December 5, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: December 5, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

While we are just one-third of the way through this school year, planning is well underway for the 2020-21 school year. There are several information nights and action steps in the coming weeks for parents/guardians of younger students that I would like to call to your attention.

Please join us for Preschool Information and Pre-Registration Night on January 9, 2020 at 6:30pm.Children attending a MPS Preschool Program must be three years old on or before August 31, 2020.Preschool staff and administrators will highlight programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have. This information session will take place in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd. All details can be found here. 

On January 23rd, 2020 at 6:30 pm, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night in the Charles Winchester Auditorium located at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. Pre-registration can be found online here. Please note that your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2020 to start kindergarten in September 2020. All details on registering for Kindergarten can be found here.

On Tuesday, February 25th, in the MHS Auditorium, parents and guardians  of current kindergarten students  are invited to 1st Grade Information Night  to learn about our two first grade programs: the English Innovation Pathway (with STEM & Spanish) and French Immersion. We will also explain the Assignment Plan, Lottery (if needed) and the Timeline. The night will end with a Q/A session. We will also hold a STEM Information Night in March, for current kindergarten families to preview an overview of the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in a hands-on engineering activity.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

On Monday December 16th at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, author and Tucker parent, Calvin Hennick presents “Great Expectations: What Do We Want From Our Boys?”

Mr Hennick is featured on the cover of this week’s Boston Globe Magazine: Raising a black son in America. Calvin Hennick thought he could somehow shield his child from the ugly truth of racism just a little longer. But a very public incident at Fenway showed he was wrong. “There are many reasons I’m filled with self-doubt,” Hennick writes. “This is one of them: I am white, and my wife is black, and I have nothing to teach my son about how to be a black man in America.

In his  talk at MHS on December 16th, Mr Hennick will explore historical expectations of men and boys, unpacks how those expectations have already changed and continue to evolve, and suggests ways that parents can prepare their sons to meet the challenges of today’s world. His memoir “Once More to the Rodeo” was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019 and Winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. This will be a night not to be missed.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series – Calvin Hennick
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break
Jan 2 Classes Resume

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

We have had our 1st snow day of the 2019-20 winter season. The last day of school is now June 17th, 2020.  Please click this link for the Milton Public Schools procedures for inclement weather as it pertains to school delays and cancellations.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High TONIGHT,  Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A description of topics and locations  can be found here.

PIERCE PAGES 

As you can see in the video below, 8th graders are learning about how thermal energy affects the particles in a fluid in accordance with MS-PS3-4: Conduct an investigation to determine the relationships among energy transferred, how well the type of matter retains or radiates heat, the mass, and the change in the kinetic energy as measured by the temperature of the sample. Students are reviewing thermal energy transfer as a precursor to an engineering design project in which they will build heat resistant “pods” to prevent ice cubes from melting. They also look like they are having fun in 8th grade science!

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Pierce teacher Deanna Magill is pleased to share that Pierce Middle School won the CoderZ Social Media Domino Challenge Competition! Nine students created and coded their own original designs of their robot laying down a trail of dominos and then knocking them down and submitted a screen recording which Mrs. Magill posted to Twitter. If you use Twitter you can search for #dominochallenge and #PierceMiddleSchool to see all nine submissions. Congratulations to (pictured L-R) Sophia Kociol, Matthew Chin, Molly King, Lia Duran, Jackson Wagner and Braeden Mahoney and (not pictured) Chris Ennis, Wyatt Hartford, and Joseph Koh, who went above and beyond to complete this challenge. Well done!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Collicot 4th graders in Mrs. Hodgkins’ class have been studying energy and circuits.  Students discovered how to make a complete circuit using a D-cell, wires, and a lightbulb and were then introduced to a switch and a motor to make a circuit that they can turn on and off.  In these pictures, students are working on using a different energy source, a solar cell, to produce electricity using energy from sunlight to operate the motor.

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The Tucker community invites all MPS parents and guardians  to join them for their Second Annual Tucker Talk on December 14th 8:30-11:30am at the Tucker School Library, 187 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton.

Wee the People present: The ABCs of Racism: Starting the Conversation about Race and Racism with Kids. This interactive workshop will explore the barriers that prevent adults from talking about race and racism with kids, examine the social science of race awareness in children, and identify strategies to start the conversation with kids about the complexities of race, racism, and racial differences.

You can learn more on the Wee the People website. This session is for adults. Free childcare is provided. All MPS elementary school parent/guardians are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you are able to attend as it will  help us plan ahead for light refreshments to be served.

Tucker Talk is sponsored by Tucker PTO, Celebrate Milton and the Tucker Diversity Committee.

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As in previous years, elementary Spanish students celebrated the Dia de los Muertos in all schools. At its origin, this tradition combines the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating ancestors with All Souls’ Day, a holiday that Spanish invaders brought to Mexico starting in the early 1500s. Halloween has its origins in the Celtic harvest festival while the Day of the Dead is rooted in the ancient religious traditions of Mesoamerica. This holiday is celebrated mostly in Mexico early November. El Dia de Los Muertos is a joyful time that enables families to remember the deceased and celebrate the memory of loved ones. During the holiday, colorful Ofrendas – such as the beautiful one currently on display at the Tucker School – decorate homes and public places. Activities and craft in classes included: discussions and readings about special events and ceremonies (parade in Mexico City, meals and costumed gatherings), decorations (candles, flowers, sugar skulls, masks and paper craft called papel picado), culinary treats (sweets and special bread).

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Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences for families with K-5 students are on Thursday, December 12th. Conferences are a great opportunity to sit down with your child’s teacher and get and give feedback on how your child’s year is going thus far. Below are “Tips to Get More Out of Your Parent-Teacher Conference” adapted from Scholastic PARENTS.

Before the Parent-Teacher Conference
Start preparing early, don’t wait until the night before to get organized. Create a folder at the beginning of the year in which you keep assessments, homework assignments, and any notes. If you haven’t been doing that so far, not to worry. Just pull together any materials you have, and jot down questions. Talk to your child. Ask how they’re doing in class and about what’s going on during lunchtime, recess, and when they go to special classes like music or gym.

During the Parent-Teacher Conference
Arrive early. With only a few precious minutes to spend, you don’t want to be late.
Go in with a positive attitude. The goal of both the teacher and you should be the success of your child. Arrive with a compliment to start the conference off on the right foot. (“My son is really enjoying the unit on space” or “We had a great time on the field trip.”) Then address any concerns respectfully. Find out the communication protocol. Don’t let this be the only time you talk to your child’s teacher. Ask them how they like to communicate, whether it’s by email, notes passed through a folder, or phone calls.

After the Parent-Teacher Conference
Follow up. If the teacher brings something to your attention that needs to be addressed with your child, take steps to put the plan in motion, whether it’s working on organizational skills, getting extra help, or addressing a social issue. Update your child. Start with the positive things their teacher had to say, then fill them in on any concerns you and the teacher discussed. Explain how you can all work together to ensure your child has a successful year.

With a little planning, these meetings will go from possibly stressful to totally successful.
If you are in need of additional information or resources , please feel free to reach out to the MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone at 617-980-7343.

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In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, the Milton Public Schools Speech Language Pathologists have compiled a list of fun interactive games that work on vocabulary and language skills. Try some out with your family or use them as inspiration for those on your gift-giving list.

PRESCHOOL FUN

The Gile Road preschool students recently painted with corn on the cob! The students experimented with the best way to paint, whether it was rolling or sliding the corn over the paper, blotting the paper or using the corn cob like a crayon. Students made whole table designs with several different colors, and had fun creating.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT 

The Woodworking Program at MHS provides experiences far more important than those typically associated with wood shop. I have asked MHS teacher Jamie Merkle to share some insight into our woodworking course.

Courses like Woodworking and other Applied Arts ask students to use their hands to not only build projects, but help build confidence, strength of character, and problem solving capabilities useful in all careers and in all other educational settings. Working with natural materials in a creative manner also promotes cross-curricular relevance that can give students context for their other classes.

Our curriculum covers the safe use of hand and power shop tools, the identification of woods and their characteristics (hardwood vs. softwood) and the assembly and finishing of a piece of quality furniture. We also explore CAD drawing and dimensioning to enhance the skill of spatial visualization and reasoning.

Throughout the projects, students become ‘self-assessors’ using measuring tools, squares, and the final ‘fit’ of things to truly assess the quality of their own work. These habits of perseverance and patience are at the heart of the coursework. Above all, it is a course that all students can succeed in and enjoy equally!

 MPS GIVES BACK 

During Thanksgiving week, some of our Pierce Middle School staff  headed into Boston to distribute backpacks to homeless men and women. The group distributed 43 backpacks filled with donations supplied by Pierce staff. Included in every bag was a hat, gloves, socks, long underwear, personal items, toiletries, flash lights, and gift cards for food. The group packed bagged lunches with a PB&J sandwich, a piece of fruit, bottled water and Halloween candy and those were also given out.Thank you to our Pierce staff and their families for taking the initiative and bringing some Thanksgiving cheer to those who may be struggling this holiday season.

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Milton Soccer Uniform program is a yearly tradition at MPS. Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Cunningham 3rd grader Sophia started doing a sock drive for the homeless when she was just 4. This is her 5th year and she hopes to be able to deliver over 1000 pairs of warm socks to Boston’s homeless men and women. It’s easy to donate – drop your socks into the donation bin in the lobby of Cunningham or the front porches of 3 Phyllis Lane or 178 Lyman Road.  Thank you for helping Sophia to deliver new socks to those who need them!

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The Pierce Student Council is holding a  Sock Drive to Benefit the Boston Rescue Mission. The Student Council will be collecting pairs of new adult socks for two weeks, starting on December 3rd. Their  goal is to have 1,000 pairs of adult socks (about one pair per student at our school) to donate by the December 15th deadline. All donations will be given to the Boston Rescue Mission. Please consider donating to this very worthy cause! Donations can be dropped at Pierce during school hours.

ART AND MUSIC

If you are looking for a fun night out this weekend, please consider the MILTON POP-UP ART SHOW on Saturday, December 7th 6-10pm at 1700 Dorchester Avenue, Boston ,MA. You’ll enjoy live music, food from the Blarney Stone and terrific local art.  Tickets are  $25.00 and can be purchased here. The proceeds of this event will be  donated to MPS Art & Music Programs!

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Our MHS Chorus was asked to sing the National Anthem at the Celtics game this week! You can hear their beautiful rendition below. Thank you to MHS Senior, Nikolai Zychowicz for the video.

There will be more opportunities to hear our talented singers and musicians this month all over Milton. We hope you will be able to attend one of these community events!

12/7 Caroling on the Common at First Congregational Church – Christmas Carolers

Our Pierce Chorus kicked off the season at the East Milton Tree Lighting after Thanksgiving.

12/8 Evening of Christmas Cheer at the Eustis Estate – Brass Choir
12/9 Pierce Grade 6 Ensembles at MHS at 6:30pm
12/10 Pierce Grade 7 & 8 Ensembles at MHS at 6:30pm
12/11 MHS Ensembles at MHS at 7:00pm
12/13 Merry Historic Milton at the Eustis Estate & Forbes House – Jazz Combo & String Ensemble
12/14 Holly Jolly Sing Along & Lantern Parade at the Eustis Estate – Christmas Carolers
12/16 Milton Public Schools Retiree Luncheon – Saxophone Quartet

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Curry College and Milton Public Schools have announced a partnership that will allow all employees of MPS preferred partner pricing and discounts for all Continuing Education, Graduate and Post-Graduate coursework and programs of study at Curry. Through this collaboration (which excludes only the Bachelor of Science in Nursing ACCEL program), MPS employees will be able to complete degrees or pursue programs/courses at Curry College’s Milton or Plymouth locations, as well as online.

The Milton Public Schools is proud of our new partnership. You can read all of the details here.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are a registered nurse in MA and would like to see if school nursing is for you, consider applying for a per diem position in Milton Public Schools. For more information, please contact Kim Coughlin, Director of Nursing or call 617-696-4470 x5537.

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We are hiring for substitute positions in food services at all schools.  This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call 617-696-5040 X 5514 for more information.

ATHLETICS  

Milton Football brought back the Ramacorti Trophy after beating Braintree 19-7 in the 90th Annual Thanksgiving Day Game! Thank you to Roy Chambers for these photos of our Thanksgiving Day game.

Winter Sports officially started on Monday! Games will begin next week.

The MHS Girls and Boys Winter Track Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive this Saturday, December 7th from 9am-noon  at Milton High School.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

DECEMBER:

The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

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Santa Claus is coming to the Eustis Estate Saturday, December 7th from  11am – 2pm!  Take a photo with Santa and see the 1878 mansion decorated for Christmas. Enjoy cookies and cider in our cozy kitchen. All children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult. Select a time slot to reduce your wait time (11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.). To purchase tickets, please visit out website or call (617) 994-6600.

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Enjoy a magical evening of music and holiday cheer at the Eustis Estate on Sunday, December 8, 5-7pm. Explore the 1878 mansion, which has been lavishly decorated for Christmas, while live holiday music, provided by the Milton Public schools music department, fills the halls. Light refreshments, including wine and cider, will be served.

Advance tickets are required.To purchase tickets, please visit our website or call 617-994-6600 for more information.

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The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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 The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of December.

JANUARY: 

The Town of Milton is preparing a climate change vulnerability assessment. The assessment’s goal is to identify hazards climate change pose to Milton, our points of vulnerability to these hazards, and our points of strength as we work to mitigate their effects.

To that end, the Town will be hosting a public listening session before our assessment to get a better idea of resident priorities and mine their collective knowledge. All members of the Milton community are invited to the Climate Change Vulnerability Listening Session on Thursday, January 9th 6:30-8:30pm at the Milton Library, Keys Community Room.

ONGOING:

Milton Youth Lacrosse spring registration for grades 3-8 is open! New players welcome. For those with need for financial aid please email miltonyouthlacrosse@gmail.com. Indoor practices begin in January!

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Environmental Coordinator for the Milton Department of Public Works Hillary Waite share the following: The winter season is sprinkled with holidays, celebrations, gifts and delicious foods. It can also be wasteful. According to the EPA, household waste in the U.S. increases 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, totaling about 1 million extra tons of waste. What can people concerned about their environmental footprint do to make seasonal celebrations more sustainable? More information can be found here.

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November 27, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 27, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude to the residents of Milton for their ongoing support of our public schools.

To Milton Public Schools staff,  I want to recognize your professionalism, dedication and commitment to maximizing the individual potential of each and every one of our students.

To the parents and guardians of our Milton Public Schools students, thank you for your endless support and for entrusting the education of your children to us.

Most importantly, to our 4,500 students, I am grateful to each of you for reminding us of the endless possibilities that the future holds.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Please enjoy this short video of our stellar MHS Chorus – you will be thankful you did! 

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

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November 21, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 21, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday next week, I want wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day with family and friends and a restful long weekend. When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will have just three weeks of school before Winter Break begins on Monday, December 23rd.

I would like to share two important staffing updates with the Milton Public Schools community.

Margaret Gibbons began her career in the Milton Public Schools in 1984 and worked in Milton’s elementary schools prior to her transfer to Milton High School in 1999. She was shortly thereafter appointed to the position of Head Nurse for the Milton Public Schools.

It is next to impossible to detail the many ways that Margaret has positively impacted the lives of Milton Public School students, staff and the Milton community as a whole. She worked closely with our School Physician, Milton’s Board of Health, Milton’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Milton Public School Administration, Milton School Committee members and town officials on many initiatives to improve the health, safety and the social emotional well-being of students, families and staff. In her role as the President of the Milton Educators Association, Margaret advocated for all.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, I want to thank Margaret Gibbons for dedicating her professional life to our students, staff, families and community. I am sure that you join me in wishing Margaret health and happiness in her retirement . 

Please join me in congratulating Milton High School nurse Kimberly Coughlin on her appointment as Director of Nurses for the Milton Public Schools.

Ms. Coughlin began her career with Milton Public Schools in 2011 as a substitute nurse. In August 2018 she was hired as the full time nurse for Milton High School. Ms. Coughlin is a Registered Nurse, holds her Masters in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner and has worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston since 2001. Her 19 years of clinical experience and her advanced training in pediatric and adolescent health make her uniquely qualified for this important position. Ms. Coughlin will continue to serve as the Milton High School nurse in addition to assuming the responsibilities of Director of Nurses.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 21 Karin Roethke-Khan – Effects of Technology
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 2 Town Meeting
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

November 21 at  6:30 in the  Pierce Library: Parent discussion led by Karin Roethke-Khan, Cunningham parent, Milton Academy faculty member, and dorm parent to teenage girls for nearly 20 years. She will share her insights about the effects tech has had on her students and share strategies for managing it. You can register for this event here. 

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Please save the date for these grade specific Information Nights:

  • January 9, 2020, Preschool Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • January 23, 2020, Kindergarten Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • February 25, 2020, First Grade Information Night, MHS Auditorium, 6:30pm
  • Feb/March, 2020, Date TBD, STEM Information Night, Collicot/Cunningham Café, 6:30pm

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Ralph Destin

Congratulations to Debate Team members Ralph Destin, and Philip Ng Pack who teamed up and won 4 out of 5 debates at the Lexington tournament this past weekend. This impressive shoring qualified them for the Massachusetts State Tournament in the spring. This was a big win for Phil and Ralph early on and definitely gave the team as a whole motivation to keep working and practicing.  Bravo to them!

Philip Ng Pack

The topic for this  tournament was: Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms. This is a 2 month topic – so the students will be debating on this topic again at our next tournament on December 7th. We have 16 students from grades 9-12 competing at this tournament.

Between now and the spring state tournament the Debate Team has 7 more local tournaments (one of them is  2 day national level tournament). Additionally the students work 3 days a week after school to prepare for the tournaments.

Thank you to Debate advisors Dana DePaul, Kacy Kalell, and Kathleen Kelley for their mentorship of our students. The MHS Debate Team is  looking forward to a successful year!

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On Thursday November 30th , the Neponset River Regional Chamber and the Schools to Careers program invited local business and legislative leaders to “Go Back to School” at MHS. Our guests attended several classes and engaged students by answering thoughtful questions and sharing information about their chosen careers and their personal career paths. Attendees shared that they saw creative, energetic and innovative teaching and were hosted by well spoken, engaging and knowledgeable students. Thank you to BID Milton Hospital’s CEO Richard Fernandez, State Senator Walter Timilty, Selectboard Member Melinda Collins, MSAPC Director Laurie Stillman  and MPD Police Chief John King for sharing their time and talents with our students.

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Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A description of topics and locations  can be found here.

PIERCE PAGES 

Concepts in math build within and across grade levels, so it is vital for the math curriculum in the Milton Public Schools to reflect that. In the pictures below, our 7th grade students are ordering rational numbers on a number line, a review of a 6th grade math standard, that will help them to perform operations on rational numbers, as well as to solve real-life and mathematical problems containing rational numbers. You also see students working in groups, using paper strips to find equivalent fractions, an important foundational concept for the work in 7th grade around adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers.

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Thank you to all who submitted name ideas for the new Teen Center. The names have been narrowed down to 4 possibilities. All middle school students who live in Milton are invited to vote for their favorite name here – please submit a vote for your favorite! The vote closes on November 25th at midnight, so vote now!

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The Town of Milton is excited to be moving closer to the Teen Center opening date. The opening date is not set due to some work that needs to be completed prior to opening. However, there are some things that we need from parents/guardians of children that plan on attending the Teen Center located at the base floor of 495 Canton Ave. Middle School ID registered participants have access to this space and will need to present the Park and Rec ID prior to entry. It is also required that anyone planning to attend complete and return the waiver found here – this waiver must be completed prior to attendance. This waiver cannot be scanned or faxed, a hard copy may be mailed to Town of Milton, Parks and Rec, 525 Canton Ave Milton, MA 02186or dropped off at the Parks and Rec office at Town Hall (Monday -Thursday 8:00am to 5:00 pm. Lunch 12:30pm.-1:30pm. Friday 8:00am -1:30pm).

