Milton Public Schools

March 19th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 19•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, March 20th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

One of my favorite events of the school year is just around the corner. The Milton Foundation for Education’s annual Teacher of the Year ceremony is scheduled for April 30th at the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. This evening has been called the “Oscars for Teaching,” and is always a heartwarming celebration of our finest teachers.  Since 2001, the MFE has recognized one teacher from each school as part of this celebration, for a total of 101 teachers.

In order for the night to be a success each year, we depend on our Milton Public School parents and guardians to nominate their children’s favorite teachers. The nomination process is relatively easy and the rewards are incalculable. Nominations are due by tomorrow (Friday, March 20th).  Please click here to make your nominations.

And while we are on the topic of favorite teachers, we asked two of our long-serving School Committee members to share a few words about their favorite teacher. Both Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly will be stepping down from the Milton School Committee next month. We are very grateful for their years of service to the teachers, staff, parents, guardians and students of Milton.

Ms. Sheridan: “My favorite teacher? It has to be a tie:  Miss Ellis was my third grade teacher at Pierce Elementary School who made learning fun and challenged all kids to do their personal best. Ms. Langley was the Pierce librarian and I always looked forward to hearing which book she had chosen for our class and listened intently as she brought books to life! Both of these women contributed to my desire to become a teacher myself.”

Ms. Kelly: “I had many amazing teachers in my 12 years in the Milton Public schools.  I don’t know that I have one favorite. Miss Haines in 4th grade, Miss Pierce and Mr. Chic were some of my favorite science teachers.  They each brought contagious energy and passion to their science class.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on March 18th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held April 1st at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

March 18th: This meeting began with the approval of seven sets of minutes. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, English Language Education Coordinator and Teacher Alysa Buchanan gave a presentation on the ELL programs in the Milton Public Schools. Next, there was an update on the search for a new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services and the recent hiring of Vy Vu, the district’s new Data Analyst.  The FY16 Cut/Reduction List Update & Recommendations was presented. Next, a memo from Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison was presented to the school committee, with an update from Ms. O’Keefe McKenna. The committee also approved a vendor warrant and heard a Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee report from Mr. Zullas. There was a first reading of the district’s Domestic Violence Policy.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are currently in the process of editing the school calendar for the 2015-16 academic year.  Although we start school before Labor Day, we are hoping to avoid holding classes until late June.  One option would be to attend school on Yom Kippur and/or Good Friday. We are hoping to get parents, guardians and staff to provide feedback on what their preferences would be for next year. Based on the results of the survey (see link below), the final 2015-16 school year calendar will be presented to the School Committee on April 1st. Please help us by filling out this survey:  https://s.zoomerang.com/s/CZZBCYH

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One of our talented Milton High School artists has been named a National Medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.  Michael Wyatt, a junior at Milton High School, was recognized for his talent in Drawing & Illustration. Michael and his family have been invited to an award ceremony in New York City in June. Only 33 students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were awarded the Gold Key in this contest, which received more than 300,000 submissions. This prestigious competition is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  Congratulations to Michael and his art teachers.

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Michael Wyatt — Street Art Portrait

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Milton High School recently hosted a group of professors and graduate students from Harvard University who came to work with students taking physics classes. The professors and graduate students touched on topics involving gravitational force in celebration of Einstein’s birthday (March 14th) . This was a wonderful opportunity for our students. I would like to thank Science Department Head Amy Tom for helping to organize this event.

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Congratulations to five sixth-grade students from the Pierce Middle School, who were recognized for their art/science talent by the Cool Science group this year. The Winners were Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay. The Runner Up was Justin Wilmot and an Honorable Mention went to Eliza Callahan and Colin McMorrow .

Jennifer Do-Dai and Luke Baltay will have their work displayed throughout the Lowell Regional Transit Authority.  Cool Science is a collaborative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences. The Cool Science team brings an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenge of improving public understanding of climate change science. Cool Science aims to engage students, teachers, parents, and the general public with the science of climate change.

Cool Science holds an art competition each year where students are asked to choose a question about Climate Change, learn the science of Climate Change, and then express their understanding through art. Congratulations to all who entered and, most especially, those who were recognized by the Cool Science Team.

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 I would also like to congratulate the three Future Problem Solvers Teams who have been invited to compete in the State Bowl on April 11th at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. These teams – one from Glover, one from Cunningham and one from Pierce – qualified due to their high scores at the Qualifying Bowl held in Canton earlier this month. The State Bowl is an extremely competitive event. This year’s State Bowl topic will be “Enhancing Human Potential.” Please join me in congratulating the following students, as well as their FPS coaches, Lori Henry and Nicole Hoyceanyls.

Glover Team: Hadley Blasdale, Aurora Buchau, Ian Lundeen.
Cunningham Team: Barron Clancy, Anna Hamblet, Anderson Korman, Mary Mylod.
Pierce Team: Zoe Malouf, Dominique Thomas, Claire Walko.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

In my last E-blast, the dates for the Welcome to Middle School program were incorrect.  Please review the various summer programs available through the Milton Public Schools:

Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.

Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School.  Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.

  • Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
  • Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
  • Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
    • Welcome to MS (I)           June 29-July 2
    • Welcome to MS (II)          Aug 24-27

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Pierce Middle School Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at 6:30pm in the Pierce cafeteria. All are welcome.

Milton High School will hold its Program of Studies Night on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

A Band Concert will be held for students in Grades 5-12 on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Please note, the Dr. Trozzi event scheduled for April 9th has been cancelled Dr. Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, was scheduled to speak on Resiliency.  This presentation will be rescheduled.

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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Department is presenting the 2nd Annual Passport to the Arts at all of the schools. Students and their families are encouraged to attend multiple exhibits and have their “passports” stamped by the art faculty at each school. The schedule:

  • April 6 — Pierce Middle School, rooms 101 and 104 — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • April 7 — Glover School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Cunningham School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Milton High School, main foyer — 5:30-7:00 p.m. (Followed by MHS Cabaret Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.)
  • April 9 — Collicot School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:30-7:30PM (In conjunction with Adventure Night)
  • April 9 — Tucker School, 1st floor bulletin boards and Art Room — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

STUDENT WORK

The following student works comes to us from Cunningham Elementary School:

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PARENT LIAISON

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

REMINDER: 

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

Weymouth Public Schools in partnership with AAUW is offering an Interactive Workshop for girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00-1:00pm at Weymouth High School Gold Cafeteria, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA  02190.  For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or lynnphoward82@comcast.net

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Parenting Series

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance is offering a parenting series on March 24, 31 and April 7, 2015 from 7:00-8:30pm.  The series will be held at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Ave.  For more information and to register please call 617 696 2262 or email cpcmecasld@verizon.net

Summer Programs

CAMP CUNNINGHAM

Camp Cunningham is offering six weeks of summer camp.  Headquartered at the Cunningham School with daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips.  Spaces are limited and are open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in the fall 2015.

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Milton Summer Enrichment will begin on July 6, 2015 and run through August 6, 2015.  Students enrolled will have an opportunity to attend a variety of classes held Monday through Thursday from 8am-12pm.  Brochures will be sent to parents mid-April.

Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org if I can be of any assistance.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is proud to announce “Stressed Out Students,” – a presentation on anxiety in children and teens. The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 7 to 9pm in the Pierce auditorium and will be led by Dr. Angela Currie.

A growing number of students are experiencing anxiety in the classroom. The impact of anxiety can be detrimental to their learning, as well as their social and daily lives.

All parents and educators are invited to join the Milton SEPAC for a discussion of how to identify and manage anxiety in children of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Angela Currie will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Her presentation will also cover what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular student’s anxiety and include an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she oversees the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services. Dr. Currie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders and has provided a wide range of school-based mental health services. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

FOOD SERVICE

The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director for the Milton Public Schools:

Food Service is now online.  Parents can view their student’s transactions, set up low balance email alerts and pay on line.  The Milton Schools has adopted a computerized Point of Sale payment system for all school meals purchased in the cafeteria.  The website is www.myschoolbucks.com

We are encouraging every student to use their own personal lunchroom account.  This account is for breakfast, lunch, milk and snacks.  The LOW BALANCE email alert is something families are really enjoying.  We all live such busy lives and this is a great way to know when and if your child needs additional funds.

We encourage parents to deposit money into the student’s account and set up an online account.  You will need your child’s eight digit ID number to set up the initial account.  Email Jackie Morgan at jmorgan@miltonps.org   . There is also an online payment option for families.  We still accept checks and prepayments of cash.   All checks should be dropped off in the beginning of school in the locked mail boxes at the main office or in the cafeteria.  We encourage all families to set up this account at www.myschoolbucks.com even if you continue to pay by check.  There is a new phone app for you to use to make payments and view transactions.

If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students.  There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Attention pre-school and kindergarten families — Milton National Little League’s RookieBall program is open for any child born in 2010 who lives east of Randolph Avenue. Please spread the word to any friends who are new to Milton. Registration is open through March 31st at www.miltonnationalll.org

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The Milton Department of Public Works will be hosting a second public design meeting for the Glover School “Safe Routes to School” grant project on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 pm at the Glover Elementary School, 225 Canton Avenue. Since the first design meeting held last October, the project has been modified and the limits of work have changed to incorporate many of the ideas and concerns raised at the last meeting.

TEC, the engineering design firm, and MassDOT will be present to give an update on the project design and meet with residents on an individual basis to further discuss any concerns residents may have. All are welcome to attend.  Please contact John Thompson, Town Engineer with any questions (jthompson@townofmilton.org)

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of March 29 – April 4:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

Another Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2014 release Annie, just out on DVD: “A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.” Rated PG; runtime 118 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Friday, April 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Child, Ages 0-4 with caregiver

Join us for a fun, interactive American Sign Language class with Maribeth MacDonald. Learn how to sign the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle to your child.  Reading and signing to your child is a fun and easy way to teach your child sign language. All materials will be provided so that you can sign the book at home. The hour program is geared toward children ages 0-4 and their parents and caregivers. Registration is required and will open three weeks prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

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

Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Peeps Dioramas, Ages 5-adult

If you like the Easter holiday, getting crafty, or you just really like candy, this is the program for you! Come join Miss Sara and build your own diorama starring… Peeps! Informal prizes will be awarded, and the dioramas will go on display in the library for one week following the program. In order to participate, please bring your own shoebox; candy and art supplies will be provided. Ages 5-adult welcome. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

The following update was submitted by MHS Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Congratulations to Milton High School Freshman Bridget Mitchell, who recently competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals and finished 7th in the Freshman Mile event. Bridget travelled to New York City to compete in this event, which included some of the best high school runners in the country. Great job!

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Bridget Mitchell Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

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Congratulations to Hannah O’Leary and Sarah Park, two members of the Milton High School girls’ hockey team, who were chosen to participate in the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association High School All-Star Classic. The game is hosted by the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League and will be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts this Saturday, March 21st at 1:45 PM, as part of a hockey tripleheader. Hannah and Sarah are two of only 46 players in the state of Massachusetts chosen to participate in this prestigious event.

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Hannah O’Leary Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

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Sarah Park Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

Also, please note that 2015 Spring sports practice/tryouts have begun.  Milton High School has over 420 student-athletes practicing for the spring teams:  baseball, softball, boys & girls lacrosse, boys & girls outdoor track, rugby, crew and boys & girls tennis.  Due to the snow, the MIAA has extended the spring season by six days, from May 25th to May 31st.  The Bay State Conference Athletic Directors are meeting this week to determine how we will reschedule BSC games/events.

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

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of this week’s Ambassador Page, I would like to recognize Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull, the chairs of this year’s incredibly successful Celebration 2015 “Full STEAM Ahead.”  This one-night event sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education takes nearly a year to plan and organize and this team did an outstanding job.  I would also like to thank everybody who worked the event, donated items, volunteered in the back room on the floor, as well as the Milton High School students who entertained the crowd and worked as greeters. Thank you one and all.

I would also like to recognize Todd Bland, Head of School for Milton Academy, for his generous offer to let Milton High School athletes use the Academy’s gymnasiums and track during his school’s two-week March break.  As many of you have seen first-hand, our fields are still snow-covered and scheduling the many team practices in the Copeland Field House has been difficult.   We are grateful to Mr. Bland and to Milton Academy.

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

March 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 11•15

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We recently held a very successful STEM Info Night for parents and guardians of rising first-graders at the Cunningham-Collicot cafeteria.

This night was designed to inform parents/guardians about the English Innovation Pathways program, which integrates a STEM experience at each grade level.

The evening began with a “free play” session at each of the cafeteria tables, where students and their families could explore the light and sound displays, magnets, and building materials. Teachers and fifth-grade volunteers assisted families and students during this portion of the evening.

Next, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan gave a presentation about what the STEM experience is like for first-graders and touched on the curricula for the upper elementary grades. There was also a video clip which provided a “sneak peek” into a first-grade STEM lesson. The entire crowd was then challenged to build a structure from newspaper and masking tape.

“The hands-on learning was a way to show participants how to have fun while learning,” said Ms. Moonan. “Of course, we had to modify a lesson plan to include such a large number of participants.”

STEM Night was organized in order to allow parents/guardians to make a more informed choice about the different first grade programs in the Milton Public Schools.  Nearly 250 people attended this event.

At the end of the evening, members of the Milton High School Robotics Team and their teacher Jon Diamond arrived to give a demonstration of one of their robots.

“We were very happy to show our youngest students some of the many opportunities beyond elementary years to participate in STEM activities,” said Ms. Moonan.

I am very grateful to Ms. Moonan and the rest of our incredible staff who helped to make this evening such a success. Please see the photos below from STEM Night:

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

            There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on March 4th, which is summarized below.

