From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
** Please note that the Milton High School Football Team will be playing a home game tonight vs. Walpole. Kickoff is at 7pm. The team is welcoming all youth football players, who will get free admission if they wear their jerseys. Go Wildcats! **
In 2015, Milton Public Schools students participated in the Science MCAS in grades 5, 8, and 9. The MCAS was also given to grade 10 students in ELA and Math, which is a high school graduation requirement. Additionally, in grades 3 to 8, students took the computer-based PARCC tests in ELA and Math. Grade 9 and grade 11 students also took one computer-based Math PARCC test and one computer-based ELA PARCC test respectively.
PARCC is the new standardized assessment that Massachusetts is piloting alongside other states transitioning to using Common Core standards. Although Milton participated in PARCC last year during the trial period to give our students more practice with this new computer-based test, this is the first year that PARCC scores will actually be released. The State Board of Education is expected to vote in November whether to adopt PARCC fully to replace MCAS going forward.
On September 24th 2015, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released official scores from the MCAS to the public. Parent reports for the MCAS are forthcoming from the state. The district expects to send reports home to parents on October 7th, when we will also be sharing a fuller analysis of district results with the School Committee. We are pleased to see that overall, science scores in the district have improved since last year; however, we still have a lot of work to do to close the achievement gap among subgroups (the economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and African American students).
|2015 MCAS Results
||% Needs Improvement
|District – G5 Science
|District – G8 Science
|MHS – G10 Science
|MHS – G10 ELA
|MHS – G10 Math
According to the state department of education, PARCC results will be available to the public in mid-December, and parent reports will follow afterward in December/January.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm in the Milton High School library.
Please note, there are still some openings in some of our preschool programs:
The Milton Public Schools Edge Hill Campus Preschool (at Collicot School) presently has ten seats available for three or four year old students to attend an integrated setting from 12:00-2:30p.m. The tuition for this program is $3,125.00. Students must be at least 3 on or before Aug 31st 2015.
The Milton Public Schools Gile Road Campus Pre-K (at Milton High School) presently has two spots available in the morning session (7:50am-11:00am) and seven spots in the afternoon session (11:10am–2:10pm). The tuition is $1,200.00. Students must be 4 on or before August 31st, 2015.
The Milton Public Schools Blue Hills Campus Preschool (at Tucker School) has five spots available. Children attend five full-day sessions from 7am to 5:30pm. These spots have been designated for children of low income families and there is no tuition cost for qualifying families. Students must be 4 on or before August 31st, 2015.
If you have questions or would like more details regarding any of the preschool programs Milton Public Schools has to offer please contact Marti McKenna at 617-980-7343 or by email at email@example.com.
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
There will be a Clothing & Electronics Collection held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm to help raise money to support the Milton Public Schools’ Science From Scientists program. This fundraiser will accept gently used clothing (adults and kids – all sizes), small household items and electronics. Unfortunately, they cannot accept furniture, large items such as refrigerators or books. Also, recycling fees apply to the following:
Air Conditioners: $10 each
Large Humidifiers: $10 each
Dehumidifiers: $10 each
TVs (27” and under) $15 each
CPUS, Microwaves, Stereo Equipment: $5 each
VCRs and DVDs: free
Keyboards, mice & wires: free
For more information or to volunteer (see below), please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Clothing & Electronics Collection Event to be held on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. This fundraiser is to support the Science from Scientists program and is being held in partnership with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies. Volunteers are needed to greet and direct, assist donors and answer questions. If you are interested in helping, please email Bernadette Moonan at email@example.com
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As I mentioned in my last E-blast, MHS junior Michael Sullivan recently asked for permission to place collection bins in the lobby of each school from October 19th to November 9th in order to collect “retired” American flags. As a volunteer tour guide at Fort Independence at Castle Island in South Boston, he participated in the Flag Retirement Ceremony on Flag Day in June and plans to also participate in the next Retirement Ceremony, to be held on Veterans Day.
“My goal is to bring awareness to my generation on how to properly dispose of a flag, said Michael. “The American flag for me stands for more than just an object, it symbolizes over 200 years of history and it is what brings us together as a nation today. Men and women have sacrificed on our lands and overseas for the meaning of this flag.”
