Milton Public Schools

August 29th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 29•16

Attention Milton High School families! There have been changes to traffic patterns and parking this year on the MHS campus. Please click here to view a map of the changes.

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, August 29th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to be sure, now that the start of school is upon us, that everyone is aware of one of our most valuable resources here in the Milton Public Schools. Several years ago, as part of our Advancement Budget, we created the position of Family Outreach Liaison. This job is aptly filled by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, whose responsibilities span a broad variety of duties. Ms. McKenna can help our Milton Public School families with many issues, among which are:

  • Ms. McKenna works to ensure that residents of Milton with preschool age children have access to information pertaining to all of our preschools, including programs offered, cost of each program, lottery procedure, registration process and family expectations.
  • In order to establish a strong school-home connection, Ms. McKenna works closely with the school registrar, residency and registration coordinators, principals, teachers and staff to identify families new to the district. She communicates with families via telephone, email, school or home visits offering assistance with orientation to our district and provides information and materials covering a wide range of services: Edline, free and reduced lunch, mentoring program, transportation, after school activities and clubs, youth sports, school athletic programs and community resources.
  • Ms. McKenna works collaboratively with school administrators, PTO leadership teams and ESL coordinator to provide programming that is inclusive of all families, promoting intercultural understanding and respect in the school community.
  • By working closely with community resources to develop working relationships, Ms. McKenna is in contact with churches, temples, community groups and ancillary service providers.  She attends community events and collaborates with other school community liaisons to share information and resources.
  • Because family involvement in a child’s education is paramount to a student’s success, Ms. McKenna works with School Administrators, teachers and staff to identify students, at risk and/or not meeting academic or attendance expectations. She will reach out to families via telephone calls, school and/or home visits to increase involvement in their child’s education and to develop a strong partnership between school and home in order to improve student outcomes.

If the need arises, please be sure to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna, our Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or call her at 617-980-7343.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The most recent School Committee meeting was held on August 24th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held at  pm in Milton High School’s television studio, Room 245.

August 24th: This meeting began with several back-to-school updates as part of the Superintendent’s Report, as well as approval of the school handbooks for each school. School Committee members approved the vendor warrants and four policies before adjourning. To watch the recording of this meeting, please click here.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Science Curriculum

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

     The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum Framework in April, 2016.  For the two school years prior to the final approval, the middle school science teachers were working with both the previous and draft standards in mind.  Now that the new standards have been adopted, we will be making some adjustments to better align our curriculum units.

The eighth grade science team at the Pierce Middle School spent time this summer working on two different projects. They spent time developing an engaging climate change project that will be a new addition to our Weather Unit. The goal of this project is to connect the different activities throughout the unit with new standards related to the relationship between the Earth and Human Activity. Research and our own experience tells us that students learn more when they understand the relevance and connection between content and their lives and we believe this project will create that opportunity for students. Our eighth grade team is hoping to deepen understanding of weather and climate by providing students with rich experiences that will allow them to work collaboratively to analyze data and present their findings using a variety of resources related to climate change.

All eighth grade students take the Science, Technology and Engineering MCAS in the spring. Unlike other content areas, the Science MCAS covers three years of content.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the entire science department looked at student data and identified key concepts and sample questions that would be helpful for students to review prior to taking the assessment.  The second project the Grade 8 science team focused on this summer was a continuation of this work as they are currently developing resources to help eighth grade students review key science and technology/engineering concepts covered in the 6th and 7th grade.  As we start the 2016-2017 school year, the Pierce Science Department has another exciting year of science planned for our students.

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

The science department at Milton High School has spent the past year focusing on rewriting curriculum to align with the newly adopted Massachusetts Science, Technology and Engineering Frameworks.  In the process of curriculum revision the department has focused on increasing the use of both inquiry and technology in all science classes. During the fall of 2015, all high school science teachers attended a PD session at PTC in Needham to increase use of inquiry and STEM across all science disciplines. This PD allowed teachers to further explore student centered lessons allowing students to model, design, and build assessments focused on science and STEM content. In February 2016, the high school science department received PD from Vernier to further allow teachers to explore the use of their technology in the science classrooms. Funded through STEM Advancement and grant approvals by the MFE, all classes will be working with Vernier technology in science classes for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. This summer, the department continues to modify lab investigations and assessments to reflect the increased modeling and designing seen across the new standards, as well as preparing for the increased use in technology.  The department will also be offering a full Engineering elective during the 2016-2017 school year, currently being designed by both teachers and administrators.

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Dean of Students, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald:

Punctuality matters. Students make their first commitment to learning when they arrive to school on time. Similarly, teachers and administrators make their first commitment to establish a disciplined and efficient learning environment when they hold students accountable for being on time. At the Pierce Middle School, students are considered late for school if they are not seated in their first period class by 7:57 a.m. We mark students who arrive to their first period classes after 7:57 a.m. “Tardy.” We only consider students “excused” if they are late due to one of the reasons listed for “acceptable absences” in the Pierce Middle School Student Handbook (i.e. medical appointment that could not be scheduled outside of school hours, death in the family, observance of religious holiday, or court appearance for the student). Parents/guardians should inform us when their children are late or are going to be late, and provide a note that explains the tardiness. The attendance will reflect that a student is “Tardy Unexcused” if he or she arrives late without a note or for a reason other than those listed in the handbook. Please note that reasons such as heavy traffic, weather, and over-sleeping (as well as other unacceptable reasons) will be marked as “Tardy Unexcused”.

The teachers and administrators at Pierce recognize that mornings can be a chaotic time for many families, including our own, and that getting out of the house on time can be challenging. We also know that weather and unpredictable traffic can hinder even the most concerted efforts to be on time. Regardless, the expectation at Pierce is that students are seated in class by 7:57 a.m. The Pierce Middle School Student Handbook and Massachusetts General Law support this expectation. Students who arrive late to school compromise not only their learning, but also their classmates’ learning and their teachers’ preparation. Additionally, education research suggests that students who arrive to school on time confront fewer academic and behavioral issues in school, and ultimately find more success after graduation.

Punctuality matters, and therefore it is a priority for us to support you in getting your student to school on time. The parents/guardians of children who are frequently tardy will be invited to meet with school administrators to create a plan to help their child arrive to school earlier. However, we encourage you to reach out to us before your child’s tardiness becomes a problem. If you would like our assistance in getting your child to school on time, please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor or Dr. Fitzgerald, the Dean of Students, to arrange a time to come into school. It is also important to note that students who are frequently tardy to school – or class – will receive disciplinary consequences and may forfeit their participation in extra-curricular activities. Again, if at any time during the upcoming school year you worry that your son or daughter is arriving late too many times, please contact us to arrange a time to meet. Your child’s safety and success are our primary concerns and we welcome the chance to help you ensure that tardiness does not compromise either.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

The Milton Public School’s elementary readers have been very busy this summer! We have partnered once again with the Milton Public Library and, as of today, 554,748 minutes have been logged on the MPL’s Summer Reading website! We’ve topped our goal of 500,000 minutes and are still going strong. Keep up the extraordinary reading and keep logging until August 30!

Readers, in order to share your summer reading log, please log into the MPL’s Summer Reading web page and view your log. At the top of the page there’s a button that says “Print the Log.” Please print it and bring it to school on the first day. Your teachers, principals and Mrs. Henry can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading!

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

Nationally Recognized STEM Summer Program in the Milton Public Schools! Camp Invention Encourages Creativity, Problem Solving Through STEM Learning

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), took place at the Tucker Elementary School this summer for students district-wide and beyond entering grades 1-6.  Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention is encouraging children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, they have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.  Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.

The camp that was held in Milton is called Epic™, inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Epic™ features hands-on modules like CrickoBot™, where Campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park ™, where Campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Learn more about this year’s curriculum here.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Here in Milton, we have seven Milton Public Schools staff members involved, and ten Milton High Schools students volunteering at the camp.  There are 110 enthusiastic students who participated in the camp!

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The following message was sent to all Milton High School freshmen via Naviance and shared with us by the MHS Guidance Department:

On behalf of the Guidance Department at Milton High School I would like to welcome you and your child to Milton High School. This email is being sent to you through Naviance, a web-based program that the guidance department uses to email students with community service opportunities, information on college open houses, and to work with students on the college process including college research, career interests and resume writing.

When you see these emails, please take some time to read them and pass along to your child. The freshman class will activate their Naviance accounts at the end of September in Group Guidance and then they will receive these emails as well. As we begin the school year, please understand the guidance office is a very busy place with new students arriving and last minute schedule changes being made.  Please know if you call or email us we will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope your child will join us at New Student Orientation on Monday, August 29th at 12pm. As part of orientation, students will receive their schedules, homeroom assignments and learn their way around the building. If you have any questions or concerns throughout the year please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Guidance assignments for the Class of 2020 are listed below by counselor:

Mrs. Spinelli     lspinelli@miltonps.org<mailto:lspinelli@miltonps.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5529<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205529> for students with last names A- El Sayed

Ms. Bernard     lbernard@miltonps.org<mailto:lbernard@miltonps.org>, 617-696-4470 ext. 5528<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205528> for students with last names Elfer-Liu

Mr. Devlin         sdevlin@miltonps.org<mailto:sdevlin@miltonps.org>,   617-696-4470 ext. 5527<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205527> for students with last names Lorden-Possi

Mr. Guarino     rguarino@miltonps.org<mailto:rguarino@miltonps.org> 617-696-4470 ext, 5526<tel:617-696-4470%20ext%2C%205526> for students with last names Quijano-Tucker

Mrs. Cahill       kcahill@miltonps.org<mailto:kcahill@miltonps.org>,   617-696-4470 ext. 5530<tel:617-696-4470%20ext.%205530> for students with last names V-Z

Mrs. MacDougall is the Guidance Admin Assistant and can be reached at cmacdougall@miltonps.org<mailto:cmacdougall@miltonps.org> or at 617-696-4470 ext. 5533

For our SENIORS:

We will hit the ground running with the college application process for many of our seniors. Please pay close attention to emails that are sent out to our seniors about deadlines and application expectations. You can always find out more information by logging onto your Naviance account (both students and parents/guardians have accounts) and looking into the Document Library for upcoming College Open Houses in the area, Financial Aid information and what steps are involved in college application process.As always, please contact your child’s guidance counselor with any questions.

Upcoming dates:

MEFA (Mass Educational Financing Authority) Information Night: October 26th College Info Night, Tuesday, November 1st.

More details to come about these two informative nights!

SUMMER READING

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

Are you still looking for that perfect book for your free choice summer reading option? In addition to asking friends, family members, teachers and librarians for recommendations there are many great online resources available. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recently opened the polls for the 2016 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the list for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also publishes “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” lists every four years. They are broken down into areas of interest: Arts and Humanities; History and Cultures; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Technology and Social Sciences.

If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page. Enjoy the last few days of summer. Happy Reading!

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We had our fourth and final story time last week at Cunningham Park, with 78 participants. This is the third year of the MPL, MPS, MECA partnership and it just keeps getting bigger and better.  Each family went home with a new book, which you can see displayed on the fence.  During our first story time in July, each child went home with a book but it was so popular we needed to limit it to one per family so we wouldn’t run out.  This program was huge success this summer, thanks to the cooperative work between community resources.

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books1MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following items were sent to us by MHS Music Teachers Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good:

The Wildcat Marching Band held their annual band camp from August 15-19 at Milton High School. We were joined by Percussion Instructor and new Pierce Band Director Morgan Schneider and Colorguard Instructor Grace Marinilli to lead the band in learning their halftime show “The Music of Coldplay”. Members of the Marching Band practiced from 8 am- 3 pm for five days in order to learn the entire halftime show, culminating in a preview performance for a large crowd of parents, friends and alumni of the band on the last day of camp.  Drum Majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan, Colorguard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Drum Major Isaac Savona served as outstanding student leaders throughout the camp.

Last year, the band received generous donations from the Milton Community and the the Copeland Family allowing them to purchase uniforms. In addition, the band also received a donation from the Seattle Foundation that aided in purchasing “tough terrain frames” for all of their percussion equipment, allowing them to expand the percussion section. Enrollment in the marching band is up to 58 students from last year?s 42, which moves the Wildcats into division 2 when they take the competition field in October! You can catch the Wildcat Marching Band perform at all home varsity football games this fall!

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Come be a part of the Applied Lesson Program (ALP)! Parents/Guardians who have a child in Grades 4 and above, please note that the Applied Lesson Program Beginner Registration Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13, from 7:00-8:30 at Milton High School. See additional info below:

What’s Beginner Registration Night? You can register for beginner lessons with the ALP teacher and rent an instrument. Bring 2 checks?one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company. No lessons will be scheduled without payment.

Payment for SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night. Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher.  Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices:

Johnson String (www.johnsonstring.com)
Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com)
Needham Music (http://needhammusicanddance.com)
Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com) will be present at the registration, but other companies may also come.

No rental fee: The Milton Music Department owns some instruments and these will be given out on a first come first served basis. Parents have to sign a yearly contract ensuring that they are financially responsible for repairs; there is no rental fee.

Availability: There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, contact Rebecca Damiani, rdamiani@miltonps.org and Gary Good, ggood@miltonps.org on Wednesday, September 14 to find out if there are any spots left.

Nota bene!

* ALP does not offer lessons in recorder or piano.
* Students must be in 4th grade or above to register.
* No students in grades lower than 4th will be registered on September 13.
* If there are available slots AFTER September 16, younger students can register.
* This registration night is for BEGINNERS only.

Continuing students should contact their lesson teachers directly to register.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

Bus routes for the 2016-17 school year are posted here. If you have questions, please email Transportation Director Jake Smith at bus@miltonps.org

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS

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

To all our new families, welcome to the Milton Public Schools! Transitioning to a new school can be difficult for some students no matter what grade they will be entering. Below, please find an article offering tips to help your child transition, written by Dr. Meryl Ain and featured in Parenting Magazine. Whether your child is moving up from nursery school to kindergarten, or changing schools for any number of reasons, there are steps you can take now to ease the transition for your child.

Whatever the age of your child, it’s a good idea to arrange a visit to the new school. A visit will demystify the new school environment by enabling your child to see the physical building, including classrooms, playground, and cafeteria. Meeting school personnel will also familiarize your child with the new cast of characters in his or her life.

There are also many excellent children’s books that deal with school, such as Curious George Goes to School by Margret Rey, and The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan and Stan Berenstain. My all-time favorite book for children and adults of all ages is Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. It inspires kids of all ages to be bold and courageous in new situations.

Here are some tips to help you and your child become comfortable in the new school.

  1. It’s normal for both you and your child to be anxious about entering a new school, but if you have concerns, please don’t express them to your child. Express confidence and optimism about his/her ability to meet the new challenges.
  2. Look for opportunities for your child to meet his/her classmates over the summer. Check with the school principal, PTO, social organizations and other groups to find connections.
  3. If your child has special needs, such as a learning disability or food allergy, work with the new school as far in advance as possible to determine placement and to line up services and support.
  4. Keep the spark of learning alive during the summer. Students can lose from one to three months of learning during the summer, so plan to keep your child engaged by encouraging reading, word games, math and nature activities. Simply cooking and baking with kids can help develop math, reading, and science skills.
  5. Call the PTO president and introduce yourself.       Parent organization leaders are in a good position to share information and issues about the new school with you. Ask how you can contribute your skills and interests. Getting actively involved in your child’s new school benefits you and your child! Research indicates that the more involved parents are, the more successful their own children will be.
  6. Know the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of your children’s teachers, principal, and school nurse. By all means, contact them if you have questions or concerns.
  7. Become familiar with your school and school district websites, and check them for calendar changes, meeting announcements and minutes, news, policies and procedures, and other information.
  8. Check your mail for the publication of the annual calendar/directory. Keep it in an accessible place.
  9. Find out how your school communicates important information to parents and then be alert to those messages. Is it by automated phone message, e-mail blasts, electronically through systems such as Parent Portal, newsletters, snail-mail, or in your kids’ backpacks?

Staying on top of information and issues will enable you to be a proactive and informed parent. Your ongoing engagement, support, and encouragement will expedite your child’s transition into the new school.

If you are new to the district and have any questions or need additional information to help make your child’s transition to school a smooth one please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

FACILITIES UPDATE

Below is a report by William Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities and Robert Mayhew, Operations Manager:

During the summer months, there is a long list of facilities and cleaning projects that are accomplished at each school location. A few of the major projects completed this summer involved a redesign of the roadway and parking area at the entrance to the Copeland Field House.  Improvements include new asphalt paving, granite curbing, drainage basins, lane markings and a new traffic pattern.  New LED lighting was installed in the courtyard and new gym flooring was installed in new Wildcat Wellness Center at Milton High School. At Glover Elementary, the solar array system on the gym roof was structurally upgraded and completed, a new concrete walkway was installed, the fire alarm was upgraded and a new security system was installed. At Tucker Elementary, a new soccer play area and fencing was installed. At the Pierce Middle School, new vinyl flooring was installed in a few locations.  At the Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools, the front playground wall was repaired and new drainage line installed to minimize the future drainage issues.

Throughout the summer months, most of the specialized facilities inspections and major cleaning at each of our school building is completed. Many of the HVAC systems are overhauled, all of the life safety equipment is tested and certified, (fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, fire pump, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting).  All of the emergency generators, elevators, drinking fountains and Integrated Pest Management and air quality inspections are completed.

In addition, all of the school classrooms, offices and common hallways are impeccably cleaned and waxed by the district custodians. All of the carpets are cleaned and disinfected and painting projects are completed. The entire facilities, custodial and seasonal staff works tirelessly all summer long to make sure the schools are in great shape for opening day.

