Milton Public Schools

May 13th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 13•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Public School 2016 Budget was approved at Town Meeting’s May 7th Meeting (the presentation is posted on the School Committee’s Budget page on www.miltonps.org).

The Finance Subcommittee of the School Committee meets with Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, Janet Sheehan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources and me every Tuesday morning at 7 am in the Superintendent’s Conference Room.  Members of this year’s Finance Subcommittee were Mary Kelly (chair), Leroy Walker, and Mike Zullas.  Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel work collaboratively to prioritize the needs of the district in order to develop a budget that provides our teachers with the instructional texts, materials and supplies and professional development necessary to maximize the individual potential of every PreK-12 Milton Public School student.

The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel monitor the budget all through the year by  examining quarterly reports and discussing presentations on financial issues such as Athletics and Clubs and Activity Fees,  Food Service, Transportation, Consolidated Facilities,  etc. through the year.

We begin in October to develop the budget  by analyzing our student achievement data, meeting with curriculum leaders and principals across the district to prioritize our goals and initiatives,  study  student enrollment, examine state and federal mandates and costs and, ultimately, to determine our needs for the upcoming year.

The Finance Subcommittee works with and communicates all through the school year with the Town’s Warrant Committee. The Warrant Committee is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  (For details on the Warrant Committee, please scroll down to my Ambassador Page below or see their page at www.townofmilton.org).  The Finance Subcommittee and Central Office personnel listed above present our budget to the Warrant Committee at least twice during December and January to the Warrant Committee.  The Finance Subcommittee, Central Office Personnel and Warrant Committee monitor each stage of the development of the State budget as it directly impacts the funding available to the Town and helps to determine the level of funding that the Warrant Committee ultimately recommends to Town Meeting.

Summary of FY 16 Budget

Our FY 16 budget is $40,747,500, a 3.5% increase over our FY 15 budget, but $347,000 less than our requested amount.  This level of funding will allow us to continue our advancement initiatives of Early Literacy, Closing our Proficiency Gaps, and expanding Science and STEM education.  It will also allow us to add two needed Special Education positions in the district.  It will, however, result in the loss of two teaching positions (one at each of the Middle and High Schools), one administrative assistant position in the Central Office, a reduction in duties of a Middle School Vice Principal, and several non-personnel spending reductions.  As indicated in our Town Meeting presentation, these were difficult choices that had to be made and underscore the need for the kind of team approach to budgeting that we use in the School department.  For further details, see our posted budget presentation.

Update: On Wednesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its recommendations for the Commonwealth’s FY 2016 Budget.  The Governor had originally proposed to eliminate the Full Day Kindergarten Grant program which helps to fund Milton’s Kindergarten.  The House had restored funding for the program, but the Senate has now recommended reducing the funding from $18.6 million dollars to $1 million, effectively eliminating the program.  If the grant program is eliminated, tuition for Full Day Kindergarten in Milton will need to rise from $3,700 to $4,300, effective next fall.

We encourage all Milton residents to contact the Senate, urging them to restore funding for this program.  If the Senate does not restore funding, we will need to contact members of the House and Senate Conference Committee to have them restore funding.  Please let your Senator and Representative know how important Full Day Kindergarten is and urge them to restore funding for these grants.

To contact Senator Brian Joyce: brian.joyce@masenate.gov or call 617-722-1643.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 20th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Pierce Middle School Spanish teacher Christine Shea:

This was our first year administering the National Spanish Exam. Seven students signed up to take the exam and the results are outstanding!!  More than 157,000 students took the exam across the country.  The following students received Honorable Mention, which is given for scoring at or above the national average: Daisy Johnson- 8th grade, Janelle Descopins- 8th grade and Elizabeth Francis- 7th grade. In addition, the following eighth-grade students received the Gold Medal, which is given for scoring in the 95th percentile or higher:  Sophia Li Raquel Gallagher Katharine Barrett

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The following item was sent to us by Milton High School English teacher Michael Young:

I am proud to announce that on Friday the New England Scholastic Press Association, headquartered at Boston University, issued the school newspaper, The Elephant in the Room, two journalism awards:  a “Meritorious Achievement” award in scholastic editing and publishing; and a personal achievement award given to Anne Marie Grudem for her illustration “Senioritis.” The newspaper staff has worked hard this year to legitimize and professionalize the school news source.  The two papers that we submitted along with the many individual pieces resulted from hours of writing, investigating, and editing.  The editors involved in the laying-out and revising of the two submitted papers include the following: Katrina Kourtelidis, Amy Savino, and Joshua Kery. The other contributors (writers, artists, and photographers) include Colman Lydon, Taylor Avery, Anne Marie Grudem, Aman Negassi, Meredith McGroarty, Matt McAuliffe, Liam Connolly, Javana Samuels, Delens Ducheine, Nathan Liberty, Margaux Rose, and Katrina Ramkissoon.

The students who attended the BU ceremony and symposium took classes to better their understanding of editing, leadership, publishing print and online news, advertising, and photoediting, just to name a few topics. They also heard a Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist from South Africa discuss his book “The Bang Bang Club,” about South Africa’s rise to democracy.

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We recently received news that Collicot student Tyler Kennedy placed second in the state as an individual competitor at the recent Massachusetts Future Problem Solvers bowl. Tyler placed 2nd  in the Junior Division of the Global Issues Problem Solving – Individual competition. Congratulations to FPS Coach Lori Henry and Tyler!

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce Middle School Latin Teacher Danielle Huebner:

Please join me in congratulating the following Pierce Middle School students, who performed very well in the most recent administration of the National Mythology Exam and the National Latin Exam.

National Mythology Exam

  • Athena Gold Award of Excellence and Gold Medal for perfect score: Sam Dunnington (6th), Connor Foley (6th), Ben Karol(6th) and Catherine Le (7th).
  • Silver Medal: Jennifer DoDai (6th), Abigail Files (6th), Veronika Lin (6th), Anna Crowley (7th), Michael Daly (7), Mary Howley (7th) and Shaylen Vangestel (7).
  • Bronze Medal, Brendan Cullen (6th), Jack Elliot (6th), Abigail Tran (6th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Molly Murtagh (7th), Jonathan Truong (7th), Eleanor Baldwin (8th) and Suvan Shukla (8th).

National Latin Exam

Intro Level (grades 6 and 7)

  • Achievement Award: Nicole Dragon (7th), Shea Flanagan (7th), Mary Howley (7th), Catherine Le (7), Molly Murtagh (7th), Wendell Pierre (7th)

Latin Level I (Grade 8)

  • Gold Medal and Summa Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Suvan Shukla (8th).
  • Magna Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Daniel Flaherty and Jack Long (both 8th)
  • Cum Laude Honorable Merit Award: Molly Baker, Jackson Hoy, Grace Jacobsak and Tina Nguyen (all 8th)

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The following item was submitted by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

Congratulations to the following students, who recently passed the DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française.) This is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. This certification is officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages, and constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. Such certification is useful for school records, as well as college and job applications in French-speaking countries. Scores are valid for life.

The DELF is designed to assess the communicative skills of a candidate in a real situation using authentic documents, and evaluate  her or his linguistic know-how (writing a letter, asking for information, exchanging opinions).  The exam assesses the four language skills (listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking skills and writing) and has two levels (B1/B2). The oral test has been administered by trained instructors from the French Cultural Center of Boston (Alliance Française).  Please help me to congratulate the following students, all of whom were students of Anne Pons.

B1: (At this level, the user becomes independent. He/she can maintain interaction: he/she can understand and maintain a discussion and give his/her opinion. He/she is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life)

Christopher Chinman , Monika Cormack, Noura Darouichi, Olivia Erickson, Benjamin Johnson, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia McDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Elizabeth O’Connor, Jaqueline Ruscito, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan and Olivia Taber.

B2: (A B2 user has a degree of independence that allows him/her to construct arguments to defend his/her opinion, explain his/her viewpoint and negotiate. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting his/her own mistakes.)

Emma Pred-Sosa, Jillian Eckard and Shane McLaughlin.

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I am happy to report that the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association has awarded Caroline Morton, a Cunningham second-grade French Immersion teacher, the 2015 New Teacher Commendation. This is an award that recognizes new teachers who demonstrated excellence in teaching as well as involvement in school community and professional activities.  MaFLA, which received a great number of nominations this year, announced that Ms. Morton was selected by the MaFLA Awards Committee for the strength of her teaching and service. Great job!

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Milton placed first regionally in the Continental Math League Euclidean Division for both 4th and 5th grade. Below are the top-scoring students for each grade:

Grade 5: Collicot: Rachel Steinberg and Jonathon Waldmann. Cunningham: Anna Hamblet, Lucia Dwyer, Kiley Fitzgerald and John Clancy. Glover: Jake Lippert and Rohan Meier. Tucker: Max Hollingsworth, Stella Yuan, Alex Paxhia, Luke Shields and Elle Anthony.

Grade 4: Collicot: Wes Morisette, Connor Mannion, Ethan Putman, Mary Mullen and Lok Ye Young.  Cunningham: Raina Sohur, Hokulani Panerio-Langer, Abigail Tangher and Kiera Glazer.  Glover:  Harrison Dolgoff. Tucker: Logan Do and Nicholas Reason.

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Congratulations to the following members of the National Honor Society. The most recent inductees were honored during last month’s Scholastic Honors Night.

Inducted in 2015: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Ava Berg, Leah Bohmbach, Isabelle Bongiorno, Madison Brown, Megan Caljouw, Nolan Carvalho, Catherine Casaz, Olivia Chin, Emily Chow, Sophia Cousineau, John Cremmen III, Mary Cronin, Miranda Czwakiel, Mairead Dambruch, Allegra DeNooyer, Maeve Doyle, Sarah Dragon, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Greta Freking, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Liam Hines, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Charles Karoff, Joshua Kery, Fanhao Kong, Cole Kroninger, John Lenane, Maryanne MacIsaac, Anna Mahoney, John Mazzarella, Kathleen McAuliffe, Matthew McAuliffe, John McGrath, Kristen Mills, Sarah Monderer, Elizabeth Murphy, Brandon Musto, Sabrina Najarian, Lara Nasser, Colette Nourie, Tatiana Perez, David Perkins, Derek Perkins, Erica Poon, Madeline Scott, Hailee Sullivan, Amanda Thorne, Kalyani Twyman, Kendall Van Allen, Ashley Vaughn, Tyler Volpe-Knock, John Walker, Owen Walsh, Anthony Wong and Michael Wyatt.

