August 8, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update 
Date: August 8, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

As we continue to enjoy some beautiful summer weather, I wanted to share some information about back to school dates, as well as school specific information for each of our six schools. 

The 2019/20 school year starts on Monday, August 26th for staff, on Wednesday, August 28th for 1st-12th grade students and on Tuesday, September 3rd for our kindergarten and preschool students. On Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd, the Milton Public Schools is closed for Labor Day weekend.  Follow our MPS Facebook page and MPS Twitter account for news and information throughout the year. The full MPS calendar can be found here.  You will find school specific information below. 

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL 
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle and Ms. Meghan Connors

Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school 
New student orientation for all freshmen and new students August 26th 4-6 pm
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information
MHS Open House – September 12th 
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE
Principal Mr. William Fish and Assistant Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Ms. Janice Mazzola
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed the week of August 19th
New families night – August 20th at 6:30 PM
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 27th at 6:30pm
Picture Day – August 29th
Pierce Open House – September 11th 6:30pm
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce PTO School Supply Order Program
Pierce Webpage
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

GLOVER
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Deb Woods
Homeroom assignments – week of  August 19 
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 20, 10am (playground)
and Thursday, August 22 at 6pm (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 29 9:30-11am  (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 3 after drop off
Glover Open House- September 26
Glover Webpage 
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact 

COLLICOT
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19 
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 27th, 2pm 
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 29th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off  
School Picture Day – Monday September 29th
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 13th
Collicot Open House – Wednesday, September 25th 
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email 
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler 
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 27th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 27th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 29th, 11- 2pm 
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents – Tuesday September 3rd, after drop off 
Cunningham Open House – September 19th 
Cunningham Webpage 
Cunningham PTO email 
Facebook Page
Cunningham School Twitter 
Cunningham School Instagram

TUCKER
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments  – week of August 19th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K, August 21st at 6pm, Tucker Playground
Picture Day-September 6th
Open House-September 26th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage 
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES  

Aug 19–21  Welcome to Middle School Camp
Aug 21  Milton School Committee Meeting
Aug 28  First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

MPS SUMMER

The MPS Calculus Project held its 6th summer mathematics enrichment program this summer with  over 65 MPS students from grades 8 through 12 attending. The Calculus Project is an initiative designed to increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus.  The summer enrichment courses are used by students to maintain their standing in honors level courses or to make the move to honors or advanced placement level. This year was particularly exciting because some of our first cohort of graduates came back to speak to the younger students about their experience in Calculus Project and at Milton High School.  

Thank you to Ms. Capasso, Ms. Bachant, Ms. Conaty, Ms. Ritten, Ms. Pompilus, and Ms. Meunier for working with our students this summer. Our students  appreciate you and had plenty to say about what they liked most about the summer mathematics enrichment program: “I enjoyed digging deeper into my love for math. I also enjoyed the exposure to more kids that look like me.” “The teachers, meeting the seniors and talking about what high school is going to be like.” “Sitting together and working on worksheets, and going over the answers together.” “Being in a class where you weren’t the only non-white person.” “I got a lot of help on my summer work and I feel well prepared for next year.” 

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Milton Summer Enrichment wrapped up last week with a terrific field day. MSE was recently featured in a Patriot Ledger article, which you can read here.  

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MHS Math teacher Kristina Craven, English teacher Ayeola Davis, Special Education teacher Marcus Jones, and science teacher Jillian Pieciak led a group of motivated incoming 9th graders in the MHS Bridge program this summer. Over the course of the program, students completed their required Math and English summer work, wrote appreciation letters to soldiers and veterans (among other service projects), and used inquiry-based science investigations to construct their own inventions. Students also checked out their future classrooms, had visits from department chairs and other faculty members, and completed their concussion training in preparation for sports tryouts. The summer spent in the Bridge Program allowed students to have some fun, spending time with friends and beginning to feel more at home at MHS and ready to take on the high school in the fall! 

The pictures below are of some of the student creations from this summer – solar ovens used to “bake” s’mores in the sun, a spaghetti tower built for balance, and sunflower plants grown and cared for all summer long!”  

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After seven busy weeks of endless fun and many great activities at Camp Cunningham, the fun will come to end on Friday. Campers enjoyed activities such as Science & Tap Dancing with Mrs. Roye, Coding & Comics with Jackson, Harry Potter Math with Rudy, Arts & Crafts with Mrs. B., Hip-Hop with Kristen, Multi-Sports with Andrew, Cooking with Mrs. Goodwin and our swimming lessons with Cullen. We enjoyed some terrific field trips to Ward’s Berry Farm, Starland, Edaville, Pirate Cruise Ship, Rock Spot Climbing, Drumlin Farm, Roger Williams Zoo and the movies. 

A special thank you to our counselors this year, as they have been amazing with the campers and truly made a difference this year. Thank you also to our support staff who contributed to an unforgettable summer for the kids. Thank you to Taylor Shockley and Paisley Sargent our camp nurses who always welcomed campers with

We could not have asked for better staff and we thank you for a successful summer  of Camp Cunningham.

a big smile and took care of them and thank you to CO/CU custodians for keeping the building clean and accessible. Thank you Supervisor  Susan Gionfriddo and Asst. Supervisor John Leazott  for another great summer at Camp Cunningham. To see pictures all of the fun at Camp Cunningham this summer, check out our website. 

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 The MPS staff recently shared their summer reading favorites and you can see what they are reading here.

 

Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Milton High School Guidance Department is closed for the summer and will reopen on Monday, August 26th. Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle  via email in the main office with any inquiries before August 26th.  The main office can also be reached by calling the high school at (617) 696-4470 and dialing 0.

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 28th, during homeroom. A welcome letter with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Freshmen and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at the New Student Orientation on August 26th.  

All summer assignments are available on Plus Portals.  You do not need a password to access this information: 2019 Summer Assignments Summer Work 2019

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held during the school year.  Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Class of 2020: Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.  

Don’t forget to sign up for your Senior Portrait sitting with Hayward Photography. If you have any questions or concerns please email Kelly@haywardphotography.com. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The July 10th School Committee meeting can be watched on Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 21st. 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Our staff participates in PD throughout the year, including over the summer. We’ve highlighted a few of the PD programs attended over the summer below. 

At right, Pierce Science teachers Allison Meleedy, Kristin Fraine and Rachel Clancy are heading out to Spectacle Island for a field study on the effects of climate change on island species.  They took a PD course through the New England Aquarium to help enhance our science curriculum with the latest research around climate change. 

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Four MPS faculty attended the Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT) course at the Harvard Graduate School. Sarah Whitten, Tina Greene, Mary Shapiro, and Amy Tom represented the MPS  21st Century Taskforce. The main program premise focused on reflecting and brainstorming about our people, programs, and principles to develop plans, and prototypes that would best answer our needs as a district. Facilitators presented innovative ideas around how space has the potential to positively impact learning. Our focus, “Hack the House,” involved ‘hacking’ the classroom to allow for small, but targeted spatial shifts designed to encourage collaboration.

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Our MPS administrators attended the  2019 National Principals Conference in Boston . 3 days of world class education and PD happening right here in Boston. We are so lucky to have had this opportunity in our own backyard! 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in rising 5 8th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

We will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th). Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School.

FOOD SERVICE

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Milton Public Schools is  conducting Child Find. In accordance with Federal and State regulations, Milton Public Schools provides special education programs for eligible students designed to meet the needs of children attending not only public schools but also those attending private school at private expense and whose parents reside in Milton.

Anyone can refer a child in need.  This includes a teacher, parent or guardian, or medical provider. You should refer your child for Special Education Eligibility/504 if you feel he or she has a disability and is not making effective progress/deriving educational benefit from his or her current school program. To qualify for special education, the child will be evaluated by district staff, with your consent, and if the Team determines the child has a disability, he or she may be eligible for services and or accommodations documented within an IEP or 504.

Milton Public Schools provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs using a continuous and systematic effort to identify children in need of special education services.

Milton Public Schools will arrange for screening and evaluation of those students ages 16 through 21 who have not graduated from high school and who are not now attending school or children ages 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in a regular education program due to a suspected disability consisting of a developmental delay or intellectual, sensory, neurological, emotional, autism, communication, physical, specific learning or health impairment or combination thereof.

For any child who has been under medical care for mental health/emotional difficulties, a screening or evaluation may be appropriate in conjunction with your child’s health care provider’s recommendations. If you have concerns about a child, please notify your child’s principal or contact the Registrar’s office in Milton

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Please refer to the  Pupil Personnel website for additional resources throughout the school year. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Bus passes for all assigned students will be mailed home the week of August 19th and routes and schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on the MPS website under the transportation page. All riders are REQUIRED to present their bus pass to ride the bus every day.  Students will not be allowed to board without their pass.  

Please note that in the first week or two of school buses can run early or late based on traffic and new route patterns, please plan to have your student at their assigned stop at least 10 minutes early as we ask for patience as the routes settle into regular patterns for the school year. 

ART AND MUSIC 

Marching Band camp will be held at Milton High School on August 12-16 from 8 AM- 3 PM.  Please remember that band camp is mandatory for all students who wish to participate in marching the show. This is the only week the marching band has to learn the entire show. At this point, the show is written and we are depending on your attendance!   All parents/alumni invited to attend a run through of the show at 2 pm on Friday, August 16 at Brooks Field.  If you have questions or need additional information, please contact miltonfame@gmail.com.

ATHLETICS 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see  MHS Athletics website.  with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!  

The MHS Field Hockey team will be hosting a car wash on September 7th, 9AM-12PM at the Cunningham School.  $10/car.

The MHS Boys Basketball team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” bottle and can drive on September 7th, 9am-12pm  at Milton High School.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

MPD Night out – TONIGHT – Join the fun!

The Milton Police Department will host a community event at the police station on Thursday evening, August 8th, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. It will be modeled after what the department has done in the past the day after National Night Out. This event is free and open to the public. It will include station tours, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses, SWAT exhibit, refreshments & more. Please check the MPD Facebook page as details become available.

Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th.

AMBASSADORS 

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

VOLUNTEERS and STUDENTS: Thank you to MHS students Mercy Osifo, Osas Osifo and Gifty Johnson who joined our Pierce garden “Fairy Godmother” Beth Neville in planting flowers at Pierce Middle School Outdoor Classroom this past week. We are so grateful for all of our volunteers!

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July 18, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update 
Date: July 18, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

We are four weeks into summer vacation and I hope your family is relaxing and spending time together during these beautiful days. While summer may seem like a time that our schools experience a slower pace, in reality we are as busy as ever! There are multiple summer programs taking place in each school, which keep our buildings humming with activity. Our custodians perform regular maintenance and deep cleaning  as well as special projects throughout the summer. We are also continuing to plan for the 2019/20 school year that will start on Monday, August 26th for staff, on Wednesday, August 28th for 1st-12th grade students and on Tuesday, September 3rd for our kindergarten and preschool students. There is plenty of summer left however, so please enjoy it! But first, please take a moment to read the summer update below. 

MPS SUMMER

Our elementary summer reading program is well underway and MPS librarian Josh Coben has a message for our elementary students. 

Mr. Coben reads a fan favorite.

Hello, summer readers! I hope you’re enjoying these beautiful, lazy July days. I always look forward to having extra reading time during summer break, whether I’m at home, at the beach, or on a family trip. Remember that any kind of reading is great, from curling up with a book in a quiet spot, to listening to audiobooks (a new favorite of mine), to reading with a family member. With so many choices-chapter books, picture books, eBooks, graphic novels, magazines-you’re bound to find something you enjoy. Stop by the library to see what’s new. Don’t forget to log your reading minutes here and have fun! 

Pierce Middle School librarian Jess Royster also wanted to say happy summer to Pierce students and send along the following message: I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing, fun filled summer. While you’re enjoying your summer, don’t forget to pick up a book. Whether you are outside on the beach or inside in the air conditioning, remember that summer reading doesn’t have to be serious! Parents and students can pick up a magazine, listen to an audio book or even reread an old favorite. Read a book that is being turned into a movie, see the movie and then debate which was better. Summer reading is critical for improving students’ reading skills and engagement, but it doesn’t have to be a chore for students (or parents)! 

MHS Librarian JT asks: 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) will open the polls on August 15th for the 2019 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the nominees for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also created the Book Finder database that you can use to search through titles that have won awards at their conferences. You can browse by genre or author. Goodreads, a social media site dedicated to books, also offers a variety of recommendations based upon titles you have already read and enjoyed (no need to create an account you can search booklists and recommendations at the bottom of the site).

If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Sora through the state consortium. The website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions on how to access Sora through your school Google account can be found on the library webpageEnjoy the days of summer. Happy Reading!

JT’s summer stats: Currently Reading: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and Everything In Its Place by Oliver Sacks. Recently Finished: There, There by Tommy Orange; On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Our students and staff have been doing their summer reading in some interesting places! Send your summer reading photo to sokeefe@miltonps.org and we’ll share it with the MPS community. 

Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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On Monday, July  8th, we welcomed over 500 students to MHS for the first day of Milton Summer Enrichment!  We have a dedicated staff of more than fifty instructors engaging students in hands-on classes each hour from 8am-12pm.  Students are enjoying courses ranging from Wildcat Soccer to Chess and Harry Potter Math to Hip Hop! In addition to the course instructors, we have 70 High School student ‘Red Shirts’ assisting students to get from one course to another, accessing course material and ensuring safety and efficiency during arrival and dismissal. You can reach our program directors Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan with any questions or comments at mse@miltonps.org.

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We have had a fabulous start to summer in our ESY (Extended School Year) Program! Students have been participating in engaging and inclusive learning opportunities including trips to Cunningham Pond, attending Milton Summer Enrichment courses, visits from Gracie the Golden Retriever, and community outings. The fun and learning continues at both Cunningham and Milton High School until August 2.

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On Monday, June 17th, Camp Cunningham welcomed the summer 2019 season. The theme for our first session was Super Heroes. Campers are enjoying a variety of activities such as cooking, science, tap dancing, hip-hop, sports, arts & crafts and of course swimming at Cunningham Pond. Field trips have been so much fun; the first week, campers visited Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon where they picked delicious strawberries after a fun hayride. Week two, a group of campers went to Starland in Hanover where they had a blast with mini-golf, go-cart racing, laser tag and bumper cars!

The theme for session 2 is Pirates and Princesses. Besides enjoying a variety of theme related activities on site, a group of campers went to Plymouth and had a great time being pirates for one hour on a real boat!  Mr. Moonan came and brought SHOWTIME! The campers had so much fun, dancing, singing, and acting on stage. There was music from, the Broadway Show Annie and music from Peter Pan. Once again this year, Grand Master Mike McNamara and Master Instructor Ms. Camille had many campers for Karate Summer Camp.

To see more pictures and what else is happening at Camp CU, please visit our website.

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Please join us for the next 3 Summertime Stories for preschoolers and incoming kindergarteners. Our 1st storytime was a great success!  Despite the very humid day we had almost 50 people attend and all the children enjoyed the stories and songs by the Milton Public Library’s Miss Sara.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The July 10th School Committee meeting can be watched on On Demand at Milton Access TV. The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 21st. 

PIERCE UPDATES

New Pierce Principal Bill Fish has been busy settling in at Pierce, connecting with staff, parents and others over the past two weeks. Mr. Fish can be reached via email or phone ( 617-696-4568). The Pierce PTO will host two opportunities to meet Mr. Fish during the first full week of school. Please join us in the Pierce lobby on Thursday, September 5th from 6:30-7pm or on Friday, September 6th from 8:15-8:45am. Please see the letter Mr. Fish recently sent to the Pierce community here.

