Milton Public Schools

May 13th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 13•16

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

 Guess who won this year’s Teacher of the Year? To see the winners from each school, scroll down to the “MFE News” item!!

 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

 I would like to remind the community about a wonderful event taking place next month right here in Milton. The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s 7th annual Community 5k Health Walk and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.

We are so fortunate to have such an incredible medical facility in our town, and as the Superintendent, I also consider myself fortunate to have such a strong community partner in the BID-Milton.

The event kicks off with a 5k walk around Milton at 10 a.m. This Community Health Walk generates much-needed awareness for a variety of organizations that provide public health programs and support cardiovascular health through the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Starting and ending at BID-Milton, enjoy a 3.1 mile (5k) walk through the streets of Milton. Beginners can follow the half-mile course around the hospital campus instead, if they choose. Every dollar raised will go towards enhancements to the hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

After the walk, walkers and other guests may visit BID-Milton’s annual health fair and family-friendly entertainment. There will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. For more information, call 617-313-1557. The cost is $5 per walker and employees of BID-Milton and children 12 and under are free! To register, click here.

See you there!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting held since my last E-blast, held on May 11th. That meeting is summarized below:

May 11th: This meeting began with a School Choice Open Public Hearing. School Committee members voted unanimously not to accept School Choice.  As part of the regular meeting, members discussed the New School Committee orientation packet and reviewed the Needs & Priorities list for the budget. The Finance Subcommittee report included a Town Meeting update and a Third Quarter report. Members voted to approve the payment for the School Resource Officer and approved two vendor warrants. As part of the Policy Subcommittee report, members voted to revise the Policy Adoption process.  And members also voted to approve a contract for a Facilities Management Plan as part of the Facilities Subcommittee report. This will be a comprehensive, 20-year plan.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm in the Milton High School Cable Access Studio, Room 245.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Danielle Huebner, Milton High School Latin Teacher:

We can be very proud to have students who have achieve excellent performance on the National Latin Exam again this year. 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!

National Mythology Exam Results:

On the National Mythology Exam this year, even more great news; 13 medalists, two of which were PERFECT SCORES! This is another nationally recognized exam with students who participate from all over the country. Athena Gold Award of Excellence /National Mythology Exam Gold Medal for perfect score: Abigail Files (7th) and Catherine Le (8th). National Mythology Exam Silver Medal: Connor Foley (7th), Shea Flanagan (8th), Michael Daly (8th), Dilruba Manavoglu (8th). National Mythology Exam Bronze Medal: Christopher Le (6th); Nathan Labbe (6th) Victoria William (6th), Abigail Tran (7th), Jack Elliot (7th), Sam Dunnington  (7th), Mary Howley (8th)

National Latin Exam Results:

Intro Level: Seventh graders Brendan Cullen, Abigail Files, Connor Fowley, Colin McMorrow, Evan Trafton, Abigail Tran, Francisco Vu, Aidan Welch. Latin I Level: Gold Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award (8th Graders): Shea Flanagan. Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Dilruba Manavoglu. Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Catherine Le.

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Attention middle school and high school families!  Billy Donovan will be announcing Family ID registration and walk-in registration sessions for middle school students via e-mail. The High School Guidance Department will be sending out information about Summer School in a letter to parents of students who are in danger of failing a class for the year.

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Sargent Chuck Caputo of the Milton Police Department treated the MHS Pre-K children and the Child Study seniors to their annual field trip to the police station. Sgt. Caputo talked to the students about many safety issues before giving the children a tour of the station. Students were also able to hop on the motorcycles, sit in the police cars and watch a demonstration with Officer Kristen and the police dog Fozzie. The children learned so much about the job of a police officer and how to keep safe. Sgt. Caputo has been inviting the Pre-K children for more than ten years now. His own three children went to the MHS Pre-K (Gile Campus) and are currently students at the high school.

 

Sgt. Chuck Caputo gives a tour of the Milton Police Station to the MHS Pre-K students

Sgt. Chuck Caputo gives a tour of the Milton Police Station to the MHS Pre-K students

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The following item was submitted by MHS English teacher Mike Young:

The Milton High’s newspaper’s field trip to The New England Scholastic Press Association’s annual conference at Boston University yielded positive results for the Elephant in the Room as a whole and for key individuals.

Congratulations to the entire staff for winning a “Superior Achievement” journalism award in scholastic editing and publishing for its print/online newspaper.

Loyal staff members who contributed to the newspaper over the past year include: Joshua Kery, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Meredith McGroarty, Shoshanna Onyiriuka, Liam Connolly, Orlane Destin, Nathan Liberty, Zaviara Luc, Matthew McAuliffe, Paige Purcell, Cole Salamone, and Zawadi Tyrell. In addition, “Special Achievement” awards in journalism were earned by Anne Marie Grudem for her “Girls’ Cross Country” cartoon; special contributor Michael Wyatt for his photograph of Bernie Sanders; and Meredith McGroarty for her article “Is Milton Really that Boring?”

Out of a pool of over 600 entries, Milton students’ submissions were chosen for their quality and excellence. That’s talent!

The staff of MHS Newspaper, Elephant in the Room. From left:  Advisor and MHS English Teacher Michael Young, along with newspaper staffers Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Cole Salamone, Nathan Liberty, Orlane Destin, Meredith McGroarty, Josh Kery, Patrick Davoren, Anne Marie Grudem, Andrew Viveiros, Taylor Avery, Kelsey Foran

The staff of MHS Newspaper, Elephant in the Room. From left: Advisor and MHS English Teacher Michael Young, along with newspaper staffers Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Cole Salamone, Nathan Liberty, Orlane Destin, Meredith McGroarty, Josh Kery, Patrick Davoren, Anne Marie Grudem, Andrew Viveiros, Taylor Avery, Kelsey Foran

 

 

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The deadline to register for Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) courses is fast approaching!  Courses are filling quickly, and the deadline to register is May 27, so please register soon!  This summer, we will be incorporating two special events during the MSE day that all children will be invited to attend!  In addition, we’d like to remind you of two new and exciting MSE courses running this summer:

International Chess Master David Vigorito will be teaching chess courses at MSE this summer!  As a reminder, the fee for the Chess course has been reduced to $200.00.  If you have already registered for this enriching Chess course, you will be automatically refunded by UniBank.  If you would like to enroll your child in the Chess course but have already chosen other courses, please email your request to MSE@cunninghamschool.org.  Here are some interesting facts about Chess Master David Vigorito, who will be teaching the course:

  • International Master (IM) David Vigorito is one of the top chess teachers and players in the country
  • ranked in the top 100 tournament players in the U.S. for over 10 years
  • highly experienced trainer of scholastic tournament players
  • coached former National Champions for 7th and 8th grade
  • coached players of all levels up to and including top Grandmasters
  • author of 8 highly acclaimed chess books
  • 2007 Massachusetts Champion and 2009 and 2012 New England co-champion
  • director of Milton’s ‘chess-a-palooza’ tournaments

Mike Lynch will be teaching TV Production courses this summer in our new hi-tech lab!  TV Production Pro is for high school students who have taken the prerequisite course, called Digital Video and/or MHS Wildcat News at Milton High School.  In this course, students will expand upon the basics of TV production, with the introduction of chroma-key technology, more in-depth studio productions, and how to make everything come together in Final Cut Pro. Note that this class is only offered to Milton High School students who have already taken Digital Video and or MHS Wildcat News.

Mike Lynch will also be teaching a course called Intro to TV Production for students entering grades 7-12 who would like to learn the basics to TV production – pre-production planning, how to set up a three camera shoot with lighting, and post-production procedures. Students will be exposed to state of the art high definition equipment that can be found in most TV studios throughout New England.

If you have any questions regarding MSE, please contact Jonathan Redden and Bernadette Butler mse@cunninghamschool.org.

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As many of you have already learned, the video of our Glover ducklings and their mama duck has gone viral! Click this link to view the YouTube video taken of this very sweet annual tradition.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School in partnership with the Parent Solution Parent Coaching will present the movie Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time. The screening will be held at Milton High School in the Charles Winchester Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Please click on the link for ticket information and further details regarding about this important topic.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted to MHS Music Teacher Rebecca Damiani:

Spring cleaning and looking for a place to donate your gently used clothing and housewares? Please support the Milton High School Class of 2017 and donate it to our Savers drive! Items can be dropped off at Milton High School on Saturday, May 14 between 8-11am. Please contact Rebecca Damiani with any questions at rdamiani@miltonps.org

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC has encourages all parents of children with special needs to join us on Tuesday, May 17 at the Glover Library from 7-9pm. We will update you on the progress made working with MPS district as well as our own restructuring efforts to better support you.

MPS Administrator of Pupil Personnel Tracy Grandeau will outline changes being made in the district to better support students with special needs, including organizational structures, programs/services, inclusion and consistency of practices across the district.

You will have the opportunity to tell us what issues are important to you, which will help us plan for next year’s parent workshops as well as identify district priorities in working with MPS administration. Your input is essential to effectively advise and advocate for students with special needs! We will also outline how you may get more involved so we continue to serve as a proactive voice for the special needs community.

Please contact Michelle Connolly with any questions at miltonsepac@gmail.com.

MFE NEWS

Today was a very exciting day in the Milton Public Schools, thanks to the Milton Foundation for Education. This afternoon, we “surprised” staff members in their classrooms with the news that they had been chosen as Teachers of the Year.  This is an incredible honor, both for me as the Superintendent to help give these awards, and for our teachers who receive them.  Many congratulations to:

Milton High School: Richard Guarino:  Adjustment/Guidance Counselor
Pierce: Genevieve Martland:  Language Arts Teacher 
Glover: to be announced
Collicot: Esra Buyukozer: First Grade French Teacher 
Tucker: Soondarie Barker: Kindergarten Teacher 
Cunningham: Sarah Smith, Kindergarten Teacher

Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award: Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies

As we wrap up another successful Teacher Appreciation Week, the Milton Foundation for Education provides several ways for you to express appreciation.

MFE Red Apple Program!

For a $25 individual donation or a $50 class donation, your teacher will receive a special Red Apple certificate and a sincere thank you for sharing the gift of learning.

Your donation will support the MFE Annual Appeal Fund, which provides creative teacher grants each year. To send your teacher a Red Apple, click here or mail your teacher’s name and school together with your name and donation to MFE, P.O. Box 223, Milton, MA 02186.

Teacher of the Year!

While we are honoring Teachers this month, please come to the BEST night of the year…2016 Teacher of the Year Awards!  Bring your students to be inspired by these dedicated teachers! The event will be held Thursday, May 26th at Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. The event begins with a 6pm reception and the awards ceremony begins at 6:30pm.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Neponset River Watershed Association:

Join us at our Watershed Party on Sunday May 15, 2016 from 3-6 PM! Discover the Neponset River Watershed Association, a non-profit organization that works to protect your water, wildlife, and land.  Celebrate the projects that help to improve your neighborhood, and learn how you can get involved. Tickets: $35 regular price; $45 event and discounted NepRWA membership. The price includes delicious appetizers & cocktails, great raffle prizes, eagle viewing station, and music by Matt Browne.

Raffle prizes include:

  • Night away in Boston- includes 1 night stay at Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor & two round-trip water taxi tickets
  • Museum tickets
  • Dorset Hall $25 gift certificate
  • Milton inspired jewelry from Galatea Jewelry
  • 4 Grandstand tickets to Boston Red Sox game with EMC Club access & free parking for one vehicle

Purchase tickets at www.neponset.org/party

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The following item was submitted by Connie Spiros of the Friends of the Milton Public Library:

Calling all Milton Teachers! The Book Shop at the Milton Public Library invites you to end the school year on a high note, by offering your children free books for their summer reading. From Tuesday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 31, the Book Shop will offer a One Free Bag for Teachers Sale!  During that time, teachers from Milton public schools can fill a bag of books for free. Subsequent books are available at half-price, or 4/$1. The Book Shop is sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. Summer shop hours are:  Tuesdays from 10am-2pm, Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm, Fridays from 10am-12pm, Saturdays from 10am-2pm. Bags are provided for you in the shop, so simply identify yourself as a teacher and enjoy the sale! For more information, or to help in the shop, contact cdspiros@comcast.net.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Community Concerts:

“Sing For Their Supper II” Concert to Close MCC Season on May 21stOn Saturday, May 21st at 7pm ten talented opera singers will arrive in Milton, raising their voices in order to raise money for two very deserving local charities.  “Sing For Their Supper II”, a FREE benefit concert, will take place at First Parish of Milton (535 Canton Avenue).  This is the fourth and final concert in Milton Community Concert’s second season. A free-will offering will be taken to support the Milton Food Pantry and Milton Residents Fund.

Following up on the success of last year’s concert, this year’s will feature an entirely new group of singers donating their time and talents as they sing favorites from opera, operetta, and musical theatre: Sopranos Molly Crookedacre, Celeste Fraser, Courtney Huffmann, Barbara Quintilliani, and Elisa Sunshine; Mezzo-sopranos Heather Gallegher and Jessica Grigg; Countertenor Chia Wee Kiat; Tenor Greg Zavracky; and Baritone John Allen Nelson.  There will also be an appearance by Tamara Ryan and Grace Allendorf as they join Elisa Sunshine in the Rodgers and Hart trio “Sing For Your Supper”.  Pianist for this program will be Timothy Steele, music director and producer of Milton Community Concerts.

There is only one performance of this program. Plan to arrive early as seating is unreserved.  Admission is free, and there is ample free parking.  For more information visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com

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The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop of the Milton DPW:

Milton’s Thirteenth Annual DPW Open House
10am-1pm   Saturday, May 14th
DPW Yard – 629 Randolph Ave

The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works. At this fun-filled, free family event, Milton residents can enjoy hotdogs and cotton-candy as they learn about what the Milton DPW does every day to maintain our roads, water, sewage, drainage, and solid waste systems. Children may climb aboard DPW trucks to honk the big horns and marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11.30 am and 12:30 pm.

In addition, the 13th annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented to an individual or organization whose actions exemplify outstanding community service in the public works arena.

In the spirit of reuse and recycling, BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will at the yard, be running a used bike sale from 10am-4pm. Bikes may be donated by bringing them to the DPW yard on Friday May 13th 3 – 6:30 pm and on the event day from 8.30-10am. Proceeds from the sale will be used to promote safe cycling in Milton. Sustainable Milton will also be at the event, helping to give insight to recycling, reuse, and conservation measures to give a new lease on life to unwanted items.

Button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling these keeps hazardous substances out of our waste stream)

Residents wanting to save money on their water bills and conserve water can order rain barrels at our event. Special pricing for Milton residents – ($60/$65) is available. See www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com or call 800-251-2352 for more information There will be no barrels available for pick-up at the event. For those wanting to reduce trash sticker costs and turn yard waste and veggie peelings into soil for the garden, subsidized Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).

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The following item was sent to us by Town of Milton DPW:

There are several roadway projects underway in Milton during the next several days. Roadway construction began on Monday, with crews milling the existing roadway surfaces.

Locations of roadway reconstruction work:

– Randolph Avenue between Brook Road and Centre Street.
– Centre Street between Randolph Avenue and Brook Road.
– Canton Avenue between Blue Hill Avenue and Blue Hills Parkway.
– Hemlock Drive – full length of street.
– Dollar Lane – full length of street.
– Sumner Street between Canton Avenue and Pope Hill Road.

Crews began paving the newly milled roadway surfaces on Wednesday and will continue throughout the week, weather pending. While we will make every effort to keep roadways open to at least one-way traffic at all times, access may be limited for residents at any given time for a short duration while the paving equipment passes each driveway and the new asphalt is rolled. Police details will be onsite to direct local traffic and assist the construction crews. Street parking will be prohibited during roadway construction, 7am to 5pm. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works – Engineering at (617) 898-4900.

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Griffiths of the Forbes House Museum:

Join us for our Spring Fundraiser evening of canapés, cocktails & music on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. The event co-chairs are Georgia Lee and Carla Morey. This fundraiser will take place at The Sugarbaker House, 1015 Brook Road in Milton. Boarding passes for cocktails on the Orient Express are $75 (advance ticket before June 3rd) or $100 full ticket price. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500. For electronic boarding passes, visit: www.forbeshousemuseum.org/orientexpress. For paper boarding passes, mail a check to:  Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams St., Milton, MA 02186 Creative Cocktail Attire Encouraged. For more information or questions, please call 617.696.1815 or e-mail d.griffiths@forbeshousemuseum.org

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! 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 22 – 28:

Friday, May 27, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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 28, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 2-6

Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home! No registration required.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Stunt Planes, Ages 6-11

Join us for a sky-high workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Fly through the basics of flight and aerodynamics, then build your own stunt planes and gliders. 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 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.

VISUAL ARTS

The following item was sent to us by the Milton Art Center:

Allysen Callery will be performing at the MAC on Saturday, May 14th with Will Houlihan of Haunt the House!  Join us for the Boston area CD release event for Allysen Callery’s “Songs the Songbird Sings.” Tickets are just $15 include a free CD! Milton Art Center’s Gallery 334 turns into the South Shore’s most intimate listening space for experiencing some of the finest regional and national musical performers. MAC presents a diverse schedule of performances that you would typically need to travel into Boston or Cambridge to hear. To purchase tickets, click here:

ATHLETICS

Baseball: The team continues to get outstanding pitching performances from Brandon Musto and Sam Jacobsak. The Wildcats lost to Natick and Norwood by the score of 1 -0 this week. Jake Walker pitched the team to victory with a complete game 5-0 shutout of Weymouth. All three starting pitchers have been outstanding all season long. The teams will play the defending State Champions today, Friday at Braintree.

Softball: Milton beat Dedham with a great comeback Tuesday. Milton was down by two in the 5th inning when Samantha Jensen came up and hit a 3 run homerun to put Milton ahead. Fitzgerald’s pitching was able to hold them to no runs in the 6th and 7th inning for the win. Toyias went 3 for 3 at bat to help Milton win by two. Final Score: 10-8. The team will be playing at home today vs. Braintree. The game on Monday vs. Walpole will be Senior Night.

Girls Outdoor Track: The team finished second at the MSTCA Div III Relay Championships on May 1st,  with the girls’ 4XMile relay team shattering the 17-year-old school record by 37 seconds. The record breaking relay team consisted of Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary and Ella Affanato.  On May 4th at a BSC tri-meet, Milton beat Walpole and lost to Wellesley. They had another record-breaking day at the Freshman Sophomore Invitational on May 7th, where Bridget Mitchell broke the meet record in the mile with a winning time of 5:03; and the 4x800M team of Elise O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell, Eliza O’Donnell and Josie Cousineau also broke the meet record with a time of 9:46. Also at this meet, Elise O’Leary won the 400M hurdles and Alexis Daly won the 100M Dash. The team finished up the regular season with a convincing win over Dedham yesterday, where the Milton girls won 16 of the 17 events. The team will be competing this Saturday at Acton Boxborough HS in the Coaches Invitation Meet.

Boys Outdoor Track: The team split a dual meet on Wednesday against Walpole and Wellesley.  The boys defeated Walpole and lost a close one to Wellesley running their record to two and two.  The team is led by the top sprinter and jumper in the league, Smith Charles and by two of the top 800 meter runners Colin Keally and Kyle Dempsey.  The team will be competing on Saturday at BC High in the Coaches Invitational Meet.

Girls Lacrosse: The team has turned around their season winning their last two games against Weymouth 15-5 and Brookline 1 3 – 3. They presently have a 5 – 7 record and are looking forward to the final five games of the season. The game on Monday, May 16th against Canton at home at 7:00pm will be Senior Night. The team looks forward to the excitement that is ahead.

Boy’s Lacrosse: The program is still hard at work and improving with each game.  The players and coaching staff are working to get better each day.  Midfielders Max Fitzgerald and Tommy Noonan have been pacing the team as the top scorers and goalie Bobby Lesenechal continues to make many great saves in goal, while anchoring the team. The program has some important dates coming up, with the Evan Jones Night game on Saturday, May 21st and Senior Night.

Boys Tennis: The Boys Tennis Team suffered their 4th loss of the season to Framingham 2-3.  First Singles players #1: Mike Gates (5-2) and #2: Gianni Rodrigues (5-3) were victorious in the team’s loss.  Both Mike Gates and Gianni Rodrigues will be competing this weekend in the MIAA State Individual Tournament. The boys will be competing today at home vs. Norwood.

Girls Tennis: The team has had a rough start to the season, playing the league’s top competitors. Although we have yet to take a win, the girls continue to have a positive attitude and try hard. Although the season is winding down the team continues to work toward improving each and every day.

Varsity Crew: The team competed in the duals event last weekend on Saturday, May 7th vs. Waynflete, Lowell High School in Milton at the Neponset River. All members of the team had a great showing. The team has this weekend off before their next event the weekend of Saturday, May 21st the Varsity & Novice will be competing in a regatta in Medford.

