May 24, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 24, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

After nine months of study and preparation, it’s official,  Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  For the past nine months the Technology Task Force and sub-committees have been working tirelessly to prepare for this exciting initiative.  The Technology Task Force members include Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson; Information Technology Director Bob Pattison;, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Janet Sheehan; MHS Assistant Principal Ben Kelly;  Elementary Instructional Technology Directors Sara Doherty and Kirsten Driscoll; Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick; Pierce Technology Teacher Deanna Magill; and parents Abigail Callahan, Abe Cardoza, Matt King and Steve Paxhia. 

In preparation for this initiative the Technology Task Force and sub-committees researched other school districts across the commonwealth, and developed detailed researched action plans.  The sub-committee members include additional teachers, administrators and family members and the task force and committees focused on: professional development for staff; current infrastructure and needed improvements; web based applications that run seamlessly on all device; minimum device specifications; single sign-on; Acceptable Use Policy; a new tech plan; researching other district’s successes and challenges implementing 1:1 initiatives; extra IT support needed; insurance and a system for signing devices in and out. 

Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day.  For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

The Technology Department submitted and received approval to purchase three hundred Chromebooks through capital funds for next year.  The additional Chromebooks will be available to students who cannot meet the request of bringing a device, other than their smartphone, and to students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  Students in grades 9-12 will be asked to bring their fully-charged device from home to use throughout the school day, each and every day.

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st.

Mr. Melanson shares, “I cannot be more excited about the BYOD initiative.  This could not have become a reality without the hard work of the teachers, administrators, and parents who serve on various technology committees. BYOD will help prepare MHS students to become college and career ready and allow the teachers to revolutionize their teaching practice. I want to thank Superintendent Gormley and Assistant Superintendents Sheehan and Pavlicek for their unwavering support of our vision on this initiative. This could not have come to fruition without their support and guidance.” Principal Jette states,  “I am very excited to see our Milton High School students move into the 21st century as they implement more technology to enhance their overall learning experience.”

Personally, I can not thank this dedicated group of staff and community members enough for the time, effort and thoughtfulness they have given to this idea and look forward to the implementation of our BYOD program for the 2018-19 school year.

For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit this flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Taylor Snellen and Mary Kate Murtagh

Ramsey Julmice and Taylor Snellen from Ms. Jarboe’s AP Computer Science Principles class asked me to share the following. The 2018 Computer Science Principles Gala was a smash hit! On May 21st during C period block, Ms. Jarboe’s AP class hosted an event in the field house to show the school what they’ve accomplished over the school year. Dozens upon dozens of students attended to take part in the exhibition. Utilizing the projects they created for the AP exam, Ms. Jarboe’s students made presentations out of the “Explore” and “Create” segments of the exam. The “Explore” is when students take a closer look at a piece of new technology to discuss the data and effects on society, good or bad. The “Create” involves making a program that utilizes algorithms and logical concepts like an actual coder.

Additionally, there was a sticker currency that the participants collected from each station that could be redeemed for prizes. Prizes included Google silly bandz, fidget spinners, and other items. This was a nice way to get the students to really listen to the content and hopefully learn something. Above all, these presentations should inspire other teens to take computer science courses. By spreading the importance STEM has on our lives, it may motivate more kids to take part of the coding and computing revolution!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Humanities Curriculum Coordinator Nancy Warn and Janet Applefield

Last week at Pierce Middle School, Janet Applefield addressed the entire 7th grade class, sharing her experiences from a very dark time in the history of the world. Ms. Applefield, with funding from the Milton Cultural Council, speaks annually to Pierce students about her experiences during the Holocaust and discusses the importance of combating prejudice and hate.  

Ms. Applefield speaks to Pierce students.

At age 7, Ms. Applefield was separated from her family and spent her childhood in hiding, escaping the persecution of the concentration camps, as she was able to pass for non-jewish.  She speaks to students with a heavy heart, understanding that over 1 million children lost their lives and over 6 million jews overall lost their lives (including some of her family members).  Although she survived, her childhood was tormented by her separation from her family, the fear of exposure she experienced while in hiding and the constant fear over her own fate and the fate of her family members.  Ms. Applefield shares her story so a new generation can learn, ask questions and engage in a time period that most people only read about. She focuses on the need to remember and is working to publish her story, so the world never forgets.  

In addition to sharing her story, Ms. Applefield also focuses on the need for each generation to take up the charge of combating prejudice and hate.  She warns students that it needs to be combatted at all times, so as to never again allow genocide to happen on such a large scale (or at all). We appreciate Ms. Applefield taking the time to speak and for sharing her story.  We also appreciate the support of the Milton Cultural Council, for sponsoring this important lesson for our students. In an ever changing world it is imperative to preserve our collective history and take time to increase student understanding of prejudice, hate and the need to reject both.  

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L-R Senator Walter F. Timilty; Ofelia Pedraza, Executive Assistant East Boston Savings Bank;  Isabella Doten; Ava Lundbohm; Ed Merritt, Executive Officer East Boston Savings Bank

On Friday, May 18th, the 8th grade students at Pierce were highly impressed with a student run Career Day. The event was organized by Ava Lundbohm and Isabella (Izzy) Doten, two Milton Girl Scouts who are seeking to achieve the Girls Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can attain.  To earn the Silver Award one must demonstrate leadership and determination while improving the community. Ava shared that “ the goal of Career Day is to allow students to learn about many different careers and see the importance and usefulness of the classes they take now and will be taking in high school” while Izzy said “we hope to raise awareness about the importance of college and/or trades and connect students with many different professions.”

There were 15 speakers, including attorneys, federal agents, a construction foreman, an architect, a pediatric occupational therapist, a clinical nutritionist, a hotel general manager, and an IT Specialist who fascinated  students by “hacking” their cell-phones.

Middle school is a great place to begin introducing careers to students as this is when much of a student’s self-exploration begins. The Career Day  organized by Ava and Izzy provided hands on experience to help students start making smart, realistic choices about their future. Students and faculty agreed it was a wildly successful day!  

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I’m happy to relay the news that three of the Pierce teams from the Model UN conference last week won awards for their position papers. This is a big accomplishment in and of itself, however this time it is an especially impressive feat. Our middle school students bested high schoolers from different high schools throughout Massachusetts with their writing on their position papers!

The Rising Leaders Model UN Conference is a challenging single-day Model UN conference that gives students an opportunity to debate a current international issues in each committee. This conference is open to any and all high school (and advanced middle students) throughout New England and beyond.  Thank you to faculty advisors Melissa Augustyn and Lauren Hoyt and congratulations to our winning teams: Sophia Manning and Ian Lundeen; Michael Howard and Johnathan Waldmann; and Anderson Korman and Barron Clancy.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The Cunningham School had the pleasure of welcoming  Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen who is serving as an artist in residence at Cunningham while he creates a Sand Mandala.  Students in every grade have had the opportunity to visit the mandala, speak with Tenzin and learn about his process and teachings.  This program was sponsored by the Cunningham PTO and the Milton Cultural Council.  

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This month the 5th grade students in Milton Public Schools had the opportunity to take part in a lesson on frog dissection as part of their Science from Scientists program. Through this lesson students were able to explore how internal and external structures work together. As well as explore the shapes and connectivity of internal structures and apply this knowledge to deepen their understanding of how these structures function together.

