October 11, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 11, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As a district, we are implementing a systematic approach to student behavior in our elementary and middle schools called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). I have asked Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman, with input from our principals, to share an overview here.

 When school faculty and administrators proactively change their everyday student disciplinary practices from an emphasis on correcting or punishing “bad” or unwanted behaviors to strategically explaining and praising good behaviors, amazing things can happen!

This approach is called Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Milton Public School System has prioritized adopting this framework in its Strategic Plan.  With a grant that was secured by Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, 45 elementary and middle school faculty and administrators attended an intensive three-day PBIS professional development session this past summer.  The session, conducted by the May Institute, a nationally renowned behavioral health consulting firm, demonstrated new techniques for managing school and classroom environments, and ways to tailor strategies to benefit children with a wide range of behavioral challenges.

The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. It seeks to proactively and consistently set out rules, routines and expectations for positive student behaviors in every school zone, and praise students when positive behaviors are exhibited. The approach uses the basic psychology tenet that humans learn best when they are rewarded for desirable behaviors.  

While PBIS may take on different forms in each school, the underlying approach is similar: schools develop and reinforce a clear set of expectations based upon the behavioral goals identified by the school’s administration and faculty.  The framework is used in the classroom as well as the schools’ common areas, such as in hallways, the cafeteria and on the playground. There is now a PBIS planning and implementation team in each elementary school and at the Pierce Middle School as well.  Staff are embracing these techniques, and some are already noting a difference in their school climate and student behaviors. Collicot teachers recently demonstrated their safe and unsafe walking behavior for students. 

Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding shares that it was particularly powerful  this past summer to see a gathering of approximately 45 MPS educators from the four elementary schools and the middle school with their principals for three full days.  Why were we there? To learn more about the power of coordinating school-wide efforts to ensure that all students not only know expected behaviors, but are given the support to learn and practice them. To be clear, PBIS is not a curriculum. It is a focused effort to work as a community to foster and recognize positive behaviors.  Data are used systematically to reflect on the degree to which those positive behaviors are being displayed and to drive future planning. Teachers, administrators, lunch staff, custodians, students, and every member of the school community commits themselves and supports each other in displaying positive behaviors.

When educators develop positive, predictable and safe school environments that promote a strong sense of belonging, students thrive.  When PBIS is implemented with fidelity, studies show that schools experience greater student and teacher satisfaction, fewer disciplinary problems, improved academic performance and less aggressive behaviors.  

Below you can see PBIS in action at Glover. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The first school visit for the School Committee is on Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm, when they will visit Milton High School and hear from staff and parents. All are welcome to attend. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The Calculus Project juniors and seniors took a trip to Worcester on Wednesday, October 3rd, to participate in the Ten80 STEM Innovators-in-Training Experience.  The event, hosted by Ten80 Education and sponsored by the United States Army, consisted of team-oriented challenges designed to help students cultivate 21st century skills. Students selected a career path for the day and options were race car design, computer science, leadership and enterprise, or unmanned aerial vehicles. Students worked collaboratively with over 600 other students from all over Massachusetts. Twelve of the 600 students were selected as dedicated leaders, and two of the twelve were our own Smith Charles and Nate Dickens!  This field trip was a great opportunity for Calculus Project students to see themselves in STEM related fields. 

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On Wednesday, October 10th, all MHS 9th graders took part in a Digital Citizenship Day.  Principal Jette and Director of Educational Technology AJ Melanson shared that the mini-lessons with all freshmen were another way of educating our students about proper use of technology and supporting our BYOD initiatives. Students were exposed to sessions such as Digital Footprints, Cyberbullying, Sexting, Organization with Google and organizing their drive; Fake News – how to determine factual sources in the media (online and written); copyright laws and team building activities. It was a great day overall and the students walked away with a better sense of the pros and cons of using technology.  Assistant Principal Ben Kelly felt that the day was a huge success thanks to coordinator AJ Melanson and the session facilitators: Kathleen Kelley, Barbara Wright, JT Troy, Brendan Tobin, Dave Mazzuli, Brian Mackinaw, Pat Menard, Brian Mackinaw and Yvonne NeQuist.

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On Friday October 5, our freshman and sophomore students gathered for an assembly regarding drug use prevention and responsible decision-making.  They experienced Drug Story Theater (DST), which is an innovative, evidence-based, peer-to-peer treatment and prevention program involving a performance troupe of teens in the early stages of recovery from drugs and alcohol.  The recovering teens learn about improvisational theater and they craft their story into a theatrical play about the seduction of, addiction to and recovery from drugs and alcohol. Thus the treatment of one becomes the prevention of many.  Incorporating neuroscience infographics between scenes, DST teaches the how and why young people get addicted and they go into detail regarding how the adolescent brain is wired for addiction. Dr. Joseph Shrand is the creator of DST and a leading expert in adolescent addiction, he is an instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and triple board certified.  Dr. Shrand introduced the program and then facilitated a question and answer session with the audience and the teens in recovery. Our MHS students completed a pre/post survey to determine if they have learned about the science of addiction. Preliminary data suggests a shift in student perceptions of the addictive power of drugs and alcohol including marijuana. We’d like to thank BID-Milton for the grant funding to help support bringing Drug Story Theater to Milton High School.  If you’d like to learn more please visit the Drug Story Theater website  or contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue.

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Milton High School SADD chapter held an awareness night last Friday at the MHS Football game vs. Weymouth. Athletes, cheerleaders, marching band members, and SADD members displayed banners announcing that: “Life is your journey, Travel drug free!”

The Red Ribbon campaign sponsored by SADD at MHS highlights National Family Partnerships, organized as a Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign, providing and supporting drug awareness through the campaign. SADD students promote the Red Ribbon Campaign by spreading awareness to their peers throughout the week and a school sponsored events. The idea to bring awareness at an MHS football game was student-driven and inspired by competing in a photo contest sponsored by the Red Ribbon Campaign.

PIERCE UPDATES

Thank you to the MFE for the Starlab!

Pierce 6th graders visited the  Starlab last week as a connection to a novel they are reading.  Upon entering the Starlab, students were able to view the zodiac constellations. They were told some of the Greek Myths associated with each constellation and were given information about which constellations we can see in the night sky right now. The lesson was connected to the novel students are studying in English class, Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.  The Starlab was purchased several years ago through a grant from the Milton Foundation for Education. 

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Only 5 Cornhole spots left! Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week,  Glover and Tucker 3rd-5th graders had the privilege of meeting well known author, Varian Johnson. Mr. Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick. His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written for the Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts middle-grade fantasy series as well as novels and short stories for YA audiences​.

Mr. Johnson spoke with our young writers about the process of writing, editing, revising and inspired us all to follow our dreams, overcome our challenges, and be all that we can be.  We were able to bring him to Glover and Tucker  to inspire our students thanks to Glover parent Sara Crowe and a collaboration between the Tucker and Glover PTOs.

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The 2nd grade architects of Walshville!

Mrs Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders were recently introduced to the word community through Reach for Reading Unit 1.  They learned that a community is a place where people live and work. Next, students explored the concept of what makes a town a desirable place to live, work, or even visit.  Students generated a list of buildings that are needed to make a town run, as well as a wish list of buildings that are wanted, ie. luxury buildings. All 25 buildings were put in a hat, and students selected the project that they were going to construct.  Students wrote an essay that explained the purpose of their building and became creative with deals and slogans to invite people inside to shop or browse. In addition, students wrote letters to people in the community requesting a visit to talk about their job in the ‘real world’. 

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17  MHS Financial Aid Night
Oct 17  Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 18  SEPAC Board Meeting
Oct 22  Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 24  5th Grade Information Night – Pierce 
Oct 25  District Wide Diversity Event
Oct 28  MFE Monster Dash
Nov 1  MHS Les Miserables
Nov 3  Les Miserables

Please join us Wednesday,  October 17th at 6:30pm at MHS  for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, from Strategies for College, Inc. , will be discussing what types of funding is available, what forms need to be completed,  how to complete them, who should fill the forms out and the timeline for doing this. Every parent/guardian of a high school student should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students are more than welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

STEM WEEK

Governor Baker has announced the first STEM Week in Massachusetts will take place the week of October 22-26th. The MFE Monster Dash,  which supports science in our schools, will be a great finale to STEM Week on Sunday October 28th. As a district, we have STEM activities planned all week to highlight the rich ongoing K-12 STEM curriculum.

Kick off STEM Week and come celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Framingham State University on Friday, October 19th. There will be planetarium shows and outdoor moon observations.

There is also an opportunity for families to visit the labs at Bridgewater State University On Wednesday, October 24th,  during STEM Week. The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) invites you to Open Lab Night 2018, an event for the entire community, especially K-12 students.

Open Lab Night features hands on activities and demonstrations in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography and astronomy. The new BSU maker space will also be open for tours and demonstrations. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is available in the Bridgewater State University Parking Garage. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

To kick off our PARENT Speaker Series in September, Jane Hardin presented Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at Home: Preparing Your Student for a Successful School Year.  Through her many years of working in education, and conducting research as a university professor, Jane’s expertise and wealth of knowledge provided plenty of poignant takeaways and practical strategies for parents/guardians. She discussed many of the SEL practices that Milton Public School educators are working on in our schools everyday. Jane provided MPS with six copies of her book, “SEL in the Home: A Practical Guide for Integrating the Development of Social-Emotional Skills into Your Parenting that will be available to lend out to  parents/guardians interested. Contact your school principal regarding availability.  Jane graciously allowed her presentation and slides to be recorded. Special thanks to Milton Public Access for providing this service.  Here is a link to her presentation: SEL at Home video.

We’d like to see if anyone would be interested in an “SEL at Home” book club for parents/guardians or educators.  Jane offered to lead the first session/workshop and to get things started. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Director for Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue .  

Save the date for the next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series: November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran add fliers

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  Over the next few weeks, we will hold informational coffees with Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson at each of the elementary schools. You are welcome to attend any of the coffees and we look forward to seeing many parents/guardians for these casual, roundtable discussions.  Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

Collicot/Cunningham Coffee  – Friday, October 26th, 8:30am  in the cafe
Glover Coffee – Monday, October 29th, 9am
Tucker Coffee – Friday, November 2nd, 9am

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools.Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

MPS GIVES BACK

32 backpacks full of socks,  long underwear, winter gloves, rain poncho, fleece blanket , gifts cards for food/coffee, various personal care products and a water bottle.

Our Pierce educators may be embarrassed that I am sharing this but I wanted to let you know about a spontaneous act of kindness that spread among the staff. Prompted by a simple email, “ Hi colleagues, Inspired by a recent documentary, I am planning to hand out backpacks with supplies to some of Boston’s most vulnerable , our homeless men and women” , a quick and generous response ensured that 32 men and women will be gifted a backpack full of supplies in the coming weeks. This reminds me of the famous Starfish parable and I am honored to work among such caring individuals.

ART AND MUSIC

Coming soon to MHS – Les Miserables, School Edition!  Four shows in three days, tickets are on sale now in the MHS office during the school day and online.

Pick your show  – Thursday, November 1st at 7pm; Saturday November 3rd at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday November 4th at 2pm – and join us at MHS for an unforgettable performance!

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The MHS Marching Band is raising money to support the band. Through Sunday, November 4th, you will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of fair trade holiday gifts and other fair trade products and the Marching Band will receive 25% of product sales!  Please go to FairTradeCaravans.com; Log in to our fundraising event with “Participant Code” MarchingWildcats to participate in the fundraiser; Fill your shopping cart ; Check out and include your Fundraising Representative – the name of your student or staff member that will help us get your order to you (use Rebecca Damiani if you don’t know a member of the band or email Ms Damiani if you  have questions). All orders will be delivered to MHS the week of November 26th. Thank you for your support! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house for new members on October 12th.

The first Teen Film Night at the Milton Art Center will take place Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm.  Teens will create short films using a smartphone guided by instructor Marianne Murphy. This informal learning experience with friends and pizza has a drop in fee of $5 or register online here.

Next week:

Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

Tickets are available for Milton raised Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve,  opening the show will be Anthony Ratti. The show is on  October 19th at 7:30pm at the Milton Art Center, doors open at 7pm.

Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library.

 

November:

Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself In The Story of Race , written by educator Debby Irving, is a book widely considered to be an essential text on how to unpack racial privilege in the American context. Hosted by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice, join us for a conversation with Debby Irving, Monday, November 19th 6-9pm at Milton High School. 

Ongoing:

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

ATHLETICS

After two weeks on the road, the Football Team returned to “The Cage” and continued their winning ways, dominating the Weymouth Wildcats 48-14 Friday.  The win was Milton’s fourth in row to bring their record to 4-1 and 2-0 in league play. Senior captains Luke McMenamin with 3 passing touchdowns and Smith Charles with 3 touchdowns lead the Wildcats. They will play 5-0 Needham High School on Friday at 7pm at home.  Come support the ‘Cats!

The Volleyball Team came back from 2-1 down to beat Wellesley 3-2. This improves their record to 7-4.

Both Jared Carney and Jack Boylan earned Bay State Conference 1st Team All-Star Honors.  They finished in the top 10 at the Bay State Conference Championships at Presidents Golf Course last Wednesday.

We are happy to announce our Milton High School Players-of-the-Month for September!

Grace Dwyer, Senior, Girls Cross Country

The Boys & Girls Cross Country teams are hosting their annual Kids Trail Run this year on Sunday, October 14th at Cunningham Park.

After suffering stress fractures in her shins her junior year, Grace is back to running this year and has started off her senior season strong. She keeps herself healthy by staying committed to her physical therapy and strength exercises. During practice, Grace is optimistic, motivated, and hardworking. Her hard work and commitment to training have paid off as she has raced in all of our varsity meets, coming in the top 5 for our team at each race. This has helped us to secure wins at all meets so far this season. Grace ran a personal best of 20:11 on our home course last week, which put her at #30 on the list of the top 50 Milton performers ever to run the Houghton’s Pond course!

Miguel Varela , Sophomore, Boys Soccer

As a sophomore, Miguel Varela is leading both by example and by his phenomenal play.  In September, Miguel had 8 goals which was tied for first in the Bay State Conference. With an additional 3 assists, totaling 9 points thru 8 games, he is second in the Conference.  He has scored in 8 out of the 11 games the Boys Team have played. His form has not dipped either, as he has netted 2 more goals in October!

Honorable Mentions; Mary O’Connell, Alex Caputo.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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:

Alessandra celebrates with her mom, aunt and grandmother as well as cousins, Tucker students Brayden and Dylan.

Students: Congratulations to Tucker student Alessandra Tuozzola who is the winner of this year’s Monster Dash t-shirt contest! Alessandra’s drawing will be on all 700 Monster Dash t-shirts. Register now to be sure one is saved for you! Alessandra and her class are pictured at the top of today’s blog. 

