Milton Public Schools

June 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 16•17

Please note, the last day of school is Friday, June 23rd. It will be a half-day.

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

SUMMER READING

Every summer, the Milton Public School district publishes its list of required and/or suggested summer reading. Each grade level has a different set of requirements, which are curated by our talented school librarians, Lori Henry, Jessica Royster and Jen Troy.

I am a strong advocate of reading for pleasure, and summer reading can be the impetus to learning to love reading for the sake of reading. I was reminded of not only the joy or reading, but also of the necessity of reading as I perused David McCullough’s latest work, “The American Spirit.” McCullough delivered a commencement speech at Boston College, which is excerpted in this book. His speech captures my feelings on this topic:

“(John Adams) read poetry, fiction, history. Always carry a book with you on your travels, he advised his son John Quincy. ‘You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.’ In a single year, according to the U.S. Department of Education, among all Americans with a college education, fully one third read not one novel or short story or poem. Don’t be one of those, you of the Class of 2008.

Make the love of learning central to your life. What a difference it can mean. And remember, as someone said, even the oldest book is brand-new for the reader who opens it for the first time.

Read. Read, read! Read the classics of American literature that you’ve never opened. Read your country’s history. How can we profess to love our country and take no interest in its history? Read into the history of Greece and Rome. Read about the great turning points in the history of science and medicine and ideas.

Make use of the public libraries. Start your own personal library and see it grow. Talk about the books you’re reading. Ask others what they’re reading. You’ll learn a lot. “ – David McCullough

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The following article was submitted by MPS Elementary School Librarian, Lori Henry and MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library are partnering for another amazing summer reading program: “Build A Better World.” MPS is proud to team up with the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day.  Many families have already registered their children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to register or reactivate your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org .  If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.

Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools READS, READS, READS and fully participates in the Summer Reading Challenge! Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes upon returning to school in September.  We hope you all have an awesome summer filled with great books.

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This next item was submitted by Jess Royster, Pierce Middle School librarian:

Pierce Middle School
Summer Reading

 The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year.

At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.

Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and 1 required text.

Grade 6 (choose 1)
Out of My Mind, Draper
Booked, Alexander
Fish in a Tree, Hunt

Grade 7 (choose 1)
Misfits, Howe
The Revealers, Wilhelm
Anything But Typical, Raleigh- Baskin

Grade 8 (choose 1)
*Divergent, Roth
Buddha Boy, Koja
Stargirl, Spinelli
Mockingbird, Erskine

*Some mature themes, parents please note.

  • Attached you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read.
  • All forms and summer work will be posted on the PMS Edline page and the Milton homepage.
  • For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

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The high school reading list, submitted by Jen Troy, is available on-line:

Milton High School Summer Reading Program

All students will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students. We hope that everyone —parents, students, teachers —will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program. If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page.

In addition to summer reading there are also summer assignments for some classes. All of the assignments will be posted on Edline by subject.

Instructions to Access Assignments:

  1. Login to Edline
  2. Summer Assignments are located on the left side of the page under “Quick Links”
  3. Assignments are separated by subject area

*The link to these assignments will also be posted on the MPS website:   www.miltonps.org

CURRICULUM NEWS

There have been some amazing events happening at the JFK Library over the past few weeks. I would like to thank and recognize Lee Statham, a former MPS parent who continues to be a wonderful advocate and supporter of our district. Ms. Statham serves as Director of Special Events and Visitor Services at the JFK Library.  Ms. Statham contacted me months ago asking MPS students to perform at the JFK Library during the Library’s May and June programs honoring JFK’s Centennial Year and that idea has finally come to fruition. Our high school strings, orchestra and chorus performed in the glass atrium, as did our middle school chorus.

Pierce Chorus:

https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/vb.9538894955/10150961500334956/?type=2&theater

Milton High School Mixed Choir: https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/vb.9538894955/10150960468029956/?type=2&theater

In addition, Milton High School student Lemuel Marc performed at the flag raising and lowering on Memorial Day at the JFK Library. View this very moving clip of Lemuel playing at the Ceremony.

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Lemuel Marc performs Taps at the Flag Lowering Ceremony

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Members of the Marc Family: Ms. Soledad Marc, Nethania, Jahdiele and Lemuel

This has been an amazing opportunities for our extraordinary Milton Public School students whose gifts are identified and developed by our very talented teachers and staff.  Please join me in recognizing the students below:

Thursday, June 15th at 3:00
Pierce Middle School Chorus

Bella Baylon, Myles Bedingfield, Will Cannata, Henry Clark, Sophie D’Alesssandra, Charlotte Dangel, Logan  Do, Delilah Ferreira, Gabriella Gallagher, Emily Gallagher, Ben Garrity, Lydia Geering, Kiera Glazer, Ayana Gori, Connor Griffin, Joe Hegarty, Newly Henry, Mallory Hughes, Cole Humphrey, Brenna Kelley, Lily Lane, Darcy Lefever, Sadie Leggett, Lucy Liberidis, Cameron Lydon, Nick Maldonado, Natalia Masso, Emmet McElhinney, Lilli McLaughlin, Mary Mullen, Samantha Pincus, Jeff Potter, Meghan Riordan, Priya Shaw, Andrew Skillin, Abbie Steuterman, Divine Straughter, David Sutter, Emily Tobin, Ellis Wallace, Norah Walsh and Isabel Yuen

Wednesday, June 14th at 2:00
Milton High School Mixed Chorus

J’Quan Allen Jones, Shoilee Banerjee, Kianna Barrett, John Barros, Sage Blue, Peter Bongiorno, Caroline Connelly, Gray Davis, Sophia Deaibes, Jayda Dillon, James DiSandro, Sophia Eckardt, Joshua Elias, Francois Exantus, Jada Farrar, Grace Finnegan, Shea Flanagan, Damauri Fox Portis, Mary Kate Fox, Kathleen Gallagher, Karla Gonzalez Lynch, Aidan Guilderson, Mercedes Harvell, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Nosakhare Iyamu, Chrismara Jean Baptiste, Joshua Kackley, Lucas  Kery, Andre  Leclerc, Billy Liddell, Cooper Madigan, Mohamed Makouk, Michael McCarthy, Moses Moiwo, Isaiah Morisset, Owen  Murphy, Anneisha Nieves, Kaleigh Pentland, Cameron Pentland, Robert Ricciardi,, Joshua Riggs, Hudson Smith, Isabel Smith, Kendall Smith, Taylor Snellen, Arielle Solomon, Ava Stevenson, Bryce Stovell, Aiden Sullivan, Patrick Taugher, Grace Varela, Qamra Ward, Max Winkler, Connor Withington, Annie Wong, Isaiah Woodley and Scott Yuen

Wednesday, June 7th
Milton High School String Ensemble

Ryan Au, Samantha Baum, Katie Biagiotti, Jeremie Carpenter, Crystal Chen, Eva Chow, Nicola Cross, Julia Defilippo, Grace Dwyer , Simone Elfer, Abigail Fay, Mike Gates, Lucy Hainline, Amalia Halpin, Veronica Harris, Abi Jean Baptiste, Daisy Johnson, Mayu Joiner, Helene Juzyca, Catherine Le, James Le, Jenny Ly, Nethania Marc, Elena Millwood, Julia Nerenberg, Giselle Neville, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nquyen,, Thanh Nguyen, Caroline O’Connell, Laura O’Hanlon , Steven Pham, Kate Possi, Regina Scott, Olivia Shapiro, Milan Smith, Hannah Solomon, Lydia Tesfaye, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong, Clarissa Waldmann, Olivia Wood and Onn Ye Young.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

Milton students are using technology in English Language Arts well beyond writing and reading.  Students in Grade 5 at Tucker are using technology to recommend books to other students.  Chris Doyle, Grade 5 teacher, has taken on learning of her own so that students can engage authentically with technology in her classroom.  Following a Fantasy Literature unit, students use the application Garageband on iPads to record themselves giving a recommendation and review of a book they have recently finished.  Students are learning how to add music to their recommendation, re-record when something doesn’t sound right, and provide solid evidence as to why someone else should read the book they are discussing.  This project has motivated and engaged all students in her co-taught class and the benefits will be long-lasting.  Mrs. Doyle plans on creating a bank of links to these recommendations so that future students and students at different grade levels can hear about books they should read as recommended by other kids!

The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Dean of Student, Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald:

STEM Enthusiasts Celebrate Their Favorite Class: Aware of the potential reduction of the STEM and ISSTEM classes at Pierce, and concerned that future students might not have the same opportunities they’ve had, 7th graders Barron Clancy, Anderson Korman, and Dimitri Sophinos recently shared their fondness for their favorite class. Pierce students can take the STEM class during their 6th and 7th grade years, and 7th and 8th graders can apply for entrance into the ISSTEM classes, which are designed to be more intensive studies of STEM topics.

Barron, Anderson, and Dimitri each identified the rare and unconventional opportunities that the class has provided them outside the traditional science curriculum. Dimitri, now taking the STEM class for the second time, spoke about using the Computer Aided Design (CAD) program Tinkercad. With guidance from his teacher, Mr. Demaggio, Dimitri has used the program to design cars and “miniature houses.” Although unrelated to his CAD projects, Dimitri is equally excited about building model rockets that he and his classmates will eventually launch. Barron and Anderson both linked their recent success at the State Science Fair – they placed 2nd and are now applying for the Broadcom Masters Fair – to their experience in STEM. Anderson identified the genesis of their Science Fair project, a storm drain oil filtration system, as a field trip he took with his STEM class to the Pine Tree Brook as 6th graders. Barron, a student in the 7th grade ISSTEM class, captured exactly how his STEM and ISSTEM experiences helped him prepare for success at the State Science Fair. He used his class’s current project as an example. His ISSTEM class is now building dragsters out of balsa wood, and will eventually test them to see how far and how fast they can travel. As part of the project, students brainstormed design ideas, shared these ideas with classmates, enhanced their designs using the CAD program, and build prototypes out of Styrofoam. He said he and Anderson used the same steps when designing their filtration system.

All three boys, whose middle school success is largely the product of the STEM and ISSTEM classes, drew clear connections between the lessons they’ve learned in class and success outside of school. Whether it be the collaboration and critical thinking inherent in the classroom, or the extra curricular opportunities outside of the classroom, the boys recognize that the STEM and ISSTEM classes are setting them up to be successful in “the modern world.” They wanted to share their positive experience, hoping that future students will have similar opportunities to benefit.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Our recent Math Night was fantastic! It was really special to watch Glover kids, teachers, and families coming together to play math games and more! 15 teachers prepared and played alongside students. Many families commented on how thrilled they were to go home with some new ways to practice math and reading with their children. Many thanks to all!

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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden:

3rd Grade Weather Warrior Visit: Earlier this month, NBC Boston came to Cunningham School to teach the third graders about extreme weather and also show them the Weather Warrior vehicle, which is used to collect and track local weather data. The third graders were amazed at the fun facts NBC Boston Meteorologist Chris Gloninger taught them.  This program is a free outreach program that NBC does for local schools.  Our third graders were shown on the early morning news  and you can check it out by following the video link below.

http://www.nbcboston.com/on-air/as-seen-on/WEB-Weather-Warrior-Cunningham-Elementary-School_NECN-427191251.html

RESIDENCY INFORMATION

The Milton School Committee’s Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine.”

As a parent/guardian of a child/student entering into grade six or grade nine, you are required to go to the following link: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2017Doc.pdf  and fill out a Re-establish Residency Packet. Please be sure to provide the required documents from all three columns.

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

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to accommodate the work schedules of parents/guardians. Starting Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 10 am; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8 pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by August 29, 2017 to ensure their child’s placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

PRESCHOOL INFO

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

The halls will come alive with the bustling and pitter, patter of the little feet of three and four year olds in September as we open our doors to the newest members of the MPS community. This year we have had an overwhelming interest from families wishing to enroll their children in a preschool program for the 2017-2018 school year.  At the present time all of our programs are full with active waitlists being maintained.

Milton Public Schools is proud to offer 7 different preschool options. In the Edgehill Program, located at the Collicot School, families have the opportunity to enroll their child(ren) in either a morning or afternoon five day program.  There is also a half day and full day option for those students with special education needs, as identified by the IEP team including  a substantially separate program.  In the Blue Hills Program, located at the Tucker School, there are three options, a full day program and two half day programs which include morning and afternoon sessions.  All three programs meet five days a week.  The Gile Pre-K Program, located at Milton High School is linked to a child study course for juniors and seniors and meets three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If you are interested in learning specific details, including the similarities and differences of each preschool program, please visit: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2017-2018PreschoolOverview.pdf

If you are interested in adding your child’s name to the waitlist please go to the following link and complete the online pre-registration form: https://docs.google.com/a/miltonps.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHaS-UARXC7hK3hMuj6NcgtIVU5qnhKGaK5e0A9GUjrxvlFg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Please feel free to contact me over the summer should you have any preschool questions or want to inquire about any potential movement on the waitlists. I can be reached by email at preschool@miltonps.org or by calling 617-980-7343.

SUMMER PROGRAMMING

The following was submitted by the Milton Summer Enrichment Directors, Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Hello Milton Families! Thank you for registering your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We have one more opportunity to pick up your student schedules and important traffic information:

Saturday, June 17th: 9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day) Map of updated dismissal plan General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

Tuesday, June 20th:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Thursday, June 22nd:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please click here to view the pick up/ drop off map:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSEDismissalMap2017.pdf

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Health/Physical Education Director:

TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL: Using the latest data from December 2014, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported 34.5% of Milton high school students had consumed some amount of alcohol. As summer approaches and teens have more unstructured time on their hands, this is an important time to consider talking to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking. A resource you may want to consider are MADD Flipbooks which can be a great tool for initiating this conversation. The link below brings you to six different Flipbooks (interactive pamphlets). They include: Your Teen’s World, Parenting Styles, Talking about Alcohol, Making Good Choices, a Discussion Checklist, and a Pocket Guide. All six are very informative and useful tools. The pocket guide summarizes the four information booklets. It is printable so you can use it to inform yourself and plan your conversation. You can then use the discussion guide to start a dialogue. This guide is also printable and includes questions and discussion topics to engage you and your teen with the material.

Follow the link to access these guides: http://bit.ly/2sCE7KP. For more on summer and underage drinking visit:  http://bit.ly/2rU7R7X Thank you to the Youth Health Connection for providing some of the material in this article.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Does your high school student love working with children and need to earn community service hours?  If so, consider encourage them to apply to be a Leadership Intern at Camp Invention this summer! We are running Camp Invention for two weeks (July 10-14 and July 17-21) at the Tucker Elementary School. This is a fun STEM-themed camp that is for students entering kindergarten through grade 6, and we would love to have MHS students there to assist with projects and ensure the safety of our campers!  Please contact Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) for more information!

The Leadership Intern opportunity is ideal for high school and college age students. This opportunity builds leadership skills through formalized training and practical experience, introduces entrepreneurial and intellectual property concepts, strengthens college applications and provides a meaningful setting to complete required volunteer hours.

The Leadership Intern serves as a role model to participants, mentor to Counselors-in-Training (CIT) and primary liaison between parents and the program’s Director. Leadership Interns represent the Camp Invention program and brand. They help create an environment of fun, learn strategies to encourage collaborative learning, build the trust and respect of parents and assist in providing a safe environment for participants. It is often the role of an outstanding Leadership Intern that makes the Camp Invention experience most memorable for participants.

Benefits

Interns receive formalized leadership training and certification, developed by a third-party leadership training organization. The two-hour, online training is self-directed and completed prior to their week of volunteering at Camp Invention.

The formalized online training and program provide students opportunities to:

  •  Improve communication skills through interactions with parents, educators and participants y Discover how to build teamwork and guide a team
  •  Learn techniques to inspire creativity in others
  •  Apply newly acquired leadership skills in a dynamic environment
  •  Get inspired to be creative and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts, as well as innovation through program content
  •  Develop an understanding of Intellectual Property concepts and their connection to future economic prosperity y Learn entrepreneurial concepts through the lens of innovation and invention. Great for DECA club members
  •  Gain an increased awareness of personal leadership strengths and receive feedback from adult team members.
  •  Set themselves apart when applying for colleges, universities, scholarships or considering future employment
  •  Receive a letter of recognition provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  •  Earn up to 40 community service hours in a STEM educational program. Great for National Honor Society and graduation requirements or related coursework

RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  •  Getting to know participants in his or her group by name
  •  Motivating all participants to fully engage in the program experience
  •  Fostering a sense of team spirit and fun
  •  Treating all participants equally, in a respectful and professional manner
  •  Being a great role model
  •  Facilitating activities during sign-in/sign-out and Base Camp times
  •  Empowering participants to problem solve through curricular activities
  •  Assisting participants to build skills to successfully work in teams
  •  Making reminder calls to parents prior to the program (if asked)
  •  Escorting children to and from all areas they travel to individually and as a group
  •  Working with the Director and Instructors to maintain order, but not discipline
  •  Assisting Instructors in the classrooms with clean-up and other tasks
  •  Assisting with lunch and eating with participants
  •  Keeping track of group members at all times – until the last participant is picked up
  •  LIs will be paired with one or two CITs who are at least two grades below the LI’s grade level
  •  Coaching CITs throughout the day and helping them serve in a leadership capacity

REQUIREMENTS

  •  Must complete online training before the week of the program
  •  Must complete a post program review
  •  Must be available prior to the program’s start date for training and set-up
  •  Must be available for entire length and duration of the program (typical schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  •  Must be able to follow all Camp Invention rules of conduct and safety guidelines

This link will provide more information :https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9aNRbCACPKTblctWnBqSWF2UlE/view?usp=sharing

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The Milton Public School System participates in the National School Lunch Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Families who wish to apply for free or reduced meals must complete an application each year. The family of any Milton Public school student may submit an application at any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school’s main office, at the food service office and online at www.miltonps.org

Student Accounts: Any student whose school meal account has a zero or negative balance will be allowed to charge a reimbursable meal and/or milk. A “reimbursable meal” is defined as a meal consisting of at least three (3) of the five (5) offered meal components (grain, meat or meat alternative, fruit, vegetable and milk) and must include a fruit and/or vegetable component. This will result in a negative balance on the student’s account until funds are added to the student’s account.

Families will be notified weekly by the food service program if their account is negative. The food service program will work together with the school administration in a joint effort to contact students/parents to assist with collections.

Student with a negative account balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items until the student’s account is in good standing. “Good standing” for the purchase of a la carte items is defined as an account with a positive balance.

Payment Options

The Milton School Food Service Program offers an online payment option as well as a payment by check. Our online website is www.myschoolbucks.com

We encourage our families to pre-pay for meals at the paid or reduced price rate to help to ensure children have consistent access to meals without accruing unpaid meal charges. This pre-payment system includes a feature to allow for parental restrictions limiting a child’s spending at the point of service. For example, the system could allow families to place specific limits on à la carte purchases. Families can contact the food service office for further information..  We also accept checks at all six of our schools. We have locked mail boxes in the cafeteria and main office of each school.  Checks should be made out to the Milton School Food Service Program.

Online Payment

We allow families to add money to their child’s account from a computer or mobile device which makes payment more convenient for families.

Often, even families who do not opt to pay using the online system can access the system to check their child’s account balance. Many families may not realize how much their child is spending in the cafeteria each day, especially if the child is purchasing à la carte items in addition to their reimbursable breakfast and lunch. We encourage families to regularly check their account balance and track their child’s spending can help prevent households from accruing unpaid meal charges.

Automatic Payment

We also offer online payment platforms that include an optional feature families may use to automatically add money to their account when they reach a set dollar amount. Families using these systems may also set up a “low balance warning” to ensure they are notified promptly when a payment is needed.

The Milton Public Schools will work together with all of the fee based programs and activities. At the end of each school year students with an outstanding food bill above ($20.00) will not be allowed to register for any fee based program until the food balance has been paid off.

FROM THE READERS

And for all you parents/guardians who may be looking for own summer reading list, the Boston Globe just published an excellent list of suggestions for summer reading. One of our MPS families sent me this link. Please feel free to check out this comprehensive list:

https://apps.bostonglobe.com/arts/graphics/2017/06/summer-reading/

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Will Korman of the Milton Foundation for Education:

In MFE news . . .The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce that we have awarded $20,917  during our spring competitive  grant cycle. These funds will have a direct and immediate impact across a wide spectrum of schools, classes and subjects.

Although the calendar says June, it is never too early to start thinking about your costume for Monster Dash!! This year’s spooktacular 5k and fun run will take place on Sunday, October 29th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

Milton Music Fest and Fireworks will be held on June 24th. Celtic Sunday will be held on June 25th.  Click here for more info.

Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton.  Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes.  There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf.  A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music.  Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games.  A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand.  We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase.  No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Please see the newsletter below, sent to us by Milton Early Childhood Alliance. It is full of helpful information for summer fun for young children:

http://miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org/MECA%20Newsletter%20Summer%202017%20Free%20Summer%20Fun.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Welcome to summertime fun in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want starting June 22, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 25 – July 1:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Harnessing Heat, Ages 6-11

Come have a HOT time with Mad Science of South Boston! Children will be introduced to the concepts of heat and heat transfer through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations, capped off with a taste bud-pleasing demo of heat at work! For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Chalk & Bubble Party, All Ages

Happy summer! In honor of the season, let’s draw with chalk and blow bubbles out on the Children’s Patio. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome; no registration required. Weather permitting.

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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

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

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

The Girls Track team continued to shine as they again dominated the competition in Massachusetts. After winning both their State Division Title as well as the All State Title, they had another great day at the New England Championship meet. Every girl who competed in the meet finished in the top 6. The 4x100m relay team of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roche, Alexis Daily, and Jayda Dillon smashed the old school record of 49.22 with a time of 48.53 and finished 5th.  Alexis Daly broke her own school record in the Triple Jump by jumping 38’5” and finished 3rd overall.  Jessy Iwuala finished 2nd in New England in the High Jump and will be competing at Nationals this weekend along with Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau, Ella Affanato and Genevieve Connelly. Sophomore Elise O’Leary has been selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats, Elise!

The Boy’s Track Team’s Sophomore Superstar Smith Charles came in 1st place in the Long Jump at the New England Championship meet with a leap of 23’ 4”. Smith also came in 4th place in the 100m dash.  At the All-State meet the weekend before, Smith won the All-State title in the Long Jump and came in 2nd in the 100m dash. For his effort Smith has been selected to the Boston-Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats Smith.

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In the first season of MIAA-sponsored Rugby, the Milton Wildcats advanced to the State Finals with a 61-10 win over Algonquin. In a great Division 2 State Championship game last Saturday at Endicott College, the Wildcats fell just short as Hanover rallied late for a 29-20.

