June 21, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 21, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As I send this, there is one day left in the 2017-18 school year. I hope that your family has had a successful school year and is looking forward to summer. Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to a break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn.

Below you’ll find summer reading and math guidelines for each grade level as well as some MPS community favorite books to share with adult readers. Thank you to our librarians and curriculum coordinators for their work on summer requirements and guidelines.

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

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

MHS librarian JT Troy shares that MHS students have the opportunity to read a free choice book as part of the reading requirement and encourages students to ask for recommendations, branch out and read a new genre and make reading an enjoyable daily habit. Audiobooks, ebooks and print books are available at your local library. There are also many websites that offer book recommendations such as Good Reads and the YALSA Book Finder.  MHS students can find all summer requirements here. 

Pierce Middle School believes that the summer reading program not only ensures a smooth transition to the next academic year, but also fosters a love of reading that will continue on beyond middle school. PMS librarian Jess Royster writes that this year’s summer reading focuses on issues such as social conflict, diversity of experience and situation, and acceptance.   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. 

Elementary librarian Josh Coben declares – Let the summer reading begin! Milton’s elementary schools are once again partnering with the Milton Public Library for our summer reading challenge. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” K-5 library classes learned how they can have fun, become stronger readers, and beat the “summer slide” by reading all summer. Teachers sent home a registration form directing students to create a summer reading account. From June 22-August 29, students can log their reading minutes and the library events they attend, winning prizes along the way. We’re looking for 100% participation, so if your child has not yet done so, please be sure that they create an account and return the bottom section of the registration form to their teacher.  Email Marti O’Keefe McKenna  for help in registering. Join us today, Thursday, June 21, at 4:00 PM at the Milton Public Library for the Summer Reading Kickoff Event, featuring Toe Jam Puppet Band.  We hope that everyone— parents/guardians, students, teachers — will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program!

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

Pre-schoolers can get in on the fun, too! Reading to your child is always in style and join us for our preschool story hours this summer. 

Parents/guardians and staff – what are you reading this summer? The MPS community has shared some favorite books here. 

Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students.  I wish all in the Milton Public Schools a wonderful and safe summer and happy reading!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). Payment and email must be received by June 30th. 

If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30thPlease refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions.

Anyone who does not register by June 30 will not be guaranteed a seat.  Even if your child is entitled to free transportation because he or she is in grades K-6 and you live more than two miles from school, you must let us know by June 30 that you wish to use bus transportation.

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 will be 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 starting July 9th  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm 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.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Penelope Holland, Milan Smith, Kennedi Van Allen, Lucius Firmin, Suvan Shukla, Alex Caputo, Mr. Jette

Each year Milton High nominates three junior boys and three junior girls to attend the Boys and Girls State programs at Stonehill College in June.  As participants, the students stay on a college campus for a week with hundreds of other students from Massachusetts and learn how the democratic process works first hand.

The students who were chosen to participate will act as citizens and will participate at all levels of a mock-government that they must create from scratch through the process of campaigning, speeches, and elections.  Every day, the students will also take elective courses that particularly interest them about government, economics, or the law. The program is sponsored and organized by the American Legion and we are very happy to have these young people learn more about the democratic process through these hands on experiences. 

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For those who have not already responded, we ask all 8th -11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey as soon as possible, if you have not already.

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 – 1-3 pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30 am, August 22 – 11-1 pm and August 27 – 3-5 pm.

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 Milton High Guidance Department and Karen Cahill share the following. Current juniors – this is your last chance to register for October 10th, SAT at Milton High School!  On Wednesday, October 10th you will have the opportunity to take the SATs at  Milton High School during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any rising seniors taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without Essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option.

You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website – go to the UNIBANK icon. Registration is open now but will close TOMORROW, June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th. Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you want to take the test on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. If you have any questions please email Karen Cahill.

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The MHS Guidance Department will be closed for the summer starting Wednesday, June 27th and will re-open 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!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

I want  to send my congratulations to the 7th grade teachers and students for their recent outstanding performances in the team Model United Nations simulations which took place over three days at Pierce.  Pierce Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn shared that it was amazing to see so many 7th graders transition to global diplomats, as they attempted to tackle the problems of worldwide access to clean water.  Students engaged in research on the situation in their assigned countries, as well as topic analysis to potentially discover solutions to the issue of clean water access around the world.  Students gave opening speeches, negotiated with fellow delegates and wrote and/or sponsored resolutions to filter water, improve infrastructure as to improve access for remote regions and encourage countries with resources and little need to help those without resources and great need.  It was truly impressive.

Thank you to the 7th grade social studies teachers – for their engagement in this unit of study, their attention to preparation and their work with the students in preparing, as well as throughout the simulation and thank you to all the team teachers for lending support.  This great learning opportunity would not have been possible without a great team Pierce effort, and it is appreciated.  

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Pierce students in Mr. Romeo’s Rocket Club enjoyed launch day last week at Kelly Field. Plenty of rocket success for this group of budding engineers! Check out these videos of rocket success!  

 

 INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

You’ve all likely been inspired by TEDTalks and this spring our 3rd-5th grade students  had the chance to create their own! Students learned how to exercise their voices and choices by joining a network of TED-Ed Clubs being formed in schools all over the world.  Students created their own TED Talks while working on important skills including storytelling, best practices for camera, lighting, and sound, how to create great visuals, and presentation literacy skills. Cunningham held their end of year presentations this week to rave reviews. Students choose topics including optical illusion, woman’s rights, gender equality, rules around sports, global warming, self confidence/believing in yourself, the problem with gaming and “fads”, dream jobs, the benefits of recess and sports injuries. We look forward to Ted-Ed clubs continuing in the fall.  

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Our 5th graders at all of our schools have enjoyed some whirlwind days as they get ready to step up to 6th grade!  There have been Step Up days, 5th grade Field Days, trips to Pierce, the State House, tours of Milton and more!

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Glover JA in a Day was another huge success!

There were two more successful JA in a Day programs  at Glover and Tucker in the past few weeks. Glover would like to thank Jimmy Suppelsa and the countless classroom volunteers who make this day possible for our students! Please enjoy this video of Glover  JA in a Day.

Teachers Mary Beth Callahan and Kelly Griffin shared that the Blue Hills Campus full-day preschool class participated in the Tucker School JA for a Day. The Lesson was called A Penny Shared and the preschool students  planned their project  – Lemonade for Animals.

JA in action!

This lesson involved the importance of giving as well as how to organize a chronological sequence of events.Through class discussion and reflection the students created the idea to offer the proceeds from a super exciting lemonade sale to the animals that live at the Milton Animal Shelter. This week they held the  fundraiser  at the end of the school day and it was a huge success! The lemonade was delicious and the students raised $103.00!  Milton Animal Control Officer Nancy Bersani came to visit the next day  and the students offered her the donation. Thank you to all of the Tucker families that contributed to this project!

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Collicot and Cunningham recently had their 8th annual joint 1st grade French Language Celebration. Parents/guardians and students enjoyed the activities and it was a great success. Thank you to our 1st grade French teachers and parent volunteers who organize such a fun day for our students. 

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We are getting ready to welcome a new kindergarten and preschool class to MPS in the fall. Each of our schools welcomed our youngest students this week for  tours so students could gain familiarity with with their new schools. We look forward to seeing our K and preschool students on the 1st day of school for kindergarten and preschool – Tuesday, September 4th.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

This week I received a letter about the rise of vaping and concerns for our students from the Attorney General which I share with you here. We at MPS share these concerns and are actively working to help manage this growing  health concern for young people. I refer you to the resources the Attorney General shared as well as these notes from the recent community forum held at MPS – The Truth about Vaping.

 

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 or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​

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Last week the Food Service Department at MHS hosted a taste test with General Mills to introduce three new flavors of Yogurt Coolers, a new breakfast drink that puts a healthy spin on traditional coffee shop drinks. The flavors sampled were Cocoa Coffee, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and Orange Crème. All of the drinks contain their own natural ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, or orange juice, and are made with a milk and yogurt base.

The team at General Mills supplied the ingredients and came prepared with “Swag Bags” for the students. Any student who sampled a drink was asked to rate the flavor on the sticker chart, and three lucky students won a Swag Bag which contained fun gifts and samples. The sampling was done throughout all three lunches, and a lot of students stopped by the table to show their interest. A number of students asked the ingredients and were pleased to find out that the drinks were all natural yogurt drinks, containing no additional syrups or artificial sweeteners. The Cocoa Coffee was an overwhelming hit, and the Brown Sugar Cinnamon was a close second. MHS is excited to bring these products to the Breakfast Program and serve it as part of a complete, nutritious breakfast.

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.

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.  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. 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 now! 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.

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IT Director Bob Pattinson and Education Technology Director AJ Melanson asked me to share the following information about gaming addiction and the game Fortnite from the people at Screenagers.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The MFE Spring Grants have been announced and a total of $19,600 dollars has been awarded across all 6 schools! This fall we’ll see Parachutes for Physics, Living Things terrariums, flexible seating, art supplies and more in our classrooms thanks to the MFE and their support of the Milton Public Schools!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.   Sign up now!

Come visit the Forbes House the weekend of Milton Music Fest, June 23rd and 24th! We’ll have a table with activities and information set up in Governor Hutchinson’s Field on  Saturday and on Sunday we’re holding an Open House from 12 noon – 3 pm with free tours of the museum. This summer, the Forbes House Museum will be offering themed tours with activities appropriate for elementary school children and above, and French language tours for students in the immersion program. If you are interested, please email The Forbes House with the ages of your children and your preferred days (M-F) and times. We will use that information to establish a schedule for the summer and let you know the options by early July.

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 many MPS students participate! 

MILTON MUSIC FEST AND FIREWORKS

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th. On Saturday night, sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston as our top-notch line up of musicians fill the airwaves with some of your favorite tunes. We will have nearly FIVE hours of nonstop music. This year we will have a “Little Bit of Country and a Little Bit of Rock and Roll”.  Be sure to wear your cowboy hats and boots! There will also be a large open air dance floor waiting for you.

When they say giant, they really do mean GIANT!

The kids will enjoy the  HUGE sand box and ride our GIANT slide. Try your hand at corn hole and volleyball, and enjoy the Wahlburgers Truck, Montilio’s Pizza Cart and The OK Saloon’s  cold draft beer and wine as well as ice cream, fried dough and more!

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, right around 10pm, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston skyline as your backdrop.  This celebration is always an evening to treasure. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray!

The fun continues on Sunday with Celtic Sunday from 1-9 PM. Celtic Sunday 2018 will highlight many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Each of them brings so much talent to the Boston Irish Music scene.  Our friends from M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub will be serving Guinness, Magners and other ice cold beer and wine. Grab your chair and sunscreen, there will be something for everyone, young and old. There will also be handicap parking available at the field on Sunday only. For more information on free parking, complimentary shuttle service and entertainment please visit MiltonMusicFest.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

On June 13th, Milton High School hosted the annual Elementary ACE Art Show.  ACE is a grade 5 enrichment program that provides opportunities for students to explore visual arts using advanced media and techniques.  Over 100 families passed through the exhibit!

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This past Monday was our first Applied Instrumental Lessons Program Information Night and Instrumental Petting Zoo where families could learn about the lessons program housed at Milton High School, and students could explore the different instrument options the program offers.  High school students were on hand to help out.  During the week, they also also visited each elementary school to demonstrate their instruments to 3rd and 4th grade students.  Please enjoy this video  from the assembly at Glover.

Families can locate Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information and a link to pre-register (highly recommended) on the MPS website.

ATHLETICS

 The Fall pre-season schedule will be out soon. Make sure to bookmark our website for information regarding sign-ups, pre-season schedules, coaching staff contacts, and more athletics information. Registration opens on August 1st and will be open until tryouts start. Football tryouts start Friday, August 17th and all other sports start Thursday, August 23rd (B/G Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Swimming, B/G Cross Country, Golf, and Cheer). Students are expected to attend all tryout sessions to be eligible for season. Any exceptions, and/or questions regarding tryouts, please email Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics.

The Rugby Team takes on Hanover in the MIAA State Final in a rematch of last year. The Wildcats lost last year but beat Hanover in the regular season this year and will hope to play well enough to beat them again. The game is at Newton South High School at 12pm on Saturday, June 23rd. Come out and support the Ruggers!

Congratulations to Coach Shaw, Ava, Elise, Jada, Eliza and Smith!

 

Congratulations are in order for the Boys and Girls Track students that traveled to Nationals in North Carolina! The Girls Distance Medley Relay (Jayda Dillon, Eliza O’Donnell, Elise O’Leary, and Ava Duggan) earned All-American status finishing 6th! Smith Charles placed 9th in the country in the Long Jump. Elise is now a 5-time All-American, and she is returning next year! There have been 11 different All-Americans in the track program in the past two years. We wish Coach Tom Shaw the best of luck in his endeavors across the country. 