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New mini-soccer pitch at Tucker Elementary School playground!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was sent to us by the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Tracy Grandeau:

We are looking forward to an amazing 2016-17 school year! Three highlights of the year will be the continuation of the Inclusion Task Force, ongoing implementation of the PCG report recommendations, and the Coordinated Program Review (CPR).

The Inclusion Task Force was formed in February of 2016 and its members include representatives from school committee, parents, community leaders, and staff. The Inclusion Task Force has met monthly and will continue to work hard in the coming school year. The task force strives to promote the inclusion and a set of structured and consistent inclusive practices across the district and community.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the district contracted Public Consulting Group (PCG) to evaluation the efficiency and efficacy of the special education programs and services. After visiting classrooms, reviewing data, and meeting with representatives of the school community, PCG published a report. This report is available online under the School Committee section on the district’s website. Over the next few years, staff and community members will continue to work on reviewing the report and developing action plans to implement many of the recommendations made by PCG. This process will help to improve the instruction and services for our students.

The district will be participating in a Coordinated Program Review this coming semester. Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be visiting the district in December to review compliance and procedures regarding Civil Rights, ELL, and special education services. Parents may be asked to participate in interviews and a report will be made public several months after the onsite visit.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools. Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.  Paid lunch is $2.00 elementary, $2.25 for middle school and $2.25/$2.50 for the high school.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private. All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

 

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2016-2017
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,978 $1,832 $   423
2 $29,637 $2,470 $ 570
3 $37,296 $3,108 $   718
4 $44,955 $3,747 $   865
5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012
6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
Each additional person: $+7,696 $ +642 $   +148

Households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from: SNAP, FDPIR, TANF.  No application is required for free meal benefits as these programs now communicate with schools directly. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice or you do not receive a letter from the food service director in the mail the household should contact the School Food Service Program and have benefits extended to that child.

Applications are available on the Milton Schools website at www.miltonps.org, in your child’s school’s main office and at the Food Service Departments office located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton, MA 0286. Contact Jackie Morgan with any questions or concerns at jmorgan@miltonps.org

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Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat.

Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school.  For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.

If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!   A great breakfast program is offered at each of our six schools every day.  This is available every day twenty minutes before the bell rings. School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25!  If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

What your children eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning.  School breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class.  Eating a well balanced breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.  Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.  We all know that when students eat breakfast, they perform better and are better able to concentrate.

Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not.  Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.  Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits later in life.

Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast.  As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards are being implemented into your child’s school breakfast.  These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options.  According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products.  There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option.  Request a menu so you can view what your child may be eating at school.

Instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children eat a healthy meal, let us do the work. They can get a great breakfast at school, and there will be no dishes for you to wash!   Let’s help students to perform better every day, by making sure they eat a healthy breakfast.  Mornings can be rushed, but it is important to make time for breakfast.  Make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast!  All of the schools in Milton offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school.  There is no need to sign up, just show up.  Each school also has supervision available.

We are now piloting breakfast in the classroom at Tucker Elementary School with our Grade Pre-K, Grade 2 and Grade 3. Breakfast begins for this small group at the bell and children can eat at their desks as their day is beginning.

Contact Jackie Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at jmorgan@miltonps.org or at 617-898-1051.

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

The Importance of Being Little:

https://www.amazon.com/Importance-Being-Little-Preschoolers-Grownups/dp/0525429077

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is almost over – but fun family activities continue 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 storytime on Tuesday evening, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 4 – 10:

Monday, September 5, 2016
LIBRARY CLOSED

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, All Ages

Come find us for story time at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Friday, September 9, 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, September 10, 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.  To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Save the Date! The Forbes House Museum’s Annual Keechong Dinner will be held Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 pm at The Granite Links Golf Club, The Hannon Ballroom, 100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy, MA

This year’s Guest Speaker will be Mark Wilson, Statewide Curator & Cultural Resources Manager, Trustees of the Reservation. Mr. Wilson will speak on the topic, “Restoration of the Chinese Temple Garden at Naumkaeg.” The Keechong Dinner tradition began in 1879, established by the partners of Perkins & Co. and Russell & Co. to renew the ties of friendship formed during their trading years in China and exchange the latest news of events in China. The Annual Keechong Dinner is a continuation of the tradition. “Keechong” means literally “flag of American prosperity” – a reference to the blue and white flag flown by both Perkins and Russell companies which symbolized American maritime and commercial supremacy.

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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Police Department:

Applications are now being accepted for position of school crossing guards. Job Posting – School Crossing Guards… fb.me/6r4ZXZT6y

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Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) Has Two Important Announcements

1) The Coalition’s yearlong Community Assessment has been completed, including the results of the Parent Survey and Community Focus Groups. It will be presented at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on Monday September 19th at 7pm. Limited seating.   2) The Coalition seeks self-nominations for its Core Stakeholder Group. Application deadline is August 30th.

Please click here for details.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Public School parent Greg Gordon:

Many of our Milton runners take part in the Brookline Symphony Orchestra 5K Fun Run.  As always, the event takes place on the last Sunday in September at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.   We’ll have musicians from the orchestra playing live classical music for you to enjoy as you run, jog or stroll around the flat, two-loop dirt path.  Who wouldn’t like to hear five tubas playing The Beatles on a beautiful crisp, early autumn morning?  The race is family-friendly and t-shirts are guaranteed to all who register by September 2nd.   On another note, I’m very excited to announce that the Brookline Symphony Orchestra has been selected as an official charity partner of Team Brookline and will field a team of runners in the 2017 Boston Marathon! We are eagerly looking for individuals who are interested in supporting the Brookline Symphony Orchestra by running the Boston Marathon as one of our official charity runners.  Please contact me if you think you might be interested in applying for one of our bibs.  Visit the Team Brookline page for details and official application. I hope to see you at the 5K Fun Run on Sunday, September 25th!

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Please be advised that the Milton DPW Recycling Center will be OPEN on Saturday September 3rd. There will be no changes due the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Recycling Center will be open from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm (noon). The Recycling Center is open the first Saturday of each month and its hours of operation are 9 am – noon. The Recycling Center no longer accepts cash or personal checks. Drop-off costs are as follows:

  • TVs and computer monitors — $9 each. Just put 3 (three) $3 stickers on each item.
  • Refrigerators, air conditoners, de-humidifiers –$9 each. Just place 3 $3 stickers on each item.  (Please remove refrigerator doors before bringing to Recycling Center.)

All other drop-off items are free. These include:

  • Metal items (including hot water heaters, stoves, washers and dryers, file cabinets, bikes, grills (remove fuel), etc.
  • Propane Tanks: remove from grill, requires $3.00 sticker.
  • Books (hardcover and softcover in good condition);
  • Fluorescent bulbs; compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Items containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, also elemental mercury); and
  • Non-alkaline batteries (rechargeable batteries, etc.).

Please note that household ‘alkaline’ batteries (AAA, C, D, etc.) are not considered hazardous and should be thrown out in your regular trash.

ATHLETICS

Below are some of our fall coaches, along with our new Athletic Director, Eric Karjel (front row, far right) — good luck to all our student athletes and their coaches this season!

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MHS Fall Coaches 2016

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/day/08-26-2016/

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Student: As many of you know, our building and grounds for all six Milton Public Schools get a deep cleaning and sprucing up every summer. Part of the crew responsible for this work is made up of students from Milton High School.  These hardworking custodians and landscapers work alongside our staff members to get everything ready for back-to-school. I am told that this year’s crew was the best ever, and I would like to thank all of our high school students who helped with the hard work of getting our buildings looking beautiful.

Staff/Volunteer: One of our Pierce Middle School’s Guidance Counselors, Erin MacCurtain, spent a few weeks in Fiji this summer as a volunteer with the home building team from Habitat for Humanity. Ms. MacCurtain was inspired to take this trip after visiting the Foreman Gym with Pierce Academy students last year.George Foreman IV told students to “fight it forward” during their visit, and Ms. MacCurtain took those words to heart!

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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.

 

August 12th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 12•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Please note: School begins for Grades 1-12 on Wednesday, August 31st. Also, here are the most frequently dialed numbers this  time of year:

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Every year, during the summer months, we make improvements to our buildings and grounds. This summer, among other projects, we added parking spots outside the Copeland Field House, saw the creation of an incredible outdoor classroom at Pierce and improved the playgrounds at Cunningham and Collicot.

But the project I’m most excited about was the installation of our Little Free Libraries. Thanks to a generous grant from the Milton Woman’s Club, we have purchased these libraries for our schools. The first one is up and running at Glover Elementary School and the remainder will be installed during the next week or so.

For those of you who are not familiar with Little Free Library concept, they are a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but our MPS libraries are large wooden “houses” with shelving and a door. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. These book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community. We are stocking the libraries with a few books to get things rolling, but once school is in session, we are hoping that the “take a book, leave a book,” concept catches on and the books come and go naturally.

As an educator, of course I am an advocate of this idea since it encourages early literacy, family reading, community involvement and better access to reading materials. But as a book lover, I am also excited to see how these libraries work in the real world! Please feel free to check out our libraries and possibly find (or leave!) a great book. In addition to thanking the Milton Woman’s Club, I would like to thank MPS Communications Specialist Moira Downes and  Consolidated Facilities Operations Manager Bob Mayhew for the special attention they gave to turning this concept into a reality.

library

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, which I will summarize in my next newsletter. The next School Committee meeting will be held August 24th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As I mentioned in my introduction, there has been a transformation at Pierce Middle School this summer. Milton resident Beth Neville, an accomplished artist who has been responsible for initiating and sponsoring many art programs and projects for Milton’s residents and youth over the years, has poured her energy into creating an outdoor classroom at Pierce this summer.  Ms. Neville worked closely with Pierce Middle School’s principal, teachers and students – as well as our Consolidated Facilities Department — to create the Pierce Gardens.  She wrote successful grants to several organizations here in Milton to fund the cost of building the flats, shed, etc.  I am pleased to report they are gorgeous! Great job and thank you!

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UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following update was sent to us by Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai:

The Tucker School community was excited to recently begin the first phase of their playground initiative. The Tucker Site Council began the planning of the project in 2014, which will include a 40 x 70 soccer mini-pitch, new landscaping, game tables, surfaces games, and many places to sit, eat and come together — creating an outdoor experience that all of our students and neighbors will be able to enjoy.

With funds raised from the Copeland Foundation, private donors and our recent t-shirt sales, Tucker is close to their final goal having raised more than $25,000! As they move forward they applaud the efforts of students and families that have creatively funded the project like Zahria Daley, a rising third grade student, recently raised $63 selling lemonade at Shields Park over the weekend! If you are interested in supporting the initiative you can make a financial or time commitment today to a member of the Site Council, directly to the Tucker School principal (emcneilgirmai@miltonps.org) or using http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0844aca92da6fc1-tucker3 .

lemonade stand

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

Summer Reading Challenge: We are almost there!  Last year, readers participating in the summer reading challenge read over 484,000 minutes.  This year’s goal is to beat that record and read over 500,000 minutes, that’s over HALF A MILLION minutes.  As of August 8th, children around Milton had logged in 451,218 minutes!  SO…On Your Mark, Get Set…..Keep READING!!!!

If you haven’t registered your child yet, it’s not too late. The last day to register is August 15th and the deadline to log in minutes is August 31st.  As students log in their minutes, they become eligible for prizes including a free book, a complimentary ticket to the Paw Sox Minor League baseball game in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on August 25th and a chance to win other random prizes.  Students will be expected to turn in reading logs to their new teacher the first week of school. The link to register/log in is: https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

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SUMMERTIME STORIES: The last session of the season is Thursday,  August 18th at 10am.  Children age birth to 6 years old, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited to join Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian as she reads stories and sings songs at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will be outside.  Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way to meet new friends who might be in your class! This event is sponsored in partnership with the Milton Public Library,  Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

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NEW FAMILIES: WELCOME TO MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS!!  If you have recently registered your child(ren) in the Milton Public Schools and have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming school year, please do not hesitate to contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna in the Family Outreach Liaison office at 617-980-7343 or via email mmckenna@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Michael Maholchic, Secretary of the Milton Rotary Club:

Today we had a thoroughly enjoyable morning in front of East Milton Starbucks listening to the jazz music of Zip, Zap and the Zops! The Baron Hugo Music series will continue with music by a string quartet lead by Isa Nevil on these dates:

Thursday            8/18/2016      3 to 5PM                      Farmer’s Market
Saturday            8/20/2016      9:30 to 11:30 AM          Central Ave (by The Plate)

Milton Rotary is a sponsor of the Milton Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which will hold its Summer Reading Celebration for registered participants in the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and their immediate families on August 15 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.  Milton Rotary will join the Children’s Room staff and the Friends of the Library for games, prizes and ice cream! If you would like to help out, you can contact Sara Truog at 617.898.4957 or struog@ocln.org Those of you who are members of the Milton Rotary Club will be receiving bills for the second quarter of 2016 by e-mail.  As a reminder to those on our guest list, the cost of membership in Milton Rotary is $300 per year plus $15 per meeting to cover the cost of lunch at Abby Park. Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, September 7th at Abby Park.

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Calling all Summer Readers!  It’s time to celebrate your summer reading achievements.  Please join the Children’s Room staff, the Milton Rotary, the Milton Junior Woman’s Club, and the Friends of the Milton Public Library, for games, prizes and ice cream!

This event is open only to registered participants in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge and their immediate families. No registration required.

To view the rest of the schedule, visit Milton Library Calendar

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The Neponset Rowing Club offers students grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to learn how to row and compete. Fall crew is a club sport and no previous rowing experience is necessary. At Information Night, we’ll cover information about the sport of rowing, how our program works, costs, practice days and times, etc. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about rowing. Monday, August 15th from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Milton Yacht Club, 25 Wharf Street. For more information contact: Program Director: Milos Nikolic, email: mnikolic@neponsetrowing.org

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

http://www.wbur.org/npr/481582529/how-to-raise-brilliant-children-according-to-science

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is almost over – but fun family activities continue at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! runs now through August 30. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to log your minutes.

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 August 21 – 27:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Machines, Ages 6-11

Join us for a workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Try out different types of simple machines, learn about the role that simple machines play in everyday life, and build your own mini-machine. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime at the Farmers’ Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the first of four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required

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

Congratulation to Milton High School Coach Tom Shaw! Coach Shaw has been named the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Girls’ Coach of the Year for the State of Massachusetts for the 2016 season. This honor is based upon the performance of the Milton High School team throughout the 2016 season and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff and the administration of the school. This is great news! Congratulations to all for their contributions: coaches, athletes, parents and guardians and any volunteer that helped the team achieve to such a high level.

July 1 – August 31 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2016-2017, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2015-16, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.

  1. Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
  2. You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com
  3. You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS)
  4. You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  5. Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions
  6. Payment:
  • Milton Public Schools UniBank LINK:
  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2016

August 15,16,17,18 – Obtain Your MHS Clearance Card

Times:

  • Monday, August 15 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 16 – 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 12:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian) and Receipt of Athletic Payment Fee.

August 19

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 25

  • All other Milton HS Fall Sports Team practice tryouts: boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, volleyball, and golf

Athletic Director – Eric Karjel – ekarjel@miltonps.org

Milton High School 2016 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Natalie Scuzzarella – n.scuzzarella@gmail.com

2016 FALL SPORT PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

  • August 19 – Football
  • August 25 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
  • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 1 – August 31, 2016 at www.familyid.com

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.

 

July 29th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 29•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, July 29th, 2016

Attention Milton High School athletes — it’s time to sign up for fall sports! Our new Athletic Director, Eric Karjel, has posted guidelines for fall sports registration on our website. Please click here or scroll down to the “Athletics” section for more info.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am always encouraging parents and guardians to support summer reading for their children. As part of this effort, I asked some of our teachers, principals and administrators to share their favorite summer read.

Student recommendations:

  • From Data Specialist Vy Vu: “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell” by Lucille Colandro
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale: “The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper” by Annabelle Fisher
  • From Pierce Dean of Students Dr. Nick Fitzgerald: “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck
  • From Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket
  • From Pierce teacher Nancy Warn: “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Cat DesRoche: “Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • From Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty
  • From Humanities Director Barbara Wright: the “I Survived” series by Lauren Tarshis
  • From Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta: “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

Parent/guardian recommendations:

  • From Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding: “Blindspot” by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
  • From School Committee Member Dr. Elaine Craghead: “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
  • From PE/Health Director Noel Vigue: “SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John Ratey From School Committee Member Kristan Bagley Jones: “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards
  • From Curriculum Coordinator Meredith Kempf: “Defending Jacob” by William Landay
  • From MHS Math Department Head: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  • From Director of Fine & Applied Arts Dawn Sykes: “44 Scotland Street” by Alexander McCall Smith
  • From Superintendent Mary Gormley: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Also, I’d like to share the following article from Scholastic Magazine, which discusses the importance of “modeling” good reading habits for your children:

Your child walks like you, talks like you, absorbs everything you do. So set the right example when it comes to reading.

  1. Surround yourself with reading material. Books don’t belong only in libraries and classrooms. Make the written word a part of your living space, with books, magazines, and newspapers readily available throughout your home.
  2. Draw attention to all the things you read. Provide a bibliography for the things you talk about: When you explain why the sky is blue or who the first president of the United States was, tell your child which book helps you know these facts. you’ll show him how knowledge is largely shaped by the things we read and how reading connects us to the world.
  3. Buy or borrow books together. Whenever you’re going to the library or bookstore, let your child come along. Even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, practice the art of book browsing and admiring. Make an event out of it and she’ll learn to be exhilarated by the sight of books.
  4. Don’t be a solo reader. Open up conversations through reading by pausing to read an interesting fact aloud or wonder what an unfamiliar word means. Knowing that the reading experience is not a solitary activity will motivate reluctant readers.
  5. Read for leisure. Show that reading isn’t work. Cuddle up with a good book and you’ll model how reading can be just the thing to make your day.
  6. Bring something to read everywhere you go. From the office to home, or even the living room to the bedroom, make sure you’re equipped with reading material — for yourself and your child. You never know when you’ll have some downtime. Show him that reading is a constructive (and fun!) way to pass the time.
  7. Emphasize the universal importance of reading. Librarians, teachers, students, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, architects, athletes . . . everyone reads. Show your child that reading is part of everyone’s life by reading diverse works that serve different purposes. Consider cookbooks, television manuals, online magazines, and cereal boxes. Make a habit out of living through reading.