Michael plans to work with the members of the American Legion to place more bins around town. Potential donors or anyone with questions can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Save the Date!! — Milton High School Proudly Presents 42nd Street! On November 5th and 7th, Milton High School will present the fall musical 42nd Street. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available starting on October 13th in the MHS Main Office and Pierce Middle School Office during school hours. Show times are Thursday, November 5th at 7 pm and Saturday November 7th at 2 pm and 7 pm. Please contact Ms. Damiani with any questions- email@example.com
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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:
Please be aware that this Saturday, September 26th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please take a moment to go through your medicine cabinet. Identify any unused or expired medications in your household. We ask that you bring them to the Milton Police Station, 40 Highland Street in Milton from 10am to 2pm. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the US are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON NEWS
The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:
JUST A REMINDER: There is NO SCHOOL for MPS students on Friday, October 9th. Teachers will be attending a Professional Development Program. There is also no school on Monday, October 12th in honor of the Columbus Day holiday.
The following information was provided by Susan Dolan, Milton Early Childhood Alliance Program Director. If you are interested in more information about MECA please visit their website at miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org.
Upcoming Free Activities and Events:
STEM Free Play Fridays continue at Milton Public Library. Come spend some fun, one-on-one time with your child while enjoying many terrific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities! This program meets every other Friday. There will be different activities each time you visit. Upcoming program dates are: September 18, October 2, 16, 30, November 13, 27, December 8 and January 22.
Story Walk continues through the fall! A new book will be posted at the Trailside Museum on Friday, September 18th. Bring a picnic, take a walk, see the animals, and read a terrific children’s book along the way. The Trailside Museum is located at 1904 Canton Avenue. The Story Walk can be enjoyed daily from 9:00-5:00. This is an outdoor, rain or shine activity, so please dress appropriately.
Helping Children Be the Best They Can Be parent education workshop will be held Monday, October 5th, 7:00 PM, at Learning Circle Preschool, 3 Blue Hill River Road in Canton. Meet Charles Appelstein, a nationally prominent child care specialist and author. He will be discussing positive and inspiring ways to guide children as they grow up. For more information, or to ensure you will receive handouts, call 781-828-4800.
Food Day Festival returns! For families with young children—fun activities focusing on healthy food choices, where food comes from, investigating the science of familiar vegetables, and planting are planned as part of National Food Day. Stories, gardening, arts, and science activities will be included as well as scheduled walks to Brookwood Farm (walks will be weather permitting). The fun begins at 9:30 AM on Friday, October 23rd at Learning Circle Preschool, 3 Blue Hill River Road in Canton. For more information, call 781-828-4800.
A Peek Into Your Child’s Mind parent education 2-part series, for parents and caregivers with children birth to age five, will be held on November 3rd and 10th at Discovery Schoolhouse, 101 Blue Hills Parkway from 7:00-8:30 PM. This workshop series will help increase your understanding of your child’s physical and mental development as well as their personal temperament, help you create a home environment where your child can thrive, and provide you with techniques to support the healthy development of your child. Registration is required. For more information, please email cpcmecasld @verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.
Baby and Me infant playgroup will return this fall! This engaging playgroup is for parents and/or grandparents with children birth to six months old. Free Baby Baskets, filled with terrific items for babies and parents, will be distributed upon completion of the series. The playgroup will meet weekly for seven weeks beginning Wednesday, October 7th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM and continue through November 18th at the First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue. Registration is required. For more information, or to register for this playgroup, please email cpc-mecasld @verizon.net or call 617-696-2262.
Please feel free to contact me, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or firstname.lastname@example.org if I can be of any assistance.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was submitted to us by Jocelin Hurley, Framingham State University Nutrition Intern:
Breakfast is available at each of the six Milton Public Schools each morning. There is no need to sign up. Just arrive to school 25 minutes before the first bell and come into the cafeteria to receive a warm breakfast. A full well balanced meal is only $1.25. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals receive breakfast for free. Supervision is available each morning at all of our schools.
Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day? While you are sleeping, your body goes into fasting mode. When you wake up in the morning it is important to eat breakfast in order to break this fast and kick start not only your digestive system but also your brain function. In order to focus and learn in school children depend on the nourishment breakfast provides. A child (or anyone) that misses breakfast will feel sluggish, have impaired learning, and have impaired cognitive function. Breakfast is offered at school every day but a child may sleep too late and miss breakfast offered before class.