Inducted in 2014: Vincent Chan, Gabrielle Che, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Noura Darouichi, Madelyn Driscoll, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Jake Fahey, Anna Gaden, Eric Hale, Mitchell Hause, Julie Henry, William Hess, Emily Hutchinson, Madeline Hoy, Kristen Ingraham, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Christian Kackley, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Olivia Keohane, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Anna Lamb, Julia MacDougall, Alexander MacIsaac, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane Marescal, Tansy Massey Green, Denis McAuliffe, Shane McLaughlin, Rebekah Mondelus, David Mullen, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Liam Queally, Caitlin Rodensky, Edwin Rodriguez, Jacqueline Ruscito, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Anne Schindler, Hannah Shepard, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Caitlin Smith, Christine Stafford, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Ciara Swan, Olivia Taber, Roger Tejeda, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann, Matthew Wong and Lisa Yuan.

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Congratulations to the following Century Club Students, who were also recognized as part of Scholastic Honors Night. The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers.  Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 40 seniors,  30 juniors, 20 sophomores, and 10 freshmen.

Freshmen: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Peyton Carvalho, Eva Chow, Ornella Ebongue, Chiara Ferrante, Heidi Freking, Domenic Jancaterino, Gigi Jiang, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen.

Sophomores: Andrew Arcieri, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Mariah Conway, Camille Coutant, Matthew Dicarlo, Mary Driscoll, Michael Eberhardt, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock , Gregory Hebard, Alexis Higgins, Erisha Joseph, Sarah Lam, Nicholas Marinilli, Aislinn O’Brien, Emily Possi, Isabelle Ruesch, Hannah Solomon, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong  and Maya Watanabe.

Juniors: Shareen Alsebai, Sindhu Banerjee, Dylan Banh, Alexis Belash, Megan Caljouw, Benjamin Clark, Allegra DeNooyer, Katherine Driscoll, Danielle Dumais, Simon Eder, Audrey Erickson, Ariana Ferrante, Shannon Fitzgerald, Anne Grudem, Liam Halloran, Emma Heller, Lydia Horan, Hope Huban, Mikalia Jackson, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Maryanne MacIsaac, John Mazzarella, John McGrath, Sabrina Najarian, Colette Nourie, Madeline Scott, Amanda Thorne, Tyler Volpe-Knock and Michael Wyatt.

Seniors: (an asterisk indicates the student was a member of the Century Club for all 4 years)  Vincent Chan *, Christopher Chinman, Renee Chiu *, Molly Concannon, Kevin Conway *, Noura Darouichi, Shawn Dowds, Timothy Eberhardt, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy *, Anna Gaden *, Delaney Glinner, Alden Hebard, William Hess, Madeline Hoy, Vanessa Joyce, Micaela Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie Kleiman, Katrina Kourtelidis, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod *, Oceane Marescal *, Tansy Massey Green *, Denis McAuliffe *, Shane McLaughlin *, Patrice Miller, Caitlyn Murphy, Elizabeth O’Connor, Julia Pelletier, Emma Pred-Sosa, Caitlin Rodensky, Garrett Sager, Javana Samuels, Christina Similien, Marmarah Similien, Christine Stafford, Sadia Suhail, Kathleen Sullivan, Alexis Umeh, Gillian Veneto and Matthew Wong.

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Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2016, who were recognized with Junior Book Awards Students at the recent Scholastic Honors Night event:

Simon Eder, Sindhu Banerjee, Joshua Kery, Cole Kroninger, Shareen Alsebai, Allegra DeNooyer, Nolan Carvalho, John Lenane,Tyler Volpe-Knock, Kathleen McAuliffe, Liam Halloran, Megan Caljouw, Danielle Dumais, Emma Heller, Emily Chow, Audrey Erickson,

Kristyn Swift, Samantha Antoniewicz, Anne Grudem, Mikalia Jackson, Leah Bohmback,

Kristen Rundlett, Hope Huban, Brandon Musto, Harry Kong, Maryanne MacIsaac, Madeline Scott, Greta Freking, Kalyani Twyman, Sabrina Najarian, Sarah Monderer.

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 If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2015, please be sure to complete the registration process. Visit this link: http://www.miltonps.org/about-student-reg.php For additional info, please email MPS Registrar Jane Barrett at: jbarrett@miltonps.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please note the Town Of Milton Youth Sports Information Night will be held on Friday, May 15th at Tucker Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Parents and guardians are invited to come and meet representatives from many of our local sports leagues and outdoor programs and learn about the many opportunities for Milton athletes and would-be-athletes!  This event will also feature guest speaker Jarrod Chin Northeastern University’s Center For The Study Sport in Society.

Representatives from the following groups are expected to be on hand: Milton Park & Recreation Department, Milton National Little League, Milton American, Cal Ripken Baseball, Milton Babe Ruth, Milton Youth Softball, Milton Youth Soccer, Milton Youth Lacrosse, Milton Jr Wildcats Football & Cheerleading, Milton Mustangs Football, Milton Rugby, Milton Field Hockey, Friends of Milton Crew, Egan Swim Center Shamrock Swim Club, Milton Wrestling, Milton Youth Hockey, Gaelic Football, AAU Baseball – The Milton Knights, Milton Metro Basketball and the ‘Girl Power’ Running Club. For more information, please contact Larry Rooney, Athletic Director Milton High School: lrooney@miltonps.org

STUDENT WORK:

I would like to share a letter that was received by Glover Elementary School Head Custodian Tom Malloy from one of the Glover students, Jalyssa Coley:

Dear Mr. Malloy,

The Glover Elementary School has read a book called One Hen and we learned that we should “pay it forward,” to our community and you! I have noticed that you have been having to clean up the messes in the cafeteria and in our classrooms. And I also noticed that  the 5th Grade classrooms having lunch in the cafeteria haven’t noticed that you are the one to come in the room and clean the mess from all the other grades.

I’m here to speak for all of the classrooms to say we are sorry. If you are having a bad day, you can read my “P.S.” that is below to show you we care and we are trying to “pay it forward.”  The students of Glover Elementary School are proud to present us “paying it forward” to you. Just know that we all know you are there for us. So you should know we are there for you.

P.S. I’m going to say “Thank You” every day. Just know it came from the heart.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

The celebrations across the district were historic on Monday- May 4th to celebrate the hard working food service staff as Super Lunch Heroes.

Cunningham/Collicot food service staff arrived to a cafeteria decorated with cards, banners and posters celebrating the seven food service employees.  The students presented the staff with paper flowers with thank you notes on every pedal and a platter of treats.  During all of the lunches students thanked and smiled coming through the line and made each food service employee know how much they are appreciated.  Food Service manager Debbie Abdon stated “It was the best day ever”.

Tucker School food service staff was called to the Principal’s office in the morning at 9am with some concern but when they arrived the surprise of a life time greeted them in the conference room of a reception for them that they didn’t need to prepare.  They were handed cards from the students and a reception of treats and sweets was awaiting them.  They were so surprised.  Food Service manager Pat McIsaac said “It was an awesome way to start the day”.

Glover School Food service staff had beautiful fresh flowers arrive from the Principal and her staff.  They were so surprised and delighted.  The children all wished the staff thanks during the serving line.  Food Service Manager Sandy Zalios said “We had the beautiful flowers all week which made us all feel so special”.

Pierce Middle School staff was greeted in the morning by the top three administrators with boxes of beautiful chocolates and great praise of thanks from the entire school.  The students were so kind and nice coming through the line all day thanking all of the ladies for their hard work.  Food Service manager Connie Catinella said “It was such a wonderful surprise and all of the food service staff was so touched to be recognized”.

Milton High School food service staff was asked to come out in the cafeteria by Principal James Jette at the end of first lunch.  He asked for the student’s attention and they silenced immediately when the saw the nine food service staff being recognized.  Principal James Jette thanked each of the staff for their hard work, dedication and positive attitudes.  The entire first lunch of 300 students gave the food service staff a standing ovation.  Other students made posters of the staff in their uniforms with Superman logos on their shirts.  Food Service manager Elaine Rico Moore stated “The staff were very touched and really appreciated the students standing and clapping for them.  The poster was very touching and it made us all look so skinny.”

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! School Lunch Hero Day was the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The School Nutrition Association has partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve recognition.

The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria and the Milton Public Schools did an amazing job celebrating our Super Lunch Heroes.

PARENT LIAISON NEWS

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

Are you looking for some fun activities to do with your pre-schooler during the summer months?  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting programs.

Summertime Stories for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver.  Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and engage children at four sessions held around town.  On July 2nd and August 6th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the gymnasium).  On July 16th and August 20th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Hall.  (Please park across the street at Collicot School).  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will be outside.  All sessions begin at 10:00am.

On Thursday, June 4th (rain date 6/11/15) Milton Early Childhood Alliance will be sponsoring a Children’s Concert at the Baron Hugo Gazebo at Milton Town Hall, from 6:00 – 7:30pm.  Incoming kindergarteners are encouraged to wear their “I’m Going to Kindergarten” t-shirts that they will have just received at their kindergarten screening May 26-29, 2015.  This is a great opportunity for incoming kindergarteners to meet new friends who are also going to be starting kindergarten in the Fall.