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We are pleased to welcome Janice Mazzola to Pierce as the new Assistant Principal who will join Mr. Fish and Dr. Nick Fitzgerald. Please see the  announcement from Mr. Fish regarding Ms. Mazzola’s appointment here. 

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School  supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Collicot garden is in full bloom this summer! You can see all the growth and perhaps learn something about gardening in this short video

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The newest residents of Turner’s Pond are home! Thank you to the Glover School teachers and students who helped us usher out the latest duckling family over the 4th of  July weekend.

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The Tucker Garden had a bountiful harvest last weekend! Tucker parents and a rising-fifth grader picked 10 bags of produce and delivered it to the Milton Food Pantry on Saturday morning. Beautiful Swiss chard, tons of kale, salad greens and some of the biggest cucumbers around went from our garden to members of the Milton community all within a few hours. 

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 

Registration for After School Enrichment started July 1 and will close on July 31. Children registered during the month of July will start the first day of school. Grades 1-5 start on August  28th and Kindergarten starts September 3rd. Please see this ASE registration letter with all details. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in rising 5 –  8th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

We will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th). Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first event  in the 2019/20 PARENT Speaker Series. Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski will discuss Supporting All Learners on September 24th at Milton High School. 

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Our Milton Public Schools Facebook page and Twitter account are great ways to keep up with events and activities throughout the Milton Public Schools. Be sure to follow both!  

TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

Please see the most recent bus transportation update from Dr. Glenn Pavlicek. The letter can be found in this link.

TECHNOLOGY 

AJ Melanson, Director of Instructional Technology, has information for rising 9th-Graders concerning Chromebook Declaration & Pick-Up Information. 

Thank you to the 219 families who have declared for Milton High School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) next year.  We still have 90 families who have not declared for BYOD. If you have not declared, please complete this short declaration survey as soon as possible.  

All MHS students are asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  For more information regarding the MHS BYOD initiative please visit the FAQs document.  

Rising 9th-grade students who will be loaning an MHS Chromebook will pick-up their device immediately following MHS new student orientation on Monday, August 26th.  Students must bring a signed Chromebook Loan Agreement in order to pick-up their device.

Please see this  flyer for more information regarding, Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, and Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy.

FOOD SERVICE

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514) for more information. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

The Milton Public Schools is currently undergoing the new Tiered Progress Monitoring System, formally referred to as the Coordinated Program Review(CPR). Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be on site this fall to conduct site visits.

Unlike with past CPRs, this review does not include extensive review of student records. This self assessment is designed to target our instructional practice, policy and procedures and ensure they are compliant with regulations. This past spring we also participated in two self studies in the area of Civil Rights and Special Education. 

Also this summer, Milton Public Schools will undergo self study for our supports and services that meet the regulations pertaining to a Student’s Right to Educational Stability. This review looks at the students we support who qualify under the McKinney -Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Military Status and Foster Care as well as students who are unaccompanied (enrolling without a guardian or as their own guardian). 

MPS policy and procedures are being reviewed to align with current regulations. This information also includes review of staff training, community outreach and systems in place regarding identification of students in these categories, (as well as special education) via the Student Find Process (often referred to as Child Find). The Department of Education will complete their review this fall. 

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

Aug 5  School Committee Retreat 
Aug 19–21  Welcome to Middle School Camp
Aug 21  Milton School Committee Meeting
Aug 28  First Day of School for Grades 1-12
Aug 30  No School
Sep 2  No School
Sep 3  First Day for Preschool and K
Sep 4  Milton School Committee
Sep 10  Instrument Registration Night
Sep 11  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 12 MHS Open House
Sep 18 Milton School Committee
Sep 19 Cunningham Open House
Sep 24 PARENT Speaker Series Inclusion Specialist Maureen Blazejewski
Sep 25 Collicot Open House
Sep 26 Glover Open House
Sep 26 Tucker Open House
Sep 27 No School-Professional Development Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

If you are interested in instrumental lessons for your student grade 4 or higher, you can find all of the details here. Pre-registration for instrumental lessons will close on July 31st. 

ATHLETICS 

Congratulations to the MHS Rugby Team who successfully defended the MIAA Division II State Title with an undefeated, 8-0 season and a final score of 41-12! 

The MPS Athletics Dept is busy preparing for fall. Please see this link for a letter from AD Ryan Madden, with all you need to know about fall athletics. Roll ‘Cats!  

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website. 

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town of Milton shares the following: A very high heat index has been forecasted for Milton MA. Please use this link for tips to keep cool. Please also check on pets & elderly neighbors to ensure they are safe. And, as always, call 911 for an emergency.

Looking for something to do next week? The Milton Public Library has great programs for families all summer long!

MassDOT will be hosting a public information meeting regarding the Rt 28/ Chickatawbut Road (Milton) intersection improvements on July 23rd at 6:30 at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Paul Kelly Community Room, Milton, MA 02186. All details on the meeting can be found here. 

The Milton Historical Society will be hosting an open house on August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

The Eustis Estate has two programs this month you may find interesting. Explore and Create Sculpture at the Eustis Estate on Saturday, July 20th from 10am-1pm and a Sunset Concert at the Eustis Estate on Thursday, July 25th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Both events take place at Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186. Details can be found here.

Milton’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off day will be on September 7th at the DPW Yard.  As this is the first Saturday of September, and the recycling center’s typical first-Saturday opening will be moved to September 14th. 

The Milton Police Department will host a community event at the police station on Thursday evening, August 8th, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. It will be modeled after what the department has done in the past the day after National Night Out. This event is free and open to the public. It will include station tours, K9 demonstrations, bounce houses, SWAT exhibit, refreshments & more. Please check the MPD Facebook page as details become available.

AMBASSADORS 

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

Many in the MPS community came to celebrate at Friendly’s with Sophia and her friends.

STUDENTS:  You may remember Cunningham rising 3rd grader Sophia Cassini from her annual sock drive, which has generated thousands of new donated pairs of socks for homeless men and women in Massachusetts. Recently Sophia was honored by Friendly’s and used the event to start a Summer Sock Drive! So far she has collected 112 pairs of new socks during her Summer Sock Drive. If you would like to donate to this summer drive, please drop your socks at 3 Phyllis Lane.

Thank you to Senator Timilty and Sophia’s 2nd grade teacher Tanya Walsh for joining her for some Friendly’s fun! Mr. Redden sent a surprise note and Sophia’s friends and family had a great time while raising awareness for her worthy cause. Senator Timilty invited Sophia to come into the Senate Chamber this summer to talk about her Summer Sock Drive and meet the other Senators. You can follow Sophia’s sock drives on Instagram @sophias.socks and donate by dropping off socks to 3 Phyllis Lane.

STAFF:  While our teachers relax and recharge over the summer, they also learn and grow as educators! Case in point – Pierce science teacher Alison Meleedy at the Smithsonian Science Education Academy for Teachers. (SSEAT) is a week-long summer PD that provides teachers with an opportunity to learn about science concepts and pedagogy, meet professional scientists, visit the behind-the-scenes at Smithsonian museums and other world class research facilities. Ms. Meleedy will bring her enthusiasm and creativity back to PMS in the fall!

STAFF: Pierce guidance counselor, Erin MacCurtain, helped to build a home in Thailand with Habitat for Humanity this past June. The group was able to get most of the house completed and Habitat’s local volunteers finished the project and the family has now moved in. The group  also completed two fish ponds for a local school. Erin and her now husband have done three trips with Habitat. Erin recently got married and as a special treat the villagers gave them a traditional Thai wedding! We are so proud of our staff who continue to learn and give back over the summer months. 

VOLUNTEERS: Thank you to the parents/guardians, MPS staff and community volunteers who served on our Pierce Assistant Principal Search Committee. This committee comprised of Teacher Representatives Deanna Magill,Rachel Clancy and
Sarah Pullia; Parent Representatives Charlie Drane, Becky Padera, I’Man Soloman and Elizabeth Thomas; Assistant Principal Nick Fitzgerald and Principal Bill Fish worked together  in July to identify and screen Assistant Principal candidates. We thank them for their dedication to the Milton Public Schools and for giving up some precious summer days to help us identify some excellent candidates.

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June 17, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 13, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I write this, there are just a few hours left in the 2018-19 school year. Teaching your children throughout the year is a joy, a privilege and a responsibility that the administrators, teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools do not take lightly.

We delight in their public accomplishments – academic, artistic, athletic – and celebrate their private moments of personal triumph. We watch friendships grow and change, see challenges acknowledged and worked through, witness their growth and maturity and encourage them through difficult times. I can not imagine another career where one individual can have such an impact on a child’s life. Thank you for the opportunity to leave an imprint on your child’s educational journey.

I hope that you and your family are finishing this school year on a high note and are looking forward to a summer with family, friends, exploration, relaxation and learning. The teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools will also be relaxing and recharging this summer and will return at the end of August ready for another wonderful, challenging, fun, academic and busy school year. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!

The 1st day of school for students in 1st-12th grade is Wednesday, August 28th and we will see our kindergarten and preschool students for their 1st day on Tuesday, September 3rd.

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Last week many in the MPS community enjoyed an evening wishing Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan a wonderful retirement. Thank you to all who attended and as I said in my remarks last week, Mrs. Sheehan has left her mark on the Milton Public Schools and she will be missed more than she knows.

MPS SUMMER

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as details on our Summer Reading partnership with the Milton Public Libraries.  Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Every year the Milton Public Schools create a summer program to challenge students and foster a love of reading. Research has shown that reading builds empathy and knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory, focus, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Don’t wait until the end of summer to benefit from a universe of stories!

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers sent home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be sure to return the bottom section of the registration form to your child’s classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. 

These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

Summertime Stories for preschoolers and kindergartners will be on July 11 and August 8 at 10 am at Parkway United Methodist Church and July 18 and August 27 at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students.

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The last days of school bring some fun activities and projects to our schools. Enjoy these photos below!

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Congratulations to the Milton Wildcats Rugby team who beat the  Hanover Indians 24-0 last Friday at Brooks Field. The ‘Cats will play Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Saturday for the State Finals. Good luck! Thank you to Roy Chambers for these terrific photos and for our header photo this week!

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The Milton Music Festival and Fireworks team are this  weekend  –  June 22-23rd  – at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum. Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

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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June 13, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 13, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last week we honored our recent retirees from the Milton Public Schools at a reception at Milton High School. These long time educators have taught many of your children throughout the years and I hope you will join me in wishing them a well deserved happy retirement.

Thank you and congratulations to Debbie AbdonConstance CatinellaGregory ForgeMary Jill MarkarianPatricia Leahy MurtaghAnn McGonagleJanet Sheehan and Dr. Louise Thomson. You can read about each of our retirees and their contributions to the Milton Public Schools by clicking on their names above.

MPS SUMMER 

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as details on our Summer Reading partnership with the Milton Public Libraries.  Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Every year the Milton Public Schools create a summer program to challenge students and foster a love of reading. Research has shown that reading builds empathy and knowledge, reduces stress, improves memory, focus, vocabulary and critical thinking skills. Don’t wait until the end of summer to benefit from a universe of stories!

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers sent home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be sure to return the bottom section of the registration form to your child’s classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

Summer reading requirements for Pierce can be found here.   All summer requirements for Milton High School can be found here. The high school and middle school summer assignments have been posted to PlusPortals. The summer work recording sheet for elementary can be found here. 

Math is everywhere! These math guidelines and resources will help you support your student this summer. Have fun and keep those math skills sharp! Summer Math Letter, 1-5,  Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

Summertime Stories for preschoolers and kindergartners will be on July 11 and August 8 at 10 am at Parkway United Methodist Church and July 18 and August 27 at 10am at Cunningham Hall. 

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

It was a terrific evening at MHS last night as the School Committee and MPS administrators honored the many volunteers who contribute their time and talents to the Milton Public Schools. The success of our school system is directly related to the enthusiasm  of our volunteers!

The next School Committee meeting will be on July 10th at 7pm at Milton High School.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, whose members include the Milton Public Schools, is conducting a Parent Survey.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child in 6th through 12th grade, we urge you to participate. The information gathered is important for the ongoing work of the whole coalition to positively impact the health and wellness of Milton youth. The link to the survey can be found here. 

PIERCE UPDATES

I could not be more pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Mr. William Fish to the position of Pierce Middle School Principal. Mr. Fish has served as Principal of Norwell High School for 8 years and prior to that served as the Assistant Principal of Sharon High School. He is a Milton resident whose children attend the Milton Public Schools. Earlier this week we notified the MPS community of Mr. Fish’s appointment and you can read that letter in its entirety here.

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Congratulations to the Pierce Players on a sold out run of Mary Poppins, Jr! The lists of cast, crew and staff who entertained us with this production can be viewed here. Thank you to Gordon Grisinger for these terrific photos!

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Congratulations to our Future Problem Solvers who attended the International FPS Bowl at UMASS Amherst last weekend. We are proud of your accomplishments!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The end of the school year brings exciting days for our 5th graders at Tucker, Glover, Cunningham and Collicot  as they prepare to step up to middle school. Each school enjoys special traditions including field days, step up days, visits to Pierce and more. We are grateful to the Forbes House Museum, the Wakefield Estates, The Suffolk Resolves and the Old Burial Ground who host our students over many days in June for a Tour of Milton to learn about the historical sites in our more than 350 year old town.

We also appreciate the annual invitation from Senator Timilty and Representative Driscoll to visit the Massachusetts State House. Students dress for the occasion and spend the morning exploring the State House, capped off by the traditional all grade photo with our hosts.

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Tucker 5th grade Career Day once again inspired our students to pursue their passions and to educate them about their future opportunities as they met with a diverse group of professionals. To prepare for Career Day, students researched careers that interest them in an interactive web quest. Students were scheduled into three session with our visiting professionals: artist and teacher Lyssa Palu-ay;  lawyer Nicole Daley; BU college professor Regina Jean Charles; actuary Fritz Mozoul, psychotherapist and small business owner Gabrielle Abelard, members of the Milton Fire Department, and Erin Forry, a forensic scientist from the Boston Police Crime Lab. Students were provided with a note-taking guide to assist them with prompts on asking questions including a section for notes. As with past Career Day’s, it was a huge success! Thank you teacher Shannon Brooks for organizing the 5th Annual Career Day and to all the parent volunteers who have inspired our next generation! 

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2nd grade students at Tucker have been working on a stop motion animation project with  technology Jen Van Hill. They started with an app learning how to make animations with toys.  Students worked in groups to choose something that interested them about changes in nature. The groups created story maps, props and finally put it all together using the Stop Motion app.  Check out their amazing stop motion animations here:  Ms. Driscoll’s class. Ms. Ignagni’s class. Ms. Frossard’s class.

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This week, Collicot celebrated International Day. This yearly celebration, organized by Collicot  teachers and the Diversity committee, shares the history, culture, and traditions of different parts of the world. Students enjoyed activities organized by teachers including making  masks for carnival and Origami from Japan. Kindergarten classes learned about Australia, 1st grade studied countries in Europe, South America was the continent for 2nd grade, Asia was explored in 3rd grade, and Central America and Africa were the focus for 4th and 5th grade. International Day concluded  with a whole school assembly of Indian music and traditional Folk and Bollywood dance by Puja Tiwari. Collicot students participated in the assembly with great end of year enthusiasm! 

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Milton community members visited Cunningham last week for the annual Cunningham Community Read day. Members of the community gather at the school and visit classrooms to share a book and a bit about what they do in the Milton community. Thank you to those who took the time to read to our students.

