. Please click here for details on changes in personnel.  I am sure you will join me in welcoming these new talented individuals and congratulating our current employees who have assumed new responsibilities.

TECHNOLOGY UPDATE

If you have not had a chance to visit the new Milton Public Schools website, please do!

Tips on navigating the new website: to visit individual school websites, click on the “Our Schools” link in the top right corner. To minimize the school’s bar, click anywhere on the MPS website. Are you having trouble remembering the web address to PlusPortal? The link to the Portal can be found in the top right corner of the new website.

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

For Apple Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

For Android Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

In order to add your student’s school(s) in the app, search: Collicot Elementary School, Cunningham Elementary School, Glover School, Milton High School, Pierce Middle School,Tucker School

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Thanks to the support of the Milton Community, I am pleased to announce that our MHS Hurricane Relief Concert, organized by the Tri-M Music Honor Society of MHS  raised almost six thousand dollars for the Hurricane Relief Efforts!  The ConPRmetidos fund will be receiving a check from the Milton High School Student Activities Account in the amount of $5,830.81.  Those who still wish to donate to the fund can do so here.  Please watch the attached video to see how these funds will aid in the relief efforts.

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The following item was submitted by the Meena Tondravi from the Tucker School PTO:

The Tucker Cares program kicked off their 1st initiative this week with a donation of hand- tied  fleece blankets to the Milton Animal Shelter. Students and their parents made blankets and homemade frozen dog treats at Tucker.  In addition, a team of volunteers went  to the animal shelter to rake the shelter’s yard and help with a fall clean up.  The animal shelter volunteers and Nancy Bersani were so grateful for the students’ efforts and it was a great experience for our students.  They were featured on Channel 5 news , linked here.

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

On Saturday, October 14th, members of the Milton High School Mixed Chorus kicked off the Milton Council on Aging (COA) Fit for Life Walk with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner.  The event raised money for the Milton COA Transportation Fund, which underwrites the cost of COA vans that drive Milton senior citizens to medical appointments, the grocery store and other local errands.

Kaleigh Pentland, Penelope Holland, Annabel Botsford, Grace Varela, Michael Swanton, Dominik Hyppolite, and James DiSandro

Kaleigh Pentland, Penelope Holland, Annabel Botsford, Grace Varela, Michael Swanton, Dominik Hyppolite, and James DiSandro

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Circle-S has changed the start date of the Sibling Support group to October 30th in hopes that two to three more families will register. This is a great resource that we are lucky to have hosted locally. However, it is also open to families in other communities, so please share with anyone who may be interested.

Please see the flyer below to learn about this amazing new resource for Milton families. Starting on October 30th, the Circle-S program will provide a family-focused support group for parents of children with disabilities and their “typically-developing” siblings between the ages of 6 and 18. The program will meet on Monday evenings and run for 8 weeks from 6 to 8pm. Dinner will be served and the program is free. The program is being sponsored by Joanna’s Place.  For more information and to register see the attached flyer here.

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Throughout the year, the Pupil Personnel Services Department sends emails regarding SEPAC news, events and district wide information. If you have not received these emails and would like to be on the email list, please contact Tracy Grandeau, the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services at tgrandeau@miltonps.org

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The SEPAC held its second Board meeting of the year on the 17th at Glover Elementary School. In addition to reviewing the Bylaws and State Open Meeting law, members discussed upcoming informational, social and community activities. Our first event is currently planned for November 7 and will take place at Boston Sensory Solutions on Granite Street in Milton. The evening will bring together a number of local service providers from various disciples including occupational therapy, speech therapy, behavioral therapies, and more. Parents will be able to mingle with providers and other parents to find out about available resources in the community, ask questions, and meet other parents and professionals working with the special education community. A full list of participating providers and additional details will be available soon. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for November 28 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the library at Glover Elementary School.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Foundation for Education:

Monster Dash is right around the corner!  We hope that you will join us for the 19th Annual Monster Dash 5K and Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supporting science enrichment in all six Milton Public Schools. Online Registration will close at 4:30 pm on Friday October 27th and don’t forget that only the first 500 registered runners for the 5K will get our great race bag and coveted t-shirt with the award winning design by Lia Duran (9) of Tucker Elementary School.  Pre-registered runners can pick up their numbers and bags on Saturday October 28th at Cunningham Hall from 1 to 4 pm.  Registration and bag pick up will open at 9 am on race day, October 29th, at Cunningham Hall.  The kids activities will get started at 10 am with the costume contest at 10:15 and the 5K will kick off at 11 am.  You can find the registration link here. Don’t forget your costumes!  We can’t wait to see you all there.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by the Milton Department of Health:

Information on the Milton Health Department’s Flu Clinic, Thursday, October 19th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Council on Aging can be found here.

The following item was submitted from Allan Bishop from the DPW :

There are three Yard Waste Collections in November! November 1st, 2nd, 15th,16th, 29th & 30th.

The following item was sent to us by Bob McCrystal from BID Hospital- Milton:

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Fall Community Education Program is about to get underway. Please join us for the following programs. All sessions are open to the community, free and held in the Nangeroni Education Center. To pre-register, call (617) 696-8810. Click here for program details.

The following item was sent to us by Karla Rosenstein, Site Manager of the Eustis Estate:

The Eustis Estate is partnering with the Wakefield Estate here in Milton and the Bradley Estate in Canton to encourage people to see our landscapes during peak fall foliage. Details can be found here.

The following item is from the Milton Public Library website:

In addition to our ongoing reading programs, the Children’s Room offers children’s programming almost every single day.  Check out our children’s calendar to see what’s coming up next.  To see a complete listing of library events, please click here.

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

Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 21st! This is our inaugural 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse!  MHS/Pierce students run for free! Email nvigue@miltonps.org to join a MPS team or non students can register here.

The following item was sent to us by Kevin J Cook – USN (Ret.), Director of Veterans Services, Shared Services District of Milton and Randolph:

Veteran’s Day is approaching and below is a  #MyVeteran flyer you can share with your students. This is an important way we can share Veterans Day commemoration with our Milton Students.  Each student is invited to  submit a picture and a short paragraph on their Veteran (Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Grandparent etc).   The flyer can be found here.

The following item was sent to us by John Allen from First Congregational Church:

The time has come to name your Volunteers of the Year. As a reminder, please nominate an individual, or a group of individuals who worked on something together.  The nominees will all be honored at the annual Milton Interfaith Organization “Thanks-for-Giving Service” on November 19 at 4PM.  They will also be acknowledged in the Milton Times.

The deadline to submit nominations is October 27. This is to ensure we have time to get the nominees names into the newspaper in advance of the event. Each nomination should also include a short statement of no more than 50 word  about why the person has been nominated.  Please send your information directly to john@fccmilton.org.

The following item was sent to us by Gwen Labbe, Dir of Education, Milton Historical Society:

We have an exciting event coming up on October 26th featuring “Songs of the Revolution.” Please click here for details.

The following item was sent to us by The Milton Playground Planners:

The Milton Playground Planners are hosting their 2nd and final masquerade ball and silent auction Oct 21. Tickets can be found here.

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent to us by Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of our new Milton High School Varsity Baseball Coach, Mr. Brendan Morrissey. Mr. Morrissey, a former Milton High School student and athlete, is a graduate of Saint Anselm College where he earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice.  He currently works for the Boston Public Schools.  For the last five years he has been a Head Coach for Milton Knights Baseball and the Braintree Baseball Club.  He recently joined the staff at Catholic Memorial School as an Assistant Baseball Coach, as well as coaching their middle school team.  This past summer, Mr. Morrissey was also the Head Coach of the Milton Junior Legion Baseball Team.

