Milton Public Schools

November 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 25•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Good afternoon. I would like to inform all our Milton Public School parents and guardians that we hosted a very successful event last night here at Milton High School. The event was Chemical Awareness Night, and we were honored to host Milton Police Chief Richard Wells along with Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, ADA Jennifer Rowe and Pharmacist David Morgan.

This was a very informative event and the 100+ parents/guardians who attended gave very positive reviews. While we are aware that this is the week before a holiday and many families are busy preparing for the holiday and/or travelling, we would like to emphasize what an important resource these parent information sessions can be. The speakers at this particular event were extremely knowledgeable and they were not only able to impart a great deal of information to our parents and guardians, but they were also able to take time to answer questions specific to our community.

If you were unable to attend this event, but would like some more information on drug and alcohol use and abuse, please see the links below:

• Norfolk County DA’s office – substance abuse page: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/substanceabuse.html

• Current Trends in Youth Substance Abuse: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/PDF%20DOWNLOADS/Current%20Trends%20in%20Youth%20Substance%20Abuse.pdf 

• Safe Storage and Disposal of Medicine: http://www.mass.gov/norfolkda/PDF%20DOWNLOADS/2014%20PHARMACY%20INFO%20POSTER.pdf

• A parent sent in a link to this YouTube video from a Plymouth North High School presentation which is also very informative on drug/alcohol issues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4y-tyA_l20&list=UUxEhRNXjc6j0t_52KDS9Wxg

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have not been any School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

As part of an effort to manage snow days and other weather-related school closures, we have developed a survey for parents and guardians. Please take a moment to complete this two-question survey by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KSP78JM

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Our debate team has some great news to report from this past weekend’s tournament at Lexington High School. Two of our teams received medals for winning four out of five rounds, and nine students qualified for the state tournament this spring. Please help me to congratulate our top debater of the day, Lydia Horan, who placed 7th out of 219 students for top speaker. In addition, I would like to congratulate the following Milton teams, who placed well among the 110 teams who competed: #11 Lydia Horan & Sindhu Banerjee; #22 Will Jrolf & Xavier Fisher; #34 Olivia Erickson & GiGi Jiang; #52 Matthew Murphy; #54 Tanvir Islam & John Daly; #62 Anna Lamb & Alyssa Foster; and #92 Hannah O’Toole & Christian Jamal. I would also like to thank our new Debate Team Coach Kacy Dotoli. Great job!

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Our music department had a busy weekend this past weekend as part of the auditions for Eastern District Festival and the Massachusetts All State Festival. More than 1,000 students from across the region came to Milton High School on Saturday to audition for these festivals. Thank you to the Milton music helpers – Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Gary Good, Rebecca Damiani, David Adams–and FAME workers and student helpers (tons of student worker bees) and the 42 Milton students who actually auditioned……. and we had glorious results!!!! We would also like to thank Julius Ramirez for his technical expertise and the custodians who worked this event.

By the end of the day, 23 Milton High School students were accepted to participate in the Eastern District Festival; and 14 of our students received high enough scores to make it to the next level and have received recommendations to audition for the Massachusetts All State Festival.
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted to participate in the Eastern District Festival: Chorus: Jackie Ruscito, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Stephen Tan, Cameron Delerme, Katie Steele, Hope Huban, Domenic Jancaterino, Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Colette Hourie, Kevin Pham and Garret Sager. Band: Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Tansy Massey-Green, Shane McLaughlin, Matt Holan, Maddy Scott. Jazz Band: Will Hess, Liam Hines. Strings: Nethania Marc, Walker Stroud.

Also, please help me in congratulating the following students who qualified for the All State Festival: Chorus: Jackie Ruscito, Samantha Antoniewicz, Monika Cormack, Stephen Tan Harry Kong, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Garrett Sager. Band: Simon Eder, Kristen Ingraham, Tansy Massy-Green, Matt Nolan. Jazz: Will Hess, Liam Hines. Strings: Walker Stroud.

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In our continued efforts to promote a bully-free community in the Milton Public Schools, a group of students from both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School recently attended the Stand Up to Bullying Training and Action Summit 2014 at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park.

Staff from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center from Bridgewater State University facilitated activities during this training session to help our students learn how to take a stand against all forms of bullying. Our student leaders were trained as peer leaders in bullying prevention. Specifically, the students identified challenges within our schools, exchanged ideas and approaches for dealing with bullying and created and shared student lead programming & strategies with their peers. This event educated, trained and engaged our student leaders to spearhead bullying prevention efforts at our schools. This is the third year in a row that both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School students have attended this event.

The following Milton High School students attended this event with Ben Kelly and Kelly Losi, Student Council advisors. Milton High School Students: Madelyn Driscoll, Rebekah Mondelus, Margaret Corcoran, Tansy Massey-Green, Lydia Horan, Kate Driscoll, Colette Nourie, Tyler Volpe-Knock. Pierce Middle School Students attended this event with Lisa Veldran, Guidance Counselor, Kelly Dearing, Adjustment Counselor and Erica Dunton, Health Teacher. Pierce Middle School Students: Grade 6: Henry Schwarz, Eyvelisha Green, Ava Hilaire, Ben Carroll. Grade 7: Sarah McDonnell, Viv Nguyen, Sam Phelan, John Barros. Grade 8: Sebastian Petion, Kaelen Pean, Madeline Riordan and Chinelo Ogamba.

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Parents/guardians of young children may be interested in the article below, which was forwarded to us by Ada Rosmarin, the districts’ Full Day Kindergarten consultant. The article is about early literacy programs from around the nation.
http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/96/3/63.full.pdf

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Milton High School Financial Aid Night: On Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm Jacqui Carli, a Representative of the Massachusetts Education Finance Agency (MEFA) will be at Milton High School to give a college financial aid presentation. Join us in the Charles Winchester Auditorium to learn available financial resources. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Please save the Date! This year’s Celebration for Education will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott in Quincy. There will be auctions, raffles and entertainment with emcee comedian Tony V. For volunteer opportunities, sponsorship information or additional questions, please email: mfecelebration2015@gmail.com

NEWS AROUND TOWN

I am happy to share the news that Ms. Deborah Felton, Executive Director of Fuller Village and past president of the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills (formerly Temple Shalom) synagogue will be honored by the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills on Saturday morning, December 13th.

Ms. Felton will be receiving its distinguished Woman of Achievement Award at a Shabbat service to be held at the Congregational Church on Canton Ave. Milton. Ms. Felton, an attorney has been involved in community and synagogue life in Milton for the past 28 years.

Ms. Felton is a long-serving Town Meeting member. She was an active volunteer with the Milton Public Schools and served as co-chair of the No Place for Hate Committee in Milton. Ms. Felton also served was vice-president of Religion and Education at the synagogue before becoming President in 2002. She is now on the Building Steering Committee for Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and is actively involved in building the future home of the synagogue. Ms. Felton is married to Judge Robert Baylor and has three daughters.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week December 8 to 14!
CSEd Week is an annual program dedicated to showing K-12 students the importance of computer science edu-cation. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn.
Unplugged Hour of Code
Where: Keys Community Room,
Milton Public Library
Children and tweens (8-12) are welcome to join us to learn coding basics in a group activity using playing cards! Please REGISTER at www.miltonlibrary.org

ATHLETICS

Congratulations of the Milton High School Volleyball team for earning another banner for the field house, a Service Ace award for philanthropic achievement. This came from the team’s participation and fundraising efforts on behalf of the Side Out Foundation and their Dig Pink Rally to help find a cure for breast cancer. Thank you to Coach Robin Lee and her volleyball team.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

In lieu of an Ambassador Page this week, I think it would be a more appropriate message at Thanksgiving to say thank you to every one of our 4,031 students along with their parents or guardians, as well as the nearly 500 members of our Milton Public Schools faculty and staff. Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect upon the things we are thankful for in our lives. As the Superintendent of the Milton Public Schools, I have countless reasons to be thankful each and every day of the year. I hope all of our families enjoy this holiday. School will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. We will reopen on Monday, December 1st.

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.

November 21st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 21•14

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  November 20th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, the Milton School Committee meets twice a month, usually in the Milton High School library on Wednesday nights. Those of you who have attended these meetings or watched the broadcast know that they can cover a wide range of issues. These meetings always include a Citizens Speak portion, where any Milton resident can voice their opinion on school-related topics. School Committee members have seen demonstrations of Lego robots, congratulated winning high school teams, met with spelling bee and LifeSmarts champions, heard from each school’s Site Council and marveled at award-winning artwork brought in by our talented students. These meetings also typically include a presentation from one of our many departments. Recent presentations have included an update from our Special Education department, the District’s Diversity Report, the district’s MCAS Presentation and a Common Core Standards Overview Presentation.  All of these reports are posted online after the meetings and can be accessed on the Milton Public Schools homepage by clicking here: http://www.miltonps.org/committee-presentations.php

We also hear from the various subcommittees of the School Committee, including Finance, Facilities, Health & Wellness and Policy subcommittees. We encourage all Milton Public School parents to attend at least one School Committee meeting at some point during the year. Another option would be to watch the meetings on Milton Access Television “live” on the scheduled night, or via the website on http://miltonaccesstv.org/school-committee/  We think you will like what you see.

Our School Committee members are:

Mr. Leroy Walker, Chairman
Mr. Michael Zullas, Vice Chairman
Ms. Lynda-Lee Sheridan
Ms. Mary Kelly
Ms. Kristan Bagley Jones
Ms. Becky  Padera

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on Nov. 5th and Nov. 10th. The next meeting will be held December 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

November 5th: This meeting began with the introduction of the district’s new Parent Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna. She detailed her position’s responsibilities and encouraged parents who have questions to contact her. Next, the Pierce Site Council presented their School Improvement Plan, followed by the K-12 Science and STEM presentation by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan, Middle School Science Curriculum Coordinator Christine Chiappetta, Milton High School Science Department Head Amy Tom and Milton High School teacher John Diamond. School Committee members discussed the fee schedule for FY16. They decided to vote on this issue at the next meeting. As part of the Chairman’s Report, committee members discussed the Superintendent’s Evaluation and voted to approve it.  As part of the finance subcommittee, members approved the vendor warrant, reviewed the FY14 Final Budget, approved the FY15 budget line items and reviewed the FY16 Advancement Budget Update. They also voted to approve several grants awarded to the Milton Public Schools.

November 10th:  The meeting began with two elementary students reading “thank you” notes to veterans, and a moment of silence for former Tucker principal Diane Gosselin.

As part of Citizen Speak, a group of parents came to speak about the East Milton bus fees. Next, the Tucker site council presented their School Improvement Plan. This was followed by an Athletic Presentation by Athletic Director Larry Rooney. School Committee members then began discussions about next year’s bus fee. After discussion, the committee voted to charge a per-pupil rate of $375 town-wide and reduce the family cap to $750.

Next, there was a presentation on the FY16 Advancement Budget and the Annual Report was handed out for edits and will be voted at the next meeting.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please be on the lookout for a Survey Monkey from the Milton Public Schools.  We are gathering data to see how parents feel about winter weather-related school closings and/or delays.

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Please see the summary of the Milton Public Schools’ music curriculum below, provided by Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Dawn Sykes.

Elementary General Music K-5

The elementary music curriculum has experienced a number of revisions that address three important areas of education: collaboration with various grade level curricula; common assessment amongst grade levels across the district; and strategies to accentuate student individualization and performance.

The music curriculum has been updated to align and collaborate with the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies with the hope of accentuating enduring understandings of the world and its people.  For example, while students in grade two are studying immigration in the classroom, they are singing songs from the United States and around the world, and exploration connections. Students in grade four are singing and playing songs from the various regions of the United States.  Students in grade five are experiencing American history through the music and songs that were instrumental in the fight for bringing change to American society to promote human rights for all.

The elementary music curriculum has also been redesigned to include formal assessment of student knowledge. This year, all grade three students will be pre-and post-tested on treble clef note reading and rhythm reading skills. More formal testing is in the works for the future as we, as music educators, strive to determine how to know what our students truly know. Increased individual assessment for student performance has become prevalent with the auditions for the Massachusetts All-State Treble Chorus for students in grade five and solos in concerts and performances which are open to all students.

Pierce Middle School Music 6-8

The Pierce Middle School music curriculum has added common written assessments for measuring student learning across all grade levels.  Students are assessed for their understanding of various music skills and concepts at each grade level.  The middle school music faculty is refining the assessment tool used for measuring student musical performance.  Aspects of pitch, rhythm, intonation, and tone will be assessed using a common rubric that will align across all performance ensembles.  The new tool will be implemented in December during the next round of performance assessments.

In addition, the Pierce Music department has established a team goal of incorporating activities and teaching strategies to improve music literacy.  Students are reading, creating, and performing rhythms to reinforce understanding of rhythm values and increase fluency when reading rhythmic passages.  Along with the emphasis on rhythmic reading, the students continue to study elements of pitch, expression and form in sight reading activities to overall improve their ability to read musical notation.

Milton High School Music 9-12

The MHS music curriculum for the performance ensembles has added common assessments to measure student growth in both understanding and applying musical terms, symbols, and notation and in performance skills.   The performance assessments also include self-evaluation using the same evaluation tools as the teacher.   The assessments are administered three points during the year (September, January and May), in addition to the regularly scheduling tests throughout the year.  The results of the assessments will be used to inform instruction and revise the curriculum as needed.  The curriculum added weekly written homework assignments for all performance groups which focus on music literacy and understanding of terms, symbols and notation.  The ultimate goal is to help students develop musical and performance skills, as well as the evaluative skills to help them to become independent musicians.

All non-performance based music classes at MHS have added pre-and post tests to the curriculum.  The pre-tests are given at the beginning of the semester to see where the students need review and/or added instruction.    The results of the pre-tests are used to inform instruction for the course as well as looking at the previous curriculum (if there was a pre-requisite course to take this course) to see if revision is necessary.  The post-tests are given near the end of the semester and also are used to inform instruction for the next semester.

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Milton High School’s Pre-K Program “Reading Rocks”/Early Literacy Initiative

The following item was submitted by Milton High School Pre-K teacher Eileen Mullen.

Milton High Schools’s Pre-K program hosts an annual “Reading Rocks” initiative. This year’s event got off to a great start with a visit from MHS librarian, Jen Troy. Jen collaborated with the Child Study II classes and presented a unit on Children’s Literature and the importance of reading to children as well as inviting the Pre-K children on another day to the library for a special reading of Bats in the Library. Ms.Troy is a fabulous resource!

Teachers, administration and staff also shared their love for reading by visiting the Pre-K classroom. So far, we have had visits from A.J. Melanson, Paul Damiani, Michelle Kreuzer, Steve Tart, Kelly Losi, Dyanne Crowley, John Radosta and Bill Donovan. Members of our Pre-K families have also been invited in the months to come.

Sara Truog, head librarian for the Milton Public Library paid us a visit and read some favorites to the children. The kids were excited to hear that they can get their own library card after turning five years old.

There will be a “Reading Rocks” photo display of our special visitors and we hope it will continue to grow!

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With the help of the elementary principals and PTO presidents, Marti McKenna, Sara Troug and Lori Henry held successful Family Literacy Events for parents and guardians in all four elementary schools. This group held a coffee hour at Cunningham and Collicot on Tuesday, November 4th and contributed to the evening PTO meetings at Glover on Wednesday, November 12th and at Tucker on Thursday, November 13th. Ms. McKenna outlined her new role as Family Outreach Liaison. Ms. Truog and Ms. Henry spoke about the importance of family literacy and presented the “Cool Tools That Kids Can Use” with their MPL cards. The group also distributed handouts on the Cool Tools, MPL bookmarks and an apropos favor, an apple with the quote “An apple for the teacher is really nothing new except when you remember that parents are teachers too.”

The following item was submitted by Elementary Language Arts & Math Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

PARCC

This spring, nearly all of the Milton Public Schools will be participating in a field test of the new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam. This exam was created to address the need to prepare students for college and career and to answer the call for an exam aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. The PARCC is slated to replace the current MCAS exam in the Spring of 2015 and this field test will be an excellent opportunity for the district to gain familiarity with the test, its components and how well our students are prepared. The following, taken from www.parcconline.org outlines the priorities and technology based design of the exam.

State leaders in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers share one fundamental goal: building their collective capacity to dramatically increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.

PARCC’s next-generation assessment system will provide students, educators, policymakers and the public with the tools needed to identify whether students — from grade 3 through high school — are on track for postsecondary success and, critically, where gaps may exist and how they can be addressed well before students enter college or the workforce.

The PARCC assessment has six priority purposes, which are driving the design of the system  The priority purposes of PARCC Assessments are:

  1. Determine whether students are college- and career-ready or on track
  2. Assess the full range of the Common Core Standards, including standards that are difficult to measure
  3. Measure the full range of student performance, including the performance high- and low-performing students
  4. Provide data during the academic year to inform instruction, interventions and professional development
  5. Provide data for accountability, including measures of growth
  6. Incorporate innovative approaches throughout the assessment system

PARCC will also use technology throughout the design and implementation of the assessment system. The overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced, computer-scored items. The PARCC assessments will be administered via computer, and a combination of automated scoring and human scoring will be employed.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Have you checked recently to see if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch for your child?

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day.

Students may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.  Breakfast is now offered on the grab and go carts located at Pierce and at the Milton High School.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART   School Year 2014-2015
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,590 $1,800 $416
2 $29,101 $2,426 $560
3 $36,612 $3,051 $705
4 $44,123 $3,677 $849
5 $51,634 $4,303 $993
6 $59,145 $4,929 $1,138
7 $66,656 $5,555 $1,282
8 $74,167 $6,181 $1,427
Each additional person: +7,511 +626 +145

 

STUDENT WORK

The following essay is the first chapter of book, “Ivy” being written by fourth-grade Cunningham student Erika Wong and was part of a class assignment from her teacher, Julie Marotta.

“Ivy looked out of the window of her small brick house in California. She had been inside her house for hours and she was bored. Ivy went up to her dark red room where the wallpaper was fading and her toys and clothes were everywhere. She flopped on her bed and stared at the ceiling. She heard her baby brother George screaming. ERRRRRR! So annoying!!!

Ivy tried to calm down by thinking about good things. But only bad things came to her. Ivy thought about her old brick house. She thought about her way dull boring brown hair. She thought about her annoying two-year-old brother George. But mostly she thought about her fear of spiders. Ivy was a small six-year-old kindergartner. Just then, she heard a loud knock on the door. She looked out the window. It was her best friend, Tracy. Ivy ran down the stairs and opened the door. “Hi, Tracy!” “Hey, Ivy, want to come over?” “Sure, let me ask first …. MOM, CAN I GO TO TRACY’S HOUSE?”   Ivy’s mom, who wanted Ivy to stop whining about her things said, “Sure!”  So Ivy and Tracy walked to her house.

When they got to Tracy’s house, they went up to her room. Ivy was looking forward to playing water polo in Tracy’s pool. But instead, they went inside Tracy’s secret hideout. By the time Tracy started pretending to type in the secret numbers to the hideout, Ivy knew they were off to an adventure……….”

The following student art was submitted by Tucker Art Teacher Jess Gillooly.

 

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Tucker students complete a lesson on the artist Wassily Kandinsky, where students practiced using a variety of line and color to express emotion.

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Tucker 5th grader Matilda Baldwin painted her clay animal inspired by the Mexican woodcarvers visit.

 

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Painting by Tucker third grader David Paez Monge

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please make note of this very special event being held at Milton High School on Monday. According to Milton High School Principal James Jette, this is a “do not miss event” for all parents/guardians of high school students. Our goal is to keep the students in the Town of Milton safe and clean!

A  Chemical Health & Awareness Night will be held for students, parents/guardians and coaches on Monday, November 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester auditorium.         This is an event for all parents/guardians who have a student at Milton High School. Our goal is to share with you preventative measures, signs to watch for and resources to access if needed.  Some of the topics will include:

  1. Underage Drinking
  2. Marijuana Use
  3. E-Cigarettes (Vaping)
  4. Chewing Tobacco
  5. Steroid Use
  6. Dangers of opiates and so much more

Having a open and honest discussion and bringing awareness to these issues, is a priority of the Milton High School’s administration.

Milton Police Chief Richard Wells will be in attendance, along with Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, ADA Jennifer Rowe and David Morgan. Please see the bios below on our guests:

Michael Morrissey was recently re-elected to his second term as Norfolk District Attorney.  After serving in the Massachusetts legislature for 34 years, he is now the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in Norfolk County. DA Morrissey provided the training and resources needed to form Milton’s Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition which met for the first time earlier this month.

Jennifer Rowe became a prosecutor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 20 years ago. She has served as Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County, and for the past 10 years has served as a Norfolk County prosecutor. Her caseload has involved complex narcotics cases, motor vehicle homicides, sexual assaults, civil rights violations, domestic violence and firearms violations. She was the Deputy Chief of District Courts prior to her selection by DA Morrissey to serve as the Director of the Crime Prevention Unit.

David Morgan is a pharmacist with 30 years of experience. He served as Director, Outpatient Pharmacies for Boston Medical Center, Adjunct Faculty at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, served on DPH’s Medical Review Group, served as the Chairman of the American Pharmaceutical Association and Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Pharmacist Association. He was selected by DA Morrissey to serve as the Safe prescribing Consultant for Norfolk County.

Please make every effort to attend this important and potentially life-saving presentation.

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Milton Teens in Need is sponsoring a “Winter Clothing Drive”.  Donations will be accepted at Piece Middle School during the week of December 1-5th.  We are collecting coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, and boots.  In addition, we are also collecting any and all “Milton” clothing and spirit wear.  Help us recycle our “Milton” attire for the next generation of Wildcats!! All donations will be given away FREE on Saturday, December 6th from9:00 am – 12:00pm in the Pierce Middle School Cafeteria.

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The Key Club along with the French, Spanish and Latin Clubs will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots.  We will collect donations from December 2nd through December 12.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the SEPAC at Pierce Middle School Library on Tuesday, December 2nd from 7-9pm for a meeting “An IEP With My Child.”

Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop takes parents step-by-step through IEP development, including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals, and measuring their child’s progress.

Guest speaker Jennie Dunkley will place additional emphasis on what many consider the “meat” of the IEP: measurable goals and objectives.

Jennie Dunkley is a Special Education Family Consultant and Child Advocate providing services to families throughout the special education process. She is a senior trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs on Basic Rights, IEP Development, Transition and Multiple Learning Styles and she provides her own workshops on positive parenting and other topics. Jennie is a Board Member of the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN).

Come learn the necessary ingredients to developing skill-driven goals that are challenging, yet achievable, and how to identify if progress has been made.

Questions? Email Michelle Connolly, Chairperson, Milton SEPAC at writeidea@yahoo.com.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please join Best Buddies Massachusetts for their annual 5k Gobbler run/walk tomorrow — Saturday, November 22nd at Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road. Milton High School students will be defending the “Golden Gobbler” title they earned last year. Prizes and gift certificates will go to top fundraisers and finishers. Top individual, community team and school team fundraisers will receive the coveted Golden Gobbler trophy!  Pre-race festivities and registration take place between 7:30am and 9. The race/walk portion gets underway at 9:15am.

New this year; a shortened 30-minute walk which will include treats along the route and a ‘make your own runner bib’ craft. Race fees: $20 in advance/on line;  $25 day of registration. Sponsors present at the event include: Brueggers Bagels, Boston Brewing, Perfect Fuel and Today’s Special.  Register in advance by going to the Best Buddies website: http://www.bestbuddiesma.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1119566

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The following item was sent in by the Milton Department of Public Works:

Trash and Recycling Collections for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27thwill occur one day before — on Wednesday November 26.  There will be no change for Wednesday collections.

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Milton Youth soccer Uniform program: Pass us your soccer uniforms …. and we’ll pass them on to children all over the world. Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobbies of Collicot/Cunningham, Glover, Tucker and Pierce schools and at 34 Cliff Road.