Volunteers:  Thank you to the Milton Academy students who volunteer in our elementary schools. A small group of students volunteer on an ongoing basis in all 4 schools, and a larger group comes for larger volunteer days periodically. This week, our schools  hosted volunteers from Milton Academy for community engagement projects. The group had both advisors and students who assisted with hands on and interactive “people to people” activities. Volunteers assisted in the garden, library and classrooms at Collicot and Glover volunteers participated in walk to school day, helped teachers organize materials, and supported students at recess, while Tucker volunteers worked in the library and Cunningham volunteers supported students in the classroom. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Laurie Stillman, Karen Cahill, Kelly Losi, Rebecca Damiani, Michelle Kreuzer, Sara MacNeil, Zeina Hamada, Jaclyn Germano, Tanya Walsh, Karen Hughes, Jen Meunier, Amy Tom, Christie Chiappetta, Genevieve Martland and Ben Kelly.

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

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October 4, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 4, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As the nation awaits the outcome of the Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, there are many conversations going on in our homes, in the media, and in public places about the topic of teen sexual assault.  It is hard to imagine that our children are not aware of the controversy and trying to make sense about what they’re hearing. This is a teachable moment-a good opportunity to initiate honest conversations with our youth about this sometimes difficult topic.  I have asked MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman, in consultation with MPS parent Casey Corcoran, a national expert on dating violence, to share some facts and resources with you here.

According to Futures Without Violence, a national organization dedicated to preventing dating violence, teen dating abuse involves actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual, psychological and verbal harm by a partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone wanting a romantic relationship. Unfortunately, dating violence is commonplace amongst teens.  The statistics are telling:

  • One in three adolescent girls in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.  Teens in same sex relationships experience similar rates of abuse.
  • About 16% of high school females, and 5% of high school males, report they were victims of sexual violence from a dating partner in the past year on a federal survey. At Milton High School, 5% of both males and females reported experiencing sexual violence in 2014.
  • Of teens in abusive relationships, fewer than one in three confide in their parents.

It is so important that parents talk with their children about what it means to have healthy relationships, not only as a measure of prevention, but to protect them if they are feeling unsafe. Most youth, on a national survey, report that their parents have NOT spoken with them about this topic.  But the bottom line is that it is the job of parents to communicate and demonstrate how to be respectful in relationships. These conversations should include discussing the concept of giving consent and the importance taking cues from others about unwanted behaviors. These are concepts that can be taught and modeled.

Reinforce to your children that they deserve to be in relationships where their decisions are honored and respected.  These conversations can start taking place with young children, and even though raising the issues may feel uncomfortable, you are communicating to them (both sons and daughters) that they can feel safe about having these conversations with you…especially if the need arises.

It is also important to communicate with your children that they can come to you at any time when they feel in danger or have experienced a violent event.  Tell them that they won’t be judged; that you are there only to support them, even if the news will be upsetting. Be aware that many children are still uncomfortable about telling their parents about dating abuse. They don’t want to hurt or disappoint their parents.  You can also encourage your child to think of another adult (such as a teacher or relative) they might go to for help if they are not ready to share their experience with their parents.

In Milton, the school district has engaged MPS parent Casey Corcoran, a national expert on dating violence, to develop professional trainings for staff on recognizing and addressing student trauma.  He will also be sharing resources for parents on how to talk to their teens about healthy relationships and violence prevention. Casey Corcoran will be presenting as an important part of the PARENT Speaker Series on November 6th, which we encourage parents and guardians to attend.  It is entitled, “Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies.” Not to be missed!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings  at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

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Last week, the spring 2018 Next-Generation MCAS data was released by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our Data Specialist, Vy Vu, has prepared a detailed and concise summary of the district’s Next-Generation MCAS results and we share it  here. These results will be presented at a School Committee meeting in the coming weeks. The full MCAS report can be found on the DESE website.  

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In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town.” Each spring and summer we work with MPS parents/guardians to assure that our residency policy is being properly enforced. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton.

In addition to periodic re-establishment for certain grades, we work year-round on residency issues. Ms. Sarina Burke, the MPS Residency Coordinator, works throughout the year ensuring residency compliance. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516. More information can be found on the MPS registration and residency webpage.  All calls or e-mails regarding residency are followed up on and staff and residents can use these options:  call anonymously at 617-698-1213, contact any school administrator, or contact Superintendent Mary Gormley via email or by phone at 617-696-4808. Residency is an important issue for the Milton Public Schools and Milton’s taxpayers and residents.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Last week, MHS students enjoyed their 14th annual visit from students Sakae Higashi High School in Japan.  MHS teacher and visit coordinator Kathleen Kelley shares the details of a great day at MHS!

There were five hundred Japanese visitors and 450 Milton student volunteers who hosted the visiting students for the day, bringing  them to all of their classes. Students attended classes over a variety of disciplines from science and phys ed to math and culinary arts.  For the 1st time this year, the assembly was in the field house so we could invite the entire school to see the exchange of cultural performances.  Part of the Japanese culture is to bring a small gift to their MHS volunteer. The MHS students reciprocated this gesture and weeks before their arrival students purchased gifts representative of the Boston/Milton area to present to their visitor.  This week students have shared that they spoke to their new Japanese friends via social media all weekend long and some of the seniors say they are still in touch with their Japanese student from their freshman year.  

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Please join us Wednesday,  October 17th at 6:30pm at MHS  for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, from Strategies for College, Inc. , will be discussing what types of funding is available, what forms need to be completed,  how to complete them, who should fill the forms out and the timeline for doing this. Every parent/guardian of a high school student should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. Students are more than welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

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Milton High School will hold a Parent Information Night for grades 5-8 –  TONIGHT- Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm. This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building. 

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Rehearsals are ongoing!

Coming soon to MHS – Les Miserables, School Edition!  Four shows in three days, tickets are on sale now in the MHS office during the school day and online.

Pick your show  – Thursday, November 1st at 7pm; Saturday November 3rd at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday November 4th at 2pm – and join us at MHS for an unforgettable performance! 

PIERCE UPDATES

Our 8th graders visited MHS earlier today as part of Step Up day.  8th graders were given a tour by our student leaders, attended an assembly in the auditorium, and visited the activities fair in field house.  Time moves fast and these smart, creative and energetic 8th graders will be MHS freshman before we know it!  

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The Green Team is back in action at Pierce! Community volunteer Beth Neville and Pierce teacher Oliva Hupp met with students after school this week. Students discussed pumpkin planting, the uses for pumpkin seeds, and using pumpkin to make pie. They took home basil and are  planning their own slices of pizza with their favorite spice on it. They have plans to sprout acorns to try to grow oak trees and will try their hands at dogwood seeds as well. They finished their afternoon of gardening with a warm slice of pumpkin bread. 

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Tucker’s youngest artists are having fun with Ms. Caroline on Monday afternoons. Students are exploring all kinds of ways to create beautiful art in the after school club, Preschool Picassos.

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A bit of rain did not dampen the spirits of Collicot’s Walk to School Wednesday! Thank you to Firefighter Nee for coordinating the walk to school from Brueggers with the help of a 50 foot fire hose, and to the MPD and parent volunteers for a successful morning!  

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As part of the elementary science curriculum at Cunningham, Mme. Muhsin’s 4th grade scientists were hard at work observing rocks and testing how they react with liquid substances.  Students added vinegar to 4 different types of rocks to study the effects of chemical erosion, modeling acid rain and its effects on the environment. All results were recorded in their science journals.  

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Glover 4th graders in Ms. Morris’ and Ms Donohue’s class were introduced to the concept of abstraction and data representation in a computer system. They learned that all electronic information must be translated to bits of data to be understood by the computer.   Learners spent time writing and translating binary code messages.

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The Tucker School has a fun raffle calendar happening his fall. Enter for a chance to WIN over $2,300 worth of local prizes plus a Bonus Raffle of tickets to see HAMILTON! Raffle tickets can be purchased online.

UPCOMING MPS DATES

Oct 4  Grade 5-8 Information Night
Oct 4  Glover Open House
Oct 8  No School Columbus Day
Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17  MHS Financial Aid Night
Oct 17  Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 18  SEPAC Board Meeting
Oct 22  Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 24  5th Grade Information Night
Oct 25  District Wide Diversity Event

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Ms. Doherty – I look forward to when my son attends the Milton Public Schools, so that he can benefit from the amazing technology we have in our town.   We are also very fortunate to have so many devices available for student use every day. In addition, teachers are doing amazing things integrating technology and the curriculum into their classroom on a daily basis.

The MPS Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialists play a vital role in shaping the technical skills for all students in the school system.  Not only are MPS students entering Pierce ready to use all types of technical devices, but they are better digital citizens. You may ask yourself, why? The Instructional Technology Specialists, Ms. Sara Doherty and Ms. Jen Van Hill,  collaborate with teachers to support their use of technology in the delivery of curricula through a variety of instructional methods, including planning, modeling, co-teaching, and reflecting, and also deliver a hands-on digital citizenship curriculum.

Ms. Doherty and Ms. Van Hill are also crucial partners in a variety of other endeavors: 

  • Integrate the use of hardware, software, and Internet resources to support student learning.
  • Create learning resources for students and support teachers in producing their own resources – including websites, tutorials, and databases to support technology integration.
  • Provide technical support and report technical

    Ms. Van Hill – Our goal is not to teach technology; our goal is to use technology as a learning tool.  As a former classroom teacher, I loved integrating technology into my lessons and creating student projects using technology.  I found that when I had my students used technology for learning they were more engaged in the learning process.  I want to share my passion for technology and empower teachers to use technology to create more efficient and enjoyable learning experiences for students.

    problems to district technicians.

  • Provide training for teachers for technology integration by coaching, mentoring and teaching workshops.
  • Assess student technology skills
  • Assist teachers in self-assessment of technology skills.
  • Recommend and structure technology education of teachers and students.
  • Work closely with the school librarian to develop and implement a comprehensive research and digital citizenship curriculum.
  • Create and update user and group profiles and accounts on the school network.
  • Maintain inventory of devices in school.
  • Embed typing into the everyday curriculum.
  • Create tutorial videos to support teacher needs.
  • Collaborate with other technology team members in advancing the curricula.
  • Contribute expertise to a variety of technology committees.

Technology is constantly changing and it is important to keep up with the latest trends, especially when it comes to teaching students how to be safe online.  Ms. Van Hill and Ms. Doherty are passionate about teaching students about how they can be good digital citizens while they are at school and at home. Needless to say, our  Instructional Technology Specialists play a critical role in helping prepare our elementary students with the foundation of technical skills they will use for the rest of their lives while educating them to be ethical digital citizens. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for the next three PARENT Speaker Series events!

November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran

November 26th: Stressed Out – How to Reduce Anxiety in Children with Jessica Minahan

January 7: Race to Nowhere film screening 

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  Over the next few weeks, we will hold informational coffees with Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson at each of the elementary schools. You are welcome to attend any of the coffees and we look forward to seeing many parents/guardians for these casual, roundtable discussions.  Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

Collicot/Cunningham Coffee  – Friday, October 26th, 8:30am  in the cafe
Glover Coffee – Monday, October 29th, 9am
Tucker Coffee – Friday, November 2nd, 9am

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools. Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This weekend:

Save the Munbax!! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets.

Next week:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house for new members on October 12th.

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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The Forbes House Museum is hosting its biggest annual fundraiser, the Keechong Dinner, at the newly renovated Milton Club on Wednesday, October 10th starting at 6pm. Hear award-winning historian and author Stephen R. Platt speak about his latest book, “Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China’s Last Golden Age.” According to The Wall Street Journal, the “book is important reading not only for those interested in China’s history but also for anyone seeking to understand the explosive intersection between trade and politics today.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our website. 

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The first Teen Film Night at the Milton Art Center will take place Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm.  Teens will create short films using a smartphone guided by instructor Marianne Murphy. This informal learning experience with friends and pizza has a drop in fee of $5 or register online here.

Later in October:

Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Tickets are available for Milton raised Evan Murphy of Mile Twelve,  opening the show will be Anthony Ratti. The show is on  October 19th at 7:30pm at the Milton Art Center, doors open at 7pm.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

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There is a terrific opportunity for students to be introduced to tournament chess run by International Master David Vigorito , as well as for experienced players to participate in a competitive event for established players at the Milton Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, October 27th 9am- 2pm at the Milton Public Library. 

 

November:

Milton Historical Society’s  is offering “Till We Meet Again – Songs of World War I” on Thursday,  November 1st.

Ongoing:

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

The Milton Rotary invites you to remember a loved one this holiday season and donate a light for the Memorial Tree, which will be placed inside the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green. The lights will be turned on and the names of all remembered will be read at the gazebo in front of the Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, December 7th.

The Milton Art Center has issued a Call for Textile Artists for a show in November, Standing On Stories.  This show will highlight textile arts as an art form that historically has been created by underrepresented voices. If you create rugs, quilts, wovens, tapestries, embroideries, functional or non functional and would like to be considered, please email info@miltonartcenter.org or visit our website for info on this upcoming gallery show.  The deadline for consideration is October 15.

ATHLETICS

Girls XC Team

As we have grown to expect, the Girls Cross Country Team won again, beating Framingham on their home course on Wednesday afternoon. The Boys Team also beat Framingham.

The Football Team opened up Bay State Herget league play travelling to face the Walpole Rebels Friday night. The Wildcats dominated early building a 27-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 34-16 victory to raise their record to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference. Full recap can be found here.

The Swim Team beat Brookline by 10 points to improve to 3-0.

Jared Carney and Jack Boylan both finished as Bay State League 1st Team All-Stars after placing in the top 10 at Presidents Golf Course on Wednesday morning.

The Boys and Girls Soccer Teams will host Braintree tonight, Thursday, October 4th. They will honor the Milton Youth Soccer Program at half-times.

Student-Athletes of the month will be honored in next weeks blog.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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:  Congratulations to all of the Celebrate Milton Community Builders! They make a huge difference in our community every day. We commend Winston Daley, Cat DesRoche, Laurie Stillman, Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera, JP Plunkett, Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure and Karen Groce-Horan for their ongoing work in Milton. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Laurie Stillman, Cat DesRoche, Karen Cahill, Kathleen Kelley, Sara Doherty, Jen Van Hill, Nawar Muhsin,  Casey Corcoran, Vy Vu, Sarina Burke, Olivia Hupp, Karen Cahill, Beth Neville, Heather Norris and Moira Donahue.

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

 

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September 27, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 27, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier today, the spring 2018 Next-Generation MCAS data was released by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Next-Generation MCAS is an updated version of the nearly 20-year-old MCAS assessment and focuses on students’ critical thinking abilities, ability to apply their knowledge, and ability to make connections between reading and writing. It gives a clearer signal of readiness for the next grade level and is much more rigorous than the legacy MCAS. School year 2017-18 was the second year of the Next-Generation MCAS state assessment for all students in Grades 3-8 in both English language arts and mathematics. The majority of students in grades 3-8 statewide, including Milton’s students, took the Next-Generation MCAS on a computer. Grade 10 will transition to the Next-Generation MCAS in spring 2019 in ELA and Math; and Grades 5 and 8 will also take the Next-Generation MCAS in science this spring. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) plans to transition all high school legacy MCAS testing in science to the Next-Generation version in the next few years, as well as develop a new test for history/social studies.  A letter from DESE with more detail can be found here

As in previous years Milton’s students outperformed the state average in every grade and testing subject. Standardized testing is one of many measures we use to assess learning and progress in our students. We rely on classroom and grade level assessments, as well as the ever important teacher feedback and expertise which drives the excellent, creative and differentiated instruction in our classrooms everyday.