PERSONNEL NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine DesRoche as our new Tucker Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. DesRoche has been employed at Tucker since 2011. She currently serves as both the Title One Reading Specialist and the Title One Coordinator and previously served as a third-grade teacher. She received her Master’s Degree from Suffolk University; and her Bachelor’s Degree from Emmanuel College. We are very excited to welcome Ms. DesRoche to her new position!

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

Nationally Recognized STEM Summer Program Coming to Milton Public Schools! — Camp Invention Encourages Creativity, Problem Solving Through STEM Learning

Camp Invention, the nation’s premier summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), is coming to the town of Milton the week of August 22-26.  Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention. Through hands-on programming, Camp Invention encourages children in grades 1-6 to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum inspired by some the world’s great inventors. Camp Invention, the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the Collegiate Inventors Competition serve as the authority on inspiring invention and compose Invent Now. This nationwide organization is committed to the curious minds and innovative spirits of the past, present and future. Since 1990, they have served over 1 MILLION children and 125,000 teachers and Leadership Interns.  Camp Invention provides an opportunity for inventive young minds to exercise their creativity and use their imagination in ways they don’t normally get to in the classroom. Program participants do not realize they are learning and developing new skills as they build prototypes, take things apart, explore different types of technology and so much more.

This year’s Camp Invention curriculum is called Epic™, inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds including experienced educators, Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and developed in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Epic™ features hands-on modules like CrickoBot™, where Campers construct and personalize a DIY solar-powered cricket and a unique habitat; Epic Park ™, where Campers work in teams to design an eco-adventure park; I Can Invent: Maker Studio™, where Campers brainstorm product ideas and build original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices; and The Lab: Where Pigs Fly™, where children can discover the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding. Learn more about this year’s curriculum here.

Local programs are facilitated and taught by educators who reside and teach in the community. Here in Milton, we will have seven Milton Public Schools staff members involved, and 7 Milton High Schools students volunteering at the camp.  There will be 110 students participating in the camp.

We would love to welcome additional high school volunteers!  If you know of any students who may be interested in being a Leadership Intern Volunteer at Camp Invention, please email Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org).  Leadership Interns will:

  • Earn 40 Community Service hours that will strengthen college, scholarship and job applications
  • Gain valuable knowledge from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO
  • Mentor and inspiring elementary school children to be creative and never give up
  • Receive a letter of recognition from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Learn entrepreneurial concepts through the stories of the greatest inventors in The National Inventors Hall of Fame

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We are very proud to announce the recipients of AP (Advanced Placement) Scholar awards. This was an outstanding year for our AP students and their teachers. Milton High School had 40 AP Scholars; 19 AP Scholars with Honors; 40 AP Scholars with Distinction; and five National AP Scholars. Please see both the recipients and the criteria required for each level of recognition.  This is an amazing achievement!

AP SCHOLARS: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Mackenzie Abbott, Madison Brown, Sophie Cousineau, Miranda Czwakiel, Sarah Dragon, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Mikalia Jackson, Colin Keally, Calvin Luong, Anna Mahoney, Kathleen McAuliffe, Noel McCampbell, Meaghan McDougall, John McGrath, Kristen Mills, Sarah Monderer, Vincent Nguyen, Tatiana Perez, Colin Rooney, Amanda Thorne and Imani Walker.

Rising Seniors: Julia Biagiotti, Sara Cavanaugh, Morgan Chandler, Liam Chase, Bailey Cook, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Lauren Griswold, Lucia Hainline, Delphine Jrolf, Nolan Mandel, Felicia  Nguyen, Morgan Smith, Clara Tennyson, Christina Tougias, Maya Watanabe, Liezel Werner and Samson Yuan.

Rising Junior: Domenic Jancaterino.

AP SCHOLAR WITH HONOR: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Samantha Antoniewicz, Isabel Belash, Leah Bohmbach, Catherine Casaz, Daniel Costello, Robert Fleurissaint, Dane Matejka, Ashley  Vaughn, Tyler Volpe-Knock and Antonina  Welz.

Rising Seniors: Mariah Conway, Camille Coutant, Anthony Hancock, Gregory Hebard, Madison Jrolf, Olivia Medeiros, Sydney Nguyen, Margaux Rose and Elizabeth Sbarra.

AP SCHOLAR WITH DISTINCTION: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh,  Alexis  Belash, Megan Caljouw,  Nolan Carvalho, Emily Chow, Shannon Conley, Mary Cronin, Mairead Dambruch, Allegra  Denooyer, Maeve Doyle, Emily Dsida, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Shannon Fitzgerald, Anne  Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller,  Liam Hines, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Joshua Kery, Julian Killingback, Fanhao Kong, Cole Kroninger, John Lenane, Maryanne MacIsaac, Elizabeth  Murphy, Brandon Musto, Sabrina Najarian, Madeline Scott, Kalyani  Twyman, John Walker, Owen Walsh and Michael Wyatt.

Rising Seniors: Andrew Arcieri, Michael Eberhardt, Aislinn O’Brien and Claire O’Neill.

NATIONAL AP SCHOLAR: Granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Seniors (graduated June 2016): Sindhu Banerjee, Nolan Carvalho, Simon Eder, Joshua Kery and Fanhao Kong.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Coordinators Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

School year 2016-17 is fast approaching and among all of our many exciting initiatives, the elementary teachers are most excited about the roll out of a new “standards based” report card. This new report card has been developed by a district-wide committee over the last two years and piloted by the kindergarten team this past school year. The purpose of this report card is to communicate to parents, guardians, and students, ongoing achievement towards grade level state standards. This is an objective tool that is used to measure progress towards proficiency in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and will provide clear information on what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each of three terms.  Each of the four elementary schools in the district will provide ample opportunities for parents to learn more about the new report card. Please monitor your school’s calendar for parent information sessions regarding this exciting roll out.

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

What is “Standards-Based Reporting”?

A scholar’s individual achievement on standards is measured on attainment of the learning goals as outlined by state standards. The purpose of this system is to provide accurate information about scholar performance on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The goal is to communicate scholar progress. Standards based reporting will help parents better understand their scholar’s strengths and weaknesses. Before making a determination regarding scholar proficiency, teachers analyze a scholar’s progress over the course of the reporting term. Teachers collect key samples of scholar work as evidence combined with observed demonstration of the skill through various modalities.

Why don’t we use grades?

Scholars and their learning are too complex to be reduced to a simple letter grade. Letter grades do not tell parents which skills their scholars have mastered. The achievement marks indicate a scholar’s progress towards achieving specific grade level standards as identified by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Standards based report cards benefit scholars, teachers, and parents/guardians by providing a detailed outline of the expectations.

The report card is just one component of our reporting system. We encourage a strong home-school connection to keep you informed of your scholar’s progress. The comment box is provided for the teacher to include any additional information, however; to receive the full depth of understanding of your scholar’s progress please continue to attend parent conferences each reporting term.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

The following item was sent to us by Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale, as part of a recurring “reminder” about the importance of summer reading:

Now that the month of July is nearly over, you’ve likely developed some habits around your reading. Maybe you read right when you get back from the pool each day, or perhaps for a half hour after lunch or at bedtime. Whatever your routine is, see if you can add to it or shake it up a little. This might mean reading for 5-10 more minutes each day, it might mean reading with a friend as opposed to by yourself, or starting weekly dinner table conversations about the books people in your family are reading. Setting goals to push yourself as a reader is always a good idea!

A book is a device to ignite the imagination –Alan Bennett

RESIDENCY ISSUES

As we reported in several previous E-blasts, Milton families are required to re-establish residency with the school district prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town.*

Families who have students in these categories are required to go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, said the process has been running very smoothly so far this summer. She has been working morning and evening hours all summer to facilitate parents/guardians’ work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by Friday, August 26th to ensure their child’s uninterrupted placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There are still two Summertime Stories session left for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at these sessions. On August 4th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be indoors at Tucker).  On August 18­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  Both sessions begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September! This program is a wonderful, collaborative effort by the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The greatest advice for how to choose foods for your family is also the most simple. Award-winning writer Michael Pollan has often been quoted for advising this—If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, then neither should you.

As parents, we strive to feed our children well to support growth, development and good health. With the spotlight shining on issues concerning the environment, energy and resource conservation, food safety etc. you’re probably wondering what you can do to make sure your children grow up into a healthy world. You might consider taking the following steps to guide your food choices, the results could be healthier children and a healthier planet:

  • Shop the perimeter

The fringes of a grocery store contain the healthiest, most natural foods, with little or no packaging – fruits and vegetables, herbs, meat, fish and poultry, dairy, fresh baked bread and bulk foods like nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Nutrition experts say that at least 90% of the food you buy should come from the fringes. The foods on the outside walls of a supermarket usually have less packaging as well.

  • If you can’t read it, don’t eat it

Avoid products with many ingredients or any ingredients you cannot easily read and pronounce. Recognize that there is a difference between what is food and what is just edible. In fact, naturally healthy foods often come free of a Nutrition Fact Label or ingredient list at all! Why bother labeling an apple, “apple.”

  • Buy local

Shop at farms, farmers markets, food cooperatives and participate in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The best food is the food less-traveled. Less traveled food uses less fuel as well.  To learn more about these services and where you can locate them where you live, go to www.localharvest.org

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

With summer upon us, it is important to have a few safety reminders. We heard and read a lot lately about mosquitoes and the transmission of disease from their bites. It is important around our yards and gardens to make sure there is no standing water. No buckets filled by rain, no child’s swimming pool left full and do not let children play in places where there is water making an attractive play area. Apply appropriate insect repellent and use proper clothing to prevent getting potentially harmful bites.

This is also the time to check on sunscreen. Sunscreen from last year should be discarded and new sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 should be purchased and used every day and applied routinely through the day. Empower even young children to “remind us” to reapply. We do not want our children to get sunburns which can be prevented.

Although summer gives us all a chance to get “unscheduled,” mealtimes should still be maintained and a bedtime that meets parent and child needs. It is so easy to let all routines be broken, but August 29th is not the moment to enforce “bedtime” rules when they have been ignored for more than 8 weeks.

Summer provides many opportunities for families to exercise together outside. New rituals like a Sunday hike up Blue Hill can begin a tradition that lasts for years. No one says you must make it all the way to the top! Nature walks along the way are awesome for learning in a fun environment. We teach our children best by example. A bike ride (helmet, of course!) with the neighborhood parents and kids can be so exciting and gives another chance to teach safety.

Children learn through multiple encounters and the more we share these moments with them, the greater skills will be acquired, plus the bonds of trust and respect will grow. Have a wonderful, safe and happy remainder of the summer!

FROM OUR READERS

From time to time, parents, guardians, colleagues and teachers will send me an article they find interesting. I plan to share some of these in this and future blogs.

Today’s Students May Be Emotionally Unprepared – NYTimes.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

With only a few weeks of summer remaining, there is still a chance to get out and have an adventure. Parents and guardians of students who just completed fourth grade and are now heading into fifth grade can take advantage of a fun federal program. Read below for more details:

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.

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.

https://www.everykidinapark.gov/how-it-works/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! runs now through August 30. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

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 August 7 – 13:

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Art School, Ages 6-10

Pop-Up Art School combines art history and hands-on learning to teach a variety of art techniques to kids. These creative, informative and fun workshops focus on famous artists. In this workshop, artists will be learning about American artist Keith Haring, best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings. His iconic figures will be the inspiration for two projects: first, a figure-in-motion drawing exercise and second, an animation of a figure in a flip book. For ages 6-10. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara for crafting/making/building fun. Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as traditional craft materials, recycled materials, hardware and more! Registration is required.

Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  It can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  Each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, August 12, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 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.

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
July 1 – August 31 – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration

Fall Sports Sign-ups at FAMILY ID.COM – if you are a returning MHS student-athlete from 2016-2017, you can sign into Family ID with your username and password. If you are new to Milton HS or did not play a sport at Milton HS in 2015-16, you must create a new FAMILY ID account.

  1. Milton HS Athletics https://www.familyid.com
  2. You must complete the online NFHS Concussion Course and print the certificate (both student-athlete and parent/guardian) www.nfhslearn.com
  3. You must have an updated physical exam (DATED WITHIN THE LAST 13 MONTHS)
  4. You must complete the online registration before you can come into MHS Athletic Department for your Fall Sports CLEARANCE CARD
  5. Call FAMILY ID directly at (888) 800-5583 with any Family ID registration questions
  6. Payment:
  • Milton Public Schools UniBank LINK:
  • Be sure to choose the correct sport under ATHLETIC FEE – FALL 2016

August 15,16,17,18 – Obtain Your MHS Clearance Card

Times:

  • Monday, August 15 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 16 – 5:00PM to 8:00PM
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 12:00PM to 3:00PM
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Bring in your UPDATED PHYSICAL EXAM and COPY of the NFHS Concussion Course Certificate (of both student-athlete and parent/guardian) and Receipt of Athletic Payment Fee.

August 19

  • Milton HS Football Practice Tryouts
  • Time – TBD

August 25

  • All other Milton HS Fall Sports Team practice tryouts: boys & girls soccer, field hockey, boys & girls cross country, volleyball, and golf

Athletic Director – Eric Karjel – ekarjel@miltonps.org

Milton High School 2016 Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Steve Dembowski – coachdembo@yahoo.com
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Volleyball Head Coach – Al Mirabile – aemirabile@yahoo.com
Cheerleading Head Coach – Natalie Scuzzarella – n.scuzzarella@gmail.com

2016 FALL SPORT PRACTICE/TRYOUT DATES

  • August 19 – Football
  • August 25 – Boys & Girls Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Golf
  • Email the coaches above with ‘sport specific’ questions regarding practice/tryouts
  • FamilyID Registration – July 1 – August 31, 2016 at www.familyid.com

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.

July 18th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 18•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, July 18th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Summer is in full swing, and while many of our Milton Public School families are enjoying some much-deserved time off, there is also work to be done here in the district. Our summer programs are having another successful year, with nearly 700 students attending some type of MPS program, including Milton Summer Enrichment, Camp Cunningham and the SPED Department’s ESY programming. Our Central Office staff works year-round, closing out the books for 2015-16 and preparing for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. The custodial staff members are deep cleaning classrooms, lockers, hallways and offices. We are also busy hiring teachers and staff for the fall and of course, all of us plan to take at least a little time to spend with friends and family this summer.  Please enjoy the beautiful summer weather, help your child stay on top of their summer assignments, and relax!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, July 6th. This meeting is summarized below

July 6th:  After hearing additional details and asking a variety of questions, School Committee members voted approval for the Milton High School European Trip, to be held in April of 2017. Representatives from the Wilson-Kindelan School were invited to this meeting to discuss curriculum issues regarding their proposed independent school. School Committee members asked about the various curricula and requested an updated set of binders for the next meeting. Dr. Elaine Craghead was appointed the MASC delegate for the annual conference in November.  A vendor warrant was approved, as were two sets of minutes before the committee adjourned to executive session.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As we reported in several previous E-blasts, Milton families are required to re-establish residency with the school district prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.

Families who have students in these categories are required to go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, said the process is “off to a great start” this summer. She will be working morning and evening hours all summer to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by Friday, August 26th to ensure their child’s uninterrupted placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org

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

PERSONNEL UPDATE

I am pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Athletic Director. Eric Karjel will be joining the Milton Public Schools. Mr. Karjel served as the AD for the Hopkinton Public Schools for 12 years, during which time he was awarded the MIAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2013. He also served as the AD for King Philip High School in Wrentham. He holds his Master’s Degree in Secondary School Education from Cambridge College; and a Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Certification from Buffalo State College. Mr. Karjel has taught at both the high school and middle school levels and has coached boys and girls basketball.

“Mr. Karjel will bring to the job a proven track record,” said Screening Committee member Chuck Caputo. “We were looking for someone with the experience to get the job done in Milton and bring stability to the post and we found that person in Mr. Karjel.”

I would like to thank the Athletic Director Screening Committee: Milton High School teachers and coaches Billy Donovan, Mike Goodless and Kelly Losi; parents Walter O’Leary, Tara O’Leary, Charles Caputo; and Milton High School Vice Principals Brian Mackinaw and Ben Kelly. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Karjel.

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We have also hired a new PE/Health Director. Noel Vigue has been hired to fill this position. Mr. Vigue is a PE/Fitness teacher at the John Kennedy Middle School in Natick and an Education Consultant. He was a member of the adjunct faculty for Sports Management Program at Mount Ida College, where he also served as head coach for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country.  Mr. Vigue received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bridgewater State College and his Master of Education from Worcester State College.

“I am extremely excited about the addition of Noel Vigue to the leadership team in the Milton Public Schools,” said Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding. “It was immediately evident that he is dedicated to engaging the entire community in supporting the health and wellness of students, faculty, and families,” she said. “He is well versed in the latest research, instructionally sound, passionate, and has developed and facilitated a number of programs to support the healthy well being of children and young adults.”