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We have exciting news! The first Mama Mallard of the 2018 nesting season has finally arrived in the Glover Outdoor Classroom! To watch live video footage of the nest, log in to the Glover Duck Cam:

  • Go to the ARLO site on your computer -OR- download the free ARLO app on your phone. The ARLO app icon is a green hummingbird.
  • Log into the PUBLIC account – Email address/username -gloverelementary@gmail.com Password: Ducks2018 (note the Capital D)
  • You will see still images of two cameras. Click the LIVE play button for “Duck Cam One Camoflague” to see the live video feed.
  • Enjoy!

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Have you heard  about Interface Referral Service? Interface is a free and confidential telephone helpline that residents can call when they are in need of professional help for a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health disorder. Thanks to generous donations from a variety of public and private organizations, you and your families can now contact a trained counselor at Interface  who can help you find a therapist to meet your needs and inform you of your insurance options. Interface has created a database of licensed professionals who can address a variety of mental health concerns for both children and adults. Anxiety, depression, substance use, marital problems and eating disorders are just some of the issues they address.

To contact the Interface Referral Service, call 888-244-6843 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and speak with a trained counselor who can help you navigate a complicated mental health system. All conversations are highly confidential.

We at the Milton Public Schools know how difficult it is to find mental health care. We believe that Interface Referral Service at William James College will be of great benefit to our families and to our faculty who frequently help families when they are in need. If you know of someone who speaks another language, Interface counselors can access translators as well. This 4 minute community video explains the program even further.  Please do not hesitate to call Interface or visit their website, which contains lots of free information on a variety of mental health topics.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is tomorrow – May 25th – so don’t delay!   

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

It’s Game On at MHS next  week as we “Vote for Your Favorite MHS Principal – oops we mean  Sandwich”! Starting May 29th, we will serve 3 new sandwiches created by Mr. James Jette, Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw. These sandwiches can be found in the Deli Fridge and results will be determined by the end of the week.             Your PURCHASE = Your VOTE so vote early and often in the MHS cafe next week.  

Which Principal – oops, we mean Sandwich – is the MHS Favorite?  

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

The Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school was last night at MHS  and it did not disappoint! Congratulations to Jen Troy (MHS), Ramsay Cadet (Tucker), Liz Cardiasmenos (Glover), Amy Harkins (Cunningham), Sam Bullard (Collicot), Jen Rhodes (Pierce) and Jon Redden (Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award) and thank you  to all who attended! 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Local parent and author,Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field! 

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has three Story Walks, posted conveniently around town for families to enjoy with their children. One of these Story Walks, located on the playground of Tucker Elementary School, is a TRI-LINGUAL story book. MECA is also having their  annual  Children’s Concert, held at the gazebo, on Thursday June 7th at 6pm.  

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!   

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Awards Night is here! Tonight, Thursday, May 24th @ 6 pm in the MHS Cafeteria(enter through the field house doors) Milton FAME will be celebrating our music students. There will be a Milton FAME swag table so you can purchase a t-shirt, mug or sports sack for your favorite music student. Donations in  support of FAME’s projects will gladly be accepted at the door. Also – have a dusty musical instrument you are no longer using? FAME will gladly take it and pass it on to the Music Program.  You can bring it to the event and give to one of the FAME volunteers. We look forward to seeing you tonight!

We have been treated to some wonderful music this week at MHS with our MHS Spring Concert   and Small Ensemble Concert both taking place. In addition, please enjoy our Collicot 3rd graders singing Billy’s Song at their concert earlier today. 

ATHLETICS

Congrats to the Milton High Varsity Girls Crew Team (pictured at left L-R Miwa Joiner, Claire Casey, Raquel Gallagher, Liji Cormack, Olivia Shapiro, Maggie Haley, Izzy DeFelippo, Frances Collins, Alex Kelly) who took home the Mayor’s Cup last weekend!  Our crew teams did very well at the recent Mayors Cup and the Moose on the Malden. All results can be found here. 

Softball earned their 9th win of the season on their Senior Night vs Stoughton last night.  They need one more win to make the tournament for the first time in over 8 years!

Girls Lacrosse is officially in the tournament, after beating Canton.  They will honor their seniors tonight in their final home game vs Oliver Ames at 6:30pm.

Boys Tennis will look to beat Marshfield on Friday, which will put them in the tournament as well.

All-Star Meetings will be wrapped up in the next two weeks and Milton High School will have some great student-athletes receiving honors!

Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Kamal (L) and Omar (R) in Milton shirts

Students:  Please join me in congratulating Cunningham students Omar Solomon and Kamal Rezk who last weekend earned Gold and Bronze Medals at the Special Olympics.  Omar’s mother shares that it was a terrific day, as it always is. The opening ceremony included an officer carrying the torch, followed by Milton and Boston police, firefighters, and EMTs leading the Milton team in the processional. Events afterwards came fast and furiously, including the 50 meter dash in which both Omar and Kamal participated and placed, gold and bronze respectively. Winners names were called, they mounted the podium, and officers put the medals around their necks. Both boys qualified for the state championship, which will be held at Harvard stadium June 8-10. Ms. Solomon also shared  that Grace LeBlanc, MHS ‘15 was among the volunteers and that for the Solomon family, the volunteers and fans, it’s a really wonderful event— humbling, truly inspiring, and very, very fun.  

Staff: Our Milton High School Guidance Department works tirelessly on behalf of all of our students throughout the year but never more so than as we close out the year for our seniors. Our Guidance Counselors Richard Guarino, Lisa Spinelli, Scott Devlin, Leonice Bernard, and Director of Guidance Karen Cahill advise and mentor our students through what can be stressful process – ending a high school career and looking towards the future, towards college, the military, travel, the workforce and more. Our Guidance team, along with Administrative Assistant Colleen MacDougall and intern Stephanie Gandolfo, deserves our thanks and appreciation for the care and commitment they give to our students. Please join me in recognizing and thanking these valuable members of the Milton High School staff.

Volunteers:  Our schools would not be the vibrant communities they are without the many volunteers who give their time and expertise to the Milton Public Schools each year.  In recognition of the time, talent and support so many have shown the Milton Public Schools during the 2017-2018 school year, the Milton School Committee cordially invites all volunteers to a Volunteer Reception on Wednesday, June 13th at 6pm in the Milton High School Courtyard. If you have volunteered in a classroom, sat on a committee, been involved in your PTO, worked on initiatives in your school or helped out in the myriad of ways our parents and guardians do, you are invited and encouraged to attend. Please respond to Charlene Roche via email or call 617-696-4808 to RSVP by Friday, June 8th. 

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, AJ Melanson, Cat DesRoche, James Jette,  Melissa Augustyn, Lauren Hoyt, Ava Lundbohm, Izzy Doten, Charlene Roche, Linda Stefanick, Kerry O’Leary, Susan Dolan, Erin Power, Dawn Sykes, Ramsey Julmice and Taylor Snellen.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

 

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May 18th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 18, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

It was a terrific week in the Milton Public Schools as the Milton Foundation for Education announced the Teacher of the Year at each school. The announcement takes place as a surprise visit to the educator’s classroom or school. There are tears and cheers from the teachers being recognized, their colleagues, students and families. It is a wonderful day. I am thrilled to share with you the following winners as well as a  video summarizing the day of surprise visits. Congratulations to Jen Troy (MHS), Ramsay Cadet (Tucker), Liz Cardiasmenos (Glover), Amy Harkins (Cunningham), Sam Bullard (Collicot), Jen Rhodes (Pierce) and Jon Redden (Dr. Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award). Please join the MFE next Wednesday, May 23rd  at MHS (6pm reception, 6:30 program begins) as we honor these accomplished educators.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

MaryKate Mylod (bottom row in blue) and friends at the Project 351 Reunion.

