Milton Public Schools

February 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 25•15

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

From The Desk Of The Superintendent

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

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

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

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

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

PRESCHOOL INFO:

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

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

Please read on for an overview of each program.

Integrated Preschool Program

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

Special Education Programs:

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

 

 

 

Child Study Pre-Kindergarten Program

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

Girls Indoor Track:

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

Boys Indoor Track:

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

Ski Team:

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

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

 

February 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 22•15

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

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 13th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 13•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

STUDENT WORK

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON

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

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

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy vacation.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by DPW Engineer Allan Bishop:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

 

E-blast for February 11th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 11•15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 10th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 10•15

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff,

The Milton Public Schools will open tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation.

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

February 7th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 07•15

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 4th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 04•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following information is from the Milton Police Department:

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 16th
Library Closed

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

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

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

“Speed. I am speed.” – Lightning McQueen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VISUAL ARTS

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

 

January 30th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 30•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

What is PARCC?

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

Why PARCC over MCAS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

PARCC Dates:

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

SNOW DAY INFORMATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAMILY LIAISON

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

Preschool Literacy and Language Playgroup

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

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

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

boys and girls – grades 3-8

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

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

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

http://tinyurl.com/ldu6agz

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

FOOD SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Monday February 2nd at 7pm — Teen Book Club

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

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

Friday February 6th at 3pm — After School Movie

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday February 26th at 6pm — Fashion Design Class

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

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

BOYS BASKETBALL

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

BOYS HOCKEY

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

GIRLS HOCKEY

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

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

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

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

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

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

SKI TEAM

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

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

CHEERLEADING TEAM

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

SWIM

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

[1] The AP Latin exam was not offered last year but will be this year. The format of this exam has also been recently revised by the College Board.

[2] At the B1 level, the user becomes independent, can understand and maintain a discussion and give an opinion. The student is capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life. A B2 user has a degree of independence such that arguments can be defended, opinions explained and viewpoints negotiated. At this level, the candidate has a degree of fluency and spontaneity in regular interactions and is capable of correcting mistakes.

Snow Emergency Info from MPS

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 26•15

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Dear Milton Public School Families,

As you know, we have cancelled school for tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27th). As of midnight tonight, highways across Massachusetts will be closed to all excluding emergency personnel and providers of other indispensable services, due to a travel ban announced by Governor Charlie Baker this afternoon. The ban will continue throughout Tuesday. Governor Baker has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state.

After speaking with Milton’s Council on Aging Director Mary Ann Sullivan, she has requested all Milton Public School parents and guardians to look in on any elderly neighbors.

I met today at Town Hall today with many of the town’s department heads. Please be aware that there are several emergency shelters designated within the town of Milton to be used if the Milton Police Department deems it necessary.  Milton Police line: 617-698-3800.  Also, please read the following information from Milton’s DPW Director Joe Lynch:

Town of Milton has entered into a state of emergency effective noon time today.

This emergency will remain in effect until further notice.

Parking Ban - will be in effect as of 10:00 PM Monday night, and will remain in place until further notice. Parking of any type of vehicle on any roadway or municipal parking lot during the ban is subject to ticketing and towing at owners expense.

Solid Waste Collection for Wednesday and Thursday is currently planned without interruption. However this may be subject to change as the storm develops.

In the event of a power outage please contact

NStar directly at 800-592-2000

Also, please note the following emergency numbers:

Life Threatening Emergencies                                                           911

Board of Health                                                                                  617-898-4886

Emergency Management/LEPC                                                      617-698-3800

Fire Department Business Line                                                        617-696-5178

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton                                           617-696-4600

www.miltonhospital.org

Police Department Business Line                                                      617-698-3800

617-698-1212

School Closings Do NOT call Police or Fire. Do Check:

Milton Cable Access, channels 8 & 22

TV Channels 4, 5, 7 & 56

Radio WBZ (1030 AM), WRKO (680AM),WATD (95.9 FM), WJDA (1300 AM)

or Milton Public Schools  website: www.miltonps.org

 

Town Hall Closings                                                                            617-698-3800

DPW: Fallen Tree Limbs, Pot holes, Street Lights                      617-898-4900

Traffic Lights                                                                                       617-898-4972

Milton Community Cable TV                                                           617-698-0814

All Water Issues – DPW – Main Breaks/Dirty Water                617-898-4900

Private Utilities:

Cable (Comcast)                                                                                   (800) 266-2278

Cable (RCN)                                                                                          (800) 746-4726

Electrical Power (Nstar)                                                                      (800) 592-2000

Gas Company (National Grid)                                                            (800) 233-5325

Phone Company (Verizon)                                                                  (800) 837-4966

 

Thank you, and please stay safe!