The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-696-5040 ext. 5588 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

HEALTH NEWS

Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses, has some reminders from the Health Room

As we begin summer (without much spring) I would like to remind parents/guardians about two very important health concerns for our children and youth – hydration and sun protection.  Our students spend a large amount of their out of school time playing sports, exercising with friends on bikes and skate boards, and just in the neighborhood having fun.  All this is exactly what we all want and have waited for since the first snowflake!  However, keeping our children adequately hydrated can be a challenge.  Water either from the tap or in packaged bottles is only part of the solution.  The loss of electrolytes from activity and sweat requires more that water.  A significant number of headaches that children complain about are caused by dehydration.  An inexpensive substitute to expensive sport drinks is a combination of half water and half juice in a water bottle.  This also cuts down on the sugar in drinks.

In the same vein, all of us, but especially the children need to use sun protection.  I encourage all parents / guardians to discuss this with your pediatrician, however, sun screen should be part of any outdoor activity no matter how little time the children are outside.  We have an opportunity to have this become second nature to this generation helping them into adulthood without having had a sunburn!  The basic rule is to apply about 20 minutes before going outside and then reapply again in a few hours or as needed if swimming or sweating.  Demonstrating good habits with your children from an early age promotes and encourages a healthy response to many health issues that can last a very long time.  Happy, healthy and safe summer!

SUMMER PROGRAMS

The brochure for the Milton Public Schools’ MSE (Milton Summer Enrichment) program has been posted. Please click here to view:

Brochure: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015Brochure.pdf

At A Glance: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MSE2015AtaGlance_000.pdf

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The  Twelfth Annual  DPW Open House will be held on Saturday,  May 16th from 10am to 1pm at the DPW Yard at 629 Randolph Ave. The DPW Open House celebrates National Public Works Week and the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as Public Works.

At this fun-filled, free family event, Milton residents can enjoy hotdogs and cotton candy as they learn about what the Milton DPW does every day to maintain our roads, water, sewage, drainage, and solid waste systems.   Children can climb aboard DPW trucks to honk the big horns and marvel at the recycling magic of BJ Hickman, who will be performing at 11.30 am and 12:30 pm.

In addition, the 12th annual “Larry DeCelle Friend of the DPW Award” will be presented to an individual or organization whose actions exemplify outstanding community service in the public works arena. In the spirit of reuse and re-cycling, BikeMilton (www.bikemilton.org) will at the yard, be running a used bike sale from 10am-4pmBikes may be donated Friday May 15th 5-6:30pm and on the day from 8.30-10am. Proceeds from the sale will be used to promote safe cycling in Milton.

  • Sustainable Milton will also be at the event, helping to give insight to recycling, reuse, and conservation measures to give a new lease on life to unwanted items
  • button cell batteries, thermometers and thermostats containing mercury (recycling   these keeps hazardous substances out of our waste stream)
  • More… Residents wanting to save money on their water bills and conserve water can order rain barrels at our event. Special pricing for Milton residents – ($60/$65) is available. See www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com or call 800-251-2352 for more information There will be no barrels available for pick-up at the event. For those wanting to reduce trash sticker costs and turn yard waste and veggie peelings into soil for the garden, subsidized Earthmover compost bins will also be available for $42 (checks payable to Town of Milton please).

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The following item was sent to us by Patti Dobrindt, Co-Chair of the Milton Road Race:

Save the Date!  The 38th Annual Milton Road Race will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30pm. This 5K/10K event is held rain or shine and is sponsored by Milton Junior Woman’s Club. As many of you know, the proceeds from this race go directly back into our community in the form of grants to local non-profits and scholarships to graduating Milton seniors. This year, we were able to give out a record amount of scholarship money based on the success of last year’s race. A great deal of that success was due to an amazing turnout of student runners. We are hoping to have even more student (and faculty!) participation this year. There is a team registration function if schools are interested in setting up teams for their student/faculty. Please register at: www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 24 – 30:

Monday, May 25th

LIBRARY CLOSED

Saturday, May 30th  from 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Walkalong Gliders for Youth, Ages 8-11

Learn how to build and fly your own walkalong glider… indoors! Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join presenter Philip Rossoni for hands-on glider building and piloting – a fun way to get people interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics involved in aviation. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. * This program will be repeated at 3:30 for ages 12+.

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 Milton High School Boosters club is hosting the 37th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet held on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to all members of the varsity teams, and awarding 17 scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community.  Please contact Kerri McCarthy at kbee312@msn.com  or Donna Conroy at donnac8363@aol.com if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community can purchase tickets online at www.miltonboosters.com. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child (varsity student athletes received a free ticket in the mail). Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams.

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The Boosters are sponsoring a car wash on Saturday, May 16th to benefit the MHS Girls Softball team. This car wash will be held at the Cunningham Elementary School, 44 Edge Hill Road. Please stop by and get your car washed by the girls softball team between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

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

Baseball: Baseball is 9-5. The offense has been anchored by junior Colin Rooney and seniors Jason Turner and Denis McAuliffe. Pitching has been great.  Kevin Murphy, Lloyd Hill, Jared Macleod, Sam Jacobsak, and Brandon Musto have all contributed valuable innings. We have all league games left in the schedule vs Walpole, Braintree, NNHS, and Wellesley.

Softball: The MHS Softball team record stands at 3-9, and there has been much improvement in many areas of the team.  With eight games in the next two weeks, the team is looking to add several more wins and to keep on improving.  Freshman Jenna Conroy is not only the leading hitter on the team but one of the top hitters in the league at .518.  Junior Caroline Johnson is hitting .450 and also one of the top hitters in the league.  Senior pitcher Julie Henry has pitched most of the games and has been awesome.  Monday May 18th at 7PM is senior night vs.  Wellesley.

Rugby: Currently undefeated, 6-0, with wins over Newport, Algonquin, Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Hanover, Essex County and Marshfield. We are currently the Massachusetts Division 2 Sevens Champion, beating Brookline in Cup Final 32-10. Our leading scorer is Ugo Nwanekezi with 55 points. The JV teams is 4-1 with wins over Belmont, Marshfield, Essex, Xaverian and one loss to BC High. The last regular season game is Wednesday, May 13th at 5pm at Brooks Field vs Scituate. (Senior Night) The Div 2 State playoffs are at Brooks Field on Tuesday, May 19th and the State Finals are Saturday, May 23rd.

Crew: MHS Boys and Girls Crew will be heading to the Mayor’s Cup in Medford on Saturday where the Wildcats will compete against about a dozen teams and try to defend their title as the champs of the boys’ and girls’ varsity fours and eights cups (four cups in total)! The very next day just down river in Malden, the Cats will be taking on just over a dozen teams in the annual Moose on the Malden Regatta where the Wildcats hold several titles as well.

Boys Track: The boys track team defeated Dedham him last Wednesday to run its record 2 and 3. It looks forward to competing in the Division III state relays this weekend and equaling its performance from last year as a second place finisher.

Boys Tennis: Last week, Boys tennis recorded a big 4-1 victory over Weymouth. Both doubles teams: #1 Dubs: Gianni Rodriguez & Matt Wong and #2 Dubs: Buddy Chinman & Ray Chen led the way for Milton with quick, straight set victories. The victory was capped by the strong play of Sean NgPack at 3rd singles and freshman #1 singles play of Mike Gates.  Milton is 3-5 in league play and will host Norwood & Weymouth today and Friday.

Girls Tennis: The Girls’ Tennis Team has played nine matches so far.  Our record is three wins and six losses.  We have seven matches left to play, 5 away and 2 at home.  The #1 singles player, Olivia Johnson, has 4 wins and 5 losses.  Six of our Varsity players will be graduating next month.

Boys Lacrosse: Record:  0-12. Highlights: Senior Shane Kelley, Sophomore Dylan DiManno, and Freshman Tommy Noonan lead the offense, while Senior defenseman Sean Hickey and Junior goalie Ben Clark anchor the defense. What’s next:  Over the next two weeks, the Wildcats will play six home games, including three Bay State Conference opponents.  The team is looking to end the season on a high note and winning their first game of the season.

Girls Lacrosse: Milton Varsity Girls Lacrosse team won their last two games. 13-11 win against Weymouth and 15-13 win against Brookline. These were important league games and the girls worked hard to end the games successfully. Hannah O’Leary has been an outstanding midfield player with aggressive play in the transition leading to much of the team’s success! The speed of Julia Scannell and the composure of both our attack players and defense players has contributed to their success. Weymouth game goal scorers: Caitlin Smith 3 goals 1 assist, Emily Kosak 2, Devin Coulter 2, Julia Scannell 1 goal 1 assist, Kelly Shea 1 and Morgan Beglet contributed an assist. Brookline game goal scorers: Katie Abbott 4, Morgan Begley and Julia Scannell each had 3, Emily Kosak and Caitlin Smith both added 2, and Kelly Shea with 1.