Individual student results will be sent to families in the coming weeks. The summary of the district’s Next-Generation MCAS results can be found here and the full report can be found on the DESE website. I encourage you to contact your principal with any questions. 

CELEBRATE MILTON

¡CelebrateMilton! is this Sunday, September 30th from 12-4pm at Pierce Middle School. The  Community Builders Award is a moving part of the day. This award is given in recognition and appreciation to Milton residents or organizations that have been instrumental in bringing people of diverse culture and backgrounds together to interact, develop an understanding of one another, or to engage in civic activities that make the town a more welcoming and inclusive place to live.  I am pleased to be able to share this year’s Community Builders and recognize them for their valuable contributions to Milton.

Tucker parent Winston Daley and Tucker Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche are being recognized for increasing participation of Tucker students in town-wide sports.

MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator and MSAPC Director Laurie Stillman is being recognized for helping to launch The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

MPS parents Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and  JP Plunkett are being recognized for coordinating the Challenger baseball league.

Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure and Karen Groce-Horan are being recognized as co-founders of Courageous Conversations toward Racial Justice.

¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town. This special community event is held rain or shine from 12-4pm at Pierce Middle School. Admission is free and includes children’s amusements, the CHIP program, and over 70 local exhibitors. The MHS Ski Team will have food for sale. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Newly pre-registered to vote!

It was National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27th and we are happy to report that Milton has 75 newly registered voters! It was a great day at Milton High School as the  goal of registering 35 new voters was more than doubled. MHS administrators and teachers shared with students how important the right to vote is and encouraged anyone over the age of 16 to pre-register. All of these newly pre-registered students will be able to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Thank you to our volunteers who made this pre-registration day possible.  Elizabeth Johnson volunteered on behalf of her business, EMJ Financial Services, and Cicily Shaw is a guidance counselor at Boston Trinity and volunteered on behalf of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, of which she is an alumnae.

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Relax at the Library

The MHS Library has been busy this month with freshman orientations. Each 9th grader, accompanied by their English class, made their way to the library to learn more about the resources that are available to them through the school, town and state. Students were offered the opportunity to sign up for Milton Public Library cards. These cards will be processed in the next few weeks courtesy of our friends at the MPL. All residents of the state have access to resources at the Boston Public Library with an eCard – this includes databases, streaming of audiobooks, eBooks, etc.  After learning about opportunities for library cards (September is National Library Card signup month) students participated in a brief library challenge that encouraged them to move throughout the library to learn how it is organized and become familiar with the physical space and digital resources. Classes were very excited to experience our new “Relax @ the library” area, funded by the MFE, that provides tools for individuals to de-stress. At the end of the session we gathered as a group and debriefed. The goal of the orientation is to ensure that every student feels welcome and understands that libraries are community spaces designed for them where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow. If you or your student are interested in any particular library resources, feel free to email MHS librarian  JT Troy

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Milton High School will hold a Parent Information Night for grades 5-8 on Thursday, October 4th at 6:30pm.  This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.  

PIERCE UPDATES

After the success of our Play Fore Pierce Golf Tournament in the spring, we are thrilled to share pictures of the inaugural year of the Pierce Volleyball team! Under the direction of coach Jen Rhodes, the team has played 2 games so far and will face Wellesley later today. The team has looked strong so far but lost both in close matches –  2-1. Hoping for a win today!  Next up for new Pierce sports? Wrestling this winter!  

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The newly announced prize for the Cornhole winners will be two Patriots tickets for Sunday, October 14th , courtesy of Elliot Physical Therapy!  The money raised at this night out will support this amazing and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!  

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It was great to have 2 students from the  MHS chapter of  SADD at the Pierce Open House last week. Thanks to Gwyneth Sauter and Michael Johnson for staffing the MSAPC table and keeping our parents informed! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Dr. McNeil-Girmai addresses the visiting educators

It was an amazing day at Tucker this past Tuesday as they hosted a delegation from China through the ATM English program. In partnership with Dr. Dennis Slaughter  and Paul O’Sullivan, Tucker welcomed 30 members of the group to learn more about American education.  The group was comprised of principals and after school program owners, a school leader with a district of over 30,000 students and best selling author Christina Lee, the founder of the educational app, JiLiGuaLa.

Our particular focus at Tucker was on observing the importance of teacher/student relationships and introducing our guests  to the PBIS model the district has recently adopted. Two impressive teacher leadership teams led professional development sessions for the group and countless teachers welcomed educators into their classrooms for observations.  It is rich cultural exchanges such as this that serve to enhance our schools.

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Ms. McGill’s Cunningham 2nd graders took part in their 1st  STEM challenge of the year last week. Students worked collaboratively to create a tin foil boat that would sustain the weight of pennies.  They tested the boats as a group and found that some boats were able to hold upwards of 25 pennies!

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United Nations International Day of Peace (”Peace Day”) takes place globally on September 21st. This year art teacher Jess Gillooly and preschool teacher Marybeth Callahan teamed up to offer Tucker students the opportunity to engage in this worldwide event. Students were offered Peace, Art, Mindful Awareness, Kindness, Collaboration and Social Engagement activities.  

Children also designed their own piece for a Peace Quilt, around the reflective question – What does Peace mean to you? The Peace Quilt will be displayed on the boards near the art room.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 3     Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 4     Glover Open House
Oct 4     Grade 5-8 MHS Information Night
Oct 8     No School Columbus Day
Oct 17    Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day
Oct 17    Milton School Committee Meeting
Oct 22   Special Fall Town Meeting
Oct 25   District Wide Diversity Event

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for the next three PARENT Speaker Series events!

November 6th: Healthy Relationships: Talking to Your Kids about the Birds, the Bees, AND the Butterflies with Casey Corcoran

November 26th: Stressed Out – How to Reduce Anxiety in Children with Jessica Minahan

January 7: Race to Nowhere film screening 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment is open on a rolling basis. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The safety of our students and staff  is the highest priority of the Milton Public Schools and we regularly schedule lockdown, shelter-in-place and fire drills as well as review additional safety precautions throughout the year. In the month of September, each of our schools has a lockdown drill and receives feedback from the Milton Police Department. We have a security team that meets regularly, comprised of Milton Police Officers, MPS Administrators, Principals, MPS Athletic Director, After School Coordinators and more. Our safety protocol is in coordination with the Milton Police and Fire Departments under the direction of Sgt. Jack Richman.

Sgt. Richman and his friend Jimmy from Glover after the successful Glover lockdown drill.

During our district wide PD on August 26th, all MPS staff participated in a 3 hour safety professional development session. Staff were trained in various aspects of school safety and participated in a Lockdown Drill at MHS. I have shared this document outlining the difference between a “Lockdown Drill” and a “Shelter-in- Place Drill”(sometimes referred to as a Stay-in-Place) in previous communications.  I share it again with you now, in the hope that you will read it to better understand the terms we use and how you, as parents and guardians, can help us keep your children safe in the event of an emergency. 

Please feel free to contact my office at 617-696-4809 if you have any further questions about safety precautions in our schools. 

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th campaign is off to a great start!  One of the leading digital safety experts in North America, Katie Greer, provided Milton Public Schools with the following quote, “This is such a fantastic, organic campaign that is creating pressure of a different kind that communities can get behind. It’s taking the pressure off of parents to conform to getting their kids smartphones at a super young age, and allowing parents to come together to make an informed choice about when their kids can have their own. Oftentimes parents admit that this choice isn’t theirs, but it’s forced upon them, so if enough in the community vow to hold off until 8th grade, then the decision is put back in the hands of the parents, who know their kids best. The research backing the Wait Until 8th Campaign (around addiction and the complexity of these devices) is broad, and I wish more communities would adopt this fantastic campaign.”

The Pew Research Center released the following alarming statistics: The average age a student gets a smartphone is 10 years old; children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media; 95% of teens have smartphones ; 45% of teens say they are online “almost constantly”;24% report social media has had a negative effect on their life.

Will you join us as we Wait Until 8th?

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

It is time to get your Monster Dash costume ready to go! The Milton Monster Dash is organized by the MFE, a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School’s budget.  All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in all six of Milton’s public schools. Join the fun on Sunday, October 28th at 10am at Cunningham Hall.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

In October:

Please join the Milton Board of Selectmen and the Milton Police Department in extending our heartfelt welcome and congratulations to Milton’s own, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross! The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for “Coffee With A Cop” on October 1st at 9am at Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton.

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Save the Munbax! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets.

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Milton Junior Woman’s Club is holding an open house on October 12th

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.  After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton.

Ongoing:

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

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The Milton Rotary invites you to remember a loved one this holiday season and donate a light for the Memorial Tree, which will be placed inside the Baron Hugo Gazebo on the Town Green. The lights will be turned on and the names of all remembered will be read at the gazebo in front of the Town Hall at 7pm on Friday, December 7th.

ATHLETICS

The Volleyball Team is having a great season!

Our MHS Girls Volleyball Team is now 6-1 after beating new Herget Division opponent, Weymouth High School.

The Swim Team is 2-0 after defeating Natick and Braintree in their first two meets.  There were 9 personal bests set on Friday and a full recap can be found on the athletics website.

The Field Hockey Team earned their first point last night against Weymouth, tying 2-2.

Girls Cross Country stayed undefeated last night as they host Brookline and Needham.  They are now 4-0.

Stay tuned as Milton High School will be introducing our first ever Student-Athletes of the Month for September.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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:

Sam Higgins, Julia Nerenberg, Barron Clancy, Veronica Harris and Nicola Cross at Milton Cemetery

Students:  Our talented MPS musicians perform at many community events each year, from events at Milton High School to entertaining Milton residents at the Council of Aging and Fuller Villages, at holiday open houses and at the annual MFE Celebration for Education. Last week, Sam Higgins, Julia Nerenberg, Barron Clancy, Veronica Harris and Nicola Cross performed at Milton Cemetery during the rededication of Myriam’s Memorial.  District Orchestra Director Debra Miller shared that the students performed a musically sophisticated piece with those assembled. Thank you to these students for adding music to this beautiful rededication ceremony. 

Volunteers:   Last week, physical therapists Robyn Stone and Samantha Fisk from Bay State Physical Therapy in Quincy came to the Girls and Boys Cross Country practice to help teach athletes about strength drills and exercises that help to prevent injuries in runners. Students practiced the drills and exercises while Robyn and Samantha explained proper form and why each move was important. Both teams plan to implement these strength routines into their weekly practices so that they have successful and healthy seasons! Thank you to Bay State PT for your investment in our athletes. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Debra Miller, Vy Vu, Barbara Wright, JT Troy, Laurie Stillman, Kelsey McGill, Jess Gilooly, Marybeth Callahan and Jen Meunier.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on September 27, 2018

September 20, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 20, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Some of you may not be aware of the history and purpose of the Milton Foundation for Education so I have asked Will Korman, the president of the MFE to share some information here.

The MFE was established over 20 years ago to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the Milton Public School system’s budget.  The MFE raises funds to implement enriching opportunities within our schools and to support more than 4000  students and 500 employees throughout our district.

The for “The Love of Libraries” grant provided more than eleven hundred newly published quality titles for circulation, which allows more than 2200 students access to wider reading materials to help motivate learners, and support students as they develop literacy skills.

In order to raise funds for this purpose we organize several events throughout the year, including The Monster Dash,  held each year in loving memory of Sam Cichello. The Monster Dash will be held this year on October 28th and all the money raised from the Monster Dash supports science initiatives in all six schools. In the spring we host the MFE’s largest fundraiser, Celebration for Education. Over the past few years we have given large  grants to fund $20,000 worth of new non-fiction books in the elementary school libraries, funded the Wildcat Wellness Center at the high school, and spearheaded the wireless initiative which brought wireless capabilities to all classrooms throughout the district. In addition, our spring and fall grant program ensures that in nearly every classroom in every school, there are items that were requested by teachers for the benefit of their students and funded by the MFE. 

The MFE is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for all parents and guardians. If you would like to be involved on a district level with the MFE Board, please email Will Korman for more information. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The school year is off to a great start at MHS. Please see our Club & Activity offerings this year and encourage your student to get involved! You can register here.

At left, the MHS Varsity Soccer team enjoys the 1st pasta party of the season!

WHAT’S NEW AT PIERCE?

As part of the September 11th remembrance,  Pierce students wrote and created art to honor the fallen of 9/11. There are many pieces that could be shared, here are a few to represent our student work.

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Join your Pierce pals at the Cornhole and Celebrations! parent night at the Milton Club (formerly the Hoosic Club) on Saturday, October 13th at 7pm.  Let’s have fun and raise money to support some great Pierce initiatives! Our community will come together this fall to create and install a mosaic celebrating Pierce. The money raised at this night out will support this amazing  and important community art project. Join us for fun, music, cash bar, some light bites, raffles, friends and Cornhole!  

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Pierce Clubs and PASS Classes have been announced and there are some terrific ones to check out. We hope to see many Pierce students trying something new this year! 

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

It was back to school fun at Collicot last week at the evening back to school family picnic! The Boosterthon team served as DJ for the hundreds of Collicot students and families who attended. It was a great way to start off the school year!  

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Science was in full swing at Cunningham this past week! Mrs. Caswell’s  4th grade class is working on their first Foss Science investigation, “What is Soil?” Students observed four vials of soil and recorded their observations. Observations were made describing  color, size, texture, etc. These observations were recorded in their Science notebooks. Students then added 25 mL of water to the vials and observed the water absorbing into soil. It was a great hands on lesson for our 4th graders.

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Great news for 4th grade students everywhere! The federal Every Kid in a Park program has been authorized for another year, granting fourth-graders a pass for free access to all federal lands and waters. The pass is valid for the 2018-19 school year and covers one student and up to three accompanying adults — or an entire car for drive-in parks.

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4   Glover Open House
Oct 4   Grade 5-8 Information Night
Oct 8   No School Columbus Day
Oct 17  Early Release Day (Grades K-12), PD Day

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes.  To register for all fall 2018 MPS Adult Education courses go to our website  and pay online by Monday September 24th. All Course Descriptions may be found on our website.

FOOD SERVICE

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. School lunch must meet nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current menu increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

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

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all students who receive free and reduced lunch and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all other students.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  Students state their name in elementary school and use a PIN number in both middle and high school. More information can be found in this link.  