Lastly, on behalf of the Milton High School Coaching Staff, and entire Athletics Department, Ryan Madden congratulates all teams on a great year. Good luck to all student-athletes intending to play sports at the collegiate level and special congratulations to our athletes who have signed Division I letters of intent :Bridget Mitchell, XC, Track, Providence College; Jasper Malcolm, Rowing, Temple; Isabelle Neville, Rowing, Robert Morris;  Kat Buchanan, Lacrosse, James Madison University; Chae Diani, Soccer, Bryant University;  Haley O’Brien, Volleyball, Bryant University .

The final car wash of the school year is at Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday June 23d from 9am-12pm to benefit the very busy track teams! Drive off into summer with a clean car!

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:

Students:

Nice job, Mary!

  Congratulations to Tucker 4th grader Mary Fundling who was the New England top scorer in Continental Math this year! Mary scored 29 points out of a possible 30 and was the highest point getter out of 10,000 New England 4th graders. Way to go, Mary! 

Congratulations, Reagan!

 

Collicot 4th grader Reagan Vaughan is the BoomWriter Bee Finals Champion! Reagan qualified for and participated in the first ever BoomWriter Bee Finals. Students from all over the globe participated, but it was Reagan who ultimately garnered the most votes! Wow, we have some accomplished 4th graders in the Milton Public Schools!

 

Staff:  Today, the Glover School gathered to let Miss Sandy (Sandy Zalois) know just how much she means to us and how appreciated she is. When she exited the kitchen, she was greeted by over 500 children who had gathered and on the count of three thanked her for her years of service. Chloe Doherty rapped a cafeteria rap and Patrick Kelly presented her with flowers. The staff gave her gifts and then she stood in the hallway as each and every child filed past and gave her a high five or a hug. Many brought cards and special gifts for her. Sandy has worked at the Milton Public Schools for almost 30 years and retiring this year. Wish wish her a wonderful retirement!  You can see some of the fun here.

This week we ​are saying good bye to two valued employees of the Milton Public Schools. Tracy Grandeau has served as the Director of Pupil Personnel for 3 years and prior to that as the Milton High School Team Chair. Tracy has been a dedicated and talented advocate and leader in the area of Special Education in the Milton Public Schools. I am sure that every parent/guardian and staff member who has worked with Tracy joins me thanking her and wishing her well in this next chapter of her life.

Linda Stefanick has been a high school science teacher in the Milton Public Schools for many years and last year became our Elementary Science/Stem Coordinator. She has moved our science curriculum forward, supported our teachers and successfully applied for grants. We wish Linda all the best as she and her family relocate out of state.

Ben Kelly, Walter Timilty, Dan Yifru, Kara Yifru, Amy Tom, James Jette

MHS Science educator Kara Yifru attended a State House ceremony today as one of three finalists for the PAEMST Award  which are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education.  We are proud of Kara’s status as a finalist as we await the national results and know you join us in congratulating her for this recognition.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Charlene Roche, Karen McDavitt, Sara Warner, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Jess Gillooly, Dawn Sykes, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette,  Karen Cahill, Sarina Burke,  Josh Coben, JT Troy, Jess Royster, Bernadette Butler, Mary Beth Callahan, Taylor Pirog, Tom Shaw, Leslie Collins, Marti McKenna, AJ Melanson, Bob Pattinson,  Amy Tom and Kelly Griffin. 

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

 

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June 14, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 14, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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.

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.  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. 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 now! 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.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

Ada Rosmarin, Strategic Plan Subcommittee Co-Chair shares the following. After five years of development, the Milton School Committee approved a new Vision Statement and a Strategic Plan for 2018-23.  The Strategic Planning Advisory Committee led the development of the plan that addresses five strategic initiatives and goals, with a sixth that is under development: Curriculum and Instruction; Technology; Data Use; Cultural Competency; Social Emotional Learning and Facilities.

Five task forces developed action plans for each of the goals and liaisons between the Strategic Planning Committee and the Task Forces served to coordinate and communicate the efforts and feedback between each group. Input and feedback from the Milton community was key in the development of the plan and will continue to be critical to its success.  In fall 2016, three teams of MPS educators and community members were recruited to address three key agenda items: School System Description/Data Initiatives; Core Beliefs and Goals and Three Current Initiatives; Environment and Technology. The valuable information gathered by each of these teams as well as a survey and feedback process that involved the broader Milton Community led to the vision statement that was approved by the School Committee in November 2017. 

After the draft Strategic Plan was presented to the School Committee in May 2018, another survey and feedback process was done to gather feedback prior to the plan’s approval on June 6, 2018.  Through the survey, staff and parents/guardians volunteered to be involved in the Strategic Planning process as it moves forward. We encourage anyone else, who might still like to volunteer to be involved in this process, to be in touch with us via Charlene Roche.

Please review the full Strategic Plan here and a recent Milton Times article on this process can be read here.  Thank you to the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee for the 2017-18 school year: Parents Steve Paxhia( Subcommittee Co-Chair) and Spencer Blasdale, SC Members  Ada Rosmarin (Subcommittee Co-Chair) , Dr. Kevin Donahue and Margaret Eberhardt,  and MPS administrators Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Dr. Karen Spaulding, A.J. Melanson, Michelle Kreuzer, Mary Gormley, Janet Sheehan and Dr. Glenn Pavlicek.  

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 will be 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 starting July 9th  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.

AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE

Summer vacation is a time to recharge, relax and enjoy family and friends and I’m sure many are looking forward to the break from the school routine. 9 weeks out of school is a lot of vacation time and with just a bit of effort on the part of families, students can return to school refreshed and ready to learn. Let’s all avoid the Summer Slide and take advantage of these wonderful resources our educators have prepared for all students!

Summer reading resources for students K-6 can be found here. Please register for summer reading today or email Marti O’Keefe McKenna  for help in registering. Students in grades 6-8 can find reading requirements here.

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

What is Mrs. Allegrezza reading this summer?

 

MHS students can find all summer requirements here. 

Parents/guardians and staff – what are you reading this summer? Will you share your picks in this one question survey so we can share with the MPS community?

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS families, please take a moment to complete the Milton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Declaration Survey. Next year, all MHS students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year. We ask that all families declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to meet this request to bring their own device next year.  If you currently have an 8th-11th grade student and have not completed the short BYOD declaration survey please do so as soon as possible.   

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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For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year.  Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage. Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Aviation Field Trip to Logan

Pierce students have been exploring STEM opportunities in college and beyond through a series of field trips over the last few weeks.  On May 22nd, 40 eighth grade girls attended the Girls STEM Meet up at Avon High School where students had the opportunity to meet with engineers  from a variety of different  fields to hear more about their path into their current role and about the types of projects they work on. On May 30th, 70 seventh grade students in Mr. DeMaggio’s STEM elective attended the Aviation Expo at Logan Airport. And students visited a variety of stations focused on different careers and technology at the airport.  They had the opportunity to talk with

Visiting Mass Maritime

people working at the airport and to see firsthand the different vehicles and technology currently being used in the industry. Finally, on June 5th, 110 students who attended our Clean Energy Day earlier in the spring visited Mass Maritime Academy to tour and see first hand the different Clean Energy Initiatives on campus.  Highlights included standing inside a wind turbine and experiencing the Bridge Simulator, a ship simulation where students at the Academy can practice driving large ships in any part of the world. Pierce Alumni and current Mass Maritime cadet, Kevin Trifone was kind enough to join one of the tour groups providing a local perspective on life at the Academy. Funding for these trips was provided through our partnership with Schools to Careers and through a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Council.

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Pierce 8th grade students recently worked on their earthquake tower project, both building and testing designs that could potentially withstand an earthquake. These students researched, planned and designed scale models of their towers before construction started. This collaborative project was fun, creative and successful!

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It’s time to Step Up to Pierce! For weeks 5th grade students from across the district have written letters back and forth getting to know each other and last week they got to meet each other. Thank you Pierce for supporting our students and making them feel comfortable as they get ready to Step Up to Pierce!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Last week, I was pleased to participate in 5th grade Tucker Career Day. I joined many other professionals charged with the task of sharing our career paths and inspiring  our Tucker 5th graders as they move on to middle school. Thank you to Boston Police Boston Police Officer Davis, Sargent Brook, and Officer Foote; Human Resource executive Alexandria Mauristhene; business owner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Abelard; ICU Nurse Eduarda Fernandes; Video Game Industry employee Nathan Sitkoff; Channel 5 television reporter David Bienick and Milton Firefighters Matt Neundorf, Paul Gardiner and John Brennan who generously gave of their time and knowledge. 5th grade teacher Shannon Brooks, who organizes the event, shared that prior to Career Day students are guided on an interactive web quest to research careers that may interest them. On Career Day, each student is given the opportunity to rotate into three, 20 minutes sessions and they bring their note taking guide and as well as interesting questions. My own experience showcased their preparedness as the students I met were engaged and asked thoughtful questions. Thank you to Ms. Brooks for organizing a wonderful day for our students.

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Milton community members visited Cunningham last week for the annual Cunningham Community Read day. Members of the community gather at the school and visit classrooms to share a book and a bit about what they do in the Milton community. I was happy to read to a Kindergarten class and found them enthusiastic and ready for 1st grade!  

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Last Friday Collicot celebrated International Day. The teachers and staff planned lots of activities to celebrate the richness of different cultures, countries, and languages in the world. Each grade learned about different countries including Australia,  Italy, Turkey, Spain, France, Greece, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Israel, India, Korea, Canada, Haiti and Mexico. In the afternoon, the Collicot community came together for a school wide assembly featuring an Irish Step Dance performance and musicians and instruments from the Arab world.    

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Collicot kindergarten classes joined together this week to perform their 3rd annual “Rumble in the Jungle” celebration.  Families took a walk through the jungle while enjoying songs and poems performed by the class of 2030!

MPACE – MILTON PARTNERSHIP FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT

We have had 3 recent activities in our schools that were all funded by MPACE. MPACE is a taxpayer funded initiative that provides cultural experiences for our students that are beyond the scope of what the district can provide. Please read more about MPACE and how they support our students each year, and you can still contribute to MPACE here. So what have our students been enjoying this month thanks to MPACE?

Mr Nicky for our 6th graders. What do you get when you combine  history and music? You get Mr. Nicky’s contagious songs that had our middle schoolers on their feet! Listen to his music at your own risk – you’ll find yourself humming them later on.

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MathsAmazing for our 4th and 5th graders. The students loved this show and the quality of math covered was excellent!  

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Storyteller, historian, and hand-spinner Nancy Bell delighted our 3rd graders with her fun, hands-on, historical “Edu-tainment.”  Her “Spinning History” program is a visual arts and women’s history performance about the role the art of spinning played in the American Revolution.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Traci Wojciechowski from Caron Student Assistance Programs presented The Truth about Vaping to parents and guardians on Monday evening June 4that the MHS auditorium. This issue is becoming a health epidemic among our youth across the country, throughout the state and here in Milton.  We have seen a spike in the use of these products at MHS and it has become an issue in other local districts. You may find this video from the Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics Associates (Lester Hartman, MD, MPH) useful. MPS Director of Health/Physical Education Noel Vigue and MHS Principal  James Jette share more below.

In our efforts to keep your children safe and to keep you informed, we want to bring to your attention the use of E-Cigarettes, Vape Pens or Juul Pods. As mentioned above, we have seen a rise in the popularity of these devices at MHS. We’d like to share some information (that was sent to MHS parents/guardians in November 2017) and enlist your help to make sure students are not bringing them into school or using them at any school sponsored events.  Continue reading here… 

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All adolescents are at risk of abusing prescribed pain killers, and the rate of deaths among adolescents abusing these opioids is increasing across the country. Youth who have had histories of mental health problems, which include depression and chronic anxiety or stress and sleep disorders, are found to be at even greater risk of becoming dependent on a prescribed pain killer (opioid) like Oxycontin or Vicodin—especially if their pain is related to their psychological condition. Kids who are on psychoactive drugs are at most risk of becoming addicted. MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares more here.

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Thanks to safety patrol coordinator and physical educator Ben Jones, students from Tucker and Glover got to experience public safety training at the Milton Police station on Tuesday.  These students were safety patrol leaders at there school throughout the year. They were able to view some historical items, experience a ‘trail’ 911 call in the communications command center, walk through intricacies of booking a suspect, see the holding cells, and sit in patrol vehicles.  It was a powerful learning experience and every student left with a smile on their face. A special thank you goes to the Milton Police department for devoting their time and resources to help support this wonderful experience. If you would like to learn more about the safety patrol program, please contact Ben Jones.

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30th. Please refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.   Sign up now!

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th with two days of music, games, food, drinks and fun! 

Come visit the Forbes House the weekend of Milton Music Fest, June 23rd and 24th! We’ll have a table with activities and information set up in Governor Hutchinson’s Field on  Saturday and on Sunday we’re holding an Open House from 12 noon – 3 pm with free tours of the museum.  

Town Rain Barrel program – SUSTAINABLE MILTON  is encouraging residents to save rainwater by offering The Great American Rain Barrel at 40% Off retail!  All details can be found here.  