MHS freshman (and 2017-18 Project 351 Ambassador, 2018-19 Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) member)  Dominique Thomas shares the following about a recent Project 351 Leadership Reunion she attended. I am pleased to share Dominique’s experience and congratulate her and 8th grade student MaryKate Mylod on their work on behalf of Project 351.

We all remember Martin’s sign – No More Hurting People , Peace.

This past weekend, Project 351 Ambassadors and alumni came together during the annual Leadership Reunion at Gillette Stadium. On Friday, members of the ALC  met at the Gillette Super Suites where we had leadership workshops. Nancy Frates, the mother of Pete Frates, came in to speak to the ALC about how she started a movement: The Ice Bucket Challenge. This tied into the weekend’s theme: “Be a Movement Maker,” encouraging us to be movement makers in our own communities. Community Building also happened throughout the day, and we ended by preparing for the arrival of Ambassadors the next morning.  During Reunion, we experienced more leadership training and did service. We worked together on a banner in honor of this year’s 2018 Honorary Ambassador Martin Richard who would have been in the 8th Grade this year.  We all took turns writing messages of peace and inclusion, very much in the manner that Martin lived his life.  The day ended with a Peace and Unity Walk around the stadium in honor of Martin Richard, and a celebration barbecue for all of the work we’ve done between Launch Day ( January) and Reunion. I was happy to meet up with friends and Milton’s current Project 351 Ambassador MaryKate Mylod.  Every Ambassador and ALC leader brings unique talents and insight and I can’t wait to use the tools I have learned to continue to spread the message that we all can make a difference, in our homes, our schools, and in our communities. 

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Lt. Cpl Allen

The Public Affairs Officer for the 3rd Marine Division based in Okinawa, Japan contacted us to share news of Milton High School  graduate Lt. Cpl Andre Allen, who now serves as a Marine in the Pacific. Lt. Cpl Allen is doing well in his career field and they wanted to highlight the work he does. I am happy to share that information here and know you join me in wishing Lt. Cpl Allen all the best as he serves our country in the Marine Corp.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

On Friday, May 4th, all 7th grade students engaged in a skype exchange with author Jane Yolen.  7th graders recently completed reading Yolen’s novel, The Devil’s Arithmetic and were eager to learn about the Holocaust from this talented writer.  Teachers and students prepared questions to ask Mrs. Yolen and listened attentively as she shared some of her writing inspiration and challenges as well as shared insights into the novel they had just completed.  Students asked questions about the difficulty of writing a Holocaust novel, the use of the motif of time travel, and how she developed various characters.

After engaging in questions, students shared some poetry – as Jane Yolen has not only written hundreds of books but is also a published and praised poet.  Five poems were shared by students from all three teams. It was an incredible event, one we hope to continue in the years to come. A big thank you to the Pierce PTO for sponsoring this event and to Dave Querzoli, 7th grade ELA teacher, for exploring this possibility and making it happen.  Thank you also to Pierce librarian Jess Royster for her technical assistance and 7th grade ELA teachers Catherine Friedman and Lauren Hoyt for their help planning and executing this outstanding event. 

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All Pierce students are invited to enter a logo design contest that begins this week and runs through the end of the month. The contest is in honor of Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher that many of our Pierce students had during their elementary school years. Caitlin died 2 years ago, and a foundation in her honor has been hosting events and doing charitable things supporting the arts in Milton ever since.  

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The Pierce PTO is pleased to offer School Supply Packages again this year! The Pierce teaching teams have assembled a supply kist by grade and language so that your student can be prepared for the 2018-2019 school year. To ease your efforts in this area (and as a PTO fundraiser), the Pierce Middle School PTO will be ordering school supplies over the summer for parents/guardians interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested in ordering your child’s school supplies ahead of time at a bundled rate, you must do so by June 1, 2018. We will offer several times just prior to the start of school for package pick up. As this is a volunteer effort, we ask that you assemble your package (as well as a few others) during the pickup window in late August. This is a quick and easy process. The cost is $75.00 and prepayment is required. Please note- you are also welcome to purchase supplies on your own and can find the supply lists here.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We have had some beautiful weather as our schools  participated in Safe Routes Walk to School days over the last two weeks. Thank you to the Milton Police Department for their assistance in facilitating Walk to School Days!

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Collicot 2nd graders in Madame Hamada’s class have been enjoying their pen pal project  this year and just recently the teacher whose class they have been corresponding with came to visit from France.  Mme Boisteau’s daughter, Flora , has been living in the US and volunteering in Mme Hamada’s class this year and has been a  wonderful addition to the class. Our 2nd graders have appreciated connecting with their new friends in France!  

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On Friday, May 11th, Collicot participated in their 2nd annual Junior Achievement Day! They welcomed 76 volunteers into every Collicot classroom to deliver JA curriculum to students. JA curriculum teaches the important skills of financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. Volunteers included parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and community members. The curriculum and materials were provided at no-cost to the school through our partnership with Junior Achievement.  I was pleased to attend, along with Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan to greet the volunteers and help kick off the day. Thank you to JA Parent Volunteer Coordinators Christine Morrow, Heather Bergin, and Betsy Crowley for all their hard work organizing the event. A special thank you to community member and Collicot School Site Council member Margo Tansey for greeting all of our volunteers! 

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I am delighted to tell you about a  joint initiative between the Tucker and Glover Diversity Committees. The two committees have been meeting together for the last two years and collaborating on a number of activities and initiatives. The latest collaboration was a successful series of Community Dinners. Families from both Glover and Tucker hosted dinners and others attended. Each dinner had participants from both schools and discussion guides were shared. Families had an amazing time meeting new friends, engaging in powerful discussions, and breaking bread together. We look forward to seeing this partnership continue as we welcome new families into our Tucker and Glover communities.  

 

PRESCHOOL FUN

Our Edgehill PreKindergarten students enjoyed a  special event this week. The PreK PTO (and  the fabulously supportive PreK families) brought in Bug Works  for all of the Edghill campus preschoolers to enjoy. Our youngest studnets learned about insects through this hands on presentation and were thrilled to have the chance to hold some real live bugs including a very cool praying mantis!  

ART IN THE WINDOWS

Pierce Middle School, Strings of Peace, Girl Scouts

The Milton Public Schools is the lucky recipient of 5 Art in the Windows installations this spring.  This youth driven art can be found at Tucker, Cunningham, Collicot and Glover (Turner’s Pond) and Pierce Middle School. Thank you to the Milton Art Center for allowing us to host the Art in the Windows 2018 projects. You can read about the details, inspiration and participants in each project here.

TECHNOLOGY

On Wednesday , May 9th, Katie Greer came to the Milton Public Schools to present to all 3rd-5th graders during the school day , and to the community with an evening presentation.  Katie shared current trends/research and safeguard recommendations, plus several takeaways. Educational Technology Director AJ Melanson compiled some of the highlights from her presentation here.    

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The second season of Netflix’s controversial show “13 Reasons Why” airs this Friday, May 18th. When the show premiered last March, the first season’s handling of heavy subject matter around sexual assault, depression, and suicide upset many parents, principals, school counselors, youth and many others. MPS Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue asked me to share this guide from the people who produced the movie Screenagers. I encourage parents/guardians to read this information as your children will likely be talking about “13 Reasons Why” in the weeks to come. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is coming fast – May 25th – so don’t delay!   