March 4thThis meeting began with the Cunningham School Site Council Presentation. Principal Jonathan Redden, along with parent and teacher representatives, gave an overview of assessment data, initiatives, goals and experiences at Cunningham Elementary School. To view the presentation, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CunninghamSchoolCommittee2015.pdf  The council also presented a school improvement plan which can be viewed here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CunninghamSIP2015.pdf

Next, the School Committee reviewed the School Year Calendars for both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. There was an update on pre-school offerings given by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan. As part of the Chairman’s Report, the committee voted to approve the Superintendent’s Goals, which can be viewed here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SuperintendentsFY16Goals.pdf

The committee voted to approve Warrant #36 in the amount of $412,456.34 and discussed the cost of the school resource officer. As part of the Health and Wellness Subcommittee Report, Kristan Bagley Jones and Rich Guarino presented a district-wide tool, “Resources Pages,” which can be found here: http://www.miltonps.org/partnerships-resourcepages.php

The next School Committee meeting will be held on March 18th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, parents/guardians who have not yet made an appointment for the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences, please be aware that it is still possible to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.  Please contact your child’s teacher via email to set up a time.  Conferences will be held tomorrow (Thursday, March 12th) during the after-school and evening hours.

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The Milton Public Schools’ K-12 Art Department is presenting the 2nd Annual Passport to the Arts at all of the schools.  Students and their families are encouraged to attend multiple exhibits and have their “passports” stamped by the art faculty at each school.   The schedule:

  • April 6 — Pierce Middle School, rooms 101 and 104 — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • April 7 — Glover School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Cunningham School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • April 8 — Milton High School, main foyer — 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • (Followed by MHS Cabaret Talent Show at 7:00 p.m.)
  • April 9 — Collicot School, bulletin boards around the school — 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  •             (In conjunction with Adventure Night)
  • April 9 — Tucker School, 1st floor bulletin boards and Art Room — 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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            BoomWriter EDU has developed BoomWriter, the award-winning educational technology website that allows students to collaborate with classmates to develop and enhance their reading, writing, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills.  BoomWriter is free for teachers, providing an effective and personalized learning resource both in and out of the classroom.  By blending writing and technology use, BoomWriter’s engaging group-writing platform can be integrated into a variety of curricula and is ideally suited for fiction and nonfiction writing as well as vocabulary development.  Having originated in a middle school classroom, BoomWriter is now used in over 20,000 elementary, middle and high schools spread throughout more than 60 countries.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

As many of you know, the Milton Public Schools run several different types of summer programs in our buildings during July and August. Please read below for more information:

Milton Summer Enrichment is a five-week program run at Milton High School for students in grades Pre-K through high school. Course offerings have included Animals Around the World, Street Hockey, Hip Hop Dance, Musical Theatre, Let’s Make Books in Spanish, Sewing and Computers, as well as several high school courses. Classes run from 8am to noontime and registration will be offered online in the next week or two.

Camp Cunningham is a program run by Community Schools on the Collicot/Cunningham campus. This is a licensed, traditional day camp offering swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events and field trips. It is limited to 90 students per week, and is open to Milton residents entering grades 1-6 in fall 2015. Campers can enroll for any or all 6 weeks. For more information and registration links, please click here: http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

Welcome to Middle School is a four day program offered to rising sixth-graders as an orientation to the Pierce Middle School.  Registration information will be sent home by the end of March.

  • Milton Summer Enrichment @ Milton High School July 6th – August 6th
  • Camp Cunningham@ Collicot/Cunningham Schools July 6th – August 14th
  • Welcome to Middle School @ Pierce Middle School
    • Welcome to MS (I)           June 29-July 2
    • Welcome to MS (II)          Aug 24-27

SNOW DAYS/CALENDAR UPDATE

As you are aware, there has been much discussion about the 2015 winter and how school districts will be handling the snow days with regard to the school year calendar.

To see a copy of the Commissioner’s Weekly Update dated February 13, 2015 regarding this issue, click here: http://www.doe.mass.edu/commissioner/?update=2/13/2015

Below are my recommendations in the event of additional school closings due to inclement weather:

  1. To date we have had seven snow days. The last day of school is currently a half-day on Thursday, June 25, 2015. That leaves us with three possible make up days.
  2. In the event of one more additional day of no school due to inclement weather, the last day of school would be a half-day on Friday, June 26, 2015.
  3. In the event of two more additional days of no school due to inclement weather, I propose 1/2 day of school on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 and the last day of school would be Friday, June 26, 2015.
  4. In the unlikely event of three or more additional days of no school due to inclement weather, I will bring  a further proposal to you.

Also, due to the late start of school for the 2015-2016 school year (September 2, 2015), I will bring a proposal to the March 18, 2015 School Committee meeting regarding possible revisions to the 2015-2016 school year calendar.

I am working closely with MEA President Margaret Gibbons on this issue and will keep you informed.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Parents/guardians of current fifth-graders, please note: The Pierce Middle School 5th Grade Information Night will be held on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm in the Pierce Auditorium.  Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with department heads, guidance counselors and faculty members, will provide information about the Pierce Middle School experience.

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Parents/guardians of Milton High School students, please save the date. The MHS Program of Studies Night will be held on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of Milton High School’s course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP teachers and students will be available to answer any specific questions you may have. Parents, guardians and students are welcome to attend.

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            Another Save the Date event!  The Pierce Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, March 24th , 6:30 pm in the Pierce Middle School.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents. NSBW is an opportunity to celebrate the good work being done here in Milton and to draw attention to the fact that breakfast is available in our six of our Milton Schools.  Breakfast is open twenty minutes before the start of school for all students and is only $1.25.  There is supervision for breakfast at all of our schools.

Children who eat breakfast at school start the day ready to learn—reflected in higher test scores and better classroom behavior.  However, only half of the children who eat lunch at school also eat school breakfast, according to the Food Research and Action Council.  To garner increased participation in the school Breakfast Program, the Milton Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week.

Slated for March 2-6, 2015, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at  increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2015 National School Breakfast Week theme, “Make the Grade with School Breakfast” reminds everyone in the school community – parents, students, administrators – that a healthy school breakfast sets students up for a day of learning and academic success. The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6.

“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and we know hungry children can’t learn,” said Jacqueline Morgan. “A healthy breakfast helps students focus in the classroom and perform better. That’s why we offer a healthy breakfast every morning in our schools.”

Every school day, Milton’s school breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day.  We offer a great variety of whole grain items, juice, fruit and milk.  Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, sodium.

Contact Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services, with any questions at 617-898-1051 or you can email her at jmorgan@miltonps.org

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

It’s a very busy time of year for families with children entering or already students in the Milton Public Schools.  For parents/guardians of preschoolers it is time to make a decision about which school you are interested in having your child attend, deadline to complete pre-registration form is March 10, 2015.   For those with children entering Kindergarten, registration packets must be completed by April 30, 2015.

Parents/Guardians with children presently in Kindergarten need to remember to  complete and return their 1st grade choice form by March 17, 2015.

Wondering what Pierce Middle School has to offer your rising 5th grader next year?  Be sure to attend the Pierce Middle School Grade 5 Information Night, Thursday, March 19 at 6:30pm at the Pierce Auditorium where you will have an opportunity to hear about all the amazing courses, activities and events offered at the Pierce Middle School.  You won’t be disappointed! Presentation is geared toward parents/guardians however students are welcome to attend.

For those of you with student s attending Milton High School be sure not to miss the upcoming Program of Studies/Advanced Placement (AP) Information Night being held on Wednesday, March 25th, at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.  This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of courses offered, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process.  In addition there will be teachers and students available after the presentation to answer specific questions you might have.  Students are encouraged to attend.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above information I am happy to assist you.  Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parents Advisory Council is proud to announce “Stressed Out Students,” – a presentation on anxiety in children and teens.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 24th from 7 to 9pm in the Pierce auditorium and will be led by Dr. Angela Currie.

A growing number of students are experiencing anxiety in the classroom. The impact of anxiety can be detrimental to their learning, as well as their social and daily lives.

All parents and educators are invited to join the Milton SEPAC for a discussion of how to identify and manage anxiety in children of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Angela Currie will address what teachers and parents can do to help prevent or alleviate stress for all students. Her presentation will also cover what can be done when there is concern about the severity of a particular student’s anxiety and include an overview of school-based recommendations and therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents (NESCA) in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she oversees the Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) Program and cognitive-behavioral therapy services. Dr. Currie has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety-based disorders and has provided a wide range of school-based mental health services. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology  and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I would like to thank Glover Elementary School teacher Marie-Laure Brown, who along with Glover parent Erick Ask, have collected dozens of “gently used” soccer uniforms from Milton players to send to residents of a small village in Zanzibar.

These uniforms, which are either outgrown or no longer needed by Milton soccer players, have a direct impact on the life of other students across the world.

In addition to the uniforms, Mme. Brown and Mr. Ask collect soccer equipment for players.  This uniform and equipment collection and donation has been in place for many years and is a wonderful way for our students to connect with students from other countries and cultures.

For all those Milton families who have donated equipment through the years, please accept our thanks. These photos say it all:

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A group of Milton citizens are working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations.

With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign to raise funds for field trips to museums, interactive geography games and  live Shakespeare performances. Last month, the district’s fifth-graders were all treated to a concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall, thanks to M-PACE funds.

In addition, M-PACE funds bring exciting program into our schools. For example, they have funded “Historia Antiqua” — a traveling museum of Greek and Roman artifacts; and an interactive geography game show for seventh-graders; and live performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

By checking the box on the excise tax form, Milton taxpayers can help to keep these types of culturally enriching programs in our public schools.  The excise bills were mailed out last month.

The board of M-PACE is composed of Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Charlotte Streat, along with Superintendent Mary Gormley.

We hope that our Milton Public Schools families will help to support this worthwhile cause.

MFE NEWS     

For those of you unable to attend Saturday night’s Celebration, there is still an opportunity to participate in the festivities. The MFE will be hosting an After Party with DJ Mike Winik from 9:30 – midnight in the Junior Ballroom at the Boston Marriot – Quincy. There will be a cash bar, dancing and fun. Tickets are $35 for those who are arriving for the After Party, and free for those who have attended the Celebration event. Visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for more information.

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The Board of the Milton Foundation for Education invites all members of the Milton Public Schools community to nominate a teacher for Our OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD PROGRAM, also known as Teacher of the Year.

Since 2001, the MFE has recognized the extraordinary contributions made by our teachers in the Milton Public Schools by celebrating a teacher from each school for their dedication and determination to bring quality educational experiences to our students. To date, 101 teachers have received this honor.

We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who show the ability to promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  Please use the attached nomination form to submit your nomination.  We look forward to hearing from all members of our school community, both young and seasoned, and learning about all of amazing work of the teachers who inspire Milton students everyday.

Nominations are due March 20th.  Please see the attached for further information.  We are very excited to be offering an online option for submitting nominations this year. Please click: http://bit.ly/mfetoy to make your nominations!

STUDENT WORK

The following essay was written by Katie Sullivan, a Milton High School 12th grader, as part of John Radosta’s Creative Writing class:

I was walking through the woods with my two brothers, Michael and Danny, trying to get home before it got too dark. It felt as if we had been walking forever when all of a sudden, we saw a rusted bike going through a tree.
“Whoa,” said Danny. “Where do you think that came from?
Michael, the oldest of the three, saw this as the perfect moment to scare us.
“You mean you don’t know the story of Mrs. Kavey?”
“No, I’ve never heard of him,” I told him.
He looked at us with an evil look in his eyes. He slowly surveyed the area around us and crept in closer.
“Well, there used to be this lady, Mrs. Kavey. She was very normal at one point, and  then everything changed,” he whispered.
“How did it change?” Danny stuttered, looking rather scared.
“Well, it was said that she was struck by lightning and then went crazy. She started to torment everyone in the neighborhood and pick on all the kids. She was a nasty old woman,” Michael told us.
“That doesn’t explain how the bike got there,” I pointed out. Danny was getting more and more scared by the minute. Looking over at him, he had started to shake a little.
“I was getting to that. One day, she was chasing a group of kids through these very woods. The kids had found this special potion that froze people forever. Just as she was approaching them on her bike, the kids threw the potion on her. She froze right on the tree, still on her bike.  She was left there for so long that the tree grew around her. It’s said that she still haunts these woods.”
At this point, Danny was so scared, he started to cry.
“Stop trying to scare us, Michael! That obviously wasn’t true!”  Right as he said that, a bird crowed loudly, making both Danny and I jump. Michael walked ahead of us, laughing to himself.
“You sure look like you believed it,” he called back to us. Danny and I quickly caught up to Michael so he wouldn’t be alone.
Later that day, Danny and I were sitting at the kitchen counter doing our homework. Our mom was looking at us carefully.
“You two sure are jumpy today. Did something happen at school?”
Danny paused at his work and looked up at Mom.
“Mom, is there an old woman haunting the woods who used to torture kids?” Danny wondered. Mom just chuckled.
“Of course not, sweetie, that’s crazy,” she said and she went back to making dinner.
I examined the kitchen. There were things all over the kitchen that reminded me of Mrs. Kavey. The old kitchen chairs were as brown as the tree. The sink faucet was as rusty as the bike. Even the oil can on the counter had just been used to oil Danny’s old bike. Mrs. Kavey was taking over my mind. While I was lost in thought, a loud, witch-like cackle came from upstairs. Danny and I screamed at the top of our lungs and took cover under the counter. Michael walked into the kitchen, laughing. We stood up and glared at him.
“Very funny,” I mumbled. Michael stood there, laughing his head off.
“You guys are such babies,” Michael said, still laughing. I sat back down next to Danny, my heart racing a thousand miles an hour.
“Michael, leave them alone! Can’t you see how scared they are?”
Danny and I went back to working until we went to bed later that night. I was in my room when Danny crept through the door.
“You don’t think he’s serious, do you?” I smiled at Danny to reassure him.
“Of course not, buddy. You know Michael. He’s just trying to scare us.” Danny still looked unsure.
“I’ll tell you what. How about over the weekend, we go into the woods at night, and I’ll show you that Mr. Kavey isn’t real.”
Danny looked over at me.
“But that would be so scary,” he whined. “I looked at him and shrugged.
“Come on, I’ll be with you the whole time. I promise,” I said. Danny sighed.
“Fine, but only if you stay with me the entire time.”
Danny and I made our plans and went to bed, dreading the day we would go into the woods. As the week passed, I got more scared with every day. Finally, the day arrived. Danny and I packed what we needed in a bag and waited until night….”