Rugby: The MHS rugby team continues to enjoy a successful season, undefeated thus far at Varsity and JV levels. Varsity is now 5-0 with recent wins over Wilbraham & Monson Academy, 21-10 and Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 31-10. The JV squad record sits at 3-0-1 with a win last week over Xaverian, 55-5 and a true battle against D1 powerhouse Belmont, 13-13. Next Varsity match will be Milton vs. Brookline, and JV against Blue Hills

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/day/05-11-2016/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: We have very exciting news out of the Cunningham Elementary School. Second grade student Charles Hamblet was a National Student Winner for Continental Math League. He scored a perfect 18 out 18 for the three meets that grade 2 participated in this year!  Very exciting for Cunningham and the Hamblets!

Staff: Congratulations to our own Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, who was recently selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Arts Learning “Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award.” This award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. Dr. Diamond Burdett will be recognized at the 29th Annual Champions of the Arts Advocacy Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:30 in Westborough.

Volunteers: Congratulations to longtime MPS volunteer and MPS parent Elizabeth Thomas! Ms. Thomas was recently selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2016.  Annual Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth. Ms. Thomas is the mother of Pierce student Dominique Thomas and Tucker student Daniel Thomas. For more information on this award, please contact the MCSW office at 617-626-6520 or refer to www.mass.gov/women. Again, we are so pleased for Ms. Thomas!

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

May 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 02•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, May 2, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This week has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Week. From now through Friday, we are asking our MPS families to take a moment to let your child’s teacher know that they are appreciated. Handwritten notes or emails from you and/or your child are a thoughtful way to commemorate this week, and many of our PTOs are organizing school-wide “gestures” to let our teachers know they are valued. Last week, I asked for you to share stories of your favorite teacher memories and I promised to share a few with you. Please enjoy!

“Our family feels very lucky to have Marie Brown as our daughter Victoria’s teacher. She is absolutely the best. She is completely vested in our daughter and is the most amazing teacher we could have asked for. We are ever so grateful for her commitment and care of our daughter.” – Sondra & Kevin Fleming

“My daughter Georgia is in Madame Brown’s first grade class at Glover and there were two things she shared with me about Madame Brown.  One is the fancy apple peeling contraption Madame Brown keeps on her desk.  Not only is Georgia in awe of the contraption’s ability to produce a fancy peel, but it also encourages healthy snacking.  The other tidbit that comes to mind was a beautiful hand written note Madame Brown sent to Georgia for something small Georgia had given her. Madame Brown’s acknowledgment of this small act meant a lot to Georgia.” — Liz Tretinik

While we’re on the topic of teacher appreciation, I’d also like to share a fun and inspiring video which features the Cunningham Elementary School staff. Click below  to watch what happens when an entire staff “gets happy!”

https://youtu.be/qWVUGxz0GK0

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by MPS World Language Director Dr. Martine Fisher:

I am happy to report that for the fourth year in a row, all our DELF students passed the exam. We had exams at three different levels of proficiency this year. We have more and more students taking this international exam every year, with 37 this year. Congratulations to our DELF teacher, Ms. Pons and the following students: Camille Coutant, Kristen Mills, Liam Halloran, Colette Nourie, Shannon Conley, Leah Bohmbach, Zackary Fischer, Isabelle Bongiorno, Michael Wyatt, Lydia Horan, Megan Caljouw, Audrey  Erickson, Julia Blutt, Miller Michaud, Hope Huban, Tyler Volpe-Knock, Emme Cronin, Noelle Maher, Owen Walsh, Emma Heller, Paola Charles, Niamh Lynch, Tim Lynch, Maryanne MacIsaac, Loic Sanges, Sarah Monderer, Margaux  Rose, Hailee Sullivan, Sadie Marcus, Sabrina Najarian, Mariah Conway, Catherine Casaz, Allegra DeNooyer, Anne Grudem, Madeline Scott, Joshua Kery, Ludwig Von Frederique.

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Parents/guardians of incoming Kindergarten students, please note that if your child was fully registered by Friday, April 29th, you will receive an email from Laurie Dunn the first week of May.  This email will contain your child’s school assignment and your child’s screening appointment date and time.  The Kindergarten Screening will be held in the MHS Library on May 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th.  If your child is not fully registered, please contact Jane Barrett at jbarrett@miltonps.org

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Registration for Milton Summer Enrichment is well underway. More than 400 parents/guardians have signed up their children for Milton Summer Enrichment. New offerings this year include chess, Intro to TV Production, Intro to Irish step dancing  and lots of science, science and science! Some courses have filled up, but there are still openings. Please click here to access the registration page.

Also, for those who do not have a computer or who need assistance, there will be a face-to-face registration session on Wednesday, May 4th at Tucker Elementary School from 3:30 to 5:30pm.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School will be one of only a handful of high schools in the state to host a screening of the documentary film, “Screenagers – Growing up in the Digital Age.” This film will be shown at Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and all students are free. To learn more about this film, which was discussed on Good Morning America and featured in the New York Times, Forbes magazine and on NPR, click here. This screening is sponsored by Parent-Solutions Parent Coaching and Milton High School.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING

The following item was sent to us by MHS Business Teacher AJ Melanson:

The Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is pleased to announce its newest fundraiser, Miltonopoly! They are taking Monopoly and Miltonizing it!  All of the spaces around the board will be businesses in Milton.  For a small fee of $200 your business can purchase a space along the board.  Spacing is limited, and will be on a first pay first serve basis.  MHS FBLA will be ordering 350 games; this means your business will reach a family in Milton for 57¢ per family! Funds will be used to help the  team travel to Atlanta to compete at Nationals.

Other advertising opportunities are available as well. Business logos can be featured on the money at a price of $100 per 40 bills (280 bills total), or a business can have their logo featured on ALL of the currency for $600. The back of Deed, Fate or Yellow Cards can display a business logo for $500 apiece.  The center of the board will feature company business cards that can be purchased for $200 or a company logo for $100.

The games will be available for purchase next fall for $25. For more information regarding this fundraiser please e-mail AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org.

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The following item was sent to us by Teresa McDonald of the MHS Key Club:

The Milton High Key Club has been working with the Mass Hospital School in Canton to organize a sock drive for the students there. We will be collecting socks from all the Milton public schools from Tuesday, May 2 until Tuesday, May 10.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

School Lunch Hero Day is Friday, May 6th: 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 6. 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 lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal 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

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

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”. Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to help you prepare.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive helpful hints, 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 Greenwalt, 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 below, 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.

  • Thursday, May 5th from 5-6pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway
  • Thursday, May 12th from 8:30-9:30am at the Collicot Elementary School Cafeteria, 80 Edgehill Road

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling 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. For more information, please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna: email; mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617 980 7343.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

We are very pleased to report that Temple Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills has officially dedicated its new temple. The event was preceded by a Torah parade from Town Hall this past weekend, culminating with a dedication ceremony at the site. This temple’s six-year search for a new home is now over. Mazel tov!

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The folks from the Challenger League wanted to be sure everybody has their schedule for the season. They are still looking for umpires and volunteers. The spring schedule is below and all games will take place at Shields Field on Eliot Street in Milton.

Sun, May 15     4:20-5:50pm
Sun, May 22     4:20 – 5:50pm
Sun, Jun 5        4:20 – 05:50pm
Sun, Jun 12       4:20 – 05:50pm

VISUAL ARTS

Jewelry Workshop at the MAC: Using a wide selection of precut colored glass pieces and fused beads, Michel L’Huillier will help attendees create 2 beautiful mosaic pendants to keep or give as gifts. The workshop, which is open to adults and children (7 or older accompanied by an adult), will be held at the Milton Art Center on June 8, 7-8:30 p.m.  The instructor will supply all materials and no prior experience is required. Cost of the workshop is $60. Please see www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! 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 May 1 – 7:
Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

New name, same program! 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, May 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
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.

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 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

The following update was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

Softball – The girls softball team has been working hard as a team. Jenna Conroy has been dominating at the plate and all three pitchers, Fitzgerald, S. Jensen, and Brink, have been doing a fantastic job. The girls are on the upswing and are looking for more wins throughout the rest of the season.

Boys Outdoor Track – The boys track team has a record of one and zero having defeated Norwood by a score of 84 to 51.  Smith Charles continues to dominate the sprints and jumps with for first place finishes in the meet. The team faces Natick this Wednesday for first place and the Herget division of the Bay State League.

Girls Outdoor Track – The girls track team won the Freshman-Sophomore meet at Newton South this past weekend. They had stellar performances from Clodagh Corcoran, Alexis Daly, Helene Juzyca, Jaleigha Williams and Elise O’Leary as they all won their individual events. Special congratulations to Elise O’Leary who broke the meet record in the 800m. The team is 1-1 in BSC league action so far this season.

Girls Lacrosse – The Milton High School girls’ lacrosse team has had a challenging start to the season so far. The Wildcats fell to Braintree 3-14, Natick 12-21, Newton North 5-19, and Wellesley 3-16. They did, however, celebrate the first victory of the season against North Quincy with a big win of 14-6. Their unified defense is led by Kate Driscoll, Lily Phelan and Julia Collins. Midfielders Julia Scannell and Devin Coulter have been standouts, as have Morgan Begley, Katie Abbott and Anna Mahoney. We look forward to the continued growth and successes of the girls throughout the season and expect great things!

Baseball - Milton baseball is currently 4-3. They have received quality pitching from starters Brandon Musto, Jake Walker, and Sam Jacobsak. They recently won the Quincy Tournament during April Vacation with wins over North Quincy and Weymouth. Next game is Friday 4/29 at Cunningham Park vs. Framingham.

Rugby – Varsity Rugby is off to off strong start, 3-0 so far, with wins over Newport, Hanover, and Marshfield.  Our JV squad is also showing their talent (2-0-1), with wins over Winton Academy from England, Marshfield and a tie against Belmont.  Leading the scoring chart is Seniors Joe Linehan, MJ Stovell, and Juniors Joe Morphin and Malik Cameron.  Upcoming league matches include games against vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Brookline, Lincoln Sudbury and Cambridge. Come out and support our ruggers as they defend their Division 2 Championship title!

Boys Lacrosse - The Milton High Boy’s lacrosse program is still working towards it first victory on the season. The players and coaching staff are working hard to get better each day. The team is determined to continue to compete and that victory will be coming their way.

Boys Tennis The MHS Boys Tennis Team is currently on a 4 game winning streak following their victory yesterday over Braintree and is now 4-1 in the Bay State League. The team continues to be led by singles players Mike Gates, Gianni Rodrigeus & Aiden Johnson.

Girls Tennis – This week the girl’s varsity tennis team played Walpole (away) and Braintree (home). Both matches were 0-5 losses, although the girls played really hard. Adri Estevez played an outstanding match on Monday. After a loss in the first set, she brought second set into a tie breaker. The tiebreaker ended in a loss for Adri, although it was an amazing match and wonderful to see our team come together and support her

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student: I would like to congratulate the following students who were inducted into the Tri-M Society last week at Milton High School. This is a special year for this honor, as 2016 marks 80 years of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The Tri-M Music Honor Society focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Our latest inductees are: Julia Butler, Mariah Conway, Kyle Dempsey, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Lucy Hainline, Tony Hancock, Nick Marinilli, Emily Possi, Hannah Solomon, Katie Steele, Stephen Tan, Alice Truong, Maya Watanabe and Liezel Werner. Hearing  these gifted and talented students perform their musical pieces is always one of my favorite “school events.”

Staff: Please join me in congratulating Eileen Kelleher, Educational Assistant at the Pierce Middle School and John Desmond, Speech Language Pathologist at Glover Elementary in for being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service and Honor Awards recipients respectively. Ms. Kelleher and Mr. Desmond have given over 33 years of service to the Milton Public Schools and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on June 7th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Once again congratulations to our outstanding recipients!

Volunteer: I would like to welcome our two newest School Committee members, who officially began their duties at the April 27th meeting. Dr. Elaine Craghead is an Associate Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), and has more than 25 years of teaching and leadership experience in academia. A Glover parent, she has served as the school’s Box Tops Coordinator. She also volunteers at Milton Public Library’s Book Shop, was a recent guest speaker at Milton Public Library and Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills, and serves as a Precinct 4 Town Meeting Member, and as current Chair of the Milton Cultural Council.

Margaret Eberhardt has been a teacher and an administrator for 23 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in Curriculum Development and Teaching from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. An active Glover, Pierce and MHS parent, Ms. Eberhardt’s third son is currently a junior at Milton High School. She has served as the president of the Glover PTO and Milton Youth Soccer Board, a Cub and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer for the Wakefield Estate, Outdoor Classroom Project and, for the past nine years, as a trustee and past president for the Milton Foundation for Education.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

April 26th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 26•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, April 26, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is the time of year when families across the nation – and right here in Milton – take a moment to recognize their children’s teachers. Next week (May 2-6) week has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Week and we are asking our Milton Public School families to help us celebrate. Please send in your child’s favorite story or memory of a beloved teacher to me (mgormley@miltonps.org) with the subject line “My Favorite Teacher” and I will publish some of these tidbits in my next E-blast!

In the meantime, we still have two very important events to mention. Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 27th) is Administrative Professionals Day. I don’t need to remind any of our MPS families how critically important the roles of our school’s Administrative Professionals are.  Joanne Barker, Annie Dutton, Susan Doyle, Eileen Keaney, Susan Higgins, Sandy Wyse, Maureen Kennedy and Brad Spindle are all invaluable employees of the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in thanking them for their roles in making our schools more pleasant places to visit, learn and work!

And we can all agree that some of our districts unsung heroes can be found in the nurse’s office of each school. Jeanne Sgroi, Allison Joyce, Maureen LeBlanc, Kerri Joyce, Barbara Perry and Margaret Gibbons are all talented, dedicated and caring professionals who make our schools a healthier place to be in each and every day. National School Nurse Day is May 11th and I’m sure all of our school nurses would appreciate a kind word or note of thanks on that (or any other) day.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not encourage all parents and guardians to nominate their favorite teacher for the Milton Foundation for Education’s annual Outstanding Teacher award. Please click here to download the nomination form. Please keep in mind that in order to be eligible for nomination, a teacher must:

1) Have completed three consecutive years teaching at MPS and currently teach at MPS
2) Be aware of and in agreement with this nomination
3) Have not been selected for Teacher of the Year in the past three years.

Please note these are due on Friday, April 29th!!  Thank you and please don’t forget to vote in today’s elections!

CURRICULUM NEWS

Four students from Pierce Middle School recently competed in the Regional Middle School Science Fair at Regis College. Christie Chiappetta, our Middle School Science Coordinator, attended with the sixth grade team of Estelle Renaud and Aoife Ruth, along with two individual entrants — seventh-graders Ana Fahy and Bowen Popkin — and I am thrilled to announce that two of the projects were recognized in the awards ceremony! Anna Fahy received an honorable mention and Estelle and Aoife were among the 2nd place winners.  These two projects have now advanced to the state middle school science fair on June 4th in Worcester.  I would also like to mention that Nicole Hoyceanyls worked with these students this winter to advise them on their projects and help them make edits and revisions to prepare for the regional fair.  She has taught most of our participants in the regional fair over the last two years in 6th grade and seems to be the common denominator in many of our Pierce science fair winners! I am so pleased that science education and student achievement in science at Pierce are advancing at leaps and bounds! Many thanks to Ms. Chiappetta, along with Ms. Hoyceanyls and our elementary- and high-school science coordinators Ms. Tom and Ms. Butler who work in collaboration to achieve these amazing results.

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As I mentioned in a previous E-blast, Sophie Kosiba, Will Kelley, Sofia Porras-Avalos and Adriana Ruiz have been invited to compete at the International Bowl of the Future Problem Solvers in June. Since then, we have learned that two additional students — Mary Mullen and Raina Sohur placed in second and third place at the State Bowl as individuals. This is an amazing accomplishment and I am very, very proud of these students, and their coach, Elementary Librarian Lori Henry.

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More great news! Four young women attended the Wheelock College Youth Symposium Series today. I am very proud of Milton High School students Mikalia Jackson, Imani Walker, Olivia Kelly and Shoilee Banerjee. Our students studied the intersection of “Politics of Race, Gender, and Equity.” Together with their peers, they considered the impact of the topic on their neighborhoods/community, media, schools, and higher education. The keynote speaker was Beverly Bond, TV producer, writer, serial entrepreneur, and philanthropist. This was a wonderful experience for our students. Many thanks to MHS English Teacher Heather Ayres, who accompanied these young women to this event.

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Please note, Milton Summer Enrichment signups begin today at 5:00pm. Please click here to view the course offerings and/or registration page:

GRANT/FUNDRAISING

In the market for a mattress? The MHS Music Department is hosting its Third Annual Mattress Sale on Sunday, May 1st from 10am – 5pm. This event will be held at Milton High School Auditorium and there will be many styles and sizes to choose from.  For a list of mattress brands or any additional information, please contact MHS music teacher Rebecca Damiani at rdamiani@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The folks from the Challenger League wanted to be sure everybody has their schedule for the season. They are still looking for umpires and volunteers. The spring schedule is below and all games will take place at Shields Field on Eliot Street in Milton.

Sun, May 1       04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, May 15     04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, May 22     04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, Jun 5        04:20 PM – 05:50 PM
Sun, Jun 12       04:20 PM – 05:50 PM

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The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition submitted the following item:

Parent Survey Update

Our online Parent Survey is now closed, and we couldn’t be more pleased. Over 700 parents responded, from both public and private Milton schools. That response rate exceeded our wildest expectations. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. We look forward to sharing the results over the summer months. We want to thank the regional Quincy Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for making funding for the data analysis available to MSAPC.

Something of Interest:

Announcing the Inaugural Boston Bulldogs 5k  Run for Recovery 9:00 am on Sunday, May 22nd Franklin Park | Boston  Visit www.bostonbulldogs.racewire.com for online registration and race day info.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! 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 May 1 – 7:

Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5

New name, same program! 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, May 6, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
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.

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 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 is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

April 15th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The past few weeks have certainly been busy ones for our friends at the Milton Foundation for Education. After the rousing success of this year’s Celebration for Education, these busy volunteers are jumping right into their Teacher of the Year Ceremony. This annual event is one of the highlights of the year and is an amazing tribute to our outstanding teachers.  I have attached a nomination form to this E-blast (see item under “MFE” below for more info.) I strongly encourage all parents/guardians to nominate a teacher who has made a difference in their child’s life.  Thank you.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. They are summarized below:

April 6th: This meeting started with a Milton High School Site Council Presentation (Attachment). Mr. Jette, along with Assistant Principal Ben Kelly, Teacher Rep Greg Pullia, Parent Reps Mary Scott and Veronica Guerrero-Macia, and Community Representative Vicky McCarthy came to present the School Improvement Plan. To view this presentation, click here: Next, the committee discussed the potential approval of the Wilson-Kindelan School and the issue of non-employee security badges. Dr. Donahue gave an update on the Long Range Strategic Planning Advisory Subcommittee; and the committee voted to approve vendor warrants. There were first readings of the Home Schooling Policy and the Security Camera System Policy, as well as the approval of minutes before the committee adjourned to executive session.

April 13th: This was the last School Committee Meeting for Chair Mike Zullas and Vice Chair Becky Padera. The meeting began and immediately went into executive session. When they returned to open session, Mr. Zullas reported on the ratification and School Committee vote to approve the MEA and AFSCME contracts. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, the Glover/Tucker Spelling Bee Teams, along with their coaches reported on the success of the spelling bee. Coaches-Debra Fidrocki, Kathleen Powers, Melissa Ahern, Heather Morris and Debbie Muse, along with Glover team Sebastien TranPham, Patrick Kelly, Sadie Ruth, Soraya Drarvish and Roman Padera; and Tucker team Osamudiam Odion-Ukpebor, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Isabella Baylon, Kevin Gomes and Joshua Miscadyn spoke to the School Committee about the event. Mr. Zullas and Ms. Padera were surprised with a visit from the MHS Marching Band and presented with gifts from the administration to thank them for their time on the School Committee. Next, Gerry and Janet Lorden came to speak about the STEM Garden Institute. The issues of Non-employee Security Badges was brought up and members voted to refer the issue to Policy Subcommittee, with several changes to the practice of giving School Committee members security badges. There was an update on the request for School Committee approval of the Wilson-Kindelan School. Dr. Donahue reported that this issue is being addressed in Policy Subcommittee, but the time frame for approval (mid-June) may be unattainable. The committee voted to approve a Vendor Warrant and received a Health and Wellness Subcommittee Report from Ms. Bagley Jones. The committee also approved three sets of minutes before adjourning to executive session. The next meeting will be held April 27th (reorganizational meeting) at 7 pm in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden and Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, both of whom will be co-directing this summer’s Milton Summer Enrichment program:

The wait is over!  The Milton Summer Enrichment 2016 brochure is ready. Please take a look at all the courses and their descriptions. This year we have quite a few new offerings to be excited about. Please use this link to view the brochure –  MSE2016 

Online registration will begin on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to mse@cunninghamschool.org.

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 The following item was sent to us by Paul Arenberg, a retired MPS teacher who now coaches our Milton High School LifeSmarts Team:

The Milton High School LifeSmarts Team and I had a very rewarding experience at the 2016 Nationals in Denver. While competing, Captain Nolan Carvahlo and Sindu Banerjee, Liam Chase, Harry Kong and Brandon Musto demonstrated a strong depth of consumer knowledge and they remained competitive during all eight events. Heading into the final three buzzer matches, random seeding pitted Milton again tough opponents (including two teams that finished in the final four). Disappointingly the team was unable to achieve their goal to finish on top. Individually, Nolan Carvahlo was recognized as having the second highest individual score on the written Consumer Rights exam.