Girls Track: The team is 2-1 and will compete against Norwood tomorrow. At the recent meet against Dedham, the girls won easily. As a whole, there were 29 personal best performances at the meet! Some of the big ones were: Ornella Ebongue reclaiming the Freshman record in the Discus with a throw of 91 feet, which is almost good enough for a top three at Milton. Abigail Jean Baptiste had PRs in winning the Long Jump and Triple Jump with marks of 16′ 5.5″ and 33′ 8.5″ respectively. Taylor Burns had a PR in the High Jump with a mark of 4″ 7″. Colette O’Leary nearly broke the school record in the 400m with a time of 59.8. The school record is 59.7! Ruby Baker had a PR in the 400m by over two seconds with a time 74.6s.  Five girls (Dayajna Roache, Abigail Jean Baptiste, Andrea Juzyca, Atheanna Pierre and Ashley Thermidor-Payne) went under 29 seconds in the 200m! Dayajna Roache had her best race of the season winning the 100m dash in 13.5. Oceane Marescal had a PR in long jump by over 1″ jumping 14′ 5″. Athletes of the Meet are Saron Kindle for her determination and PRs in both the 100m and 200m races running 15.1s and 30.9s respectively and Isabel Belash for her very successful multi event day, who also had 15′ PR in the Javelin Throwing 90′ 7″ and won the 100m hurdles. Coaches Invitational:  Abigail Jean-Baptiste had a strong performance in the 100m dash, running 13.11, her fastest time ever. Alexis Belash and Mairead Dambruch ran PRs in the 800m with times of 2:28 and 2:32 respectively. The 4x100m team of Andrea Juzyca, Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roache and Atheanna Pierre ran a season best 51.9 in the 4x100m relay.  Athletes of the Meet:  Josie Cousineau had an amazing race in the freshman mile, running for a 14s personal best with a time 5:40. The time is good enough to qualify her for states. Andrea Juzyca broke her school record in the javelin twice and left the meet as the 2015 Coaches Invitational Champion!  An amazing accomplishment considering the best athletes in the state were there.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   As many of you know, we recently concluded the annual Town Meeting,  held in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium at Milton High School. Part of the tradition of Town Meeting is the participation of some of our high school students. During the multi-night event, students in the jazz band entertained Town Meeting Members in the lobby before the start of the event, a pair of students played a violin duet, and several students performed the National Anthem on-stage before the call to order. I would like thank the following students for their participation, some of whom agreed to provide musical entertainment, despite their obligations with AP tests, sports, clubs and part-time jobs.  I am very grateful to the following students: Jazz Band: Michael Wyatt, Matt Nolan, Shane McLaughlin, Mairead Dambruch, Leizel Werner and Liam Hines. Violins:  Hannah Solomon, Alice Truong and Liezel Werner. National Anthem: Monika Cormack, Liz O’Connor, Jackie Ruscito, Harry Kong, Kris Fort and Garrett Sager.

Staff:   Please join me in Congratulating Nathan (Ted) Randall, Social Studies Teacher at Milton High School and Mary Lou Bradley, Nurse at Tucker Elementary in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Ted and Mary Lou have given over 35 years of service to the Milton Public Schools and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on June 2nd  at Lombardo’s in Braintree

Volunteers:  Now that Town Meeting is concluded, I would be remiss if I did not  thank some of the hardest-working volunteers in the town of Milton – the members of the town’s Warrant Committee. This is a volunteer group of citizens appointed by the Town Moderator.  Developing the budget for the entire town requires an exhaustive amount of meetings and preparation. I am very grateful to the following citizens for their time and patience during the course of the entire year, and especially during Town Meeting. Thanks to:  Ted Hays, Chair,  LeeMichael McLean, Secretary, Richard Boehler, Jean Eckner , Chuck Karimbakas , Michael Maholchic, Philip Mathews, Steven McCurdy , Jim Potter, Jonathan Schindler, Kevin Sorgi, Darnell Turner and Betty White.

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

 

May 5th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 05•15

To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Yesterday was the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week and I hope you will all join me in recognizing and thanking our gifted and talented teachers – not only in the Milton Public Schools, but also those teachers who have impacted us throughout our lives. I know that when I was teaching, my most cherished gifts were hand-written notes, telling me of a student’s or parent’s appreciation.  I would encourage you to consider writing to your child’s teacher and let them know how they have helped your child, or ask your child to write their own letter.  I would also like to personally thank each and every teacher in the Milton Public Schools for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the students of this town.

In addition, please let me remind the Milton Public School community that May 6th is National Nurse’s Day. Of course, I would encourage each of you to recognize our School Nurses, but also please take a moment to thank any other nurses who may be in your life.  Thank you.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday night, May 6th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that tomorrow, May 6th, is Walk and Bike to School Day. As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative, the Milton Public Schools will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents/guardians will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school.  School Committee Chairman Mike Zullas has helped to coordinate some famous people and special “celebrity” guests to help walk students to our elementary and middle schools.

“Walking and biking to school helps to improve students’ health, along with reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality around our schools,” said Mr. Zullas. “We hope to promote a culture of having as many students as possible walk and bike safely to our schools.  Please join us on May 6.”

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please be aware that tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 6th, there will be a community meeting on the proposed Boston 2024 Olympic bid at Milton High School from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Representatives from Boston 2024 will be on hand to discuss their proposal, and members of the community are encouraged to come with their comments, questions, and concerns.  If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact Boston 2024 at 617-960-3122

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

 

 

April 27th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 27•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 27th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am pleased to announce that the School Committee recently voted to approve the permanent appointment of two administrators.  Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan and Collicot Elementary School Principal Holly Concannon were both initially named as interim appointments for these positions. After the most recent vote, these two outstanding educators have now been permanently appointed to these positions. They have worked beyond expectations. Please join me on behalf of the Milton Public Schools students, staff, teachers, parents and guardians in congratulating these two gifted and talented individuals.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on April 15th. That meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held on April 29th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. This will be a Re-Organizational meeting.

April 15th: This meeting began with Citizen Speak. Michelle Connolly of the Milton SEPAC came to speak about National Autism Awareness Month. Next, a group of citizens spoke about Ballot Question One and urged the community to vote in favor of it.  As part of the Superintendent’s Report, Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director, gave a presentation on recent happenings in her department, including the School Breakfast Program, her partnership with Brookwood Farm, and the Iron Chef Jr. Contest. During the Chairman’s Report, the committee voted to confirm the appointments of Ms. Sheehan and Ms. Concannon (see intro for more details.) Next, the School Committee approved a vendor warrant and heard a report from Mr. Zullas on Transportation and Traffic Safety. Ms. Sheridan gave an update on the Facilities Subcommittee and members voted to approve ten sets of minutes. Members of the School Committee thanked Ms. Kelly and Ms. Sheridan for their years of service to the town and the students of Milton.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, there will be no school on Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day)

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Also, please note, the last day of school is scheduled to be Thursday, June 25th. This will be a half-day.

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Fine & Applied Arts:

We are proud to announce that 23 new members were inducted into MHS Chapter of the international music honor society, TRI-M. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 16th  during 7th period, when chorus/band/strings are regularly scheduled so that all of the students in the performing groups could see the ceremony. Superintendent Mary Gormley was the guest speaker and led the students in the pledge. Ms. Gormley is an honorary member of TRI-M and takes part in the ceremony annually. The following students were inducted:  In String Ensemble: Allegra DeNooyer, Walker Stroud, Emma Pred-Sosa and Sindhu Banerjee. In Band: Dylan Banh, Simon Eder, Liam Hines, Michael Wyatt, Emily Chow, Lara Nasser, Madison Peltier, Mitchell Hause, Shane McLaughlin and Madeline Scott. In Chorus: Hope Huban, Colette Nourie, Tatiana Perez, Samanatha Antoniewicz, Audrey Erickson, Maryanne MacIsaac, Sarah Monderer, Noel McCampbell and Emily Dsida. Well done!

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If a parent or and you or your spouse are an active member of the uniformed service, National Guard and Reserve and on active duty; are a member of veteran who are medically discharged or retired for one year or a members who have died on active duty, please fill out the questionnaire attached to this email for each of your children who attends Milton Public Schools. Please address the questionnaire to jbarrett@miltonps.org

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Please join me in congratulating the following students who performed extremely well at the most recent Continental Math meet. Below are the names of the students who achieved perfect scores for the March 12th Continental Math Meet.

Grade 3 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Glover
Casey Olsen and Camden Carr

Grade 4 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Tucker
Logan Do, Na-Yu Nguyen and Ian Wick
Cunningham
Brenna Kelley, Liam McLoughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Sofia Porras-Avalos, Abbie Steuterman and Isabella Wood
Collicot
Connor Griffin, Lok Ye Young, Ethan Putman, Oisin Allen, Cole Humphrey, Brynne Mershon, Wes Morisette, Connor Naughton, Molly Shea, Ciara Walsh and Lauren Walsh
Glover
Craig Pentland, Abigail Coggins, Harrison Dolgoff, Jack McSorley andJonah Renz

Grade 5 Perfect Scores (6 Points)

Tucker
Max Hollingsworth, Maxwell Mitchell and Declan O’Connor
Cunningham
John Clancy and Anna Hamblet
Collicot
Charles Cantillon, Rachel Steinberg, Benjamin Malisheski
Glover
Jake Lippert, Ian Ludeen, Nina Zimmermann and Ian Gravellase

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Milton Summer Enrichment program is now accepting students! This is a summer program run by Milton Public Schools which takes place on-campus at Milton High School. Please read the PDF below with course descriptions. This registration link went “live” today (Monday, April 27th) at 5pm.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0oVWf3P_YihbVhZbVVjcDBwZF9qZW1WVGdxNzQ4UU9la3pn/view?pli=1

Also, the “At a Glance” document below gives more detailed information about this program:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mUgIWSy1-MscMrHcH5rEbINCDzl92reAsSQLQwOh19M/edit?pli=1

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Students who are entering Grade 5 in 2015 are invited to participate in the Pierce Middle School Welcome to Middle School Orientation Camp. The program is designed to familiarize incoming sixth graders to middle school. The cost is $125 and sessions are offered in June and August. Registration forms may be downloaded from the MPS website www.miltonps.org or picked up at Pierce or any of the elementary schools. For additional questions, please email Erin Power: epower@miltonps.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton Foundation for Education’s Teacher of the Year ceremony will be held this Thursday, April 30th at 6:30 in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Please join us in honoring:

Collicot: John Doyle
Cunningham: Emily Hyde
Glover: Susan Bonner
Tucker: Rina Chen
Pierce Middle School: Nicole Hoyceanyls
Milton High School: Larry Jordan
Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award: Holly Concannon

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As part of the Safe Routes to School initiative, the Milton Public Schools will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions or suggestions on how to celebrate this event.