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The Class of 2019 is hosting a Savers FUNDrive on May 19th from 9am-1pm. Finish your spring cleaning, clear out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations that are boxed or bagged from May 14th – 18th at the MHS main office during school hours. By donating gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, small and large household items you can help raise funds for the Class of 2019. Start gathering up your donations today!

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The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Advisory Council is accepting nominations to the Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Elections will be held during the meeting scheduled for May 22, 2018, at the Glover Library from 7-9 pm.

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Save the date for the Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school. The MFE ceremony will be at Milton High School on Wednesday May 23rd at 6:30pm.   

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids.

 

Local parent and author, Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

 

 

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field!  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

There are some important upcoming dates from our music department: 
Monday, May 21st:  MHS Small Ensembles Concert, 7PM
Tuesday, May 22nd: MHS Spring Concert, 7PM
Thursday, May 24th:  MHS Music Dinner and Awards Night (Sponsored by FAME), 6PM

Please enjoy the Tucker 2nd grade classes,  under the direction of Colleen Martin, performing at yesterday’s Elementary Music Showcase. They are performing “Rocky Mountain” and students are using Orff instruments to improvise melodies and accompany the singers.  

ATHLETICS

Girls Softball hosted Brookline last night as part of their Milton Youth Softball Night.  They trailed 2-0 until the bottom of the 6th, when they scored three runs. Ava Hiller hit a 2-run homerun and freshman Marilyn Carroll scored the go-ahead to win 3-2! They will also play Stoughton next week at 7pm on Wed 5/23 for their Senior Night.  They need three more wins to make the tournament for the first time in 9 years!

Baseball needs three wins to make the tournament, as they start their final stretch of the season.

Girls Lacrosse needs just 1 win to qualify after they beat Bridgewater Raynham last night, and they host Oliver Ames next Thursday, 5/24 at 6:30 for their Senior Night.

Squash is coming to MPS! The enrollment form for our late spring squash clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 22 – June 14 (with no session on June 7) can be mailed, with the registration fee of $100, to the address on the form. You may also bring the form, waiver and check to the first session on May 22. Registration is first-come, first-serve enrollment is limited to 14 players. We need at least 8 participants to     run the program.

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

 

The MHS Cheerleading team will be hosting a CAR WASH on Saturday May 19 9-12 at the Cunningham/Collicot Driveway.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  Please join me in recognizing Kloee Puhala, a 3rd grader at Tucker, who recently spoke at the State House.  Kloee was one of the featured speakers during the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange’s acceptance of the SEAL Award presented to them for their work in LGBTQ adoption. Kloee read a paper she had written for a school project on the “Best day of her life” which was her adoption day.​ Clearly the picture of her reading shows how proud she is to have had this special opportunity!

Staff:  Congratulations to two of our Milton High School teachers, Kara Yifru and Jessica Jarboe,  who have recently been recognized for their excellence in the classroom.

Jessica Jarboe, Mathematics and Computer Science teacher, was one of five finalists for 2018 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year. The STEM Teacher of the Year program began in 2012 and is designed to honor teachers who show a commitment to excellence in STEM education.  Jessica was selected as one of the five finalists and was interviewed in the early spring by the committee. Jessica has been highly involved in computer science education, teaching AP Computer Science, AP Computer Science Principles, Robotics, along with other computer science and mathematics courses at MHS.  Additionally, Jessica was a Review Panel member for the Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards, serves as an Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles mentor for the CollegeBoard, and is a professional development facilitator for both Exploring Computer Science and Code.org, working with teachers across the country. Because Jessica was a finalist, MHS was awarded $1,000 for STEM education courtesy of Raytheon.

MHS Science educator Kara Yifru is one of three finalists for the PAEMST Award  which are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching.  The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. There are three finalists for the award from Massachusetts and our own Kara Yifru, who embodies all of the qualifications above, is one of them. Kara was recognized earlier this year at a science conference, and will be recognized again June 21st at the State House when the winner will be announced. We are proud of Kara’s status as a finalist and look forward to hearing about the State House ceremony.

Volunteers:  There are countless members of our community who donate untold hours of time to the Town of Milton. A quick check of the Town of Milton website shows more than 50 committees and boards comprised of Milton residents. This week, I would specifically like to recognize 3 groups of people. Selectmen Kathleen M. Conlon,  Richard G. Wells, Jr., Melinda A. Collins, Michael F. Zullas, Anthony J. Farrington, Warrant Committee members George A. Ashur, Brian Beaupre, Jonathan Boynton, Erin G. Bradley, Kevin D. Cherry, Clinton Graham, Christopher R. Hart, J. Thomas Hurley, Chuck Karimbakas, Gwendolyn Long, Scott D. Mackay, Maggie McAveeney,Steven McCurdy, Douglas B. Scibeck, Town Moderator Bob Hiss and the dozens of Town Meeting members who just spent time discussing and voting on issues facing our town. Please join me in thanking these volunteers for sharing their expertise and limited free time to benefit the Town of Milton.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Zeina Hamada, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Nora Vernazza, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Jean Scarborough, Jennifer Grubler, AJ Melanson, Christine Morrow, Dominique Thomas, MaryKate Mylod, Mandy Susi, Joan Clifford, Erin Powers, Rebecca Damiani, Colleen Martin, Dawn Sykes and Brian Kelly. 

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

 

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May 10, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 10, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As we close out Teacher Appreciation Week 2018, I want to share my gratitude to all who work at the Milton Public Schools. Our teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, nutrition professionals, nurses, support staff and administrators work tirelessly on behalf of our students each and every day and while we show our thanks in ways large and small throughout the year, it has been wonderful to see the outpouring of support and appreciation this week across all six of our schools. Please enjoy the video below which captures the spirit of the Milton Public Schools and the people who have dedicated their professional lives to educating and caring for your children.

  

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT

There is a wonderful opportunity coming next week  for all of us as The Milton Public Library is hosting Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman In Moscow on Wednesday, May 16th in the MHS Auditorium at 6pm. The event is FREE and open to all.  We are thrilled to support this endeavour and look forward to welcoming Mr. Towles.  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is proud to sponsor its first youth-led community meeting on Thursday May 17th at 6:30pm at the Milton Public Library. The title of the program is: When One Suffers: We All Suffer.  A keynote presentation will be provided by Arielle Solomon, a Milton High School senior, who will be followed by a panel of three other high school students. They will be presenting their perceptions about the high rates of depression amongst Milton teens, and how adults might support them.  These students are to be commended for taking the lead on mental health issues and I hope the community will support them by attending this community meeting on May 17th.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School recently celebrated Scholastic Honors Night and I share Principal Jette’s words here and join him in congratulating these exemplary students. Scholastic Honors Night  is an evening to recognize and honor students for their high academic achievement, excellent leadership skills and civic responsibility. The students who were honored exemplify and embody all that we hope for in every Milton High School student. They are intelligent, hard working, goal oriented and self  motivated; they exude a commitment to academic excellence that should serve as a blueprint for others to follow. Moreover, these individuals make the school and community a better place. These prominent members of the school community will be the leaders of tomorrow, and I am certain that they will continue to succeed in life and make their families, Milton High School and the Milton community very proud. Any of the photos below can be enlarged. 