This is where the Breakfast in the Classroom initiative steps in. What is Breakfast in the Classroom? Breakfast in the Classroom is when school breakfast is delivered to the child’s classroom at the start of the school day. Breakfast is eaten while performing the routine morning activities, and therefore it counts as time in learning. Research shows that students who participate in school breakfast have better attendance, improved behavior, and show improvement in their ability to learn and concentrate. Hungry children have lower math scores. To nourish their brains and their stomachs, the children are provided with a well-balanced meal consisting of a whole grain (such as a ww muffin), fresh fruit, orange juice, and milk. Due to a grant received from the New England Dairy Council, Milton Public Schools has been given the opportunity to implement a pilot program to offer Breakfast in the Classroom. The Tucker Elementary School second grade classrooms and one Pre-K class have been receiving the benefits of the classroom breakfast since the start of the school year. At Milton Public Schools our goal is to allow every child to reach their full potential by providing every child with proper nourishment at breakfast to feed their body and mind.
PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS
The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) kicked off the school year with its first parent meeting this past week.Tracy Grandeau, the new Administrator of Special Education, introduced herself, shared her vision, and updated the group on a number of priority initiatives that are underway, including professional development and a district-wide special education review by Public Consulting Group. As part of the review process, the district is organizing parent focus groups on October 6th, 7th and 8th. Parents who wish to participate should email Mary Gormley at email@example.com.
The SEPAC will be holding parent meetings on a monthly basis. On Tuesday October 6th from 7-9pm, Alessandra Di Credico from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present “An IEP for My Child” in the Glover Elementary library. For the first time, the SEPAC is also organizing a parents’ night-out event on Tuesday December 1st In addition to featuring a presentation by Carrie Cariello, blogger and author of What Color is Monday?, the event will be an opportunity for parents to connect, mingle, and share.
To find out more about SEPAC priorities and events, or to get involved, please visit www.miltonsepac.org.
As we celebrate the MFE’s twentieth anniversary, we have much to be grateful for. Thanks to the generosity of our community including MPS parents, guardians and local businesses, the MFE has distributed over 3.25 million dollars for enhancing educational initiatives throughout our school system. This impacts the lives of 3,400 students every year.
The cornerstone of the MFE is the Competitive Teacher Grant Program which is supported through our Annual Appeal. With your generous donations, the MFE has funded over 500 teachers grants, providing students with innovative and effective learning experiences that fall beyond the reach of the district’s budget.
Experiences that the MFE grant program have made possible include artists in residence programs * life-sized torsos for science classrooms * human 3D miniatures * math and literacy centers * SMART board interactive clickers * iPads * Kindles * Chromebooks * raised beds for outdoor classrooms * water distillers * cameras and video equipment * musical instruments * leveled reading collections * Museum of Science presentations * and so much more !!!
Today we are asking that you please consider making a gift to this year’s Annual Appeal to keep this invaluable grant program thriving. Simply visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/or reply to the letter of appeal you already received in your mailbox. Thank you for your support. We wish you a happy, healthy and productive school year!
Monster Dash: Attention kids of ALL ages! Are you ready for some Spooktacular fun again this year?!!!
The MFE is hosting its 17th Annual Milton Monster Dash on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 9 am to 12 noon at Cunningham Park. Proceeds from the Monster Dash are devoted to the support of enhanced science programming for students in grades K through 5.
This wonderful community event, including the 5K walk and run and kids’ costumed fun run activities, science experiments and crafts, is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker school elementary student who died following a playground accident in 1999.
The MFE will also be kicking off the very popular Monster Dash T-Shirt Design Contest soon so please look for emails and notices from the schools to learn more. The winner of the design contest will have his or her artwork featured on the race t-shirts and will be invited to officially start the 5K!
Start training now, keep your eyes peeled for a comfortable and creative costume and get ready to run on your own or with a running team! If anyone is interested in volunteering for the Monster Dash, the MFE would welcome your support. Please contact Will Korman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Monster Dash and the T-Shirt Design Contest, please visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org. We look forward to seeing you at Cunningham Park on Sunday, October 25th!