Mr. Morrissey is an excellent communicator, and is passionate about both the game of baseball, and teaching young our student-athletes.  He has already demonstrated his commitment by his work with the youth programs and his initiative with starting the Milton Junior Legion Team.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Morrissey to the Milton High School Coaching Staff. He has the knowledge and skill set that are required for success, and we are very optimistic that Mr. Morrissey will bring our baseball program to a new level.

Our Football Team got off to a slow start on Friday, but fought back to beat Walpole 36-28 in a thrilling back-and-forth game.  Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who helped make Senior Night special as the Football, Cheer, and Band Seniors were honored before the game and during halftime.  Our Best Buddies Program had a blast and thanks all those for their support as well.  They will take on Norwood on Saturday at 1pm at Norwood High School.  This is the last regular season game before playoffs begin, as the Wildcats battle for the top spots in Division IV.

Check out our Milton High School Athletics Twitter for all the latest scores, news and highlights!

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

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The following item was sent to us by Milos Nikolic, Program Director, Friends of Milton Crew:

Please come to cheer for Milton Crew at the Head of the Charles on October 22nd, Sunday. Our girls and boys will race in the following events:

Event 36: Women’s Youth Fours  8:53AM

Olivia Shapiro, Miwa Joiner, Frances Collins, Alexandra Kelly, Lilja Cormack

Event 41: Men’s Youth Fours 11:36AM

Isaac Savona, Timothy Karoff, Henry McKay, Dawson “Jasper” Malcolm, Emmett Kibbee

A good place to watch the race is at the Riverside Boat Club (RBC). There is a parking lot right across from the RBC boathouse. If you prefer to watch the race from some other location there is a shuttle bus that stops right in front of the RBC. Here is the HOCR map.

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 thank the many students who organized and performed in this week’s benefit concert, especially the Tri-M Music Honor Society of MHS.  Featured ensembles included the MHS Chorus, MHS String Chamber Ensemble, Cellar Dwellers Jazz Combo, Cast of Milton High’s upcoming musical, PIPPIN, and the  Wildcat Marching Band. I would also like to thank the many elementary students who created beautiful artwork to be auctioned off. The great success of the concert can be attributed to these talented and dedicated students:  Ryan Au, Annabel Botsford, Eva Chow, Colleen Conley, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, James DiSandro, Jamie Eder, Jada Farrar, Sawyer Flanagan, Sarah Hancock, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Timothy Karoff, Lauren  Kelly, James Le, Claire Mandel, Nethania Marc, Henry McKay, Griffin McLaughlin, Julia Nerenberg, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Kaleigh Pentland, Gwyneth Sauter, Arielle Solomon, Grace Varela, Annie Wong, Josh Riggs, Edward Enyedy and Isabel Smith.

Staff:  I would like to thank Director of Fine and Applied Arts, Dawn Sykes, who collaborated with students and staff to organize the event, the many teachers who helped students create art, and our principals and administrators who went above and beyond to make this event such a success. Specific thanks to Laurel Bernini, Kevin Black, Stephen Collyer, Holly Concannon, Rebecca Damiani, Laurie Dunn, Lauren Finkle, Gary Good, James Jette, Sean Lopresti, Dr. Elaine MacNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, Debra Miller, Glenn Pavlicek, Preston Perro, Jon Redden, Charlene Roche, Janet Sheehan, Stephanie Sherman, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Robyn Thompson, Joyce White, Sandy Wyse, Jessica Gillooly and Robert Willet.

Volunteers:  Please join me in also thanking our many community volunteers who made this event possible with their generous support including Lhasa Hyppolite, Rose Gates, Julie Fay, Pauline Wells, Selectman Richard Wells, Kathleen Carroll, John Gillooly, Chuck Parrish,Jen Leggett, Julio Varela, School Committee member Sheila Varela, Martin McPhilemy, Milton FAME, and the Music Department Parents and Guardians.

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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October 13th E-Blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The next few weeks are going to be very busy ones for the Milton Public Schools. We have a variety of events on the calendar, but I want to be sure that the entire community knows about two events in particular.

First, we have a very exciting event that was put together as part of a hurricane relief effort. Our talented music students in Grades 9-12 will be performing onstage at the Charles C. Winchester auditorium on October 17th.  Tickets to this event are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the victims of the recent hurricanes. Local singer Pauline Wells has also volunteered to be part of this effort and will perform that evening. Student artwork will be on sale at this event, also to benefit the victims.  To view some of the student artwork (including these Glover-student-created pins)   that will be for sale, please scroll to the end of the E-blast.wildcat pin

DATE: Tuesday, October 17th
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School

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Secondly, I would encourage all parents/guardians to attend Thursday night’s free PARENT Speaker Series, featuring Maria Trozzi. The topic is “Finding Resilience Strategies to Promote Competent and Confident Children.”  Parents of young children and adolescents often worry that if they are not doing everything as parents, they are doing nothing. Ms. Trozzi talks about what is really important and offers evidence-based strategies to produce competent and confident children, able to successfully navigate a complicated world.

The PARENT series (Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens) is a collaboration between the Milton Public Schools and The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. It is made possible with generous financial support from The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust, Milton SEPAC and the Milton PTOs.

DATE: Thursday, October 19th
TIME: 7 – 9 pm
LOCATION: Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

October 4th, 2017: The meeting began with a report from the Tucker Elementary School Site Council, who outlined their school improvement plan. This was followed by an Advanced Placement/SAT Presentation, given by MHS Principal James Jette; Guidance Director Karen Cahill; and Data Specialist Vy Vu. The committee voted approval of Vendor Warrants, and received updates from the Health and Wellness Subcommittee and the Strategic Planning Advisory Subcommittee. As part of the Policy Subcommittee Report, the committee approved three policies.  The chair then adjourned the meeting to executive session.

The next meeting will be held October 25th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Health/PE Director Noel R. Vigue, M.Ed., CSCS:

 What an amazing day!  Fitness, friends, fun and nutrition-all at Gillette Stadium during the New England Revolution’s 4th grade Fitness Program.  Our 4th grade students from all four elementary schools participated in a variety of fitness activities led by Revolution staff promoting lifelong wellness and physical activity.  Students were smiling ear to ear as they were able to run, jump, roll and skip on the turf where the Revs and Patriots players compete.  After completing the exercise portion of the program, students re-hydrated and made their way to their front row seats.  They were then treated to two of the Revs players, defenders Joshua Smith and London Woodberry, who shared the importance of healthy eating and proper hydration.  Then four students were randomly chosen to ask the players their question regarding training, fitness, and/or eating habits.  There were 12 schools with approximately 800 total students participating and two Milton students, Korbyn Edwards (Glover) and Cole Belcher (Collicot) were lucky enough to have their names called!  Hopefully this experience will resonate for years to come and help reinforce making healthy choices.  Thank you to all four elementary school PTOs for their support!  Reminder to all 4th grade participating  students’ families, your child received a NE Revolution game ticket to this Sunday’s October 15 home game (@5pm).  Parents can access the student ticket and purchase companion tickets here.