Any donations of clean T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. (Collection dates are November 17- December 12 ) For more information, call Madame Brown at: 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public schools and Milton Soccer.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 30 – December 6:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie: The Lego Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so why not join us for a matinee? We’ll be showing popular family favorite The Lego Movie: “An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.” Rated PG; run time 100 minutes. All ages welcome; no registration required.

Friday, December 5, 2014 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, December 6, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Sparky’s Puppets Presents: Stories from Snowy Lands, All Ages

Celebrate the winter season as Sparky’s Puppets perform “Stories from Snowy Lands.” Watch Jack Frost’s magic bring a snowman to life; laugh at the antics of a boastful bear that goes ice fishing; and visit a shoemaker’s shop on a wintry day! Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. They have performed in schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England for over 30 years. All ages welcome.  Registration is required and is open now.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

The following item was sent to us by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian:

On Saturday, December 6th from 9am to 1pm, join Kaplan and the teen department for a FREE college prep event and take full length practice test of the SAT/ACT combo practice test. All of their practice tests are proctored like an actual test, except your scores won’t go on record. You will receive test scores back 1-2 weeks after the exam. Results will be sent back via email or phone and a Kaplan representative will be able to answer any questions you may have. Sign up online at kaptest.com/college to reserve your spot! Event code is SKKA140114. For more information on this and other teen events at the Milton Public Library, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617)-698-5757 or aboivin@ocln.org.

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8 to 14!
CSEdWeek is an annual program dedi-cated to showing K-12 students the im-portance of computer science education. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduc-tion to computer programming, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn.

Unplugged Hour of Code
Sunday Dec. 14, 2pm
Children and tweens are welcome to join us for two hours of unplugged coding
activities. Please register at www.miltonlibrary.org.

Teen Writing Workshop
Monday Dec 8, 7pm

Aspiring writers in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in our fallwriting workshop series. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of writing.

Free Play
After School Games

When: Every day Where: Teen Room
Choose from a various number of games, puzzles, brainteasers, and more. Ask the teen librarian or the reference desk for the games. Please be courtesy of Miss Amy’s games and make sure to keep all pieces together. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy!

Teen Book Club
Ages 12-18
Monday Dec 1, 7pm

Our December pick is Naruto Vol. 1 The Tests of the Ninja by Masashi Kishimoto. “In another world, ninja are the ultimate power–and in the village of Konoha-gakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the ninja Academy. His goal: to become the next Hokage. But unknown to Naruto and his classmates, within him is a terrifying force.” Contact Amy to get a copy of the book. We encourage anyone new to join us!

After School Movie
Fri. Dec. 12, 3pm
Vote for your pick this month! Cast your vote with Amy in the teen room.

Questions?
Comments?
Contact Amy Rosa
617-698-5757
aboivin@ocln.org
Facebook.com/MiltonLibraryTeenSpace
Miltonlibraryteens.tumblr.com

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

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

ATHLETICS

Powder Puff is back!  Senior Girls vs. Sophomore Girls and Junior Girls vs. Freshman Girls – both games will be played on Monday, November 24th on Brooks Field from 5:30-7:30pm.

Please come and cheer on the Wildcats! This year’s traditional Milton/Braintree Thanksgiving Day game will be held at Braintree High School. Kickoff will be 10am.

Best of luck to our runners on the Girls Cross Country team, who are headed to New York on November 29th to compete in the Nike Cross Nationals – Northeast Regional meet. Along with Coaches Tom Shaw and Kerri Devin, we will be expecting great performances from our top runners at this meet.

Parents/guardians of MHS athletes – please be aware that we have asked each of our student/athletes to sell a minimum of 10 of our prize calendars. These calendars cost $10 each and each person who buys a calendar has a chance to win dozens of prizes – there will be a winner each day!   Stop by the Milton HS Athletic office (near the Copeland Field House entrance) to get your Prize calendar Raffles.

Winter Sports Signups are underway. Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to register for winter sports. Click “Winter Sports Registration.”

http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics

Pierce basketball signups – pay attention for details on Pierce Basketball sign-ups or speak with Coach John O’Leary at Pierce Middle School: joleary@miltonps.org

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to congratulate Cunningham students Aiden Skillin and Brianna DiMaggio, both of whom attended a recent School Committee meeting to read essays they had written about Veteran’s Day. The students did a wonderful job conveying their pride in the United States military and pride in their family members who serve.

Staff:   Although he is not a Milton Public School employee, I would like to thank Milton Police Sgt. Jack Richman, who is certainly a part of our team here in the Milton Public Schools. I am grateful to Sgt. Richman for his leadership in safety and security training with Milton Public School staff.  His assistance on lockdown drills and security protocols has been invaluable. Please see the quotes below from some of our principals with whom Sgt. Richman has worked:

James Jette: “Jack Richman’s support, expertise and guidance has been invaluable. It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Richman. His calm, yet no nonsense demeanor has helped MPS with significant enhancements in our security thus increasing the safety of our students, staff and facilities. If we have any questions or concerns, he responds in a very timely manner with the answer. He is truly an asset to the Milton Public School, Milton PD and of course, the entire Milton Community.”

Dr. Karen Spaulding: Schools have historically been places where children feel safe and thus can learn and grow.  Unfortunately, the acts of some have shaken that foundation.  That said, the commitment to and compassion for the children, staff, and faculty of the Milton Public Schools that has been shown by Sgt. Richman and the entire Milton Police Department has brought all of us at Pierce Middle School much comfort.  Sgt. Richman’s knowledge of school safety, respect for the important work that schools do, and genuine care for children is treasured by all of us.

Dr. Sheila Kukstis: “Glover School students and staff are so grateful to the Milton Police Department for their care and support in working with us to keep everyone at Glover School safe and secure. We want to send a special shout out thank you to Sergeant Richman and members of the MPD who came to Glover last week for our lockdown drill. Sergeant Richman is always available to talk to staff and students about school safety. His guidance and expertise is truly appreciated by all.”

Volunteers:  I would like to thank Jeanne Kibble, our Boosters president, along with Suzanne Johnson, both of whom spend great deal of time after school, nights and weekends on behalf of our student athletes. Many of you have seen these two at football games, craft fairs, Open House and Parent Teacher Conferences selling Milton Wildcats merchandise. In addition, both women are fixtures at our Brooks Field and Copeland Field House concession stands at many athletic events, selling concession for the Boosters.  The proceeds from all of these efforts benefit the 27 athletic teams at Milton High School. I am very grateful to these two Milton High School parents for the time, effort and dedication to our student athletes. Thank you.

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

 

October 31st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 31•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, October 31st, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Did you know that National Family Literacy Day is tomorrow? Saturday has been designated National Family Literacy Day, a time to showcase the importance of family literacy programs. First held in 1994, the annual event’s kickoff is officially celebrated on November 1st, but events occur throughout the month of November.  Please see the following links for more information about this celebration:

  • National Center for Families Learning: NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in advancing education and families learning together, including educators, schools, community based organizations, and libraries. Our efforts support learners of all ages in these environments in concert with our advocates and partners.
  • Wonderopolis: Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
  • Reading Adventure Packs for Families: Reading Rockets offers resources for family literacy bags that students can take home to share with their families.
  • Parent Resources: The International Reading Association offers a series of brochures with literacy tips intended for parents. Some of the topics covered include reading with young children, watching television together, surfing the Web, the importance of nutrition, and more. Brochures are available for download in both English and Spanish.

Also, as part of National Family Literacy Month, I would like to be sure that parents/guardians know about our collaboration with the Milton Public Library.

The Children’s Librarian from the Milton Public Library, Sara Truog, and the Elementary School Librarian from the Milton Public Schools, Lori Henry, have capitalized on the success of their successful, collaborative efforts in several ways.

On Thursday, October 23rd, they spoke at the Milton Library Foundation’s Literary Gala on the impact of their grants — The Milton Public Library and The Milton Public Schools: Community Partners for Students’ Success, Take One and Take Two. These grants have positively impacted our students and the emphasized the importance of early literacy in our children’s lives.

Since November is Family Literacy Month, they are planning to reach out to parents and guardians through the elementary PTOs and present ideas to support family literacy at home and highlight the Milton Public Library’s Cool Tools That Kids Can Use. In the future, to support the Milton Public Schools’ elementary teachers, they will be presenting helpful ideas and resources for classroom use. In the spirit of Family Literacy Month, Sara and Lori’s collaboration continues to support learning at home, at school and in the community.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, summarized below:

October 15th:  This meeting began with a discussion of the FY15-16 bus fees.  The Finance Sub-committee has proposed equalizing the fee on all the buses and making the family cap $900.  Members agreed they would like to have more discussion with families about the fees and the equity across town. They plan to vote on this issue at the next meeting on November 5th.

Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator, was introduced to the committee. Dr. Burke outlined her professional experience and how she has begun interacting with administrators, teachers and students. Next, Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Collicot Principal Holly Concannon presented a follow-up report on Student Achievement.  This report focused on two issues – the district’s growth across the levels and achievement across the levels. There was discussion about the success of Pierce Academy, which offers an after-school program to students who have been identified as needing intervention. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ResponsetoSCQuestionsPresentation101514FINAL.pdf

Director of Pupil Personnel Services Karen Clasby presented a follow-up to her report on Special Education Strategies and National Best Practices for Closing the Achievement Gap. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AddressingtheAchievementGap-FOLLOWUP.pdf

The Diversity Report was presented to the School Committee. To view this report, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/editeddiversity2013-14.pdf

Members voted to approve the annual Field Trip list and also approved the FY16 Budget Calendar. To view the budget calendar, click here:  http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY16BudgetTimelineProposal.pdf

As part of the Chairman’s Report, the committee discussed the upcoming Superintendent’s Evaluation and agreed to vote on this at the November 5th meeting.  Members also voted on seven resolutions which will be presented at the MASC meeting, and approved a vendor warrant.  The next meeting will be held Wednesday, November 5th  at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Barbara Wright, Humanities Department Head for Milton High School:

In May of this academic year, approximately 40 Milton High School students will take the Advanced Placement United States History (better known by MHS students as APUSH) exam along with hundreds of thousands of students around the world.  What’s different this year is that the exam will be newly designed to assess students not so much on content, but rather critical thinking skills.   This change was introduced by the exam’s creator, College Board, to allow teachers to delve into topics in history and teach students to be historical thinkers – which is defined by the College Board as the ability to study history using “chronological reasoning, comparing and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative.”

Milton High School history teacher Nancy Warn has taught the Milton APUSH course for five years, and she is excited about the changes.   Warn stated that she is now more likely to “use a lot more stimulus-based multiple choice and short answer questions, and focus less on memorization of facts and more on historical thinking skills.”  Before, the test focused on content, and students were required to remember content rather than critically think about the content.

This past summer, Ms. Warn attended a one-week summer institute in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and she believes the program helped her in preparing our students to successfully apply the new learning expectations.  Mrs. Warn joined other veteran AP teachers from the area to examine and discuss the new template, and they worked together to “dig into the new exam, format and requirements.”  As a result, Mrs. Warn said, “I was able to seek out helpful resources to assist students as they try to achieve success in the new AP US History course.”

As for her students, Mrs. Warn believes they are “doing well and transitioning their thinking about history, facts and analysis.”  It is a skill that takes time to master, and the 9th and 10th grade curriculum at the high school has been transitioning to a more “critical thinking” model of teaching over the past several years, focusing on analysis of primary sources and application of historical information. Next year, the AP European History course will undergo similar changes.

The following item was submitted by Nancy Warn, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator for Pierce Middle School:

Great learning opportunities are taking place in all Humanities classrooms this year at Pierce! Students are digging into primary sources, making connections to a variety of texts, reading independently, writing and participating in mock elections!  Here are two exciting examples of the fun and learning here at Pierce.

History’s Mysteries: One exciting project 6th grade students are working on during the month of October is the History’s Mysteries Project (in their Writing classes)!  Students are researching some of history’s greatest mysteries to report back on to their peers and teachers.  Our sixth grader teachers are working with the Milton Public Library staff to provide a wealth of information and a variety of theories about what happens to those travelling through the Bermuda Triangle, or the mysterious fate of the colony at Roanoke, or on what actually happened to Amelia Earhart?  The questions are endless and our 6th graders are seeking out information on the wealth of theories that exist while also determining a few theories of their own.  Students are learning how to research, analyze the quality of web sources, compare and contrast theories of merit and think as historians themselves.  Jessica Royster (Pierce Librarian) has been a great help as she provided lessons and assistance about online research and Sara Truog (librarian at Milton Public Library) set aside books for students to use at the town library!  We will check in with Ms. Power, Ms. Freedman and Mr. Dolan to see if they find any definitive answers about the unsolved mysteries of the past…

Yoga and Meditation: Our 8th grade World cultures students learn about religion as part of their studies.  They read from a variety of primary and secondary sources to better understand the basic tenets of religions from around the world.  Soon they will not only be learning about Hinduism and Buddhism, but they will be meditating and participating in yoga instruction.  Again this year, Mr. McElhinney is continuing his tradition of engaging students in a more hands-on way as they study Hinduism and Buddhism.  Students are reading about the history of yoga and meditation with Mr. McElhinney, then engaging in both guided meditation and yoga instruction.  Students love making a connection between healthy bodies and minds as well as discovering new ways to bring a little calm into their lives!  Our 8th graders are reading great sources and thinking critically about religion, but also getting the opportunity for movement and contemplation during their studies. Lots of fun for our 8th graders!

The following item was sent by Stephanie Nephew, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator.

To ensure our students at the elementary level have robust writing opportunities and experiences, we tackle writing instruction in a variety of different ways. First, to compliment the focused work on implementing Readers’ Workshop, this year we have purchased the Lucy Calkins Writers’ Workshop Units of Study as a framework of targeted lessons for students in grades K-5. The units outline skills necessary for students to successfully explore information, opinion, and narrative writing. With the curriculum purchase, we have also been targeting professional development opportunities for teachers as they implement the materials. The first round of PD was offered over the summer and additional workshops will take place in the next couple of weeks.

In addition to focusing on the genres of writing through the writers’ workshop model, we are also examining and implementing best practices in supporting students writing across content areas. With the help of Full Option Science System (FOSS) science units purchased this year, we have implemented science notebooks in grades 3-5. We continue the work of writing in response to literature in our Readers’ Workshop classes, and we are beginning to develop common assessments to help facilitate the analysis of students’ strengths and areas of need of additional targeted instruction and feedback.

Parents and guardians can help their students become more skillful writers. The link from the National Council of Teachers of English provides some helpful tips of how parents/guardians can get involved.  http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/howtohelpenglish

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A group of four Milton High School students recently attended the Twenty-Seventh Annual Invitational Math Meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institution.

The four students, Harry Kong, Sindhu Banerjee, Raymond Chen, and Liam Chase competed in a math exam against their peers from more than 85 schools throughout the New England Region, and were accompanied by Milton High School math teacher Dan Jarboe. Harry Kong earned the high score from Milton.

The contest consisted of two rounds of competition. The first round was an individual competition and the second round was a team effort. The high school students also attended a short program to introduce them to WPI, as well as a talk about pursuing degrees and careers in the mathematical sciences.

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 Milton High School will be sending four students and two alternates to compete in this year’s High School Quiz Show.  Harry Kong, Sindhn Banerjee, Albert Enyedy and Nolan Carvalho will be competing in the program, sponsored by WGBH-TV. Liam Chase and Peyton Carvalho will be the alternates. More than 120 schools are competing in the “Super Sunday,” on November 16th to qualify for the televised competition in January of 2015.

PARCC NEWS

The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

               The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a high quality, computer-based assessment for Mathematics and Language Arts/Literacy. This test will measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers and will give teachers, schools, students, parents and guardians better information about whether students are on track in their learning. This test was piloted by a random sampling of classes in all six Milton Public Schools in 2013-14 and will be implemented district wide in the 2014-15 school year; as detailed in the chart below.

All PARCC tested grades will participate in a Performance Based Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 75% of the way through the school year. The PBA component will require five sessions – three sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of these sessions is designed to take between 50 min. and 80 min. and will allow students to return to their day after the test session.  In addition, students will take a PARCC End of Year Assessment in mathematics and ELA approximately 90% of the way through the school year. The EOY component at each grade level will require four sessions – two sessions for ELA/Literacy and two sessions for mathematics. Each of the two sessions is designed to take 55 min. to 70 min., once again allowing for students to return to their regular schedule.

 

Grades 3-8 PARCC Language Arts/Literacy (PBA & EOY) PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY) MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering in grades 5 and 8 only.
Grade 9 PARCC Mathematics(PBA & EOY)  MCAS Biology
Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts MCAS Mathematics
Grade 11 PARCC Language Arts/Literacy(PBA & EOY) 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The following item was submitted by Owen McElhinney, an 8th grade history teacher at Pierce Middle School:

Professional Development is essential to help keep teachers inspired and help them keep pace with the latest methodologies for teaching students. Primary Source in Watertown, our partner for Professional Development for Humanities, continues to provide the teachers in Milton with valuable educational resources.

I have attended classes on Africa, the Middle East, The Americas and many courses centered around the history of China. In 2007, I had the opportunity to travel to China with Primary Source. Twenty-two teachers from Massachusetts and Maine traveled to six destinations in China and attended numerous worthwhile workshops.

Currently, Primary Source is offering a three day course of study on the Ottoman Empire, Islam and the creation of the country of Turkey. Although rich in historical content, the program provides various teaching strategies to help teachers present content in new and exciting ways. Lately, we are focused on helping students evaluate primary sources via the compare and contrast method

The program includes lectures from leading professors from Simmons College, Endicott College and Boston University as well. It is an outstanding way for Milton teachers to remain students of history and keep up with new ways of teaching the students of Milton.

FAMILY OUTREACH NEWS

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

As the new Family Outreach Liaison, I have enjoyed visiting each of our six schools. I have met with parents, guardians and teachers and would like to share some exciting events and opportunities:

  • Have you heard about KRP? This is a new Kindergarten Readiness Program being offered to preschool-aged children who are not currently attending preschool. The program began on Monday, October 27th at the Tucker School, but there are still a few spots available. Four-year-olds from across the district are welcome! For more information on this program, click here: http://www.edline.net/files/_5HCdq_/2d31b1ba1b273a6a3745a49013852ec4/kindergarten_readiness_program1.pdf
  • Are you new to Milton? Do you need resources for student activities, sports, town events, free/reduced lunch or anything else? I will be making every effort to contact all families who are new to the Milton Public Schools during the next few weeks. If you would like to speak or meet with me in the meantime, however, please feel free to contact me at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617-696-5040 ext. 5588.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Iron Chef Junior: The Milton Public Schools will be hosting its own version of the popular cooking show. Six teams of three elementary school students will be joined by local chefs to prepare a meal from a “secret basket” of ingredients. This event will be open to the public and will be held Monday, November 3rd from 4-7pm at the Milton High School cafeteria.

We are very grateful to the following chefs who are donating their time for this event: Lola Sotomayor Ellis from Ester, Lauren Barone from The Seasoned Palette, Tony Terienzo from Abby Park, Tim Doherty from Blue Hills Grille and Gabe Quinones from Whole Foods Dedham.

There is no fee for admission, but we ask that guests bring a non-perishable donation for the Milton Food Pantry.

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Tickets for the MHS musical “Legally Blonde,” are now on sale. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. There will be one show on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm and two shows on Saturday, November 8th — at 2pm and 7pm.

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The Milton High School Cross Country team is hosting at Youth Trail Run on Sunday, November 16th. The race, to be held at Turner’s Pond, will be open to any student in Grades 1 to 8.  There will be a one-mile race for 1st & 2nd graders; a 1.5 mile race for 3rd – 5th graders, and a 2.5 mile race for 6th-8th graders. Registration is being held on the day of the race and will begin at noontime. The shorter races begin at 1pm, followed by the longer races.  The cost is $10 and all participants receive a prize. Registration tables will be set up in the parking lot area near Glover Elementary School.  The race is being held as a fundraiser for the Milton High Cross Country program and to raise awareness about the sport of cross country.

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Conferences will be held on November 19th in all six of our schools. This will be an early release day for students.  Please be on the lookout for further communication from your child’s principal.

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One Night Out:  Please save the date and come support a wonderful project for Collicot School! This event will be held on Friday, November 21st from 7-11pm at the Boston Winery.  There will be music, appetizers, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are now on sale at: https://onebookoneschool.eventbrite.com. Everyone is welcome to this event., which is held in honor of Jennifer Kelly.

Jennifer Kelly, a mother of past and present Collicot students Liam (9th), Ava (8th) and Ronan (2nd) passed away unexpectedly in the summer of 2009.  She was a huge presence in the Milton School Community, who gave endlessly to The Collicot School.

Jenn was particularly passionate about the One Book One School program.

In this program, each student receives their own copy of the same book to read.  The books chosen contain topics that celebrate our differences.  The school community then comes together to participate in fun, shared events that build community, understanding and acceptance.

The year that Jenn passed, she tried to start this program at Collicot as part of a Diversity Committee initiative.  Unfortunately, funding was not available at the time.

Due to overwhelming support from the school community, this project was launched in her memory.  We are so proud to celebrate our 6th year in honor of Jenn and the love she gave to our school.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held tomorrow, Saturday, November 1st, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The boys lacrosse team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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The Milton Foundation for Education is once again offering its Competitive Grants for teachers. The deadline for applications is November 5th. The MFE Grants committee, along with one teacher from each of the schools, will thoughtfully consider all applications. Teachers should be informed of our decisions by mid-December.   Once awarded, teachers are asked to spend the money within 6 months.   Please click here for more info: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/grants.php

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Not only does the Milton PAC have a new name and website, but they also have a new Board of Directors. The group formerly known as Milton Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will now be known as Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Their website will be listed as  www.miltonsepac.org.

Please help me in welcoming the 2014-2015 Milton PAC Board:

Chairperson Michelle Connolly; Vice Chairperson Ann Finnegan; Secretary Kevin Lenane; Treasurer Doug Connolly. Members-at-Large: Norah Ferry, Shannon Gallagher, Clare Keating, Linda Mancini, Amanda Serio and Jerry Vitti.

The group’s first general meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th from 7-9pm at the Pierce Middle School Library. See below:

Planning & Parent Speak Session

Join us for our kick-off meeting!

  • Learn how we are restructuring to better support families of children with special needs
  • Tell us what issues are important to you
  • Connect with parents who share similar concerns, frustrations, and joys

Educate, Advocate, Support: Together, we can find solutions for students receiving special education services Questions? Please email Michelle Connolly, SEPAC Chairperson at writeidea@yahoo.com

FOOD SERVICE

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

“Eat a healthy breakfast every day.” Did you know that every school in Milton offers breakfast at school?  It is served 20 minutes before the school day begins.  Students can use their MY SCHOOLBUCKS account for breakfast as well as lunch.  Breakfast includes whole grains, fruit, juice and milk.  A complete breakfast is only $1.25.

Selections include WW Muffins, WW Egg/Ham/Cheese Sandwiches, WG cereal and Assorted WG French toast, Pancakes and Waffle Sticks. Breakfast is always supervised and offers a variety of choices each day. If you child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, breakfast will be free as well.

Did you know? – Breakfast got its name from the statement “Break the Fast”.  Our bodies fast when we are sleeping and a healthy balanced breakfast is the best way to break the fast. Breakfast is no longer the morning meal that many of us knew as children. Leisurely sit-down meals composed of hearty items are now the exception, not the norm, as many of us have shifted their morning eating behaviors.

Today, many people opt for items that are convenient and portable. But that morning meal also needs to be nutritious and help fuel their activities.

We all know that eating a healthy breakfast may help with weight control and academic performance but it may also prevent type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies have shown an association between skipping breakfast and obesity in young people. Some research has found that children who do not eat the first meal of the day may increase their risk of metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

A new investigation found that young people who ate a healthy breakfast every day were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who skipped breakfast.