NEWS AROUND TOWN
Movie in the Park at the Mary Lane Playground: Bring the family to watch a FREE movie, Big Hero 6, under the stars this Saturday, 9/26 at 7pm. This is not a drop off event, so bring your blankets and chairs (and maybe bug spray) and enjoy an evening sponsored by the Friends of Churchills Lane, Milton Junior Women’s Club and Boston Home Theater Design. Thank you to Milton Parks and Rec for approving this community event!
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Celebrate Milton will be held Sunday, October 4th from noon – 4pm (rain or shine) at Pierce Middle School on Brook Road. The CelebrateMilton event strives to provide a mix of local talent that reflects the diverse composition of our community. In the past, the line-up has included gospel music, Japanese drummers, Irish step dancing, a steel drum band, and the Milton High School fall musical cast. For more information, click here:
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The following item was sent to us by Massachusetts Senator Brian A. Joyce:
As you may know, the deer population in the Blue Hills State Reservation has grown exponentially due to the local extinction of natural predators such as wolves and mountain lions. Conservative estimates show 85 deer per square mile in the Blue Hills, approximately ten times the appropriate level for the region. Negative impacts to vegetation and forest regeneration occur when population density surpasses 18 deer per square mile.
In addition to damage done to the Blue Hills ecosystem, deer overabundance has led to a sharp increase in ticks and, as a result, tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme Disease, have become a significant public health issue in Norfolk County, with over 700 new confirmed cases in 2014 alone. Vehicle collisions with deer as well as property and landscaping damage also pose public safety issues.
In order to stabilize and maintain the deer population, preserve the natural beauty of the Blue Hills, and minimize public health and safety concerns, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), along with the Department of Fish and Game, have proposed a deer management plan for the Blue Hills, which includes a controlled hunt.
DCR officials have determined that this is the most effective way to preserve the natural beauty of the Blue Hills and improve the health and safety of local residents.
Here are some of the highlights of the plan, which is designed to ensure public safety and to minimize inconvenience to those who utilize the Blue Hills for non-hunting recreation:
- The proposed plan allows for just four days of hunting each year – the Monday and Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the next Monday and Tuesday
- A limited number of special hunting permits would be issued by lottery to those interested in hunting in the Blue Hills by DCR. A permit is required to hunt during the four day period
- DCR will hold mandatory orientation for those invited to hunt
- Hunters will be assigned to specific ‘zones’ in which they must remain. They must also check in & check out with DCR officials at a designated location prior to and following hunting
- Hunting will be limited to 1 hunter/30 acres of land. The number of hunters in the Blue Hills at any given time will be limited
- The public will be notified in advance of the hunts through advertisements, social media, and signs at all trail heads
A similar controlled hunt was implemented at the Quabbin Reservoir in the early-90s and was successful at limiting and maintaining the deer population while ensuring the safety of and without inconveniencing the public.
The Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) will be holding three public meetings in the coming weeks regarding the proposed deer management plan. All are welcome to attend and share their views on the proposed plan:
- Tuesday, September 29 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Blue Hills Trailside Museum – 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton
- Thursday, October 1 – 6:30PM-8:00PM – Lincoln-Hancock Elementary School Auditorium – 300 Granite Street, Quincy
If you are unable to attend, you may view the proposed plan here, and you may submit your comments to DCR here. The deadline for comments is Friday, October 2.
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Milton Community Concerts kicks off its second season of concerts in a big way with a free benefit concert, “Right On Your Doorstep”, on Sunday, October 18th at 4pm at First Parish Church of Milton (535 Canton Avenue). It will feature three outstanding musicians who have Milton connections: resident Pauline Wells, known for her numerous public appearances throughout New England, baritone Brandon Grimes, an MHS grad who has achieved success in both opera and musical theater, and Milton Public School parent and pianist Timothy Steele. These three performers, along with several other musicians, will present a wildly eclectic program of songs with something to please everyone. All of the proceeds for this concert will go to support the music program in the Milton Public Schools.
Ms. Wells has always been very active in charitable and community causes. Many fans have heard her spirited and inspirational rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, and she has made over 300 public appearances, including Justice Square at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and Harvard University. Her concerts have drawn audiences to the Wilbur Theatre, Blue Ocean Music Hall, and Old Town Hall in Manhattan. For 23 years she has served with the Cambridge Police Department, currently holding the rank of Lieutenant. She resides in Milton with her husband Richard and daughter Molly.