BIDH-Milton NEWS

We would like to thank Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton for their donation of a home defibrillator unit, which was raffled off at the Pierce Middle School PTO’s “Push for Pierce” CPR and Better Baby Sitting training classes held at the school late last month. This gift was not only a generous donation; it is a potentially life-saving device. Thank you.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Blue Hills Bank in East Milton is holding a special event on Saturday, March 14th from 10:30am to noontime. As part of “Shamrock Saturday,” the bank is calling all “lads and lassies” to visit their branch at 480 Adams Street to take part in some fun child-centric events.

Looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Bring in $1 in pocket change to get your own $1 gold coin! There will also be crafts, face-painting, snacks and more!
This is the perfect way to spend some family time together before heading out to the big MFE Celebration for Education.      

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Connie Spiros, with the Friends of the Milton Library:

            Sale on Children’s Books at the Friends of the Library Book Shop- March 14-28th: A special sale of gently used books for children of all ages takes place at the Friends of the Milton Public Library Book Shop, 476 Canton Avenue, for two weeks starting Saturday, March 14.  Board books, picture books, chapter books in fiction and nonfiction, and young adult selections, are sale priced at 3 for $1.  All children’s books are included in this sale, except for a few higher valued books which are priced as marked.  Shop hours are Tuesdays, 10m-2pm; Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm; Fridays, 10am-12pm; Saturdays 10am-2pm; Sundays 2-4pm.  For more information about the Friends Book Shop, or to volunteer, contact cdspiros@comcast.net.

The listings below were provided by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  Get your preschooler out of the house and bring them to one of these exciting and FREE ongoing programs that the library offers weekly:

Puppets Plus:  Family storytime with stories, finger puppets, and songs for preschool children of all ages and their caregivers. Mondays at 10:00 and 10:45 am.

Baby Rhyme Time: Just for babies from birth to 12 months (with their caregiver, of course). Music, rhythm, and nursery rhymes will be featured. Tuesdays at 11:00 am.

Night Owls: Stories for ages 3 and up with an adult caregiver. PJ’s welcome! No younger siblings please. Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.

Small Wonders: A “lap-sit” program with simple stories, nursery rhymes, and songs for toddlers. Wednesdays at 10:00 and 10:45 am.

Free Play Friday: Drop by and enjoy age-appropriate puzzles, activities and games in the Story Hour room on alternate Fridays from 10:00 to noon. In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA).

The following item was submitted by Teen Librarian Amy Rosa. We learned this week that Ms. Rosa will be leaving this position shortly and we wish her all the best.

The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Maze Runner by James Dashner and A Dip in the Ocean: Rowing Solo Across the Indian by Sarah Outen (YA pick in honor of Milton Reads 2015) as its April pick.  Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday April 6 in the teen room for discussion, snacks, and to say your farewells to Miss Amy.

The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

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

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ATHLETICS

We would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Milton High School freshman Bridget Mitchell, who qualified to compete in the 2015 New Balance Nationals Indoor championships, being held in New York City this weekend.

Bridget will race against the nation’s best high school athletes in the Freshman Mile, after having qualified during the season with the MHS Girls Indoor Track team.

Bridget holds three Milton High School records — for the one-mile and the two-mile races, and as part of the record-breaking 4×800 relay team which earned second place at the State Meet last month.

We wish Bridget the best of luck as she represents Milton High School on the national stage this weekend.

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Attention – all parents of Milton High School Student Athletes. It is time to register for Spring Sports. Please see the information below:

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  • Unipay: Https://Unipaygold.Unibank.Com/Default.Aspx?Customerid=715
  • NFHS Concussion Course: Http://Nfhslearn.Com/Courses/38000
  • Updated Physical Exams – Must Be Updated Within The Last 13 Months, And Cannot Expire During The 2015 Spring Season. Bring In A Copy Of Updated Physical Exam
  • MHS Clearance Card Dates: After Registering On FamilyID, Get Your MHS Spring Sports Clearance Card On The Following Dates In The Milton HS Athletic Office:
    • March 10 – 13, 2015 (2:30-5pm)

In order to get your MHS clearance card for 2015 spring sports practice/tryouts, you must have registered on FamilyID, paid on Unipay, completed the NFHS concussion course (and input your concussion code into your FamilyID registration), and have an updated physical exam (dated within the last 13 months).  Please bring all this information on the dates mentioned above.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As many of you know, Milton High School recently hosted a regional Robotics Tournament.  This was no easy task, due to several blizzards, conflicting schedules of participating high schools, setting up the Copeland Field House and making sure Milton had enough judges and support to ensure a smooth event. Our students, along with their coach, Jon Diamond, pulled it off beautifully. Everyone involved in this event deserves the title of “Ambassador” this week:

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Students:  Albert Enyedy, Edward Enyedy, Alden Hebard, Yusuf Solomon, Kris Fort, Connor Byrne

Volunteers:  Istvan Enyedy, Edith Enyedy, Adrian Hebard, Priscilla Hebard and Jonathan Brown, Becky Padera, Marie Brown, Meghan Byrne, Marilyn Decker, Jeff Avila, Yankang Jing, John Byrne

Staff:  Jon Diamond, Amy Tom, Jessica Parsons, MHS custodial staff, Julius Ramirez, Bob Pattison and IT staff

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

February 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 25•15

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley
Re: E-blast Update Date
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

From The Desk Of The Superintendent

As this seemingly endless winter progresses, we have all had to make adjustments to our schedules and to our lives. Everyone who lives in town has been impacted by the amount of snow and all the inconveniences it has brought.

The latest development for the Milton Public Schools has been the designation of some of the Milton High School campus as a snow farm for the next two weeks. It will be used for dumping large amounts of snow removed from other parts of town.  We understand that this is a necessary function and that many spots throughout town are being used as snow farms. At the same time, we need to inform all families who use the high school campus for music lessons, dance classes, concerts, clubs, etc. that the parking situation will now be even more limited from 5pm – 10pm, when the heavy equipment will be moving up and down Gile Road.

Please note, there will be NO PARKING along the guardrail which overlooks our playing fields. The roadway which runs past the doors of the Copeland Field House will be CLOSED at both ends beginning at 5pm, so drivers will have to U-turn on both sides of the building approaching the field house.

ALL EVENING VISITORS to Milton High School will be asked to enter through Doorway #2 of Milton High School, which is the doorway closest to the Brooks Field gate. It will be marked by flags for easier identification.  The only exception to this would be for those attending the upcoming Drama Club and the Milton Public School concerts in the MHS auditorium, who may enter through either Doorway #2 or the front entrance.

We have had seven snow days this winter so far.  As of today, February 13th, the last day of school will be June 25th. This will be a half-day.

PRESCHOOL INFO:

There are three separate programs offered by the Milton Public Schools for children age 3-4 years old to attend. Each program has similarities and differences. We encourage families to carefully read on to understand the basic structure and routine of each program. After reading through the program descriptions we welcome you to complete the pre-registration form which can be found by following the link http://goo.gl/forms/tr3mU8g9nA  The deadline for Pre-Registration is March 10th, 2015.

Integrated Preschool Program @ Collicot Elementary School Child Study Pre-Kindergarten Program @ Milton High School Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program @ Tucker Elementary School
  • All three programs will implement a common curriculum-The Creative Curriculum taught by certified teachers.
  • All students have the opportunity to engage in the core content areas of Math, English Language Arts, Science & Social Studies aligned with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Social skill building activities are built into activities throughout the school day.
  • All three programs have a small ratio of students to adults.
  • All three programs have unique opportunities to interact with the larger school community.
  • The Integrated Preschool and Child Study Pre-Kindergarten are established programs and have a set tuition.
  • The  Kindergarten Readiness Pilot program is in its second year funded by the district Advancement Initiative budget and there is no cost at this time.
  • Special Education services are provided only through the Integrated Preschool Program.
  • All programs follow the 2015-2016 Milton Public Schools Academic Calendar for Kindergarten students.
  • All programs require preregistration. Once accepted into a program formal registration will be required. The preregistration form can be found at the following link http://goo.gl/forms/tr3mU8g9nA
  • If there is high enrollment indicated by pre-registration, programs will hold lotteries. Multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) will be treated as one entry into the lottery but each student will incur an individual tuition cost. Waiting lists will be maintained for each program.

Please read on for an overview of each program.

Integrated Preschool Program

  • Students attend five half day sessions, in either AM or PM, (8:30-11:00 or 12:00-2:30)
  • Age 3 or 4 accepted
  • Tuition- $3,100 for each student; no fee for students with special needs
  • 17 students attend each class session Classes include both students with special needs and non-disabled peers
  • Students are invited to participate in developmentally appropriate school-wide assemblies and events
  • Program is in session the entire academic year

Special Education Programs:

  • Substantially Separate Programs  are available for students with intensive needs, as identified by an IEP Team
  • 3 year olds may attend five half days
  • 4 year olds may attend five full days

 

 

 

Child Study Pre-Kindergarten Program

  • Students attend three half day sessions, in either AM or PM (8:00-11:10; 11:30-2:10 p.m.) M/W/F
  • Age 4 only
  • Tuition-$1,200 for each student
  • Child Study is an elective course for Milton High School students to apply their child development studies in an on-site Pre-Kindergarten classroom
  • 15 Pre-Kindergarten students attend each session with the support of 11th and 12th grade students who work closely with students facilitated by a certified teacher
  • Children are exposed to the community through field trips and the wonderful resources at the high school level
  • Program is in session the entire academic year
  • Special Education services are not available in this program

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program

  • Students attend five half day sessions in either AM or PM (8:50-11:20; 12:15-3:15). There are fall and spring sessions available, but acceptance into the fall program does not guarantee spring acceptance.
  • Age 3 or 4 accepted (with priority for age 4 students)
  • Tuition-No cost, as this is the second year of a pilot program. During subsequent school years there will be a tuition-based fee for this program.
  • 12 students attend each session due to a smaller physical classroom size. There is one teacher and one aide per session.
  • Families build a strong connection by committing to participating in two or more family events per semester.
  • Students are invited to participate in school-wide assemblies and events.
  • Special Education services are not available in this program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After reading through the program descriptions we welcome you to complete the preschool pre-registration form which can be found by following the link http://goo.gl/forms/tr3mU8g9nA

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS:

The Milton High School Dramatics Society is presenting the Play “Tracks” by Peter Tarsi tonight, February 25th at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

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Parents of current kindergarten students should be aware of the STEM NIGHT/English Innovation Pathway Event. On Monday, March 2nd, the district will hold a STEM Information Night for parents of current kindergarteners.  Parents and their kindergarteners are invited to attend. Participants will learn about the STEM Program in the English Innovation Pathway and participate in hands-on engineering activities. The event will be held in the Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria beginning at 6:30pm.

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 The Pierce Middle School will be holding its second annual “Push Hard for Pierce” CPR/First Aid fundraiser. This is a great time to learn or refresh life-saving skills.

The event is being held with the support of Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. Instructors from Pro EMS and Center for MEDICS will provide basic first aid and CPR certification classes on Saturday, February 28, from 9am to 12:15pm at the Pierce Middle School in Milton. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pierce Middle School PTO. Last year’s event drew more than 100 attendees and raised over $4,000 for the PTO.

Three types of classes are scheduled for the event: Heartsaver CPR and AED, BLS for Healthcare Providers, and Medical Basics for Babysitters. Heartsaver CPR and AED is open to everyone, and includes instruction on compression-only adult CPR and choking, as well as the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on an adult or child (not infant). This course is offered at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and the registration fee is $35.

BLS for Healthcare Providers allows current medical professionals to obtain or renew their required certifications. The course teaches CPR skills for helping victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an AED, and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. This course is offered at 9:30 a.m. and the registration fee is $40.

All participants will leave the event with certification cards in hand.

The event will also offer Medical Basics for Babysitters, designed for young adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, who may be starting to care for younger siblings or neighbors. This course provides instruction on pediatric and infant CPR and AED, as well as how to recognize an emergency situation and respond appropriately. Medical Basics for

All proceeds from class registration fees will be donated to the Pierce Middle School PTO. The PTO raises funds to pay for field trips, educational guest speakers for students and parents, teacher appreciation efforts, and social events for the students.

Online registration for all classes is available at www.centerformedics.com/training.

Click the Class Calendar button and scroll to February 28 for links to each class. For additional information, please e-mail the Pierce PTO at PierceMiddlePTO@gmail.com.

ATHLETICS

Girls Basketball: The Milton HS Girls Basketball team played #3 seed Foxborough HS last night and lost 39-34.  The Lady Wildcats played a hard-fought game.  Congratulations to Coach Donovan and his players on a strong season and qualifying for the MIAA playoffs for the first time in over 10 years.