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These have been busy days in our elementary schools! You can see some of the fun below.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in (rising) 5 – 7 th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will close on June 14th.  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus wait list if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby. Only families with students in rising grades 6 and 9 and who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School and Norfolk County Agricultural High School must complete this process. The final scheduled time to reestablish residency is Friday morning, June 14th, from 7am-1pm in the MHS lobby. Please email Ms. Burke with any questions. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Extended School Year (ESY) services are set to begin soon.  If your child has been recommended for services, please be sure to return your IEP and registration paperwork as soon as possible. As a reminder, your contact for summer services is Bridget Renehan and her email is brenehan@miltonps.org.

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

After School Enrichment (ASE) ends this Friday June 14. The Early School Arrival Program (ESAP) program will be open on Monday June 17. Registration for both ASE and ESAP will start in July and more information will follow.

Kuddos to the Tucker ASE program for their annual showcase on Friday June 7. A special thank you to Aileen Quinlan, Barbara Roye, George-Marie Jasmin, Eleanor Jones and Liz Macomber for making it possible.

FOOD SERVICE

There are jobs available in our Food Service department starting at $15.05 per hour. These school year jobs are during the school day and allow parents/guardians to be home when their children are. If you would like more information, please email Jackie Morgan.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

Jun 13  Grades 7 and 8 Spring Concert
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day
June 22-23 Milton Music Festival and Fireworks
July 10 School Committee Meeting

2019-2020 School Calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

Please join me in congratulating the performing ensembles of Pierce Middle School and their directors Debra Miller, Julia Hanna and Guillermo Ortiz for their impressive performances this spring!

Great East Festival 2019:  This year, 7th and 8th grade students in band, chorus and strings attended a performance and clinic at Burlington High School followed by an afternoon at Canobie Lake Park.  This very special, long-standing Milton tradition allows students to perform for master clinicians and receive a workshop and ratings award. After four impressive performances, the following awards were presented:

Pierce Concert Band: Gold Award; Pierce Cambiata Chorus: Gold Award 
Pierce String Ensemble: Platinum Award; Pierce Treble Chorus: Platinum Award

Congratulations to these students, and thank you to our dedicated Pierce faculty and parents who made the experience possible.

All State Treble Chorus:  After being rescheduled due to inclement weather in March, the All State Treble Chorus presented their concert last weekend, concluding months of preparation.  This state-wide festival for young singers is sponsored by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association and intended to provide the highest quality chorus experience.  This year, the following Milton students were selected to participate: Lillian Heaton, Christopher Mancini, Madison Mercier, Mairead Brien, Ava Butler, Rebecca Raider. Congratulations to these students and their director, Julia Hanna, for this impressive accomplishment.

Pierce Spring Concerts:  This is the final week of performances for the Milton Music Department.  Please see this link for PierceMiddle School’s spring performances or join us TONIGHT starting at 6:30 at Pierce Middle School for the 6th Grade Concert.

Instrumental Music Lessons Information Night:  Thank-you to Applied Lessons Program Directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good, and students of the MHS Tri-M Music Honor Society who hosted Milton’s second annual Instrumental Lessons Information Night and Petting Zoo.  Over 100 Milton residents attended to learn about the Applied Lessons Program and discover the instruments offered in the lessons program hosted at Milton High School. Families unable to attend can find information on the Applied Lessons Program Website.  Online, pre-registration for fall lessons is highly encouraged.   Please email Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good  with any questions.

The Art Department recently concluded their annual art exhibit, a series of art shows hosted in each school to feature the works of all K-12 visual art students.  Among this year’s featured exhibits were self portraits, relief printmaking, clay works and digital photography. Thank-you to department members, Karen Hughes, Abigail Young, Stephanie Sherman, Robyn Thompson-Duong, Starleen Baylon, Jessica Gillooly, Laurel Bernini and Anthony Reynolds as well as the many teachers, staff and parents who contributed in making the exhibit a success! 

ATHLETICS

Baseball had an excellent season, though falling 12-3 at Hopkinton High School. Finn Doherty and Colin T Hoey were named Bay State Conference All-Stars.

Softball had an excellent season as well, also falling to Hopkinton in the MIAA Tournament. Marilyn Carroll and Jillian Vaughn were named Bay State Conference All-Stars.

Rugby plays in the State Semifinal on Friday, June 13th against Hanover with a chance to play in the State Final for the third straight season. Alex Caputo, Micah Allen, Bryce Stovell, Killian Smith, Malik Jean Guillaume, Dean Stein, Tim Cummings were all named Patriot Rugby Conference All-Stars. Alex Caputo was named the forward MVP of the Conference.

Boys Tennis fell to Hanover once again in the MIAA Tournament, with Nate Dickens named Bay State Conference All-Star.

Olivia DiManno was named a Bay State Conference All-Star for Lacrosse this season.

Boys and Girls Track round out the All-Star Awards with the following students named Bay State Conference All-Stars; Jayda Dillon, Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Tiye Williams, Smith Charles, Isaiah Woodley, and Luke Botsford.

Jayda Dillon and Kyle Hipp are your Susi Athlete of the Month Winners.

Kyle was one of the most influential partners who participated in Unified Track and Field this season. His commitment to the athletes and his team were genuine, and he was fully engaged in his role as a partner. Kyle’s outgoing and caring personality quickly became the foundation of the team. He never shied away from lending a helping hand, and took it upon himself to become a leader and mentor for our athletes. Kyle was consistently positive and always had a smile on his face. His work ethic to make others around him better, and his willingness to try new things was authentic. Kyle is an outstanding representative for all aspiring partner, both on and off the field. He truly is a pleasure to have as a student athlete.

Jayda had a busy month of May. She went undefeated in the final 3 dual meets of the season. She competed in multiple invitationals and was one of the top performers in all of them. She won the 100 meter dash and was part of the winning 4×400 relay at the Bay State Conference Championship. Jayda scored over 18 points at the Division 3 State Championship. She finished second in the 100 and 200, while running personal best. She also helped Milton place 1st in 4×400. She also finished 1st in the 100 meter in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Invitational Meet.

Thank you to Susi Art in Braintree for sponsoring t-shirts!

The MHS Cheer team will host a Car Wash Fundraiser on Saturday, June 22nd, 9am – 12pm at the Cunningham School.  Cost is $10/car.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

The Forbes House Museum will have special extended hours for one week to display 80 pieces of Longquan celadon by some the finest  artisans working in China today. The exhibit will also be open on the following dates and times found on our website.

The Forbes House Museum and Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice are hosting a community reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” on June 27th at 7pm. After the reading, the 2017 MA History Teacher of the Year, Kevin Dua, will lead a moderated discussion, exploring topics such as how the impacts of slavery are still felt today and the ways in which race plays a role in our current lives. This historical event is sponsored by Celebrate Milton! and Mass Humanities, and is one of several readings that will be taking place around the state. All are welcome! To participate as a reader, please email kdghoran@gmail.com.

The Milton Historical Society will be hosting two more open houses during the summer months on July 14 and August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. The event is free and open to the public.

Our Town Moderator recently formed an Electronic Voting Committee to review the feasibility of using electronic voting technology at Milton Town Meeting. There is a a simple web site regarding the issue which you can find here. Please take a moment to have a look and complete a very short poll. The technology can provide better efficiency, accuracy of vote counts, and accountability (e.g. residents can know how their elected town meeting members voted on issues). There is a cost associated with this (ballpark figures are between ~$6,000 – 10,000) per year. It is an interesting technology that approximately 30+ towns in the Commonwealth have adopted. The committee is very interested in your thoughts.

The Town of Milton’s trash collection schedule will be changing, effective July 1, 2019. Beginning on July 1, the Town is returning to a 5-day waste collection schedule. Residents can look for their new collection day here. Yard waste will be collected on the same day as other waste.

Summer at the Eustis Estate; Come to the Eustis Estate for self-guided visits of the air conditioned house or explore the acres of landscape, all free to Milton residents. This summer’s exhibition Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate will feature pieces in the house and on the grounds. There are many special events and tours including a family sculpture day with tours of the exhibition, hands on activities, and kids yoga on July 20 and our annual Victorian Birthday Party on August 25.

Are you going to the Solstice Garden Party at Brookwood Community Farm next Thursday?  Please see link to tickets for details and tickets.  All proceeds support our fresh food donations to 5 local food pantries (Canton, Milton, Roslindale, Rosie’s Place and Germantown) and the Mattapan youth run farm stand Thursdays in the summer.

AMBASSADORS

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

STUDENTS: MHS senior Annabel Botsford was nominated for a Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Musical Theater Award this past month. METG offers high schools an opportunity to bring experienced adjudicators into their schools to receive professional feedback on their theater productions. Participating students and teachers benefit from the educational expertise, which in turn helps improve theater programming. The MET Musical Awards ceremony in June recognizes student excellence across several performance, design, and production categories. Annabel was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance of Madame Thenardier in MHS’s fall production of Les Miserables. Congratulations to Annabel!

Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai (R) with her sister (L) and mother(C).

STAFF: I would like to recognize Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai for her recent award from the  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Recipients of this award have played an instrumental role in working with students of color and creating educational opportunities for underserved communities. Dr. McNeil Girmai received her award at the 5th Annual Bow Ties and Pearls Scholarship brunch last weekend. We are lucky to have Dr. McNeil-Girmai as a leader in our district and I know you join me in congratulating her on this well deserved recognition. 

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June 6, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date June 6, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, June 2nd as we graduated the Class of 2019! Our student speakers, class President Thanh Dieu Hoang Nguyen and Selected Speaker Karisa Rose Lasoff, impressed the crowd and all were moved by teacher Teacher Appreciation Award Winner Richard C. McCready. Principal James Jette and School Committee Chair Sheila Varela shared heartfelt speeches and the MHS musicians wowed the crowd.  From the entering processional to the the final cap toss, it was a wonderful day. We wish these young people much success in their future plans and know they will continue to make the town of Milton proud.

MPS SUMMER

With just 7 days left in the school year, I wanted to bring your attention to two summer learning opportunities available to our students. Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to a break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn.

Milton Summer Enrichment is one way to keep students engaged in learning, while still allowing for plenty of family time. MSE starts on July 8th and runs for 4 weeks, 5 days per week from 8:00-12:00. Families can also choose to start at 9:00 or leave at 11:00. Students choose the classes that interest them, play to their strengths and challenge them – or just plain sound like fun!  I encourage you to explore if this option for summer engagement is right for your family at the the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan. Below some of our students share what they love about MSE! 

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”, this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers will be sending home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be on the lookout June 10th for the registration form and be sure to return the bottom section of the form to their classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting is on June 12th,  2019 at 7pm at Milton High School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

At 6pm on June 12th, the School Committee will say thank you to our volunteers at a reception in the MHS courtyard.  We look forward to thanking our volunteers!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thank you to junior Halle Armstrong for sharing this information about the recent Computer Science Gala at MHS.  On Monday, May 20th, students from Mrs. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class hosted their 3rd annual Gala! This gala was a chance for the students to display what they have been working on for the past few months in preparation for their AP exam which took place in early May.

Unlike many other AP classes, AP Computer Science Principles requires students to complete a part of their exam in class. Students spent over 20 hours completing both their Create and Explore Tasks. The Create Task (12 hours in class) involves making a program that utilizes algorithms and logical concepts, much like a professional coder would do. The Explore Task (8 hours in class) requires students to take a closer look at a piece of new technology to discuss the data and effects on society.

Students from all grades came up to the library to participate in the gala! They received ‘passports’ to keep track of which presentation they listened to in hopes to be rewarded once they reached 10. But the prize was just a bonus. Whether people were able to play a really cool game or learn about a whole new language, everyone was exposed to STEM.

Computer Science is a growing industry and is important in our society. The fact that our students can take a class and learn about it and also spread that knowledge to others is amazing! This year the majority of our seniors plan on pursuing computer science in college. We are excited to see what great things they do in the future.

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Congratulations to MHS Best Buddies on a successful fundraising year!

Milton High Schools Best Buddies Chapter has been collecting bottles and cans around the high school throughout the school year. This has not only provided a vocational training experience for our students, but also helps to fundraise money for the Best Buddies Prom, field trips, and celebrations. We have also been able to purchase ribbons, socks, and tie-dye t-shirts for different events, such as Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Autism Awareness Day, and Spread the Word to End the Word Day. From our can drive and a variety of fundraisers, we have raised almost $200. Thanks for all of the support!

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11th and 12th grade  students have been working on developing and practicing CPR/First-Aid skills in their Health classes.  Students learn the content knowledge, observe the skills and then get to put what they’ve learned to practice, preparing them for potential emergency situations where they can offer assistance to those in need. Students practice infant, child and adult CPR, they practice using a training AED, they also use a trainer EpiPen, and they work on assisted carries.  These are just some examples of the skills students learn during health classes at MHS. Thank you to Ms. Radley for sharing the student photos.  

PIERCE UPDATES

Students in Mr. Romeo’s rocketry club put their engineering skills to the test this past week. Each of these 8 students, who designed uniquely different rockets, launched their projectiles from Kelly Field. In attendance were several classes from the Pierce Middle School who cheered on their classmates with excitement and anticipation. Much thanks and appreciation goes out to Ms. Katherine Touafek, director of the Schools to Careers Partnership, for funding this wonderful event. 

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

This week all of Tucker School  enjoyed a beautiful salad from our Grow Rack. A big thank you to Elementary Science Coordinator Ellen Lohan for her dedication to our rack and working with our amazing food service team. This Thursday we will be featuring Kale Crunchers and next week we will be dining on our fresh basil in the Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil salad.

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Cunningham kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders had the opportunity to participate in an author visit from Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, the authors of the book Rescue and Jessica this week.  The book is about the partnership and friendship of Jessica and her service dog, Rescue. Jessica and Patrick became amputees following the 2013 Boston Marathon, and have toured the country doing author visits at elementary schools teaching students about inclusion, disabilities, and the power of perseverance. The visit consisted of a book reading, a service dog presentation, and a question and answer session. The students were incredibly engaged and respectful throughout the entire presentation.

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Tucker School students celebrated the end of the year with a fantastic Field Day this past week. Obstacle courses, kickball, soccer, parachute play and ultimate tag kept the kids moving both on-campus and at Kelly Field. The event was topped off with popsicles and lots of smiles all around! Many thanks to Coach Jones for leading the events and to all of the parents who volunteered!

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Glover Kindergarten classes traveled to Brookwood Farm this week.  During their visit they went on a scavenger hunt for roots, leaves, stems, and flowers; completed an interactive activity to represent what a seed needs to grow; planted seeds, and got “dirty” while they investigated soil structure.  This amazingly fun day connected directly with a FOSS unit of study from earlier in the year. This was an important link in helping to bring the science curriculum and content to life.

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Some of our Collicot and Cunningham students participated in the Buzz Off at Gillette stadium last Sunday. It was a fun and unforgettable event as people came together to shave their heads in honor of  and in support of kids with cancer. Just like a walk or road race, participants raise money by asking family and friends to sponsor their participation.

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It’s time to Step Up to Pierce! For weeks 5th grade students from across the district have written letters back and forth getting to know each other and today they got to meet each other at Kelly Field. Students saw a dress rehearsal of the Pierce Players upcoming show Mary Poppins, Jr. and enjoyed an interactive presentation with Dr. Spaulding about the “must knows” for middle school. Thank you Pierce for supporting our students and making them feel comfortable as they get ready to Step Up to Pierce!

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Collicot 5th graders have started to Walk and Talk in the gym after morning arrival. Walk and Talk is an opportunity for students to go to the Gym and walk around with their friends while having a conversation and catching up. Students enter the building in the morning excited to meet with their friends before starting their day in the classroom.