The Boys Tennis team finished up a very good regular season with a 13-5 record and then defeated Plymouth North 3-2 in the State Tournament before losing to top-seeded Sharon.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Back in April, our Future Business Leaders of America competed at the State Leadership Conference at Bentley College. As top finishers in the state, several of our students earned the right to compete at the national level. These students will be headed to Anaheim, CA from June 29th-July 2nd.  Congratulations and best of luck to Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Ebongue, Domenic Jancaterino,  Peyton Carvalho, Lilli Cormack, Suvan Shukla, Karisa Lasoff, Linda Do, Vincent Luong, Chris Caputo, Will Jrolf and Tim Walsh. Also, many thanks to AJ Melanson, our Business and Technology teacher, who is the club advisor for FBLA.

Staff:    I would like to recognize and thank two MPS staff members, whose grant applications were recently approved. BID-Milton awarded a $2,000 grant written by Noel Vigue, our PE/Health Director, for his “Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens (PARENT) Program. PARENT is a skills-building parenting education series to build emotional resilience in youth with appropriate support from their parents. Mr. Vigue’s grant is sponsored in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the education series is scheduled for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

In addition, the hospital also awarded a $2,000 grant written by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai, for a behavioral health initiative aimed at reducing school bullying at Tucker. The grant would allow the school to add a clinical social work intern from the Boston University School of Social Work to its behavioral health team. The intern would oversee the implementation of a new bulling prevention program as well as facilitate a small student support group for identified at-risk students. Thank you to both of these educators for going above and beyond for our students and of course, thank you to BID-Milton for their generosity.

Volunteers: At a recent Tucker Potluck Dinner, Principal McNeil-Girmai surprised/awarded a first annual Community Spirit award for a family that have been exemplary members of the Tucker Community. Our first “winners” were Terry & Julie Shields. They have been members of the Tucker School community for eight years. They have both been very involved with Site Council and PTO. Julie has been very active in Reading about Diversity and supportive of school events. Terry was also an extremely prominent member of our Site Council playground renovation work particularly our last big build day were the stage was created. The family is moving to Deerfield, MA this summer and will be greatly missed!

volunteer

 

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

 

 

 

June 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 09•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this week, we held a small ceremony in the MHS Library for all of our retiring faculty and staff.  This is an annual tradition of the Milton School Committee and it is our way of showing our retirees how much we appreciate them.  Please join me in recognizing this year’s retirees:

Claire Engrassia was hired in 1979 to act as a “home instruction” tutor.  In 1985, she became an instructional aide at Milton High School. In her years at Milton High School, Principal James Jette stated that ” Claire was a dedicated and passionate instructional aide whose math support was invaluable. She worked with so many of our students who had academic and social emotional challenges and she did it successfully for many years.” Tracy Grandeau who was the Special Education Team Chair prior to becoming the Director of Pupil Personnel Services added that “Claire always went above and beyond in helping our students. She was an advocate for our students with special needs and always willing to assist in any situation. Claire  displays amazing talent in the area of mathematics and she made sure that students understood even the most challenging concepts.  She is truly a team player and valuable member of our staff. We will never forget her passion and dedication to her work.” Diane Jackson worked closely with Ms. Engrassia over the years at MHS. Ms. Jackson added that “Claire has touched so many young lives. Her professionalism, patience, understanding and dedication is why so many of our students have met with success.  She is a wonderful person who always believed in her students and never gave up on them.  As a colleague, she would be there to assist in any way she could. ” We wish Ms. Engrassia continued happiness in her retirement years.

Sonja Fisher began her career in the Milton Public Schools Food Service Department at Milton High School in September of 1985. Sonja has worked as a cashier and has been the person in charge of making those delicious salads and sandwich wraps for our students. When technological advancements were introduced to the Food Service Program, Sonja was more than able to adapt to the new computerized Point of Sale operation. There have been many changes to the Food Service industry over the past 32 and she has been with us for every step, doing whatever she can to help her peers and our students. Another important role that Sonja has had over the past several years was her position as Union Steward for the AFSCME union. Sonja will be missed very much. According to Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan, “she has an amazing heart and is always so kind to our students.” Please join me in wishing the best to Sonja as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Marcia Goodless was hired in 2007 as a full time Special Education teacher at the Pierce Middle School. Dr. Karen Spaulding stated that “Mrs. Goodless has been supporting students with special needs for 29 years, the last 10 of which were at the Pierce Middle School. Mrs. Goodless’ time at Pierce Middle School has been in the team taught mathematics classroom and in the math lab.  Mrs. Goodless’ gentle, supportive approach with students has ensured that they not only develop their skills in math, but also mature as confident life-long learners.  Mrs. Goodless has collaborated with her regular education and special education colleagues on a number of initiatives, each of which has positively impacted our special education programming.  Mrs. Goodless will be remembered both for her kind, happy spirit and for her flashy (literally it flashes!) neckware.” We wish her the best as she begins this new chapter of her life.

Eric Karjel was hired in July, 2016 to the position of Athletic Director for the Milton Public Schools. He came to Milton with many years of experience after holding the same position in the Hopkinton Public Schools as well as at King Philip High School. According to Principal James Jette, “in his short period of time here as the Athletic Director, Eric illustrated what the AD position should be and gave us a focus point to build upon. His knowledge of the MIAA rules and regulations coupled with his many years of experience made him a perfect fit. Unfortunately for the Town of Milton, Mr. Karjel and his family decided to relocate to NY. With that said, he leaves a positive impression on our athletic program.” I am sure you join me in wishing Mr. Karjel happiness in his new home and throughout the years of his retirement.

Susan McKay was hired in September of 1993 as an elementary teacher at Pierce. Prior to coming to the Milton Public Schools, Ms. McKay worked at Saint Ann School in Dorchester for five years where she was described as a “dynamo”. In the words of Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of Pierce Middle School, “Ms. McKay has been a teacher at the Pierce Middle School for 24 years. She began her career at Pierce on the Silver Team, teaching at-risk students.  During that time, she taught every subject, including physical education and home economics.  Since then Mrs. McKay has taught English language arts, geography and even one year of Spanish.  In addition to being our premier costume seamstress for Pierce Players, Mrs. McKay has spent most of her time at Pierce as a mathematics teacher, teaching 7th &  8th grade math, Math Investigations, and our Advanced Math iSTEM elective.  Mrs. McKay knows well the importance of connecting mathematics to the real world and so over the years has facilitated a number of real world math-based projects with our students such as quilting, Barbie Bungee Jumping, and designing scale model homes.” Please join me in wishing the best to Ms. McKay as she begins her retirement.

Veronica McManus has been an important part of the MPS since 1987.  Throughout her career, she has held positions as an instructional aide at both Tucker and Cunningham before moving to Collicot in 1992 to fill a long-term substitute position and begin her career as a full time teacher. This year, the Milton Foundation for Education recognized Ms. McManus as one of the 2017 “Teachers of the Year.” Mme. McManus’ legacy will be one of an outstanding French Immersion educator of young children and model for all teachers. Mme. McManus has served the Milton Public Schools with distinction for twenty-five years and has taught grades two, three and four in all but one of Milton’s four elementary schools. I am sure you will join me in wishing Veronica McManus continued happiness as she begins her retirement.

Eileen Mullen began her career with the MPS in 1996 as a long-term sub at Pierce to cover a maternity leave. In 1999, she moved to Milton High School, where she remained until her retirement in September 2016. Ms. Mullen is remembered fondly by all her students, both high school and pre-school, for the amazing work she did directing the Milton High School’s  Pre-K program.  Under her leadership, this program expanded tremendously in popularity.  According to Principal James Jette, “her upbeat and positive personality was much needed in a position where she worked with Pre-K students and high school students who aspire to be educators. She gave the Pre-K students such a memorable and enriching experience that they still talk about, even when they are the high school students.” The impact Ms. Mullen had on her students is evident. I am sure you will join me in wishing Ms. Mullen all the best as she continues to enjoy the days of her retirement.

Janis Powell began her career in 1975 as a substitute teacher and in later years acted as an instructional aide and long term substitute before becoming a full time teacher in the district. Over the course of her career, Ms. Powell taught at all of the MPS Elementary Schools. Ms. Powell was dedicated to the profession of teaching. Her students were her priority and she worked hard to make sure that each of her students reached his/her full potential in the classroom Please join me in extending our best wishes to Ms. Powell. We hope she is able to enjoy her retirement and, more importantly, enjoy  her new grandson.

Margaret Turner began her career in Milton as an elementary teacher in 1990. She brought her strong teaching skills to the MPS and demonstrated what she wrote in her employment summary, “in the classroom, children do not learn by one method….a teacher needs to be flexible with a variety of teaching methods.” Ms. Turner is valued as an excellent elementary grade tacher by her supervisors and colleagues. They felt it was inspiring to watch her continued contribution to the school community because of her experience and successful years of teaching and instruction. She is indeed a skilled professional and a credit to the teaching profession. Best wishes to Ms. Turner in her retirement.

Dianne Walcott eagerly applied for a teaching position in the Milton Public Schools as an elementary teacher in the French Immersion program in 1994. Mme Walcott’s letter stated that coming to the Milton Public Schools “seems to be an ideal opportunity for me to pursue and tap many of my interests, including teaching, the development and education of children, reading and children’s literature, reading and speaking French, and exploring and sharing French culture.”  Handwritten on the bottom of that letter from the administrator interviewing her were the words “Excellent Candidate.”  Mme. Walcott has certainly proven to be an “excellent candidate.” According to Principal Holly Concannon, “Dianne spends countless hours at the Collicot preparing for lessons for her students. She commits her energy to insuring that all children feel welcome and safe under her guidance.” When asked to say a few words about Mme Walcott, Dr. Martine Fisher, Director of the World Language Department stated that “Dianne has proven her commitment to the Milton Public Schools and the Collicot School time and time again. She will be remembered for the quality of her work, but also for her kindness and her understated manner. Her quiet strength, love of children, commitment to teaching and learning, as well as her remarkable proficiency in French have inspired many of her colleagues and have motivated countless students to reach their potential, both in the classroom and in their relationships with others. We wish Mme Walcott happiness and good fortune in her retirement.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. I will summarize that meeting in the next E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 14th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access Studio, Room 245, Milton High School. This meeting will be preceded by a Volunteer Reception in the MHS Cafeteria at 6pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

It’s Time, It’s Time!!! Have you registered or reactivated your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account? MPS is proud to partner with the Milton Public Library once again to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day. Please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org to register or reactivate your child’s account. If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.
Our hope is that each and every student in the Milton Public Schools registers and logs all of their reading this summer. Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes in September in school. Have a great summer and KEEP READING!!

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In my E-blast last week, I noted that our talented music students were invited to perform at the JFK Library for what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th birthday. The video of the Milton High School string orchestra is on the library’s website. Please take a moment to see our amazing MPS musicians!

https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/10150954858314956/

There will be two more opportunities for Milton students to perform at the JFK Library:

Milton High School Mixed Chorus:      June 14th at 2:00PM
Pierce Middle School Girls Chorus:    June 15th at 3:00PM

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

Some of our Tucker fourth grade students helped unpack the MFE Grant books this week and place plates in each book acknowledging the generosity of the MFE. They were very excited about the new acquisitions as you can see!

tuckerbook1 tuckerbook2

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The following item was submitted by Danielle Huebner, Pierce Middle School Latin Teacher:

We can be very proud to have students who have performed excellently on the National Latin and National Mythology Exams again this year at Pierce Middle School.

National Latin Exam Results: There are over 150,000 students from all over the world who take this prestigious exam (from our 50 states and 13 foreign countries), so it is very competitive and the awards are truly merited. All of the students on the list below scored above the national average! Nine award winners!

National Mythology Exam Results: On the National Mythology Exam this year, even more great news; 12 medalists! This is another nationally recognized exam with students who participate from all over the country.

Please see the list below and this link to a google folder containing some photos of our proud winners.
(https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B393S0URtTqINmd1S0Z3b3JTSkU?usp=sharing).

classic

 

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

On Friday, June 2nd, the Pierce Middle School performing ensembles participated in the Great East Music Festival with overwhelming success! Nearly 250 students in the 7th and 8th grade band, chorus and string ensembles performed, receiving the highest ratings:

Concert Band 7 & 8: GOLD Award
Boys Chorus 7 & 8: GOLD Award
Girls Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award
String Ensemble 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award

This year’s festival provided students an opportunity to perform in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall, a professional performance space that houses the beautiful and historic Great Organ. After each performance, students received a comprehensive workshop and a rating of achievement by an expert clinician. The day closed with an afternoon of celebration at Canobie Lake Park. Congratulations to the Pierce Music Department Ensemble Directors, Morgan Schneider, Julia Hanna, and Debra Thoresen, and their students for this outstanding achievement!

String Ensemble 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/r_mvQ9mZc4k
Boys Chorus 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/jie8j2Xqrjg
Concert Band 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/Sye5D1VEEDU
Girls Chorus 7 & 8
https://youtu.be/VUUaRfCpaWk
Girls Chorus 7 & 8- Awarded Platinum
https://youtu.be/8yRR36hGSJM

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

Earlier this month, three students from the Pierce Middle School participated in the Massachusetts Middle School State Science Fair at Worcester Technical High School. We are excited to share that eighth grader, Anna Fahy earned a Third Place award for her project How Should Referees Pump Up Their Soccer Balls in Order to Compensate for Players of Varying Ages? and 7th graders Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman earned a Second Place award for their project How Do We Filter Oil From Storm Drains? There were 290 projects at the fair and only the top 20% received awards, making this an incredible accomplishment. Anna, Barron and Anderson advanced to the State Science Fair after being recognized at the Region V Middle School Science Fair at Regis College in April. We are incredibly proud of their outstanding work!

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

Yesterday, NBC came to Cunningham School to teach the third graders about extreme weather and also show them the Weather Warrior vehicle, which is used to collect and track local weather data. The third graders were amazed at the fun facts NBC Meteorologist Chris Gloninger taught them. This program is a free outreach program that NBC does for local schools. Our third graders were shown on the early morning news this morning, and you can check it out by following the link below: http://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Weather-Warrior-Feature-Page-415882533.html

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The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Physical Education and Health:

Thank you all for your support of Screenagers! It was a great success, we had over 350 people between the two sessions. The early session wasn’t as well attended but there were families that participated and benefited from the experience. It was especially powerful to see all the students with adults in the audience and several elementary students participated in the moderated discussion, offering advice and their opinions. Dr. Burke was outstanding, she provided clear and concise advice for solutions and helped facilitate a learning discussion that had several valuable takeaways. We provided all that attended the parent handout with helpful tips and resource list. We plan to continue to provide family/community support around these health/wellness/safety subjects. Please see this handout from the event, which contains very helpful information:

screenagers

 

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Several MPS staff members attended the recent Norfolk County Teachers Association Awards Ceremony, where Glover Elementary Teacher Margaret Turner and MPS Payroll Clerk Barbara Pakalnietis were honored for their years of service. Well deserved!
NCTA award

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Tucker Elementary School recently celebrated Career Day. Parents/Guardians of Tucker students, as well as community members, came to Tucker to speak about their careers.

Boston Police Officers Capt. Haseeb Hosein, Sgt. Tommy Brooks and Patrolman Cliff Davis spoke to the students about law enforcement careers and explained the concept of community policing. Dr. Elaine Craghead, a Humanities Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and member of the Milton School Committee spoke about her career and the mission of Mass Maritime. Milton Firefighters John Earner, John Cardile and Malik Gibbons demonstrated the use of their equipment, spoke about fire safety and described the duties of a firefighter. Sheila Varela, lead Acquisitions Specialist at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Vice Chair of the Milton School Committee, spoke about the field of publishing and brought several textbooks to show the students. Former NBA player and current insurance and financial services professional Danya Abrams spoke about his transition from professional athlete to a career in finance. Boston Public Schools Psychologist Dr. Ayanna Quinones talked to students about mental health issues and the various career options for psychologists. Helene Norton Russell, Professor of Sociology at Johnson & Wales University, discussed her work teaching introductory sociology courses to undergraduates. Milton Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Sara Truog, brought several books to read and talked to the students about careers in library science. Cecil Thomas, a chef at Boston University, demonstrated some cooking techniques and spoke to students about the field of hospitality and food service. Susan Carty, Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College, spoke to the students about the importance of education and what is required to gain admission to college.

Students had opportunities to ask questions and interact with the speakers. Each student attended three different presentations and learned about three different potential careers. Tucker fourth-graders are already looking forward to next year’s Career Day.

 

tucker career day

Caption for Photo: Back row, from left: Chef Cecil Thomas, Tucker Teacher Shannon Brooks, Milton Firefighters John Cardile and Maliek Gibbons, Investment Professional and former NBA Player Danya Abrams, MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog, Director of Admissions, Suzanne Carty, Mass. Maritime Professor, Dr. Elaine Craghead and Educational Publishing Professional Sheila Varela. Front row (kneeling): Boston Police Patrolman Cliff Davis, BPD Sergeant Tommy Brooks, Milton Fire Department’s John Earner, BPD Capt. Haseeb Hosein, Psychologist Dr. Ayanna Quinones and Professor of Sociology, Helene Norton Russell.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, Co-Directors of Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE.)

Hello Milton Families! Thank you to those who have registered your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We are offering three opportunities to do this at various times of the day and week:

  • Thursday, June 8th:   3-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Monday, June 12th:   5-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Saturday, June 17th:   9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

  • Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day)
  • Map of updated dismissal plan
  • General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, June 20th: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Thursday, June 22nd: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us at mse@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Pierce Players are proud to announce this weekend’s performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Performances will be TONIGHT June 9th at 7pm and Saturday June 10th at 2pm. For more information, click this link:  http://www.miltonps.org/images/poster.jpg

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Also, please join members of the MPS community on Wednesday, June 14th from 6-7:30pm for the 5th grade ACE Art Show in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library. Artwork from all four elementary schools will be on display as well as student work inspired by beloved art teacher, Ms. Clavette.

Through the generosity of our amazing community, each elementary school received two art display towers in loving memory of Caitlin Clavette. We hope you can join us to view the amazing work of our 5th grade ACE students and artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette displayed on our new art display towers.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, District SEL Facilitator:

Warning Signs of Children Using Alcohol and Drugs
Adolescence is a time of change and growth, including behavior changes. These changes are usually a normal part of growing up but can sometimes point to an alcohol or drug problem. Parents and caregivers should pay close attention to the following warning signs that may indicate underage drinking or substance abuse:
• Changes in mood, including anger and irritability
• Withdrawal, social isolation or other signs of depression
• Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
• Change in motivation to perform in school
• Rebelliousness
• Deceitfulness
• Interest in pro-drug culture (music/movies/literature)
• Difficultly with communication
• Restlessness or giddiness
• Changing groups of friends or avoiding old friends
• Low energy level/fatigue
• Reduced interest in activities and/or care in appearance
• Finding alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia among a teen’s things
• Smelling alcohol or “minty cover-up odor” on a teen’s breath
• Problems concentrating and/or remembering
• Slurred speech
• Coordination problems
• Coming home after curfew and avoiding interaction
• Bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
• Sudden concern for privacy or locking bedroom doors

From Under the Right Influence 2017, an excellent guide for parents. http://www.southshorehospital.org/workfiles/Health_and_Wellness/YHC_2017-Prom-Booklet_Final.pdf

RESIDENCY NEWS

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 fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

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

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer beginning the last week of June to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Summer hours and deadlines will be announced in next week’s E-blast.

Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

*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.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Stop by the Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday, June 17th from 9am to noon to help support our State and All-State Championship Milton High School Girls Track team’s car wash.  The girls are washing cars to help raise money for team travel expenses to North Carolina to compete at Nationals.  The girls will also be selling raffle tickets at this car wash for a Yeti cooler (Tundra 45) with $100 worth of Kinnealy Meat. Stop by next Saturday morning!

FROM THE READERS

This week, instead of an article, one of our readers sent us a link to a Ted Talk on a very pertinent topic, STEAM. Please click the link below to listen:
https://www.ted.com/playlists/509/things_to_do_to_make_steam_lea

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

The 2017 Milton Music Fest, Fireworks and Celtic Sunday will be held June 24th and June 25th.
Saturday’s Events: 3pm-10:30pm Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton. Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes. There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf. A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music. Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games. A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand. We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos. Music kicks off at 3pm with many local Milton and Quincy artists. At 4pm the Bob Marley tribute band, “The Duppy Conquers” take the stage. Franc Graham band is at 5pm followed by The Neville Sisters at 5:30pm. At 6pm the Trasak Trio burns up the stage with the fastest violin in the East! Charlie Daniels had nothing on these guys. Divas with a Twist are on board at 6:45pm and they always fill up the dance floor! At 8pm, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band Chicago, we have brought in the Chicago Total Access tribute band. This ten-piece band complete with horns will bring the crowd to their feet.

When the sky darkens and the lights twinkle in the distance, the fireworks will light up the night with the Boston and Quincy skyline as your backdrop. This will truly be a night to remember. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray! Go to We Are Milton.org for updates and free shuttle information.
Sunday’s Events: 1pm-8:30pm: We once again present: Celtic Sunday. The afternoon will feature many of Boston’s best Irish bands, musicians and vocalists. Celtic Sunday is all about outstanding Irish and Celtic Music. This year, is a celebration of the Boston Irish music community. We are pleased to host the very popular Margaret Dalton and Erin’s Melody, Jinty McGrath, Danny Gill and “The Old Brigade,” Sean Brennan and “The Skiffs,” Curragh’s Fancy, The Fenian Sons, Milton’s Pauline Wells, DEVRI and other prominent Irish performers. Celtic Sunday will once again provide attendees an afternoon of brilliant music, great food and refreshment at a magnificent location overlooking the Neponset river basin and the Boston skyline. Grab your chair and sunscreen. There will be something for everyone, young and old.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. For more information on performers, scheduled times, parking, supporters, and volunteer opportunities, please go to: www.wearemilton.org

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The following item was submitted by Robert McCrystal with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its eighth annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 am – 2 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.

The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11 – 11:45 am.

Returning this year will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, a hit at the event last year. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff. A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings, including hearing and vision tests, will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Grants to several local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs of the community. Funds raised at the event will go towards the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk  to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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Save the Date!!! The Milton Playground Planners are holding a ribbon cutting at the new playground at Shields Park on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 am. All are invited (though parking is limited)!

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The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt! The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.
We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger). In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Happy end of school – and welcome to summertime fun at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out in the Children’s Room. Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want starting June 22, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 18 – 24:

Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff with Robert Rivest, All Ages

To celebrate the kickoff of the Library’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge: Build a Better World, please join us for a performance by comic mime Robert Rivest! Robert entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to build a better inner and outer world. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert shares mindful ways that we can work together to build a brighter, kinder, future. This fun family show is full of audience participation! For all ages. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. This event will be followed by a delicious snack of strawberries and cream at the Library entrance, provided by the Friends.

Friday, June 23, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session) and will open two weeks before each class. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was submitted by Jessica Gillooly, Elementary Art Teacher:

We had an exciting week at Tucker with our visiting artist Szu-Chieh Yun. Szu-Chieh Yun is a local Boston artist that shared her art and experiences with the school and with parents during a community night. She brainstormed with the students what the word Unity means for Tucker and incorporated the words they shared into a painting design for the Tucker school. Here are some photos of the students working on the paintings that were inspired by the word UNITY. We had a great visit!