In addition to the tournament, the students and I were able to visit many Denver sites, including the Museum of Natural History and Science, the State Capitol, the U.S. Mint, and Dinsosaur Ridge, located in the foothills of the Rockies.

We are very grateful for the MTA Grant, along with a travel stipend for winning the Massachusetts competition, a travel stipend for presenting Safety Smarts to the integrated Pre-K and Tucker and Glover after-school programs, and donations received through the team’s fundraising efforts.

I am very proud of each member of our LifeSmarts Team. They demonstrated admirable sportsmanship and carried themselves with a confident and respectful demeanor while interacting with other teams, coaches and judges from all over the country.

As the Milton High School community knows, Nolan, Sindhu, Liam, Harry and Brandon are intelligent, hardworking, personable young men with exceptional potential. I have enjoyed serving as their LifeSmarts Coach during Nancy’s medical leave. I am privileged and grateful to have had the opportunity to accompany them to Denver.

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The following item was sent to us by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

 Earlier this month, freshmen from both Milton High School and Fontbonne Academy were entertained with a theatrical performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Charles Winchester Auditorium in Milton High.  As part of our grade 9 curriculum all students read Shakespeare’s timeless play, and as has become the tradition, the capstone activity is seeing the live production, performed by the Shakespeare Now theatre company.  The production is generously sponsored each year by MPACE, who graciously donate funds for our students to see this play as well as a variety of other art-themed activities throughout the year.

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The following item was submitted by the Milton Junior Women’s Club member Sarah Howes:

Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarships Available:  The Milton Junior Woman’s Club invites Milton residents graduating from high school to apply for scholarships for further education. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who plan to enter schools or colleges in 2016, and are not limited to four year accredited programs.   The Milton Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide members the opportunity to socialize and make friends, and to make a difference in our community and in the lives of others. Money raised throughout the year by the club enables it to fund the scholarship program, particularly the annual Milton Road Race held each May.   Applications are available through your school guidance office.  Applications consist of a form, a school transcript, letters of recommendation and a brief personal statement. As a community organization, Milton Junior Woman’s Club will award scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills and community involvement.   Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Scholarships will be awarded by May 31st  2016.   For application forms or additional information contact your school guidance counselor, our website: www.miltonjuniorwomansclub.com or Amy Caldwell at aj.caldy@gmail.com.

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The following item was sent to us by Transportation Director Jake Smith:

On April 12th and 13th, the chosen members the 5th grade at each Milton elementary school, under the direction of MPS Director of Transportation Jake Smith and Diana Dias of the American Automobile Association (AAA), were trained and sworn in as official members of the MPS Safety Patrol.  Members were taught safe techniques for assisting other students in arriving and departing the school every day, while also learning about their responsibility as leaders of the school.  After taking the Safety Patrol Pledge, students were given safety patrol belts and badges, to wear while they are on patrol.  AAA is celebrating the 95th year of the Safety Patrol Program, which was started in 1920 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Through the town’s partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Milton was able to have the training and materials provided free of charge by AAA.  The patrols will begin after April vacation. Congratulations to the following members: Collicot: Stephanie Needham, Darcy Lefever, Caroline Driscoll, Daniel Cherry, Lucy Liberidis and Michael McDonnell. Cunningham: Lily Lane, Samantha McGillivray, Sienna Angus, Kiera Glazer, Anthia Davis, Mason Eng, Brady Quinn and Abigail Taugher. Glover: Adam Murray, Kyra Geyling, Daniel Hipp, Kate Schewe, Clara Johnson, David Sutter, James Carroll, Michael Duffy and Omar Ramadan. Tucker: Amira Wallace, Joanna McPherson, Gabe Glover, Harlan Lundgren, Emily Gallagher, Kristian Harrell Hartfield, Jessica McHayle and Ada Unamka.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The following item was submitted by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan and MPS Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke:

The district calendar includes a schedule for early release days each school year for the purpose of providing Milton educators with high quality professional development defined by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as “a set of coherent learning experiences that is systematic, purposeful, and structured over a sustained period of time with the goal of improving teacher practice and student outcomes.” Professional development may be school-based and focused on individual school goals, or there may be a topic that is applicable to all educators across the district.

During our most recent early release day on April 6th, approximately 360 MPS educators enjoyed a unique experience. All participated in an event known as the World Café, which is a very engaging and increasingly popular methodology for facilitating large group discussions on important topics or key questions.

Sixty tables were set up in the Milton High School field house, café style, where all gathered to engage in dialogue about cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, and working effectively in cross-cultural classrooms. A district committee of teachers and administrators planned this event with Milton resident and educational consultant Dr. Dennis Slaughter to gain a deeper understanding of cultural competence and to improve teaching practices. The district is committed to providing additional professional development opportunities on this important topic and how it relates to student achievement. Feedback from district staff indicated that the World Café was a great success!

The World Cafe is the first in a series of events and professional development opportunities that the newly formed committee has established.  Others include:

  • Identifying strengths and areas for improvement with regards to inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity (this includes collecting and analyzing data of our minority students in order to improve outcomes for all)
  • Creating a long term plan to address areas for improvement with regards to inclusion, cultural competency, and diversity
  • Supporting programs already in place that promote and support students of color
  • Recruiting minority candidates to fill open positions throughout the district
  • Providing a system of supports for faculty of color in order to improve retention of a diverse faculty
  • Celebrating our diversity throughout MPS
  • Improving our efforts to close the achievement gap

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School student Emily Dobrindt:

The drive is all over now!  My friend Emme Schewe and I sorted the donated clothes together over the weekend and between the two of us it took 12 hours!  C2C has very strict standards for what clothes they will accept, so the clothes that were not able to go to C2C were donated to Big Brother Big Sister. After the sort we delivered the bags to the pick up areas that C2C will go to to pick up the bags and to the donation area for Big Brother Big Sister. Thank you all for your help with everything and incredible generosity, I could not have done this without all of you. We collected so many clothes during the drive– almost 2000 total between C2C and Big Brother Big Sister. For C2C we collected 874 articles of clothes for girls and 655 articles of clothes for boys. We also collected other items such as hats, bathing suits, and gloves, getting 188 of these items. For Big Brother Big Sister we collected 255 tops, towels and sheets, pants, shoes, and hats. All together we received 62 bags of clothes to donate to both organizations, 53 of them going to C2C and 9 to Big Brother Big Sister. Milton is such a generous town, the bins at the schools were overflowing and some people also dropped donations off at my house. Thank you all for making my spring service project an amazing success, I really appreciate it. Many, many children will be helped and that feels good.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

The months of April and May will find many students around the district involved in PARCC and MCAS testing. The following tips for parents were adapted from the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) program.

Have conversations about the test: Make sure to discuss the test openly and in a positive way with your child, and encourage your child to do the best work possible. However, don’t pressure them. Your child should be relaxed about taking the test, not stressed out. Ask your child how they are preparing for the test, and how you can help them to prepare. Reassure them by telling them that you are proud of their effort.

Ask your kids if they experience test-taking anxiety, and tell them that it’s normal: Remind your child to stay positive during the test and to think positive thoughts like “I can do this!” Tell your child if he or she is feeling stressed or freezes up, to take a few deep breaths or to imagine a peaceful place like the beach or park. If you are anxious about your child’s test, don’t let them know it. Help your child learn how to relax.

Have realistic expectations about your child’s performance while encouraging their best efforts: Emphasize that the test is only one measure of academic performance, and does not determine a person’s intelligence or worth. Tell your child that you will love them just the same, no matter how they do on their test, but that it is important to do their best.

Encourage your child to study, and make sure they have a well-lit and quiet area to do so: Regular study time can help your child prepare for tests and develop a routine to feel comfortable on any test-taking days.

More helpful tips:

  • On the day of the test, make sure your child is rested, eats a good breakfast, and arrives to school on time.
  • Know testing dates, and be sure to not schedule any sort of appointment for those days.
  • The night before, make sure that your child gets to bed early enough and gets a good night’s sleep. Adequate rest does make a difference! If your child is a restless sleeper, take them to do something active earlier in the day.
  • Nutrition also influences how well children do on a test-make sure your child gets a good meal, but not too heavy of a meal.
  • Send them off to school wearing comfortable clothing for long test-taking periods.
  • Keep an eye out for test results and meet with your child’s teacher to determine areas where your child can improve.
  • Keep an eye out for your child’s test results and teach your child to learn from their mistakes.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher to determine what areas your child need to improve in, and what sort of activities you can do at home to help them do better next time.

Contact information: email: mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617-980-7343

MFE NEWS

The Board of the Milton Foundation for Education invites all members of the Milton Public Schools community to nominate a teacher for our OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD PROGRAM, also known as TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Since 2001, the MFE has recognized the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by celebrating a teacher from each school for their dedication and determination to bring quality educational experiences to our students. To date, over 100 teachers have received this honor to date. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who show the ability to promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  Please use the attached nomination form to submit your nomination.  We look forward to hearing from all members of our school community, both young and seasoned, and learning about all of the amazing work of the teachers who inspire Milton students every day.

There is a nomination form attached to this email. Please download it and return your nominations by deadline of April 29th.

FOOD SERVICE

Featured Recipe: Kale Crunchers

Dear Families,

We offer monthly a unique spin to the traditional potato chip: it’s made from the highly nutritious and extremely popular green, leafy vegetable, Kale! Kale is a hardy vegetable, available fresh during the cold, winter months and is often seen in various soups, salads and sautéed dishes. Kale deserves the spotlight because it’s a fantastic source of vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and integral for bone health  and calcium, which is also crucial for bone health, as well as muscle functioning . In addition, this nutrition powerhouse is a great source of vitamin A, which is vital for vision, and vitamin C, which is important for boosting your immune system and helping absorb iron from food . To increase kale’s “superstar status” even more, kale provides a large amount of antioxidants, which are compounds that neutralize free radicals often associated with such chronic diseases as heart disease and cancer and created by natural body metabolism and environmental exposures . So, give this easy, tasty snack a try! Chances are, you’ll enjoy it as much as your body does!

Kale Chips

1 head of kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 Tbsp olive oil
Table salt, for sprinkling (approximately a pinch or 1/8 tsp)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Based on personal preference: feel free to remove kale stem or not. Cut or tear washed and dried leaves into 1½ – 2 inch pieces. Place kale pieces into medium-sized mixing bowl. Add olive oil to kale pieces and, with clean hands, toss until all the pieces are coated evenly. Single layer kale pieces on a baking sheet and bake for about 6 minutes. Turn leaves over to ensure even cooking. Cook for another 4 – 6 minutes or until crisp. Let cool for 5 minutes and lightly sprinkle table salt over chips. Serve and enjoy!

Yield: 4, ½ cup servings  Prep time: 10 min  Cooking time: 12 min  Price/serving: .48¢Per serving : Calories: 78  Total fat (saturated fat): 7 g (1 g)  Sodium: 93 mg  Fiber: 1.3g

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Offers Community Health Grants

Grant applications due May 6

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) is offering mini-grants in amounts ranging from $500 up to $1,500 to local service agencies, non-profit organizations, Boards of Health, coalitions and community groups to address specific community health needs outlined in the hospital’s 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Last year the hospital provided $9,000 in mini-grants to seven local organizations, including Milton High School, Girl Power, Joanna’s Place, Point Webster Middle School, Randolph Senior Center, South Shore YMCA and Quincy Public Schools. Grant applications are available through the hospital, and applicants should submit proposals which use proven or promising practices to improve primary care, disease prevention and/or health promotion for vulnerable populations with a focus on at least one of the following issue priorities:

  • Provide access to affordable, community-based medical or preventive services, particularly for seniors;
  • Offer educational programs and/or screenings to address chronic disease prevention and education that impacts vulnerable populations;
  • Increase awareness of substance abuse as a growing health problem with a focus on education and prevention;
  • Enhance community knowledge of mental health as a primary health issue and promote available mental health resources and supports;
  • Develop programming that addresses health education around obesity and nutrition;
  • Improve access to care by promoting existing public transportation options.

Applications must be for programs in BID-Milton’s market area of Milton, Randolph, Quincy, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Canton, Braintree or Weymouth, and are due Friday, May 6.

Grant applications may be downloaded from the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org. For more information call Robert McCrystal, director of communications, at 617-313-1590

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The following item was sent to us by our colleagues at the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office:

As you know, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office works closely with our partner non-profit, the Norfolk Advocates for Children (NAC) located in Foxborough.  The NAC assists children who experience physical, sexual and domestic abuse to ensure that services are available to these victims and their family members in Norfolk County.

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  The NAC is hosting a 5K road race on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. to raise awareness about Child Abuse. Please support this very worthy cause!

Register at www.NAC5k.racewire.com

$25.00 before April 15, 2016 | Kids under 12 (FREE)

5K RACE

www.norfolkadvocatesforchildren.com

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

Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual Science on State Street Science Festival. This event will be held Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00am – 2:00pm on the Framingham State University Campus. What do you call a Saturday full of fun, family, and learning? Framingham State University calls it the Science on State Street Festival, and we’re hoping you’ll join us. Learners of all ages are invited to engage in exciting science and engineering activities stationed across the University’s green, leafy campus, including hands-on experiences in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics, and engineering, as well as stunning HD planetarium programs.

Featured presentations include a live sky planetarium presentation for children 5 and younger at 10am, followed by shows for all ages throughout the day. As you walk the campus you’ll discover a do-it-yourself Rube Goldberg Machine facilitated by FSU students, opportunities to build a battery, to experience the colorful delights of chemistry, to interact with exotic insects, to program a robot, to meet the author of the new children’s book “The Secret Case of the Space Station Stowaways”, and much, much more!

And it all happens between 10:00am and 2:00pm on Saturday, April 23 along the FSU quad, the O’Connor parking lot, and the McAuliffe Center. For more info, click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Sustainable Milton:

Green Homes Fair Save the date Sat, April 23rd: In celebration of Earth Day, Sustainable Milton will once again host our popular Green Homes Fair on Sat afternoon, April 23, 2016 at Cunningham Hall.  The Milton Green Home Fair is a bi-annual event (held in April) sponsored by Sustainable Milton. Milton Green Homes Fair is an enjoyable, educational and informative event for the whole family. The Fair has fun activities for children and valuable information and presentations from a wide variety of local vendors.

Our aim is to provide residents and businesses with a range of products and services that reduce a consumer’s environmental impact, from proprietors who have a local presence or Web-based business to decrease travel emissions and support the local economy and include sustainability as part of their DNA. For more info, click here.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! 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 April 24 – 30:

Friday, April 29, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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, April 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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 update was sent in by MPS Athletic Director Alex Campea:

The Spring Athletic Season has been a challenge as most teams have been working hard indoors in the Copeland Field House as they prepare for the good weather that  all teams hope lies  ahead. The coaches, athletes and fans are all excited and look forward to the spring sports season ahead.

Congratulations to Senior, Kendall Van Allen as he has been selected as a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.  This award comes from the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the foundation.  Kendall will be honored on Sunday May 15th at the Newton Marriott. Kendall is truly a gifted young man with excellent academic and athletic skills, but most importantly he is gentleman and represents Milton with such poise and grace.  His contributions to the team this season were a major factor to the team’s success.

Congratulations to Coach Tom Shaw, as he has been selected by the MIAA as the recipient of the 2016 MIAA Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year. This award is based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community, and coaching credentials. The award will be presented to Coach Shaw at the 6th Annual Coach of the Year & Student Athlete Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 26th at The Doubletree Hotel in Milford.

Congratulations to Swim Coach, Eileen Heller as she has been selected by the Eastern Mass Swim Coaches Association to receive the Meritorious Service Award. The award will be presented at the Annual Banquet on May 1st. Head Coach, John Zitz nominated Coach Heller for this award.

On Saturday, April 30th from 12noon to 4pm, the Milton High School Student Government will be sponsoring “Putting for Patients “ in the Copeland Field House. This event will raise money for Pediatric Cancer. All proceeds will go directly to the Jimmy Fund. Cost to participate is $ 10.00 and all are welcome to take part in this very worthy event.

  • Calling all volunteers! The Challenger League is seeking volunteers to help the kids on the field. Games are generally Sundays, 3:30pm at Shields Park. You must be at least a freshman in high school. Please reply, even if you have volunteered for us in the past, if you are interested. We are compiling a fresh list. Many thanks and spread the word. Special thanks to Elliot PT for sponsoring the beautiful new volunteer tee shirts. The Challenger League welcomes players of all genders 6-18 years old, with any special need. For more information, please visit the website at: http://miltonnationalll.com

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I am so pleased to recognize Sophie Kosiba, Will Kelley, Sofia Porras-Avalos and Adriana Ruiz from Cunningham, all of whom have been invited to compete at the International Bowl of the Future Problem Solvers from June 1-5 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. This is an amazing accomplishment and I am very, very proud of these students, and their coach, Elementary Librarian Lori Henry.

Staff:   I am very happy to announce that Milton High School physics teacher and coach Tom Shaw was nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2016 MIAA Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year Award.  His selection was based upon excellence of character, impact upon students and community, and his coaching credentials.  He was selected from all nominations by a screening committee of MIAA Coaching Education Instructors. The Coach of the Year Award will be presented to Tom Shaw at the Sixth Annual Coach of the Year and Student Athlete of the Month Recognition Banquet on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford, MA (11 Beaver Street).  A reception prior to the banquet will begin at 6:00pm.  The actual banquet will begin at 7:00pm.  As a result of this honor, Coach Shaw will also be the Massachusetts nomination to the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) Section I Coach of the Year Award for 2016-2017.  Congratulations to Tom Shaw on his accomplishments and this prestigious honor!

Volunteers: As I mentioned above in the School Committee update, this week marked the last meeting for School Committee Chair Mike Zullas and Vice Chair Becky Padera. I would like to honor and recognize both of these individuals for their work on behalf of the Milton Public Schools. Mr. Zullas served as both chair and vice chair of the committee. He was a member of the negotiation team subcommittee; policy subcommittee, finance subcommittee and transportation and traffic safety subcommittee, along with other subcommittees. He was a strong advocate for free 13-year education, maintained a strong liaison with the Board of Selectmen and Town Hall and initiated a move towards town and school consolidation. His commitment to public education and vision of excellence for of our students have benefited all of us. Ms. Padera served as vice chair, as well as co-chair of the Wellness Subcommittee. She also was a member of the negotiation team subcommittee and served as the School Committee rep to the MFE, MPEG and MASC , where she represented Milton at the state conference. Ms. Padera has been a strong advocate for social emotional learning and health and wellness, middle school sports. She is the person most responsible for our expansion of preschool and free Full Day Kindergarten. She has also been a voice in support of elementary art, physical education, music and Future Problem Solvers. I am deeply grateful to Ms. Padera for her work on behalf of Milton families, students, staff and teachers.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

March 30 E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 30•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  March 30, 2016

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FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you have already heard, the Milton School Committee has voted to approve free Full Day Kindergarten for all Milton Public School students, effective in the fall of 2016.

This exciting news is a result of the hard work and support of many people in our town and still requires the approval of Town Meeting in May. I would like to recognize members of the Warrant Committee, who recommended funding which will allow us to eliminate tuition. The bulk of the funding is coming from free cash for one year and will be replenished by additional Chapter 70 education aid from the state in future years.

The decision to fund Full Day Kindergarten is one that will have a huge impact on our students for many years to come. I am grateful to all of those who helped to make this happen.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been once School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on March 16th. That meeting is summarized below:

March 16th: This meeting began with the introduction of the Milton High School Life Smarts Team, Sindu Banergee, Nolan Carvalho, Liam Chase, Harry Kong and Brandon Musto, along with Coach Paul Arenburg. Please see my item below (under “Curriculum News”) about the team’s fundraising efforts. Next, there was a presentation from the Cunningham Elementary School site council. Principal Jonathan Redden, along with the site council, presented its School Improvement Plan. To view this presentation, click here:

The committee then voted to approve the FY17 budget, which included the provisions for tuition-free Full Day Kindergarten. They also reviewed the DESE End-of-Year audit report, approved vendor warrants  before adjourning to executive session. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 6th at 7 pm in the Milton High School cable studio in Room 245.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: There will be an early release day on Wednesday, April 6th to allow for Professional Development in all of our schools.

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We have extremely exciting news to share. Milton High School senior Mairead Dambruch earned both silver and gold medals in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is a national competition which recognizes talented students from across the country. Nearly 320,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year and less than 1 percent receives a medal! Mairead has been invited to attend a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 2nd.  We are very proud of Mairead for this extraordinary achievement and would like to also congratulate art teachers, Karen Hughes and Kassandra Aloe, as well as Mairead’s family and those who have encouraged her artistic talent for years.

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We have another gold medal winner! Ishan Shukla, a junior at Milton High School, was recently notified that he has won the Congressional Gold Medal Award. This is an award for young Americans, established by the US Congress in 1979 to “recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people.” It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive program open to all 13 ½ to 23-year-olds. The Congressional Award recognizes the setting and meeting of goals in four program areas: Voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. Based on time commitments to each of the areas, participants earn Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Certificates; and Bronze, Silver, or Gold Congressional Award Medals. We are very proud of Ishan for earning the gold.