PRESCHOOL

Tucker Preschool celebrates 1-4-3 Day! May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year, 143 has been know to be Mr. Rogers ideal weight and 1-4-3 was Mr. Rogers way of saying I Love You. One letter for I, 4 letters in Love and 3 letters in You. Mr. Rogers is alive in this preschool classroom. He is talked about, his songs are sung on a daily basis and his poetry always brings a feeling of peace and love to everyone in the room. At left, Jeremiah Ducoste proudly displays his 1-4-3 I LOVE YOU poster! Happy 1-4-3 Day!

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

On Tuesday night, several parents/guardians participated in the Life Skills Parent Program presented by Traci Wojciechowski from Caron Treatment Centers.  Thanks to a generous grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS was able to offer this award-winning workshop twice, once in May and again in June. The program offered tried and true collaborative skills and resources to help parents strengthen communication with their children and to prevent them from using drugs, alcohol or nicotine products.

If you were unable to attend and would like further information about the program, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

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Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in 57th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5th grade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, whose members include the Milton Public Schools, is conducting a Parent Survey.  If you are a parent or guardian of a child in 6th through 12th grade, we urge you to participate. The information gathered is important for the ongoing work of the whole coalition to positively impact the health and wellness of Milton youth. The link to the survey can be found here. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The future of Physical Education is here and students are loving it and so are their PE teachers! Students at Glover and Pierce have recently started working with heart rate monitors (HRMs) during physical education class.  Students are learning how technology can help them set and reach health-related fitness goals; get instant, reliable and personalized feedback on effort and productivity; how their cardiorespiratory system functions during physical activity; and how  brain function improves with aerobic exercise while in their target heart rate zone (THRZ). Thank you to Jackie Morgan for her support and to the MFE for partial funding of this powerful technology tool. Students have been so proud of their accomplishments.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will close on June 14th.  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus wait list if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains the details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby during the schedule at right.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

June 6 Cunningham Art Show
June 6,7,8 Mary Poppins, Jr.
Jun 10  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 6
Jun 11 Instrument Petting Zoo at MHS
Jun 12  Milton School Committee Meeting and Volunteer Reception
Jun 12 Grades 5-8 Athletics Information Night – MHS Auditorium
Jun 13  Grades 7 and 8 Spring Concert
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day
June 22-23 Milton Music Festival and Fireworks

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
2019-2020 School Calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo.Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Good news for our athletes! Baseball, Softball, Rugby, and Boys Tennis all made the MIAA Tournament.

Boys Tennis lost to Hanover on Tuesday Night.

Baseball travels to North Attleboro and Softball travel to Hopkinton. Both games are on Thursday at 4:00pm.

Rugby earned a bye in the first round and will play the winner of Hanover and Weymouth. They went undefeated (6-0 and won the Patriot League title) and look to defend their State Title.

All-Stars will soon be announced for Spring Sports!

Grades 5-8 Athletics Information Night is June 12th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. 

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available at www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com and you can learn more about the race and the generous  sponsors through the Milton Road Race Facebook.

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Thank you to everyone who attended the Forbes House Museum’s Lincoln Day celebration on May 19. The Museum recently sent 40 letters written by visitors that afternoon to Troops, Veterans, New Recruits and First Responders through Operation Gratitude. What a great demonstration of support for these patriotic men and women!

The winning drawings from the Lincoln Contest will no longer be on display as of Friday, June 7. Families wishing to retrieve their student’s artwork may make arrangements by calling 617-696-1815.

This weekend, the museum will be closed for tours as we ready the galleries for a new exhibit on Longquan celadon porcelain. Starting Monday, June 10, the Museum will have special extended hours for one week to display 80 pieces of Longquan celadon by some the finest  artisans working in China today. Meet the artists on June 10, from 1-5 pm. The exhibit will also be open on the following dates and times found on our website.

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The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here.

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

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The Milton Historical Society will be hosting three open houses during the summer months on June 9, July 14 and August 11 from 1-3 p.m. at the Suffolk Resolves House, 1370 Canton Ave., Milton, MA. The event is free and open to the public.

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Fuller Village is pleased to re-introduce summer intensive swim lessons! Small group classes will be held Monday-Thursday, for 30 minutes each age group. All details can be found here. 

AMBASSADORS

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

VOLUNTEER: Thank you to Eagle Scout candidate Will DiGiovanni who recently built some outdoor chess sets for students and families to use during their recess and outside of school.  Playing chess has been an important part of Will’s life and he wanted to give others the same opportunity. Will believes chess is a game that teaches many useful life skills, such as problem solving, thinking ahead, and responding to change or difficult situations. For his Eagle Project, he  made 4 wooden chess boards and installed them onto the picnic tables of Glover’s playground. To create the boards, Will and a group of volunteer Scouts etched the positional numbers, letters, and squares onto mahogany slabs using a hot tipped pen to char the wood, resulting in two different colored squares. They also laminated the basic instructions and pictures of each piece and put these in the removable drawers so that anyone who doesn’t know how to play can learn to play. After a non-toxic marine varnish was applied with multiple layers on all the exposed wood, they assembled the boards and drawers to the top of each picnic table. For each set, there is a set of chess and checker pieces because the boards are identical for the two games. Thank you to Will for this fun and educational addition to the Glover playground!  

Molly and the Girl Scouts with some Project Linus blankets.

VOLUNTEER: Thank you to high school student Molly Theobald who has partnered with the students and staff of MPS on a variety of projects this year.  Molly reached out to elementary Spanish teacher Cristina Jauregui and Collicot French teachers to initiate a holiday card drive for the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”). NPH is currently raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in their homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. Our students wrote hundreds of cards and Molly collected over 1000 cards written in Spanish and French that were sent to NPH  homes all over Central and South America. She has also partnered with MHS students to raise money for Feed America and in January she reached out to the Milton and MPS community to collect gently used books for an elementary school in rural Maine that was working to start book bags for their students who don’t have access to book in their home. This spring, Molly also worked with a Girl Scout Troop comprised of students from all 4 MPS elementary schools to make blankets for Project Linus. Thank you to Molly for her work with the Milton Public Schools on behalf of those in need.

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May 30 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 30, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach graduation this Sunday, June 2nd, we have had many nights of celebration at Milton High School as we have honored our outstanding students for their achievements in academics, athletics and music. These are special nights in the Milton Public Schools and I know you’ll join me in congratulating the recipients and thanking those who make these evenings and awards possible.

Congratulations to Milton High Schools seniors for the academic awards presented to them this week. A special thank you to the families, organizations and foundations who donated over $140,000 to this year’s MHS seniors. This night is amazing as we honor many of our students with scholarships and awards. All names below can be enlarged by clicking on the photo and the full list of recipients can be found here. 

FAME recently held their annual banquet to honor our musicians and as it is every year, it was a moving evening. Students were honored for leadership, spirit, improvement and more. Our musicians grow exponentially during their time at Milton High School and it is wonderful to see them recognized. 

The Boosters rounded out our awards season with a terrific banquet just last night to honor our athletes. Athletes were honored for their sportsmanship, achievements on the field and court, athleticism and more.  

Seniors practice for Graduation 2019!

These events would not be possible without the support of many people. Thank you to the parents/guardians of FAME and the Boosters, MHS Principal James Jette and Assistant Principals Ben Kelly and Brian Mackinaw, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Scott Devlin, Administrative Assistants Maureen Kennedy and Brad Spindle and Athletics Assistant Kristen Lesser for their contributions to these special nights.

We look forward to celebrating all of our seniors this Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm at Milton High School.

Just beginning their careers at the Milton Public Schools are these members of the class of 2033! We look forward to welcoming them on Tuesday, September 3rd for their first day of kindergarten. Between now and then, there are multiple Welcome to Kindergarten events for our students!  

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On Thursday, June 13th we will celebrate Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan as she prepares for her retirement at the end of the school year. All adults in the MPS community are invited to join us for this special event at Wollaston Golf Club on June 13th at 5pm. All details can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting is on June 5th,  2019 at 7pm at Milton High School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

At 6pm on June 5th, the School Committee will honor our MPS retirees. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

What will your children be doing in July? If they want to do cool science projects, play basketball with friends, work on their creative writing, whip up a new recipe or dozens of other fun activities, you’ll sign them up for Milton Summer Enrichment!  You can see some of the 2018 MSE fun in the pictures below.

New this year – MSE will be offering Fun Fridays! Highlights will include a performance from Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, a presentation from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, and the first ever MSE Field Day!

To register for MSE, go to Family ID and go to ‘search programs’ and type in ‘MSE 2019’. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! For more information about MSE including the 2019 course descriptions, please visit the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan. 

PIERCE UPDATES

Thank you to our Veteran guests!

In advance of Memorial Day, the Pierce Middle School Student Council invited Veteran family, friends and community members to a breakfast gathering last Friday. Our honored Veteran guests enjoyed breakfast with the Student Council and then were joined by their Pierce student hosts. Each Veteran spoke about their service to their country and what it means to them to be a Veteran. Students asked questions and engaged in a dialogue around public and military service. Thank you to all who attended this special event.

 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

3..2..1, BLAST OFF  to “A Universe of Stories”,   this year’s summer reading theme.  All four MPS elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for an exciting summer reading challenge. K-5 library classes will be learning how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by soaring into reading during the summer months. Teachers will be sending home registration forms as a homework assignment on June 10th  inviting families to create a summer reading account at this link.  From June 17- August 27, students can log their reading minutes along with any library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so be on the lookout June 10th for the registration form and be sure to return the bottom section of the form to their classroom teacher. We hope to see many families at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Blastoff Event on June 20th at 4pm, featuring Mike the Bubble Man. Let’s lift off into summer reading!

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This year, the Rising Stars Math Academy, an offshoot of The Calculus Project, debuted at Tucker. With Math Coaches Maura Middleton and Mary Shapiro at the helm, a group of Tucker 4th and 5th  graders participated in weekly math challenges designed to promote rigor, encourage mathematical reasoning and increase student confidence in their ability to solve math problems. To celebrate their months of hard work, Rising Star math students participated in an outdoor math event followed by a presentation of certificates. We would like to thank the Tucker families for their commitment to the program. In addition, we extend a special thank you to MHS  volunteer, Nkechinyere Onyiriuka, for all her hard work as a leader, mentor and role model to our rising stars. Finally, our highest praise goes to the young scholars who tested their mettle each week. 

As we shared two weeks ago, we will graduate our 1st class of Calculus Project Scholars on Sunday. We celebrated these students recently and you can watch the Calculus Project celebration in this video. We know many of our Tucker Rising Stars will be future Calculus Project graduates!

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1st grade French Immersion students at  Collicot and Cunningham came together on Friday, May 24th to celebrate the annual Francopholies cultural event. Students enjoyed a series of activities about Francophone countries around the world such as Haiti, Switzerland, Algeria, Lebanon, Tunisia and Canada and learned about the heritage and traditions of those countries. Artifacts from those countries were available for exploration and fun educational and physical activities led by teachers and guided by parent volunteers.  Francopholies is a special learning experience for our students every year.

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Tucker is excited to share the work from the sixth year of the Tucker Artist in Residence program. Each year Tucker staff works to identify a unique local or national artist to introduce students to a new art aesthetic and when possible, a new culture. This year our artist in residence was Sasja Lucas, a local artist born in Indonesia who lived internationally before settling in Massachusetts. Sasja’s work is based on Indonesian batik art and she brought the idea of steamroller mega print to us.

Each student designed an individual piece of balsa wood during art class with Tucker teacher Jessica Gillooly. The style of the work the students were emulating is Indonesian, based on batiks made by tjaps, (pronounced “chops”), traditional copper tools used to stamp the hot wax onto the fabric. Tjap images are made consisting only of lines, which lends itself to children’s drawings. The drawings are then “dented” into the soft base plate, resulting in a relief print. Sasja then joined our students work together, inked it and manually rolled the artwork using the pressure of the steamroller. In addition to Sasja’s team, Tucker parents Lyssa Palu-ay and Norell Veal agreed to be steamroll drivers during the exciting day. The prints were available to view at the Tucker art show last night  and will hold a special place in the school building for years to come.

Thank you to Sasja Lucas, Pete Chamberlain (driver and mechanic troubleshooter), Julian Libront (inker), Sharon Berke (assistant), Gail Bos (assistant and artist printed plate) and to talented and dedicated Tucker art teacher Jessica Gillooly, as the drawings and transfers to the base plates were made in the art classes under her direction.   

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Last week, Glover and Tucker joint diversity committees sponsored our first annual Diverse Reads Family Book Club. Students from all 4 elementary schools, as well as Pierce, attended and brainstormed questions together before they had the opportunity to video chat live with author Veera Hiranandani who wrote The Night Diary

Veera recently visited  Tucker and Glover 4th and 5th graders thanks to Glover parent, Sara Crowe and her connection to the Blue Bunny bookstore. MPS parent and MPL librarian  Sara Troug and the Milton Public Library generously offered their space to help make this happen. This is the first of what we hope will be many Diverse Reads Family Book Clubs sponsored by the Glover and Tucker Diversity Committees.  

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In recent weeks, Judy Jacobs from the Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Town of Milton nurses Caroline Kinsella and Susan Poirier to bring the Lyme disease awareness program, “Go Out and Play but Check Everyday” to our 4th grade classes as part of the elementary Future Problem Solving curriculum.  The program is designed so that our 4th graders will now be informed and be able to share with others how to prevent Lyme disease, especially during this time of year when children and adults are often spending more time outside.

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We hope many of you were able to be at Glover last Saturday to witness the annual Glover Duck Walk! Each spring, we anxiously await as a mother duck (hopefully) lays her eggs in the Glover Outdoor Garden. This space is a safe and protected area for the new duck family and the Glover School watches over the family from afar. Once the eggs hatch, the Glover (and if it happens on a weekend) Milton Community, comes together to quietly and calmly guide mother duck and her family to the waters of Turners Pond. Please enjoy the video of the  Glover Ducks which might have a surprise ending!

TECHNOLOGY

What a great year for Milton Public School’s WaitUntil8th campaign!  At left  are the updated number of pledges for each grade level in each elementary school, totaling more than 300. 

Remember, you can take the pledge at any time.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over kids having a smartphone.  The pledge is activated and the parents are connected once at least 10 students within a grade at a school have pledged.  All that is required is the student’s name, grade, school and a parent’s email address.

Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only!  And of course it’s a pledge to wait at least until 8th grade.  If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge! The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone. Here’s a link to some alternatives.

To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th. Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge: Kidzu – Why Tech Leaders Don’t Let Their Kids Use Tech Business Insider  – Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Raised Their Kids Tech-Free -Jan 2018

FOOD SERVICE

Tucker 2nd graders have been doing an amazing job caring for and nurturing our new Grow Rack.  Our students have been watering and spacing our plants so each plant can have the proper room to grow. We will be harvesting our vegetables the first week of June.  Lettuce for salads, Kale for Kale chips and basil for our tomato, mozzarella and basil salad will be harvested by our very own Tucker students. 

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There is one more opportunity to attend the LifeSkills Parent Program on June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

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Help your kids make choices that will support their wellbeing. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in 5 –  7thgrade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating but are not available until school is out in June, we will be working with families over summer vacation (for parents/guardians of those entering 5thgrade through those who just completed 7th).

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

WORLD LANGUAGES

The FACE Foundation’s Fund for French Dual and Language Programs in the United States awarded our French Immersion Program a grant in the amount of $6,000 to renew the school library collections of French books in our four elementary schools. Josh Coben and Dr. Martine Fisher will use these funds to acquire new books reflecting the richness of contemporary children’s francophone literature. Our school libraries need books that act as both mirrors and windows for our students, some reflecting their identities and experiences, others expanding their knowledge and curiosity.