Angela Donin, PhD, with the Population Health Research Institute at St. George’s University of London, conducted the study with colleagues.

She and fellow researchers followed 4,116 children, ages 9 to 10, in the UK. The young participants answered questions about how often they ate breakfast. The choices were every day, most days, some days or not usually. Just over 1 in 4 reported that they did not have breakfast every day. Six percent said they rarely ate breakfast.

To see whether the children had signs of type 2 diabetes, scientists collected blood samples. These were tested for diabetes risk markers. The markers included fasting insulin, glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c).

The children in this study who usually skipped breakfast had 24.4 percent higher fasting insulin than those who always at breakfast. This indicated that their bodies needed higher levels of insulin to help glucose enter cells.

Breakfast skippers also had 26.7 percent higher insulin resistance. This meant their cells were not responding properly to insulin and easily absorbing glucose from the bloodstream.

A total of 2,004 children also completed a survey detailing specifics about what they had eaten. Those who ate a high-fiber, cereal-based breakfast had lower insulin resistance than participants who ate other types of breakfast, such as low-fiber or toast-based breakfasts.

Deborah Gordon, MD, nutrition expert and operator of an integrative medical practice based in Ashland, OR, told daily Rx News, “The study aligns with what we generally know about the various diseases of the metabolic syndrome [obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease], namely that refined carbohydrates (white flour) are the most powerful food group for aggravating risk and undermining health.”

Investigators from the study noted that, even after taking into account socioeconomic status, exercise levels and amount of body fat, children who ate breakfast regularly had a better type 2 diabetes risk profile.

“Though we don’t know precisely which component of breakfast was important, our analyses particularly suggested that children who ate a breakfast which had high fiber content had lower insulin resistance than children who ate a breakfast with low fiber content,” Dr. Donin told dailyRx News. “On this basis, I would recommend eating a breakfast cereal with a high fiber content, which will also help to meet daily recommended requirements for fiber.”

The study was published Sept. 2 in PLOS Medicine.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) held its 16th Annual Monster Dash this past Sunday at Cunningham Park. This community event, including a costumed 5K, children’s fun run and many other activities, is organized in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker elementary student who died tragically following playground accident in 1999.  Funds raised from the Monster Dash are earmarked for Sam’s Fund to support science enrichment in our elementary schools.

This year’s Monster Dash was a memorable day in the history of the MFE, thanks in large part to MFE Trustees and Co-Chairs, Greg Gordon (aka Mario), Beth Plunkett and Nora Vernazza.  The MFE believes this year’s Monster Dash set a record in terms of attendance as it estimates over 1,000 runners, running teams, parents, children, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers flooded Cunningham Park and the streets of Milton!  Many participants were dressed in costumes and all had smiles on their faces!  Simply amazing!

The MFE would like to thank the Cichello Family for their continued support of the Milton Public Schools, and for making a difference in the lives of countless children over the years.

Thank you also to our fantastic volunteers, including friends and neighbors, principals, teachers and staff, Selectmen, School Committee Members, Milton High School and Curry students, Milton Police Department…too many to mention!

This community event is near and dear to many of us, for many different reasons.  It leaves such a lasting impression on people, enough so that they have made it a tradition of sorts…really looking forward to it every year and inviting family, friends and neighbors as we certainly saw this year.

It was very nice to see the “veteran” Monster Dashers and welcome many new faces as well…what a great day for the MFE and the MPS, and for our town as a whole! Thank you to ALL who participated! For more information on the MFE and Sam’s Fund, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/SamsFundActivities.php

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by the Department of Public Works:

Yard Waste Collection Schedule for the month of November: Please be advised that the Yard Waste collection for November will take place the weeks of

  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 5 and November 6
  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added to the November Schedule)
  • Wednesday and Thursday – November 19 and November 20

Please note that an additional Yard Waste Collection Week has been added for November.

Wednesday and Thursday – November 12 and November 13 (added)

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, Milton Public Library:

Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces November Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefavter as its November pick.  “Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Thursday November 6 for discussion and snacks! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian at the Milton Public Library:

Tuesday, November 11th

LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, November 14th  from 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, November 15th : Dog Day at Milton Public Library

11:00 am – 12:00 noon: Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades 1-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? All Ages

You don’t need to be big to make a BIG difference in the world!

Norbert is a therapy dog. He only weighs three pounds, which is pretty small – but he’s such a big deal that a whole book has been written about him! Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? is an award-winning picture book all about this doggie superhero, and we in Milton are so lucky that he, his handler/author, Julie Freyermuth, and the book’s illustrator, Virginia Freyermuth, are going to come and visit us to tell us all about him. Join us for a slideshow, interactive book reading followed by question and answers with the author, a brief talk & live drawing from the illustrator about artist’s journaling, an introduction to Norbert as a registered therapy dog and what he does, and even a few cool tricks by Norbert. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the program.

All ages welcome. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is selling tickets for the upcoming concert by Sara Hickman. Visit the Boston area’s newest concert venue! The Milton Art Center presents world class performances in the intimate art gallery space in East Milton Square, with generous support from the Milton Chamber of Commerce.                The 2010 State Musician of Texas, Sara Hickman has built a national following from her home in Austin, one of our country’s music capitals. Her songs have been performed by artists such as Willie Nelson and Shawn Colvin. Shine, her newest CD, showcases her highly expressive vocal style and energetic delivery.                Brian King is a singer, songwriter, and performer originally from Gloucester.  He fronts the neo-cabaret band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? often selling out venues like Club Passim and Oberon in Cambridge, MA, and numerous venues in NYC. Adam Feldman of Time Out New York advises, “catch him as his star rises.” For music and info visit www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Click here for tickets:  http://sarahickmanmac.bpt.me/

STUDENT WORK

The following student work was submitted by Collicot and Cunningham art teacher Angela Lathwell:

Collicot and Cunningham students have begun the year in art discussing and creating artwork based on the fundamental element of art: Line. Students of all ages learn to recognize lines in artwork and in their environment. Using lines, students create shapes, patterns, and contours (outlines) as the basis for their work, as demonstrated through various work by completed each grade.

Grade 3: Line Collection

Contemporary artist Sol Lewitt was the inspiration for third grade line paintings. Using pattern and repetition, students painted bright line patterns.

 

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Top drawing: Abby Stefanick

Bottom drawing: Itabella Munnelly

Grade 4: Lichtenstein Line

Students distinguish the difference between organic and geometric shapes in this collage lesson. Using lines and geometric shapes, students create an interesting, abstract composition inspired by American artist Roy Lichtenstein.

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By Marilyn Roche

ATHLETICS

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Despite the  4-7 league record, the Girls Cross Country team just finished third out of 22 teams at a state-wide invitational and are currently ranked 7th in the State. Milton High Girls Cross Country finished 6th out of 9 schools at the Bay State Cross Country Championships in Norwood this past weekend.  Bridgett Mitchell finished 3rd and Colette O’Leary finished 4th in the varsity race.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

The boys cross country team finished with a record of 3 & 8.  Fifteen boys competed in the Bay State League Championship on Saturday in Norwood. Freshman Nick Villard finished third and Shane Berry finished eleventh in the freshman race. Tim Lynch, John Lenane and Kevin Conway were the top finishers in the varsity race. Seven of the boys will be competing in the State Divisional Championship on November eighth.
FIELD HOCKEY

The Field Hockey Season record is 1-15-2. The team played four great games within the past two weeks. The team tied Brookline 1-1, and tied Natick 0-0. They played very well and cohesively as a team. Defense has had a tremendous impact on and off the field, leading with Captains and incredible goalie, with Meghan McDougall, Hope McDonald, Shannon Fitzgerald and Emme Cronin. At the game against Brookline, Milton scored a beautiful corner shot from Morgan Begley and scoring from Monica Woods. At the game against Norwood Ani Gaden scored two outstanding goals for Milton. During the Night game against Natick, Milton came out ready to play and had a great game offensive and defensive game. The midfield carried the game with ease and intensity with Monica Woods, Morgan Begley, and Kate Driscoll. Milton ended the game with a tie and without a score, but they played great!  End-of-the-season losses to Wellesley and Dedham were difficult losses, but the team has truly come together at the end of the season. The girls have continued to gain skills and to go into each game with confidence and endurance.  Senior Jaquelin Losi was a BSC 2nd team Honorable Mention selection.

VOLLEYBALL

The team celebrated Dig Pink night and Senior Night on Thursday October 23rd in high fashion with a big win over Wellesley.  CEO and founder of the Sideout Foundation, Rick Dunetz made the trip up from Virginia to address the crowd along with James Jette and State Representative Walter Timility.  With the efforts of the school community and the parents, the team was able to raise close to $4,000.00

The team won the first round of the MIAA Central Div 2 Volleyball Tournament last night, beating St. Peter Marian of Worcester 3-0. They will take on #2 Dedham this Monday in Canton.

FOOTBALL

The Milton High School Football team wrapped up its regular season with a record of 2-5.   Four of the five losses for Milton have come against teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the state. The loss to Wellesley on Friday, October 24, 2014 nullified the opportunity to play in the DIII MIAA Football Playoffs. Milton will play 3 additional non-qualifying games starting this Saturday, November 1st vs Hingham HS at 1pm at Brooks Field.  Milton will play its Thanksgiving game vs Braintree at Braintree High School on Thursday, November 27th.

Milton has been consistently playing tough defense holding Wellesley, Walpole and Natick to their lowest totals of the season powered by the efforts of Seniors Liam Queally and Ugo Nwanekezi; Juniors Akeem Smith and Devon Nzepuome; and Sophomore Omar Frazier. The offense has shown flashes of power and skill by Senior backs Jonathan Pierre, Mariano Davis and Alex Toyias; Junior receivers Ludwig Frederique and Scott Cummings; and Junior Quarterback Mike Fallon. The Offensive Line has been anchored by Junior standout Jack Clifford; along with Seniors Kaleb Herd, Matt McCarthy and Jake Fransesconi.

GOLF

The golf team finished the season with a league record of 9-6-1 overall, with 8-2-1 League record.  Milton High competed in the Bay State Conference Championship and MIAA DII South Sectional.  Lloyd Hill finished 2nd with a round of 71, qualifying him for DII State Championships at The Glen Ellen Country Club, where he shot an 84 and placed 21st in the State of Massachusetts of DII High School Golf.

BOYS & GIRLS CREW

The Milton High Crew Team recently competed in the MPSRA Regatta at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Please see results below:

  • Race 6: Boys 2x Final. 1st place: 15 (W.Hess, R.McCullough) GOLD
  • Race 22: Girls 2nd Novice 4+ Final 1st place: 96 (A.Welz, K.Buchanan, C.Cullinane, R.D’Amato, [C.O’Neill]) GOLD
  • Race 23: Girls 1st Varsity 4+ Final 2nd place: 101 (K.Weidmann, O.Jensen, M.Donelan, G.Wamester, [M.Boyce]) SILVER
  • Race 24: Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 2nd Place: 116 (L.Hainline, A.Statham, H.Carroll, E.Heller, [M.Clarke]) SILVER
  • Race 25: Girls 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place: 120 (R.Joyce, E.Minias, E.Millwood, B.Dugas, [J.Pelletier]) BRONZE
  • Race 27: Boys 2nd Varsity 4+ Final 1st Place: 143 (J.Kery, S.McLaughlin, J.Callahan, D.Matejka, [K.Melcher]) GOLD
  • Race 28: Boys 3rd/4th Varsity 4+ Final 3rd Place 148(R.Chase, L.Halloran, W.Davis, S.Matin, [C.Dillon]) BRONZE

CHEERLEADING TEAM

The Fall cheerleaders cheered on the Varsity and JV football teams.  They are preparing for their competition season that begins at the end of October. They are lead by Captains Daysia Fox and Madelyn Driscoll.  The Bay State Cheer competition will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Braintree High School.

GIRLS SOCCER

The MHS Girls Soccer team finished the season with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses. This qualifies the girls varsity team for the DII MIAA tournament. Tournament games have yet to be determined. The first tournament game is expected to be played on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Junior Sophie Cousineau finished the regular season with 11 goals, 9 assists and 20 points to lead the Herget Division of the BSC. Chae Diani had 9 goals, 6 assists, and 15 pints, followed by Kendall Stanley with 6 goals, 5 assists, and 11 points.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: Congratulations to the following students from Pierce Middle School, who achieved a “perfect score” of 280 on at least one of their MCAS tests. Each of these students were honored with a special “280 Luncheon” during school hours last week.

Sixth-Graders: Amanda Arcieri (Math), Luke Baltay (Math), Olivia Ketler (ELA), Saoirse Killion (ELA & Math), Jack Lally (Math), Aidan Long (Math), Zoe Malouf (Math), Emmet Martin (Math), Kate McDonald (ELA), Luca Mostofi (Math), Oskar Peloquin (Math), Arlo Stoodt (Math), Dominique Thomas (ELA & Math), Abigail Tran (Math) and  Daniel Truog (Math). Seventh-Graders: Katherine Biagiotti (Math), Aine Buchau (ELA & Math), Emily Dobrindt (ELA), Edward Enyedy (Math), Stella Finocchio (ELA), Amalia Halpin (ELA), Wallace Heller (Math), Matthew Laine (ELA), Catherine Le (Math), Alisa Lorden (ELA), Vanessa Lorden (Math), Ryan Mazzotta (Math), Sarah McDonnell (ELA), Viviann Nguyen (Math), Cameron Pentland (ELA), Grace Quijano (ELA & Math), Coleman Rose (Math), Hannah Scanlan (ELA), Clarissa Waldmann (ELA & Math), Shannon Young (ELA), Ella Zimmermann (ELA). Eighth-Graders: Katharine Barrett (ELA), Julia Defilippo (ELA), Shayla Kelley (Math), Karisa Lasoff (Math), Kyle Loria (Math), Isabel Smith (ELA), Samantha Vangestel (Math), Madelyn Wiesenhahn (Math).

Staff:   Congratulations to Courtney Miller, the Mathematics, Business, and Technology Department Chair at Milton High School, who was recently named to the Massachusetts PARCC Educator Leader Fellow Team. This is a group of 42 K–16 educators from Massachusetts public school districts, two- and four-year colleges, and universities. Teams from Massachusetts and other PARCC states make up a network of educators who provide leadership on state implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the PARCC assessments and related instructional materials. Hats off to Ms. Miller!

Volunteers: I would like to thank all of those who helped to organize the recent Milton Boosters Swing for Sports fundraiser. The Swing for Sports Committee Chairs John & Carla McDonnell did an amazing job, with the help of committee members Candy Brown, Kara Russo, Ellen McAuliffe, Pete & Jeanne Kibble, Tom Mullen, Mary Turner, Kathy McSweeney, Tom McCarthy, Rob Shepard, Kevin & Mary Jane Walsh and Gary Kelly. Also, thank you to volunteers Kerri McCarthy, Laurie Jensen Janet Kelly, Mike McDonnell, Denis McAuliffe and Suzanne Johnson.  Thank you to all of the participants – whether you played golf, tennis, or contributed to this event. Finally, I would like to extend a special thank you to Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.  The Boosters tell us it was their third year in a row of setting new attendance and fundraising records, and they appreciated the support of Athletic Director Larry Rooney, along with Milton High School Principal James Jette.

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.

 

October 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 02•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT  

At last night’s School Committee meeting, I made the public aware of the following information:

“I want to update the public on an incident involving Kenneth Aubert, who retired at the end of the 2012- 2013 school year as head of the guidance department at Milton High School. Mr. Aubert has been charged by the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office with five counts of larceny in connection with the collection of fees for Advanced Placement tests at the High School during the years 2009 through 2013. I want to stress a few points about this.

  • First: When it came to the attention of the Milton High School staff that certain records regarding the collection and payment of fees for Advanced Placement tests appeared to be incomplete, we immediately reported the matter to local law enforcement authorities. We have cooperated fully with the Milton Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office during the investigation of this incident.
  • Second: We have commissioned an outside, independent review of our practices and procedures in this area to make sure that we are doing everything possible to prevent something like this from happening again.  They have evaluated our existing processes and procedures around the handling of cash and are developing procedures for strengthened controls going forward.
  • Third: No students’ scores were impacted and every AP test was administered. The allegations in this case are of theft – theft from the Milton Public Schools and theft from some students.
  • Finally: We deeply appreciate the professionalism of the Milton Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in this matter and we will continue to cooperate fully.

I hope everyone understands that because this is an ongoing criminal prosecution, there are limits to what I know and to what I can say. So,  if you have any questions about the case, I would refer you to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.”

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE  

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held last night. A summary will be included in my next E-blast. The next School Committee meeting will be held Wednesday, October 15th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, October 10th, due to a Professional Development Day and NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 13th due to the Columbus Day holiday.

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Elementary School: We are pleased to announce the district-wide Kindergarten Readiness Pilot which will begin this fall and will be housed in the Tucker Elementary School. This unique and creative district-wide pilot program is targeted for students four years of age who do not currently attend preschool. Ten-week sessions will run Monday and Wednesday at Tucker from 8:30am-10:30am from October to June. Students will work on Literacy, Math, Social, Science, and life skills throughout the school year. The Kindergarten Readiness Pilot is for Milton students who are four years of age by September 1st, 2014 and who are toilet trained. The program is cost-free, with the goal of providing kindergarten readiness skills to four-year-olds and resources for parents/guardians. Students may be able to attend more than one ten-week session, depending on enrollment. For more information, please contact our Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna at mmckenna@miltonps.org or at 617-696-5040 x 5588.

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Last spring, World Language Department Head Dr. Martine Fisher arranged for several of the elementary French Immersion teachers to visit the Milton Public Library and go through the library’s collection of French books for children and “level” them, using numerals from 1-5. Teachers Fatima Bourass, Marie Brown, Esra Buyukozer, Zeina Hamada, and Emma Segall arrived on a recent Saturday morning and powered their way through the books on the shelves. Several of those teachers came back a few weeks later to deal with the books that were returned after the initial visit. Since then, Mme Brown stops by every few weeks to check on new arrivals. According to MPL Librarian Elaine Weischedel, the project has been a great success for all concerned. Parents feel more confident helping their children choose books from the collection since the level numbers give them some much needed guidance. Library staff are also better able to assist families in selecting materials.

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As a reminder, this school year includes several Early Release Days for students in elementary, middle and high school. Parents/guardians of elementary school students should be aware that Milton Community Schools will hold Early Release Day Programs (ERDay) on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 19th (Parent/Teacher Conferences), Wednesday, December 3rd, Wednesday, January 7th, Wednesday March 15th and Wednesday, April 1st.

The ERDay program will headquarter in each school’s cafeteria and offer students several choices of activities including homework club, sports, crafts, and games. ERDays will run from the time of early dismissal until the regular dismissal time. Buses will run at the time of early dismissal; there will be NO buses at the regular dismissal time.  Parents must pick up students at the regular dismissal time unless they are scheduled to attend ASE. The ASE program will run as usual following the ERDay program. The cost will be $20, and advance registration is required.  Watch your email in mid-October for registration information for the November 19 ERDay or check the MCS website: www.miltoncommunityschools.org  or call 617-696-5040 x5544.

Middle School:

It is going to be a very exciting year in science at the Pierce Middle School!  Thanks to the Milton Public Schools’ Advancement Budget last year, the Pierce was able to purchase new science curriculum and materials.  These new units will be fully implemented across all grade levels this year with each grade having an integrated science experience that includes Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science.   Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to investigate different aspects of the scientific world through a mixture of hands-on, inquiry-based activities and structured discussions.  Some of the exciting new curriculum experiences students can look forward to this year include:  sixth grade students taking a virtual trip to the Grand Canyon with our New FOSS Earth History Curriculum to learn more  about geology, collecting data on milkweed bugs and building ecosystems as part of our new 7th grade Ecosystems curriculum, and designing experiments to help us better understand the weather in the 8th grade as part of our Weather and Climate unit.

High School:   This week, students from Sakae Higashi High School in Saitama, Japan, came to Milton High School for a visit and a meaningful cultural exchange.  This exchange, in its 9th year, has become a major highlight of the school year as well as a unique cultural learning experience.   With over 500 Japanese students visiting over the two days, it is recognized as the largest such exchange in the United States.  Sakae Higashi High School is located in Saitama Prefecture, about one hour north of Tokyo and is a selective private school.  Each year they charter a trip to the United States so that their students can learn more about the culture and language of their favored trading partner.

Each day, 250 Japanese students descended on Milton High School to attend a short assembly and then pair up with and shadow a Milton High School student “Ambassador” for the remainder of the day.  In the assembly, there was a musical performance in the auditorium by both the Milton High School marching band as well as a cheerleading performance from the Sakae Higashi students.  After they finished their performances, the students proceeded to class, where the Japanese students shadowed their ambassador.  They also have lunch together and spend quality time getting to know each other. Kathleen Kelley of Milton High School made all of the arrangements for the program and enabled a robust group of student leaders to help her arrange the large people-moving event.  Many gifts were exchanged during the event, as gift-giving or “Omiyagi” is an integral part of Japanese culture.  The Sakae Higashi group spends eight days in the USA in Boston, New York and Las Vegas during the trip, but Milton High School is the most important part of the trip, as it is their only educational destination.

The exchange has been sponsored by American Learning, Inc. a non-profit cultural exchange organization founded in 1991 by Milton resident Steve Shapiro.  “Mr. Jette, Ms. Kelley and the entire faculty have been wonderful to work with and very committed to this unique opportunity for their students to come fact-to-face with a large group of students from 6,000 miles away,” said Mr. Shapiro. “Although the visit is brief, it is a great way for Milton students to meet a counterpart from a very interesting culture and have an opportunity to converse.  The visitors have been studying English for 4-6 years, and it will be a lot of fun for both sides to have a good chat.”

For more information about the cultural exchange, residents may contact Shapiro at americanlearning@gmail.com.

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Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarships. These scholarships entitle the students to four years of free tuition (not including fees) upon acceptance to a participating Massachusetts public institution of higher education. Great job!

Gabrielle Che, Mackenzie Cherry, Christopher Chinman , Emma Chinman, Renee Chiu, Kevin Conway, Madelyn Driscoll, Jillian Eckard, Albert Enyedy, Olivia Erickson, Anna Gaden, Eric  Hale, Mitchell Hause, Edward Hines, Emily Hutchinson, Kristen  Ingraham, Christian Kackley, Micaela  Keating, Meredith Kelly, Maggie  Kleiman, Alanna Loria, Julia MacDougall, Shannon MacLeod, Oceane  Marescal, Denis McAuliffe, Elizabeth McCurdy, Lily Moerschel David Mullen, Siobhan Murtagh, Elisabeth O’Connor, Liam Queally, Edwin Rodriguez, Anne Schindler, Christina Similien, Caitlin Smith, Mackenzie Stanley, Julia Sullivan, Olivia Taber, Rodger Tejeda, Matthew Wong, Vincent Chan, Morgan Connolly, Monika Cormack, Elisa Coutant, Emma Pred-Sosa, Jake Fahey, Nicolo Gilmore, Corin Handy, William Hess, Christian Jamal, Olivia Jensen, Vanessa Joyce, Andrea Juzyca, Olivia Keohane, Tansy Massey Green, Shane          McLaughlin, William Mozek, Caitlyn Murphy, Sean Ng Pack, Julia Pelletier, Kevin Pham, Caitlin Rodensky, Jacqueline Ruscito, Amy Savino, Rebekah Schaffner, Christine Stafford, Tianna Stephenson, Ciara Swan, Garrett Sager, Alex Toyias, Alexis Umeh, Kathryn Weidmann.

PERSONNEL/HIRING NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Public Schools Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna.