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8th grade parents/guardians are invited to attend an informational meeting about the 8th grade Washington, DC trip Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pierce Auditorium. Information about registration and details regarding this year’s trip will be shared. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions. All information presented will be emailed home after the meeting for any parents who are not able to attend.

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INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

The Milton School Food Service Program is partnering with EvanLee Farms to provide sustainable gardens to our schools and last spring we installed the first indoor “Grow Rack” at Tucker School. 2nd graders planted romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, micro mix, kale and basil. Last year’s 2nd graders cared for and nurtured the Grow Rack with great success! Students harvested the greens after about three weeks of growth and all students at the Tucker School enjoyed a beautiful salad from our Grow Rack. Milton High School also has a set of Grow Racks and students in the Achieve classroom care for and maintain the produce grown there.

Now it is the current crop of Tucker 2nd graders who get show their prowess as gardeners! These 2nd graders had their first harvest last week they cut the lettuce and delivered it to the cafeteria for use in salads that same day. It has been inspiring to watch these young students take ownership of the Grow Racks as they plan for their next harvest.

This program will be expanding to Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Pierce this year and we look forward to sharing the growth at all of our schools in the months to come.

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Our 4th grade students at Tucker, Glover and Cunningham and 3rd grade students at Collicot are beginning the 2nd unit of the Celebrating our Differences program this month. In Celebrating our Differences, students celebrate differences in our community over 5 sessions throughout the year. Students have multiple opportunities to walk in the shoes of individuals who experience different learning styles, physical limitations, visual impairment, living with autism and hearing loss. Community volunteers work alongside parent coordinators, classroom and special education teachers to present hands on experiences for the 4th grade students.

Cunningham 4th grader Jersey Baxley speaks to his classmates.

Cunningham 4th graders had the opportunity last week to experience navigating obstacles and playing basketball in wheelchairs thanks to a visit from the amazing and generous group Paralyzed Veterans of America, New England Chapter. As part of the physical limitations session, Inclusion Specialist Mrs. Maureen Butler also speaks to students about cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and limb differences. Our students then had the opportunity to hear from someone they know well their classmate and Cunningham 4th grader Jersey Baxley, who spoke to the students about his experience living with cerebral palsy. A special thank you to Jersey, who will visit each school as part of their physical differences unit.

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Milton Firefighters worked with Glover’s before school “Crazy 8s” math club this morning. Our MFD guests talked about how important math is in their every day jobs as First Responders and how being able to do math quickly is essential and literally life saving. Students weighed and measured equipment and felt first hand just how heavy the equipment is! Thank you to Glover parent Emily Duffy for fostering our “Crazy 8s” throughout the year  and to Lieutenant Jim Daley, Firefighter Tom Cicerone, and Firefighter Phil Wornum for joining our students before school this week.

MPS GIVES BACK 

Milton Soccer Uniform program is a yearly tradition at MPS. Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Cunningham 3rd grader Sophia started doing a sock drive for the homeless when she was just 4. This is her 5th year and she hopes to be able to deliver over 1000 pairs of warm socks to Boston’s homeless men and women. It’s easy to donate – drop your socks into the donation bin in the lobby of Cunningham or the front porches of 3 Phyllis Lane or 178 Lyman Road.  Thank you for helping Sophia to deliver new socks to those who need them!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next, on Monday December 16th at 6:30pm at the MHS auditorium, author and Tucker parent, Calvin Hennick presents “Great Expectations: What Do We Want From Our Boys?”

As parents, we know that the old ways of raising boys into men no longer works. But once we leave behind outdated “boys will be boys” notions of masculinity, what are we left with? What exactly do we want from our boys, and what kind of men do we want them to become? In this talk, author and parenting writer Calvin Hennick explores historical expectations of men and boys, unpacks how those expectations have already changed and continue to evolve, and suggests ways that parents can prepare their sons to meet the challenges of today’s world. His upcoming memoir “Once More to the Rodeo” was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2019 and Winner of Pushcart’s 2019 Editor’s Book Award. This will be a night not to be missed.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

The cold weather is upon us and with the cold weather comes a rise in heating costs that can put a strain on family budgets. MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna shares some local resources below.

Heating assistance: Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP),  located at 1509 Hancock Street, Quincy Center is the official government fuel assistance agency covering Milton. They began taking applications on October 1st, with the program officially opening Nov 1st. All Milton residents below the Heating Assistance Income limits should apply as soon as possible to receive hundreds of dollars directly towards winter heating bills. The current limits set by the federal government are $46,437 for a family of 2, $57,363 for a family of 3, $68,289 for a family of 4, and $79,215 for a family of 5.

If families expend their fuel assistance, but still need a tank of winter heating oil they can reach out to Noreen Kearney Dolan at the Milton Residents Fund by phone at (617) 696-1214 or by email. Those with gas or electric shutoff notices are also encouraged to call.
Other options include Metro Boston Housing’s ‘Housing Consumer Education Center’ (HCEC), located at 1411 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120. HCEC offers a program called RAFT for those with shutoff notices or a notice to quit for eviction. They can be reached by telephone at (617) 425-6700 or by email.

Food Assistance: The Milton Community Food Pantry is open every Saturday from 9:15 – 11:15 am at the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway. The pantry offers monthly vouchers for free milk and eggs from the Milton Food Mart, fresh fruits, vegetables and meat, as well as some non-perishable items. They also offer larger holiday meals by appointment. Please contact them at (617) 696-0221 with any questions. Residents must be able to show some proof of address/residence and low income verification such as SNAP benefits, Fuel Assistance, free or reduced school lunch for Milton children, MA health, etc.

The FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with SNAP benefits and other food resources in their communities. The multilingual staff, complemented by able translators, can assist callers in over 180 languages. Foodsource Hotline hours are Monday-Friday: 8AM to 7PM and Saturday: 10AM to 2PM. The Food Source Hotline is 1-800-645-8333.

For families with children under 5, WIC offers personalized nutrition consultants, free healthy food, tips for eating well to improve health, referrals for medical and dental care, health insurance, child care, housing and fuel assistance, and other services that can benefit the whole family. To see if your family would qualify contact WIC by telephone at 1-800-WIC-1007 or visit them online.

If you are in need of additional services please feel free to reach out to the MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or phone at 617-980-7343.

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The Tobacco Free Community Partnership is funded by the MA Dept. of Public Health and they have prepared this information about talking with family and friends about vaping over this Thanksgiving holiday week.

When you get together with family and friends around a Thanksgiving table do you expect the subject of vaping and vaping illnesses to come up? Do you worry that you don’t know how to respond because you want to share accurate and helpful information? Here are a few suggestions to help you respond about vaping tobacco and nicotine from the Tobacco-Free Community Partnerships in Massachusetts along with links you can follow to learn more.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

On Monday and Tuesday of this week several of our health and physical education educators attended the 90th annual MAHPERD Convention in Worcester.  MAHPERD (Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) is a non-profit organization for professionals and students dedicated to:

• Promoting healthy active lifestyles & advocating for quality programs
• Providing quality professional development opportunities
• Promoting leadership in each of the disciplines
• Recognizing outstanding professionals and quality programs
• Supporting research initiatives & disseminating research findings

This is the premiere event for professional development for our health and physical educators.  Julia Finnegan, Liz Gauthier, Brendan Bonn and John O’Leary participated in the 2-days of learning, participating in workshops, collaborating and networking with professionals from other districts. For more information about MAHPERD, please visit their website.

ATHLETICS  

The Swim Team placed 5th out of 17 teams at the State Meet at Harvard on Sunday. This was their highest ever finish!

The Cross Country Teams both placed 6th at their State Meet in Gardner. Ava Duggan had the highest individual finish of the day. She had a fantastic kick and finished 3rd! Bobby Carew placed 12th. We believe that this is the highest ever individual finish for a boy from Milton High School!

The Football Team fell just short again this year, though they finished their season with a very impressive 9-1 record. The Wildcats should be proud of their effort against Plymouth South.

The Cheer Team qualified for States at Worcester State University on Sunday. Their competition will start at 2pm. Best of luck to the Cats!

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER:

TONIGHT – Come join the Milton Planning Board and our team of consultants for the first of three public workshops to brainstorm the future of land use in East Milton Square. WHEN: Thursday 11/21/19 • 7pm. WHERE:Council on Aging 10 Walnut Street Milton, MA 02186

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SATURDAY: Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll on Saturday,  November 23rd! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Top fundraising team wins a Gingerbread House Party courtesy of Montilio’s Baking Company!
Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives.

Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

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Brookwood Community Farm is is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday, November 24th. See the list online of BCF produce & products for sale. Order a BCF Harvest Box by Nov 21 for pickup on Nov 24. We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup. This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking. We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Quincy Choral Society will be joining with Eastern Nazarene College on November 24th  to rekindle an ENC tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah and celebrate the College’s Centennial. This is going to be an impressive performance. In addition to QCS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s chamber choir and members of the ENC choir and community will be performing. Please visit this link to purchase tickets. 

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On Small Business Saturday, shop, dine and sightsee locally during the Lower Mills Holiday Stroll! On Saturday, November 30, 3-6 pm, a trolley will run throughout the afternoon between the Forbes House Museum and participating shops and restaurants in the Lower Mills business district of Dorchester and Milton. Be among the first to see the Forbes House decorated for the holidays! We’ll have refreshments, carolers, pop-up vendors, a raffle, crafts for the kids, and a working model train. Admission is FREE.

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of December.

DECEMBER:

Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5 on Wednesday, December 4th. All details can be found here.

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MILTON POP-UP ART SHOW : Saturday, December 7th 6-10pm. Live Music & Food by Blarney Stone, 1700 Dorchester Avenue, Boston ,MA. Tickets are  $25.00 and can be purchased here. A portion of the proceeds donated to MiltonArt & Music Program.

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The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Nov. 30, 9am-Noon, Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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Rashi Day School in Dedham is hosting Dr. Michael Rich on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public. You can register to attend here. 

ONGOING

Milton Police Chief John King shares this information about the 2019 Blue Hills Deer Hunt. 

AMBASSADORS

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

Our schools have been collecting canned goods, Thanksgiving items, pie donations and more in support of the Milton Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Glover students gathered this week to pack dozens of boxes that will  be given to a family to round out their Thanksgiving meal. Our other schools will be packing their many boxes today and tomorrow and the Tucker community will also gather Friday evening to assemble pie making kits. We wish all in the Milton Community a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Kacy Kalell, Dana DePaul, Kathleen Kelley, Karen McDavitt, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Brian Selig,  Holly Concannon, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Sarah Callahan, Joyce White and Marti O’Keefe McKenna.

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

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November 14, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 14, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last week I shared a curriculum overview on World Languages. This week, I have asked Elementary Science Coordinator Ellen Lohan to share an outline of our elementary STEM curriculum. If there is a component of our Milton Public Schools curriculum that you would be interested in reading about in this space, I encourage you to let me know at mgormley@miltonps.org. Ms. Lohan’s overview follows.

During the Raising the Bar Conference on the September 27th Professional Development day, teachers had the opportunity to hear from neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Wesson. In his keynote address, Dr. Wesson compared teachers to coaches of Olympic athletes. The particular challenge teachers face, is we do not know what “events” in which our students will compete! Many of the jobs our elementary students will hold in the future do not exist yet. In order to prepare elementary students for an ever-changing world, STEM is particularly important. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is an interdisciplinary approach that fosters problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. STEM encourages hands-on experiences and gives students the chance to apply “real world” knowledge in the classroom.

The STEM component of the English Innovation Pathway begins in first grade with the LEGO Engineering Curriculum, which was developed in partnership with Tufts University. Through this program, students work collaboratively to solve real-world problems using legos as their tools. Students go through the Engineering Design Process to guide them. Many of these lessons are based on high-quality children’s literature, and are tied to other content areas.

In second grade, students continue to use legos as their tools, but the focus shifts from mainly engineering to engineering, robotics, and computer programming. Through the LEGO WeDo Robotics Program, students are building simple robots using legos, tilt sensors, motion sensors, motors, gears, pulleys. After the students have followed instructions to build their robots, the real fun begins! Using bluetooth technology, these robots are connected to a chromebook. Students are then able to use drag and drop programming software to allow their robots to move and make sounds.

In third grade, students build upon the computer programming skills they learned in second grade by engaging in the Creative Computing Curriculum.The curriculum uses a program called Itch as a platform to write digital stories, build games and puzzles, and more. Later in the year, third grade students can transform their virtual coding skills to a tangible experience with Dash and Dot robots. Using an iPad, these robots can be programmed to navigate around objects, respond to voice commands and even sing and dance! Our third grade STEM curriculum puts an emphasis on students as the producers of technology, rather than just the consumer.

Both fourth and fifth grade students engage in a program called Project Lead the Way. Project Lead the Way introduces 4 modules at each grade level – 2 of which are Engineering, 1 is Biomedical, and 1 is Computer Science. Each module is tied to Next Generation Science and Technology Standards. Students develop skills and knowledge about real world topics including spread of infection and car seat belt design throughout the course of the modules. At the end of each module, students are challenged to work through the Engineering Design Process to solve a real world problem on the topic presented in the module.

The STEM component at each grade level is aligned with content standards in other disciplines, which allows our teachers to connect their STEM learning to other content areas, including general science, math, reading, writing and art. Efforts are made to make meaningful connections between weekly STEM activities and other content areas.

The Milton Public Schools offers STEM experiences to all students regardless of which pathway they choose. Through our general science program, FOSS, all students participate in investigations tied to Massachusetts Science Technology and Engineering standards throughout the year. Professional development with FOSS representatives and the Elementary Science Coordinator is ongoing. Each year students participate in Massachusetts STEM Week and complete grade level challenges throughout the week. All students enjoy the opportunity to work through the Engineering Design Process during classes with our Instructional Technology Specialist and during lessons in the Makerspace. Community Schools, after school classes at our elementary and middle schools and summer offerings at Milton Summer Enrichment also provide opportunities for STEM education to all students.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 14 Early Release Day for Students/Conferences Grades 6-12
Nov 23 Eastern District Sr Auditions
Nov 20 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 2 Town Meeting
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only
Dec 16 PARENT Speaker Series
Dec 18 Milton School Committee Meeting
Dec 23-Jan 1 Winter Break

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, November 20th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School students visited Siemens Healthineers last week where they learned about immunoassay technology, a diagnostic device that locates specific antigens that bind to antibodies and detect disease. The trip was sponsored by the School to Careers program.

Siemen’s hosts Kent Richards, Missie Karch and Ragina Santos spoke with our students about the merits of this health care technology facility. Ms. Santos, who works in Human Resources, spoke at length about what the company looks for when hiring employees and supplied helpful tips on writing resumes, common interview questions, and developing a “30 second pitch”.  In addition to giving their presentation, Mr. Richards and Ms. Karch, took students on a tour of the building and into a real lab and had them assess the preparation of 0.01 M Sodium Phosphate Buffer. Our students were excited to see actual lab work! Before a delicious lunch in the Siemens cafeteria, students learned about manufacturing molecular technology, basic lab skills, and gathered interview tips and strategies.

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Gym Buddies is a program run by the Milton Parks and Recreation Department in coordination with Milton High School’s Community Service Program.
Gym Buddies is a gathering for developmentally delayed and/or physically handicapped adults and children. The program offers activities such as athletics, arts and crafts, games and special events. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for developmentally delayed and/or handicapped adults and children to socialize and interact with their peers. It also provides a community service learning opportunity for MHS students. Each participant is teamed up with two “buddies” from MHS. MHS students volunteer through the Community Service Learning Program at Milton High School.Thank you to the Milton Park and Recreation Department and MPS teacher Bridget Renehan for the coordination of this ongoing community program.

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Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A breakdown of specific topics covered in each session will be sent out as we get closer to the event.

PIERCE PAGES 

The Commonwealth’s Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. Pierce is pleased to announce that 8th grade student Josh Ricciardi has been selected as Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for the 2019/20 school year!

The following comments were submitted by one of Josh’s teachers as part of the recommendation process: “Joshua Ricciardi is a person who sincerely cares about his community, and he shows this each day through a kind, honest, inclusive attitude—never asking for recognition. He is naturally a reserved person, but you will soon notice that he gets charged up by his work to support others. Whether it was being a model in class for a struggling fellow classmate or his steadfast support of his Best Buddies group, Josh is the quiet leader of his class of over 300 students. Josh never misses the opportunity to include someone. Whether it is a weekend event or afternoon meeting to support favorite cause, or the chance to sit and eat lunch with a classmate from a different walk of life —Josh makes himself available.” Congratulations to Josh! We know Josh will represent Pierce and the Milton Public Schools well and we look forward to supporting his work with Project 351.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

After attending the amazing Raising the Bar Professional Development day in September, Cunningham 3rd grade teacher Taylor Windwer was inspired by the session titled ‘Building A Thinking Classroom’ led by Pierce math teachers Kate Capasso and Sarah Pullia. Ms. Capasso and Ms. Pulia shared their strategies and success in building “thinking classrooms” at Pierce. A thinking classroom is a classroom that is not only conducive to thinking but also occasions thinking, a space that is inhabited by thinking individuals as well as individuals thinking collectively, learning together, and constructing knowledge and understanding through activity and discussion (Peter Liljedahl).

Ms Windwer has been implementing this style of teaching in her math lessons whenever possible. This does not look like a typical math lesson, as students think both  independently and collaboratively, and work on vertical nonpermanent surfaces (white boards and white board dry erase posters). Students are placed into random groups for these lessons versus being grouped by ability.

During these lessons, Ms. Windwer notices her students are opening up with new ways to try and solve the same problem after conversing and sharing ideas and strategies with their classmates. Students are noting that some classmates questions are extremely helpful and students said that they loved having time to solve on their own and then together within a group.

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Our schools spent time honoring our Veterans last week with letters and cards, ceremonies and gatherings to thank and remember the Veterans in our community. Thank you to all who attended and participated.

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Glover Gives was excited about their post Halloween initiative: Candy for Cancer. Students sent their Halloween candy to school in the days following Halloween. On Thursday, November 7, students gathered in the cafeteria to package the candy and prepare it to be sent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through these efforts, 24 boxes of donated Halloween candy were delivered to both the Milton Food Pantry and Dana Farber.

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Milton Soccer Uniform program; Pass us your soccer uniforms and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world! Collection dates are November 18- December 20.

Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of  Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce and at 34 Cliff Road. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps and uniforms from other sports will be gratefully accepted. For more information, call Madame Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Soccer.

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Thank you to all who attended Glover Math Information Night this week. Families came and learned about the curriculum and ways to support their mathematicians at home. A special thanks to Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator Sara MacNeil and Tucker/Glover Math Coach Mary Schapiro for planning and facilitating and to Glover teachers Sarah Hammond and Rachel Spitz for joining and supporting families as they learned how to play engaging math games. Our 5th grade student leaders James Long and Thomas Hayden were a big help as they  modeled math games and interacted with families!

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Collicot 5th grade students in Mrs Curran’s class read a how-to-article from the Reach For Reading anthology titled “How to Make a Solar Oven” by Solargirl. After reading the online documents students compared it with a previous online document titled “Energy for the Future” by Thomas Taha Rassam Culhane. Students discussed the point of view of each article and determined if the writer used formal or informal language. As a culminating project, students created their own solar ovens using the directions from the article “How to Make a Solar Oven.” Students worked in four groups and melted a piece of chocolate in their made ovens.

TECHNOLOGY

The Wait Until 8th Pledge is the first step in uniting like-minded parents and alleviating some of the social pressure that comes with smartphone use. However we all realize it takes more than a pledge to bring about healthy and safe technology use by our children. Our hope is that we can grow this community and support both parents and kids in making healthy technology decisions.

In upper elementary, children and parents begin to really feel the pressure for a smartphone as they prepare for middle school. That’s why we feel it is critical for parents to come together to talk about why it is important to not only delay smartphone use, but also create strategies for managing tech in our kids’ lives.