Indoor Track: At this past weekend’s MIAA All-State Indoor Track Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Center, members of our Boys’ and Girls’ Indoor Track teams competed against the top runners in all divisions (D1-D5) state-wide. Milton athletes performed well in this extremely competitive field:

Girls Indoor Track:

  • Freshman Bridget Mitchell placed 8th in the Girls Mile
  • Sophomore Colette O’Leary finished 12th in the Girls 600 meter
  • The 4×200 relay team placed 23rd: with the team of Sophomore Abigail Jean-Baptiste and Seniors Emma Pred Sosa Andrea Juzyca and Zion Theodros.
  • The 4×800 relay team placed 12th with the team of Sophomore Colette O’Leary, Freshmen Josie Cousineau and Bridget Mitchell and Junior Sophie Cousineau.

Boys Indoor Track:

  • Junior Dereck Perkins placed 20th in the 55-meter dash
  • The 4×200 relay team placed 14th with the team of Sophomore Koby Asazee, Juniors David Perkins and Dereck Perkins and Senior Mariano Davis.

Ski Team:

Great news from the ski team! Shayla Kelley represented Milton High School in Tuesday’s Mass. State Alpine Championships held at Mount Wachusett. Shayla competed against 141 of the best female racers in the state. She had two outstanding runs; placing 79th in a challenging Giant Slalom course and 89th in a technically difficult Slalom course. Congratulations to Shayla and her excellent performances in both races.
Upcoming Athletic Events:

  • Boys Varsity Hockey vs Marshfield HS: Friday, February 27th 6:15pm at Bourne Gallo Arena
  • Girls Varsity Hockey vs the winner of Medway vs Cohasset/Hanover: Saturday, February 28th at7:30pm at Milton Ulin Rink
  • Varsity Cheerleading Team: Sunday, March 1st at 2pm at Whitman/Hanson HS — Division 2 South Regional Competition.

 

February 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 22•15

To:  Milton Public School Parents, Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Re: Return from February Vacation, 2015
Date: February 22nd, 2015

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

As we welcome our students back from February vacation, concerns have been raised as to how the unprecedented snowfall will affect the reopening of our schools.  Safety is obviously our paramount concern.

Roofs:  The Milton Building Commissioner Joseph Prondak and the Director of Consolidated Facilities Bill Ritchie have been monitoring the conditions on our school roofs.  With reports of recent roof collapses, we have received many questions as to the safety of our roofs.  Last week, crews from made up of our custodians and employees of the Consolidated Facilities department, with assistance from the Fire Department, worked on all of our roofs, removing any large snow drifts and bringing the snow level down to acceptable levels.  This was difficult work, performed in harsh conditions.  We are grateful to our staff who went above and beyond their normal course of work to keep our students safe.  Luckily, the rain forecast for this weekend did not materialize, but we will still continue to monitor the roof conditions.

Walkways and sidewalks:  Custodians have opened walkways on school property and the Town has plowed the sidewalks on major streets such as Brook Rd and Canton Ave.  DCR has opened sidewalks on its portions of Blue Hill Parkway, but some State roads, such as Blue Hill Avenue, still have large unplowed sections.  On side streets, plowing is sporadic at best.  (Milton, unlike Boston, has no requirement for residents to clear sidewalks in front of their houses.)  Even when sidewalks exist, care should be taken as sight lines are often compromised.

Roadways:  Road widths have obviously suffered from the volume of snow.  At the Glover School, Canton Ave will continue to be restricted to southbound only in front of the school.  No traffic from Brook Road will be allowed to turn onto Canton Ave.  We expect this traffic pattern to continue for some time.  At the High School, the road past the Field House entrance will be one way towards the playing fields. No traffic will be permitted to pass from the playing fields towards the Field House door.

Snow Farms and Parking:  The High School has been used as a snow farm for FEMA trucks, but parking by the fields has been mostly restored.  Parking in the other lots is significantly reduced, however.  Students who drive should be encouraged to carpool, as parking will be an issue.  The Turners Pond parking lot on Brook Rd by the Glover School and the Kelly Field parking lot near the Pierce Middle School are still active snow farms. NO ONE SHOULD PARK IN EITHER OF THESE LOTS.

Buses:  As of today (Sunday, 2/22), our bus routes and bus stops have not changed. We urge parents/guardians to keep a close watch on their children waiting at bus stops and also urge all drivers to use caution when passing groups of students waiting for their bus.

As you can imagine, it is impossible to get eight feet of snow and not have to deal with the consequences. We don’t have to remind any residents of Milton what a hardship it has been and continues to be for many of our families. I would like to thank all of those who have helped the Milton Public Schools with all our weather-related issues. With your cooperation, we hope to continue the school year with minimal disruption.

Sincerely,
Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 13th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 13•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, February 13, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we are all very well aware at this point, we have been experiencing historical amounts of snow this winter. Milton is one of the communities in the state that has received the most snowfall in the past several weeks.

As a result, the town administration has declared a storm related State of Emergency due to the large amount of existing snow cover as well as another anticipated blizzard this weekend.

The Milton Police Department sent a message to all Milton residents last night regarding the upcoming assistance of the National Guard. According to the MPD, “the Massachusetts Emergency Management and the National Guard will be assisting the Town DPW in large scale snow removal operations.  The primary goal is to widen roads and intersections for emergency vehicles.  Please expect road closures, noise from overnight work, and an emergency parking ban on all roads. Violators are subject to ticketing and towing at the owner’s expense”.

It is hoped that, with the assistance of the National Guard, our roads and sidewalks will be safer for everyone. The upcoming vacation week will also enable our staff to continue their maintenance of our parking lots, sidewalks and roadways surrounding the Milton Public Schools.

We have had seven snow days this winter so far.  As of today, February 13th, the last day of school will be June 25th. This will be a half-day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on February 4th and February 5th.  Below is a summary of those meetings:

February 4th:  This meeting began with a Glover School Site Council Presentation. Dr. Sheila Kukstis, Glover Principal, along with members of the school’s site council, presented the School Improvement Plan to the School Committee. Next, there was a presentation from the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The group’s chairperson,  Michelle Connolly, updated the School Committee on the work of the SEPAC.  Members of the School Committee reviewed their upcoming meeting schedule. The Finance Subcommittee requested approval for a vendor warrant and also presented the Second Quarter Report.  The Policy Subcommittee Committee requested a vote on Policy ADDA, Background Checks, which was approved.

February 5th: This meeting featured a Data Presentation on the French/English Programs. Dr. Laura O’Dwyer, an Associate Professor at Boston College’s Department of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation presented a report, along with Avery Newton, Doctoral Student, Boston College-Dept. of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation.  This report will soon be posted online.

The next School Committee meeting will be held March 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. This meeting will be preceded by the Open Budget Hearing.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Congratulations to the following students and their art teachers, Ms. Karen Hughes and Ms. Kassandra Aloe, for their success in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards:

Gold Key: Joshua Kery (Drawing) and Michael Wyatt (Drawing)
Silver Key: Emma Pred-Sosa (Drawing)
Honorable Mention: Maia Adley (Painting), Mairead Dambruch (Painting), Meghan Donelan (Art Portfolio), Anna Gaden (Drawing), Madeline Hoy (Painting), Joshua Kery (Painting).
Cole Kroninger won an Honorable Mention for his Personal Essay in the Writing Competition. Cole takes the American Experience course with English teacher Steve Tart.

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               Many of our music students recently travelled to the Qualters Middle School in Mansfield for the Junior and Senior SEMSBA (Southeastern Massachusetts Band Masters Association) auditions. The good news is that 64 students have been accepted to these festivals.

The following 25 students were accepted by audition to the Junior Festival (grades 7-9): Milton High School: Miwa Joiner, Shoilee Banerjee, James DiSandro and Arielle Solomon. Pierce Middle School: Ece Buyokozer, Colleen Conley, Ava Duggan, Esme Link, Lemuel Marc, Zach Vaughn, Kiley Check, Lilja Cormack, Gray Davis, Paula Hogan, Maju Joiner, Moses Moiwo, Milan Smith, Julia DeFilippo, Catherine Le, Kenya Mathieu, Julia Nerenberg, Giselle Neville, Laura O’Hanlon, Emme Schewe and Annabel Botsford.

In addition, we learned that the following 39 students were accepted by audition to the Senior Festival (grades 9-12). Milton High School: Dylan Banh, Emily Chow, Kyle Dempsey, Liam Hines, Dane Matejka, Christine Stafford, Michael Wyatt, Samantha Antoniewicz, Julia Butler, Monika Cormack, Cameron Delerme, Hope Huban, Dominik Hyppolite, Domenic Jancaterino, Johance Liverpool, Colette Nourie, Aislinn O’Brien, Elizabeth O’Connor. Joshuea Ogbuike, Tatiana Perez, Jacqueline Ruscito, Katherine Steele, Matthew Wong, Shareen Alsebai, Ryan Au, Eva Chow, Anna Gaden, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, James Le, Nethania Marc, Amiel Marc, Ocean Marescal, Isabelle Neville, Hu-Ninh Nguyen, Emma Pred-Sosa, Madeline Scott, Hannah Solomon, Alice Truong, Liezel Warner and Tansy Massey-Green.

We are very grateful to David Adams, Gary Good and Dawn Sykes and Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett for their work with this group of students.

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The following update on our Future Problem Solvers program was sent to us by MPS Librarian Lori Henry, who coaches our FPS teams, along with Nicole Hoyceanyls, Pierce Middle School science teacher.

Milton’s thirteen FPS teams (five from Pierce and two from each of the elementary schools) are hard at work preparing for the FPS Qualifying Bowl on Saturday, February 28th at Canton High School. This year Canton will host the Bowl and teams from Canton, Dedham and Milton will complete the six-step FPS process on the topic of Propaganda.

The teams have been researching our topic, analyzing the feedback that we’ve received from our practice problems (The Impact of Social Media and Processed Food), reviewing the elements of the FPS six-step process and this coming week each team will participate in a two-hour simulation. The two hour simulation will help the teams master the time management piece of the competition and build confidence and stamina. Nicole Hoyceanyls and I will give the teams feedback on the simulation. We’ll meet again after February vacation and be ready to go on February 28th.

We will hear some time in the middle of March about the results of the Qualifying Bowl. In the event that a team is not invited to the FPS State Bowl on April 11 (topic: Enhancing Human Potential) we will have the option of sending an individual to compete. Based on the enthusiasm that the team members display at our meetings, I imagine that we will have plenty of interest in the Individual Competition.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School’s Robotics Team, “Milton Static” has rescheduled the Robotics Tournament for Saturday, February 21st. Team members are asking for members of the community with an interest in robotics or engineering to come and lend a hand, as well as anyone who can help out by selling tickets, concessions, etc. Matches start around 11am and run until 5pm.  Contact jdiamond@miltonps.org if you are interested in helping. There is no cost to attend.

The team is sponsored by PTC (a software company based in Needham) and the Milton House of Pizza. Members of the team volunteer by working with the robotics teams at the elementary and middle schools. They’ve presented at elementary science fairs and were featured as an exhibition last year for First Night in Boston.  Please come to support this team.

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 Grade One Parent Information Night will be held for all parents/guardians of children entering first grade in the next school year on Monday, February 23rd, 2015, at 7:00 pm in the Milton High School Auditorium.

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The Milton High School Drama Club is presenting “Tracks” on Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm in the Milton High School Auditorium.  The same show will be presented at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Festival on February 28th at Brookline High School.  Please come on February 25th to support these talented students.

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Please note that there is also a change in the district wide STEM Night, which is an event for parents of current kindergarten students. This event is now planned for Monday, March 2nd, at 6:30 pm in the Collicot/Cunningham Cafetorium.

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 We will be holding a PTO/School Committee Budget Information meeting for all six schools on one night. This event will be Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.

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               We had two successful Kindergarten Registration Days this past week, where we welcomed incoming Kindergarten parents and guardians, who successful finished registering their children for the 2015-16 school year.

These families are all looking forward to the Kindergarten Screening Event that will take place this May. More details will follow in our upcoming E-blasts.

We are having another registration on Tuesday, February 24th, so if you still need an appointment, please contact Laurie Dunn at ldunn@miltonps.org

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               The Pierce Middle School will be holding its second annual “Push Hard for Pierce” CPR/First Aid fundraiser. This is a great time to learn or refresh life-saving skills.

The event is being held with the support of Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and Pro EMS Center for MEDICS. Instructors from Pro EMS and Center for MEDICS will provide basic first aid and CPR certification classes on Saturday, February 28, from 9am to 12:15pm at the Pierce Middle School in Milton. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pierce Middle School PTO. Last year’s event drew more than 100 attendees and raised over $4,000 for the PTO.

Three types of classes are scheduled for the event: Heartsaver CPR and AED, BLS for Healthcare Providers, and Medical Basics for Babysitters. Heartsaver CPR and AED is open to everyone, and includes instruction on compression-only adult CPR and choking, as well as the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on an adult or child (not infant). This course is offered at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and the registration fee is $35.

BLS for Healthcare Providers allows current medical professionals to obtain or renew their required certifications. The course teaches CPR skills for helping victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an AED, and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. This course is offered at 9:30 a.m. and the registration fee is $40.

“Last year’s event was really fantastic,” said Sheila Varela, a member of the Pierce PTO Leadership Team. “The instructors were excellent communicators and had great energy. We’re bringing the event back this year because so many people have requested it.”

All participants will leave the event with certification cards in hand.

The event will also offer Medical Basics for Babysitters, designed for young adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14, who may be starting to care for younger siblings or neighbors. This course provides instruction on pediatric and infant CPR and AED, as well as how to recognize an emergency situation and respond appropriately. Medical Basics for

All proceeds from class registration fees will be donated to the Pierce Middle School PTO. The PTO raises funds to pay for field trips, educational guest speakers for students and parents, teacher appreciation efforts, and social events for the students.