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Please read the following letter regarding Grade 5 Science from Scientists Program:

As many of you know, for the past four years, our fifth graders have been fortunate to be able to work with Science from Scientists. This program has been sending two charismatic scientists into our classrooms to lead lab-style science classes (which are standards-based, hands-on, and fun) bi-weekly for the entire academic year.  These scientists provide all necessary equipment and materials while the classroom teachers help as active participants.  Not only do students benefit from having actual scientists in their classroom as science role models, the teachers grow as professionals from being afforded the opportunity to work with these real-life scientists consistently.

The cost of this program has grown to $60,000 for a full year. Last year, funds came from the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Foundation for Education; various grant sources (including the PPG Aerospace Foundation and Raytheon), donations from community members, and our Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament.  This cost has become unsustainable annually, and in an effort to keep this valuable program going in our schools, we have negotiated with Science from Scientists to create a half-year program for us.  Therefore, during the 2017-2018 school year, Science from Scientists will come to our elementary schools bi-weekly for half of the academic school year (December – May).

The funding for this year’s half-year program, which is $30,000, will come from the Milton Public Schools ($10,000), the Milton Foundation for Education ($10,000), Science from Scientists ($7500), and other grant sources.

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

Math Classes in Grades 6-12 Participate in Global Math Week 2017

Being confident about mathematics opens doors for students and paves the way for success in their chosen careers. Yet many students have negative perceptions about mathematics.  We are trying to change negative perceptions of math by having teachers across grades 6-12 participate in Global Math Week 2017.

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Global Math Week 2017 has a goal of engaging one million students around the world in learning about and discussing the same interactive mathematics topic together. From October 10-17 and students will be devoting some class time to math instruction in the Global Math Week topic, Exploding Dots™.  The topic is an extraordinary gateway to remarkable connections between elementary mathematics and topics in algebra, calculus, and beyond.  Imagine the impact on our students of participating in this special event that illustrates the relevance and universality of mathematics.

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Welcome to our Elementary Math Instructional Coaches!

As a result of the town override in June, we were able to add two elementary mathematics instructional coaches to provide in-house teacher development and support in mathematics pedagogy. Our new math instructional coaches, Maura Middleton (math coach, grades K-2) and Mary Shapiro (math coach, grades 3-5) have been have been busy at work in our four elementary schools.  The coaches work primarily with teachers, either on an individual basis or with teams, on job-embedded professional development.  Their goal is to support teachers’ professional practice with the aim of increasing students learning in mathematics.  Both coaches are veteran educators with an in-depth knowledge of mathematics and mathematics pedagogy.  The math coaches engage in consulting, collaborating with and coaching teachers in order to:

  • Design mathematics instruction that emphasizes the interconnectedness of mathematical concepts;
  • Help teachers understand the developmental progressions of mathematical concepts and how the progressions relate to curriculum and instruction;
  • Provide resources (e.g., manipulatives, technology) and mathematical background knowledge to teachers;
  • Meet the needs of the teachers in order to work together toward a common goal around student learning and achievement; and
  • Work alongside the teacher, co-teaching, collecting data about learning, implementing specific strategies, and/or recording data about teaching practices.

We are very lucky to have these two veteran educators work with our teachers!

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The following item is from Instructional Technology Director AJ Melanson:

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

For Apple Devices

For Android Devices

In order to add your student’s school(s) in the app, search:

  • Collicot Elementary School
  • Cunningham Elementary School
  • Glover School
  • Milton High School
  • Pierce Middle School
  • Tucker School

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The following REACH for Reading Parent Resources were submitted by our Elementary Curriculum Coordinators:

Have you signed on to the online component of REACH at home?

If they haven’t already, students in grades K-5 will receive their REACH online log-ins and passwords from teachers.  They can log in here by clicking on “For Students.”  Once they are signed in, there are multiple activities they can engage with at home!

Through this online launchpad, students have access to the classroom anthology, word builders, games, and videos.  The classroom anthology or student book, contains the story of the week.  Parents have the opportunity to share the story with their children and engage in discussion in a literacy context.  There is also a feature that will read the text aloud to students.  This is a great model for students of all ages of fluency.

Another great way for parents to support their learners at home is through the word builder, videos, vocabulary, and online games.  Parents can review the vocabulary words of the week and students can share what they have been learning, watch National Geographic videos related to their unit of study, and play online games.  These online games give students the opportunity to practice concepts they are learning at school during evening homework routines.  There are even specialized games that target vocabulary and phonics sounds which is a great resource that targets students specific needs in grades K-5!

Have you read the parent newsletter?

Family newsletters are also available for all REACH units.  These letters are similar to the ones provided by Everday Math.  Parents may have received a paper copy of this or it is available online under the resources tab.

The family newsletter has many resources and activities for families.  It also includes the big focus question that serves as the introduction and culmination of the unit.  Additionally, the family newsletter includes the new words that will be introduced during the unit.

The following feedback was given by 5th grade parents at Glover – “A great opportunity to bring the classroom home!”  “The family newsletter was a great conversation starter!”

Are you ready for a challenge?

If you find your student is ready for a challenge, REACH for Reading provides additional resources!  Check out the complex text under the resource tab.  There is one complex text available for each unit.  This challenging, yet valuable, resource is an above level passage with higher level thinking questions that follow.  The passage is related to the guiding question of the unit and will pose some high interest questions that prompt discussion.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Amy Carleton Mills with the Milton Foundation for Education:

Attention, all MPS teachers! I write to you all to announce the fall cycle for Competitive Teacher Grants program sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE).

As you may know, the mission of the MFE is to “enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools.” One of the ways we do this is through the funding of teacher grants—so we want to hear from YOU!

Please consider submitting a grant proposal to our Fall Grant cycle. An application form and the guidelines are attached to this email. This year, our fall grants meeting will be in late November, thus the due date for submissions is Sunday, November 12. Applications should be emailed to mfegrants@gmail.com.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

The Milton Public School District is very fortunate to have many staff resources to support our teachers and students. This year, as a result of last year’s successful override, we are pleased to have two Inclusion Specialists in our district!   The Inclusion Specialists’ positions were designed as a district-wide service for staff with the aim of increasing students’ access to the curriculum and engagement in the classroom. On a daily basis, the Inclusion Specialists consult with staff regarding plans to increase student involvement in the classroom environment. They also are valued members of the Inclusion Task Force.

Dr. Maureen Butler is our Elementary Inclusion Specialist.   She has been with the Milton Public Schools for eight years. Maureen has eighteen years of experience in working as a pediatric occupational therapist in a variety of settings.  Her experience includes both public and private schools as well as early intervention and a sensory integration clinic. Maureen recently earned her doctorate in occupational therapy with a specialty in pediatrics from The Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She has held specialty certification in sensory processing since 2008.

Dawn Durant is our new Secondary Inclusion Specialist. This is her first year working with the Milton Public Schools. However, Dawn has a wealth of experience both as a special educator and as a Facilitator of Resources/ ESL Team with the Boston Public Schools. Dawn has earned a Master’s Degree in the field of education and a CAGS in School Leadership.

In their new roles as Inclusion Specialists, Maureen and Dawn focus on supporting staff through frequent consultation to ensure successful and meaningful inclusive opportunities in the school setting. They regularly meet with teachers, service providers, paraprofessionals and administrators as well as conduct observations. Our Inclusion Specialists make recommendations regarding environmental adaptations, accommodations, sensory strategies and techniques to improve executive functioning skills.  Often Maureen and Dawn collaborate with the school teams to develop plans that emphasize talent and expertise of the district’s numerous resources.  We are lucky to have such amazing resources!