The Eustis Estate has 2 interesting programs for families in the coming weeks. Drop-in craft workshops for families at the Eustis Estate—Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am-2pm and Make Music Boston Summer Concert–Thursday, June 21, 5:30-9pm.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

  Tucker students are enjoying a visit from visiting artist Cynthia Smith who has been a contributing member of the Milton community for 16 years. She is an artist and educator with over 37 years of experience in the visual arts. This year’s project will provide an art experience that embodies the very essence of what public art expresses: community values, civic beautification, heightening awareness of the surrounding space and community, and inspiration. Three dimensional figures will be created and then displayed in the green space surrounding Tucker. These figures will be painted, decoupaged and mosaicked with cultural and familial artifacts submitted by the community (e.g. photos, notes, words, maps, primary sources, etc.). Mosaic stepping stones will be created to lead and welcome viewers to take a closer look.   

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There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

The place for all things athletics – schedules, important dates and information and more – is the Milton Wildcats website. If you have a MHS athlete in your house, be sure to bookmark this site

Athletics Registration Information for the fall can be found on the Milton Wildcats website under “Inside Athletics”.  You will find key dates, registration steps, and links to sites.  Fall Registration will open on Wednesday, August 1st.  Tryout times for the fall will be on the website by next Friday, June 22nd.

The Rugby Team has advanced to the MIAA State Final after beating Malden Catholic 49-0! Seniors Patrick Taugher, Liam Kelly, Chris Caputo, and Daniel Balerna lead the team to the finals scoring 34 points in the second half to return to the state finals.  They will play the winner of the Catholic Memorial v Hanover game on Saturday, June 23rd at Newton South High School. (Time will be determined after the semi-final game tonight.) Good luck to the Rugby Team! Thank you to Roy Chambers for the photo of the team.

The final car wash of the school year is  at Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday June 23d from 9am-12pm to benefit the very busy track teams! Drive off into summer with a clean car!

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:

Students:  We’ve all been there – the kids know more about technology than we do! Well some of our MHS students are taking that to heart and helping out their neighbors at Winter Valley this summer with TECH Mondays. Thank you to our MHS students who are giving their time this summer to help those in our community. I know the students will have those laptops and cell phones running smoothly in no time at all!  

 

Judy Whelan, Brad Spindle and Colleen Davoren

Staff: The MHS Student Government started a thoughtful new tradition this year as each class gave out a staff appreciation award. These awards were  presented by each class’s student government to acknowledge a staff member who has made an impact on them on a daily basis, whom they appreciate for the work they do for the school, and who brightens their day! Please join me in congratulating these three staff members who are being honored this year – MHS Administrative Assistant Brad Spindle, Colleen Davoren from Food Services, and Custodian Judy Whalen!  

The Glover duck family has been safely helped to Turners Pond!

Volunteers:  For many years, the Glover School has had a wonderful tradition of nurturing an expectant mother duck in their courtyard space and then, when it’s time, shepherding the family into the nearby waters of Turner’s Pond. The goal is to facilitate this natural event without interfering. The ducks need help exiting Glover as the courtyard is surrounded by the building which makes it a safe and ideal space for the mother duck to lay her eggs. The process takes time and gentle monitoring and this week I would like to recognize two Glover parents who have been our version of duck “mothers” for many years. Thank you to outgoing Glover parents Ida Geering and Wendy Roth for their many years of gently and safely facilitating this process and we know you’ll be back next year to witness this wonderful Glover tradition. Thank you also to Mary O’Leary who is not pictured but has helped infinitely and will continue to be a part of the new duck team along with Kate Middleton and Kate Sutphin. Thank you to Mary, Kate and Kate who will keep our ducks safe for years to come! 

Thank you to Anders Geering for this sweet video of the ducks journey.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ada Rosmarin, Sarina Burke, AJ Melanson, Marti McKenna, Kristen Fraine, Christie Chiappetta, JT Troy, Jennie Beliveau, Kelly Losi, Karen Spaulding, Charlene Roche, Karen McDavitt, Sara Warner, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Bernadette Butler, Amy Gale, Sara MacNeil, Jaclyn Germano, Jess Gillooly, Anders Geering and Kristen Giffune. 

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

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June 7th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: June 7, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Valedictorian Domenic Jancaterino receives his diploma from Prinicpal Jette

It was a wonderful day in the Copeland Family Field House on Sunday as we celebrated the one hundred and forty-eighth Milton High School graduation and the accomplishments of our  261 Milton High School graduates. The field house was filled with MHS staff, family and friends and of course our graduates. It was a moving ceremony and our student speakers – Salutatorian Timothy Karoff,  Valedictorian Domenic Jancaterino and Class President MacKenzie Caputo – were outstanding. The MHS Band and Chorus Ensemble provided stirring music and the afternoon concluded with the Declaration of Graduation by Principal James Jette, a rousing cheer and an exuberant processional.

Thanks to Milton Wildcat News, you can watch the ceremony in its entirety here. The photos below can be enlarged to share our graduate’s future plans. Last week’s Milton Times contained a full color spread of our 2018 Senior Class and this week will feature many highlights from our graduation ceremony. I encourage you to pick up a copy to celebrate our graduates! 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The School Committee invites all to please join them on Wednesday, June 13th at 7pm for a public forum to address increased student enrollment and space issues in the Milton Public Schools. The meeting will take place in the Milton Access TV Studio, Rm 245 in Milton High School. Please note that unlike “Citizens Speak,” this forum will allow the opportunity for an exchange between citizens and Milton School Committee members. If you wish to access background information regarding increasing enrollment, please view the presentation from The New England School Development Council (NESDEC). 

The School Committee has updated the 2018-19 school calendar which can be found here.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS families, please take a moment to complete the Milton High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Declaration Survey. Next year, all MHS students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year. We ask that all families declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to meet this request to bring their own device next year.  If you currently have an 8th-11th grade student and have not completed the short BYOD declaration survey please do so as soon as possible.   

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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For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any seniors (current junior class) taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage.

Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Congratulations to Anderson, Barron and Bridget!

The Middle School Science Fair took place at Worcester Technical High School this past Saturday and I am happy to report that Pierce sent two projects to the fair and both received First Place awards!  8th graders Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman went as a team with their project on Developing Better Ventilation Systems for Refugee Tents, and Bridget McCoy, a 7th grader, also went with a project on the Effects of Temperature on Yeast Activity.  This was Anderson and Barron’s second trip to State Science Fair and they received a 2nd place award last year while this was Bridget’s first time at the State Science Fair. All three students have been participants in the Pierce Science Fair since 6th grade and we could not be more proud of them. Our science fair participants learned a lot this year, and despite having a difficult Regionals experience, they persevered on to the State Fair and had the best year yet.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Yup, thats’s a tick!

In recent weeks, The Friends of the Blue Hills teamed up with Milton Town Nurse Caroline Kinsella and our 4th grade Future Problem Solvers to help increase awareness of Lyme disease and how to prevent it.  Over 300 hundred of our 4th graders in all four schools participated in an interactive program to understand how deer populations and ticks affect our community. Students learned how deer populations degrade forest health and how unhealthy forests affect human health using Lyme disease as an example in their community. Finally, Ms Kinsella shared how to check for ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease.  

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The Tour of Milton is an exciting opportunity for 5th grade students to learn more about their community. Gwen Labbe, the Education Director from Milton Historical Society, provides teachers with a binder of articles and pictures to share with students before the trip, so they can build schema before they explore the designated stops on the tour.  Students travel by bus to The Forbes House, The Wakefield Estate, Milton Cemetery and The Suffolks Resolves House learning about the history of their community throughout the day.

BUS REGISTRATION

For the upcoming school year, we will be rolling over ridership from the previous year. If you currently have students registered for the bus, you will need only to send payment (for a paid bus ride) or an email indicating you want to renew your ride (for free rides). If you need to register a new student for the bus, details are here. Bus payment and registration (if needed) must be received by June 30th. Please refer to this link for all details and email Jane Barrett with questions. 

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 will be 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 starting July 9th  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 GIVES BACK

Declan Shields Buzzed Off for Kids with Cancer!

Jackson (center) and Christopher (right) mid buzz!

As promised, 3 of our Collicot students look a little different this week as they Buzzed Off for Kids with Cancer over the weekend. Christopher Ennis, Declan Shields and Jackson Wagner all raised money by getting pledges to buzz their hair to support kids with cancer and last weekend at Gillette Stadium they delivered on their promise!  Gronk also got buzzed and you can see him (and Christopher at 33 seconds and Jackson at 55 seconds) in this news clip.  

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

June 7, 8, 9   Pierce Players Performances
June 11  Grade 6 Spring Concert
June 13  Volunteer Event/School Committee Meeting
June 14  Grade 7&8 Spring Concert
June 18  Instrumental Lesson Information Night
June 22 Last day of school, Early Release at all schools

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and there are limited tickets available at the door for all three performances, 45 minutes before the show starts.  Find out more about the show here.  

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), we need your input! Each year,  the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in  your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from  October 1, 2017– June 30, 2018. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device with this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3792854/Family-Engagement-Survey-2017-2018. Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students. Thank you for completing the survey.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

There is a new “Sandwich King of MHS” and much to the chagrin of Mr. Kelly and Mr. Mack, it isn’t them! Congratulations to Mr. Jette on his win with his “Turkey Club Remix”.

MILTON MUSIC FEST AND FIREWORKS

The Milton Music Festival returns to Gov. Hutchinson’s Field a top of Milton Hill on Adams Street on June 23rd and 24th. On Saturday night, sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston as our top-notch line up of musicians fill the airwaves with some of your favorite tunes. We will have nearly FIVE hours of nonstop music. This year we will have a “Little Bit of Country and a Little Bit of Rock and Roll”.  Be sure to wear your cowboy hats and boots! There will also be a large open air dance floor waiting for you.

The kids will enjoy the  HUGE sand box and ride our GIANT slide. Try your hand at corn hole and volleyball, and enjoy the Wahlburgers Truck, Montilio’s Pizza Cart and The OK Saloon’s  cold draft beer and wine as well as ice cream, fried dough and more!

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, right around 10pm, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston skyline as your backdrop.  This celebration is always an evening to treasure. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray!

The fun continues on Sunday with Celtic Sunday from 1-9 PM. Celtic Sunday 2018 will highlight many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Each of them brings so much talent to the Boston Irish Music scene.  Our friends from M.J. O’Connor’s Irish Pub will be serving Guinness, Magners and other ice cold beer and wine. Grab your chair and sunscreen, there will be something for everyone, young and old. There will also be handicap parking available at the field on Sunday only. For more information on free parking, complimentary shuttle service and entertainment please visit MiltonMusicFest .

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Less than one week until race day! The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. Online registration for the Milton Road Race will close on Monday the 11th at noon. For teams, a reminder that team registration can only be done online. If you have teammates who have not yet registered, encourage them to sign up soon!  Bag/number pickup and in-person registration will be available Monday night (4-7pm) and Tuesday after 3:30pm at Cunningham Hall. In-person registration is $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Please bring a check payable to MJWC. For those of you making a game day decision, look for the paper registration form on our FB page, which you can print, fill out and bring to registration. Also, if you have not yet done so —  “like” Milton Road Race on FaceBook for the most up to date race day info. Be sure to patronize our awesome sponsors and tell them The Milton Road Race sent you. Add picture

Head to the Eustis Estate for the Head to Toe Family Programs on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am – 2pm.  

This summer the Milton Art Center is offering nine weeks of summer classes with separate morning and afternoon summer art class sessions for children, ages 5-12, and Summer Studio for teens, 12-17, who enjoy bringing their ideas and stories to life.  New this summer are creative writing courses and figure drawing for adults. Each week something new to learn in drawing, painting, mixed media, sewing, clay, digital media, paper mache sculpture and more. Sign up now!

 

Town Rain Barrel program – SUSTAINABLE MILTON  is encouraging residents to save rainwater by offering The Great American Rain Barrel at 40% Off retail!  All details can be found here. 

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Our 7th and 8th grade students had a wonderful showing at this year’s Great East Festival! Congratulations to all, performances can be viewed below.

Great East Pierce MS Band 7 & 8 GOLD!
Great East Pierce MS Cambiata Chorus 7 & 8 GOLD!
Great East Pierce MS Treble Chorus 7 & 8 PLATINUM!
Great East Pierce MS Strings 7 & 8 PLATINUM!

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There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.

ATHLETICS

Girls Lacrosse and Boys Tennis had their season cut short after 1st round losses to Old Rochester and Hanover, respectively.  They each had great seasons! Baseball and Softball both play tonight in the first round of the tournament. Baseball travels to Dartmouth for a 4:30pm game, while Softball travels to North Quincy for a 6:00pm game.  Rugby will host Marshfield on Friday, at 5:00pm in the state quarterfinals! Good luck to all!

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Milton High School is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, June 12th at 6:30pm, the Athletic Department will be hosting John Whitesides from the National Guard and the Boston Bruins Organization, as part of the BFIT Performance Series. Following the presentation, to which all grades/parents are invited,  all incoming freshmen students and parents should stay for a brief presentation on Milton High School Athletics. All details can be found here

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There will be a Cans for Cats and Car Wash combo on Saturday June 9th from 9-12pm at Cunningham (note the venue change for Cans for Cats just for this month). MHS Track teams will benefit. Cross two things off your list at once!