I am very excited to begin my new role as Family Outreach Liaison. My first week has gotten off to great start.  Over the next month I will be meeting with school principals, PTOs, Leadership Teams, Diversity Committees, School Site Councils and attending many of the great events taking place in all our schools.  In the meantime, if you would like to reach me, please feel free to contact via email at mmckenna@miltonps.org or by telephone at 617-696-5040 ext. 5588.

HEALTH NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses for the MPS:

 Each fall always brings the cold, sore throat and “stomach bug” season which lasts through winter and into spring. This year the “enterovirus D 68” is added to the list. Additionally, we know that all students “share their germs” with their peers and teachers. The Milton Public Schools work very closely with the Milton Board of Health and follow all Massachusetts Department of Public Health recommendations in all school health matters. We are requesting that all parents / guardians assess their children carefully before sending them to school.  If your child does exhibit any symptoms of illness, please keep your child home for twenty four hours after the symptoms are gone. If your child has a fever with any of the following symptoms: headache, stomach pain, sore throat, diarrhea and or nausea / vomiting, your child must remain at home.  Sending a not fully recovered student to school ensures that others will get sick.  Contact your primary care provider if necessary or if symptoms persist. Please encourage your child to use proper hand washing techniques after coughing, sneezing, before and after meals, and of course, after using the bathroom. If you have a questions or concerns, please contact your school nurse.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We are collecting gently used books for elementary school students to help build classroom libraries for our teachers and home libraries for our students. Before your next yard sale or book donation, please consider gifting your books to the Milton Public Schools. Bring your children’s books to the Cunningham/Collicot driveway on Saturday, October 4th from 9am to noontime. Our staff and student volunteers will unload your car, then sort and level the books to be sure that all Milton Public School students have access to a fantastic diversity of literature. Research shows that one indicator of academic success is the number of books in a student’s home. Help boost student achievement, improve early literacy, enhance community spirit, promote recycling and celebrate literature. Donate your books and help share the gift of reading. For more information, please contact Family Literacy Committee members:  Jennifer Troy (jtroy@miltonps.org), Jessica Royster (jroyster@miltonps.org), Sara Doherty (sdoherty@miltonps.org) and Lori Henry (lhenry@miltonps.org)

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When Evan Jones, MHS Class of 2011, passed away at the age of 19 from Sudden Unexpected Death due to Epilepsy (SUDEP), the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends continue to turn their grief into something positive by raising money to improve the weight room at MHS, something very important to Evan. On Saturday, October 11, the Second Annual fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a Dunk Tank, Zumba class, Boot Camp, Dodge Ball, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, and $5 for children 10 and younger. The money raised at this event will support updating the weight room equipment, as well to support scholarships that will be awarded next spring to two graduating seniors at Milton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristan Bagley Jones at bagleyjones@comcast.net

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following information was submitted by Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Service for the Milton Public Schools:

Milton Schools will be 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:

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? 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 waste.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, October 4th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Milton High School. The girls’ volleyball team will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash.

Additionally, the girls & boys ski teams will host a car wash on October 4th from 9 to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham school, 44 Edgehill Road. All funds earned will directly support their teams. Please stop by and support your Wildcats.

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The Milton High School Boosters Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament will take place at the Wollaston Golf Club on Tuesday, October 21st. This is the Boosters biggest fundraising event of the year that raised approximately $30,000 last year. All proceeds go directly to the athletes of Milton High School. The golf outing will feature prizes for many holes, including 2 Hole in One prizes ($10,000 and a new car). Entry fees include a box lunch, golf greens fees and cart or tennis fee, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a reception.  Sponsors are needed to support this event as well as live and silent auction items. Donations can be sent by emailing the fundraising committee to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com and registration information can be found on the Booster’s website www.miltonboosters.com. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding its annual elections for board members. Current members should be sure to cast their vote. Their new leadership roster will be announced in the next E-blast.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent in by MFE Monster Dash Co-Chairs Nora Vernazza, Beth Plunkett and Greg Gordon:

Please note the 16th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 26th at Cunningham Park. This is a 5K Run/Walk and a Kids Fun Run in loving memory of Sam Cichello.

5K RUN/WALK

  • Prizes for best costumes
  • T-shirts to first 300 runners
  • Recognition of top finishers
  • $25 ($75 family maximum)

KIDS FUN TICKET

  • Ages 10 and under
  • Costume Fun Run with Super Mario
  • All new kids’ crafts & activities!
  • Rocket Balloons and much more
  • $7 per child ($15 family maximum)

9:00 — REGISTRATION OPENS

10:00 — KIDS ACTIVITIES & COSTUME FUN RUN

11:00 — 5K STARTS

12:00 — AWARDS

The Monster Dash is organized by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE), a non-profit group that funds innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. All proceeds of the Monster Dash benefit the Sam Cichello Memorial Fund which was created in 1999 in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker Elementary School student who died following a playground accident. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash-Sam’s Fund support science enrichment in the Milton public schools. Some examples of past initiatives made possible through grants from Sam’s Fund include:

  • Kindergarten Discovery Ramps
  • First Grade Wind Tunnels
  • Second Grade Weather Books
  • Site License for WeatherBug Achieve
  • Third Grade visits from a Trailside Naturalist
  • Third Grade Owl Talks
  • Fourth Grade STEM Learning Kits
  • Fifth Grade Einstein’s Workshop Experience
  • Supplies for all of the classroom science activities
  • Students in grades 3 and 5 participate in the Junior Naturalist Program at the Trailside Museum
  • Partial funding of the initial implementation of Science for Scientists program in all Fifth Grade classrooms

Twice during the school year, the MFE awards grants to teachers or staff in each of Milton’s public schools. These grants fund such things as percussion instruments at Pierce Middle School, science non-fiction books to enhance curriculum and aid research projects at the elementary schools, and math software for smartboards. Once a year, the Milton Foundation for Education presents Outstanding Teaching Awards to seven teachers or staff members in the Milton Public Schools. The award recipients are surprised in their classrooms, and then honored at a public reception at Milton High School. Every year, the MFE sponsors Celebration for Education, a gala event that raises money for various initiatives in the public schools. Over the past several years, proceeds of Celebration for Education have funded Language Arts, Physical Education, Libraries, Music, and Science and Technology. This school year’s Celebration for Education is on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The MFE is currently working closely with the administration to continue to ensure proceeds from this year’s Celebration will fund enrichment activities and initiatives at all the schools and the ongoing work of the MFE. To learn more, please email nvernazza@gmail.com or visit www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org

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Also, please note there is a Monster Dash Art Contest to choose the race T-shirt design for the Milton Monster Dash. The deadline for the art contest is October 8th and the winner will see their drawing on race t-shirts, and help start the runners on race day, October 26th. Pick up entry forms and contest rules in the main office of your elementary school.

  NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please note that Celebrate Milton will be held at Pierce Middle School on Sunday, October 5th from noon to 4pm. ¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. We sponsor an annual event that has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994. The organization also recognizes outstanding residents with its Community Builder Awards and supports community efforts with financial grants to organizations and individuals who bring our mission to life in the community.

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If you see some Milton students walking around town with a large magnifying glass and wearing a traditional cape coat, it is most likely because they are participating in Milton’s town-wide read.  This year the Friends of the Milton Public Library chose The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Milton sophomores are playing their part by reading “The Speckled Band” in their English classes.  Sophomores in English II focus on the study of literary genres and “The Speckled Band” is an intriguing short story that provides students an opportunity to study the components of a short story while reading a great “whodunit.” A special thanks goes out to Annie Davis and Connie Spiros for their work in getting enough copies of the “The Speckled Band” for every sophomore to own their own copy.  Students also will be participating in the many events hosted by the sponsors of the school-wide read.

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  The following item was sent to us by the Department of Public Works:

Please be advised that the Yard Waste collection for October will take place the weeks of Wednesday and Thursday – October 15th & October 16th; and Wednesday and Thursday – October 29th & October 30th

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

 The following item was submitted by MPL 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, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 5 – 11th.  In other news, the Children’s Room has recently gotten an aquarium! Milton kids are very excited about this new development. Please feel free to come by and check it out!

Friday, October 10, 2014 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. In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

  Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Drum to the Beat with Otha Day, Ages 8-17

Come join a drum circle with Otha Day! A Drum Circle is a highly interactive group of people who play drums and percussion instruments together to create in-the-moment music. In this program Otha will lead kids and teens ages 8-17 in rhythm activities, games, traditional ensemble pieces, songs and improvisation. An awesome time is guaranteed! Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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

STUDENT WORK

I am pleased to introduce a new section to my E-blast which will include samples of student work. This week, we have a poem from an 8th-grade Latin student from Pierce and some artwork samples from Glover students. Enjoy!

Submitted by Pierce Latin teacher D. Huebner:

PEGASUS

Pegasus would go higher and higher!
Because he himself was the best flyer!
I will watch him as he will fly by
As I look up he looks like a butterfly.
He is a magnificent horse,
That rides the sky as his course
— Eve Brearley

Submitted by elementary art teacher Cailtin Clavette:

Students at Glover School have begun the year in art with the study of LINE, one of the most important elements of design.  Each grade level has looked at line in a different and developmentally appropriate way, and created a work of art focusing on the use of this element. For instance, grade 5 students viewed images of city skylines from around the world. They discussed the importance of line in architecture, and created their own “Cityscape Drawings.” These drawings were then transferred to printing plates, and printed in black ink on a painted background to create the illusion of a Cityscape and its reflection. Students will continue from the study of line on to other elements and principles of design, and be introduced to different artists and art from cultures around the world.

 

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ATHLETICS

For generations, Milton High School athletes have excelled on the field, court and track in countless athletic events. League titles were won, state championships were earned and hundreds of student athletes earned scholarships to some of the top colleges and universities in the nation.  But until recently, there was no way to acknowledge those students who gave so much to Milton High School athletics. Former Milton High coach and teacher Michael Goodless thought that should change. About eight years ago, he began to put together a plan to create the Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

“Milton High was a school with an outstanding athletic tradition and one of the few schools in Massachusetts with no athletic hall of fame,” said Mr. Goodless. “With the enthusiastic support and encouragement of Superintendent Mary Gormley, I started the process by forming a group of teachers, coaches and administrators who had a passion for athletics.”

With the help of early strong supporters Dick Ryan, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons and Tom Herget, the group was able to establish bylaws and a plan for the first induction. More recently, the group has been helped by Sean McDonagh, Mark Sullivan, Bill Donovan and others. The first induction was held in 2007, with the unveiling of plaques in the Copeland Field House lobby and a reception at the Common Market. Now, eight years later, there have been 83 individuals inducted, along with 11 teams.  All of the inductees are honored by plaques in the lobby of the Copeland Field House at Milton High School.

The Class of 2014 induction ceremony will be held November 1st at Copeland Field House, followed by a reception at the Hoosic Club and will add another 11 individuals and six teams. This year’s inductees are: John Bibinski 1980, Molly Golden 2007, Pamela Kelley 1982, John Kantaros 1968, Jamie McCormack 1999, Alex Lazar Norrman 2003, Bob Norton 1971, Donald Shea 1943, Kevin Ryan 1993, John Vercollone 1968, Carl Wallin 1957, Baseball 1979, Boys Basketball 1990, Field Hockey 1986, Lacrosse 2000, Softball 2005, Wrestling 1964.

This year’s Board of Directors are: Michael Goodless, Chairperson; Dennis Duggan, Vice-Chairperson; Thomas Herget, Treasurer; and members Dyann Crowley, Bill Donovan, Margaret Gibbons, Sean McDonagh and Dick Ryan.

“It’s a labor of love, that’s for sure,” said Dick Ryan, former MHS Athletic Director and  current board member. “The committee works very hard and we’ve been successful, thanks to the direction of Mike Goodless.”

The 2014 Selection Committee members are: Brian Borde, Dennis Duggan, Margaret Gibbons, Michael Goodless, Thomas Herget, Deirdre Enos Lovett, Gary Maus, Sean McDonagh, Karen Duggan McLaughlin, Ellen McCarthy Needham, Richard Ryan and Tracy Bubas Turgeon.

“The Milton High Athletic Hall of Fame is a hardworking group that does a great job in honoring our student-athletes from all decades,” said James Jette, principal of Milton High School. “I had the luxury this past Saturday, September 20th of meeting some of the inductees, one being Joe Sidoti of the Class of 1964 who will be the first 3-time inductee. Not only are they great athletes, they are great people too. By recognizing the contribution of our high school athletes, we honor our town, our schools and both past and present residents of Milton who excelled at their sport.”

To make a donation to the MHSAHOF or to purchase a ticket to the induction ceremony reception at the Hoosic Club, please email:  bdonovan@miltonps.org

  The following Athletic Update was provided by Larry Rooney, Athletic Director at Milton High School:

  GIRLS SOCCER

Record of 4-3 Sophie Cousineau leads the Herget Division with 5 goals and 4 assists, and we had a big win over Wellesley last week! There was also a big 1-0 win over Dedham on Tuesday, Sept 30th.  The team holds a 5-3 record, which is tied for second in the division. Milton plays Weymouth on Thursday at home.

BOYS SOCCER

The boys soccer team ties their second game of the season with a 3-3 score at Dedham High School. Jonathan Cardoso scored twice to help the boys earn the point.  The boys soccer team will attend the Curry College game on Wednesday night and play at Weymouth on Thursday. The team is 0-7-2 halfway through the season, but going in the right direction. The next games are vs Weymouth away on 10/2, and Needham away on 10/7.

GIRLS XC

The team is 3-5, but recently finished 8th out of 24 teams at the Amherst Invitational. Bridgett Mitchell ran the fastest time ever for a freshman on the course at Amherst and finished 5th out of 155 runners. On Tuesday night, our girls beat Dedham 18-40. Sophomore Colette O’Leary and Freshman Bridgett Mitchell finished first and second respectively.

BOYS XC

The boys cross country team defeated Dedham Tuesday to run its record to 2 and 5. The teams top three runners all year have been John Lenane, Tim Lynch and Kevin Conway. Freshman Nick Villard has come on strong in recent weeks as well.

GOLF

The Varsity Golf Team is now 6-5-1 after a loss Monday at Wellesley, and a win against Weymouth on Tuesday. The team hosts Brookline at home this week.  The regular season wraps up the following week with matches against Weymouth, Natick and Dedham, and the Bay State League Tournament.  The team needs two more wins to secure a spot in the Div. II South Sectional Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL

The MHS volleyball team is 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the league. The team is ranked 52 in the state and 19 in Division 2 and has clinched a tournament berth under the Sullivan Rule with a win over Dedham. They have set a team goal to enter the tournament with better than .500 ball this year. Player standouts include Senior Middle Hitter Olivia Taber who is currently #13 in Division 2 with kill percentages (74), Senior Outside Hitter Ciara Swan is #23 in Division 2 with a .123 Hitting percentage. Senior Meredith Kelly is #13 in Division 2 and # 3 in our own league with assists totaling 183 and Sophomore ‘Liebero’ Joanna Needham is #10 in the STATE, #4 in Division 2 and #1 in the Bay State League with 164 digs.

FIELD HOCKEY

Our Team Record is 1-10 and the team played a great game Tuesday. The girls played together as a team and had a strong defense give a phenomenal game. We lost 1-0 and put our heart and soul into that game. Team Goalie Jacqui Losi has had an incredible year and continues to make incredible saves that keeps the team unified.

BOYS & GIRLS CREW

MHS line-ups/results at The Head of The Merrimack:

Event 46: Women’s Jr Novice 8+ competition Entry A: Miwa Joiner, Katherine Buchanan, Ruby D’Amato, Tricia Tape, Celia Cullinane, Julia Biagiotti, Morgan Smith, Antonina Welz, Maya Watanabe 1st place

Event 11: Women’s Jr 4+ competition Entry A: Margaret Boyce, Emma Heller, Meghan Donelan, Olivia Jensen, Kathryn Weidmann  5th place; Entry B: Meredith Clarke, Eleni Minias, Lucia Hainline, Annie Statham, Rachel Joyce  4th place; Entry C: Claire O’Neill, Brigitte Dugas, Elena Millwood, Hannah Carroll, Alexa Onishuk  10th place

Event 17: Mens Jr 8+ competition Entry A: Olivia Sidoti, Dane Matejka, Jackson Callahan, Nicolo Gilmore, Robert McCullough, Liam Hines, William Hess, Shane McLaughlin, Joshua Kery  3rd place; Entry B: Charlie Karoff, Matthew Nolan, Greg Hebard, Aidan Cullinane, Steven Matin, Whitman Davis, Liam Halloran, Rudy Chase  8th place

Event 19: Mens Jr Novice 8+ competition Entry A: Isaac Savona, Sean Ehrlich, Dylan MacLeod, Robert Dexter, Ben Corson, Timothy Karoff, Jasper Malcolm, Declan Foley, Emmett Kibbee  5th place

Event 41: Mens Jr 4+ competition Entry A: Olivia Sidoti, Nicolo Gilmore, Robert McCullough, Liam Hines, William Hess  3rd place; Entry B: Dane Matejka, Jackson Callahan, Shane McLaughlin, Joshua Kery  8th place Entry C: Courtney Dillon, Steven Matin, Whitman Davis, Liam Halloran, Rudy Chase  12th place; Entry D: Griffin McLaughlin, Charlie Karoff, Matthew Nolan, Greg Hebard, Aidan Cullinane 13th place

Event 43: Mens Jr Novice 4+ competition Entry A: Kevin Kleiman, Timothy Karoff, Jasper Malcolm, Declan Foley, Emmett Kibbee  1st place; Entry B: Sawyer Flanagan, ANDREW VIVEIROS, Alexander Merrill, Thomas Reilly, Andrew Freedman  2nd place

FOOTBALL The team has a 1-2 overall record with a 1-0 record in the Bay State Conference. Losses were to non-league schools Stoughton HS and Mansfield HS.  The first win was on Saturday, Sept 27th vs Norwood HS 21-6.  Next game is on Thursday, Oct 2 vs Dedham HS at Dedham HS at 7pm.

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: Three students from Milton High School serve as Student Representatives to the School Committee. These students not only attend the meetings, they participate and comment during these meetings and serve as valuable spokespersons for their peers. Thank you to Audrey Erickson, Matt McCarthy and Spencer Torres for their service on this committee.

Staff:   I would like to recognize and thank Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, who has been invaluable  in training our teacher facilitators in the implementation of our new evaluation model and tool.   Dr. Spaulding has led professional development for teachers and administrators on this new evaluation system which was developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to promote student learning, growth, and achievement. Dr. Spaulding has worked tirelessly to plan workshops for district educators that focus on meeting performance standards to enhance professional growth and accountability and improve teaching and administrative leadership.  I am very grateful to Dr. Spaulding for her expertise in this area and also for her outstanding leadership of the Pierce Middle School.

Volunteers: I would like to thank some of the hardest working volunteers in the Milton Public Schools. Our PTO presidents are the “front line” volunteers for each of our schools and their work is invaluable. Please help me to thank the following people who donate their time as PTO presidents: Collicot: Mary Clare Cantor, Linda Stefanick, Kerry Kelly, Chuck Karimbakas and Ken Bohlin. Cunningham: Robyn Quinn, Laura Woodward, Suzanne Glazer, Marie Mignosa and Stephanie O’Keefe. Glover: Nancy Kelly and Christine Tobin. Tucker: Kristen Lacasse and Michelle Schweitzer. Pierce Middle School: Sheila Varela, Karyn Viveiros, Marie Kelly and Trish Heelen. Milton High School: Kathy Peltier and Tricia Sullivan.

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.

September 16th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 16•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As you know, we consider the safety and security of your children a top priority when they are in our care in the Milton Public Schools.

Several of my previous E-blasts have communicated safety and security initiatives that the Milton Public Schools have implemented during the past 22 months. Immediately following the Newtown tragedy, I convened a multi-disciplinary Safety and Security Working Group that included Milton Police Chief Richard Wells, Jr., Milton Police Sergeant Jack Richman, Milton Police Officers Maria Poles and Christopher Potts, School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker, Assistant Superintendent Glenn Pavlicek, Consolidated Facilities Director Bill Ritchie, Community Schools Director Pam Dorsey, Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies Department Head Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Information Technology Director Bob Pattison, Milton High School Principal James Jette, Milton High School Vice Principal Michelle Kreuzer, Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, Glover Elementary School Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis, Milton High School Athletic Director Larry Rooney and Milton High School Senior Custodian Jason Scherer. The Safety and Security Working Group developed a plan under the leadership of the Milton School Committee, with the financial support of the town’s Capital Committee and Milton Public School budget and in close collaboration with the Milton Police Department. The group identified five key areas of focus and two implementation phases as outlined below:

Phase One:

  • Improve police communication capability
  • Harden physical facility perimeters
  • Control access to school buildings

Phase Two:

  • Strengthen response capability during after-school activity hours (3-10pm)
  • Create a culture of security

I am pleased to report that all of the above objectives have been accomplished. We have recently completed the last objective regarding a “culture of security” by training all school personnel in our lockdown procedures and response guidelines in the event of a violent intruder situation. Over the next few weeks, teachers will be discussing (in age-appropriate terms) these procedures with all students. For all students, these discussions will include when stay-in-place or evacuation procedures are appropriate. Middle- and high-school students will have conversations with their teachers about instances where assistance with barricading and/or distraction measures may be an appropriate last resort.  We have been working hard to ensure that our district is among the most proactive schools in the Commonwealth when it comes to safety issues and have been assured that this is now the case.

In addition to routine fire drills, students in all six of our schools are also regularly trained in lock-down procedures and practices. The training of our administrators and teachers/staff is supervised by Milton Police Sgt. Jack Richman, who is recognized across the state as a leader in School Security and Training.

“Over the past several years, Milton has been involved in an ongoing program to increase the participation by faculty and staff to increase security in our schools,” said Sgt. Richman. “This enhanced training that we are providing this year will further advance the safety of the children in our school buildings.”

Governor Deval Patrick is quoted in the Massachusetts Task Force Report on School Safety and Security as stating that “No child will be able to succeed academically if they don’t first feel safe in school.  No teacher will be able to reach their best if they aren’t confident there’s a plan in place to ensure their school is well prepared for an emergency.”

We have dedicated one full professional development day per level (elementary, middle and high) to train your children’s teachers, staff, custodians, lunch staff and administrative assistants in the enhanced lock-down procedures and protocols. Now that every Milton Public Schools employee has been trained in these procedures, we are now prepared to have our teachers and administrators train our students and conduct practice drills under the direction of the Milton Police and Milton Public School administrators.

As noted above, your child’s teacher will be sharing age-appropriate procedures to use in drills with students in the classroom. My primary goal is to assure each of you and our staff members that the Milton Public Schools have prepared our staff and students on a variety of emergency responses.  We will do our best to answer any and all questions from you or your children.

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               I would also like to note that we have had a smooth start to the school year. The buildings were all meticulously cleaned during the summer months. Student schedules, registrations and class assignments were all in order and opening day was a big success. We did have some issues with bus routes, but those issues have since been resolved. If you have questions about bus routes or other transportation questions, please email bus@miltonps.org and add my name to the “cc” line: mgormley@miltonps.org.  I am grateful to all of those who helped get the 2014-15 school year off to a great start.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The most recent School Committee meeting was held Wednesday, September 10th. Please see the summary below:

September 10th: The meeting began with a back-to-school update, including information on teacher orientation, mentoring, bus issues and class sizes. Next, as part of the Chairman’s Report, there was an executive session vote report-out. After approval of vendor warrants, the meeting adjourned to executive session. The next meeting will be held October 1st at 7pm in the Milton High School library.

PRESCHOOL INFO

               Milton’s Integrated Pre-School program at the Collicot Elementary School has additional openings for four-year-old Peer Role Models!

These are for PM sessions, which run from 12-2:30, Monday-Friday.  Tuition is required. Interested parents must complete registration with Jane Barrett in the Registration Office at Milton High School.