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Save the Date! Milton High School graduation will be held on Sunday, June 7th at 2pm in the Copeland Family Field House.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Many of you have noticed the textile recycling bins which are placed at several of our schools in Milton. These are large boxes which are designed to collect used clothing, linens, etc. for recycling with all funds to benefit the Milton Public Schools.  So far, these bins have been very successful, not only at keeping textiles out of the waste stream, but also at generating revenue. If you are doing a bit of spring cleaning, please feel free to deposit your textiles at one of our Milton Public School recycling bins and help with an easy fundraising effort. Here are the results of the fundraising as of April 5, 2015:

Glover Elementary School:         10,785 lbs $539.25
Collicot Elementary School:  5,055 lbs $252.75
Cunningham Elementary School: 7,160 lbs $358.00
Pierce Middle School: 4,485 lbs $224.25
Milton High School: 4,465 lbs $223.25

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A fundraiser for Milton Teens in Need’s Trunk Show will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 4-7pm at Belle Visage Salon, 564 Adams Street in Milton. This event will be hosted by Collicot Principal Holly Concannon. Join fellow Milton Public School parents for a night of style & pampering to help Milton Needs in Need for Prom! All proceeds will be donated to provide accessories & manicures for the high school prom. We will be collecting old prom dresses as well. Mini facials, manicure, spray tans & massages will be during this event. Call to make you appointment by 4/28 (spaces are limited) I hope you can make it and feel free to bring a friend!

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

School Lunch Hero Day will be celebrated on Friday, May 1st and School Nutrition Employee Week is celebrated from May 4-8th.

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes!

School Lunch Hero Day is the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. The Milton Public Schools is taking the cue from the School Nutrition Association and is partnered with Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” book series, and Random House, to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve some recognition.

The day aims to showcase the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria. Please see the list of our Milton Food Service professionals below who work with our students each and every day:

Many thanks to Debbie Abdon, Matthew Barrett, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Maryellen Comer, Kimberly Demarino, Debbie Devoe, Barbara Doherty, Margaret Fajando, Sonja Fisher, Jayne Fitzgerald, William Fitzpatrick, Maureen Ford, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Rosemary Grey, Christine Griffin, Susan Homan, Carol Hunt, Janice Koenig, Corrine Lyons, Ruth Malone, Pat McIssac, Jane Molloy, Elaine Moore Rico, Stephanie Nelson, Patricia Newayno, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Marie Gladys Volmar, Patrick Whelen and Sandy Zalios.

For details about School Lunch Hero Day 2015, click here http://www.schoollunchsuperheroday.com/

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a SEPAC meeting on Monday, May 11th at the PMS from 7-9pm.  Roundtable discussions for preschool, elementary, and middle/high school will take place.  Staff from the Milton Public School will be on-hand to present and answer questions.

MFE NEWS

Milton Foundation for Education Competitive Grants

Attention Teachers:
We are pleased to announce our Spring Grant Cycle

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, by the end of the school day

Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com
Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants

Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.

Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.

Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.

Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal
and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.

Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further
questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

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The MFE Jeep raffle is back! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 each for a chance to win a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport or $20,000 in cash. Tickets are available at each school or email jeepraffle2015@gmail.com. The winner will be drawn June 27th at the We Are Milton Event!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note, Town-wide Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 28th.  Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm. Cunningham Elementary, Tucker Elementary and Milton High School gyms will be used as polling places on Tuesday.

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Join The Resolution Trio for a free piano trio concert on Wednesday, April 29th at 7pm in the Keys Community Room of the Milton Public Library. The trio is comprised of Jennifer Tu, David Roberts and Elizabeth Mahon (MHS Alumna.)  These Harvard College juniors are excited to share their love of music with Ms. Mahon’s hometown. Enjoy the beautiful music of The Resolution as they perform the Brahms trio in B major.

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The following item was sent to us by Dara Woods-Calkins, Co-Vice President of Sustainable Milton:

Sustainable Milton is partnering with Milton Department of Public Works to organize this year’s Milton Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 2nd.  We need your help to make this event a success and would like to invite you to organize a team and choose an area of town that could use some TLC after this epic winter.

As in the past, DPW will provide gloves as well as trash and recycling bags, and the following week they will pick up the bags at the location you designate.  In order to ensure they have enough supplies for all participants, please visit our website and fill out the form to sign up.

You can sign up on the event webpage at miltoncleanupday.squarespace.com and for more information about our group, visit our homepage at www.sustainablemilton.org

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Also, please note that Town Meeting begins on Monday, May 4th at 7:30 in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

 BID-MILTON

Take the Family for a Walk and Meet Wally! Enjoy a full-filled and healthy Saturday morning with the family at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s annual Community HealthWalk and Health Fair on Saturday, June 13th The fun kicks off with either a 1 mile or 5k walk around Milton at 10 am. After the walk, there will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. Plus Wally from the Red Sox will be there to get things started. For more information, visit www.bidmilton.org/walk

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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 this exciting program for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 26 – May 2:

Saturday, May 2nd 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.

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 

After a hugely successful second season, the Challenger Division is back and we anticipate that it will get better and better!  The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. To register a child, go to: http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com  Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com | 617.281.4566

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com | 617.999.4993

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Spring sports season is in full swing! We will include an Athletic Update in next week’s E-blast. 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:  I would like to congratulate the three students from the Pierce Middle School who attended the Massachusetts Region V Science & Engineering Fair this past weekend at Regis College in Weston. This was a regional fair for all students in southeastern Massachusetts.  The students who attended were:

  • Luke Baltay with a project titled “The Effect of Extra CO2 on Mint Plants.”
  • Wallace Heller with a project titled “What is the Best Way to Disinfect a Toothbrush?”
  • Anna Fahy with a project titled “How is the Air Inside the Football Affected by the Temperature Outside the Football?”

These students qualified for this event after being named the winners of the Pierce Science Fair last month. They also went through additional steps after the Pierce event to prepare their projects to meet the requirements of the State Fair.  Congratulations to all three students!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden, Pierce Middle School Nurse Barbara Perry and MHS Teacher Bill Donovan, all of whom have worked tirelessly on our Milton Summer Enrichment program. This summer program engages between 600-700 students each summer in exciting, enriching and fun courses. This program employs many members of our MPS teaching staff, dozens of young people and also helps to provide Community Service hours for dozens more. I am grateful to this trio for their organization, commitment and dedication to this program. Thank you.

Volunteers:  There are two very important Milton Public School volunteers who cannot be recognized enough for their contributions to this district. Lynda-Lee Sheridan and Mary Kelly both served on the Milton School Committee for many years and both stepped down earlier this month. We are very grateful for their service to the town, the schools, the staff and most importantly, the students of Milton.

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

April 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 14•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of the Milton Foundation for Education’s 2015 Teacher of the Year awards. These annual awards honor our district’s finest educators. Today was “Surprise Day,” where a group of MFE members, school committee members and parents/guardians joined me in a visit to the winning teachers’ classrooms and let them know they have been named Teacher of the Year.  Please join me in congratulating the following teachers and administrators:

Collicot: John Doyle

Cunningham: Emily Hyde

Glover: Susan Bonner

Tucker: Rina Chen

Pierce Middle School: Nicole Hoyceanyls

Milton High School:  Larry Jordan

Collicot Elementary School Principal Holly Concannon was named the recipient of the Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award.

I am very proud of these teachers, but I am also proud of the work that every teacher, aide, administrator and staff member does each and every day on behalf of our students. We have an outstanding faculty and staff in the Milton Public Schools and events such as the Teacher of the Year only serve to reinforce that fact. I am grateful to the Milton Foundation for Education for their dedication to our teachers, our administrators, our families, and most importantly, the students of Milton.

Students and their families, along with colleagues, friends and relatives of the winning teachers are invited to the Teacher of the Year 2015 Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 6 pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

April 6th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 06•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 6th, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The month of March, once again, came in like a lion and out like a lamb.  Now that the winter of 2014-15 is behind us, thoughts have turned to sports, with both March Madness playoffs and Red Sox Opening Day upon us. Our school and town spring sports seasons have begun, with all the anticipation that comes with them. Town election season is also in full swing, and political signs have popped up on lawns throughout town, alongside crocuses and daffodils. Happy Spring!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

In my last E-blast, I provided a link from Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a group with whom the Milton Public Schools has had a long-standing partnership. This group advocates for safe walking and biking routes to schools.  The first step in developing Safe Routes is to collect data from parents/guardians about how they get their children to school each day. We are asking for the Milton Public Schools’ community for their help with a survey being conducted by SRTS.  The survey is now “live” for each of our elementary schools, as well as for Pierce Middle School. It will remain active through April 17thIf any of our schools gets 50% (or more) participation from the entire school population, that school will receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to be used towards Safe Routes around the school. The five participating Milton Public Schools can be awarded these funds, so please take the time to fill out the survey by clicking on this link:  http://masaferoutessurvey.org/en/   Also, as part of the SRTS initiative, we will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions.

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In my last E-blast, I noted that the School Committee voted to approve a revised School Year Calendar for the 2015-16 year.  This new calendar reflects the removal of two religious holidays as “No School Days.” This change was in response to the recent survey sent to all MPS families, asking whether school should be in session on Yom Kippur (September 23rd, 2015) and Good Friday (March 25th, 2016.) The survey was sent to our entire E-blast distribution list (more than 6,000 addresses) and we received 72% yes votes and 29% no votes. Please click the link below to see the most recent 15-16 School Year Calendar.

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/20152016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved040115.pdf

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

               The Reading about Diversity (R.A.D.) series is a 1st – 4th grade program that is run by parent volunteers. Two current educators and Cunningham parents, Tanya Frank and Dr. Jenn Manak, designed the curriculum. Their expertise in diversity, literacy and social emotional developments will help students to better understand and celebrate our diverse world. At each grade level, five children’s books have been selected with related questions already prepared. Each book also includes writing and drawing activities. Each lesson takes about forty-five minutes to an hour. RAD runs almost every week at Cunningham and the feedback from teachers, students and parent volunteers has been tremendous.

In these RAD photos, a parent volunteer reads a RAD book and with the help of the curriculum plan, guides a classroom discussion. Kids return to their desks to draw/write about a topic (in this case, different dwellings, modes of transportation, shopping etc  found around the world). They then return to the story rug and if they choose, share their drawing and words with the class. The parent then wraps up the lesson with a few closing thoughts/questions.