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

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:

Students:  I would like to recognize our 261 Milton High School 2018 graduates, every one of whom will bring their special talents with them as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. We know these young people are the future leaders of both our local and global communities and it has been a privilege to have them as a part of the Milton Public Schools community.  

Staff: Last night we honored our recent retirees from the Milton Public Schools at a reception at Milton High School. These long time educators have taught many of your children throughout the years and I hope you will join me in wishing them a well deserved happy retirement. Thank you and congratulations to Ellen Brusard, Elizabeth Carrigan, Pamela Dorsey, Susan Doyle, Mary Duggan, Annie Dutton, Debra Fidrocki, Lorraine Lawson-Henry, Diane Jackson, Judith Lemelman, Anna McReynolds, Ann Marie Noonan, Mary Foy Rooney and Nancy Trifone-Seales. You can read a bit about our retirees in the pictures below, which can be enlarged by clicking on them. To our retireees – your contributions to the Milton Public Schools will not soon be forgotten.

Volunteers: Phew! Graduation season has come and gone and it just would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of the dozens of volunteers who contribute to the end of the year festivities. A heartfelt thanks to the Boosters, FAME, the All Night Party Committee and the MHS PTSFO. The many end of year events that make May and June special for our seniors and high school students would not be possible without your creativity, “get it done” attitude and willingness to engage in these valuable end of year rituals.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Charlene Roche, Christie Chiappetta, Karyn Viveiros, Sean Lopresti, AJ Melanson, Karen Cahill, Jane Barrett, Sarina Burke, Justine Novak, Jen Grubler, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Sara MacNeil, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Amy Gale, Rebecca Damiani, Dawn Sykes and Bernadette Butler. 

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

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May 31, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 31, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach graduation this Sunday, June 3rd, we have had a week of celebrations at Milton High School as we have honored our outstanding students for their achievements in academics, athletics and music. These are special nights in the Milton Public Schools and I know you’ll join me in congratulating the recipients and thanking those who make these evenings and awards possible.

Congratulations to Milton High Schools seniors for the academic awards presented to them this week. A special thank you to the families, organizations and foundations who donated over $130,000 to this year’s MHS seniors. This night is amazing as we honor many of our students with scholarships and awards. All names below can be enlarged by clicking on the photo.

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE   

The Milton School Committee would like to invite you to a public meeting on Monday, June 4th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Library. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the FY19 budget as well as space/enrollment issues.  

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

This Monday,  June 4, at 6:30pm, please join us in the MHS Auditorium as we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any seniors (current junior class) taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage

Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.

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Look who was at MHS this week and last? Our incoming kindergarteners were here, meeting some K teachers and school nurses. Everyone leaves with a smile and a bright yellow t-shirt. Welcome to the Milton Public Schools, class of 2031!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The Health & PE Team at Pierce ( Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, and Barbara Perry) would like to spread awareness about sun safety as summer  approaches. We all want to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, and we want you and your families to stay safe and protect your skin.  The Friday before Memorial Day is dubbed Don’t Fry Day and this is a good time for a reminder about sun safety. Protect your skin today and every day!  Enjoy the summer fun, but always remember to Slip, Slop, Slap … and Wrap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, Wrap on some sunglasses! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Our 3rd graders at MPS recently enjoyed Owl Talks Presentations by Trailside Museum naturalists, where they learned about owls and the importance of respecting and caring for wild animals. During the presentations the students explored owl wings, claws and skulls to explore how these structures are adapted to meet the needs of these birds. They also had the opportunity to meet some live owls (Great Horned, Barn, Screech, or Barred). All of these birds are native to the Milton area. This lesson will be followed up with an in class owl pellet dissection, when students will be able to explore the skeletal remains of the food supply of these local owls.  

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Mrs. Spitz’ 3rd graders looking sharp on their way to sing!

 

During any given week, there is usually a musical performance of some sort happening at one of our schools! Please enjoy our Collicot 3rd graders and Tucker 2nd graders performing at recent concerts.  

 

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They laughed, they cheered, they tied! This year’s Glover 5th grade vs staff Pongo game did not disappoint! The excitement was palpable and the kids had a blast. The fourth graders can’t wait for their turn next year and loved cheering everyone on.

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Thank you to current Selectman and former Police Chief Richard Wells who spent some time with Mrs. Walsh’s 2nd graders at Cunningham this week.

 

TECHNOLOGY

It’s official, Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day. For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st. 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.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The end of the school year can be a stressful and busy time for parents/guardians and staff. MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares some Tips for Taking Care of Yourself here

MPS GIVES BACK

Some of our Collicot students will look a little different as they Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer in the coming weeks! Jackson Wagner,Declan Shields and Christopher Ennis (pictured at left), are all raising money by getting pledges to buzz their hair to support kids with cancer.

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Our Glover 5th graders recently collected items and then volunteered at Cradles to Crayons as part of their fifth grade community service project. Thank you to these students for spending their valuable free time giving back to our community.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

June 3  MHS Graduation
June 5  Grade 4 Math Competition
June 6  Milton School Committee Retiree Reception/School Committee Meeting
June 7, 8, 9   Pierce Players Performances
June 11  Grade 6 Spring Concert
June 13  Volunteer Event/School Committee Meeting
June 14  Grade 7&8 Spring Concert

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.

 

SEPAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), we need your input! Each year,  the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in  your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from  October 1, 2017– June 30, 2018. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device with this link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3792854/Family-Engagement-Survey-2017-2018Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students. Thank you for completing the survey.

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The Milton SEPAC held elections last week and are pleased to announce the board for the coming school year.  Co-Chairs: Jennifer Grubler (Cunningham, Integrated Preschool), Melissa Feldman (Pierce/Glover), Secretary: Jamie DeCaro (Integrated Preschool, Collicot), Treasurer: Clare Keating. Pierce Representative: Jessica Raider, Glover Representatives: Jenny Sheehan, Caitlin O’Neil Amaral, Collicot Representative: Amy Masferrer, Preschool Representative: Aldo Guerrero, Out-of-District Representative: Leslie Cheverie. The SEPAC is  still see seeking volunteers to represent Tucker,, Milton High School, and Cunningham. If you would like more information or think you may be interested in serving next year, please email the SEPAC.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Local parent and author, Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field!  

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has three Story Walks, posted conveniently around town for families to enjoy with their children. One of these Story Walks, located on the playground of Tucker Elementary School, is a TRI-LINGUAL story book. MECA is also having their  annual  Children’s Concert, held at the gazebo, on Thursday June 7th at 6pm.

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!  

There are some fun events at the Eustis Estate in the coming weeks. Join them for  the Vintage Base Ball Double-Header at the Eustis Estate, Boston Beaneaters vs. Providence Grays, Sunday,  June 3 from 11am – 3:30pm and for the Head to Toe Family Programs on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am – 2pm. Details on both events can be found here.

Last year, over 600 Milton residents and supporters walked and ran in Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse to keep a light shining  on the substance abuse epidemic. We hope to have 800 people participate this year! Save the date for The 2018 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 20th

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.  

ATHLETICS

We have a few teams in the MIAA Tournament starting next week!

Girls Lacrosse will finish their season against Ursuline on Thursday 5/31 at 4pm, before entering the tournament for the second year in a row.

Boys Tennis will also be back in the tournament after beating Marshfield last Friday.

Baseball will enter the tournament as the dark horse.  They await the seeding next week to see where they will be traveling to.

Softball will look to secure a tournament berth on Thursday 5/31 when they take on Weymouth. If they win, they will make the post-season for the first time in 9 years.

Rugby enters the tournament undefeated in Division II, and they will hope to host a home game.

Boys and Girls Track will be attending All-States at Fitchburg State on Saturday, 6/2.  Good luck to all runners!

Crew did well over the weekend – results can be found here.

 

There is a Learn to Row session on Saturday June 2nd from 11am-2pm at Milton Landing. All are welcome!   

 

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

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:

Nice job, Ida!

Students:   On Saturday, April 7th over 100 students met at Clark University to participate in the Future Problem Solving State Bowl. Among those students was our very own Collicot 5th grader, Ida Zoll. Ida competed in the Junior Division of the Individual Competition against other 4-6 graders. We recently found out that Ida’s problem solving abilities and precise action plan scored high enough to place her third in the entire state! We are so proud of Ida and all of Milton’s Future Problem Solvers.  

 

Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan at the conference.

Staff and Volunteers:  A huge thank you to School Committee member Margaret  Eberhardt and MPS Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan who this week presented at the Department of Secondary Education (DESE) conference on School Wellness and the Power of School Wide Collaboration. Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan spoke of how invested  the Milton Public Schools is to working on our Health and Wellness initiatives, of the innovative work of Director of Health and PE Noel Vigue and the absolute success of our collaborative programs. We are lucky to live in a town that is committed to the whole child and supports all of the Milton Public Schools health and wellness initiatives including the social and emotional health of our students and staff.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, Barbara Perry, Linda Stefanick, Dawn Sykes, AJ Melanson, Tracy Grandeau, Jen, Grubler, Dawn Sykes, Bernadette Butler and Rebecca Damiani. 

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

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May 24, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 24, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

After nine months of study and preparation, it’s official,  Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  For the past nine months the Technology Task Force and sub-committees have been working tirelessly to prepare for this exciting initiative.  The Technology Task Force members include Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson; Information Technology Director Bob Pattison;, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Janet Sheehan; MHS Assistant Principal Ben Kelly;  Elementary Instructional Technology Directors Sara Doherty and Kirsten Driscoll; Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick; Pierce Technology Teacher Deanna Magill; and parents Abigail Callahan, Abe Cardoza, Matt King and Steve Paxhia. 

In preparation for this initiative the Technology Task Force and sub-committees researched other school districts across the commonwealth, and developed detailed researched action plans.  The sub-committee members include additional teachers, administrators and family members and the task force and committees focused on: professional development for staff; current infrastructure and needed improvements; web based applications that run seamlessly on all device; minimum device specifications; single sign-on; Acceptable Use Policy; a new tech plan; researching other district’s successes and challenges implementing 1:1 initiatives; extra IT support needed; insurance and a system for signing devices in and out. 

Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

The Technology Department submitted and received approval to purchase three hundred Chromebooks through capital funds for next year.  The additional Chromebooks will be available to students who cannot meet the request of bringing a device, other than their smartphone, and to students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  Students in grades 9-12 will be asked to bring their fully-charged device from home to use throughout the school day, each and every day.

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st.

Mr. Melanson shares, “I cannot be more excited about the BYOD initiative.  This could not have become a reality without the hard work of the teachers, administrators, and parents who serve on various technology committees. BYOD will help prepare MHS students to become college and career ready and allow the teachers to revolutionize their teaching practice. I want to thank Superintendent Gormley and Assistant Superintendents Sheehan and Pavlicek for their unwavering support of our vision on this initiative. This could not have come to fruition without their support and guidance.” Principal Jette states,  “I am very excited to see our Milton High School students move into the 21st century as they implement more technology to enhance their overall learning experience.”

Personally, I can not thank this dedicated group of staff and community members enough for the time, effort and thoughtfulness they have given to this idea and look forward to the implementation of our BYOD program for the 2018-19 school year.

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 this flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Taylor Snellen and Mary Kate Murtagh

Ramsey Julmice and Taylor Snellen from Ms. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class asked me to share the following. The 2018 Computer Science Principles Gala was a smash hit! On May 21st during C period block, Ms. Jarboe’s AP class hosted an event in the field house to show the school what they’ve accomplished over the school year. Dozens upon dozens of students attended to take part in the exhibition. Utilizing the projects they created for the AP exam, Ms. Jarboe’s students made presentations out of the “Explore” and “Create” segments of the exam. The “Explore” is when students take a closer look at a piece of new technology to discuss the data and effects on society, good or bad. The “Create” involves making a program that utilizes algorithms and logical concepts like an actual coder.

Additionally, there was a sticker currency that the participants collected from each station that could be redeemed for prizes. Prizes included Google silly bandz, fidget spinners, and other items. This was a nice way to get the students to really listen to the content and hopefully learn something. Above all, these presentations should inspire other teens to take computer science courses. By spreading the importance STEM has on our lives, it may motivate more kids to take part of the coding and computing revolution!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn and Janet Applefield

Last week at Pierce Middle School, Janet Applefield addressed the entire 7th grade class, sharing her experiences from a very dark time in the history of the world. Ms. Applefield, with funding from the Milton Cultural Council, speaks annually to Pierce students about her experiences during the Holocaust and discusses the importance of combating prejudice and hate.  

Ms. Applefield speaks to Pierce students.

At age 7, Ms. Applefield was separated from her family and spent her childhood in hiding, escaping the persecution of the concentration camps, as she was able to pass for non-jewish.  She speaks to students with a heavy heart, understanding that over 1 million children lost their lives and over 6 million jews overall lost their lives (including some of her family members).  Although she survived, her childhood was tormented by her separation from her family, the fear of exposure she experienced while in hiding and the constant fear over her own fate and the fate of her family members.  Ms. Applefield shares her story so a new generation can learn, ask questions and engage in a time period that most people only read about. She focuses on the need to remember and is working to publish her story, so the world never forgets.  