I would like to thank the members of the PE/Health Director Screening Committee: Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal Anna McReynolds, Milton High School Vice Principal Ben Kelly, Milton High School PE/Health teacher David Mazzulli; and MPS parent Becky Padera.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Please read the following article by my colleague, Henry Bolter, Director of Teachers as Scholars. Many MPS teachers have participated in these incredible courses over the past several years. We are fortunate to have a partnership with such a well-regarded professional development organization.

I founded Teachers as Scholars in 1996 to provide content-based professional development for K-12 teachers in the greater Boston area. Currently TAS has an enrollment of 35 school districts/schools that annually send approximately 450 teachers to the program. TAS offers 2 and sometimes 3 day long seminars at Harvard Hillel in Harvard Square, The small seminars in the arts, humanities, sciences and math are usually led by university faculty from area colleges and universities including Tufts, Brandeis, MIT, Wellesley College, Harvard and Boston University. In the past we have had seminars led by MacArthur award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, and teachers recognized by their universities for their outstanding teaching. Teachers receive continuing education credit (Professional   Development Points) that they need for state mandated recertification. TAS also holds classes at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Isabella Stwart Gardner Museum, The Whitin Observatory at Wellesley College and other education related organizations in the Boston area.  TAS also conducts summer study trips to Paris, Dublin, India, Cuba and other international locales led by scholars in the field of study.

The idea behind TAS is pretty simple: to reconnect teachers to the transforming power of ideas, the reason many of them became teachers in the first place. Every day teachers are asked to inspire students with ideas and, ironically, there are few professional development opportunities for teachers to renew and reconnect with their intellectual lives. The overwhelming majority of professional development is oriented around pedagogy or the latest political reform. The few opportunities that are available are either very competitive (e.g. NEH seminars and institutes) or teachers on their own time can enroll in expensive graduate credit programs at local universities. TAS offers an alternative from November to May, teachers can spend reflective time with their colleagues exploring Shakespeare’s Sonnets, the best literature for middle and elementary school teachers, new ways of thinking about teaching literature, the ideas behind Calculus, the neuroscience of the brain, Greek comedy and tragedy, the role of Ellis Island in our history and many other  topics.

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The following item was sent to us by Meredith Kempf, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator and Michelle Kreuzer, K-12 Mathematics Director.

While summer vacation is underway, Milton staff members have been engaged rich professional development opportunities. This was our third summer of offering a Summer Institute for teachers and staff members. Each year, these Institutes have become more successful and are very well attended.

This year’s elementary offerings included specific grade level Readers’ Workshop courses with Martha Winokur. During these sessions teachers gained insight into the new Readers’ Workshop units of study. Grade levels discussed how to create classrooms that foster a love of reading while developing reading skills and collaborated to create lessons that address the needs of all learners. We will continue our work with Ms. Winokur throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

Also offered were two mathematics professional development sessions focused on equity in mathematics, called Math for All (K-2 or 3-5), facilitated by Michelle Kreuzer, K-12 Mathematics Director. The sessions enhanced teachers’ ability to plan and implement accessible math lessons in which learners with diverse strengths and needs have an opportunity to achieve standards-based learning outcomes.  Through collaboration, which included the completion of a thorough review and analysis of a case study lesson, teachers learned how to use a neurodevelopmental framework to analyze the demands of a math lesson, to assess student’s strengths and needs, and to select instructional strategies and teaching practices that build on students’ strengths and needs in order to help students achieve the learning goals of a math lesson.  The teachers look forward to using the strategies discussed in their lesson design for the upcoming school year.

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The following two items were sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, K-12 Mathematics Director:

Four Milton High School teachers will be attending the Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute for AP Calculus at St. Johnsbury Academy this summer.  Institute participants have the opportunity to experience a complete overview of the AP Calculus (AB or BC) curriculum, which has been updated for 2016-2017.  In addition to a content and pedagogy focus on key topics, there will be discussion around course pacing, Web resources, and global review for the AP exam.  Participants will be solving AP free response and multiple choice questions, as well as learning how the free response questions are scored.  A special focus on changes to exam for May 2017 will be included.  For those teachers who are not currently teaching AP Calculus, Pre-AP strategies and skills that students need to be successful in AP Calculus will be discussed.

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Five Milton Public Schools secondary mathematics teachers (one from Pierce Middle School and four from Milton High School) will be working with over 70 students for three weeks this summer as part of The Calculus Project (TCP).  The Calculus Project is an initiative to dramatically increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus.  As part of TCP, students are invited to participate in summer enrichment courses in mathematics that run between and parallel to honor and college preparatory level courses in mathematics.  This summer, three enrichment courses will be offered: Algebra Preview, Course 1 Honors Preview, and Course 2 Honors Preview.  The teachers are currently engaged in curriculum revision and development and lesson planning for this year’s summer session.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance have teamed up to offer Summertime Stories. Please join us for some fun summer reading!  For families with their children ages birth to six years old. Miss Sara, the Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian, will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at four sessions around town this summer. If the weather is nice, bring a blanket because we’ll be outside. If it is rainy, we’ll meet indoors. Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. Registration is not required; however, you will need to sign-in upon arrival. These events as offered as part of an Early Literacy Advancement Initiative

Summertime Stories will be held on Thursdays at 10am at the following locations:

  • Thursday, July 21st at Cunningham Hall*
  • Thursday, August 4th at Tucker Elementary School
  • Thursday, August 18th at Cunningham Hall*

*Please park at Collicot School for this event.

GRANTS/FUNDRAISING

The Pierce Middle School was recently chosen to receive a grant from the Milton Garden Club. The grant will be used to purchase plantings for the Pierce campus, including several fruit trees. The Milton Garden Club’s mission is education, conservation, gardening and community service. We are very grateful for this grant, which will beautify and educate Pierce Middle School students for many years.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item is from Caroline Kinsella,Vicki McCarthy, Laurie Stillman and Deborah Milbauer with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

You and your Milton neighbors are invited to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s Summer Meeting on Wednesday July 20th at 7pm at Beth Israel Deaconess-Milton Hospital, in the Nangeroni Conference Room.  John King, Milton’s newly-appointed Police Chief, will be the featured speaker. Your participation and questions are warmly welcomed. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the hospital. Chief King’s presentation is entitled Prevention, Education, Treatment, and Recovery – We All Have a Role.   Following Police Chief King’s remarks and audience discussion, there will be a short presentation concerning a proposal for formalizing the coalition’s organizational structure.  The proposal will give clarity as to what constitutes membership to the coalition, who will serve as leadership, how key decisions will be made, and how the community will be engaged.  The Board of Health wants the community’s input into this proposal, and this is your chance to do so!  If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to provide input, you can also email us at info@milton-coalition.org   We ask that you acquaint yourself with the brief proposal before the meeting. You can access the document here.   We are honored that Police Chief King has accepted our invitation, and we look forward to having you join us!

The following information was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton DPW:

Milton DPW’s new GIS online mapping tool – launched July 1st, 2016: The Milton DPW has launched a new and improved GIS Online Mapper for public use. This mapping tool will provide users with improved tools, functionality and data. This is part of our ongoing effort to increase technical capacity, improve data management and allow our residents and local businesses to better access more accurate and up to date information about our community. We hope you enjoy using it. Click here for the mapping tool.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! runs now through August 30. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of July 24 – 30:

Tuesday, July 26, 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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join our guest instructor, Starleen Baylon for crafting/making/building fun. Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as traditional craft materials, recycled materials, hardware and more! 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.

VISUAL ARTS

There are still some openings for K-5 art classes at the Milton Art Center this summer. Please click here for course descriptions and registration info.

ATHLETICS

SCAM ALERT: BUSINESS FALSELY SOLICITING IN MILTON HIGH SCHOOL’S NAME

We have been alerted about a company who has been soliciting business sponsorships on behalf of Milton High School sports teams using Milton High School’s name.  The calls have been made by Southern California-based company named HS Backers.

According to those who have received the calls, the telemarketers claim to be selling advertising to benefit sports programs at Milton High School.

Please note: HS Backers has no affiliation with Milton High School, the Milton Boosters or the Milton Public Schools.  Please call us at 617-696-5040 x 5583 if you or your company receives one of these calls.

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.

 

June 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 22•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As this year quickly winds to a close, I would like to take a moment to thank each of our Milton Public School parents, guardians and staff for working together on behalf of all our  students. We have a committed and supportive relationship with our  parents and guardians. It goes without saying that our administrators and teachers are gifted, talented, dedicated and committed to advancing the individual potential of each and every Milton Public School student. I am proud to be your Superintendent of Schools. I wish you all a restful and wonderful summer break.  See you in August!

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

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link  and provide all necessary documentation.

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

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer beginning on Tuesday, June 28th to facilitate parents/guardians work schedules. Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7am to noon; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8pm.  Parents/guardians must submit their Re-Establish Residency packets by Friday, August 26th to ensure their child’s uninterrupted placement in Grades 6 and 9.

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

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

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Finally, on behalf of thousands of Milton Public School students, I would like  to recognize, congratulate and thank the following individuals who are retiring or have retired from the Milton Public Schools this year:

Claude Bird
Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett
Kathleen Caccamo
Teresa Cunningham
John Desmond
Margaret Fajando
Susan Homan
Elizabeth MacElhaney
Joanne Magliozzi
Helene Olken
Steven Scherer
Susan Smialek
Charles Tacey
Margaret Turner
Lisa Tutunjian

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on Wednesday, June 15th.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 6th at 7 pm in the Milton Access Cable Studio in Room 245 at Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, elementary classroom assignments, middle school team assignments and high school home room assignments will be e-mailed out in late August. Milton High School student schedules will be handed out on the first day of school.

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 All grade levels require some summer assignments. Please refer to the resources below to be sure your student/s completes their work.

Elementary Schools: Summer Reading is important for all! It fosters a lifelong love of reading and helps maintain the gains in reading comprehension that students have made during the school year. With these goals in mind, we hope students read every day over the summer and participate in the Summer Reading Challenge at the Milton Public Library. Over the last few weeks, we have enrolled students in the program during library visits. If parents or guardians have any questions over the summer regarding the Summer Reading Challenge please contact Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmkenna@miltonps.org or Sara Truog at struog@ocln.org.

The Pierce Middle School summer reading information can be found on both the Milton Public Schools website and the Pierce Edline page. If you have any questions about the Pierce summer reading materials, please contact the Pierce ELA curriculum coordinator, Nancy Warn at nwarn@miltonps.org.

The Milton High School summer reading info can be found on both the MPS website and the MHS Edline site. Please click here.

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The following item was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, and Suzanne Moynagh, parent of Collicot and Pierce students.

For the past three years, our fifth graders have had the opportunity to participate in a dynamic classroom science experience called Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org).  This exciting science program is taught every other week throughout the entire academic year.  Through this program, charismatic scientists come into our fifth grade classrooms and lead lab-style science classes (which are standards-based, hands-on, and fun) for the day.  These scientists provide all necessary equipment and materials while the classroom teachers help as active participants.  Not only do students benefit from having actual scientists in their classroom as science role models, the teachers grow as professionals from being afforded the opportunity to work with these real-life scientists for the duration of the school year.  On average, Science, Technology and Engineering (STE) MCAS scores increase about 11% over a 5-year period when schools partner with Science from Scientists.  However, after implementing this program in Milton, the STE MCAS scores improved by 8%, 11%, and 14% in three out of four Milton elementary schools just last school year alone!  It is clear this program has had a profound impact on our budding scientists!

Needless to say, the Science from Scientists program has sparked excitement and inspiration in both the teachers and the students involved!  Many of you, as parents and guardians, have been in the classroom to witness the power and impact of this program!   We are now asking for your help in securing donations to fund this important STEM initiative.  Together, the Milton Public Schools and Milton Foundation for Education have secured $25,000 in funds but we are in need of an additional $35,000 to continue the program in each of our elementary schools for the next academic year.  Many of the companies Milton Public Schools parents/guardians work for may be willing to donate or may offer grants that support this type of initiative.

If you or someone you know works for a company that may be willing to help, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org.  If you would like to make a private donation of any size, please visit the Milton Public Schools website (www.miltonps.org), click UniBank on the right side of the webpage, and then select “Science from Scientists Donation”. Any amount is welcomed and will truly make a difference!

If you have any questions at all about the program or donations, please contact Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org).  Thanks in advance for your support of this amazing program!

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FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting reading programs this summer.

Summertime Stories for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver. Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at four sessions held around town.  On July 7th and August 4th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 21st and August 18­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  All sessions begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September!

Summer Reading Challenge Updates: Over the past two weeks the elementary schools’ library staff and family outreach liaison have been busy registering children in Grades K-4 for the On Your Mark, Get Set… Read! Summer Reading Challenge. The Milton Public Schools’ approach to summer reading at the elementary level in both French and English is to ask that students READ EVERY DAY in any language.   By registering for the Summer Reading Challenge, students can log on to their very own home page and keep track of the minutes they have read beginning June 23 through August 31st. Each student can be a part of the goal to surpass last years’ record of 484,000 minutes read.

If you have questions about your child’s username or password please contact MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or MPL Children’s Librarian Sara Truog at  struog@ocln.org.    If you did not have an opportunity to complete the registration form and submit to your child’s teacher you can sign them up directly at https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org/reader365

Preschoolers and rising 6th graders are also invited to participate!

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Want to get a head start on plans for next year including days off, parent/guardian-teacher conferences, professional development days? Visit the MPS calendar for the school year ’16-’17 here

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

We are pleased to announce the results of the recent elections held by the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

Chair-Amanda Serio Vice chair -Leslie Cheverie Secretary -Jennifer Grubler Treasurer- Doug Connolly SEPAC School representatives Collicot-Adam Graham, Kelly Graham, Jessica Raider Preschool-  Amy Masferrer Cunningham-Jennie Muqueen Glover- Jenny Sheehan, Jon Sheehan Tucker- Rebecca Levreault Pierce-Claire Keating, Linda Mancini MHS -seeking representative

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Police Department is advising residents to please be aware of two scams going around town by telephone:

    1. You get a call from a party stating they are from the IRS and you own them money. They state that there is a warrant out for your arrest if you do not pay them.
    2. A party calls up stating they are a lawyer and that one of your family members were in an accident and arrested. They say that they need you to get a money order and give them the serial number in order to get your family member out of jail.

Please do not give any personal information to these callers and do not give them any money. If you have any questions or doubt, please contact Milton Police right away at 617-698-3800.

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This weekend will be a very exciting one in Milton. On June 25 and 26th, the Milton Music Festival will be held at Governor Hutchinson’s Field.  The bands begin playing at 3pm on Saturday, with fireworks scheduled after dusk. Celtic Sunday will begin at 11:30am on June 26th. For more info, visit www.wearemilton.org  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join  the fun. Any MHS students who are interested in getting community service hours for volunteering for this event on Saturday should contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek at gpavlicek@miltonps.org

 

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 26 – July 2:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Bugs, Ages 6-11

Join us for a totally buggy workshop with Mad Science of Greater Boston!  Learn about the world of creepy, crawly creatures through hands-on activities and entertaining demonstrations, and build your own model insect. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  It can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  Each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required

Friday, July 1, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth, Ages 0-4 with caregiver

Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth. Learn how to sign the book Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow to your child.  Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. 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 Milton Art Center still has openings in its five-week K-5 summer programs. Each week has a different theme from “Under the Sea,” to “Fairy Houses,” and “Everything Animal.”  Click here for more info or to register.

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Students: I would like to recognize Taija-Rayne Franklyn, a Pierce Middle School student, who wrote a beautiful poem for this year’s School Committee Volunteer Reception, held earlier this month. Here is her poem:

Making a mark on a life
Can start with the smallest of gestures
A grain of sand
that slips through your fingers,
as you peer out over the ocean.
Every so often, it’s easy to forget
the impact we have on those who we encounter
along our way,
But just try to hold on to this mindset:
the smallest grain of sand we gave,
will soon become a solid pebble alongside a riverbank.
Then a beautiful, even more substantial rock,
Within the crashing waves.
Before long, a majestic mountain
rises up in the distance,
Pure validation,
that the smallest grain of sand does indeed
ripple through the lives we touch.

Staff: Although Chief Richard Wells is an employee of the Milton Police Department, we like to think of him as one of our own here in the Milton Public Schools. For 32 years, the last nine as the Chief, Richard Wells has logged countless hours inside our schools, whether responding to crises or attending security planning meetings or reading to kindergarten students. With his retirement at the end of June, we would like to wish Chief Wells all the best and thank him for all he has done for the Milton Public Schools.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Ms. Trozzi, an author and nationally recognized grief counselor, has worked closely with the Milton Public Schools for many years in times of crisis. This includes the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown shooting and tragedies within our own district. Her advice has been invaluable and the resources she has provided to our staff and our parents through the years has been extremely helpful. I would like to publicly thank Ms. Trozzi for all she does for the Milton Public Schools.

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.

 

June 10th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 10•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, June 10th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last weekend at Westfield State University, the Milton High School Girls Outdoor Track team made history. The team brought home the All State Title from this championship meet, a feat which has never been achieved by Milton High School’s track program. Please read the play-by-play summary below by Coach Tom Shaw:

On Thursday, June 4th, junior Jessy Iwuala traveled to Westfield to compete in the All State Pentathlon Championships. The pentathlon and pole vault events were held on Thursday, but all results counted towards the team totals on Saturday.  Jessy finished the day in 4th place, and our rivals, Tewksbury did not have a good day at the Pole Vault so we entered Saturday’s meet tied with Tewksbury.
Score: Tewksbury 5pts, Milton 5pts

On Saturday, June 4th, our Milton girls headed to Westfield to compete against the best teams in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The meet started out with field events. It appeared as if there was some bad voodoo in the field events as the girls from both teams did not score a point. But it is important to note Hanganh Vo as a freshman did compete in the Long Jump at the biggest meet of the season and it was only her fourth time ever long jumping.