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This summer, a group of educators from Pierce, Tucker, Collicot, Cunningham, and Glover gathered to participate in rich professional development to support the roll-out of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) across all four elementary schools and Pierce Middle School. Facilitators from the May Institute worked with staff to develop PBIS systems at each school that support the overall behavioral health and social emotional learning of all students. Effective behavioral interventions are catalysts for positive change in the classroom and throughout the school community. PBIS is a proven, systems-focused approach designed to provide opportunities for all students to achieve academic and social success. PBIS is currently being rolled out in all four elementary schools and at Pierce. PBIS teams at each school have been training and supporting staff to enhance their capacity to adopt and sustain effective behavior and academic support practices. Your children have been learning about what it means to be a positive member of their school community. Be sure to ask them all about it!

TECHNOLOGY

We are supporting the Wait Until 8th initiative in the Milton Public Schools. 

Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard.

We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time free from a smartphone. The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone.  Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! 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.

A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.

More than 8,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge! When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school: Collicot Elementary School; Cunningham Elementary School; Glover Elementary School; Pierce Middle School; Tucker Elementary School

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Also a reminder that parents are able to update email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contact information at any time through Plus Portals. Log on to PlusPortals. Click on your student; click on school; click demographics; click edit; and click save.

BUS INFORMATION

The late bus will begin running from Pierce the week of September 24th. This bus runs Wednesdays and Thursdays only, and departs Pierce at approximately 3:30pm. There are two buses, one serving the east and the other the west of Milton. These buses are only open to MPS students with current 2018-19 bus passes.  Please see this link with the routes. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares the following. Underage drinking in Milton needs to be taken seriously and a great new resource is now available to Milton parents.   Rethink The Drinks! is a collaborative campaign developed by the Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative – a group of local communities, Braintree, Milton, Quincy and Weymouth—that aims to educate our communities about the legal and health risks of underage drinking.  I highly encourage you to take a few minutes to skim it. I think you will be impressed and will want to spend some more time with it!

The website is simple, practical and full of good advice and helpful information for parents on how to speak with their teens about the potential ramifications of drinking alcohol-especially regularly or in large amounts. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Tonight:

Head to the The Forbes House Museum tonight, September 20th at  6:30pm for The Boston-China Connection: A Personal Journey of Discovery. Guest speaker Thomas Paine will share stories of his family’s connection to John Murray Forbes and the start of America’s trade with China. Tom will also offer his perspective on today’s relationship between the U. S. and China, based on professional experience and personal travels. It promises to be an enlightening evening! Afterwards, stay for the Q&A session and a brief tour. $5 suggested donation, free for members, and calling 617-696-1815 for reservations is suggested.  

This Weekend:

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016.  Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

Next Weekend:

¡CelebrateMilton! is committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community; we are determined to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and we are further committed to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town. Join the fun on Sunday September 30th at Pierce Middle School from 12-4pm.

 

In October:

Please join the Milton Board of Selectmen and the Milton Police Department in extending our heartfelt welcome and congratulations to Milton’s own, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross! The public is welcome and encouraged to join us for “Coffee With A Cop” on October 1st at 9am at Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton.

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Save the Munbax!! Join the fun in an Immersive Wizarding Salon at the Eustis Estate.  Head to our Magical Creatures Preserve on October 6, 7, 8 and join a world of fantastic beasts in an 1898 historic mansion.  Discuss the issues of the day with your fellow magicians, examine and identify magical creatures, cast spells, mix potions, learn more about divination or just explore the lovely mansion! Speak with characters throughout the event to learn more about the story and help them solve puzzles and complete tasks. And most importantly, you can help us figure out why our dear Munbax has fallen ill. Together we can SAVE THE MUNBAX! Please visit our website for more information and tickets

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Run or walk Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse On October 20th! This is our second annual 5K to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. We are running in memory of Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. Mike wants us to CRUSH substance abuse! Free t-shirts to the first 200 registrants, please register in advance here.  Race day registration starts at 9am at the Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10am. We will follow the route of the Milton Road Race through the beautiful town of Milton. 

Ongoing:

Brookwood Community Farm is a working farm located in Milton and Canton. Brookwood grows food sustainably for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects.  Fall CSA Shares are on sale now. The Fall CSA runs from September 25 to November 17 and Full Fall Share is $230 (pick up every week)while a Half shares for $128 (pick up every other week). The Fall Fruit Share is also available. The Full Share is $92 (pick up every week) and the Half Share $52 (pick up every other week).

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website.

ATHLETICS

It has been a light week with only a handful of games being played.

Last Friday, the Milton Wildcats Football Team came home and righted the ship, dominating the Quincy Presidents in all three phases for a win of  49-0 under the lights in the “Cage”.  The offense for the Wildcats was clicking on all cylinders, but it was the special teams and defense who set the tone, shutting down the Presidents with relentless pressure and providing excellent field position. The game opened with a bang as captain Ryan Hoey took the opening kickoff and rumbled 80 yards for a touchdown.  See the full recap here. The Wildcats travel to the South Coast to take on the Dartmouth Indians next Friday night at 7pm. Thank you to Roy Chambers for these terrific photos! 

Girls Cross Country beat Weymouth and Wellesley in their first track meet, while the boys split, beating Wellesley and dropping their match against Weymouth.

Boys Soccer dismantled Catholic Memorial on Monday night, beating the knights 3-0 with a brace from Miguel Varela.  Tim Cummings and the defensive line kept their first clean sheet and will look to continue rolling against Weymouth.

The Golf Team and the Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams travel to Braintree for their league matches tonight.  Field Hockey plays non-league opponent Notre Dame and Hingham over the next two days.

 

The Boys & Girls Cross Country teams are hosting their annual Kids Trail Run this year on Sunday, October 14th at Cunningham Park.  

The MHS Girls Ice Hockey team will be hosting a CAR WASH fundraising event on Saturday, September 29,  from 9am-12pm at the Cunningham School.

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

 

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Staff:  MPS Math Coordinator Michelle Kreuzer shares that Pierce science teacher Allison Meleedy has been selected for the Curate Curriculum Fellowship, a curriculum review panel that Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is running.  Ms. Meleedy took the initiative to apply and was selected to participate. As many of you know, she is an outstanding teacher who goes above and beyond in her classroom. This Fellowship is a great opportunity not only for Ms. Meleedy, but also for the Pierce Science Department as she will bring back some valuable information on both the new science standards and the current curriculum options available. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Meleedy! 

Volunteers:  The MHS Boosters is a group of parents and guardians who work throughout the year to support our athletic teams. These dedicated volunteers support our students by helping them organize regular fundraising efforts like Cans for Cats and Car Washes , keep the snack shack up and running all year and sell tons of Milton gear throughout out the year to keep our MHS school spirit high. They also organize the end of year sports banquet. Their signature fundraising event is coming soon – Swing for Sports! Please consider joining them for a day of golf at Wollaston Golf Club on Tuesday, October 16th. You’ll have a great day of golf with friends, while supporting our student athletes. Thank you to the Boosters for their enormous support of our teams.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kreuzer, Ben Kelly, Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen McDavitt, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Lori Bilewicz, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen Spaulding, Karen Hughes, Martha Sandoval, Will Korman, Ada Rosmarin, Suzanne Caswell, Rachel Schewe and Roy Chambers.

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

 

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September 13, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 13, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Our 1st PARENT Speaker Series is TONIGHT! We are excited to kick off the 2nd season of this successful program.  Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home tonight, Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.   

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has revamped their aMAzing Educators webpage,  which features educators and now invites the public to share about their favorite teachers. This month, you can see teacher appreciation messages on 150 digital billboards statewide.  I hope you’ll join me in recognizing the crucial role that teachers play in improving children’s lives and consider submitting an accolade about a special teacher in your students life. 

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Chances are that you or your student have met some of the new additions to the Milton Public Schools staff. We have introduced them to their individual school communities and shared some photos here over the past two weeks. Please join us in welcoming the new staff at all 6 of our schools!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has not been a  School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The dates are as follows: MHS October 17th, Glover November 7th, Cunningham January 23rd, Tucker February 27th, Pierce March 27th and Collicot May 15th.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The school year is off to a great start at MHS. Please see our Club & Activity offerings this year and encourage your student to get involved! You can register here

NEW AT PIERCE 

Pierce Clubs and PASS Classes have been announced and there are some terrific ones to check out. We hope to see many Pierce students trying something new this year! 

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

All MPS 4th graders participate in Future Problem Solvers as part of the 4th grade curriculum. Students learn a six-step problem solving process which they then apply, along with their research on specific topics, to solve social and global problems. A “future scene” prompts students to explore challenges as they refine their critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate their solutions, and develop an action plan. In 5th grade and middle school, students are selected for 4 person teams to compete in FPS bowls.​ Our FPS teachers are Justine Novak and Anne Isabelle Jungels.  We look forward to welcoming our new MPS 4th graders into the world of FPS and watching them blossom within this exciting curriculum.

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Great news for 4th grade students everywhere! The federal Every Kid in a Park program has been authorized for another year, granting fourth-graders a pass for free access to all federal lands and waters. The pass is valid for the 2018-19 school year and covers one student and up to three accompanying adults — or an entire car for drive-in parks. 

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Nicholas is loving kindergarten at Tucker and as you can see was very happy to have his teacher, Mrs. Kostek, visit at home! Our Welcome to Kindergarten at MPS includes home visits, playdates, school visits, storytimes, Kindergarten Days, school orientations, welcome letters from teachers and more.

 

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 13  SEL at Home, Jane Hardin – TONIGHT
Sep 17  Tucker Open House
Sep 19  Yom Kippur No School
Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4     Glover Open House

PHYS ED/HEALTH

Noel Vigue shares that Rachel Simmons (a popular speaker in last year’s PARENT Speaker Series) is offering an online course to moms, ‘Enough As We Are’ , in conjunction with her new book ‘Enough As She Is’. Registration is now open and the course starts September 24th.  We think this is a valuable and relatable resource for parents/guardians and since we had over 550 participants come to see her in January, we wanted to share with the MPS Community.  

 

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes.  To register for all fall 2018 MPS Adult Education courses go to our website  and pay online by Monday September 24th. All Course Descriptions may be found on our website.

FOOD SERVICE

Last week we launched the new “Tiger Trolley” which is featured every morning on the third floor of the Tucker School.  This new trolley is open to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and students can choose from four selections each day for breakfast. We are  serving about 150 breakfasts to the Tucker students each day from the Tiger Trolley, in classrooms and in the cafe.

A huge thank you to our Tucker Food Service manager Kim DeMarino, our new breakfast cashier Zenaida Harvell and Sarah Evans our intern from Framingham State University for helping with this initiative.  Our full day pre-k and 2nd grade students will continue with breakfast in the classroom and our kindergarten and 1st graders continue to enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. At any time, you can register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

It is an exciting time for some of our youngest scientists in the Milton Public Schools! Both kindergarten and 1st grade will implement three new units using the FOSS Next Generation Science kits this year. This week teachers at both grade levels received professional development on the units they will be teaching this fall. Teachers had the opportunity to learn about the curriculum and the many resources offered in the kits as well as online.  The professional development also highlighted the eight scientific practices and the importance of science notebooking.

The most exciting part of the training was the opportunity for teachers to experience FOSS as their students will! Teachers were able to go outside and observe trees in the outdoor classroom, draw conclusions about the different properties of wood, and make scientific sketches in notebooks. Throughout the “teacher as learner” experience, an emphasis was placed on scientific vocabulary and discussions. Grade level teams will reconvene in December to learn about their final unit.

TECHNOLOGY

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

For Apple Devices: ParentPlus; StudentPlus

For Android Devices: ParentPlus; StudentPlus

Once you download the app you will need to click the green and white “+” .  Enter your PlusPortal username (your email address used to log into the web version of PlusPortals).  Select the first school you would like to add. Click “Register” in the bottom right corner.

You will now be able to log into the ParentPortal app.  If you have students at multiple schools, you will follow the same procedure to add another school.  This starts by clicking the green and white “+”.

Once on the app you will see Announcements, Alerts, Notifications and Calendar.  If you would like to view homework, the directory, progress, emails, click the “hamburger” in the upper left corner of the screen.  If you would like to view classes and schedule, click the graph in the upper right corner and the options will be displayed at the bottom of your screen.  Pierce and MHS families can view progress and recent scores on this screen.

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Also a reminder that parents are able to update email addresses, phone numbers and emergency contact information at any time through Plus Portals. Log on to PlusPortals. Click on your student; click on school; click demographics; click edit; and click save.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Mary Shapiro and Maura Middleton are the district’s Math Coaches.

Elementary math coaches Maura Middleton and Mary Shapiro are excited for another year of working on mathematics education with K-5 teachers from across the district.  Maura and Mary are looking forward to supporting teachers’ implementation of instructional routines that promote the Standards of Mathematical Practice, with a focus on encouraging students to look for and make use of structure.  For example, two instructional routines that promote structural noticings are “Contemplate then Calculate” and “Number Talks.” The coaches initially introduced both routines to elementary teachers during a professional development day last school year.  Mary and Maura will continue to coach teachers as they implement these instructional routines in their classrooms along with our Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum. The coaches’ goals are to promote a growth mindset in mathematics, to increase students’ mathematical fluency and flexibility, to encourage student conversations around math, and to show students that mathematics is creative, open and visual.  They look forward to another successful year of supporting the professional development of our teachers both inside and outside the classroom. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman encourages you to take the time to attend our 1st PARENT speaker tonight, as it is Jane Hardin, a well respected professional in the education field. Ms. Hardin will be discussing how we, as parents and guardians, can support our children’s social emotional wellbeing which in turn bolsters almost every aspect of their lives. A healthy social emotional framework supports children across the board – with their school work, athletics, social interactions, organizational skills, etc. A new school year brings new routines and sometimes new challenges. This speaker may be just the boost your family needs to help facilitate a healthy and successful school year!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

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Brookwood Community Farm is a working farm located in Milton and Canton. Brookwood grows food sustainably for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects.  Fall CSA Shares are on sale now. The Fall CSA runs from September 25 to November 17 and Full Fall Share is $230 (pick up every week)while a Half shares for $128 (pick up every other week). The Fall Fruit Share is also available. The Full Share is $92 (pick up every week) and the Half Share $52 (pick up every other week). 

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Milton Parks and Recreation Dept. Presents New England Championship Wrestling On October 13th  to benefit the Parks and Rec Special Needs Programs. Get your tickets here

ATHLETICS

Volleyball is 5-0 after beating Needham 3-2 in a tiebreaker set last night! It was a fantastic match and they travel to Natick on Friday.
Boys Soccer beat Braintree last week 2-1 to get their league play started! Sophomore Miguel Varela scored the game winner.
Swim gets their season started tonight when they travel to Natick at Keefe Pool for a 5:30pm start!