In addition to sharing her story, Ms. Applefield also focuses on the need for each generation to take up the charge of combating prejudice and hate.  She warns students that it needs to be combatted at all times, so as to never again allow genocide to happen on such a large scale (or at all). We appreciate Ms. Applefield taking the time to speak and for sharing her story.  We also appreciate the support of the Milton Cultural Council, for sponsoring this important lesson for our students. In an ever changing world it is imperative to preserve our collective history and take time to increase student understanding of prejudice, hate and the need to reject both.  

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L-R Senator Walter F. Timilty; Ofelia Pedraza, Executive Assistant East Boston Savings Bank;  Isabella Doten; Ava Lundbohm; Ed Merritt, Executive Officer East Boston Savings Bank

On Friday, May 18th, the 8th grade students at Pierce were highly impressed with a student run Career Day. The event was organized by Ava Lundbohm and Isabella (Izzy) Doten, two Milton Girl Scouts who are seeking to achieve the Girls Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can attain.  To earn the Silver Award one must demonstrate leadership and determination while improving the community. Ava shared that “ the goal of Career Day is to allow students to learn about many different careers and see the importance and usefulness of the classes they take now and will be taking in high school” while Izzy said “we hope to raise awareness about the importance of college and/or trades and connect students with many different professions.”

There were 15 speakers, including attorneys, federal agents, a construction foreman, an architect, a pediatric occupational therapist, a clinical nutritionist, a hotel general manager, and an IT Specialist who fascinated  students by “hacking” their cell-phones.

Middle school is a great place to begin introducing careers to students as this is when much of a student’s self-exploration begins. The Career Day  organized by Ava and Izzy provided hands on experience to help students start making smart, realistic choices about their future. Students and faculty agreed it was a wildly successful day!  

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I’m happy to relay the news that three of the Pierce teams from the Model UN conference last week won awards for their position papers. This is a big accomplishment in and of itself, however this time it is an especially impressive feat. Our middle school students bested high schoolers from different high schools throughout Massachusetts with their writing on their position papers!

The Rising Leaders Model UN Conference is a challenging single-day Model UN conference that gives students an opportunity to debate a current international issues in each committee. This conference is open to any and all high school (and advanced middle students) throughout New England and beyond.  Thank you to faculty advisors Melissa Augustyn and Lauren Hoyt and congratulations to our winning teams: Sophia Manning and Ian Lundeen; Michael Howard and Johnathan Waldmann; and Anderson Korman and Barron Clancy.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Cunningham School had the pleasure of welcoming  Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen who is serving as an artist in residence at Cunningham while he creates a Sand Mandala.  Students in every grade have had the opportunity to visit the mandala, speak with Tenzin and learn about his process and teachings.  This program was sponsored by the Cunningham PTO and the Milton Cultural Council.  

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This month the 5th grade students in Milton Public Schools had the opportunity to take part in a lesson on frog dissection as part of their Science from Scientists program. Through this lesson students were able to explore how internal and external structures work together. As well as explore the shapes and connectivity of internal structures and apply this knowledge to deepen their understanding of how these structures function together.

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We have exciting news! The first Mama Mallard of the 2018 nesting season has finally arrived in the Glover Outdoor Classroom! To watch live video footage of the nest, log in to the Glover Duck Cam:

  • Go to the ARLO site on your computer -OR- download the free ARLO app on your phone. The ARLO app icon is a green hummingbird.
  • Log into the PUBLIC account – Email address/username -gloverelementary@gmail.com Password: Ducks2018 (note the Capital D)
  • You will see still images of two cameras. Click the LIVE play button for “Duck Cam One Camoflague” to see the live video feed.
  • Enjoy!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Have you heard  about Interface Referral Service? Interface is a free and confidential telephone helpline that residents can call when they are in need of professional help for a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health disorder. Thanks to generous donations from a variety of public and private organizations, you and your families can now contact a trained counselor at Interface  who can help you find a therapist to meet your needs and inform you of your insurance options. Interface has created a database of licensed professionals who can address a variety of mental health concerns for both children and adults. Anxiety, depression, substance use, marital problems and eating disorders are just some of the issues they address.

To contact the Interface Referral Service, call 888-244-6843 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and speak with a trained counselor who can help you navigate a complicated mental health system. All conversations are highly confidential.

We at the Milton Public Schools know how difficult it is to find mental health care. We believe that Interface Referral Service at William James College will be of great benefit to our families and to our faculty who frequently help families when they are in need. If you know of someone who speaks another language, Interface counselors can access translators as well. This 4 minute community video explains the program even further.  Please do not hesitate to call Interface or visit their website, which contains lots of free information on a variety of mental health topics.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is tomorrow – May 25th – so don’t delay!   

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

It’s Game On at MHS next  week as we “Vote for Your Favorite MHS Principal – oops we mean  Sandwich”! Starting May 29th, we will serve 3 new sandwiches created by Mr. James Jette, Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw. These sandwiches can be found in the Deli Fridge and results will be determined by the end of the week.             Your PURCHASE = Your VOTE so vote early and often in the MHS cafe next week.  

Which Principal – oops, we mean Sandwich – is the MHS Favorite?  

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school was last night at MHS  and it did not disappoint! Congratulations to Jen Troy (MHS), Ramsay Cadet (Tucker), Liz Cardiasmenos (Glover), Amy Harkins (Cunningham), Sam Bullard (Collicot), Jen Rhodes (Pierce) and Jon Redden (Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award) and thank you  to all who attended! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Local parent and author,Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field! 

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has three Story Walks, posted conveniently around town for families to enjoy with their children. One of these Story Walks, located on the playground of Tucker Elementary School, is a TRI-LINGUAL story book. MECA is also having their  annual  Children’s Concert, held at the gazebo, on Thursday June 7th at 6pm.  

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!   

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Awards Night is here! Tonight, Thursday, May 24th @ 6 pm in the MHS Cafeteria(enter through the field house doors) Milton FAME will be celebrating our music students. There will be a Milton FAME swag table so you can purchase a t-shirt, mug or sports sack for your favorite music student. Donations in  support of FAME’s projects will gladly be accepted at the door. Also – have a dusty musical instrument you are no longer using? FAME will gladly take it and pass it on to the Music Program.  You can bring it to the event and give to one of the FAME volunteers. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

We have been treated to some wonderful music this week at MHS with our MHS Spring Concert   and Small Ensemble Concert both taking place. In addition, please enjoy our Collicot 3rd graders singing Billy’s Song at their concert earlier today. 

ATHLETICS

Congrats to the Milton High Varsity Girls Crew Team (pictured at left L-R Miwa Joiner, Claire Casey, Raquel Gallagher, Liji Cormack, Olivia Shapiro, Maggie Haley, Izzy DeFelippo, Frances Collins, Alex Kelly) who took home the Mayor’s Cup last weekend!  Our crew teams did very well at the recent Mayors Cup and the Moose on the Malden. All results can be found here. 

Softball earned their 9th win of the season on their Senior Night vs Stoughton last night.  They need one more win to make the tournament for the first time in over 8 years!

Girls Lacrosse is officially in the tournament, after beating Canton.  They will honor their seniors tonight in their final home game vs Oliver Ames at 6:30pm.

Boys Tennis will look to beat Marshfield on Friday, which will put them in the tournament as well.

All-Star Meetings will be wrapped up in the next two weeks and Milton High School will have some great student-athletes receiving honors!

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

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:

Kamal (L) and Omar (R) in Milton shirts

Students:  Please join me in congratulating Cunningham students Omar Solomon and Kamal Rezk who last weekend earned Gold and Bronze Medals at the Special Olympics.  Omar’s mother shares that it was a terrific day, as it always is. The opening ceremony included an officer carrying the torch, followed by Milton and Boston police, firefighters, and EMTs leading the Milton team in the processional. Events afterwards came fast and furiously, including the 50 meter dash in which both Omar and Kamal participated and placed, gold and bronze respectively. Winners names were called, they mounted the podium, and officers put the medals around their necks. Both boys qualified for the state championship, which will be held at Harvard stadium June 8-10. Ms. Solomon also shared  that Grace LeBlanc, MHS ‘15 was among the volunteers and that for the Solomon family, the volunteers and fans, it’s a really wonderful event— humbling, truly inspiring, and very, very fun.  

Staff: Our Milton High School Guidance Department works tirelessly on behalf of all of our students throughout the year but never more so than as we close out the year for our seniors. Our Guidance Counselors Richard Guarino, Lisa Spinelli, Scott Devlin, Leonice Bernard, and Director of Guidance Karen Cahill advise and mentor our students through what can be stressful process – ending a high school career and looking towards the future, towards college, the military, travel, the workforce and more. Our Guidance team, along with Administrative Assistant Colleen MacDougall and intern Stephanie Gandolfo, deserves our thanks and appreciation for the care and commitment they give to our students. Please join me in recognizing and thanking these valuable members of the Milton High School staff.

Volunteers:  Our schools would not be the vibrant communities they are without the many volunteers who give their time and expertise to the Milton Public Schools each year.  In recognition of the time, talent and support so many have shown the Milton Public Schools during the 2017-2018 school year, the Milton School Committee cordially invites all volunteers to a Volunteer Reception on Wednesday, June 13th at 6pm in the Milton High School Courtyard. If you have volunteered in a classroom, sat on a committee, been involved in your PTO, worked on initiatives in your school or helped out in the myriad of ways our parents and guardians do, you are invited and encouraged to attend. Please respond to Charlene Roche via email or call 617-696-4808 to RSVP by Friday, June 8th. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, AJ Melanson, Cat DesRoche, James Jette,  Melissa Augustyn, Lauren Hoyt, Ava Lundbohm, Izzy Doten, Charlene Roche, Linda Stefanick, Kerry O’Leary, Susan Dolan, Erin Power, Dawn Sykes, Ramsey Julmice and Taylor Snellen.

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

 

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May 18th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 18, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a terrific week in the Milton Public Schools as the Milton Foundation for Education announced the Teacher of the Year at each school. The announcement takes place as a surprise visit to the educator’s classroom or school. There are tears and cheers from the teachers being recognized, their colleagues, students and families. It is a wonderful day. I am thrilled to share with you the following winners as well as a  video summarizing the day of surprise visits. Congratulations to Jen Troy (MHS), Ramsay Cadet (Tucker), Liz Cardiasmenos (Glover), Amy Harkins (Cunningham), Sam Bullard (Collicot), Jen Rhodes (Pierce) and Jon Redden (Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award). Please join the MFE next Wednesday, May 23rd  at MHS (6pm reception, 6:30 program begins) as we honor these accomplished educators.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MaryKate Mylod (bottom row in blue) and friends at the Project 351 Reunion.

MHS freshman (and 2017-18 Project 351 Ambassador, 2018-19 Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) member)  Dominique Thomas shares the following about a recent Project 351 Leadership Reunion she attended. I am pleased to share Dominique’s experience and congratulate her and 8th grade student MaryKate Mylod on their work on behalf of Project 351.

We all remember Martin’s sign – No More Hurting People , Peace.

This past weekend, Project 351 Ambassadors and alumni came together during the annual Leadership Reunion at Gillette Stadium. On Friday, members of the ALC  met at the Gillette Super Suites where we had leadership workshops. Nancy Frates, the mother of Pete Frates, came in to speak to the ALC about how she started a movement: The Ice Bucket Challenge. This tied into the weekend’s theme: “Be a Movement Maker,” encouraging us to be movement makers in our own communities. Community Building also happened throughout the day, and we ended by preparing for the arrival of Ambassadors the next morning.  During Reunion, we experienced more leadership training and did service. We worked together on a banner in honor of this year’s 2018 Honorary Ambassador Martin Richard who would have been in the 8th Grade this year.  We all took turns writing messages of peace and inclusion, very much in the manner that Martin lived his life.  The day ended with a Peace and Unity Walk around the stadium in honor of Martin Richard, and a celebration barbecue for all of the work we’ve done between Launch Day ( January) and Reunion. I was happy to meet up with friends and Milton’s current Project 351 Ambassador MaryKate Mylod.  Every Ambassador and ALC leader brings unique talents and insight and I can’t wait to use the tools I have learned to continue to spread the message that we all can make a difference, in our homes, our schools, and in our communities. 

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Lt. Cpl Allen

The Public Affairs Officer for the 3rd Marine Division based in Okinawa, Japan contacted us to share news of former Milton High School student Lt. Cpl Andre Allen, who now serves as a Marine in the Pacific. Lt. Cpl Allen is doing well in his career field and they wanted to highlight the work he does. I am happy to share that information here and know you join me in wishing Lt. Cpl Allen all the best as he serves our country in the Marine Corp.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

On Friday, May 4th, all 7th grade students engaged in a skype exchange with author Jane Yolen.  7th graders recently completed reading Yolen’s novel, The Devil’s Arithmetic and were eager to learn about the Holocaust from this talented writer.  Teachers and students prepared questions to ask Mrs. Yolen and listened attentively as she shared some of her writing inspiration and challenges as well as shared insights into the novel they had just completed.  Students asked questions about the difficulty of writing a Holocaust novel, the use of the motif of time travel, and how she developed various characters.