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ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Milton High School Principal James Jette:

I am pleased to announce that Mr. William “Billy” Donovan will be the next Head Coach of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team for Milton High School.
Mr. Donovan has many years of coaching experience and a wealth of basketball knowledge that the Screening Committee overwhelmingly felt would be a great fit for the team. The screening committee stated that “Mr. Donovan was by far the most prepared, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and qualified candidate we interviewed. Mr. Donovan presented this Committee with countless testimonials from former students, players, and parents espousing not only his coaching skills but his genuine concern and care for the Milton community and it’s children”. I had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Donovan today and I agree with the Committee’s recommendation. I am sure you join me in congratulating Mr. Donovan as Milton High School’s new Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach.

The following item was sent in by MHS Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Rugby: The Milton Ruggers took advantage of a depleted Algonquin squad on Friday, by dismantling them 61-10 in the semi-finals. The match took place at Curry College. Just over a week from beating Algonquin to earn the #2 seed, the Wildcats were required to repeat the task of taking down the T-Hawks. It could not have gone any more smoothly. Milton led 55-5 at the half, and kept the pace after the break. They will play Hanover on Saturday. The Wildcats finished (5-1) while Hanover finished (2-3-1). Milton’s only loss came against Marshfield, while they handled Hanover during the regular season. The final will take place at Endicott College on Saturday, June 10th at 2:30pm.
Outdoor Track: Congratulations to the Girls Outdoor Track Team, who in recent weeks have won the Bay State Championships, along with both the D3 State Championship and the All State Championships.

At the D3 State Championships, standout performances were achieved by Elise O’Leary (State Champ in the 400 meter dash); and the 4×100 relay team of Abigail Jean Baptiste, Alexis Daly, Jayda Dillon and Dayajna Roache, who took first place and broke the meet record for this race. Also, Jessy Iwuala won the state title for the High Jump at this meet.

At the All State Meet, the Milton Girls brought home the trophy with the help of many of the team’s runners, sprinters, jumpers and throwers. School records were broken at this meet by Elise O’Leary in both the 400m hurdles and the 400 meter dash AND by Jessy Iwuala in the Pentathlon.

Several of the girls are headed to North Carolina this month to compete at Nationals. Please see the item above with information about the girls’ upcoming car wash and Yeti raffle to raise money for this trip. If you would like to donate to this cause, please visit the car wash on June 17th or send a check to: MHS Girls Outdoor Track Nationals, c/o Milton High School Athletics, 25 Gild Road, Milton, MA  02186 or email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

Also, congratulations to sophomore Smith Charles, who captured first place in the 100- and 200-meters at States; and also won first and second at All States in the long jump and 100 meter dash.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to all three of Pierce Middle School students who qualified for the Massachusetts State Science Fair. Anderson Korman and Barron Clancy took 2nd place and Anna Fahey took 3rd place at Saturday’s State Science Fair. Great work by our outstanding Pierce students!!

Staff: I would like to recognize our MHS Adjustment Counselor Jennie Beliveau, who was recently recognized with the Teacher Appreciation Award at Scholastic Awards Night by her students. Ms. Beliveau is one of the unsung heroes of our district and we appreciate the work she does each and every day. This award was recognition of her talent, hard work and dedication.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the outgoing Milton Foundation for Education Board Members, all of whom are selfless, gifted and talented volunteers whose hard work enriches and enhances the educational experience of each and every Milton Public School student. Many thanks to Beth Plunkett, Susan Sullivan, Julie Ritchie, Sheila Leddy, Denise Queally and Amy Flanagan for your hours, days, weeks, months and years of service on the Milton Foundation for Education.

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

June 2nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 02•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is the big weekend! Our students from the Class of 2017 will be graduating this Sunday afternoon, June 4th, at 2pm in the Copeland Field House.  To say that we are proud is an understatement. These students, whether they have been part of the Milton Public Schools community since kindergarten, or if they just recently joined us, are our newest representatives of our incredible school district. Among them, we have future engineers, scientists, lawyers, nurses, politicians, diplomats, business leaders, police officers, doctors, military officers and, of course, teachers.

The past two weeks leading up to Sunday’s big event have been a whirlwind. I’ll outline some of the highlights below.

SCHOLASTIC HONORS NIGHT

The following seniors were honored at Tuesday night’s Scholastic Honors Night. More than $130,000 in scholarship money was awarded, thanks to the generosity of our town residents, businesses and social clubs. The scholarships and awards are listed first, followed by the students’ name (alphabetical by last name.)

Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete: Kathryn Abbott
Milton Amateur Gardeners Club Award & Sustainable Milton Green Student Leadership Award: Maia Adley
Milton Amateur Gardeners Club Award: Maxim Alvarez
Paul Dorsey Baseball Scholarship & Milton Educators Association Scholarship: Jack Andresino
Leo E. Cook Memorial Scholarship: Andrew Arcieri
Nancy J. Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship: Jessica Ayer
John D. Glover Elementary School Award: Ruby Baker-Poveromo
Milton High School Spirit Scholarship – funded by Teens in Need: Julien Barbosa-Santos
Clougherty Family Scholarship: Dumerzier Beauplan
Gerald D. Martin Scholarship & Norfolk County Teachers’ Association Book Award & Daniel and Harriet O’Leary Memorial Scholarship: Julia Biagiotti
Milton Educators Association Scholarship: Jessica Brink
Debra A. Davis Memorial Scholarship: Emma Brown
Paul Dorsey Baseball Scholarship & Paul Ryan Class of 1976 Memorial Scholarship & Mathys J. and Maxine Pearce Van Dam Memorial Scholarship: David Brundage
Mary Louise Daly Community Service Award: Taylor Burns
Milton Educators Association Scholarship & Milton Players Scholarship & National School Choral Award & Charles C. Winchester Memorial Scholarship: Julia Butler
Milton High School Award: Malik Cameron
Christine Marie Linehan Scholarship: Allison Carey
Carol A. Blute Memorial Scholarship & Asian Culture Club Award & Marylou Trojano Memorial Scholarship: Kristy Chan
Edith Hamilton Lira Business Scholarship & Susanne M. Ruicis National Honor Society Memorial Scholarship: Morgan Chandler
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Milton Fire Department Scholarship: Liam Chase
Asian Culture Club Award: Nicole Chong
Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship: Gillian Clarke
John Morosini Memorial Scholarship: Camrin Clayton
Milton High School English Excellence Award & Milton High School Music Theatre Award & Michael A. Siciliano Memorial Scholarship: Mariah Conway
Kurt P. Shannon Memorial Scholarship: Bailey Cook
Milton Amateur Gardeners Club Award & Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship in memory of Barbara Barrett: Ben Corson
Milton Retired Educators Award: Devin Coulter
Elaine McFadden Scholarship & Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship: Camille Coutant
Robert “Bubba” Maloney Scholarship: Amy Dai
Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship: Whitman Davis
American Legion – Paul W. Curran Memorial Award: Daniel deBenedictis
American Legion – Post 114 Scholarship: Amanda Delconte
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete & John Philip Sousa Band Award: Kyle Dempsey
Clougherty Family Scholarship & Debra A. Davis Memorial Scholarship: Orlane Destin
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Cunningham Park Men’s Bowling Scholarship: Matthew Dicarlo
American Learning International Exchange Scholarship & John Phelan Community Service Award: Dylan DiManno
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete: Liam Donelan
Cunningham Park Men’s Bowling Scholarship & Milton Performing Arts Award: Nailah Dore-Tyrell
Robert Tucker Elementary School Award: Lashmi Dowds
FAME Scholarship for Jazz & Barbara Anne Holub LaCambria Memorial Scholarship & Jennifer McManus Memorial Scholarship: Brigitte Dugas
Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship: Aidan Duggan
Pearce – Riordan Memorial Scholarship: Edwin Duprevil
Carol A. Blute Memorial Scholarship & Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Milton High School Perfect Attendance Award & Milton Rotary Club Scholarship & Jeffrey D. Murphy Memorial Scholarship & Hiram Tuell Citizenship Award: Michael Eberhardt
Milton High School Spirit Scholarship – funded by Teens in Need: Adriana Estevez
Olympia Haveles Crowley Scholarship & Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship: Stephanie Finnegan
Michael A. Devin Memorial Scholarship & Milton High School Spirit Scholarship (funded by Teens in Need) & Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship: Mairead Flynn
Mary A. Cunningham Elementary School Award: Omar Fraser
Tucker PTO Scholarship: Omolade Gbolade
Alfred D. Thomas Baseball Scholarship: Anthony Goncalves
John Morosini Memorial Scholarship: Kenneth Guscott
American Legion – Post 114 Scholarship: Lucia Hainline
Esther P. Edwards Fund Scholarship & Francis W. Tatro Memorial Music Award: Anthony Hancock
David W. Ford Memorial Scholarship: Phoenix Harris
Dr. Frank J. Giuliano Jr. Award: Aaron Hause
Charles Hamilton Savage Memorial Award: Jahbari Headley
Caroline F. Carter Memorial Scholarship & Mark G. Hamilton 23rd Annual Memorial Award & Milton High School Class of 1986 Memorial Scholarship: Gregory Hebard
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship & Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship in memory of Ann Donovan: Alexis Higgins
Gino M. Fiore Memorial Scholarship & Milton Historical Society Scholarship: Cormac Howley
Milton High School Perfect Attendance Award & Anne Power Memorial Scholarship: Kevin Huang
American Learning International Exchange Scholarship & Debra A. Davis Memorial Scholarship & Michael A. Devin Memorial Scholarship: Jessydoris Iwuala
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete: Samuel Jacobsak
Dominique Sade Samuels Memorial Scholarship & Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship: Erisha Joseph
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Elliott Physical Therapy Scholarship: Madison Jrolf
John Brendan Moore Scholarship: Maeve Jrolf
Milton Kiwanis Club Scholarship & Walsh Family Scholarship: Delphine Jrolf
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete & Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship: Elena Kapolis
Milton High School Class of 1988 in memory of Alex Losordo: Owen Keaney
George C. Marsden Memorial Scholarship: Olivia Kelly
Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship: Emma Kelly
Kurt P. Shannon Memorial Scholarship: Zack Kenneally
Elliot and Esther Levine Scholarship: Molly Kibble
Diallo B. Fuller Memorial Scholarship: Saron Kindle
Lawrence R. Neret Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Matthew LaBelle
ARTDante Scholarship in memory of Dante Fugazzotto & Leonard V. and Dorothy A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Lam
Arthur L. Sneider Memorial Scholarship: Robert Lesenechal
George F. Ramacorti Memorial Award: Alyssa Lum
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Milton Police Charitable Fund Scholarship: Erik Lundrigan
Baron Hugo Lira Music Scholarship: William Macmillan
Julian S. Alexander Memorial Award: Savanah Madden
Donald P. Lake Memorial Scholarship: Nolan Mandel
Jack Lanigan Memorial Scholarship & Milton Educators Association Scholarship & Milton High School TRI-M Music Honor Society Award: Nicholas Marinilli
Charles S. Pierce Middle School Award: John Mavridis
Jay A. Brown and Edward Leahy Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship & Milton Educators Association Scholarship: Samuel McGrath
Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship: Colin McSweeney
Milton Retired Educators Award: Olivia Medeiros
John Morosini Memorial Scholarship: Elena Millwood
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete & Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship & Pierce Middle School PTO Scholarship & Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship: Joanna Needham
Julie Affanato Wallace Memorial Award: Naomi Negassi
Clougherty Family Scholarship: Sydney Nguyen
Rabbi Nathan and Helen Korff Memorial Scholarship: Felicia Nguyen
Edward H. Baker Scholarship & Jesse B. Baxter Scholarship: Aislinn O’Brien
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Charles E. Hardison Memorial Scholarship & Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete: Colette O’Leary
Elaine McFadden Scholarship: Claire O’Neill
Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship: Koby Osazee
Milton High School Perfect Attendance Award & Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship: Hannah O’Toole
Kevin Moore Memorial Scholarship: Joshua Pasquantonio
Clougherty Family Scholarship: Astry Peguero Santana
William T. and Lenore Fidler Memorial Award: Thalia Perez
John J. Karol Memorial Scholarship: Destiny Perkins
Milton Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Timothy Peterson
Charles L. and Gladys Copeland Memorial Scholarship & Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship: Lily Phelan
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship & Olympia Haveles Crowley Scholarship & Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Memorial Citizenship Award & Milton Chamber of Commerce Scholarship & Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship: Emily Possi
Robert E. Forde Memorial Scholarship: Sean Potter
American Learning International Exchange Scholarship & Milton Educators Association Scholarship & Milton Kiwanis Club Scholarship & Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship in memory of Janet Christesen & James E. Sweeney Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Power
John Morosini Memorial Scholarship: Paige Purcell
Richard Collicot Elementary School Award: Owen Regan
Milton High School Class of 1986 Memorial Scholarship: Margaux Rose
Kevin Moore Memorial Scholarship: Anthony Rota
Julia D. Stackpole Memorial Scholarship: Cole Salamone
Milton High School Boosters Scholarship- Accomplished Outstanding Athlete: Shane Savage
Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship & Alison Mae Regan Scholarship: Elizabeth Sbarra
Kate Lisa Etienne Memorial Scholarship: Mackenzie Scanlon
Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Memorial Citizenship Award & Charles C. Winchester Memorial Scholarship: Ishan Shukla
John and Nina Bombaci Memorial Scholarship: Morgan Smith
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association Achievement Award & National School Orchestra Award & Alison Mae Regan Scholarship: Hannah Solomon
Mark L. Coles Memorial Scholarship & Paul Dorsey Baseball Scholarship: Andrew Steele
FAME Noreen Diamond Burdett Award & Emily McLaughlin Gallagher Memorial Scholarship: Katherine Steele
John M. Curley Memorial Scholarship: Michael Sullivan
Milton High School Music Theatre Award: Stephen Tan
Milton Animal League Scholarship: Tricia Tape
Jack M. Hanley Memorial Scholarship: Lilly Tennyson
Milton Animal League Scholarship: Clara Tennyson
John Hagan Memorial Scholarship & Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship & Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship & Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship: Rachael Tomaszewski
Richard J. Scopa and Family Scholarship: Christina Tougias
FAME Scholarship for String Ensemble: Alice Truong
John Morosini Memorial Scholarship: Lidia Villada
Joseph F. Lynch Jr. Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship & Michael J. Young Memorial Scholarship: Ethan Walko
Milton Police Charitable Fund Scholarship: Timothy Walsh
Charles L. and Gladys Copeland Memorial Scholarship & Milton Educators Association Scholarship & Milton Girls Softball Scholarship & Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship: Margaret Ware
FAME Scholarshp for Band & Henrietta T. Hallowell Citizenship Award & Dr. Alan Barrie Meisler Memorial Scholarship: Maya Watanabe
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award & Milton Educators Association Scholarship: Leizel Werner
Shoolman Family Scholarship: Samson Yuan

BOOSTERS BANQUET

More than 800 people attended the Booster Banquet on Wednesday night in the Copeland Field House. I would like to thank Donna Conroy, Jeanne Kibble and Tom McCarthy, who were instrumental in organizing and planning this year’s banquet. I would also like to recognize longtime Booster parents Gary Kelly, along with John and Carla McDonnell who have also served the Boosters for many years. This year’s banquet ran very smoothly and was a memorable evening for all involved! Please join me in congratulating the seniors below, who were honored during the banquet:

MICKARL THOMAS SPIRIT AWARDS, presented by Ms Carole Copeland Thomas: Jessydoris Iwuala & Edwin Duprevil

UNSUNG HERO AWARDS: Kyle Dempsey  & Joanna Needham

IMPACT AWARDS: Maia Adley, Camille Coutant, Emily Possi, Maggie Ware, Hannah O’Toole, Taylor Burns, Courtney Dillon, Owen Keaney, David Brundage & James Long

EVAN JONES SCHOLARSHIP: presented by Kristan Bagley-Jones: Ethan Walko & Lily Phelan

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS: David Brundage & Katie Abbott

OUTSTANDING FEMALE & MALE ATHLETES: Colette O’Leary & Koby Osazee

ROY CHAMBERS AWARD (for unwavering selflessness and dedication to enriching the MHS Boosters): Molly Kibble & Andrew Johnson

ELEMENTARY “WALK THROUGH”

Yesterday, after the senior class finished graduation practice, some of them took a few moments to stop by their former elementary schools, where they were greeted by enthusiastic students, some of whom applauded, some of whom “high-fived” the seniors and all of whom were thrilled to see the soon-to-be graduates. Please enjoy these photos and a brief video from the event.

From left: Former Glover students Nikholas Romain, Nate Allen, Madison Jrolf, Lucy Crawford, Lulu Mackenzie, Lucia Hainline, Aiden Cullinane, Jakieh Blevins, Max Fitzgerald

From left: Former Glover students Nikholas Romain, Nate Allen, Madison Jrolf, Lucy Crawford, Lulu Mackenzie, Lucia Hainline, Aiden Cullinane, Jakieh Blevins, Max Fitzgerald

 

From left: Former Tucker students Ethan Walko, Doumick Metayer, Joe Morfin, Matt LaBelle, Micah Wickham, Sydney Barros, Kobe Osazee

From left: Former Tucker students Ethan Walko, Doumick Metayer, Joe Morfin, Matt LaBelle, Micah Wickham, Sydney Barros, Kobe Osazee

 

From left, former Collicot and Cunningham students Paige Purcell, Owen Keaney, James Long, Lauren Griswold, Hannah Franceschelli, Cat Stafford, Samson Yuan, Anthony Goncalves, Tim Looney

From left, former Collicot and Cunningham students Paige Purcell, Owen Keaney, James Long, Lauren Griswold, Hannah Franceschelli, Cat Stafford, Samson Yuan, Anthony Goncalves, Tim Looney

 

Click the link below to watch the movie of the seniors visiting Tucker!

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FUTURE PLANS

As I mentioned above, we are very proud of our Class of 2017. Please see below for their list of future plans!

Kathryn Abbott-University of Colorado, Boulder
Maia Adley-Boston University
Nathanael Allen-Suffolk University
Maxim Alvarez-Sterling College
Edosa Andrade-Enabulele-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Jack Andresino-Coastal Carolina University
Andrew Arcieri-University of Louisville
Jessica Ayer-Boston University
Malik Bailey-Quincy College
Ruby Baker-Poveromo-Marist College
Julien Barbosa-Santos-Curry College
Sydney Barros-University of Rhode Island
Dumerzier Beauplan-New England College
Jevon Bernard-Employment
Julia Biagiotti-Bridgewater State University
Jakieh Blevins-Merrimack College
Jessica Brink-Westfield State University
Emma Brown-Brandeis University
David Brundage-St. Anselm College
Taylor Burns-Trinity College
Julia Butler-Fordham University
Jackson Callahan-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Andrew Callinan-Massasoit Community College – Canton
Malik Cameron-Universal Technical Institute
Allison Carey-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Molly Carr-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Nate Carr-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Sara Cavanaugh-La Salle University
Kristy Chan-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Marco Chan-Mount Ida College
Morgan Chandler-Georgetown University
Liam Chase-Temple University
Stephanie Che-Northeastern University
Laury Cherisme-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Nicole Chong n/a
Gillian Clarke-West Virginia State University
Camrin  Clayton-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Liam Connolly-SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Mariah Conway-University of Southern California
Bailey Cook-Trinity College
Ben Corson-King’s College London
Devin Coulter-American International College
Camille  Coutant -University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lucy Crawford-Endicott College
Joseph Crowley-Bridgewater State University
Aidan Cullinane-Dean College
Carmen Cushing-Bunker Hill Community College
Amy Dai-Lesley University
Leanna Daniel-Utica College
Whitman Davis-Marist College
Daniel deBenedictis-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amanda Delconte-Iona College
Kyle Dempsey-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Jenny Descopins-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Wenny Descopins-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Orlane Destin-Gordon College
Matthew DiCarlo-University of Connecticut
Courtney Dillon-Merrimack College
Dylan DiManno-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Cole Doherty-Merrimack College
Liam Donelan-Connecticut College
Nailah Dore-Tyrell-Brandeis University
Lashmi Dowds-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Brigitte  Dugas-University of New Hampshire, Durham
Aidan Duggan-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Shannelle Dunn-Curry College
Edwin Duprevil-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Alexander Dustin-Champlain College
Michael Eberhardt-University of Southern California
Patrick Egan-Wentworth Institute of Technology
Abdullah El Sayed-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Adriana Estevez-Louisiana State University
Samuel  Ferrara-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Georgianna Filsaime-Eastern Nazarene College
Stephanie Finnegan n/a
Max Fitzgerald-University of Vermont
Daniel Flores Martinez-Bridgewater State University
Mairead Flynn-University of Arizona
Declan Foley-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Hannah Franceschelli-Springfield College
Tyler Francis n/a
Omar Fraser-Sacred Heart University
Anil Galloway-Curry College
Sarah Gardiner-University of New Hampshire, Durham
Denton  Garrett-Morehouse College
Omolade Gbolade-University of Maryland, College Park
Allegra Giddings-Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Anthony Goncalves-Merrimack College
Colin Griffiths n/a
Lauren Griswold-University of Miami
Kenneth Guscott-Curry College
Lucia Hainline-Trinity College
Anthony Hancock-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jessica Hankard n/a
Chloe Harris-Rhode Island College
Phoenix Harris-Georgia State University
Aaron Hause-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Jahbari  Headley-Bunker Hill Community College
Gregory Hebard-Providence College
Alexis Higgins-University of Vermont
Cormac Howley-Providence College
Kevin Huang-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Kellen Hurley-Employment
Jessydoris Iwuala-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Chrisma Jackson-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Samuel Jacobsak-Northeastern University
Darshelle Jean Pierre-Mount Ida College
Abigail Jean-Baptiste-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Syhbil Jeremie-Quincy College
Alexia John-Quincy College
Aidan Johnson-Quincy College
Andrew Johnson-Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Ethan Johnson-Bunker Hill Community College
Erisha Joseph-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Delphine Jrolf-Dartmouth College
Madison Jrolf-University of South Carolina, Columbia
Maeve Jrolf-Westfield State University
Jessica Julmice-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Ange Kagubare-University of Maine, Orono
Elena Kapolis-University of New Hampshire at Durham
Owen Keaney-Nichols College
Cameron Kelliher n/a
Emma Kelly-Coastal Carolina University
Olivia Kelly-Temple University
Zack Kenneally-Bryant University
Molly Kibble-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Ryan Kiley-Bridgewater State University
Kevin Kleiman-United States Army
Saron Kindle-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Matthew LaBelle-Rhode Island College
Thomas Lai-Bunker Hill Community College
Emily Laine-University of Hartford
Sarah Lam n/a
Antwan Lawson-Universal Technical Institute
Hiu Lee-Wentworth Institute of Technology
Jessica Lefevre-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Robert Lesenechal-Maine Maritime Academy
Zachary Leung-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
James Long -Providence College
Timothy Looney -Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Alyssa Lum-Purdue University
Erik Lundrigan-Norwich University
Liam Lydon-Bridgewater State University
David MacIsaac Jr. n/a
Lulu MacKenzie-College of Charleston
William Macmillan n/a
Savannah Madden-Curry College
Nolan Mandel-University of Toronto
Nicholas Marinilli-Boston College
Eric Markland-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Zion Martin-Anges Scott College
Kiara Martinez-Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Steven Matin-Wentworth Institute of Technology
John Mavridis-Stonehill College
Samuel McGrath-College of the Holy Cross
Colin McSweeney-United States Coast Guard
Olivia Medeiros -University of Miami
Doumick P Metayer-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Kip Melcher-Lyndon State
Elena Millwood-Sarah Lawrence College
Eleni Minias-Lesley University
Kaira Monroe-Quincy College
Maritza Monvil-Morgan State University
Joseph Morfin-United States Marine Corp
Oludare Muyide-University of Massachusetts, Boston
Samuel Nardozzi-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Joanna Needham-Providence College
Naomi Negassi-Temple University
Felicia Nguyen-Boston University
Sydney Nguyen-Suffolk University
Aislinn O’Brien-Boston University
Patrick  O’Connor-Employment
Colette  O’Leary-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Claire O’Neill-Tulane University
Kerry O’Neill-University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Hannah O’Toole -University of South Carolina, Columbia
Koby Osazee-Mount Ida College
Owen Pages-Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Joshua Pasquantonio-Employment
Astry Peguero-Santana Boston University
Thalia Perez-Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Destiny Perkins n/a
Tiffany Perkins-Sullivan-South Carolina State
Timothy Peterson-Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Lily Phelan-Providence College
Atheana Pierre-Suffolk University
Maximilien Plageman-United States Marine Corp
Emily Possi-The Ohio State University
Sean Potter-Wentworth Institute of Technology
Sarah Power-Temple University
Paige Purcell-Pace University, New York City
Christian Reddick n/a
Owen Regan n/a
Destini Reid-Dean College
Thomas Reilly-Suffolk University
Dayajna Roache-Massasoit Community College
Branndon Robbins n/a
Gianni Rodrigues-Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Nikholas Romain n/a
Margaux Rose-American University
Anthony Rota-United States Marine Corp
Cole Salamone-Emerson College
Shane Savage-Boston College
Elizabeth Sbarra-Loyola University Chicago
MacKenzie Scanlon-Curry College
Rebecca Scott-University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Ishan Shukla-The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Robson Silva-Fisher College
Morgan Smith-Boston College
Hannah Solomon-Temple University
Catherine Stafford-University of New Hampshire, Durham
John Stapleton-Employment
Andrew Steele-John Carroll University
Katherine Steele-New England Conservatory of Music
Michael Sullivan-Stonehill College
Isabella Susi-Suffolk University
Stephen Tan-New York University
Tricia Tape-Simmons College
Clara Tennyson-University of Vermont
Lilly Tennyson-Hofstra University
Mason Thill-Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Rachael Tomaszewski-The New School
Spenser Torres-United States Army
Christina Tougias-Connecticut College
Amy Toyias-University of New Hampshire, Durham
Cameron Trowers-Manhattan College
Alice Truong-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Anthony Umeh-Massachusetts Bay Community College
Antonnea Umeh n/a
Andrea Urbina-University of Vermont
Benjamin Val-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Lidia Villada-University of San Francisco
Ethan Walko-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Timothy Walsh-Johnson & Wales University (Providence)
Margaret Ware-Catholic University of America
Maya Watanabe-University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Liezel Werner-University of Maryland, College Park
Micah Wickham n/a
Kristen Williams-Fitchburg State
Georgios Yianasmidis-Curry College
Samson Yuan-Boston University