The first event up on the track for either team was the 400M hurdles. This event went about as poorly as it could have for us. The girl from Tewksbury finished 4th and Elise O’Leary did what she does best, which is exactly what her coach told her to do. I told her not to stutter step at the hurdles. So she didn’t and by me taking her out of what she normally does she wasn’t able to run her race. This resulted in her finishing in 12th place.
Score: Tewksbury 10pts, Milton 5pts

Next was the 200M. We did not have anyone in the event but Tewksbury had the Div III State Champ in the event. Now it was Tewksbury’s turn to have a stroke of bad luck. Their girl finished 9th in the trials, one place out of scoring. That would prove to be important later! In the One Mile, our two teams have two of the best milers in the state. Bridget Mitchell and Rachel Sessa. Bridget ran the race exactly the way we had planned but her legs just didn’t have the kick needed at the end to hang on for a top three finish. It was a strong courageous race by Bridget. Something we have come to see every time she races. She was within reach of the win with 300m to go. She finished 4th overall with a personal best of 4:58. She is now one second away from Kate O’Neill’s school record of 4:57. Rachel Sessa won the event.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 10pts

Next up was the 100M. We had three girls (Abi Jean-Baptiste, Paola Charles and Jaleigha Williams) entered in the event, but only one would make it to the finals. After the trials, Abi and four girls from other teams were all within .01 seconds of each other and two of those girls didn’t make the finals. The officials had to review the video of each girl’s finish and determine their times down to the one thousandth of a second. Fortunately, Abi was one of the two who made it! This was good because it meant Abi was going to earn a medal for herself and points for the team!

Before the finals of the 100M came the 400M. In this race, Elise O’Leary had an opportunity to change things around for the team and that she did! She was the fourth seed going into the race and within the first half of the race, she was already in fourth place. But as she came around to the final stretch of the race, one of the girls ahead of her dropped out. Elise did not let the opportunity go to waste. She held off the girls chasing her and finished third overall, breaking her own school record by a few tenths of a second.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 16pts

Next up was the 800M. Colette O’Leary was the top seed in this race and we were hopefully going to get some big points. But as the race unfolded, it quickly became clear this was not going to be Colette’s day. She finished 10th overall, two places out of scoring.

After the 800M was the 100M finals. Abi Jean-Baptiste now had a chance to get on the scoreboard herself. One of Abi’s strengths usually is her start, but the field was stacked with the best talent in the state and on this day she did not have her best start. She finished 8th overall which was good enough for a medal and a much needed point.
Score: Tewksbury 20pts, Milton 17pts

Now I know what you’re thinking — we are slowly closing in on Tewksbury. But we are also running out of events! There are now just three events left. The relays. The good news is that we had three relay teams that we were excited about and expected to score. The bad news is that Tewksbury had the same.

Next up was the 4x800M. Ali Belash was the first leg of the relay for us. She ran the race of her life, running a 2:18. That was good enough for a 4 second PR! And it gave us the lead in the relay. Going into the next two legs, Eliza O’Donnell ran a respectable 2:26 and Ella Affanato ran a respectable 2:28 while nursing a knee injury. But with the competition on this day, respectable was not going to be good enough. By the time Bridget Mitchell received the baton, we were running a distant 8th place and Tewksbury was contending for the win. We finished with the third-best time in Milton High School history, with a 9:34. But only good enough for 8th place and one point. Tewksbury finished second earning 8pts and totally undoing all of the work we had done since the mile. We were now down by 10pts again.
Score: Tewksbury 28pts, Milton 18pts

Now at this point in the meet, you have to realize we are down by 10 points and with only two events left, the most we could earn is 20. But our opponents have two good relay teams left as well. I could see no path to victory here. I went over to the Tewksbury coaches and congratulated them on the win. (And for the record I wasn’t wrong .. they did win!)

The 4x100M will be remembered as the event that breathed life back into our team at a moment when every coach in the stadium had us pegged for done. I can’t tell you the number of coaches that came up to me after the meet and were shocked when they heard we had won. Here is how the 4x100M went down:

Abigail Jean-Baptiste started off for the team and did what she does best, get us a good start. She had a great handoff to Atheana Pierre and we were in position to win the relay. Atheana then ran one of her best relay legs of the season, keeping the team in good position, but her handoff to Paola Charles was a little shaky. No worries! Paola took off and ran her best to make up for it but then her handoff with Jaleigha Williams was also not good. As a result, with a 100m to go, Jaleigha found herself in 4th place and fighting for anything better. In what will surely become Milton Track lore, Jaleigha showed us what it means to compete and never give up. She caught the two girls in front of her just as they were arriving at the finish line and then she out-leaned them both! In the end, .03seconds separated 2nd and 3rd place and only .1seconds between 2nd and 4th place. Jaleigha did it! The relay team finished 2nd! And to our surprise, the Tewksbury team finished 17th. We scored 8 big points Tewksbury earned none.
Score: Tewksbury 28pts, Milton 26pts

Wow! Now we are down by two points with only one event to go. We knew Tewksbury’s 4x400M team could go well under 4 minutes flat. But we also knew that ours was better. One big problem, however, is that we were in the slow heat. This meant if we were going to run a fast time, it was going to have to be without any competition pushing us. The girls in the 4x400M knew what was at stake and they were confident they could get the job done. I would even say they couldn’t wait to get on that track and show everyone they were the team to beat.

The gun went off and Ali Belash had another absolutely amazing relay leg. The senior captain certainly was going to make sure that one of her last races of her high school career was her best. She started off with a 58.99 and gave the team the lead. Josie Cousineau honestly ran the race of her life as well in the second leg, getting a time of 61.35. A huge PR for her and we were still in the lead. Then she gave the baton to Colette O’Leary who was ready to make up for a disappointing 800M performance and propel our team to a time no one could beat. She ran her personal best in the 400M with a time of 57.6 and handed the baton off to her sister with a huge lead. But the time is what mattered most and Elise had to run like she was being chased by an invisible foe — and that she did. When she crossed the finish line, her split was 56.20 — also a personal best and the team had shattered the school record and beaten the second place team in our heat by NINE seconds. The girls ran a time of 3:54 which was three seconds better than the best time in the state this year. Tewksbury and all the teams in the fast heat had to watch us run a time none of them had ever done and dared them to beat it. I can only guess they were a little anxious as their race was about to start. In the end, Tewksbury ran a heroic race, running away from the field but falling short of our time. They ran a 3:55. We earned first place, giving us 10 points. Tewksbury earned second place and 8 points.

No more events left! The meet was over!! Final Score: Tewksbury 36pts, Milton 36pts.

We were both winners!! And that’s how it went down. That’s how we won our first All State Title!

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CURRICULUM NEWS

As you know, our elementary students take part in Continental Math competitions throughout the school year. The last meet was held on March 10th.

Below are the scores for GLOVER:

Glover Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Roth; Sophia 5 Cardiasmenos 25 3
Beckett; Kindt 5 Bodkin 26 2
McSorley; Jack 5 Bodkin 26 2
Duffy; Michael 5 Cardiasmenos 26 2
Ceranoglu; Ardic 5 Bodkin 27 1
Hartford; William 4 Flanagan 24 3
Darvish; Soraya 4 Flanagan 26 2
Carr; Camden 4 Hoff 28 1
Mann; Sebastian 3 Koita 15 3
Gray; Nicholas 3 Koita 16 2
Ruth; Sadie 3 O’Leary 17 1
Robinson; Madoc 2 Turner 12 3
Woodhams; Abraham 2 Turner 12 3
Doiron; Enzo 2 Coates 13 2
Sweeney; Teagan 2 Stallions 13 2
Musto; Callum 2 Turner 13 2
Ceranoglu; Bora 2 O’Neill 15 1

Here are the results for COLLICOT:

Collicot Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Connor Naughton 5 Currie 26 1
Conor Mannion 5 Murphy 26 1
Matthew Stockbridge 5 Murphy 25 2
Luca Sandonato 5 MacNeil 25 2
Tobias Kelleher 5 Currie 25 2
Lane Carte 5 Middleton 25 2
Wesley Morisette 5 Murphy 24 3
Bridget Miskell 5 Murphy 24 3
Patrick Kerins 5 Murphy 24 3
Lok Ye Young 5 Lohan/Hannon 24 3
Alexander Tran 5 Currie 24 3
Daniel Steinberg 4 Rogers 27 1
Jack McAnulla 4 Hodgkins 24 2
Luke Naughton 4 Rogers 24 2
Braden Benzan 4 McManus 24 2
Van Tran 4 Rogers 22 3
Collicot Classes Rogers, McManus and Cunningham/Collicot shared classes Hyde, Doyle & Hodgkins together were a Euclidian Division Regional Team Winner for Grade 4!
Olivia Hart 3 Walcott 17 1
Mae McKenna 3 Walcott 15 2
Keira Lally 3 Walcott 15 2
Brendan Brosnan 3 Walcott 15 2
Malachi Buchanan 3 Kelley 15 2
Stephy Dai 3 McDermott 15 2
Scott Longo 3 Kelley 14 3
Molly King 3 Walcott 14 3
Ida Zoll 3 Walcott 14 3
Victoria Kirkham 2 Hamada 15 1
Dario Karanxha 2 Nguyen 14 2
Ellyson Ash 2 Nguyen 14 2
Cole Belcher 2 Nguyen 13 3
Evan Abramovitz 2 LaMonica 13 3

Here are the results from CUNNINGHAM:

Cunningham Year End Continental Math League

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Trinity Phan 5 Steuterman/Theobald 27 1
Raina Sohur 5 Smith 27 1
Kiera Glazer 5 d’Entremont 27 1
Adriana Ruiz 5 Steuterman/Theobald 26 2
Samuel Callahan 5 d’Entremont 25 3
Samuel Boucher 4 Chen 26 1
Daschel Koh 4 Chen 25 2
Mary O’Keefe 4 Horn 22 3
Benjamin Parmele 3 Walsh 17 1
Ryan Phan 3 Hennessy 16 2
Colin Glazer 3 Morton 15 3
Charles Hamblet 2 Olken 18 1
Brady Sugrue 2 Young 15 2
Orla Crosse 2 Young 12 3
National Student Winner- Charles Hamblet!

Here are the results for  TUCKER:

Tucker Year End CML Results 2016

Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Nicholas Reason 5 Sewall 27 1st
Logan Do 5 Nguyen 27 1st
Mackenzie Palmer 5 Doyle 26 2nd
Claudia O’Neill 5 Sewall 26 2nd
Ian Wick 5 Doyle 24 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
John Best 4 Zimmermann 23 1st
Lucy Hollingsworth-Hays 4 Zimmermann 21 2nd
Nathan Ehui 4 Zimmermann 20 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Brooke McHughe 3 Glickstein 14 1st
Noah Stikoff 3 R/D 13 2nd
Evan Patterson 3 R/D 11 3rd
Kaoutar Bouhlal 3 Glickstein 11 3rd
Ronan O’Connor 3 Glickstein 11 3rd
Aiden Pope 3 Lee 11 3rd
Name Grade Teacher Score Place
Mary Fundling 2 Breathnach 18 1st
Michael DeMatteo 2 Breathnach 17 2nd
William Rhee 2 Ignani 16 3rd

 

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We also had some wonderful news from the Great East Music Festival. On Friday, June 3rd, the Pierce Middle School performing ensembles participated in the Great East Music Festival with overwhelming success! Nearly 250 students in the 7th and 8th grade band, chorus and strings ensembles performed, receiving the highest ratings:

Band 7 & 8:  GOLD Award
Strings 7 & 8:  GOLD Award
Boys Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award
Girls Chorus 7 & 8: PLATINUM Award

This festival opportunity provided students with a formative evaluation of a prepared program. After their performance, students received a comprehensive workshop and a rating of achievement by an expert clinician.  The day closed with an afternoon of celebration at Canobie Lake Park.  Congratulations to all who participated!.

Please see this video clip from Great East: Video

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Ms. Eileen Mullen and the students in the Child Study classrooms celebrated their annual Pre-K graduation this week. This event is the highlight of the year for both our Pre-K students and the high school students who take Ms. Mullen’s class. Please enjoy this photo: prek grad

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Our Pierce Players are at it again! If you missed Opening Night last night, there is still time to catch this year’s show. Our talented middle-schoolers will be presenting Cyrano de Burger Shack tonight (June 10th) and Saturday (June 11th) at the Pierce Middle School. Tickets are $10.  For more information, visit www.pierceplayers.org

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Milton High School will be holding its first Iron Chef Cooking Competition on Monday, June 13th at 3pm in the Foods Room. Come cheer on our MHS students as they cook with local chefs from around town. Many thanks to The Plate, Ester, Kick* Catering and the Seasoned Palate Catering, all of whom will be joining us for this event.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

The end of another school year is upon us and summer is fast approaching. For many families the full days of summer can add an additional financial burden.  Are you or someone you know having a hard time putting healthy food on the table?  Your family may be eligible for SNAP also known as Food Stamps.  SNAP helps you stretch your family’s food budget and keep your family healthy.  Calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline is a simple way to find out if you qualify for SNAP.  Hotline counselors, assisting families in 160 languages, can let applicants know if they are eligible during a phone screening and assist them with the application process

In addition, families can contact the Project Bread hotline directly in late June/early July to learn where the closest Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program is located. The SFSP offers free meals to children ages eighteen and under to ensure that every child has access to the food they need in order to return to school in September ready to learn.

The FoodSource Hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on SNAP or Summer Food Service Program locations, call 1-800-645-8333

The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about MPS summer programs, Summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  Contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

 Our students were treated to some “celebrity” sightings in the cafeterias this week. Principals, secretaries and administrators all took turns “taking the heat,” in our kitchens and helping to serve breakfast and/or lunch to our students. Have a look at some of  the fun!

celeb cheffood pic

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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 The Blue Hill Bank is hosting a great kids’ event this weekend. — Ms. Money’s Summer Savings Kick-Off for Kids! Join Ms. Money for snacks, crafts and tips on saving!  Pick up your FREE piggy bank and start your summer of saving! The event will be held Saturday,  June 18th  from 10am to noon at the Blue Hills Bank – Milton, 480 Adams St.

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Barnes & Noble is having a three-day event this weekend to celebrate Young Adult Literature.

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Lilly Sundell-Thomas, Reference & Young Adult Librarian:

Free Paper and Pencil NEW SAT Practice test
The Milton Public Library will be hosting  a free SAT Practice test on Saturday, July 23 from 9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM; and Saturday, August 20th from 9:30 AM  –  1:30 PM. These tests are being offered by Princeton Review. Students should bring a number two pencil, eraser, and graphing calculator to the test. Register with  Princeton Review: http://www.princetonreview.com/product/offerings/303188

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

Summer is here – and so are fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 19 – 25:

Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Summer Reading Kickoff with Jungle Jim, Ages 3+

Join us on the last day of school to kick off our 2016 Summer Reading Challenge with Jungle Jim! Jim’s balloon magic show, The Reading Olympics contains Jim’s signature brand of balloon artistry, magic, comedy, storytelling and improvisation with over 15 volunteers taking part. Archery, basketball, fencing and even Scottish caper toss are just some of the events that our “athletes” will compete in. Most importantly, Jim will incorporate just how important reading and staying active work together. For ages 3+. No registration required. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

* Afterwards, join the Friends of the Milton Public Library for strawberries and cream!

Friday, June 24, 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.

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

In addition to the fantastic synopsis above, I would also like to add that we recently learned that Coach Tom Shaw has been named D3 Girls Track Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe. Kudos to Coach Shaw!

We have also learned that the following spring athletes have been named Boston Globe All Scholastics:

  • The Girls Outdoor Track Team’s 4×400 relay: Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Alexis Belash, Josie Cousineau.relay team

 

  • The Boys Outdoor Track Team: Smith Charles  smith charles

Congratulations to all five of our Boston Globe All Scholastics!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to recognize all of the students who are taking part in the Pierce Players’ Cyrano de Burger Shack play this weekend. The cast and crew have all put in an incredible amount of hours to make sure that this is one of their best shows ever! This is truly a team effort and we are always amazed by the work of the Pierce Players.  Great job!

Staff:  I would like to thank Bill Deschenes, our Pierce drama teacher, without whom we would not be seeing the top-notch plays and musicals coming out of Pierce Middle School. He is truly dedicated to his students and it shows. Thank you, Mr. Deschenes!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize, once again, all those who attended the Wednesday night School Committee Volunteer’s reception. This is always a memorable evening and this year was no exception. I would also like to thank and recognize all those MPS volunteers who serve countless hours, but could not attend the reception. We value each and every volunteer here in the Milton Public Schools. Thank you all.

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.

 

June 6th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 06•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Monday, June 6th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Please read this very informative and timely article written by MHS student Josh Kery about the history of Milton High School:

MHS Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary
By Joshua Kery

The Seniors of 2016 were the 150th class to graduate from Milton High School. While there is no specific ceremony being held to recognize this historic year, Milton High School’s employees and oldest graduates celebrated its arrival.

John Cronin, who served as Milton’s Town Administrator for 34 years and was a member of the Class of 1955, notes that the anniversary marks “Milton’s 150-year commitment to providing an excellent public high school education.”

“As we think about this 150th Anniversary it’s important for students to understand the importance of public education,” comments MHS Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright, “As Americans we may sometimes take for granted the public education we are afforded, but that was not always the case.”

“It was just a year after the Civil War that Milton High School was opened. I can only imagine a fair share of students enrolled in those first classes were young men who returned from fighting to face an uncertain future. Imagine the benefits of knowing they were able to advance their education and train for a profession.”