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MILTON SEPAC: The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent-run, all-volunteer organization. The purpose of SEPAC is to provide support, information and advocacy to families of children receiving special education services. This year the Milton SEPAC is focusing on increasing outreach within the community.

The Milton SEPAC kicked off their community outreach efforts this year by participating in Celebrate Milton on October 1st at Pierce Middle School. Members of the Board hosted a table and people were able to ask questions and learn more about the Council. This is the first of what the SEPAC hopes will be many community events they will participate in over the coming school year.

The second Board Meeting of the school year will be held on October 17th, at Glover Elementary School from 7-9pm in the library. Board meetings are held monthly. The agenda for the next meeting will be posted to the SEPAC website and Facebook page later this week. For information, resources, and upcoming events, please visit the SEPAC Facebook page or website. You can also contact SEPAC members through their email address, miltonsepac@gmail.com.

SEL NEWS

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

Dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medications! National Prescription Drug TAKE BACK DAY at Milton Police Department from 10am to 2pm on October 28th.

With drug addiction now an epidemic affecting a wide swath of Americans, it is up to us to educate ourselves about how to protect our kids from abusing addictive medications that are in our own medicine cabinets. Many people who become dependent on these medications get their first dose as teens from trying medications prescribed to other people.

Because adolescents like to experiment with getting high, it’s important to monitor your potentially dangerous medications and to keep them locked up for safekeeping. These include pain relievers, cough medicines, narcotics and stimulants. Parents, grandparents and other relatives should all take part.

To reduce access to these drugs even further, dispose of those medications which are unwanted, unused or expired (because even expired meds retain some potency). Don’t throw them in the trash or flush them down the toilet, because they have harmful environmental effects on the land and water.

Instead, take them to Milton Police Department where there is a 24 hour anonymous drug disposal kiosk for pills, patches and tubes of medicines. They will have them properly disposed at no cost to you.  Or come down to the Police Department on October 28th from 10am-2pm.  We will make it as easy for you as possible!

Facts about Prescription Drugs

A survey of teenagers by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that:

  • 1 in 5 teens has tried Vicodin®, a powerful and addictive narcotic pain reliever
  • 1 in 10 has tried OxyContin® (Oxycodone) another prescription narcotic
  • 1 in 10 has used the stimulants Ritalin® or Adderall® for nonmedical purposes
  • 1 in 11 teens has admitted to getting high on cough medicine

You do have the power to influence your child’s decision about whether or not to use prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs for recreation. Research says that fear of upsetting parents is the number one reason why kids do not use drugs. Talk to your kids and don’t make it easy for them to fall to temptation.

Come to National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday October 28th from 10-2 at Milton Police Station.  Sponsored by the Milton Police Department with support from the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

ADULT ED

The following item was sent to us by Adult Ed Director Sara Warner:

Many Adult Education courses started last week, but it’s not too late to enroll for others, such as Introduction to iPads or Managing the Risk of Needing Long-Term Care.  We can also accept some enrollment for Microsoft Word & Excel, Zumba, Yoga, and a small handful of people for Strength and Conditioning.  Please email Sara Warner at adulted@miltonps.org for additional information, availability, and drop-in rates. For course descriptions and dates, please visit the website.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Wrapping Up Our Fantastic Summer Reading Challenge! As mentioned previously, Milton Public School students in grade K through 5 logged in a total of 519,322 minutes as part of The Summer Reading Challenge, a partnership initiative between the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library.   Over the past two weeks grade level raffles were held, giving all hardworking reader’s a chance to win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.  An especially big shout out to all the elementary school PTOs.  The gift certificates were a direct result of their generous support of this program.

The winning readers of the raffle were:

Cunningham School Winners

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Gr 5 – Nicole Dowdall, Gr 4 – Joseph Koh, Gr 3 –John Devine, Gr 2-Valerie Huang, Gr 1 Maeve Lovett and Kindergarten – Timothy Walford

Collicot School Winners

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Gr 5 – Connor Finn, Gr 4 – Bobby Colandreo, Gr 3 – Talyanna Tran, Gr 2 – Paige Anbromovitz,  Gr 1 – Ellie McDonough and  Kindergarten – Mary Mulcahy

Tucker School Winners

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Gr 5 – Madison Mercier, Gr 4- Sunaiya Barker, Gr 3 – Caleb Williams, Gr 2 – Daniel Grant, Gr 1 – Artemis Jain and Kindergarten – Jack Stoneburger

Glover School Winners

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Gr 5 – Catalina Addoud, Gr 4 – Samantha Quirion, Gr 3 – Sahana Zauls, Gr 2 – Matthew Duffy, Gr 1 – Hadley Bergeron and Kindergarten – Haley Stoddard

Family Outreach Liaison Office. 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

FOOD SERVICE

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

Milton Schools is participating once again in the Farm to School Program and the Harvest of the Month campaign. This will be our eighth year having farm fresh produce on our menus.

Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month campaign promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in K-12 cafeterias across the state. The program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.

Featured local foods for 2017-2018: September – Tomatoes October – Pears November – Kale December – Carrots January – Apples February – Butternut Squash March – Dairy April – Potatoes May –Seafood June – Strawberries

Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible. Your school cafeteria now has posters hung on the walls to showcase our monthly selections.

Buying local also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community.

Purchasing locally grown food is a great way to encourage students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and it also supports local farms. Buying local products in season is often very affordable. Food service directors who have introduced local foods programs often report increased meal participation and decreased wastage.

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted the Milton Foundation for Education:

Great news!  Tucker 4th grade student, Lia Duran is the winner of the 2017 Monster Dash Art Contest, sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education. Lia’s drawing was chosen from over 232 entries, and will be printed on t-shirts for the 19th annual Milton Monster Dash. In addition, Lia will start the 5K runners on Sunday morning, October 29th, at Cunningham Park. This wonderful event, will include a kids’ costumed fun run activities, crafts and science experiments, all beginning at 9am and the 5K walk/run will set off at 11am.  T-shirts will be available for the first 500 registered runners and costumes are always highly encouraged.

The following students were selected Runners Up for their entries:

  • Milton High School student: Jeremy Lewiston
  • Pierce Middle School Student, Olivia Williams

Students given Honorable Mention include:

  • Glover students: Charlotte Murphy, Andrew Tran, Ella Woodhams, Luke Bushell, and Allison Boynton.
  • Tucker students: Christian Pascal, Hilson Chen, Lilli Lang, and Liam Jiraiya Coriolan
  • Collicot students: Abby McMenamy, Dante Balestraci, Maddy King, and Eilie Bouillon
  • Cunningham students: Eric Albanese, Cooper Bishop, Henri Barbe, Cecilia-Campbell Stewart and Vera Mita.

The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education, with proceeds devoted to the support of science programs for students in grades K through 12. This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999. To learn more about the Monster Dash or the Milton Foundation for Education, visit their website.  To register for or donate to the Monster Dash, please click here.

FAME NEWS

 Milton FAME (Friends and Advocates of Music Education) Upcoming October Events!

For Marching Band Parents of a senior – tonight (Friday, October 13th) is senior night at the MHS football game!   The ceremony will be at half time right before the marching band performance. We ask that all senior parents join us on the field for the beginning of half time so you can stand with your student and be recognized. We will have pictures done after the performance.