L-R Ryan McGroarty, William Purcell, Emmet Kevaney, Andrew Viveiros, John Daly, Jess Harris and Kendall Smith

The Milton High School Newspaper was recently awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in Scholastic Editing and Publishing from The New England Scholastic Press Association at Boston University.  Advisor Michael Young shares that this recognition is most welcome as the staff works on improving the newspaper and he is proud of this year’s staff. Congratulations to these students on their recognition.  

 

 

Congratulations to Milton High School, Principal Jette and MHS students, staff and parents/guardians. Milton High School has been ranked prominently in the latest US News ranking of high schools.  Well done!


MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

As a component of the Model UN, Pierce Middle School students participated in an act of diplomacy at the Commonwealth School Model United Nations Conference. At this conference student representatives attempted to solve the problems facing the world at different points in history.  Student delegates congregated into different committees to address a variety of crises. Some crises faced by our students were the Vietnam War, Great Northern War, Intergalactic Authority, a Security Council crisis in the South China Sea, and a crisis in facing the World Health Organization on the issue of air quality. In each committee students eloquently utilized diplomacy to resolve pressing issues to rectify a variety of situations presented to the committees. Congratulations to  Best Delegate winners Hoku Panerio- Langer, Anderson Korman and Michael Howard, Best Position Paper winners Baron Clancy, Stella Yuan and Jonathon Waldman and Best Negotiator winner Rosbald Tejada. 

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Congratulations to our Pierce Latin students who performed with distinction on the recent National Latin Exam and National Mythology Exam. You can read more about our rigorous Latin program on Latin teacher Danielle Huebner’s website.

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Thank you to the many generous donors, volunteers and golfers who stuck it out through some pretty ridiculous weather to play a round of golf last Monday.  We are thrilled to report that more than $16,000 was raised in support of expanding the athletic program at Pierce Middle School. Meetings are already underway with MPS Athletic Director Ryan Madden, Dr. Karen Spaulding and others to determine the best use of the funds we raised.  Stay tuned for exciting updates for the 2018-19 school year. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Goal! Tucker students welcomed Coach Jules from Curry on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  this spring to the Tucker Soccer Pitch to work on soccer skills and scrimmage one another. Coach Jules is a senior at Curry College who has a strong background in soccer and wanted to share her talents with the students at Tucker.  Thank you, Coach Jules!

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Collicot 5th graders recently visited their new friends at Unquity House Senior Residence, on Curtis Road in Milton. Residents entered the resident hall with enthusiasm in anticipation of the day’s event. Students and seniors introduced themselves and engaged in informal interviews where they learned about one another’s families and about their most memorable experiences throughout their lives. Later on in their visit an impromptu musical guest, student pianist Riley McKnight, had the crowd clapping and singing! Everyone enjoyed playing games including a few exciting rounds of Bingo. Students and residents collectively agreed that this second visit was as fun as the first and they are all looking forward to another visit.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

I am pleased to announce that Martha Sandoval has been offered the position of Director of Community Schools and has accepted the position with a start date of July 1st. Ms. Sandoval comes to us from the City of Cambridge where she served as the Community School Program Director for 3 years. Our initial screening committee, led by Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan and consisting of parent representatives and principals, reviewed dozens of candidates and moved several exceptional candidates through to the hiring committee composed of principals, School Committee members, Assistant Superintendent Sheehan and Superintendent Gormley. The hiring committee interviewed many excellent candidates and one name rose to the top -Ms Sandoval. We are thrilled to have her join the team at the Milton Public Schools and know that her understanding and appreciation of the role as well as her experience in Cambridge will enable her to bring our already excellent program to another level. We look forward to introducing her to the Milton community at an upcoming School Committee meeting.

I would be remiss if I did not thank our current Director of Community Schools, Pam Dorsey. Pam Dorsey has been Milton Public Schools’ Director of Community Schools for the past 32 years and is solely responsible for the growth of our before and after school programs, vacation camps and Camp Cunningham’s Summer Program. Milton’s Community School Program offers before and after school programming that combines enrichment activities, academics, athletic experiences and homework time. In addition,  Milton’s Community Schools Program provides an unbelievable service to our parents/guardians whose lives and work schedules need this important on-site service. I want to personally and professionally thank and acknowledge Pam Dorsey for creating and building Milton’s unique and thriving Community Schools Program. I have often referred to Pam Dorsey as a legend and the Community Schools Program she has built is truly amazing. Please join me in wishing Pam Dorsey a well deserved, wonderful retirement. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

On Monday June 4, at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Squash is coming to Milton High School and interested Pierce and MHS students are invited to an open house at the Milton Academy Squash Courts. Milton Academy Boy’s Coach Morgan Poor will be on hand to introduce the game to all interested. There is a session for those interested TONIGHT, May 10th at Milton Academy at 7pm. All that is needed for equipment is non-marking court shoes.

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In Milton, there is no excuse to not have a clean car this weekend! On Saturday May 12th, the MHS Girls Track Team will be hosting a Car Wash from 9-12pm in the Cunningham driveway – $10 per vehicle. Then, on Sunday, please come out and support the Future Business Leaders of America at their annual Car Wash. The Mother’s Day Car Wash is on Sunday, May 13th, 8am-1pm in the Cunningham driveway.  Come give your (or Mom’s!) car the spring cleaning it needs at Cunningham and “Name Your Price” – all donations are welcome! Please consider supporting one of these student groups and drive away with a clean car.

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Have someone headed to Pierce 6th grade this fall? Don’t miss Welcome to Middle School – a 3 or 4 day introduction/orientation to all things Pierce! Get the lay of the land, learn the Pierce routine, make new friends, meet some of the Pierce teachers. Not to be missed! There are two camps offered – end of June (just after school gets out) and end of August (the week before school starts) – choose the one that works for your new middle schooler. Deadline to register is coming fast – May 25th – so don’t delay!  

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The Class of 2019 is hosting a Savers FUNDrive on May 19th. Finish your spring cleaning, clear out your closets and help the MHS Class of 2019 at the same time. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations that are boxed or bagged from May 14th – 18th at the MHS main office during school hours. By donating gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, small and large household items you can help raise funds for the Class of 2019. Start gathering up your donations today!

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The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

SEPAC

The Milton Special Education Advisory Council is accepting nominations to the Board for the 2018-2019 school year. Elections will be held during the meeting scheduled for May 22, 2018, at the Glover Library from 7-9 pm.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Super Lunch Hero Day was a success in the Milton Public Schools and our students loved celebrating our nutrition professionals!

MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Save the date for the Teacher of the Year Ceremony to honor the educators chosen as the 2018 Teacher of the Year at each school. The MFE ceremony will be at Milton High School on Wednesday May 23rd at 6:30pm.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

There is a Milton Community Blood Drive on Monday May 14th, 2-7pm sponsored by the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills.  

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Celebrate the Milton Mattapan Neponset Greenway grand opening  on Saturday, May 12th 12-3pm on the Greenway Path!

The Forbes House Museum will recognize the winners of the Lincoln Essay and Drawing Contest at an awards ceremony on Sunday, May 20th, at 1:00 pm. The ceremony will take place outside, weather permitting, at the Museum, located at 215 Adams Street. The winning drawings will be displayed in one of the gallery spaces on the main floor of the Museum from May 20th  – June 24th. After the awards ceremony, there will be live music, Civil War reenactors, games and special tours from 2:00 – 4:00 pm as part of our 2018 Lincoln Day Celebration. This very special event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Milton Cultural Council and  Molloy Landscaping. All are invited to attend. Tickets are $10/person, $5/members, with a $20/family max.