Additional Information about the Integrated Pre-School Program can be found on the MPS Website (http://www.miltonps.org/documents/UPDATED1-14IntPKWebInfo.pdf) or by contacting Karen Clasby at kclasby@miltonps.org

CURRICULUM NEWS

Note: In addition to the curriculum news we have always included in each E-blast, I will now be highlighting specific curriculum initiatives from each level.

The following item was submitted by Alyssa Buchanan, English Language Education Coordinator.

English Language Education Update:  Core academic teachers who teach English Language Learners and administrators who supervise those teachers have been participating in Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement courses in Milton and surrounding cities and towns.

This is the second year that Milton educational professionals have participated in these courses.  The courses are required as part of RETELL, the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners Initiative.  The course provides researched based background in language acquisition; effective teaching methodologies particularly focused on developing academic language associated with content as well as provides an understanding of cultural issues which effect language development.

The training is sponsored and funded by the MADESE and Milton will offer an on- site course for one additional school year.  After that time, teachers of English Language Learners and administrators will be required to seek out and participate in the endorsement course or pass an SEI MTEL in order to renew licensure. Additional information regarding this initiative can be found at the RETELL website http://www.doe.mass.edu/retell/

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I wanted to make you aware that due to contractual changes the school day has been extended by 5 minutes. This means that all four elementary schools and our middle school all have a later dismissal time.

This change has been made to the elementary and middle schools effective the first day of school.  Additional information will be distributed regarding arrival and dismissal procedures and routines.

Please see all changes to times below.  As always, I appreciate your support as we work to enhance the instructional day and maintain the safety and security of the buildings.

New Start & Dismissal Times for Schools:

GLOVER: 8:50am – 3:19pm
TUCKER: 8:50am – 3:19pm
COLLICOT: 8:20am – 2:49pm
CUNNINGHAM: 8:20am – 2:49pm
PIERCE: 7:57am – 2:26pm
MILTON HIGH SCHOOL: 7:50am – 2:19pm (did not change)

Also, please note that there will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, September 25th in observance of Rosh Hashanah.

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An innovative program which brings Milton High School students directly into local places of business has become increasingly popular among high school students who are interested in exploring career options.

The program, known as the Schools to Career Partnership, brings together schools, businesses and organizations to offer industry- specific seminars, business site visits, guest classroom speakers, mentorships, internships, shadow days and advisory boards to make academic learning relevant.

The program is open to all Milton High students, although the majority of participants are upperclassmen, according to Dana Giannattasio, a MHS Biology teacher who coordinates the program.

“As local team leader for Milton High School, I value the emphasis that the School to Careers Partnership places on the connection between the school and the professional world,” said Ms. Giannattasio. “By giving students opportunities to explore different fields while in high school, they are becoming more knowledgeable about the intricacies of potential careers, and are better prepared for the requirements of higher education.”

On-site visits to local businesses occur during the school day and students get the opportunity not only to see and tour the workplace, but also get a chance to talk to employees about their careers.

The next opportunity for high school students will be the Bio-Tech Futures event on Tuesday, October 7th, when the program will key professionals from leading bio-tech and medical groups at Canton High School.

The objective is for students to discover interests, talents and opportunities through this program. The hope is that they use the information to formulate college and career goals that excite them, resulting in self-motivated and achieving students.

The School to Careers Partnership program exists in fifteen middle and senior high schools the Boston area. For more information about Milton High School’s involvement with this program, please contact Dana Giannattasio:  dgiannattasio@miltonps.org

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Pierce Scientists Use Notebooks as a Tool for Learning: With the passing of the 1.0 Advancement Budget by the Milton Public Schools’ School Committee came a much needed influx of science curriculum materials to the Pierce Middle School.  Curriculum selections were done based on a commitment to engage students in “doing” science “as scientists do” such that students would develop both important ideas in science, as well as, the skills and habits of mind of scientists and engineers.

One critical aspect of engaging students in “doing” science is maintaining science notebooks.  Scientists and engineers use notebooks for a number reasons including recording data, raising questions, planning experiments, brainstorming solutions, recording emerging ideas and explanations, and communicating with each other.  The scientist’s notebook becomes an artifact of his or her own evolution of understanding of scientific phenomena.

Given that, using science notebooks with students can also serve as an invaluable tool for formative assessment for the teacher.  The kinds of notebooking experiences in which Pierce Middle School students engage include: recording data, sketching observations, authoring predictions and hypotheses, making note of step by step procedures and experimental designs, reflecting on one’s ideas and explanations, graphing and analyzing data, and drawing evidenced-based claims.

Science notebooks are a powerful tool for supporting the development of scientific ideas in students not to mention enhancing their ability to write and support their ideas with evidence, and so have become an integral part of the science program at the Pierce Middle School.  To read more about the use of notebooks in the middle school science classroom, please visit the FOSS Science Curriculum web site:  https://www.fossweb.com/delegate/ssi-foss-ucm/ucm?dDocName=D1423685

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Last year, thanks to generous funding from the Milton Foundation for Education, we were able to pilot an educational program in the fifth grade classes at the Cunningham and Collicot Schools called Science from Scientists.  Based on feedback from students, teachers, and parents, the program was a success. Glover and Tucker teachers may remember attending the Science Theater event, run by Science from Scientists, last June.

We are excited to announce that the Science from Scientists program will be expanding into the fifth grades in all four elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year!

Science from Scientists provides hands on lessons, materials, supplies and curriculum that is standards based. The model includes a full menu of lessons that can be chosen by the district.  Science from Scientists provides a Scientist to co-teach with the classroom teacher bi-weekly to deliver a 45 minute lesson.  The person who comes to your classroom bi-weekly will be the same person for the entire year, creating a relationship between the instructor and students.  Watching an actual scientist teach in your classroom on a regular basis will be an excellent professional development opportunity for you and a fantastic learning opportunity for our students.  In addition, Science from Scientists offers a rich PDP program that you may wish to take advantage of.  The program allows teachers to earn PDPs by creating and implementing follow-up science lessons in their classroom.  A representative from Science from Scientists will share more information with the Milton Public Schools about that opportunity this fall. Funding for this program was shared by the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Foundation for Education.

The link below will lead you to a one minute video of some of the lessons that took place at the Cunningham School last year: http://youtu.be/iaqN39KbRks

Feel free to check out the Science from Scientists website to learn more:  http://sciencefromscientists.org

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Open House events will be held at the following dates/time:

Pierce Middle School Open House on Thursday, September 18th at 6:30pm
Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm
Collicot Open House on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30pm.

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Online registration has already begun for Adult Education classes. Walk-in registration for Adult Education classes will be held at Milton High tonight (September 16th). Please see the brochure below for more info:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/AdultEdBrochure-Fall2014-1.pdf

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Exercise for Evan: Fundraiser to Support Milton High School’s Weight Room

When Evan Jones, MHS Class of 2011, passed away at the age of 19 from Sudden Unexpected Death due to Epilepsy (SUDEP), the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends continue to turn their grief into something positive by raising money to improve the weight room at MHS, something very important to Evan.

On Saturday, October 11, the Second Annual fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a Dunk Tank, Zumba class, Boot Camp, Dodge Ball, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, and $5 for children 10 and younger.

The money raised at this event will support updating the weight room equipment, as well to support scholarships that will be awarded next spring to two graduating seniors at Milton High School.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Kristan Bagley Jones at bagleyjones@comcast.net

NEW APPOINTMENTS

I would like to announce the appointment of the district’s new Technology Administrator.  Dr. Angela Burke will be starting in this position, which was created as a result of the Advancement Initiative, with funds approved by the School Committee, Warrant Committee and Town Meeting.

Dr. Burke comes to the Milton Public Schools from the FUSE (Family Urban Schools of Excellence) educational management organization in Hartford, Connecticut, where she served as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.  She previously served as the Academy Director for Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston, a Project Coordinator/Teacher Quality Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Education and was a Founding Academic Dean for Achievement First in Hartford, Connecticut.  Dr. Burke is also a published author and has served as a classroom teacher in Boston and New Britain, Connecticut.

Dr. Burke earned her bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, her master’s degree from Simmons College and her doctoral degree from the University of Hartford.

“Dr. Burke comes with an impressive background to the position that we expect to shape the Digital Technology and Instruction Strategy for the Milton Public Schools,” said Leroy Walker, Chairman of the Milton School Committee. “I welcome her to the Milton Public Schools Management Team and encourage her to take the lead in helping us meet this important challenge.”

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I would also like to inform you that Martha O’Keefe has been appointed as the district’s new Parent Liaison. This position was also created as a result of the Advancement Initiative, with funds approved by the School Committee, Warrant Committee and Town Meeting.

“This is a valuable position for the Milton Public Schools as it will provide a much-needed link between families and the schools,” said School Committee Member Kristan Bagley Jones. “It is well understood that a strong connection between home, school and community results in better academic achievement for all.”

Ms. O’Keefe has been employed by Milton Public Schools since 2009, as a Librarian/Library Paraprofessional and as a Future Problem Solving teacher and coach. She previously served as Program Director at the Parent to Parent Program in Quincy and also served as the Interim Program Director and interim home visitor for the Parent Child Home Program in Quincy. She was a Social Worker/Case Manager/Adoption Worker for the Department of Social Services in Weymouth.

Ms. O’Keefe earned her degree in Social Work from Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont.

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Please help me to also welcome Patricia Lesenechal, who has been appointed our new Residency Coordinator.  Ms. Lesenechal will be filling the vacancy left by Doreen Walsh. Ms. Lesenechal previously served as a Senior Campaign Manager for Boston Globe Media, as well as in the company’s client service department and as an inside sales representative.  She also served as Personnel Assistant for the US Navy in Boston. We encourage all Milton Public School families and Milton taxpayers who may have tips on residency issues to contact Ms. Lesenechal via the Student Residency Anonymous Tip Line: 617-698-1213 or plesenechal@miltonps.org

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Milton High School was recently approved for a Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant in the amount of $1,500.  The grant will help supplement the high school’s Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices program.  As part of the program, the MHS Student Leaders’ work with the freshman class and facilitate small group discussions that center around making healthy choices about substance abuse, how to handle bullying, conflict resolution and managing stress.  The grant will allow for approximately 40 Milton High Student Leaders to be trained by Caron Treatment Centers in group facilitation skills.  The training reinforces communication and collaborative problem-solving skills as a way to reinforce healthy values and good-decision-making.

The Good Decision Making and Health Choices program is also supported by funds from the Milton Junior Women’s Club.

The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Community Health Grant check will presented to the Milton High School Student Leaders and the other winning organizations at the hospital’s annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th at 10 a.m.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education wishes all students, parents, and teachers a wonderful start to the 2014/2015 school year. In the next week, you will receive our Annual Appeal Mailing. Donations made to the Annual Appeal directly benefit students and teachers through our Teacher Grant Program. Please be on the lookout for this mailing and help us to “Fund a First” in your children’s education. We have also set the dates for our two biggest community events, our Monster Dash 5k Road Race on Sunday, October 26 (see below) and the Celebration for Education on March 14, 2015 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Visit our website at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org to learn more about the MFE or contact Co-Presidents Patti Elliott, Meg Kaster, and Denise Queally for more information.

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Save the Date! This year’s Monster Dash that will take place on Sunday, October 26th. This will be a fun day for all — runners, volunteers, sponsors and there will even be science-related activities to keep young students engaged and entertain.

The Monster Dash is an annual 5K Road Race, which is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello, a Tucker student who died tragically in a playground accident in 1999.  The Milton Foundation for Education created Sam’s Fund to raise money in support of science enrichment in all four of Milton’s elementary schools. Proceeds from this race enable the Milton Public Schools science coordinator to undertake hands-on science lessons, train teachers and partner with the Blue Hills Trailside Museum on a number of educational projects.  To register, click here:  http://www.active.com/milton-ma/running/distance-running-races/milton-s-16th-annual-monster-dash-2014?int=

The race organizers can be contacted via email:

bethvplunkett@hotmail.com  flashygreg@gmail.com   nvernazza@gmail.com

FOOD SERVICE

The following item has been submitted by Food Service Director Jacqueline Morgan:

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts and lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. School lunch must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

We offer breakfast every school day in all of our schools.  Breakfast is free for all REDUCED and FREE students and it is a great way to start the day. Breakfast is $1.25 for all paid students. These funds can come right out of your students Nutrikids account. Student’s who qualify for the reduced program pay $.40 for a complete lunch.

All children come through a computerized Point of Sale system which keeps student information private.  All students state their name in elementary school or use a four /five digit PIN number in both middle and high school. Below is the federal income chart to help you understand if your family may qualify for meals assistance.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART School Year 2014-2015
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $21,590 $1,800 $416
2 $29,101 $2,426 $560
3 $36,612 $3,051 $705
4 $44,123 $3,677 $849
5 $51,634 $4,303 $993
6 $59,145 $4,929 $1,138
7 $66,656 $5,555 $1,282
8 $74,167 $6,181 $1,427
Each additional person: +7,511 +626 +145

 

Nearly 32 million children receive meals throughout the school day. These meals are based on nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. New nutrition standards for schools increase access to healthy food and encourage kids to make smart choices. Schools are working to make meals more nutritious, keep all students hunger-free, and help children maintain or reach a healthy weight.

  1. Healthier school meals for your children

Your children benefit from healthier meals that include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, lower sodium foods, and less saturated fat. Talk to your child about the changes in the meals served at school.

  1. More fruits and vegetables every day

Kids have fruits and vegetables at school every day. A variety of vegetables are served throughout the week including red, orange, and dark-green vegetables.

  1. More whole-grain foods

Half of all grains offered are whole-grain-rich foods such as whole-grain pasta, brown rice, and oatmeal. Some foods are made by replacing half the refined-grain (white) flour with whole-grain flour.

  1. Both low-fat milk (1%) and fat-free milk varieties are offered

Children get the same calcium and other nutrients, but with fewer calories and less saturated fat by drinking low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk. For children who can’t drink milk due to allergies or lactose intolerance, schools can offer milk substitutes, such as calcium-fortified soy beverages.

  1. Less saturated fat and salt

A variety of foods are offered to reduce the salt and saturated fat in school meals. Main dishes may include beans, peas, nuts, tofu, or seafood as well as lean meats or poultry. Ingredients and foods contain less salt (sodium).

  1. More water

Schools can provide water pitchers and cups on lunch tables, a water fountain, or a faucet that allows students to fill their own bottles or cups with drinking water. Water is available where meals are served.

  1. New portion sizes

School meals meet children’s calorie needs, based on their age. While some portions may be smaller, kids still get the nutrition they need to keep them growing and active.

  1. Stronger local wellness programs

New policies offer opportunities for parents and communities to create wellness programs that address local needs. Talk with your principal, teachers, school board, parent-teacher association, and others to create a strong wellness program in your community.

  1. MyPlate can help kids make better food choices

Show children how to make healthy food choices at school by using MyPlate. Visit www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for tips and resources.

  1. Resources for parents

School meal programs can provide much of what children need for health and growth. But for many parents, buying healthy foods at home is a challenge. Learn more about healthy school meals and other nutrition assistance programs at www.fns.usda.gov

Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information.

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

Concerned about your child texting and driving? Then you won’t want to miss the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Community Health Walk and Health Fair at the hospital on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am – 2 pm. In addition to the 5k and 1 mile health and wellness walks, health fair, family-oriented games and activities and complimentary barbecue lunch, the hospital is presenting the nationally noted Arrive Alive texting and distracted driving prevention simulation program from Unite http://arrivealivetour.com/unite/. Funds raised at the event will go towards facility improvement and new equipment for the hospital’s outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Registration is $5 per walker, except children under the age of 12 who are free. Visit www.bidmilton.org  and download registration forms.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop with the Milton DPW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, the Milton Department of Public Works will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Milton residents. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. No early arrivals! The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine.

Materials should be left, where possible, in their original containers. Containers should be put in sturdy boxes and placed in the trunk of a vehicle so that contents will be easy to remove by the attendants. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process

The following items can be brought to the collection:

  • Adhesives and glues
  • Aerosol cans
  • Engine degreaser, brake & transmission fluid
  • Hobby and art supplies
  • Household cleaners and spot removers
  • Non-alkaline batteries (these are found in camcorders, cordless power tools,
  • cordless phones and laptop computers).
  • Oil-based paints
  • Photo chemicals and chemistry sets
  • Poisons, insecticides, pesticides, and
  • weed killers
  • Solvents and varnishes
  • Swimming pool chemicals
  • Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
  • Wood preservatives and fiberglass residue

These items will NOT be accepted:

Latex paint (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)
Mercury-containing items, and fluorescent bulbs (collected at the Recycling Center the first Saturday of each month)
Prescription medicine or syringes
Commercial or industrial waste
Asbestos

Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents:

Tires: $3 each
Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
Propane Tanks: $3.00 each
Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each

No cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker.

For more information, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900

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The Sunshine 5K is on Sunday, September 28th at 10AM at Cunningham Hall. Registration is online at www.racewire.com or on race day starting at 9AM. There will be prizes for top finishers and T-shirts for sale. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Sunshine School. To sign up, click here: https://racewire.com/register.php?id=3945

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The Milton Park & Rec Department is holding its Middle School ID Sign-Up Program. This is a way to sign up middle school students for a variety of fun events, dances, field trips, etc. For more information, click here:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/ID%20EVENTS%20FALL%202014%20My%20Version.pdf

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The Master Plan Committee invites everyone to join them at their final public forum on September 29 from 7-9pm in the Milton High School Auditorium. The Master Plan Committee and the consultant team will present the draft of Milton’s Master Plan at that meeting and will seek input from attendees on prioritization, strategies and timing of the implementation steps.

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Please save the date for the Milton Library Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Literary Gala. This year’s event will be held Thursday, October 23rd at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The gala will feature authors Dr. Lisa Genova and Greg O’Brien, who both have covered the topic of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Genova is the author of Left Neglected, Love Anthony and Still Alice; Mr. O’Brien is the author of On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.

In addition, the gala will also feature a short presentation by our own MPS Librarian Lori Henry, who will be sharing the podium with Milton Public Librarian Sara Truog. The pair will be discussing the recent grant they have been working on — MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Student Success. I am very proud that they have been chosen to highlight the meaningful collaboration taking place between the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library. For tickets and more information, click here: http://www.miltonlibrary.org/foundation/documents/2014MLFJulyGalaSummary.pdf

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

School may have started, but the fun for kids continues all year long at the Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting upcoming programs for the young people in your life:

Friday, September 12, 2014 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades 1-5

Join Miss Debbie for another tasty exploration for your taste buds. Children entering grades 1-5 are invited. 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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center proudly announces the lineup for its Milton Music Series. The series features performers whose singing and songwriting skill has won them a national following. It’s a terrific opportunity to catch the excitement of live performance! This program enjoys the generous support of the Milton Chamber of Commerce. For more information and advanced tickets visit: MAC Music

The MAC is also offering their fall adult and child art classes, a series of concerts, yoga and several “tryIt’s” nights of workshops.  please visit their website at miltonartcenter.org for more information and to register.  Classes start the first week of October.

ATHLETICS

Boosters Events:

  • The first Boosters meeting takes place tonight Tuesday, September 16th at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the High School; enter thru the field house, take a right and we meet in room 133. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month and are open to all.
  • The Swing for Sports Golf and Tennis event at Wollaston Country Club will be held on Tuesday, October 21st. Details will be posted to the Boosters website soon at www.miltonboosters.com. Volunteers and donations are needed so please consider helping out.

Booster membership applications will soon be in the mail to all residents. Different levels of membership are available. All funds collected go to the teams, scholarships and the annual awards banquet.

Those wishing to support MHS athletes can buy Wildcat athletic wear at all football games and at the Boosters’ indoor concession stand in the Copeland Field House and also at MHS home football games.

The Boosters are a volunteer group of high school parents, coaches, students, and community members whose mission is to enrich the MHS Athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for the Milton High School athletics, raising money through membership, concessions and other fundraising events and initiatives.

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The following update was submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

FIELD HOCKEY
Current record is 1-4. Meghan Kelly and Kate Driscoll are our top scorers. Mackenzie Scanlon had an outstanding stroke against Newton North. This week we have four games against top teams in our division but we will be ready! And as Mia Hamm said “I am a member of the team, I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”

BOYS CREW
The boys’ crew team has started the season with a wonderful new crop of motivated novice boys. The varsity boys have really taken to guiding and teaching the younger rowers to get them up to speed for the racing season. We could not be more excited with the start of this season. We are also looking forward to reconnecting with our four seniors from last year at the fall “head races”, all of whom will be rowing in college this fall!

GIRLS CREW
Girls Crew had a terrific week where of land training. This week, we’re practicing on the water getting ready for our first race, September 27th in Methuen. After that, it’s one race a weekend at: Lowell, Pembroke, New Hampshire, the Head of the Charles in Boston, the state championship in Worcester and finally the South Shore Invitational at home in Milton.

VOLLEYBALL
We are 4-1…team goal is to try and take the BSC Herget Division Championship this season..it won’t be an easy task but girls are very goal-oriented and on a mission. We have been working hard one game at a time with the leadership of our tri captains Ciara Swan, Meredith Kelly and Olivia Taber as our trifecta. We hope it is within our reach. We just beat division friends Norwood in Friday 3-1 and will take on rivals Natick in the Copeland Field House on Tuesday, Sept 16th at 4pm as we look to improve our record to 5-1.

GIRLS SOCCER
We are 2-2, with a 2 game winning streak! We already Qualified for Tournament with win over Norwood last Friday! Sophie Cousineau has scored in all 4 games. Games coming up are vs. Natick High School on 9/16, and Walpole HS on 9/19.

BOYS SOCCER
0 wins, 3 losses , 1 tie. We play 2 tough games this week, Tuesday – Natick away and Friday – Walpole home . When we played Framingham (#12 in state) we had seven sophomores and two freshman on the field at the same time. This is truly a rebuilding year for the boys soccer program.

GOLF
The Varsity Golf team beat Natick High School today, led by team captains Walker Stroud and Lloyd Hill. Milton has won four straight and will take on Framingham on Tuesday at home.

FOOTBALL
MHS Varsity Football is 0-2 with losses to Stoughton HS and Mansfield HS, both non-league games. In the Mansfield game, the Wildcats were down 0-14 at halftime, but came back to take a 20-14 lead in the 4th quarter.  Mansfield came back to win 21-20 late in the 4th quarter.  Up next is BSC rival Norwood HS on Saturday, Sept 27th at Milton’s Brooks Field.

BOYS XC
The boys cross country team has a record of 1 win and 2 loses. Even though the team lost to Walpole last Wednesday, many of the boys ran their best times on the Houghtons Pond course.

GIRLS XC
2-1 Record. Our top five runners beat the number two runners from both Norwood and Framingham. Freshman Bridget Mitchell won her first race against Framingham and Norwood. The Girls XC team participated in a scrimmage race on Friday, Sept 12th at Ursuline Academy. Next meet is Wednesday at Wellesley vs. Wellesley and Brookline.

CHEERLEADING TEAM
The Fall cheerleaders cheered on the Varsity and JV football teams. They are preparing for their competition season that begins at the end of October. They are lead by captains Daysia Fox and Madelyn Driscoll.

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

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

STUDENT WORK

The image below is a piece of artwork created by Milton High School senior Maddy Hoy, who created the work as part of her summer work for her AP Art class this year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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 AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: One of our Milton High School students, Harry Kong, deserves a special mention. Harry got great news this summer that he received qualifying scores on four AP courses he took at MHS last year.  Harry attended Harvard Summer School this past summer, and took courses in directing, stage and film production and Microeconomic Theory.  Although Harry is relatively new to Milton High School, he has managed to achieve a great deal. Nice job!