Hurricane Relief Concert – Tuesday, October 17th at MHS! After the devastating hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck Texas and Florida, and with Hurricanes Jose and Maria causing even more damage, members of the Milton Public School community have been brainstorming ways to help those affected.  This is a K-12 benefit concert, to be held at Milton High School on October 17th at 7:00 p.m.. All proceeds from ticket sales and concessions contribute to hurricane relief efforts.  Tickets are $10 each!  Please note:  Music parents are being asked to donate snacks for the concessions for this event:   Strings & Jazz: sweet things   Band: salty things  Chorus: drinks  Bring to room 241 by Tuesday – thanks!

The MHS Marching Band will be performing in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Competition at Landrigan Field at Wakefield High School on Saturday, October 21st.  This is a fun night filled with music from marching bands competing from all over the state.  Come enjoy the music and Wakefield’s popular concession stand, featuring their world famous chili, cheese burgers, hot dogs, apple crisp and more.   Tickets are available at the gate.  Milton is scheduled to perform on the field at 7:00 but please be advised to get there early as this schedule can change.  The show starts at 5:00 and runs to 8:30 with the fabulous University of Massachusetts at Lowell Marching Band closing out the show.  Check the link here for directions, schedule, etc.

Questions??  Need more information??  Email us at MiltonFame@gmail.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by MSAPC:

Next Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Meeting will be held Wednesday October 18th  7pm Milton BID Hospital, Nangeroni Room. The topic will be: Underage Drinking in Milton: A Listening Session with Police Chief John King. Please note, there is limited seating.  Reservations Strongly Advised. RSVP to: info@milton-coalition.org

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Youth Hockey:

No need to head into the Boston Garden to see the Bruins play! Milton Youth Hockey (MYH) is thrilled to announce that the Bruins Alumni are coming to Ulin Rink on Saturday, October 21st at 4 pm to help MYH raise much needed funds for its hockey program.  “This event helps publicize the essence of town hockey and increases public awareness about the importance of supporting the youth in our town.  It also shows our community the tremendous public asset that we have here in Milton, the Ulin Rink,” explains MYH President Kevin Keating.

This is the hottest ticket around as admission is only $10 with children under 10 FREE! Bring your friends, family, neighbors and fellow hockey fans from out of town.

For only $10, you will not only enjoy a thrilling game as the Bruins Alumni take on some of our own Milton parents and coaches, you will also have a chance to meet these legends after the game. Come one, come all to this family fun event at Ulin Rink – enjoy great hockey, enter the “chuck a puck” contest, and take a chance at some amazing raffle items, including a 50/50 raffle for a chance to win $10,000!

To purchase $10 tickets to the game, click here.   Tickets will also be available at the rink.

Following the game MYH will be hosting the Milton community along with some of our all time favorite Boston Bruins at Wollaston Golf Club from 7PM-12AM. Come and check out unique raffle items and a silent auction with some great prizes including sports tickets, autographed sports memorabilia, gift baskets and more. Delicious appetizers will be served along with a cash bar.

But there’s more! We’ll be hitting the dance floor at Wollaston as local DJ Chris Rizzo will be spinning amazing tunes.  The after party is for adults only, and the ticket cost is only $30. Tickets for the after party are also available here.

Don’t miss out. We hope to see you at the rink and on the dance floor this Saturday, October 21st!

 

 

 

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Jennifer Struzziero, MPS Children’s Librarian:

We hope that you can join us in the Children’s Room for some fun October programs at the library. Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of Oct 22-28th

October 24, 2017
SPUB Club ages 8-12
7:15-7:45 PM
Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club!

Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 8-12. 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.

October 27, 2017
Free Play Friday ages 0-5
10:00-12:00 PM

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 Milton Childhood Alliance.

October 27, 2017
Perler Beads ages 8-12 3:45-4:30

Express your crafty side using tiny beads and an iron to melt beads to create your very own work of pixelated art. Registration is required.

October 28, 2017 Cooks & Books grades K-5.
2:30-4:00 PM

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.

ATHLETICS

As many of you already know Milton Crew will have two boats at the Head of the Charles this year.  HOCR is the biggest rowing regatta in the world. It is a privilege to participate at this regatta. Our student athletes will race many different teams from all around the world.

Our entries: 

Girls Varsity Four
Boys varsity Four
*lineups to be decided soon

Please mark your calendars and come to support your team on the Charles next Sunday, October 22nd. More info to follow next week. GO MILTON CREW!

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Milton High School Athletics and Milton Boosters President James Coyne would like to thank all who participated and supported our annual Milton Boosters Swing for Sports.  We would like to thank Wollaston Golf Course and Kevin Walsh ’83 for their hospitality and the use of their amazing facility. Thank you to all golfers, donors, and hole sponsors with a special thanks to Curry College President Kenneth Quigley, and Darryl Elliott with Elliott Physical Therapy.  Last but not least, all the Boosters Board of Directors and Members who facilitated just an amazing day.

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The following update was submitted by Ryan Madden, Athletic Director:

The Football Team handled Wellesley last Friday, with a commanding 35-6 victory under the lights. They take on Walpole tonight, Friday, Oct 13th at 7pm under the lights at Brooks Field. $5 tickets for students and adults.

It is MHS Best Buddies Night! All Best Buddies Members will be at the game on Friday to support their Wildcats. They will be part of the pregame ceremony and will be holding a 50/50 raffle! This is also senior night, so all football, cheer, and band seniors will be honored. Football and cheer seniors will be honored prior to the kick-off, with the band seniors honored at half-time.

Please no dropping off students at the gate. We will not admit children under the age of 11 if they are not accompanied by an adult. There will be no re-entry. Once you leave the stadium, you will need to buy another ticket to re-enter. Students are also encouraged to leave all bags in cars or their lockers. We also ask that you refrain from parking along the grass hill near the gate. There is plenty of parking in the back lots and the front lot of the high school. Our Booster’s Program will be selling food and drinks out of the snack shack, as well as plenty of Merchandise at the entrance.  Roll ‘Cats!

The Girls Soccer Team fell to Wellesley last night in their Breast Cancer Awareness Game.  It was a great game, with Diani scoring the tying goal before Wellesley eventual grabbed the winner.  They take on Norton today at 3:45 on the turf field.

The Boys Soccer Team has recorded a tie against D1 Xaverian on Saturday, extending their unbeaten streak against the Catholic Conference to 6 games in 3 years! They will take on Wellesley at Babson College tonight, Friday Oct 13th at 7pm.

The Girls Cross Country Team seemingly does not know how to lose, recording yet another victory.  This time over the Rebels of Walpole, with Bridget Mitchell, Elise O’Leary and Ella Affanato going 1-2-3!  The Boys Cross Country Team raced well in Walpole, with Bobby Carew earning his second individual victory of the season.

The Volleyball Team was finally taken down after an impressive string of wins.  Walpole came out victors in a hard fought battle winning in 5 sets, with Walpole narrowly beating the Wildcats after a tough 5th set.  Their Marblehead match tonight has been postponed to later in the month.

The Field Hockey Team has been playing extremely well, just struggling to find the net.  Their defense has improved immensely over the course of the season and they will look to beat Wellesley today at Sprague Field, 3:45pm.