Mr. Grimes recently sang in a national tour of the musical JEKYLL AND HYDE. He has appeared in several off-Broadway productions, has sung at the Cape Playhouse, and soon will be performing at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He studied opera at the University of Houston and University of Michigan, and has appeared in productions with Opera in the Ozarks and College Light Opera. As a student composer at Milton High School he wrote “Mass for a Dawning Age” which was premiered by the Quincy Choral Society, orchestra and soloists.
Mr. Steele is an active vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has conducted for outreach tours with Boston Lyric Opera, and is a former music director for Opera Providence. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for over 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Madame White Snake, and for three years collaborated with WaterFire-Providence on a unique and popular series of opera evenings. In Boston, he has performed with Emmanuel Music, the Handel and Haydn Society, and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, among others.
Admission to this concert is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Ample free parking is available. For more information about this concert visit www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com
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On Thursday, October 22nd, the 11th annual Literary Gala, “Where Stories Begin,” will be held at Lombardo’s in Randolph, benefiting the Milton Public Library. The gala is hosted by the Milton Library Foundation and chaired by President-Elect Stacey Cornforth. The keynote speaker will be noted author Alice Hoffman. Information on sponsorship and ticket sales will be announced soon.
Hoffman, who has just released the young adult novel, Nightbird, has published a total of twenty-three novels, three books of short fiction, and eight books for children and young adults. This summer, Hoffman will release her latest novel, The Marriage of Opposites, set in the 19th Century on a paradisiacal island in the West Indies.
Her novel, Here on Earth, an Oprah Book Club choice, was a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece Wuthering Heights. Practical Magic was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Her novel, At Risk, centers on a family dealing with AIDS, can be found on the reading lists of many universities, colleges and secondary schools. Hoffman’s advance from Local Girls, a collection of inter-related fictions about love and loss on Long Island, was donated to help create the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. Blackbird House is a book of stories centering on an old farm on Cape Cod. Hoffman’s recent books include Aquamarine and Indigo, novels for pre-teens, and The New York Times bestsellers The River King, Blue Diary, The Probable Future, and The Ice Queen. Green Angel, a post-apocalyptic fairy tale about loss and love, was published by Scholastic and The Foretelling, a book about an Amazon girl in the Bronze Age, was published by Little Brown. In 2007 Little Brown published the teen novel Incantation, a story about hidden Jews during the Spanish Inquisition, which Publishers Weekly has chosen as one of the best books of the year. Her most recent novels include The Third Angel, The Story Sisters, the teen novel, Green Witch, a sequel to her popular post-apocalyptic fairy tale, Green Angel. The Red Garden, published in 2011, is a collection of linked fictions about a small town in Massachusetts where a garden holds the secrets of many lives.
Your participation in this event will contribute to the Foundation’s financial support of the Milton Public Library.
“In the past, funds have been used to introduce new databases and online services for library users. These include research databases to support life-long learning as well as eResources, such as downloadable music and ebooks,” said William Adamczyk, the Milton Library Director. Funds have also been used to boost the Overdrive Advantage collection which provides eBooks specifically for Milton patrons. Twenty percent of eBook circulation comes from this collection currently.
“This is a great example of how a public/private partnership can bring improved and expanded services and resources to the residents of Milton,” he added. The elected Milton Library Trustees manage the library budget.
Funds raised by the Milton Library Foundation will also go toward a new and improved website for the Milton Public Library.
For more information and updates, follow the Milton Library Foundation on Twitter: @MLFoundationMA or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiltonLibraryFoundation
The Brookline Symphony Orchestra’s 5th annual 5K Fun Run & Walk is taking place this Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 10:00am at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
What makes this 5K unique is that musicians from the orchestra will be stationed along the course playing live classical music for you to enjoy as you run, jog or stroll. The course is 2 full loops around the flat Reservoir path – which means you’ll enjoy each musical grouping twice.