Sincerely,

Mary C. Gormley

Superintendent of Schools

January 16th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jan• 16•15

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  January 16, 2015

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

               The Milton Public Schools are proud to partner with Milton Interfaith Clergy by participating in The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 2015 Milton Community’s Annual Memorial Celebration.  This year’s theme is “getting past initial impressions.”

The event will be held on Monday evening, January 19th from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Concord Baptist Church, located at 180 Blue Hill Ave. The event will feature Milton High School Gospel Chorus, St. Mary of the Hills Liturgical Dancers, Milton Public School Elementary School Singers, a presentation by Milton High students, a display of student poems & artwork, this year’s MICA Scholarship Winners, the St. Agatha Church Puppeteers and a reaffirmation of the Milton “No Place for Hate” Resolution of Respect. Coffee, tea & dessert will be served after the program.

In addition, please see the item below under “Curriculum,” which describes a program to give free tickets to the movie Selma to students in Grades 7, 8 and 9.

Finally, I would like to recognize the following Milton High School students who are the winners of the 2015 MLK contest.  Congratulations to Anne Marie Grudem, Sarah Monderer, Sindhu Banerjee and John Lenane, each of whom submitted this year’s winning entries.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on January 7th. Those meetings are summarized below.

January 7th: This meeting began with Citizen Speak. Eric Ask talked about a grant available from Safe Routes to Schools which could improve the intersection at Brook Road and Canton Avenue. Next, there was a report from the Milton High School Site Council. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MHSSiteCouncilPowerPoint1.7.15.pdf

School Committee members then reviewed the 2015-16 Program of Studies and the Technology Plan. Members also voted to approve the draft 2015-16 School Year Calendar, the School Committee calendar and a vendor warrant. There was a report from the Health & Wellness Committee. The Policy Subcommittee presented a cash management policy, which was approved.

January 14th:  This meeting began with a presentation by the Collicot Elementary School Site Council.  To view this presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/CollicotSIPPPTFINAL.pdf

Next, Bill Ritchie, Director of Consolidated Facilities along with Bob Mayhew, Operations Manager of Consolidated Facilities, made a presentation to the school committee. This can be viewed by clicking here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/MiltonConsolidatedFacilitiesPPT.pdf

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, February 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

Also, please note that the Milton School Committee will be making Budget Presentations at PTO meetings during the next several weeks. Please refer to the schedule below if you would like to attend one of these presentations.

  • January 28th at Glover Elementary library at 6:30
  • February 2nd at Collicot and Cunningham library at 7pm
  • February 3rd at Tucker library at 6:30
  • TBA — Pierce and Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Parents of pre-school-aged children should note that we are now undergoing Milton Public Schools Kindergarten Pre-Registration . Please note, to enter MPS kindergarten, your child must be five years old on or before August 31, 2015. Kindergarten Information Night will be Tuesday, January 20th.

For Kindergarten parents/guardians (beginning Fall of 2015), we have scheduled Kindergarten Information Night for Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton. Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.  Click here for more information.

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The following information  on the Milton Public School’s math curriculum was submitted by Courtney Walsh, Milton High School’s Math, Business & Technology Department Head; Dr. Life Legeros, Pierce Middle School’s Math Curriculum Coordinator; and Amy Gale, Elementary Language Arts & Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator.

               High School: The MHS Mathematics Department is in its second year of implementing revised integrated math courses.  The new Course 1, Course 2, Course 3 sequence in grades nine through eleven will fully prepare students to enter into any level Calculus or Statistics course in grade twelve.  We are proud to say that the Math Team is actively running for the second year in a row.   The team has already competed in one WPI Competition and three South Shore Math League Competitions.  Their record has steadily improved from last year and with each passing meet.

Students at MHS are currently preparing for their Midyear Exams which will take place beginning on January 21st.  Ninth grade students are also working hard to prepare for the math PARCC exam.  Students will take the Performance Based assessment on April 6th and 7th, and the End of Year examination on May 6th and 7th.  Students are well-prepared for the computer aspect of the exam as the math department is transitioning to digital resources.  The department is currently sharing 75 Chromebooks which allow students to experience interactive material and allow teachers to gather real time data pertaining to student achievement.

               Middle:  The Pierce Middle School’s improvement work this year is focused in three areas: increasing use of multiple representations, implementation of performance assessments, and deployment of curriculum materials drawn from online resources.