 

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

 

 

 

May 26th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 26•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are all looking forward to a long Memorial Day weekend, but we should make an effort to keep in mind the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day is a federal holiday which recognizes the sacrifice of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. Here in the Milton Public Schools, we observe the holiday in several ways.

  • Our high school marching band participates in the annual Memorial Day parade after the flag raising ceremony held in front of  Town Hall on Monday, May 29th at 9:30am.
  • Earlier this month, a group of high school students volunteered to put flags on the graves of deceased veterans buried at Milton Cemetery. These student volunteers worked with Kevin Cook, Milton’s Director of Veterans Services. Students also met with a sailor from the USS Constitution, who shared her experience as a US Navy sailor. Many thanks to the following students, as well as members of the JV football team, who were also on hand to help: Josh Wright, Rich Laine, Hurbens Villette, Sarah Mitchell, Amalia Halpin, Shannon Young, Nita Paolucci, Katie Biagiotti, John Carey, Aiden Sullivan, Crystal Chen, Clarissa Waldmann and Isablle Richer.

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  • Milton High School’s own bugle player, Lemuel Marc, will perform the National Anthem at the JFK Library’s Memorial Day observance on Monday.
  • The history and meaning of Memorial Day is discussed in history and social studies classes at the middle and high school levels and by classroom teachers in our elementary schools. Please see the beautiful student artwork and poetry sent to us by Karen McDavitt, our Glover principal.

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Again, I hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing long weekend. Classes resume on Tuesday, May 30th.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Special Education Teacher and Coordinator of the Young Men’s Group & the Young Women’s Group, Larry Jordan:

Earlier this year, the Young Men’s and The Young Women’s Group traveled to KPMG Boston, a professional service company, to participate in a career day designed just for our programs.  The students had an amazing experience. (See photo below) As part of the trip, KPMG Boston donated $750 worth of books to our programs. The book grant came through the FirstBook website which offers popular texts at a significantly discounted price.  We ordered over 30 books and still have over $300 available to use on this website.  As you can see from the second picture below, many of the books are already being put to good use!

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The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator:

Last weekend, we celebrated the winners of the Forbes House Museum Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest with an award ceremony at Pierce Middle School. Congratulations to all the winners! Please enjoy some of these photos from the event:

Donna Gauvin, Glover Grade 5

 

 

Isabella Murphy, Tucker Gr 4

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Niamh Guilderson, Cunningham Grade 4

Sasha Norton, Glover Grade 1

Violet Kirby, Collicot Grade 2

 

 

Robert Weddleton, Cunningham Kindergarten

Penelope Jain, Tucker Grade 3

Owen Murphy, Donna Gauvin, Sophia Navas, Sasha Norton, all from Glover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cunningham Principal Jon Redden with Grand Prize Winner Sophie McFadden, Grade 4, Cunningham.

 

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators: Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

Everyday Math Curriculum provides many opportunities for differentiated learning at all grade levels.  Utilizing technology, small group activities, targeted lessons and games are just some of the ways teachers organize Math Learning Centers in their classrooms. By focusing on one topic and presenting it in a variety of ways, students have the chance to interact with math concepts more than once.   Fourth grade students engage in  math centers all related to units. For example, students may use  Chromebook centers on Study Island to complete a custom made assignment related to the unit of study. Students practice their computer skills while working through a number of standards-based math problems.  At another teacher-led center, students may write in their math journals about both number sense and division and explain in writing their rationale for their answer.  The teacher leads and scaffolds as appropriate and checks in with students individually as needed.  In another center, students might work on a mixed number top-it game together. Students talk through their thinking together and have a recording sheet to demonstrate their understanding.  Math Learning Centers are a great way to engage all students in many ways.  It gives the opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding through talk, writing, games and with technology!

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The following items were submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine and Applied Arts:

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the birth of President John F. Kennedy. To celebrate this milestone, the JFK Presidential Library and Museum is hosting a series of performances by choirs and string orchestras in the 9-story glassed-in pavilion.  We are pleased to have three Milton ensembles invited to perform for this momentous event AND we just learned today that Lemuel Marc, a freshman trumpet player, will be participating in Memorial Day Observance Ceremonies at the library on Monday.  Lemuel will play the National Anthem at the first flag raising at 9am, and “Taps,” at the flag lowering at 5pm. What an honor!

MHS Bugle Player, Lemuel Marc
Monday, May 29 at 9am and 5pm
Milton High School String Ensemble:
June 7th at 3:00PM
Milton High School Mixed Chorus:
June 14th at 2:00PM
Pierce Middle School Girls Chorus:
June 15th at 3:00PM

Parents and Guardians who are interested in attending the performance should contact their child’s music director for information.

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Last week, the Tri-M Music Honor Society elected a new executive board for the 2017-18 school year.  Tri-M is a national honor society for student musicians, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy.  In the upcoming school year, Milton High School will have 28 members!  Congratulations to these new Milton Tri-M Chapter Officers:

President – Grace Varela
Vice President- Nethania Marc
Secretary- Eva Chow
Treasurer- Kaleigh Pentland
Public Relations- Hue-Ninh Nguyen

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The following item was submitted by Joyce White, Culinary Arts and Fashion Design Teacher:

Over the past several months, the students of the MHS Fashion Design program have been assembling and sewing quilts for the benefit of Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets to seriously ill children and adults.  Project Linus decided this year to add victims of the opioid crisis to the list of recipients of the handmade quilts and blankets.  This week, Milton students donated 35 blankets to this worthy cause.

Through Project Linus, students met several Massachusetts Frameworks and course requirements within the Fashion Design curriculum, including identifying common quilt patterns, coordinating fabrics, and calculating the yardage needed to create a pieced quilt.  The project also included environmentally friendly practices for fabric usage, such as recycling, redesigning, and repurposing scraps of material to create a useful product.  Finally, the students received community service credit for their philanthropic involvement in the project.

In the picture below, Fashion Design students along with retired MPS teacher, Nancy Kearns, the area representative for Project Linus, are featured with the donated quilts.

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Bottom Row: Chandler Lainge, Darshelle Jean Pierre, Alannah Corcoran, Sophia Deal, Natalie Carroll, Nancy Kearns (regional director for project Linus), Grace Noonan, Kristy Chan, Top Row: Caitlin O’Sullivan, Ciara Foley, Aine Buchau, Kaira Monroe, Elena Curran, Steven St. Leger, Ruby Baker-Poveromo, Maeve Jrolf, Colette O’Leary, Lucy Crawford, Jenna Conroy, Madelyne Shea, Hannah Freeman, Lidia Villada, Carmen Cushing.

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Below are the answers from the CML questions from last week’s blast.

  • Julio has 14 pennies, 4 nickels and 2 dimes. How many different ways can he make 24 cents? Answer: 7
  • Find two numbers that multiply to 18 and add to 11. Answer: 9 & 2
  • Anastasia has 225 pennies in a jar. First she took 42 pennies out of the jar to buy a notebook. She later earned 25 cents in pennies and put them in her jar. She now emptied the jar of pennies on a table and stacked all her pennies in 4 equal piles. There are _____ pennies in each pile. Answer: 52
  • Mrs. Sanders cut 6 apples into quarters. Using all the pieces, each child received 3 pieces of apple. How many children were at the party? Answer: 11

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The following item was submitted by Humanities Director Barbara Wright:

We have four new students who have been accepted to the InIt Leadership Program this summer. InIt (short for Initiative) is a program run by the YWCA and is made up of groups of students, called delegations, from high schools and organizations across the Greater Boston area. There are three to four students in each delegation.

The MHS students chosen to participate are Dominik Hyppolite, Gigi Jiang, Josie Cousineau and James Le. YWCA Boston’s Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is a ten-month youth program that trains high school students to become social justice leaders in their school communities. This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to develop leadership skills. Congrats!

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

Tucker Elementary School last night hosted a wonderful visiting artist program. Szu-Chieh Yun is an artist who works in painting, sculpture, and digital photography. Her work ranges from photo-realistic oil paintings to geometric abstraction in paintings and sculpture. Drawn from personal experiences of crossing between distinct cultures and places, she creates works in response to her surroundings and in reflection of her identity. Szi-Chieh worked with Tucker students all week long on an installation for Tucker School! http://szuchiehyun.wixsite.com/szuchiehyun

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, Co-Directors of Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE.)

Hello Milton Families! Thank you to those who have registered your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We are offering three opportunities to do this at various times of the day and week:

  • Thursday, June 8th:   3-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Monday, June 12th:   5-8 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Saturday, June 17th:   9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

  • Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day)
  • Map of updated dismissal plan
  • General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

  • Tuesday, June 20th: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby
  • Thursday, June 22nd: 3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns. You can reach us at mse@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

4 Rules for Managing Tech Time with Kids

Families today are busy. Often everyone is running in different directions, and texting each other under the same roof is becoming the new normal. This disconnect in personal touch is troublesome.  To keep our sanity, and our face-to-face conversations alive, many families have started exploring following these four rules:

  1. Device-free dinners – this leads to engaging conversations, especially when we don’t have easy access to answering questions about topics that come up.
  2. No phones during homework or study time – my two teenagers have made it a habit to have their phones in the other room for chunks of time while they study. They both also work to not go on YouTube videos etc. on the computer during that time. Tessa spends about 30 minutes at a time studying and then takes about a 10-minute break on her phone. It is not without temptations, lapses (I can relate!) and I do stay involved by asking how things are going and by looking at her homework with her at times. I try to focus much more on the positives than the negatives—saying how great she has done when staying on task rather than complaining that it’s not long enough.
  3. Phone-free bedrooms at sleeping time—this is exactly what it sounds like. No phones, tablets, TV’s or computers in the bedroom when the lights go out.
  4. Leave your phone at home during family outings. You will get a lot of resistance to this one, but stand firm. The kids will concede. I have insisted on leaving the devices at home during family outings for quite some time. I have a goal for them to go a day without the phone, longer if we are camping. Not only does this promote a more intimate family bonding experience, I believe it decreases their, and our, compulsion to always check our devices. This helps when they are in school and have the urge to check during class.

Use these four rules as a conversation starter, then come up with a few rules of your own that will work for your family.

To learn more about managing your child’s technology use, join us for a FREE screening of the film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, Monday June 5, 2017 at either 3:00pm OR 6:30pm held in the MHS auditorium.  Families are encouraged to attend with their children ages 9+.  For more information contact Milton Public Schools Health & Physical Education Director, Mr. Noel Vigue at nvigue@miltonps.org  (Information provided by Tech Talk Tuesdays: Screenagers filmmaker Delaney Ruston)

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Players:

Save the Date!! Tickets to the Pierce Players’ production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN  can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance (until June 7th at 3pm). Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended as we never know when a performance will sell out. General admission tickets are $10. Performance Schedule: Thursday, June 8th at 7PM Friday, June 9th at 7PM Saturday, June 10th at 2PM

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please note, the MHS Girls Tennis team will be hosting a Cans for Cats event with a move over to the Collicot/Cunningham Driveway on Saturday June 3rd, 9:00-12:00am.

FROM THE READERS

Please see this article, which describes the newest fad, fidget spinners, and how some schools are dealing with them.

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Also, one of our former parents sent me the following item from the JFK Library Foundation’s website, written by Caroline Kennedy.

Dear Friend of the Kennedy Library, This coming Monday would be my father’s 100th birthday. As President Kennedy becomes a part of history, I’m often asked how his life, words and actions can help guide us in today’s world. On this anniversary, my children and I would like to share with you what his legacy means to us. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.   Also, as noted above in my “Curriculum” section, some of our MPS music students will be helping to commemorate the 100th birthday. Milton High School String Ensemble will perform June 7th at 3:00pm; Milton High School Mixed Chorus will perform June 14th at 2:00pm; and Pierce Middle School Girls Chorus will perform June 15th at 3:00pm.

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was submitted by April Lamoureux, a parent volunteer:

Milton Public Schools is excited to host two installations of the Milton Art Center’s “Art In Windows” (AIW) project. AIW is a wonderful program that enables children and teens to display their artwork in a public domain which sends a powerful message that their voices are heard and valued, and increases the likelihood of future civic engagement as these children grow into adults. This year’s AIW theme is “Animals” – demonstrating compassion, respect and responsibility for our fellow living beings on earth. The participating children brainstormed this idea and created their own projects.

A third grade team from Glover used recyclables to create large, colorful “bird monsters” that they installed in the grass knoll near Glover school at the intersection of Brook Road and Canton Ave. The artists who created this project are (L-R): Natalie Doiran (5th gr), Aidan Reardon (1st gr), Al Bonus, Matthew Reardon, Enzo Doiran, Zach Hyne, Lucas Ilzarbe, Andy Lamoreux, and Kyle Davison.

A first grade team from Glover painted four large animal scenes – a butterfly garden, lush forest, warm desert, and under the sea – which are installed on the front lawn of Pierce Middle School.  The artists who created this project are (L-R): Olivia Lamoureux, Mila Clark, Sophie Middleton, Katie Donahue, Laine Anderson, and Sloane Anderson. Missing from the picture are Gemma Ansello and Evelyn Hyne (K).

Congratulations to our artists and the Milton Public Schools would like to thank them for sharing these works with us.

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Also, please join members of the MPS community on Wednesday, June 14th from 6-7:30pm for the 5th grade ACE Art Show in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library.

Artwork from all four elementary schools will be on display as well as student work inspired by beloved art teacher, Ms. Clavette.

Through the generosity of our amazing community, each elementary school received two art display towers in loving memory of Caitlin Clavette. We hope you can join us to view the amazing work of our 5th grade ACE students and artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette displayed on our new art display towers.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Barbara C. Martin, Contract and Licensing Agent/Benefits Assistant for the Town of Milton:

The town’s Memorial Day observance will have two centennial themes this year. The town will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, and it will also mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, a Navy war hero in World War II.

Services will begin at the Town Green at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29, with the raising of the flag and placement of a wreath at the World War I Memorial adjacent to the Town Green by Members of American Legion Post 114.

The Memorial Day events are under the joint leadership of Milton’s Director of Veterans Services, Kevin Cook; Al Williams, Veterans’ Service Officer; and Frank Stout of American Legion Post 114.

Dr. James R. Holmes, PhD and U.S. Navy Veteran from the Newport War College, will be this year’s featured speaker. Dr. Holmes is a professor of strategy and a 2016 recipient of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.  A former U.S. Navy surface-warfare officer and combat veteran of the first Gulf War, Dr. Holmes served as a weapons and engineering officer on the battleship Wisconsin. He was the last gunnery officer to fire a battleship’s big guns in anger.

May 29th is the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth. U.S. Navy officer Kennedy commanded a PT boat in the Pacific in World War II. He heroically rescued members of his crew after the boat was hit by a Japanese destroyer.  Joining Dr. Holmes in highlighting this year’s naval theme will be a Color Guard from the USS Constitution, which will march in the annual parade.

2017 is also the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War 1. Speaking about Milton residents who participated in this historical event will be David T. Burnes, Chair of Milton’s Board of Selectmen.

Shortly after the ceremony at the Town Green, all color guards, elected and appointed state and local officials, legion members, Boy and Girl Scout troops, will proceed down Canton Avenue to Centre Street, to Milton Cemetery accompanied by Milton High School’s marching band.

Services at the Cemetery will begin at 10:00 a.m. with welcoming remarks by the Commander of American Legion Post 114, Paul McDonnell; Al Williams, Veterans’ Service Officer for Milton and Randolph, and Joseph M. Reardon, Cemetery Trustee.

All residents, friends and family are cordially invited to attend the Memorial Day Observance, which pays tribute to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.   In case of inclement weather, ceremonies will take place at the Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton.

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The following item was submitted by Robert McCrystal with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will hold its eighth annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 10, from 9:30 am – 2 pm at the hospital, located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.

The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

The walks will be followed by family-oriented events including face painting, children’s obstacle course, tours of several emergency response vehicles and DJ entertainment. A free barbeque lunch will be available starting at 12 noon.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster will once again stop by and be available to meet and be photographed with kids of all ages from 11 – 11:45 am.

Returning this year will be the Teddy Bear Clinic, a hit at the event last year. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff. A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings, including hearing and vision tests, will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Grants to several local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs of the community. Funds raised at the event will go towards the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk  to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt!  The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out in the Children’s Room. Summer is coming soon, though – and that means it’s time to sign up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 4 – 10:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Teddy Bear Picnic, All Ages

Join us for our annual Teddy Bear Picnic for bears and bear lovers of all ages! The festivities begin at 11:00 am with a concert presented by Roger Tincknell that will feature some very bearish songs. Bring along your lunch for the picnic that follows the concert. Weather permitting, we will picnic on the lawn along Reedsdale Road after the concert and give all the bears a chance to make new friends. (Teddy dogs, cats and whatevers are welcome, too!) No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, June 9, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session) and will open two weeks before each class. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

Today marks the official end of the regular season play for spring sports. Please see the update from the past week:

BASEBALL: Baseball will play today at Dorchester High School against Boston Latin Academy, in a win-or-go-home game.  If they beat Academy today, they will qualify for the tournament.

GIRLS OUTDOOR TRACK: Girls Track will look to continue their success on Sunday, when they go out to Burlington for the DIII Championships!

GIRLS LACROSSE: Another first-year coach, Katherine Phelan, has guided the Girls Lacrosse game to their first tournament berth since 2008.  The girls finished 9-7 and await seeding on Friday afternoon.

RUGBY: Rugby beat Algonquin on Wednesday, also their senior night, giving them the #2 seed entering the tournament – the first MIAA Rugby tournament in history.  They will likely play Algonquin again in the first round next week.

BOYS TENNIS: Boys Tennis waits until Tuesday to find out who they will be playing in the tournament, after finishing the season 13-5. They had a tremendous season lead by Michael Gates and Gianni Rodriguez, with freshman Nate Dickens also playing very well.

SOFTBALL: Softball will likely play their last game tomorrow morning, if today’s match-up with Sharon is postponed.  They had a a great season under first-year coach Elise Fortier.