Milton High School is excited for the first home Football Game of the season. On Friday, September 14th at 7:00pm, our Milton Wildcats will be taking on the Presidents of Quincy High School. We welcome you to join us at Brooks Field at Milton High School and show your support for our ‘Cats! It’s a black-out! We ask all fans to try and wear black to the game. Our Wildcats are wearing red and Quincy will be in white. Our Cheerleading Team will be selling red glow sticks for $1 before and during the game. It is Youth Football Night, so Junior Wildcats will receive free admission if they wear their jersey to the game!

Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students & seniors. Children grades 5 and under are free as long as they are accompanied by an adult. We will not admit children grades 5 and under if they are not accompanied by an adult! Please no dropping off students at the gate. There will be no stopping at the crosswalk in front of the field. There will be no re-entry. Once you leave the stadium, you will need to buy another ticket to re-enter. Students are also encouraged to leave all bags in cars or their lockers. No bags will be allowed in the stadium. We also ask that you refrain from parking along the grass hill near the gate. There is plenty of parking in the back lots and the front lot of the high school.

Our Booster’s Program will be selling food and drinks out of the snack shack. Everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to cotton candy and popcorn! It looks to be a terrific evening under the Friday Night Lights! One last thing…ROLL ‘CATS! #LeaveAMark

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) members at the MHS Open House on September 12th.

Students: Milton High School had a perfect season last year – not just on the courts or athletic field, but in a county-wide competition organized by Norfolk DA Michael W. Morrissey to support peer leadership and discourage youth substance abuse.

The competition, dubbed “Team Rival,” pits local high schools against their traditional athletic rivals to encourage participation in a series of constructive events and functions that are designed to build a school culture around healthy choices. DA Morrissey’s objective is to identify, support and help the students in each school who lead by example.

Team Rival was split into four different challenges in 2017-2018 : the Peer Leadership Conference, Distractology, Coalition Meetings, and the Adventures in Respect Battle. Each school is granted 25 points for completion of a challenge, and the school that finishes with the most points wins Team Rival in its respective bracket. Our SADD students had to rally their peers to participate in activities and online surveys.   Milton comfortably beat rivals Braintree and Weymouth and was awarded a $1500.00 scholarship! The SADD group has been talking about bringing in more speakers and student programs for MHS students as well as developing social alternatives for MHS students  – Friday night movies, pizza nights, etc, giving MHS students positive and healthy alternatives to help in making best choices as they go through school. As always, the focus for SADD is to promote and build upon our peer to peer support and leadership with positive peer choices to help spread the word.

Among those who participated in these challenges are current SADD president Gwyneth Sauter; VP Caitlin Heelen; Treasurer Adriana Ramondi; Conor McAuliffe; Michael Johnson; Milan Smith; Grace Baker; Paula Hogan;  Annabel Botsford and Penelope Holland. SADD welcomes newcomers Secretary Sammy Shakeel, Stella Yuan, John McCampbell, Zane Baker-Pozeramo and Sofia Harris. SADD welcomes all new members, and encourages students to come to the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday September 25th.  Congratulations to SADD’s students and co-advisors Karen Hughes and Robin Lee on their success with the challenge.

Ms. MacCurtain pictured 3rd from right with the Habitats team.

Staff: Erin MacCurtain, Pierce 7th grade guidance counselor, did a build this past summer for Habitats for Humanity in Wailuku and Lahaina Hawaii.  The team of 11 built subsidized housing for families in need. This was her second build with Habitats for Humanity and her first one was in Fiji two years ago with a team of 22 volunteers.  They built two homes in a small village close to Suva (the capital). She is preparing for another build with Habitats in Thailand this summer. Ms. MacCurtain regularly shares these powerful stories of service with her students at Pierce and we thank her for her commitment both to Habitats and her students.

Volunteers: Thank you to MPS parent Julie Ryan who is the Babson Field Hockey Head Coach and runs the youth field hockey program in town. Ms. Ryan donated four field hockey nets to the MHS field hockey program. We are very grateful!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kreuzer, Ellen Lohan, Ben Kelly Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen Hughes and Robin 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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September 6, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: September 6, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope our students, teachers and staff are settling in to the school routine and keeping cool. Our heat wave looks like it is breaking today – cooler days ahead!

Next week, many of our families will celebrate Rosh HaShanah and the following Wednesday, September 19th our schools will be closed in honor of Yom Kippur. I have asked Rabbi Alfred Benjamin from Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills to share some information about these two important holidays in the Jewish faith.

“At the invitation of Superintendent Gormley, here is a little information about Rosh HaShanah, and Yom Kippur.  These two holidays encompass a 10 day period of deep, personal reflection that is often referred to as The Days of Awe.

Rosh HaShanah is a two day family and community oriented holiday that celebrates creation and the start of a New Year which by our counting is 5779.  Rosh HaShanah begins on the first of the Hebrew month of Tishri and so this year starts at sundown on Sept 9th and continues on the 10th and 11th.

Traditions include eating apples dipped in honey, in the hope of having a year filled with sweetness, and also special round challah bread to represent that we have been blessed to come around to another New Year.  Attending religious services is when we, both as individuals and as a community, are to reflect on how we could have been better human beings and how we have gone astray. The goal is to admit our misdeeds and then do all that is necessary to scrub them away thus metaphorically tipping the scales of judgement in our favor.  Our hope is to be inscribed in the “Book of Good Life”.

This holiday gives us the opportunity to reset the course of our lives so we can begin the New Year with a clean slate.  The process for making that happen involves three steps:

  • Acknowledging where we have done harm
  • Offering a sincere, direct apology to anyone we have hurt and
  • Committing ourselves not to make the same mistakes.

No surprise then that this holiday is also called: The Day of Judgement, The Day of Remembrance and finally, The Day for Sounding the Shofar (ram’s horn) which is blown 100 times during services.  The Shofar’s ancient call is meant to shake us out of any spiritual lethargy that might be keeping us from confronting ourselves with honesty and integrity, humility and contrition.

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.  This year it begins before sundown on September 18th and ends 25 hours or so later after sundown on the 19th.  This holy day marks the crescendo and final opportunity for us to take off our protective, self-deceptive masks, “come clean” and ask for forgiveness.  The spiritual seriousness and focus of this day involves putting all physical appetites aside. Thus, for those over Bar/Bat Mitzvah age, it is a day of fasting – no food or water (unless you are ill) – and a day when we refrain from other physical pleasures.

I am often asked what are appropriate holiday greetings for these holidays. For Rosh HaShanah: “Wishing you a good and sweet year!”  and after Rosh HaShanah through Yom Kippur: “May you be written in the Book of Life” are both welcome and appropriate.”       All the best and Shalom, Rabbi Alfred Benjamin

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MPS Leadership with District Attorney Michael Morrissey

I also want to share an inspiring press conference and announcement I was honored to attend this week. I have asked our Director of Social Emotional Learning, Laurie Stillman (who is also the Director of the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition) to share some information about these exciting developments.

Coinciding with National Recovery Month, the Milton Police Department and the MSAPC are pleased to announce the official launch of “Milton Cares”.  Milton Cares partners include the Manet Community Health Center, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI), Fallon Ambulance, Milton Health Department and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. 

Milton Cares has been a vision of Police Chief John King, as the opioid crisis had been gaining momentum in our community.  Over the past six months, Laurie Stillman conducted research on similar programs across the state and investigated who might serve as partners in the delivery of the program.

Laurie Stillman addresses those assembled.

The program’s goal is to support families who are experiencing drug and/or alcohol dependency.  A team, comprised of a Substance Prevention Counselor certified to train and provide Narcan, and a Recovery Coach who has lived experience with addiction and is trained to help others struggling with drug and alcohol dependency, will visit a household where there was a recent overdose or request for assistance.  The team will be accompanied by a plain-clothed police officer to support the team. The individual who overdosed, or their loved ones, will be provided information on how they can receive support and access to treatment.

The program team will be activated following an overdose call to 9-1-1. However, referrals to the program can be made by anyone, so long as the need is for a Milton household.  Confidential help from Milton Cares is available at Miltoncares@mpdmilton.org. You can read the full press release here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last update. You can watch School Committee meetings (and other town meetings) at your convenience on Milton Access TV .  

The Milton School Committee has a Facilities Subcommittee chaired by School Committee Member Ada Rosmarin. One of Milton Public Schools Strategic Goals is to address our Facilities needs – in particular, how we may best address the increasing enrollment and space issues in our elementary schools.  The School Committee would like to have one interested/available parent from each of our elementary schools on our Facilities Committee. The next meeting of our Facilities Committee is on Wednesday, September 26th at 5:30 pm at the Superintendent’s Conference Room at Milton High School. We will continue to meet throughout the school year. If you would consider joining this committee, please email Ada Rosmarin.

The School Committee will be holding upcoming meetings in each of our schools, with the goal of involving more parents, touring each school and hearing the school’s Site Council Presentation. Please consider attending your own school’s date or another school that may interest you. The dates are as follows: MHS October 17th, Glover November 7th, Cunningham January 23rd, Tucker February 27th, Pierce March 27th and Collicot May 15th.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Our 1st PARENT Speaker Series is one week from today! We are excited to kick off the 2nd season of this successful program.  Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills. 

GRANT NEWS

The Milton Public Health Department was notified this week, by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) will be awarded $125,000 per year for the next five years to focus on youth substance abuse prevention in the town.  The Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant application was submitted by the coalition in March, and the funding will officially begin on September 30th. This is fantastic news for our town as well as great news for MPS as the Milton Public Schools will be a significant beneficiary of the grant. We will be able to hire a part time Schools Prevention Coordinator,  significant funding has been allocated to the PARENT Speaker Series, to fund a data analyst for our next round of administering the Youth Risk Surveys and to promote Social Emotional Learning in the district.

The overall grant funding will focus on reducing underage drinking and marijuana use amongst youth, as well as promoting teen mental health and prosocial out of school opportunities. Milton would never have gotten this grant without the strong partnership of the MPS leadership, Law Enforcement, Town Government, business and faith leaders, health professionals, as well as parents, students and people in recovery. The Milton Health Department will be managing the program.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Students receiving their backpacks from our generous sponsors.

On Wednesday, August 29th, Milton High School officially began Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  All MHS students bring a device to use in class and at home. To ensure the student devices are stored in a safe spot MPS Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, reached out to local businesses to see if they would help with this initiative.   Steve Sullivan, Sullivan Insurance, and Bill Resnick, Proforma, jumped at the opportunity to support the high school. Steve and Bill recruited the Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Senator Walter Timilty to fund this initiative. Together the team designed and purchased the backpacks for all MHS students.  The Milton Public Schools would like to thank all of the sponsors, Sullivan Insurance, Proforma, Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Senator Walter Timilty, for their support. A special thanks to Steve Sullivan and Bill Resnick for leading this initiative.  

ELEMENTARY UPDATES

We were happy to have our youngest students start school this week. Welcome to our kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students!

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I know you will love this beautiful mural as much as I do.  The mural was completed before school started  as a gift from the Tucker Class of 2018. Local artist Kendra Stanton Lee (pictured at left) completed the work to provide positive messages to children each day as they head to recess. It is a wonderful addition to the Tucker School.  

 

 

Ms. Hyde’s Cunningham 4th graders start off the year working as a team!

 

UPCOMING DATES

Sep 6  Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Sep 12  Milton High School Back to School Night
Sep 13  SEL at Home, Jane Hardin
Sep 17  Tucker Open House
Sep 19  Yom Kippur No School
Sep 20  Pierce Middle School Open House
Sep 25  Cunningham Open House
Sep 26  Milton School Committee Meeting
Sep 27  Collicot Elementary Open House
Sep 30  Celebrate Milton
Oct 4    Glover Open House
Oct 4.   Grade 5-8 Information Night at MHS

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes. We have many new and returning instructors offering an amazing selection of Adult Education courses to serve our community and know you will find what you are looking for. Both our online registration and our mailing registration are due on September 24th. Look for our mailing coming soon to your mailbox!

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

Registration for After School Enrichment has reopened. Register between September 4th and 12th and your child will be able to start on Monday September 17th. After this date, new registrations will be taken on a monthly basis. Register by the last Wednesday of the month and start the first Monday of the following month. For more information, please visit the Community Schools website

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

25 MPS elementary teachers attended a day long writing PD on August 22nd. During this 7 hour workshop, K-5 teachers were invited to come and share their experience with the writing portion of the Reach Curriculum in order to inform our implementation for year 2.   After our first year of working with the Reach for Reading Curriculum, teachers had excellent feedback to share with each other as they worked in grade level teams to develop common writing assessments and guides, exemplars for writing projects and responses, and a universal rubric using the reach rubric as a guideline.

Additionally, teachers discussed the differences between writing to text and the writing projects, along with how best to balance all the components of the program to meet the standards and the writing needs of the students. The day of professional development was welcomed by many as they were  preparing plans for the school year. 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps a part time job is in your future?

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 pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan  or call 617-696-5040 X 5514 for more information.

We are also hiring for a Unit C Lunch/Recess Aide position in the elementary schools. This job is 3 hours per day, 5 days per week when school is in session. The position pays $14.97 per hour and can be perfect for someone looking to work just a few hours a day. Please refer to our website  if you are interested in applying. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Halloween is around the corner, and once again the Milton Foundation for Education is looking for artwork to print on the front of race t-shirts for the Milton Monster Dash. Create your best design and submit one entry by Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 28th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75.

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The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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On Saturday, September 8, from 9-10 am, come explore the grounds of the Eustis Estate and look for birds with staff from Mass Audubon’s Museum of American Bird Art. 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.  Advance tickets are required and Mass Audubon members must call to register. Admission to the house not included. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information or buy tickets online.

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The Collicot School library will be the site this fall of two free support programs offered by Joanna’s Place. Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, children under the age of 12 are free.

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The Milton Art Center has sewing, quilting, drawing, figure studies, pastels, clay, comics, animation, puppetry,  screen printing, digital photography and more classes available for children and adults starting late September. Register now at our website

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

There are many great programs for young children offered by the Milton Early Childhood Alliance. You can check them out here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Please note the following DATE CHANGE: Instrumental Beginner Registration Night has been CHANGED to TONIGHT Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm at Milton High School.  Any students wishing to start instrumental lessons, including those who pre-registered, should attend. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani  and Gary Good  with any questions. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

Milton High School Athletics is off to a great start, with Volleyball earning back-to-back wins and Girls Soccer winning their first game under new coach Gary Burke.

Football travels to Belmont in their season opener on Friday. The game is at 6pm at Belmont High School and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The girls Volleyball team with be hosting a Cans for Cats event at MHS this
Saturday 9/8 from 9am to 12pm. They will also simultaneously hold a car wash at Town Hall.

 

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for schedules, rosters, and updates!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Jean Scarborough, Emily Hyde, Liz Spitz, Holly Concannon, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, Cat DesRoche, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden,    Jackie Morgan, Martha Sandoval, Karen Hughes, Rebecca Damiani and Rabbi Alfred Benjamin.