The event is Family Friendly – baby joggers & strollers are welcome. Bring the little ones for their first “concert” while you exercise. Registration: http://brooklinesymphony5k.racewire.com/
October Art and Music Events at the MAC
The Milton Art Center has a number of events planned this October for children, teens and adults. The month kicks off with an ARToberfest on Fri. Oct. 2 from 7-10 pm featuring German-inspired food and beverage, traditional music and a “Postcard Art” exhibition and sale.
Local artist Sue Hoy, invites adults to paint their own wine glasses on Wed. Oct. 14 from 7-9 p.m. Perfect for beginners.
On Fri. Oct. 16 from 6–8 p.m. children ages 2-8, accompanied by an adult, are invited to put on their best pajamas and join Jimmy Moonan for games, kids’ karaoke and a marshmallow campfire sing-along featuring classic Beatles music.
In a nod to Halloween, school-aged children can create their own “Glow-o-Lanterns” on Sat. Oct. 17 from 10-11 a.m. at a workshop taught by Christine Jorge, an elementary school art teacher with the Milton Public Schools.
Adults and Teens wishing to reclaim the magic of spontaneous expression through paint on paper will enjoy Rose Gates’ Painting from the Heart Workshop on Sun. Oct. 18 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Finally, award-winning artist Gregory Maichack will teach an adults only pastels workshop inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “The Calla Lily” on Thurs. Oct. 29 from 7-9 p.m. No painting experience required.
Please visit www.miltonartcenter.org for more information or to register for any of these workshops.
Boys Cross Country
Milton Cross Country Team hosted the first quad meet on Wednesday, September 16th at Houghton’s Pond. The boy’s team defeated Dedham, but lost to Needham and Brookline. The team was led by its top three runners of senior Tim Lynch, sophomore Nick Villard and senior John Lenane. The younger guys are improving every day and senior Nathan Liberty continues to be the team’s hardest worker. The boys do not have a meet until the 31st when it hosts Norwood and Framingham at Houghton’s Pond.
Girls Cross Country: The first quad meet was held last week on the home course at Houghton’s Pond vs. Brookline, Dedham and Needham. The Milton varsity girls set their sights on the state’s top-ranked team (Needham) and came close to defeating them. The final score was 25-30 vs. Needham, and Milton handily beat the Dedham and Brookline teams. The JV team beat Needham and Dedham, losing only to Brookline. Varsity highlights included: Bridget Mitchell did her best to stay with the Mass Two-Mile State Champion Margie Cullen and it pulled her to a 24s PR on the course, running 18:00 flat. Only two Milton athletes have run faster than her on the course and they both went to the Olympics! Colette O’Leary ran a very gutsy 4th place finish overall and ended with a 38s PR and broke 19:00 for the first time on the course. Elise O’Leary had one of the best freshman races ever with her 5th place finish in the race today. Her time of 18:59 is the 2nd fastest Milton freshman time ever at Houghton’s Pond. (Bridget owns the record at 18:24) Naomi Negassi had a 54s pr, which allowed her to break 20:00 on the course for the first time ever. As a Freshman in her first race at home, Clodagh Corcoran quickly put her name in the all-time lists. Her time of 20:02 is good enough to be the 20th fastest Milton athlete to ever run at Houghton’s in the past 20 years. The team looked incredibly strong and is in great shape to take on the rest of the season.
The cheerleaders are working on rescheduling their choreography date to continue to prepare for competition! We are excited for our game against Walpole on September 25th and the fun youth night that will be happening that night!! The Milton High Cheerleaders will also be having a car wash on October 3rd from 9-12 at Collicot/Cunnigham, $10 per car.
The boys soccer team dropped two games this week to Herget division rivals Walpole and Wellesley. Both games were away and we lost both games 3-1. Ethan Walko and Stefan Richardson scored goals with assists from Josh Madden and Alden Rosa. This Saturday 9/26 the boys soccer team will travel to Defazio Field in Needham to play in the Bay State League vs. Catholic Conference Challenge. The challenge has the best teams in each conference playoff each other and Milton will play Malden Catholic at 3pm.
Wildcat girls went 1-1 this week, losing a heart-breaker to Walpole 1-0, but bounced back with a big victory over Wellesley 2-1. The Wilcats are 2-3-1. Chae Diani, Sophie Cousineau, and Kerri Driscoll led the team with goals this week. Next up, we are looking forward to the cross town rivalry game with Fontbonne Academy on Monday.