Online registration for all classes is available at www.centerformedics.com/training.

Click the Class Calendar button and scroll to February 28 for links to each class. For additional information, please e-mail the Pierce PTO at PierceMiddlePTO@gmail.com.

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The following item was submitted by Karen Cahill, Milton High School’s Director of Guidance:

This week was “International Random Acts of Kindness” Week. With all of the snow that we have (and are about to get) please take some time to see if a neighbor needs any help with snow removal.  There are still driveways around town that need to be shoveled. If a driveway isn’t shoveled at this point there is a good reason why; so why don’t you do something about it?   Whether you do it for community service hours or just because it is the right thing to do — make someone’s day!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Special Education Parent Advisory Council News: The Milton SEPAC invites all interested parents and school professionals to join us for a presentation on anxiety in the classroom by Dr. Angela Currie, March 24 from 7-9pm at the Pierce Middle School auditorium. Dr. Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist and program director of Anxiety & Attention Skills Coaching (AASC) at Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA).

School Committee Update: The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) delivered a presentation outlining internal changes being made in order to better support parents in the district. The SEPAC also outlined priorities and policies to work on in partnership with the school district including inclusion, co-taught classrooms, extended school day/year services, social/emotional curriculum and the SPED achievement gap. SC Chairman Walker reported on actionable concerns and next steps from his meeting with the SEPAC on January 20, 2015.

STUDENT WORK

The following essay was written by MHS student Joshua Kery as part of the AP Language & Composition course taught by Nicholas Fitzgerald. The assignment part of a  “Write Like Emerson,” contest.  Each year Mr. Fitzgerald’s AP Language students participate in this contest, where students are expected to capture the essence of the transcendentalist period in American literature.  Josh Kery’s submittal truly captures the ideals of Emerson.

The American Dollar: The soul of man attaches itself to his property. When the tax collector arrives at man’s doorstep and demands of him an index of his possessions, he lifts himself from the distractions of his routine, and summons, with ease, an inventory for the purposes of audit and review. But should the scholar arrive at the same threshold, and ask of man his understanding of self, an explanation of who he is, man falls into consideration of his occupations, and unsatisfied, draws his answer from nothing save for his list of possessions. Man is awash in his struggle to comprehend himself, and he discovers, that in attempting to distance himself from his property, he has distanced himself from the limits of his knowledge of himself. In a moment of contemplation, he flounders, and loses his sight to his understanding that, separate from his possessions, he is underdeveloped, a sniveling babe, and barely more than nothing. Like a sea, the realization immerses him and sinks him into depression. Consider the man who is the victim of fire, which has destroyed his home, and has burned his possessions to ash. He may have refused, throughout all his life, to bow before an idol, or stoop before a pulpit, but before the remains of his property he falls to his knees and offers his tears to the charcoal mess. Between the king and the pauper, the size of his possessions makes no difference; the poor man cherishes his trinkets; the wealthy man worships his palisade. To the extent that this is the reality for all men, it signals the stagnation of man’s sense of self. Man returns to the solace of property, and of the acquiescence of property, rather than learn to live without them.

MFE NEWS

Please note that tickets to this year’s Celebration for Education are already available via the MFE website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

A group of Milton citizens are working to keep artistic and cultural offerings available to Milton Public School students. The group, M-PACE (Milton Partnership for Arts & Cultural Enrichment), works through the excise tax billing program to request donations.

With the cooperation of the Town of Milton treasurer’s office, M-PACE has enacted a “check-off” campaign to raise funds for field trips to museums, live Shakespeare performances or trips to Boston’s Symphony Hall.

In addition, M-PACE funds bring exciting program into our schools. For example, they have funded “Historia Antiqua” — a traveling museum of Greek and Roman artifacts; and an interactive geography game show for seventh-graders; and live performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

By checking the box on the excise tax form, Milton taxpayers can help to keep these types of culturally enriching programs in our public schools.  The excise bills are expected to be mailed out during the next several weeks.

The board of M-PACE is composed of Treasurer Jim McAuliffe, Roxanne Musto, Meredith Hall and Charlotte Streat, along with Superintendent Mary Gormley.

We hope that our Milton Public Schools families will help to support this worthwhile cause.

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               Please save the date! The 5th Annual Milton Teens in Need Fundraiser is being held on Saturday, February 28th at the Milton Hoosic Club from 7 to 11pm.

This event features a live band, line dancing, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are $25 and are sold at the door. All proceeds will be benefit Milton Teens in Need program and the Peter J. Muse Memorial Fund.

FOOD SERVICE

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

               Milton Schools is participating once again in the Farm to School Program and the Harvest of the Month campaign.  This will be our seventh year having farm fresh produce on our menus.

Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month campaign promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in K-12 cafeterias across the state. The program’s goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals. Featured local foods for 2014-2015 include:

September – Tomatoes October – Pears November – Kale December – Carrots January – Apples February – Butternut Squash March – Dairy April – Potatoes May – Seeds and Seedlings June – Strawberries

Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible.

It also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, family members, and students to collaborate, and to celebrate our commitment to serving locally grown foods with the community.

Why Buy Local? Because purchasing locally grown food is a great way to encourage students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and it also supports local farms. Buying local products in season is often very affordable. Food service directors who have introduced local foods programs often report increased meal participation and decreased wastage.

Recently the food service staff was invited to Whole Foods in Dedham for a culinary training course in their educational center.  We spent the day developing recipes using butternut squash.  Our staff made apple and squash soup, Pasta with squash, cranberries, cheese and nuts and squash and sausage patties.  One of our favorites is still cutting the squash in half the long way and baking in the oven with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON

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

For those tired of fighting the elements and are looking for an indoor activity, we are very fortunate to have so many wonderful museums right nearby including Children’s Museum of Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science, Museum of Fine Arts and the JFK Library.  Remember to visit their websites for hours and costs or visit the Milton Public Library’s website and use your library card to get passes for reduced admission fees. Just a reminder for our families in the Milton Public School Community who receive Transitional Assistance, bring your EBT card to many area museums to receive free or reduced admission.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy vacation.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by DPW Engineer Allan Bishop:

Please be advised that the new Solid Waste collection schedule will no longer have delays due to the George Washington’s Birthday holiday occurring on a Monday February, 16, 2015. Please Remember that if a holiday occurs on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday

there will be regular collections for that week on Wednesday and Thursday, (NO DELAYS). If a Holiday occurs on a Thursday all collections will occur on Wednesday the day before the holiday.

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 The following item was written by Pierce Middle School Humanities Coordinator and Milton High School AP teacher Nancy Warn:

Snow Slows, But Doesn’t Stop the Forbes House Museum Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest for Milton Middle and Elementary School Students

               Although our students are not charged with clearing the snow from the Lincoln Memorial after record snowfall, they are charged with learning about Lincoln, the Civil War and Reconstruction with record snow days frustrating the process!  So far this February, we have only been in school 6 days (with two shortened days).

With unprecedented snowfall over the past 18 days, attention to this contest and finding time for the great lessons (created by our fabulous 6th grade ELA team) on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War and Reconstruction, has been challenging at Pierce.  With many other curriculum demands on our teachers, lessons on our 16th president have been tough to fit in.  Our teachers and students have adapted well as they have made, modified, re-planned and modified again.  However, nothing can stop this group!

Thankfully, there is still time.  Our 6th Grade ELA students, as well as some of our 8th graders, have taken the challenge and are building their knowledge of Lincoln and his attempts to repair the nation after the devastating Civil War.  With some class time remaining after the break, our teachers have focused on the political, social and economic causes of war, the human toll on generations of Americans and the monumental task of rebuilding American after the war.

Pierce students are being asked to consider the following words spoken by Lincoln in his second Inaugural Address:

“With malice toward none; with charity for all … let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds … to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

Once they attempt to understand Lincoln’s intentions when he spoke those inspirational words, they are then being asked to make decisions for the war-torn nation as if they were president in 1865.  Here is the writing prompt presented to our students:

Unfortunately, Lincoln was assassinated on April 15th, 1865 and did not live to “bind up the nation’s wounds.” If you had been president at that time, how would you have gone about binding up the nation’s wounds?                Our relationship with the Forbes House Museum and the Annual Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest also affects all of our elementary aged students.  Currently elementary students across the district are working hard to create original works of art based on Mary Bowditch Forbes’ Lincoln Collection. Students are tasked with viewing the exhibit on display on the second floor Local History Room at the Milton Public Library or virtually on the Forbes House Museum website and creating versions of the pieces displayed. Teachers are using literature, history and their knowledge of the collection itself to create context for students when viewing the collection and creating their representations. Students have represented the works in multiple mediums including; crayon, pencil sketching and painting.

Thanks to the Forbes Museum, the deadline for submission has been extended and due date for essay and art submission is now Friday, March 6th. This should give our elementary students plenty of time to dazzle us with their artistic ability.  It will also allow  our 6th grade ELA students and our small group of dedicated 8th graders (working after school with Mrs. Prodanas) enough time to address the thought-provoking question and impress us all with their writing and decision making!

Contest results will be announced on Sunday, April 12th.  Stay tuned…

If you want to check out the website, or any of the virtual resources on the Forbes House website, check out the following link.  Happy Presidents Day! http://www.forbeshousemuseum.org/FHM_virtual_exhibit/vex1/index.htm.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  We are currently running a Winter Reading Program for kids aged 0-12 with fun activities and prizes! For more information and to pick up your BINGO card, please stop by the Children’s Room and see us.

We are also pleased to announce that the Children’s Room is participating in the 8th Annual PJ Drive! We will be partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas (sizes 4/5T – 18/20) for local children in need across the Commonwealth. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations to the Children’s Room from February 1 – March 16, 2015.

In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 22-28:

Friday, February 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Art with Ginny, Grades K-3

Children in grades K-3 can join Ginny Brearley and create an artistic masterpiece to take home. This week’s project: Birds on a Line! Have you ever seen birds on a clothesline? They love to sit, hang out and watch the world go by. We’ll use Sharpies and watercolors to create beautiful pictures! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

Please note, the 2015 Milton HS Spring Registration begins on Thursday, February 19th. Spring Sports CLEARANCE CARDS will be available on the following dates: March 10-13 from 2:30-5pm at the Milton HS Athletic Office.

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

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students, Staff & Volunteers:  We had a memorable event in the Milton Public Schools this week that would not have been possible without the efforts of our students, staff and volunteers all working together.   “50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant,” was an informative, moving and educational evening for our community.  I would like to thank the guest speakers – Fletcher H. “Flash” Wiley, Kenneth Guscott, Dr. Keith Motley and William “Mo” Cowan. The Diversity Committee did a fantastic job organizing this event — Larry Jordan, Steve Collyer, Ginny Kime, Jen Meunier, Jen Troy, Kassandra Aloe and Leonice Bernard. In addition, I am grateful to staff members James Jette, Barbara Wright, Brian Borde, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Jackie Morgan, Jason Scherer and Rebecca Damiani, all of whom assisted with the preparation. I was also impressed with the many students who volunteered to make this such a powerful event.

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

 

E-blast for February 11th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 11•15

To:  Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff,
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Re: Delayed Opening
Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

First, I would like to thank everyone for their patience this morning and their attention to safety. Whether walking, driving or taking the bus to school, I am sure that nearly everyone who was on the roads in Milton today experienced an unprecedented level of traffic, gridlock, poor visibility and obstructed views from snow mounds. This is a town-wide issue that is being worked on cooperatively by the school staff, the DPW, Milton Police and Consolidated Facilities, all of whom are continuing their efforts to make our schools, sidewalks and roads as safe as possible.

However, at the direction of Milton Police Chief Richard Wells, we must address pressing public safety issues that continue to exist regarding transportation and traffic in our town.  Therefore, we are calling for a delayed opening on both Thursday and Friday of this week. Each of our schools will now be opening two hours later than normal. Dismissal will be at the regular time. Parents/guardians may not drop children off at their school until the buildings are open. The before school program (ESAP) in our elementary schools will not be operating on Thursday and Friday.

Buses will service their regular routes, but pick-up will be two hours later than normal.

It is hoped that by delaying the opening of our buildings, commuter traffic and school traffic will be staggered. This should result in a smoother flow of cars and buses on our roadways, lessening the chances for the type of gridlock that occurred today and allowing our DPW to continue with clean-up efforts.

The safety of residents and children must be our first priority.  Please note the adjusted start times for Thursday, February 12th and Friday, February 13th.  Lunch will be served in each of our schools. Also, please note that the morning Preschool  session at Collicot Elementary School and the morning Preschool Program held at Milton High School will not be held on Thursday or Friday.

Cunningham & Collicot Schools:  10:20am – 2:49pm
Glover & Tucker Schools: 10:50am – 3:19pm
Pierce Middle School: 9:57am – 2:26pm
Milton High School: 9:50am – 2:19pm

The last day of school before February vacation will be Friday, February 13th. Schools will be closed from Monday, February 16th to Friday, February 20th. Classes will resume on Monday, February 23rd.
Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 10th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 10•15

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff,

The Milton Public Schools will open tomorrow.

I would like to recognize and thank Milton’s Department of Public Works (DPW) and Milton Public School employees for the extraordinary work, time and effort they have put into clearing the snow from our roads, parking lots and sidewalks. These employees have been working around the clock for days.

With the condition of the sidewalks, side roads and high snow mounds being less than ideal,  I am asking all parents/guardians to remind their children to use extra caution when walking to and from school and bus stops and standing at bus stops.

I would advise parents/guardians, if possible, to either drive or walk their children to school or to their bus stop.  I want to thank you in advance for your patience in waiting in drop-off and pick-up car lines, which will be longer than usual for the next few days. We will have extra staff outside of all of our schools to assist children getting in and out of cars at drop off and pick up times.