The FACE Foundation – French-American Cultural Exchange – is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. This is the second time that this institution is supporting our French Immersion Program.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year is open!  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Registration will close on June 14. Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus waitlist if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains the details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby during the schedule at right.

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION

The  SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) will hold their final meeting and elections on June 5th at 7pm in the library at Glover. The SEPAC is seeking nominations and the nomination form and more information is available here.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is in the middle of updating our Community Health Assessment.  The Assessment is critical for understanding what substance use challenges we face in our community and why, it helps us know if we are making a difference in our work, and it informs us about the concerns and ideas that community residents have.  All of this information helps the Coalition and our partners more effectively focus our efforts.

In June, the MSAPC will roll out a Parent Survey  – please consider taking it. Three years ago we had over 800 parents participate.  The information we gathered was amazing! All Milton residents who are the parents or guardians of at least one child in grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to participate. It will be available to take during the month of June and can be accessed on-line.  The link will be distributed through the Milton Times, MPS, Facebook, the faith community and the MSAPC newsletter. More information is available at the MSAPC website.

If you would like more information about our Community Health Assessment or great volunteer opportunities for youth and adults with MSAPC, please email the MSAPC.

UPCOMING MPS DATES  

May 30 Collicot Art Show
June 2 MHS Graduation
June 5 School Committee, Retiree Reception
June 6 Cunningham Art Show
June 6,7,8 Mary Poppins, Jr.
Jun 10  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 7&8 at MHS
Jun 12  Milton School Committee Meeting and Volunteer Reception
Jun 13  Pierce Spring Concert Grade 6 at Pierce 
June 17 Last Day of School – Half Day

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

The Music Department would like to recognize members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society for a successful school year.  In addition to providing mentoring and tutoring services, members raised over $2,000.00 for the Sponsor-a-Lesson initiative.  With this funding, the department will be able to offer scholarship opportunities to beginner musicians. Congratulations to the MHS Tri-M Chapter of for their dedication and service. 

Congratulations as well to the following underclassmen who were recognized by the music department at the recent awards ceremony. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

The MHS Rowing Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can/bottle drive fundraiser on Saturday, June 8th, 9am to noon at Milton High School. To arrange pickup of a can/bottle donation at your home, please email clee2@verizon.net.

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available at www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com. There are some expected race related traffic issues and you can be aware of them here.

To commemorate the 40th annual Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at Weeks Foot Bridge on the Charles River and Memorial Drive on Sunday, June 9, a special exhibit of Longquan celadon porcelain will be on display at the Forbes House Museum from June 9-14. Some of the top artisans from China, most with UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status, will be at the Forbes House to demonstrate their specialized art-making skills for one day only, on June 10. More information can be found on our website. 

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.  Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM with lots of family friendly events , food, music, and fun including Volleyball, Cornhole, Gaga Pit, a Giant Inflatable Slide (“The Log Jammer” ) and Milton’s largest children’s sandbox and culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks. The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music. All details can be found here. 

All weekend you can dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages ( beer and wine too! ) that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Ahhh Roma Pizza food trucks!  

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ryan Madden, Dawn Sykes, Sean Lopresti, Noel Vigue, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Margaret Carels, Laurie Stillman, Martine Fisher, Karen McDavitt, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Cat DesRoche, AJ Melanson, Jess Gilooly, Justine Novak, Jackie Morgan, Marti McKenna, Ellen Lohan, Emily Hyde, Zeina Hamada, Maura Middleton, Mary Shapiro and Catherine Lee.

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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May 23, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 23, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last night the Milton Foundation for Education and the Milton Public Schools community honored the 2019 MPS Teachers of the Year and as usual, the evening did not disappoint! Each of our teachers gave a heartfelt speech and were applauded by family, friends, colleagues and most importantly, their students! The MFE also recognized Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan for her years of service in the Milton Public Schools. Thank you to the MFE for recognizing our teachers and congratulations to this year’s honorees.

If you would like to see your favorite teachers when they were surprised by the MFE last week with news that they had been chosen as Teacher of the Year, you can see their shocked faces hear some of the nice things people wrote about them in the video below.

There are two more exciting MFE announcements! The spring grant cycle has just been announced and the MFE has awarded over $20,000 in grants to our teachers. Flexible seating, enrichment books, Osmo kits, handwriting tools, ceramics tools, and other STEM and language enhancements were all funded through the generous support of the MFE. The items will be in classrooms in the 2019-20 school year and we will share their impact throughout the year.

Finally, MFE Celebration 2019 is in the books and now $134,000 has been granted to enhance the libraries in all six of our schools! Look for makerspaces, materials to enhance curriculum,  flexible seating and more in the upcoming school year. Our libraries are dynamic community spaces and these funds will allow us to transform our spaces to create more powerful learning experiences for our community.

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On Thursday, June 13th we will celebrate Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan as she prepares for her retirement at the end of the school year. All adults in the MPS community are invited to join us for this special event at Wollaston Golf Club on June 13th at 5pm. All details can be found here.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The next School Committee meeting is on June 5th at 7pm at Milton High School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

At 6pm on June 5th, the School Committee will honor our MPS retirees. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Summer fun at MSE!

What will your children be doing in July? If they want to do cool science projects, play basketball with friends, work on their creative writing, whip up a new recipe or dozens of other fun activities, you’ll sign them up for Milton Summer Enrichment! Registration for MSE is live! To register, go to Family ID and go to ‘search programs’ and type in ‘MSE 2019’. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! For more information about MSE including the 2019 At A Glance Document with course descriptions, please visit the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On Friday, May 17th, the Pierce and MHS Model UN Clubs joined forces to impress at the Rising Leaders Model UN conference at Northeastern.  11 Milton students won awards – and it was wonderful to have students from grades 7-10 working together to solve the problems facing the global community.  Our students were impressive as they discussed Kurdish refugees, asylum seekers, water resources, and the current situation in Somalia. Congratulations to all who attended and acted with respect, diplomacy and empathy as they represented their different countries and attempted to write resolutions to solve complex problems facing the world.   

PIERCE UPDATES

Thank you to the parents/guardians, MPS staff and community volunteers who are serving on our Pierce Principal Search Committee. The list of committee members can be found here. The committee will work over the next two weeks to screen applications, interview candidates and forward semi-finalists to the next level.  

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Save the date for The Pierce Players presents Mary Poppins Jr. on June 6,7 and 8th! Tickets for Mary Poppins Jr. will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 24th at 5 PM and you can get them at this link. This show will likely sell out quickly – get your seats tomorrow!

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We are excited to share that the Pierce Middle School has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education! Thank you to Mr. Boguski for securing this grant for our students and we look forward to sharing the impact this grant will have on our Math Investigations classes next year.

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The Pierce Student Council would like to invite all Veterans to a Veterans Breakfast on May 24th at 8:15am. Please see the note from the Student Council here: Veterans related to Pierce students, as well as local Veterans’ Organizations are welcome to attend. The purpose of getting together is to honor and thank our local Veterans for their dedication, service, and commitment to protecting our country.  We will be offering breakfast, followed by some brief remarks from our Middle School students, as well as a question and answer period from attendees. Please let us know that you’ll be attending by clicking this link.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Southwick Zoomobile visited Collicot kindergarteners and 2nd graders last week to rave reviews. The ZooMobile is an educational outreach program that involves an educator and some of the zoo’s animal ambassadors who visit schools and cover a range of topics about animal ecology, behavior, and conservation. Students had a great time and were engaged in listening and asking questions. 

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The rain may have pushed Tucker Outdoor Math Day inside but even with the rain, 1st grade students, teachers and families had a blast as they joined together to engage in a variety of math activities across class groups.  Teachers Caitlin Deptula, Rachel Spitz and Alex Leite, District Math Coach Maura Middleton and a large group of family volunteers facilitated stations geared for fun and learning throughout the morning. Stations included Fun and Fitness, Measurement, Bean Bag Toss, Math Racer, Bingo, Estimation Station and Patterns! Patterns! 

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The Museum of Science presentation on Motion, Forces and Energy to Collicot 3rd graders included demonstrations and experiments to explore how motion is a form of energy and how we can use forces to change an object’s motion. Students enjoyed seeing how the energy stored in a bungee cord could launch a student-ridden cart across the room. The highlight was certainly when students used energy and force to lift  Mlle Vasconcelos using a giant lever! 

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MASS DOT conducted a Bike Safety training with all Glover 4th graders last week and as part of the training, every 4th grader received a bike helmet. Students learned about the importance of wearing helmets, abiding by traffic laws and patterns, and always remaining vigilant. With many f4th and 5th  graders walking or biking to Glover independently each day, this was an important and educational presentation. Thank you to Vivian Ortiz and the Mass DOT for this valuable presentation. 

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It was May Madness at Cunningham last week as students from preschool – 5th grade enjoyed a day of fun at Cunningham Park. Students enjoyed music,  games, dancing, and the company of friends on a sunny day at Cunningham Park. Thank you to the Cunningham Foundation for welcoming our students to the field.  

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

Please scan below for your current grade level

5th, 6th and 7th Grade – There is an opportunity for 5th, 6th and 7th grade families that we would like to call to your attention. If you are interested in learning ways to help your kids make healthy choices, we have the perfect research study for you!  The SUPPER Project is a research study whose purpose is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their well-being. This study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. MPS students and their families in grades 5th-7th have been invited to participate. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at TheSUPPERProject@tufts.edu with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and your name in the body of the email. A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. All personal data will be kept confidential and participation is limited. Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project.

5th-9th Grade: Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There is one more opportunity to attend the LifeSkills Parent Program on June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

BUS INFORMATION

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year is open!  REGISTER HERE   Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus waitlist if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six(6) and nine(9), and during other times as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools but who attend an educational program outside of the town shall be required to re-establish residency on an annual basis.”

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains all details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. Re-establishment takes place in the Milton High School Lobby during the schedule at right.

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

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

May is National Physical Education and Fitness month!  This month long event celebrates our physical educators, recognizes the importance of physical education in students lives, looks to promote daily physical activity and raises awareness of the cognitive benefits of exercise and how it prepares the brain to learn.  At Collicot, Teacher of the Year Beth Fahey celebrated with her students and their families by inviting all parents/guardians to come and participate in their students’ PE class. Over 50 parents/guardians had a blast playing together with their child and their classmates in this wonderful bonding experience centered around physical activity.  If this sounds like fun, more opportunities like this are coming in June for parents/guardians of K-5 student. Volunteers are needed for field days at all elementary schools, please reach out to your school’s PTO for more information.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Please see the following note from the MSPAC: How Healthy are our Milton Youth?  

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is in the middle of updating our Community Health Assessment.  The Assessment is critical for understanding what substance use challenges we face in our community and why, it helps us know if we are making a difference in our work, and it informs us about the concerns and ideas that community residents have.  All of this information helps the Coalition and our partners more effectively focus our efforts.

Our assessment process includes surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews.  Middle and high school students have been surveyed; focus groups of clergy and students have been completed.  We will also be looking at government and local service agency reports, as well as completing one-on-one interviews.  However, we will also need information from parents and guardians, mostly through an online survey that we developed with coalition members.  

Look for our Parent Survey and please consider taking it. Three years ago we had over 800 parents participate.  The information we gathered was amazing! All Milton residents who are the parents or guardians of at least one child in grades 6 – 12 are encouraged to participate. It will be available to take during the month of June and can be accessed on-line.  The link will be distributed through the Milton Times, MPS, Facebook, the faith community and the MSAPC newsletter. More information is available at the MSAPC website. 

Our Community Health Assessment is invaluable in determining how to focus the coalition’s efforts.  Our last assessment, completed in 2016, led to changes in Department of Health, law enforcement and school policies, increased availability of mental health services both in and out of school, increased educational opportunities for youth and adults community wide, and more.  Data is critical so that the coalition can make informed decisions about future policy changes, programming and educational opportunities, leading to the continued prevention of youth alcohol and drug misuse.

If you would like more information about our Community Health Assessment or great volunteer opportunities for youth and adults with MSAPC, please email the MSAPC.   

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION

The  SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) will hold their final meeting and elections on June 5th at 7pm in the library at Glover. The SEPAC is seeking nominations and the nomination form and more information is available here.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

May 23 MHS Music Awards Night
May 28 Glover Art Show, Senior Awards Night
May 29 Boosters Banquet, Tucker Art Show
May 30 Collicot Art Show
June 2 MHS Graduation
June 5 School Committee
June 6 Cunningham Art Show
June 6,7,8 Mary Poppins, Jr.

We hope you can join us at one (or more!) of the school based art shows in the coming weeks. Much like our concerts, these events showcase the talented visual artists we have throughout the Milton Public Schools. Join your school community in celebrating these student artists!

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC

Our final MHS concert of the year and for our seniors, the final concert of their high school careers, was played to rave reviews this week at MHS. You can watch the entire concert here. Congratulations to these talented musicians!   

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. .Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long

Milton Community Concerts is presenting its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 26th at 3pm at First Parish of Milton. It is a drama/lecture about the life of bass-baritone Paul Robeson by British/Nigerian singer and actor Tayo Aluko. When he appeared this summer in one sold-out performance in Boston at the BCA it received a very long standing ovation. His appearances this May are in Glasgow, Scotland, Vancouver, BC, and Milton, MA. add pic and link

This year’s Memorial Day Observance is scheduled for Monday, May 27th 2019. Ceremonies will begin at the Town Green at 9:30 a.m. with the raising of the flag and placement of wreaths at the Town’s War Memorial by local Veterans from American Legion Post #114. All details can be found here. 

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available at www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com and you can learn more about the race and the generous  sponsors through the Milton Road Race Facebook.

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM and include Kid’s Karaoke with Jackson Blue, followed by the great dance band Booty Vortex and the tremendously popular Big Band sounds of Mark Morris and The Cat Tunes. Saturday’s festivities culminate at dark with  the stunning fireworks from Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment, the group who produce Boston’s New Year’s Eve spectacular display! The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music including performances by the Fenian Sons, Sean Brennan and the Skiffs, Gary Galway, and All Folked Up .

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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 a 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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May 16, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 16, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

With just a little more than 4 weeks left in the school year, I wanted to call your attention to two town wide events that have come to represent the end of the school year and the beginning of summer in Milton. Many of our MPS students and families enjoy these events and I hope you will be among them.

Hundreds of runners will be lining up on Edge Hill Road on June 11 for the 42nd annual Milton 5K & 10K Road Race hosted by the volunteer members of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The race kicks off at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. Proceeds from this race are channeled right back into the Milton community in the form of scholarships for graduating high school students and community grants that support the Milton community. Online registration is available here and you can learn more about the race and the generous  sponsors through the Milton Road Race Facebook.

The Milton Music Fest and Fireworks team are delighted to announce this year’s exciting program of FREE Festivities over the weekend of June 22-23rd at “The Trustees” Gov. Hutchinson Field on Adams Street in Milton across from the Forbes House Museum.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 4 PM and include Kid’s Karaoke with Jackson Blue followed by the great dance band Booty Vortex and the tremendously popular Big Band sounds of Mark Morris and The Cat Tunes. Saturday’s festivities culminate at dark with the stunning fireworks from Atlas Pyrovision Entertainment, the group who produce Boston’s New Year’s Eve spectacular display!

The fun continues on Sunday, June 23rd with Celtic Sunday starting at 1 PM including a full afternoon and evening of family fun and Irish music including performances by the Fenian Sons, Sean Brennan and the Skiffs, Gary Galway, and All Folked Up.