The Wildcats hit the road for the first time in 2015 to face the (1-0) Quincy Presidents. The defense was able to turn the Presidents over on downs and create a turnover in the first period to provide a scoring chance that Koby Osazee wouldn’t miss. The junior running back collected a short pass out of the backfield and slipped two defenders en route to a 16-yard TD reception. While we moved the ball well in the 2nd quarter, we didn’t find the end zone again until Derek Perkins (7 for 153, TD) collected a short pass, broke a tackle and raced in. Derek added the conversion and we led 14-6 with 2:45 left before the break. Our defense forced a quick punt from Quincy on the next drive and Ludwig Frederique returned their punt to our 46 with 1:50 left. Mike Fallon (15-30, 283, 2TD) led us on a 5 play drive that finished with Osazee rushing in for a score with 50 seconds left before the break. It was 20-6 at the half. The second half featured some sloppy play and Quincy made some nice adjustments to close the gap to 20-14 in the third period. We responded with a 3 play drive that was highlighted by Derek Perkins 63 yard catch and run. Fallon ran in untouched on the next play to stretch the lead to 26-14. Late in the 4th period, Quincy converted a 4th down with a 31 yard scoring run to cut the lead to 26-20. Unable to collect the first down needed to run out the clock, we punted it back. Starting at their own 35, the Presidents slowly moved the ball to our 35. With no timeouts left they, they took a shot on a deep pass that Derek Perkins intercepted to ice the game. The Varsity is now 2-0, the JV is 1-0-1, after tying 8-8, and the freshman collected a win 14-8 to even their record at 1-1.
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Save the Date to Support Milton High Hockey Programs! This Columbus Day Weekend, Monday October 12th at the Kelly Field Tennis Courts, check out the Street Hockey Tournament.
Get the Ball Rolling as part of the Second Annual MHS Street Hockey Jamboree. Create your own team! Seven to nine players per team (including goalie.) $25 per player ($30 per player after October 1st). Teams are responsible for their own equipment. Helmets and gloves required. This events starts at 9am and will go until we finish. Grades 1-9. Team roster , payment and signed medical waivers required for registration
Bring your flow and join us for a day of food, face-offs and fun! Prizes, games, music and more! Kids under 10 years old must be supervised by a parent. To register your team, contact pam noonan at: email@example.com danielle chauvet at: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at Ulin Rink Sept 21-Oct1 during skills and practice sessions .
Students: Milton High School junior Ishan Shukla, has been volunteering community service hours with the Neponset River Watershed Association. As part of his service, Ishan investigated whether rain gardens decrease E. coli counts and presented his findings to the organization. In addition, Ishan researched “The Miracle of the Moringa Tree,” which he presented at an EPA conference in Virginia. Most recently, Ishan has been invited to give a guest lecture at Wentworth Institute during an engineering class. He will conduct E. coli experiments with Moringa seeds. Ishan Shukla is an outstanding representative of Milton High School and a wonderful example of how community service projects can contribute to academic success.
Staff: I would like to take a moment to thank two Milton Public Schools employees who have a huge impact on our district: Residency Coordinator Patty Lesenechal and Registrar Jane Barrett. Ms. Lesenechal recently completed the daunting task of making sure that families of all incoming K, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students completed the paperwork to re-establish residency this summer, in addition to her regular duties of ensuring that all MPS families are residents of Milton. Ms. Barrett is in charge of registration and enters each new student into the district’s database. She also works closely with Ms. Lesenechal as a gatekeeper to be sure all registered students are Milton residents. August and September are the busiest months for these two dedicated employees, who collectively screened nearly 600 applications, including 87 preschool, 349 kindergarten and 160 students in Grades 1-12. On behalf of the town of Milton and the Milton Public Schools, I am sure that you will join me in thanking Ms. Lesenechal and Ms. Barrett.
Volunteers: Timothy Steele, a parent of two Milton High School students, has been quietly volunteering and helping to raise both money and awareness for the Milton Public Schools’ music programs. Mr. Steele is a vocal coach, pianist, and conductor, and is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. Through various benefit concerts, Mr. Steele has been both an enthusiastic supporter and an invaluable asset to the Milton Public Schools.
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