After engaging in questions, students shared some poetry – as Jane Yolen has not only written hundreds of books but is also a published and praised poet.  Five poems were shared by students from all three teams. It was an incredible event, one we hope to continue in the years to come. A big thank you to the Pierce PTO for sponsoring this event and to Dave Querzoli, 7th grade ELA teacher, for exploring this possibility and making it happen.  Thank you also to Pierce librarian Jess Royster for her technical assistance and 7th grade ELA teachers Catherine Friedman and Lauren Hoyt for their help planning and executing this outstanding event. 

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All Pierce students are invited to enter a logo design contest that begins this week and runs through the end of the month. The contest is in honor of Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher that many of our Pierce students had during their elementary school years. Caitlin died 2 years ago, and a foundation in her honor has been hosting events and doing charitable things supporting the arts in Milton ever since.  

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The Pierce PTO is pleased to offer School Supply Packages again this year! The Pierce teaching teams have assembled a supply kist by grade and language so that your student can be prepared for the 2018-2019 school year. To ease your efforts in this area (and as a PTO fundraiser), the Pierce Middle School PTO will be ordering school supplies over the summer for parents/guardians interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested in ordering your child’s school supplies ahead of time at a bundled rate, you must do so by June 1, 2018. We will offer several times just prior to the start of school for package pick up. As this is a volunteer effort, we ask that you assemble your package (as well as a few others) during the pickup window in late August. This is a quick and easy process. The cost is $75.00 and prepayment is required. Please note- you are also welcome to purchase supplies on your own and can find the supply lists here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We have had some beautiful weather as our schools  participated in Safe Routes Walk to School days over the last two weeks. Thank you to the Milton Police Department for their assistance in facilitating Walk to School Days!

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Collicot 2nd graders in Madame Hamada’s class have been enjoying their pen pal project  this year and just recently the teacher whose class they have been corresponding with came to visit from France.  Mme Boisteau’s daughter, Flora , has been living in the US and volunteering in Mme Hamada’s class this year and has been a  wonderful addition to the class. Our 2nd graders have appreciated connecting with their new friends in France!  

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On Friday, May 11th, Collicot participated in their 2nd annual Junior Achievement Day! They welcomed 76 volunteers into every Collicot classroom to deliver JA curriculum to students. JA curriculum teaches the important skills of financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. Volunteers included parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and community members. The curriculum and materials were provided at no-cost to the school through our partnership with Junior Achievement.  I was pleased to attend, along with Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan to greet the volunteers and help kick off the day. Thank you to JA Parent Volunteer Coordinators Christine Morrow, Heather Bergin, and Betsy Crowley for all their hard work organizing the event. A special thank you to community member and Collicot School Site Council member Margo Tansey for greeting all of our volunteers! 

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I am delighted to tell you about a  joint initiative between the Tucker and Glover Diversity Committees. The two committees have been meeting together for the last two years and collaborating on a number of activities and initiatives. The latest collaboration was a successful series of Community Dinners. Families from both Glover and Tucker hosted dinners and others attended. Each dinner had participants from both schools and discussion guides were shared. Families had an amazing time meeting new friends, engaging in powerful discussions, and breaking bread together. We look forward to seeing this partnership continue as we welcome new families into our Tucker and Glover communities.  

 

PRESCHOOL FUN

Our Edgehill PreKindergarten students enjoyed a  special event this week. The PreK PTO (and  the fabulously supportive PreK families) brought in Bug Works  for all of the Edghill campus preschoolers to enjoy. Our youngest studnets learned about insects through this hands on presentation and were thrilled to have the chance to hold some real live bugs including a very cool praying mantis!  

ART IN THE WINDOWS

Pierce Middle School, Strings of Peace, Girl Scouts

The Milton Public Schools is the lucky recipient of 5 Art in the Windows installations this spring.  This youth driven art can be found at Tucker, Cunningham, Collicot and Glover (Turner’s Pond) and Pierce Middle School. Thank you to the Milton Art Center for allowing us to host the Art in the Windows 2018 projects. You can read about the details, inspiration and participants in each project here.

TECHNOLOGY

On Wednesday , May 9th, Katie Greer came to the Milton Public Schools to present to all 3rd-5th graders during the school day , and to the community with an evening presentation.  Katie shared current trends/research and safeguard recommendations, plus several takeaways. Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson compiled some of the highlights from her presentation here.    

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The second season of Netflix’s controversial show “13 Reasons Why” airs this Friday, May 18th. When the show premiered last March, the first season’s handling of heavy subject matter around sexual assault, depression, and suicide upset many parents, principals, school counselors, youth and many others. MPS Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue asked me to share this guide from the people who produced the movie Screenagers. I encourage parents/guardians to read this information as your children will likely be talking about “13 Reasons Why” in the weeks to come. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is coming fast – May 25th – so don’t delay!   

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The Class of 2019 is hosting a Savers FUNDrive on May 19th from 9am-1pm. Finish your spring cleaning, clear out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations that are boxed or bagged from May 14th – 18th at the MHS main office during school hours. By donating gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, small and large household items you can help raise funds for the Class of 2019. Start gathering up your donations today!

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The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Advisory Council is accepting nominations to the Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Elections will be held during the meeting scheduled for May 22, 2018, at the Glover Library from 7-9 pm.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Save the date for the Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school. The MFE ceremony will be at Milton High School on Wednesday May 23rd at 6:30pm.   

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids.

 

Local parent and author, Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

 

 

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field!  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

There are some important upcoming dates from our music department: 
Monday, May 21st:  MHS Small Ensembles Concert, 7PM
Tuesday, May 22nd: MHS Spring Concert, 7PM
Thursday, May 24th:  MHS Music Dinner and Awards Night (Sponsored by FAME), 6PM

Please enjoy the Tucker 2nd grade classes,  under the direction of Colleen Martin, performing at yesterday’s Elementary Music Showcase. They are performing “Rocky Mountain” and students are using Orff instruments to improvise melodies and accompany the singers.  

ATHLETICS

Girls Softball hosted Brookline last night as part of their Milton Youth Softball Night.  They trailed 2-0 until the bottom of the 6th, when they scored three runs. Ava Hiller hit a 2-run homerun and freshman Marilyn Carroll scored the go-ahead to win 3-2! They will also play Stoughton next week at 7pm on Wed 5/23 for their Senior Night.  They need three more wins to make the tournament for the first time in 9 years!

Baseball needs three wins to make the tournament, as they start their final stretch of the season.

Girls Lacrosse needs just 1 win to qualify after they beat Bridgewater Raynham last night, and they host Oliver Ames next Thursday, 5/24 at 6:30 for their Senior Night.

Squash is coming to MPS! The enrollment form for our late spring squash clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 22 – June 14 (with no session on June 7) can be mailed, with the registration fee of $100, to the address on the form. You may also bring the form, waiver and check to the first session on May 22. Registration is first-come, first-serve enrollment is limited to 14 players. We need at least 8 participants to     run the program.

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

 

The MHS Cheerleading team will be hosting a CAR WASH on Saturday May 19 9-12 at the Cunningham/Collicot Driveway.

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:

Students:  Please join me in recognizing Kloee Puhala, a 3rd grader at Tucker, who recently spoke at the State House.  Kloee was one of the featured speakers during the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange’s acceptance of the SEAL Award presented to them for their work in LGBTQ adoption. Kloee read a paper she had written for a school project on the “Best day of her life” which was her adoption day.​ Clearly the picture of her reading shows how proud she is to have had this special opportunity!

Staff:  Congratulations to two of our Milton High School teachers, Kara Yifru and Jessica Jarboe,  who have recently been recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

Jessica Jarboe, Mathematics and Computer Science teacher, was one of five finalists for 2018 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year. The STEM Teacher of the Year program began in 2012 and is designed to honor teachers who show a commitment to excellence in STEM education.  Jessica was selected as one of the five finalists and was interviewed in the early spring by the committee. Jessica has been highly involved in computer science education, teaching AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, Robotics, along with other computer science and mathematics courses at MHS.  Additionally, Jessica was a Review Panel member for the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards, serves as an Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles mentor for the CollegeBoard, and is a professional development facilitator for both Exploring Computer Science and Code.org, working with teachers across the country. Because Jessica was a finalist, MHS was awarded $1,000 for STEM education courtesy of Raytheon.

MHS Science educator Kara Yifru is one of three finalists for the PAEMST Award  which are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. There are three finalists for the award from Massachusetts and our own Kara Yifru, who embodies all of the qualifications above, is one of them. Kara was recognized earlier this year at a science conference, and will be recognized again June 21st at the State House when the winner will be announced. We are proud of Kara’s status as a finalist and look forward to hearing about the State House ceremony.

Volunteers:  There are countless members of our community who donate untold hours of time to the Town of Milton. A quick check of the Town of Milton website shows more than 50 committees and boards comprised of Milton residents. This week, I would specifically like to recognize 3 groups of people. Selectmen Kathleen M. Conlon,  Richard G. Wells, Jr., Melinda A. Collins, Michael F. Zullas, Anthony J. Farrington, Warrant Committee members George A. Ashur, Brian Beaupre, Jonathan Boynton, Erin G. Bradley, Kevin D. Cherry, Clinton Graham, Christopher R. Hart, J. Thomas Hurley, Chuck Karimbakas, Gwendolyn Long, Scott D. Mackay, Maggie McAveeney,Steven McCurdy, Douglas B. Scibeck, Town Moderator Bob Hiss and the dozens of Town Meeting members who just spent time discussing and voting on issues facing our town. Please join me in thanking these volunteers for sharing their expertise and limited free time to benefit the Town of Milton.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Zeina Hamada, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Nora Vernazza, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Jean Scarborough, Jennifer Grubler, AJ Melanson, Christine Morrow, Dominique Thomas, MaryKate Mylod, Mandy Susi, Joan Clifford, Erin Powers, Rebecca Damiani, Colleen Martin, Dawn Sykes and Brian 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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May 10, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 10, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we close out Teacher Appreciation Week 2018, I want to share my gratitude to all who work at the Milton Public Schools. Our teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, nutrition professionals, nurses, support staff and administrators work tirelessly on behalf of our students each and every day and while we show our thanks in ways large and small throughout the year, it has been wonderful to see the outpouring of support and appreciation this week across all six of our schools. Please enjoy the video below which captures the spirit of the Milton Public Schools and the people who have dedicated their professional lives to educating and caring for your children.

  

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT

There is a wonderful opportunity coming next week  for all of us as The Milton Public Library is hosting Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman In Moscow on Wednesday, May 16th in the MHS Auditorium at 6pm. The event is FREE and open to all.  We are thrilled to support this endeavour and look forward to welcoming Mr. Towles.  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is proud to sponsor its first youth-led community meeting on Thursday May 17th at 6:30pm at the Milton Public Library. The title of the program is: When One Suffers: We All Suffer.  A keynote presentation will be provided by Arielle Solomon, a Milton High School senior, who will be followed by a panel of three other high school students. They will be presenting their perceptions about the high rates of depression amongst Milton teens, and how adults might support them.  These students are to be commended for taking the lead on mental health issues and I hope the community will support them by attending this community meeting on May 17th.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

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

L-R Ryan McGroarty, William Purcell, Emmet Kevaney, Andrew Viveiros, John Daly, Jess Harris and Kendall Smith

The Milton High School Newspaper was recently awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in Scholastic Editing and Publishing from The New England Scholastic Press Association at Boston University.  Advisor Michael Young shares that this recognition is most welcome as the staff works on improving the newspaper and he is proud of this year’s staff. Congratulations to these students on their recognition.  

 

 

Congratulations to Milton High School, Principal Jette and MHS students, staff and parents/guardians. Milton High School has been ranked prominently in the latest US News ranking of high schools.  Well done!


MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

As a component of the Model UN, Pierce Middle School students participated in an act of diplomacy at the Commonwealth School Model United Nations Conference. At this conference student representatives attempted to solve the problems facing the world at different points in history.  Student delegates congregated into different committees to address a variety of crises. Some crises faced by our students were the Vietnam War, Great Northern War, Intergalactic Authority, a Security Council crisis in the South China Sea, and a crisis in facing the World Health Organization on the issue of air quality. In each committee students eloquently utilized diplomacy to resolve pressing issues to rectify a variety of situations presented to the committees. Congratulations to  Best Delegate winners Hoku Panerio- Langer, Anderson Korman and Michael Howard, Best Position Paper winners Baron Clancy, Stella Yuan and Jonathon Waldman and Best Negotiator winner Rosbald Tejada. 

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Congratulations to our Pierce Latin students who performed with distinction on the recent National Latin Exam and National Mythology Exam. You can read more about our rigorous Latin program on Latin teacher Danielle Huebner’s website.