Please mark the dates below on your calendar and bring a friend. All events are open to all parents/guardians and are geared towards the parents/guardians of upper elementary and middle school students.

November 21 at  6:30 in the  Pierce Library: Parent discussion led by Karin Roethke-Khan, Cunningham parent, Milton Academy faculty member, and dorm parent to teenage girls for nearly 20 years. She will share her insights about the effects tech has had on her students and share strategies for managing it. You can register for this event here. 

February and March coffee chats at each elementary school: Join other parents to talk about the challenges that tech presents and strategies for working with kids to find solutions. Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education for MPS and AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director will join these chats to share insights and strategies.

We will have Healthy Digital Citizenship Days at each elementary school on the following dates: Collicot and Cunningham – Friday, February 14th. Glover – Tuesday, February 11th,
Tucker – Thursday, February 13th. If you would like to volunteer please complete the Google Form for your student’s school: Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker.

The Parent Guide from last night’s presentation of the Screenagers: Next Generation can be found here. If you were unable to attend, this guide will give you some of the information discussed last night.

You can also find research and support on the MPS website.

Thank you to our Wait Until 8th team of Teresa Cook, Glover parent; Tara McCarthy, Glover, Pierce, and MHS parent; Allison Norton, Glover parent; Rachel Pauli, Cunningham parent; Patty Sanchez, Collicot parent; AJ Melanson, Educational Technology Director; Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education,  for facilitating this effort and these events.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs or substitutes in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

TRANSPORTATION

This school year, we will be utilizing the Remind app system for bus delay notifications. Families are invited to join the messaging system for the specific route(s) their student(s) ride and can join more than one route. If you have not received an email with a unique code for your student’s bus route, please email bus@miltonps.org with your student’s name, school and bus route number and request a code. Text that code to 81010 to OPT IN to the messaging system. To receive updates you MUST OPT IN by texting this code to 81010. The Remind app is the only way families will be notified of significant delays or breakdowns and  multiple family members can join the system.  Please email bus@miltonps.org with any questions.

ATHLETICS 

The Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams both won the Division 3 Eastern Mass Championships in Wrentham this past Saturday. Bobby Carew finished in 1st place overall, while Ava Duggan finished second in her race. They will compete in All-States next Saturday at the Gardner Golf Course.

The Swim Team finished the season 6-3 while also earning the Division 2 Sportsmanship Award for the 2019 Fall Season. Presentation and recognition for this achievement will take place during the State Tournament @ MIT on Sunday, November 17th during the State Meet, that 13 swimmers will be swimming at after an excellent showing the Sectional Meet. They had top 8 finishers in every event we swam in at sectionals. See more results on the athletics website!

The undefeated Football Team will host Plymouth South on Friday at 7:00pm in the Division 4 South Sectional Final. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students & seniors. We advise Milton fans to show up early as there will be a big crowd. They finished the regular season 7-0, dispatching Westwood and Silver Lake in the tournament thus far.

The Golf Team showed well in the Bay State Conference Championships, with both Jack Boylan and Ben Ryan claiming BSC All-Star status.

The Volleyball and Girls Soccer Team both bowed out in the first round of the tournament after great seasons.

Join the fun at the Milton High School Boosters 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament & Social
to benefit Milton High School Athletics!  All ages welcome on  Saturday, November 30th from 6pm to midnight at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester.
$40 for General Admission, $100 per team of two to play in the tournament

All pricing includes dinner and dessert. There will be a cash bar, raffles, a 50/50 and music, so grab a partner, or plan to come as a spectator! Register at miltonboosters.com,
limited tickets will be available at the door.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

IN THE COMMUNITY

NOVEMBER:

Milton’s Select Board and the Town’s Airplane Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) will be hosting an airplane noise and health meeting on Thursday, November 14th  at 7 pm at the Council on Aging located at 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA.

This public meeting will give residents a better understanding of the growing issue of airplane noise and air pollution affecting the town and its more than 27,000 residents, the ways the town is actively fighting this issue on a local and federal level, and how residents can get involved to help propel the cause.

For more information about this issue and recent announcement, please visit the town’s website. Questions? Contact:Christine Stanton, Contract & Licensing Agent/Benefits Assistant – cstanton@townofmilton.org or Andy Schmidt, Chair, ANAC – aschmidt.email@gmail.com

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Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll on Saturday,  November 23rd! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Top fundraising team wins a Gingerbread House Party courtesy of Montilio’s Baking Company!
Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives.

Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

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Brookwood Community Farm is is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday, November 24th. See the list online of BCF produce & products for sale. Order a BCF Harvest Box by Nov 21 for pickup on Nov 24. We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup. This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking. We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Quincy Choral Society will be joining with Eastern Nazarene College on November 24th  to rekindle an ENC tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah and celebrate the College’s Centennial. This is going to be an impressive performance. In addition to QCS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s chamber choir and members of the ENC choir and community will be performing. Please visit this link to purchase tickets. 

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students thoughout the month of November.

DECEMBER:

Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5 on Wednesday, December 4th. All details can be found here.

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The Milton Art Center is holding Secret Elf Workshops! Your elves will create personalized gifts for loved ones, and enjoy holiday music, snacks, and a festive atmosphere. The $50 fee includes materials for several projects.
Sign up here for Nov. 30, 9am-Noon, Dec. 7, 9am-Noon or Dec. 14, 9am-Noon.

The Milton Art Center Holiday Artisan Fair on Saturday, December 14, 10am-4pm, is one of the premier Holiday markets in the Boston area. There are 20+ merchants selling unique, hand-crafted items including artwork, pottery, jewelry, home goods, soaps, candies and more. Shop local, enjoy the holiday cheer! The Milton Art Center is located at 334 Edge Hill Road.

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Rashi Day School in Dedham is hosting Dr. Michael Rich on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:45pm. This event is free and open to the public. You can register to attend here. 

After graduating college, Dr. Rich worked as a filmmaker in Japan for twelve years where he worked with director Akira Kurosawa (a Luce Scholarship sent him to Japan as an apprentice and assistant director) and then to Hollywood where he worked as a “script doctor”. He became frustrated with writing scripts “by committee” and wanted to have a positive impact on the world. This led him to pre-med training and then medical school.
As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about children’s media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development. Dr. Rich will share how to encourage the children in your life to imagine, play, and think outside of the screen.

ONGOING
Milton’s Commission on Disability desperately needs a volunteer secretary. We’re especially in need of someone to proofread past minutes. Attending monthly meetings may be by calling in and we do not meet in the summer. This volunteer will write succinct minutes that will share important information for residents. Interested parties can call Diane DiTullio Agostino at 617-585-4546. Thank you.

AMBASSADORS

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

STUDENTS: On Wednesday of this week we celebrated both our Students of the Quarter and National Honor Society inductees.

I am always happy to receive notice of the Student of the Quarter ceremony at Milton High School. These students are making a contribution to our community, and are nominated by their teachers. Students may have shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort. Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school and it is a pleasure to recognize these students.

Our National Honor Society members are selected by the Faculty Council based upon careful consideration of their scholarship, leadership, service and character. National Honor Society is a great achievement. Congratulations to these new members and to our new officers (President: Emily Dobrindt, Vice President: Matthew Laine, Secretary: Clarissa Waldmann, Publicist: Sarah Mitchell, Historian: Isabelle Richer) for 2019-20.

Henry and Principal Redden at Cunningham.

STUDENTS: I would like to acknowledge Cunningham 5th grader Henry Michael for his under the radar community service. Henry walks through Cunningham Park with his new puppy each morning and began to notice trash and cans strewn about.  Last week, without  a word to his walking partner (his mom),  he took a large bag along on his walk and filled it with cans. Henry was sad to see our beautiful park littered with so many cans and glass bottles but he felt good going to school knowing he had helped out and done his part. Henry shared this story with his classmates and remarked that his friends seemed genuinely interested and want to help him continue this Cunningham Park clean up. Young people like Henry and his friends can inspire us all – if you see a problem, do something about it. Thank you, Henry!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, AJ Melanson, Bill Fish,  Ellen Lohan, Zeina Hamada, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Jackie Morgan, Karen McDavitt, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Taylor Windwer, Jackie LaMonica, Marie Brown, Joyce White and Karen Cahill.

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

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November 7, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: November 7, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Public Schools are recognized, nationally and internationally, for the quality and diversity of World Language instruction at all levels. Our district’s standing commitment to early language acquisition started more than 30 years ago as an increasing body of research was documenting the undeniable advantage of learning a second language at an early age. Our district counts today, from grade 1 to 12, 1,681 Spanish students, 1,518 French Immersion students, 333 Latin students (Pierce and Milton High School) and 58 non-immersion French students (Milton High School).

Dr. Martine Fisher has been directing the World Language Department for the Milton Public Schools for the last eight years. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne and McGill universities and was recently honored by the Ordre des Palmes Academiques, a national order bestowed by the French Government to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. I have asked Dr. Fisher to share more information on our World Language curriculum below.

The study of languages is integral to a well-rounded education in today’s global society.  Learning a new language builds listening, speaking, reading, writing and communicative skills while promoting understanding and appreciation of cultural differences. Learning a world language supports academic achievement, promotes understanding of other cultures and peoples, and opens opportunities for employment not only in business but also government, international relations and law, communications, travel, publishing and scientific research, among others.

Our thriving elementary French immersion and Spanish programs started respectively in 1987 and 1998. At the Pierce Middle School, students have the additional option to select Latin. At Milton High School, students may switch languages, if they wish, and start French, Spanish or Latin without prior knowledge. High School students  also have the option to select a second World Language as an elective. Our French, Latin and Spanish Advanced Placement Programs continue to grow and thrive. One hundred and forty students took the exam last spring with a overall rate of success of 89%. World Languages at Milton High School continue to demonstrate the highest rate of achievement on Advanced Placement exams.

In addition to being highly qualified, our World Language teachers demonstrate a native or near-native level of proficiency and first-hand familiarity with the language and the culture(s) they teach. Our students benefit greatly from regular interactions with these educators, who represent diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Our faculty currently includes educators from Cape Verde, Lebanon, Senegal, Turkey, Mexico, Canada, France, Lebanon, Egypt, Portugal, Vietnam, Algeria, as well as the United-States, among others.

At all levels, in accordance with the ongoing evolution of the field of World Language instruction, students in the Milton Public Schools learn and use their target language in meaningful and real-life contexts through an ever-widening range of reading, writing, speaking, listening and communicative activities. Through the use of standards and performance-based instruction students develop communicative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Technology plays a major role in 21st century language classes. Smartboards, I-pads, chromebooks, educational applications and programs and our language labs at the Middle and High School all connect our classrooms and our students to the world. In April, a group of 35 High School students will participate with their teachers in a one-week educational trip to Portugal. You can read more about our French Immersion and Spanish programs in these links.

I look forward to sharing in-depth information about different aspects of the Milton Public Schools curriculum in this space in the coming months.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

A recent survey conducted by Common Sense Media shows that for teens, ages 13 to 18, daily average screen time has gone up by 42 minutes over the past four years. Teens now spend, on average, 7 hours and 22 minutes per day on screens, not including homework or schoolwork.

In the article linked here, Screenagers director Delaney Ruston, MD talks about the impact and discusses some strategies for parents/guardians.  She says first and foremost, talk with your kids about the survey findings and the considerable increases in time spent on screens. Here are some questions to get a conversation started:

  • How many hours do you think the average teen is on a screen? How about the average 8-12 year old?
  • What do you think the biggest thing that 8-18 year olds are doing in those hours? (Answer: watching TV/videos)
  • Do you ever look at the “recommendations” from YouTube?
  • To what degree are having such recommendations helpful? Not helpful? Good for society?

As you navigate issues around screen time with your family, there are two items below that may interest you.

On November 13th, we’ll be showing the newly released film “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” at the MHS auditorium at 6:30pm. The film examines the science behind tween/teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. This film is not available online or via Netflix, it is only available through community events that bring parents/guardians, kids, teens and educators together to continue the conversation about the impact of screen time, digital citizenship, the increase in stress/anxiety and to share ideas and strategies. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 11 and up to this PARENT Speaker Series event. After the film we’ll have a facilitated Q&A with MPS adjustment counselors. This event is free and open to the public.

The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

The Milton Public School’s Wait Until 8th campaign is in its second year.  300+ Milton families have taken the Wait Until 8th pledge. The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone.

Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge! The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone.  A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.

To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th. When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school:Collicot Elementary School; Cunningham Elementary School; Glover Elementary School; Pierce Middle School; Tucker Elementary School.  If you have any questions regarding the campaign please email AJ Melanson.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 8 Pierce Peace March – POSTPONED
Nov 11 No School-Veterans Day
Nov 13 Parent Speaker Series, Screenagers Next Chapter
Nov 14 Early Release Day for Students/Conferences Grades 6-12
Nov 20 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 23 Eastern District Sr Auditions
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 2 Town Meeting
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
Dec 9 Pierce Gr. 6 Winter Concert @ MHS
Dec 10 Pierce Grs 7&8 Winter Concert @MHS
Dec 11 MHS Winter Concert
Dec 12 Early Release Day for Students-Conferences Grs K-5 Only

The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

Due to expected weather conditions this Friday, November 8th, the Pierce Student Council has decided to cancel Friday afternoon’s Peace March from Pierce Middle School to Town Hall. They will reschedule in the spring.

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As we approach Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th, I want to share the ways in which the Milton Public Schools helps to honor our Veterans.  Across the district, schools are holding assemblies and special events, inviting family members and friends who have served in the armed forces, both to acknowledge these veterans and also foster their connections to our students. Older students are writing essays and younger students prepare artwork honoring a specific Veteran or Veterans in general and these will be displayed throughout our schools. Our high school students often participate in our town wide Veterans Day observance.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I, to honor military veterans, victims of all wars, and persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Over the years, Veterans Day has evolved into a holiday honoring current and former members of the United States Armed Forces. The Milton Public Schools observes this federal holiday and there is no school on Monday, November 11th.

Periodically, the Milton Public Schools receives information and resources available to military. If you are a military family and would like to receive these announcements, please email your contact information to our Family Outreach Liaison,  Marti O’Keefe McKenna. Ms. McKenna can also be reached by phone at 617-980-7343.

On behalf of the Milton Public Schools, thank you to our Veterans and their  family members for your service!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, November 20th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Please join the Guidance Department for our annual College Information/Post Secondary Planning night, at Milton High on Thursday, December 5th at 6pm in the MHS Auditorium. The following topics will be presented in order to help you and your child successfully navigate the college application process:

  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Testing
  • Supporting your senior throughout the year
  • NCAA Requirements
  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Naviance

Representatives from Emmanuel College Admissions, Summit Educational Group, American Student Assistance and Milton High School staff will be running all sessions. After a brief introduction in the auditorium, each sessions will run in 30 minute intervals. Students & Parents/Guardians are invited to attend any sessions during that window.
This workshop is open to all parents/guardians & students in any grade level. A breakdown of specific topics covered in each session will be sent out as we get closer to the event.

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On the November 14th half day, our 6-12th grade families will have Parent Teacher Conferences and on December 12th, our K-5th grade families will have conferences. These articles from Parent Today and the National Education Association have some helpful guidelines to help you get the most out of your P/T Conference.

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We know that many of you attended last weekend’s performances of the Addams Family and thought you would like to read MHS student Will Scannell’s review of the play for the MHS publication, The Elephant in the Room.

“The Addams Family” Showcases the Talents of Milton High’s Theatre Program

Just in time for Halloween, the Milton High School Theatre Program dazzled with their production of the Addams Family.

The show was fun from beginning-to-end, with jokes galore and catchy musical numbers. More importantly, it was a showcase of the professionalism and creativity of the entire Milton High theatre department.

The story of the Addams Family is mostly set in the Addams household, filled with the family’s gothic characters. The daughter of the Addams family, Wednesday (played by junior Anna Hoey),  is a dark-humored teenage girl that hunts critters with her bow-and-arrow. Ironically, Wednesday falls in love with the preppy Lucas Beineke (played by sophomore Maxwell Mitchell), who tutors children in his free time.

Portraying the cartoon-like characters of the Addams Family takes a lot of energy from the actors. From Caitlin Lydon’s potion-mixing Grandma to Rowan Leggett’s moon-loving Uncle Fester, the characters are a motley crew of over-the-top wackiness. However unusual the roles were, each actor played his or her character with energy and conviction.

As husband and wife of the Addams family, Gomez (played by Gabriel Winkler) and Morticia’s (played by Olivia Ketler) hilarious banter and individual charisma energized the show. Also, Winkler and Ketler’s dark-witted characters contrasted perfectly with senior Maeve Bentley and junior Brendan Cullen’s portrayal of a prototypical American marriage.

The ensemble made their presence felt as well. Although they didn’t speak as much as the leads, their movements and facial expressions added to the mood of any given scene.

Just as fun and diverse as the characters were the musical numbers. “When You’re an Addams,” for instance, was like a flash mob with the entire cast dancing as one. Credit is due to choreographer, Katherine Encarnacao.

Still, songs like “Happy Sad” gave individual actors, like Anna Hoey, the opportunity to showcase their powerful singing voices.

The acting, singing, and dancing were backdropped by excellent set design and lighting. As the setting takes place entirely in and around the Addams’ residence, both the actors and stage crew were able to flip the sets between inside and outside the home. On top of the ingenious set design, the ominous lighting deepened the gothic style of the show.

House Manager Kathryn McCarthy, alongside crew members like Henry Hall, did a fantastic job of underlying the dark tone of the production.

The Addams Family showcased the quality of shows that the core group of student-actors and crew members at Milton High are capable of putting on. Director, Kevin Black, put together something special that was fun for audience members all while letting students’ talents shine. The theatre program now has its sights set on its future production of Newsies in May of 2020.

PIERCE PAGES

Our Pierce Volleyball team has just completed their second season. The Volleyball Team (and Wrestling Team) were started in the 2018/19 school year with fund raised from the parent run Pierce Golf Tournament in 2018. The Volleyball Team took on the Pierce staff as their final game of the season. Congrats to all on a hard fought, back and forth battle!

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Looking for a quick and easy way to help out at Pierce? Volunteer to bring an item or an hour of your time at the next Staff Appreciation meal on Thursday, November 14th. All details can be found here.

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Join us for the PIERCE PALS fundraiser, hosted by Milton Boot Camp, on Saturday, November 9th  –  10-11:15am. Meet at the Blue Hills Access Road. $15.00  donation to Pierce Pals, (Cash or make your check payable to Pierce PTO). Email Maureen@bootcamp.com or kconnell@miltonps.org with questions. Hope to see you there!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Earning those Paws!

Cunningham 4th grade students in  Mrs. McKay and Ms. Staker’s class are embracing PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) in their classroom with great success.

PBIS was implemented in the Milton Public Schools in the 2018/19 school year. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. It seeks to proactively and consistently set out rules, routines and expectations for positive student behaviors in every school zone, and praise students when positive behaviors are exhibited. The approach uses the basic psychology tenet that humans learn best when they are rewarded for desirable behaviors.

Each school uses a school based system  to motivate students. In Mrs. McKay and Ms. Staker’s  classroom students have been earning many “Cunningham Paws” for showing expected behaviors. When students earn a paw they add a paw sticker to their card. Once they have earned 5 paws, the students can turn the card in for a Homework Pass or a Friday Friend Pass. Our students love this! The Homework Pass is good for one night without homework and the Friday Friend Pass allows them to invite a friend from another class to join the classroom for Friday stations. The excitement when they get to choose either the Homework Pass or a Friday Friend Pass is palpable and leads to more students showing expected behaviors and earning more paws. Thank you to our teachers and staff for continuing to make PBIS a crucial underlying component of a successful school environment.