Milton established its first public high school in 1866, just before the rise of the United States’ high school movement. This movement popularized public secondary education across the U.S. as a ticket to better employment as the service industry and white collar jobs expanded in the country’s economy. The high school movement reached its peak in the early twentieth century, according to Claudia Goldin and Lawrence F. Katz of Harvard University.

“Americans devised the secondary school for the masses to train youth ‘for life’ and not just ‘for college,’” wrote Goldin and Katz in a 2008 paper.

This expressed purpose for high school — making its students ready “for life” — is a far cry from the goals of high school today. Milton High School, like many public high schools in the United States, is one in which college admissions tests like the SAT are the norm for students, of whom the majority are expected to use their high school education to prepare for college. For the graduating class of 2016, the value of any one of their high school diplomas has been eclipsed by that of a college degree, in much of the same way secondary education diminished the value of primary schooling in the late nineteenth century.

“College opens more doors,” writes Robert Farrington of Forbes Magazine, “But even then, it just gets you what a high school diploma did twenty years ago.”

And in terms of salaries, a college degree continues to win out: “A college graduate now makes about 1.8 times as much as a high-school graduate, up from about 1.4 times as much in 1979, according to the EPI [Economic Policy Institute] data,” writes the Huffington Post’s Jillian Berman.

Regardless Milton High School does offer an excellent secondary education; U.S. News ranks it 30th out of 353 public high schools in Massachusetts, and it has a 5-year graduation rate 97.2% as of 2012, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

But of those leaving Milton High that year, 85.3% were moving on to higher education. College has become the true runway for students seeking to take off into employment while high school, as AT&T South Carolina President Pamela P. Lackey said to the New York Times, “‘prepares [students] for a different type of work than we have as a reality today.’”

Milton High School itself predates the highest rates of public high school founding during the U.S.’s greater high school movement. The “enormous expansion” of public high schools in the country began with an increased demand for white-collar jobs as twentieth century automatization replaced blue-collar laborers, according to Harvard’s Goldin and Katz. Additionally, a high school education brought greater wealth to workers who remained blue-collar laborers or farmers in addition to those working in the rising retail and service industries.

Milton’s creation of a public high school was motivated by many of the same needs; public primary education was no longer considered “adequate” in preparing students for work, according to Dr. Anne Coghlan, MHS Class of 1944. Many secondary schools were established in the 1820’s in the cities in the East that were industrializing the most rapidly. In Milton as in many small, wealthier towns in the U.S., private academies were first popularized to meet the demand for better trained students. Milton Academy began teaching in 1823.

With the end of the American Civil War, public education increased in popularity across the country. When a lack of financial benefactors required Milton Academy to suspend its work in 1866, the Town of Milton employed its staff and leased its building to establish the Town’s first public secondary school: Milton High School.

When the Town finally bought Milton Academy’s land in 1885, the high school building was demolished and replaced by the second Milton High School. Then, nearly 130 years ago, Milton High School students were taking many of the same classes as they are today — English, History, Physics, Latin, French — according to historian A. K. Teele. The second building was in turn replaced by a third building near the same site in 1896, much larger than the previous two. The Vose Elementary School, where Pierce Middle School stands today, was converted into the fourth High School in 1917, and a School Building Committee, established in 1998, saw the completion of the fifth and current Milton High School and its facilities by 2010.

The high school’s anniversary this year appears to be a significant juncture in the value of its graduates’ diplomas, but the rise in importance of a college degree has been long-coming. Like Milton and the East’s turn to high schools after the American Civil War, the country has frequently promoted college education — the G.I. Bill provided postsecondary schooling to WWII veterans in 1944, and university students were exempted from military service during the Vietnam War.

Today college is well ingrained in people’s minds as a crucial step on a path to success; high school is often only the step just preceding it, and “most students,” as Forbes’ Robert Farrington notes, simply “transition from a free education to a paid education.”

Yet the college degree appears to be well worth the potential for student debt. And as a stepping stone, Milton’s, like all other high school educations, is crucial for students seeking a higher level of financial and occupational success.

“The individual best equipped to evaluate what an education has offered,” notes Dr. Anne Coghlan, “Is the graduate who translates the educational experience to work and personal satisfaction, family, citizenship and concern and help for others.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, June 8th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio, Room 245 of Milton High School.

CLASS OF 2016

The week preceding graduation has always been a very special week for our senior class. The celebration of Senior Awards Night, our Boosters Banquet and the Junior/Senior Prom —  as well as Commencement yesterday — all made for a very busy and rewarding week for all.

More than $110,000 worth of scholarships were awarded as part of Senior Awards Night, which is a testament to our incredible community. The following seniors were recognized at Senior Awards Night.

Awards Night
Julie Affanato Wallace Memorial Award: Shannon FitzGerald
AFL-CIO Scholarship: Owen Walsh
Julian S. Alexander Memorial Award Alexis Belash
American Learning International Exchange Scholarship Caroline Johnson & Colin Rooney
American Legion – Paul W. Curran Memorial Award Cole Kroninger
American Legion – Post 114 Scholarship Amanda Thorne & Michael Wyatt
ARTDante Scholarship in memory of Dante Fugazzotto Mairead Dambruch & Josh Kery
Asian Culture Club Award Dylan Bahn, Emily Chow & Xiaoging Deng
Edward H. Baker Scholarship Harry Kong
Jesse B. Baxter Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
Carol A. Blute Memorial Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
John and Nina Bombaci Memorial Scholarship Calvin Luong
Heidi Wolensky Bradley Memorial Scholarship Aisling Desmond
Jay A. Brown and Edward Leahy Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship Anna Mahoney
Caroline F. Carter Memorial Scholarship Emma Heller
Clougherty Family Scholarship Isabel Belash, Robert Fleurissaint, John Mazzarella & Antonina Welz
Mark L. Coles Memorial Scholarship Lydia Horan
Leo E. Cook Memorial Scholarship Rudy Chase
Charles L. and Gladys Copeland Memorial Scholarship Matthew Aldrich, John Clifford, John Cremmen, Shannon FitzGerald, Lauren Hogan, Brendan McManus, Jacqueline Sullivan and Henry Wells
Copeland Family Foundation Scholarship Shannon Conley, Mairead Dambruch, Danielle Dumais, Hope Huban, Chris Jean Baptiste, Kathleen McAuliffe, Kate Riccuiti, John Viveiros
Olympia Haveles Crowley Scholarship Hope Huban & Hailee Sullivan
Leonard V. and Dorothy A. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship Kalyani Twyman
Cunningham Park Men’s Bowling Scholarship Madison Brown & Ashley Vaughn
James M. Curley Class of 1976 Memorial Award Michael Fallon
John M. Curley Memorial Scholarship Tyler Volpe-Knock
Mary Louise Daly Community Service Award Sarah Monderer
Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award Audrey Erickson
Debra A. Davis Memorial Scholarship Ariana Ferrante & Sabrina Najarian
Michael A. Devin Memorial Scholarship Kailey Allen & Ja Maurie Coakley
Dr. Frank J. Giuliano Jr. Award Charles Karoff
Charles S. Pierce Middle School Award Derek Perkins
John D. Glover Elementary School Award Hope McDonald
Mary A. Cunningham Elementary School Award Kristen Mills
Richard Collicot Elementary School Award Jamie Donahue
Robert Tucker Elementary School Award David Perkins
Paul Dorsey Baseball Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe, Cullen McMurray & Brandon Musto
Esther P. Edwards Fund Scholarship Mackenzie Abbott
Kate Lisa Etienne Memorial Scholarship Levinia White
FAME Scholarship for Band Simon Eder
FAME Scholarship for Chorus Hope Huban & Colette Nourie
FAME Scholarship for Jazz Michael Wyatt
William T. and Lenore Fidler Memorial Award Kourtney Smith
Gino M. Fiore Memorial Scholarship Simon Eder
Robert E. Forde Memorial Scholarship Monica Woods
Diallo B. Fuller Memorial Scholarship Nia Pinto
Emily McLaughlin Gallagher Memorial Scholarship Joseph Stroud
Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Memorial Citizenship Award Lydia Horan & Kendall VanAllen
John Hagan Memorial Scholarship Mikalia Jackson
Henrietta T. Hallowell Citizenship Award Shannon Conley
Mark G. Hamilton 22nd Annual Memorial Scholarship Henry Wells
Jack M. Hanley Memorial Scholarship Penelope Taylor
Charles E. Hardison Memorial Scholarship Jacquelyn Bertram
John Phelan Community Service Award Owen Walsh
Nancy J. Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship Emily Dsida
John J. Karol Memorial Scholarship Daniel Costello
Rabbi Nathan and Helen Korff Memorial Scholarship Nathan Liberty
Barbara Anne Holub LaCambria Memorial Scholarship Ava Urkevic
Donald P. Lake Memorial Scholarship Mary Cronin
Jack Lanigan Memorial Scholarship Cullen McMurray
Elliot and Esther Levine Scholarship Maryanne MacIsaac
Christine Marie Linehan Scholarship Miranda Czwakiel
Baron Hugo Lira Music Scholarship Matthew Nolan
Edith Hamilton Lira Business Scholarship Brandon Musto
Louis Armstrong Award Liam Hines
Joseph F. Lynch Jr. Class of 1972 Memorial Scholarship JaMaurie Coakley
Robert “Bubba” Maloney Scholarship Shannon Conley
Rachel B. and Robert J. Mantica Award Ava Berg
George C. Marsden Memorial Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe
Gerald D. Martin Scholarship Allegra DeNooyer
Elaine McFadden Scholarship John Cremmen & Ariana Ferrante
Jennifer McManus Memorial Scholarship Kristyn Swift
Dr. Alan Barrie Meisler Memorial Scholarship Megan Caljouw
Milton Amateur Gardeners Club Award Katherine Driscoll, Elizabeth Murphy  & Liam Halloran
Milton Animal League Scholarship Taylor Avery
Milton Educators Association Scholarship Anna Mahoney, John McGrath
Milton Fire Department Scholarship Elizabeth Murphy & Rudy Chase
Milton for Peace Gerda Conant and Jean Curry Memorial Peace-Builder’s Award Kalyani Twyman
Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame Scholarship Matthew McAuliffe & Hailee Sullivan
Milton High School Class of 1988 in memory of Alex Losordo Scott Cummings
Milton High School Dramatics Society Award Audrey Erickson
Milton High School English Excellence Award Allegra DeNooyer & Simon Eder
Milton High School Journalism Award for Scholastic Editing and Reporting Joshua Kery
Milton High School Music Theater Award Samantha Antoniewicz, Emily Dsida, Colette Nourie & Michael Wyatt
Milton High School Spirit Scholarship
(funded by Teens in Need) Kailey Allen & Chinedu Nzepuome
Milton High School TRI-M Music Honor Society Award Emily Dsida
Milton Historical Society Scholarship Simon Eder
Milton Junior Wildcats Scholarship Michael Fallon & Kendall Van Allen
Milton Junior Woman’s Club Scholarship Shannon Conley, Hope Huban & Simon Eder
Milton Kiwanis Club Scholarship Jacquelyn Bertram, Hope Huban, Elizabeth Lawless
Milton National Little League Scholarship Colin Rooney & John Walker
Milton Performing Arts Award Madeline Scott
Milton Players Scholarship Joshua Kery
Milton Police Association Scholarship John Clifford
Milton Retired Educators Award Leah Bohmbach & Tyler Volpe-Knock
Milton Rotary Club Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee
Milton Softball Scholarship Ashley  Vaughn
Milton Times Scholarship Taylor Avery & Shoshanna Onyiriuka
Milton Woman’s Club Scholarship Matthew Aldrich, Jacqueline Bertram, Maeve Doyle, Danielle Dumais & Josh Kery
John Brendan Moore Scholarship Megan Caljouw
Morosini Memorial Scholarship Ky-Nam Dang, Amena El Sayed, Colin Keally, Erica Poon & Kate Ricciuti
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators  Association Achievement Award Danielle Dumais
Jeffrey D. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Nolan Carvalho
National Choral Award Samantha Antoniewicz
National Orchestra Award Allegra DeNooyer
Lawrence R. Neret Jr. Memorial Scholarship Dane Matejka
Norfolk County Teachers’ Association Book Award Danielle Dumais
Pearce – Riordan Memorial Scholarship Kendall Van Allen
Peter Muse Memorial Scholarship Anna Mahoney, Evangelos Pesiridis, Colin Rooney & Jacob St. Fort
Pierce Middle School PTO Scholarship Joshua Kery
Anne Power Memorial Scholarship John McGrath
George F. Ramacorti Memorial Award Sarah Dragon
Alison Mae Regan Scholarship Liam Hines & Colette Nourie
Susanne M. Ruicis National Honor Society Memorial Scholarship Lydia Horan
Dominique Sade Samuels Memorial Scholarship Paola Charles
Charles Hamilton Savage Memorial Award John Walker
Richard J. Scopa and Family Scholarship John Lenane
Kurt P. Shannon Memorial Scholarship Maeve Lydon & Hailee Sullivan
Shoolman Family Scholarship Daniel Costello
Michael A. Siciliano Memorial Scholarship Tatiana Perez
Cynthia J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Anne Grudem, Mikalia Jackson & Sabrina Najarian
Arthur L. Sneider Memorial Scholarship Meaghan McDougall
John Philip Sousa Award Liam Hines
Julia D. Stackpole Memorial Scholarship Shareen Alsebai & Sindhu Banerjee
Superintendent’s Awards for Academic Excellence Joshua Kery
Marc. A. Susi Memorial Scholarship Sophia Cousineau, Greta Freking, Joshua Kery, John Lenane & Owen Walsh
Sustainable Milton Green Student Leadership Award Alexis Belash& Chris Jean Baptiste
James E. Sweeney Memorial Scholarship Olivia Chin
Francis W. Tatro Memorial Music Award Lara Nasser
Marylou Trojano Memorial Scholarship Isabelle Bongiorno
Tucker PTO Scholarship Shoshanna Onyiriuka
Hiram Tuell Citizenship Award Simon Eder
Mathys J. and Maxine Pearce Van Dam Memorial Scholarship Akeem Smith
Charles C. Winchester Memorial Scholarship Sindhu Banerjee & Lydia Horan
Winter Valley Scholarship Max Harris & Vincent Nguyen
Michael J. Young Memorial Scholarship Maximilian Welz

On Wednesday night (June 1st), we enjoyed the annual Milton High School Boosters Banquet, where many of our students were honored for their athletic abilities, as well as sportsmanship and integrity. Please join me in recognizing the student-athletes from the following categories:

MHS Booster Awards

Most Accomplished and Outstanding Athletes Scholarship: A point system was used to score each applicant; a score of 1 was counted for each accomplishment. Student athletes with the highest scores will be awarded scholarships, without any league violations. Congratulations to: Katherine Driscoll, Mairead Dambruch, Timothy Lynch, Sophia Cousineau, Patrick McDonnell, Meaghan McDougall, Colin Rooney and Michael Fallon.

Athletic Achievement Award: Applicants were evaluated on the basis of their athletic success, dedication, sportsmanship, and leadership, as well as academic achievement and character. A point system was used to determine achievement level. One letter of recommendation demonstrating your dedication, sportsmanship and leadership is required as part of the selection process (Head Coach or position coach). Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and no league violations: Alexis Belash, Katherine McAuliffe, Sara McMenamin, Akeem Smith, John Walker.

Impact Award

Any student/athlete participating in any sport while at MHS, with a 2.0 GPA. This Athlete set an example with their hard work, dedication, undaunted determination, no matter from the field, bench or bleachers. This award is an example of the athletic community the MHS Boosters likes to see make an impact. It is not always about the most gifted athlete or scholar. The individual’s association can be through direct or indirect participation. Evaluation will be on the level of participation in each activity: Madison Brown, Kailey Allen, Caroline Johnson, Greta Freking, Sarah Dragon, Benjamin Donahue, Scott Cummings, Zachary Fischer.