Multiple representations — our focus this year is increasing and improving our use of multiple representations. Multiple representations in math are helpful for building conceptual understanding by showing students connections between mathematical  idea, differentiating instruction by providing students with multiple entry points to problems,

challenging high-achieving students by asking them to go outside of their comfort zone and see other points of view, providing a basis for rich discussions and sense making.  The math department is developing and cataloging multiple representation math tasks

Performance assessments  — We are using performance tasks to measure student growth for the first time this year. Performance tasks are unique, open-ended problems that require students to apply the math they know in novel and creative ways. Teachers met for three days last school year and one day during the summer to pilot, analyze, select, and refine these performance assessments. This work was supported by a grant from the MA DESE. The assessments are being used for educator evaluation as District Determined Measures.

Curriculum materials — Each grade level has committed to using a curriculum program that is freely available online, for example, the Utah Middle School Math Project (grades 7-8) and EngageNY (grade 6). The benefits compared to the last two years include that the curriculum is more uniform, comprehensive, and coherent. This system is much more efficient,  since teachers can spend time modifying and augmenting rather than fully developing units/lessons. Students can be given bound/stapled workbooks at beginning of each unit and teachers can access background materials explicitly connected to lessons

               Elementary: Teachers and students are working hard in the Everyday Math curriculum and are readying themselves for our Mid-Year Assessment (grades 1-5) which will take place the week of January 26. We encourage families to use the games on Everyday Math Online as a way to help reinforce and practice the skills being taught at school. Students in grades 3-5 also have access to Study Island for this purpose. All students in grades 2-5 are now participating in the Continental Math League as well. This is an excellent opportunity for students to put the Standards for Mathematical Practice to work with challenging problem solving situations.

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I would like to share some good news, recently published in Education Week, a national magazine. Every state received a score on their early childhood services and programs and I am happy to report that Massachusetts was ranked first in the nation.

The 2015 edition of Education Week’s “Quality Counts “ report—Preparing to Launch: Early Childhood’s Academic Countdown— ranks each state according  to their quality of early-childhood services and programs.

To view the entire report, with info on six areas of educational policy and performance, click here:  http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2015/2015-state-report-cards-map.html?intc=EW-QC15-LFTNAV

Please note the following information, provided to us by School Committee member Lynda-Lee Sheridan:

In an effort led by a team of African-American business leaders in New York, organizations across the U.S. coordinated a massive national campaign to find African-American business leaders to underwrite free admission to the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma for students around the country.

The film is based on a true story and chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

The new cities added, including Boston, are the efforts inspired by the overwhelming success of the program in New York City, in which 27 African-American business leaders created a fund for 27,000 of the city’s 7th, 8th and 9th grade students to see the film for free. That effort sold out in the very first weekend.

The program runs now through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) or while tickets last. Students can share their images and response to the film using #SelmaForStudents.

               The following theaters will allow students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 to see the movie Selma for free by showing their school ID or report card from now through January 19th:

AMC Assembly Row 12
AMC Braintree 10
Apple Cinemas
Capitol Theatre
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
Showcase Cinema De Lux Legacy Place (Dedham)
AMC Loews Boston Common 19

For more info, click here: http://selmastudenttickets.com/

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In front of a packed gymnasium, Milton High School teacher Dan Jarboe was surprised with an incredible award for teaching – a Patriots hat, T-shirt and a pair of tickets to Sunday’s AFL Championship Patriots/Colts game at Gillette Stadium.

Milton High School Principal James Jette made the announcement to the nearly 1,000 students who were assembled in the Copeland Field House on Thursday morning that Mr. Jarboe had been selected for this award. Kaitlin Barnett, a member of the New England Patriots staff, arrived with the gear and the tickets.

“As part of the ‘Do Your Job,” playoff campaign, we are making it a point to reward hardworking employees,” Ms. Barnett told the crowd. She explained to the students that The Kraft family, through its family foundation and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, is committed to giving back and has a long tradition of supporting educational missions.

“Bill Belichik’s new mantra is ‘Do your job,’ and we are finding people throughout New England who are very good at doing their jobs,” Ms. Barnett said. “Mr. Jarboe was recommended to us by a Milton High School parent and we were happy to come and reward him for his hard work.”

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Please see the information below on the upcoming PARCC testing, provided by Math/Business & Technology Department Head Courtney Miller.