Staff:   Please join me in thanking Janet Potts, who recently retired from her position as administrative assistant for Special Services. I would like to recognize her loyalty to the Milton Public Schools. Janet Potts began her career in the Milton Public Schools in 1997 as a Teacher Aide at the Cunningham Elementary School and moved to Special Services more than 15 years ago. She is the proud parent of three Milton High School graduates – Gregory, Timothy and of course, our School Resource Officer and Milton Police Officer Christopher Potts. She and her husband, Richie, are avid supporters of the MHS athletic program and can still be seen at many of the boys’ basketball games.  On behalf of the Milton Public Schools I want to personally and professionally thank Ms. Potts many years of dedicated service to Milton’s students, staff, parents and this Superintendent.

Volunteers: I would like to recognize this year’s Monster Dash Co-Chairs: Beth Plunkett, Nora Vernazza and Greg Gordon. This race is not only a highly-successful fundraiser for Sam’s Fund, which benefits our elementary science programs, but it is also a wonderful community event.  Please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/events.php for more information about the Monster Dash. Thank you to this year’s chairs for all their hard work.

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.

 

 

August 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 22•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, August 22nd, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

               I hope the summer provided valuable time with your family and friends.  Labor Day marks “New Year’s Day” for those of us who teach, work in schools and/or attend school.    As I wrote to you in my Back to School letter, I hope each of you are experiencing a feeling of positive anticipation for the 2014-2015 school year.    

               I met with our new teachers on Wednesday morning and told them that the standard for excellence in both teaching and achievement is high in the Milton Public Schools.  I shared our Core Values and explained that these values drive our decision making.  Milton Public Schools’ Core Values are:

  • High Academic Achievement  for All Students
  • Excellence in the Classroom
  • Collaborative Relationships and Communication
  • Respect for Human Differences
  • Risk-Taking and Innovation for Education

Based on our students’ achievement data, Milton’s School Committee has prioritized and with the Warrant Committee’s and Town Meeting’s support targeted funding to staff, texts, materials and supplies and professional development to support the following Advancement Initiatives:

  • Emphasizing Early Literacy (Pre K-3) Achievement
  • Closing the Proficiency Gap  (K-12)
  • Advancing Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering  and Math) Initiatives (Pre-K-12)

I stressed to our new teachers that they are joining a school system which is fully supported by the town’s citizens.   The town of Milton is its public schools.  Milton Public School parents have high expectations for their children and it is the responsibility of our teachers and staff to maximize the individual potential of each and every one of our students.   

 In closing, I am sure that you join me in welcoming our new teachers, administrators and support staff as well as new students and their families to the Milton Public Schools.  Later in this communication, you will be able to read and “meet” our new teachers and support staff.    

NEW SCHOOL DISMISSAL TIMES  AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Please note the following changes to school dismissal times at the elementary and middle school levels.  Milton High School remains the same.

GLOVER: 8:50am – 3:19pm

TUCKER: 8:50am – 3:19pm

COLLICOT: 8:20am – 2:49pm

CUNNINGHAM: 8:20am – 2:49pm

PIERCE: 7:57am – 2:26pm

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast.

July 16th:  This meeting began with a visit from Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding, who was accompanied by Eliza O’Donnell, who recently won a national photography. She was congratulated by the School Committee. Next, Milton High School Principal James Jette, Milton High School Science Department Head Amy Tom, Dr. Spaulding and Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai gave an Internal Assessment Data Presentation.  There was a vote to approve the student handbooks. The discipline data for 2013-14 was reviewed, as was this summer’s collaboration between the Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library on an Early Literacy initiative.  Dr. Spaulding discussed adding a Middle School Health Position to the Pierce. As part of the Chairman’s Report, there was discussion of the Superintendent’s Evaluation schedule. Next, the Finance Subcommittee approved the vendor warrants. As part of the Policy Subcommittee Report, there was a first and second reading of the Student Discipline Policy, which was voted on an approved.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 10th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Middle School team assignments and teacher elementary assignments were mailed to your homes on Wednesday, August 20th.  If you have not received these assignments by Monday, please call your child’s school for this information. Incoming high school freshmen will receive homeroom assignments during the Freshman Orientation Barbecue on Monday, August 25th (from 3:30-6pm)   High school sophomores, juniors and seniors will receive their schedules in homeroom on the first day of school.

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Please note there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, August 29th and NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 1st. 

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For students who are registered with the Milton High School Pre-K program, please note that Open House will be held Friday, September 5th. Families of students enrolled in the Morning Program will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Pre-K Room (room 131); and families of students enrolled in the Afternoon Program will meet at noontime, also in Room 131.  The first day of school for the Pre-K program will be Monday, September 8th. Please note the following program times: Morning session is 7:45-11:10 am (no earlier than 7:30 drop-off) and Afternoon session is 11:10 – 2:10 pm. If there are any questions about the MHS Pre-K program please contact emullen@miltonps.org or  jmiller-freking@miltonps.org

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For students who are registered with the Collicot Integrated Pre-School program, orientation will be held Thursday at the Collicot School and school begins on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

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Please join me in congratulating three Pierce educators who were honored by state and national organizations:

Nicole Hoyceanyls, a sixth grade science teacher at Pierce Middle School, recently learned that she is a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

James Moonan, who will be teaching 7th grade math this fall at Pierce, was selected as one of the winners of the “Math Moves U Math Hero” award sponsored by Raytheon. Both Mr. Moonan and Pierce Middle School were awarded $2,500 as part of this award. Each year, only 32 teachers nationwide are chosen as “Math Heroes” for their effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement in math. Here is the link to a description of the award:
 http://www.mathmovesu.com/about-mathmovesuscholarships/math-hero-award
Many thanks to Milton Public School parent Eileen Heller, who nominated Mr. Moonan for this award.

Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding was selected by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education to serve on the Educator Effectiveness Cabinet.  This Cabinet seeks to inform the development of new policies and initiatives at the state level and only a small number of educators were chosen statewide to serve as part of this cabinet.

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Parents and guardians of students in grades 4 and above should note the following message from Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett, Director of Music, Milton Public Schools:

Instrumental lesson registration for beginners will be held on Tuesday, September 9th, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP).  Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, French horn, drums, guitar, violin, viola, cello and bass.  ALP students must be in grades 4 and above.  We do NOT offer recorder or piano lessons. 

The 30-minutes lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m.  Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments.

If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner Registration Night on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Milton High School.  You can register for beginner lessons with the ALP teacher and rent a guitar, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument from the Rayburn Music Company OR a violin, viola, cello bass from Johnson String Instrument.

Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for rental company.  No lessons will be scheduled without payment. Payment for SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night.  Private lessons (1 student) are $375 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $247.50.  Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher.

                Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument who can schedule a lesson at the same time.  It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners–you need to register together.  No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.  All students must be in Grade 4 or above.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose.  Go to www.rayburnmusic.com or to www.johnsonstringcom to choose the plan best for you depending on the instrument that your son/daughter chooses. 

The Milton Music Department owns some instruments and these will be given out on a first come first served basis.  Parents have to sign a yearly contract ensuring that they are financially responsible for repairs; there is no rental fee for school-owned instruments

There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night.  There is something for everyone, but not if everyone wants the same instrument!   If you cannot attend, call Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett at 617-696-4470 x5518 on Wednesday, Sept. 10 to find out if there are any spots left. 

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Middle School Students Visit Harvard Medical School:The first cohort of The Calculus Project, comprised of twenty seven rising 8th grade students, visited the Harvard Medical School on July 23rd.  The trip was put together with Brian Frederick, Assistant Operations Manager and Animal Specialist in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.  The purpose of the trip was to expose students to career paths and opportunities in the fields of Math and Science.  During the visit, students participated in four hands-on labs.  The labs included work with genetic networks to develop strand-resistant antibiotics, studying tumor suppressors by looking at the growth of liver cancer in mice, studying embryo development by working with zebra fish, and  studying gene regulation by observing the fruit flies.  The experiences of the students at Harvard Medical School will serve to motivate the students to succeed in their academic careers so that they will one day have the opportunity to work in a challenging and thrilling career. 

FOOD SERVICE

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

September is Whole Grain Month and what a wonderful time to explain why Whole Grains are so important to all of especially our children.
 A whole grain possess natural nutrition and a unique rich flavor. In fact, whole grains are so good for you that the USDA recommends that 3 of our grain servings each day are made up of whole grains. Whole grains have fiber, vitamins and minerals and when children begin eating whole grains early, they tend to develop a preference for those flavors for a lifetime of healthy eating.
               Whole grain is better than typical white bread because it still contains original phytonutrients and micronutrients. When grain is processed it is stripped of the nutritious bran and germ of the grain, removing these inherent vitamins that your growing baby and toddler need.
               Just remember, you want the bran and germ. They’re good for your children and you. So when you shop, make sure to check the labels carefully. Purchase only grain products marked with 100% WHOLE grain: not multigrain, not enriched flour and don’t choose breads based on appearance alone. When grain is unprocessed the bran and germ is still intact.  Naturally, whole grain provides so many benefits. Your children will gain several healthy benefits from starting to eat whole grains at an early age:

  • Rich in fiber to help maintain healthy digestion. To calculate the grams of fiber your child needs each day just add 5 to their age (i.e. 4-year-old + 5 = 9 grams of fiber) Whole grain acts as a scrub brush through your intestines and keeps our colons clean.
  • Helps control blood sugar and maintain cholesterol within already normal limits.
  • Keeps you full longer so you do not get hungry and therefore eat less.

The national school lunch program has now mandated that all grains served in schools be 51% or more whole grain.  Milton Schools has been moving in the direction over the past five years and we are pleased to say that we will be in complete compliance this school year.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Incoming high school freshmen and students new to Milton High School are invited to the New Student Orientation Barbecue on Monday, August 25th from 3:30-6pm. Students should report to the front doors of Milton High School. Parent/guardian attendance is optional.

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Pierce Middle School will be hosting its Grade Six Info Night for parents and guardians. If your child is entering sixth grade at Pierce Middle School, you are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, August 26th at 6pm in the Pierce Auditorium.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

We have great news from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton. We recently learned that the hospital has given the Milton Public Schools a grant for $1,500 for a second year to continue our Good Decision Making and Healthy Choices initiative.  This is very exciting! 

The Town of Milton and the Milton PTO’s have partnered with Bay State Textiles to promote textile recycling and generate revenue for the PTOs by hosting donation boxes at Glover, Cunningham, Collicot, Pierce and Milton High School.  Did you know……every year in Massachusetts, over 520 MILLION pounds of textiles are disposed of at incinerators or landfills, of which 95% can be reused or recycled? Turn these textile throw-outs into revenue for the Milton PTOs.  Bay State Textiles pays a rebate to the PTO’s of $100 per ton for unwanted textiles. The focus of the textile recycling program is to spread awareness to the problem of textile waste, educate on acceptable items for textile recycling while keeping the revenue generated in the Milton school community.  Donated items are accepted in any condition as long as they are clean and dry, Bay State Textiles takes “the good, the bad and the ugly.“  Visit www.baystatetextiles.com for a list of acceptable items including clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, linens and stuffed animals. Keeping these items out of the trash will also help to reduce the trash fees in Milton.  Statistics say the average American discards 70 pounds of textiles a year, in Milton that equates to 945 tons. When cleaning out your closets, redecorating or getting rid of the childhood stuffed animals, support the Milton PTOs!!!

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

The following item was submitted by Transportation Director Jake Smith:

Bus passes have been issued to students riding the bus and routes have been set for the 2014-2015 school year.  Transportation has been designed to provide the children of Milton with a safe and timely way to get to and from school every day.  With this in mind, I ask that all residents are patient as I work with our bus company, First Student, to get the routes up and running this year.

 The Transportation Department is not accepting new registrations from August 15 to September 15.  As Transportation director, I need this time to meet with bus company supervisors and drivers to review and confirm bus routes and stops and distribute bus lists to school administrators.   I also must allow the buses to run for a couple of weeks to establish that all buses arrive at their target schools at appropriate times.  If you were unable to register for the bus, but still wish to enroll your child, please contact me again on the 16th of September, at bus@miltonps.org

During the school year, transportation issues may arise.  Due to the fact that I am a classroom teacher, reaching me during the school day may prove to be difficult.  I can be reached in one of two ways, either by emailing bus@miltonps.org or by calling my voicemail (617-696-4282, press “3” for Collicot, and then dial extension 1200).  I will get back to you as soon as possible after the school day is over.  I wish you all a great start to the school year.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Due to inclement weather, the free children’s concert hosted by Brian Joyce on August 13th , outside of Milton Town Hall was postponed to Thursday, September 4th at 5:30 p.m. at the Baron Hugo Gazebo outside of Milton Town Hall at 525 Canton Avenue in Milton.

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The 2014 Celebrate Milton event will take place on Sunday, October 5th.  In order to provide a single location, regardless of the weather, this event will be held at the Pierce Middle School this year.  In addition to the inside/outside benefit, Pierce is a very visible location, which we believe will encourage even more residents to attend.  Hope you’ll join us!  For more information, please visit: http://www.celebratemilton.org/

BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON

The hospital will hold its annual Community Health Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, September 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at BID-Milton.  The family-oriented event consists of a 5k health walk, health fair, family activities, lunch and more. This year, for the first time the hospital will be hosting an interactive program, Unite: Arrive Alive Tour, that teaches teens the dangers of driving and texting. See link and info below. http://arrivealivetour.com/unite/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian.

Summer is almost over, but there is always fun happening for kids at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of August 24 – 30:

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 10:00-12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles and games in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones.

Friday, August 29, 2014 from 2:30-4:30 pm
Family Game Time, Ages 3-12

Since school is out today, drop in to the Story Hour room and play a game with your family and friends!  We have a great selection of board games for you to choose from.

Saturday, August 30, 2014
LIBRARY CLOSED

ATHLETICS

Our fall sports are off to a great start.  Our student athletes have signed up for fall sports and many of our high school teams have already begun double sessions. Our Pierce Middle School Cross Country team, now in the second year, will begin practices on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in late September (meet schedule TBA).

If you have specific sports-related questions for a coach, please refer to the list below:

Milton High School Fall Sports Varsity Coaches

Football Head Coach – Jim Bowes – jbowes@miltonps.org
Boys Cross Country Head Coach – Chuck Ajemian – cajemian@comcast.net
Girls Cross Country Head Coach – Tom Shaw – tshaw@miltonps.org
Field Hockey Head Coach – Sarah Smith – ssmith@miltonps.org
Golf Head Coach – Ben Kelly – bkelly@miltonps.org
Boys Soccer Head Coach – Mike Madden – Mrmadden1@verizon.net
Girls Soccer Head Coach – Brian Borde – bborde@miltonps.org
Boys Crew Head Coach – Bill Hamel – Bill_hamel@milton.edu
Girls Crew head Coach – Mike McVeigh – Mm2104@gmail.com
Volleyball Head Coach – Robin Lee – rlee@miltonps.org
Cheerleading Head Coach – Jessica Parsons – jparsons@miltonps.org

Pierce Cross-Country Coaches
Kerry Devin – kdevin@miltonps.org
John O’Leary – joleary@miltonps.org

Larry Rooney – Athletic Director -Milton High School lrooney@miltonps.org
(617) 696-4470 x5515

NEW HIRES

We have hired new staff members during the summer months and we are pleased to introduce them to their colleagues, as well as parents, guardians and students.

COLLICOT

Elizabeth Caruso, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Caruso previously worked at the Oak Street Elementary School and the Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin as a K-8 Adjustment Counselor. She has also worked in Norwood and Dedham before coming to Milton. Ms. Caruso earned her bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Alison Neipris, SPED Chair
Ms. Neipris previously worked as Student Services Coordinator and Mental Health Clinician at the Cardinal Cushing Centers in Hanover. She also served as School Adjustment Counselor in Concord and as a counseling intern at Bay Cove Treatment Center in Boston, Butler Hospital in Providence and Caritas Norcap Lodge in Foxboro. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Rhode Island and her master’s degree from Lesley University.

Colleen Anselmi, Pre-K Teacher
Ms. Anselmi previously worked as an ABA Therapist and Integrated Preschool Teacher at the Future Behaviors Therapy Center in Beverly, Applied Behavior Learning Services in Newton, the May Institute in Randolph, and most recently at the Sudbury Public Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College and her master’s degree from Endicott College.

Aileen Newton, Grade 4 Co-Taught
Ms. Newton previously worked as a Preschool Special Education Teacher in the Dedham Public Schools, as a Learning Center Teacher K-3 in the Reading Public Schools and as a Developmental Educator at FIRST Early Intervention in Weymouth. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Amherst and her master’s degree from Lesley College.

CUNNINGHAM

Caroline Morton, Grade 2 French.
Ms. Morton recently graduated from Wheaton College with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Psychology and a minor in French Studies. She spent a semester abroad at Sweet Briar College and the Universite de Paris. She completed her student teaching practicum at the Nourse Elementary School in Norton and interned at the Amelio Della Chiesa Early Childhood Center in Quincy.

Robin Saccol, Grade 3 French
Ms. Saccol previously worked as a French Immersion Reading Tutor in the Holliston Public Schools, as well as an Elementary Teacher in the Norton Public Schools and a substitute teacher in the Bellingham Public Schools.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and is pursuing her master’s degree at American International College.

GLOVER

Lisyl Rigsby, Grade 1 English
Ms. Rigsby previously worked as a Grade 1 teacher at the Turnaround Mattahunt Elementary School in Boston, and Grade 4 teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

Susan Howard, Grade 5 Co-Taught
Ms. Howard previously worked as a long-term substitute teacher in Brookline and here in Milton at Glover Elementary School. She has also served as a classroom teacher for various grade levels at the Avon Grove Charter School in West Grove, PA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Sheila O’Shea, Special Education Teacher, STEP Program

Ms. O’Shea previously worked at the Clifford School at the Home for Little Wanderers as well as in Millis Public Schools as a Special Education teacher.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education at Framingham State College and her master’s degree at Bridgewater State University.

Meredith Kempf, Curriculum Coordinator
Ms. Kempf previously served as a Title I teacher at Tucker Elementary School and will be moving to Glover Elementary School as Curriculum Coordinator. Ms. Kempf has also been both a classroom teacher at Glover and Curriculum Coordinator.

TUCKER

Kelly Ryan, Grade 4 Co-Taught
Ms. Ryan previously worked as an Educational Assistant in the Co-Taught classroom at Tucker Elementary School. She also worked in the Early School Arrival Program at Tucker; an Educational Assistant in both the NECC program and a K-1 classroom at Collicot School; and as an Educational Assistant in the Co-Taught Kindergarten classroom at Glover Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and her master’s degree from Curry College.

Kimberly Dee, Grade 1
Ms. Dee previously worked as both a Co-Teacher in a Special Education classroom and a Learning Center Teacher at the Williams Elementary School in Newton. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Dartmouth and her master’s degree from Lesley College.

PIERCE

Jennie Beliveau, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Beliveau previously worked as a Clinic Coordinator at Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston and as a Life Skills Group Facilitator at Community Resources for Justice in Boston and Somerville. She has also served as a clinical intern at Community Academy in the Boston Public Schools and the Hampshire Educational Collaborative with Department of Youth Services in Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Michelle Boissonneault, Grade 6 Science
Ms. Boissonneault previously worked as a long-term substitute teacher for Grade 8 science at Pierce Middle School. She also served as a math and science teacher at the Mosaica American School of Hyderabad in India and at La Paz Secondary School in Nicaragua. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. 

Brendan Bonn, Health
Mr. Bonn previously worked as a Special Education Aide in the Norwood Public Schools and at Dedham High School. He also served as a permanent substitute at Dedham High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Nichols College and is pursuing his master’s degree at Eastern Nazarene College.

Matthew Buckheit, Special Ed (REACH)
Mr. Buckheit previously worked as a replacement teacher in the Grade 7 Resource Room, a paraprofessional and a student teacher at the Merrick Avenue Middle School in Merrick, NY. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dowling College in Oakdale, NY and his master’s degree from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY.

Donald Clements, Science
Mr. Clements previously worked as a science teacher for Grades 7 and 8 at the Guilmette Middle School in Lawrence. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lesley University and his master’s degree from Cambridge College.

Erica Dunton, Health
Ms. Dunton previously worked as a health & physical education teacher at the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College and is pursuing her master’s degree at Cambridge College.

Millicent Hartgering, Special Ed
Ms. Hartgering previously worked as a Special Education teacher at the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester. She also served as an Inclusion Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Charter School in Hyde Park, as a third-grade teacher at St. Matthew School in Dorchester and as a special education aide at Veterans Memorial Elementary School in Provincetown. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Lesley College and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Laure Knobloch, French
Ms. Knobloch previously worked as a long-term substitute in the Milton Public Schools at various grade levels. She has also served as a long-term substitute at the Glover Elementary School and was a Marketing Teacher and Program Director at the Institut de Formation et de Conseil in Valence, France. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saarbruken College in Germany and her master’s degree from Universite de Metz in France.

Renee Mendoza, Math
Ms. Mendoza previously worked as a long-term substitute in a Grade 5 Science and math classroom at the Hanover Middle School. She also served a teaching intern for Grade 8 Algebra at Randolph Community Middle School and was the Chief Resource Manager with the Massachusetts Army National Guard in Hanscom. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UMass/Amherst and her master’s degree from UMass/Boston.

Joseph Scarbo (STEP)
Mr. Scarbo previously worked as a paraprofessional and student teacher in the Mansfield Public Schools. He also served as a paraprofessional in the Brookline Public Schools and as a skills trainer in the Arc of Bristol County.

Nancy Warn, Curriculum Coordinator for Humanities 
Ms. Warn previously served as a history teacher at Milton High School. This fall, she will be serving in the role of Humanities/Curriculum Coordinator at Pierce Middle School and will continue to teach two AP History Classes at Milton High School. 

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL

Heather Ayres, Humanities/Special Ed Teacher
Dr. Ayres previously worked with edBridge Partners, as an educational consultant for College Board Advocacy and Policy Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has also served as a Senior Educational Manager for College Board New England Regional Offices. She was Director of Admissions at Wellesley College and Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Dr. Ayres earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University, her both her master’s degree and doctoral degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jennie Beliveau, Adjustment Counselor
Ms. Beliveau previously worked as a Clinic Coordinator at Bridge Over Troubled Waters in Boston and as a Life Skills Group Facilitator at Community Resources for Justice in Boston and Somerville. She has also served as a clinical intern at Community Academy in the Boston Public Schools and the Hampshire Educational Collaborative with Department of Youth Services in Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree from Boston College.

Kacy Dotoli, History Teacher
Ms. Dotoli previously worked as a Social Studies Teacher at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton before coming to Milton. She has also served as a long-term substitute at the Pierce Middle School and a student teacher at North Quincy High School. She was a student teacher at the Malaspina School in Ascoli Piceno, Italy and also at the North Hampton School in New Hampshire. She earned her bachelor’s degree from University of New Hampshire and her master’s degree from UMass/Boston.

Nancy Leung, French Teacher
Ms. Leung previously worked as a French teacher at the J Henry Higgins Middle School in Peabody and at Malden Catholic High School. She has also served as a French/Spanish teacher at the John Ahern Middle School in Foxborough and at Norwood High School.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Gordon College.

Andria Mochi, Alternative Ed Teacher
Ms. Mochi previously worked as a teacher for the Quincy Historical Society, a substitute teacher for both Quincy and Milton Public Schools and an ESL teacher for the Intercoop Language and Washington Language School in Rome, Italy. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and her master’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College.

DISTRICTWIDE

Stephanie McLaughlin, Reading Specialist
Ms. McLaughlin previously worked as a Reading Specialist/Title I Teacher in the Belmont Public Schools. She also served as a Grade 3 and Grade 1 teacher in Belmont, and as a Specialist Teacher of Reading Student Teacher at the Lesley Compass Program at the Peabody School in Cambridge. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree in Education from Boston College and a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University.