ATHLETICS

The Softball Team extended their best start in recent history with a win over undefeated Braintree!  They are now 6-3 heading into a rematch with Norwood High School on Friday. They will also play Brookline under the lights on Wednesday 5/16 and honor the Milton Youth Softball Program.

The Girls Track Team beat Norwood on their home track to improve their record to 2-2 in the league.  The Girls and Boys head to Braintree HS for the Bay State Conference Championships on Wednesday 5/16.

The Girls Tennis Team has won two straight games, tallying four wins on the young season.

Julia Scannell has broken the points record for Girls Lacrosse and needs just a few more goals to break the goals record.  Julia is just continuing her tremendous senior year!

Rugby won 67-12 over Blue Hills Regional Technical School after beating Hanover 35-21 on their Senior Night last Friday.

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

The MHS Girls Track Team will be hosting a Car Wash on Saturday May 12, 9am-12pm in the Collicot/Cunningham Driveway – $10.00 per vehicle. 

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: The Forbes House Museum recently announced the winners of the 2018 Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest, and among them are many of our own students here at the Milton Public Schools. A panel of 18 judges from the board of trustees and the community at large selected the winners and I am pleased to recognize these students who will be honored at the Forbes House on Sunday, May 20th at 1pm. 

Thank you to Glover’s Mrs. LeBlanc and all of our school nurses!

Staff:  As we celebrated Nurses Day this week, please join me in thanking our school nurses for the incredible care they give our students every day. Thank you to Barbara Perry and Pam Noonan at Pierce, Maureen LeBlanc at Glover, Kerri Joyce at Tucker, Jeanne Sgroi at Collicot, Alison Joyce at Cunningham, Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons at MHS and MaryJane Walsh for District Support. These caring professionals are involved with everything from bandaids to life threatening illnesses and give our students the support and care they need on a daily basis.  

Volunteers:   I would like to recognize Milton resident Barbara Martin who was recently awarded a Certificate of Honor for her years of dedicated service to the Veterans of Milton. Director of Veterans Services, Kevin J Cook – USN (Ret.) shared the news of Barbara’s honor and stated that she has earned his respect and thanks for her unwavering support for our Veterans and their families.   

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Karyn Viveiros, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Michael Young, Danielle Huebner, Susan DiSandro, Janet Sheehan, Jean Scarborough, Yvonne Nequist, Jennifer Grubler, Rebecca Damiani, Heidi Vaughan and Margaret Gibbons.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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May 3, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 3, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you received my email this week about a new service available to Milton residents called Interface Referral Service. Interface is a free and confidential telephone helpline that residents can call when they are in need of professional help for a mental health, substance use or other behavioral health disorder. Thanks to generous donations from a variety of public and private organizations, you and your families can now contact a trained counselor at Interface  who can help you find a therapist to meet your needs and inform you of your insurance options. Interface has created a database of licensed professionals who can address a variety of mental health concerns for both children and adults. Anxiety, depression, substance use, marital problems and eating disorders are just some of the issues they address.

In addition to the public and private organizations that made this opportunity possible, I would like to recognize the Milton Health Department, Milton Police Department, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, the Milton Woman’s Club, the Milton Junior Woman’s Club as well as the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for their role in making this possible.

To contact the Interface Referral Service, call 888-244-6843 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and speak with a trained counselor who can help you navigate a complicated mental health system. All conversations are highly confidential.

We at the Milton Public Schools know how difficult it is to find mental health care. We believe that Interface Referral Service at William James College will be of great benefit to our families and to our faculty who frequently help families when they are in need. If you know of someone who speaks another language, Interface counselors can access translators as well. This 4 minute community video explains the program even further Please do not hesitate to call Interface or visit their website, which contains lots of free information on a variety of mental health topics. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

It’s almost time for our next speaker – Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology who will speak to parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS. Ms. Greer will be speaking with our 3rd and 4th graders during the school day, and to adults in the evening and will be focusing on children’s use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting. 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

Please see the earlier communication from today from Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan about the Strategic Plan that was presented at School Committee last night. If you were unable to watch the presentation last night it can be viewed on the Milton Access TV website  or you may view the PowerPoint presentation. You may also review the Draft of the full Strategic Plan or the Draft Overview of Goals and Objectives.  Your participation in the Strategic Planning process is critical to its success! We are inviting you to complete the Strategic Plan  survey by Wednesday, May 9th.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Did you miss the first ever Faculty Student Cabaret?  It’s worth checking out here! So much talent in our student body and faculty!  

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2017 Heritage Festival

The MHS Diversity Committee is hosting the 5th Annual Heritage Festival at the Milton Public Library on May 23rd, 5:30-7:30. Families are invited to cook and share foods that represent their heritage and culture as well as share cultural performances and tables that display the many cultures that are represented by Milton’s families. Interested students and families can sign up using Sign-Up Genius or by scanning the link on the attached flyer.  Thank you to MHS Senior Patrick Davoren who has taken the lead on this event and to Larry Jordan and Ginny Kime for advising. We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate our cultural diversity together.

 

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As we enter the season of milestones, celebrations and parties, MPS Director of Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue,  asks that you please consider taking a moment to review this informative life-saving handout with your teen:  Under the Right Influence: Safe and Substance Free/ Educating and Encouraging Teens to Make Life-long Healthy Decisions.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Fifteen  of our Pierce students and Pierce teachers Danielle Huebner, Joe Dolan and Erin Power attended the Anti-Defamation League’s 24th Annual New England Youth Congress on Friday April 13th at the Boston Sheraton Hotel. This one-day conference brought together over 1,300 middle school and high school students, teachers, and community leaders from over 70 schools across New England. The theme of this year’s conference was Courageous Conversations. Educator, writer and national leader in social justice Brittany Packnett was the keynote speaker. Students then attended breakout sessions with peers from other districts and participated in A World of Difference activities similar to those that we are instituting here at Pierce Middle School.

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Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding is pleased to announce that Kyle Alves is the newly appointed Assistant Principal and will join the Pierce Middle School family on July 1st. After a thorough search and interview process, the interview team and Dr.  Spaulding moved Kyle Alves forward to the Superintendent’s office last week, and we enthusiastically approved Mr. Kyle Alves as Assistant Principal at the Pierce. Mr. Alves has several years of teaching and administrative experience at both the middle school and high school levels. The interview team was impressed with his genuine personality, commitment to children, cultural competency, welcoming and approachable style, and clear desire to join the already amazing Pierce team. A special thank you to those who served on the interview team- Pierce faculty: Mrs. Rhodes, Ms. Clancy, Mrs. Pullia, Mrs. Francoeur, Mrs. Veldran, Mr. Bonn, Dr. Fitzgerald and parents/community members: Mrs. Stephanie O’Keefe, Mr. Franklin Ollivierre, and Mr. Chris Navin.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Have you met Vernie, the LEGO® BOOST robot? He’s very pleased to meet you, but you have to build and code him first. This is just what our Glover first and second graders are doing after school each week! Thanks to Glover parent, Neil Bacon, and Glover teachers, Sara Gibeault and Melissa Craven, almost 50 students are beginning to learn how to build and code Vernie the Robot, a talking, dancing, and driving robot. They are learning how to make him talk, move his head, and even shake their hands. He’s a little charmer and Glover students will learn how to make him make funny noises, play music, move around, and more! This would not have been possible without generous donations by the Glover PTO and funding from Milton Public Schools. We are thankful for the many parent volunteers who help us run this program.