 

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The Forbes House Museum recently announced the winners of the 2015 Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest. In total, the FHM received 1,332 submissions comprised of 460 essays and 872 drawings. Congratulations to the following Milton Public School students who were recognized:

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

Kindergarten:

  • First Place: Avery Rose Squiciarino, Glover School
  • Second Place: Beatrix Cohen-Raymond, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: David Bourque, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Jacob Carlin, Cunningham School

Grade One:

  • First Place: Gabrielle Beaudoin, Glover School
  • Second Place: Oliver Jilani, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Caroline Keohane, Glover School

Grade Two:

  • First Place: Jennifer Lo, Collicot School
  • Second Place: Orlaith Killion, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Eilie Boylan, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Owen Crowley, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Maggie Mullen, Collicot School

Grade Three:

  • First Place: Mia Jilani, Collicot School
  • Second Place: Andrew Miskell, Collicot School
  • Honorable Mention: Alex Files, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Aidan McNulty, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Keara Riley, Collicot School

Grade Four:

  • First Place: Adriana Ruiz, Cunningham School
  • Third Place: Liam McLoughlin, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Lydia Geering, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Kai Salony, Glover School

Grade Five:

  • First Place: Sienna Giovannucci, Glover School
  • Honorable Mention: Anna Hamblet, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Ciara Hensley, Cunningham School
  • Honorable Mention: Elizabeth McGill, Cunningham School

Lincoln Essay Contest:

Grade Six:

  • Second Place: Justin Wilmot, Pierce Middle School
  • Third Place: Abigail Files, Pierce Middle School
  • Honorable Mention: Oskar Peloquin, Pierce Middle School

These students will be recognized during an awards ceremony to take place on Sunday, April 12th at 2pm in the Gathering Room at St. Agatha Church. Students will receive an official certificate and a complimentary one-year family membership to the Forbes House Museum, along with other prizes.

The ceremony will include a fiddle performance by Dorchester musician, Kevin Doherty. All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. Call the museum office at 617.696.1815 to RSVP by Thursday, April 9th.

The essays/drawings were reviewed and winning submissions were chosen by a 24 member committee comprised of FHM trustees, FHM Lincoln Committee members, and community leaders and Civil War experts from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

For more information on group tours, events and programs, including the Lincoln Essay & Drawing Contest, call the Forbes House Museum at 617.696.1815 or visit our website, www.forbeshousemuseum.org.

STUDENT WORK

Below is a writing piece from Nicole Hoyceanyls’ 6th grade science class.  It is a song about waves that Jack Darling wrote as a culminating assignment for the sound unit.  The entire 6th grade just completed a mini-unit, the Nature of Sound, where students made instruments to deepen their understanding of sounds waves thanks to a grant they received from the MFE this fall.

Sound Rap
By Jack Darling

The crest is the highest point of a sound wave
But I’m not making jokes, I don’t misbehave
The pitch, I’ll admit, can have a lot of aggression
But it’s a work in progress, let me teach you a lesson.
The pitch is affected by wavelength and frequency
But it’s pretty obvious, it ain’t no mystery
When the frequency slows down, the pitch is low;
Like a tuba or bass, how low can you go?
Sound waves, listen to the sounds
Some notes go up and some notes go down.
A big amplitude makes things real loud
Like the noises you can hear from a really big crowd.
A small amplitude keeps the volume real soft
Like turning down the dial right before you turn it off.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The Program of Studies/Advanced Placement (AP) Information Night will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. This presentation will be a comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and the overall course selection process, followed by an overview of our Advanced Placement Program.

After these presentations in the Auditorium, Department Heads, AP teachers and students will be available to answer any specific questions you may have. All are welcome to attend! Following this evening’s event, course selection sheets will be due back to guidance by Thursday, April 9th.

If a course selection sheet has already been submitted to guidance any changes can be made by emailing your child’s current guidance counselor or just writing the change on the course verification sheet that will be emailed to ALL students in early May.

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Don’t forget that this week is our art department’s Passport to the Arts event.  This begins tonight, Monday April 6th at 5:30pm at Pierce Middle School; Tuesday April 7th at 6 pm at Glover Elementary School; Wednesday, April 8th at 6 pm at Cunningham Elementary School and at Milton High Schools (in conjunction with MHS Cabaret Night); Thursday, April 9th at 6pm at Tucker Elementary School and at 6:30 at Collicot Elementary School (in conjunction with the “One Book Adventure Night.”)

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 Also, please remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 16th, when Maria Trozzi will be presenting at the Pierce Middle School. The topic is “Finding Resilience…(After Looking in All the Wrong Places) and it will be held at 7pm in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.   Join Maria Trozzi for an interactive and enlightening conversation about the new stresses of parenting our children today and evidence-based strategies for building resilience. Some of the topics she will address:

  • Creating the mix to produce an outstanding person: the surprising research
  • Making informed decisions about screen time
  • Dealing with life’s disappointments: when our children are hurt, what to say and not to say
  • Too many choices: How affluence can complicate parent decision-making
  • How to “not hover and sleep at night”; moving towards scaffolding your children.

MFE NEWS

The following information was sent to us by the MFE:

Attention Teachers: We are pleased to announce our Spring Grant Cycle!

Purpose: Our competitive grants are designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to student achievement and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, by the end of the school day

Application: Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com

Guidelines: Refer to our website www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org for guidelines, application as well as examples of past grants.

Awards: Requests for $1,000 or less per grant preferred. Requests for more may be considered.

Limitations: No present limits on the number of awards per school. The foundation attempts to award each school about the same amount of funding, but we will grant awards on the basis of the number and quality of proposals received.

Eligibility: Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.

Approvals: Each grant needs to be approved by your principal
and department head. Technology requests should also be cc’d to Dr. Angela Burke.

Information: Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further questions, or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

REV UP! REVIVE! REHYDRATE!  Do you want to play your best this season?

Come join Framingham State University Nutrition students Melissa Silvia, Mackenzie Sousa and Julianna Coughlin to learn how to optimize your performance and come out on top this spring season! There will be presentations on pre- and post-workout nutrition and hydration. Snacks and water will be provided.  This event will be held in the Copeland Field House on Monday April 13th at 2:30pm (right after school). Free snacks and water will be provided and all spring athletes must be there!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Town of Milton Park & Rec Department has opened its online registration for summer programs. Click here for more info:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/2015%20summer%20program%20brochure.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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 April 5 – 11:

Friday, April 10, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 with caregiver

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Chessapalooza, Grades K-6

A fun and friendly scholastic chess tournament open to all Milton school students. Players of all abilities are welcome. The tournament will be limited to the first 50 entrants. Trophies and prizes will be awarded in grades K-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6.  Sections may be modified depending on the number of entrants. Cost is $10 and registration at www.miltonlibrary.org in advance is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

ATHLETICS

Parents/guardians of Milton High School football players (and all Wildcat football fans!)  — please note that tonight, Monday, April 6th, there will be a “Meet the Coach” event at 7pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. Steve Dembowski will be on hand to meet all parents/guardians, alumni, MPS staff & faculty, media, Milton residents, community members, and supporters of Milton HS Athletics.

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Two Milton High School student athletes were invited to attend The Massachusetts Celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, held last Friday (April 4th) at Faneuil Hall, Boston. This year’s Girls and Women in Sports Day keynote speaker was Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Milton High School students Sophie Cousineau and Grace Wamester were both invited to the MIAA-sponsored event, although only Grace Wamester was able to attend. The student athletes were chosen as positive, contributing members of both their teams and their school. Congratulations to both these students.

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The snow is melting and the Milton fields are starting to dry out.  Soon enough we will be playing games out on Milton’s fields. Please see this week’s sports schedule:

Tuesday, April 7th
Boys Lacrosse at Natick HS (Varsity & JV)

Wednesday, April 8th
Boys Lacrosse at Newton North HS (Varsity only)

Friday, April 10th
Rugby vs Algonquin Reg HS
7pm at Milton HS Brooks Field

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: I would like to congratulate our Milton High School LifeSmarts team, who recently learned that they qualified to attend the 2015 Lifesmarts National Championship in Seattle, Washington.  The team of Nolan Carvalho, Liam Chase, Brandon Musto, Albert Enyedy and Sindhu Banerjee competed at the State level earlier this month and learned that they would advance to the national competition April 17-20th.  LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League and is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.   Congratulations and good luck to these students and their teacher, Nancy Mikels.

Staff:   On Saturday, March 21, several Pierce Middle School teachers-  Mr. Stoodt, Mr. Forge, Mr. DeMaggio, Mrs. McEvoy, and Mr. Clements and elementary teachers- Madame Brown, Mrs. Kelly, Mrs. Ryan, Mr. Fender, Ms. Atwood, and Madame Bourass-Elzein along with Christie Chiappetta, 6-8 Science Coordinator, Bernadette Moonan, preK-5 Science Coordinator, and Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School principal gathered at the Christa McAuliffe Center for Education and Teaching Excellence at Framingham State University to participate in a professional development workshop.  While there, these teachers and administrators used the Planetarium as a tool for learning about the apparent motion of objects in the night sky.  In addition, they participated in a simulation of space flight in the Center’s full-size mockups of both Houston’s Mission control and a space station interior.  This professional development experience was funded by the Pierce Middle School’s Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Creativity/Innovation Initiative grant, which was awarded this year.  In the coming months, Pierce teachers and administrators will continue to develop and revise space engineering experiences for 7th grade students in partnership with the Center’s staff.

Volunteer:  I would like to thank Frank Schroth and the Milton High School Debate Team for helping to organize the Fourth Annual MyTownMatters Candidates Forum, which will be held in the Function Room of Fuller Village at Brush Hill at 1:00pm on April 11th.  Candidates for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Trustee will be present and questioned by members of the MHS debate team.