Other changes in the district include the appointment of:

Gail Chase as Accounts Payable in the Business Office
Melissa Raj as Administrative Assistant at Milton High School
Lisa Huban as Administrative Assistant for Pupil Personnel
Melissa Perry as Administrative Assistant for Pupil Personnel
Angela Van Allen as After School Enrichment Supervisor for Collicot Elementary School.
Jake Smith as Transportation Director

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to thank all the students who volunteered to help with our Milton Summer Enrichment program at Milton High School this summer. This year’s volunteers (“Red Shirts”) were among the best group ever, according to directors Barbara Perry and Jonathan Redden. More than 500 students attended the MSE program this summer and dozens of “Red Shirts” were able to fulfill a good portion of their community service hours by assisting in classrooms, helping with the car drop-off and pick-up zones and manning the building’s entranceways during arrival and dismissal. Thank you for your hard work!

Staff:  I would like to recognize Charlene Roche, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for her remarkable work, not only during this past summer, but during the entire year. Ms. Roche, along with her husband and two sons, attended Milton Public Schools. She is an incredible asset to Central Office and works tirelessly on behalf of the Milton School Committee, our staff and faculty of the entire district, as well as parents, guardians and students. We appreciate the time, effort, dedication and positive attitude that Ms. Roche brings to work each and every day. Thank you.

Volunteers: I would like to name Ada Rosmarin as one of the district’s most valued volunteers Ms. Rosmarin’s three children have all graduated from the Milton Public Schools, but she continues to work as a strong advocate for the district.  Ms. Rosmarin was a member of the School Building committee and has served on various boards and committees through the years. She is known and respected across the state as an early education advocate and expert. Ms. Rosmarin was responsible for leading the Milton Public Schools through the process of implementing our unbelievably successful Full-
Day Kindergarten program and continues to work with our preschool teachers in the implementation of kindergarten assessment programs and Professional Development. We value her efforts on behalf of all Milton Public School students, but especially our Pre-K and kindergarten students. Many thanks to Ada and her husband, Dr. Alan Rosmarin.

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.


 


July 21st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 21•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: July 21st, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this month, I announced the appointment of Janet Sheehan to the position of Interim Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Human Resources. This week, I am very pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Holly Concannon to the position of Interim Principal of Collicot Elementary School. Ms. Concannon currently serves as Elementary Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham and Collicot Elementary Schools.

I am confident that Collicot parents/guardians, teachers, staff and most importantly, students, will thrive under the leadership of Ms. Concannon. She possesses many qualities which will make her an excellent principal. These include a thorough knowledge of curriculum and instruction, boundless energy and enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and passion for her profession. These qualities will serve her well as the leader of the Collicot Elementary School.

Before coming to Milton in 2010, Ms. Concannon  served as a teacher at the Murphy School in Dorchester; the Trotter School in Roxbury; and the Edward Everett School in Dorchester. She served as Interim Co-Principal of the Glover Elementary School in the 2012-13 school year.

“I am very pleased that Holly will assume the role of Interim Principal at the Collicot,” said Leroy Walker, Chairman of the Milton School Committee. “Holly has distinguished herself as a strong advocate for student achievement and for ensuring that we are educating the whole child. It should also make for an exciting experience for her own children, who are students at the Collicot!”

I have no doubt that Ms. Concannon will work collaboratively with parents and staff to continue to meet the high standards of excellence in education that have been established at the Collicot Elementary School.

Ms. Concannon will begin her new position on August 1st.

Thank you and please enjoy this wonderful summer weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 11•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To:  Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, July 11, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

               As we enjoy the beautiful summer weather, I would like to be sure that all of our students are aware of their Summer Learning requirements. While we all agree that summer vacation should be a time of rest and relaxation for both students and teachers, we also must stress that the benefits of Summer Reading are enormous. I believe that the key to a student’s success in school is their ability to read and their love of reading.  Summer is the perfect time to read for pleasure and the Milton Public Library is a great resource for those who are looking for reading material.
          Many of our teachers participate in some type of professional development during the summer months, and there is an expectation that our students also continue to learn. We have listed the Milton Public Schools’ Summer Reading requirements for each grade level below, as well as links to more specific information from each school.
               As part of the Early Literacy Advancement Initiative, we are pleased to announce an exciting new pilot program taking place this summer. Together with the Milton Public Library, we will be offering “Summertime Stories for Pre-Schoolers,” at two locations this summer. We will offer a 10 am session at the Tucker Elementary School Library on Wednesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 13th; and a noontime session at Cunningham Hall on Wednesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 13th. This Cunningham Hall session has been timed so that families who are enjoying Cunningham Pool can simply walk up the hill with their pre-schoolers to enjoy story-time during the pool’s mid-day closure.
               This is also a wonderful chance for parents and guardians to be informed of many of the resources available both from the Milton Public Schools and the Milton Public Library. I will provide more information on these “Summertime Stories,” in my next E-blast.
               I have attached paperwork to apply for a card at the Milton Public Library. For those of you who do not have a library card, simply fill out the form and bring to the Milton Public Library.
               I have also attached a fun “What’s Your Ice Cream IQ?” quiz to this newsletter, published by the Food Network Magazine to show that quizzes can be fun. This is age-appropriate for both children and adults.
               I wish you all a safe, fun and healthy summer and look forward to seeing everyone back at the end of vacation.  School will resume for teachers on August 25th and 26th; for students in grades 1-12 on August 27th; and for our Kindergarteners on September 2nd .

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on June 25th. I have summarized this meeting below. The next meeting will be held on July 16th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.
June 25th: This meeting began with a presentation by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil- Girmai and Tucker Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Stephanie Nephew, who came to discuss the Pre-School Pilot as part of the Advancement Initiative. This pilot will introduce literacy skills to pre-schoolers who may not have access to formal preschool education experiences.
               A presentation was given by Attorney Paige Tobin of Murphy, Lamere & Murphy, who reviewed the new discipline rubrics recently passed by the state. New restrictions on suspensions, detentions and expulsions were discussed.  An end-of-the-year data report was presented, which summarized the year’s assessment data, demographics, class size, etc.  Next, members approved Warrant #52. They also voted to approve three of next year’s Advancement Initiative positions as full-time positions before adjourning.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Listed below are the summer learning requirements for each grade level:
Elementary Summer Reading
Elementary Summer Reading 2014
Elementary Summer Reading Log 2014
Additional Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Math Reading List
Elementary Summer Math
Elementary Summer Math Grades 1-3
Elementary Summer Math Grades 4 & 5
Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Additional Summer Math Titles for Math Calendars
Pierce Middle School Summer Work
Pierce Summer Reading 2014
Pierce Summer Reading Log 2014
Pierce Summer Reading Book Reflection 2014
Pierce Summer Math Log 2014
Milton High School Summer Assignments
MHS Summer Assignments 2014

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Although it is summertime, many of our school buildings are being well-used. Camp Cunningham, part of Milton Community Schools,  is housing summer programs at Cunningham and Collicot schools.  Extended School Year programs are being held at both the Milton High School the Cunningham/Collicot campuses. Welcome to Middle School camps are held at the Pierce Middle School. There are hundreds of students in the hallways of Milton High School this summer, attending programs ranging from Driver’s Ed to Marching Band Camp to our popular Milton Summer Enrichment program. The Explore Japan program is housed at both Milton High School and Pierce Middle School and the Calculus Project and Bridge Program are both housed at Milton High. All totaled, we estimate nearly 900 students are enrolled in a Milton Public School-sponsored summer program this summer.

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Please note: Teacher assignments for all elementary school students will be mailed home during the week of August 18th. Pierce “team assignments” will be mailed home the week of August 18th.  All incoming Milton High freshman and new students are invited to a Cook-Out/Orientation on Monday, August 25th from 3:30 to 5pm at Milton High School. These students will receive their homeroom assignments at this time. All returning Milton High School students will receive their class schedules on the first day of school in homeroom.

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Eliza O’Donnell, a rising eighth-grader at Pierce Middle School, was recently notified that she won the grand prize in a national photography contest. Eliza won the top prize in the Ringling College Art & Design Storytelling Contest for Photography in Grade 7-9. Eliza and her teacher, Stephanie Sherman, will be travelling to Sarasota, Florida on July 22nd to accept her award at an on-campus ceremony and the pair has also been invited to enjoy Universal Studios during their visit.  Below is the poem she wrote to accompany her photo:

I speak English, they speak Portuguese
I celebrate Christmas, they celebrate the Chinese New Year
I eat a burger, they eat rice
I drink soda, they have a cup of tea
I wear sneakers, they go barefoot
But, we can always find one thing in common
We all know the feeling of the perfect touch,
The perfect pass,
And the perfect shot
The joy of a victory
And bitterness of a loss
All around the world children play soccer
Even though we are set apart
We are brought together on the soccer field
Playing soccer
Under the same sun

To view the entire gallery of winners, click here: http://theringawards.com/gallery/

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We have end-of-the-year WordMasters results from our elementary schools. Congratulations to the following students who placed in the top 10 in their grades:

Tucker Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Logan Do 18, Nicholas Reason 17, Emily Gallagher 17, Ha-Yen Nguyen 16,

Myles Bedingfield 14, Claudia O’Neill 13, Emma Harris 13, Ian Wick 12, Timothy Fay 11, Lucas Cecere 11 Grade 4 Stella Yuan 18, Luke Shield 17, Elle Anthony 16, Marcus Ollivierre 16, Max Hollingworth-Hays 16, Griffin Ritchie 15, Michael McHugh 13, Darioush Ghazian 13, Henry Wien 12, Peter Rhee 12 Grade 5 Daniel Truog 20, Oskar Peloquin 19, Walker Harris 18, Gabriel Estevez 18, Claire Walko 17, Max Mangum 17, Franklin Olivierre III 16, Sebastien Yunger 16, Luke Palmer 16, Dominque Thomas 16.

Collicot Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Caelan Leddy 20, Ava Robertson 20, Cole Humphrey 19, Bridget Miskell 19, Olivia DiSandro 19, Connor Griffen 18, Toby Kelleher 18, Lok Ye Young 18, William deGregorio 18, Molly Farley, 17. Grade 4 Sam DiSandro 18, Vinzenz Vingl 18, Lily Tynan17, Izzy Doten 17, Andrew Tran 17, Tyler Kennedy 17, Emily Karimbakas 17, Nate Labbe 16, Keira Earner 16, Caroline Ghelli 16. Grade 5  Aislinn Mershon19, Kate McDonald 18, Anthony Martin 18, Saoirse Killion 18, Katie McDevitt 18, Colin McMorrow 18, Ben Mills 18, Maureen Lang 17, Arlo Stoodt 17, Michael Swanton 17.

Cunn. Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3 Erika Wong 19, Patrick Schultz 19, Paul McLaughlin 19, Anya Weinstein 19, Liam McLoughlin 19, Benjamin Waterman 19, Kiera Glazer 19, William Kelley 19, Sophie Kosiba 18, Raina Sohur 18 Grade 4 Anna Hamblet 17, Mary Mylod 17, Dimitri Sophinos 17, Chloe Zhong 16, Aidan Skillin 16, Lucia Dwyer 15, Elizabeth McGill 15, Barron Clancy 15, Somachi Amadi 15, Kiley Fitzgerald 14 Grade 5 Arjun Sohur 18, Eris McCubbin 16, Sophie Boucher 16, Olga Kasarov 16, John McCampbell 16, Kayley Moy 16, Gwen LeLacheur 16, Joseph Andresino 15, Mahina Panerio-Langer 15, Jami Milliken 15

Glover Top 10 By Grade

Grade 3  Ardic Ceranoglu 19, Lydia Geering 19, Alexander Shenouda 19, Michael Duffy 19, Sampreeti Fitton 19, Clare Graham 19, Craig Pentland 19, Meredith Tangney 19, Clara Johnson 20, Nicolas Sutter 20 Grade 4 Frances Corcoran 17, Donovan Murray 17, Carolina deOliveira Castro 17, Annabella deOliveira Castro 18, Veronica deOliveira Castro 18, Rohan Meier 18, Billy Petrik 18, Jake Lippert 18, Henry Synnott 19, Nathaniel McNulty 20 Grade 5  Solveig Ask 16, Laura Braithwaite 16, Anna Fahy 16, Aidan Greene 16, Andrew Shenouda 16, Aidan Quinn 17, Thomas Statham 18, Luke Baltay 18, Luca Mostofi 18, Emmett Martin 19, Austin Au 19, Abigail Files 19.

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We also are pleased to announce the final scores for the following students who “placed” in the Continental Math competition. Congratulations to the following students, their teachers and their parents/guardians:

Collicot

Grade Three. Perfect Scores: Luca Sandonato, Conor Mannion, Ethan Putman, Lane Carte, Lok Ye Young, Ciara Walsh, Iris Trafton, Wesley Morisette, Kwon Lok Young, Daniel Cherry, Kate Karimbakas. First Place: Luca Sandonato, Conor Mannion. Second Place: Ethan Putman, Lane Carte. Third Place: Lok Ye Young, Ciara Walsh, Iris Trafton, Wesley Morisette, Owen McHugh. Grade Four. Perfect Scores: Ronan O’Flaherty, Benjamin Malisheski, Ava McLaughlin-Leeman, Sam DiSandro, Jonathan Waldmann, Rachel Steinberg, Tracy Le, Charles Vaughan, Josie Mastandrea, Lila Glen, William Riley. First Place: Sam DiSandro. Second Place: Jonathan Waldmann, Rachel Steinberg. Third Place: Tracy Le, Benjamin Malisheski. Grade Five: Perfect Scores: Arlo Stoodt, Ryan Fitzmaurice, John Roche, Grace Muir. First Place: Maureen Lang, Arlo Stoodt. Second Place: Katie McDevitt, Ryan Fitzmaurice. Third Place: Jack Lally.

Cunningham

Grade Three.Perfect Scores:  Paul McLaughlin, Raina Sohur, Erika Wong, Patrick O’Neil. First Place: Raina Sohur. Second Place: Edward McFadden, Trinity Phan. Third Place: William Kelley, Lillian McLaughlin, Paul McLaughlin, Benjamin Waterman, Erika Wong, Kiera Glazer. Grade Four.Perfect Scores: Anna Hamblet, Lucia Dwyer, Joseph Warren, John Clancy, AnaSophia Lessner, Aden Lok, Caroline Gannon, Ella Lantigua, Sydney Denish, Anna Rowley, Aiden Skillen. First Place: Anna Hamblet. Second Place: Lucia Dwyer, Aidan Skillin. Third Place: Joseph Warren, Mary Mylod, Chloe Zhong. Grade Five.Perfect Scores: Eris McCubbin, Paul Kates, Gwyneth LeLacheur, Koli Zilla-Ba. First Place: Eris McCubbin. Second Place: Paul Kates. Third Place: Gwyneth LeLacheur, Philip Phan, Louis Timmins.

Glover

Grade Three:Perfect Scores: Michael Duffy, Jack McSorley, Kindt Beckett, Craig Pentland, Thomas Sullivan, Clare Graham.  First Place: Michael Duffy. Second Place: Jack McSorley. Third Place: Abigail Coggins, Brady Vrettas.  Grade Four. Perfect Score: Caroline D’Oliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Jake Lippert, Ian Lundeen, Aoife Ruth. First Place: Jake Lippert. Second Place: Rohan Meier, Ian Lundeen. Third Place: Jack Theobald, Aoife Ruth.  Grade Five:Perfect Scores: Ella Pelton, Yeager Ferreira. First Place: Robert Wiersenholm. Second Place: Ella O’Hanlon, Andrew Shenouda. Third Place: Luca Mostofi.

Tucker

Grade Three:Perfect Score: Nicholas Reason, Ian Wick. First Place: Logan Do. Second Place: Timothy Fay, Joseph DeCourcey. Third Place: Lucas Cecere, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nicholas Reason. Grade Four: Perfect Score: Luke Sheilds, Tait Peloquin, Stella Yuan, Peter Rhee, Maxwell Mitchell, Declan O’Connor, Michael McHugh. First Place: Peter Rhee. Second Place: Declan O’Connor, Luke Shields, Lucas Quijano. Third Place: Maxwell Mitchell. Grade Five: Perfect Score: Nathon O’Neill. First Place: Daniel Truog. Second Place: Alix Benoit, Dominique Thomas. Third Place: Claire Walko.

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

For those of you who may have missed it, I sent out an E-blast earlier this week announcing the appointment of Janet Sheehan as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources. Ms. Sheehan is currently the Principal of Collicot Elementary School and will join our Central Office Administrative Team on  August 1st. We are actively seeking a replacement for the Collicot Principal position and hope to announce this appointment within the next few weeks. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Sheehan and welcoming her to her new position.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Nearly 100 elementary and middle school teachers attended professional development from July 8-10. The workshops, facilitated by literacy consultant Martha Winokur, covered the Writers’ Workshop model, Small Group Instruction in Readers’ Workshop and Conferring in Readers’ Workshop. According to Amy Gale,  Humanities Curriculum Coordinator, has been a great three days and teachers have left with a wealth of knowledge and resources to bring back to their classrooms in the fall.

TRANSPORTATION NEWS

The following information was provided by Jake Smith, Director of Transportation for Milton Public Schools:

               Open registration for school bus routes for the 2014-2015 school year has officially closed.  The routes are now being planned and assigned and your children’s bus passes will be mailed to your home address by the end of July.  In order to receive a pass in the mail, your bus fee must be paid in full by the mailing date of July 25th.  Otherwise, your pass will be available for pick up at Milton High School in room 201 after the end of July. 

               There are still seats available for certain routes.  Although no spots are guaranteed after open registration, and the bus route closest to you may be filled already.   If you are interested in signing up, please email: bus@miltonps.org. The fee is $375 per student seat on the bus.  If your child is in Grades K-6, and your family lives more than 2 miles from the school your child attends, your child’s seat is free. For more information, please email bus@miltonps.org

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Joe Lynch, the Director of the Milton Department of Public Works: 

               There has been a change in trash/recycling/yard waste collection routes. Collections have changed from a five-day collection schedule (currently M,Tu,W,Th,F) to a two-day collection schedule (Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY). Starting Monday June 30th, the Department of Public works will implement a new 2 day collection service for all trash, recycling and yard waste.
               The old five-day collection schedule will continue until Friday June 27th. At that point, no further collections will occur until the following Wednesday. The new collection days will be every Wednesday and Thursday and collections will begin on Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd.
               For more information, a list of streets by collection route and a map of the new routes, please click here: New 2 Day Collection Additional Information
               We ask that you please be patient and understand that this is a new schedule that is being implemented. Some scheduling difficulties are expected, just growing pains.
We trust that you will find it an improvement over the old schedule once it is in place.
One main difference you may enjoy is the reduction of delays due to holidays falling on a Monday!

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Our Summer Reading Club is open for business and going strong!  For all of the details, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens.asp or come in to see us in the Children’s Room.  In addition to our reading program, we’ve also got a jam-packed schedule of exciting programs, contests, and special offers planned for your kids all summer long.  Please keep the Milton Public Library at the top of your list for summer fun! In addition to our regular story times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of July 20 – 26:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Crafternoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join Miss Sara (Children’s Librarian) and Miss Amy (Teen Librarian) for crafting fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such materials as recycled materials, hardware, jewelry and more!  Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades 1-5

Join Miss Debbie for another tasty exploration for your taste buds. Children entering grades 1-5 are invited. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theatre Club, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends at the same time!  This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  The Club will meet six times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show!  Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, July 25, 2014 from 10:00-11:00 am
Yoga Woga, Ages 3-5

Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this 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.

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

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There is also plenty going on in  the Teen Room at the Milton Public Library. Please click here to see a listing: http://www.miltonlibrary.org/teen.asp

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiltonLibraryTeenSpace

Like us on Tumblr: http://miltonlibraryteens.tumblr.com/

VISUAL ARTS

There may still be space in Artspace Milton Summer Art Lab, being held at Milton High School.  Register for one week or more! For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade. Camp meets from 9-12 Monday through Friday and tuition is $150 per session.

July 14-17 Treehuggers
Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.

July 21-24 Museum Week – all new activities!
Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.

July 28-July 31 Back to the Sixties
Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more!

To register email artspace02186@gmail.com

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The Milton Art Center is offering Teen and Adult Summer classes.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/Teen%20Adult%20Summer%202014

ATHLETICS

Registration for Milton High School fall sports will begin on Monday, July 21st – those trying out will need to register in advance of practice/tryouts on www.familyid.com.  Actual tryouts will begin for sports teams on August 18th. To view specific team tryout and practice times and dates, please click here: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Athletics

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:   I would like to wish the best of luck to Milton High School students who will be spending a year abroad along with and four students who are spending the summer overseas.
               Luke Pastore, who graduated from Milton High School last month, was chosen by the Milton Rotary Club to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange. Mr. Pastore will be spending a “gap year” in Thailand, attending high school in the Lopburi Province. As part of the Rotary exchange, Milton High School will be hosting a high school student from Turkey.
               Delphine Jrolf, a rising sophomore at Milton High School, received a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship to spend eleven months in Germany as a guest of the German government. She will live with a host family in Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany and spend her sophomore year at a German high school. Ms. Jrolf will spend a week in Washington, D.C. in August with other CBYX scholars before departing for Germany in September.
               Also, three Milton High School students will be spending from three to six weeks in France — Liam Halloran, Niamh Lynch and Ben Corson were chosen to go on the Rotary’s Short Term Exchange this summer. In addition, Jacki Dwyer, a rising junior, is currently in Africa doing community service building parks for schools.
               We are very proud of these students, who we are sure are serving as true ambassadors for Milton High School, the Milton Public Schools and our community.

Staff:   We recently learned that Nancy Mearn, Principal Clerk, Accounts Payable, will be retiring this summer.  Ms. Mearn has worked a total of 25 years for the Milton Public Schools.  Her father, Thomas Taylor, was a custodian for 40 years for the district and her mother, Elizabeth Taylor, served in the MPS Business Office for a decade. Ms. Mearn’s daughter, Kelly Ryan, is an instructional aide at Tucker Elementary School. Needless to say, the Mearn family has a long history with the Milton Public Schools. Ms. Mearn has been a loyal and hardworking member of the business office and she will be truly missed. We wish her the best of luck in her retirement.

Volunteers:  I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Co-Presidents of the Milton Foundation for Education. Please join me in welcoming Patti Elliot, Meg Kaster and Denise Queally.  The MFE volunteers are all very hard-working individuals who strive to enhance the educational experience of each and every Milton Public School student.   The MFE makes a difference!

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 July 8th, 2014

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jul• 08•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: July 8th, 2014

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

To all Milton Public School Parents, Guardians and Staff:

We are pleased to announce that Janet Sheehan has been appointed Interim Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources. Ms. Sheehan, who currently serves as Principal of Collicot Elementary School, will be taking over this position effective August 1st, 2014.

We are actively seeking a replacement for the Collicot Principal position and hope to announce this appointment within the next few weeks.

Ms. Sheehan has served as Collicot principal for the past three years. Previously, she served as principal of the Joseph Osgood Elementary School in Cohasset for ten years. Prior to her principalship in Cohasset, Ms. Sheehan served as Assistant Principal at the Collicot Elementary School from 1994-2001.

“Ms. Sheehan’s commitment to education, strong leadership skills and experience with curriculum and professional development will be tremendous assets in her new position,” said Superintendent Mary Gormley. “We are fortunate to have a leader with this unique set of skills to fill such an important role in the Milton Public Schools.”

An experienced educator, Ms. Sheehan serves as Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University and has taught in both Norwell and Randolph Public Schools. She is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Massachusetts Elementary Schools Principals Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and is affiliated with the Harvard Principals Center.

“I am very pleased that Janet has agreed to bring her talents to the role of Assistant Superintendent,” said Milton School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker. “Janet has been a key factor in the success of the Collicot Elementary School and will now help us continue our efforts to offer every Milton Public School student the most positive and diversified educational experience.”