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I’m pleased to share the news that Milton High School will be hosting the 2016 SEMSBA Festival (South Eastern Massachusetts School Bandmasters Association) on Friday April 8, and Saturday April 9th. The SEMSBA festival encompasses chorus, band, jazz band and orchestra. Students who participate have auditioned and been selected for this event. This is wonderful honor for the Milton Public Schools, but also a great undertaking.  Milton High School will be the two-day host to 310 music students from all across the southeastern part of the state plus teachers, chaperones and parents. Please refer to my February 11th E-blast for a complete list of names of MHS students who qualified.

FAME will be offering water and snacks for rehearsal breaks on both Friday and Saturday and the concerts on Saturday and they desperately need your help!!

We are asking interested parents to consider giving an hour of time to make the experience for these students pleasurable one. Please contact Noreen Diamond Burdett (nburdett@miltonps.org) if you are interested in volunteering.

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Congratulations and best wishes to our MHS LifeSmarts team. The team was recently congratulated at School Committee for their recent success, which earned them the title of Massachusetts state champions and will allow them to compete at Nationals in Denver next month. LifeSmarts is a consumer literacy event, sponsored by the National Consumers League. At competitions, teams are tested on their knowledge of personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, as well as technology and the environment.  The team has created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for their trip to Denver. To donate, please click here:

Best of luck to this team, along with their coach, Paul Arenberg.  It should also be noted that part of the LifeSmarts mission is to educate younger students. To that end, the team visited Eileen Mullen’s Pre-K classroom at Milton High School recently. Please read the item below from Ms. Mullen:

Life Smarts Team at MHS presents to MHS Pre-K Program — Safety Smart Ambassador and Life Smarts team member Liam Chase recently presented a fabulous lesson called “Safety Smarts” to the Gile Campus Pre-K Program, morning and afternoon classes. Liam delivered lessons on two separate days involving our environment and health and safety. Our four- and five-year-olds learned so much in a fun interactive way. We appreciate Milton High School’s Life Smarts Team for offering to share their expertise with our little ones. This is another example of how lucky our Pre-K children are to participate in and be provided with such fabulous resources here at MHS!

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On Tuesday, March 29th, 17 Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.

“I could not be more proud of this group of students,” said AJ Melanson, Milton High School teacher and FBLA Advisor. “Our senior leadership is tremendous, and all of the students’ hard work and effort paid off. We have amazing students at MHS, and it is a privilege to be their adviser!”

The following students earned top honors: State Champion in Accounting: Calvin Luong; State Champions in Global Business: Andy Arcieri and Tim Walsh; State Champion in Publication Design: Harry Kong; State Champion in Social Media Campaign: Harry Kong; Second Place Business. Communications: Brandon Musto; Second Place Economics: Harry Kong; Second Place Marketing: Andy Arcieri and Brandon Musto; Second Place Sports and Entertainment Management: Chris Caputo and Peyton Carvalho; Third Place in Publication Design: Colin Keally and Brandon Musto.

Prior to the leadership conference Peyton Carvalho and James Tran qualified for nationals in FBLA Life Smarts by finishing in the top twelve in the nation in the Fall FBLA Life Smarts Challenge. Milton FBLA Adviser, AJ Melanson, won the award for Outstanding Adviser in Massachusetts. These students and Mr. Melanson have qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia June 29th – July 2nd.

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The following item was sent to us by Deanna Griffiths, Assistant to the Director, Forbes House Museum:

The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. Continuing the tradition started by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924, the Forbes House Museum invites students in grades K-8 to participate in the contest, which provides youth an opportunity to express their creativity while cultivating an appreciation of President Lincoln’s life and legacy.  The contest is a highly anticipated signature event for the museum, which has received thousands of entries from area students since the re-launch of the annual program. The essays and drawings were judged by a member review committee comprised of members of the FHM Board of Trustees and Lincoln Committee, along with local educators and Civil War experts. The committee members are: Jeffrey Bernier, Rich Elam, Mary Ellen Geary, Denise Gilardone, Susan Lachevre, Anne Malone, Kenny Richardson, Harry Robinson, Joann Sacco, Pat Suhrcke and Mary Wendell.

An awards ceremony to recognize the contest winners will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Milton Public Library in the Keys Room. All are welcome to attend.  Please RSVP at 617.696.1815 or info@forbeshousemuseum.org by Friday, April 8, 2016 to confirm attendance for the winning student and her/his family.  The winners are as follows:

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

 Kindergarten: First Place: Hannah Mattivello; Second Place: Ella Bowden; Third Place: Siofra Faherty; all of Cunningham School. Grade One: First Place: Bosa Mwosa, Cunningham School; Second Place: Lila Asanza, Cunningham School; Third Place: Esme Neugebauer, Collicot School. Grade Two: First Place: Reagan Vaughan, Collicot School; Second Place: Taya Miller, Cunningham School; Third Place: Mary Lovett, Cunningham School. Grade Three: First Place: Sydney Wilmot, Collicot School; Second Place: Sophia McFadden, Cunningham School: Third Place: Maggie Mullen, Collicot School. Grade Four: First Place: Lucy Asanza, Cunningham School; Second Place: Tanner Sutherland, Glover School; Third Place: Grace Analetto, Cunningham School. Grade Five: Third Place: Katie O’Toole, Cunningham School.

More details about the museum, tours, special events and the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest can be found on the Forbes House Museum website at http://www.forbeshousemuseum.org

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The following item was submitted by Jake Smith, Director of Transportation for the Milton Public Schools:

I would like to congratulate all of the applicants for the Milton Public Schools Safety Patrol. All of the applicants wrote very nice essays and I had some tough decisions to make.  Two students from each 5th grade homeroom were chosen.  The following students were selected as members of the 2015-2016 MPS Safety Patrol:

Collicot: Stephanie Needham, Darcy Lefever, Caroline Driscoll, Daniel Cherry, Lucy Liberidis, Michael McDonnell. Cunningham: Lily Lane, Samantha McGillviray, Sienna Angus, Kiera Glazer, Anthia Davis, Mason Eng, Brady Quinn, Abigail Taugher. Glover: Adam Murray, Kyra Geyling, Daniel Hipp, Kate Schewe, Clara Johnson, David Sutter, James Carroll, Michael Duffy, Omar Ramadan. Tucker: Amira Wallace, Joanna McPherson, Gabe Glover, Kristian Harrell, Jessica McHayle and Adachukwu Unamka.

This is a great honor and privilege, as these students have been chosen to serve their school community, assist their teachers, and help other students arriving and departing from school. In the next few weeks, the MPS Safety Patrol will have the opportunity to train with a representative from AAA (American Automobile Association), who will visit each school and teach Safety Patrol members about techniques they can use to help others be safer in their school environment.  As a member of the Safety Patrol, students will be assisting teachers with arrival and dismissal at an assigned post at their school.

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Fat tires will soon be rolling through Milton, now that Milton High has a mountain-bike team. Students on the team will compete against 40 other schools at bike races in April and May. The team is self-funded, and many students still need bikes and helmets to compete. There are also opportunities for businesses to sponsor the team. Those who are interesting in helping should contact the Mountain Bike coach, Dave Mills, at dmills@miltonps.org

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The following item was sent to us by Lori Henry, Elementary Librarian:

 I am excited to announce that Collicot Elementary School will be joining all the other schools in the district to celebrate Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day on Tuesday, April 12th. D.E.A.R. Day falls on Beverly Cleary’s birthday and is a national celebration designed to encourage a love of reading.

I am asking for your support in participating in this fun event. For 30 minutes on April 12th I hope everyone will drop everything and read, staff members included (exact time to be determined). We’ll be talking about the event in library class so that students will be aware of it and can think about what they plan to read before April 12th. The goal is to have fun, relax, drop everything and read.Thanks in advance for your support. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. Happy Reading!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Although the month of March is drawing to a close, there are still opportunities to see and hear some of our talented students’ work. Please note the following art fairs/concerts occurring this week:

March 30     Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Milton High School
March 31      Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Collicot & Tucker Schools
March 31      In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Glover School.
April 1           Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7, Pierce Middle School

ON THE AIR

The Milton Public Schools have been fortunate to partner with the talent and expertise of the folks at Milton Access Television to improve communication with our parents/guardians by producing education-based programming. As part of this effort, we will be piloting two programs on Milton Access Television of interest to our MPS families: The College Process, and Concussions.  Both of these programs will be available to be viewed online on Friday by clicking here.  I would like to thank and recognize Guidance Director Karen Cahill, along with Guidance Counselors Lisa Spinelli, Scott Devlin, Leonice Bernard and our Athletic Director Alex Campea for their work on The College Process; and also thank Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris, and Dr. Amy Brown, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, for their work on Concussions. We hope to produce more programming focusing on issues relevant to our families in the future. To suggest topics, please contact me at mgormley@miltonps.org  with your ideas.  Many thanks to Mike Lynch, Executive Director of Milton Access Television, and his team, for helping to turn our educators into television personalities!  We will be working on The Importance of Early Literacy for our next topic.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

One of our Pierce 8th graders, Emily Dobrindt, has organized a fantastic fundraiser to benefit Cradles to Crayons. From March 28th through April 1st, there will be drop-off bins in all six Milton Public Schools. Emily is hoping to collect lightly used or new clothes and shoes for children 12 and under. The donations will be used to help children in need. Any questions regarding donations should be directed to emily@dobrindts.com

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Attending Legislative Action Conference: I had the honor of attending the Legislative Action Conference this past month.  One thousand food service directors and industry partners were in attendance at the conference. This June will mark the 70th anniversary of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA), named after Sen. Richard B. Russell from Georgia who is considered to be the father of the legislation.  Many changes have occurred through regular reauthorizations, or legislation that amends this law.  There have been almost two dozen reauthorizations over the past 70 years, as well as changes enacted in legislation.

School breakfast and lunch are permanently authorized.  That means no Congressional action is needed to keep things as they are.  These programs also receive mandatory funding, so we are not subject to the annual appropriations process.  But other parts of the NSLA and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (a complementary bill that includes, among other things, school breakfast) go away after a date set in the law.  Without Congressional action, these sections disappear. Congress uses this deadline as an opportunity to make many changes in the basic laws governing school meals and the other programs authorized by the acts.

Traditionally, Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) occurred every four years.  But back in 1998, they shifted to a five year reauthorization.  In 2004, once again they chose a five year reauthorization so it wasn’t an issue during elections, and again, Congress failed to get the work done on schedule and the legislation was enacted in 2010.  We know that bill as the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).  Congress enacted another five year reauthorization, requiring action in 2015. This bill regulates all food made available to children in public schools from midnight to thirty minutes after the last school bell of the day.

This bill passed on September 30, 2015, until Congress enacts a CNR, all provisions of current law stay in effect.  In the middle of January, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry passed out a comprehensive CNR.  The 210-page bill covers all of the nutrition programs.  For school foodservice professionals there are several important issues addressed in the bill. Since 1994, the NSLA has required school meals to be consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).  HHFKA reinforced this requirement and shortly after passage, USDA issued updated menu planning rules for the first time in more than fifteen years.  Three key requirements affect school operators and school buildings– sodium, whole grain-rich products, and required amounts of fruits and vegetables.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

On Wednesday, March 30th, the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is proud to host Jackie Stachel, SLP, at 7pm in the Pierce Middle School auditorium. Ms. Stachel, a senior coach and director of communications for Beyond Book Smart, an executive functions company, will present “Executive functions: Fit the Strategy to the Learning Profile.” Ms. Stachel will explain how intelligence and executive functions differ and trace the timeline of executive functions development in students. She will identify eight specific Executive Function skills that students need to be successful and how weaknesses in each skill can manifest in school and home contexts. Using a case-study approach, attendees will learn tools and strategies to support students with a variety of learning profiles. All are welcome to attend. Milton Public schools staff in attendance will receive a certificate that can be used toward professional development credits.

For more information about this event and others, visit the Milton SEPAC website at miltonsepac.org, or contact us at miltonsepac@gmail.com

MFE NEWS

Please take note of this not-to-be-missed event!  The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) will commemorate its 20th Anniversary at Celebration 2016, “Empowering Teachers, Enriching Students” on Saturday, April 9th  at Lombardo’s, Randolph, MA.

6:30 p.m. Registration and Cocktails, Dinner and Program to Follow

Buy Tickets here.

$95 ticket price  $65 ticket price for teachers (thanks to a generous donor)

If you think your company does corporate matches, please consider being the “table purchaser” for your friends!  Many companies do — contact Meg Kaster at cmkaster@comcast.net with questions!

Jeep Raffle Winner will be announced. Contact Liddie Sutter at liddievs@gmail.com or any MPS office for raffle tickets!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Times has announced its First Annual “Faces and Places of Milton” Photo Contest. This contest is open to all amateur photographers who are Milton residents. Photo subjects need to be either people or places in our town. Or it can be of your favorite person who resides in town at one of your favorite places, take your pick! Photos can be taken in black and white or color but must be at least 2.5MB in size for clarity and good resolution. The First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention winners will have their photos printed, matted and framed for exhibition in the lobby adjacent to the Plate at Milton Marketplace. These will also be published in an edition of the Milton Times. Photos will be judged by Tom Pilla, Contributing Editor, Barry Nelson, Photojournalist and Aldo Pinto, Production Manager for the Milton Times.

Criteria for Judging:

Photos must be of people and places of Milton. Each photo must come with a caption identifying persons in the photo and the place in Milton where it was taken. The photographer must be a Milton resident.

Photos will be judged on clarity, composition and of course, creativity. Photos must be sent as an e-mail attachment in jpg format to Sue Bertram, Ombudsman at editor@miltontimes.com. Please give your name, address, phone number and e-mail address along with a description of the photograph. Professional photographers, employees and families of the Milton Times as well as those families of sponsors are barred from submitting their work.

All photos sent to the Milton Times become property of the newspaper whether or not they are chosen as prize recipients. Prizes: 1st Place: Gift card to Novara and two year subscription to the Milton Times. 2nd Place Gift Card to the Fruit Center and one year subscription to the Milton Times. Honorable Mention: Six month subscription to the Milton Times. Submissions must be made no later than Friday, April 15 at 12noon, late submissions will not be accepted.

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“IT’S STRINGTIME” IN MILTON – Milton Community Concerts presents BSO violinist Bonnie Bewick Brown, Boston Pops cellist Jennifer Lucht, and pianist Timothy Steele in an entertaining and virtuosic program of classical and fiddle music on Sunday, April 3rd at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue).  Tickets are $20 general, $10 seniors 65 and over, Free for 18 and under.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library:

Spring is here – and so are fun activities for families at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 3 – 9:

Wednesday, April 6 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2015 release The Peanuts Movie, just out on DVD: Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Rated G; runtime 1 hour, 28 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, April 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 am (RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 11)
Signing with Maribeth for Parent/Baby, Ages 8-18 mos.

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  Infants from eight months of age can learn concepts such as “thirsty,” “milk,” “water,” “hungry,” “sleepy,” “pacifier,” “more,” and other basic signs; participants will learn how to use these signs, and more! For babies 8-18 mos, with parent.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, April 8 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots, Ages 0-6

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-6 with caregiver; 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 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

MPS Early Release Craft Workshop at the MAC — Milton Public Schools is having an early release day on April 6th. If you are wondering what to do with your children for the afternoon, consider bringing them to the Milton Art Center for a crafting workshop from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Christine Jorge, an instructor for Milton Community Schools, will help students create and customize their very own board games using paper engineering techniques and some imagination.  Cost of the workshop is $20 per child (grades K-6).  Please see www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register.

ATHLETICS

The following item was sent to us by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

The Spring Athletic Season officially began last Monday, but unfortunately someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, as we were dealing with some snow that caused a bit of delay in the start of sports and try outs. All teams are back working in preparation for what is sure to be a great spring season for all our teams. Some teams are sharing space in the Copeland Field House and some are able to go outside on Brooks Field. The hope is that all teams will be outside soon. All our athletes and coaches will continue to adapt to the unpredictable weather this time of year, knowing that the good weather will be here soon.

BOOSTER CLUB INFORMATION

Time is running out for Calendar Sales!  March 31st is fast approaching and we have many more calendars to sell.  Just think of all the goodies Boosters could supply with all the proceeds – Brooks Field press box, softball scoreboard, pitching machine, track timing, lacrosse nets, etc.!  Show your spirit and get out there and sell!

Here are some selling location ideas:

  • Door to Door in your neighborhood
  • Twitter/Facebook Post
  • Parents’ Work
  • Your Work
  • Supermarket Doorways
  • Coffee Shop Doorways

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

Students: Students at Tucker and Glover schools recently participated in an official Scripps Spelling Bee. The winner of each classroom moved on to a combined Glover/Tucker competition. We are very proud of Tucker students Osamudiam Odion-Ukpebor, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Isabella Baylon, Kevin Gomes and Joshua Miscadyn, who represented their school admirably! We would also like to recognize Sebastien TranPham, Patrick Kelly, Sadie Ruth, Soraya Drarvish and Roman Padera, who competed on behalf of Glover school. Declaring a winner became a chore, after more than 20 rounds elapsed and both finalists were still spelling strong! In the end, judges called a tie between Roman Padera and Sebastien TranPham. Great job to all of our wonderful spellers, and to their teachers, Deb Muse Greene, Heather Morris, Deb Fidrocki and Kathleen Powers.

Staff:   This year, as part of the Celebration for Education, the MFE is honoring MPS faculty and staff who have been with us for 20 years or more. Please join me in commending the following staff members who have achieved this distinction. Thank you to the MFE for this recognition:

Celebrating 30 Years or More: April Allegrezza, Collicot & Cunningham Music, Sheila Arens, Collicot 1st Grade , Noreen Burdett, Director of Fine Arts, Lisa Cardinal, Milton High School Reading and Child Study Program, Claire Engrassia, Milton High School Inclusion Program, Gregory Forge, Pierce Middle School Technical Education, Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nursing, Susan Hennessy, Cunningham 4th Grade, Diane Jackson, Milton High School Special Education, Mary Rooney, Cunningham 1st Grade, Charles Tacey, Milton High School Junior Custodian.

Celebrating 25 to 29 Years: Elizabeth Carrigan, Collicot Lunch/Recess Aide, Tracy D’Entremont, Cunningham 5th Grade, Pam Dorsey, Community Schools, Mary Duggan, Tucker ELL, Debra Fidrocki, Tucker Special Education Resource Teacher, Maureen Flanagan, Glover 4th Grade, Christine Hodgkins, Collicot 4th Grade, Anne Kelley, Collicot 3rd Grade, Kathleen Mulligan, Cunningham Kindergarten, Annmarie Noonan, Cunningham 4th and 5th Grade Aide, Jody Shannon, Community Schools, Jason Scherer, Milton High School Senior Custodian, Stephen Tart, Milton High School English, Nancy Trifone-Seales, Collicot Kindergarten, Margaret Turner, Glover 2nd Grade, Anne Ware, Glover Special Education Resource Teacher.

Celebrating 21 to 24 Years: Claude Bird, Milton High School French, Brian Borde, Milton High School Social Studies, Karen Borde, Pierce Middle School English, Kathleen Caccamo, Collicot 2nd Grade, Karen Cahill, Milton High School Guidance Department Director, Michael Cleary, Pierce Middle School Social Studies, Dyanne Crowley, Milton High School English, Marianne Dann, Pierce Middle School 6th Grade, William Deschenes, Pierce Middle School Drama, Patricia Leahy-Murtagh, District Wide Specialist, PT, Deanna Magill, Pierce Special Education Team Chair, Susan McKay, Pierce Middle School Math, Veronica McManus, Collicot 4th Grade French, Anna McReynolds, Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal, Helene Olken, Cunningham 2nd Grade French, Leslie Pouliot, Pierce Middle School English, Erin Power, Pierce Middle School English, Colleen Queally, Pierce Middle School Physical Education, Margaret Radley, Milton High School Physical Education, John Radosta, Milton High School English, Sally Rush, Milton High School Special Education, Lisa Veldran, Pierce Middle School Guidance Counselor, Diane Walcott, Collicot 3rd Grade French, Barbara Wright, Milton High School Humanities Coordinator Sandra Wyse, Pierce Middle School Secretary.

Officially Celebrating 20 Years along with the Milton Foundation for Education: Stephen Collyer, Milton High School English, Joseph Dolan, Pierce Middle School English, Susan Higgins, Pierce Middle School Secretary, Eileen Mullen, Milton High School, Family & Consumer Studies, Janis Powell, Glover 3rd Grade, Collicot Reading, Dorothea White, Tucker Kindergarten Special Education Aide.