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Collicot was fortunate to welcome The Bay Colony educators for an assembly this week – it was their 30th visit to Milton! Tim and Carol, a husband and wife team, bring colonial times to life for our Collicot 3rd graders. They talk about what it would have been like to live in Milton (called Miltontown) in the 1700’s. Students learn about the type of clothing, jobs, and responsibilities of men, women and children. They imagine what school was like (in a one-room schoolhouse) and what it means to be an “adult” at the time of losing their first baby tooth. Students walk away from this informative assembly with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what life was like in early Massachusetts and hopefully recognize how fortunate we are to have the many conveniences we have in today’s world.

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This Fall all 1st grade  students participated in the program “The Day the Water Stopped” presented by Meg Tabacsko of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, MWRA. The program sparked the curiosity and awareness of the importance of water in daily lives of our students. First graders imagined what life would be like if the water stopped! Students learned how patterns of temperature and precipitation can impact our water supply in the Quabbin Reservoir and movement through the water main.

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In Tucker Spanish classes this week, all grades discussed Day of the Dead, one of the most important Mexican Traditions. Students learned about the Ofrenda project and how each grade will contribute to it. All Spanish students participated in this project with 1st graders contributing marigold flowers, 2nd graders making sugar skull bags, 3rd graders working on the skull banners, 4th graders creating real mini sugar skulls and candles and our 5th graders constructing papel picado. The well known people you see in the Ofrenda were chosen by the students.

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Glover 5th graders enjoyed their time in the new MFE sponsored library Makerspace this week!

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs or substitutes in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

FUNDRAISING 

We are once again lucky to be partnering with the Milton Fruit Center for Schools Shopping Week November 4th-10th. All six Milton Public Schools will be benefiting from the Fruit Center’s generosity.  Here’s how you can participate:

Download a shopping voucher for your school below (you’ll need Adobe Reader). Print as many you’d like and share them with friends, family and neighbors.

Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 4th through Sunday, November 10th. Shop as often as you’d like during that week. The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of the total purchases back to your school so stock up on your favorite Fruit Center items and help out your school! All details and vouchers can be found here.

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

The MPS  Inclusion Task Force recommends a free professional development opportunities to families. New England Yachad, in partnership with The Ruderman Family Foundation Presents: The New England Inclusion Summit 2019: Facing Isolation in Our Communities on  November 10th, 9:30am-6:30pm at The Campus @ 384 Harvard Street, Brookline. All details can be found here.

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Milton Public Schools holds periodic preschool screenings once a month and the next opportunity is November 14th. If your child is ages 3 to 5, and not yet eligible for kindergarten this message may be helpful. If you have concerns about your child’s development MPS offers screenings through the early childhood department. This screening is open to Milton Residents who have concerns related to their child’s development. If you would like to discuss this opportunity for your child, please contact Jaymne Szymczak via email.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Milton Public Schools Annual Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Pierce Middle School Cafe (enter and exit through cafe doors in front of school).  All students in grades 3 to 12 accompanied by a parent/ guardian are welcome.  Please bring your insurance card.

This clinic will have nurses from all of the Milton Public Schools in the hope to help our students have a healthy winter season and minimize the effects of the flu virus in your homes and in our schools.  Our nurses are committed to supporting the health and well being of all the students in our district and hope to see you there! For more information please see the Department of Public Health’s The Flu: a Guide for Parents.

ATHLETICS 

Thirteen students qualified for the Sectionals and States from the Swim Team. The boys 200 Medley relay not only won, but set a new meet record. They also qualified for states in the 200 free relay. Kevin Carberry made his second sectional cut. Emily Dobrindt won the 100 fly. Maggie Haley, Eliza Callahan, and Adri Halpin all qualified for states. Joe Pezzini won the 200 IM and 100 yard breaststroke, and Andrew Tran won the 100 yard backstroke. Last but not least, Swim has received the 2019 Fall Swimming and Diving Sportsmanship Award! Congratulations!

The Volleyball and Girls Soccer team lost in the first round of the tournament, both putting up great fights. The Volleyball Team lost a tie-break set to Plymouth South, while the Girls Soccer Team lost to Apponequet.

The Football Team will host Silver Lake on Friday at 7pm in the D4 South Sectional Semifinal Game.

Cross Country will travel to Wrentham Development Center for the DIII Eastern Mass Championships on Saturday, 11/9 at 11:00am.

Join the fun at the Milton High School Boosters 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament & Social
to benefit Milton High School Athletics!  All ages welcome on  Saturday, November 30th from 6pm to midnight at Florian Hall, 55 Hallet Street, Dorchester.
$40 for General Admission, $100 per team of two to play in the tournament

All pricing includes dinner and dessert. There will be a cash bar, raffles, a 50/50 and music, so grab a partner, or plan to come as a spectator! Register at miltonboosters.com,
limited tickets will be available at the door.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Milton’s Commission on Disability desperately needs a volunteer secretary. We’re especially in need of someone to proofread past minutes. Attending monthly meetings may be by calling in and we do not meet in the summer. This volunteer will write succinct minutes that will share important information for residents. Interested parties can call Diane DiTullio Agostino at 617-585-4546. Thank you.

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Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5 on Wednesday, December 4th. All details can be found here.

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students all month long. 

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MPS hosted nationally recognized digital safety expert Katie Greer several years ago to rave reviews. Ms. Greer is speaking locally at Dedham Country Day on November 7th on  Raising Digital Natives: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next? This event is free and open to the public and all details can be found here.

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Milton’s Select Board and the Town’s Airplane Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) will be hosting an airplane noise and health meeting on Thursday, November 14th  at 7 pm at the Council on Aging located at 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA.

This public meeting will give residents a better understanding of the growing issue of airplane noise and air pollution affecting the town and its more than 27,000 residents, the ways the town is actively fighting this issue on a local and federal level, and how residents can get involved to help propel the cause.

For more information about this issue and recent announcement, please visit the town’s website. Questions? Contact:Christine Stanton, Contract & Licensing Agent/Benefits Assistant – cstanton@townofmilton.org or Andy Schmidt, Chair, ANAC – aschmidt.email@gmail.com

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Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome!

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives. Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Brookwood Community Farm is hosting their  annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday November 24th.   Farm veggies, fruit, honey, maple syrup, dried beans, and more will be for purchase.  We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup.  This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking.   We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

AMBASSADORS

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

STAFF, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS: Last week, Milton High School Theater presented the The Addams Family at Milton High School to rave reviews. I can share from personal experience that this show had it all – talented students on stage and behind the scenes, dedicated adults supporting our students, a vibrant script and score and thousands of engaged audience members over four shows. Bravo to all involved in this latest production!

Please join me in thanking our MPS staff  who helped to bring the Addams Family to life on our stage, our talented cast who entertained us all weekend, our exceptional crew who gave us four seamless performances and our many volunteers who contributed to this success in a multitude of ways.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Kevin Black, AJ Melanson, Ellen Lohan, Zeina Hamada, Laura Serna, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Ryan Madden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Dawn Sykes, Jackie Morgan, Karen McDavitt, Bernadette Butler, Kim Coughlin, Martine Fisher, Noel Vigue and Karen Cahill.

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

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October 31, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 31, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The reviews are in and they are raves! Milton High School Theatre’s production of The Addams Family musical opened last night with tremendous success. MHS Junior Sydney O’Toole writes  that you might confuse the show for a touring Broadway production, but underneath the ghoulish makeup and spooky costumes are your very own high school students. Our students invite you on an Addams Family journey so wacky and amusing that you can’t help but laugh.

A marriage unites two people and two families. But what if one family is fairly normal and the other is, well, quirky? Say, for example, they’re creepy and kooky. A little mysterious and spooky.

This is the predicament at the heart of The Addams Family: A New Musical, the Tony Award winning musical comedy presented by the Milton High School. Daughter Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke whom she intends to marry. But Lucas and his respectable parents, Mal and Alice, may not be ready for the Addams family: dad Gomez, a descendant of conquistadors with a penchant for swordplay; black clad goth mom Morticia; brother Pugsley, whose love of his sister is only marginally greater than his desire to be tortured; Uncle Fester, a man child hopelessly in love with the moon; the centenarian Grandma; and Lurch, their world weary zombie butler who communicates in moans and groans.

While Wednesday hopes to convince her family to be normal for just one night so she can secure her future with Lucas, nothing is ever that easy, especially for the Addams family. A misplaced potion, a barely kept secret, and the revelation of heretofore unspoken truths by both families ensure that the riotously funny evening spins out of control in a way that will change the Beinekes and the Addams family forever.

With a musical score that varies from Flamenco to vaudeville to jazz, swing, ballads and contemporary power pop, The Addams Family: A New Musical is a must-see event for the Halloween season.

The Addams Family will have 3 more shows on Saturday, November 2nd at 2 and 7pm and  Sunday, November 3rd at 2pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

Tickets are $12.00 and available online here or at the door if still available. Come see one of your childhood favorites this weekend. It’s SPOOKTACULAR! Recommended for children 10 and up.

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Nov 2 The Addams Family at MHS 2pm/7pm
Nov 3 The Addams Family at MHS 2pm
Nov 6 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 8 Pierce Peace March
Nov 11 No School-Veterans Day
Nov 13 Parent Speaker Series, Screenagers Next Chapter
Nov 14 Early Release Day for Students/Conferences Grades 6-12
Nov 20 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 23 Eastern District Sr Auditions
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

Please join us for the Pierce Middle School 3rd Annual March for Peace on Friday, November 8th at 2:45pm as we walk from Pierce Middle School  to Milton  Town Hall.

The Pierce Middle School Student Council will be leading its 3rd Annual “Peace March” on Friday afternoon November 8th, starting in the school’s back parking lot at 2:45pm. We are asking for your support by showing up and marching with us as we celebrate the theme of the day: Peace and Love. This is not a protest, nor a political statement, but rather a gentle reminder that we live in a world where all humans can co-exist peacefully.
Please help us by spreading the word, showing up, and walking from Pierce Middle School, up to the Town Hall Gazebo (with a police escort) and listening to our Town’s youth share their words of wisdom through song and brief messages. Light refreshments will be served after the event.

Thank you,
The Pierce Middle School Student Council

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On Tuesday, October 29th after school, the Pre-Med club hosted free First Aid Training by Fallon Ambulance for the students at Milton High School. The library, with the help of MHS librarian JT Troy, offered their space with the use of the SMART TV. Andy DeFrias, Director – Training Center of Excellence on Fallon Ambulance Service provided an engaging experience to help educate our motivated students to be prepared for any situation. Students learned how to remain calm in an emergency situation, assess an emergency situation, stay safe while providing care, providing CPR compressions, using an AED machine, stop bleeding, using tourniquets, managing burn injuries, managing diabetic episodes, recognizing symptoms of stroke, and managing strokes.

PIERCE PAGES

Last week, 8th grade Pierce students studied natural selection via an online simulation as a part of the FOSS curriculum in their sciences classes last week. They witnessed what happened to a group of organisms over several generations after they were forced to move into new environments. By the end, they understood how the frequency of certain traits in the population either increased or decreased based on adaptations.

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8th grade students took a virtual field trip to the Galapagos Islands this week. Mr. Romeo, Ms. Boissonneault and Ms. Fraine led guided tours of the islands taking students underwater to view some of the marine life in their habitats as well as on land to view the Charles Darwin Research Station and the lava fields. This experience is intended to introduce students to the location that inspired Charles Darwin’s work as they begin the final part their Genetics unit focused on the Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection

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The  Pierce Ski & Snowboard Club is back! On five Wednesdays, (1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, & 2/12), students and chaperones will board a comfortable charter bus after school dismissal to at Nashoba Valley, Westford MA and  return to Pierce around 9pm.

Sign up for the Ski & Snowboard Club will be available on Saturday 11/2/19 at 9am. The PTO and Mr. Fish will send an email with a link to a “sign up genius” on Saturday morning. Ski and Board club usually fills up fast. Sign up ASAP on Saturday to reserve your child’s spot. We anticipate having 100 spots for students.

Once sign up is complete this weekend, registration forms will go out and payment will be due soon after Thanksgiving (credit card or check). There are no refunds after you have registered and paid.

Pricing – These numbers are approximate as the number of sign ups will drive the exact cost of the bus.

If you have any questions, please email heidischleicher72@gmail.com. If participating would be a financial hardship, please email Mr. Fish at wfish@miltonps.org to discuss options. We are looking forward to a “snowy” winter!

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In this link is an opportunity for our middle schoolers to name their after school program that will be located in the future Teen Space at 495 Canton Ave. More information on the teen space will be sent from the Town of Milton  as we get closer to the opening date.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Mme Theobald and her Collicot 4th graders  had a wonderful visit from French exchange students last week. These students were visiting from Annecy, France. The 4th graders prepared questions to ask and the guests prepared an informal presentation to share. The French students were very impressed by our student’s ability to speak French and our students loved hearing about life in France from our visiting teenagers.

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Last Wednesday, Tucker students, teachers and family members spent the half day spreading kindness across Tucker School. 5th grade students read Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller to small groups of students and discussed what it means to be kind. After their discussions, students, staff and family members wrote notes of kindness and encouragement for every Tucker student and staff member. The notes were then taped on each locker, door and cubby and left as a surprise for all in the  Tucker Community on Thursday morning. The students asked if they could do this every half day as they felt proud and empowered to spread kindness to all at Tucker. Great job Tucker Tigers!

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In the month of October, Collicot students enjoyed outdoor classroom sessions with a naturalist from the Mass Audubon at Moose Hill. This is a great educational opportunity and chance to spend time in Collicot’s Outdoor Classroom sponsored by our PTO for students in grades K-4.  Kindergarten explored tree and plant growth; 1st grade learned about habitats; 2nd grade studied food chains, food webs and adaptations; 3rd grade analyzed landforms and 4th grade explored watersheds and the water cycle

Students come back into the classroom excited about what they learned. All outdoor classroom lessons are linked to MA Science Curriculum and Standards. These visits are provided by the PTO’s Curriculum Enrichment budget funded by Collicot families generous support of the PTO’s fundraising activities!

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Students navigate a busy hallway while blindfolded.

Our 4th grade Celebrating our Differences program  kicked off in our elementary schools this month as Cunningham and Glover 4th  graders had their first  unit of the year. Students learned about visual impairment from guest speaker David Lynn and a series of hands-on stations. Mr. Lynn brought his guide dog Frosty and a number of technology items that help him navigate his home, stores, and other public places. He showed students a special pair of glasses that pair with an app. When Mr. Lynn calls a number on his cell phone, a fully-sighted individual can see through the glasses to tell Mr. Lynn what is in front of him.

The hands-on stations allowed students to experience firsthand what it is like to have a visual impairment. Students learned the Braille alphabet, attempted to walk and avoid obstacles using a cane, and learned how individuals with a visual impairment fold their money to know which type of bills are in their wallet. The students said that the activities were difficult at first but  they better understood what it is like to live with a visual impairment.

MPS IN THE NEWS

Our MPS students and staff have been in the news recently! You can read all about them below.

Our MHS Achieve students are doing some indoor gardening this year and they were recently featured on WBZ 4 CBS Boston!  You can watch the terrific piece on our students here.
Cunningham Kindergartener Roby Erhador was recently featured in a Boston Herald for his participation during Adaptive Sports New England’s Paralympic Sports Day at Tufts University last weekend. You can read all about Roby’s adventure here and you can see Roby and his class at the top of today’s blog.

 FOOD AND NUTRITION

Last week our elementary schools enjoyed a food allergy puppet show. Food allergy educator Kyle Dine entertained our students with puppets and music. Kyle is a food
allergy educator and musician who has performed at 800 schools across North America reaching millions of students. After growing up with multiple allergies himself he now spreads allergy awareness in schools through his fun and engaging assemblies.

His topics covered what the eight most popular allergens are with our students and helped them understand how to be a good friend to anyone with a food allergy. We sang about washing out hands and not sharing or trading food with our friends. He also helped us all understand the symptoms of a person who may be having an allergic reaction and how to get the teacher or the adult in charge. We had so much fun meeting his
puppets “The Professor, The Epi Pen Super Hero’s and The Chef”.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Up next in our PARENT Speaker Series, we’ll be showing the newly released film “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” on November 13th at the MHS auditorium at 6:30pm. The film examines the science behind tween/teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. This film is not available online or via Netflix, it is only available through community events that bring parents/guardians, kids, teens and educators together to continue the conversation about the impact of screen time, digital citizenship, the increase in stress/anxiety and to share ideas and strategies. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 11 and up. After the film we’ll have a facilitated Q&A with MPS adjustment counselors. This event is free and open to the public.

The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

TECHNOLOGY 

It is with great excitement that we announce the first-ever elementary school Digital Citizenship Day.  All Milton Public Schools elementary students will take part in two to four engaging digital citizenship lessons during this exciting day.  The lesson topics will include but are not limited to, digital footprints, internet privacy, copyright, cyberbullying, creating passwords… 

The ready to teach no teaching experience needed lessons will be delivered by family volunteers.  Each class will need two to four volunteers. The lessons will be shared with the volunteers in January, and if the volunteers need support in preparing for the day a training session will be offered for all of the volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer please complete the Google Form for your student’s school: Collicot, Cunningham, Glover, Tucker.  Please look for more detailed information in the coming weeks.  

If you have any immediate questions please email AJ Melanson, MPS Educational Technology Director.  The dates for the Digital Citizenship Days are as follows: Collicot – Friday, February 14th, 8:30-11:30am; Cunningham – Friday, February 14th, 8:30-11:30am; Glover – Tuesday, February 11th, 9:20am – 12:20pm; Tucker – Thursday, February 13th, 9:20am – 12:20pm. 

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The rain did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of runners and spectators who turned out for the 21st Annual Monster Dash! Runners from every corner of Milton turned out for ghoulish games and a monster run! The full list of runners and times can be found here. The Monster Dash benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools. Thank you, as always to the MFE and the Cichello Family for your never ending support of the Milton Public Schools.

Save the date for the MFE Celebration 2020! You won’t want to miss this year’s Celebration, being held on April 4th, 2020 at Granite Links. Stay tuned for details!

FAMILY OUTREACH 

If you are presently one of the 2.7 million grandparents across the country that are raising their grandchildren there are resources available to you.  Do you have questions about local and state programs and aid available to you? Are you interested in talking with other grandparents raising their grandchildren?   

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren offers workshops across the state to grandparents raising their grandchildren.  Each workshop offers a guest speaker who presents information on a variety of issues including How Trauma Impacts Children and Families, Cyber Safety, Taking Care of the Caregiver, The Disease of Addiction and Setting Boundaries and Tips for Helping Children Cope with Trauma and other Child Mental Health Issues.  Workshops are approximately three hours in duration including a presentation followed by an information panel consisting of representatives from agencies who work with grandparents raising their grandchildren. For specific locations and topics please click here

Locally The Quincy Family Resource Center located at 1120 Hancock Street in Quincy offers a support group, GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN. They invite grandparents to come and meet other grandparents who are raising their grandchildren at this support group. The group meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 6-7:30pm. Childcare and food is provided free of charge. Please contact Ann for more information at 617-481-7227 ext. 141 or email her at amacdonald@baystatecs.org.

If you are in need of additional services please feel free to reach out to the MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email or telephone at 617-980-7343.

FUNDRAISING 

We are once again lucky to be partnering with the Milton Fruit Center for Schools Shopping Week November 4th-10th. All six Milton Public Schools will be benefiting from the Fruit Center’s generosity.  Here’s how you can participate:

Download a shopping voucher for your school below (you’ll need Adobe Reader). Print as many you’d like and share them with friends, family and neighbors.

Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 4th through Sunday, November 10th. Shop as often as you’d like during that week. The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of the total purchases back to your school so stock up on your favorite Fruit Center items and help out your school! All details and vouchers can be found here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 

Last week, our MPS Physical Educators participated in a 3-hour professional development with USGames National Trainer Michael Martinez. We were joined by Braintree Public Schools K-12 PE teachers. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn new strategies, collaborate with colleagues and practice new skills and activities. The program was aligned with National SHAPE America Physical Education Standards and MA Frameworks. We’re excited to share these new strategies and activities involving moderate to vigorous physical activity with our students.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

Milton Public School families have been given an opportunity to partcipate in a study being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University. This study is funded through the National Institutes of Health. There are five openings left in the study for 5th-7th grade students and their parent/guardian.