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August 30, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 30, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We have had a wonderful start to the school year. Yes, it was HOT but our students, teachers and staff rallied and worked together for a successful two days. Our food services staff and PTOs provided water and ice all day, teachers adjusted plans with classes taking place in air conditioned spaces when possible and indoor recess provided an opportunity to connect with new classmates in a quiet space. These two days of school provide students and teachers an opportunity to work together to learn new routines and schedules, establish classroom and school expectations and form bonds that will last throughout the school year and beyond. 

As you will see in the video below, our staff was excited to welcome back our over 4000 students and our students arrived with a smile, ready to learn!

Please enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing all students, including our kindergarten and preschool students, on Tuesday, September 4th.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

This summer,  the Milton School Committee hosted two forums to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the July and August forums on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the videos. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process.  You can contact the School Committee anytime here.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief John King has asked me to share this important document with all parents/guardians. The Milton Public Schools shares the concerns of the MPD and Milton families on the issue of underage drinking.  To read more about Milton’s efforts to curb underage drinking, the law and tips for speaking with your children, please visit this website which is co-sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The MHS library received a grant from the MFE in the spring to purchase materials to support the social-emotional well being of our students. With these funds, we were able to purchase some tools similar to those found in the Take 5 room. They can be accessed by students before school, after school and during lunches at a bookshelf near the fiction section. Thank you to the MFE for always supporting our students! 

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The Milton High School 2018 musical production is Les Miserables!  On Thursday, August 30th at 4pm there will be an optional Audition Information Session & Workshop for any student thinking about auditioning .  On Tuesday, September 4th at 4:30 we will hold auditions (sign up at the door). We are also looking for a small group of students in grades 3, 4, or 5 who might be interested in playing children’s roles in the musical. Any student who might be interested in auditioning for the musical can contact Kevin Black, director with questions or to request an audition info packet.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT

Marti O’Keefe McKenna has been the MPS Family Outreach Liaison for 4 years. Ms. McKenna comes to MPS with a degree in Social Work and over thirty years experience in the field, and serves as a major point of connection for our families.  In order to establish a strong home-school connection, Ms. McKenna works closely with the school registrar, principals, teachers and staff to identify families new to the district and communicates with families offering assistance with orientation to Milton Public Schools and providing information and materials covering a  wide range of services.

Because some families are in need of resources that reach beyond the scope of the schools,  Ms. McKenna has developed contacts and maintains working relationships with churches and temples, community groups and ancillary service providers. Ms. McKenna connects with families in crisis and helps coordinate many of our district wide charitable efforts.  She works to ensure that residents of Milton with preschool age children have access to information pertaining to all MPS preschools, including programs offered, cost of each program, lottery procedure, registration process and family expectations. She also assists with kindergarten registration.

Our  Family Outreach Liaison is a visible presence at the Milton Public Schools – beginning with reaching out to our newest members of the MPS community,  greeting families  at MSE, giving school tours throughout the year, helping to facilitate logistics at the PARENT Speaker Series as well as at individual school events. Her presence weekly at each of our schools serves to strengthen her connections with families. Many of you have shared with me a positive interaction you have had with Marti and I know many of you value her commitment to the Milton Public Schools. Please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email  or phone at 617 – 980 -7343 if you feel the Family Outreach Liaison can assist your family.

ADULT EDUCATION

The MPS Adult Education Program is pleased to announce our exciting fall line up of classes. We have many new and returning instructors offering an amazing selection of Adult Education courses to serve our community and know you will find what you are looking for. Both our online registration and our mailing registration are due on September 24th. Look for our mailing coming soon to your mailbox!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

On August 23rd ninety-two teachers representing all of the Milton Public Schools convened at Milton High School to take part in a voluntary technology professional development day.  The day was lead by Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, and the Summer Technology PD Team of Sara Doherty, Kirsten Driscoll, Jessica Jarboe, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Kreuzer and JT Troy.  The event had a Hollywood Theme. All sixteen sessions had creative movie theme titles, teachers entered MHS on a red carpet, a Technology Star Walk of Fame led the teachers down the hall to their break-out session rooms, and popcorn and candy were available throughout the day.

The teachers took part in an opening session, four break-out sessions, and a closing session.  Teachers were provided four choices they could attend during each break-out session. Topics for sessions ranged from Google Drive and Classroom, Coding, Assistive Technology, to Personalized Learning and how technology can support Social Emotional Learning.  The event would not have been successful without the outstanding session facilitators: Amanda Brink, Maureen Butler, Chris Callahan, Sara Doherty, Kirsten Driscoll, Jessica Jarboe, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Kreuzer, Deanna Magill, Kristin Masciarelli, AJ Melanson,  Maura Middleton, Amy McKay, Maureen McClain, Rob Moray, Marie Penner-Hahn, Claire Ritten, and Laurie Stillman. Congratulations and thank you to the committee and facilitators for a very successful day! 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Now that the kids are back in school, perhaps a part time job is in your future?

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 pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514) for more information.

We are also hiring for 2 Unit C Lunch/Recess Aide positions in the elementary schools. This job is 3 hours per day, 5 days per week when school is in session. The position pays $14.97 per hour and can be perfect for someone looking to work just a few hours a day. Please refer to our website  if you are interested in applying. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Sunday, September 23, Caitlin Clavette’s family, friends, colleagues, students, and art enthusiasts will be running in a 5k road race in Milton to raise funds to support the Arts programs in the Milton Public Schools and to also sustain Caitlin’s passion for celebrating children’s creativity and individuality, the arts, and physical fitness. Caitlin was a Milton Public Schools art teacher who lost her life in a tragic car accident in February of 2016. This unforeseen accident left Caitlin’s family and community in shock and despair- and her art students with a multitude of unfinished art lessons, missing their art teacher. The Caitlin Clavette Memorial Foundation, a licensed 501c3 corporation, was established in 2016 after this sudden and tragic event. Our goal is to continue Caitlin’s vision of supporting a community where all people support and appreciate the arts, respect and protect all living things, lead healthy lives through exercise and diet, and live with passion.   The first 500 pre-registered runners receive t-shirts and the cost is $30 per runner with a family cap of  $75. 

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The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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The Collicot School library will be the site of two free support programs for families offered by Joanna’s Place. As co-founder of the Good Grief Program, Program Director of Joanna’s Place Maria Trozzi brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author, helping families and school communities face stressful life events. Trozzi’s Circle programs have promoted resilience in vulnerable families for more than two decades. All programs are at no cost to families.

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. It’s about mastering coping skills when facing stressful life events. The Circle is fun, powerful & assures children they are not alone. They come with their parent, enjoy a pizza supper, and maybe, for the first time, join other children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Circle- G was created and developed by Maria Trozzi and is faciitated by Lauren Bartolotti who has helped families cope with stressful life events. Circle-G will run on Mondays from 6-8pm, for 10 weeks starting on October 15th. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot. Visit the hospital’s website  to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here.

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Please note the following DATE CHANGE: Instrumental Beginner Registration Night has been CHANGED to Thursday, September 6th, at 7:30 pm at Milton High School.  Any students wishing to start instrumental lessons, including those who pre-registered, should attend. Please contact program directors Rebecca Damiani rdamiani@miltonps.org and Gary Good ggood@miltonps.org with any questions. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

Please see the Milton Wildcats website for all athletic updates.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Mike Zullas, Bob McCrystal, Cecelia Pukt, Karen Hughes, Sarah Smith and JT Troy. 

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

 

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August 23, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: August 23, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to extend a warm welcome to our parents/guardians and staff who are returning to the Milton Public Schools and a special welcome to those of you who are new to the Milton Public Schools. In my Welcome Back Letter to all staff, I analogized this year’s Red Sox “record-breaking season” to the Milton Public Schools’ upcoming school year. Each of you is a member of our amazing Milton Public School “team.”

Over the summer, our Administrators and Central Office staff worked hard interviewing and hiring highly qualified and talented administrators, teachers and staff who will complement the work of our already “All Star” teaching and support staff to provide an enriching education to Milton Public Schools Pre-K through grade 12 students. I want to recognize Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan for her leadership in working with principals and administrators in the hiring of staff and planning and scheduling of summer professional development.

Mr. Mack (MHS Assistant Principal Brian Mackinaw) mans the grill for our new teachers

Our new staff members joined the Milton Public Schools on Monday, August 20th and attended a full day of orientation, meetings with their respective principals and coordinators and a cookout luncheon prepared by Milton’s Food Service Director Jackie Morgan and served by our administrators. On Tuesday, our new teachers spent the day with their mentors at Curry College. I would like to thank Curry College President Kenneth Quigley for sponsoring the day. On Wednesday, our new teachers participated in professional development on the evaluation tool, parent portal, and other important technology programs. Today, new teachers and over 100 of our current staff members are involved in an exciting day of professional development planned by MPS’s Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson.

Custodians and Consolidated Facilities staff worked on projects detailed in a previous blast. They have thoroughly cleaned and prepared each and every classroom, office and educational area in our six schools.

The talented individuals in MPS’s Business and Central Offices worked almost every day this summer on everything from ordering textbooks, materials and supplies to closing out the fiscal 2018 school year to registering and welcoming new families.

I want to recognize Assistant Superintendent Dr. Glenn Pavlicek for his thorough work on our transportation program. Dr. Pavlicek has reviewed and made adjustments to each and every bus route. Bus passes have been mailed to the homes of students registered for transportation. Rachel Schewe will assume the responsibilities of MPS’s Transportation Director today and all questions should be directed to Ms. Schewe at bus@miltonps.org.

Milton’s School Committee and staff have worked over the past few years to create a new Strategic Plan for the district. If you are interested in serving on any one of the committees which will be addressing the goals of the Plan, please e-mail School Committee member Ada Rosmarin.

Please be sure to read all communications from your school. Important information is posted on the MPS website, and events are constantly being added to the district calendar.

As I stated in the close of my Welcome Back Letter to staff, “Let’s make the 2018-2019 season (our school year!) one for the history books for the Milton Public Schools”.

Please enjoy your last days of summer with family and friends.

MPS SUMMER READING

Who read 1,000,000 minutes this summer? Our students, that’s who! Breezing by the goal of 500,000 minutes, our students recently reached the impressive 1 million mark! I could not be more proud of their effort and am so grateful for the partnership of the Milton Public Library, the Friends of the Library, the Rotary Club and the Milton Public Schools which make a robust summer reading program for the town of Milton possible. Our students are returning to school ready to learn, thanks in part to our wonderful summer reading program. 

Our Summertime Stories program , in collaboration with MECA and the Milton Public Library was a big success this summer! At our final session earlier today, we welcomed 75 eager readers – K and PreK students and parents/guardians – to Cunningham Park.

Our kindergarten and Pre K students are ready for their 1st day of school on Tuesday, September 4th. Tucker and Glover students have been enjoying some popsicle playdates with friends and Cunningham and Collicot students will have their popsicle days next week. Lots of new friendships for these young students!

Calling all kindergartners. Kindergarten Days! are August 26th through September 1st.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

In July and August , the Milton School Committee hosted two forums to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the July and August forums on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the videos. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process.  You can contact the School Committee anytime here.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions.

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

MILTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Chief John King has asked me to share this important document with all parents/guardians. The Milton Public Schools shares the concerns of the MPD and Milton families on the issue of underage drinking.  To read more about Milton’s efforts to curb underage drinking, the law and tips for speaking with your children, please visit this website which is co-sponsored by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

Students entering grade 6 and 9 can not start school until residency has been reestablished.  Families who have students in these categories – 6th grade, 9th grade and out of district–  are required to complete the form that has been  mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. There are two final opportunities to reestablish residency – Tuesday August 28th from 7-10am and from 4-7pm. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES  

The first day of school is just 6 days away! While you enjoy the last few days of summer, please keep the following dates and information in mind:

ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday August 29th 1st day of school 1st-12th
Friday August 31st – No School
Monday September 3rd  – No School, Labor Day
Tuesday September 4th- 1st Day of school Kindergarten/PreK
Tuesday September 11th- Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Thursday September 13th – SEL At Home, Jane Hardin
Wednesday September 19th  – No School, Yom Kippur
MPS Facebook page
MPS Twitter account 

MHS:
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle
Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school
New student orientation for all freshman and new students August 27th 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 Dr. Karen Spaulding and Asst Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Mr. Kyle Alves
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed on August 22nd
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 28 at 6:30 PM [Parents/guardians are welcome, but not required, to attend.]
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce Webpage
Pierce Open House – September 20th 6:30 PM
Pierce PTO Parent Social – October 13th
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

COLLICOT:
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 28th, 2pm
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 30th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 14th
Collicot Open House – Thursday September 27th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM:
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler
Assistant Principal Mrs. Maureen Butler covering for Mrs. B. Butler’s maternity leave
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Patti Johnson
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 28th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 30th, 11- 2pm
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents (library)Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 25th
2nd Annual Fall Bash – Saturday October 20th
Cunningham Webpage
Cunningham PTO email
Cunningham PTO Facebook page
Cunningham School Twitter
Cunningham School Instagram

GLOVER:
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Moira Downes
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 30 (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 4 after drop off (front entrance)
Glover Open House- Thursday, October 4
Glover Webpage
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact

TUCKER:
Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil – Girmai  and Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Picture Day-September 7th
Open House-September 17th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Next Wednesday, August 29th, Milton High School will officially begin Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  All MHS students will have a device to use in class and at home. To ensure the student devices were stored in a safe spot MPS Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson, reached out to local businesses to see if they would help with this initiative.   Steve Sullivan, Sullivan Insurance, and Bill Resnick, Proforma, jumped at the opportunity to support the high school. Steve and Bill recruited the Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Walter Timilty to fund this initiative. Together the team designed and purchased the backpacks  for all MHS students. A big thank you to  all of the sponsors, Sullivan Insurance, Proforma, Milton Fruit Center, Coffee Break Cafe, and Walter Timilty, for their support and a special thanks to Steve Sullivan and Bill Resnick for leading this initiative. 

If your student will be loaning a Chromebook and has not yet picked it up, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium on our final pick up day, August 27  from 3-5pm.

For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.

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The Milton High School 2018 musical production is Les Miserables!  On Thursday, August 30th at 4pm there will be an optional Audition Information Session & Workshop for any student thinking about auditioning .  On Tuesday, September 4th at 4:30 we will hold auditions (sign up at the door!). We are also looking for a small group of students in grades 3, 4, or 5 who might be interested in playing children’s roles in the musical. Any student who might be interested in auditioning for the musical can contact Kevin Black, director with questions or to request an audition info packet! 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills.   

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Director Laurie Stillman shares the following. Teens are under a lot of stress these days from a host of social, technological, family and academic pressures.  Unfortunately, unremitting stress can lead to unwanted behaviors such as substance use, risk-taking, poor academic performance and mental illness. While stress affects everyone, not everyone has the necessary coping skills to effectively handle their anxiety when it arises.  To help teens better cope with stressful situations, the first step is to help them recognize and label their feelings, understand their triggers, and brainstorm about how to relieve or prevent stressful situations the next time.

