Milton Public Schools

April 14th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 14•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

Collicot: John Doyle

Cunningham: Emily Hyde

Glover: Susan Bonner

Tucker: Rina Chen

Pierce Middle School: Nicole Hoyceanyls

Milton High School:  Larry Jordan

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

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

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

April 6th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 06•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Lincoln Drawing Contest:

Kindergarten:

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

Grade One:

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

Grade Two:

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

Grade Three:

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

Grade Four:

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

Grade Five:

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

Lincoln Essay Contest:

Grade Six:

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENT WORK

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

Sound Rap
By Jack Darling

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

The following information was sent to us by the MFE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 5 – 11:

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

April 2nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 02•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

http://masaferoutessurvey.org/en/

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Initial Screening Committee:

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

Finalist Screening Committee:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS

This is a repeat of information we ran in a previous E-bast. Please review the various summer programs available through the Milton Public Schools:

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

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

http://www.miltoncommunityschools.org/CampCunn15_Activities.pdf

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

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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming SEPAC Parent Meetings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com | 617.999.4993

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

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

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

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

Milton’s State Legislative Delegation

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

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

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

SAMPLE LETTER TO SUPPORT FULL DAY KINDERGARTEN

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

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

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

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

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

Spring is here – and so are fun things for kids to do at the Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 12 – 18:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BIDMC

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

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

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

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

VISUAL ARTS

ArtSpace Milton Presents:  Needle Felting!

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

ATHLETICS

The following items were submitted by Athletic Director Larry Rooney:

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

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

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

 

March 19th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 19•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

nationalartwinner

Michael Wyatt — Street Art Portrait

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENT WORK

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

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PARENT LIAISON

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

REMINDER: 

STEM Conference for Girls in Grades 5-8

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Parenting Series

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

Summer Programs

CAMP CUNNINGHAM

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

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ATHLETICS

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

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

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Bridget Mitchell Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

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

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Hannah O’Leary Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

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Sarah Park Photo Courtesy of Roy Chambers

 

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

March 11th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 11•15

 

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

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

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

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

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

SNOW DAYS/CALENDAR UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MFE NEWS     

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

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

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

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

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

STUDENT WORK

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

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

BIDH-Milton NEWS

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

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

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

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

Https://Www.Familyid.Com/Milton-Public-Schools/Milton-High-School-Spring-2015-Athletics-Registration

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

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

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

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

February 25th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 25•15

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

From The Desk Of The Superintendent

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

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

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

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

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

PRESCHOOL INFO:

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

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

Please read on for an overview of each program.

Integrated Preschool Program

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

Special Education Programs:

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

 

 

 

Child Study Pre-Kindergarten Program

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

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten Readiness Pilot Program

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

Girls Indoor Track:

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

Boys Indoor Track:

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

Ski Team:

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

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

 

February 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 22•15

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

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 13th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 13•15

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

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

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

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

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

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

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

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

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

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

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

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

CURRICULUM NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

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

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

STUDENT WORK

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

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

MFE NEWS

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

FUNDRAISING/GRANT NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOOD SERVICE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FAMILY OUTREACH LIAISON

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

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

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy vacation.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by DPW Engineer Allan Bishop:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATHLETICS

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

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

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

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

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

 

E-blast for February 11th

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 11•15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent of Schools

February 10th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Feb• 10•15

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dear Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff,

The Milton Public Schools will open tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your cooperation.

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