I have asked our bus company to direct bus drivers for the remainder of the week to stop and pick up children who are walking to school without an accompanying adult.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent
Milton Public Schools
617-696-4808/09

February 7th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 07•15

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015

For various reasons, including cancellations due to inclement weather, there have been several changes made recently to the School Committee FY16 PTO budget presentations, hosted by each of our individual PTOs. Unfortunately, we have one more change.  The Tucker/Glover PTO Budget Presentation which had been scheduled for February 11th  is being cancelled.

We will now hold two meetings in the upcoming weeks and all parents/guardians/PTO members from each school should feel free to attend either meeting.  Milton School Committee representatives, Administrators and Principals will be at each meeting.  The Budget Presentations will be held at the following times and locations:

  •    Monday, February 9th at Cunningham/Collicot Library at 7:00pm
  •   Tuesday, February 24th at Pierce Middle School Auditorium at 6:30pm
Also, I would like to remind you that the Milton School Committee will be holding an Open Public Budget Hearing to discuss the FY16 budget on Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the Milton High School Library prior to the regular School Committee meeting.  All are welcome to attend.

Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 4th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 04•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to thank all of our Milton Public School parents, guardians and staff for their patience and understanding during the past two weeks of what has been record-setting snowfall for our region. As I have said in previous emails, it is never an easy decision whether or not to cancel school due to inclement weather. I understand both sides of the argument and always try to err on the side of safety.

I am hopeful that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, but if not, I ask for your continued support and patience. As a reminder, our last day of school is currently June 23rd, which will be a half day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have not been any School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held tonight at 7 pm and a second meeting will be held tomorrow night at 7 pm, both in the Milton High School library. There will be a regular school committee meeting on February 10th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

Also, please note, due to the snow cancellations, the Milton School Committee and the administration’s FY16 Budget Presentations have been rescheduled. Please see the new dates and times below:

  • Monday, February 9th – Cunningham and Collicot Elementary Schools. FY16 Budget Presentation at 7pm in the Cu/Co library.
  • Wednesday, February 11thtentative Glover and Tucker Elementary Schools FY16 Budget Presentation at 6:30 in Tucker library.
  • Tuesday, February 24th Pierce Middle School and Milton High School FY16 Budget Presentation at 6:30 in the Pierce auditorium.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Parents and guardians of Milton Public School students who have an interest in the French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway programs may be interested in viewing tomorrow night’s School Committee meeting.

Dr. Laura O’Dwyer will be making a presentation with an analysis of MCAS data for all students in Grades 3-6.  Dr. O’Dwyer is an associate professor in the educational research, measurement, and evaluation department at Boston College and has volunteered to analyze the data surrounding this issue for the Milton Public Schools, together with her assistant.

Dr. O’Dwyer has previously presented to the School Committee on this subject in July of 2012. The School Committee meeting will be held in the Milton High School Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7pm.

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Are you the parent/guardian of a current Kindergarten student? Are you looking for more information regarding Grade One programs? Please be aware, we have made some changes to the format and timing of the Grade One Information Night.  We are returning to the format of having one evening presentation for parents/guardians from all four elementary schools. This presentation will be held on Monday, February 23rd at 7pm and will be given by the four elementary principals, our curriculum coordinators and Central Office personnel.  The event will be held in the Milton High School auditorium. Parents and guardians whose children plan to attend Grade One in the Milton Public Schools should make an effort to attend this presentation. An outline of the district’s Grade One programs – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway – will be presented and administrators will make presentations about each of the programs.

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Also, the time and date for the Grade One STEM Information Night will be confirmed tomorrow. All parents/guardians of rising first-graders will be notified within the next two weeks with this information.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Milton High School Outdoors Club is hosting a Wildcat Fun Night on Friday, February 6th at the Pierce Middle School gymnasium. Parents/Guardians can drop off their children for an evening of fun and activities and help the Outdoors Club at the same time. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional sibling. The event runs from 6pm to 9pm. Please drop children off at the back entrance near the gym. There will be snacks and treats sold for $1 each.

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Milton High School’s Robotics Team, “Milton Static” will be hosting 17 teams from around New England this Sunday, February 8th for a robotics tournament.  Team members are asking for members of the community with an interest in robotics or engineering to come and lend a hand, as well as anyone who can help out by selling tickets, concessions, etc. Matches start around 11am and run until 5pm.  Contact jdiamond@miltonps.org if you are interested in helping. There is no cost to attend.

Meanwhile, Milton Static attended a tournament in Arlington this past weekend, where they placed 4th out of 13 teams. Last year, the team placed 4th at the Battle of Lexington held at Lexington High School and won the Rockwell-Collins Innovation award for design of the robot.

The team is sponsored by PTC (a software company based in Needham) and the Milton House of Pizza. Members of the team volunteer by working with the robotics teams at the elementary and middle schools. They’ve presented at elementary science fairs and were featured as an exhibition last year for First Night in Boston. Please come to support this team.

The following MHS students are members of Milton Static: Albert Enyedy, Connor Byrne, Liam Chase, Tanvir Islam, Will MacMillan, Alex Dustin, Robbie Silva, Jillian Eckard, Alden Hebard, Kristen Mills, Yusuf Solomon, Nick Daly, Will Breslin and Tristan Darby.

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50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant: In response to racial injustices over the last year, Milton High School is hosting a distinguished panel of African American leaders in Massachusetts to discuss civil rights in the United States and the Greater Boston area. Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, will moderate this discussion panel. Panelists will include Kenneth Guscott, former President of the Boston Chapter of NAACP; William “Mo” Cowan, former U.S. Senator; and J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Boston. The panelists will share their personal journeys toward success, justice, and equality, as well as contributions that they and other prominent African American men have made to the state of Massachusetts. The conversation will take into account the complex history of race relations in Massachusetts, beginning with its role in the slave trade, and its subsequent experience with the abolitionist movement, Jim Crow, and desegregation. Ultimately, the panel will discuss local responses to racial injustice. The event will conclude with a discussion of the future of race relations.

               50 Years Later will be held on Wednesday, February 11th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6 pm with a performance by Milton High School’s Jazz Ensemble shortly after.

The Milton High School Diversity Committee created 50 Years Later due to the enthusiasm of gentlemen like Mr. Wiley and a strong cohort of activist students from Milton High School to share their experiences. Our hope is to bridge generations and raise awareness among our students and community about the continued relevance of these issues.

               About our Speakers: Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, Attorney, Chairman and CEO of The Centaurus Group LLC, Counsel to the International law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Investor, and Philanthropist, with involvement in a host of business, civic, and charitable organizations.

Mr. Kenneth Guscott is the founder of the Long Bay Management Company, former head of the Boston NAACP, leading minority business entrepreneur and community activists in Boston, Milton Resident.  Mr. Maurice “Mo” Cowan, Counsel to Mintz Levin and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ML Strategies, Former U.S. Senator.                Dr. J. Keith Motley, Chancellor of UMASS Boston, founder of the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, founder and education chair of Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts, Inc., and the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development.

               About the Milton High School Diversity Committee: Milton High School’s Diversity Committee is comprised of teachers, students, and community members. The Diversity Committee’s primary goal is to improve the learning environment for students of all racial and cultural backgrounds within Milton High School so that all students are able to achieve their potential.

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The following item was sent to us by Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal:

How can we protect our children in today’s technology-driven world? On Thursday, February 12th, the Milton Public Schools has an important event taking place. We are pleased to announce Katie Greer will be presenting to the Milton community.

Ms. Greer is a highly respected internet safety speaker with tremendous experience in the computer field.  She is a former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and a former Internet Safety Coordinator for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Katie has presented to hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) during the last 7 years.  Through these presentations, Ms. Greer shares her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/internet safety and social networking.  She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. You can learn more about Ms. Greer on her website at:  http://www.klgreer.com .

During the school day on February 12, Ms. Greer will present to 4th and 5th grade students and then to our 6th grade students.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., she will do a parent/community presentation at Milton High School in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for adults only (18 and older- strictly enforced).

Last year, staff, parents and students found Katie Greer’s unique presentation style to be powerful and very well tailored to fit the needs of the audience.  For that reason, we decided to have her return this year so that others could hear her important internet safety message.

In March of 2014, all students in grades 5-12 completed an anonymous survey regarding their internet usage. The results of this survey will be shared with parents and guardians prior to Ms. Greer’s presentation.  We believe this survey will help both Milton Public Schools and families to better understand the internet usage of our students.

It is essential that we all work together in order to make this technology driven world a safe place for our children. Please attend Ms. Greer’s presentation for parents/guardians at 7:00 p.m. on February 12th.  Finally, I would like to thank the Milton Public Schools’  PTOs who generously helped to support Ms. Greer’s presentations.  If you have any questions, as always, please contact me via email at kspaulding@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext. 1102.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following information is from the Milton Police Department:

There is no on-street overnight parking allowed at this time. Public Safety and the ability of emergency vehicles to be able to respond and operate is vital. This directive includes any resident who has a “Hardship Permit.” The guidelines of the permit clearly define that the permit is “suspended” during emergency snow situations. We know this is tough, but we have to exercise due caution.

Since the first blizzard, each day has bought a number of medical emergencies, as well as an increase in other family related emergencies. If we were to have a house fire, the cold and snow already creates an additional burden for MFD. Not being able to access a fire location could be deadly!

The Milton Police Department will be tagging each night and in serious cases, your vehicle could be towed. Please take note of this important information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Milton Public Library Teen Librarian Amy Rosa:

Friday February 6, 2015, 3pm After School Movie
Join the Teen Services department for Friday Flicks! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Friday Flicks are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday February 9th at 6pm Writing Workshop with YA Author Julie Berry
Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to a creative writing workshop. This is a monthly workshops offered at the library with each focusing on a different aspect of writing! Special treat this month: YA Author Julie Berry will be hosting this month’s writing workshop. She will also be doing an author talk, Q&A, and book signing. Here is the description of her most recent book: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook. “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.” Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s. “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book. “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. So join us and get great writing tips from this fabulous author! Admission is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday February 11th at 3pm New After School Library Club TeenM.A.G
Join the NEW after school library club TeenM.A.G. (Music, Art, and Gaming). Once a month, the teen librarian, Amy Rosa, invites any teens in grades 6 to 12 to join her downstairs in the Keys Community Room for open gaming, music, and arts and crafts. Choose from a wide variety of games to play on the library’s Wii, try your hand at the library’s various board games and puzzles, pick your favorite Pandora station to play for background music, create a masterpiece at the arts table, or just hang out with your friends and work on your homework. Please contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org to join this new library club or sign up in the teen room after school. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday February 26th at 6pm Fashion Design Class
From the Fashion Runway to the Fashion Rack: How does a fabulous dress make it from a simple pencil sketch to hitting the floors of Nordstrom??? Learn what the steps are and how to create a fashion illustration. The teen department of the Milton Library welcomes fashion designer Amanda Bartlett to teach teens the basics of fashion design. Open to any teens entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall. All materials will be supplied. Join us to have fun learning and sketching! Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday February 28th at 10am Teens & Parents Study Skills Workshop
The teen department welcomes English teacher and tutor, Eliza Wagner Srestha to host a study skills workshop for any teens in grades 6 to 12 and their parents. The session will be experiential and hands-on focusing on Technology. Ms. Srestha will have different activities to help students and their parents with information on how to use your digital devices effectively and when to put them away; a review of specific apps and how to use them as a tool for learning and organization; and an introduction to Google Drive. Students, don’t be overwhelmed with school, learn the skills to survive it! Parents, learn the skills to help your child thrive in school. Also there will be coffee and refreshments available. Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Space is limited. Admission is free and this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Any questions? Contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  We are currently running a Winter Reading Program for kids aged 0-12 with fun activities and prizes! For more information and to pick up your BINGO card, please stop by the Children’s Room and see us.  We are also pleased to announce that the Children’s Room is participating in the 8th Annual PJ Drive! We will be partnering with Cradles to Crayons and the Boston Bruins to provide new pajamas (sizes 4/5T – 18/20) for local children in need across the Commonwealth. You can make a difference by bringing in new pajama donations to the Children’s Room from February 1 – March 16, 2015.

February Vacation Week is going to be AWESOME in the Children’s Room! In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of February 15-21:

Monday, February 16th
Library Closed

Tuesday, February 17th from 2:30 – 3:15 pm
STEM Stories, Ages 4-7

Join us for an exploration into the world of “STEM.” (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Each of our “STEM Stories” programs will focus on one or two topics. Stories, songs and related activities will be featured in this program for children ages 4-7. Registration is required.

Wednesday, February 18th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Marble Run Mania, Ages 6-12

“Speed. I am speed.” – Lightning McQueen

Come learn about the powers of gravity, force and SPEED and build your own marble run, using recyclable materials, tape, and more! All materials will be provided. For ages 6-12. Registration is required.
Thursday, February 19th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Today’s topic: Chinese New Year! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, February 20th  from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Yoga Woga is back. Children ages 3-5 are invited to have a fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday, February 20th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, February 21st from 10:00 – 10:45 am
The Purple Cow Reads, Ages 4-6

Come meet the Purple Cow! Wilson-certified reading instructor Nicole DiBassio and her very purple friend will lead kids aged 4-6 in activities designed to lay a foundation of letters and sounds that will help them become fluent readers. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday, February 21st from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Pig Out on Reading, Ages 3+

Time to Pig Out on Reading! Farmer Minor has a pet pig, Daisy, who loves to listen to stories. This farmer and his unusual pig have travelled all over the United States telling kids about their love of reading, and we are so lucky that they’re coming to Milton to share their story with us. Join us for stories, learn Daisy noises and the Daisy pledge, and even get a chance to pet Daisy, “the most famous pig in the whole world!” For ages 3 and up; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will be holding Open Mic Night the first Thursday of every month. Please stop by the MAC at 334 Edge Hill Road on Thursday, February 5th between 7 and 10pm to enjoy an evening of music.  For more info, click here: http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:  http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

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

 

January 30th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 30•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  January 30th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

By now, many of you may have heard of PARCC testing. PARCC is an acronym for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. This is an assessment tool that aims to measure whether students are on-track for college and careers. These computer-based tests are aligned with Common Core Standards and are given in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.  Our teachers have undergone extensive professional development to prepare for the transition to PARCC testing. Please see the Q&A on PARCC below or click on this link for more info: http://parcconline.org/

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 12 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The purpose of PARRC assessments is different from the purpose of MCAS in that MCAS gauges student proficiency within K-12 and PARCC will assess whether students are on track for college and careers

Why PARCC over MCAS?