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L-R Elizabeth Maye, Collicot 4th grade – Chapter 3 winner; Decarla Nelson, Tucker 5th grade – Chapter 4 winner and Reagan Vaughan, Collicot 4th grade – Chapter 2 winner

The 2nd Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee did not disappoint! Over 750 students in 4th and 5th  grade in the Milton Public Schools participated in a four week collaborative story writing contest with Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  3 students were recognized at last night’s School Committee meeting as they rose to the top of the Bee when their chapters were voted as winning chapters by their peers. The result of the Bee was an original story titled; The New Kid .  Not only will our chapter winners be recognized in the book, but so too will all MPS students who participated in the Bee and helped to determine the direction of our story. The book has been sent to the publisher and will debut next week. If you would like to purchase the book, please follow the link below and enter the Milton 2018 Writing Bee Book Purchase Code: QVQAR

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Cunningham English Learner Education teacher Alysa Buchanan shared that her students recently finished the science article entitled “Working Together in the Reach ELE curriculum”. Since she is a bee keeper she brought in a small collection of tools that are used to keep the hive healthy. Students got to examine honeycomb up close and see pollen and nectar in the comb. The students made such insightful connections to their reading by having a real world connection to the content.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Treat your children to a fun night out and enjoy some time to yourself with a Wildcat Fun Night to benefit Best Buddies. Tomorrow night, May 4th,  at Glover 6:30 to 8:30. $10 per child and snacks will be available for purchase.  

 

There is a wonderful opportunity coming soon  for all of us as The Milton Public Library is hosting Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman In Moscow on Wednesday, May 16th in the MHS Auditorium at 6pm. The event is FREE and open to all.  We are thrilled to be able to support this endeavour and look forward to welcoming Mr. Towles.  

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Mental health affects so many families across Massachusetts, in the United States, and throughout the world. We celebrate Mental Health Month this May  – and Children’s Mental Health Week next week – to give hope to those who need it, and to break down the stigma and the silence around mental health, especially children’s mental health. MPS Social Emotional Learning Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares some tips on ways you can fight stigma here

FOOD AND NUTRITION

Mrs. Zalios is definitely Teddy’s hero- she feeds him breakfast every morning and reminds him to choose a fruit and drink too.

On Friday, May 4th we will be celebrating School Lunch Hero Day at MPS! Between preparing healthy meals for Milton students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes. School Lunch Hero Day is a chance to showcase the difference school nutrition professionals make for every child who comes through the cafeteria and provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognize the hard working professionals in our school cafeterias. We look forward to sharing the celebration with you next week.

FROM THE READERS

Glover principal Karen McDavitt shares this wonderful piece on schools around the country who welcome duck families into their outdoor spaces. Many schools are featured, among them our very own Glover duckling  parade!  

MFE

We danced our arts out! The MFE wishes to thank everyone who came out to our Celebration for Education event on Saturday night. Hundreds of people danced the night away and raised money for the fine arts department in all six schools. A very special thank you to our event sponsors – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, Curry College, Milton Academy, and the Sarah W. Rollins Trust. We look forward to sharing the details of our smashing success with the community in the next few weeks.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

Please consider purchasing tickets or bidding on auction items for the Michael C. McHugh Memorial Fund Shindig! on Saturday, May 5.  This is a family BBQ along with a Cornhole Tournament, kids games and line dancing to support the Michael C. McHugh Fund. Michael was a Tucker Alumni who died in August after a 15 month battle with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer). Michael played soccer, basketball and hockey in Milton and would have been graduating from the 8th grade this year. If you can’t attend but want to lend your support consider bidding at the online auction.

There is a Milton Community Blood Drive on Monday May 14th, 2-7pm sponsored by the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills. 

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

On Sunday, May 6th, at 2pm, the Forbes House Museum is offering a program on the History and Cultural Traditions of Tea, presented by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Tea and light snacks will be served, and tea will be available for purchase. $10/person, free for members.

ATHLETICS

It has been a great week of Milton High School Athletics!

The Softball Team has won 3 straight game to improve to 5-2, while Jenna Conroy reached 100 career hits against Weymouth in their big win!

The Baseball Team is now 5-5 after a league win over Needham, with George Breslin pitching a shutout 7 innings.

The Girls Lacrosse team has won 3 straight games to improve to 5-3, and Julia Scannell may just break another school scoring record -she had 8 goals against Norwood!

The Boys Lacrosse Team earned their 2nd win of the season over Norwood, winning 12-8.

The Rugby Team beat Weymouth to go to 3-1 and they host Hanover for their Senior Night on Friday 5/4 at 7pm.

Boys Tennis is 4-3 after beating the Wildcats of Weymouth last night.  

Girls Tennis started the season 2-0 and have since lost a few matches but will look to respond against Walpole tomorrow.

Boys and Girls Track finally had a few meets, after April showers postponed a few. The Girls beat Walpole while the Boys lost to Walpole and Wellesley, but many students set personal records!

Game alerts and updates as well as instructions on how to set up game alerts to your phone and email are always available.

The Milton High School Girls Tennis Team will be hosting a cans for cats
Fundraiser on Saturday May 5th, 9:00-12:00 at the high school wood shed area.

 

 AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  It was a busy day for many MPS students and staff as they participated in the Neponset River Clean Up day last Saturday.  Groups cleaned up the small DCR Park behind Baker Chocolate, the Central Avenue kayak launch on the Neponset River, the river bank and bike path between Central Ave and Adams Street, and above and below the pedestrian bridge crossing the river as well as around Cunningham, Collicot, Milton High School and the neighborhoods that surround the schools. I would especially like to recognize the Pierce Student Council and the MHS Earth Club who came out in large numbers  to support this effort. For many of our high school students it was an early morning after prom the night before and we appreciate their dedication!

Staff:  In advance of School Lunch Hero Day tomorrow, I would like to recognize the Food Service staff who serves your children a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch each day. Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan leads a terrific group of men and women and I am happy to recognize them here. Thank you to her staff Jeanne Mattaliano and Billy Fitzpatrick as well as our Super Lunch Heroes Barbara Doherty, Kevin Dooley, Jayne Fitzgerald, Maureen Ford, Alexandra Giokas, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Zenaida Harvell, Carol Hunt, Agatha Jaffier, Sarah Lacombe, Jane Molloy, Elaine Rico-Moore, Patricia Newyano, Mary O’Neil, Sheila Paolucci, Ana Ramos, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Gladys Volmar, Florence Wallace, Patrick Whelen, Sandy Zalios  Terri Lynn Azar, Denise Devane, Mary Murray, Debbie Abdon, Saquoya Bell, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Sandy Chung-Ruiz, Maryellen Comer, Kimberly Demarino, Colleen Davoren, Debbie DeVoe, Kimberly DiBona for all they do for our students.  

Volunteers:  The rain didn’t keep almost 100 golfers (and Pierce supporters!) from enjoying a great day in support of expanding athletics at Pierce Middle School. Thank you to all who played golf, donated to the cause and sponsored the tournament. Thank you especially to co-chairs Debra MacNeil and Susan DiSandro who put in countless volunteer hours to make PlayForePierce a big success! We look forward to hearing the future plans for athletics at Pierce.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Laurie Stillman, Larry Jordan, Noel Vigue, Amy Gale, Nancy Warn, Jackie Morgan, Will Korman, Ryan Madden, Jon Redden, Alysa Buchanan.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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April 26, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 26, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

These 1st graders were excited when their teacher, Mrs O’Leary, won last year. Who will win this year???