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Thank you to the many generous donors, volunteers and golfers who stuck it out through some pretty ridiculous weather to play a round of golf last Monday.  We are thrilled to report that more than $16,000 was raised in support of expanding the athletic program at Pierce Middle School. Meetings are already underway with MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden, Dr. Karen Spaulding and others to determine the best use of the funds we raised.  Stay tuned for exciting updates for the 2018-19 school year. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Goal! Tucker students welcomed Coach Jules from Curry on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  this spring to the Tucker Soccer Pitch to work on soccer skills and scrimmage one another. Coach Jules is a senior at Curry College who has a strong background in soccer and wanted to share her talents with the students at Tucker.  Thank you, Coach Jules!

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Collicot 5th graders recently visited their new friends at Unquity House Senior Residence, on Curtis Road in Milton. Residents entered the resident hall with enthusiasm in anticipation of the day’s event. Students and seniors introduced themselves and engaged in informal interviews where they learned about one another’s families and about their most memorable experiences throughout their lives. Later on in their visit an impromptu musical guest, student pianist Riley McKnight, had the crowd clapping and singing! Everyone enjoyed playing games including a few exciting rounds of Bingo. Students and residents collectively agreed that this second visit was as fun as the first and they are all looking forward to another visit.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

I am pleased to announce that Martha Sandoval has been offered the position of Director of Community Schools and has accepted the position with a start date of July 1st. Ms. Sandoval comes to us from the City of Cambridge where she served as the Community School Program Director for 3 years. Our initial screening committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan and consisting of parent representatives and principals, reviewed dozens of candidates and moved several exceptional candidates through to the hiring committee composed of principals, School Committee members, Assistant Superintendent Sheehan and Superintendent Gormley. The hiring committee interviewed many excellent candidates and one name rose to the top -Ms Sandoval. We are thrilled to have her join the team at the Milton Public Schools and know that her understanding and appreciation of the role as well as her experience in Cambridge will enable her to bring our already excellent program to another level. We look forward to introducing her to the Milton community at an upcoming School Committee meeting.

I would be remiss if I did not thank our current Director of Community Schools, Pam Dorsey. Pam Dorsey has been Milton Public Schools’ Director of Community Schools for the past 32 years and is solely responsible for the growth of our before and after school programs, vacation camps and Camp Cunningham’s Summer Program. Milton’s Community School Program offers before and after school programming that combines enrichment activities, academics, athletic experiences and homework time. In addition,  Milton’s Community Schools Program provides an unbelievable service to our parents/guardians whose lives and work schedules need this important on-site service. I want to personally and professionally thank and acknowledge Pam Dorsey for creating and building Milton’s unique and thriving Community Schools Program. I have often referred to Pam Dorsey as a legend and the Community Schools Program she has built is truly amazing. Please join me in wishing Pam Dorsey a well deserved, wonderful retirement. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Squash is coming to Milton High School and interested Pierce and MHS students are invited to an open house at the Milton Academy Squash Courts. Milton Academy Boy’s Coach Morgan Poor will be on hand to introduce the game to all interested. There is a session for those interested TONIGHT, May 10th at Milton Academy at 7pm. All that is needed for equipment is non-marking court shoes.

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In Milton, there is no excuse to not have a clean car this weekend! On Saturday May 12th, the MHS Girls Track Team will be hosting a Car Wash from 9-12pm in the Cunningham driveway – $10 per vehicle. Then, on Sunday, please come out and support the Future Business Leaders of America at their annual Car Wash. The Mother’s Day Car Wash is on Sunday, May 13th, 8am-1pm in the Cunningham driveway.  Come give your (or Mom’s!) car the spring cleaning it needs at Cunningham and “Name Your Price” – all donations are welcome! Please consider supporting one of these student groups and drive away with a clean car.

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Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is coming fast – May 25th – so don’t delay!  

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The Class of 2019 is hosting a Savers FUNDrive on May 19th. Finish your spring cleaning, clear out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations that are boxed or bagged from May 14th – 18th at the MHS main office during school hours. By donating gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, small and large household items you can help raise funds for the Class of 2019. Start gathering up your donations today!

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The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Advisory Council is accepting nominations to the Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Elections will be held during the meeting scheduled for May 22, 2018, at the Glover Library from 7-9 pm.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Super Lunch Hero Day was a success in the Milton Public Schools and our students loved celebrating our nutrition professionals!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Save the date for the Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school. The MFE ceremony will be at Milton High School on Wednesday May 23rd at 6:30pm.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

There is a Milton Community Blood Drive on Monday May 14th, 2-7pm sponsored by the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.  

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Celebrate the Milton Mattapan Neponset Greenway grand opening  on Saturday, May 12th 12-3pm on the Greenway Path!

The Forbes House Museum will recognize the winners of the Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest at an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 20th, at 1:00 pm. The ceremony will take place outside, weather permitting, at the Museum, located at 215 Adams Street. The winning drawings will be displayed in one of the gallery spaces on the main floor of the Museum from May 20th  – June 24th. After the awards ceremony, there will be live music, Civil War reenactors, games and special tours from 2:00 – 4:00 pm as part of our 2018 Lincoln Day Celebration. This very special event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council and  Molloy Landscaping. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $10/person, $5/members, with a $20/family max.

ATHLETICS

The Softball Team extended their best start in recent history with a win over undefeated Braintree!  They are now 6-3 heading into a rematch with Norwood High School on Friday. They will also play Brookline under the lights on Wednesday 5/16 and honor the Milton Youth Softball Program.

The Girls Track Team beat Norwood on their home track to improve their record to 2-2 in the league.  The Girls and Boys head to Braintree HS for the Bay State Conference Championships on Wednesday 5/16.

The Girls Tennis Team has won two straight games, tallying four wins on the young season.

Julia Scannell has broken the points record for Girls Lacrosse and needs just a few more goals to break the goals record.  Julia is just continuing her tremendous senior year!

Rugby won 67-12 over Blue Hills Regional Technical School after beating Hanover 35-21 on their Senior Night last Friday.

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

The MHS Girls Track Team will be hosting a Car Wash on Saturday May 12, 9am-12pm in the Collicot/Cunningham Driveway – $10.00 per vehicle. 

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:

Students: The Forbes House Museum recently announced the winners of the 2018 Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest, and among them are many of our own students here at the Milton Public Schools. A panel of 18 judges from the board of trustees and the community at large selected the winners and I am pleased to recognize these students who will be honored at the Forbes House on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm. 

Thank you to Glover’s Mrs. LeBlanc and all of our school nurses!

Staff:  As we celebrated Nurses Day this week, please join me in thanking our school nurses for the incredible care they give our students every day. Thank you to Barbara Perry and Pam Noonan at Pierce, Maureen LeBlanc at Glover, Kerri Joyce at Tucker, Jeanne Sgroi at Collicot, Alison Joyce at Cunningham, Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons at MHS and MaryJane Walsh for District Support. These caring professionals are involved with everything from bandaids to life threatening illnesses and give our students the support and care they need on a daily basis.  

Volunteers:   I would like to recognize Milton resident Barbara Martin who was recently awarded a Certificate of Honor for her years of dedicated service to the Veterans of Milton. Director of Veterans Services, Kevin J Cook – USN (Ret.) shared the news of Barbara’s honor and stated that she has earned his respect and thanks for her unwavering support for our Veterans and their families.   

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Karyn Viveiros, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Michael Young, Danielle Huebner, Susan DiSandro, Janet Sheehan, Jean Scarborough, Yvonne Nequist, Jennifer Grubler, Rebecca Damiani, Heidi Vaughan and Margaret Gibbons.

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

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May 3, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 3, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you received my email this week about a new service available to Milton residents called Interface Referral Service. Interface is a free and confidential telephone helpline that residents can call when they are in need of professional help for a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health disorder. Thanks to generous donations from a variety of public and private organizations, you and your families can now contact a trained counselor at Interface  who can help you find a therapist to meet your needs and inform you of your insurance options. Interface has created a database of licensed professionals who can address a variety of mental health concerns for both children and adults. Anxiety, depression, substance use, marital problems and eating disorders are just some of the issues they address.

In addition to the public and private organizations that made this opportunity possible, I would like to recognize the Milton Health Department, Milton Police Department, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, the Milton Woman’s Club, the Milton Junior Woman’s Club as well as the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for their role in making this possible.

To contact the Interface Referral Service, call 888-244-6843 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and speak with a trained counselor who can help you navigate a complicated mental health system. All conversations are highly confidential.

We at the Milton Public Schools know how difficult it is to find mental health care. We believe that Interface Referral Service at William James College will be of great benefit to our families and to our faculty who frequently help families when they are in need. If you know of someone who speaks another language, Interface counselors can access translators as well. This 4 minute community video explains the program even further Please do not hesitate to call Interface or visit their website, which contains lots of free information on a variety of mental health topics. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

It’s almost time for our next speaker – Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology who will speak to parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS. Ms. Greer will be speaking with our 3rd and 4th graders during the school day, and to adults in the evening and will be focusing on children’s use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting. 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

Please see the earlier communication from today from Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan about the Strategic Plan that was presented at School Committee last night. If you were unable to watch the presentation last night it can be viewed on the Milton Access TV website  or you may view the PowerPoint presentation. You may also review the Draft of the full Strategic Plan or the Draft Overview of Goals and Objectives.  Your participation in the Strategic Planning process is critical to its success! We are inviting you to complete the Strategic Plan  survey by Wednesday, May 9th.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Did you miss the first ever Faculty Student Cabaret?  It’s worth checking out here! So much talent in our student body and faculty!  

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2017 Heritage Festival

The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

 

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As we enter the season of milestones, celebrations and parties, MPS Director of Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue,  asks that you please consider taking a moment to review this informative life-saving handout with your teen:  Under the Right Influence: Safe and Substance Free/ Educating and Encouraging Teens to Make Life-long Healthy Decisions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Fifteen  of our Pierce students and Pierce teachers Danielle Huebner, Joe Dolan and Erin Power attended the Anti-Defamation League’s 24th Annual New England Youth Congress on Friday April 13th at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. This one-day conference brought together over 1,300 middle school and high school students, teachers, and community leaders from over 70 schools across New England. The theme of this year’s conference was Courageous Conversations. Educator, writer and national leader in social justice Brittany Packnett was the keynote speaker. Students then attended breakout sessions with peers from other districts and participated in A World of Difference activities similar to those that we are instituting here at Pierce Middle School.

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Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding is pleased to announce that Kyle Alves is the newly appointed Assistant Principal and will join the Pierce Middle School family on July 1st. After a thorough search and interview process, the interview team and Dr.  Spaulding moved Kyle Alves forward to the Superintendent’s office last week, and we enthusiastically approved Mr. Kyle Alves as Assistant Principal at the Pierce. Mr. Alves has several years of teaching and administrative experience at both the middle school and high school levels. The interview team was impressed with his genuine personality, commitment to children, cultural competency, welcoming and approachable style, and clear desire to join the already amazing Pierce team. A special thank you to those who served on the interview team- Pierce faculty: Mrs. Rhodes, Ms. Clancy, Mrs. Pullia, Mrs. Francoeur, Mrs. Veldran, Mr. Bonn, Dr. Fitzgerald and parents/community members: Mrs. Stephanie O’Keefe, Mr. Franklin Ollivierre, and Mr. Chris Navin.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Have you met Vernie, the LEGO® BOOST robot? He’s very pleased to meet you, but you have to build and code him first. This is just what our Glover first and second graders are doing after school each week! Thanks to Glover parent, Neil Bacon, and Glover teachers, Sara Gibeault and Melissa Craven, almost 50 students are beginning to learn how to build and code Vernie the Robot, a talking, dancing, and driving robot. They are learning how to make him talk, move his head, and even shake their hands. He’s a little charmer and Glover students will learn how to make him make funny noises, play music, move around, and more! This would not have been possible without generous donations by the Glover PTO and funding from Milton Public Schools. We are thankful for the many parent volunteers who help us run this program.

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L-R Elizabeth Maye, Collicot 4th grade – Chapter 3 winner; Decarla Nelson, Tucker 5th grade – Chapter 4 winner and Reagan Vaughan, Collicot 4th grade – Chapter 2 winner

The 2nd Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee did not disappoint! Over 750 students in 4th and 5th  grade in the Milton Public Schools participated in a four week collaborative story writing contest with Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  3 students were recognized at last night’s School Committee meeting as they rose to the top of the Bee when their chapters were voted as winning chapters by their peers. The result of the Bee was an original story titled; The New Kid .  Not only will our chapter winners be recognized in the book, but so too will all MPS students who participated in the Bee and helped to determine the direction of our story. The book has been sent to the publisher and will debut next week. If you would like to purchase the book, please follow the link below and enter the Milton 2018 Writing Bee Book Purchase Code: QVQAR

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Cunningham English Learner Education teacher Alysa Buchanan shared that her students recently finished the science article entitled “Working Together in the Reach ELE curriculum”. Since she is a bee keeper she brought in a small collection of tools that are used to keep the hive healthy. Students got to examine honeycomb up close and see pollen and nectar in the comb. The students made such insightful connections to their reading by having a real world connection to the content.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Treat your children to a fun night out and enjoy some time to yourself with a Wildcat Fun Night to benefit Best Buddies. Tomorrow night, May 4th,  at Glover 6:30 to 8:30. $10 per child and snacks will be available for purchase.  