In 2010 a memorandum of agreement was signed by Governor Patrick, Secretary Reville, and Commissioner Chester, committing to adopt PARCC assessments, “…provided they are at least as comprehensive and rigorous as our current MCAS assessments, if not more so.”  During the 2014-2015 school year, districts were given the choice to administer either PARCC or MCAS in grades 3-8. Those districts, including Milton, who chose PARCC are being “held-harmless” for their accountability levels.  The Massachusetts Board of Education will use data from this operational test to determine in Fall of 2015 whether or not to adopt PARCC.

Districts were also afforded the opportunity to run PARCC field tests in grades 9 and 11 during this school year.  At Milton High School, students in 9th grade will be testing in Math while 11th grade students will be testing in ELA.  Please note that during this field test year, students in AP Language will not be taking PARCC in order to afford those students the opportunity to focus solely on their College Board exam.

This year all students in grades 3-8 will take operational PARCC ELA and Mathematics assessments.  Students will take the PARCC Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) in March/April and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY) in May.  Specifically, each school has defined testing days during the following windows:

PBA: March 16th – April 10th
EOY: May 4th – May 29th

How will the test be administered?
All exams will be computer-based, with students using either a Chromebook or desktop computer to take the exam.

Can my child be exempt from taking PARCC?
No, students cannot be exempt from taking PARCC.  State law (G.L. c.69, s.1I) requires that all students who are educated with Massachusetts public funds participate in a statewide student assessment program under the direction of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. This requirement was first enacted as part of the landmark 1993 Massachusetts education reform law. The statute does not contain an “opt-out” provision for parents to remove their children from participating. In short, participation in the statewide student assessment program is mandatory.

PARCC Dates:

Glover: http://www.edline.net/pages/Glover_Elementary_School
Tucker:http://www.edline.net/files/_AaKzM_/843e35a176e78b9c3745a49013852ec4/PARCC-MCAS_2015_TESTING_DATES.pdf
Cu/Co:  http://www.edline.net/pages/Cunningham_Elementary_School
Pierce:  http://www.edline.net/pages/Charles_S__Pierce_MS
Milton High School: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Calendar

SNOW DAY INFORMATION

I would like to reiterate the Milton Public Schools’ policy around cancelling school due to snow or inclement weather and clarify any questions regarding our school year calendar.

Public school students must attend school for 180 days a year according to Massachusetts Student Learning Time Regulations. I present a school year calendar to the Milton School Committee each January for their approval. The school year calendar details the 180 days of school.  After each snow storm, the last day of school is extended by another day in June. Again, we can — by contract — go to school until the last day of June. We publish a new and updated school year calendar which is posted on our website the day after each school cancellation. Because Milton Public School students begin school before Labor Day, we have never had an issue with having to open school during February or April vacations in order to meet the required 180 days of school for students.

I personally make the decision if school has to be canceled due to snow and/or inclement weather.  I speak with Milton’s Department of Public Works Director Joe Lynch several times during the day and night before each storm and again beginning at 4:30am on the morning of each storm. I speak with at least five area superintendents and others via e-mail regarding weather predications and conditions and their plans on cancelling school in their districts.

My goal is to have our students in school and Milton’s Public Schools open every day.  The safety of our 4,000 students is the primary factor that influences my decision regarding cancelling school.  I do not consider how many days we have closed school or how long into June our students will be attending school when making this decision.

My goal is to always notify parents/guardians the night before a school cancellation if possible and if not by 5am the morning of the school cancellation.

 In the past few days, my office has fielded dozens of calls from parents and guardians with questions about when and why we cancel school.  Following are some of those questions, along with my answers:

Q:  Why do snow days get “tacked on” to the end of the school year? Why can’t we eliminate days of February vacation?
A:  There are several reasons. Some families already have travel plans for these vacations, so eliminating vacation days is not a viable option.  Also, our teachers’ contract anticipates these days off as part of the contract.

Q: Currently, what is the last day of school?
A: Friday, June 19th is the last day of school. This will be a half-day.

Q: Why doesn’t Milton ever have a delayed start or early release?
A:  We have found that for Milton Public School parents/guardians, delayed openings and early release days present scheduling problems similar to those presented by a school cancellation.  With the number of parents who work outside the home, any decision to send students home early could be a potentially dangerous situation for some households. A delayed start could be considered in certain circumstances, with schools opening up to two hours after the normally scheduled time

Q: Why were all the schools closed on Thursday, when only one roadway in Milton was affected?
A: We were told on Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the agency which oversees the maintenance of several roads in Milton, that Blue Hill Parkway was unsafe for pedestrians and buses. Students who live in this neighborhood attend all six of our Milton Public Schools, and many of those students walk to Glover, Tucker, Pierce and Milton High School.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on February 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. Please note, there will be a School Committee meeting and an Open Budget Hearing held on February 10th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following information was sent to us by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

             The High School World Language Department has three more good reasons to be proud of its students since last summer: 100% success in both French and Spanish Advanced Placement exams[1] and 100% success in the DELF, a newly introduced International French proficiency exam.

The success of our AP students is particularly noteworthy as the College Board recently updated both French and Spanish curricula. These changes reflect the general evolution of the field of world language instruction towards a holistic and functional approach to language proficiency. Our High School language team, well-aware of this growing emphasis on active communication, re-evaluated and progressively revised curriculum, instruction, and expectations for all classes and levels.

In current French and Spanish classes, students learn and use the target language in meaningful and real-life contexts through a wide range of reading, writing, speaking and listening activities. In AP Language and Culture classes, instruction is organized around six interrelated contemporary themes defined by the College Board: Global Challenges, Personal and Public Identities, Science and Technology, Beauty and Aesthetics, Contemporary life, Families and Communities. The objectives of these standard and performance-based courses are to develop student communicative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in authentic contexts.

The exploration of the various cultures of the Francophone and Hispanic worlds is conducted through historical, socio-economical and multidisciplinary perspectives.  Technology plays, of course, a major role in 21st century language classes. Smartboards, a newly equipped language lab, i-pads and authentic audio-visual resources connect our classrooms and our students to the world.

The addition of performance-based international exams to our current French and Spanish programs was a logical next step. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) was successfully introduced two years ago through a collaboration with the French Cultural Center in Boston (Alliance Française). The DELE (Diploma Español como Lengua Extranjera) organized by the Institute Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Government will be piloted this school year. Both exams are divided into six levels of proficiency (A1, A2. B1, B2, C1 and C2). Our French students take their exams at the B1 or B2 level[2]. All candidates succeeded two years in a row. We expect our Spanish students to perform at the same level. Both certifications are officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. Such certifications are official international acknowledgement of language mastery, a noteworthy advantage for college application and a gateway to international careers around the world. Scores are valid for life.

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We have some wonderful projects coming out of the Tucker Elementary School. Please read below for information about the “Great Kindness Challenge,” submitted by Tucker kindergarten teacher Liz Spitz.

Tucker School is participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions. Tucker School students will be joining over 3,000 other schools and over 2,000,000 students who will be taking this challenge! Tucker School students will be participating in the challenge in three unique ways.

1) Complete a poster to celebrate Kindness. (see below) The top three posters makers have earned a special lunch with Dr. McNeil-Girmai, Ms. Spitz and friends of their choice. The deadline for this has passed, but congratulations to all those students who submitted posters. (see winners below)

2) Recognize acts of kindness that they see. Students can submit these acts of Kindness to the main office. Two students’ names will be drawn each week for a small prize. All acts of Kindness submitted will be displayed on our Giving Tree on the main floor.

3) Complete the Kindness Challenge using 50 suggested acts. The checklists will be going home at the end of the week. The challenge officially runs through Wednesday, February 4th. Please note that the challenge is not required but we encourage families to take a few minutes to review the challenges and complete as many acts as possible. Discussing these acts and their daily actions will make for a great reflection for students.

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We have great news from our music department! I am very proud to announce that NINE Milton High School students were accepted to the Massachusetts All State Music Festival and will be performing at Symphony Hall in March!  They auditioned last Sunday, competing with students from all across the Commonwealth and their high scores won them places in this prestigious festival. Congratulations to Simon Eder, Will Hess, Walker Stroud, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Jackie Ruscito, Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, and Stephen Tan.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal:

How can we protect our children in today’s technology-driven world? On Thursday, February 12th, the Milton Public Schools has an important event taking place. We are pleased to announce Katie Greer will be presenting to the Milton community.

Ms. Greer is a highly respected internet safety speaker with tremendous experience in the computer field.  She is a former Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police and a former Internet Safety Coordinator for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  Katie has presented to hundreds of schools, organizations, and conferences (law enforcement and otherwise) during the last 7 years.  Through these presentations, Ms. Greer shares her expertise, providing educational content on issues surrounding digital/internet safety and social networking.  She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, CNN, and USA Today. You can learn more about Ms. Greer on her website at:  http://www.klgreer.com .

During the school day on February 12, Ms. Greer will present to 4th and 5th grade students and then to our 6th grade students.  That evening at 7:00 p.m., she will do a parent/community presentation at Milton High School in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium for adults only (18 and older- strictly enforced).

Last year, staff, parents and students found Katie Greer’s unique presentation style to be powerful and very well tailored to fit the needs of the audience.  For that reason, we decided to have her return this year so that others could hear her important internet safety message.

In March of 2014, all students in grades 5-12 completed an anonymous survey regarding their internet usage. The results of this survey will be shared with parents and guardians prior to Ms. Greer’s presentation.  We believe this survey will help both Milton Public Schools and families to better understand the internet usage of our students.

It is essential that we all work together in order to make this technology driven world a safe place for our children. Please attend Ms. Greer’s presentation for parents/guardians at 7:00 p.m. on February 12th.  Finally, I would like to thank the Milton Public Schools’  PTOs who generously helped to support Ms. Greer’s presentations.  If you have any questions, as always, please contact me via email at kspaulding@miltonps.org or 617-696-4568 ext. 1102.

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Milton High School’s Robotics Team, “Milton Static” will be hosting 17 teams from around New England on Sunday, February 8th for a robotics tournament.  Team members are asking for members of the community with an interest in robotics or engineering to come and lend a hand, as well as anyone who can help out by selling tickets, concessions, etc. Matches start around 11am and run until 5pm.  Contact jdiamond@miltonps.org if you are interested in helping. There is no cost to attend.

Meanwhile, Milton Static attended a tournament in Arlington this past weekend, where they placed 4th out of 13 teams. Last year, the team placed 4th at the Battle of Lexington held at Lexington High School and won the Rockwell-Collins Innovation award for design of the robot.

The team is sponsored by PTC (a software company based in Needham) and the Milton House of Pizza. Members of the team volunteer by working with the robotics teams at the elementary and middle schools. They’ve presented at elementary science fairs and were featured as an exhibition last year for First Night in Boston. Please come to support this team.

The following MHS students are members of Milton Static: Albert Enyedy, Connor Byrne, Liam Chase, Tanvir Islam, Will MacMillan, Alex Dustin, Robbie Silva, Jillian Eckard, Alden Hebard, Kristen Mills, Yusuf Solomon, Nick Daly, Will Breslin and Tristan Darby.

FAMILY LIAISON

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

Preschool Literacy and Language Playgroup

Do you have a child age 3-5?  Milton Early Childhood Alliance is pleased to offer a free, six week preschool literacy and language play group series for children 3 to 5 years old at Discovery Schoolhouse. The “Learning Through Play” playgroup will meet Thursdays from 9-10am.   Sessions will take place on February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2015. Space is limited and registration is required.  To register, please email cpcmecasld@verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

“While she explores the scientific world, your daughter is engaging her rational, creative, and problem-solving capabilities, giving her invaluable experience to navigate everything the world has to offer her.”*

Save the Date!  Weymouth Public Schools in partnership with AAUW is offering an Interactive Workshop for girls in grades 5-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  The conference will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 8:00-1:00pm at Weymouth High School Gold Cafeteria, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA  02190.  For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or lynnphoward82@comcast.net

*from the education.com website, article on Girls and Science: The Wave of the Future?

MFE NEWS

The following information was submitted Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education. This organization recently awarded $30,000 to the Milton Public Schools as part of the Fall Grants Cycle.

The Milton Foundation for Education had one of its most expansive and prolific grant cycles since the inception of its Competitive Teacher Grant Program, awarding $30,000 to multiple teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools. Funding for these awards came from the generosity of Blue Hills Bank and the many parents and citizens who support the MFE’s Annual Appeal and Red Apple Program.

Blue Hills Bank commemorated the opening of its Milton Branch, with a one-time, signature grant of $10,000 in support of the MFE’s Digital Learning Initiative. Technology awards include Chromebooks to aid in collaborative learning, iPads for occupational therapy sessions and SMARTBoard interaction, carts for charging devices, headphones to augment individualized instruction, and a classroom clicker response system. Blue Hills Bank has also partnered with the MFE as an Event Sponsor of Monster Dash and one of three Event Sponsors of the upcoming Celebration 2015 on March 14th. Blue Hills Bank level of support is unprecedented.