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

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Milton Public Schools Annual Flu Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 13th from 3-5pm in the Pierce Middle School Cafe (enter and exit through cafe doors in front of the school). All students in grades 3 to 12 accompanied by a parent/ guardian are welcome. Please bring your insurance card. This clinic will have nurses from all of the Milton Public Schools in the hope to help our students have a healthy winter season and minimize the effects of the flu virus in your homes and in our schools. Our nurses are committed to supporting the health and well being of all the students in our district and hope to see you there!

ART AND MUSIC 

ATHLETICS 

The Cross Country Teams had a great showing last Saturday at the Bay State Conference Championships, with Bobby Carew taking home first place. The Boys grabbed 2nd place and the Girls came in 3rd!

The Football Team will host Westwood tomorrow night 11/7 at 7:00pm in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

The Volleyball Team will travel to Plymouth South tomorrow night 11/7 at 5:00pm in the first round of the MIAA Tournament.

Girls Soccer await their seeding, which will be determined at the MIAA Office tomorrow, 11/1.

Swim have their Bay State Conference Meet on Sunday, 11/3 at Wellesley College. Swimming starts at 11am so be sure to get out their and support the “Watercats”!

Cheer have their Bay State Conference Competition on Tuesday 11/5 at Braintree High School. The competition starts at 6:30pm.

The MHS Golf Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive
on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 9am to noon, at Milton High School. To schedule pick-up of a can/bottle donation at your home on Saturday, please email bkelly@miltonps.org.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note that the Special Town Meeting has been moved to Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30pm @ Milton High School. This meeting will take place in lieu of the previously scheduled January 13, 2020 Special Town Meeting. 

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Portraits in Silhouette to benefit the Forbes House will take place this weekend, Saturday, November 2nd from 9am- 4pm. The art of silhouette portraiture has been around for centuries, and silhouettes make for timeless, treasured keepsakes. The Forbes House is
delighted to host a mother-daughter team of artists who will create a special family memory for you in plenty of time for the holidays! A portion of the proceeds from each booked appointment and item purchased (copies, frames, etc.) will go directly back to the museum. For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit our website. 

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Keynote Speaker Timoria McQueen Saba

There will be a presentation entitled: Call to Awareness and Action on Maternal Health Disparities and Advocacy at Parkway United Methodist Church Saturday November 2nd,  10am-12pm. Come join us for a presentation regarding maternal health disparities for Black and Brown women followed by breakout sessions and facilitated discussion. Local healthcare providers will be available to help you learn about resources and support in our area to help you and your family, or to get involved with.

Keynote Speaker: Timoria McQueen Saba is a maternal health advocate, speaker and writer with a focus on mental and physical trauma due to childbirth and pregnancy complications. Timoria will share her personal story of overcoming the mental and physical effects of surviving a near fatal postpartum hemorrhage and also discuss her work as a liaison between clinicians, legislators and patients to address disparities and inequity in outcomes.

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Fuller Village is pleased to welcome Dr. George Scarlett, editor of the new web magazine Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:30pm in the Function Room at 1372 Brush Hill Rd. Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards  is dedicated to providing support for those involved in nurturing the next generation of earth stewards – those who will care for our planet and help solve its many problems in the years ahead. Dr. Scarlett is a senior lecturer and Tisch Fellow in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tuft University. Over the course of his career, he has authored six books, published numerous articles in journals and taught courses on children’s play, on children’s challenging behavior, on religious and spiritual development, and on the development of earth stewards. The public is welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Lisa Ramsay, Program Director at Fuller Village at lramsay@fullervillage.org or at 617-361-2116. Thank you to Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Fuller Village for sharing this with the MPS community.

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The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a free parent education workshop, Beyond Time Out – Positive Parenting for parents/guardians of children age 2-5. All details can be found here.

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The Milton Public Library has fantastic programs for students all month long. 

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MPS hosted nationally recognized digital safety expert Katie Greer several years ago to rave reviews. Ms. Greer is speaking locally at Dedham Country Day on November 7th on  Raising Digital Natives: What’s Now, What’s New, What’s Next? This event is free and open to the public and all details can be found here.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public information meeting at Fuller Village on Tuesday October 22, 2019 to discuss Route 138 Reconstruction Complete Streets and Safety Improvements. The presentation can be found here. 

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Enjoy seasonal family fun by visiting three historic estates in the Blue Hills as The Eustis Estate, Wakefield Estate, and Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate present special events throughout the day for the 3rd Annual Blue Hills Great Estates Fall Foliage Day! On Saturday, November 2, from 10am to 3pm, visit the Eustis Estate, 1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA, the Bradley Estate, 2468 Washington Street, Canton MA
and the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA for this special celebration.

Celebrate the final weekend of the special exhibition Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate. At the Trustees’ Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, located at 2468 Washington Street in Canton, the main house will be opened to visitors to check out their new decor while taking in the setting of the soon-to-be-released movie- Little Women. At the Wakefield Estate and Arboretum, guided walks will be featured through its unique arboretum and grounds, including its new dwarf conifer collection that features over 50 species of conifers. All details on the day’s events can be found here!

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Milton’s Select Board and the Town’s Airplane Noise Advisory Committee (ANAC) will be hosting an airplane noise and health meeting on Thursday, November 14th  at 7 pm at the Council on Aging located at 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA.

This public meeting will give residents a better understanding of the growing issue of airplane noise and air pollution affecting the town and its more than 27,000 residents, the ways the town is actively fighting this issue on a local and federal level, and how residents can get involved to help propel the cause.

For more information about this issue and recent announcement, please visit the town’s website. Questions? Contact:Christine Stanton, Contract & Licensing Agent/Benefits Assistant – cstanton@townofmilton.org or Andy Schmidt, Chair, ANAC – aschmidt.email@gmail.com

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Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome!

Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives. Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Brookwood Community Farm is hosting their  annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday November 24th.   Farm veggies, fruit, honey, maple syrup, dried beans, and more will be for purchase.  We are also a site for DaSilva Farm turkey orders and Bushel & Crumb pie pickup.  This DCR property has plenty of farm roads which are great for strollers, kids bikes and walking.   We’ll have lawn games to entertain, bring a picnic or just grab a warm drink, learn more about honey bees and find a moment to just ask the farmers some questions.

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Milton Community Concerts presents “WEILL/LENYA: AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY”, Saturday, November 23th  at 7pm, at the First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Kurt Weill, UTE GFRERER is both a singer and a storyteller in this musical exploration of the remarkable love story between Weill and Lotte Lenya. With Timothy Steele, pianist. $20 general/$15 senior/free for 18 and under (at the door only). Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.com for more details.

AMBASSADORS

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

STAFF: Please join me in acknowledging the incredible energy of the running club at Tucker under the leadership of 4th grade teacher Stephanie Young with support from Tucker teachers  Julia Finnegan and Rachel Spitz this year. In addition, other staff members stepped up to help and run in the rain at the Monster Dash with our students. Thank you to the “support team” of  Robert Johnson and Cat DesRoche as well as Zenaida Harvell and Kim Demarino, who both are on the Tucker cafeteria team. Not only did Ms. Harvell and Ms. Demarino run with the team, but along with Director of Food Service Jackie Morgan, they made goodie bags for the whole team to receive at the finish line!

Dr. Elaine McNeil – Girmai shares that at Tucker all faculty members have placed a strong focus on creating and fostering collaborative relationships. When we think about student and teacher relationships this is a such a special way to connect with students and be part of the Tucker community. To see our staff embrace these opportunities to form connections with our students is a highlight of the Tucker experience.

Thank you to all of our staff, parents and guardians who made the Tucker Running Club a huge success this year!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Vanessa Bettencourt, AJ Melanson, Ellen Lohan, Christie Chiappetta, Zeina Hamada, Ryan Madden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MaryCate Theobald, Jackie Morgan, Sarah Smith, Lindsay Moonan, Bernadette Butler, Amy McKay, Karen McDavitt, Kevin Black, Jess Gillooly, Kim Coughlin, Meena Tondavi and  Joe Dolan.

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

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October 24, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 24, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This past spring the MFE Celebration 2019 raised the necessary funds to transform all of the Milton Public School libraries by providing movable furniture and flexible, comfortable seating to promote collaboration and support a wide variety of activities. Our libraries are now better able to meet the needs of students, staff, families, and community members who use these spaces throughout the day and evening for whole-class lessons, small-group work, research, enrichment groups, clubs, staff meetings, professional development, committee meetings, and much more. The flexible seating has been increasing focus and engagement by providing the movement and sensory input many students require, as well as greater choice, comfort, and opportunity for collaboration. 

The libraries are now community spaces that foster curiosity, literacy (both print and digital), critical thinking skills, creation, and collaboration. In addition, our libraries are now places where individuals have the opportunity to learn not only about the larger world but themselves. 

The library transformation project also included the installation of makerspaces in all of the MPS schools.  Makerspaces are collaborative space focused on innovation in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  Makerspaces foster student-centered inquiry while promoting hands-on activities that teach twenty-first-century skills.  Students make, create and express themselves by exploring through their own interests. Makerspaces allow students to learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual, and develop creative projects. Students learn how to fail and try again.  We are so grateful to the MFE for their continued support. 

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Can you beat Mario in the Monster Dash Fun Run?

We are just 3 days away from one of the premiere fall events in Milton – the Milton Foundation for Education’s Monster Dash!  I encourage all of our MPS families and staff to register now for the MFE Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27th!

The Monster Dash, now in its 21st year, benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools.

I hope to see you and your family on Sunday, October 27th at 10 am at Cunningham Hall at the Monster Dash!

UPCOMING MPS DATES 

Oct 27 MFE Monster Dash
Oct 30 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 2 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 3 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 6 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 11 No School-Veterans Day
Nov 13 Parent Speaker Series, Screenagers Next Chapter
Nov 14 Early Release Day for Students/Conferences Grades 6-12
Nov 20 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 21 MHS Cabaret
Nov 23 Eastern District Sr Auditions
Nov 27,28,29 No School-Thanksgiving Day Recess
Dec 4 Milton School Committee
Dec 5 MHS College Information Night
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, November 6th at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

MASS STEM WEEK 

Check out all of the STEM Week pictures in our video below!

The theme for the second annual Massachusetts STEM Week (October 21-25) is “See Yourself in STEM.” Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM!

Throughout the district, students and teachers worked on special STEM projects, and took time to highlight the wonderful work our students do in STEM everyday. Projects included building waterslides, roller coasters, tall towers, catapults, bridges and more!

Some classes chose to join over 60,000 students across the state by participating in the Massachusetts STEM Hub challenge. This year the challenge focused on waste and creating “Zero Waste Solutions”. In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, students studied food waste and created inventions that would help preserve food to stay fresh longer. Students also reflected on the waste created from their own school lunches and snacks. Our 5th grade students learned about the benefits of solar energy as students created and tested Solar Fans.

Our 6th and 7th grade students will be doing a deep dive into micro plastics in the environment.  Students will be suggesting strategies for reducing the environmental impact and identifying trade-offs associated with their ideas.  After learning the background knowledge on plastics, students will work in teams to use the engineering design process to build a device that will collect micro plastics from a body of water.

Currently our MHS students in Engineering 2 are exploring how different shapes, sizes, and materials of blades affect the power output of wind turbines as part of a unit on sustainable energy sources. Students in our honors biotechnology classes are working  with various strains of bacteria to determine the thickness of their peptidoglycan layers using a technique called Gram Staining. The information gathered from these tests can be used to help determine if a particular strain of bacteria is susceptible to penicillin or other antibiotics.

While this week is officially Mass STEM Week, STEM in an integral, consistent component of our science curriculum in the Milton Public Schools. Thank you to our Science Coordinators and Science Department Heads Ellen Lohan, Christie Chiappetta and Amy Tom for their ongoing leadership in our Science curriculum.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School Presents: The Addams Family: A New Musical on October 30th, November 2nd and 3rd.

A marriage unites two people and two families. But what if one family is fairly normal and the other is, well, quirky? Say, for example, they’re creepy and kooky. A little mysterious and spooky.

This is the predicament at the heart of The Addams Family: A New Musical, the Tony Award winning musical comedy presented by the Milton High School. Daughter Wednesday Addams has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke whom she intends to marry. But Lucas and his respectable parents, Mal and Alice, may not be ready for the Addams family: dad Gomez, a descendant of conquistadors with a penchant for swordplay; black clad goth mom Morticia; brother Pugsley, whose love of his sister is only marginally greater than his desire to be tortured; Uncle Fester, a man child hopelessly in love with the moon; the centenarian Grandma; and Lurch, their world weary zombie butler who communicates in moans and groans.

While Wednesday hopes to convince her family to be normal for just one night so she can secure her future with Lucas, nothing is ever that easy, especially for the Addams family. A misplaced potion, a barely kept secret, and the revelation of heretofore unspoken truths by both families ensure that the riotously funny evening spins out of control in a way that will change the Beinekes and the Addams family forever.

With a musical score that varies from Flamenco to vaudeville to jazz, swing, ballads and contemporary power pop, The Addams Family: A New Musical is a must-see event for the Halloween season.

The Adams Family, A New Musical can be seen on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00PM; Saturday, November 2 at 2:00PM and 7:00PM; and Sunday, November 3 at 2:00PM in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium, Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

Tickets are $12.00 and available online here.

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Milton High School celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday October 23rd in an effort to promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to make MHS a better place. MHS Student Leaders, Student Government, and Best Buddies encouraged all students to wear orange to demonstrate anti-bullying and unity, while Computer Science students created orange binary bracelets. Both faculty and students encouraged kind actions to include those who are feeling left out and to accept people’s differences.

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On Wednesday, October 16th, all Milton High School ninth-graders took part in a Digital Citizenship Day.  Students rotated around MHS attending eight sessions. Five sessions involved digital citizenship: Digital Wellbeing, Cyberbullying/Sexting, Fake News, Copyright, and Organization with Google.  Students also attended a Team Building exercise, Stress Management & Mindfulness, and Principal’s Forum sessions. 

The day was a huge success thanks to the session facilitators:  Jennie Beliveau, Patrick Ellis, James Jette, Kathleen Kelley, Sean LoPresti, Brian Mackinaw, Dave Mazzulli, Pat Menard,  Maura O’Brien, Brendan Tobin, JT Troy.

PIERCE PAGES

Pierce Middle School’s GSA club was pleased to join the Milton High School GSA in  attending this year’s first Student Leadership Council Meeting provided by the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Youth. This was Milton High School’s sixth year attending, and the first year for Pierce GSA members. Students and advisors from all over the Southeast region came together to learn about LGBTQ history (since October is LGBTQ History month). Student representatives from Milton enjoyed connecting with new friends and allies from various schools, and learning about the progression of LGBTQ awareness and laws throughout history. We are excited for the next Safe Schools Council Meeting!
Thank you to MHS advisors Jennie Beliveau, Liz Hallisey and Pierce advisors Kelli Prodanas and Erin Jaquette for attending the program with our students and for serving as advisors throughout the school year.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Fifth grade Tucker students recently looked at the artist Heather Galler for inspiration for their bouquets of flowers. Heather Galler is a well known, award winning, professional New York Folk artist. She paints landscapes, animals, and flowers with lots of bright colors. You can see our Tucker artist’s renderings below.

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Collicot and Cunningham elementary music students in Mrs. Allegrezza’s music classes recently enjoyed their first experiences in bucket drumming. Bucket drumming is a style of music that involves drumming on plastic objects, most notably 5 gallon buckets. While the exact origin of the art form is unclear, bucket drumming became popular in the streets of New York in the 1980’s and has evolved into a fun, innovative and captivating way to teach students basic drumming and sticking techniques while reinforcing steady beat, rhythm reading skills and enhancing musical creativity. This new addition to the music curriculum was funded by the Cunningham School PTO mini-grant program in the spring of 2019 which purchased 60 buckets and pairs of drumsticks to outfit both of the music rooms at Cunningham and Collicot. A mini-grant from the Collicot School PTO this fall has provided a plethora of exciting supplementary, high tech materials for the music rooms, including enhancements for bucket drumming, folk dancing, music centers and an introduction to playing the ukulele. Thanks to the generosity of both PTOs, the music rooms continue to flourish and help to encourage our students’ love of music!

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As a follow up to last week’s  One Book, One School (Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson), Glover joined with schools across the country to celebrate National Unity Day on Wednesday this week. National Unity Day is an initiative created by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and is celebrated this year on Wednesday, October 23 in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month. Students and staff in schools across the country and at Glover wore orange this week in a message of hope and support, visibly showing that our school believes that no child should ever experience bullying. “ORANGE provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity,” said Paula Goldberg, Executive Director of PACER Center. “Whether it’s hundreds of individuals at a school wearing ORANGE, store owners offering ORANGE products, or a community changing a landmark to ORANGE, the vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, sending the supportive, universal message that bullying is never acceptable behavior.”

Every student at Glover took the Kids Against Bullying pledge this week and together, we are united in orange, sending one cohesive message of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion at our school.

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It’s raffle time once again at Tucker Elementary School! This year the raffle has 22 amazing prizes, including gift certificates to favorite local spots, Patriots and Bruins tickets and even a getaway at the Park Plaza hotel! Raffle tickets are only $10 each and every purchase enters you to win ALL 22 prizes! Want to get in on the fun? Tickets can be purchased online. Don’t know a Tucker student? No problem! Simply enter “Tucker Tiger” in the student name field. Thank you and good luck in the raffle drawings!

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Last week, Milton High School had a visit  by a local fisherman from Eastham, MA at all three lunches at Milton High School.  Fisherman Alex Cestaro has been fishing all of his life in Cape Cod and he came to our lunches to explain to our students the importance of eating local and sustainable fish while sharing the difficulties of being a  fisherman these days with catch limits and weather conditions in the North East.

Mr.  Cestaro has been working with Red’s Best, a Boston-based seafood wholesaler for many years. This is Milton Public Schools third year working with Red’s Best, whom provides us with fresh, sustainable fish and in return we help support and provide jobs to local fishermen. At Friday’s lunch we served the “Catch of the Day” topped with whole wheat Ritz crackers and lemon butter or with capers, lemon, and parmesan cheese.  This program allows Red’s Best to sell us fresh haddock, hake or pollack at a locked in price which is guaranteed all school year. It was served with oven baked spicy potato wedges, whole wheat dinner roll, sweet glazed carrots and Caesar salad.  Just One bite and you’ll be hooked! 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Thank you to those who attended PARENT University and for your overwhelmingly positive feedback. We plan to offer PARENT University again in the spring.

Up next in our PARENT Speaker Series, we’ll be showing the newly released film “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” on November 13th at the MHS auditorium at 6:30pm. The film examines the science behind tween/teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. This film is not available online or via Netflix, it is only available through community events that bring parents/guardians, kids, teens and educators together to continue the conversation about the impact of screen time, digital citizenship, the increase in stress/anxiety and to share ideas and strategies. Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 11 and up. After the film we’ll have a facilitated Q&A with MPS adjustment counselors. This event is free and open to the public.

A couple of items you may find interesting can be found here: Good Morning America had a recent piece on Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER that you may find interesting.    See What Teens Do To Reduce Screen Time (3 min read) 

The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

FUNDRAISING 

We are once again lucky to be partnering with the Milton Fruit Center for Schools Shopping Week November 4th-10th. All six Milton Public Schools will be benefiting from the Fruit Center’s generosity.  Here’s how you can participate:

Download a shopping voucher for your school below (you’ll need Adobe Reader). Print as many you’d like and share them with friends, family and neighbors.

Present your voucher when you make purchases at the Fruit Center Marketplace from Monday, November 4th through Sunday, November 10th. Shop as often as you’d like during that week. The Fruit Center Marketplace will donate 20% of the total purchases back to your school so stock up on your favorite Fruit Center items and help out your school! All details and vouchers can be found here.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Help your kids make choices that will support their well being. Participate in the SUPPER Project to learn how!