Volunteers: In a previous E-blast, I asked for volunteers who could help our Future Problem Solvers program in their preparation for the State Bowl on the topic of Global Workplace. I am pleased to report that we got an amazing response! John Gerrity, senior manager at Global Tech Policy for Cisco Systems, took the time to “Sykpe” with the Cunningham and Collicot students from his Washington, DC office. They discussed a variety of issues related to the global workplace. On Thursday, our Glover team spoke with Emily Duffy, a Glover parent who works at Deloitte with Global Teams in consulting. She met with the FPS team to talk about shared office space, global telecommuting, the virtual office, time changes, etc. And yesterday, Glover parent Adrienne Sullivan spoke to the Tucker team about her career in global finance. She discussed the impact of currency fluctuation, international investments, products and services. The Pierce Future Problem Solving team is looking forward to a visit from Pierce parent Janet Lorden, who will help prepare those students for the State Bowl. We have an amazing community here in Milton and I am not surprised to learn that four very talented professionals stepped up to help.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please return the sold ticket stubs to the concession stand ASAP. If everyone does their part, we could raise $35,000!!!! Please note that this fundraising effort will benefit all of our athletic programs. Remember- Top 5 sellers receive CASH PRIZES!! To qualify for cash prize- students MUST sell at least 25 calendars.

March 14th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 14•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, March 14, 2016

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Ten Wildcats travelled to NYC this past weekend to compete in the New Balance Indoor Nationals. From left: Alexis Belash, Alexis Daly, David Perkins, Koby Osazee, Smith Charles, Derek Perkins, Bridget Mitchell, Elise O’Leary, Colette O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau and Coach Tom Shaw.

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a very exciting weekend for our Indoor Track Teams. Both teams left Milton High School on Friday after a rousing send-off from our Boosters, administrators, parents, Milton Police Department, faculty and staff in the lobby.  The teams travelled to the Bronx for the New Balance Indoor National Championship and returned with an All-American title.

The boys’ team sent their record-holding 4×200 relay (David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Smith Charles and Koby Osazee) and one individual, Smith Charles, who competed in the Freshman 60 Meter Dash.

The girls sent two relay teams, a DMR (Distance Medley Relay) comprised of Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell; and a 4×800 relay with Alexis Belash Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary; along with one individual, Alexis Daly, who competed in the Freshman 60 meter dash on Sunday morning.

On Friday night, Milton girls’ DMR battled teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia to win their heat, shatter the school record (by 27 seconds) and ultimately place 9th overall at Nationals. Colette O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary, and Bridget Mitchell (coming off a 6-week injury hiatus) each had to fight every step of the way during their legs to keep the team on pace. It was a remarkable thing to watch. Here is the video (just under 12 minutes)

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=167789

On Saturday afternoon, the boys’ 4×200 relay team competed against the best in the country. Unfortunately, they did not advance past the semi-final heat, but if you watch the race, there is no doubt these boys gave it their all. See link below:

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168175

On Saturday evening, the girls 4×800 relay team of Ali Belash, Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary returned to the New York Armory.  Their qualifying time for this race put them in the “slower” heat and nobody (except themselves and Coach Shaw) expected to see much change in the rankings.  See for yourself what teamwork, discipline and mental toughness can do for an underdog team. Keep in mind that none of these girls have ever competed at the national level, and their anchor is a freshman!!  The team went on to place 6th, which has qualified them as All-Americans. An amazing achievement!

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168541

Our freshman boy Smith Charles, blazed his way through the qualifying heats to make it to the finals on Sunday afternoon. Running against the best 9th graders in the country, Smith earned second place in this race with a time of 7.03 Congratulations to Smith Charles!  Watch his race below:

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168890

Our freshman girl, Alexis Daly, also competed in the Freshman 60 meter race, placing 13th overall. Her time was a 7.94. This was an amazing effort in an extremely competitive field.  Great job, Alexis!

http://www.nbnationalsin.com/eprofile.php?event_id=1164&do=videos&video_id=168833

We are so proud of every one of these athletes, who have represented Milton High School and the Town of Milton so admirably.

 

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All Americans!! The MHS Girls 4×800 relay team earned All-American status at this past weekend’s New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship. From left: Sophie Cousineau, Elise O’Leary, Colette O’Leary and Ali Belsh.

 

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MHS Boys Indoor Track athlete Smith Charles placed second in the Freshmen 60 meter dash at the New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship in New York.

 

 

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The MHS Girls Indoor Distance Medley Relay team placed 9th at New Balance Indoor National Championship. From left: Coach Tom Shaw, Elise O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell.

 

 

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

March 8th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 08•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: March 8, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Never mind the saying about the lion and the lamb …. did you know that March is Music in Our Schools month and Youth Art Month? Our calendar is packed with events in both visual and performing arts and I encourage all of you to attend at least one of these events. Our Fine Arts and Family/Consumer Studies Director, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, has put together an amazing variety of concerts and art exhibits. She said this about Music in Our Schools Month:

“Arts are at the core of learning. A dramatic movement in cognitive understanding began n the 1970s, based on research that substantiated that the arts are critical to education and learning. Ernest Boyer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching said, ‘During the past quarter century, literally thousands of school-based programs have demonstrated beyond question that the arts can not only bring coherence to our fragmented academic world but through the arts, students’ performance in other academic disciplines can be enhanced as well.’ Howard Gardner of Harvard University developed the groundbreaking theory of multiple intelligences which broadened our view of how humans learn and realize their potential.

The arts are rigorous, challenging academic subjects. The arts are more than entertainment and fun – they are intellectual disciplines of substance. To attain competence in the arts, students need to gain literacy with complex, non-verbal symbols. The students have to use the higher-order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation in their performance and artwork. Creativity is naturally developed through the arts. Arts education requires students to use their creative abilities and to deepen them.

The students of the Milton Music Department and the Visual Arts Department are so proud to share their work with the school community, their families, and the public at various events listed below that will celebrate March as Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month.”

March 8             MIOSM Strings Concerts, grades 5-12, 7pm at Milton High School.

March 10-12   All State Conference and Festival (concert on 3/12) Boston

March 15          MIOSM Band Concert, Grades 5-12, 7pm at Milton High School

March 22          In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am Cunningham

March 24          Music Department Cabaret Talent Show, 7pm at Milton High School

March 24          In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Collicot School

March 28          Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Glover Elementary

March 29          Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Cunningham Elementary

March 30          Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Milton High School

March 31          Passport to the Arts, 6-7:30pm, Collicot & Tucker Elementary Schools

March 31          In-School Concert, K, Grades 1 and 2, 9:15am, Glover Elementary

April 1           Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7, Pierce Middle School

I would also like to remind our MPS families that one of our largest supporters of arts and cultural programming is conducting its annual fundraiser right now. If you have received an excise tax bill, please be sure to read the enclosed appeal letter from M-PACE, a well-established program in the Milton Public Schools.

M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment) is a cultural enrichment program which brings art, music and drama opportunities to Milton Public Schools students at a level they might not otherwise experience.

For the past few years, members of the community have donated generously to the schools through this excise tax option, and with continued support, the schools hope to continue providing the same level of enrichment to their students. Over the past few years, your donations have been used to provide the following experiences:

  • Fourth-grade students in all of Milton’s elementary schools have been given the opportunity to attend a Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert at Symphony Hall. This experience provides a foundation for music appreciation and enjoyment of the symphony.
  • Pierce Middle School seventh-graders are presented with Historia Antiqua, a program which brings the world of ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians into the classroom.
  • Milton High School students have attended productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – performed in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.
  • Milton High School eleventh-graders visit the House of Blues in Cambridge for a presentation of American culture and history through an exploration of blues music, blues-inspired music and related folk art.

Check-off forms are enclosed in the recently-mailed excise tax bills. For those residents who lease their cars, donations can be mailed to: Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment, c/o Treasurer’s Office, 525 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186. Under the terms of the Educational Reform Act, any money you add to your tax payment “is to be used solely to provide supplemental funding for local educational needs.”  The amount is fully deductible on Federal and State income tax.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

Those of you who would like to attend School Committee meetings should note that nearly all of our meetings are now being held in the Milton Access Television’s cable studio, which is located in Room 245 at Milton High School, just down the hall from the auditorium.

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, on February 22nd and March 2nd. Those meetings will be summarized in my next E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm in the cable studio (Room 245) at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please be aware that Parent/Teacher conferences are being held on Thursday, March 10th. Conferences will be held at each school in the afternoon and evenings. If you have not yet scheduled an appointment, please contact the main office of your child’s school as soon as possible to do so.

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We had a very successful Grade One Information night last night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. For those of you who missed this event, we have posted both the Grade One Info Night and the Kindergarten Info Night presentation on our main website. Please review the timeline below to be aware of upcoming events and deadlines:

  • District-Wide STEM Night – Friday, March 11th
  • Grade One Program Selection Forms distributed to families – Monday, March 14th
  • Grade One Program Selection Forms due to school offices – Thursday, March 24th
  • School-based and District-wide lotteries for French Immersion (if necessary) – Week of March 28th
  • Program assignments communicated to families – Week of April 6th
  • If French Seats are still available, lottery for students who entered MPS after March 1st but before June 30th – early July 2016
  • If French Seats are still available, lottery for students new to MPS after June 30th – August 2016
  • Teacher Assignments Communicated to Families –   August 2016
  • School-based waiting lists close – 10th day of school

Also, please see the following item from our Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding:

Good afternoon 5th Grade Families! I am excited to invite you to Pierce Middle School’s 5th Grade Information Night on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 PM in the Pierce Middle School auditorium. Pierce Middle School is devoted to supporting the unique needs of pre-adolescents/adolescents.  We know well that the middle school years are a unique time in the life of a child, and so design programming that will support and enhance social and intellectual growth during this critical time.  We are extremely proud of our faculty, staff, and students and want to share with you the many enriching opportunities available to your student.

In addition, in an effort to smooth the transition from elementary school to middle school, the Pierce Middle School offers a summer program, Welcome to Middle School. Welcome to Middle School is led by Pierce staff and is your child’s opportunity to meet students from the other elementary schools, become familiar with the Pierce Middle School, meet some of our staff, and, most importantly, have some fun!  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  (Please note- students should sign up for one session as the sessions are identical.)  This flyer is also available on the Pierce Middle School Edline site.  By the way…while you are there, I encourage you to read some of the Pierce Pages newsletters to learn more about the wonderful experience your child will have at the Pierce Middle School!

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A team of students from Milton High School will be travelling to Colorado to compete in the Lifesmarts Championships Tournament in April. Our team, Milton Strong, won first place in the 2016 Massachusetts LifeSmarts State Championship held last month. The team will now move on to represent Massachusetts in the 22nd National LifeSmarts Championship April 9-12 in Denver, Colorado. Sponsored by the National Consumer League, LifeSmarts is an academically rigorous and engaging competition in which all teams compete multiple times and top teams and individual students are recognized for high achievement. Congratulations to Captain Nolan Carvalho and Sindhu Banerjee, Liam Chase, Harry Kong, Brandon Musto and Coach Paul Arenburg. I’d also like to recognize their former coach, Nancy Mikels, who helped prepare them in advance. If you would like to make a donation to help support the team’s trip to Denver, please scroll down to “Grant/Fundraising News” and make a donation on their GoFundMe site.

The following item was sent to us by Lori Henry, one of our Future Problem Solving coaches:

Great news from our Future Problem Solving teams! One of our Tucker teams (Emily Gallagher, Ellis Wallace, Priya Shaw and Logan Do), one of our Cunningham teams (Sophie Kosiba, Sofia Porros-Avalos, Ariana Ruiz and Will Kelley) and two of our Pierce teams (in the Junior Division: Anderson Korman, Barron Clancy, William Matejka and Ian Gravallese; and in the Middle Division: Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, Claire Walko and Abigail Files) have been invited to the FPS State Bowl on April 2nd at Clark University in Worcester. Additionally, our coaches will also be able to bring one individual to compete for every team that wasn’t invited. Based on the students’ enthusiasm for FPS I think we’ll have many interested individuals! The topic at the State Bowl is “The Global Workplace,” so if any MPS parents/guardians are experts in this field, we could use your help getting our team ready for the competition. Please contact lhenry@miltonps.org or nhoyceanyls@miltonps.org to volunteer.

The following item was sent to us by April Allegrezza, music teacher for Collicot & Cunningham Elementary Schools:

Twenty-eight elementary and middle school students from the Milton Public Schools successfully auditioned and were selected to be participants in the 2016 Massachusetts All-State Chorus. Music teachers April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Dawn Sykes auditioned all students who wished to try-out and then selected and recorded ten students from each of their schools-Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker Elementary fifth graders and Pierce Middle School sixth graders. The students from Milton represent one-third of the 210 piece chorus which is comprised of students from all over the State of Massachusetts! The Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus will be performing two sold-out concerts at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference to on Saturday, March 12th at the Seaport Hotel and Conference Center in Boston.

All State 2016­­­

Front Row from left: Logan Do (Tucker), Sammi Fitton (Glover), Charlotte Dangel (Collicot), Anya Weinstein (Cunningham),  Lily McLaughlin (Cunningham) Row two: Rohan Meier (Pierce), Isabella Fiske (Glover), Delia Gaff (Pierce), Timothy Fay (Tucker), Onosetale Odion Ukpebor (Tucker) Row three: Ian Gravallese (Pierce), Christopher Barrett (Pierce), Fiona McCarthy (Glover), Anna Dembowski (Glover), Ava Lundbohm (Pierce), Ian Wick (Tucker) Row four:  Kiera Glazer (Cunningham), Isabella Baylon (Tucker), Lily Lane (Cunningham), Priya Shaw (Tucker), Victoria Williams (Pierce) Row five: Anna Radley (Pierce), Kaitlin Schleicher (Tucker), Nicolas Maldonado (Collicot), Brynn Mershon (Collicot), Brendan Reardon (Pierce), Jordan Elliott(Pierce) absent: Sadie Leggett (Glover)

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The cafeteria at the Pierce Middle School was recently transformed into a laboratory during the school’s annual Science Fair. Students explored topics from atoms to earthworms and took time to educate their classmates, teachers and their families on all things science. Photos below, credit and thanks to Pierce and Cunningham parent John Gillooly.

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Photo on left: Caroline Gannon displays a worm at the Pierce Middle School Science Fair. Photo on right: Pierce students explore whether plants can survive on other liquids. From left: Elizabeth McGill, Rose Gillooly and Lucia Dwyer.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note that STEM night will be held on Friday, March 11th at 6:30 in the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria. Bring your kindergarten student to this event, where the whole family can learn about the STEM/Innovation Pathway program in a hands-on atmosphere. This is an opportunity to learn about the program and ask questions.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden and Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

  It is still very cold outside but Milton Summer Enrichment 2016 will be here in 4 shorts months. At this time, I would like to communicate important information about the summer program. This will serve as the first of many communications about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE).

Administration for MSE:  We have a new administrative team working hard in preparation for MSE 2016.  Mrs. Butler (mse@cunninghamschool.org) can answer questions about Red Shirts and volunteer opportunities.  She will also be available when it is time to register, change courses or make payments.  Mr. Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) can take questions about Middle and High School academic credit courses.  All other questions about MSE can be directed to me at mse@cunninghamschool.org.  You can also call Cunningham at 617-696-4285 daily between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Courses:  We are currently recruiting staff for MSE.  This process involves finding skilled staff to teach and balancing course offerings for all age levels.  We hope to bring back all of our popular offerings as well as new courses that will be fun and engaging for students. This year, we hope to offer more courses around STEM, keyboarding, and the Arts.  Once course offerings are finalized, we will send an At a Glance Document to help prepare you for registration.   This document will be sent in April.

Registration:  Online registration will take place in April.  We will also have drop in times at Cunningham School and Milton High School.  All 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 will not leave the online registration open until the start of MSE.  If you miss the online registration window, you will have to register in person during a drop in time (TBD).

Tentative Dates:

April 15, 2016 – At a Glance Document
April 15, 2016 – Brochure for MSE
April 26, 2016 – Family ID Live Registration
May 27, 2016 – End of online registration
TBD – Onsite Registrations

Tuition:  The tuition for MSE is subject to change pending a decision by the Milton School Committee.

1 Course = $150                      2 Courses = $300                    3 Courses + $450
4 Courses = $560                    Pre – k = $600             Family Max = $1,050

Pricing for academic credit courses will be shared in a later communication.

Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and run from Monday – Thursday.  The program will begin on June 27, 2016 and end on July 28, 2016.    These dates can change due to snow days that are made up in June.

Again, this is the first of many communications.  If you have questions about MSE please contact me at jredden@cunninghamschool.org.  If you would like to speak with me, you may call Cunningham School at (617) 696 – 4285 after 3 p.m. Mondays – Fridays. I am looking forward to another great year of MSE!

Hoping for a heat wave soon to get everyone in the summer spirit!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison. Contact information: email; mmckenna@miltonps.org, telephone # 617 980 7343

The definition of kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.”

Many of our elementary schools dedicate time during the school year to celebrate kindness. For example, the Cunningham Elementary School is celebrating kindness during the month of March.  Each week of the month the students are filling a bucket with acts of kindness when they are “caught” practicing in their school, classroom, homes, community and world.  The Collicot Elementary School had The Great Kindness Challenge during the week of January 25-29, 2016 where students kept track of good deeds done, encouraged kind behavior through posters hung around the school and participated in a Kind Coins for Kenya initiative which raised $885.28 to help build a new school in Kenya.

Kindness is shown in many different places and ways. The Milton Public Schools are very fortunate to have many members of the community who frequently demonstrate the attributes of kindness through volunteering their talents, donating their time and giving generously to the children of Milton.

One such act of kindness was demonstrated this December when over 250 Milton children in need received gifts through the Milton Residents Funds’ Holiday Gift Program at the First Parish Church. A special thank you to Diane Ferrari and Maura Doherty of the Milton Residents Fund for their kindness in coordinating the gift drive and volunteers.   Through a collaborative effort of kindness the holidays were made a little brighter for many Milton families experiencing hardship.  The Milton Public Schools would like to send out a special thank you to the many individuals who sent in financial contributions, Nancy Lanata , Liaison at the Milton Community Food Pantry, the many volunteers, family and friends, who carefully sorted and bagged all the gifts for the  December 19th distribution day and the following groups for the kindness they demonstrated in contributing to the gift drive during the holiday season.

Milton Helping Hands
Girl Scout Troop #74094
Collicot Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School
Glover Elementary School
First Parish Unitarian Church
Fontbonne Academy
Milton Town Clerk’s Office
Milton Junior Woman’s Club
Milton Women’s Club
Project Linus
Fuller Village
Kiwanis Club
The Corcoran Family & Friends
Peggy Rusnock
Juliann Bridgeman & Friends
Dr. Ivana Adamov DDS & Staff
Erin Donahoe & Family
Friends of The Council On Aging
Knitters for the Needy
St. Elizabeth’s Church
St. Michael’s Church
St. Mary of The Hills Church
St. Agatha’s Church
Nancy Lanata, Milton Food Pantry

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Congratulations to our MHS Lifesmarts Team (see item above, under Curriculum News). This team will be travelling to Denver, Colorado to compete at the National level. They are fundraising to offset the cost of the trip. Anyone wishing to donate to the team can click here: https://www.gofundme.com/lifesmarts?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=body_photo&utm_campaign=upd_n

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Playground Planners, a new group in Milton who are raising funds and awareness to improve the town’s existing playgrounds.

This March, we invite you to support our local businesses who support Milton Playground Planners! Shop with these business on the dates listed below and they will contribute a portion of proceeds to MPP:

Don’t forget to follow our Facebook page and check out our website at www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com to find out more. Thank you for your continued support as we work toward our goal of raising $750,000 to renovate our town’s playgrounds for our kids and our community!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Sipping on Sugar – Rethink your Drink — More Water, Please! Choosing water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages is a healthier option, it contains no calories, sugar, or fat. Water is a refreshing drink that your body needs. Adults and children need to drink water throughout the day to stay healthy and hydrated. So, offering your child 6-8 oz of water with meals and snacks can be a great way to ensure they stay hydrated. If your child is not a big fan of water, then it’s time to flavor their water by adding sliced lemons, lime, strawberries, orange, grapefruit, cucumber, apple, berries, melon, or pineapple. The Milton Schools offers milk and water at all of its schools.

If someone gave you a cup full of sugar and asked you to drink it, would you? Or would you allow your child to add 56 grams or more of sugar to his or her beverage? Well, if your child or teen drinks a typical 20-ounce soda, then they might as well fill a cup with sugar and sip on it because it contains on average 56-77 grams of sugar!! Not only what food we eat matters and can affect our health, but also what we drink – every sip counts! Sipping on sugary-sweetened beverages can add unnecessary calories to your child’s diet with very little or no nutrients needed for healthy growth. A fun exercise with your children is actually measuring out the amount of sugar into a container or bag and having this visual guide to show how much sugar is actually in certain beverages.

As found in many studies, sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sport drinks, fruit punch, flavored water, flavored milk, and fruit juice are considered the largest contributor of added sugar in an American diet. On average, kids between the ages of 6-11 drink about 15 ounces of soda a day, and adolescents get 11% of their calories or 15 teaspoons of sugar from soft drinks1.  There are many contributors to childhood obesity; however, the high consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks amongst kids is considered the largest contributor.