Dance to live music and enjoy great food and beverages that will be available for purchase from fabulous vendors. This year’s delicious food options include the Wahlburgers and Montilio’s food trucks!  

If you would like to help support this great community event, please consider joining the Milton Music Fest and Fireworks signature sponsor, the Copeland Foundation, in support of this FREE wonderful event. To learn what “thank you opportunities”  are available to donor friends, please email We Are Milton or call We Are Milton at 617-433-7273.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Last night, May 15th, the School Committee met at Collicot Elementary School for a presentation by the Collicot Site Council. The School Committee held it’s annual School Choice Open Hearing and voted that Milton will not be a school choice district for the FY20 school year. Milton is not currently a school choice district.

The next School Committee meeting is on June 5th, 2019 at 7pm at Milton High School. Before the meeting, we will honor this year’s retirees at a reception in the Milton High School lobby at 6pm. This year’s retirees include Debbie Abdon, Constance Catinella, Mary Jill Markarian, Patricia Leahy Murtagh, Ann McGonagle, Janet Sheehan and Dr. Louise Thomson.

Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Help us make the 19th annual MFE Teacher of the Year Awards celebration a success! We will recognize the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm at MHS. Stay tuned for the big announcement of which deserving teachers will receive this recognition.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Earlier today we celebrated our Calculus Project seniors during a ceremony at Milton High School. The Calculus Project (TCP) is an initiative to increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus by the time they graduate high school. As part of TCP, students are invited to participate in summer enrichment courses in mathematics that run between and parallel to honor and college preparatory level courses in mathematics. TCP students are also able to access tutoring sessions with mathematics teachers after school hours during the school year and attend field trips throughout the year. The seniors we honored today are members of the 1st group of Calculus Project students, many of whom have been involved in the project since the summer of 2014. Please join me in congratulating Micah Allen, Jasmine Opara, Sage Blue, Jordan Pascal, Tylah Briscoe, Kaylyn Pean, William Craig, Tae-lor Pina, Elias Deaibes, Usama Shakeel, Janelle Descopins, Rebecca Simpson, Abigail Fay, Milan Smith, Deianeara Johnson, Kennedi Van Allen, Lauren Kelly, Maya Whigham, Mark Labelle, Jaleigha Williams, Trinity Lopes, Tiye Williamson and Theodora Ogamba for their dedication to and success in our advanced mathematics curriculum. Our students can be seen at the top of today’s blog and you can watch the 30 minute ceremony below.

PIERCE UPDATES

On Thursday, May 9th, forty 7th grade girls attended the Girls STEM Meetup at Avon High School.  This day long STEM conference was organized by the Schools to Career Partnership and sponsored by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).  Students participated in small group sessions with experts in the STEM field learning about their educational experience, career path and specific projects they have worked on.  They also participated in hands on STEM challenges. Some of the guest speakers for the event included an engineer specializing in ecosystem restoration, civil and chemical engineers working on issues surrounding groundwater, and a software engineer.

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Three students attended the Massachusetts State Science Fair on May 11th at  Worcester Technical High School. 8th graders Jayme Lo and Lok Ye Young presented a design engineering project , Hydraulic Powered Arm, which included a base and several attachments to support different types of tasks.  Neave Martin presented her project How Does Plastic Affect the Growth of Plants? Neave, a seventh grader, advanced to the State fair after receiving an honorable mention at the Regional V Science Fair. We are incredibly proud of these hardworking scientists! 

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The Pierce Student Council would like to invite all Veterans to a Veterans Breakfast on May 24th at 8:15am. Please see the note from the Student Council here: Veterans related to Pierce students, as well as local Veterans’ Organizations are welcome to attend. The purpose of getting together is to honor and thank our local Veterans for their dedication, service, and commitment to protecting our country.  We will be offering breakfast, followed by some brief remarks from our Middle School students, as well as a question and answer period from attendees. Please let us know that you’ll be attending by clicking this link.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

It was a busy day at Collicot last Friday for Junior Achievement. 85 parent and family volunteers were in classrooms all day at every grade level facilitating the JA curriculum. Students were excited and many of our enthusiastic volunteers said they would not hesitate to do it again next year. Our Junior Achievement day culminated with our weekly Collicot Cardinal certificates for students who have followed the Collicot Code of respect, responsibility and hard work. 

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The Milton School Food Service Program is partnering with EvanLee Farms to provide sustainable gardens to our schools and last week we installed the first indoor “Grow Rack” at Tucker School. 2nd graders planted romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, micro mix, kale and basil.  Students will harvest the greens in three weeks and they will bring it to our kitchen so we can serve these healthy, (very!) locally grown items at lunch. This program will be expanding to Collicot, Cunningham and Glover next year and we look forward to sharing the growth at Tucker in the weeks to come.

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This week, twenty two 4th and 5th grade Glover and Tucker Safety Patrol students, enjoyed a field trip to the Milton Police Department.  Students were greeted by Lieutenant Mark Alba of the MPD and Lt. Alba discussed the importance of being a member of a school’s Safety Patrol and related it to the work that each member of the MPD provides on a daily basis. The students were given a full tour of the station and even got a chance to meet some of the officers on duty; including one of the most important members, Chase, the Canine Hero!  Thank you to the MPD for giving our students a wonderful learning experience and thank you to the Safety Patrol students for their dedication this school year to Tucker and Glover.

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As part of the new 5th grade Project Lead the Way curriculum, Cunningham 5th grade students have been spending time using the app Tynker for coding to create a dinosaur ecosystem. Students have been working collaboratively to build off each other’s designs and the completed ecosystems have been impressive to explore. The next step for students is to use Tynker to create a model to show how an illness can spread through a school setting.

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

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5th Grade – Sign up soon for Welcome to Middle School, a 3 day program designed to help acclimate all students to Pierce.  Middle school is quite different from the elementary setting, and the transition can sometimes be intimidating (but shouldn’t be!). Our program allows students to experience “a day in the life of a grade six student.” We encourage all families to enroll your current 5th grader in our camp. Details can be found here.

5th, 6th and 7th Grade – There is an opportunity for 5th, 6th and 7th grade families that we would like to call to your attention. If you are interested in learning ways to help your kids make healthy choices, we have the perfect research study for you!  The SUPPER Project is a research study whose purpose is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their well-being. This study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. MPS students and their families in grades 5th-7th have been invited to participate. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at TheSUPPERProject@tufts.edu with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and your name in the body of the email. A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. All personal data will be kept confidential and participation is limited. Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. 


5th, 6th and 7th Grade – School supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.

5th-9th Grade: Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There is one more opportunity to attend the LifeSkills Parent Program on June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION

Please join the SEPAC on May 21st at 7pm at the Glover library for a presentation on Simple Strategies to Help Anxious Kids. Janine Halloran will share five simple coping skills to try, including creative ways to encourage deep breathing, creating a calm down space and how to create a coping skills toolkit. This presentation is free and open to the public.The SEPAC will also be holding a board meeting prior to the presentation from 6- 7pm which is open to anyone who would like to attend. 

MPS SUMMER

Registration for Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) is live! To register, go to Family ID and go to ‘search programs’ and type in ‘MSE 2019’. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! For more information about MSE including the 2019 At A Glance Document with course descriptions, please visit the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year is open!  REGISTER HERE   Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. You must register each student separately (but can pay for them together) and you will receive a confirmation email that registration has been received for each student.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process.  Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

Bus registrations for students in grades 6 and 9 will not be complete unless residency is re-established during the re-establishment period in June. Please see below for re-establishment details.  Students in grades 6 and 9 will maintain their place in the bus queue until June 14th at which time they will be moved to the bus wait list if residency has NOT been re-established.

RESIDENCY

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six(6) and nine(9), and during other times as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools but who attend an educational program outside of the town shall be required to re-establish residency on an annual basis.”

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains all details here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. 

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

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman and MPS Director of Health and Phys. Ed Noel Vigue share the following.

A new study reveals a link between adolescent marijuana use and depression. Marijuana is the most widely used drug by adolescents worldwide.  While it has been known for some time that regular cannabis (marijuana) use by adolescents can lead to psychosis, such as schizophrenia, later on in life, there has been few or no studies about adolescent use and the drug’s effects on depression and anxiety.

An April 2019 published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has concluded that there is a link to depression and suicidality-but not anxiety.  Here are the key findings:

  • Question: Is adolescent cannabis consumption associated with risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in young adulthood?
  • Findings: In this systematic review and meta-analysis of 11 studies and 23,317 individuals, adolescent cannabis consumption was associated with increased risk of developing depression and suicidal behavior later in life, even in the absence of a premorbid condition. There was no association with anxiety.
  • Meaning: Preadolescents and adolescents should avoid using cannabis as use is associated with a significant increased risk of developing depression or suicidality in young adulthood; these findings should inform public health policy and governments to apply preventive strategies   

Recently, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds hosted a podcast “Cannabis and the Teen Brain”. The guest was Jodi Gilman, Ph.D.; Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School with the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH.) Dr. Gilman’s research is on the effects of alcohol and cannabis on young adult and teen brains. The podcast overviews issues, concerns from across the nation. You can listen to the 30 minute MGH Clay Center Podcast “Cannabis and the Teen Brain” and access additional resources here.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

There are three upcoming sessions where members of the community can share their ideas about the proposed teen center. All details can be found here. Join us so your voice can be heard!  

UPCOMING MPS DATES

May 21  MHS Spring Concert
May 22 MFE Teacher of the Year Celebration
May 23 MHS Music Awards Night
May 28 Glover Art Show, Sr. Awards Night
May 29 Boosters Banquet, Tucker Art Show
May 30 Collicot Art Show
May 31 Cunningham Art Show

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Join the Food & Nutrition Services Team!  Food Services is now hiring on call and part-time positions for school year 2019-2020.  The position allows you to be at home when your family needs you and at school during the day when our students need you! The hourly rate is $15.05 an hour. Please call 617-898-1051 for more information.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6 PM in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. .Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Last week the Unified Track season finished with Senior Day and a strong meet against Hingham. Thank you to all who attended and cheered on our student athletes!

The MHS Softball Team will be hosting a Car Wash Fundraiser this Saturday, May 18th, from 9am to noon, at the Cunningham School.  Cost will be $10/car.

All  game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

Saturday, May 18  12-3pm is Family Fun Day at the Eustis Estate. Join us for a day of retro backyard fun at the Eustis Estate in honor of the special exhibition, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard. Play lawn games, make pinwheels, go on a StoryWalk, and enjoy live music outside from the Heavenly Fire Steel Band of Dorchester. Snacks available for purchase and picnics are encouraged. Included with museum admission. Free for Milton residents. Pre-registration not required. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Rain date Sunday, May 19.

On Saturday, May 18 at 3:00 pm, the Forbes House Museum hosts author and collector Richard Mellin. Rich will discuss the history, symbolism and forms of the popular blue-and-white “Canton” porcelain. His book “Collecting Canton: In Pursuit of the Best” will be available to purchase at a 20% discount. House tours will be offered beforehand starting at 2:00 pm.

On Sunday, May 19, visit the Forbes House Museum for its free Lincoln Day Celebration! Winners of the Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest and their immediate families are invited to an awards ceremony starting at 1:00 pm. Afterwards, everyone is invited to an Open House from 2:00-4:00 pm. Meet costumed reenactors and play Civil War era games. Write letters of gratitude to servicemen and women. View the Lincoln drawing contest winners on display inside the museum. Enjoy the grounds and mansion. Snacks, drinks and Ice Creamsmith treats available for purchase.

Milton Community Concerts is presenting its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 26th at 3pm at First Parish of Milton. It is a drama/lecture about the life of bass-baritone Paul Robeson by British/Nigerian singer and actor Tayo Aluko. When he appeared this summer in one sold-out performance in Boston at the BCA he received a very long standing ovation. His appearances this May are in Glasgow, Scotland, Vancouver, BC, and Milton, MA.

AMBASSADORS

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

Staff: I would like to take a moment to recognize the teachers behind the Calculus Project, celebrated above under the Milton High School heading. This program would not be possible without the enthusiasm and dedication of our hardworking mathematics department who have all supported these students. I especially want to recognize Kelly Conaty, Jennifer Meunier, Claire Ritten who have been dedicated to the program from inception; Sophia Pompilus, Kate Capasso and Rob Moray who work with many of our current students and James Moonan and Mary Shapiro who have been valuable team members in the past. Also, thank you to Mathematics Director K-12, Michelle Kruezer, for her careful sheperding of the program through the years.

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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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May 9, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 9, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week we are celebrating our dedicated teaching and school staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.  We are lucky to have 6 enthusiastic school communities who have offered their thanks with meals, notes, decorations, flowers, treats and more. The teachers, paraprofessionals, food service employees, school nurses, custodians, administrative assistants, administrators and curriculum coordinators who comprise the staff of the Milton Public Schools are among the best in Massachusetts and we are thrilled to see them celebrated by MPS families and students. Thank YOU for taking the time to say Thank You to these dedicated individuals.  

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I am pleased to inform you that Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding has been appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources. Dr. Spaulding joined the Milton Public Schools in 2008 as the Assistant Principal of Pierce Middle School and later became the Principal of the Cunningham Elementary School. In 2012, Dr. Spaulding returned to Pierce Middle School as Principal.

I want to recognize and thank the members of our two important Screening Committees for their valuable participation in the process. The Screening Committees included parent/guardian representation along with representatives from the Milton Educators Association, Citizens for a Diverse Milton, Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Milton School Committee and Milton Public School administration.

I am sure that you join me in congratulating Dr. Karen Spaulding and wishing her success in this new position.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

At the next School Committee meeting on May 15, 2019, the Milton School Committee will hold its annual School Choice Hearing.  This hearing will take place at 7pm in the Collicot Elementary School Library. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

In honor of Teacher Appreciation week, MHS hosted their first ever Future Teacher Signing Day ceremony celebrating Massachusetts’ next generation of educators. 11 students from the Class of 2019, who intend to pursue a career in education, were recognized in a  ceremony that emphasized educators’ importance and the impact they can have on children’s lives.

Massachusett’s Teacher Association President Merri Najimy, MA State Senator Walter Timilty, Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons and Superintendent Mary Gormley were on hand to share a few words with the future teachers and the audience.  Each of our future educators signed a letter of intent acknowledging the commitment they are making to the field of education and their communities. Each student talked about their decision to pursue a career in education, and recognized an educator who has influenced them.

Congratulations to Eve Brearley, Isabelle Driscoll, Grace Finnegan, Ailish Flynn, Deianeara Johnson, Katherine Kates, Chandler Laing, Celia Mahoney, Conor McAuliffe, Gwyneth Sauter and Milan Smith for choosing to pursue a career in education! You can watch the 30 minute ceremony here. 

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Students from the MHS Earth Club recently volunteered to help out at the annual neighborhood brook cleanup. They picked up trash from around the brook as well as around various areas of the high school grounds. Students had a great time enjoying the outdoors and helping out the community!  

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9th grade students in  Modern World Cultures classes at MHS recently attended  a live performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Fontbonne Academy’s CSJ Center.  250 MHS students were graciously invited to attend this free performance by Fontbonne, the Early College of Boston.  Our students experienced a story of determination and courage despite a world refugee crisis in 1938 based on intolerance, anti-Semitism and bigotry.  