The Swim Team recorded their first and second wins ever as a Varsity Sport last week, beating both Weymouth and Norwood!  They added more state qualifying times and are enjoying their change of season!

The Golf Team has qualified for the State Tournament with a record of 8-5-1! They had a great week last week, beating Newton North and Braintree. Varsity golfers Jared Carney, Jared Carr and Jack Boylan have qualified for this year‘s Bay State Conference golf tournament on Tuesday 10/17 in Wellesley.

The Cheer Team is getting closer to their Cheer Competition at Braintree High School on November 1st at Braintree High School.

Please remember to check out the Best Buddies 5k and Friendship Walk and the Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse.

All MHS sports schedules can also be found online.

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 congratulate Pierce Middle School student Sadie Leggett. Sadie is one of only eight students (see photo below) picked from the Boston City Singers’ tour choir to sing with Kristin Chenoweth at the Home Bases’s Mission Gratitude fundraiser dinner earlier this month. Home Base’s Mission gratitude raises money to help support veterans and their families.  Here is the website for the event

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Staff:   I would like to thank our Town Administrator, Michael Dennehy (father of five MPS students) for his recent efforts with our third-graders. Mr. Dennehy personally visited third-grade classrooms to promote the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) poster contest. This collaboration of art teachers and classroom teachers aims to raise public awareness, promote the attributes of good local government, and encourage future leaders of Massachusetts to take an active interest in their community activities.  After creating a poster in visual art classes depicting a program of their local government, students will be encouraged to enter the contest.  Submissions are needed by November 1st and can be sent to their classroom teacher. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($250), second ($100), and third ($50) place winners! After his visit, Mr. Dennehy wrote, “How refreshing and uplifting it was to be the guest at each of your wonderful sanctuaries of learning, nurturing and pure innocence.” We are grateful to Mr. Dennehy for his time and energy. To learn more about the poster contest, click here.   dennehy2

Volunteers: I would like to thank Sunni Fleming, an MPS parent who recently organized a supply drive for the Jared Box Toy Drive. Ms. Fleming collected and sorted hundreds of donations, given by MPS families. The Jared Box Project is intended to lift the spirits of children in the hospital. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Many thanks for Ms. Fleming, as well as to all of those who donated.

HURRICANE ART

The following pieces of artwork are among the pieces being auctioned off at the Hurricane Relief concert:

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

 

 

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September 29th E-Blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I was already looking forward to this weekend’s Celebrate Milton event at Pierce Middle School when I received the good news that three members of the MPS community are being recognized with a Community Builders Award.

Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with Pierce parents Kara Kurtzman, Jennie Mulqueen, are being recognized for their work at Pierce Middle School. The trio helped organize a community response to educate middle school students about the importance of standing up against hateful acts and discrimination. I am very proud of Dr. Spaulding and these hardworking parent volunteers who have improved the Pierce Middle School immeasurably. I would also like to recognize the local group “Milton Reflecting,” and Milton resident Diane D’Souza for her work on the Neponset Greenway Extension (bike path), and her facilitation of Milton’s Courageous Conversations towards racial justice.

For those who have never attended, ¡CELEBRATEMILTON! is a celebration designed to bring diverse people together from across the community; to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and to commit to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

It will take place on Sunday, October 1st from noon to 4pm at Pierce Middle School (rain or shine.) Admission is free. There will be a Food Tent by FAME; the aforementioned Community Builder Awards Ceremony; free Children’s Amusements sponsored annually by The Copeland Family Foundation; free CHild Identification Program (CHIP) sponsored by the Milton Lodge of Masons; Over 70 local exhibitors; musical entertainment all day; raffles, plus t-shirts and other items for sale. For more info, visit www.celebratemilton.org

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on September 27th. I will summarize this meeting in my next E-blast.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Correction: In last week’s E-blast, we listed the MHS students who were recognized by the College Board for their achievement on the AP exams. We have subsequently received an updated list from the College Board and we are excited to announce the names of two more students who have been recognized. Eva Hiller was named an AP Scholar (students who receive scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams); and Taylor Burns was named an AP Scholar with Distinction (students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams.) Congratulations to both of these students!

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The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

On Wednesday, October 11th, Milton High School will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. While this opportunity is a great benefit for our sophomores and juniors, it creates some logistical issues. In order to provide a quiet test-taking environment and appropriate proctoring, it is necessary to create a unique schedule for 9th and 12th graders on October 11th. Please make a note of the following:

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

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

Please remember student athletes must be in attendance for the designated amount of time to be eligible to participate in a practice or game. Buses on this day will run on the regular schedule. We realize that this may create a timing issue for freshmen and seniors who may take the bus. If it is not possible to arrange alternative transportation on this day, students may spend time in the morning in the cafeteria. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the PSAT, this an important test that provides many benefits that can help students along the path to college. This test will be given at Milton High School, starting at 7:50am and ending by 11:15am. There is no fee for your child to take this exam, as the Milton Public Schools covers the cost of each student’s exam through the generosity of the Copeland Foundation.

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

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

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

If your child is interested in hearing from colleges and universities across the country that are looking for students like him or her, remind your child to opt into the Student Search Service when he or she takes the test. For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit www.psat.org   If you have any further questions about the PSAT, you may also contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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Students from Milton High School had an opportunity to learn about careers in the health and medical fields during school last week, as part of the Schools to Careers Partnership.

The seminar’s central focus was to get students interested in a career in the health/medical services field a chance to connect with practitioners in various health fields to discuss career options, career pathways and the rewards of a career in the health fields. The event was coordinated by Katherine Touafek with Schools to Careers Partnership and hosted by Milton High School. Nearly 180 students from 8 different school districts attended the seminar (Milton, Blue Hills, Randolph, Avon, Canton, Dedham, Hollbrook, and Norwood.)

The students were treated to an inspiring key note address from Richard Fernandez, President/CEO of BID Milton Hospital and Faye Weir, Director of Parent Child Services at South Shore Hospital. Then the students took part in break-out sessions where they were presented with information on numerous specialties by professionals working in those fields from South Shore Hospital, Norwood Hospital, Fallon Ambulance Service, Mass College of Pharmacy, and BID-Milton. The break-out sessions had presenters providing information and hands on demonstrations, in the fields of: nursing, surgical technicians, pain clinic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home care education and training, dietician, imaging services, pathology, cardiac catheter technicians, emergency medical services, MRI services, nuclear medical technicians, mobility aides, and hand therapists.

Many thanks to all the professionals who gave up their precious time to spend the morning with our students.

Katlyn Eng, an OR nurse from SS Hospital, greets students who are interested in pursuing medical careers.

Jill Crowley, a Pain Clinic nurse, uses a “Tom Brady” skeleton to show how pain from sports injuries can be managed.

Students observe how surgeons train on robots to prepare for surgery.

The following item was submitted by Humanities Director Barbara Wright:

Eight Milton students joined students from all over the Bay State this week, as the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented the Tenth Annual James Otis Lecture, an annual event that celebrates the importance of the United States Constitution.

This year our students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Dorchester.  The building that honors Senator Kennedy actually has a replica of the US Senate within the confines of the building, and our students were able to sit in “Senate Chambers” for the presentation.

Professor Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School and Professor Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School both addressed the audience as they discussed the day’s theme:  “Founders, Framers and the Future: Applying the Constitution in the 21st Century.”

Special thanks to Ms. Nancy Warn and Mr. James Jette in coordinating the logistics to get students to and from the Kennedy Institute.