CREW: Our crew teams had a very successful crew weekend last weekend. There were great performances at two regattas on Saturday and Sunday: the Mayor’s Cup Regatta in Medford on Saturday and at the Moose on the Malden in Malden on Sunday. Please see results below:

Girls Team:

1st Varsity Four: 1st
Coxswain- Brigette Dugas, Morgan Smith, Maia Adley, Maya Wantanabe, Lucy Hainline

2nd Varsity Four: 1st
Coxswain- Sara Cavanough, Lilli Cormack, Alex Kelly, Kelly Hines, Mira Joiner

3rd Varsity Four: 3rd
Coxswain- Olivia Shapiro, Frances Collins, Tricia Trape, Izzy DeFilippo, Raquel Gallagher

1st Novice Four: 1st
Coxswain-Mayu Joiner, Elena Curran , Maggie Haley, Darby McCullough, Anie Buchau

1st Varsity Eight: 1st (Mayor’s Cup) Coxswain- Olivia Shapiro, Morgan Smith, Maia Adley, Maya Wantanabe, Lucy Hainline, Lilli Cormack, Alex Kelly, Kelly Hines, Mira Joiner

Boys’ Team:

1st Varsity Four
Courtney Dillon (coxswain), Jackson Callahan, Jasper Malcolm, Robbie Dexter, Whitman Davis

2nd Varsity Four
Isaac Savona (coxswain), Henry McKay, Jack Cullen, JJ (Jeremiah) Hainline, Emmett Kibbee

3rd Varsity Four:
Isabelle Neville (coxswain), Rony Exantus, Elias Deaibes, Paul Goodman, Griffin McLaughlin

1st Varsity Eight
Courtney Dillon (coxswain), Henry McKay, Jack Cullen, JJ (Jeremiah) Hainline, Jasper Malcolm, Robbie (Robert) Dexter, Whitman Davis, Jackson Callahan, Emmett Kibbee

1st Novice Four
Isabelle Neville (coxswain), Rony Exantus, Aidan Braithwaite, Paul Goodman, Nikolai Zychowicz

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I am so proud of these fifth grade volunteers. During the month of May, a group of Glover 5th graders visited Unquity House as part of the class’ commitment to volunteering. Students Jocelyn Vrettas, Alex Files, Noah Moreau, Ankien Nguyen, Soraya Darvish, and Rory Martin showed that “Glover’s Got Talent” by putting on a talent show featuring jokes, saxophone, piano, riddles, cello, singing, and ukulele. The students and seniors also played games and shared a snack. Please enjoy these photos: https://goo.gl/photos/KtXcqtXa74AjMkxq5

Staff:   Thank you to Eric Karjel, our Athletic Director, who will be retiring at the end of this school year and moving back to his home state of New York. I’d also like to thank Dr. Angela Burke, our Technology Director, who recently accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for the Randolph Public Schools. I’d like to thank both of these educational professionals for their time in the Milton Public Schools and wish them success in their future.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Elaine Davis and Karen Hainline for organizing this year’s All Night Party, along with the dozens of volunteers who will be helping out.  On June 4th, the evening after graduation, the Milton High School Class of 2017 will arrive with great anticipation at the Copeland Field House for the infamous All-Night Party, a celebration of their achievements, with great food, rocking music, activities and memories to last a lifetime.  It is a SAFE way for our graduates to celebrate:  have a secure, drug-free and alcohol-free evening in a community supported way to keep our kids protected while enjoying this rite of passage.  The ticket price does not cover the total cost of the volunteer-run event, which is why we ask for donations to help cover the cost of food and fun.  Contributions of any size may be made to Milton High School PTSFO 25 Gile Rd. Milton MA 02186 (memo: All-Night Party). Please contact MaryJane Walsh at maryjane-walsh@comcast.net with any questions. And again, thank you  to these volunteers!!  Any MPS parent/guardian who wishes to volunteer can sign up by using the link below:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054da8ab2da20-allnight

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

 

 

 

May 19th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 19•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The following statement regarding MPS inclusivity was provided by legal counsel for Milton Public Schools, Paige L. Tobin, Esq., Murphy Lamere & Murphy, P.C.:

The Milton Public Schools is committed to creating an atmosphere in which every individual is valued and respected. A diverse and inclusive environment benefits all students and creates a bedrock for educational growth and progress. We acknowledge our individual differences and seek to build upon them in our quest to strengthen not only individual students but also the community at large.

As national current events unfold before us, the Milton Public Schools would like to reiterate its commitment to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where each student may enjoy a free public education, regardless of a student’s disability, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, immigration status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order Relating to Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. While the Immigration Executive Order, in part, requires mandatory detention for all undocumented immigrants pending outcome of removal proceedings, the Milton Public Schools will continue to fully protect its students and their federally and state-created rights in the school setting. The Attorney General, Maura Healey, has issued an advisory that provides  “Enrollment practices that single out students based on their actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status violate state and federal law. Furthermore, equal access to public education means not only the right to enroll in school, but also the right to an education free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.”  The Milton Public Schools assures parents and students that the District has developed plans to address any attempts by immigration officials to gain access to student record information or to enter school property.  Moreover, the District has plans in place to assist students in the event that parents are detained by immigration authorities.  Please contact the Superintendent’s office for additional information.

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Furthermore, on February 22, 2017, the Trump administration rescinded federal guidance protecting the rights of students to use school facilities on the basis of their preferred gender identity.  Despite this change in federal guidance, Massachusetts law already protects the rights of transgender students in schools, following the adoption of “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011), which law went into effect in July 2012.  This state has made clear that interpreting that law that Massachusetts schools are prohibited from discriminating against transgender students. The Milton Public Schools would like to assure its families that the Milton Public Schools will continue to protect the rights of transgender students to participate and attend school free of harassment.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

May 17th:  This meeting began with a School Choice Open Public Hearing. This was followed by a regular School Committee meeting. The Special Education Program Guide was reviewed by Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau and approved by School Committee. As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee voted to reject the School Choice program. They approved the third-quarter report as part of the Finance Subcommittee report and were updated by the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee.

The next meeting will be held on June 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. That meeting will be preceded by an MPS Retiree Event in the Milton High School Library at 6pm.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Katherine Touafek, Director, the School to Careers Partnership. She described a recent STEM event that included students from Pierce Middle School:

I hope you have already had the opportunity to speak with some of the students who attended the Girls STEM Meet Up this past Friday. It was a fabulous event with 180 girls from seven middle schools and 20 leading STEM professionals presenting 21 sessions!

The day started with students talking live via Skype with two young female NASA Engineers from Cape Canaveral, FL. The students were well prepared with questions ranging from – “What is your biggest challenge working as a woman in a predominately male environment” to “What is your favorite animal and what do you think that says about you”.  The NASA engineers were casual, honest and inspiring.  One of the engineers, a Norwood HS grad, cited the STC’s Bio-Engineering Symposium (which we ran again this April school vacation) she attended as a turning point in her life!

From there, students attended three of seven panel discussions with STEM industry speakers.  Each speaker shared their story and students had the opportunity to ask questions. Students ended each session with an engaging hands-on STEM activity – paper airplanes, foil boats, textile project, spaghetti towers, DNA bracelets, mechanic website, and balloon rockets.

Here are the companies on our break out session panels:

AMEC
Army Corps of Engineers
CDM Smith
Common Sense Environmental
Draper Knitting
EA Engineering
Engineering, Planning & Management
General Dynamics
Geocomp Corp
GeoSyntec
Northeastern University
Raytheon
Van-Wal Machine

Here are some comments from the teachers attending:

“The speakers were very engaging and provided very good information. The activity was also engaging and all the students participated enthusiastically.”

“The NASA speakers were excellent. Their enthusiasm for their work was a great opportunity to help girls view the field of engineering in a positive way.”

If you have not already, please find us on social media:

Like School to Careers on FB here

Follow School to Careers on Twitter here

Connect with School to Careers on LinkedIn here

The following item was submitted by our Elementary Curriculum Coordinators, Amy Gale, Meredith Kempf and Cat Desroche:

All elementary students in grades 2-5 participate in Continental Math League (CML). Problem solving is an integral part of our elementary mathematics curriculum and CML provides an additional way to challenge our students’ thinking and demonstrate their ability to problem solve. Students participate in at least 3 CML “meets” per year within their classrooms.  Each thirty minute meet consists of 6 challenging word problems that require students to use their problem solving and analytic skills.

Additionally, schools run math clubs/math leagues that use released CML questions to further develop students’ mathematical skills.  These parent run clubs provide another opportunity for students to work in small groups, allowing for students to share ideas and discover multiple ways to solve a number story.

Give some problems a try yourself! (answers in next E-blast!)

  • Julio has 14 pennies, 4 nickels and 2 dimes. How many different ways can he make 24 cents?
  • Find two numbers that multiply to 18 and add to 11.
  • Anastasia has 225 pennies in a jar. First she took 42 pennies out of the jar to buy a notebook. She later earned 25 cents in pennies and put them in her jar. She now emptied the jar of pennies on a table and stacked all her pennies in 4 equal piles. There are _____ pennies in each pile.
  • Mrs. Sanders cut 6 apples into quarters. Using all the pieces, each child received 3 pieces of apple. How many children were at the party?

All students should be proud of their performance during these challenging meets. We would like to recognize the students, in grades 2-5, who accomplished the difficult task of earning a 6 on at least 1 meet throughout the year.

Talynna Tran, Jayden Ng,  Olivia Hart,  Luke Naughton,  Jack McAnulla,  Daniel Steinberg,  Alexander Mcettrick,  Ethan Nowak,  Nathaniel Brown,  Ellyson Ash,  Benjamin Carpenter,  Molly King,  Kelsey Colandreo,  Orlaith Killion,  Thomas O’Donnell,  Jackson Wagner,  Jack McAnulla,  Andrew Miskell,  Lily Muir,  Van Tran,  Joshua Ricciardi,  Braden Benzan,  John Higgins, Jack Hynes,  Jonathan Osinski, Benjamin Parmele,  Abigail Shannon,  Daschel Koh,  Ryan Phan,  Rogan Pater,  Kevin Gordon,  Sara Callahan,  Kevin Gordon,  Charles Craig,  Samuel Boucher,  Mary Maloney,  Lawson Beaudoin,  Sebastian Mann,  Seamus Mulligan,  Victoria Barrett,  Lucie Lloyd-Farber,  Sadie Ruth,  William Hartford,  Moses Mann,  Elias Howland,  Soraya Darvish,  Gabriella Hernandez,  Callum Musto, Margaret Carr,  Lily Oslin,  Erin Green,  Nicholas Pulgini,  Kyle Denny,  Mark Michalski,  Camden Carr, Casey Oslin, Christopher Cunningham, Tyler Maclean.

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The following item was sent to us by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai:

The Tucker Elementary School hosted a “Meet the Artist” event last night. Szu-Chieh Yun is an artist who works in painting, sculpture, and digital photography. Her work ranges from photo-realistic oil paintings to geometric abstraction in paintings and sculpture. Drawn from personal experiences of crossing between distinct cultures and places, she creates works in response to her surroundings and in reflection of her identity. Szi-Chieh will be working with Tucker students all week long on an installation for Tucker School!

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

Third graders at Glover are using Chromebooks to conduct research. They are tasked with choosing a shared topic and finding problems and solutions to present to a specified audience. Although each scholar has his/her own device to conduct the research, there is a tremendous amount of collaboration among the groups. Chromebooks are a popular, easy-to-use device of choice in Milton classrooms. We are aiming for putting more Chromebook carts in all six schools.

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The following item was submitted by Pierce Players:

Save the Date!! Tickets to the Pierce Players’ production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN  can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance (until JUNE 7th at 3pm). Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended as we never know when a performance will sell out. General admission tickets are $10. Performance Schedule: Thursday, June 8th at 7PM Friday, June 9th at 7PM Saturday, June 10th at 2PM

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For those of you who may have missed it, our Glover mama duck and ducklings made the local news! Click here for the link.

SEL NEWS

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

One in four children faces an emotional challenge or trauma while they are young. This can take many forms. Perhaps they are grappling with their parents divorcing.  Or maybe a family member is facing a severe illness, addiction, or has recently passed away.  There may also be challenges due to a special needs sibling.  There are many reasons why children may be struggling emotionally.  The key to being resilient in the face of stress or sadness is being able to cope and be supported.

The good news is that Joanna’s Place offers NO COST programs for South Shore Families.  They offer a number of support groups for children and adolescents.  And, they offer parents free telephone consultations through “Talking Points” with Maria Trozzi, the Program Director of Joanna’s Place, who brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author helping families face stressful life events. The Milton Public Schools uses Ms. Trozzi as a consultant in the face of school tragedies.

For more information or to make a referral please contact Joanna’s Place at Mary.boyle@joannasplace.org or call 781-413-5141.

FOOD SERVICE

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

Spring is finally here and with this special time of year we all enjoy fruits and vegetables!!!

The American Heart Association has these great tips below to help our families. The Milton School Food Service Program has been introducing your children to dark leafy green vegetables, red and orange vegetables and legumes and beans.  We are pleased to report that the children have been very accepting in trying these new food items and we hope this continues into the summer months.

Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and local gardens. That means more opportunities to add tasty and heart-healthy foods to your everyday meals. Strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe and other seasonal produce taste good and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. To take full advantage of the summer’s healthy selections, concentrate on color, said Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, RD, and past chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee.

“Get yourself out of your box,” Johnson said. “Really thinking about the color is so important.”

Deep green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and romaine lettuce are better choices than lighter green vegetables, which add crunch to salads but aren’t as rich in nutrients. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables include mangos, peaches, squash and carrots. Think red with beets and strawberries or blue and purple with plums, blueberries and blackberries.

Beyond summer and into fall, consider pumpkins, autumn squash and cranberries for incorporating deep-colored, beneficial vegetables into your diet.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 4.5 cups per day of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle that can help you avoid risks for heart disease and stroke.

You can also find fresh fruits and vegetables at restaurants.  Many restaurants today offer apple slices and carrot sticks rather than fries. Salad bars _ minus the croutons, bacon and heavy dressings _ can provide healthy options.   “Americans tend to eat away from home a great deal,” she said. “Really think about fruits and vegetables when you’re away from home.”

I am looking forward to visiting our farmers market every Thursday located in Milton near the Milton trolley station for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. We are also very lucky to have Brookwood Farm right here in Milton.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

It is an exciting time of year at Milton Public Schools as our newly registered incoming Kindergartners participate in the annual screening held at the Milton High School Library, May 22-25th.

Kindergarten can be a big step for you and your kindergartner and the Milton Public Schools along with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, have shared a wonderful partnership to assist families in getting their children prepared. Together, we offer incoming families transition to Kindergarten through Parent Cafes and Summertime Story events.  If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend one of our recent Parent Cafes – Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten, please see some tips below written by Susan Dolan, Director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance and included in the most recent Spring newsletter.  Please visit www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org to discover some fun, upcoming activities and events to do with your youngster.  Details regarding Summertime Stories will be in a future eblast.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Do you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall? Now is the time to start thinking about, and preparing for, that big step. Keep in mind that kindergarten teachers are ready for your child. But, there are still some things you can work on to help make your child’s transition into kindergarten a bit smoother. If you practice during the summer months with your child, it may be easier in the fall for your child to acclimate to his or her new surroundings. Give some of these tips a try:

  • Make sure your child knows their first and last name (and maybe even their address and phone number).
  • Practice how to put on their coat, jacket, boots, and hat.
  • Practice zipping, buttoning, and snapping.
  • Use  fine motor skills a bit more during the summer months: play with Play-Doh®, draw with pencils, lace some cards, string a pile of beads, build sand castles at the beach, build a tall building with Legos®, etc.
  • Play games that will help them learn to take turns.
  • Read to your child often so they can practice their sitting and listening skills. As school nears, read books about kindergarten (some popular titles are: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Froggy Goes to School, Countdown to Kindergarten, Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come, Welcome to Kindergarten). The Milton Public Library will have books on display available for you to check out as kindergarten nears.
  • Let your child help with the laundry. There are many skills to be practiced and learned, like colors, sorting, counting, identifying, and stacking.
  • Find opportunities to connect with other children also going to kindergarten in the fall. You can attend our Children’s Concert on June 8th at 6:00 PM, Baron Hugo Gazebo, Milton Town Hall, make play dates with families you know in the neighborhood who have children taking this same big step in September, and watch for word from the school your child will be attending in the fall as they usually will hold a special event prior to the start of school.
  • Make sure to pick up our bright yellow, “I’m Going to Kindergarten”, t-shirt at your child’s Milton Public School screening in May.
  • Start in August having your child go to bed earlier and wake up when they will need to be up for school.
  • Let your child help you label their personal items they’ll be bringing to school (backpack, lunchbox, jacket, etc.).
  • Visit the playground at the school they will attend to help them feel more comfortable with the building and grounds.
  • Enjoy our Kindergarten Days event during the first week in September by visiting specific establishments in town and receiving free items or discounts to celebrate your child’s big step. (Further information will be available soon.)
  • Watch our video “So, You’re Going to Kindergarten!” at http://vimeo.com/47896597 created in collaboration with Milton Public Schools and Milton Access TV. It will help answer many questions for you and your child.
  • Visit the Countdown to Kindergarten exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum. For more information, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
  • Check out these fun Brain Building in Progress kindergarten readiness activities to do with your child. They can be found on our website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org; click on “Countdown to Kindergarten”.
  • Relax…because if you are relaxed and calm, your child will be as well!

We are excited and look forward to welcoming the newest members of the MPS community in September. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org

NEWS FROM THE HEALTH ROOM

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

As Spring suddenly arrived bursting out with all the tree and grass pollens, we have a few reminders for parents of children who have allergies. Also, even if your son or daughter has never had allergy symptoms, that can change at any time.

Take action with asthma and allergies

Uncover the triggers. Pollen, dust, mold, pets, smoke, grass, weather changes, exercise and infections are common triggers.

Know the symptoms. If you notice a persistent cough, wheezing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath, you should talk to your child’s doctor.

Develop an action plan. An action plan is developed by you and your doctor. This plan tells you which medicines should be taken and when they are appropriate to manage your child’s symptoms. The plan also outlines steps to take if these symptoms worsen.  A follow up with your child’s physician is always recommended.

Take medications. Always take the appropriate medications as prescribed or advised by the doctor or pharmacist.

FROM THE READERS

It’s not every day that we get a poem as a submission from the MPS community! So, I am happy to share this piece below, written by Dave Mabel, whom some of you might know from the Ice Cream Smith.

A PLAYGROUND POEM

We waited forever and now it’s done, they opened it today!
It seems like every kid in town came over here to play.
The playground at Shields Park, you see, was old and quite run down.
It wasn’t as nice as it should be for children in our town.

So some folks got together, ‘cause their kids were all forlorn,
They said “Let’s try to change things,” and a working group was born!
The Milton Playground Planners then set out to raise some dough,
And they worked very long and hard to do it, don’t ya know!

They got designs, they made their choice, they picked a great new plan,
And when they had enough to start, the project soon began.
And now the playground’s open, and it’s quickly gaining fame,
But there is one big problem left: the playground needs a name!

So I suggest we name it for those who made it come to be:
‘The Milton Playground Planners Playground,’ for short ‘MPPP’!
They worked so hard, they sacrificed their time, and what is more,
They still have lots of work to do, and fundraisers galore!

So while we’re at it, another thought, and this one just for fun.
This playground really should be ‘MPPP One’!
And everyone in town should try to pony up some dough,
Now that ‘MPPP One’ is done, there’s still three more to go!

The Milton Playground Planners are just working for our town;
A voluntary effort, there’s no pay or cap and gown.
We owe them thanks, they’ll get it done, don’t try to sell them short!
But most of all, let’s all agree, we owe them our support!

MFE NEWS

Please save the date! The MFE will be hosting its annual Teacher of the Year ceremony on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is the “Oscar Night,” for our fabulous teachers and administrators. If you’ve never attended, you are missing out. Please join us for this special night.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

We have a CORRECTION and a CLARIFICATION from last week’s E-blast. Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House, announced they will be awarding Sophie McFadden, a fourth-grader at Cunningham Elementary School, the grand prize at the Lincoln Essay and Drawing Awards ceremony on Sunday at Pierce Middle School. Sophie was omitted from last week’s list of winners, which did not include the grand prize winner. Congratulations to Sophie!

Also, we have this item from Heidi Vaughn, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:

The Forbes House Museum invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, May 20th, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly event includes mini-tours, art activities, an outdoor treasure hunt, live music, a smart phone “photo booth,” and cookies generously donated by Bent’s Cookie Factory. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the recent preservation efforts, as well as upcoming volunteer opportunities and events. We hope you can join us!

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The following item was submitted by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton:

BID-Milton will be hosting its annual Health Walk.

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The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt!  The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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The following item was submitted by Katie Pearl with “Milton Reflecting.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and dynamic projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 18, 20, 21, and 22. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here

MILTON the play is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape.

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The following item was submitted by our friends at Milton Community Concerts:

Milton Community Concerts presents a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with a concert featuring The Bostonians, on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at historic First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets for “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash” will be available at the door, $20 general, $10 seniors (65 and over), Free for 18 and under.

The program features selections from some of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpieces for the stage including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti/A Quiet Place, and Peter Pan. Included are excerpts from his witty I Hate Music and an early psalm setting from the composer’s Boston-area student days. The artists include sopranos Bethany Worrell and Patrice Tiedemann; mezzo-soprano Gale Fuller; tenor Duane A. Moody; baritone Philip Lima; and pianists William Merrill and Timothy Steele. These artists have appeared as featured soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Three Mo’ Tenors, and many other leading ensembles across the country. For more information including directions: www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 28 – June 3:

Monday, May 29, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, June 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 (with caregiver)

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

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

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ryan Madden as the interim Athletic Director for the Milton Public Schools. Mr. Madden, a former Milton High School student and athlete, is a graduate of Curry College where he earned a B.A. in Sports Management and Business Management. During his time at Curry, Mr. Madden worked in the Athletic Department as an assistant to the Athletic Director, gaining experience in game operations, statistical reporting, media relations, and many other aspects of the position. Mr. Madden was Captain of the Curry College Men’s Soccer Team. He also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and received the honor of Male Athlete of the Year.

Mr. Madden’s experience goes beyond Curry College. For the past three years, he has worked alongside Athletic Directors in both the Dedham Public Schools and Milton Public Schools, honing his leadership skills and his knowledge of MIAA regulations while coordinating registrations, scheduling and managing use of facilities, equipment and transportation. Mr. Madden possesses strong communications skills in working with coaches, student-athletes, and parents/guardians, and student safety in all athletic events is his priority.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Madden to the Milton Public School Leadership Team. He has the knowledge and skill set that are required for success, and we are very optimistic that Mr. Madden will bring our athletic program to a new level.

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

We have more good news from our senior class. Senior Sara Cavanaugh signed her letter of intent this week.  She will row for La Salle College next year in the A-10 conference. Congratulations to her for this outstanding achievement! In addition, Omar Fraser signed his National Letter of Intent with Sacred Heart University to play football this fall. Congratulations to Omar!

That makes a total of six National Letters of Intent signees – an all-time record for Milton High School.  Congrats also to the following student-athletes, who previously signed D1 Letters of Intent this year:

Sam Jacobsak (Northeastern University, Baseball)
Maia Adley (Boston University, Crew)
Colette O’Leary (UMass Amherst, Track & Field)
Alyssa Lum (Purdue University, Soccer)

Athletic Update:

Boys Tennis has taken the league by storm this spring, earning their 11th win of the campaign with a 4-1 victory over Braintree at Curry College on Tuesday.

Girls Lacrosse beat Dedham on Thursday night to move back to .500. They now sit at 7-7 with games against Canton and Bridgewater-Raynham next week. Their senior night is Tuesday, 5/23 against BR.

Girls Crew found it tough over the weekend, coming up against strong opponents, and finishing last overall.  They will be roaring to improve this coming weekend.

Baseball fell to Norwood 5-4 on Wednesday night. Steele pitched another solid outing in the loss to Norwood on Thursday. They now have their work cut out for them entering the final stretch of the season.