In The Pianist of Willesden Lane,  Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beloved music as she shares her mother’s riveting true story of survival. Ms. Golabek told our students the story of her own mother – Lisa Jura – who, as a young teenager escaped Austria prior to World War II and lived in England with other Jewish refugees throughout the war.  Her grandparents had to make a decision to send only one of their three daughters to safety, and young Lisa was chosen in part because of her amazing talents as a pianist. Ms. Golabek told the story through music, imagery and monologue. Our Milton students were mesmerized by both the story and the music, as Ms. Golabek is an internationally known pianist who was able to weave her story together through her piano performances throughout the play.

Students also received the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen of which the play is based and teachers received on-line classroom resources from Facing History and Ourselves and the Hold Onto Your Music Foundation to encourage discussion and learning.  

The Pianist of Willesden Lane is infused with hope and invokes the life-affirming power of music. The production made its way to Fontbonne and to students of the community after critically acclaimed, sold- out runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, and London. Thank you to  event sponsors Frances and Robert Birmingham and numerous benefactors who made the benefit a reality for our MHS students and staff who were invited to attend.

PIERCE UPDATES

Four students from Pierce and one student from Collicot have advanced to the International Future Problem Solving Competition held on June 6-9th at UMASS Amherst.  These students will be participating in a unique FPS tradition called the Memento Exchange. Students will have the opportunity to meet other students from all around the world and exchange mementos from their respective home region.  If any local businesses have small decals, patches, pencils, pens, etc that students could bring to trade, we would love to represent the town of Milton and surrounding areas at competition. Please contact Nicole Lauria, Pierce FPS Coach to donate items to the FPS team.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Cunningham 3rd-5th graders are enjoying Mindfulness Mornings in the library each day this month. These drop-in sessions are available to students from 8:05-8:20. Students take just a few minutes participating in seated and walking mindfulness sessions to center themselves with deep breathing, stretching and quiet meditation before going on to their homerooms. Students are sharing that they feel energized and ready to start the day after their Mindfulness Morning.

Thank you to Jaclyn Germano and Alysa Buchanan for offering this opportunity to our students and to Mary Beth Callahan for introducing the practice of mindfulness to our educators 3 years ago in an after school professional development. Mary Beth Callahan  has been teaching mindfulness to her preschoolers for several years and it has been seen as effective as students transition from preschool to kindergarten and continue this practice at Cunningham. The Cunningham PTO has also been very supportive of the mindfulness efforts at Cunningham and has provided a year long subscription to MindYeti.com for grades 2-5 to use in the classroom as a transition and calming strategy since 2016.

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Over the past few weeks, Cunningham 3rd and 4th graders have read and learned about the Quilts of Gee’s Bend. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend are quilts that were created by a group of women and their ancestors who either live or had lived in an isolated part of Alabama, along the Alabama River, known as Gee’s Bend. These quilts represented their lives and stories and even some of their fondest memories. After reading and learning about Gee’s Bend in both French and English classes, the students were paired up and asked to collaborate in order to create their own quilts.  

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On Thursday, May 2nd Collicot held its annual celebration of  One Book One School – the Jennifer Kelly Project. Collicot staff and One Book One School Committee organized amazing activity centers for Adventure Night around allergies and movement, including running a difficult course, making one’s own avenger, making teal bracelets (teal is the color representing allergies) and playing matching games and a Kahoot Trivia game. School nurse Mrs. Sgroi , assisted by parents, organized an activity center for students and parents to receive Epipen training and learn what to do in case of an allergic reaction or emergency.  The Allergy Avengers author Todd Civin and illustrator Jay Boucher were on site signing books. Families donated allergy safe food for the Milton Food Pantry and all enjoyed the evening, the 10th and final year of One Book One School – The Jennifer Kelly Project.

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On Friday, May 3rd, Tucker 5th graders showed off their talent at Milton High School during their Talent Show. Students showcased everything from comedy to dance, tae kwon do to violin. Under the direction of Tucker parents Katie Manning and Star Baylon, students were asked to submit their talents in early April, attend a series of talent screenings, participate in the dress rehearsal then shine at the performance on May 3rd. The following students performed in the ‘Tucker’s Got Talent’ Fifth Grade Talent Show: Khaliyah Johnson-Cornett, Lia Duran, Cole Fletcher, Anthony Guglietta, Osagie Odion-Ukpebor, Raegan Hopkins, Grace Porter, Abby Scheller, Zariah Daley, Alden Goodman, Alle Tuozollo, Xiomara Quinones, Channing Howse, Aamir Taylor, Christian Louis, Nate Codio, Fedor Myshkin, Reed Anthony, Justin Pires, Bediako Jean-Charles Asare, Christian Pascal, Nayeli Thayer, Arianna Wright, Delia Henry, Georgia Manning, and Lulu Baylon. Thank you to Katie Manning, Star Baylon, all the students and families for a fantastic night!

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Walk and Wheel Wednesday was a big success at Glover this week! Thank you to the families and staff who helped us have a successful Walk to School Day!

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

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Pre-K  – Parent Café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!”  Tuesday, May 14th. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in fall 2019, “Getting ready for kindergarten!”. We hope you will be able to join us for the session being  offered on Tuesday, May 14th from 9- 10 am at Cunningham Hall.

5th Grade – Sign up soon for Welcome to Middle School, a 3 day program designed to help acclimate all students to Pierce.  Middle school is quite different from the elementary setting, and the transition can sometimes be intimidating (but shouldn’t be!). Our program allows students to experience “a day in the life of a grade six student.” We encourage all families to enroll your current 5th grader in our camp. Details can be found here.

5th, 6th and 7th Grade – There is an opportunity for 5th, 6th and 7th grade families that we would like to call to your attention. If you are interested in learning ways to help your kids make healthy choices, we have the perfect research study for you!  The SUPPER Project is a research study whose purpose is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their well-being. This study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. MPS students and their families in grades 5th-7th have been invited to participate. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at TheSUPPERProject@tufts.edu with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and your name in the body of the email. A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. All personal data will be kept confidential and participation is limited. Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. 

5th, 6th and 7th Grade – School supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.

5th-9th Grade: Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There is one more opportunity to attend the LifeSkills Parent Program on June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.  

MPS SUMMER

Registration for Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) is live! To register, go to Family ID and go to ‘search programs’ and type in ‘MSE 2019’. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! For more information about MSE including the 2019 At A Glance Document with course descriptions, please visit the MSE website.  Any further questions can be directed to Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan.

BUS UPDATES

Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will be open May 15th – June 14th.  All registration will be done online and this link to register will be live on May 15th.  Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year.  If you are planning for your child to ride the bus in the 2019-20 school year, we strongly encourage you to read through this transportation letter which details the process. Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

RESIDENCY

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six(6) and nine(9), and during other times as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools but who attend an educational program outside of the town shall be required to re-establish residency on an annual basis.”

A letter has been sent via US mail to all who must re-establish residency. You can reference that letter, which contains all details, here. Beginning June 3rd Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. The residency packet can be found here. 

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

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

K-12 Director of Phys Ed and Health Noel Vigue shares that during the 2017-18 school year, we started to notice a new trend in teen behavior that came on like a tsunami (silent and sudden) – Vaping/E-Cig use.  Milton isn’t alone in this issue, many towns throughout Greater Boston and Massachusetts have been dealing with teen vape/e-cig use. During the spring of 2018, to help address this, Milton Public Schools offered an evening program for parents/guardians called PREP (Prevention Resources & Education for Parents) regarding vaping/e-cigs that addressed the effects and consequences of gateway/trendy drugs use. It provided caregivers strategies on how to use effective communication skills when talking with children about alcohol, tobacco/vape, and other drug use and focused on the importance of establishing clear rules and consequences at home regarding substance use.  During May 2018, we also brought in professionals from Caron Treatment Centers to speak to MHS students in small groups to help educate about the dangers of vape/e-cig use and to promote resiliency and drug resistance skills. Over the summer, we updated our health education curriculum at Pierce and MHS to include the latest health information regarding vaping/e-cig use and opioid misuse/abuse. Our health educators and school nurses have been on the cutting edge of this disturbing trend.

In August 2018, Principal Jette addressed all MHS students regarding drug use (including vape/e-cigs).  We brought in Drug Story Theater to present their evidence-based performance regarding drug use education/prevention in September 2018 to grade 9 and 10 students and a community presentation during January 2019. Throughout the school year 2018-19, we’ve provided prevention education for parents/guardians regarding vaping/e-cig use in the Superintendent’s blog.  Students in grades 7 and 9 go through brief intervention interviews with school nurses regarding drug/alcohol use and responsible decision-making. We recently installed a vape detection system in all student bathrooms at MHS to deter student use.

Through a generous grant from BID-Milton, we are currently implementing the Botvin LifeSkills Training program for all 5th grade students throughout the spring of 2019.  This evidence-based drug resistance program provides education and skills for students to continue to make healthy choices. We coupled this with Stanford University’s Vaping Prevention lessons.  We’re excited to say that we’ve seen great results through student surveys. The LifeSkills program is funded for the next two years.

Also, with funding from Milton Junior Women’s Club, we are offering two parent/guardian LifeSkills workshops, to help educate and provide parenting skills around drug use prevention.  The first session was on May 6th and the next session will be June 3rd at Pierce Middle School at 6:30pm. Lastly, as part of our PARENT Speaker Series, we will be bringing in Mary Cole to speak to parents/guardians about vaping/e-cig use this fall 2019.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Noel Vigue, K-12 Director of Health & Physical Education.

This short video from PBS Vaping Cost One Teen His Health and Dreams is worth watching with your child.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

I am proud to share that Dr. Spaulding and Principal McDavitt received wonderful feedback on their presentation at this week’s Safe and Supportive Schools Commission meeting in Sturbridge. Thank you to Dr. Spaulding, Principal McDavitt, MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman and countless others who have made Social Emotional Learning an important piece of every conversation we have here in the Milton Public Schools! 

UPCOMING MPS DATES

May 15  Milton School Committee Meeting
May 21  MHS Spring Concert
May 22 MFE Teacher of the Year Celebration
May 23 MHS Music Awards Night
May 28 Glover Art Show, Sr. Awards Night
May 29 Boosters Banquet, Tucker Art Show
May 30 Collicot Art Show

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar has been amended and can be found here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Join the Food & Nutrition Services Team!  Food Services is now hiring on call and part-time positions for school year 2019-2020.  The position allows you to be at home when your family needs you and at school during the day when our students need you! The hourly rate is $15.05 an hour. Please call 617-898-1051 for more information.

ART AND MUSIC

The Milton Music Department’s Instrumental Lesson Program will be holding an informational session and instrument petting zoo on Tuesday, June 11th at 6 PM in the Charles C Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is open to interested students entering 4th and 5th grade and their parents/guardians. .Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the program and pre-register their students for music lessons for the upcoming school year, while students will have a chance to try out instruments at our instrument petting zoo. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani  and Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Unified Track Meet

Milton High School will host its final home meet of the regular season today at 3:00pm. Last week, the Wildcats competed against Westwood’s Unified Team. It was a great event! Please click here for a video showcasing the team!

April Athletes of the Month

Andrew Possi, Junior, Baseball

Andrew is the starting shortstop for the varsity baseball team. He bats third in the order every game. During April Andrew batted .455 (10-22) with a .636 On Base Percentage (11 walks). He has 6 doubles and 7 RBI. In addition, he has played terrific defense at shortstop and also helped Milton beat Braintree yesterday for the first time in 10 years!

Olivia DiManno, Junior, Lacrosse

Olivia is the Girls Lacrosse leading scorer right now with 22 goals as well as the most forced turnovers (16), ground ball pickups (38), interceptions (11) and draw controls (27) on our team. She has truly stepped up as an upperclassman leading her entire team, setting a positive attitude within the team, and keeping our team focused and on track. She is also putting a lot of work in off the field as well, as she was just inducted into National Honor Society, is about to take AP exams this week and next and carries a heavy course load.

June 12th Grades 5-8 Athletics Night

On June 12th, at 6:30pm, Milton High School will host an Athletics Information Night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for students in grades 5-8 and their parents/guardians.  You will get to hear from the Director of Athletics about the sports programs that Pierce and Milton High School offer. Coaches and captains for the fall sports will also be in attendance. This meeting is vital for parents/guardians of students in the 8th grade who will be at MHS in the fall.

All  game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

Join us for a Birding Walk at Eustis Estate,  1424 Canton Avenue – Saturday, May 11 8:30- 9:30am. Explore the grounds of the Eustis Estate and look for spring’s birds. May is the ideal time to spot a variety of migratory species and the property is filled with features that birds like, including a pond, meadows, an orchard, tall trees, and chimneys. Learn about the interesting species that thrive in these unique habitats. Admission to the house is included so visitors are welcome to explore inside after the tour. Advance tickets recommended. Be prepared for wet, uneven ground and some uphill terrain. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. $5 Historic New England members an $15 for non-members.

Saturday, May 18  12-3pm is Family Fun Day at the Eustis Estate. Join us for a day of retro backyard fun at the Eustis Estate in honor of the special exhibition, Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Backyard. Play lawn games, make pinwheels, go on a StoryWalk, and enjoy live music outside from the Heavenly Fire Steel Band of Dorchester. Snacks available for purchase and picnics are encouraged. Included with museum admission. Free for Milton residents. Pre-registration not required. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information. Rain date Sunday, May 19

Milton Community Concerts is presenting its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 26th at 3pm at First Parish of Milton. It is a drama/lecture about the life of bass-baritone Paul Robeson by British/Nigerian singer and actor Tayo Aluko. When he appeared this summer in one sold-out performance in Boston at the BCA he received a very long standing ovation. His appearances this May are in Glasgow, Scotland, Vancouver, BC, and Milton, MA.

Save the Date for the Milton Music Festival and Fireworks, June 22 and 23 on Hutchinson Field. Details coming soon at WeAreMilton.org.

AMBASSADORS

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

Students: Milton High School recently celebrated Scholastic Honors Night and I share Principal Jette’s words here and join him in congratulating these exemplary students. Scholastic Honors Night is an evening to recognize and honor students for their high academic achievement, excellent leadership skills and civic responsibility. The students who were honored exemplify and embody all that we hope for in every Milton High School student. They are intelligent, hard working, goal oriented and self  motivated; they exude a commitment to academic excellence that should serve as a blueprint for others to follow. Moreover, these individuals make the school and community a better place. These prominent members of the school community will be the leaders of tomorrow, and I am certain that they will continue to succeed in life and make their families, Milton High School and the Milton community very proud. The entire ceremony can be watched here. All photos below can be enlarged. 

 

Students: Congratulations to the students from MPS who were chosen selected as a winner in this year’s Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest. These students will attend an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19th at the Forbes House Museum. All winning drawings will be on display inside the museum and the first place winners in grades 6-8 will be asked to read their essays during the ceremony.  

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ryan Madden, Sean Lopresti,  Noel Vigue,  Rachel Schewe,  Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Jaclyn Germano, Alysa Buchanan, Bernadette Butler, Cat DesRoche, Zeina Hamada, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Rebecca Damiani and Maureen Kennedy. 

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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May 2, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date May 2, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

There is an opportunity for 5th, 6th and 7th grade families that I would like to call to your attention. If you are interested in learning ways to help your kids make healthy choices, we have the perfect research study for you!  The SUPPER Project is a research study whose purpose is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their well-being. This study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. MPS students and their families in grades 5th-7th have been invited to participate. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at TheSUPPERProject@tufts.edu with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and your name in the body of the email. A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. All personal data will be kept confidential and participation is limited. I hope you’ll take a moment to read through the details and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. 

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Next week we will celebrate our dedicated teaching and school staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. We are lucky to have 6 enthusiastic school communities who will offer their thanks with meals, notes, decorations, treats and more. Please be on the lookout for information from your PTO as to how you can help recognize these dedicated individuals.