It might be hard to say “no” to your child or teen when it comes to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, especially with the constant non-stop advertisement geared towards them to drink these beverages. But before you feel guilty about saying “no”, let’s take a closer look at how many teaspoons of sugar are in these popular drinks:

Drink                                 Size of Container         Teaspoons of sugar per container

Soda                         20 fl. oz. bottle              17 tsp.
Sports Drink                 20 fl. oz. bottle              9 tsp.
Energy Drink                 16 fl. oz. can                 15 tsp.
Juice Drink                  20 fl. oz. bottle              17 tsp.
Sweetened Tea                20 fl. oz. bottle              14 tsp.
Vitamin-added Water          20 fl. oz. bottle              8 tsp.
Fruit-flavored Soda          12.5 fl. oz. bottle           11 tsp.

Chart adapted from the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California

Always Read Before You Buy:

The good news is that you can choose healthier beverage options for yourself and family, and greatly influence your kid’s preferences at an early age! You can avoid excess calories from sugary drinks by reading “Nutrition Facts” label located in the back of the beverage container. There are few things you need to look for when reading “Nutrition Facts” label:

Serving size: It’s important to pay attention to serving size because sometimes there are more than one serving in a beverage container.

Calories: Beverage containers may give the calories for only part of the contents, so don’t forget to do the math and multiply calories by the number of servings, for example, if one serving of fruit punch is 180 calories , but there is 2 ½ servings in the same container, then multiply 180 x  2 ½ = 450 calories

Sugar, sugar, SUGAR: You definitely want to look at how much sugar is in your drink to limit added sugar consumption. Divide the total grams of sugar by 4 to figure out how many teaspoons are inside your drink (4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon). If the beverage container has more than one serving then multiply the number of teaspoons by the number of servings to get the total number of teaspoons of sugar.

Your kid will most likely drink a sugary beverage if they find it in the kitchen. It can be a lot easier to help them avoid drinking sugar-sweetened drinks that cause excessive weight gain and cavities, if they don’t exist at home. Instead purchase low fat milk, 100% fruit juice (4 oz = 1 fruit serving), and unsweetened beverages. You could also make fun smoothies with low fat milk and fruits!

Remember sugary drinks = extra calories = extra weight. So remind yourself to rethink your drink for a better and healthier you!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

On March 16th, the SEPAC will be hosting the PCG (Public Consulting Group), who will make a presentation similar to their recent School Committee presentation. The PCG will present an overview of their recent study of the Milton Public Schools’ Special Education program and will discuss their recommendations. All are invited to attend this event, scheduled for 7pm at Glover Library.  If you wish to see the PCG presentation to School Committee, please click here.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by the MFE’s Celebration for Education co-chairs: Darryl Elliott, Eileen Heller, William Resnick and Angela Van Allen

Get ready to celebrate! The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) will commemorate its 20th Anniversary at Celebration 2016, “Empowering Teachers, Enriching Students” on Saturday, April 9, at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Registration and cocktails are at 6:30pm, with dinner and program to follow. The Jeep Raffle winner will be announced.

(It’s back! Contact Liddie Sutter at liddievs@gmail.com or any MPS office!)

Festive cocktail attire is encouraged and anyone interested can buy tickets here: (https://miltonfoundation.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/Celebration2016/BuyTicketsNow/tabid/744578/Default.aspx)

$95 ticket price  $65 ticket price for teachers (thanks to a generous donor)

Includes After Party at Vincent’s!

BID-MILTON

Safe Sitter

Safe-Sitter is a one-day course for young persons, ages 11-13, before they begin actively baby-sitting.  Safe-Sitter uses discussion, practice and role-playing to teach participants more about: how to handle emergencies, safety precautions, caring for an infant or child, and calling for emergency help.

DATE: Saturday, April 30 TIME: 9 AM – 3 PM
PLACE: Nangeroni Education Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
COST: $50, pre-registration required. Call 617-696-8810 to register. Space is limited!

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton along with the physicians of Milton Primary Care and Milton Physician Organization, are pleased to announce the 7th Annual Diabetes Fair to be held Saturday, April 23rd at the Lantana in Randolph.

Each year, the fair strives to meet the needs of the community by providing free information regarding treatment and prevention of diabetes. This year’s fair will include a series of informative presentations from our leading diabetes experts who will discuss nutrition, heart health, proper care and treatment of your eyes, and the latest on medications. In addtion, guests will enjoy watching an exciting cooking demonstration, and have the option of participating in free foot screenings provided by podiatrist Joel Chariton, DPM. Chaired by William Cobb, MD, speakers include Mercy Devadoss, RD, CDE; Cardiologist Scott Lutch, MD; Opthalmologist Veena Mathew, MD; and Endocrinologist Manfred Ernesti, MD.

Our presenters, along with a gallery of exhibitors offering helpful information and literature on the latest in diabetes care, will help provide answers about the best ways to manage diabetes. A complimentary diabetic-friendly lunch will be served. Anyone interested in attending may register by calling 617-696-8810 by April 18th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Art Center is offering the following courses:

 MPS Early Release Day Crafting Workshop, Wed., Mar. 2, 2-4 p.m. Christine Jorge, an instructor for Milton Community Schools, will help students create and customize their very own rooms in a castle, spaceship, secret lair or even their own house using paper engineering techniques and some imagination.  Cost is $15 per child (grades K-5).

Lucky Rainbow Wind Catcher Workshop, Sat., Mar. 12, 10-11:30 a.m. No need to chase leprechauns – in this workshop Christine Jorge will help children create their own vertical rainbow with a four-leaf clover for a bit of luck! Cost is $15 per child (grades K-5).

Mel O’Drama St. Patrick’s Day Workshop, Sun., Mar.13, 12-3 p.m. This workshop will incorporate theatre games, improvisation and rehearsal of an original production where the leprechauns steal the magic from the fairies which they must recover! Parents/family/friends of the participants will be invited into our workshop for the last 15 minutes to watch the final product.  Cost of the workshop is $125 per child (ages 6-10); $99 if registered by March 1.

Please visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register for any of these workshops.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring is coming – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! Programs, coloring, games, puppet shows and of course BOOKS are available every day for you to check out.

News flash: The Children’s Room is proud to once again be hosting a PJ Drive with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins. Anytime between now and March 15, families may bring in donations of brand new pajamas in sizes 4/5T through 18/20. Checks made payable to Cradles to Crayons can also be accepted. Help make a difference in the lives of thousands of local children in need!

In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 13 – 19:

Friday, March 18, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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, March 19, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Craft, Ages 2-6

Come to the Story Hour Room for a crafty good time! Each month the Children’s Room will provide instructions and materials for a preschool age-appropriate, seasonal craft. Drop in anytime during the hour and make something lovely to take home! No registration required.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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

The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

The Winter Athletic Season has concluded for most of our athletic teams. Congratulations all our many Athletes, Coaches and Thank You, to the many members of our Community that supported the teams this past season.

We still have members of our Girls Indoor Track Team & Boys Indoor Track competing this weekend in the Nationals in New York.

Best of Luck to …… Bridget Mitchell, Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Sophie Cousineau, Alexis Belash and Alex Daly on the Girls Team

And to ….. David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Smith Charles and Koby Osazee on the Boys Team.

The Boys Basketball Team, Girls Hockey Team and individual members of Wrestling and Indoor Track qualified for post season MIAA competition.

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Spring Sports Registration is open and available to all athletes. Please visit our website at www.miltonps.org for all the details. Please note FamilyID Registration is not on Edline. Please find all the information on the MHS Homepage under the MHS Athletic link.

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The Booster Club has kicked off its Calendar Raffle Drive. Please support this effort that will benefit all MHS Athletic Teams. All are welcome and invited to join us tonight, Tuesday, 3/8 for the monthly Booster Club Meeting in the Field House in Rm. 133. The meeting begins at 7pm … bring your ideas and energy.

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The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER- APRIL 30, 2016

Open to all Milton Residents!
To register a child, go to:
http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/ and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration.
For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact:

challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com

Other direct contact information:
Jerry Vitti:
gvitti@hfihealthcare.com
617.281.4566

JP Plunkett:
plunkettjp4@gmail.com
617.999.4993

The following item was submitted by Candy Brown of our Milton Boosters:

Milton High School Boosters Fundraising and Scholarship News

The Milton High Boosters has had a busy year raising money in support of our High School athletes through various fundraising programs, including the annual Swing for Sports golf tournament, the monthly Cans for Cats program, and the Annual Membership Drive. A new “Calendar” fundraiser is now underway in which a raffle prize will be given away every day in April. Calendars can be purchased for $10 until March 29 from student athletes, at the inside concession stand, or by contacting Jeanne Kibble at j.kibble@comcast.net. Local restaurant gift cards, sporting event tickets, and cash are some of the generous prizes. Funds raised will help purchase sports equipment and uniforms, and will support Booster scholarships and the annual athletic awards dinner.

Applications for the 2016 Booster scholarships are now available at our website www.miltonboosters.com, or in the Guidance Department. Applications for scholarships are due by April 15. To be eligible, the athlete’s parent or guardian must be a current Boosters member (registration is available online). For questions on scholarships or becoming a member, please contact Kerri McCarthy at kbee312@msn.com.

The next Cans for Cats can & bottle recycling drive will be held Saturday, March 5, at the front entrance of the High School from 9 AM to noontime. Please support the golf team by dropping off your redeemable cans and bottles. The Boosters invites everyone to their next meeting on March 8, which will be held at the High School in room 133 at 7:00 PM. Go Wildcats!

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Pierce Basketball Recap: The Pierce girls basketball team finished on a strong note defeating Pembroke in an exciting overtime finish to complete the team’s last home game of the year. Defense was the key to victory as the girls fortified the interior with excellent play from Ella O’Hanlon, Sarah Palmer, Jami Milliken, Sophia Manning and June Padera. Leadership from Danielle Needham motivated all and ignited Natalia Vega for two momentum shifting shots from long range. Tenacious guard play from Jillian Vaughn and Maeve Ritchie lead to steals and breakaway layups that iced the game. Great job girls!

The Pierce boys’ basketball team won two games at the end of the season, defeating Calvary Chapel Academy and Stoughton. Luke Botsford, Larry Darcy, Andrew Lynch and Sam Phelan led Pierce to a 48-18 victory over Calvary Chapel on Monday. Pierce hosted Stoughton looking to make up for an earlier buzzer beater loss at Stoughton. Pierce started strong and rolled to a 46-23 victory. A very balanced scoring attack was led by John Barros, Earl Tucker, Ryan Mazzotta and Matt Laine. We have had a very successful year going 9-2 with an 8 game winning streak.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize Emily Dobrindt, an 8th grader at Pierce Middle School, who recently served as an ambassador during Project 351. This statewide service project brings 8th graders from across the Commonwealth together to inspire them to serve their communities. Ms. Dobrindt took the message to heart, and is launching a Cradles to Crayons clothing and shoe drive. As part of this project, she will be placing bins in each of our school to collect new or gently worn clothing and shoes. The bins will be in the schools from March 28th to April 1st.

Staff:   Please join me in congratulating Dawn Sykes, music teacher at Pierce Middle School, who was recently published in Massachusetts Music News. Ms. Sykes authored an article on “Understanding the Middle School Mind is Key to Success,” in the Winter edition of the periodical. The article touches on the adolescent mind, the challenges of launching a middle school choral program and using humor as a tool to connect with students. We are very proud of Ms. Sykes, whose role as choral director at Pierce Middle School is invaluable.

Volunteers:  I’d like to thank three volunteers who helped to make this year’s Tucker Unity Night a rousing success. Thank you to Miriam Lundgren, who spearheaded the effort and organized the evening. Also, thanks to Tucker parents Jeannie Knight and Adrian Williams who helped with choreography and getting our Tucker students up on stage, dancing. It was a memorable event.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

 

February 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 11•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  February 11th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

One of my favorite programs in the Milton Public Schools is the Future Problem Solving Program. This is a program which started in our elementary schools more than two decades ago and expanded to include our Pierce Middle School four years ago.

The Future Problem Solving program (FPS) is a great way to encourage students’ creativity and also to improve oral and written communication, research, and teamwork skills. FPS helps students to apply information they have learned to some of the most complex issues facing society. FPS is a yearlong program, in which teams of four students learn a six-step problem solving process which they can then use to solve social and scientific problems set in the future.

The six-step problem solving program is so effective, in my opinion, that I have applied it to my own management strategy. During meetings with my leadership team, I will often troubleshoot an issue by encouraging the use of the FPS method.

  1. Finding Challenges/Problems: Find possible problems within the given parameters.
  2. Select an Underlying Problem: Determine the most important or consequential problem.
  3. Solutions: Brainstorm solutions to solve the Underlying Problem.
  4. Generate/Select Criteria: Write five criteria by which to judge the solutions.
  5. Apply Criteria to Solutions: Judge the solutions with the criteria, and determine which solution is the best overall.
  6. Action Plan: The highest-scoring (best) solution, as determined by Step 5, is elaborated into a detailed plan for the implementation of that solution.

The Milton Public Schools FPS teams have done very well at Qualifying Bowls, State Bowls and have even competed at the International Bowl. Each of our elementary schools has an FPS team, which is coached by MPS Librarian Lori Henry. In addition, we have two teams at Pierce Middle School, which is coached by Nicole Hoyceanyls.  All six teams (see names below, under Curriculum News) competed last weekend at the Qualifying Bowl at Canton High School. We are eagerly awaiting the results, which should arrive in two weeks. If our teams advance, they will compete at the State Bowl in April, at Clark University in Worcester, where teams compete for the opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the International FPS Conference.

To give you an idea of what types of “problems” these students attempt to solve, the most recent competition posed a question on the topic of “Recovering From Natural Disaster “ and the State Bowl’s topic will be “The Global Workforce.”

Please join me in thanking both of our FPS coaches and all of our FPS students for representing the Milton Public Schools in such a positive and prestigious competition.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

February 10th:  The meeting began with a summary of a recent audit of the Food Service Department conducted by the Department of Education. This summary was given by Milton Food Service Director Jackie Morgan. Next, members approved the Annual Report, discussed changes to the upcoming meeting schedule. They also approved the FY17 contingent budget and the Second Quarter Report. They voted to approve a vendor warrant and also approved two policies (AC and ACA.)  Four sets of minutes were approved before the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 24th at 7 pm in the Milton Access cable studio in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: Due to the two snow days, the last day of school is now June 22nd, which will be a half day.

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Please note, First Grade Information Night will be held on Monday, March 7th in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This event begins at 6:30pm and is for parents/guardians of students who will be entering first grade in the fall of 2016.

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Also, STEM Night will be held on Friday, March 11th in the Collicot/Cunningham Cafe. This event begins at 6:30pm. This night is designed to inform parents/guardians about the English Innovation Pathways program, which integrates a STEM experience at each grade level.

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We are very pleased to announce that our MHS Art Department had a banner year! Our students did extremely well in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We went from just 9 winning entries last year to 74 in total this year, which includes 8 Gold Keys and 13 Silver Keys! Congratulations to the following students, as well as their talented teachers, Karen Hughes and Kassandra Aloe.

Alexis Belash: One Gold Key(Painting); and three Honorable Mentions (Drawing & Illustration, Art Portfolio) Isabel Belash: One Silver Key (Photography), two Honorable Mentions (Photography, Ceramics & Glass) Joseph Binda: Honorable Mention (Photography), Claire Casey: three Honorable Mentions (Drawing & Illustration), Emme Cronin: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration), Mairead Dambruch: Four Gold Keys (three for Painting, one for Art Portfolio) and two Honorable Mentions (Painting), Xiaoqing Deng: three Honorable Mentions (two Photography, one Art Portfolio), Maeve Doyle: One Silver Key (Photography), two Honorable Mentions (Photography), Kerry Driscoll: Honorable Mention (Photography), Jamie Eder: Honorable Mention (Drawing and Illustration), Allegra Giddings: two Honorable Mentions (Photography), Anne Marie Grudem: three Honorable Mentions (two for Drawing & Illustration and one for Photography); Emma Heller: three Honorable Mentions (Photography); Alexis Higgins: two Honorable Mentions (Drawing & Illustration and Photography); Laura Hill: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Hope Huban: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention (Photography); Delphine Jrolf: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Joshua Kery: four Silver Keys (three for Drawing & Illustration and one for Art Portfolio) and five Honorable Mentions (Drawing & Illustration); Sarah Lam: Gold Key(Photography); Nathan Liberty: Silver Key (Personal Essay/Memoir); Savannah Madden: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Kristen Mills: Honorable Mention (Art Portfolio and Drawing & Illustration); Kate Murray:  Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Sabrina Najarian: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Rosalind Smith: Silver Key (Photography); Stephen Tan: Honorable Mention (Drawing & Illustration); Kalyani Twyman: Silver Key (Photography); John Viveiros: Silver Key (Photography); Imani Walker: three Honorable Mention (Art Portfolio, Drawing & Illustration and Poetry); Antonina Welz: Gold Key (Poetry) and Honorable Mention (Photography); Maximilian Welz: Honorable Mention (Photography); Michael Wyatt: Two Silver Keys and five Honorable Mentions (Photography)

The following information was sent to us by Elementary Language, Arts & Math Coordinator Amy Gale:

 MIT offers a series called “Science on Saturday.” There are three events left in the program from this coming Saturday through April. Parents and guardians who are interested in this program for their children should click on the link below, which provides information about the overall program.

http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar/sci_on_saturday.html

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I recently received the newsletter (see below) from Internet Expert Katie Greer. Ms. Greer has spoken at both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School during the past several years and has also spoken at a parent/guardian evening hosted by the Milton Public Schools.

We’re hitting the ground running in 2016, with exciting conversations around the latest apps and trends making their rounds in schools such as: After School and Vault. Vault recently reared its ugly head when over 100 students were involved in a major sexting incident in Colorado. According to reports, students were “trading” sexually explicit images of one another and storing them behind this app, which at first glance appears to be a calculator, but is password protected to conceal files.

These incidents serve as important reminders that proactive conversations with kids and parents about digital responsibility are imperative. One of the biggest messages I share with students is, “OWN IT.” Own what you post, text, search, take pictures of, and create online, because being proud of what you’ve created in this space can take you a long way; and a misstep could stick around forever.

Katie L. Greer | Former Dir. of Internet Safety, MA Attorney General’s Office | Former Intelligence Analyst, MA State Police | Modern Mom Contributor | iKeepSafe Advisory Board

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The following item was sent to us by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies:

The Milton Public Schools had an outstanding showing at the recent SEMSBA auditions. Thank you to Gary Good and Debra Thoresen for chaperoning our 80 students to auditions. Thank you to Dawn Sykes and Colleen Martin for being adjudicators at SEMSBA.  I had the pleasure of being an adjudicator today as well. Most importantly…..KUDOS to our 58 students (see below) who were selected by audition for places in the SEMSBA festivals.

For Junior SEMSBA from Pierce – Congrats to 16 students:  Esme Link, Lemuel Marc, Ella O’Hanlon, Caleb Smith, Katherine Baker, Shea Flanagan, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga Saoirse Killion, Sarah Mitchell, Catherine Le, Zoe Malouf, Giselle Neville, June Padera, Kate Possi, Dominique Thomas and Claire Walko.

For Junior SEMSBA from MHS – Congrats to 10 students:  Kianna Barrett, Annabel Botsford, Colleen Conley, Lilja Cormack, Grace Dwyer, Paula Hogan, Penelope Holland, Laura O’Hanlon, Emily Schewe and Milan Smith.

For Senior SEMSBA from MHS – Congrats to 32 students:  Shareen Alsebai, Samantha Antoniewicz, Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Julia Butler, Emily Chow, Eva Chow, Gray Davis, Isabella DeFilippo, Julia DeFilippo, Allegra DeNooyer, James Disandro, Lucia Hainline, Liam Hines, Dominik Hyppolite, Miwa Joiner, James Le, Nethania Marc, Nicholas Marinilli, Julia Nerenberg,  Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Colette Nourie, Isaac Piliavin, Emily Possi, Ben Scott, Madeline Scott, Hannah Solomon, Katherine Steele, Grace Varela, Liezel Werner, and Michael Wyatt.

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As I mentioned in my introduction, our Future Problem Solving teams competed last weekend in Canton. Thank you to Pierce Coach Nicole Hoyceanyls and Elementary Coach Lori Henry, who told me they were so impressed with the determination, good sportsmanship and hard work that our students displayed. We are hoping for great results!!

Pierce: Middle Division: Claire Walko, Dominique Thomas, Zoe Malouf, and Abby Files, June Padera, Kaylee Moy, Ella O’Hanlon, and Alix Bennoit. Junior Division: Barron Clancy, Anderson Korman, Jackson Matjaika, and Ian Gravellese, William Kelly, Henry Synnott, Ian Lundeen, Matt Carbone, Delia Gaff, and Jackson Elfer.

Tucker: Priya Shaw, Nicholas Reason, Emily Gallagher, Joanna McPherson, Ian Wick, Kaitlin Schleicher, Ellis Wallace and Logan Do. Collicot: Lok Ye Young, Kate Karimbakas, Daniel Cherry, Emmet  McElhinney, Conor Mannion, Mary Mullen, Bridget Miskell, Connor Naughton. Cunningham: Lauren McGill, Raina Sohur, Christian Phillips, Sophie Kosiba, Adrianna Ruiz, Will Kelley, Abbie Steuterman, Sophia Porros-Avalos. Glover: Abigail Coggins, James Carroll, Fiona McCarthy, Jonah Renz,  Newly Henry, Thomas Sullivan, Michael Duffy, Mia Gilmore.