Softball dropped a heart-break against Brookline 8-7 in 8 innings on Thursday night. There have been major signs of improvement and the Girls are clearly responding well to first-year coach Elise Fortier.

Girls Tennis has shown signs of improvement in recent matches, and with a young team, there is potential for the future.

Boys Lacrosse beat Dedham 8-7 in overtime in a thrilling contest.  The hosts found themselves down early, trailing 3-0 after the 1st quarter and down 7-1 at halftime.  They came out strong in the second half however and scored 7 unanswered goals, powered by senior captain Max Fitzgerald. It turned out to be a picture perfect Senior Night for the boys as Senior Tim Looney scored the game-winner just seconds into overtime. Congrats to the boys on a well-deserved victory!

Boys and Girls Track traveled to Braintree on Wednesday for the League Championship meet, where the girls broke the school records in the long jump and the triple-jump. The Wildcats then helped run the Middle School Track Meet on Thursday, where Milton hosted NDA, Plymouth South and Hanover.

Rugby improved to 4-1 with a 54-27 win over Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Wednesday.  They will take on Algonquin for the #2 next week.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  I would like to thank each of the Collicot Grade Five students who spent a recent Friday night putting together Jared Boxes. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children who are in the hospital. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Over 200,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered across the United States. The Collicot boxes were delivered to Good Shepherd Hospice Care in Newton and the other half went to Floating Hospital for Children. I’d also like to thank all the 5th grade families for donating to this very special cause!  For more information, visit http://www.thejaredbox.com/pages/index.html

Volunteers: I would like to thank and recognize Beth Neville, who has been our “go-to” person when it comes to anything that grows in the ground. Ms. Neville helped to launch Pierce Middle School’s Outdoor Classroom, and she has also been an active volunteer in both fundraising and building the Tucker playground. A local artist, Ms. Neville also has experience in the field of science and recently served as a judge during the Tucker Science Fair. We are very grateful to Ms. Neville for all that she does!

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

 

 

 

May 12th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 12•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today was perhaps my favorite day of the school year. In what has become an annual tradition, members of the Milton Foundation for Education, along with myself and a handful of administrators, travel from school to school to surprise the seven educators who have been chosen as the MFE’s “Teacher of the Year.”  Today was no exception, as we made the rounds this morning to deliver the good news at each of the six schools.

Please join me in congratulating the following Milton Public School teachers:

  • Kathleen Kelley, Milton High School history teacher
  • Michael Cleary, Pierce Middle School Social Studies teacher
  • Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School fourth-grade teacher
  • Kerry Moore-O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School first-grade teacher
  • Colleen Martin, Glover Elementary School music teacher
  • Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher
  • Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

These teachers were nominated by parents, guardians and students and co-workers and should be very proud of this achievement. The MFE will be hosting a Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Please enjoy these pictures from this morning. There were many surprised teachers, some tears and lots of smiles!!!

Kathleen Kelly's history class at Milton High School

Kathleen Kelly’s history class at Milton High School

Michael Cleary's Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Michael Cleary’s Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O'Neill Leadership Award

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

Kerry Moore O'Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher

Kerry Moore O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher

 

Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, Second Grade Teacher

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

Summer Reading: It’s that time of year again! All of our teachers have been working hard readying children to take on the challenge of reading every single day this summer and topping the District’s record of 618,445 minutes read last summer. We are once again partnering with our friends at the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. Students in grades 1-5 (who were with us last school year) should already have accounts set up for summer reading. Please keep an eye out for an email from Milton Public Library (week of May 15) with information regarding reactivating this account. For all children currently in kindergarten or new to the Milton Public Schools, we will be sending home detailed instructions regarding how to register your child on the Milton Public Library’s site. Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools registers and logs all of their reading this summer. Students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes in September. Have a great summer and KEEP READING!!

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The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest. More than 1,100 drawings and 100 essays were submitted. There will be an awards ceremony and celebration to recognize the winners at the Pierce Middle School on Sunday, May 21st at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and we especially hope that the winners listed below and their families will be able to attend.

Thank you to everyone who participated! All the time and effort that the students clearly put into their work made the judges’ job very difficult.

Kindergarten
First Place: Juliette Van-Riet, Collicot
Second Place: Robert Weddleton, Cunningham

First Grade
First Place: Sasha Norton, Glover
Second Place: Owen Murphy, Glover
Third Place: Ella Bowden, Cunningham

Second Grade
Second Place: Violet Kirby, Collicot
Third Place: Annabel Gale, Collicot

Third Grade
First Place: Brooke Bilowz, Cunningham
Second Place: Charlotte Garrity, Cunningham
Third Place: Penelope Jain, Tucker

Fourth Grade
First Place: Philippe Bienick, Tucker
Second Place: Niamh Guilderson, Cunningham
Third Place: Isabella Murphy, Tucker
Honorable Mention: Sophie McFadden, Cunningham

Fifth Grade
First Place: Donna Gavin, Glover
Second Place: Greer Woodward, Cunningham
Third Place: Sofia Navas, Glover

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following event was sent in by Milton Boosters:

The Milton High Boosters club is busy preparing for the 39th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to the varsity teams, and awarding scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community. Student athletes receiving a varsity letter will receive their invitation and one free ticket in the mail. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community may purchase tickets. The cost is $20. per adult and $5. per student/child. Tickets can be purchased:  1. online at www.miltonboosters.com  2. stop by the indoor concession stand 3. via facebook, contact Milton Parent. Ticket sales will end on May 29th. Please don’t delay in purchasing tickets!

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The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Like most parents these days, you’ve struggled with your elementary/middle school aged child repeatedly asking for a cell phone. What age is appropriate?  What are the effects of increased screen time on my child’s brain?  If your child already has a phone, do they seem addicted?  Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Whether they are gaming on a device, texting with friends, posting selfies to Instagram, or spending hours watching YouTube or Netflix – kids are growing up in the digital age.  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw these behaviors with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

This film is NOT available online or ONDemand, (from the filmmaker) “it was clear to me that the film needed to be shown in public spaces, to bring together kids, parents, educators, health providers and policy makers for conversations that can lead to change in our homes and communities.”

Come join us for a FREE screening of the film on Monday June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.  Thank you to our PTO at Pierce, Glover, Tucker, Collicot and Cunningham for sponsoring this special event.

To preview the trailer go to the link: https://youtu.be/LQx2X0BXgZg

For more information and resources: www.screenagersmovie.com

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The following item was submitted by Ginny Kime, MHS Diversity Committee Advisor:

MHS Heritage Festival: The Milton High School Diversity Committee is still looking for families and students to help celebrate the Heritage Fest to embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community.

Please sign up here:

Mark your calendars:
Thursday, May 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
KEYS Community Room, Milton Public Library

Students, family, friends, and staff are invited to participate in this event by having a table display of your culture and/or cooking food from your culture. We welcome any individual or group who can perform a cultural dance, play an instrument, or any other culture-related performance. With your help, our community can unite and celebrate its many cultures! Please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Photo Exhibit runs through May and June.

http://www.markchesterphotography.com/diversity-gallery

We hope that students and families will contribute to make this celebration enjoyable for all.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please note, the Milton High chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be holding a car wash tomorrow (Saturday, May 13th) from 9am to noontime in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. The team is trying to raise money to help with the cost of their trip to Nationals in late June.

SEL NEWS

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

Recognizing Signs of Youth Mental Health Problems — May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  We want to continue our focus on preventing, recognizing, and addressing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, in our youth.  According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health,  90% of people who develop a mental health problem showed signs during their adolescent years.  Our high school youth risk behavior survey indicated that high percentages of our boys and girls reported that they felt depressed in the past year, though the sentiment was much more commonly expressed by girls.  In addition to depression and anxiety, other serious and chronic behavioral health disorders may emerge such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders.

According to the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health, at least one in five children and adolescents has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a serious disorder. Mental health problems are common, but so is denial.

When you see prolonged or fairly extreme changes in your child’s behavior such as becoming more isolated and withdrawn, losing weight or sleep or gaining weight and sleeping too much, increased absences or disinterest in school, and/or unusual displays of anger or anxiousness, you should take these signs seriously. When left untreated, mental health problems can sometimes lead to school failure, family clashes, drug and alcohol abuse, trouble with the law, and suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth. Early intervention can save lives.

Research indicates that teens with mental health problems who receive appropriate treatment have increased scholastic test scores, and that effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate contribute to improved student achievement. Let’s work together to address the realities of mental illness, and recognize that we all have a part to play in making sure that students get the help they need to be and stay healthy.  By all means feel free to contact your school’s adjustment counselor if you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing.  We are here to help.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt!  The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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The following item was submitted by Katie Pearl with “Milton Reflecting.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and dynamic projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 18, 20, 21, and 22. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here

MILTON the play is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape.

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

Monday is the deadline for the Name the Playground Essay Contest! Download the contest flyer here.

The Shields Park playground renovation is nearing completion, but a key element of the playground is missing: its name! An anonymous donor has acquired naming rights to the new playground, but asked the Milton Playground Planners to turn that privilege over to the public through an essay contest.

All current and former Milton residents are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining the significance of their chosen name and why it should be selected. The essays will be judged by Milton Times Publisher Pat Desmond, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley, and former Selectman Tom Hurley. A sign with the winning name will be installed at the new playground and unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Entries should be emailed to MiltonPlaygrounds@gmail.com with “Essay Contest” in the subject line by Monday, May 15, 2017 and need to include the writer’s name, address, phone number, and date of birth. One submission is allowed per person. The Fine Print:

Per our arrangement with the town of Milton, it is our intention and understanding that all naming rights are in perpetuity, but that the town may change the terms down the road as needed and we are not liable but will do our best to honor the winner’s intent.

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The following item was submitted by our friends at Milton Community Concerts:

Milton Community Concerts presents a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with a concert featuring The Bostonians, on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at historic First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets for “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash” will be available at the door, $20 general, $10 seniors (65 and over), Free for 18 and under.

The program features selections from some of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpieces for the stage including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti/A Quiet Place, and Peter Pan. Included are excerpts from his witty I Hate Music and an early psalm setting from the composer’s Boston-area student days. The artists include sopranos Bethany Worrell and Patrice Tiedemann; mezzo-soprano Gale Fuller; tenor Duane A. Moody; baritone Philip Lima; and pianists William Merrill and Timothy Steele. These artists have appeared as featured soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Three Mo’ Tenors, and many other leading ensembles across the country. For more information including directions: www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 21 – 27:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, May 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Story and Craft Time, Ages 3 and up

It’s time to do some crafting! Miss Elaine will share a story at 10, and there will be related crafts available for children and caregivers to work on together. For ages 3+. No registration is required.

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

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

 

 

 

May 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 09•17

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) has developed an initiative in collaboration with myself, Rabbi Benjamin of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal in response to the incidents in our community. Please read the letter below and view the links to access age-appropriate information regarding this valuable MICA initiative:

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“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Dear Milton Community,

On behalf of MICA, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and in partnership with many Milton leaders and organizations, we present to you

“It’s Time to Talk About Hate”: A Family Centered Initiative, a community wide project that we believe will be a powerful and impactful response to the recent incidents of swastika graffiti found in our town.  But its success depends solely on you, the parents and guardians of our K-12 students.  Using the Conversation Resource Sheet (see links below) that is appropriate to your child, we need you to make the time to sit down with your child and engage him/her in a thoughtful conversation about hate, acceptance, diversity and civility.

For the past eight weeks, we have been working with representatives in our public schools and experts in the field to put together Conversation Resource Sheets that are deep, concise, clear, honest and easy to follow.  THE FIRST STEP IS FOR YOU TO CLICK THE APPROPRIATE AGE LEVEL LINK BELOW AND TAKE A LOOK.

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Preschool 2-5 Years: http://bit.ly/2poScZg

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Elementary/Preteen 6-12 Years: http://bit.ly/2qL01NL

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Teen 13-17 Years: http://bit.ly/2pZJ53q

We purposely kept each Resource Sheet to one page long (double sided) with these topic headings:

Recommendation for Getting Started

Voices from the Field

Conversation Starters/Activities

Tips for Parents

It is up to each one of us to make sure Milton is defined not by the few acts of swastika graffiti but rather our overwhelming response to it.  The goal of this initiative is both lofty and necessary:

To raise children who have integrated the values of respect, acceptance and civility into the core of their very being.

It’s an investment we are making in ourselves and in one another.

Sincerely,

Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Rev. Hall Kirkham, Chair

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

May 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 05•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, May 5th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

National Nurses Week will be held from May 6th to May 12th this year, and here in the Milton Public Schools, we are very fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and hardworking nurses in each of our school buildings. Please join me in thanking not only our amazing school nurses, but also all those who work in the nursing profession. Many thanks to Maureen LeBlanc at Glover Elementary School; Jeanne Sgroi at Collicot Elementary School; Alison Joyce  at Cunningham Elementary School; Kerri Joyce at Tucker Elementary School; Barbara Perry at Pierce Middle School; MaryJane Walsh, our Support Nurse who covers shifts district-wide; and Margaret Gibbons, the Milton High School nurse and the District Head Nurse. These nurses are truly amazing.

I would also like to share the news that our district recently completed a Coordinated Program Review (CPR). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) evaluated the district in three areas: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Learner Education. The findings will be made public on the DESE website.  The district has fully implemented all areas required for special education services and most of the criteria required for Civil Rights and English Learner Education. For those areas partially implemented or not yet implemented, the district has started their corrective action plan. The full report of findings can be read here.  I would like to acknowledge and thank Tracy Grandeau, Janet Sheehan, Alyssa Buchanan and Charlene Roche for their leadership and exhaustive attention to detail during this review.

Finally, as I mentioned in my last E-Blast, it is never too late to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Many of our schools start their celebrations on Monday. Please consider writing a note or making some other gesture to show your child’s teacher that you appreciate them.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

May 3rd:  This meeting began with the recognition of the 2017 Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Milton High School Art Teacher Karen Hughes noted that the following students were recognized in this prestigious art competition: Honorable Mentions were received by Nicholas Crowley- Photography, Amy Dai- Photography, Sarah Lam- Art Portfolio & Photography, Eleni Minias- Art Portfolio, Sydney Nguyen- Photography, Hannah O’Toole- Photography, Rebecca Scott- Photography, Morgan Smith-Photography and Rosalind Smith- Photography. Silver Keys were received by Adriana Estevez-Photography and Sydney Nguyen- Photography. Six Gold Keys were received by Sarah Lam- Photography & Printmaking, Morgan Smith-Photography, two submissions and Rachael Tomaszewski- Art Portfolio & Photography.

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

Next, at this meeting, Ms. Murphy and Dr. Fisher came to discuss next year’s Milton High School World Language Educational Trip to Italy. The tour company, safety protocols and cost were discussed. They also approved a Milton High Boys Crew Team field trip to Connecticut for a competition.

As noted above, Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, gave the committee an update on the recent Coordinated Program Review. As part of the Chair’s report, Dr. Donahue reviewed a list of subcommittees and the members who serve on them. The committee approved two vendor warrants before adjourning.

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Please click here to view the MPS FY18 Budget Presentation made on Thursday night at Town Meeting:

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

Students in our elementary schools are working on their final unit in general science for the school year! Our Collicot and Tucker students are learning about Life Science, while our Cunningham and Glover students are learning about Earth and Space science.

As part of their life science unit, second graders will be learning all about mealworms and what they need to live. Second graders at Collicot recently began their mealworm investigation and learned so much!  After making observations of live mealworms in the classroom using hand lenses, students had the opportunity to draw, write, and share what they noticed about mealworm body parts and the way they move.  Students were quite surprised to see a mealworm in the process of shedding its skin as well!

The second grade scientists will continue to observe the mealworms over time to watch changes in the life cycle, and to learn more about the needs of these living things.   Students will be practicing observation skills, reading nonfiction texts, writing in science, making predictions, and collecting and analyzing data over the course of this mealworm investigation!

The pictures below show second grade scientists in action in Madame Hamada’s second grade classroom.

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

Here is a brief sample of one group of our talented music students. Please click on the link below to see a brief video of our strings ensemble, performing Fandango. https://youtu.be/2Ug81b4Qiy0

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

In the Milton Public Schools, we do not limit ourselves to utilizing one type of device to build technical literacy. We take pride in having access to a variety of devices to serve a variety of purposes.

Here you see scholars at the high school utilizing iPads in an art classroom. The iPads can be used in a variety of ways. In this instance, the scholars are searching for images to compare how people are portrayed in the media based on the format of the photograph. They find two images of the same media highlighted figure and discuss what the photographer did differently to depict this person. They discussed everything from the lighting to the angle, which can make a person appear more powerful than a standard close up head shot. This art teacher, Kassandra Aloe, also used the iPads in her Visual Literacy Class to re-cast The Matrix. She says the most common use in her 2D Studio art class is to have scholars access Google Classroom.

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The following was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators: Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

What do the subjects of Math, Science, STEM, Social Studies and Language Arts all have in common? Reading! All can agree on the importance of reading instruction at early ages in many topics. In the Milton Public Schools, students at the elementary level are engaged in a variety of reading experiences throughout their week. Among these practices is the Interactive Read Aloud. Different from a traditional read aloud, an interactive read aloud is a teaching practice where the teacher thoughtfully picks a book, determines points in the book where some learning can happen (tricky words, understanding what is happening in the text, or having students talk to a neighbor) and then connects how those strategies can be used in the students’ everyday reading.

While this practice happens frequently throughout students’ school week, there are things parents/guardians can do at home to support this type of thinking about books! Whether you are reading to your student, your student is reading to you or you are just checking in on your student’s understanding of independent reading, consider some of these questions:

Prompts to grow thinking about nonfiction:

  • Find the sentences that tell you what this section is mostly about.
  • What is the author’s opinion?
  • What do you know about this topic after reading this material?
  • What seems important here?
  • What do you think is the main idea? What facts support that?
  • What do you think the author is trying to say about this topic?
  • What idea can you back up with the most detail?
  • What did you learn after reading that?
  • What are some words you are learning?

Digging deeper in nonfiction:

  • Is there another topic you could research after learning about this topic?
  • What questions do you have after reading this text?
  • How does this relate to other topics you have learned about?
  • What structure does the author use to make this easy to understand?
  • Is there anything you would have added to make this book more interesting or easier to understand?

Prompts to grow thinking about fiction:

  • What are you wondering about?
  • What do you predict will happen? Why and how? (have them use what they know about the inside of the character)
  • What questions do you have?
  • What are you thinking now?
  • What are you envisioning in this part?
  • What is this story or part really about?
  • What is making you think that?

Digging deeper in fiction:

  • What will your character learn? Or has learned?
  • How will the main character change?
  • Try asking yourself and answering a question about fairness (or power) in your book.
  • How is the problem getting worse/better?
  • What does your character really want? What gets in his or her way?
  • What questions can you ask of the book to think more deeply?
  • What do you know about this topic after reading this material?
  • Describe the setting. Imagine how the story would be different in a different place.
  • Is your character changing? How?
  • Do you think there is any symbolism in this setting?
  • What is the main problem? Describe your character’s reaction to the problem.
  • What is the author’s message?
  • What is your theory about your character?
  • Think about your characters. What effects do your characters have on each other?
  • Of all the details you told me, what’s the most important one?

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

The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with our friends at BoomWriter, are proud to offer a unique summer learning opportunity. BoomWriter will run virtual summer camps for students entering grades 3-6 taught by Milton Public Schools’ educators. Now children can participate in authentic BoomWriter projects at home over the summer. In addition to submitting daily chapter entries for voting, students will receive online lessons in writing, daily personalized feedback and a copy of the published book sent directly to their home. Milton Camps will run over the following weeks. You can sign up and pay directly on the teacher’s BoomWriter site (links listed below).

Katie Callahan, Reading Specialist
www.boomwriter.com/c/callahan
Students entering grades 3 and 4
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-28th
-July 31st-August 4th
-August 7th-11th
-August 14th-18th

Ellen Lohan, Grade 5 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Lohan
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-July 28th

Nicole Young, Grade 3 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Young
Students entering grade 4
-June 26th-June 30th
-August 7th -August 11th

Amy McDavitt, Grade 4 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/mcdavitt
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-June 26th – June 30th
-July 10th – July 14th

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The following item was sent to us by Amy Tom, MHS Science Department Head:

Here are some photos of a cow heart dissection that our Anatomy & Physiology students completed during lab.  Students were responsible for identifying various structures and carefully had to work through the dissection to be able to preserve all structures for assessment. The Anatomy & Physiology teachers would like to thank Kinnealey Meats who donate the hearts to our anatomy classes each year.  We truly appreciate their generosity!

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

I wanted to share this video I made of our Fourth and Fifth Grade Concert yesterday. It was absolutely amazing. We are so fortunate to have such gifted music educators in Colleen, Gary, and Debra. I couldn’t believe my ears. https://animoto.com/play/ooIBQqihT3AmBOA31xyUgw

For me, the magic came at the end.  The fifth graders remained on the risers as the families began leave. The K-2 students began to get ready to stand. Slowly, I began to hear “This Little Light of Mine” rising from the fifth graders. It caught on in a ripple effect and soon, the entire fifth grade was singing with all of their collective hearts. They sang verse after verse, including “At Glover School, I’m gonna let it shine”. When that song ended, they spontaneously moved into another song about walking to freedom, all the while accompanied by Ms. Martin on guitar. By the time the third song ended, I turned around and the gym was empty. They had literally sung everyone out.

It was poignant beyond words…their swan song. They then erupted into a happy birthday chorus for Karim Camara and I was so moved by their unity and the pure joy with which they sang. They were no longer “performing”. They were singing to sing…together.  I left the gym that morning feeling so grateful for these amazing fifth graders. As they prepare to exit Glover, they serenaded all of the other Glover kids as they exited the gym. It was magic. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

I am always proud to be principal of such an amazing school, with such incredible students, families, and staff, but this was absolutely one of the most amazing moments. It was so special, I had to have it stand alone in its own video: https://animoto.com/play/qyreZlESG1BxWixGtrwxjg

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded Pierce Middle School an $8,000 grant to host a Clean Energy Day for selected students. The event took place on April 26th and featured hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for the students. Through the program, local clean energy businesses were invited to partner with six schools across Massachusetts to host the events.

Approximately 100 Pierce students attended the event, which began with pizza in the cafeteria then transitioned to the auditorium for keynote speakers, from the clean energy industry and will speak to students about what clean energy is, their role in the clean energy field, and what their educational journey has been.  Students will then transition to break out sessions facilitated by Pierce teachers and volunteers from the clean energy industry.

MassCEC is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors.

MassCEC helps clean energy companies grow, connects students with clean energy careers, supports municipal clean energy projects, and invests in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating an innovative and robust marketplace for the clean energy industry. This funding program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy innovation sector with MassCEC’s ongoing investments in workforce training for high school students and internships for college age students. Clean Energy Day awards were also made in Auburn, Brockton, Fitchburg, and two schools in Boston.