Two ways to help them identify and address stressful situations in healthier ways are to: Encourage teens to keep a Stress Journal (above is a sample chart they can keep to help them recognize their triggers so that they can avert them or better cope with them) and encourage them to engage in anxiety-reducing activities on a regular basis, such as meditation or yoga.  There are a few free “apps” that are available on both ioS and Android devices that teens can take advantage of. Make sure you review and approve them before recommending them to your child. Calm is a well-regarded meditation app; Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness; Yoga.com studio app and Super Stretch Yoga- for younger kids. 

FOOD AND NUTRITION

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 pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

We have finalized bus routes for the 2018-19 school year (MHS/Pierce routes , Cunningham/Collicot routes, Tucker/Glover routes). Please review all routes as many routes have been updated, stops have been moved and times altered. It is important to review the new stops and times to ensure a smooth start to school. Bus passes were mailed the week of August 20th. If you have not received your bus pass by Friday,  August 24th, please email new MPS Transportation Director Rachel Schewe

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Fifth Annual Dan Breen Memorial 5K Red Shoe Run presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is a run and walk in memory of our team member who passed away in 2013.  All funds raised support education and equipment for the Emergency Department staff for disaster preparedness and haz-mat training initiatives. The event starts at Cunningham Elementary school at 10am on Saturday, September 8th.  Registration is $30 in advance online  or $35 day of. Registration and bib pick up opens at 9am in the Cunningham cafeteria on the day of the event.

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The Activities committee of the MSAPC is preparing for a busy fall! We plan to have Coalition tables at the following events and would welcome help staffing them for 1 to 2 hours (depending on your interest). It’s an easy gig and simply requires a smiling face as you sign-up folks for our newsletter mailing list! (If you are interested, training will be provided.) In addition to helping staff a table, we also have some easy volunteer tasks to help promote Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse between now and the walk/run on Saturday, October 20.

There are 4 volunteer opportunities… will you pitch in and help out?
Milton High School Open House, Wednesday, Sept 12, 6:30pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Pierce Middle School Open House, Thursday, Sept 20, 6:30pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Celebrate Milton Sunday, Sept 30 Noon to 4:00pm (1 to 2 hour shift)
Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse Sat., Oct 20, 10am (1 to 2 hour shift)
If interested or for more information, please email us.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton  will hold its ninth annual Walk for Wellness, Health Fair and Family Fun Day on Saturday, September 22, from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5K  or one mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street parking lot.

Participants from last year’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Walk for Wellness at the finish line. Photo by Faith Ninivaggi.

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings, including hearing and vision tests, blood pressure checks and blood glucose tests will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get behind the controls of a surgical robot, like the one BID-Milton’s surgeons use. The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment  and a free lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11:15 am – 12:15 pm.

Returning this year will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, a hit at the event last year. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff. The Walk for Wellness is being sponsored by BID-Milton’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Weight Loss Surgery Programs. Funds raised at the event will go towards the programs. Visit the hospital’s website to download registration forms. Registration is $10 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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The Collicot School library will be the site of two free support programs for families offered by Joanna’s Place. As co-founder of the Good Grief Program, Program Director of Joanna’s Place Maria Trozzi brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author, helping families and school communities face stressful life events. Trozzi’s Circle programs have promoted resilience in vulnerable families for more than two decades. All programs are at no cost to families.

Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability or a significant special need. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Circle-S is facilitated by Lauren Bartolotti, Program Manager of the Autism Center at Boston Medical Center; curriculum developed by Maria Trozzi, former co-founder of the Good Grief Program. Circle-S will run on Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, for 10 weeks starting October 17th.

Circle-G (for grief) offers comprehensive family support where children (ages 6-18) are surrounded by others facing the death of a parent or a sibling. It’s about mastering coping skills when facing stressful life events. The Circle is fun, powerful & assures children they are not alone. They come with their parent, enjoy a pizza supper, and maybe, for the first time, join other children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Circle- G was created and developed by Maria Trozzi and is faciitated by Lauren Bartolotti who has helped families cope with stressful life events. Circle-G will run on Mondays from 6-8pm, for 10 weeks starting on October 15th. Registration for either Circle is easy. Call or email Mary Boyle at 781-413-5141 to reserve your spot today.

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Food, fun, and football will be on the menu on Wednesday, October 17th, at Granite Links Golf Club as the Milton Library Foundation presents its annual gala to benefit the Milton Public Library.   After music , hors d’oeuvres and dinner, legendary sports personality Upton Bell will regale the audience with some of the colorful stories contained in his book, “Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game”.  The Gala will also honor the citizen volunteers who served on the Library Study and Building Committees leading up to the 2009 reopening of the Library. Tickets, along with sponsorship and advertising opportunities, can be found here

The Milton Public Library has activities and events for children all month long!

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here.

ATHLETICS

The fall season is upon us and tryouts have begun. Please see the Milton Wildcats website for all athletic updates.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche,  Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Mike Zullas, Bob McCrystal, Cecelia Pukt and  Sara Truog.

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on August 23, 2018

August 2018 Update

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: August Update
Date: August 9, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am very pleased to share the results of our Milton High School student’s AP exams. In the spring of 2018, MHS students took  AP exams across almost 20 disciplines. Advanced Placement courses expose students to introductory college level coursework and a score of 3 or above on an AP exam indicates that students would perform well at the college level.  Once again, our students have demonstrated excellence in their AP results with 147 MHS students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars with various distinctions. These results are a testament to the hard work, dedication and preparation of both our students and faculty.

MHS Principal James Jette shared the following: Milton High School students are consistently challenging themselves with the most rigorous course-load they can successfully manage. This past school year, a total of 350 students took 724 Advanced Placement exams and excelled. We are pleased that our faculty, not only AP teachers but all teachers, are supporting our students through the prerequisite courses by bolstering up the students’ content knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful. Moreover, we have teachers that look for the potential in our students and encourage them to take that educational risk.

As you can see from some of the initial data, MHS students do exceptionally well on these exams and we fully expect this positive trend to continue. Currently, hundreds of students are engaged in independent summer coursework in preparation for the upcoming school year and their AP courses. This is great news for the students, teachers and the entire Milton High School community! Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievement in AP exams and on their recognition from the College Board. 

There are just under 3 weeks until school resumes. Please see below for important information about returning to school and we hope you enjoy the rest of summer vacation!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

In July, the Milton School Committee hosted a forum to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the forum on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the video. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process. The next forum is scheduled for Monday, August 13th at 7pm in the Milton Access TV Studio, Rm 245 in Milton High School. You can contact the School Committee anytime via email.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions. 

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories – 6th grade, 9th grade and out of district–  are required to complete the form that has been  mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment through Thursday, August 23rdMs. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

Students in 6th grade will not receive team assignments (week of August 20th) and students in 9th grade will not receive homeroom placement letters (mid-August) or schedules on August 27th unless residency has been reestablished. Students entering grade 6 and 9 can not start school until residency has been reestablished.

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

MPS SUMMER READING

Be sure to join your PreK and K friends for the two remaining Summertime Stories!

Along with summer fun, we hope that all students in the Milton Public Schools have kept up with their summer reading and assignments. Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here;   MHS students can find all summer requirements here.  Elementary students should create a summer reading account if they haven’t already and all students can find math guidelines in the following  links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

MPS SUMMER  

Our ESY (Extended School Year) students enjoyed a fun trip to Ward’s Berry Farm to close out their summer program. Blueberries and sunflowers in abundance made for a successful day with friends!  

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The MPS Calculus Project held its 5th summer mathematics enrichment program this summer.  The program was attended by over 65 MPS students from grades 8 through 12. 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 the honors or the advanced placement level. This year was particularly exciting because our first cohort has made it to senior year and will be enrolled in calculus classes at Milton High School.  We are proud of the hard work that our students have put in and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in the future!

Thank you to Ms. Capasso, Ms. Shapiro, Mr. Moray, 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 like how the math material we learn in the summer is the same exact material we learn during the school year.  It gives us an advantage for excelling on the material and it is easier since we’ve already learned it.” “The sense of community…” “Learning new things for the next year while being with my friends” “Improving my math skills”I was able to get a glimpse of the math content for the upcoming school year, which for me was very exciting.” “I like that we get to learn about math subjects for the next year while also doing fun activities and learning how to use our education to better our community.” “I liked how it was a safe environment to be able to learn in and it was a very diverse group.  I felt comfortable to make mistakes.” “Learning new material with trusted teachers…”

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Mrs. Gionfriddo shares that they have had a busy, fun and successful summer at Camp Cunningham! It was great to see returning campers welcoming the many new campers to the CC family. If you drive Edgehill Rd, you likely saw lines of campers in orange vests going to and from Cunningham Pond for a swim on many hot and humid days. Campers are making beautiful wind chimes, banners, journals, and sparkling sun mirrors in Arts and Crafts, adding minutes to their summer reading account encouraged along by friends and teachers,  and creating fantastic art projects – watermelon paintings, bug prints, and cityscapes among the impressive projects. Campers have enjoyed making apple fritters and other delicious dishes and enjoyed a rainy day field trip to Ward’s Berry Farm which included a soggy hayride, planting basil plants and fun with friends. They returned a bit wet but still smiling! 90 campers boarded two buses for Plaster Fun Time and returned with some very impressive treasures and everyone is looking forward to our annual trip to Edaville Railroad – always a favorite. Thanks to Mr. Leazott, Ms. Bernini, Ms. Bortolotti, Mrs. Nee, Mrs. Grimes, Ms. Allie and Mrs. Goodwin, we are having a fabulous time at Camp Cunningham!  

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MSE ended with homemade ice cream,  lots of fun and new friendships made! 

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES 

The first day of school is just 20 days away! While you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, please keep the following dates and information in mind:

ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday August 29th 1st day of school 1st-12th
Friday August 31st – No School
Monday September 3rd  – No School, Labor Day
Tuesday September 4th- 1st Day of school Kindergarten/PreK
Tuesday September 11th- Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Thursday September 13th – SEL At Home, Jane Hardin
Wednesday September 19th  – No School, Yom Kippur
MPS Facebook page
MPS Twitter account 

MHS:
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle
Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school
New student orientation for all freshman and new students August 27th 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 Dr. Karen Spaulding and Asst Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Mr. Kyle Alves
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed on August 22nd
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 28 at 6:30 PM [Parents/guardians are welcome, but not required, to attend.]
Pierce School Supply Package Info
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce Webpage
Pierce Open House – September 20th 6:30 PM
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

COLLICOT:
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 28th, 2pm
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 30th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 4th, after drop off  
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 14th
Collicot Open House – Thursday September 27th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM:
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler
Assistant Principal Mrs. Maureen Butler covering for Mrs. B. Butler’s maternity leave
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Patti Johnson
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 28th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 30th, 11- 2pm
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents (library)Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 25th
Cunningham Webpage
Cunningham PTO email
Cunningham PTO Facebook page
Cunningham School Twitter
Cunningham School Instagram

GLOVER:
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Moira Downes
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 21 at 5pm
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 21, 6pm (playground)
and Thursday, August 23 at 10am (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 30 (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 4 after drop off (front entrance)
Glover Open House- Thursday, October 4
Glover Webpage
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact

TUCKER: 
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai  and Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K and K students-August 16th 10:45-11:45 following the Summertime Stories at 10am at Tucker with Ms. Sara from the MPL
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K and new to Grades 1-5 students- August 22nd-Tucker Playground 6-7pm
Picture Day-September 7th
Open House-September 17th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

NEW MPS STAFF

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Lohan has been appointed as our new Elementary Science Coordinator. Ms. Lohan takes over where Mrs. Linda Stefanick (whose family has relocated to North Carolina) left off,  in continuing to grow and expand our Elementary Science program. Ms. Lohan, who has been a 5th grade teacher at Collicot for 5 years, shares that it has been a joy to watch Elementary Science grow and adopt the strong curriculum materials we are using today, for both general science, and STEM in the English Innovation Pathway. Under the leadership of previous coordinators Bernadette Butler and Linda Stefanick, teachers have fully embraced the FOSS curriculum and exciting science initiatives that have been introduced in Milton. Ms. Lohan brings her strong educational background, years of classroom teacher experience, familiarity with the staff and enthusiasm for science with her to her new position. We know Ms. Lohan will be an asset to MPS as the Elementary Science Coordinator and will continue the model of supporting teachers with innovative lesson planning, organizing materials and modeling lessons in a hands on and accessible manner.

Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan says: “Ms. Lohan is an exemplary educator who will bring her strong leadership skills and content knowledge in science, math and technology to the position of Elementary Science Coordinator. She is committed to the continuous success of our science and STEM programs and has already rolled up her sleeves in preparation for a successful start of the school year”!

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Please join me in welcoming Susan Maselli to the Milton Public Schools as our new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Maselli comes to us from Sharon Public Schools and the interview committee (comprised of School Committee members, administrators, a SEPAC representative and a CDM representative) was unanimous in the feeling that Sharon’s loss is Milton’s gain. Ms. Maselli’s knowledge base is wide. General and special education, legal and compliance issues, 504, curriculum and instruction, budget planning, human resources, civil rights, nursing and student health care, transportation and technology are all areas of strength for Ms. Maselli. Her understanding of special education and school leadership is comprehensive, balanced, and student-centered. MPS has found a leader who is flexible, approachable and resourceful, good at problem solving and available to listen and provide guidance.  We were also searching for a candidate who would be a presence in classrooms, understand the challenges some of our students face at school, and appreciate the hard work they do each day. Ms. Maselli meets and exceeds these high standards and we are thrilled to have her as a part of the Milton Public Schools.

SEPAC President Melissa Feldman shares: “I was fortunate to represent the parent voice of the Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) during the selection of candidates and interviews for the new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Susan Maselli has a variety of educational and administrative experiences that spans age groups and disability types. Her knowledge, energy and commitment to building positive, productive relationships with all stake holders is evident”!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

As you know, we are starting Bring Your Own Device at MHS in the 2018-19 school year. If your student will be loaning a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30am, August 22 – 11am-1pm and August 27 – 3-5pm.

For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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The MHS Guidance Department will reopen on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 0) with any questions.

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 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available. Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer.

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 in June. Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

If your student will be attending After School Enrichment this year and you would like to start in September, you are in luck! Even though official registration has closed, there is a one day online registration day on August 15th.  Students must be registered online by the end of the day Wednesday, August 15th to begin ASE the first day of school. Students not registered by August 15th can register in September and begin ASE October 1st. All details on ASE and how to register can be found on the Community Schools webpage and please email Director of Community Schools Martha Sandoval with any questions. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

MPS Community – Be on the lookout for some exciting new Adult Education classes this fall! Our Fall session will start on October 1st and our course catalog and class offerings will be sent out in early September and  featured on our Milton Adult Education website.