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of 18 states working together to develop a common set of computer-based K–12 assessments in English language arts/Literacy and math linked to the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The purpose of PARRC assessments is different from the purpose of MCAS in that MCAS gauges student proficiency within K-12 and PARCC will assess whether students are on track for college and careers.

Why PARCC over MCAS?

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

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

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

PBA: March 16th – April 10th

EOY: May 4th – May 29th

How will the test be administered?

All exams will be computer-based, with students using either a Chromebook or Desktop computer to take the exam.

Can my child be exempt from taking PARCC?

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

50 Years Later: Why the Struggle for Civil Rights is Still Relevant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fans of musicals should mark their calendar. The Pierce Players will be presenting Oklahoma will be at the Pierce Middle School on Thursday, January 22nd and Friday, January 23rd at 7pm; and Saturday, January 24th at 2pm.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling 696-4570.

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Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Tuesday, January 20th. Click here for more information.  This event will be held at 7:00pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd., Milton. Kindergarten Registration will take place by appointment only on either February 10th, 11th & 12th in the Milton High School Library.

ADULT EDUCATION

Milton Public Schools Adult Education Program is now holding Spring 2015 Registration Information. Online Registration opens January 14th: Go to www.tinyurl.com/miltonadulted.  (Payable by checking account or credit card)

Please note, there will be NO walk in registration nights for this term. Please register online here:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AdultEdBrochure-Spring2015-1.pdf

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

SAVE THE DATE! Celebration 2015 will be held on Saturday, March 14th at the Boston Marriott, Quincy. The event is Co-Chaired by Karyn Viveiros and MaryAnne Rull. It will be a fun filled evening to benefit STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Anyone interested in donating items for our Live Auction, please consider that we are looking for great getaway experiences, tickets to sporting events and concerts!  If you have a condo or cottage to donate for a week or weekend or airline tickets, we would love to have them donated so we can put together exciting items for our Live Auction. Please email mfecelebration2015@gmail.com to donate or volunteer.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Forbes House Museum cordially invites you to a Winter Wonderland, celebrating our Golden Anniversary.

This event will be held at the home of Richard and Georgia Lee. On Saturday, January 24th.  Champagne, cocktails, parlor games and live music will be featured. Dress is “creative black tie with a touch of gold.”

Tickets to Winter Wonderland are $100 per person & can be purchased by calling the Forbes House Museum with a credit card at 617.696.1815 sending a check to FHM, 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186. http://forbeshousemuseum.org/calendar.html

Space is limited! Tickets must be purchased in advance by 10 January

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the Health Policy Commission to develop an integrated behavioral health program in partnership with South Shore Mental Health and other community-based providers.

A major focus of the grant will be the development and addition of patient-centered enhancements to the hospital’s Emergency Department to efficiently manage patients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Enhanced capabilities will include conducting tele-health psychiatric assessments and improved services for boarding patients awaiting placement in an inpatient behavioral health facility.

Grant monies will also support a team of South Shore Mental Health clinicians, including crisis assessment clinicians, a behavioral health navigator and certified peer specialists, which will provide specialized clinical, supportive and follow-up services to behavioral health patients within BID-Milton’s Emergency Department.

The grant to BID-Milton was awarded through the Health Policy Commission, which awarded $60 million in Community Hospital Acceleration, Rehabilitation and Transformation (CHART) grants to 28 community hospitals, including BID-Milton.  CHART grants are designated to help community hospitals enhance access to behavioral health services and ready hospitals to participate in an accountable care rather than a fee-for-service payment model.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by MPL’s Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday and Tuesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 11-17:

Wednesday, January 14, 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, January 16, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Waiting for Spring: Stories, Ages 5+

Everyone loves a good story! Come warm up on a winter afternoon and rediscover the power of the spoken word with stories from around the world. Storyteller and librarian Miss Elaine will share some of the tales she’s collected over more than forty years of telling. For ages 5 and up; no registration required.

Monday, January 19, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Signing with Maribeth for Parent and Baby

Learn how to communicate with your baby before he/she can speak!  Join Maribeth MacDonald, sign language interpreter, for an introductory course in baby sign language.  Infants from eight months of age can learn concepts such as “thirsty,” “milk,” “water,” “hungry,” “sleepy,” “pacifier,” “more,” and other basic signs; participants will learn how to use these signs, and more! For babies 8-18 mos, with parent.  Registration is required.