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

April 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 02•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  April 2, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Now that the weather is finally starting to improve, many more of our students are walking and biking to school.  I have always been a strong proponent of “walkable” schools, and this issue has gotten a good deal of attention lately.

We have had a long-standing partnership with the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS),  a group which advocates for safe walking and biking routes to schools. The Milton School Committee has created a new subcommittee for Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee under the leadership of Mike Zullas to work with parents, families, the Milton Police, the DPW and other town departments to ensure a safe experience for our students on their way to and from our schools.  As part of the SRTS initiative, we will be helping to celebrate Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day May 6th.  We hope that many parents will join in the celebration with thousands of other students and families statewide in walking and biking to school. Please contact Mike Zullas at mzullas@miltonps.org if you have additional questions.

We are also encouraging parents and guardians of Glover students to take a quick survey to help Safe Routes to School with their research. Please click on the link below.

http://masaferoutessurvey.org/en/

We hope that these warm spring-like temperatures have returned for good and many more of our students can enjoy their walk to school.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held last night. The next meeting was held at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.  Here is a summary of the April 1st meeting below:

The meeting began with a Citizens Speak, when Frank Schroth came to let the community know about the upcoming debate at Fuller Village for town wide positions Next, there was an Internal Assessment Data Presentation, given by Cunningham/Collicot Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale; Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer; Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources Janet Sheehan; Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding; and Data Analyst Vy Vu. Next, members voted to approve the edited the FY15-16 School Year Calendar and reviewed the Stoneturn Audit Report. It was announced that Tracy Grandeau has been chosen as the new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services.  Mr. Zullas gave an update on the Transportation and Traffic Safety Subcommittee before the meeting concluded.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As I stated above, the School Committee has approved a revised School Year Calendar for the 2015-16 year.   You may remember that we sent a survey to all MPS families on the question of whether or not to remove two religious holidays as “No School Days” from the 2015-16 calender.  Please click the link below to view this revised calendar:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/20152016schoolyearcalendarRevisedandapproved040115.pdf

The Milton High School Debate team competed at the State Tournament this past Saturday at Boston Latin High School. Each pair did exceptionally well winning at least two out of the five rounds. Anna Lamb, Olivia Erickson, Lydia Horan and Sindhu Banerjee all came home with a remarkable 4-1 record. Freshman and Novice debater Xavier Fischer’s high speaker points placed him third in the Novice division. Overall, the teams combined wins brought Milton to 6th place. Other winners include Novice Division Speaker Awards: 3rd: Xavier Fischer, 10th: Domenic Jancaterino, 16th: Matthew Murphy, Varsity Division Team Placements: 9th: Anna Lamb and Olivia Erickson; 10th: Lydia Horan and Sindhu Banerjee

As a team – the high school debaters came in 6th place overall !

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Milton High School junior Mairead Dambruch has been awarded the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship of $2,550 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Summer Program and Josh Kery also a Junior has been awarded a “substantial scholarship” from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for their Pre-College Summer Program. These two talented juniors were nominated by their art teacher, Karen Hughes, for the Mass. Art-All State and were granted interviews and we are awaiting the results for the announcement of the winners.

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Milton High School students Kevin Mehdizadeh, Garrett Sager and Will Hess were chosen to be in the All Eastern Honors Ensembles Festival.  This Festival is highly competitive and students are chosen from Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Vermont and military schools in Europe.  According to Milton High School Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Director Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Milton High School has never had more than one student chosen in one year for this prestigious festival, so having three selected is truly remarkable.  These students will be rehearsing and performing with students from these other states/locations April 10-13 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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               At last night’s School Committee meeting, members voted to approve the selection of Tracy Ann Grandeau as for the position of Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. I am sure that you join me in thanking and congratulating Karen Clasby, who will be retiring from this position at the end of the school year. Ms. Clasby has worked tirelessly in leading her department and working with the administration to expand and create programming to service students. I would like to thank the following members of the Search Committees for their time and effort reading and screening applications and interviewing candidates:

Initial Screening Committee:

School Committee Member Rebecca Padera
Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan
PMS Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding
MHS Principal James Jette
Unit A Representative Shannon Brooks
Unit A Representative Trish Leahy
Unit B Representative Karen Cahill
SEPAC Parent Representative Michelle Connolly
SEPAC Parent Representative Doug Connolly
SEPAC Parent Representative Shannon Gallagher

Finalist Screening Committee:

Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan
Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek
School Committee Member Rebecca Padera
Collicot Principal Holly Concannon
Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden
Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis
Tucker Prinicipal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai
PMS Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding
MHS Principal James Jette
MHS Science Department Head Amy Tom

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I would like to introduce Joyce White, Milton High School Foods and Clothing teacher, who joined the faculty at Milton High School in January of 2015 to replace Elaine Lovett, who retired after 26 years of teaching.  Ms. White is a graduate of UMass/Boston and trained with the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts before embarking on her career as a chef.

She has been employed by several Boston restaurants and has consulted with major companies, including BC/BS on nutrition biometrics. She was a private chef for 15 years and has cooked for Julia Child, Paul Newman, etc.  Some of you may remember Ms. White as the “Soup Chic,” who delivered homemade soup and meals to homes in Milton. Her soups were also featured in Whole Foods, Hannafords and Good Health stores.

Ms. White taught culinary arts at the Phoenix School in Norwood and the Compass School in Boston. Since her debut in Milton, she has been teaching Foods I, II and III, as well as Clothing Workshop I.

“My focus is to find the link between what we eat and how we feel,” said Ms. White. “In class, we look at the meals the students eat, and then we analyze them on a web-based program. When you eat correctly, it affects our physical and emotional well-being and promotes self-efficacy,” she said. “We also work on programs, such as Serve Safe and allergy awareness.”

The Foods and Clothing courses are two of the three components of Family & Consumer Sciences department at Milton High School. Clothing Workshop II, Advanced Clothing/Fashion and Child Studies I and II are also offered.

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 On Monday, March 30th, thirteen Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.  The following students earned top honors: Third place in Economics, Harry Kong, Third place in Marketing, Andrew Arcieri and Tim Walsh, third place in Desktop Publishing, Colin Keally and John Viveiros and the state champion in Desktop Publishing, Kevin Pham.  These students have qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois June 29th- July 2nd. Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, AJ Melanson.

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The following item was submitted by Catherine DesRoche,   Tucker Title I Teacher:

Tucker Saturday Academy: This fall, 28 third grade students participated in the first Saturday Academy session.  Open to all third grade students, this six week program focused on engaging mathematics and English language arts learning as well as a third hour of enrichment.  Enrichment took on different forms each week; BOKS (Building Our Kids Success) physical activity class, STEM activities, and art activities each had two weeks of focus.

Three faculty members facilitated the classes each week and saw many positive results of the six weeks.  One faculty member noted, “It was powerful to watch students from all classes engage in hands-on learning together.  The students would literally run into the building excited to see their friends.”  Not only was it fun for the students, there were academic gains as well in both reading and mathematics.  At the end of the six weeks, students were asked to select words that describe their feelings about Saturday Academy.  From there, students wrote short paragraphs about why they chose that word and decorated ceramic tiles with their words.  One student wrote, “I feel smart because when I come to Saturday Academy I feel like my brain is ready to work and I felt like I am ready to be challenged.  I’m also thankful because the teachers are teaching us on the weekend.”  Another felt special because, “it is only for 3rd grade and we get an extra day to learn.  And after we learn we get to do a special activity.  They only open the doors for us.”

After the success of the first six weeks and feedback from families, a second session was scheduled and has just recently been completed.  Attendance increased to 30 third graders and included students from the first session as well as new students to the program.   One change made to the six weeks was how the third hour of Saturday was utilized.  Three of the six weeks was focused on an engineering project.  Students learned about the engineer, Rube Goldberg.  Rube Goldberg was a famous engineer who specialized in creating machines that were complicated in nature but performed simple tasks.  For example, one group of students created a machine that would, after a series of pre-planned moves, move a ball into a cup.  Students worked in groups of four to six students to plan, try, adjust, and execute Rube Goldberg Machines.  For the final Saturday Academy class, families were invited to come and see the Rube Goldberg Machines in action.  An amazing experience was had by all.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

This is a repeat of information we ran in a previous E-bast. 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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Milton High Boosters and Milton School Food Services partner together to offer healthy snacks at the concession stand!

USDA recently published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day. The standards, required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, mandates schools to offer healthier snack foods to children, while limiting junk food.  The school day is now defined as the period from the midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.   The health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school lunches with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The Smart Snacks in School standards will build on those healthy advancements and ensure that kids are only offered tasty and nutritious foods during the school day.

Smart Snacks in School also supports efforts by school food service staff, school administrators, teachers, parents and the school community, all working hard to instill healthy habits in students. The Milton Schools are proud to announce that all foods sold before and after the school day will meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in Schoolregulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines. These standards came into effect this school year.

This school nutrition environment now ensures that the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Students across the country are now offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The Smart Snacks in School standards published by USDA builds upon those healthy advancements by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available to students in school are tasty and nutritious.

The new items that will be available after school will consist of sliced bagged apples, bags of carrots, whole grain snacks and low sodium food selections.  Beverages will now consist of low fat milk, 100% juice and bottled water.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, the Maria Trozzi event originally scheduled for April 9th has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 16th at 7pm at the Pierce Middle School auditorium.  Maria Trozzi, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, will speak on the issue of Creating Resiliency in Elementary School Children.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Please join Associate Director of Admissions for Boston University, Jonathan Korhonen and the MHS Guidance Staff on Thursday, April 16th starting at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium.

We will be reviewing the Post Secondary process for all students on what to do starting in the spring of your junior year and throughout your senior year. Mr. Korhonen will be here to discuss the college process through the eyes of a college admission counselor.

The night is open to all students and parents! We look forward to seeing you!