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Please note, that our High School Guidance Department hosted a College Planning night for all parents/guardians and students back in December. This evening provided 20 minute info sessions on some college planning hot topics; SAT/ACT exams, Financial Aid, Naviance and NCAA eligibility.

Then on January 28th, Drew Heilpern, a representative from Summit Educational Group, discussed with parents/guardians and students the New SAT exam, what to expect and how it compares to the ACT. If you missed either of these nights, you can watch them on Comcast 22/RCN 15  or online by clicking on the links below:

College Information Night

SAT Information Night 

Handouts for both of these nights can be found on the Guidance Edline page @ http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Department_Pages/guidance

We hope you find these videos helpful.

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The following item was sent to us by Eileen Mullen, Child Study teacher at Milton High School:

The children in the MHS Pre-K Program (Gile Campus)and Child Study students were visited by the members of the MHS Asian Culture Club in honor of Chinese New Year. The children were fascinated to learn about a different culture, traditions, clothing, food and music. Pre-K children were treated to make their way to three stations…coloring, stories about the celebration of Chinese New Year and a chance to try on and dance with the Lion head and costume used in the parades. A fun and educational time was had by all! How fortunate that the MHS Pre-K Program has such tremendous resources available to learn about and respect different cultures. Thank you Asian Culture Club!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please join us for the upcoming PTO Joint Budget Presentations. We strongly encourage parents/guardians attend this meeting to learn about the impact of the school budget on the upcoming school year (2016/2017).

  • Collicot/Cunningham              February 22nd – Collicot/Cunningham Library @ 7pm
  • Tucker/Glover                            February 23rd – Glover Library @ 7pm
  • MHS/PMS                                      February 29th – MHS Auditorium @ 7pm

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Pierce PTO is once again sponsoring a CPR/Healthy Heart Fundraiser.  This event is open to anyone who would like to get certified in CPR, take a Babysitting class, First Aid, or the Medical Providers’ CPR.  This is great for athletes, students who might want to be camp counselors or life guards, or teens that would like a babysitting certificate.  The more people we certify, the healthier and safer our community!  Thanks to PRO-EMS for volunteering their time and staff.  All proceeds benefit Pierce Middle School. Please share with your school communities.  Sign ups are by the following links, or email piercemiddlepto@gmail.com.  Thanks!

MHS ALUMNI INFO

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Congratulations to MHS Alumni Gabe Stillman, pictured above. Gabe is the son of Robert Rosofsky and Laurie Stillman of Milton.  Photo Caption: Sgt. Maj. Robert Staff presents the Col. Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award to Spc. Gabe Stillman. The award acknowledges US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard enlisted musicians who exhibit outstanding musical leadership excellence.  (US Army Photo by Spc Christian Mealey. The Army Ground Forces Band.)

ADULT ED

Registration is open for our spring session of Milton Public School’s Adult Education Program. We have many new offerings running this session, so check out the spring brochure by clicking here.)  Registration closes Friday, February 19h, and classes begin the week of March 7th.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The following item was sent in by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden:

Good Afternoon Milton Families! It is still very cold outside but Milton Summer Enrichment 2016 will be here in 4 shorts months. At this time, I would like to communicate important information about the summer program. This will serve as the first of many communications about Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE).

Administration for MSE:  We have a new administrative team working hard in preparation for MSE 2016.  Mrs. Butler (mse@cunninghamschool.org) can answer questions about Red Shirts and volunteer opportunities.  She will also be available when it is time to register, change courses or make payments.  Mr. Donovan (bdonovan@miltonps.org) can take questions about Middle and High School academic credit courses.  All other questions about MSE can be directed to me at mse@cunninghamschool.org.  You can also call Cunningham at 617-696-4285 daily between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Courses:  We are currently recruiting staff for MSE.  This process involves finding skilled staff to teach and balancing course offerings for all age levels.  We hope to bring back all of our popular offerings as well as new courses that will be fun and engaging for students. This year, we hope to offer more courses around STEM, keyboarding, and the Arts.  Once course offerings are finalized, we will send an At a Glance Document to help prepare you for registration.   This document will be sent in April.

Registration:  Online registration will take place in April.  We will also have drop in times at Cunningham School and Milton High School.  All 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 will not leave the online registration open until the start of MSE.  If you miss the online registration window, you will have to register in person during a drop in time (TBD).

Tentative Dates

April 15, 2016 – At a Glance Document
April 15, 2016 – Brochure for MSE
April 26, 2016 – Family ID Live Registration
May 27, 2016 – End of online registration
TBD – Onsite Registrations

Tuition: The tuition for MSE is subject to change pending a decision by the Milton School Committee.

1 Course = $150                          2 Courses = $300                        3 Courses + $450

4 Courses = $560                        Pre – k = $600                              Family Max = $1,050

Pricing for academic credit courses will be shared in a later communication.

Dates: MSE will be held at Milton High School and run from Monday – Thursday.  The program will begin on June 27, 2016 and end on July 28, 2016.    These dates can change due to snow days that are made up in June.

Again, this is the first of many communications. If you have questions about MSE please contact me at jredden@cunninghamschool.org.  If you would like to speak with me, you may call Cunningham School at (617) 696 – 4285 after 3 p.m. Mondays – Fridays. I am looking forward to another great year of MSE!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) has announced its program of parent meetings for the remainder of the school year. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday March 2, 2016. 7-9pm.
Topic: PCG review and updates from Tracy Grandeau
Location: Glover library

At this meeting, Ms. Grandeau and representatives from Public Consulting Group will present the findings from the district’s recent special education program evaluation. Discussion and Q&A will follow.

Wednesday March 30, 2016. 7-9pm.
Topic: Executive functions
Location: Pierce Middle School auditorium

Jackie Stachel, senior coach and director of communications for Beyond Book Smart, will present “Executive functions: Fit the Strategy to the Learning Profile” to the Milton community on March 30. Ms. Stachel will explain how intelligence and executive functions differ and trace the timeline of executive functions development in students. Parents and educators are welcome.

Tuesday April 12, 2016. 7-9pm.
Topic: Grade-level round tables with representatives from MPS
Location: Glover library

At this event, parents can learn what to expect as their children progress through the various levels of the Milton Public Schools. The district’s preschool, elementary, middle, and high school programs will each be represented. Parents can meet and ask questions of MPS staff – including administrators, educators, TEAM chairs, and other service providers.

Tuesday May 17, 2016. 7-9pm.
Topic: Inclusion
Location: Glover library

Tuesday June 7, 2016. 7-9pm.
Topic: Year in review and SEPAC elections for 2016-2017
Location: Glover library

We hope you can join us. For more information, please visit www.miltonsepac.org.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Celebration for Education Event Co-Chairs Darryl Elliott, Eileen Heller, William Resnick and Angela Van Allen:

Get ready to celebrate! The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) will commemorate its 20th Anniversary at Celebration 2016, “Empowering Teachers, Enriching Students” on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Lombardo’s in Randolph.  Registration and Cocktails begin at 6:30pm, with Dinner and Program to Follow. The Jeep Raffle winner will be announced,

(It’s back! Contact Liddie Sutter at liddievs@gmail.com or any MPS office!) Festive cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets are $95 each or $65 each for MPS teachers and can be purchased online by clicking here.    The ticket price includes an after-party at Vincent’s!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

Join us for an Indoor Yard Sale to help support the Milton Playground Planners! It’s time to start cleaning out your attics/basements and donate your gently used items. We will have two days dedicated for dropping off donations (Feb 18th & 19th) then host the yard sale on Saturday Feb 20th! We need a few more volunteers – please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49a5a722abfe3-indoor *If you have items to donate but can’t make it during the drop off days/hours – let us know and we’ll see if we can help with a pick up.

MPP_Indoor Yard sale

 

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The Milton Public Schools have been working closely with the staff of Milton Access TV. If you missed any of the recent MPS events, please click below the links for the online videos:

Kindergarten Information Night 

College Information Night

SAT Information Night 

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

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition brings together community residents and students, professionals, leaders, and town organizations (including the schools) to work collaboratively on preventing and addressing substance abuse and related mental health challenges in our Town of Milton.  Anyone from the community is welcomed to join us by giving of your time, your perspectives, your support, and/or your skills.  Please come to the coalition’s next meeting on February 24th at 7pm at BID Milton Hospital, and visit our website for more information and resources at www.milton-coalition.org. On the website’s homepage, you can enter your email address to receive important announcements and newsletters.  We promise not to inundate you!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Winter is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! 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 February 21 – 27:

Friday, February 26, 2016 from 10:00 -11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back. 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). Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Tech Tots, Ages 0-6

Join Miss Sara for a storytime that incorporates iPad apps along with books and songs to show families how to appreciate stories in new ways! For ages 0-6 with caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MCBA Book Club, Grades 4-6

The Massachusetts Children’s Book Award was established as a program to encourage children to read great books. This year the MCBA Book Club has been reading one book from the 2015 shortlist each month, and at this meeting we will vote for the book we think deserves to be named the book of the year! For February, readers in grades 4-6 may choose one of the following two books to read: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo or Mr. & Mrs. Bunny: Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath. Copies will be available one month in advance of the program at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold in our online catalog. Please read the book in advance of our meeting – you’ll have more fun that way! Registration is required.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

ArtSpace Milton is offering a new class — Needle Felting in the Spring! This 8-week course will be offered on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm and will run from March 2nd to May 4th (No class March 16th or April 20th) The classes will be held at the Milton Public Library and will be open to ages 10 and older. Each week, students will work on a new felting project, making “lots of cool little felted creatures and decorations.” No experience necessary. Class fee: $175. Instructor, Annie LaVigne Register by email: annie@harrietandmickey.com

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The Milton Art Center is proud to announce its FIRST ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION 2016

Gallery 334 at the Milton Art Center invites Boston-area, national and international artists to enter its first annual Juried Exhibition. Within exhibition guidelines, any artwork in any medium is eligible for consideration. Click here for an exhibit entry form and please note that February 25th is the entry for all entries.  For more detailed information: download the Prospectus or visit: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

Girls Indoor Track

The girls track team finished the regular season with a 5-1 record and won the Herget Division of the Bay State Conference. They enter the post season this Friday at the Div IV State Championships. The team is expected to be in contention for the title. The team is also very excited that two of their relay teams – the 4X800 and the Distance Medley Relay, as well as junior Colette O’Leary, have all qualified to compete in the Nationals to be held in New York on March 11th, 12th & 13th

Boys Indoor Track

The boys track team finished the regular season with a 5-1 record and won the Herget Division of the Bay State Conference.  The 4X200 relay team qualified for the National Meet in NY in March and is looking forward to competing. The team is currently preparing for the Division 4 Championship this Friday.  Cheer & Dance

Both the JV and Varsity Teams are winding down their seasons but are looking forward to February 23rd when they will be in Framingham taking part in the Bay State Conference Cheer & Dance Competition. The team is moving forward with competition practices, positive attitude and team spirit in high gear.

Girls Hockey

The Girls Hockey Team has an overall record of 9 wins-4 losses – 3 ties and is in second place in the league. They have two players that are ready to reach milestone records in scoring. Elena Kapolis has 46 Goals 50 Assists 96 career points may hit 100 soon. Julia Scannell 37 Goals 54 Assists 91 career points may hit 100 on Saturday night. Tonight, Wednesday and Saturday night are home games and Saturday night will be Senior Night. The team will be competing in the Notre Dame Academy Cougar Classic over February Vacation on Tuesday, the 16th.

Boys Hockey

The Boys Team continues to work hard as the season winds down. Their record stands at 5 wins, 8 losses and 3 ties. They will be taking part in the Woburn Tournament over February vacation on Wednesday, 17th.

Boys Basketball

The Boys Basketball program had a great win over Brookline on Tuesday night winning 72-64. Aiden Johnson led the team with 21 points followed by Jamaurie Coakley with 17 points. Sam Ferrara made some clutch three point shots down the stretch to clinch the win. The Wildcats face Dedham at Dedham on Thursday night. The Wildcats record is 6-9 overall. The team will play in the Moscardelli Tournament in Quincy on Monday the 15th.

Girls Basketball

The Girls Basketball Team is currently 4-11. The girls continue to play hard every night and hope to get on a winning streak as the season winds down. Thursday night will be Senior Night as we honor all our senior players.

Ski Team

The most recent Giant Slalom Races went very well for the Milton High School Boys & Girls Ski Team. Georgia Bell and Kate Rulon are the top girls and have an outside chance of making states, while Owen & Aidan Walsh continue to pace the boy’s team.  Tonight are the final Slalom races at Blue Hills are Georgia & Kate’s best discipline and if they do well, could move them up in the standings.

Wrestling

Milton Wrestling lost to Weymouth last Wednesday 48-24.  Last night, they faced Braintree at home at 7:00pm.  This Saturday, Milton hosts the MIAA Division 2 Metro Sectional Wrestling Tournament.  It will be an exciting day for the entire Milton Wrestling Community. Thank you to the many members of the Milton Boosters who will be volunteering and assisting throughout the day.

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to congratulate MHS junior Elena Kapolis, who not only helped the girls’ hockey team qualify for tournament last night, but who also achieved a milestone by scoring her 100th point. Congratulations to Elena and her team, and be sure to check out this team on Saturday (2/13) at Ulin Rink as they celebrate Senior Night and take on Dedham High School at 6pm.

Staff:   I would like to recognize MHS chemistry teacher Jon Diamond for his incredible work with the our MHS Robotics Club, which hosted the First Tech Challenge League Championships at the Copeland Field House this past weekend. More than 20 teams from around the region came to compete at this event, which Milton has now hosted for the second year in a row. This was a great deal of work, both for Mr. Diamond and for the students on his team, all of whom went “above and beyond.” Thank you.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the Copeland Foundation for their recent donation of a 15-passenger van to the Milton Public Schools.  This long-awaited van will be used for our high school debate team, elementary Future Problem Solvers and middle school Model UN teams, to name a few.  This is not only a huge convenience for our clubs, athletic teams and academic competition teams, but it will also be a money-saver for our district. We are very grateful to the Copeland family.

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

January 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 22•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, January 22st, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I often say that the Milton Public Schools’ arts, drama and music programs are second to none. For those who have never experienced one of these events first-hand, now is your chance. One of the highlights of the year for Pierce Middle School is currently underway. Last night’s Pierce Player’s performance of Once Upon A Mattress was a smashing success and we look forward to the rest of the scheduled performances. This musical comedy will be performed tonight, Friday, January 22nd at 7pm & Saturday, January 23rd at 2pm in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Please check www.pierceplayers.org for more information.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

January 20, 2016: This meeting began with two students from the Pierce Players, who encouraged the community to attend the upcoming production of Once Upon a Mattress. Next, members voted on the 2016-17 school year calendar and conditionally approved the Annual Report. The Finance Subcommittee submitted the FY17 Cut/Reduction List and voted to approve the FY17 fees. The Policy Subcommittee approved the Student Activities Policy and the Field Trip Policy. School Committee members voted to cancel the upcoming February 3rd meeting and instead meet on February 10, 2016, after which they adjourned to executive session.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 10th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV Studio at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Pre-School News: Any families wishing to enroll their child in a Milton Public School Preschool Program must pre-register by January 28th, 2016. Please note:

  • Children must be age 3 or 4 on or before August 31, 2016 in order to be eligible to attend the Edgehill or Blue Hill Half Day Programs.
  • Children must be age 4 on or before August 31, 2016 in order to be eligible to attend the Gile or Blue Hills Full Day Programs.
  • Pre-registration is required in order to determine enrollment and plan programs.
  • If there is high enrollment indicated by pre-registration, programs will hold lotteries on January 29, 2016.
  • The pre-registration form can be found at the following link:
  • http://tinyurl.com/preschoolpreregMPS
  • Waitlists will be maintained for each program.
  • Multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) will be treated as one entry into the lottery but each student will incur an individual tuition cost.
  • If you were unable to attend the Preschool Information Night the entire power point can be found at http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PreschoolInformationNight2016.pdf

 Kindergarten News: Kindergarten Info Night was held last night at Milton High School’s Charles C. Winchester Auditorium last night, with more than 400 people in attendance. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/KInformationNight2016FFINAL_000.pdf   If you would like more information about Kindergarten registration, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/about-student-reg.php

First Grade Info Nights will be held Monday, March 7th  2016 at 6:30pm at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Information on French Immersion, English Innovation Pathway/STEM and general curriculum information will be presented.

First Grade STEM Info Night will be held on March 11th at 6:30pm at the Cunningham/Collicot cafeteria.

MPEG NEWS

I am pleased to announce a new partnership between the Milton Public Schools and Milton Access Television. We will be collaborating to host a twice-monthly television program to discuss topics of interest to Milton Public School families and the community at large. We recently aired our first event, which was organized by our Guidance Department and was geared towards parents/guardians of college-bound students. The event, College Information Night, was a huge success, thanks to Guidance Department Head Karen Cahill and Milton Access Television executive director Mike Lynch. The show  is now available on Milton Access Television’s website. Here is the link. The program will also be rebroadcast on the education channels, which are Comcast 22 and RCN 15.  It will play all week long at 8:30pm.

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

Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our federal public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them! You can get your Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov, the official website where parents, educators, and kids can learn more.

To help engage and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates, the White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Beginning September 1, 2016, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov.

In support of Every Kid in a Park, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is raising funds to help connect fourth graders to America’s public lands and waters through transportation grants. As part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation’s public lands and waters, with a special focus on underserved and urban communities. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this strategic funding will help provide comprehensive access to all federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and public lands and waters. Transportation grants were recently awarded to the federal agencies participating in the program which include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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               Collicot students and staff have taken on the “The Great Kindness Challenge,” part of a national campaign to recognize the importance of being kind.  Along with tracking a “kindness checklist,” which offers suggestions of good deeds, students have also created dozens of beautiful posters encouraging positive behavior and are also participating in the “Kind Coins for Kenya” initiative, which is a global service project to build a new school in a Kenyan village.

Under the direction of Collicot Principal Holly Concannon, the students have immersed themselves in the culture of kindness. During an assembly, students watched a video called the “Kindness Boomerang,” which explained how a kind act can spread and “boomerang” back to the person who started it.

One of the most visible outcomes of this challenge has been the coin drive. Principal Concannon has been keeping all the coins brought in by students in her office and she said she is impressed by her students’ generosity.

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The Milton High School Debate Team is having a very successful tournament season. On Saturday, January 9th, the team travelled to Newton South High School with 20 members of the team, as well as two recent MHS graduates and debate team “alumni” who participated in the tournament as judges.

At the Newton South tournament, the following Milton High School teams achieved a 3-1 record: Tanvir Islam & Matthew Murphy;  Aislinn O’Brien & and Sindhu Banerjee; Ornella Ebongue & Jack Cullen. In addition, Lydia Horan and Domenic Jancaterino went 4-0 and made it to quarter-finals.

Kacy Dotoli, the MHS Debate Team coach, said she was very proud of the team’s performance. She also thanked the Milton High Debate Team alumni (Cormac Connors, Colman Lydon, and Olivia Erickson) who accompanied the team to Newton South and also acted as mentors to some of the novice team members during the day.

A smaller group of students were selected to compete at the Lexington Winter Invitational on January 16th and 17th at Lexington High School as part of a two-day National Tournament. The Milton High School teams of Lydia Horan & Domenic Jancaterino; Shoilee Banerjee & Ornella Ebongue; Tanvie Islam & Matthew Murphy; and Sindhu Banerjee & Aislinn O’Brien all went 3-3 at this tournament; and the remaining team of GiGi Jiang & Nuasheen Chowdhurry went 2-4 at this debate.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was submitted by our Guidance Director, Karen Cahill:

Please join us on Thursday, January 28th at 6:30pm when Drew Hailpern, from Summit Learning Center, will discuss the new SAT.  Students in the class of 2017 will be the first to experience the changes planned for the SAT so to help students and parents stay informed and prepared for the changes. Mr. Hailpern will be discussing everything you need to know about the changes and answer any questions you may have.  Parents/Guardians and students of any grade are welcome to attend.

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A series of PTO presentations have been scheduled in the month of February to discuss the upcoming FY17 Budget Cuts/Reductions. These presentations will be given by the Milton School Committee and the MPS administration. Please make an effort to attend one of the following sessions:

  • For MHS/PMS families: February 11 @ 7pm in the Milton High School library.
  • For Collicot/Cunningham families: February 22 @ 7pm in the Cunnigham/Collicot library.
  • For Tucker/Glover families: February 23 @ 7pm in the Glover library.

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The following Science Fairs will be held in February:

  • The Tucker Science fair will be held on February 4th from 4:30-6:30 at Tucker Elementary School.
  • The Collicot Science Fair will be held February 23rd and 25th at 7pm at the Cu/Co cafeteria.
  • The Cunningham Science Fair will be held on February 24th at 7pm in the Cu/Co cafeteria.