Friday, January 23, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm AND Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Ages 4 and up

Stuffed animals are invited to the library on January 23 for a special sleepover party JUST FOR THEM! Each child may bring a stuffed animal to the library on Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5pm.  After your pal checks in with Miss Sara, they will spend a fun-filled night in the library!  We promise to feed your stuffed animal a nutritious dinner, read him or her lots of stories, and tuck them in for bed before midnight!  You can come back and pick them up on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm, when you can learn about all of the adventures that Miss Sara and the stuffed animals had together. Note to parents: please send an animal that can spend the whole night – perhaps not the favorite lovey that cannot be parted with… For ages 4 and up.  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

VISUAL ARTS

Come join Artspace Milton at ester for a Valentine Making Workshop! Sunday, February 8th from 2-4p. Light refreshments provided, bar menu available. This event is open to kids and adults. There is a $10 fee to cover materials.  Ester is located at 2261 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester. To register contact: artspace02186@gmail.com

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 The Milton Art Center is hosting an art show, entitled “I Heart Art.” This Gallery Art Show will be held from Friday, February 6th to Saturday, February 28th, with an Opening Reception on Friday, February 13th from 6-8pm with champagne and chocolate.

From their poster: “Milton Art Center celebrates that most iconic of images, the heart. Artists and graphic designers have long incorporated heart imagery into their work. From Andy Warhol to Jim Dine, Robert Indiana to Keith Haring, the art of the heart has a rich and longstanding tradition. At the MAC, we explore this tradition, asking painters, graphic designers, sculptors, photographers and artists in all media to produce work incorporating the heart as a point of departure, a focal point, a mission statement and/or a call to action.”

High School students are encouraged to enter. Click here for more information:

http://s167086.gridserver.com/i-heart-art-exhibit

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 Also, beginning in February, the MAC will be moving Milton Open Mic Night to the first Thursday of every month from 7-10pm.    The next event will be held on February 5th at the Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road.

ATHLETICS

BOYS HOCKEY

The Boys’ Varsity Hockey stands at 6-2-2. We’ve rebounded well from a shaky start. Our defensemen (Sr. Christian Kackley, Sr. Kevin Murphy, Jr. Elliott Chauvet, Jr. Colin Rooney, So. Liam Fitzgerald, So. Cormac Howley and Fr. Nolan McManus) have rapidly developed and are main reason for our success. We play undefeated Wellesley , tonight, and a much improved Dedham on Saturday.

GIRLS HOCKEY

The team’s overall record is 8-2. The record in the BSC League is  6-1 and for non-league play, it is  2-1. The girls will play against #2 ranked Dedham on Saturday night.

BOYS BASKETBALL

The team’s overall record is 2-6. While playing against Wellesley HS on Tuesday night, there was some fine work at the foul line – plus a strong game from returning Ledger All-Scholastic Myles McDermott, which carried the Milton boys basketball team to a 53-43 win over Wellesley on Tuesday night.  McDermott, a senior guard, scored 20 points for the Wildcats (2-6, 2-5 Bay State Conference). Denis McAuliffe had 12 points, and Malik Malcolm added 9 for Milton, which hit 18 of 23 free-throw attempts.  Next game is tonight vs Dedham HS at Dedham HS at 6:30pm

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Girls Basketball is 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the Bay State League.  We are on track to qualify for the state tournament.  Seniors Meg Corcoran (tri-captain, leading scorer and rebounder), Sydney Turner (tri-captain), Olivia Fitzgerald (tri-captain), Kendall Stanley, and Sarah Possi are leading a hard-working group in the right direction.

BOYS TRACK

On Thursday, at the Reggie Lewis Center, the boys team defeated Norwood 65 to  35 The boys track team has a record of two wins and two losses, having lost the last meet in the final event last week. The team has the 5th fastest 4×200 meter relay team in the state and two of the three top sprinters in the Bay State League. The relay team consists of Koby Asazee, David and Dereck Perkins and Mariano Davis. The team will be competing in the Division 4 State Relay meet this Sunday at which they should win at least two events.