Last week we celebrated our Administrative Assistants, who serve as the 1st face you see upon entering a school and work tirelessly each school day to ensure a smooth and successful day for staff, students and families, alike. Please join me in recognizing Brad Spindle, Moshi Doane and Maureen Kennedy at MHS, Susan Higgins and Sandy Wyse at Pierce, Deb Woods at Glover, Patty Johnson at Cunningham, Joanne Barker at Collicot and Eileen Keaney at Tucker. I am grateful every day that these professionals are a part of the Milton Public Schools. 

Next week we will also acknowledge the school nurses at each of our schools who care for your children daily, offering everything from a bandaid and change of clothes to support during life changing illnesses.  Thank you to Kim Coughlin at MHS, Barbara

We are ready for Super Lunch Hero Day!

Perry and Pam Noonan at Pierce,  Alison Joyce at Cunningham, Maureen LaBlanc at Glover, Jeanne Sgroi at Collicot, Kerri Joyce at Tucker and Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons for all they do to promote the health and wellness of all MPS students.

Tomorrow we will celebrate our Super Lunch Hero Staff with school based celebrations. Our food service staff is a big part of the daily routines at all of our schools and valued members of our community. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee met last night for a reorganization meeting after the Annual Town Election on April 30th. Sheila Varela will serve as Chair of the School Committee for the coming year and Dr. Elaine Craghead will serve as Vice Chair. Dr. Kevin Donahue, Ada Rosmarin, Betty White and Margaret Eberhardt will continue to serve as SC members. Thank you to Dr. Donahue for his two years of service as SC Chair. We are grateful to these Milton residents who give endless time and effort to our schools.

The next School Committee meeting is May 15th  at 7pm at Collicot Elementary School. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

L to R: Franklin Ollivierre III, Grace Kelly, Lauren Kelly, Ronald Kindle Jr.

Four Calculus Project students from Milton High School attended a STEM Day conference on Saturday, April 20th, hosted by the Boston University National Society of Black Engineers (BU NSBE) Chapter.  The event was held at the BU Photonics Center. Students toured the College of Engineering and participated in hands-on and engaging STEM workshops and college preparatory activities. The event was focused on encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and fields and our students had a great time at the event.   

 

PIERCE UPDATES

On Friday, April 12th approximately 20 Pierce Middle School student leaders attended the Anti-Defamation League’s 25th Annual Youth Congress. This year’s theme was “Leaders in Action” and had 1,480 students from around New England in attendance. Students “explored what it means to cultivate the courage, commitment, and community to stand up and speak out against hate and injustice (adl.org).” Students had the privilege of hearing keynote speaker, Holocaust Survivor George Elbaum, share his story, and then  participated in breakout groups to engage in action planning to make their schools and communities “safer and more inclusive, and ensure that hate never goes unchecked (adl.org)”. A special thank you to Ms. Huebner, our ADL Peer Leaders advisor!

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The raised garden beds for vegetables, flowers, and pollinator perennials were ready for planting when the student-members of the “Green Team” came back from April break- thanks to the efforts of some Pierce community members. On a beautiful April Saturday morning three Pierce Middle School parents and three PMS scholars raked leaves, pulled up weeds, and cultivated the garden beds at the Outdoor Classroom to get it prepared for seed planting. Snow peas were planted first, followed by lettuce and radish seeds.

Students at Pierce Middle School are welcome to join the after school “Green Team” that meets on Thursday afternoons under the direction of teacher Mrs. Hupp. Students learn about pollinators, nutrition, wild bird habits and nests, and tree identification. The garden in front of the Pierce Middle School granite sign is the work of the student gardeners and the plantings were paid for by a grant from the Milton Garden Club. More good news – we’ve just learned that Pierce has received another $350 from the Milton Garden Club to further enhance the Outdoor Classroom. These funds will be dedicated to establishing our pumpkin patch! Pumpkin patches offer rich learning opportunities and, of course, a little fun in the fall. Thank you as always to our Outdoor Classroom “Fairy Godmother”- Beth Neville, Milton resident. If your child would like to join the Green Team, please email the Green Team teacher advisor Mrs. Hupp.

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Four students from Pierce and one student from Collicot have advanced to the International Future Problem Solving Competition held on June 6-9th at UMASS Amherst.  These students will be participating in a unique FPS tradition called the Memento Exchange. Students will have the opportunity to meet other students from all around the world and exchange mementos from their respective home region.  If any local businesses have small decals, patches, pencils, pens, etc that students could bring to trade, we would love to represent the town of Milton and surrounding areas at competition. Please contact Nicole Lauria, Pierce FPS Coach to donate items to the FPS team.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The 2nd Annual Tucker and Glover Community Dinners took place just after April break. These dinners provide an opportunity to share good food and stories and have meaningful conversation with old and new friends from both schools.  The project is sponsored by the Tucker and Glover joint Diversity Committees and is adapted from a nation-wide model, The People’s Supper. This year’s dinners were as successful as the inaugural year, with new connections, new friends,  endless laughs, and future play dates on the calendar. Thank you to our parent hosts and especially to Rosaura Cruz and MaryAnn Dakkak for spearheading the Community Dinners. We hope to use these opportunities to grow and build our community while celebrating our diversity. 

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As part of the Reach for Reading curriculum, Kindergarten teachers district-wide have been immersed in reading, writing and talking about potential careers.  As part of Unit 7, ‘On the Job’, Tucker students and teachers gathered together to discuss the unit’s stories and hear from family and community members about their respective jobs.  In addition to hearing from these guests, students have done their own writing after interviewing a family member about their career. These readers and writers are exceptional researchers and have thoroughly enjoyed this Unit of Study!  

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Congratulations to these students, who have qualified for the BoomWriter Bee International Finals. The Finals will kick off in early June and will end by the time school is out. Last year, Milton’s own Reagan Vaughn won the International Finals and the grand prize of $2500. Good luck to these finalists!  

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This year 5th grade students at all schools had the unique opportunity to participate in a frog dissection. The dissection lesson was taught by trained PhD scientists, Dr. Sandy Pearl and Dr. Elizabeth Bless of SEED Education. The dissection provided students the opportunity to observe how organs in the body fit together in a way that no virtual or pictorial model can achieve. By examining a frog, we learn about our own bodies and can see how the heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, bones, etc all fit together to create one beautifully complex animal. As you can see, students learned a great deal and had a lot of fun dissecting frogs!  

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May 1st was walk to school day at Collicot and Cunningham. Staff, parents and students had a great time walking to school together on a bright spring day. Thank you to the Milton Police Department and the many volunteers from both schools for organizing a fun and safe morning for the almost 1300 students who walk, bus, bike and ride to  Cunningham and Collicot each day. 

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Collicot students are full of energy as students enjoy the start of spring CASS (Collicot After School Classes).  CASS classes provide an opportunity for Collicot staff to channel an interest, talent or hobby and offer students classes such as Kickball, Floor Hockey, Pokemon Club, Soccer Scrimmage, Basketball, Handbuilding with Clay, Kickback Color and Draw, Cardinal Connection, On your mark..get set..GO!, Zumba, Puzzle Club, Walking Club, Nail Art and Math Olympics.  CASS classes run for 6 weeks, 3 times a year and create a before or after school experience for almost 200 students to enjoy.  

GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION

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Pre-K  – Parent Café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!” Tuesday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 14th. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in fall 2019, “Getting ready for kindergarten!”. We hope you will be able to join us for one of two sessions being offered; Tuesday, May 7th from 5- 6 pm at Tucker Elementary School or Tuesday, May 14th from 9- 10 am at Cunningham Hall.

5th Grade – Sign up soon for Welcome to Middle School, a 3 day program designed to help acclimate all students to Pierce.  Middle school is quite different from the elementary setting, and the transition can sometimes be intimidating (but shouldn’t be!). Our program allows students to experience “a day in the life of a grade six student.” We encourage all families to enroll your current 5th grader in our camp. Details can be found here.

5th, 6th and 7th Grade – School supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.

10th, 11th and 12th gradeThe Milton Public Library has an exciting paid summer  internship opportunity open to rising high school juniors, seniors, and those entering freshman year of college. The intern will work closely with library mentors & staff to design & deliver a connected learning project. This exciting opportunity includes expenses-paid travel to Chicago & Washington, D.C. Applications are due by Friday, May 3rd and we encourage our students to explore this terrific opportunity!  

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Have you wondered what the best approach is when speaking with your children about using drugs? It’s not an easy topic and many of us are at a loss as to how to start the conversation. Through a grant from the Milton Junior Women’s Club, MPS is thrilled to be able to offer parents and guardians a wonderful opportunity to attend an award-winning workshop designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs.

This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents of students in 5th-9th grade how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.

There are two opportunities to attend  these  LifeSkills® Training Parent Program. – May 6 or June 3, 6:30-8pm  at the Pierce Library. The sessions are identical so you need only attend one. To reserve your spot, please give a quick RSVP here.  For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at  617-696-4470 x5547.  

MPS SUMMER

Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) is right around the corner! The At a Glance Document with course descriptions is available,at MSE At a Glance Document.   Registration went live at 12pm on May 2nd. To register: Go to Family ID ; ‘search programs’ and type in MSE 2019. You will see a registration option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! Please check the MSE website for updates!

BUS UPDATES

Please see the following from the MPS Transportation Department. Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will open on May 15th and close on June 14th.  ALL registration will be done online. Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year.  Please mark your calendars with these important dates. More information and links for registration will be coming later in April and early in May. Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.

RESIDENCY

The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six(6) and nine(9), and during other times as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools but who attend an educational program outside of the town shall be required to re-establish residency on an annual basis.”

Beginning June 3, 2019, Sarina Burke, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours.   Re-establish Residency packets will be mailed in May to families who must reestablish and packets must be submitted no later than June 14, 2019 to ensure a student’s placement in Grades 6 and 9 or in an educational program outside of the district.

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

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

A panel of distinguished Milton leaders joined Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition at their April 23rd  meeting at Milton Public Library for a presentation on their organizations’ efforts to address substance use in our community.  Panel participants (l-r) included: Mr. James Jette, Principal of Milton High School; Police Chief John King; Ms. Caroline Kinsella, Milton Health Department Director; Ms Marlene Lemieux, Director of Case Management and Social Work at BID Hospital Milton; and Sarah Callahan, Chair of the Milton Board of Selectmen’s Youth Task Force. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Susan Maselli would like to welcome you to a Spring Parent Coffee. This informal meet & greet will be an opportunity to connect with families and staff. The coffee will be Wednesday, May 15th at 9:30am at Milton High School. Please RSVP by May 7 by phone (617-696-4470 x 5572) or email. 

UPCOMING MPS DATES

May 2  District Wide Diversity Event – Implicit Bias
May 2  Scholastic Honors Night
May 6, 7, 9  Town Meeting
May 13, 14, 16  Town Meeting
May 15  Milton School Committee Meeting
May 21  MHS Spring Concert

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.
The 2019-20 calendar has been amended and can be found here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Join the Food & Nutrition Services Team!  Food Services is now hiring on call and part-time positions for school year 2019-2020.  The position allows you to be at home when your family needs you and at school during the day when our students need you! The hourly rate is $15.05 an hour. Please call 617-898-1051 for more information.

ATHLETICS

Thanks to MHS student-athlete Bailey Dolgon for sharing this video about MHS Unified Track. Next meet is today at 3:30 at Brooks Field. Come on out and show your support!

The MHS Girls Tennis Team is hosting a “Cans for Cats” can/bottle drive fundraiser on Saturday, May 4th from 9-12. at Milton High School.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

 NEWS AROUND TOWN

Kevin Cook from Veteran’s Services has asked us to share that volunteers will be planting flags on Veterans graves on Saturday, May 4th from 8am-12pm  at Milton Cemetery. They are looking to get as many volunteers as possible to assist us with honoring our Veterans. Volunteers should meet at the duck pond and flags will be distributed there. We are hoping to have a good turnout from MPS students and families!

The Milton Public Library has great programs for children all month long. 

The 2019 SHINDIG! is on May 4th from 6-11 PM at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. The Shindig! is a family event that was created to celebrate the life of Tucker Elementary school grad Michael McHugh who died last year at age 13 from a rare pediatric cancer.  Last year’s event was completely sold out, so get your tickets early!

ArtWeek Milton is here! From April 26 – May 5, your favorite local nonprofits are coordinating for a week of interactive arts and cultural activities.

The Milton Art Center is hosting an Artisan Market on Sunday, May 5 from 10-4 featuring many local Milton-based artists including two students in MPS – Zach Trachtman of @stinkyclean and Maggie Mannion.  Diana Flawlessly YOU and I Saint Germain Studios will be just a few of the local artists. You’ll also find Burke’s Blooms- Milton, Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project, Inc., Janice Hanbury Fahy, Mercedes Harris | Graphic Design, Holly Nichols Illustration, Square Thread Winitzer Design, Stoneburner Bookbinding & Preservation, Assembly Required, Jon Baring Gould, Thomas Reale,  and many others.

The Forbes House Museum is hosting a special event on Saturday, May 4, from 2-5 pm with a Chinese Calligraphy workshop led by Chinese-American artist Rayna Lo. Rayna Lo grew up in Chicago, IL with parents who steered her toward a corporate career. Only recently has she turned to calligraphy as a way to express her true artistic self and connect with her cultural heritage. Rayna will guide you through traditional Chinese brush calligraphy techniques to create a framed work of art to take home, based on the character for “Phoenix.” To learn more and to purchase tickets go to the Forbes House Museum website.

The Town of Milton has announced changes to the Pay-As-You-Throw Program. On March 27, 2019, the Select Board approved changes in Milton’s Pay-As- You-Throw program for trash. The changes reaffirm the Town’s goal to reduce trash while fairly distributing the cost of waste disposal. All details on the new program can be found here

Milton Community Concerts is presenting its final concert of the season on Sunday, May 26th at 3pm at First Parish of Milton. It is a drama/lecture about the life of bass-baritone Paul Robeson by British/Nigerian singer and actor Tayo Aluko. When he appeared this summer in one sold-out performance in Boston at the BCA he received a very long standing ovation. His appearances this May are in Glasgow, Scotland, Vancouver, BC, and Milton, MA. 

AMBASSADORS

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

Students and Volunteers: Thank you to the Glover families who formed the Glover School clean up crew in honor of Earth Day and the town wide clean up.  The Glover grounds have never looked better thanks to you! We appreciate the Stoddard, McClutchy, Begley, Gobourne, Armstrong, Harrington, Kiefer, Klopfenstein, and Duffy families and thank them for the hours they spent cleaning up the edges of the creek and planting beautiful flowers. 

Staff:   Please join me in congratulating Pierce teacher Deanna Magill who was accepted to attend the Junior Botball Pathfinders Institute in Indiana this summer. Infosys Foundation USA hosts the Pathfinders Summer Institute, an intensive week of in-person professional development in Computer Science and Making at Indiana University, Bloomington from July 14-19. Over 700 K-12 public school teachers will convene at the Pathfinders Summer Institute for high-quality hands-on training. Ms. Magill was accepted into this prestigious program and will bring back her new knowledge and expertise to share with Pierce and MPS colleagues. We look forward to sharing her experience with you later in the summer.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ryan Madden, Sean Lopresti,  Noel Vigue, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Dawn Sykes, Karen Spaulding, Ellen Lohan, Rachel Schewe,  Holly Concannon, Laurie Stillman, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Bernadette Butler, Cat DesRoche, Zeina Hamada, Sarah McNeil, Michelle Kruezer, Nicole Lauria, Catherine Lee and Amy Gale.

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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