MPS Educators  – Have a great idea for a new course? Would you like to teach an old favorite? Now is the time to put in your proposal and start the new school year as a Milton Adult Education Instructor!  We welcome your new ideas to bring to our Course Catalog this fall. All proposals for new and returning MPS courses  for the fall session of Adult Ed are due on Wednesday, August 15th. Please email Director of Adult Education Karen Hughes with questions. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Director Laurie Stillman shares the following, adapted from NIH News in Health. Modern life is full of things that can influence your ability to be sensitive and responsive to your child. These include competing priorities, extra work, lack of sleep, and things like mobile devices. Some experts are concerned about the effects that distracted parenting may have on emotional bonding and children’s language development, social interaction, and safety.

If parents are inconsistently available, kids can get distressed and feel hurt, rejected, or ignored. They may have more emotional outbursts and feel alone. They may even stop trying to compete for their parents’  attention and start to lose emotional connections to their parents. Parents need to communicate that their kids are valuable and important, and children need to know that parents care what they’re doing,

Kids start to regulate their own emotions and behavior around age 3.  As kids become better at managing their feelings and behavior, it’s important to help them develop coping skills, like active problem solving. Such skills can help them feel confident in handling what comes their way.

Experts advise that when parents engage positively with their children, teaching them the behaviors and skills that they need to cope with the world, children learn to follow rules and regulate their own feelings. As parents, we try really hard to protect our kids from the experience of bad things, but if you protect them all the time and they are not in situations where they deal with difficult or adverse circumstances, they aren’t able to develop healthy coping skills. It is best to help children learn how to solve the problems that inevitably emerge in life, then talk through the situation and their feelings and work with them to find solutions to put into practice.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

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 pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

We are finalizing bus routes for the 2018-19 school year and new bus routes will be posted on our transportation page  the week of August 13th. Please review all routes as many routes have been updated, stops have been moved and times altered. It is important to review the new stops and times to ensure a smooth start to school. Bus passes will be mailed the week of August 20th. Almost all of the MHS/Pierce buses are now full but we are setting up waiting lists for those buses. Please email Dr Glenn Pavlicek with any questions. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Allan Bishop from the Milton DPW shares that online mappers now allow users to view Google Street View Images for all of Milton. You can find find instructions on how to use the new tool to start viewing the images here

There is a town wide hazardous waste day on September 15th. All details can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here and a link to pre-register (highly recommended). Pre-registration ends on August 17th.

ATHLETICS

After all online registration is complete, student-athletes must be signed off by the Director of Athletics during the hours listed below.  Before being cleared, students must have a copy of their physical, payment verification, and their concussion certificate.  Students must hand in a COPY of their physical, not their original.  Copies will not be made in the Athletic Office. All students must also have completed the Family ID Registration online, which opened Wednesday, August 1st.  Students not on Family ID will not be signed out.  As a reminder, there are no longer “clearance cards”.  Students will be placed on a “cleared” list, to be viewed each practice by their head coach.

Registration hours are as follows: Wednesday 8/15 –  9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Thursday 8/16 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Friday 8/17 – 9am-12pm; Monday 8/20 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Wednesday 8/22 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm

The Athletic Office is located in the rear of the high school, next to the field house.  Outside doors will be open during the hours listed.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Karen Hughes, Allan Bishop, Martha Sandoval and Laurie Stillman. 

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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From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: July Update
Date: July 19, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks of summer, as many of us have at the Milton Public Schools. You might think our schools are quiet in the summer, but as you’ll see below, there is plenty of activity at MPS this summer!

I would like to highlight two items today that I hope won’t escape your attention during these summer weeks.

Paris and Sally getting their summer reading done!

Along with summer fun, we hope that all students in the Milton Public Schools keep up with their summer reading and assignments during July and August. The summer is a wonderful time for all of us to read for pleasure, find math in everyday life, and keep our skills sharp. Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here;   MHS students can find all summer requirements here.  Elementary students should create a summer reading account if they haven’t already and all students can find math guidelines in the following  links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

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In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” If your student is in one of these categories please see the Residency Re-establishment section below my introduction. There are summer hours throughout July and August to make the re-establishment process as convenient as possible. 

There is plenty of summer left and I sincerely hope you are enjoying time with family and friends whenever possible.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

This past Wednesday on July 18, 2018 the Milton School Committee had the privilege of hosting a forum to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school. Over an hour long period the School Committee and approximately 40 community members engaged in a conversation, asked and answered questions, and discussed the future of the district and these potential construction projects. I encourage you all to watch the forum on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the video. We plan to continue to have these forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform our decision making process. We would like to encourage anyone who can attend one to do so. If you are unable to attend a forum and would like to share your thoughts please contact us here.

Thank you and enjoy the summer!

Kevin Donahue
Chair Milton School Committee

The School Committee recently updated the calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT

In the Spring of 2015, the Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.”

Families who have students in these categories are required to complete the form that has been mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. This process, now in its 4th year, is one of the safeguards used by MPS to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment started July 9th and  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment. Ms. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

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

MPS SUMMER

On Monday, June 25th, we welcomed over 500 students to MHS for the first day of Milton Summer Enrichment!  Thank you to all the MSE families for an outstanding start to the program.

We have a dedicated staff of more than fifty instructors engaging students in hands-on classes each hour from 8am-12pm.  Students are enjoying courses ranging from Wildcat Soccer to Chess and STEM Fun to Hip Hop! In addition to the course instructors, we have 70 High School student ‘Red Shirts’ assisting students to get from one course to another, accessing course material and ensuring safety and efficiency during arrival and dismissal. You can reach our program directors Cat DesRoche and Bernadette Butler with any questions or comments at mse@miltonps.org.

 

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ESY (Extended School Year) is already half way into our summer program!  Students have been involved in engaging and inclusive learning experiences including taking trips to Cunningham Pool each week, taking part in MSE classes and Camp Cunningham with friends and traveling to Boston Bowl.  The fun and learning continues at both Collicot and MHS until August 5!

REACH and ACHIEVE ESY students had a special interactive and engaging  presentation from Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee Project this past week . All special education students from these two classrooms participated in exploring a bee’s habitat, learned about honey production and the makeup of a honeycomb. Students helped strain and scrape honey and some students even got to taste the honey! Thank you to Milton’s Billion Backyard Bee project for the visit!

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MPS scientists at work

It was great fun at Camp Invention to start off the summer! Students built an Optibot and created courses that their robot  followed using a trajectory they designed and also used upcycle items to create their own inventions in “Stick To It”. Learning and fun go hand in hand at MPS in the summer.

 

 

MHS math teacher Kristina Craven, english teacher Ayeola Davis and science teacher Melissa Burns are leading a group of motivated incoming 9th graders in the MHS Bridge program this summer.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

I’m very happy to share that the 51 students who took the DELF exam this spring successfully passed the test!  Congratulations to our students, DELF teacher Madame Pons and World Language Director Martine Fisher.   

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Please see this important summer communication for all MHS families from Principal Jette.

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As you know, we are starting Bring Your Own Device at MHS in the 2018-19 school year. If your student will be borrowing a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30am, August 22 – 11am-1pm and August 27 – 3-5pm.

For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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The MHS Guidance Department will be closed for the summer and  will reopen on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 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 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available. Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. More details on this event to follow. All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer! Don’t wait until September!  

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 between May 29- June 8.   Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

Rising seniors –  Please consider writing your college essay, update your activities list, complete your community service hours, do some college research (size, cost, location, specific major, etc.) and possibly visit some of the colleges/universities that you are interested in.  Be safe and enjoy the summer!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th 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!  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Milton residents have had access to the Interface Referral Service since May 1st  and Milton residents, of all ages, are being connected to the mental health services they need. What is Interface? Find out here in this short video introducing Interface. Make the Call! Monday-Friday, 9-5 Milton residents can call the William James College INTERFACE Helpline for free information and provider referrals to a mental health professional.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Who wants to work with these great co-workers?

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.  

TECHNOLOGY

The Milton Public Schools is pleased to support the Wait Until 8th initiative.  Did you know that the average age a child gets a smartphone is 10 years old and that children are spending between 6 and 9 hours a day on media? Childhood is changing, and the negative impact of too much screen time is hitting kids hard. We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone free. MPS Director of Technology AJ Melanson shared the details with the School Committee in this presentation.

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone. Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! 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.  To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th.  Also, you can check out these recent news stories about the pledge here – The Today Show Good Morning America NPR’s On Point news program.

SUMMERTIME STORIES

Please join us for the next 3 Summertime Stories for preschoolers and incoming kindergarteners. Our 1st storytime at Tucker was a great success!

UPCOMING DATES

Save the date for your school’s Open House!
MHS 9/12; Tucker 9/17; Pierce 9/20; Cunningham 9/25; Collicot 9/27; Glover 10/4

BUS REGISTRATION

We are currently in the process of assigning students to busses and confirming routes. If you have emailed to register for a bus as of 7/18 and paid (if necessary) your student has been placed on a bus. We apologize for the lack of confirmation emails due to the unexpected  absence of our transportation director. If you need to register a new student for the bus please do so as soon as possible. Details on registration are here. Please note that as it is after June 30th, we can not guarantee a seat on the bus but every effort will be made to place students. Please refer to this link for all details and email Assistant Superintendent Dr Glenn Pavlicek with questions.

CONSOLIDATED FACILITIES

I am pleased to share this Summer Project Update from William Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager.

During the hot summer months there is an extensive list of facilities projects that are being undertaken at each school location.  The following represents a partial list of the major projects that will be accomplished over the summer of 2018:

  • Milton High School: CFD will oversee major asphalt resurfacing and curbing repairs at the main entrance and the side parking lot.  
  • Brooks Field: the synthetic turf be repaired this summer due to a material product imperfection. This work is at no cost to the School Department.  
  • Glover Elementary: New asphalt resurfacing and repairs as necessary will be made all around the school.  A new concrete walkway and granite curbing will be installed in the rear of the school building.
  • Tucker Elementary: A new rubber floor will be installed in the gym. New cedar fencing was recently completed in the front of the school building.  
  • Pierce Middle School: Locker room upgrades will be completed as well as window hardware repairs on the third and second floor.  
  • Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools will have all of the exterior trim painting completed and new window hardware will be installed at sixty-five windows at both schools.
  • Cunningham will be getting a new architectural shingled roof and, at the main entrance, the concrete stairs will be restored.
  • Collicot will have a new walkway installed in the rear of the building and phase two of the drainage upgrades, near the large playground, will be completed to help minimize the future drainage issues.

Throughout the summer months, most of the specialized facilities inspections are undertaken by Licensed Consolidated Facilities staff and our contracted vendors. Many of the HVAC systems are overhauled and life safety equipment is tested and repaired (fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire pump, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting).  All emergency generators, elevators, egress hardware, and emergency eye inspections in the science classrooms are completed.

In addition, all of the school classrooms, offices, and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district school custodians. All of the carpets are cleaned; all necessary painting is completed; and all door hardware and lighting systems are tested and repaired. Our town facilities, custodial, and seasonal staff continues to work tirelessly, all summer long, to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

Boo! See you at the Monster Dash on Sunday, October 28th at Cunningham Hall.

MPS GIVES BACK

Small things can make a difference! Thank you to Cunningham teacher Holly Mawn who spearheaded an end of year marker recycling program. She sent 477 markers, just over 9.6 pounds, back to Crayola to be recycled. That’s 9.6 pounds of plastic that won’t be going into a landfill! Thanks to Ms. Mawn and Cunningham teachers for making this small effort which they plan to continue next year (and will be adding crayons, too!)  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW has has shared the 2018/19 trash and recycle schedule as well as details on an upcoming household hazardous waste collection day.

Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse, a walk/run scheduled on October 20th at Cunningham School, is open for registration. Last year there were over 600 participants and this year we’re hoping for 800!  Proceeds help to support Milton activities to prevent substance abuse and addiction. Please consider sponsoring the race, or registering as an individual or as a group. It would be great to see MPS students participate

There are great things happening at the Milton Public Library in July

The Parks and Rec Department offers some great concerts at the Gazebo this summer

Join us for Family Activities and Crafts at the Eustis Estate on Friday, July 20 and Saturday July 21, 10am-2pm.  After exploring the special exhibition Head to Toe with your family, join Historic New England educators for a drop-in craft workshop to create your own unique paper hats. Get inspired by the hats and shoes on display as you design your own ways to express yourself. Free admission for Milton residents, recommended for families with children ages 5 to 12. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 617-994-6600 for more information and be sure to like us on Facebook!

Be sure to check out the French Language Tours at the Forbes House on July 17 and 24 at 3pm and July 30 at 10am. Suitable for rising 3rd-6th graders, this is a great way to practice your French listening and speaking skills during the summer break. Tours are $8/student and adult chaperones are free. Please call 617.696.1815 or email the Forbes House to reserve your spot.

The Forbes House Museum has installed a Story Walk for the book Cabin Boy, by Phyllis Forbes Kerr. A Story Walk is a way for people of all ages to read a book together while being active and enjoying the outdoors. The pages of a picture book are attached singly to stakes, and then set out in order along a path.  At the Forbes House, you’re invited to explore the grounds and read about the adventures of Robert Bennet Forbes when he was a young boy of 13 making his first trip to China. The Cabin Boy Story Walk will be up throughout the summer and is available from dawn to dusk, when the grounds are always open to the public. On select days, go inside the museum for a staff “Show and Tell.” You’ll be able to ask questions and get up close to genuine artifacts from those long-ago trips to China. Cabin Boy “Show and Tell” is a free drop-in program that runs every Wednesday from 1-2 pm, and every Thursday from 12:30-1:30 pm through August 24th. For more information call 617.696.1815 or visit our website

 ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here and a link to pre-register (highly recommended). Pre-registration ends on August 17th. 

ATHLETICS

State Champs!

Congratulations to the Rugby Team who are the State Champs after a 32-14 win over Hanover on June 23rd!  Thank you to the MPD for the police escort as the team headed back to Milton. Way to go, Wildcats! 

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Milton High School offers 10 sports during the fall season, with 25 levels of participation. Tryouts for Football start the 3rd Friday in August and all other sports start the following Friday.  Most teams end league competition in late October. Tournament qualifications for varsity teams could have teams participating into November. Football concludes its regular season on Thanksgiving Day. Cheerleading Coed (V, JV1, JV2), Cross Country Boys (V, JV/F), Cross Country Girls (V, JV/F), Field Hockey Coed (V, JV, F), Football Coed (V, JV, F), Golf Coed (V, JV), Soccer Boys (V, JV, F), Soccer Girls (V, JV, F), Swimming Coed (V), Volleyball Girls (V, JV1, JV2) You can find fall tryout and registration information on the Milton Wildcats website.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler,  Zeina Hamada, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Erin Power, James Jette, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Bill Ritchie, Bob Mayhew, Rebecca Damiani, Martine Fisher, Jackie Morgan, Dr Glenn Pavlicek and Dr. Kevin Donahue..

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.

Posted on by Superintendent Gormley | Comments Off on July 19, 2018