GIRLS TRACK

The girls’ team has had great success in the past few meets. On January 3rd, the underclassmen competed in the Freshman Sophomore Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.Bridget Mitchell ran an aggressive race and finished 2nd overall in the mile. There were strong performances in the 600m by Heidi Freking , in the hurdles, by Savannah Madden and Martine Augusma. Sophomore Abigail Jean-Baptiste just missed the finals in 55 dash by a hair, and Atheana Pierre had a big PR in the dash running a 8.10. The 4x400m team medaled with an 8th place finish! (Josie Cousineau, Heidi Freking, Colette O’Leary and Bridget Mitchell) The Athletes of the Meet were Helene Juzyca and Antonnea Umeh. On January 7th at the JV Meet, we had strong performances by Martine Augusma, Francesca Coyne, and Abigail Deane.  The Athlete of the Meet was Helene Juzyca, who threw a 4′ PR in the Shot Put breaking the school’s freshman record by almost a foot!! On January 8th, the team won in a dual meet – Milton Vs. Natick.  Milton girls won 8 of the 12 events and 15 different girls scored points for the team!! More great performances were turned in by Andrea Juzyca, Colette O’Leary, Helene Juzyca and Kendall. Bridget Mitchell won the mile and broke the Mairead Kiernan’s 4 year old school record in the mile by .59seconds. Athletes of the Meet: Josie Cousineau Abigail Jean-Baptiste.

SWIM TEAM

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

Our 1st place finishes for the girls team was Isabelle Neville for the 50 freestyle, Emma Heller for 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke, Tyler Volpe Knock for 200 freestyle, and Maia Adley for 50 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Isabelle Neville and Maia Adley took 1st in the girls 200 yard Medley relay. All 3 relay teams were able to take 1st, 2nd & third respectively in the 200 yard Freestyle relay. The team for 1st place was Emma Heller, Leah Corcoran, Maia Adley, and Tyler Volpe Knock. 2nd place: Isabelle Neville, Rachel Joyce, Julia Pelltier, and Olivia Sidoti. Third place was Hannah Solomon, Ruby Baker, Bridgette Dugas and Megan McMahon.  The girls team was able to clinch a win against Randolph 94-25. For the boys team, all we had swimming was Brendan McManus who took 1st in 200 freestyle, 50 Butterfly and 100 Freestyle securing another 22 points for the team. As a team, we ultimately captured a win 116-106 against Randolph. Our next meet is against Quincy and North Quincy which will be held at the Egan Center in Milton, Friday, January 23 at 3pm.

WRESTLING

The team wrestling record is 4-3.  Last Tuesday, the score was Milton 53 v. Brookline 20. In the Cohasset Tournament on  January 10th, Milton earned: 2nd place Liam Queally, 3rd place Dane Matejka, 3rd place Alex Toyias, 3rd place Kaleb Herd, 4th place Will Mozak. At the Natick JV Tournament on January 3rd, Milton earned: 1st place Miles Easterling, 1st place Pat Fitzgerald, 2nd place Donnacha Kennedy, 3rd place Robert Doherty, 3rd place Xavier Fischer, 3rd place Miller Michaud. The team competes in a Quad Meet tomorrow at the Copeland Field House at 10:00am vs Canton, Malden Catholic, Malden and Northbridge.

CHEER TEAM

The MHS Cheer team is practicing hard and cheering on boys & girls basketball each home game.  The Bay State Conference Cheerleading Competition is on Saturday, February 7th at Natick 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:   More than two dozen Milton Public School students have been selected to perform at the All State Conference of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association this spring. Congratulations to the students below, who were chosen by audition and will perform as part of the 2015 All-State Treble Chorus.  Collicot: Sofia Harris, Ava Lundbohm, Roisin Queally, Anna Radley. Cunningham: Shaina Lasoff, Ella Lantigua, Elizabeth McGill, Cal Robinson, Elizabeth Michael, Somachi  Amadi and Sophie Kosiba. Glover: Victoria Williams, Henry Synnott, James Krzywda, Brendan Reardon, Ian Gravallese and Rohan Meier. Tucker: Maxwell Mitchell, Delia Gaff, Ava Deleo. Pierce: Anna Hoey, Saoirse Killion, Alessandra Masso, Daniel Wells, Kevin Harvell, Gwen LaLacheur, Brian Thai, Adriana Halpin-Quiroga, Emelda Szymczak.

Staff:   Although she is not a member of the Milton Public Schools staff, I would like to recognize Diane Gore, the Assistant Treasurer for the Town of Milton. Ms. Gore has been an enormous help through the years to the Milton Public Schools staff, coordinating insurance coverage for our employees, attending our New Teachers’ meetings each year and explaining benefits. We would like to thank Ms. Gore for her hard work and wish her all the best in her retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to send warm wishes to Milton Public Schools friend and our closest neighbor, Phil Zona. Mr. Zona is a MPS parent and a long-time supporter of our schools and athletic programs. I taught Mr. Zona’s daughter when she was a second-grader at Glover Elementary School, and have admired the Zona family’s dedication to our town and schools for many years. How many people can live across the street from a 1,000-student school and have only positive things to say? We wish Mr. Zona all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.

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