Milton Public School families have been given an opportunity to partcipate in a study being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University. This study is funded through the National Institutes of Health. There are very  few openings left in the study for 5th-7th grade students and their parent/guardian.

  • Are you a parent or guardian of a child in  5th –  7th grade?
  • Do you live with your child or are you in the same place as your child at least five days a week?
  • If YES, you may be able to participate in a research study
  • Families will be paid for their time
  • The purpose of this research study is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their wellbeing.

Please take a moment to read through the details found here and consider participating in the SUPPER Project. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team at with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and in the body of the email include your name and the name of your child’s school.  A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587.

ART AND MUSIC 

On Saturday, October 19th , the Milton Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Wakefield Memorial High School to compete in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association’s Marching Band (MICCA) Festival. Performing their halftime show “Latin Triptych” the band earned a three-star overall rating. The highlight of the evening, however, was the highest possible, five-star rating in the category of Music Performance and Achievement and a first time four-star rating in General Effect. The Wildcat Marching Band is led by Senior Drum Majors Ava Duggan, Esme Link, Rowan Leggett and Caleb Smith, Senior Colorguard Captain Kami Nguyen, and Senior Percussion Captains Kate Possi and Aidan Guilderson. Congratulations to these outstanding student musicians! You can watch their halftime show live at all remaining home varsity football games.

ATHLETICS 

Girls Soccer and Volleyball both clinched the tournament this week. Girls Soccer beat Norwood 3-2, scoring in the final 2 minutes to secure their birth. Volleyball beat Fontbonne to punch their ticket, and they hope to finish the season strong against Weymouth and Walpole.

Boys Soccer need a win from their final two games to join the fun, and they travel to Catholic Memorial tomorrow in their first attempt.

The Golf Team ripped off two straight wins to make the tournament last week and finished 5th overall from 11 teams in the D2 South.

Boys and Girls XC will travel to the Wrentham Development Center this Saturday to compete in the Bay State Conference Championships.

This Friday Under the Lights at Brooks Field, the Varsity Football team will be playing for a cure for Breast Cancer. The Crucial Catch program, which started in 2009, is a joint initiative between the American Cancer Society and the National Football League to fund-raise, educate, and raise breast cancer awareness. Cheerleaders will have a 50/50 raffle and will be collecting donations during the game. There will be small prizes and incentive items given for each donation made at the game. Online donations can be made at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/milton-high-school-football1. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

Kickoff is at 7PM. Please help us make a Crucial Catch against breast cancer. Go Wildcats!With the win, they would lock up the #1 seed and host the first tournament game next Friday, November 1st.

Field Hockey finishes their season tonight against Weymouth High School. Special thanks to Coach Sarah Smith for her years of service!

Last Thursday, Milton Volleyball Hosted Volley for a Cure and raised $550 for Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit. In addition to that great win,  they also  defeated Fontbonne Academy 3-0!

The MHS Golf Team will be hosting a “Cans for Cats” can and bottle drive
on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 9am to noon, at Milton High School. To schedule pick-up of a can/bottle donation at your home on Saturday, please email bkelly@miltonps.org.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Join our local rowing programs for our annual fall fundraiser! Get your A-game ready for an official Cornhole Tournament, music, food, drinks, raffles, and more while you gather with old friends and meet new – all while supporting Milton Crew and the Neponset Rowing Club. Buy your tickets now and save – tickets will be $50 at the door.

Interested in making a cash donation or donating an item for the raffle? Email us at info@neponsetrowing.org.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Milton Police Department, 40 Highland St is on Saturday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm.  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milton Police Department are sponsoring our local Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Research has shown that the majority of abuse prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets. Protect our community and protect our environment by turning in your unused or expired prescription drugs, safely and anonymously. The Rotary Club will have plenty of Drug Deterra bags to distribute to the community as we did earlier this year. If you have time to help during this event by handing out bags, please feel free to stop over between 10am and 2pm.

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Middle school, high school students and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this town wide event:

A speaker on Deaf and Hard of Hearing is coming to Milton on October 30th.
Milton’s Commission on Disability is hosting a town-wide event to educate Milton residents on deafness and hearing loss, communication, and assistive technology. Jonathan O’Dell who is Assistive Technology Manager/Training Specialist from the Massachusetts Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is coming to Milton on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm in the Milton Public Library’s Keys Room. Mr. O’Dell will present information and answer questions on communication, assistive technology, and accessibility related to persons who have hearing loss and/or deafness.

Americans are likely to experience hearing loss either personally, or in our immediate family and/or circle of friends, as according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 20% of Americans experience some hearing loss. Anyone who has hearing loss, or who has friends or family members with hearing loss, with whom communication has become more difficult, will benefit from this presentation. Additionally, anyone who has wondered about how to best communicate with people who are deaf, will benefit. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Milton Commission on Disability will try to have the event broadcast on local access television as well, for those who are unable to attend in person.

Anyone needing reasonable accommodations to access this presentation are encouraged to request them early by contacting Milton’s ADA Coordinator by email to jprondak@townofmilton.org.

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Keynote Speaker Timoria McQueen Saba

There will be a presentation entitled: Call to Awareness and Action on Maternal Health Disparities and Advocacy at Parkway United Methodist Church Saturday November 2nd,  10am-12pm. Come join us for a presentation regarding maternal health disparities for Black and Brown women followed by breakout sessions and facilitated discussion. Local healthcare providers will be available to help you learn about resources and support in our area to help you and your family, or to get involved with.

Keynote Speaker: Timoria McQueen Saba is a maternal health advocate, speaker and writer with a focus on mental and physical trauma due to childbirth and pregnancy complications. Timoria will share her personal story of overcoming the mental and physical effects of surviving a near fatal postpartum hemorrhage and also discuss her work as a liaison between clinicians, legislators and patients to address disparities and inequity in outcomes.

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Fuller Village is pleased to welcome Dr. George Scarlett, editor of the new web magazine Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:30pm in the Function Room at 1372 Brush Hill Rd. Tomorrow’s Earth Stewards  is dedicated to providing support for those involved in nurturing the next generation of earth stewards – those who will care for our planet and help solve its many problems in the years ahead. Dr. Scarlett is a senior lecturer and Tisch Fellow in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tuft University. Over the course of his career, he has authored six books, published numerous articles in journals and taught courses on children’s play, on children’s challenging behavior, on religious and spiritual development, and on the development of earth stewards. The public is welcome to attend. For further information, please contact Lisa Ramsay, Program Director at Fuller Village at lramsay@fullervillage.org or at 617-361-2116. Thank you to Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Fuller Village for sharing this with the MPS community.

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation held a public information meeting at Fuller Village on Tuesday October 22, 2019 to discuss Route 138 Reconstruction Complete Streets and Safety Improvements. The presentation can be found here. 

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Registration has opened for the 24th Annual Milton Cotillion.  Cotillion is a progressive course in social skills, dance and etiquette education – all learned while having a blast!  The classes will run bi-weekly on Sunday evenings beginning January 12, 2020 at the Granite Links Golf Club.  Please go to cotillion.com to learn more and register. When you think about adding yet one more activity to your families schedule, it feels good to know that the skills learned at Cotillion will last a lifetime.

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Cardinal Cushing Centers, supported by Best Buddies of Massachusetts, is excited to host its inaugural Run to Change Lives Run, Walk or Roll! The race will take place at the Cunningham Elementary School. Participants can register for a traditional 5K, or opt for a 1-Mile Walk or Roll. All abilities welcome!

Runners who register by 10/24 are guaranteed a race shirt. Participants who raise over $50, or Teams of 10 that raise over $200, will each receive a free race t-shirt. Create or join a fundraising team to help us change lives. Our own Pierce Pals have a team – and they would love for you to join them.  Be sure to register now! 

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Brookwood Community Farm is hosting their  annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday November 24th. All are welcome to enjoy the farm, walk the farm roads, purchase fresh produce and other items to use for holiday gatherings into the winter. Turkeys can be picked up on site if ordered from Dasilva Farm and produce lists will be published on our website and FB page with at least a week to go before the sale. You will also find honey bee education, lawn games, warm drinks, and maybe a food demo!

AMBASSADORS

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

STAFF and STUDENTS: On October 17th, Milton Public School’s PARENT Speaker Series presented the first PARENT University. The goal of PARENT University was to offer parents and guardians a variety of workshops that focused on promoting the academic and emotional and social well-being of their children and teens through discussions and informative presentations. The evening offered short educational and skill-building workshops led by Milton Public School staff and was well attended with participants whose children included all grades across the district.

A special thank you to the parents and guardians who took time out of their busy schedules to attend and to MHS  students, Alex Tran and Nicolas Maldonado, who provided 1-on-1 computer tutorials through demonstrations and guided practice and Jillian Rundlett, Elizabeth Sullivan and Lily Curley who took the skills they have been learning in Child Study to assist with childcare.

(L-R) MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Margaret Carels of the MSAPC, MSAPC volunteer Peg Reardon and MSPAC Core Stakeholder Elizabeth Thomas are ready for PARENT University.

Our biggest thank you goes to the MPS staff and community members who contributed their time and talents to bring valuable information to our attendees. Thank you to Elaine Chung, Maggie Wagner, Jayme Szymczak, Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Lisa Veldran, Noel Vigue, AJ Melanson, Marybeth Callahan, Maureen McClain, Michelle Jensen, Annemarie Quinn, Melissa Augustyn, Erin Jaquette, Caroline Mannion, Tracy Grandeau, Jaclyn Germano, Elizabeth Caruso, Margie Skeer, Mike Buzzel and Maggie Randall for the time and effort they contributed to make our first PARENT University a success. I would be remiss if I didn’t share my appreciation of our Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, for her leadership in bringing PARENT University to fruition.

Because of Family Outreach Liaison Ms. McKenna, our staff and students who contributed their expertise and our parents and guardians who gave valuable time to attend, our first PARENT University was an overwhelming success. We look forward to offering another PARENT University later in the school year.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Justine Novak, AJ Melanson, Ellen Lohan, Christie Chiappetta, Amy Tom, Zeina Hamada, Ryan Madden,  Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Bernadette Butler, Sara MacNeil, Karen McDavitt, Josh Coben, JT Troy, Jess Royster and Caitlin Deptula.

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October 17, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 17, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are just 10 days away from one of the premiere fall events in Milton – the Milton Foundation for Education’s Monster Dash! The Monster Dash is a perennial family favorite event with a “costume encouraged” 5K,  bounce houses, a costume Fun Run, kids’ crafts, science fun, face painting and more. Your friends and neighbors will be there – will you? I encourage all of our MPS families and staff to register now for the MFE Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27th!

The Monster Dash, now in its 21st year, benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools.

The Milton Foundation for Education is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Foundation Trustees are people from the community who donate their time to help the Foundation achieve its goals. The Milton Public Schools continues to be the thriving school district it is, in part due to the unwavering and generous support of the MFE.

I hope to see you and your family on Sunday, October 27th at 10 am at Cunningham Hall at the Monster Dash!

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This morning we experienced a power outage at Milton High School and the Pierce Middle School. Our safety protocols were followed and I would like to commend our Milton Public Schools staff and students for their attention to safety and other instructions as our day continued. Our staff worked to keep students safe, reassured and engaged and allowed us to maintain a sense of calm and order. Thank you as well to the Department of Public Works, the Milton Police Department and the Milton Fire Department who are always available to support our schools.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES 

Thank you to all who have registered for the PARENT Speaker Series – PARENT University, tonight, Thursday, October 17th at the Pierce Middle School. We are excited to bring you workshops that will focus on promoting the academic and social and emotional well being of your children and teens.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm in the foyer of the auditorium with a small reception where attendees can enjoy a light refreshment, pick up their course schedules and have a chance to connect with other attendees and presenters. If time is tight be sure to join us by 6:30 when the first session begins.

Spots are still available for some courses if you are interested in joining us. Please complete the registration form on-line , email Marti O’Keefe McKenna  or call 617-980-7343.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Ms. McKenna if you have any questions or need additional information.

The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES 

Oct 17 PARENT University – Pierce Middle School
Oct 23 Early Release Day
Oct 23 Milton School Committee
Oct 27 MFE Monster Dash
Oct 30 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 2 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 3 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 6 Milton School Committee Meeting
Nov 11 No School-Veterans Day
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

Save the date for the November 13th showing of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER – Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. The film there focuses on understanding anxiety and providing strategies, skills and solutions to help build resilience in the face of hard emotions. Knowing how to lovingly and effectively be with your kids and teens as they experience difficult feelings and display challenging behaviors is immensely complicated. But there are lots of solutions out there—knowing the science, knowing strategies and sharing this with our friends, colleagues, parent groups, and on and on is crucial. Good Morning America had a recent piece on Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER that you may find interesting. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, October 23rd (note date change due to Milton Public Library event) at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

They’re creepy and they’re kooky; Mysterious and spooky; They’re all together ooky…. The Addams family! Come see them at Milton High School on October 30th, November 2nd and 3rd! Tickets are available online here.

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This week the Gile Road Preschool Program had a visit from the Milton Fire Department. Our preschool students were able to see and hear all about the gear the firefighters wear, they learned how to stay safe if there is ever a fire and they even got to sit in the fire truck!

PIERCE PAGES

All 6th grade parents/guardians are invited to a meet and greet sponsored by the Pierce PTO on Wednesday, October 23 from 7-8:30pm at the Common Market in Quincy. The event is meant to help build community among 6th grade parents, providing a venue for parents to connect with one another. We hope you can drop by to meet your fellow 6th grade parents. We’ll have some appetizers and a cash bar.

In order to get an accurate count for food & drink, we are requesting that parents register and pay $10 to help cover the cost of the room and appetizers. This event is open to all 6th grade parents, so please email the PTO if you need a waiver. You can click HERE to register. Thanks and we hope to see you there! 6th Grade Parent Social Committee –    Kerry Hurley, Maggie Kessler, Christina Lilliehook, Jackie Slavik and Heidi Vaughan

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Pierce 7th grade artists have been studying the art of Wayne Thiebaud. Thiebaud is a contemporary artist known for his unique style of painting cakes and assorted pastries. Students were given several choices of mediums to work with and were asked to create a piece inspired by Thiebaud. This rather large cake was created with small pieces of torn colored paper and glue. Students learned about shadows, complementary colors, and chiaroscuro by using strong areas of contrast in their pieces. The 7th grade artists created foods like colorful ice cream cones, favorite candies, multiple layered wedding cakes, and an assortment of delicious looking cupcakes. Our 7th grade artists had a full class critique to view each other’s work and share feedback, and of course to discuss their favorite food.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Collicot 2nd graders in Mrs Lamonica’s classroom were introduced this week to building and coding using the Motor Power Block to make the motor turn at different speeds. Once the students created and ran their programs, they thought about and explained the program and the function of the fan. At the end of the lesson, students could answer questions like: How does the program work? What do the different program blocks do? and will increase their mastery of the Motor Power Blocks in lessons to come.

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The theme for Unit One in the 2nd Grade Reach for Reading curriculum is all about community. Students learn what a community is and how an effective one works. Mrs Walsh’s Cunningham 2nd graders read many high-quality books about community workers, and decided as a class which buildings should be a part of “Walshville”, which is a fictional town the class created using boxes and art supplies at home. Students then tied in the writing process to their learning by writing and sending friendly letters to members of the community in conjunction with their project. As a result, many community members have agreed to visit the classroom and talk about their roles in our Milton community. So far, the class has visitors lined up from the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Post Office, Pat’s Pizza, Launch Trampoline Park, Citizens Bank, and a local veterinary clinic. This is a great real-world connection to our first unit in Reach for Reading!

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Glover’s Diversity Committee began an initiative last year to introduce all Glover Kids to prominent diverse authors. We were fortunate last year to meet Varian Johnson, Veera Hiranandani, and Jessica Hische. This year, we have plans to bring author, librarian, and researcher Meg Frazer Blakemore to Glover in December and a Diverse Reads Family Book Club event planned with Erin Entrada Kelly in the spring.

On Wednesday, we welcomed volunteers from neighboring Milton Academy into each classroom to participate in a special One Book, One School project. The PTO generously purchased a copy of Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson for every classroom. This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. A  group of students led by Ms. Morris are also studying Ms. Woodson’s work as part of Glover’s extracurricular programming.

After reading Each Kindness with our volunteers, students completed activities and connected this powerful story to the conversations we have every day about kindness, empathy, compassion, and friendship. This special One Book, One School initiative is brought as a joint effort between Glover’s Diversity Committee and the Glover PTO.
With its powerful anti-bullying message, Each Kindness resonated across every Glover classroom as we continue to recognize National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Alongside schools across the country, we will unite by wearing orange on Wednesday, October 23 in honor of “National Unity Day”. “Together against bullying- united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.”

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Science is alive at Cunningham! The third graders are studying Life Science and have been observing various seeds and discovering how they develop into plants. After focusing on plants, students transitioned onto a new organism this week…crayfish! Students observed their crayfish in small groups and discussed the structures they noticed. Teams then discussed what function they thought each structure served. This will help them understand how different organisms have developed structures to better adapt to their environment and how this increases the chance of their survival. Our 3rd grade teachers were sure to wear their special crayfish socks for the special delivery!

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Once again, the Marylin Rodman Theater for Kids program has treated our Milton Public Schools students to an exciting night at the theater! 50 of our MPS students and chaperones were treated to a spectacular presentation of Disney’s The Lion King on Tuesday of this week. Those attending boarded a bus at the Tucker School and travelled to the Boston Opera House where they were dazzled the minute the opening act began. As the curtain rose, giraffes loped gracefully across the stage while gazelles floated in unison just above the stage floor. A life size elephant stomped down the orchestra aisle to the wonderment of the audience. Throughout the performance students and chaperones were entertained by amazing scenery, familiar songs and music and outstanding performances, some by actors the same age as the MPS audience members! This special theater performance was dedicated to Don Rodman, a patron and benefactor of the arts, for many years, and a friend to Milton Public Schools.

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It’s raffle time once again at Tucker Elementary School! This year the raffle has 22 amazing prizes, including gift certificates to favorite local spots, Patriots and Bruins tickets and even a getaway at the Park Plaza hotel! Raffle tickets are only $10 each and every purchase enters you to win ALL 22 prizes! Want to get in on the fun? Tickets can be purchased online. Don’t know a Tucker student? No problem! Simply enter “Tucker Tiger” in the student name field. Thank you and good luck in the raffle drawings!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Milton Times ran an excellent story about our full day Professional Development day on September 27th and they have given me permission to share it here. I urge you to read it as it gives a full picture of our day of (adult!) learning at Milton Public Schools that we were lucky to recently experience.  Page 1, Page 2, Page 3.

The Milton Times covers much of what happens in the Milton Public Schools. Our sports teams are often featured, special events in our schools are regularly highlighted and articles on the “business” of running a school system are reported on in detail. If your household does not receive the Milton Times, I encourage you to consider a subscription to stay abreast of the news both in our schools and in our town.

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Milton Public Schools holds periodic preschool screenings once a month and the next opportunity is Oct 23rd. If your child is ages 3 to 5, and not yet eligible for kindergarten this message may be helpful. If you have concerns about your child’s development MPS offers screenings through the early childhood department. This screening is open to Milton Residents who have concerns related to their child’s development. If you would like to discuss this opportunity for your child, please contact Jaymne Szymaczak via email. 

TRANSPORTATION

Due to unforeseen challenges with the FirstView app we are unable to roll it out for bus tracking and messaging purposes this year and we will again be utilizing the Remind app system for bus delay notifications. This year families will be invited to join the messaging system for the specific route(s) their student(s) ride. Families can join more than one route. Emails have been sent from the Transportation Department to the emails submitted in the bus registration process. The email included a unique code for their student’s bus route that when texted to 81010 allows families to OPT IN to the messaging system. To receive updates you MUST OPT IN by texting this code to 81010. Families can leave the message alert system at any time. If you did not receive an invitation please email bus@miltonpsorg requesting a code. Please include your student’s name, school and bus route number. If your child rides different am and pm routes, please include both in your request (for example, 5c am and 8c pm).