GRANTS/FUNDRAISERS

We are very grateful to the Milton Women’s Club, who recently funded a grant for the Milton Public Schools to build an Outdoor Book Swap/Library on campus at four of our MPS buildings. Once built, students and members of the community will be able to trade books outside of school hours by using a “take one/leave one” approach. The books would be housed in a weather-proof “cabinet” mounted on a pole to make the books at eye level. Other students or members of the community will be free to borrow or donate books at any hour. The beauty of this idea is that we can make literature accessible beyond the school walls and beyond the school day. We would like to build one “Outdoor Book Swap/Library” at all four elementary schools and the Pierce Middle School. We hope that this will instill a love of books and reading in our students and in the community. Again, thank you to the Milton Women’s Club.

MFE NEWS

Save the Date! The Milton Foundation for Education will be holding the 20th Annual Celebration for Education event on Saturday, April 9th at Lombardo’s in Randolph.

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The MFE is delighted to award a total of $15,000 in grants to teachers for the fall grant cycle. One of the many exciting and transformative grants went to Kerri Devin, a teacher at Pierce Middle School.  Ms. Devin proposed archeological dig equipment kits for 6th grade students to use in the outdoor classroom.  Students will be able to uncover and analyze artifacts to learn, through hands-on experience, how and why we study history.

Other grants include a digitizer for the High School which will create 3D models ready to 3D print or project onto smart boards.   Fiction and nonfiction texts will enhance classroom lending libraries at Cunningham and Collicot.  Materials to support social calm down areas and opportunities at Tucker have been approved, as has a recycling center at Glover.

None of this would be possible without the support of this generous community.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

A new group in town, Milton Playground Planners, a volunteer-based non-profit organization, is seeking to revitalize the town’s community spaces. The group is holding a kickoff fundraiser at Steel & Rye on Tuesday, January 26th from 7 to 10pm. The event will feature several raffles including prizes such as a lottery basket, food baskets, and gift cards to popular retail stores. Proceeds from the event will go to renovating the town-owned playgrounds. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.eventbrite.com and cost $40 in advance or $50 at the door. For information about future events, to get involved or donate, please visit their website, www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com.

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The following item was sent to us by the Neponset Rowing Club:

We Love Crew! Tickets are on sale now for our very special Valentine’s Day event.  We’re throwing a special event to introduce neighbors, community organizations and local businesses to the Neponset Rowing Club and our vision for the positive role rowing can play in our community.

The party takes place Sunday, January 31st at 88 Wharf Restaurant from 3:30 – 6:00pm. We’ll celebrate rowing, the Neponset River and love of community – just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Your $35 ticket includes delicious hors d’ouvres, one drink ticket, great door prizes and a swag bag stuffed with Valentine’s Day gift savings, coupons and more! Cash bar will continue throughout the afternoon. Click to buy tickets today, as quantities are limited!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/we-love-crew-tickets-20280938834?aff=EFF

BID-MILTON

BID-Milton was recently named to the 2015 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Hospital Honor Roll.  The Hospital Honor Roll names those hospitals whose performance was among the top 25 percent of those measured nationally on a set of composite quality metrics.  The metrics evaluate clinical process of care, patient experience and patient safety and are based on CMS Hospital Compare and Leapfrog data.  Further info on this program can be found under Provider Recognition Programs at www.HarvardPilgrim.org/MedDir.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Winter is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! 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 January 31 – February 6:

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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, February 6, 2016 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Little Linguists Storytime, Ages 2-6

Bonjour and Hola! Come enjoy stories, songs and activities with Mary Doherty, local language instructor. Elements of the French and Spanish languages will be introduced each week. For ages 2-6 with parent. No registration required.

Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
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.

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 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

Milton Girls Softball is now accepting registrations for the 2016 Spring Season. Milton Girls Softball is a recreational softball league open to girls in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who reside in or attend school in Milton. The season runs from mid-April to mid-June. New softball players of all ages are welcome as this is an instructional  program, yet competitive enough for everyone. The league offers five divisions:

  • Kindergarten Instructional Program ($80 per player)
  • Grades 1 and 2 ($95 per player)
  • Grades 3 and 4 ($135 per player)
  • Grades 5 and 6 ($135 per player)
  • Grades 7 and 8 ($135 per player)

Maximum cost of $210 per family

Free Pre-Season Clinics –We are offering FREE softball skills clinics to all registered girls in Grade 1 through Grade 8. Clinics will be held indoors at Dirt Dawgs in Stoughton on Sundays starting on January 24th until mid-­‐ April. Clinics are free, but space is limited and we need your 2016 Spring registration paid in full prior to the first clinic.Register online or visit www.miltonsoftball.com for info

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The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Alex Campea:

Boys Indoor Track: Congratulations to the team, with their victory last night vs. Wellesley they captured the BSC Championship and finishing the season undefeated. The team will be competing this Saturday in the Coaches Invitational Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

Girls Indoor Track is also having an outstanding season and has also captured the BSC Championship and is undefeated. The Team broke six school records in their dual meet vs. Natick.

CONGRATULATION … BOYS & GIRLS BSC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONS !

The Girls Championship Cross Country Team has been invited to the State House by Representative Walter Timilty and will visit next Wednesday, January 27th. They are very excited to have this opportunity and look forward to this experience.

Girls Basketball record is now 3 wins & 6 losses. The girl’s team is improving after a slow start and plays its next game away at Needham this Friday night.

Boys Basketball record is 3 wins & 7 losses. They have won 3 of their last 5 games and are getting better each game.

Girls Hockey is doing well with 5 wins – 2 losses and 2 ties. They will be competing in the Notre Dame Academy Cougar Classic Ice Hockey Tournament over the February break on the 16th and 18th.

Boys Hockey is competing hard and continuing to improve as their record stands at 3 wins and – 5 losses & 1 tie. They are playing this Saturday vs. Needham.

Swim Team is excited to be hosting its first-ever home varsity swim event at Blue Hills Regional this Sunday vs. Newton North.

Wrestling is working hard as always and they will be traveling to Walpole this Saturday to compete in the Bay State Conference Championship Quad Meet. Milton has been selected to host the MIAA Sectional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 13th. This will be an all-day event and with the support of all the parents in the wrestling community and the Booster Club this will be a great day to showcase our terrific facility.

Ski Team has been forced to be indoors working out prior to this week. They have had all previous meets cancelled due to lack of snow. They welcome the snow and are on the slopes this week and looking forward to begin competing.

Cheer Team has taken the opportunity to visit the weight room and has received instruction and direction from Ted Kackley, the weight room supervisor and Mr. Collyer. They will continue to learn the proper techniques needed to improve their strength and conditioning.

For sports team schedules, click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to congratulate Pierce Middle School student Emily Dobrindt, who recently represented her school as part of Project 351. Ms. Dobrindt was one of more than 250 students chosen as an “ambassador” for this project, which seeks to bring together a diverse group of 8th gradrers from each of the state’s 351 cities and towns to perform community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Staff:   I would like to thank all the administrators and teachers who have worked diligently to ensure that our recent Preschool and Kindergarten information nights were such a huge success. The amount of work that goes into these presentations is staggering and this year’s events were no exception. Both the Preschool and Kindergarten Info nights were well-attended and we have received very positive feedback from families who attended. Thanks to all those who helped to make these events a success.

Volunteers: Cunningham parent Jenn Manak recently created two beautiful new websites for her school’s Reading About Diversity committee. This was a “labor of love,” to benefit not only the Cunningham students, but the community at large. Many thanks to Ms. Manak and the Cunningham PTO, who maintains and funds the domains.  Please visit the websites at

http://www.readingaboutdiversity.org

http://www.meettheartists.org

The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students.  The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.

 

January 15th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 15•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, January 15, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”  — Martin Luther King, Jr.

I would like to be sure that all Milton Public School families know about a wonderful event taking place in our community on Monday evening to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, which is sponsored by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, will be held at the Concord Baptist Church in Milton. This year’s Keynote Speaker – LaTrelle Easterling will discuss the evening’s theme: Just Us or Justice? The Choice is Ours. The evening event will begin at 6:30pm and will feature the Milton High School Gospel Chorus, St. Mary of the Hills Liturgical Dancers, Tucker and Glover Elementary School Singers, a presentation by Milton High Students, a display of student poems & artwork, presentation of MICA Scholarship Winners and a reaffirmation of the Milton “No Place for Hate” Resolution of Respect. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. This is a perfect event for families, as all ages are welcome. Please make an effort to attend.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on January 6th. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV Studio at Milton High School. This meeting is summarized below:

January 6th: As part of the Superintendent’s Report, this meeting began with a presentation from the Tucker Site Council.  Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, along with members of the school’s Site Council, presented the School Improvement Plan. Tucker students helped with the presentation, as well. As part of the Finance Subcommittee Report, members voted on School Committee Priorities for Additions to the FY17 Contingent Budget, per Warrant Committee Request.  The Policy Subcommittee Report included a Second Reading, on the Weapons in School Policy; and a first reading on Student Activities Policy, Field Trip Policy and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Policy before the meeting adjourned to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

It’s Kindergarten Registration Time! The following are three easy steps in the pre-registration & registration process for the 2016-2017 school year:

1) Go to the link below to pre-register your child for Kindergarten before January 15, 2016.

http://goo.gl/forms/MD0HlaFHtK

2) Attend the Kindergarten Information Night.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton High School Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.

3) Registration will take place by appointment only on February 23rd, 24th & 25th.

Those who pre-register by January 15th will receive their registration appointment and packet at the Kindergarten Information Night.

If you have additional questions about Kindergarten Registration, please contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

 

Parents of pre-school aged children, please note, we are currently undergoing Preschool Registration for fall of 2016. Last night, more than 100 parents and guardians attended our Preschool Information Night at the Milton High School auditorium. To view the presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PreschoolInformationNight2016.pdf

To get more information about our Preschool programs, click here:

http://www.miltonps.org/FactSheetforPreschoolInformationNight

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Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recognizes and honors outstanding educators through various recognition programs. One way to recognize these educators is to nominate them to the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year program.  Anyone (students, colleagues, parents, supervisors, community members) may nominate teachers to the program. If you are interested in nominating a Milton Public School teacher, please click on the link below. Please note, nominations are due Friday, January 22nd, 2016.

http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/recognition/toy/#Nominate

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Please see the following item from MPS Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett:

I am very thrilled to announce that we have 28 students accepted to perform in the All State Treble Chorus this year! That equals 14% of the entire chorus!!!! Congratulations to the following students and to their chorus directors, Dawyn Sykes, April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin, for preparing them for the audition!

Collicot School: Brynne Mershon, Charlotte Dangel and Nic Maldonato.
Cunningham School: Lily McLaughlin, Anya Weinstein, Kiera Glazer and Lily Lane.
Tucker School: Isabella Baylon, Priya Shaw, Ian Wick, Logan Do, Timothy Fay, Onosetale Odion-Ukpebor and Kaitlin Schleicher.
Glover School: Anna Dembowski, Sampreeti Fitton, Sadie Leggett, Fiona McCarthy and Isabella Fiske.
Pierce Middle School: Christopher Barrett, Jordan Elliott, Delia Gaff, Ian Gravallese, Ava Lundbohm, Rohan Meier, Anna Radley, Brendan Reardon and Victoria Williams

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Please see the following item submitted by our Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan:

As the cold weather approaches, many of us are searching for fun and enriching indoor activities for our children. There are so many educational and fun museums and exhibits in and around Boston that can be taken advantage of, and the Milton Public Library offers a fantastic free/discounted museum pass program that many residents are unaware of!  Giving young children rich experiences that build their background knowledge about science and other content areas can improve their interest and achievement in school!  To take advantage of the free/discounted passes, you must be a Milton resident and have a Milton Public Library card.  Some museums in the library program include:  Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, local zoos, and more. Passes can be reserved up to a month in advance and can be reserved online or in person at the library. To learn more about the Museum Pass Program, follow this link: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL&curApp=passes

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We are pleased to announce the Pierce Players’ upcoming production of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. This musical comedy will be performed on Thursday, January 21st and Friday, January 22nd at 7pm & January 23rd at 2pm in the Pierce Middle School Auditorium.  Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults and $8 for children. To purchase tickets in advance, download the order form at www.pierceplayers.org

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Please save the date! Milton will be holding its first Winter Walk to School Day on Wednesday, February 3rd.  More information will be posted in subsequent E-blasts!

FOOD SERVICE

The following item was submitted by our Food Service Intern, Kristin Sementelli:

Milton Public Schools Gets a Smarter Lunchroom Makeover: The Department of Food Services is happy to announce that Milton Public Schools is participating in the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in an effort to encourage children to make healthy choices. Smarter Lunchrooms was developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs (the BEN Center) with the goal of equipping school lunchrooms with evidence-based tools that improve child eating behaviors and thus improve the health of children. The BEN Center has driven the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement through lab research focused on child health and behavioral sciences in the school environment. By using environmental cues such as better product placement and using creative names for healthier foods, these practical, research-based techniques increase student selection of healthier items. Milton Public Schools have already begun to utilize many of the techniques encouraged by Smarter Lunchrooms such as having fruit options available near all registers and encouraging students to select healthy choices, but hope to further implement these techniques in the coming year.

We have developed new signage for our daily menus and our food service managers are using fun names to describe our fruits and vegetable daily selections. Calling carrot sticks, “X-ray vision carrot sticks”, has been proven to help the child to not only select the carrot sticks but increase their consumption by up to 27%.  The Milton School Food Service Program is so fortunate to have been selected by USDA to be part of this cutting edge study.  Our four elementary school food service staff participated in on site visits at the end of last school year and will be visited again this spring to continue with the training tools that have been provided to us.  Our dietetic intern will be doing more on-site training at each elementary school in the next few weeks and bringing this new program to our middle and high schools in February 2015.  The staff is so excited with the new changes and has really noticed that the students are selecting more fruits and vegetables with their meals.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please join us in celebrating The Milton Community’s Annual Memorial Celebration to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This event, sponsored by Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, will be held Monday Evening, January 18th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave in Milton. Please click here for more information.

The following item was sent to us by the Milton Early Childhood Alliance:

Learning Through Play Toddler and Preschool Play Group: Our free Learning Through Play Toddler and Preschool Play Group returns! A facilitator led, language and literacy play group for moms, dads, and grandparents with their children will be held on Thursday mornings from 9-10am, February 4 to March 10, 2016, at Discovery School-house, 101 Blue Hills Parkway in Milton. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Milton residents will be prioritized. For more information, click here or visit the MECA website.

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The following item was sent to us by a new group in town, the Milton Playground Planners:

Please join the Milton Playground Planners on Tuesday, January 26th at Steel & Rye restaurant for a Kick Off Event. Be among the first to see initial design proposals for the new playgrounds. We’ll have food, raffles and a sneak peek at equipment renderings.  The event is from 7-10pm and Steel & Rye is located at 95 Eliot Street in Milton. Tickets to this fundraising event are $50 at the door or $40 in advance by visiting

http://www.miltonplaygroundplanners.com/events.html

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Milton Reads 2016 is Revealed! The votes are tallied and the results are in. By popular choice, the 2016 selection for Milton Reads is Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. Dead Wake is the true story of the attack on the luxury ocean liner Lusitania by a German submarine during World War I. It is a suspenseful story that switches between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America during the period.

“We are delighted that so many Milton readers were involved in the Milton Reads selection process for their next book,” says Library Director Will Adamczyk. “The library has ordered lots of extra copies, so everybody can read Dead Wake now and be ready to celebrate it in March!”

The public is encouraged to check out the book from the library (it is also available as an audio book), and then enjoy the cultural events for adults and families throughout the month of March.

Last spring, the Milton Reads Committee, which includes library staff, trustees, and Friends of the Library, solicited book ideas from the public. “Over the summer, we read, read, read, explains library trustee Frank Schroth, who founded the program.  “We narrowed the list down to five books, on which the public voted, and we had a clear winner,” says Schroth.

Look for upcoming events in March related to Milton Reads 2016. Milton Reads and its programming are sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Monday, January 18, 2016
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, January 22, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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, January 23, 2016 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Sensory Storytime, All Ages

If other storytimes have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you are looking for! Join presenter Miss Kerri for fine/gross motor activities, songs and wonderful stories.  A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions. This program is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays ALONG WITH their typically developing peers and siblings. All ages welcome, with parent or caregiver; no registration required.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Art with Ginny, Grades K-3

Children in grades K-3 can join Ginny Brearley and create an artistic masterpiece to take home. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton 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 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 Alex Campea:

Girls Indoor Track

The girls’ track team beat Natick 62-38 last Thursday. They were led by the school-record-breaking performance of the 4x400m relay team Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell and Alexis Belash. The team also finished second at the Div IV Relay Championships last Friday. At this meet, the team broke SIX school records during the meet! The highlight was the Distance Medley Relay team (Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Bridget Mitchell and Sophie Cousineau), who broke the D4 meet record and qualified for Nationals.

Boys Indoor Track

The boys’ track team remains undefeated with two regular season meets left.  Last Friday, the team won second place overall in the D4 State Relay track meet, setting two records in the process. The 4×50 team broke the D4 meet record with a time of 22:38; and the 4×200 relay team also broke the meet record, but finished second to Norton. The boys look forward to capturing the Bay State League title within the next two weeks.

Wrestling

It was an excellent showing for Milton last weekend as we competed in the Cohasset Tournament.  Zack Fischer took 1st place, Pat MacDonnell 2nd place, Miles Easterling 2nd place, Matt Labelle 3rd place and Mark Labelle 3rd place.  Several other wrestlers won matches overall as a team we finished in 4th place.  At the Framingham meet, Milton faced one of the top teams in the state, Framingham and lost 51-21.  Still it was a positive showing as we competed very hard against them.  This Saturday, Milton travels to Canton High for a quad meet to face, Canton, Malden and Malden Catholic.

Ski

The weather is finally starting to cooperate and the MHS Boys & Girls Ski Teams are training very hard at Blue Hills. Georgia Bell looks like she is ready to ski to her first appearance in the Mass. State Ski Championships while Owen Walsh, Aiden Walsh, & Kyle Loria all show championship promise. The varsity racers will have a light week of racing and practice due to the league’s rule of not scheduling races during the mid-year exam period.

Cheer

The Varsity & JV Squads are preparing to cheer for our MHS basketball team’s games against Dedham tonight. We were also visited by Mr. Collyer, who will be preparing a strength and conditioning program for our all our athletes … this will be very exciting. Please remember our Sweet Frog Fundraiser on January 26th. Hope to see you there!

Girls Basketball

The girls basketball team improved to 2-5 record with a 50-34 win at Framingham on Tuesday night. Joanna Needham and Jeanmarie Fallon led the team with 10 points each. The team will travel to Dedham tonight looking for their third win.

Boys Basketball

The Wildcats are currently 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the Bay State Conference. Last week saw victories on the road at Walpole and Wellesley. Milton lost at Framingham on Tuesday 53-59. Tonight, the Wildcats host the Dedham Marauders at 630pm.

Swim

The Varsity Swim Team has competed in two very tough meets against Needham and Natick during the past week. Our coed team competed against all-male teams, yet placed and scored very well. Against Needham, Emma Heller placed second and Noel McCampbell placed third in the 100 free, Alex Rene placed third in the 50 free, Grace Curran placed third in the 100 back; and Emme Schewe placed third in the 100 breaststroke. In the 200 Yard Medley Relay, Maia Adley, Grace Curran, Emma Heller, and Emme Schewe took third place. In the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, Grace Curran, Leah Corcoran, Della Jrolf, and Noel McCampbell took third place. In the meet against Natick, Emme Schewe took third in the 100 butterfly, Grace Dwyer took third in the 500 free, Maia Adley placed second and Grace Curran placed third in the 100 backstroke, Grace Curran also placed third in the 200 free, and in our 400 Free Relay, Grace Dwyer, Maia Adley, Noel McCampelle and Alex Rene took second place. The team has been working very hard and the competition has been strong.

Girls Ice Hockey

Last Tuesday night’s final score was Milton 6 & Framingham 6. It was a big comeback after being down 4-0 early in the game. Our League Record is 3-1-2 & Overall Record 4-2-2. Top scores are Elena Kapolis with 11 Goals, 12 Assists;  Julia Scannell with 8 Goals, 10 Assists; Laura Hill with 7 Goals, 11 Assists. This line is one of the top lines in the league and the state. Defense is playing well, with Meghan McDougall, Kate Driscoll, Caroline Johnson, Bella Calcagno and Bella Simeone. Goalie Mary O’Connell is getting better every day. The next game will be Saturday 1-16-16 vs. Dedham at Nobles at 11:45am. Hope to see some fans out to support the Girls Varsity Hockey Team.

Boys Hockey

Boys’ Hockey Team is competing but coming up short on the scoreboard. We lost to Framingham, 2-0, despite an excellent 35 save performance by Junior Bobby Lesenechal. Our record is now; 2 wins, 5 losses and 1 tie.

Pierce Middle School Basketball

The Pierce Boys basketball team lost a close game to Stoughton on Tuesday 51-49. Pierce trailed for most of the game but fought back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Stoughton hit a difficult long range three pointer as time ran out for the win. Kevin Swanton, Zach Vaughan, and Earl Tucker led the way for Pierce. The three of them controlled the rebounding on both ends of the floor and played tenacious defense the entire game. Pierce looks to bounce back tonight when it travels to Pembroke. The first home game will be Tuesday 1/19 vs. Calvary Chapel Academy.

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

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