 

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MSE NEWS

The following was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, MSE Co-Directors:

Registration for the 2017 Milton Summer Enrichment continues online. Click here for the link.

(Though many of the courses are filling up, we still have a variety of offerings.)  Courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register, we cannot add children to courses that are full!

Registration issues or questions should be directed to MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche (mse@miltonps.org).  We will still have two drop in times for assistance with registration: May 10, and May 17 from 3:30-5:00 in both the Tucker School Main Office and the Cunningham School Main Office, where you can register in person from courses that are still available and pay with a check.

New this year: All families will be required to physically pick up their child(ren)s schedule prior to the start of MSE from the MSE Directors. Directors will communicate pick up times once registration begins. Thank you…we are looking forward to a great summer!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

PRESCHOOL UPDATES: In January, Milton Public Schools held a Preschool Information Night where parents and caregivers were provided an opportunity to learn in detail about the variety of preschool programs offered for the upcoming school year 2017-2018. Families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in one of the six programs were asked to complete a pre-registration form.   A deadline was established in the event demand exceeded space available.  Prior to the deadline, one hundred and twenty-six pre-registrations were completed and a lottery was required for four of the six programs.  Since the deadline an additional thirty-five families have pre-registered, bringing the total of pre-registered preschoolers to one hundred and sixty-one.  As of today, one hundred and twelve students have been registered to attend a MPS preschool program for September.  Those not selected in the lottery were placed on a waitlist should an opening become available.  Preschool screening was held at the Milton High School Library on April 5th.

If you are interested in learning specific details including the similarities and differences of each preschool program please visit: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2017-2018PreschoolOverview.pdf

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by MHS teacher and Best Buddies advisor Kelly Losi:

Tonight is not only Cinco de Mayo, it’s Wildcat Fun Night! Please note that Milton High School’s Best Buddies chapter will be hosting a Wildcat Fun Night tonight from 6-8:30 pm at Glover Elementary School for all students K-5. Cost is only $10 per child. Feel free to send your children and spread the word!

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The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

Mark your calendars for an event you don’t want to miss. Milton Public Schools would like to invite all families of elementary and middle school children to a special presentation of the film SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  Sponsored by the Milton PTOs.  Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. This film is NOT available online or ONDemand, (from the filmmaker) “it was clear to me that the film needed to be shown in public spaces, to bring together kids, parents, educators, health providers and policy makers for conversations that can lead to change in our homes and communities.”  For more information visit www.screenagersmovie.com

  • WHEN: MONDAY JUNE 5, 2017 6:30pm
  • WHERE:  Milton High School Auditorium
  • FREE admission
  • Running time: Approx. 65-minutes for the film then a 30-minute moderated discussion

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Block Grants: Putting School Meals on the Chopping Block

Background: In 1946, the federal government made a promise to America’s families that students will always have access to healthy meals at school. Congress specifically designed the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs to be entitlement programs. Participating schools are “entitled” to a federal reimbursement for all meals served. Federal regulations and nutrition standards for these programs ensure meals and student access to them are consistent from state to state.

Fixed- sum block grants would eliminate these federal guarantees and the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed. Block grant proposals cut funds for school meal programs and nullify crucial federal mandates, including nutrition standards and student eligibility rules for free and reduced price meals.

Block Grants Restrict Student Access to School Meals:

Block grants break the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed.

Thanks to entitlement status, school meal programs always have the necessary funding to meet students’ nutritional needs. Funding fluctuates annually with the number of student meals served. When a natural disaster strikes, school enrollment increases, or a factory closes, the number of students receiving free and reduced price meals increases. Schools can serve more students knowing their reimbursement will rise to cover the added cost.

Fixed-sum block grants eliminate that guarantee, putting America’s most vulnerable students at risk. Block grants provide a finite amount of funding each year. If circumstances change mid-year, states do not receive additional funds to cover the cost of serving meals to students in need. For more information, call (301) 686-3100 and ask for the Government Affairs and Media Relations Center.

In a September 2015 report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned that: “block grants that are smaller than the funding that current legislation would provide would probably eliminate access to nutrition programs for some children and reduce it for others. Such grants would also leave the programs unable to respond automatically to economic downturns.”

Block Grants Slash Funds for School Meals:

The 2016 House-proposed block grant pilot would have slashed funds for school meal programs through an immediate funding cut and the elimination of annual adjustments, which help schools keep pace with rising costs. The proposal could have resulted in a crippling 12% funding cut after three years, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Cash-strapped school districts would be forced to cover meal program losses at the expense of academics. Further cuts would also impact hiring practices in school cafeterias nationwide.

History demonstrates that block grants shrink available funding over time, severely limiting a program’s ability to serve Americans in need. A CBPP analysis of 13 major housing, health, and social services block-grant programs reveals that combined funding for the programs declined by 26 percent — or $13 billion in 2016 dollars — from 2000 to 2016. Notably, when adjusted for inflation, funding under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant has plummeted by 32 percent, despite population growth.

Block Grants Abolish Crucial Federal Standards:

Block grants void federal rules that ensure the uniformity and consistency of school meal programs across the nation. States could set their own rules on which children are eligible for free or reduced price meals, restricting access for low income children currently enrolled in the program. States could abandon all federal nutrition mandates, and under the proposed pilot, states would be required to only serve one “affordable” meal a day to students, threatening recent national progress in expanding student access to healthy school breakfasts.

Block grants could void Buy American mandates and impact USDA Foods assistance for school meal programs, which have supported America’s farmers and introduced students to a wide variety of healthy US grown foods.

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I would also like to remind our families that today is School Lunch Hero Day! Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, The Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community. The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and lunch are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day. Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

Please see these photos. Today was an amazing day for the Milton School Food Service Staff!!! Our staff all wore School Lunch Hero shirts and were adorned with cards, posters, standing ovations and lovely breakfast spreads from our amazing administration, faculty and students.

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SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Challenger League is finally underway! The first game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, May 7. A link to registration is below. It looks like there are some veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. Please check out and like the Challenger FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there. http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

MFE NEWS

Save the Date! The Teacher of the Year celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. We will notify the Milton Public School community when this year’s Outstanding Teachers are named!

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I am so grateful to all of those who helped to make the Chip in Fore Science Golf fundraiser such a success. Please see the list below, which recognizes all sponsors and volunteers. Special recognition goes to our Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, and Cunningham parent Suzanne Murphy, for chairing this very important fundraiser.

$4k Sponsor
Analym – mwaterman@alnylam.com

$1k Sponsors
D&D Painting – http://declantf@yahoo.com
Cunningham PTO & Collicot PTO – cunninghampto@gmail.com and collicotpto@gmail.com
Glover PTO & Tucker PTO – tuckerptomilton@gmail.com and Gloverpto@gmail.com
Bay Pointe Capital – davidmokeefe@gmail.com
LLM Designs – leilamitchell@llmdesign.com
Milton Yoga – sean@miltonyoga.com
Lopez the Florist – larry_curran@comcast.net
Sullivan Insurance – sulins@aol.com
WCI/Walker Family – amonterisi@wci-corp.com
Bowline Built – cac2083@gmail.com
Selectman David T. Burnes – dtburnes@yahoo.com
South Shore Plating Company – KKoski@foley.com
Kevin Grassa – K.grassa@whitridge.com

Air Cannon Hole Sponsor:
Elliott Physical Therapy – delliott@elliottphysicaltherapy.com

$500 Sponsors
Vesper – crowley@vespermems.com
Weymouth Club – sgold23554@aol.com
Milton Police Charitable Foundation – mcimildoro@mpdmilton.org
Moran Environmental – tlevesque@moranenvironmental.com
Downey Burke – pam@downeyburke.com

$250 Sponsors
Seamans Media – eric@seamansmedia.com
Fruit Center – mdwyer@fruitcentermarketplace.com
American Provisions – matthew@americanprovisions.com
Marc & Emily Duffy – emilyzofia@yahoo.com
Elaine Craghead – ecraghead@comcast.net
Novara – falconicompanies@gmail.com
State Representative Bill Driscoll – info@billdriscolljr.com
State Senator Walter Timilty –contact@timilty4senate.com

Volunteers/Helpers:
MPS Administrators
Cunningham PTO for serving as the 501-c3 and our bank –
Helped with details leading up to event: Meaghan Light – meaghan.light@gmail.com
Helped with details leading up to event: Jack Carpenter – jackcarpenterframes@gmail.com
Organized Games: Mike Ghelli – michael.ghelli@gmail.com
Helped with details leading up to event: Sheila Hume Sacco – humeteach@yahoo.com
Created Social Tiles: Chris Crummey – chris_crummey@yahoo.com
Day of Volunteer: Jane Gannon – jane.gannon@ge.com
Day of Volunteer: Stephanie O’Keefe – sastruck1@aol.com
Let us borrow Green and Tee Signs and gave advice: MPS Boosters – tmccarthy@miltonboosters.com

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I am happy to report that the fundraiser to honor Glover Art Teacher Caitlin Clavette was a success. Thanks to the generosity of the Milton community and the hard work of Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas, Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly, enough contributions were collected to purchase TWO display towers per elementary school. Please see the photos below of the new display boards and note that the upper corner has a plaque to honor Caitlin. In addition, there was additional funding, which was contributed to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation. Thank you to all who donated!

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SEL NEWS

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

May is Mental illness Awareness Month. A mental illness or behavioral health disorder refers to a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings, behavior or mood in such a way that prevents them from functioning well in social, school, work or family situations. Depression, chronic anxiety, autism, eating disorders, and substance addictions are common examples of mental illness, and they can affect people of all ages.  Mental illness is extremely prevalent; most of us have a close family member or friend who is impacted:

  • One in five people in the U.S. suffers from a mental health disorder
  • Depression is the world-wide leading cause of disability
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the country
  • Substance abuse affects about 8% of the population

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes. It is sometimes viewed differently because there are no specific medical tests for most of these brain disorders, and thus there are misconceptions that these emotions and behaviors are a matter of personal weakness, bad decisions, or lack of control.

One of the most important things we can do as a society, as a school community, and as family members is to reduce the stigma—or negative misconceptions- that surround mental illness. The shame associated with stigma prevents many people from admitting they have a problem and seeking out care. Indeed, it is estimated that only about 30-40% of people who need mental health treatment, and only about 10% of people with a substance abuse problem, get help.

Let’s begin by talking more openly about mental illness. Let’s support those friends and families that are struggling. Let’s speak up when someone is being taunted or being treated poorly because of their challenge. And let’s educate ourselves about getting help before the condition gets more difficult to treat.

If your child has symptoms of depression, school anxiety or other behavioral health condition that affects learning, contact your school’s guidance or adjustment counselor or nurse for assistance and referral. Find out what plans and programs at school might help. Talk to your child’s teachers about the best approach and resources for supporting your struggling child. We are here to help.

The Milton Public Schools Family Resource page has a helpful list of resources as well. Visit http://www.miltonps.org/partnerships-resourcepages.php.  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s website is also filled with valuable resources. www.milton-coalition.org

FROM THE READERS

After reading the item above about our students’ incredible success in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art contests, some of you may find this article interesting. Please click here to read an article about art education.

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Also, one of my colleagues from Teachers As Scholars, Henry Bolter, regularly sends out poems to his fellow educators. I thought I would share this month’s poem with my readers:

The Trees (Philip Larkin)

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In full-grown thickness every May
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

For several weeks, Milton Interfaith Clergy (MICA) has been planning an initiative entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Hate.” Please watch for the conversation guidelines, developed for parents/guardians to discuss acceptance and  tolerance with their children. These guidelines will be coming out within the next week.

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CONCERT NOTICE:  “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash”, Saturday, May 20th at 7pm, First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue.  Milton Community Concerts presents The Bostonians in a program celebrating the prolific and popular composer Leonard Bernstein. Tickets are available at the door: $20 general, $10 senior (65 and over), Free for 18 and under. Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.org for more information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 14 – 20:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 (with caregiver)

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Science of Magic, Ages 6-11

Come have a magical time with Mad Science of South Boston! Children will be introduced to the science of magic through demonstrations and activities, and they’ll even learn a magic trick to take home. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

ATHLETICS

For those of you who are not aware, the indoor track at the Copeland Field House is open every weekday morning when school is in session from 6am to 7:30am for walkers. I recently received a thank you letter from two of the women who use the track and it reminded me not only of what a fantastic facility we have in the Copeland Field House, but of how lucky we are, as a district, to be able to share this resource with the community at large. For more information about the early-morning walkers, please contact rentals@miltonps.org for details.

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

Baseball did well this week, earning a hard fought victory over Weymouth last night with Andrew Steele on the mound.

Softball bounced back from three straight 1-run-losses in dramatic fashion, by beating Natick 11-10 on Wednesday, with a walk-off from Jenna Conroy.  They then beat Weymouth 11-0 last night.

Boys Lacrosse will look to earn their first victory against Silver Laker on Friday night, while Girls Lacrosse dominated Weymouth 17-2 mind-week.

Boys Tennis beat Framingham 3-2 on Wednesday.  Check out the website – miltonwildcats.com – to read the great recap thanks to Coach Ajemian.

Girls Tennis has improved in recent weeks, and they will look for their first win against Walpole on Monday.

The Crew team was in Malden on Saturday to race against Thayer Academy, Vermont Academy, and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. We won every race!!! Our athletes left everyone in the dust.  Check out the results on the Athletics Website.

Rugby was handed their first loss last night, dropping to 3-1.  Marshfield beat the Wildcats 26-17.  They will look to bounce back next week against Oliver Ames.

Girls Outdoor Track beat Wellesley 78-58 and Walpole 122-26.  Boys Track lost 76-60 to Walpole, while losing 86-30 to Wellesley.  The Boys and Girls are off to Norwell for a Freshman/Sophomore Meet This Saturday.

Hopefully we get some better weather next week as we enter the final stretch of regular season games!

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Milton High School has an award-winning school newspaper called “Elephant in the Room,” which is published every month. The following students, who are part of the newspaper staff, are attending a journalism conference at Boston University today to learn more about student journalism. I would like to thank and recognize Liam Connolly, Jevon Bernard, Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Andrew Flaherty and Patrick Davoren for their work on the paper this year, along with their faculty advisor, Michael Young, and the rest of the staff of Elephant in the Room. Keep up the good work!

Staff:  As I mentioned in my introduction, I would like to honor ALL of our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (and every day!) – as well as ALL of our school nurses. We are so fortunate to have such incredible employees here in the Milton Public Schools.

Volunteers: I would like to thank and recognize all of those who donated and/or participated in the recent Science From Scientists golf tournament. We had a very successful day. I will send the fundraising totals in an upcoming E-blast.

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

 

May 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 01•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, May 1st, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In my last E-Blast, I stated that May 1-5 was Teacher Appreciation Week, since we had seen that week listed on several websites. After my E-Blast was published, I was informed that some schools celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week during the first full week of May, which is May 8-12.

While Milton Public School teachers and staff should be recognized every day of the school year, here in Milton, this formal recognition has turned into a two-week celebration! Please take time to recognize and thank a teacher!

CURRICULUM NEWS

Members of our Junior class were recently honored at last week’s Scholastic Honors Night with a long-standing tradition at Milton High School, the Junior Book Awards. Students from the Class of 2018 are given a book by a teacher, administrator, college admissions office or a Milton School Committee member. Books are named for institutes of higher education and are awarded according to criteria assigned by the college or university. Please join me in congratulating the following members of the Class of 2018!

Claire Casey – Boston College

Peyton Carvalho – Boston College

Edward Taugher – Boston College

Kelsey Foran – Boston University—English

Dominik Hyppolite – Boston University—Music

Teresa McDonald – Boston University—Education

James Eder – Brown University

Abigail Lang – Bryn Mawr College

Shoilee Banerjee – College Of William and Mary

Joshua Kackley – Columbia University

Tanvir Islam – Cornell University

Ryan Au – Curry College

Shane Berry – Dartmouth College

Christopher Caputo – Dartmouth College

Courtney Dunn – Emmanuel College

Sean Bentley – Emmanuel College

Domenic Jancaterino – Harvard University

Timothy Karoff – Harvard University

Sawyer Flanagan – Lesley College

Annie Wong – Lesley College

Ornbella Ebongue – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Taylor Snellen – Providence College

Hue-Ninh Nguyen – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Julie Le – Smith College

Nicholas Daly – St. Lawrence University

Grace Varela – Suffolk University

Sean Ehrlich – University Of Massachusetts, Amherst

Caroline Mcgillivray…University Of Massachusetts, Boston

Josephine Cousineau – University Of Rhode Island

William Jrolf – University Of Vermont

Eva Chow – Wellesley College

Mackenzie Caputo – Wheelock College

James Le – Williams College

Griffin Mclaughlin – Yale University

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Physical & Health Education and Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning District Facilitator:

Dear Milton Public School Parents:

Supporting the social and emotional health of our students is an important aspect of the work of the Milton Public Schools. As part of this work, when necessary, we reach out to families to make them aware of issues that may be of concern. We are writing to alert you about a controversial Netflix TV series that many adolescents (including middle school youth) are actively following. The series is entitled, Thirteen Reasons Why (released March 31, 2017) and it contains disturbing, sometimes violent and graphic content that parents should be aware of and be prepared to address with their children.

The story, based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, is about a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes detailing why she took her own life. The Netflix series contains graphic scenes of suicide and sexual assault/rape, in addition to depicting other destructive behaviors such as online bullying and substance abuse. Most concerning is that the program does not portray effective alternatives or avenues for desperate youth to get help. We are concerned that the take-away message is potentially that suicide is a reasonable choice when faced with depression, isolation or trauma.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the series. We also recommend that you ask your child, directly, if he or she has seen or heard of Thirteen Reasons Why. If so, you may want to engage your child in dialogue about their reaction to the subject matter. If they have not seen it, and they want to, we encourage you to watch the program first and determine if it is appropriate. As a supplement to the 13 episode series, the producers do provide a “14th episode” titled “Beyond the Reasons” which has the actors, the show writers and mental health counselors reflect on the essence of the show and address the issues it raises. This is a 30 minutes synopsis; parents may want to start here. If you determine that the series is appropriate, you may want to watch it with them. You can also turn on parent controls by using this Netflix link https://help.netflix.com/en/node/24805 should you want to limit the programs they watch.

The most important message to convey to your child is that if they are experiencing mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, or suicidal thoughts, they should speak to a trusted adult to get support and help. That adult will hopefully be a family member, but your child should also be aware that the Milton Public Schools-at all levels- have many trained and supportive staff, as well as protocols to help keep your child emotionally and physically safe. Principals, teachers, adjustment counselors, and nurses want to help your child in whatever ways they can. Let your teen know that feelings of depression are common, and that they can be alleviated by seeking out a trusted adult who cares. Parents should not be hesitant, or feel embarrassed, about reaching out to the schools for help on behalf of their student.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth; about 5,000 American teens take their lives each year. It is a significant public health problem that can have a “contagion” effect. Because youth today so frequently watch shows alone on their personal devices, or secretly stream programs with their friends, it is imperative that we know what they are doing and have conversations with them about these important health subjects.

Here are some resources if you want to know more:

Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/community-health/dvip/injury-prevention/suicide-prevention/

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (talking points)  https://www.save.org/13-reasons-why/

Suicide Hotline:

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the Samaritans Statewide crisis help line at 1-877-870-4673 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Today may have been a grey weather day, but the sun shone brightly over Granite Links Golf Club, as members of the Milton Public Schools community joined together to either support, sponsor and/or play golf at the Science from Scientists fundraiser. For those who are still interested in contributing and supporting this amazing STEM program for all our fifth-grade students, please contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org   A special thank you to tournament chairs Bernadette Butler and Suzanne Murphy.

golf pic

 

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

 

 

 

April 29th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 29•17

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

Attention Parents/Guardians of children going to Kindergarten next fall: Parent Cafes – Getting Ready for Kindergarten will take place next week. Please join us for one of two exciting opportunities to get some tips on how to help your youngster get ready for Kindergarten. Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Road or Wednesday, May 3rd  from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. For more details please see Family Outreach Liaison section below

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to remind our Milton Public Schools community that Teacher Appreciation Day is held on Tuesday, May 2nd, but the entire Teacher Appreciation Week lasts from Monday, May 1st to Friday, May 5th. This is the perfect time of year to write your child’s teacher a note to express your appreciation. We are very fortunate to have a team of hardworking, dedicated and talented teachers here in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in letting them know they are valued!

I would also like to thank and welcome our two newest School Committee members. Ada Rosmarin and Elizabeth White joined the Milton School Committee at the most recent meeting on April 26th. I am looking forward to working with these two energetic and talented women!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The following letter was submitted to the Milton Times by the Milton School Committee in response to a Letter to the Editor which appeared in a previous issue.

To the Editor:

Thanks to a letter to the editor from a local resident, we realized that the Average Teacher Salary chart on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website contained an error. It incorrectly indicated that the average teacher salary in Milton in 2016 was $98,286, up from $80,117 in 2015. After several conversations with DESE and with the vendor who supplies our data reporting software, we discovered the source of the error. The website incorrectly shows that the number of teachers dropped from 286 in 2015 to 240 in 2016 when in fact it had increased to 290. Taking into account the correct number of teachers, the average salary should be $81,408, which is consistent with prior years’ data. The error has been corrected with DESE and will be corrected on their website when it is next updated at the end of May.

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There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting, held on April 26th, was a re-organizational meeting. Dr. Kevin Donahue was elected the Chair of the committee and Sheila Varela was elected Vice-Chair. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

I am happy to report that, for the fifth year in a row, all the students (35) who took the DELF exam passed. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française,) which is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education is used for school records as well as for college and job applications. Scores are valid for life. The DELF is recognized by 180 countries. Once again, Madame Pons successfully prepared our students for this exam. Please see the list of students below:

Taylor Burns, Molly Kibble, Brigitte Dugas, Allegra Giddings, Daniel deBenedictis, Lily Phelan, Sarah Power, Elizabeth Sbarra, Jessica Ayer, Omolade Gbolade, Lulu Mackenzie, Sarah Gardiner, Louis Max Fitzgerald, Paige Purcell, Madison Jrolf, Liam Donelan, Shane Savage, Bailey Cook, Morgan Chandler, William Macmillan, Gregory Hebard, Andrew Steele, Julia Biagiotti, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Edwin Duprevil, Aidan Duggan, Anthony Hancock, Claire O’Neill, Max Plageman, Morgan Smith, Sydney Nguyen, Joanna Needham, Ben Corson, Christina Tougias and Liezel Werner.

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On Thursday night, we held Milton High School Scholastic Honors Night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. I was honored to be part of such a beautiful ceremony, which recognized students who were being inducted into the Century Club and the National Honor Society. We also recognized the Boys and Girls State Representatives and gave out Junior Book Awards. Please see below for more information:

CENTURY CLUB: The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers. Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 10 freshmen, 20 sophomores, 30 juniors and 40 seniors, with ties.