MHS Athletic Awards

Unsung Hero Award
Alexis Belash & Michael Fallon

Sportsmanship Award
Katherine Driscoll & Kendall Van Allen

Outstanding Female Athlete
Sophia Cousineau

Outstanding Male Athlete
Derek Perkins

Mickarl Thomas Spirit Award
Isabel Belash & Matthew McAuliffe

Peter Muse Scholarship Award
Mairead Dambruch & Joseph Walker Stroud

Evan Jones Scholarship Awards
Michael Fallon & Meaghan McDougall

MHS Individual Team Awards

Volleyball Award
Coaches Award – Sarah Dragon & Elizabeth Murphy
Most Improved Player Award – Haley O’Brien
Outstanding Senior Award – Madison Brown

Girls Cross Country
Outstanding Senior Award – Mairead Dambruch

Boys Cross Country
Outstanding Senior Award – Tim Lynch

Boys Tennis
Outstanding Senior Award – Michael Wyatt

Girls Tennis
Outstanding Senior Award- Mikalia Jackson

Rugby Award
Coaches Award – Patrick McDonnell
Outstanding Senior Award – Ameil Marc

Baseball Award
Harry E. Carlson Award – Colin Rooney
John Morosini Baseball Award – Scott Cummings
Outstanding Senior – Jake Walker

Golf
Outstanding Senior Award – Walker Stroud

Ski Team
Coaches Award – Niamh Lynch
Outstanding Senior Award – Georgia Bell & Owen Walsh

Boys Lacrosse
Groundhog Award – Max Fitzgerald
MVP Award – Max Fitzgerald
Coaches Award – Bobby Lesenechal
Outstanding Senior Award – Joseph Binda

Cheerleading
Coaches Award – Bailey Cook
Outstanding Senior Award – Monica Woods

Boys Crew – Spring
Outstanding Senior Award – Liam Hines

Girls Crew – Spring
Outstanding Senior Award – Grace Wamester

Wrestling
Baldwin Award – Patrick McDonnell
Outstanding Senior Award – Dane Matejka

Girls Soccer
Outstanding Senior Award – Sophia Cousineau

Boys Soccer
Tom Herget Award – Cole Kroninger
Outstanding Senior Award – Alden Rosa

Boys Ice Hockey
Marc Susi Award – Colin Rooney
Steve Wilkie Boys Hockey Award – David Cunniff
Outstanding Senior Award – Elliott Chauvet

Girls Indoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Sophia Cousineau

Boys Indoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Derek Perkins

Girls Lacrosse
Outstanding Senior Award – Morgan Begley

Softball
Hilltoppers Award – Shannon Fitzgerald
Outstanding Senior Award – Ashley Vaughn

Field Hockey
Outstanding Senior Award – Kate Driscoll

Girls Outdoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Alexis Belash

Boys Outdoor Track
Outstanding Senior Award – Colin Keally

Coed Swim Team
Outstanding Senior Award – Emma Heller

Girls Ice Hockey
Steve Wilkie Hockey Award – Meaghan McDougall
Outstanding Senior – Kate Driscoll

Football
Patrick Bowes Memorial – Akeem Smith
Sgt John T. Carota Memorial – John “Mac” Feeney
Daniel E. Duggan Trophy – Jack Clifford
Perry Thanksgiving Award – MVP Mac Feeney & David Brundage
Outstanding Senior Award – Mike Fallon

Girls Basketball Award
Coach Jack Sullivan Award – Sarah Dragon
McMann Family Award – Olivia Chin
Outstanding Senior Award – Sara McMenamin

Boys Basketball
Edward Carlson Basketball Award – John Cremmen, III
Outstanding Senior Award – JaMaurie Coakley

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I am also very proud to announce the list of colleges and universities that our Class of 2016 will be attending:

Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Auburn University, Babson College, Bates College, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State University, Bryant University, Bryn Mawr College, Bunker Hill Community College, Carnegie Mellon University, Catholic University of America, Champlain College, Clark University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, College of the Holy Cross, Columbia College Chicago, Curry College, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Fitchburg State University, Flagler College, Fort Hays State University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, George Washington University , Hamilton College, Harvard University, Hofstra University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson & Wales University, Keene State College, Lasell College, Lesley University, Manhattan College, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, McGill University, MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Merrimack College, Mount Holyoke College, Mount Ida College, Nazareth College, New York University, Newbury College, Northeastern University, Pace University, Pennsylvania State, Providence College, Purdue University, Quincy College, Quinnipiac University, Regis College, Roger Williams University, Rollins College, Russell Sage College, Sacred Heart University, Saint Anselm College, Salem State University, Simmons College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Spelman College, Springfield College, Syracuse University, Temple University, Trinity College, Tufts University, Union College, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Delaware, University of Maine, University of Maryland/College Park, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Massachusetts/Boston, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, University of Michigan, University of New England, University of New Hampshire/Durham, University of New Haven, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, University of Texas/ Austin, University of Vermont, Ursinus College, Vassar College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Wheaton College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Yale University.

In addition, we have students who have enlisted in the US Navy and the US Marine Corps; and students who will be attending Hotchkiss Prep and Brewster Academy.

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Also, I am often asked for a list of colleges and universities where our seniors have been accepted, but are not necessarily attending. Please see below for this list of colleges and universities that accepted members of the Class of 2016:

Adelphi University, American International College, American University, Amherst College, Anna Maria College, Arizona State University, Assumption College, Auburn University, Ball State University, Bard College, Barnard College, Baruch College of the CUNY, Bates College, Bay Path University, Bay State College, Becker College, Belmont University, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Borough of Manhattan Community College of the CUNY, Boston College, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater College, Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Brown University, Bryant University, Bryn Mawr College, Bucknell University, Buffalo State College of SUNY, Bunker Hill Community College, California Institute of the Arts, California State University/Fresno, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Catholic University of America, Central Connecticut State University, Champlain College, Clark Atlanta University, Clark University, Clarkson University, Clemson University, Cleveland State University, Coastal Carolina University, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, College of Charleston, College of the Holy Cross, College of William and Mary, Columbia College Chicago, Columbia University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Connecticut College, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, Cornell University, Creighton University, CUNY-Macaulay Honors College, Curry College, Dartmouth College, Davidson College, Dean College, Denison University, Dickinson College, Dominican University, Drexel University, Duke University, Duquesne University, Durham University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Eastern Nazarene College, Eckerd College, Elon University, Emerson College, Emmanuel College, Emory University, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fisher College, Fitchburg State University, Flagler College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Southern College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida State University, Fordham University – Lincoln Center Campus/Rose Hill Campus, Fort Hays State University, Framingham State University, Franklin Pierce University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gettysburg College, Gordon College, Goucher College, Grinnell College, Gulf Coast Community College, Hamilton College – NY, Hampton University, Harvard University, Hawaii Pacific University, High Point University, Hofstra University, Hollins University, Howard University, Husson University, Iona College, Ithaca College, Jacksonville University, Johns Hopkins University, Johnson & Wales University (North Miami), Johnson & Wales University, Juniata College, Keene State College, Kenyon College, La Salle University, Lasell College, Lehigh University, Lesley University, Lewis & Clark College, LIM College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), Louisiana State University, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola University New Orleans, Lyndon State College, Macalester College, Make Up For Ever Academy New York, Manhattan College, Marist College, Marquette University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, Massachusetts Bay Community College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Community College – Canton, McDaniel College, McGill University, MCPHS – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Medgar Evers College of the CUNY, Merrimack College, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Middlebury College, Morehouse College, Morgan State University. Mount Holyoke College, Mount Ida College, Muhlenberg College, Nazareth College, New England College, New York University, Newberry College, Nichols College, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Nova Southeastern University, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Pace University, New York City, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Pennsylvania State, Plymouth State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Providence College, Purchase College State, University of New York, Purdue University, Queens College of the CUNY, Quincy College, Quinnipiac University, Reed College, Regis College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhodes College, Rice University, Rivier University, Roger Williams University, Rollins College, Roosevelt University, Russell Sage College, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Sacred Heart University, Sage College of Albany, Saint Anselm College, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Michael’s College, Salem State University, Salve Regina University, Sarah Lawrence College, Savannah College of Art and Design, Seattle University, Seton Hall University, Siena College, Sierra Nevada College, Simmons College, Skidmore College, Smith College, Southern New Hampshire University, Spelman College, Springfield College, St. John’s University – Queens Campus, St. Lawrence University, Stanford University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stonehill College, Stony Brook University, Suffolk University, SUNY College at Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, Temple University, The New School, Trinity College, Tufts University, Tulane University, Union College, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama, University of Arizona, University of Bridgeport, University of Bristol, University of California/Berkeley, University of California/Los Angeles, University of California/San Diego, University of California/ Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado/Boulder, University of Colorado/Denver, University of Connecticut, University of Dayton, University of Delaware, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Glasgow, University of Hartford, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, University of Kentucky, University of Maine, University of Maryland/Baltimore County, University of Maryland/College Park, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, University of Massachusetts/Boston, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts/Lowell, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota/Twin Cities, University of New England, University of New Hampshire/Durham, University of New Haven, University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina/Asheville, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Puget Sound, University of Redlands, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Scranton, University of Sheffield, University of South Alabama, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, University of St Andrews, University of Tampa, University of Texas, Austin, University of Tennessee/Knoxville, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, University of Utah, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, University of Washington, Ursinus College, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College, Villanova University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington College, Wellesley College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, West Virginia University, Western Connecticut State University, Western New England University, Westfield State University, Wheaton College, Wheelock College, Wichita State University, Widener University, Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University, Xavier University, Yale University and Youngstown State University.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that the last day of school will be June 23rd. This will be a half day.

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For those of you who attempted to solve the Continental Math problems provided in the last E-blast, here are the answers:

Marcy has 28 pennies and Tom has 21 pennies. If Marcy gives Tom 5 pennies he will have _____ more pennies than Marcy will have. Answer: Tom will have 3 more pennies than Marcy will have.

George spent $22. This is half as much as Maria and Harriet spent together. Maria spent $15. How much did Harriet spend? Answer: Harriet spent $29.

Pedro lives 3 miles from his Aunt’s house. He can walk a mile in 17 minutes. If he leaves his house at 9:15 a.m., he will arrive at his Aunt’s house at ______a.m. Answer: 10:06 a.m.

Tyshawn needs $90. He worked 6 hours on Thursday earning $7 an hour.

He worked 4 hours on Friday earning $8 an hour. How much more money does he need? Answer: $16

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

It seems like every day we hear about teens dying behind the wheel because of texting and driving. The Arbella Insurance Foundation and DPS Insurance Group, Inc. are committed to stopping this problem. How?

The Arbella Insurance Foundation created and funds Distractology a mobile simulator experience, designed to show new drivers exactly how dangerous it is to text and drive. New drivers will get firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and avoid accidents while safely behind the wheel of a driving simulator. It’s real. It’s useful. And it’s memorable.

This opportunity is available to new drivers with their learner’s permit or license. The program is FREE and participants also receive a $15 gas card! Milton High School is proud to be hosting Distractology Monday, June 13th through Friday, June 17th.

If students would like schedule an appointment, they must sign up in the Milton High School’s Main Office.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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Our Park & Rec Department has plenty of summer programs available for Milton residents. Please check their website here for more information.

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The following item was sent to us by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass:

Have you thought about enrolling your daughter in Girl Scouts, but want more information prior to doing so? Have you ever considered being a troop leader, but don’t know where to begin or what’s involved?  The Milton Girl Scouts Service Unit is here to help!  The Service Unit’s purpose is to provide support town-wide as new troops are formed, existing troops evolve, and to share best practices along the way.  The Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass also support our town troops, so there is more help available than you may realize!

If you want to learn more, let us know you’re interested by Friday, June 24th by completing a brief interest form online at goo.gl/qnDWSA. The Milton Service Unit will follow up with you in accordance with your specific interest.

If you already plan to register or re-register your child for Girl Scouts, you can do so directly on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass website. Registration information is located at http://www.gsema.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.html. A registered Girl Scout, even if not yet placed in a troop, receives access to many camp, outdoor, and family activities throughout the year.

BID- MILTON

Children with a sick or injured Teddy Bear can have their bears evaluated by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s Emergency Department staff at the hospital’s seventh annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 am – 2 pm, at the hospital located at 199 Reedsdale Road, Milton.

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

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

A new family feature this year will be a Teddy Bear Clinic. Hospital Emergency Department staff members Erin Ryan, CNA, and Deirdre Michalski, PA, will staff a “Teddy Bear E.D.” where children can have their bears checked out and professionally treated for an assortment of common Teddy Bear illnesses and injuries.

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

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 10:30 am. Health screenings and checks will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The American Red Cross’ Blood Mobile will be onsite to accept blood donations from the community. Individuals who are interested in donating should call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. Those who donate blood will be entered into a raffle to win a special prize.

Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvements and new equipment for the hospital’s cardiac testing service. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY NEWS

Summer is almost here – so get ready by joining us for fun family activities at the Milton Public Library! Books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. Also, have you signed up for the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge yet? This year’s Challenge, entitled On Your Mark, Get, Set… Read! kicks off on June 23. Children ages 3-11 are eligible to participate. Keep up your skills over the summer, win prizes, and have fun! Visit our website at www.miltonlibrary.org to register now.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 12 – 18:

Friday, June 17, 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.

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

The following item was submitted by the Milton Art Center:

Summer — time to go deeper into what matters. Exploring new worlds and artists. Children learn skills to make vivid their ideas and bring them to life. Strengthening the ability to create gives children the confidence they need to draw from every day to succeed in shaping their world.

Our art teachers at the MAC engage children’s imaginations and feelings using open-ended instruction to teach art skills. Children enjoy the process of creation and the pride of accomplishment.

The 2016 Summer Arts @MAC program will take place from June 27 through July 28th for children in Grades K-5. Five weeks: June 27 – July 29, 2016  9:00AM – Noon http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

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Also, the MAC will be hosting a Backyard BBQ Music & Arts Festival on Saturday, June 11th from noon to 7pm. Spend the afternoon playing games and doing art projects like T-shirt printing, rock painting and much more. Buy a treasure from our local artists on our front lawn and attend the opening of our Celebrate Summer Art Show in the main gallery. Take in some of the best of MAC’s Open Mic talent, and then it’s the Roy Sludge Trio at 6pm to wake up your rockabilly. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and Italian ice will be served all day. Bring a blanket or a chair and we’ll see you there! Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road.

ATHLETICS

Our spring seasons have all wrapped up, with the exception of the Girls and Boys Outdoor Track Teams. Last weekend, the Girls Outdoor Track Team won the D3 Outdoor Championships in Burlington — and on Saturday, June 4th, the team pulled off a stunning victory at the MIAA All State Outdoor Championship in Westfield. After trailing behind the meet leaders most of the day, the Milton girls rallied in the final few events and finished the meet tied for first place with Tewksbury. The victory was a true team effort with amazing performances by the Milton girls, including a 3rd place finish in the 400M by freshman Elise O’Leary, a 4th place finish in the mile by sophomore Bridget Mitchell and a 4th place finish in the Pentathlon by Jessy Iwuala. However the big moments in the meet came down to the last two events, the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The 4x100m relay of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Atheana Pierre, Paola Charles and Jaliegha Williams pulled out a huge 2nd place performance that provided a much needed 8pts for the team. Then the 4x400m relay of Alexis Belash, Josie Cousineau, Colette O’Leary and Elise O’Leary won the 4x400m with a state-best time of 3:54, sealing the tied victory. Congrats to these girls, as well as Coaches Tom Shaw, Dion Crichlow and George Daly.

On the Boys side, freshman Smith Charles placed first in the 100M dash, and the 4x100M relay placed third in the state. The team overall finished sixth in the state.

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Also, the Pierce Track and Field team completed their season with a successful performance at the South Shore Middle School League Championships. Nosa Iyamu finished first in the high jump, John Barros finished first in the 100M and Luke Botsford finished third in the 100M hurdles. The boys’ team finished third overall. The girls’ relay teams came in second in the 4X100, 4X400 and the 4X800. Crystal Dai was fourth in the long jump and Ava Duggan was second in the high jump. The girls’ team finished 5th overall. Congratulations to these Pierce athletes for another great season!

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

AMBASSADOR

Staff: It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dawn Sykes as the Director of Milton Public Schools Fine Arts. Included in this department is K-12 Music, K-12 Visual Arts and 9-12 Family & Consumer Studies. Ms. Sykes has served since 2004 as the Choral Director at Pierce Middle School. She recently completed the Principal and Supervisor Licensure Program at Curry College. Ms. Sykes earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta; and her Masters of Arts from San Diego State University. Prior to joining the MPS, Ms. Sykes taught music and was a chorus director at all different grade levels in California.

I have every confidence that Dawn Sykes will continue the tradition of excellence created by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett over the past three decades. I am sure that you will join me in congratulating and thanking Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett for her years of service and in welcoming Ms. Sykes to this important leadership position within the Milton Public Schools.

Students: Congratulations to each and every member of the Graduating Class of 2016. We are very proud of all you have accomplished!

Volunteer: I would like to thank and recognize the tireless volunteers who have organized this year’s All Night Party for our seniors. This annual tradition in Milton is not only a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to spend time together before the summer begins, it is also an excellent way to keep our students safe. The party takes a great deal of planning and volunteer hours and was organized this year by Annellen Lydon and Trisha Sullivan. Thank you to both of these women and all of this year’s volunteers for their hard work.

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 27th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 27•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 27, 2016

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today, I am very pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Karen McDavitt to the position of Principal of Glover Elementary School. Ms. McDavitt comes to us with 13 years of experience as an educator.

Ms. McDavitt holds a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College; a master’s degree from Lesley University; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Boston University.

Ms. McDavitt is currently employed as a teacher in the Cohasset Public Schools, where she has held various leadership positions since 2008 and was selected as a semifinalist for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Prior to Cohasset, Ms. McDavitt was a teacher at the intermediate level in Ipswich, where she served as the English Language Arts Coordinator for K-5; Chair of the Writing Committee; Student Leadership Mentor and Leader; and Literacy School Library Creator and Coordinator.

Ms. McDavitt possesses many qualities which will make her an effective principal. These include a strong knowledge of curriculum and instruction, an ability to work collaboratively and a love for education and for her profession. I am confident that Glover parents/guardians, teachers, staff and most importantly, students, will continue to flourish under the leadership of Ms. McDavitt.

“I am excited for her leadership tenure,” said Glover parent and Screening Committee member JP Plunkett. “She blends unbridled passion and unabashed classroom excellence with leadership intangibles that signal a superstar in the quick making.”

I have no doubt that Ms. McDavitt will establish strong relationships with parents/guardians and staff to continue to meet the rigorous standards that have been established at the Glover Elementary School.

“Not only did Ms. McDavitt demonstrate a genuine passion for teaching but it was clear that she resonated with the teachers and staff — and I have no doubt that her warmth and commitment to elementary education will be immediately felt by the students and parents,” said Glover parent and Screening Committee Member Kathryn Beaumont Murphy.

Glover staff members who served on the Screening Committee Mary McCarthy, Brian Powers and Mary Bodkin said they are pleased with the appointment, noting: “Ms. McDavitt has demonstrated enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to students, staff and families throughout her career in education.” They extend a warm welcome to Ms. McDavitt from the Glover Community.