E-blast for June 20th, 2014

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Jun• 20•14

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, June 20th, 2014

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I have said many times that I count myself very fortunate to work with some of the most hardworking, professional and dedicated people here in the Milton Public Schools.  A bittersweet part of every career occurs at the end, when staff members make their decisions to retire. Although we hate to see them go, we are happy that they are moving into the next chapter of their lives. I have listed this year’s retirees below. There are some employees with whom I have worked for their entire careers. There are others who have been with us for a decade or two and some have been here for only a few years. But every one of this year’s retirees contributed towards our goal of high student achievement for each and every child in the Milton Public Schools. I would like to recognize and thank the following staff members who have retired or will be retiring in 2013-2014:

Patricia Andresino, Kathleen Bertrand, Lorraine Cimildoro, Carol Kenney, Elaine Lovett, Mary Lou Markarian, Nancy Mearn, Martine Murphy, Cynthia Rossini, Joan Traverse, Roberta Williams, Christine Winchester and Suzanne Woodward. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

 There  have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on June 4th and June 11th.  They are summarized below. The next meeting will be held June 25th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

June 4th This meeting was preceded by a Retiree Reception in the Milton High School library to honor this year’s retirees. Once called to order, the chair invited the Milton High School Rugby Team and Coach Joe Dolan to discuss their season. Coach Dolan talked about their success, not only on the field, but also for their community participation. There was a recap of the recent high school graduation and the Academic Honors awards, as well as the Boosters Banquet.  As part of the Chairman’s Report, there was a presentation on Science MCAS. School Committee members voted to approve Warrant #49 for $386,104 and also voted to approve a transfer to pay wages for the School Resource Officer. There was a first reading on Policy ADDA (Background Checks). Members suggested edits to this policy, which involves CORI checks and the new fingerprinting requirements.  They also reviewed Policy ACH, which is the amended Bullying/Peer Aggression Policy and suggested edits for the Second Reading.

June 11th This meeting was preceded by a Volunteer Reception in the Milton High School Cafeteria to honor all the Milton Public School volunteers. After moving up to the library, the meeting began with a visit from Citizens for a Diverse Milton. This group came to discuss the strategies for helping each of the schools’ Diversity Committees. In addition, they reviewed a data presentation on the racial/ethnic makeup of honors courses and the athletic program at Milton High School.  Next, Amy Gale and Courtney Walsh presented data on PARCC and made recommendations for a PARCC testing schedule for the 2014-15 school year, which the School Committee voted to approve.  Next, John Phelan gave a Science Achievement presentation.  As part of the Chairman’s Report, School Committee members voted on salary increases and reviewed the summer retreat format and the School Committee calendar for 2014-15. There was a brief discussion about the prior year’s water bill, which is being negotiated and members voted to approve the MFE as this year’s MASC nominee.  Members also approved the most recent warrant (#50) for the amount of $270,856. They also voted to approve two policies regarding background checks: Policy ADDA and ADDA-R. At the end of the meeting, it was noted that this would be John Phelan’s last School Committee meeting and each member reflected on Mr. Phelan’s contribution to the Milton Public Schools.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note: The last day of school for students K-12 will be Tuesday, June 24th. This is an early release day for all students and no lunch will be served. Buses will run on an early-release schedule.

Also, please note that teacher assignments for all grade levels and schedules for middle- and high-school students will be sent via email in late August.

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Every year at this time, we publish our Summer Reading requirement for each grade level. Recently, we asked some town officials, school administrators and library staff about their favorite summertime books.  Please see the responses below:

Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw:Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches (S.C. Gwynne) “Awesome book!!”

Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai:  Harriet the Spy.

Milton High School Humanities Director Barbara Wright: The Known World by Edward P. Jones. “One of my all-time favorite books.”

Milton School Committee Member Becky Padera: To Kill a Mockingbird. “This was always my favorite.”

Milton Board of Selectman Chairwoman Kathleen Conlon gave three suggestions — To Kill A Mockingbird for high-schoolers; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Little House on the Prairie for middle-schoolers; and Charlotte’s Web for elementary school children.

Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis recommended A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving for adults; and Horton Hatches an Egg by Dr. Seuss for elementary school students. Also, Rain by Peter Spier for a read aloud and picture book.

Milton Public Library’s Teen Librarian Amy Rosa:  All The Truth’s In Me by Julie Berry, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, Every Day by David Levithan, and Winger by Andrew Smith.

Milton Public Library’s Assistant Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:  Summerhouse Time by Eileen Spinelli. “For picture book readers, you can’t go wrong with Laura Numeroff’s funny story If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. “

Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator Amy Gale: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and two picture books — The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe.

Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinator Stephanie Nephew: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin for elementary and a picture book for all ages — Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco.

Superintendent Mary Gormley: Port Chicago 50 for Nonfiction, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild for a picture book, and Grasshopper Jungle for fiction.

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Please click below for a listing of Summer Assignments for Milton Public School students. Please note there requirements for different subject areas:

Elementary Reading: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ElementarySummer-2014.pdf
Elementary  Reading Log: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ElementaryReadingLog-2014.pdf
Elementary Math Grades 1-3: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SummerMathEnteringGradescalendars.pdf
Elementary Math Grades 4-5:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SummerMathEnteringGrades4and5.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceSummerReading2014.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading Log: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceReadingLog2014.pdf
Pierce Summer Reading Book Reflection: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/PierceBookReflection2014.pdf
Milton High School: http://www.edline.net/pages/Milton_High_School/Department_Pages/Library_Media_Center/Summer_Reading_2014

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Congratulations to Pierce 7th-grader Milan Smith, who was recently named the third-place winner in a statewide poster contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.  Ms. Smith, a student in Bernadette McEvoy’s science class, accepted the challenge to design a winning poster for the MWRA. She was invited, along with her family and her teacher, to the awards ceremony at Deer Island Wastewater Treatment Plant last month.

GRANTS/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Pierce Middle School recently received a $9,944 grant from Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for the grant titled, “Into the Field!  Creating Environmental Research Experiences for Students.”   This grant will provide funding to create a new seventh-grade life science unit on ecosystems; and support the development of an elective STEM course on environmental science for students who would like to conduct research through independent fieldwork on our local watershed.

MFE

The following item was submitted by Margaret Eberhardt, President of the Milton Foundation for Education:

               “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Milton Foundation for Education I would like to thank the parents, community members, businesses, teachers, and school administrators who supported the work of the MFE  during the 2013-2014 school year.  It was a wonderful year for the MFE thanks to the continued support of the entire Milton Community.  Whether you volunteered at one of our events, donated to the Annual Appeal or Red Apple Program, sponsored Celebration or ran in the Monster Dash- your generosity and support makes all the work of the MFE possible.  Together, we are making a difference each day in the lives of teachers and students.   

               At our June meeting, we elected a new Executive Board.  For the 2014-2015 school year, Patti Elliott, Denise Queally and Meg Kaster will serve as our co-Presidents.  Eileen Heller and Susan Sullivan will serve as our Vice Presidents.  Leslie Collins will be our Treasurer and Sheila Leddy will be our Corresponding Secretary.  In addition, we welcome to the board new trustees MaryJane Walsh, Courtney Affanato and Amy Carleton, PhD.  We thank outgoing board members Robert Davis and Sally Creedon.  Please visit our website at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org if you would like to learn more about the MFE or contact us.  

               We wish you a safe and healthy summer, time for family and friends.  We will see you in September. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

               We hope that everyone has heard by now that this weekend is the Milton Music Festival. Now in year two, this year’s event adds a second full day of music titled “Celtic Sunday.”
               The festival will be held Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd at Governor Hutchinson’s Field on Adams Street in Milton.
               Anyone who lives in Milton or Dorchester has passed Governor Hutchinson’s Field atop Milton Hill hundreds of times.  This beautiful parcel is owned and maintained by the Trustees of the Reservation. The Field offers a spectacular view of the Boston skyline and the Neponset River basin.
               Last year, a local committee was formed after the very successful Milton 350th Celebration in 2012.  “We are Milton” (WAM) engineered the first Milton Music Festival in June of 2013, with an impressive fireworks display launched from the River below as the finale of the evening.  The event was sponsored by the Copeland Foundation of Milton.
               This year “We are Milton” is back. For 2014, event planners have included a full afternoon of Irish Music on Sunday June 22nd.  Once again, ADMISSION FOR BOTH DAYS IS FREE.
               The festival will begin at 5 pm of Saturday June 21st.   The evening will feature some first time musical groups, including the Quincy Choral Society and the celebrated Boston Crusaders Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. There will be food, ice cream, face painting and more.  Saturday evening’s musical lineup will conclude with a brilliant fireworks display beginning at 10pm. 
               On Sunday afternoon June 22nd, the festival will continue with six hours of continuous Irish music on the main stage beginning at 1pm.  Milton has deep Irish roots and the committee is pleased to offer music enthusiasts, “Celtic Sunday.”
               Headlining the afternoon is the legendary Frankie Gavin and De Dannan. 
De Dannon is one of Ireland’s most renowned recording groups. They have travelled the world and are flying direct from Ireland to headline Sunday’s lineup of talent.
               In addition to De Dannon, Celtic Sunday will feature some of Boston’s most popular bands including The Fenian Sons, Cat and the Moon, Erin’s Melody, Devri Irish, and Milton’s own, Pauline Wells.  There will be food, drink, an Irish pastry and tea tent, homemade pizza and much more.
               Free parking is available both days just down the street at Laboure College, 303 Adams St. Shuttle busses will run round trip to Hutchinson’s Field. For more information on this great weekend of music and splendor, go to www.wearemilton.org

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 Rookie Rugby: Join us this summer for some non-contact, flag rugby in Milton! Have fun learning and playing America’s fastest growing sport. Two age groups (Co-ed):  8, 9, 10 and 11, 12, 13.  Good sportsmanship, teamwork and FUN are stressed, as players learn the basic rules of the game, running with the ball, kicking and passing. Players will be mentored by coaches and members of the Boston Rugby Club and Milton High School Rugby Club.
Come out to Milton HS, Lower Gile grass field, Sunday afternoons, 4:00-6:00pm.  Dates: July 20thand 27th, August 3rd, 10th & 17th.  Sponsored by the Boston Rugby Football Club. No cost to Milton residents. $10 per session for non-Milton residents. All parents MUST register their children on site, fill out liability waivers and have proof of proper medical insurance before children can participate.   Paperwork MUST be completed for EVERY player before they participate.  www.bostonyouthrugby.com for more information and forms.

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The following item was submitted by Joe Lynch, the Director of the Department of Public Works:

               There has been a change in trash/recycling/yard waste collection routes. Collections have changed from a five-day collection schedule (currently M,Tu,W,Th,F) to a two-day collection schedule (Wednesdays and Thursdays ONLY). Starting Monday June 30th, the Department of Public works will implement a new 2 day collection service for all trash, recycling and yard waste.

               The old five-day collection schedule will continue until Friday June 27th. At that point, no further collections will occur until the following Wednesday.The new collection days will be every Wednesday and Thursday and collections will begin on Wednesday July 2nd and Thursday July 3rd.

               For more information, a list of streets by collection route and a map of the new routes, please click here: New 2 Day Collection Additional Information

               We ask that you please be patient and understand that this is a new schedule that is being implemented.Some scheduling difficulties are expected, just growing pains.

We trust that you will find it an improvement over the old schedule once it is in place.

One main difference you may enjoy is the reduction of delays due to holidays falling on a Monday!

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               Backpack and School Supplies Drive at Milton Public Library: For a community service project, Sean Bentley, a rising freshman at Milton High, is collecting backpacks and school supplies for the 500 children served by the Interfaith Social Services (ISS) food pantry in Quincy.
               Drop-off box for donations is at the Milton Public Library through Friday, July 25th. Backpacks in good or new condition gratefully accepted, along with paper, notebooks, folders with pockets, pencils, pens, erasers, glue sticks, markers, safety scissors, crayons, index cards, spare calculators, or other supplies.
               The filled backpacks will be distributed to children served by ISS as they come to the food pantry beginning August 1.
               If you would prefer to contribute a check for ISS to buy supplies to fill the backpacks, please call 617-921-8644 or email bbentley@comcast.net. Thank you so much for your generosity to our neighbors. Click here to read more about ISS and the drive: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Backpack-Drive-to-help-local-children.html?soid=1105280230759&aid=PgehcsX9qzE

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The Town of Milton’s Park & Rec program has a plethora of summer programs for Milton residents. For more info, click here:

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/2014%20Summer%20program%20brochure.pdf

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The following items were submitted to us by Robin M. Tagliaferri, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum

Please join the Forbes House Museum for two upcoming events:

  • Reception with Irish Consul General O Caollai With Introduction to the trans-Atlantic project, Massachusetts Help to Ireland During the Great Famine Revisited Tuesday, 17 June, 7pm, at Forbes House Museum We are receiving tremendous response for this event as we continue to build momentum and support for our Great Famine project. We will officially announce the donation of a challenge gift of $15,000 toward the project. Irish music and refreshments will end off the evening. (please see the attached invitation for details)
  • Opening Reception for the exhibit, Mary Bowditch Forbes and the FHM Lincoln Collection Wednesday, 25 June, 6-8pm, at the Milton Public Library This exhibition is made possible through a partnership between Forbes House Museum, Milton Historical Society and Milton Public Library.

For more information,  http://forbeshousemuseum.org/index.html

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Teen Librarian Amy Rosa.

MPL Summer Programs for Teens:

  • Thurs. June 26, 3pm:  Hula Hoops & Hot Dogs Summer Kickoff Party (all ages welcome)
  • Mon. July 14, 6pm: How to Draw Superheroes  (please register online)
  • Sat. July 12 and Sat. Aug. 23, 9am: Kaplan  SAT Practice Tests  (please register)
  • Mon. July 28, 6pm: Fun with SandArt
  • Mon. Aug. 18, 6pm: Brainteaser Night
  • Mon. Aug. 25, 6pm: End of Summer Party and Raffle Drawing for grand prize
  • Wed. June 25 6 -8pm Pastel Painting Workshop (Registration Recommended)
  • Thurs.  July 24 & August 21, 6pm Fashion Design @ the Library (Advance registration required)
  • Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m.  July 8-July 12 Tween Crafternoons (Advance registration required)

We also have the following item submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian.

Our Summer Reading Club is open for business!  For all of the details, please visit www.miltonlibrary.org/childrens.asp or come in to see us in the Children’s Room.  In addition to our reading program, we’ve also got a jam-packed schedule of exciting programs, contests, and special offers planned for your kids all summer long.  Please keep the Milton Public Library at the top of your list for summer fun!

In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of June 29 – July 5:

Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Marvelous Marv, Ages 5-12
We are pleased to welcome Marvelous Marvin, educational entertainer, to present his Magic of Science program!  The Magic of Science explains the scientific process, from the art of experimenting to the creation of an invention. With simple experiments that kids can try at home, they will learn about air pressure, carbon dioxide and the invention of the wheel. The Magic of Science draws a link between the work of artists and scientists, encouraging persistence and exploration. Ages 5-12 welcome (with parent).  Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Mad Science, Grades 1-5
Goop! Ooze! Slime! Slippery Science introduces children to the world of polymers, from common Tupperware to ooze that seems to defy gravity. And everyone goes home with their own colorful batch of ooey-gooey Mad Science slime. This program is open to children entering grades 1-5; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:00 pmReaders’ Theatre Club, Grades 2-4
Readers’ Theatre is a a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends at the same time!  This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  The Club will meet six times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show!  Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, 2014 – LIBRARY CLOSED

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

VISUAL ARTS

Our Second annual Garden Party Fundraiser is Friday, June 20th 7-10pm.

Join your favorite art center friends and neighbors on the longest day of the year for an evening of fun! Join us on the solstice! Fairy light stars, flowers… sipping summertime drinks…relaxing to music, nibbling on appetizers, an opportunity to bid on some incredible vacation getaways like a ski weekend in NH or a week’s stay at a villa in Italy!

For more info, click here: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/

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Artspace Milton Summer Art Lab at Milton High School is open for registration.
Register for one week or all four! For kids entering kindergarten to entering sixth grade. Camp meets from 9-12 Monday through Friday and tuition is $150 per session.

July 7-10 Big World Tiny World
We will play around with scale, making unexpected tiny and HUGE painting, sculpture and drawing.
July 14-17 Treehuggers
Discover new ways to make beautiful art while being kind to the earth. Make nature art, fairy houses and environmental art.
July 21-24 Museum Week – all new activities!
Taking inspiration from the exciting contemporary art available to us in our area, this class will incorporate painting, drawing and sculpture.
July 28-July 31 Back to the Sixties
Join us for this week of Groovy Fun! We will learn about and make Pop art, spin art, tie dye, games and more! T

To register for any of these classes, email artspace02186@gmail.com

ATHLETICS

On Saturday June 7th, the Pierce Middle School Track and Field team headed to Fitchburg State College to compete in the 4th Annual Massachusetts Middle School Track and Field Championship meet. These athletes trained hard all season and qualified with their times, heights, and distances to participate. Both the boys and the girls teams finished 4th for Division 1.

The following athletes participated:

100 M: Smith Charles, Dominik Hypolite, Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Sarafina Revulis 200 M: James Tran, Jaleigha Williams, Amani Boston, Zoe Doherty 400 M: Phillip Heelen, Ella Affanto 800 M: Noah Fuller, Elise O’Leary, Heidi Freking

Mile: Shane Berry, Bobby Carew, Bridget Mitchell, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran 100 M Hurdles: Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Ava Kelly, Mercedes Harvell 4×100 M Relay: Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan & Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston, Jaleigha Williams 4×800 M Relay: Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran, Heidi Freking High Jump: Jeffrey Chan Long Jump: Smith Charles, Dominik Hypolite, Mercedes Harvell Shot Put: Matt Dunn, Jillian Radley, Janelle Descopins, Kayleen Pean

Some exciting highlights from the day:

The following athletes earned medals for their outstanding performance by placing in the top 8 overall at States: Boys: Smith Charles won 3rd place in the 100M and 4th place in the long jump; Kyle Lok earned 6th place in the hurdles; and the Boys 4×100 relay team (Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan) earned 7th place overall. Girls: Genevieve Connolly won 4th place in 100M; Jaleigha Williams won 2nd place in the 200 M; Bridget Mitchell won 7th place in the 1 Mile; the 4×100 M Relay team (Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston and Jaleigha Williams) won 1st Place; and the 4×800 M Relay (Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran and Heidi Freking) won 5th place.

In addition, the following athletes earned ribbons for placing in the top 8 for Division 1:

Boys:  Jeffrey Chan won 3rd place in High Jump; Smith Charles won 1st place in Long Jump and 100M; Dominik Hypolite won 3rd place in Long Jump; Matt Dunn won 3rd place in Shot Put; the 4 X 100 M Relay (Phillip Heleen, Kyle Lok, Tim Cummings, Jeffrey Chan) won 4th place. Girls: Genevieve Connolly won 2nd place in 100M; Jaleigha Williams won 1st place in 200 M; Amani Boston won  5th place in 200 M; Bridget Mitchell won 3rd place in the 1 Mile; Mercedes Harvell won 3rd place in Long Jump; Jillian Radley won 7th place in Shot Put; the 4X100M Relay (Genevieve Connolly, Jayda Dillion, Amani Boston and Jaleigha Williams) won  1st place; and the 4 X 800M Relay (Elise O’Leary, Ava Duggan, Clodagh Corcoran and Heidi Freking) won 3rd place.

The coaches are thrilled with the effort put forth by each athlete and all of their accomplishments. It was a wonderful way to end the 2nd year of the Track and Field program at Pierce Middle School.

Milton High School Girls Outdoor Track

MIAA All-States were held on Saturday, June 7th at Bridgewater State University, with Angie Higgins competing in the 200m and Andrea Juzyca in the Javelin.  Andrea finished 3rd in the javelin (throwing 121’) at All States and qualified to compete at New Englands. Angie Higgins finished 4th in the 200 Meter at All States.  At the New England Championships, Andrea Juzyca earned 8th place in the region in javelin with a throw of 117’ 2”.   Andrea Juzyca, and Colette O’Leary were selected to the BSC Outdoor Track All Star First Team. Also,  Andrea broke the 16-year old school record in the javelin by nearly 15 feet this season. The previous record was held by Jessica Nevulis, who threw 106′ 5″ in 1998. The new record is 121′ 1”, set by Andrea Juzyca. She and Angie Higgins were both named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic team.

Milton High Boys Outdoor Track

Two members of the Boys Track team competed at the MIAA All-States on Saturday, June 7th at Bridgewater State University: Chavinskee Milcent in the high-jump and Anthony Smith in the triple-jump. Both Chavinskee Milcent and Anthony Smith were named to the BSC Outdoor Track First Team All Stars. Chavinskee Milcent high jumped 6’4″ at All States and competed in The New England Championship  meet on Saturday, June 14th, where he earned second place in the region with a long jump of 6’ 07’.  In addition, Chavinskee Milcent has been named to the Patriot Ledger All Scholastic team.

Boys & Girls Crew

Earlier this month, the Milton High School Boys & Girls Crew Teams competed at the first annual National School’s Championship Regatta held in Saratoga Spring, New York.

Congratulations to team members Paul Corcoran, Nico Gilmore, Lucas Campbell, Shane McLaughlin, and coxswain Kip Melcher, who earned a bronze medal in the Mens 2nd 4+ race.

Baseball

8-8 BSC Record, 11-9 overall record.  Qualified for the Division II MIAA Tournament, losing in the first round 5-2 to Oliver Ames HS.  Colin McCabe was a Bay State Conference First Team All Star.  Jason Turner was a BSC Honorable Mention selection.

Softball

3-13 BSC Record, 4-15 Overall Record, Julianne Cosetta was selected as a BSC First team All Star, and Julia Moore was a BSC Honorable Mention selection

Boys Lacrosse

3-8 BSC Record, 7-11 Overall Record, Connor Richard was selected to the BSC First team All Star and Dan Matisoff was selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Girls Lacrosse

2-9 BSC Record, 3-12-1 Overall Record, Claire Mahoney was selected as a BSC First Team All Star and McKenzie Stanley was selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team

Boys Tennis

2-9 BSC Record, 4-13 Overall Record, Judas Taylor, Gustavo Arnal, and Peter DeLuca were selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Girls Tennis

3-8 BSC Record, 5-11 Overall Record, Olivia Johnson was selected to the BSC First team All Star Team and Mikalia Jackson, Renie Chiu, and Ellese Crawford were selected to the BSC Honorable Mention Team.

Rugby

Division II South Sectional Champions . Lost in the Mass State Championship match to Brookline HS, 22-19.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to recognize all the Milton Public School students who took part in the town’s Memorial Day celebration. I am proud to note that some of our students sang at the ceremony at Milton Cemetery, while others played instruments in the band. One of our high school students read the Gettysburg address and members of our Milton High football team planted flags on veteran’s graves before the ceremony.  It was a wonderful display of patriotism from our students.

Staff:  We recently learned that Doreen Walsh, the Residency Coordinator for the Milton Public Schools, will be leaving at the end of this school year. Ms. Walsh has been an incredible asset to the district and has worked tirelessly to ensure our residency policies are enforced. She has worked closely with our building principals, the Milton Police Department and the administration. We are very grateful to Ms. Walsh for her time with the Milton Public Schools and we wish her personal and professional success.

Volunteers: I would like to take a moment to thank the board and staff of the Cunningham Foundation for their generosity to our Milton High School student athletes.  Not only do they accommodate our baseball team’s varsity home games on their fields, but they also host nearly a dozen of our teams’ end-of-season banquets at Cunningham Hall and serve as the site for the annual rugby road race. I would especially like to thank Dave Wahlgren, who has always been very accommodating of our student athletes. We are very grateful for all that the Cunningham Foundation does for the students of the Milton Public Schools.  

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.