Freshmen:  Michael Daly, Emily Dobrindt, Edward Enyedy, Catherine Le, Alisa Lorden, Sarah Mitchell, Nessan O’Donnell, Mohammed Rahman, Caleb Smith and Clarissa Waldmann.

Sophomores:  Grace Baker, Molly Baker Aidan Braithwaite, Justin Chan, Colleen Conley Julia DeFilippo, Katherine Fahy, Sarah Hancock, Penelope Holland, Abdur-Rahman Hosein, Bridget Kelly, Meghan Kelly Karisa Lasoff, Claire Mandel, Julia Nerenberg, Eliza O’Donnell, Laura O’Hanlon, Emily Schewe, Suvan Shukla and Kennedi Van Allen.

Juniors: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Claire Casey, Eva Chow, Josephine Cousineau, Celia Cullinane, Isabella DeFilippo, Robert Dexter III, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Kelsey Foran,  Crystal Goodrich, Mercedes Harvell, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, James Le, Kelia McCullough, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Adrienne Popa, Taylor Snellen.

Seniors: Jessica Ayer, Julia Biagiotti, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Kristy Chan, Morgan Chandler, Stephanie Che, Mariah Conway*, Devin Coulter, Camille Coutant, Kyle Dempsey, Michael Eberhardt*, Lauren Griswold, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock*, Gregory Hebard*,  Erisha Joseph, Delphine Jrolf, Madison Jrolf, Sarah Lam*, Hiu Lee,  Alyssa Lum, Savannah Madden, Nolan Mandel, Nicholas Marinilli, John Mavridis, Joanna Needham, Aislinn O’Brien, Destiny Perkins, Thomas Reilly, Margaux Rose, Cole Salamone, Elizabeth Sbarra, Ishan Shukla, Morgan Smith, Tricia Tape, Clara Tennyson, Rachael Tomaszewski, Alice Truong, Ethan Walko, Maya Watanabe* and Samson Yuan.  (The *denotes a four-year Century Club member)

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Student screening for selection for membership in the National Honor Society begins after the first semester of the Junior year. The weighted grade point average for Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11 (first semester) must be at least 3.7. Students who attain this average are invited to apply for membership. The application requires the student to detail experiences that show evidence of leadership, character, and service. The application is then read by each of the six members of the National Honor Society Faculty Advisory Board.  They must  decide if the student is of good character and has shown leadership and service to the school and/or community. The members must vote, by secret ballot, for admission.

Congratulations to the NHS Inductees, Class of 2018:

Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Megan Bernardi, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Peyton Carvalho, David Casaz, Claire Casey, Michaela Cenafils, Eva Chow, Nuasheen Chowdhury, Genevieve Connelly, Josephine Cousineau, Francesca Coyne, Caroline Cronin, John Cullen, Elena Curran, John Daly, Nicholas Daly, Khalil Darouichi, Isabella DeFilippo, Courtney Dunn, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Sean Ehrlich, Chiara Ferrante, Sawyer Flanagan, Kelsey Foran, Alyssa Foster, Gillian Handy, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, Lindsey Jensen, Gigi Jiang, Miwa Joiner, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Liam Kelly, Nora Kelly, Abigail Lang, James Le, Julie Le, Colleen Linehan, Nethania Marc, Kelia McCullough, Teresa McDonald, Caroline McGillivray, Griffin McLaughlin, Shannon Middleton, Mary Kate Murtagh, Emma Newell, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Isobel Ouellet, Andrew Pelletier, Kaleigh Pentland, Isaac Piliavin, Madelyne Shea, Arielle Solomon, Grace Varela and Annie Wong.

We also had six students chosen to represent Milton High School at this year’s Boy State and Girls State at Stonehill College this summer.

  • Boys State Representatives: James Eder, Tanvir Islan and Domenic Jancaterino
  • Girls State Representatives: MacKenzie Caputo, Josephine Cousineau and Gigi Jiang

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The following item was sent to us by Kristin Donovan and Kelly Griffin, of the MHS Child Study program:

We had such an exciting morning learning all about reptiles from Mr. Mack from Rainforest Reptiles. He taught us all sorts of interesting facts. He was also very silly and made us laugh a lot! We were all able to ask questions and touch the reptiles if we wanted. Here is a class picture of Gile Road Pre-K with Fluffy the Alligator.

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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The Milton Public Schools in partnership with our friends at BoomWriter are proud to offer a unique summer learning opportunity. BoomWriter will run virtual summer camps for students entering grades 3-6 taught by Milton Public Schools’ educators. Now children can participate in authentic BoomWriter projects at home over the summer. In addition to submitting daily chapter entries for voting, students will receive online lessons in writing, daily personalized feedback and a copy of the published book sent directly to their home.

Milton Camps will run over the following weeks. You can sign up and pay directly on the teachers’ BoomWriter sites (links listed below).

Katie Callahan, Reading Specialist
www.boomwriter.com/c/callahan
Students entering grades 3 and 4
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-28th
-July 31st-August 4th
-August 7th-11th
-August 14th-18th

Ellen Lohan, Grade 5 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Lohan
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-July 28th

Amy McDavitt, Grade 4 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/mcdavitt
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-June 26th – June 30th
-July 10th – July 14th

**Please note that BoomWriter may opt to cancel sessions that do not meet the minimum number of participants. Families will have the option of joining another session or receiving a full refund if this is the case.

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Attention parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students! All rising kindergarten students who are fully registered as of today will receive their school assignment and screening appointment date/time next week.

The kindergarten screening will take place in the MHS Library on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th.

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The following item was sent in by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Amy Gale and Cat DesRoches:

The Milton Public Schools utilizes the Everyday Math Program called EM4. One of the key features of the program is the online supports that you can access at home. EM4 online has a number of resources for families including interactive reference books, online toolkits, assignment links, and tutorials. It is also a place to access games that reinforce concepts that the students are learning in school. These games are an integral part of the EM4 program and we encourage you to take advantage of your access at home. All students 1-5 have access to these features.

There are two different types of logins to access EM4 online. There is the simplified login which is accessed through a school specific code:

Some classrooms have chosen not to use the simplified login. For traditional login:

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Ask your child for their log in information and play a game tonight! If you need any help accessing this site, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school curriculum coordinator! Some additional online resources that our district uses that you also might wish to take advantage of at home are:

Keyboarding Without Tears and typing.com are both fun ways to increase students’ automaticity with typing. Study Island is an interactive site that supports both math and English Language Arts. Fifth graders also have access to science topics as well. This site allows for students to develop grade level skills through assignments as well as through games.  Boomwriter.com is another great platform that is used in many classes across the district to bolster our writing across the content areas. All of these resources are great ways to reinforce the amazing work your children are doing in school and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our access to these at home.

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Congratulations to the Annual MWRA Poster Contest finalists from Grade 2 from Collicot School. Their posters were chosen out of 3200 entries! We are very proud of: Abby Concannon, Sophia Lang, Christina MacQuarrie, John Hunt, Sam Hilaire, Grant Morse, Esme Neugebauer, Ella Turner, Emily Vogel, Maren Shinney and Abby Bohlin.

MWRA

 

The following item was sent to us by April Allegrezza, Elementary Music Teacher:

On Friday, April 7th, through the generosity of Milton’s MPACE program, every fourth grade student in the Milton Public Schools traveled to Boston’s Symphony Hall where they were treated to a world class performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Milton fourth graders from the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Schools were introduced to Conductor Thomas Wilkens who made his entrance,  jumped onto the podium box,  and exclaimed, “TaDa!” with a big smile on his face.  He got their attention and humorously kept it throughout the program while guiding students with musical and historical musings before each of the music selections.

The theme of this year’s concert was “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.” Wilkens spoke about important qualities, like grace, compassion and civility and tied-in the theme with the various masterworks performed. Some of the selections included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide,” Prokofiev’s “The Montagues and The Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, John Williams “A Whirl Through Academe” from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and “Marion’s Theme” from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Koehne’s “Unchained Melody” and Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila.

Students were accompanied by their classroom teachers and assistants, parent chaperones and elementary music teachers April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin. All agreed that it was Conductor Wilkens’ approachability and relatability to both children and the beautiful music that created a child-centered, memorable and very enjoyable student experience at Symphony Hall. Children enjoyed making close connections with the music and were able to build upon knowledge from music class.

The trip was sponsored by M-PACE, Milton’s “excise tax group,” which provides artistic and cultural enrichment for students in the Milton Public Schools.

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

Please see the “parent/guardian checklist” below, submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

This parent/guardian checklist was provided by NBC News Education Nation.

How well did you do this week as a parent?

Did you…

  • Have meaningful conversations with your child and listen actively to her concerns?
  • Model good behavior for your child?
  • Consider the perspective of others in your interactions?
  • Evaluate your role and behavior in your relationships?
  • Follow through on your promises?
  • Hold yourself accountable?
  • Take a moment to reflect when you were stressed or overwhelmed?
  • Think about your decisions and the consequences of your choices?
  • Allow your child to make some decisions on his/her own?

 

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The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

South Shore Hospital, in partnership with the Youth Health Connection and the Norfolk County DA office,  has released a “Safe and Substance Free Guide for Parents and Guardians – Educating & Encouraging Teens to Make Life-long Healthy Decisions.”  As we enter the season of celebrations (college acceptances, prom and graduation) parents and guardians can use this guide to help continue the conversation with their teens regarding making healthy choices and safe decisions.   The guide contains facts and consequences related to underage drinking and substance use, communication tips for parents, and many resources.  Check out the booklet at this link .

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent by Brian Borde, NCTA Director, Milton Educators Association:

Please join me in congratulating Margaret Peggy” Turner, Teacher at the Glover Elementary School, and Barbara Pakalnietis, Principal Payroll Clerk for the Milton Public Schools, in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Peggy and Barbara have given over 43 years of service to the Milton Public Schools combined, and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on Tuesday June 6th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Once again, congratulations to our outstanding recipients and please come out to this wonderful event and show your support.

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It’s not too late to sign up for the Chip in Fore Science golf fundraiser. Please click the link below for more info on this May 1st event: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ChipinforScience.pdf

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free Parent Café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!”. Please join us on Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Rd. on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. Join us for a round table discussion.

Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to share some tips to help you prepare.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Simply choose one of the dates listed above, register and attend.  These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall. Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling Susan Dolan, MECA at 617- 696- 2262.  To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is not available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

In my last E-Blast, I shared the news about two members of our Debate Team being invited to compete at Nationals in Kentucky. Through some diligent fundraising at Chipotle in Quincy and parent donations, there is only about $650 left to raise for this trip. The two debate team members who will be going to Nationals, Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien, will be attending Town Meeting at Milton High School next week to sell bottled water in the lobby. Please help to support these fantastic students.

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

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

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events. If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 29, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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

We have less than 1 week left in our online Titlewish fundraiser, and we’re 82% of the way to our goal. We’d like to thank everyone who’s already donated and remind those of you who haven’t had a chance that this fundraiser ends on April 30th. As a reminder, 100% of the money we raise will go directly to purchasing new materials for our school library. In addition, Follett will match 10% of the total funds raised. You can still donate, just visit http://www.titlewish.com/1090786 and click the Donate button. Thank you again for your support!

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Dear Challenger Community — Can you feel baseball in the air today?  We can. We are happy to report that registrations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the season.

Here is the link to registration.  I’ve spoken to folks how have signed up and there is excitement in the air, so let’s build on our momentum. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, (and you know who you are),   please sign up today.  Looks like we are going to have our veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, The Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day. All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services.  Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and lunch are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day.  Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000+ school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

FROM THE READERS

From time to time, members of the MPS community send along interesting articles, research and tidbits on the field of education. Please see this article regarding STEM hiring.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Carleton Mills with the MFE:

I write to all MPS teachers to encourage you to apply to the Spring 2017 cycle for the Competitive Teacher Grants program sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE). As you know, the mission of the MFE is to “enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools.” One of the ways we do this is through the funding of teacher grants—so we want to hear from YOU!  Please consider submitting a grant proposal to our Spring Grant cycle. Guidelines are below. The due date for submissions is Thursday, May 4. Applications should be emailed to mfegrants@gmail.com.

Grants Program: The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools by generating and distributing financial and other resources for such purposes.

THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM: This program is designed to encourage and reward innovative teaching.  Qualified proposals must demonstrate a direct benefit to students and may involve an individual classroom, several classrooms and/or school-wide activities.  Teachers and staff members in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve are eligible and may apply individually or in groups.  For a listing of previously awarded grants, please go to our website, www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES: All proposals must be completed electronically using the MFE Competitive Grant Application.  Prior to submission, the applicants are responsible for having the application reviewed and approved by the applicable principal and department head.  Submissions are due by the application deadline.  No late applications will be considered.  The application must demonstrate creativity and/or innovation in education, clearly state the objectives of the proposal, and discuss the method of assessing the impact of the grant.  It must include a budget and sources for costs including shipping and handling.

ELIGIBLE COSTS: The MFE is guided by respect for public education and a desire to facilitate the best learning opportunities by promoting innovation, creative teaching, and curriculum enhancements that would otherwise be impossible.  We welcome teacher and/or school-initiated funding opportunities that help us achieve these goals.  The most important factor in determining a proposal’s eligibility for funding is the quality of the idea and its benefit to student learning.  The application should clearly demonstrate that the requested materials and services are necessary to implement the proposed project.

SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY: Due to the growing presence of technology in everyday life, the MFE would like to fund “Support Technology.”  We hope to fund technology and accessories that:  support current equipment in the classroom, greatly enhance learning, and/or actively engage students with the lessons.  All applications for technology will be passed by the district’s Director of Technology in order to ensure that equipment is compatible and equitable throughout the district.  Large ticket items, such as SmartBoards, will continue to be ineligible through the Competitive Grant Program.

INELIGIBLE COSTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Indirect and/or overhead costs either to external organizations or the Milton Public Schools.
  2. Workshops and other forms of faculty or staff development, or workshops for parents. We will consider a workshop for high school students if it benefits a large enough group of students and/or the educational benefit is significant.
  3. Transportation, travel expenses of any kind, including but not limited to meals, mileage allowances, and accommodations.
  4. Special Education materials that are mandated by the curriculum.
  5. Materials that are considered part of the schools’ infrastructure, such as textbooks, computers, SmartBoards, or furniture. (Supplementary equipment that is a necessary component for a strong proposal may be eligible.)
  6. Scholarships for individuals for any purpose.
  7. Subscriptions are not a preferred expense. However, they will be considered as part of a pilot program based on their merit and for one year only. Online subscriptions are preferred over paper subscriptions.

ALLOCATION OF GRANT MONIES: Priority will be given to proposals asking for $1,000 or less, but requests for larger amounts will be considered, especially where the benefit is to be shared among a larger group of students.  The MFE attempts to achieve rough parity among the schools in awarding these grants.  However, this is a competitive program.  Therefore, for a variety of reasons, including the number of proposals received from each school and the funds requested, this goal is not always achievable.  The maximum amount per grant may also be affected by the total amount of money available during a given cycle.

REVIEW PROCESS: Representatives for the MFE Board of Directors and one teacher from each of the six Milton Public Schools sit on the Peer Review Committee.  This committee is charged with reviewing the proposals according to the MFE’s guidelines for content and cost and then makes its recommendation to the MFE’s Board of Directors, which makes all final decisions regarding the grant awards.

ANTICIPTED NUMBER OF GRANTS AWARDED PER SCHOOL:            There is no preset limit to the number of grants that can be awarded to a particular school.  In the past, some schools have received a single larger grant while others have received several smaller grants.

DURATION OF GRANT: Funding will expire six months from notification of the grant award.  Any grant funds not spent by that time will not be available unless a request to extend the grant duration is submitted in writing and the MFE had granted said extension of time in writing. In addition, all materials purchased through an MFE grant are the property of Milton Public Schools.  They must stay within the MPS if the teacher should leave the district at any time in the future.  The materials may move between schools if a teacher is relocated, with permission from the original school’s principal.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the MFE Competitive Grant Committee Chair at mfegrants@gmail.com

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The following was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, Co-Director of Milton Summer Enrichment, with Catherine DesRoche:

This is the final reminder that MSE Registration has gone live on the FamilyID website (https://www.familyid.com/milton-summer-enrichment). Please note that you will need a FamilyID username and password if you do not already have one, and this can be done ahead of time if you wish.

The MSE Brochure and At a Glance document has been continuously updated to ensure we can offer the best enrichment opportunities to children.  Please check it again to ensure you have the most up to date information before registering, as updates were made even today!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PRhUrKmyj5vHEV045nzKsOfG85LBuLaLhOwrLxw_Hgg/edit?usp=sharing

When registering, make sure to fill all required fields. You will also be prompted to enter the total dollar amount for the cost of your courses. Finally, please write down your course schedule and print out a receipt. The receipt should be considered confirmation of registration, unless you are contacted directly.

Courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register, even though they are still listed in this brochure. We cannot add children to courses that are full!

Registration issues or questions should be directed to MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche (mse@miltonps.org).

For those needing assistance registering, we will hold drop in registration hours on  May 3, May 10, and May 17 from 3:30-5:00 in both the Tucker School Main Office and the Cunningham School Main Office, where you can register in person from courses that are still available and pay with a check.

New this year: All families will be required to physically pick up their child(ren)s schedule prior to the start of MSE from the MSE Directors. Directors will communicate pick up times once registration begins.

Thank you…we are looking forward to a great summer!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman:

The Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow is an event planned by and for Milton residents. This is an opportunity for Milton to stand together against hate and promote our town as a place where all are welcomed and celebrated. Any questions can be directed to Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman at kara.kurtzman@gmail.com

Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow

  • WHAT: Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • WHERE: Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Ave, Milton
  • WHO: All Milton residents and all who stand with us

Acts of hate and bigotry are on the rise in our communities. In recent months, swastikas, homophobic symbols and racist words have appeared in our schools and communities in Milton, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Fall River, Beverly, Billerica, Brookline, Georgetown, Hopkinton, Medway, Westboro, Marblehead, Northampton, Cambridge, and the Town of Harvard.

It is time to make our voices heard: Milton is not a town of hatred and intolerance. Let’s stand together, as Milton residents, and send the message that we are a town where all are welcome and celebrated. Let’s say “No more!” We will no longer tolerate any acts of hate in our town, or anywhere. Bring your children and empower them to be voices for a better tomorrow. Program will include music, a moment of silence and a call to action. Signs and candles welcome. Some candles will be provided. Rain or shine. Follow us on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/282903105484828/

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The following item was sent in by the Milton Police Department:

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event! — The Milton Police Department, in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, is hosting a community-wide Prescription Drug Take Back event TODAY, Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 2pm as part of the DEA’s National Take-Back Day. Stop by the police station at 40 Highland Ave and drop off your used and/or expired medications. Keep excess pills out of your medicine cabinet where they can be misused, and out of our waterways. Free medication lock-boxes will be available sponsored by the BID Hospital – Milton. The event is open to the public. Please share this announcement with your social networks and help keep Milton safe!

Can’t make it today? The Milton Police Department has a disposal kiosk in the lobby available around the clock 24/7. Drop your unused and expired meds and go!

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The following item was sent to us by Katie Pearl, with the production, “MILTON.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 17, 18, 20, and 21. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here.

MILTON is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape. Join us!

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Please see this flyer for information about the Milton Playground Planner’s “Name the Playground” Essay contest. The deadline is May 15th.

mpp flyer

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 7 – 13:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

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

Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Infant Massage with Baby Kneads, Babies with Caregivers

The benefits of infant massage are many: not only does it relax and soothe your baby, but it deepens bonding, promotes the strengthening of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, helps relieve the discomfort associated with gas and colic, helps baby sleep better by releasing stress which builds daily from new experiences, and increases confidence and sensitivity to baby’s cues. We invite you and your baby to join experienced instructor Sheryl White of Baby Kneads and learn how to reap these benefits for your own family! For babies from birth through pre-crawling, with caregiver. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Mother’s Day Craft, Ages 5 and up

Mother’s Day is coming up tomorrow. In honor of Mom or any other special woman in your life, please join the Children’s Room to make a special handmade gift. Drop in anytime during the program and make something beautiful to brighten her day! For ages 5+. No registration required.

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

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

ATHLETICS

This has been a tough week for Milton Athletics, as the majority of matches and games were postponed due to weather.

  • The Boys and Girls Track Meet against Natick was postponed to a later date.
  • Baseball went 1-1, after beating Natick on Thursday. Softball lost a close one in the 7th inning to Natick on Thursday.
  • Boys Lacrosse has shown very well the past two weeks, improving everyday.  They are starting to score more goals as well, with 4 and 6 in their past two games. Girls Lacrosse played great against a tough Framingham side on Tuesday, ultimately losing 11-9.
  • The Girls Tennis Team is also showing signs of improvement, with a lot of young girls gaining valuable experience.  The Boys Tennis Team has shown no sides of slowing down, beating Norwood again, 5-0, to improve their record to 5-0.
  • Crew had their first race over the weekend, in which many of the boys and girls placed! Click here for their recap.
  • Rugby is now 3-0 with a convincing win over Catholic Memorial on Thursday.

The next few weeks will be jam-packed with games as approach the mid-way point in the Spring Season.  Make sure to visit the Miltonwildcats.com website to see recaps, scores and schedules!

Senior Captains Joanna Needham (Girls Basketball) and Ethan Walko (Boys Basketball) were both named to the MBCA All Academic Team! They will be honored at Holy Cross on Sunday, May 7th! Congratulations to both of them for this great achievement!

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I would like to recognize MHS Senior Katherine Steele. Katherine Steele applied to the Young Artists Completion with the Boston Pops, and after several very competitive auditions, she won a grand prize!  Katie will be performing a solo selection on June 6th at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.  Information about the competition can be found through the link and in the forwarded email below.

http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/students-educators/fidelity-investments-young-artists-competition.aspx

Staff:   I would like to thank and recognize our wonderful Food Service Staff. Again, please take a moment to let them know you appreciate them. I know that I do!

Thank you to: Debbie Abdon, Matthew Barrett, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Sandy Chung-Ruiz, Maryellen Comer, Linda Delaney, Kimberly Demarino, Debbie Devoe, Kimberly Dibona, Barbara Doherty, Kevin Dooley, Sonja Fisher, Jayne Fitzgerald, William Fitzpatrick, Maureen Ford, Alexandra Giokas, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Carol Hunt, Janice Koenig, Sarah Lacombe, Jane Molloy, Elaine Moore Rico, Deborah Mullins, Patricia Newayno, Sheila Paolucci, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Marie Gladys Volmar, Florence Wallage, Patrick Whelan and Sandy Zalios

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Milton Public School parent Ned Corcoran, who was named as the Charles C. Winchester recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. Mr. Corcoran is being celebrated for his commitment to BID-Milton and the community. Mr. Corcoran has been a longtime member of the Milton Foundation for Education and has served as Vice President and as Celebration Co-Chair. He will be honored by BID-Milton at their 2017 Spring Gala on Saturday, May 6th. Congratulations!

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