There were many qualified candidates for this position and I would like to thank the Screening Committee for their hard work in reviewing the applications and interviewing the candidates with me. I am grateful to the following members of the Glover Principal Screening Committee:

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan,Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Glover Adjustment Counselor Brian Powers, Glover Teachers Mary McCarthy and Mary Bodkin, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Grandeau,Parent Representatives JP Plunkett, Anna Barker and Kathryn Beaumont Murphy.

Additionally, a second round of interviews was conducted with myself, Principals James Jette, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Glenn Pavlicek and Janet Sheehan; School Committee Members Sheila Varela, Dr. Elaine Craghead, Margaret Eberhardt; Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Meredith Kempf; and Guidance Director Karen Cahill. Ms. McDavitt will begin her new position on July 1st.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

 There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held June 8th at 7 pm in the Milton Access TV studio in Room 245.

May 25th:  This meeting began with a presentation by the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee and an introduction of the 5th Grade Safety Patrol from each school. Transportation Director Jake Smith described the responsibilities of the patrol and School Committee members congratulated them for their efforts. Next, members voted to approve two upcoming field trips. The FY17 Needs and Priorities list was voted on, as was the FY17 School Committee Calendar and summer retreat. Subcommittee assignments were approved. The Third Quarter Report was discussed, and a Vendor Warrant was approved. Member voted to approve the minutes of April 27th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meredith Kempf, Curriculum Coordinator at Glover Elementary School:

Problem solving is an integral part of the Milton Public Schools Math Curriculum. Each elementary classroom provides opportunities for students to develop their problem solving skills through integrating problem solving strategies and real life word problems into their daily routines. Students are able to demonstrate their deep understanding of math concepts through their application of skills in these problems and are encouraged to share their strategies with their peers.

For more than 25 years, Milton Public School students in grades 2-5 have been participating in the Continental Math League (CML). All students participate in at least 3 CML “meets” per year within their classrooms. These meets provide an additional way for our students to challenge themselves and demonstrate their ability to problem solve.   Each thirty minute meet consists of 6 challenging word problems that require students to use their analytic skills to determine which math skills are needed to answer the question.  For years our students have challenged themselves and persevered demonstrating their ability to approach difficult problems in different ways.  Success is measured not only through their individual score in a meet but also through growth from meet to meet.

More recently, each school has also added Math Clubs. These clubs provide the opportunity for students to further develop their problem solving skills.  Students meet with parent facilitators to work through problems and challenges.  In this format, students have the opportunity to develop the skill of determination and experience the excitement of success in a club format.  Frequently, students can be found working in small groups using multiple ideas and perspectives to figure out how to solve the problems.  In this format, students also discover that many problems have multiple ways in which they can be solved.

When asked about CML, one student explained, “I like how it is challenging and you have to work hard on it.” Give some problems a try yourself!

  • Marcy has 28 pennies and Tom has 21 pennies. If Marcy gives Tom 5 pennies he will have _____ more pennies than Marcy will have.
  • George spent $22. This is half as much as Maria and Harriet spent together. Maria spent $15. How much did Harriet spend?
  • Pedro lives 3 miles from his Aunt’s house. He can walk a mile in 17 minutes. If he leaves his house at 9:15 a.m., he will arrive at his Aunt’s house at ______a.m.
  • Tyshawn needs $90. He worked 6 hours on Thursday earning $7 an hour. He worked 4 hours on Friday earning $8 an hour. How much more money does he need?

SUMMER READING INFO

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

It’s that time of year again! All of our teachers have been working hard readying children to take on the challenge of reading every single day this summer and topping the last summer’s record of 484,000 minutes read. We are once again partnering with our friends at the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. Students currently in grades K-4 have already brought home a registration form to be filled out and returned to school. Upon receipt of this form, Mrs. Henry and Mrs. McKenna will ensure that each child is registered on the library’s website and can participate in their SUMMER READING CHALLENGE!! Please let your child’s teacher know if you did not receive the summer reading registration so that we can ensure all children are signed up and READY TO READ!!!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Great news … the Milton Transportation & Traffic Sub-Committee of the Milton School Committee was nominated for and won the Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Community Collaboration Award! This award goes to the community which has best demonstrated the importance of collaborating among local organizations and municipal staff to develop an effective and successful SRTS program.

The group has been meeting consistently for the past year. Regular members include: SRTS, parent reps from each school, school committee, superintendent’s office, school transportation dept. This is an open public meeting and, as such, is listed on the town website 24 hours in advance so any interested community residents can join. The Sub-Committee has planned and implemented an annual pedestrian safety training at all four elementary schools- both the parent/teacher volunteer instructor model and the peer (5th grade) mentor model. All four elementary schools have incorporated the AAA Safety Patrol. The middle school has incorporated annual bicycle safety training into the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade curriculum in addition to hosting a community-wide bike rodeo. All schools have recently completed student travel surveys, aerial mapping, and walk assessments in order to create recommended walking routes. The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at the Grand Staircase Hall, State House, 24 Beacon St, Boston from 10am to noon.

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The Milton Public Schools will be hosting Arbella Insurance’s Distractology Program at the Milton High School campus on June 13-17. This is a free distracted driving program for our students, which utilizes a driving simulator.  Details on signups, etc will be included in the next E-blast.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

For those of you who have been following Milton’s Challenger League, which is now in its fourth season, there are still a few games left this year. The Challenger Team welcomes players of all genders, 6-18 years old, with any special need. Games are played Sundays at Shields Park. Please join the players and fans on Sunday, June 5th at 4:20pm; or Sunday, June 12th at 4:30pm.

BID-MILTON

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) will hold its seventh annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30 am – 2 pm, at the hospital. The family-oriented, health and wellness event starts at 9:30 am with registration for a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) or a one-mile walk which will start at 10 am from the hospital’s Highland Street Parking Lot.

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

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

A new family feature this year will be a Teddy Bear Clinic. Children can bring their sick or injured bears to be evaluated and treated by BID-Milton Emergency Department staff.

A community health fair in the hospital’s main lobby will begin at 11 am. Health screenings and checks will be available as will displays and information from area health and wellness providers.

The American Red Cross’ Blood Mobile will be onsite to accept blood donations from the community. Individuals who are interested in donating should call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. Those who donate blood will be entered into a raffle to win a special prize.

The hospital will also formally award its Community Health Grants to several local organizations whose programs address the primary health needs identified in the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvements and new equipment for the hospital’s cardiac testing service. Visit the hospital’s website at www.bidmilton.org/walk  to download registration forms. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free.

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 We recently received this letter from BID-Milton President/CEO Peter Healy:

I write to you with mixed emotions to announce that I will be leaving Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton on January 1, 2017 to assume the newly created role of President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).

This move is part of a strategy to place the Beth Israel Deaconess system in the best possible position during a period of rapid growth and change locally and across the industry.  In just a few short years, the Beth Israel Deaconess family has grown to include an academic medical center, three member community hospitals, four community hospital clinical affiliations, one specialty hospital and more than 2,400 physicians.

I will report to Kevin Tabb, MD, who will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer for BIDMC. He will focus largely on the system including building and overseeing the leadership team, and developing and executing a system-wide strategy.  As President of BIDMC, my focus will be on the medical center’s internal operations such as service, operations, management and finance.

I was not looking to leave BID-Milton.  This was a very difficult decision, especially on a personal level.    During my tenure at BID-Milton, we have made strong progress on a number of fronts:

  • A Spring 2016 Joint Commission Survey placed us among the nation’s top hospitals
  • Expansion of our Center for Specialty Care to include 18 BIDMC physicians and specialist surgeons, bringing outstanding expertise to our community
  • Implementation of a board-certified, critical care specialist ICU staffing model which is offered by fewer than 50 percent of hospitals nationwide
  • Fifteen percent growth in Emergency Department volume since the closure of Quincy Medical Center while maintaining prompt throughput times for patients and families
  • Fiscal strength enabling reinvestment in facilities, technology and staff
  • Robust community partnerships established in Milton, Quincy and Randolph Please know that I have greatly enjoyed working with you and other community partners.  An extensive search for BID-Milton’s next President and CEO will soon be launched. The role is sure to attract many talented candidates due to our strong clinical, financial and market positions, our outstanding care givers and your unwavering support.I thank you for your commitment to BID-Milton and I look forward to our continued work together.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at Peter_Healy@bidmilton.org or at (617) 313-1353. NEWS AROUND TOWNOur town will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30th. The American Legion Post #114 will begin this year’s Memorial Day program with the raising of the flag and the placing of the wreath at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. Following this observance, participants will march to Milton Cemetery for the customary ceremony.

TOWN HALL – 9:30 a.m.

  • Placing of the Wreath at the War Memorial – Legion Members
  • Raising of the Flag – Legion Members
  • MHS Band – National Anthem

CEMETERY – 10 a.m.

  • Introduction – Frank Stout, Legion Member (introductory remarks and introduction of special guest and keynote speaker U.S. Army Major General Stan Genega (Ret.)
  • Greetings – Paul McDonnell, Commander of the American Legion Post #114 and Joseph M. Reardon, Cemetery Trustee
  • Invocation – Reverend Stephen Zukas, Administrator, Saint Elizabeth Parish
  • Select Chorus & Band – Armed Forces Salute – Songs from all branches of the American Armed Forces (Select Chorus under the direction of Noreen Burdett and MHS band under the direction of both Rebecca Damiani and Gary Good)
  • Welcome – Kathleen M. Conlon, Chair, Board of Selectmen
  • In Flanders Fields – recited by Joanna M. Needham, MHS Junior
  • Band Selection – National Emblem
  • Keynote Speaker – U.S. Army Major General, Stan Genega (Ret.)
  • Coin Presentation – WW II Veterans
  • Prayer Offered by Rabbi Alfred Benjamin (in absentia) – written by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff
  • Placing of Wreaths – Legion Member
  • Roll Call – Kevin Cook, Veterans Agent
  • Volley / Echo Taps – Legion Member / MHS Student
  • Flag Raising – National Anthem – MHS Mixed Chorus
  • Remarks – State Representative Walter F. Timilty
  • Benediction – Reverend John Allen, Pastor, First Congregational Church
  • Band Selection – MHS Band

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 The Milton Jr. Wildcats are happy to announce that we will be offering an inspirational football team for the Fall 2016 season.  Any child ages 5-21 with cognitive or physical challenges may register for this team.  This team will meet two nights each week for one hour.  The children will do an exhibition in competition events and games, but no child will be required to participate.

You can register for the inspirational team by going to our website at www.miltonjrwildcats.org, click the REGISTER NOW button and follow the prompts from there. Practices will start in August, then continue throughout the season which ends in October. Uniforms will be provided to each cheerleader for the season.

We have a few committed volunteers already but are actively looking for more, please forward along any persons or volunteers to me and we will add them to the list. The JR. Wildcats are very excited about this new team and we look forward to working with all of you.

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The 39th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it. The last 3 years we have had more than 700 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

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

The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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All are invited to join the Friends of the Blue Hills for a spring festival of stewardship and fun. The annual Green Up the Blue Hills will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ponkapoag AMC Cabins.  Students and families will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while helping with an essential task: pulling up invasive weeds that threaten the Blue Hills.  Volunteers should park at Temple Beth David, 1060 Randolph Street, Canton. It is a short, scenic walk from the parking lot to the cabins. The event is rain or shine.  Please RSVP to Anne Comber at Greenup@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent in by Lilly Sundell-Thomas, Reference & Young Adult Librarian at the Milton Public Library.

Teen Yoga with Joanne Lloyd

The Milton Public Library will be offering a series of teen yoga classes this summer on Monday afternoons from 4pm – 5pm in the Keys Community Room. Local yoga teacher Joanne Lloyd has been practicing yoga with young people and their families for the past 9 years. She has taught yoga classes at Boston Children’s Museum, Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Brookline Center, Yogafest, Faneuil Hall,  and in local daycare centers in the Boston area. Classes will be on 6/27, 7/11, and 7/25. Register online for FREE at miltonlibrary.org. Beginners welcome!

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

Summer is on its way – 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 June 5 – 11:

Friday, June 10, 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.

Friday, June 10, 2016 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 and will open two weeks prior to the event.

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

Please join me in congratulating Coach Tom Shaw, who was recognized at the annual Coach of the Year banquet sponsored by the MIAA in Milford last night. Coach Shaw was recognized for his work as Girls Cross Country coach. He and his student athletes do an amazing job of representing our athletic program, our high school and our town.

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

Reminder that the Annual Booster banquet is next Wednesday, June 1st in the Copeland Field House at 6pm. Tickets are on sale online at www.miltonboosters.com. All tickets must be purchased online. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Congratulations to all our Spring athletes and coaches as they have all represented Milton High School athletics with poise and class throughout the season. Best of luck to all those continuing to compete in MIAA tournament events!

Rugby: The team finished another highly successful regular season last night.   The combined records of Varsity and JV were 11 wins-2 losses-1 tie, this Spring. With a 23-13 victory over Brookline in the Division 2 semi-finals on Tuesday, Wildcat rugby will roll into General Foley Stadium, Worcester this Saturday, May 28th, for the Divisions 2 State Final, pitted against #1 seed Lincoln Sudbury.  It will be Milton’s fourth consecutive year of making it to the D2 State Finals, having won titles in 2013 and 2015.

 Girls’ Crew: The two varsity boats raced this past weekend at the US Rowing Northeast Youth Championships. The first four came in fourth in their heat and did not advance to the second day. The second varsity four placed second in the heat and advanced to the semi’s on Sunday. They placed fourth in their semi’s putting them just out of the grand final later that day. Our final race is the Massachusetts Championships this Sunday, May 29th in Lowell. We will see some of our regular, tough opponents like CRLS and Duxbury Maritime.

Boys Tennis: The team wrapped up their season with a 3-2 victory at Dedham and a 1-4 loss to Natick.  Sophomore, Mike Gates led the team with a 10-4 record, while junior, Gainni Rodrigues ended the season with a 9-6 record.  Mike Gates was named to the Bay State League All Star Team and teammates: Mike Wyatt and Giannie Rodrigues were voted as Honorable Mentioned to the All Star Team. Down the stretch, the 1st doubles team of senior Mike Wyatt and freshman Kevin Meade had 2 crucial victories that helped move the team’s record to 7-8.Kevin Huang, Jeff Chan, & Aiden Sullivan showed great improvement throughout the season and should be major contributors next season.

Girls Lacrosse team finished strong this season with an exciting win against Ursuline Academy on Tuesday! The final score was 16-15, the Wildcats battled back with just minutes left in the game! Milton also had a big win against Dedham with a final score of 14-10! Unfortunately, the team finished the season just short of making the tournament, ending the season with a 7-10 record. Devin Coulter was awarded first team in the league and Julia Scannell got an honorable mention! Both girls were top scorers along with captains Morgan Begley and Katie Abbott. The defense was led by Julia Collins, Kate Driscoll and Lily Phelan with outstanding goal tending by Kat Buchanan.

Girls Softball: The team got on a roll and finished the season strong. The girls defeated Brookline and Dedham this week bringing their final record up to 9- 11. Thank you to everyone who supported the softball program this weekend at the Car Wash!

Girls Tennis: The team started off the last week of the season with a win against Dedham! Our first singles, Kate won in two sets, while second and third singles, Mikalia and Adri both won in a third sets. First doubles, Abbey and Alyssa also beat their opponents in two sets. Second single Ange and Lidia won in a third set tiebreak, solidifying their 3rd win of the season. The team is excited to play our last two matches of the season this week!

Girls Outdoor Track:  The team finished the regular season with a record of 3-2. They are competing for the Div III State Title on Saturday and are one of the favorite contenders for the title. The team will be bringing 26 athletes to the state tournament. The girls team has never brought this many girls to the state tournament.

Boys Tennis Team wrapped up their season with a 3-2 victory at Dedham and a 1-4 loss to Natick.  Sophomore, Mike Gates led the team with a 10-4 record, while junior, Gainni Rodrigues ended the season with a 9-6 record.  Both boys should at least received Honorable Mention when the All Star voting takes place later this week. Down the stretch, the 1st doubles team of senior Mike Wyatt and freshman Kevin Meade had 2 crucial victories that helped move the team’s record to 7-8.

Baseball The Wildcats have won three conference games in a row over Walpole, Wellesley and Brookline to bring their record to 9-10 with one game remaining. They need to win their last game to make the tournament. They will play tomorrow at Nauset Regional HS.  Pitching has been great from Sam Jacobsak, Brandon Musto, and Jake Walker all season long.

Boys Lacrosse: The team is looking forward to preparing for the 2017 campaign, with eight returning starters who gained a great deal of experience this season. Congratulations to our graduating seniors, Nick Rogers, Charlie Karoff, Joey Binda, Mike Fallon, David Cunniff, and Nick Bagley.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: To the Class of 2016, I would like to express my sincere congratulations. Some of you have spent 13 years with the Milton Public Schools. Some have spent less than a year with us. But you are all now part of the community of Milton Public Schools. Please enjoy the upcoming school events (Senior Awards, Boosters Banquet, Prom, and Graduation) but please also make wise decisions and keep yourselves and each other safe. We look forward to seeing you all on Graduation Day on June 5th.

Staff:   I would like to recognize Glover French Reading Teacher Kate Lavalle for being one of this year’s Outstanding Teachers. Ms. Lavalle was not in school on the day the MFE conducts its annual “surprise” visits to teachers’ classrooms, but she is certainly a worthy choice for this honor, and she did receive a classroom visit the following week. Congratulations to Ms. Lavalle!

Volunteers: I would like to thank Julie Ritchie, Piel Hollingsworth, Angie Van Allen, Eileen Heller, Nora Vernazza and Liddie Sutter for their incredible work at last night’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year presentation. I hope that the poignant words of our teachers demonstrated everyone how much the Milton Foundation for Education is appreciated and valued by our teachers, administrators and staff.

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 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.