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for substitute jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools.  This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour and these positions often lead to permanent positions. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

 

ATHLETICS 

The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams will host a fundraiser on October 20th at Cunningham Park. The Kids Trail Run is a big hit every fall!

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation invites you to a Public Information Meeting on the Canton-Milton- Roadway Improvements on Route 138 on Tuesday, October 22nd, Presentation/Open House from 6:3opm-8pm in the Fuller Village Function Room, 1372 Brush Hill Road. Milton, MA 02186.

You are invited to join MassDOT at a Public Information Meeting on the Canton-Milton- Roadway Improvements on Route 138 project. A presentation will be made at 6:30 PM and will be followed by an open house style meeting, where each interested person will be allowed to review the concepts and discuss the project with the Project Team. The presentation will include an update on the project status and include a discussion of the preliminary concepts that are currently being considered for advancement to 25% design. The approximate project limits along Route 138 are from Brush Hill Road in Milton to the Canton/Stoughton Town Line. All views and comments made at the meeting will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible. The meeting notice can be found here. 

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Milton Police Department, 40 Highland St is on Saturday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm.  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milton Police Department are sponsoring our local Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Research has shown that the majority of abuse prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets. Protect our community and protect our environment by turning in your unused or expired prescription drugs, safely and anonymously.

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A speaker on Deaf and Hard of Hearing is coming to Milton on October 30th.
Milton’s Commission on Disability is hosting a town-wide event to educate Milton residents on deafness and hearing loss, communication, and assistive technology. Jonathan O’Dell who is Assistive Technology Manager/Training Specialist from the Massachusetts Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is coming to Milton on Wednesday, October 30th at 7pm in the Milton Public Library’s Keys Room. Mr. O’Dell will present information and answer questions on communication, assistive technology, and accessibility related to persons who have hearing loss and/or deafness.

Americans are likely to experience hearing loss either personally, or in our immediate family and/or circle of friends, as according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 20% of Americans experience some hearing loss. Anyone who has hearing loss, or who has friends or family members with hearing loss, with whom communication has become more difficult, will benefit from this presentation. Additionally, anyone who has wondered about how to best communicate with people who are deaf, will benefit. All residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Milton Commission on Disability will try to have the event broadcast on local access television as well, for those who are unable to attend in person.

Anyone needing reasonable accommodations to access this presentation are encouraged to request them early by contacting Milton’s ADA Coordinator by email to jprondak@townofmilton.org.

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Registration has opened for the 24th Annual Milton Cotillion.  Cotillion is a progressive course in social skills, dance and etiquette education – all learned while having a blast!  The classes will run bi-weekly on Sunday evenings beginning January 12, 2020 at the Granite Links Golf Club.  Please go to cotillion.com to learn more and register. When you think about adding yet one more activity to your families schedule, it feels good to know that the skills learned at Cotillion will last a lifetime.

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Forbes House Museum presents Ghost Stories in the Barn… an afternoon of Halloween fun including visits with the Kitchen Witch, crafty activities and other tricks and treats!
Sunday, October 20th , 3-5 pm. Costumes encouraged! $5/child; caregivers and members are free.

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The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through October.

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Run or walk the THIRD annual Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs! Mike’s 5k was founded in 2017 in memory of Mike Mulcahy who passed away on December 1, 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. In 2018, we were very proud to dedicate our 5k in memory of Michael Jesson of Milton, who passed in 2017 after valiantly fighting addiction. Race day registration starts at 9 AM at the Collicot/Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10 AM on October 19th through the beautiful streets of Milton. All details can be found here.

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The Friends of the Milton Public Library invite you to help them celebrate the success of the Milton Public Library! On October 21st at Steel and Rye, 95 Eliot Street, from 6:30-8pm , join them for raffle prizes,  light refreshments and a cash bar. With programs like the Summer Reading Club, Cooking with Miss Debbie, Story Times, Taste Test Tuesdays, family concerts, the Cookbook Club and many other programs for children, teens, and adults sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library, we have a lot to celebrate!  Be sure to come early and bring your friends to this complimentary event (with cash bar). For more information, please contact Alice Jamal.

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Brookwood Community Farm is hosting their  annual Thanksgiving Sale & Family Fun at the DCR property where they farm from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm on Sunday November 24th. All are welcome to enjoy the farm, walk the farm roads, purchase fresh produce and other items to use for holiday gatherings into the winter. Turkeys can be picked up on site if ordered from Dasilva Farm and produce lists will be published on our website and FB page with at least a week to go before the sale. You will also find honey bee education, lawn games, warm drinks, and maybe a food demo!

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Patrick Manning,  Zeina Hamada, Ryan Madden, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Bernadette Butler, Sara MacNeil, Karen McDavitt, Rachel Schewe, Susan Maselli and Janice Mazzola.

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

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October 10, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 10, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to share the latest iteration of The PARENT Speaker Series. On Thursday, October 17th from 6-8:40pm, we will offer PARENT University at the Pierce Middle School. While the event is being held at Pierce, the sessions are appropriate for parents/guardians across the age spectrum, Prek-12th grade.

PARENT University is a series of short educational and skill-building workshops for parents and guardians that cover a wide range of topics. Workshops focus on promoting the academic and social and emotional well being of children and teens. We offer a variety of workshops in one evening, each lasting just one hour and each workshop offered twice-back to back.

Classes like: I Have Concerns, Now What? Navigating Your Way Through the Special Education ProcessMind Full or Mindful? Building Mindfulness into Family Life Through Games, Stories and Maybe Just Sitting Still! and How to Make the Most of Your School Parent/Guardian – Teacher Conference are all being offered and will prove to be a valuable piece of your parenting toolkit.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm in the auditorium at the Pierce Middle School. The first session will begin at 6:30pm. The second session will begin at 7:40. Click here for course descriptions. Click here to complete course selection registration.

Childcare is available. However, space for childcare is limited. Registration is required and can be found on the registration link above. Children must be of school age and toilet trained to access childcare. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna  or 617-980-7343.

The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Milton Public Schools, Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Parent Teacher Organizations and Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

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There was another wonderful  Milton community event this past weekend  as Celebrate Milton 2019 was held at the Pierce Middle School. Celebrate Milton is an annual fall event run by a group of volunteers committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community.  Music and entertainment, a food tent sponsored by the MHS Ski Team, children’s amusements, a silent auction and raffles, and a true sense of community were some of the highlights of the day.  I am thrilled to share that Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai was honored for her work as a Community Builder for her inclusive practices at the Tucker School and that MHS students Emily Dobrindt and Vincent Luong were honored for their work as Junior Community Builders.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

I encourage all of our MPS families and staff to register now for the MFE Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27th! The Monster Dash is a perennial family favorite event with bounce houses, a costume Fun Run, kids’ crafts , science fun, face painting and more. Be sure to wear your costume!

The Monster Dash, now in its 21st year,benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools.

The Milton Foundation for Education is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Foundation Trustees are people from the community who donate their time to help the Foundation achieve its goals. The Milton Public Schools continues to be the thriving school district it is, in part due to the unwavering and generous support of the MFE.

I hope to see you and your family on Sunday, October 27th at 10 am at Cunningham Hall at the Monster Dash!

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES 

Oct 14 No School – Columbus Day
Oct 17 PARENT University – Pierce Middle School
Oct 23 Early Release Day
Oct 16 Milton School Committee
Oct 27 MFE Monster Dash
Oct 3 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 2 The Addams Family at MHS
Nov 3 The Addams Family at MHS
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

Save the date for the November 13th showing of Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER – Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience. The film there focuses on understanding anxiety and providing strategies, skills and solutions to help build resilience in the face of hard emotions. Knowing how to lovingly and effectively be with your kids and teens as they experience difficult feelings and display challenging behaviors is immensely complicated. But there are lots of solutions out there—knowing the science, knowing strategies and sharing this with our friends, colleagues, parent groups, and on and on is crucial. To access the full article about Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER and parenting tips click here. More details regarding the Milton showing of the film will be coming soon.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, October 23rd (note date change due to Milton Public Library event) at 7pm. School Committee agendas and documents can be found on the front page of our website. 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

They’re creepy and they’re kooky; Mysterious and spooky; They’re all together ooky…. The Addams family! Come see them at Milton High School on October 30th, November 2nd and 3rd! Tickets are available online here.

PIERCE PAGES

Beth Neville, MPS teacher Jeff Stoodt, and Pierce Green Team member Lulu Baylon in the Pierce Garden.

On behalf of the Milton Garden Club, Milton resident and MPS volunteer Beth Neville is documenting the history of Milton’s many public garden spaces for the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. This past Sunday,  students from the Green Team and members of the Milton Garden Club toured the Pierce garden and learned its history, as part of Ms. Neville’s work  for the Smithsonian Archives.

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Please see the note below from Principal Bill Fish regarding homework free weekends. I want to applaud Principal Fish and Pierce teachers and staff for recognizing the social emotional value of occasional homework free weekends.

As a school community, we regard homework as an integral part of the academic program. We believe that homework serves a critical role in achieving instructional objectives.

A body of research suggests that homework enhances the educational process. Homework provides opportunities for students to reinforce old skills or practice newly acquired ones. Homework also provides students with opportunities to prepare for new information or apply and elaborate on information that has been introduced. Additionally, homework acquaints parents with what their children are learning in school and also improves a student’s organizational and self-discipline skills.

Whether homework is assigned during the week or on weekends, it is evident that teachers, students, and parents understand and value the ways in which homework reinforces and enriches the knowledge and skills that students acquire during instructional time. Beyond the academic benefits of homework, the Pierce Middle School faculty recognizes that there are times throughout the school year when students need time to relax, recharge, and have time to spend with their family without academic demands.

Beginning this fall, Pierce Middle School will implement four homework free weekends. During these weekends, homework will not be assigned. Additionally, faculty will also be expected to take a break from schoolwork during these four weekends.

The following weekends have been identified as homework free weekends at Pierce:Term 1
October 12 – October 14; Term 2 November 27 – December 1; Term 3 January 31 – February 1; Term 4 May 23 – May 25.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Cunningham 2nd graders in Ms. McGill and Ms. Herbert’s class focused on community helpers throughout our first Reach for Reading Unit. Students worked in pairs to research community helpers, gather facts, and create an “All About” book explaining how their community helper are important in our community. Students worked to create a book comprised of a dedication page, all about the author page, as well as a rough and final draft of their work. The class then celebrated completing their first writing project with a publishing party! Students walked around the room writing kind words and compliments about all of their peers work. Other faculty was also invited to read our books and write compliments for students!

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Glover students in Mme. Bonner’s 1st grade  French Immersion classroom have been busy investigating different plants in the Plants and Animals unit in FOSS. Students started by growing ryegrass and alfalfa plants. Students observed the lawn growth for over a week, making observations in their science notebooks. Students “mowed” their lawns and are excited to see what will happen next! Students are also growing wheat seeds in a straw, students are watching for roots and green growth!

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Collicot 3rd graders were inspired by the big question of unit 1 in Reach for Reading, “How do people help each other?” The class read The Quiltmakers Journey and The Quiltmakers Gift. The students made two of their own quilts that are being donated to children in need.

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We know that students learn and develop leadership through practical application of leadership skills. These skills should be cultivated at a young age so that students understand the concept of stewardship and ownership of their environments. When students are provided with this opportunity, they experience responsible citizenship and engage positively with community members. Those who are given the opportunity to engage in the process of leadership development at an early age increase the capacity of involved citizens in the future (Krista Ullestad, 2009, Leadership Development for Elementary Students).

The Glover School is excited to share about the 2019-20 Glover Student Leadership Team. SLT is a group of 4th and 5th Graders who take leadership seriously and are interested in helping out around the school, in the community, and modeling positive behaviors for younger students. SLT members are role models for the other students and act accordingly at all times during the school day (recess, bus, lunch, classroom, etc.) in order to maintain the privilege of participating in SLT. There are many different assignments they can choose from such as helping out in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, PE, Art, Library, and Bus Assistants, Kindness Squad, School Spirit Team, Poetry Club, the Glover Gazette Newspaper Club and Safety Patrol Teams to name a few. SLT members are assigned a teacher-mentor who checks in with them frequently and the relationship that is built between mentor/mentee is powerful. We are so proud of our Student Leaders at Glover School!

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We are happy to report that across Milton, more than 2000 students registered for our summer reading program and logged in a total of 1,411,451 minutes. That’s a lot of reading! During library classes this past month each student who logged in minutes received a bookmark. Top readers were announced during lunch and their names were entered into a raffle with one lucky student from each grade at each school winning a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. We are so proud of all of our summer readers!

TECHNOLOGY

The Milton Public School’s Wait Until 8th campaign has five parent volunteers, Teresa Cook, Tara McCarthy, Allison Norton, Rachel Pauli, and Patty Sanchez who serve as the ambassadors.  They are currently working with the Educational Technology Director, AJ Melanson on an action plan. Thank you to these parent volunteers and Mr. Melanson for bringing Wait Until 8th to our community. If you have any questions regarding the campaign please email AJ Melanson.

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

We have good news for you though. There is a wonderful resource to help families delay the smartphone and give their children more time smartphone free. 300+ Milton families have taken the Wait Until 8th pledge. The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers families to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade.  By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and families alike over the kids having a smartphone. 

Please note that this pledge is for smartphones only! If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts, you still can sign the pledge! The basic phone avoids many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone.  A pledge becomes “active” once 10 or more families from a grade at a school sign. The organizers designed the pledge this way so you don’t have to fear “what if I am the only family that signs this in my kid’s grade.” This takes the pressure off because the pledge only kicks in once at least 10 families sign from your grade.

To learn more, please visit Wait Until 8th. Also, you can check out these recent news stories  on The Today Show, Good Morning America and NPR’s On Point news program about the pledge.

More than 8,000 families from all 50 states have said yes to waiting for the smartphone. 300 + from Milton alone!  Will you join us? Childhood is too short to waste on a smartphone. Let’s let kids be kids a little longer. Take the pledge at www.waituntil8th.org.  When taking the pledge please use the following names for each school:Collicot Elementary School; Cunningham Elementary School; Glover Elementary School; Pierce Middle School; Tucker Elementary School. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

Milton Public Schools holds periodic preschool screenings once a month and the next opportunity is Oct 23rd. If your child is ages 3 to 5, and not yet eligible for kindergarten this message may be helpful. If you have concerns about your child’s development MPS offers screenings through the early childhood department. This screening is open to Milton Residents who have concerns related to their child’s development. If you would like to discuss this opportunity for your child, please contact Jaymne Szymaczak via email. 

TRANSPORTATION

Due to unforeseen challenges with the FirstView app we are unable to roll it out for bus tracking and messaging purposes this year. Instead, we will be utilizing the Remind app system for bus delay notifications. This year families will be invited to join the messaging system for the specific route(s) their student(s) ride. Families can join more than one route. Emails will be sent from the Transportation Department to the emails submitted in the bus registration process. The email will include a unique code for their student’s bus route that when texted to 81010 allows families to OPT IN to the messaging system. To receive updates you MUST OPT IN by texting this code. Families can leave the message alert system at any time. Please be on the lookout for the invitation to join the Remind bus alert system. If you do not receive an invitation please email bus@miltonpsorg requesting a code. Please include your student’s name, school and bus route number. If your child rides different am and pm routes, please include both in your request (for example, 5c am and 8c pm). Additionally please note that the Remind bus alert message group from last year will be archived and families that participated in that group may get a text message notification when that occurs.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for substitute jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools.  This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position is $15.05 per hour and these positions often lead to permanent positions. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information.

MA TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

I recently received an email that the nomination and application forms for the 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year are now available! Anyone can nominate a teacher, and educators can apply regardless of whether they have been nominated. The Commonwealth is full of strong public school teachers and DESE hopes to receive at least one nomination from every district. Please take a moment to consider if there is an exceptional Milton Educator who you know who you might nominate.

Nominations will be accepted only online and are due February 3, 2020, and applications must be completed by February 14. Before completing an application, teachers are asked to download and read the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Overview. Anyone with questions can email educatorrecognition@doe.mass.edu.

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The Massachusetts School Administrators Association writes that Principals are educational visionaries who work hard to create outstanding schools for every student, and they deserve to be honored nationwide. That’s why NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators—three groups who believe in the importance of effective school leadership—have declared the entire month of October as National Principals Month. The Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA) proudly joins this well-deserved celebration at the state level.

At the Milton Public Schools,  we couldn’t agree more, and ask that you take a moment this month to thank your school Principal with a note or kind word. These personal thank yous are appreciated more than you can imagine.

ART AND MUSIC 

Students in the art room at Tucker are exploring color, shape and pattern. 2nd graders read the book  Chameleon’s Colors by Chisato Tashiro for inspiration for their chameleon drawings and learned about ROY G BIV to apply the colors of the rainbow. 4th grade students studied the work of amazing artist Laurel Burch, and how she dealt with a debilitating disease her whole life and was still able to become an accomplished artist. Kindergarten students made some fun literacy connections with the book Elephant and Piggie by Mo Williams to create dancing pigs!

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Glover 2nd-5th graders started off the year by reading the classic story The Dot, and then used dots in their own work! Each student took the project in wild and creative directions, turning a few simple circles into works of art that were funny, surprising and beautiful! Below is: Turtles (top left) by Caroline Haley; Breakfast BFFs (top right) by Sasha Darmon; Waffle Monster (bottom left) by Marc Gimbrone-Naviloff and Piano Music (bottom right) by Hanna Do.

ATHLETICS 

Football will play Ipswich (away) on Saturday at 1pm in an effort to stay undefeated.

Boys Soccer and Field hockey both take on Wellesley High School tonight on Brooks Field.

Volleyball will take on Canton High School tomorrow night at home.

The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams will host a fundraiser on October 20th at Cunningham Park. The Kids Trail Run is a big hit every fall!

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Milton Library Foundation Literary Gala on Wednesday, October 16 at Granite Links, Quincy, MA.

The evening will feature New York Times Bestselling Author, Milton Academy Graduate, & Dorchester Native Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. The evening begins at 5:00 pm  with a VIP Cocktail Reception with Patrick Radden Keefe where you can meet the author and have your book signed and personalized. At 6:00 pm, general admission to dinner includes a signed book and the author’s presentation and a Question and Answer Session with Mr. Keefe. Tickets and more information are available here.Saturday,

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at the Milton Police Department, 40 Highland St is on Saturday, October 26th from 10am – 2pm.  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and the Milton Police Department are sponsoring our local Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Research has shown that the majority of abuse prescription drugs come from home medicine cabinets. Protect our community and protect our environment by turning in your unused or expired prescription drugs, safely and anonymously.

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Teams are now forming for the 2019-2020 season of Destination Imagination (DI). DI is non-profit, volunteer-led organization that provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types–Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. MPS parent Cindi Melanson mentored a team of four 4th grade girls last year and they had a wonderful experience designing and presenting their creative solution to the 2018-19 STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) engineering challenge called “Monster Effects”. The girls placed 3rd at the elementary level in the Massachusetts Regional Tournament for Destination Imagination last March and plan to enter again. Ms Melanson would be happy to talk to any interested MPS parents/guardians about mentoring a team for this year’s tournament.  DI would love more Milton teams to get involved! Learn more at Massachusetts DI!

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance is pleased to present Come and Play Be A Kid Again! Wednesday, October 23, 7-9pm at the Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Pkwy, Milton, MA for parents of children 2.5 to 4 years old.

Parents, come learn why play is so important to a child’s development and how it contributes to achieving developmental milestones. And, yes, you will be playing!! In this parent workshop, you will partake in hands-on play at learning centers, learn how play informs your child’s development, have some fun, and maybe even get a bit messy. Childcare will be provided and requires registration. Registration is required: email cpcmecasld@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

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Forbes House Museum presents Ghost Stories in the Barn… an afternoon of Halloween fun including visits with the Kitchen Witch, crafty activities and other tricks and treats!
Sunday, October 20th , 3-5 pm. Costumes encouraged! $5/child; caregivers and members are free.