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Left to right: Grace Baker, Meghan Kelly, Kelvin Solano Sanchez, Kianna Barrett, Bridget Kelly, Laura O’Hanlon, Brendan Cox and Aidan Braithwaite.

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The following item was submitted by Instructional Technology Director AJ Melanson:

All of the Milton Public Schools Parent/Guardian Portals are now live!  If you have a student in MPS, and have not received your Portal activation instructions, please contact your school’s administrative assistant.

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

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

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

For Apple Devices

ParentPlus
StudentPlus

For Andriod Devices

ParentPlus
StudentPlus

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

National Walk/Bike to School day is this Wednesday, October 4th. The Milton Public Schools are happy to participate!  To help celebrate, Wally the Green Monster from Red Sox National will be meeting and greeting Cunningham, Collicot and Glover students in the morning; and will be at Tucker in the afternoon, where he will also greet students in the after-school program. We would like to thank the four elementary PTOs for sponsoring Wally’s visit; as well as all of the Walk to School organizers and participants in the four elementary schools!

 

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The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Please join us on October 11th at Milton High for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, Strategies for College, Inc., will be discussing what forms you need to fill out, how to fill them out, who should fill them out (everyone) and when you should be doing this.

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

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The following item was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:

Please join us on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm for Grades 5-8 Information Night at Milton High!

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

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL FACTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

21 Advanced Placement course offerings in 2017 -2018 92% of Milton High Students took the SAT in 2016-2017
The PSAT is administered to all sophomores & juniors before graduating 91% of students in the Class of 2017 were admitted to 4-year & 2-year university/college
Students have access to Music Lab, Language Lab, Biotech Lab, Computer Labs, Health & Wellness Center In 2016-17, there were 636 AP Exams taken (85 % of the AP exams taken had a qualifying score (3 or better).
MHS offers a wide array athletics, clubs and Activities Robotics Team
Community Service Opportunities Music Program: Band, Chorus & Strings
Excellent Athletic Program and Facilities Debate Team

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Please save the date!  Milton Public Schools will be holding a K-12 concert to raise funds for the victims of the recent hurricanes:

 

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

Next up in the Milton Public Schools PARENT Speaker Series will be Dr. Maria Trozzi presenting “Finding Resilience… Strategies to Produce Competent and Confident Children (K-12), Able to Successfully Navigate a Complicated World”, on Thursday October 19th from 7-8:30pm, to be held at the MHS auditorium.   Join Maria, resilience expert, author, and assistant professor of pediatrics, emeritus, at Boston University School of Medicine for an interactive and enlightening conversation about the new stresses of parenting our children and adolescents today.

Parents of young children and adolescents often worry that if they are not doing everything as parents, they are doing nothing.  Dr. Trozzi’s refreshing and honest approach focuses on parents’ choices and courage to consider the longer view.

She distills the information overload of what’s really important and offers evidence-based strategies to produce competent and confident children, able to successfully navigate a complicated world.

Our goal of the PARENT Speaker Series is to continue to develop and enhance our relationship with the community, helping to provide families and caregivers skills, knowledge and resources to support the overall well-being of students. We can’t do this alone.  We’d like to acknowledge the Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Times, the Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust and the Milton PTOs for their support.

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

October 19 Maria Trozzi Finding Resilience -strategies to produce competent and confident children (K-12), able to successfully navigate a complicated world 7-9pm at MHS auditorium
January 8 Rachel Simmons Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
January 30 Minding Your Mind Program Mental Health Awareness  6:30-7:30pm at Pierce MS
February 8 Dr. Ruth Potee Under Construction: What every parent should know about the teen/tween brain and substance use (sponsored by MSAPC) 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
April 5 Michael Thompson Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys 7pm-9pm at MHS auditorium

 

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Please see the flyer below on the upcoming Milton Boosters Swing for Sports golf tournament. For more information, please click here.

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The following item was submitted on behalf of the MHS Girls and Boys XC Teams:

Were your kids born to run? Do they want a good challenge? If so, head over to Cunningham Park on October 15th for the Second Annual Kids Trail Run sponsored by the MHS Girls and Boys Cross Country teams. If you have or know of any first- through eight-graders who would be interested in running a fun race and meeting members of the XC teams, please refer to the attached flier for more information!

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 FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The Milton Public Schools hosted an exciting event at our elementary schools this week. FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show was in Milton, along with a cast of colorful characters, fantastic feats of juggling, music, magic, and audience participation. FoodPlay Productions uses the power of live theater to turn kids on to healthy eating and active living. FOODPLAY has been shown to dramatically improve children’s eating and physical activity habits, according to USDA-sponsored evaluations.

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GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Cunningham Elementary School recently held “Spirit Week,” — and as part of an effort to raise money for hurricane victims, had a special “Hat Day” fundraiser. More than $800 was raised by the Cunningham community. Great job!

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Cunningham students with Principal Jon Redden. From left: Aidan Sugrue, Patrick Lovett, Charlie Vernazza, Logan Rooney. Cole Rooney, Ryan O’Neil, and Jack Dunn

 

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From left: William Malec, Max Weinstein, and Benjamin Parmele.

 

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Maribel Haber and Dory O’Toole.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) held their first board meeting on September 25, 2017. The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council is an all-volunteer, parent-run, nonprofit organization. The amazing council members are dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to families receiving special education services in the Milton Public Schools.

The SEPAC is for parents, caregivers, and guardians whose children have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. We are also a resource for parents whose children have not yet begun receiving special education services or have yet to enter the public school system. If you have questions or concerns related to their child’s academic, social, emotional or behavioral functioning at school the SEPAC may be able to help.

The SEPAC organizes educational presentations and training which are open to the general school community including school staff. We also host social events to help foster a sense of belonging for families receiving special education services. We educate and share information regarding local, regional and state resources for services, supports, and advocacy. We identify patterns of concern related to special education services within MPS and advocate on behalf of the community. If you have concerns specific to your child and family, we will provide information to assist you in finding an advocate as well as other sources of information and resources to address the needs of your individual child and family.

*Taken from the Milton SEPAC Flyer 2017

This year’s SEPAC members include:

  • Executive Board Co-Chair: Leslie Cheverie and Jennifer Grubler; Treasurer: Clare Keating; Secretary: Jessica Raider
  • School Representatives High School: TBD; Pierce: Linda Mancini and Clare Keating; Glover: Jenny Sheehan and Melissa Feldman; Collicot: Amy Masferrrer and Jessica Raider; Cunningham: Collin McDonald and Jennifer Grubler; Tucker: TBD; Preschool: TBD (Jennifer Grubler until alternative is found) Out of District: Amanda Serio and Leslie Cheverie.

Members of the SEPAC can be contacted via the following information:

  • EMAIL: miltonsepac@gmail.com
  • FACEBOOK: facebook.com/ miltonsepac
  • WEBSITE: miltonsepac.org

FROM THE READERS

Many of you may have heard about “flexible seating” options in classrooms. Here is an interesting article on this topic: http://www.cfclassroom.com/2016/09/flexible-seating-in-the-classroom.html

FAME/MUSIC NEWS

Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME) support the activities and opportunities of the award-winning Milton Music Department of the Milton Public Schools.