 

There is a wonderful opportunity coming soon  for all of us as The Milton Public Library is hosting Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman In Moscow on Wednesday, May 16th in the MHS Auditorium at 6pm. The event is FREE and open to all.  We are thrilled to be able to support this endeavour and look forward to welcoming Mr. Towles.  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Mental health affects so many families across Massachusetts, in the United States, and throughout the world. We celebrate Mental Health Month this May  – and Children’s Mental Health Week next week – to give hope to those who need it, and to break down the stigma and the silence around mental health, especially children’s mental health. MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares some tips on ways you can fight stigma here

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Mrs. Zalios is definitely Teddy’s hero- she feeds him breakfast every morning and reminds him to choose a fruit and drink too.

On Friday, May 4th we will be celebrating School Lunch Hero Day at MPS! Between preparing healthy meals for Milton students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes. School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria and provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognize the hard working professionals in our school cafeterias. We look forward to sharing the celebration with you next week.

FROM THE READERS

Glover principal Karen McDavitt shares this wonderful piece on schools around the country who welcome duck families into their outdoor spaces. Many schools are featured, among them our very own Glover duckling  parade!  

MFE

We danced our arts out! The MFE wishes to thank everyone who came out to our Celebration for Education event on Saturday night. Hundreds of people danced the night away and raised money for the fine arts department in all six schools. A very special thank you to our event sponsors – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, Curry College, Milton Academy, and the Sarah W. Rollins Trust. We look forward to sharing the details of our smashing success with the community in the next few weeks.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

Please consider purchasing tickets or bidding on auction items for the Michael C. McHugh Memorial Fund Shindig! on Saturday, May 5.  This is a family BBQ along with a Cornhole Tournament, kids games and line dancing to support the Michael C. McHugh Fund. Michael was a Tucker Alumni who died in August after a 15 month battle with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer). Michael played soccer, basketball and hockey in Milton and would have been graduating from the 8th grade this year. If you can’t attend but want to lend your support consider bidding at the online auction.

There is a Milton Community Blood Drive on Monday May 14th, 2-7pm sponsored by the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills. 

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

On Sunday, May 6th, at 2pm, the Forbes House Museum is offering a program on the History and Cultural Traditions of Tea, presented by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Tea and light snacks will be served, and tea will be available for purchase. $10/person, free for members.

ATHLETICS

It has been a great week of Milton High School Athletics!

The Softball Team has won 3 straight game to improve to 5-2, while Jenna Conroy reached 100 career hits against Weymouth in their big win!

The Baseball Team is now 5-5 after a league win over Needham, with George Breslin pitching a shutout 7 innings.

The Girls Lacrosse team has won 3 straight games to improve to 5-3, and Julia Scannell may just break another school scoring record -she had 8 goals against Norwood!

The Boys Lacrosse Team earned their 2nd win of the season over Norwood, winning 12-8.

The Rugby Team beat Weymouth to go to 3-1 and they host Hanover for their Senior Night on Friday 5/4 at 7pm.

Boys Tennis is 4-3 after beating the Wildcats of Weymouth last night.  

Girls Tennis started the season 2-0 and have since lost a few matches but will look to respond against Walpole tomorrow.

Boys and Girls Track finally had a few meets, after April showers postponed a few. The Girls beat Walpole while the Boys lost to Walpole and Wellesley, but many students set personal records!

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

The Milton High School Girls Tennis Team will be hosting a cans for cats
Fundraiser on Saturday May 5th, 9:00-12:00 at the high school wood shed area.

 

 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:

Students:  It was a busy day for many MPS students and staff as they participated in the Neponset River Clean Up day last Saturday.  Groups cleaned up the small DCR Park behind Baker Chocolate, the Central Avenue kayak launch on the Neponset River, the river bank and bike path between Central Ave and Adams Street, and above and below the pedestrian bridge crossing the river as well as around Cunningham, Collicot, Milton High School and the neighborhoods that surround the schools. I would especially like to recognize the Pierce Student Council and the MHS Earth Club who came out in large numbers  to support this effort. For many of our high school students it was an early morning after prom the night before and we appreciate their dedication!

Staff:  In advance of School Lunch Hero Day tomorrow, I would like to recognize the Food Service staff who serves your children a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch each day. Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan leads a terrific group of men and women and I am happy to recognize them here. Thank you to her staff Jeanne Mattaliano and Billy Fitzpatrick as well as our Super Lunch Heroes Barbara Doherty, Kevin Dooley, Jayne Fitzgerald, Maureen Ford, Alexandra Giokas, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Zenaida Harvell, Carol Hunt, Agatha Jaffier, Sarah Lacombe, Jane Molloy, Elaine Rico-Moore, Patricia Newyano, Mary O’Neil, Sheila Paolucci, Ana Ramos, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Gladys Volmar, Florence Wallace, Patrick Whelen, Sandy Zalios  Terri Lynn Azar, Denise Devane, Mary Murray, Debbie Abdon, Saquoya Bell, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Sandy Chung-Ruiz, Maryellen Comer, Kimberly Demarino, Colleen Davoren, Debbie DeVoe, Kimberly DiBona for all they do for our students.  

Volunteers:  The rain didn’t keep almost 100 golfers (and Pierce supporters!) from enjoying a great day in support of expanding athletics at Pierce Middle School. Thank you to all who played golf, donated to the cause and sponsored the tournament. Thank you especially to co-chairs Debra MacNeil and Susan DiSandro who put in countless volunteer hours to make PlayForePierce a big success! We look forward to hearing the future plans for athletics at Pierce.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Laurie Stillman, Larry Jordan, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Will Korman, Ryan Madden, Jon Redden, Alysa Buchanan.

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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April 26, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 26, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

These 1st graders were excited when their teacher, Mrs O’Leary, won last year. Who will win this year???

We are lucky in Milton to have some of the very best educators and staff at all six of our schools. The Milton Foundation for Education Teacher of the Year Award  is a wonderful and meaningful way to show our excellent teachers and administrators that we notice and acknowledge their dedication to our students, the creativity they employ daily and their leadership within their communities. It is easy to nominate a teacher or administrator. This simple online form will include your letter of support for your nominee. The most difficult part is likely nominating just one candidate! The deadline for submissions is TOMORROW, April 27th. Details on past winners and nominating guidelines can be found here. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

In advance of our next  speaker – Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology – MPS Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue shares this article about               “Homework Strategies in the Digital Age“.  Ms Greer will speak to parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS and will be focusing on elementary and middle school children and their use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting.  

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

As was communicated earlier in the year, the Milton Public Schools has been working for the past year and a half to create a strategic roadmap and a set of actionable strategic initiatives.  As part of that process, the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to the Milton School Committee will present draft goals and objectives for the Milton Public Schools Strategic Plan at the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting on May 2nd at 7pm.  As the participation of key stakeholders in this process is critical to its success, we are sending this special invitation in the hopes that you will take a moment to watch the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee’s presentation on May 2 or view the posted presentation after the meeting.  In addition, we will be sending a link to a survey to elicit feedback on the draft goals and objectives and to identify those of you who would like to support (or continue to support) this important work.  Please look for a follow up communication on May 3rd with information about how you can access the survey and provide your insight and feedback related to the draft goals and objectives.  We thank you as always for your continued support of the Milton Public Schools.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Several Milton High School students participated in Classics Day at the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, April 12th. Students competed in a costume, trivia, and art competition all focusing on Greek and Roman history, mythology, and language. This year was the college’s 46th year of hosting high school students from around the Northeast at an event where they can come together and appreciate their study of Latin in a fun and competitive manner.

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1st  place and State Champions in Business Decision Making category: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff and Domenic Jancaterino

On Monday, April 9th,  MHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable business, life and career insights from industry leading executives. They participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state, and competed in business events.  Yvonne Nequist, MHS teacher and FBLA Advisor shares her congratulations to all of our student leaders who qualified to attend and has asked me to recognize the following students who earned top honors as State winners and are invited to compete on a National level at the National Leadership conference in Baltimore at the end of June.  I am happy to do so as it is gratifying to see that our student’s hard work and effort has paid off. These students are the impressive future leaders of America. Please consider supporting these students as they prepare for the National Leadership Conference at the end of June.

1st  place and State Champions in Business Decision Making category: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff and Domenic Jancaterino; 3rd place for States in Global Business: Chris Caputo, Will Jrolf, Peyton Carvalho;  3rd place for States in Entrepreneurship: Dan Flaherty & Patrick Hoey; 3rd place for States in Banking & Financial Systems: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff, and Domenic Jancaterino;4th place for States in Entrepreneurship: Mark Walsh and Andy Flaherty, 4th place for States in Economics Lucas Alvarez.

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DA Michael Morrissey, SAAD Co-Advisor Robin Lee, Michael Johnson, Conor McAuliffe, Adriana Ramondi, SAAD Co-Advisor Karen Hughes, Caitlin Heelen and Gwyneth Sauter

Five of our students active in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) recently attended Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrisey’s Team Rival Challenge – Adventures in Respect Day which is part of DA Morrissey’s year-long “Team Rival” challenge to promote healthy choices and supportive, strong schools across Norfolk County. “The safest high school communities are those where the students themselves, and peer leaders, are engaged in keeping that school’s culture healthy and positive,” according to the District Attorney.  This event was the culmination of several events our students from SAAD have participated in with other community schools including Braintree and Weymouth who we are competing with directly for points and a chance at $1500.00 to be used for SADD programming. The second part of the challenge students participated in was Distractology 101.  MHS SADD will get additional points if people take the time to fill out this important survey.  I encourage you to sit with your children (district wide) and take this survey.

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Massachusetts was well represented by MHS at this year’s LifeSmarts National Tournament in San Diego. Milton started strong and after the first 4 events was ranked 4th out of 34 teams. Facing top teams in buzzer matches, Milton scored just 1.5 points short of quarterfinal play. Brendan Baker and Anson Yip were recognized for outstanding achievements in their Consumer Rights and Technology categories. Additionally, Anson was awarded a $1000 scholarship for his safety smarts presentations to elementary students in Milton. It was a wonderful experience for all and the team is already gearing up for next year’s tests and competitions which will start in September. The team wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to all who helped make their trip possible.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Some of our Pierce science superstars were at Regis College last weekend for the Massachusetts Region V Middle School Science & Engineering Fair. Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta shared that Ella Cantor, Bridget McCoy, Hoku Panerio-Langer, Zoe Panucci, Kyra Geyling, Darcy LeFever​, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman performed very well on a variety of interesting and in depth topics and that Barron and Anderson, with their excellent project designing better ventilation systems for refugee tents, are advancing to the State Fair.  6th grader Ella Cantor was also excited to share that she won the science trivia contest that was part of the entertainment portion of the day.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Stefanick with the sandbox she built

What is a Virtual Sandbox? A real sandbox set up with augmented reality software that projects the computerized realm out into the real world. We are proud to announce that we now have one of these at our elementary schools! Thank you to Dr. Patrick Helm and the support of his STEM company Medtronic who graciously donated the components needed for us to construct this amazing learning tool as well as MHS Senior Ryan Au who lent his computer skills to help get the Lennox based software installed and operational. And a huge thanks to Elementary Science Curriculum Coordinator Linda Stefanick who built the sandbox in her garage! We are currently touring the 5th grade  classes in all the elementary schools to use this resource to review relevant science topics. Then we will tour the 4th grade classes who have done a science unit on landforms this year. 

The sandbox  has a sensor that continually scans the surface of the sand and translates that to a 3-D contour map that is projected in real time straight onto the sand. Our sandbox also has a flat monitor attached to display the contour map in a 2-D representation so students can experience 3-D landforms as they are represented on a 2-D map and see what happens as the alter the landform. Not only can students  make mountains, valleys, explore erosion and other major landform features and topics, but our software will even allow them to make virtual rain fall onto their landforms and see in real time the flow of water through landforms of whatever shape they can produce. These videos below show the sandbox in action.

Again, thank you to Dr. Helm, Medtronic, Consolidated Facilities who helped with transport and logistics and Linda Stefanick for their collaboration on this amazing resource we can now share with students. When learning is fun and experiential it does not seem like work!

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Glover is excited to launch a TED-Ed Club for students in Grades 3-5. Just this morning, they had their first session. You’ve all likely been inspired by TEDTalks and now, our Glover Kids have the chance to create their own! Over the next 8 weeks, students will learn how to exercise their voices and choices by joining a network of TED-Ed Clubs being formed in schools all over the world. A TED-Ed club is all about stimulating and celebrating the ideas of students. Students will be creating their own TED Talks while working on important skills such as storytelling, best practices for camera, lighting, and sound, how to create great visuals, and presentation literacy skills. At the end of the 8 weeks, each student will have a filmed presentation ready to upload and share with the world! This club is led by Glover parents, MaryAnn Dakkak and Lisa Sadler, and Glover teachers, Heather Morris and Sarah Hammond. We look forward to seeing all that our Glover Kids are capable of creating!

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Calling all 5th graders! It’s time to sign up for Welcome to Middle School! WTMS is a 3 or 4 day camp at Pierce designed to help your new middle schooler feel comfortable at their new school. 

KINDERGARTEN 2018 NEWS

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