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The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through October.

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Run or walk the THIRD annual Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs! Mike’s 5k was founded in 2017 in memory of Mike Mulcahy who passed away on December 1, 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. In 2018, we were very proud to dedicate our 5k in memory of Michael Jesson of Milton, who passed in 2017 after valiantly fighting addiction. Race day registration starts at 9 AM at the Collicot/Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10 AM on October 19th through the beautiful streets of Milton. All details can be found here.

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The MHS Street Hockey Tournament is October 14th at 9am at the Kelly Field Tennis Courts and grades K-8th are welcome to participate. Teams should be  7-9 players, including goalie with a minimum of 7 and max of 9. The cost is $20 per player.  Teams are responsible for their own equipment –helmets, sticks, gloves are mandatory. Goalies are responsible for their own pads and sticks. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent. Please see the waiver and more info here. 

AMBASSADORS

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

More than five-hundred educators attended the event with ninety-six of them facilitating break-out sessions. The day was a huge success! Please join me in thanking the educators who presented on September 27th.

STAFF: On September 27, 2019, all MPS faculty and staff, along with teachers and leaders from across the commonwealth, rose up at Milton High School and Raised the Bar on Teaching & Learning! Milton Public Schools’ first annual full-day professional development conference included an inspiring keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Wesson, four breakout sessions with 20+ incredible options for each breakout session, breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

VOLUNTEERS: The Milton High School Booster Club is a group of parents, volunteers and other interested parties whose mission is to enrich the MHS Athletic community and the community at large by promoting athletic excellence, good sportsmanship and character-building relationships among athletes, coaches and parents as well as providing financial support and assistance for Milton High School Athletics.

The Boosters raises funds through our Swing For Sports annual event, concession stands sales and through memberships. The money raised is then used to offer scholarships for senior student athletes that are continuing on to post-secondary education. It is also used to support teams in obtaining new uniforms and equipment that the Athletic budget and user fees can not support. The Boosters also support an annual banquet to recognize all varsity athletes, individual awards and team successes. Over the last 5 years the Boosters contributed to every one of the 33 athletic programs at Milton High Schoo, granting over $100,000.00 and benefiting over 600 students annually.

Please join me in thanking the 2019-2020 Executive Board –  President Jimmy Coyne, Vice Presidents Debra MacNeil and Susan DiSandro, Treasurer Trish Heelen and Secretary Rachel Shanor – for their countless hours of volunteerism on behalf of our student athletes. The Booster committee chairs  – Catherine Lee, Patti Dobrindt, Elaine Shiffmann, Maggie Oldfield, Patty Andresino, Ellen Hoey, Shelia Paolucci, Abram Cardoza, Regina Yuen and Lloyd MacNeil – are to be commended as well for serving our students. If you would like to become more involved with the Boosters, please email them at info@miltonboosters.com.

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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Noel Vigue, Bill Fish, Star Baylon, Zeina Hamada, Ryan Madden, Dawn Sykes, Jess Gillooly, Kim Tolleson, Kelsey McGill, Jon Redden, Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Sara MacNeil, Karen McDavitt, Dr. Karen Spaulding, Rachel Schewe, Susan Maselli, AJ Melanson and Kelly Herbert.

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

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October 4, 2019

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: October 4, 2019

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you will join the Milton Community at Celebrate Milton 2019 on Sunday, October 6th from 12-4 at Pierce Middle School. Celebrate Milton is an annual fall event run by a group of volunteers committed to bringing diverse people together from across the community.  At Celebrate Milton, there is music and entertainment, a food tent sponsored by the MHS Ski Team, children’s amusements, a silent auction and raffles, and a true sense of community. Celebrate Milton takes place rain or shine at Pierce Middle School this Sunday, October 6th from 12-4.  This year, I am thrilled to share that Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai will be honored for her work as a Community Builder for her inclusive practices at 1:30 on Sunday.More information can be found on their website. We look forward to seeing you there!

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On September 27, 2019, all MPS faculty and staff, along with teachers and leaders from across the commonwealth, rose up at Milton High School and Raised the Bar on Teaching & Learning! Milton Public Schools’ first annual full-day professional development conference included an inspiring keynote speaker, Dr. Kenneth Wesson, four breakout sessions with 20+ incredible options for each breakout session, breakfast, lunch, and snacks!

More than five-hundred educators attended the event with ninety-six of them facilitating break-out sessions. The day was a huge success! Here are some quotes from MPS staff:

“I just wanted to say thank you for organizing such an incredible PD day. It allowed us to move around, collaborate with other staff across the district, and really tap into specific interests. It also gave a platform for those of us looking to grow and lead PD sessions in a small dose of 45 minutes instead of one giant 7-hour strand right away. So THANK YOU!!! the best PD day yet!”

“Thank you so much for one of the best experiences (besides being hired!) I have had at the Milton Public schools. The keynote speaker gave me a new outlook of my own classroom practice.”

“I just wanted to say a big Thank you for putting on the best PD ever. I felt inspired, sincerely. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to make this an absolute success. I feel so lucky to be part of this team of wonderful educators.”

“It was the best PD I participated in: so many choices, very good and very inspiring classes.”

“I really got a lot out of today’s PD. For all those that made it happen – great job!!! It was really well done and such a meaningful professional development!”

Thank you to our Professional Development Day organizers AJ Melanson, Ben Kelly and Amy Tom. This day was the success that it was because of your creativity, hard work  and commitment to this day of learning.

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The PARENT Speaker Series is pleased to present PARENT University on Thursday, October 17th from 6-8:40pm at the Pierce Middle School. PARENT University is a series of short educational and skill-building workshops for parents and guardians that cover a wide range of topics. Workshops focus on promoting the academic and social and emotional well being of children and teens. We offer a variety of workshops in one evening, each lasting just one hour and each workshop offered twice-back to back.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm in the auditorium at the Pierce Middle School. The first session will begin at 6:30pm. The second session will begin at 7:40. Click here for course descriptions. Click here to complete course selection registration.

Childcare is available. However, space for childcare is limited. Registration is required and can be found on the registration link above. Children must be of school age and toilet trained to access childcare. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna  or 617-980-7343. I would like to thank Ms. McKenna, our MPS Family Outreach Liaison for her work on bringing this “first of its kind” evening to the Milton Public Schools.

MILTON GOES GOLD

It is safe to say that our 1st annual Milton GOES GOLD for Childhood Cancer Awareness was a success! Our goal was to raise awareness and funds and show support for children who are battling cancer and thanks to huge community support, those goals were achieved. How did we GO GOLD?

  • You donated GOLDOur schools had GOLD boots in the main offices for two weeks and students and staff donated change – and LOTS of it! We are thrilled to report that thousands of dollars were raised through the GOLD boots. This money will be donated to Wicked Good Cause and the Michael C McHugh Fund.  For “Milton Goes Gold ” the MHS Key Club ran a successful donation drive to support the One Mission Resource Room at Boston Children’s Hospital. Key Club members decorated collection boxes, made posters, promoted the collection drive and collected items at the MHS football game on Friday night. MHS nurse Kim Coughlin suggested the Key Club create a Milton Goes Gold Amazon account, with a donation wish list. As a result of these efforts, the Key Club received bags of donations and over 100 boxes and packages. The Pierce Middle School community also collected over 100 items for the One Mission Resource Room. Items collected include colored pencils, paints, craft paper, puzzles, electronics, fleece blankets, hats, pajamas, phone chargers, legos and more. All items donated will go to patients and patient families who need to stay at the hospital for an extended period of time. The One Mission Resource Room serves as the hub or ‘living room’ for families and patients who are staying for 45 days or more. Their website says “Whatever it takes to get kids through cancer” and Milton Public Schools is grateful to support such an important effort. The Key Club and Pierce thank everyone who donated to this amazing cause!
  • You gave blood – more valuable than GOLD100 pints of blood went to Children’s Hospital from the town of Milton last week between the two blood drives! These donations have the potential to save 400 children’s lives. Thank you for your overwhelming support of the blood drives.
  • You raised GOLD for our charities!Through a series of lemonade and bake sales (many of them spontaneous) almost $1500 was raised for charity!
  • You wore your GOLD1000 pair of GOLD shoelaces could be found all over Milton last week! Go Gold day on Thursday, September 26th was a big success with GOLD found throughout all of our schools. Pierce teacher Millicent Hartgering shared that when she went to Joann Fabrics to buy gold material to make accessories for the teachers to wear on Go Gold Day and mentioned what she was doing, they discounted most of the material, and another customer who heard what she was doing insisted on paying for her entire purchase. Milton Goes Gold definitely spread to other communities!
  • You played for GOLDIn addition to being a great game, the MHS Football game on Friday, September 27th was a big hit for Milton Goes Gold with money raised, swag sold and awareness for childhood cancer gained. The Pierce Volleyball team held their Go Gold game the day before and played for specific children they knew who have been impacted by childhood cancer.
  • You cheered for GOLDSome of our brave students who have been deeply affected by childhood cancer spoke to their fellow students about their disease. Students were respectful audiences and cheered on their classmates.

Thank you to MPS staff and families, Athletic Director Ryan Madden,  the Town of Milton, the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Police Department, the MHS Key Club, the Milton School Committee, the McHugh Family, the Serpa Family, the Albanese Family and the Kociol Family for an amazing year one of MiltonGOES GOLD!

UPCOMING ALL MPS DATES 

Oct 9 No School – Yom Kippur
Oct 14 No School – Columbus Day
Oct 16 Milton School Committee
Oct 17 PARENT University – Pierce Middle School
Oct 23 Early Release Day
Oct 27 MFE Monster Dash
The 2019-20 calendar can be found here.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Recent School Committee meetings can always be watched on Milton Access TV.  The next School Committee meeting is on Wednesday, October 16th at 7pm.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MHS teacher Kay Kelley shares that Milton High celebrated the fourteenth year of cultural exchange with Sakae Higashi High, of Japan this past week. This year five hundred Japanese students with their teachers arrived on thirteen buses to meet new friends, share cultures, and practice their English language skills. MHS students prepared for their arrival for an entire month. Some planned and coordinated the event while others volunteered to be an ambassador, and bought gifts for their visiting friends.

Gift giving is part of the Japanese culture and Milton students have adopted the Japanese tradition and make sure they have a gift to present to their Japanese students. Once Sakae students met and exchanged gifts with their Milton ambassadors, the entire student body was invited to the fieldhouse for an assembly. The assembly started with the MHS chorus singing the National Anthem. Representatives from both schools gave speeches and the MHS marching band performed, Moanin’ Mambo, Libertango and Maritza. The Japanese gymnasts performed Mass Games and their cheerleaders also presented.

When the performances were complete all students traveled to classes and lunch together. Teachers included the Japanese students in the curriculum for the day. In Ms. Gonzalez’s Spanish class, Ms. Gonzalez asked questions to the Milton students in Spanish and they translated the questions into English for the Japanese student. When the Japanese students answered in English, the Milton students translated the answer to Spanish to report back to the teacher.

Many students still communicate with Japanese students from years past. Senior Sara McDonnell, one of the student leaders of the program this year, is still in contact with the student she met her freshman year. This year Sarah was elated to meet the younger sister of her exchange student from freshman year!

At the end of third lunch the MHS students shared contact information and said goodbye to their new Japanese friends. The Japanese students boarded their buses and continue their tour of the United States. Milton High is the only school these students visit on their American tour.

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Fall has officially hit the Gile Road Preschool Program! Last week we learned all the parts of the Apple and worked on spelling out our fall words with playdough.

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The MHS Earth Club celebrated Climate Action Week with a Milton Climate Strike on Friday, September 27th. Students and community members met at Milton High School and walked to Town Hall to gather and listen to a speech by MHS senior Maggie Haley.  The event promoted environmental awareness and a call for sustainable practices in our community.

PIERCE PAGES

Our Pierce 8th graders spent the morning this week at Milton High School today, for 8th grade Step Up Day. Students gathered in the auditorium to hear from Mr. Jette and Director of Guidance Karen Cahill before leaving on a school tour facilitated by MHS student leaders. Students visited the activities fair in the field house and spoke to dozens of MHS students who represented their clubs and teams. The energy level in the field house and halls of MHS was high and we look forward to welcoming these 8th graders to Milton High School next September!

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Pierce 6th graders  visited the Starlab, and the Pierce library to use computers and work on character analysis connected to the novel Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly that students are reading in English class. The Starlab is similar to a planetarium and enables students to look at celestial objects. Upon entering the star lab, students were able to view the zodiac constellations. They were told some of the Greek Myths associated with each constellation and were given information about which constellations we can see in the night sky right now.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Glover 2nd graders  in Mme. Cardiasmenos’ class are hard at work reading and responding to text through discussion and writing. This activity is part of the Gafi curriculum that focuses on building the foundational blocks of French Literacy. The importance of engaging in discourse before writing is highlighted throughout this lesson.

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International  Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Our elementary schools participated this week with great success!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION 

The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce the 2019 Monster Dash 5K run/walk and Kid’s Fun Run. Sunday, October 27th at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton.

The Monster Dash, now in its 21st year, benefits the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund. The Cichello family created this fund in memory of their young son, Sam, who died tragically in a 1999 playground accident at Tucker Elementary School. Sam’s Fund supports the science curriculum in all Milton schools. Register now for this fun family event!

FOOD AND NUTRITION

WBZ CBS Boston visited Milton High School for a story on our Achieve students and the grow racks they are cultivating. Stay tuned for the link – we will share it as soon as it airs!

ART AND MUSIC 

Collicot and Cunningham have been glowing lately! Students in 5th and 2nd grades have been working on art projects incorporating fluorescent colors and painting under the black light. 2nd graders are making 3-D fish while reviewing lines and patterns. 5th graders are working on using their names to create a radial design masterpiece.

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The music department is currently accepting instrument donations for the Sponsor A Lesson Program. In particular, half sized violins are needed for beginners interested in starting lessons this fall. Instruments in good condition with minor repair issues are especially appreciated! They may be dropped off at Milton High School during office hours or please contact Director of Fine & Applied Arts, Dawn Sykes or Applied Lessons Director, Gary Good with questions. Thank you for considering donating to Sponsor A Lesson!

ATHLETICS 

The Cats beat the Rebels as Milton caps off the #MiltonGoesGold Campaign. Complimentary football is winning football. The Milton Wildcats proved that once again this season as they dismantled the Walpole Rebels 33-14 at The Cage Friday evening, with a balanced offensive attack, amazing special teams play and a stifling defense. The win closed out a 3-0 September for the Wildcats and gave coach Steve Dembowski his 150th win in his coaching career. Thanks to all of the MPS families, Principals and committee members who made  #MiltonGoesGold happen! The Milton Cats will travel to Weymouth on Friday night to take on the other Wildcats!

Swim improves to 5-1 after wins over Brookline and Framingham. Milton won a tight swim meet against Brookline last Tuesday with a final score of 93-90. Friday was another victory against Framingham with a final score of 97-84. Emily Dobrindt battled out a tough 200 freestyle to win the event as well as the 100 yard butterfly. Sebastien Yunger won the 50 yard freestyle, Madison Crummey the 100 yard freestyle, and Rose Gillooly the 500 yard freestyle. Andrew Tran won both the 200 yard IM and 100 yard breaststroke. Eliza Callahan, Amalia Halpin, Liv DiSandro and Adri Halpin all had impressive swims. They take on Needham tomorrow.

Girls XC beat Brookline & Needham while the Boys beat Brookline for the first time in over a decade! Christina Sullivan was Milton’s 7th runner in the varsity race, shaving more than 2 minutes off of her best time on the course last year! Norah Affanato, Sarah Grace Chave, Marilyn Roche, Christina Sullivan, Olivia Duggan, and Ilisa Risal all made the list of Top 50 Milton Performers to race at Houghton’s Pond since 1996. They are numbers 19, 31, 37, 38, 39, and 45 respectively. Personal records (PR’s) on the varsity course: Anna Cakouros, Christina Sullivan, Ilisa Risal, Bobby Carew, CJ Sullivan, Ross Tejeda and John Carew. They have since gone on to beat Weymouth as well! The Boys are 5-2 on the season and the Girls are 6-1, only dropping one meet to Natick.

All game schedules can be found on our  MHS Athletics website.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Milton Library Foundation Literary Gala on Wednesday, October 16 at Granite Links, Quincy, MA.

The evening will feature New York Times Bestselling Author, Milton Academy Graduate, & Dorchester Native Patrick Radden Keefe, the author of Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. The evening begins at 5:00 pm  with a VIP Cocktail Reception with Patrick Radden Keefe where you can meet the author and have your book signed and personalized. At 6:00 pm, general admission to dinner includes a signed book and the author’s presentation and a Question and Answer Session with Mr. Keefe. Tickets and more information are available here.

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Teams are now forming for the 2019-2020 season of Destination Imagination (DI). DI is non-profit, volunteer-led organization that provides unique educational experiences across seven project-based Challenge types–Technical, Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Service Learning, and Early Learning. MPS parent Cindi Melanson mentored a team of four 4th grade girls last year and they had a wonderful experience designing and presenting their creative solution to the 2018-19 STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) engineering challenge called “Monster Effects”. The girls placed 3rd at the elementary level in the Massachusetts Regional Tournament for Destination Imagination last March and plan to enter again. Ms Melanson would be happy to talk to any interested MPS parents/guardians about mentoring a team for this year’s tournament.  DI would love more Milton teams to get involved! Learn more at Massachusetts DI!

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Milton Early Childhood Alliance is pleased to present Come and Play Be A Kid Again! Wednesday, October 23, 7-9pm at the Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Pkwy, Milton, MA for parents of children 2.5 to 4 years old.

Parents, come learn why play is so important to a child’s development and how it contributes to achieving developmental milestones. And, yes, you will be playing!! In this parent workshop, you will partake in hands-on play at learning centers, learn how play informs your child’s development, have some fun, and maybe even get a bit messy. Childcare will be provided and requires registration. Registration is required: email cpcmecasld@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

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The Forbes House Museum presents Portraits in Silhouette on Saturday, November 2nd
from 9am – 3pm. In plenty of time for the holidays, the Forbes House Museum is hosting a mother/daughter team of silhouette artists to create a treasured  likeness of your child. Each sitting takes only ten minutes! Learn more and reserve your spot today by visiting our website and  clicking on “Portraits in Silhouette” under Events. A portion of the proceeds from each appointment and additional items purchased will
benefit the Forbes House. Thank you for your support!

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The Milton Public Library has terrific children’s programs all through October.

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Run or walk the THIRD annual Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse to raise money for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs! Mike’s 5k was founded in 2017 in memory of Mike Mulcahy who passed away on December 1, 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction. In 2018, we were very proud to dedicate our 5k in memory of Michael Jesson of Milton, who passed in 2017 after valiantly fighting addiction. Race day registration starts at 9 AM at the Collicot/Cunningham School Cafeteria and the 5k begins at 10 AM on October 19th through the beautiful streets of Milton. All details can be found here. 

AMBASSADORS

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

STUDENTS and STAFF: We want to recognize a large (and growing!) group of students and staff who are supporting Collicot student Ben Doak as he goes through treatment for Perthes Disease.  Yesterday, Ben and his friends gathered for Walk to School Day, wearing blue for Perthes Awareness and Ben was touched to see so many faculty in blue.  These small but significant gestures serve to show support and encouragement for Ben and his family and we are grateful to the Collicot community for their ongoing support of Ben.

STUDENTS: Congratulations to MHS students Amalia C. Halpin and Sarah Mitchell who have been designated as eligible to apply for the National Hispanic Recognition Program as offered by the College Board. The invitation is extended to test takers who score in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region. The College Board National Recognition Programs are academic honors that can be included on college applications. It’s not a scholarship, but colleges use it to identify academically exceptional students. Congratulations to Amalia and Sarah on this recognition!

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