What we do

  • FAME funds all the scholarships for graduating seniors and all the music awards for underclassman at the high school level
  • We assist with the extra needs for music education at all levels for expenses not allocated in the music budget
  • We support teacher initiatives, like the formation of the MHS Marching Band & other ensembles
  • Our volunteers assist at the high school and middle school concerts and other events such as Districts music competitions
  • FAME hosts the annual Music Dinner for MHS musicians and their families
  • We raise awareness and advocate for Milton’s award winning music programs and events

This year’s steering committee is headed by co-chairs Therese Joyce and Lauren Barone. Our new treasurers are Mary Scott and Beth Richards. Our new administrator of social media is Amy Morgan Link. We are still in need of a vice chair and a secretary!

We welcome new members to join our steering committee and all volunteers throughout the year!  For information, please go to www.miltonfame.weebly.org to get email updates!  Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday October 3rd at 6:30 pm in the MHS conference room!

Upcoming Events

  • Celebrate Milton–Sunday October 1st at Pierce Middle School. Come visit the FAME food tent!  We’ll be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and other goodies.  All proceeds befitting FAME.
  • The Milton Music Department Mattress Sale- Saturday October 7th at 10:00 am in the gym at Pierce Middle School   If you were planning on buying a mattress, please come and have a look!  It’s a great way to support the Music Department!  *I bought one there two years ago and it’s the best mattress I’ve ever had!!
  • Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief – Tuesday October 17th at 7:00 pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium MHS

MFE NEWS

Get ready to Monster Dash!  The 19th Annual Monster Dash 5K/Fun Run will be held on October 29th at Cunningham Park.  Monster Dash benefit’s Sam’s Fund and science enrichment across all six of our public schools.  Register here today!  working on those costumes, it is going to be spooktacular day!!”

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please mark your calendars. The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be hosting a meeting which will be focusing on Underage Drinking in Milton.  The meeting will be a “Community Listening Session with Chief John King”, with introductory remarks by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Rowe. We are encouraging all Milton parents and guardians to attend. The meeting will be on October 18th at 7pm at BID-Milton Hospital, in the Nangeroni room.

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Please review this flyer, sent to us by our friends at Milton Early Childhood Alliance:

 

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

We hope you’ll check out Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s table at Celebrate Milton this Sunday, October 1, from 12-4pm, rain or shine. The annual event takes place at Pierce Middle School. Weather permitting, exhibits will be set up outside in the rear parking area. In the event of rain, the event moves indoors. We have lots of information for residents about how to raise resilient, drug free children and resources you can use to help someone you know who may be struggling with addiction or a mental health problem.  Find out about a new Parent Education Series sponsored by the Milton Public Schools and our Coalition. And join our mailing list to be kept up to date on how our community is coming together to keep our youth safe in risky times!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

We hope that you can join us in the Children’s Room for some fun end-of-the month programs at the library. Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.
In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 24th-30th

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017  
Join the SPUB Club! Ages 8-12 7:15-7:45 pm  Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 8-12. 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.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Storytime @ the Farmer’s Market, All Ages 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Ms. Jen, our new children’s librarian from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children our last Farmer’s Market session this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Free Play Friday
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Ages 0-5 (with caregiver)

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

Saturday, September 30, 2017
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.

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

As mentioned above, the Milton Boosters Swing for Sports golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 10th. For more information, please click here.

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MHS Boys Track are hosting a CANS FOR CATS event on Saturday, October 7th at Milton High School, Copeland Field House entrance (moved from front entrance)9:00-12:00

The following item was sent by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

The Football team has refreshed over their bye week after losing a tough one to Natick 35-19.  Natick is consistently ranked in the top-20 foootball teams in the state, so it was a great effort by the Wildcats.  They will be looking to bounce back against Herget Division rivals, Wellesley next Friday, October 6th.  The game is a at 7pm under the lights.  Tickets will be sold for $5 at the gate.

The Girls Cross Country passed their toughest test, beating Weymouth and Wellesley this past Wednesday, as well as Natick and Newton North last week on their travels.  They are still undefeated, dating back to 2015.

The Boys Cross Country Team is running well, and will look for wins against Framingham and Norwood next week.

The Girls Soccer Team beat Needham for the first time in over 20 years, 1-0.  Twin sisters Maddie and Maggie Pellegri linked up for the lone goal over the Rockets, with the latter scoring the goal.  They are now .500 on the season, and will take on Natick next week.

The Boys Soccer Team found their first win of the season against Randolph, with Josh Madden scoring a hat-trick and on their way to a 6-0 victory.

The Volleyball Team has recovered from their slow start, earning wins over Fontbonne, Archies and Framingham.  They are rolling, and will look to continue their run against Needham next week.

The Swim Team is enjoying their first season as a fall sport, with multiple girls earning state qualifying times in their first two meets against Needham and Framingham!

The Field Hockey Team is also playing well since their slow start, with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over Ursuline and Framingham.

For schedules, and news about the Wildcats, visit http://miltonwildcats.com/or folllow @MHS_Wildcats_ on Twitter.

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 thank our Milton High School students who served as student ambassadors today, as Milton High hosted nearly 400 Japanese high school students from Sakae Higashi High School in Japan. From cultural demonstrations, to gift exchange and a large, crowded lunch in our cafeteria and field house, this event was a huge success.

Staff:  I would also like to thank all the Milton High School teachers and administrators who found creative ways to integrate hundreds of extra students into their classes today. This is always a challenge, but our professional, flexible teachers always find a way to make it work. Thank you!

Volunteers: One of most active and hardworking groups, Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME) recently elected a new steering committee. Congratulations and thank you to co-chairs Therese Joyce and Lauren Barone; treasurers Mary Scott and Beth Richards. Our new administrator of social media is Amy Morgan Link. FAME is still in need of a vice chair and a secretary!

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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September 19th E-Blast

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

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Apple Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

For Andriod Devices
ParentPlus
StudentPlus

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior: Domenic Jancaterino

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADULT ED NEWS

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

SEL NEWS

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

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

PARENT photo

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

GUIDANCE NEWS

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

Please note the following important dates:

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast is $1.25 for a complete meal!!!

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Job Opportunities in the Milton Public Schools Food Service Program

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

FROM THE READERS

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

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

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

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

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

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For ages 6-10. Registration is required and will open two weeks prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

ATHLETICS

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

The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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August 29th E-Blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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August 25th E-Blast

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

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

BUS ROUTES

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

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

Bus Route B (Cunningham and Collicot)

Bus Route C (Glover and Tucker)

IMPORTANT DATES

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

Please check the Master Calendar for all upcoming events:

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER READING

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

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

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

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

ADULT ED NEWS

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

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

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

RESIDENCY

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

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

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

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

SEL NEWS

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

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

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

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

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Boosters:

We have two events on Saturday, September 2nd.

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

Milton provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs and seeks to identify all children in need of special education services. Milton Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of children aged 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability. These disabilities may include: Developmental Delay; Autism; Intellectual Impairment; Sensory Impairment; Neurological Impairment; Emotional Impairment; Communication Impairment; Physical Impairment; Health Impairment; and/or Specific Learning Disability.
For further information regarding eligibility for evaluations, programs, and/or services, please call the Pupil Personnel Office at 617-696-5040 x 5574. You may also contact via email the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

FROM THE READERS

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

Monday, September 4, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime @ the Farmer’s Market, All Ages

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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Collicot Elementary School

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Cunningham Elementary School

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Glover Elementary School

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Tucker Elementary School

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Pierce Middle School

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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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