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Booster Can & Bottle Drive: The MHS Boosters are sponsoring a can & bottle drive on Saturday, April 4th to benefit athletic team fundraising. The boys’ tennis team will run the ‘Cans for Cats’ drive from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton high school. The team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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Milton  High School College Info Night will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Michelle Connolly, chairperson of the Milton SEPAC:

The Milton SEPAC is delighted with the positive feedback and turnout from last week’s presentation on student anxiety by Dr. Angela Currie.  Entitled “Stressed-out Students,” Dr. Currie offered her expertise to nearly 100 attendees on how to recognize, manage and reduce anxiety in children and teens, staying an additional hour to answer questions from the audience.

Dr. Currie is a pediatric neurologist from NESCA (Neurological Education Services for Children and Adolescents), with locations in Newton MA and Londonderry NH.  She oversees NESCA’s Anxiety and Attention Skills Coaching Program and cognitive-behavioral services.

The SEPAC typically hosts workshops and presentations to parents of children with special needs. “Anxiety does not discriminate due to gender, race, socio-economic status or disability, so it was great to see educators and parents gather together to learn more about how we can help ALL students in our community,” says Michelle Connolly, Chair of Milton’s SEPAC.

Connolly adds “…there is a saying out there, that ‘when we work together and intentionally plan for the success of all students, that is what true inclusion is all about,’ and this type of event is a small example of what we can do together to help student outcomes.”

The SEPAC Board would like to thank all of the MPS employees who contributed to the success of this presentation, along with help from community media outlets. Milton Access TV is currently putting the finishing touches on the presentation and will be airing it in the next week or two. It will also be available on SEPAC’s website www.miltonsepac.org.

Upcoming SEPAC Parent Meetings

Tuesday, April 14, 7-9pm Parent Speak @ MHS Library

Monday, May 11, 7-9pm Roundtable Discussions @ Pierce Library

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 After a hugely successful second season, the Challenger Division is back and we anticipate that it will get better and better! The Challenger Division of Little League enables boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 5-18,or up to age 22 (if still enrolled in high school) to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER- APRIL 15, 2015 Open To All Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to: http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com

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

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com | 617.999.4993

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please read the letter below, submitted to us by Ada Rosmarin, the district’s long-time advocate for Full Day Kindergarten. Please note, this is extremely time-sensitive:

An Important Call to Action to Support Funding for Full Day Kindergarten

  • 98% of Milton families choose Full Day Kindergarten Program for their children.
  • Full Day Kindergarten provides a strong foundation for our children and research shows that FDK improves academic achievement and can lessen the achievement gap.
  • A critical component of Milton’s funding for FDK comes from state grant funding
  • Governor Baker’s FY16 Budget ELIMINATED STATE FUNDING FOR FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN!
  • Without the state grant, tuition for FDK will increase by $600 in the 2015-16 school year!
  • We need to let our legislators know the importance of FDK to children and families in Milton.  CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW and urge them to support funding for Full Day Kindergarten in FY 16! A sample letter is attached and the names and contact information for our legislators is below.
  • For more information, check out this March 31, 2015 blog post from Eye on Early Education, a publication of Early Education for All.       http://eyeonearlyeducation.com/2015/03/31/full-day-kindergarten-helps-children-thrive/

Milton’s State Legislative Delegation

Senator Brian A. Joyce
State House
Room 320
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-1643
Brian.Joyce@masenate.gov

Walter F. Timilty
State House
Room 167
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-2230
Walter.Timilty@mahouse.gov

Daniel Cullinane
State House
Room 121
Boston, MA  02133
617-722-2006
Daniel.Cullinane@mahouse.gov

SAMPLE LETTER TO SUPPORT FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

I am writing to urge you to support state funding for Full-Day Kindergarten in the FY16 Budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Line Item 7030-1002). 

State funding for Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) is essential to FDK available to Milton families.  Together with local school district resources, state funds help the Milton Public Schools provide an outstanding FDK program that helps our youngest students get the best start on their education and their lives. 

Research shows that Full Day Kindergarten provides long term benefits to all students – increased student achievement, improved school attendance, reduced retention and remediation, and more.  

State funding supports Quality Full Day Kindergarten in communities across the Commonwealth.  Our State has made great progress in the provision of FDK.  We don’t want to lose ground in our efforts to achieve FDK for ALL children in Massachusetts!

I urge you to support level funding for Full Day Kindergarten ($23.9 million) in the FY16 Budget.

Thank you for your support.  We invite you to come visit our FDK program at your earliest opportunity!

MFE NEWS

The tireless volunteers at Milton Foundation for Education are asking for the MPS community to take a moment this week to “like” the Milton Foundation for Education Facebook Page. It only takes a few minutes and will help grow their communication efforts.

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Also, please save the date. The annual Teacher of the Year Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 30th at 6pm in the Charles C. Winchester auditorium.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The fourth annual MyTownMatters Candidates Forum will be held in partnership with the Milton High School Debate Team in the Function Room of Fuller Village at Brush Hill at 1:00pm on April 11th.  Candidates for Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Library Trustee will be present and questioned by members of the MHS debate team.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to hear first hand from the candidates, their positions, and thoughts on why they believe they are best suited to serve Milton. Note this may be the only forum at which all three candidates for school committee will be present.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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 April 12 – 18:

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10:00-10:30 am and 10:45-11:15 am
Music Makers with Miss Bethany, Ages 6-36 months

Offered by our new friend Miss Bethany from Norwell, this 30-minute class offers something for all little music lovers age 6-36 months! Enhance your little one’s love of music during this special bonding time. Each class will have songs, dances, and movement games that will excite your budding musician.  Music is proven to aid in a child’s development and language skills as they practice new vocabulary, the rhythm and structure of speech, and tonality.  Along the way, you’ll be building a repertoire of cheerful songs that will instill a lifelong love of music. We’ll be offering two sessions this morning. Registration is required, and is limited to 20 children (with caregiver) per session.

Friday, April 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

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

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

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

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

BIDMC

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has named Milton resident Stephanie Truesdell vice president of philanthropy and communications.  In her new position, Ms. Truesdell will oversee the hospital’s Development and Public Relations Offices. She will be responsible for all fundraising activities and will assume a prominent position in developing a robust planned giving program for the hospital. She will also oversee marketing, internal and external communications and community benefits programs. Ms. Truesdell was previously director of development and campaign manager for Milton Academy.

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Save the Date!  Saturday, June 13th is the date of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s annual Community 5k Health Walk and Health Fair. The fun kicks off with either a 1 mile or 5k walk around Milton at 10 am. After the walk, there will be fun for the entire family including kid’s games and activities, health screenings, DJ and free BBQ lunch. Plus Wally from the Red Sox will be there to get things started. For more information, visit bidmilton.org/walk.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton will be holding its Annual Gala on Saturday, May 9, at 6 pm at Lombardo’s in Randolph. This year’s event, “Shining a Light on Outstanding Care,” will raise funds for the hospital’s growing women’s health program. The gala will feature a silent auction, dinner and cocktails, dancing to the Soul City Band and the presentation of the hospital’s Charles C. Winchester Award for Outstanding Community Service.

For more information on sponsorship and ad opportunities, donating an auction item or purchasing tickets, call 617-313-1311.

VISUAL ARTS

ArtSpace Milton Presents:  Needle Felting!

The Plan:
Needle felt flat animals
Create colorful felted ball banner
Felt over soap
Felt spring eggs
Felt an owl. Then…
Felt a creature of your own!
Open to ages 10-14
Instructor: Annie LaVigne
COST: $175
To register,email:  artspace02186@gmail.com
Milton Public  Library, basement level
Mondays 4-5:30
8 weeks: April 6-June 8
(no class April vacation and Memorial Day)

ATHLETICS

The following items were submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

Please join me in congratulating the following student-athletes, who were selected as Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic within their respective winter sport.

Bridget Mitchell (girls indoor track)
Colette O’Leary (girls indoor track)
Meg Corcoran (girls basketball)
Myles McDermott (boys basketball)
Elena Kapolis (girls hockey)
Hannah O’Leary (girls hockey)
Sarah Park (girls hockey)
Owen Bligh (boys hockey)
Lloyd Hill (boys hockey)

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SAVE THE DATE! WHAT: Meet the new Milton HS Football Coach Steve Dembowski. WHEN: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7pm WHERE: Milton HS Charles C. Winchester Auditorium WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All Parents, Alumni, MHS Boosters, MPS Faculty/Staff, Milton Community Members, Media, and Supporters of Milton HS Athletics are welcome to listen to Coach Dembowski talk about high school and how he plans to grow the football program at Milton HS.

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:  We have more good news from our Future Problem Solving Clubs.  In addition to the three teams we are sending  to the State Bowl next week (one from Glover, one from Cunningham and one from Pierce), we recently learned that several individuals have qualified to compete. Please join me in congratulating the following students: June Padera and Alix Benoit from Pierce; Caroline Gannon from Cunningham; Lydia Gatnik from Glover; Grace Kelly and Lucas Quijano from Tucker; and Lila Glenn and Tyler Kennedy from Collicot. They are all hard at work preparing to compete at Mass Maritime on the topic of Enhancing Human Potential!

Staff:   The Administrator of Pupil Personnel is a demanding position within a school district. Ms. Karen Clasby, Milton’s Administrator of Pupil Personnel, has met the demands of this position throughout her stellar career. She is an advocate for all children. I would like to personally acknowledge and thank Ms. Clasby for working collaboratively with our administrators, teachers, support staff and families in order to build and create outstanding special education programming within the Milton Public Schools. I often refer to Ms. Clasby as our “seventh principal.”  Best wishes to her in her well-deserved retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Curry College for their generosity during this very difficult spring athletic season.  Curry administrators offered our Milton High student-athletes the use of some of their athletic facilities. Many thanks to Curry’s Athletic Director Vinnie Eruzione and Curry College President Kenneth Quigley, who helped find field and court space for our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and tennis teams, as well as our rugby team, since many of our fields are still snow-covered. Thank you!

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 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.

nationalartwinner

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