Additionally, the wonderful parents, community members and supporters of Milton Public Schools gave to the MFE Annual Appeal with great generosity this year. $20,000 of this funding impacted multiple curriculum and health/wellness areas. Some highlights include “A Virtual Museum” of large print Renaissance paintings; a “Special Kids in School Series” which helps a school community understand common medical and emotional childhood conditions; a variety of leveled readers in French, Spanish, and English nonfiction; and three Life Size Human Torso models for Life Science classrooms. This is just the beginning of what we have been able to provide for Milton students this year.

The Milton Foundation for Education is beyond grateful to Blue Hills Bank for its signature grant, and to the many parents and citizens for their support of the Annual Appeal and Red Apple Program. These gifts of innovation and enrichment have a significant impact on the students and teachers of the Milton Public Schools that will be felt immediately and for many years to come.

The MFE looks forward to seeing the Milton community at Celebration 2015 on March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. For more event information on Celebration 2015 or grants please refer to www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Milton Public School parent Cathy Smith and Milton Police Lt. Kevin Foley.

The Milton Police Department is offering a RAD self-defense class for females in the Milton High School senior class of 2015.  This is free of charge to each girl but does require a commitment to all four sessions.   Although the content is detailed and serious, the officers say this educational class is also fun and engaging.  This is a first come, first served situation with a maximum class size of 30.  The deadline is February 20th. The sessions will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the first two weeks of March (3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th). The first classroom session will take place at Milton High School, while the following three sessions will be at Cunningham Hall.  Please have your daughter arrive by 3:50 pm each day and expect them to be done around 6 pm.  If there are any concerns with transportation, please add that note to the parent consent form.  Also if someone has an injury that would prevent them from performing certain maneuvers, they are still welcome to take the class.  Sign up forms are available in the Milton High Guidance Office.

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Wendy Allen will present “Searching for the Exact Location of America’s Soul” on Lincoln Day, Sunday, February 8th at 2pm at Forbes House Museum. The program will include an artist talk, demonstration and audience participation, as visitors will be invited to assist Allen in painting a Lincoln portrait. After the presentation, the FHM will have special tours of the Lincoln Cabin, and cider, hot chocolate and donuts will be served, a tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924.To RSVP for this special event, call the museum at 617.696.1815 or e-mail us at  info@forbeshousemuseum.org. The event is free and open to the public. Donations to support the museum are gladly accepted. RSVP today as space is limited!

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Milton Parks and Recreation is announcing its 15th Annual 2015 Spring Basketball League. This league is for Milton residents only! Please be advised that we are now only taking on-line registrations for all our programs. They are on a first come first serve basis, so please register early. Registration begins on January 26th. To access the online registrations click this link: http://tinyurl.com/ldu6agz.  If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation office @ 617-898-4940

boys and girls – grades 3-8

  • 2 games per week – Sundays and weeknights
  • Games will be played at the Milton High School Copeland Field House, Collicot and Cunningham.
  • March 1st thru mid-April
  • Cost: $125.00

Also, Park & Rec is taking registration for the February Vacation Baseball Clinic. This program is open to children ages 5 – 11. The director is Dave Perdios of the Curry College Baseball Team. Daily baseball instructions will focus on hitting – throwing – fielding – base running and games. The clinic will be held from February 16th – 20th at the Milton High School Field House. Please be advised that we are now only taking on-line registrations for all our programs. They are on a first come first serve basis. Please register early.

Both sessions sold out last year! To access the Online Registrations click link below:

http://tinyurl.com/ldu6agz

Any questions please call the Parks and Recreation Office @ 617-898-4940 or visit our web site @ www.townofmilton.org  for more info.

FOOD SERVICE

The following item was submitted by Melissa Silva, an intern in the Food Service Department.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were submitted by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian at the MPL:

Monday February 2nd at 7pm — Teen Book Club

Teen Book Club monthly meeting, open to ages 12 to 18 years old. Our February pick is The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry. “Seven very proper Victorian young ladies conspire to hide a murder from the authorities at their boarding school.”

Author Julie Berry will be visiting the library on Monday February 9 for a special author talk, book signing, and hosting the monthly Teen Writing Workshop! Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get writing tips from a fabulous YA writer! Snacks will be provided and anyone new is welcome to join us! To get a copy of the book, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org or contact Amy at aboivin@ocln.org or 617-698-5757. Teen Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Friday February 6th at 3pm — After School Movie

Join the Teen Services department for Friday Flicks! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Friday Flicks are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org with questions or comments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Monday February 9th at 6pm — Writing Workshop with YA Author Julie Berry

Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to a creative writing workshop. This is a monthly workshops offered at the library with each focusing on a different aspect of writing! Special treat this month: YA Author Julie Berry will be hosting this month’s writing workshop. She will also be doing an author talk, Q&A, and book signing. Here is the description of her most recent book: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, a middle grade murder mystery from Roaring Brook. “Stunning. Hilarious. And wholly original. If David Sedaris and Agatha Christie had a child, it would be Julie Berry.” Holly Goldberg Sloan, bestselling author of Counting by 7s. “An immensely entertaining, smart, and frothy diversion.” The Horn Book. “Romance blooms in unexpected places, and danger lurks around every corner in this delightfully farcical tale, full of twists and turns.” Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. So join us and get great writing tips from this fabulous author! Admission is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday February 11th at 3pm —  New After School Library Club TeenM.A.G

Join the NEW after school library club TeenM.A.G. (Music, Art, and Gaming). Once a month, the teen librarian, Amy Rosa, invites any teens in grades 6 to 12 to join her downstairs in the Keys Community Room for open gaming, music, and arts and crafts. Choose from a wide variety of games to play on the library’s Wii, try your hand at the library’s various board games and puzzles, pick your favorite Pandora station to play for background music, create a masterpiece at the arts table, or just hang out with your friends and work on your homework. Please contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org to join this new library club or sign up in the teen room after school. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday February 26th at 6pm — Fashion Design Class

From the Fashion Runway to the Fashion Rack: How does a fabulous dress make it from a simple pencil sketch to hitting the floors of Nordstrom??? Learn what the steps are and how to create a fashion illustration. The teen department of the Milton Library welcomes fashion designer Amanda Bartlett to teach teens the basics of fashion design. Open to any teens entering grades 6 to 12 in the fall. All materials will be supplied. Join us to have fun learning and sketching! Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Saturday February 28th at 10 am — Teens & Parents Study Skills Workshop

The teen department welcomes English teacher and tutor, Eliza Wagner Srestha to host a study skills workshop for any teens in grades 6 to 12 and their parents. The session will be experiential and hands-on focusing on Technology. Ms. Srestha will have different activities to help students and their parents with information on how to use your digital devices effectively and when to put them away; a review of specific apps and how to use them as a tool for learning and organization; and an introduction to Google Drive. Students, don’t be overwhelmed with school, learn the skills to survive it! Parents, learn the skills to help your child thrive in school. Also there will be coffee and refreshments available. Please register for this program at www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp. Space is limited. Admission is free and this program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Any questions? Contact Amy Rosa at aboivin@ocln.org

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Record is 6-7 overall, 4-6 Bay State League. Win on Friday night over Weymouth – Sara McMenamin had 18 points and Meg Corcoran had 16 points. Team defense has been excellent, allowing less than 30 points the last two games and just 40 points per game for the season. We play Norwood on Friday night and Brookline on Sunday at 2pm at Brookline HS.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The Wildcats are 4-7 at the half way point of the season.  The senior class (Jonathan Pierre, Myles McDermott, George Filsaime, Kevin Conway, Brad Russian, Denis McAuliffe, David Mullen, Malik Malcolm, Cam White, Eric Hale) feels as if the second half of the season will see positive results. Upcoming games are Friday home vs Norwood 6:30pm and Sunday vs Brookline HS at 2pm, both at home.

BOYS HOCKEY

After a nine game unbeaten streak, we fell short @ Weymouth, 5-2. Lloyd Hill scored both goals, the first one got him his 100th point of his varsity career. A strong 4-1 win over Brookline on Wed, Jan 28th.  We’re still battling hard with an 9-3-2 overall record.  Sr. Captain Shane Kelley has been leading the way the last couple of games, both offensively and defensively. He scored two goals last game and has carried a defensive load playing with two freshmen: Tommy Noonan 0-3-3 and Dylan McDougall 1-2-3, who have also been contributing offensively. Next games are vs Norwood on Saturday at home at 7pm and Next Wednesday vs Natick at home.   Two wins will give us a better than .500 record against the Carey side. Always a big accomplishment!!!

GIRLS HOCKEY

Team Record: Overall 11-2, BSC League 8-1. The Milton HS girls hockey team beat the number 1 Team twice Falmouth and Wellesley. the next game is vs Norwood on Saturday at 8pm at Canton Ponkapoag Rink.
WRESTLING

The record for Wrestling is 7-9. The team lost to Dedham HS 39-33 on Thursday at Dedham HS.  Lost 3 close one on Sunday in the Bay State Quad (Newton North 41, Milton 39, Walpole 45, Milton 38, Needham 46, Milton 36).  Dane Matejka, Zack Fischer and Kaleb Herd all went 3-0 on the day.  Senior Alex Toyias 13-5 Senior Kaleb Herd 12-7 and Junior Dane Matejka 15-7 lead the way for the wildcats.  Up next is the Silver Lake Regional HS Tournament on Saturday, January 31, 2014 at 10am.

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

The boys track team finished with a record of three wins and three losses after losing last night to Brookline.  The team has one of the strongest sprint crews in the state led by David and Dereck Perkins, Koby Asazee, Ludwig Frederique and Mariano Davis. The 4 by 200 relay team has a solid chance of getting a state championship. Tim Lynch has had a great season as one of the top ten two milers in the league as well as John Lenane in the mile. Many of the boys have qualified for the state divisional meet which will be held February 15th.

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

The team had a huge win over Needham last night with a score of 51.5-48.5. The teams record is now 4-2. The next meet is the BSC Championships on Wednesday 2/4 Both the 4x200m and 4x400m relays were put in must-win situations and win they did! Oceane Marescal won the High Jump with a big personal best of 4′ 10″. Chae Diani, Antonnnea Umeh and Asley Thermidor-Payne all had personal bests on the day.

SKI TEAM

The Milton Ski Team completed two slalom races on Thursday 1/29 at Blue Hills Ski Area. Four girls finished in the top 40 as 12th grader Alanna Loria, 11th grader Georgia Bell, and 8th graders Shayla Kelley and Kate Rulon all had strong races.

The boys top performer was Owen Walsh (11th grade) who finished just ahead of his bother Aidan (9th grade).  The racers’ next race will be a slalom race on 2/5 in Shrewsbury.  The Milton High Ski Team participated in its first ever JV race Thursday 1/22 at Blue Hills. For the girls, Alex Lipson and Julia DeFillipo both completed top ten finishes. The boys were led by sophomore Kip Melcher.

CHEERLEADING TEAM

The Milton High School Cheer & Dance team will be competing in the Bay State Conference cheer & dance competition on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Natick HS.

SWIM

The team swam against Randolph last Saturday and our results are as follows:

Our 1st place finishes for the girls team was Isabelle Neville for the 50 freestyle, Emma Heller for 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, Tyler Volpe Knock for 200 Freestyle, and Maia Adley for 50 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Isabelle Neville and Maia Adler took 1st in the girls 200 yard Medley relay. All three relay teams were able to take 1st, 2nd & third respectively in the 200 yard Freestyle relay. The team for 1st place was Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Maia Adley, and Tyler Volpe Knock. 2nd place: Isabelle Neville, Rachel Joyce, Julia Pelltier, and Olivia Sidoto. Third place was Hannah Solomon, Ruby Baker, Bridgette Dugas and Megan McMahon.  The girls team was able to clinch a win against Randolph 94-25.  For the boys team, the only swimmer was was Brendan McManus, who took 1st in 200 freestyle, 50 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle securing another 22 points for the team.  As a team, we ultimately captured a win 116-106 against Randolph.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  Please help me to congratulate the following Tucker students who recently won the “Kindness” poster challenge. As part of the Kindness initiative mentioned above under “Curriculum,”  there was an overwhelming response of posters which are now hung all around Tucker School as a reminder that Kindness Matters.

Kindergarten Winner Madelyn Allen; Honorable Mention Annie Palmer
Grade 1 Winner Austin Kelley; Honorable Mention Dominic Schettino
Grade 2 Winner Danayla Reddick; Honorable Mention Jaunqiue Coston
Grade 3 Winner Daniel Thomas Honorable Mention Julia Levereault
Grade 4 Winner Priya Shaw Honorable Mention Cotney Descopins
Grade 5 Winner Yasin Kha;  Honorable mention Evan Johnson
Siblings Winners Michael & Brooke McHugh; Honorable Mention Sade & Sienna Griffith Le Maitre

Staff:   I would like to congratulate all the employees of the Food Service department. According to a recent report on Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) our school lunch program was ranked #14 in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Niche School District Rankings released the results of its survey, also published by WCVB,  that rated schools’ food by a variety of methodology. We are all so lucky to have such hard working and amazing staff.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Pierce Middle School administrative assistant Susan  Higgins and her husband Paul, both of whom are Milton High School alumni. The Higgins family was able to procure surplus furniture for a donation to the Milton Public Schools. Dozens of cabinets, chairs, desks and bookshelves were delivered to our schools, at no charge to us.  If any other families know of potential donations that could be used by the Milton Public Schools, please email Dr. Pavlicek at gpavlicek@miltonps.org

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

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