We are lucky in Milton to have some of the very best educators and staff at all six of our schools. The Milton Foundation for Education Teacher of the Year Award  is a wonderful and meaningful way to show our excellent teachers and administrators that we notice and acknowledge their dedication to our students, the creativity they employ daily and their leadership within their communities. It is easy to nominate a teacher or administrator. This simple online form will include your letter of support for your nominee. The most difficult part is likely nominating just one candidate! The deadline for submissions is TOMORROW, April 27th. Details on past winners and nominating guidelines can be found here. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

In advance of our next  speaker – Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology – MPS Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue shares this article about               “Homework Strategies in the Digital Age“.  Ms Greer will speak to parents/guardians on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS and will be focusing on elementary and middle school children and their use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting.  

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

As was communicated earlier in the year, the Milton Public Schools has been working for the past year and a half to create a strategic roadmap and a set of actionable strategic initiatives.  As part of that process, the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to the Milton School Committee will present draft goals and objectives for the Milton Public Schools Strategic Plan at the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting on May 2nd at 7pm.  As the participation of key stakeholders in this process is critical to its success, we are sending this special invitation in the hopes that you will take a moment to watch the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee’s presentation on May 2 or view the posted presentation after the meeting.  In addition, we will be sending a link to a survey to elicit feedback on the draft goals and objectives and to identify those of you who would like to support (or continue to support) this important work.  Please look for a follow up communication on May 3rd with information about how you can access the survey and provide your insight and feedback related to the draft goals and objectives.  We thank you as always for your continued support of the Milton Public Schools.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Several Milton High School students participated in Classics Day at the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, April 12th. Students competed in a costume, trivia, and art competition all focusing on Greek and Roman history, mythology, and language. This year was the college’s 46th year of hosting high school students from around the Northeast at an event where they can come together and appreciate their study of Latin in a fun and competitive manner.

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1st  place and State Champions in Business Decision Making category: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff and Domenic Jancaterino

On Monday, April 9th,  MHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable business, life and career insights from industry leading executives. They participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state, and competed in business events.  Yvonne Nequist, MHS teacher and FBLA Advisor shares her congratulations to all of our student leaders who qualified to attend and has asked me to recognize the following students who earned top honors as State winners and are invited to compete on a National level at the National Leadership conference in Baltimore at the end of June.  I am happy to do so as it is gratifying to see that our student’s hard work and effort has paid off. These students are the impressive future leaders of America. Please consider supporting these students as they prepare for the National Leadership Conference at the end of June.

1st  place and State Champions in Business Decision Making category: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff and Domenic Jancaterino; 3rd place for States in Global Business: Chris Caputo, Will Jrolf, Peyton Carvalho;  3rd place for States in Entrepreneurship: Dan Flaherty & Patrick Hoey; 3rd place for States in Banking & Financial Systems: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Karisa Lasoff, and Domenic Jancaterino;4th place for States in Entrepreneurship: Mark Walsh and Andy Flaherty, 4th place for States in Economics Lucas Alvarez.

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DA Michael Morrissey, SAAD Co-Advisor Robin Lee, Michael Johnson, Conor McAuliffe, Adriana Ramondi, SAAD Co-Advisor Karen Hughes, Caitlin Heelen and Gwyneth Sauter

Five of our students active in SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) recently attended Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrisey’s Team Rival Challenge – Adventures in Respect Day which is part of DA Morrissey’s year-long “Team Rival” challenge to promote healthy choices and supportive, strong schools across Norfolk County. “The safest high school communities are those where the students themselves, and peer leaders, are engaged in keeping that school’s culture healthy and positive,” according to the District Attorney.  This event was the culmination of several events our students from SAAD have participated in with other community schools including Braintree and Weymouth who we are competing with directly for points and a chance at $1500.00 to be used for SADD programming. The second part of the challenge students participated in was Distractology 101.  MHS SADD will get additional points if people take the time to fill out this important survey.  I encourage you to sit with your children (district wide) and take this survey.

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Massachusetts was well represented by MHS at this year’s LifeSmarts National Tournament in San Diego. Milton started strong and after the first 4 events was ranked 4th out of 34 teams. Facing top teams in buzzer matches, Milton scored just 1.5 points short of quarterfinal play. Brendan Baker and Anson Yip were recognized for outstanding achievements in their Consumer Rights and Technology categories. Additionally, Anson was awarded a $1000 scholarship for his safety smarts presentations to elementary students in Milton. It was a wonderful experience for all and the team is already gearing up for next year’s tests and competitions which will start in September. The team wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to all who helped make their trip possible.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Some of our Pierce science superstars were at Regis College last weekend for the Massachusetts Region V Middle School Science & Engineering Fair. Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta shared that Ella Cantor, Bridget McCoy, Hoku Panerio-Langer, Zoe Panucci, Kyra Geyling, Darcy LeFever​, Barron Clancy and Anderson Korman performed very well on a variety of interesting and in depth topics and that Barron and Anderson, with their excellent project designing better ventilation systems for refugee tents, are advancing to the State Fair.  6th grader Ella Cantor was also excited to share that she won the science trivia contest that was part of the entertainment portion of the day.  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Mrs. Stefanick with the sandbox she built

What is a Virtual Sandbox? A real sandbox set up with augmented reality software that projects the computerized realm out into the real world. We are proud to announce that we now have one of these at our elementary schools! Thank you to Dr. Patrick Helm and the support of his STEM company Medtronic who graciously donated the components needed for us to construct this amazing learning tool as well as MHS Senior Ryan Au who lent his computer skills to help get the Lennox based software installed and operational. And a huge thanks to Elementary Science Curriculum Coordinator Linda Stefanick who built the sandbox in her garage! We are currently touring the 5th grade  classes in all the elementary schools to use this resource to review relevant science topics. Then we will tour the 4th grade classes who have done a science unit on landforms this year. 

The sandbox  has a sensor that continually scans the surface of the sand and translates that to a 3-D contour map that is projected in real time straight onto the sand. Our sandbox also has a flat monitor attached to display the contour map in a 2-D representation so students can experience 3-D landforms as they are represented on a 2-D map and see what happens as the alter the landform. Not only can students  make mountains, valleys, explore erosion and other major landform features and topics, but our software will even allow them to make virtual rain fall onto their landforms and see in real time the flow of water through landforms of whatever shape they can produce. These videos below show the sandbox in action.

Again, thank you to Dr. Helm, Medtronic, Consolidated Facilities who helped with transport and logistics and Linda Stefanick for their collaboration on this amazing resource we can now share with students. When learning is fun and experiential it does not seem like work!

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Glover is excited to launch a TED-Ed Club for students in Grades 3-5. Just this morning, they had their first session. You’ve all likely been inspired by TEDTalks and now, our Glover Kids have the chance to create their own! Over the next 8 weeks, students will learn how to exercise their voices and choices by joining a network of TED-Ed Clubs being formed in schools all over the world. A TED-Ed club is all about stimulating and celebrating the ideas of students. Students will be creating their own TED Talks while working on important skills such as storytelling, best practices for camera, lighting, and sound, how to create great visuals, and presentation literacy skills. At the end of the 8 weeks, each student will have a filmed presentation ready to upload and share with the world! This club is led by Glover parents, MaryAnn Dakkak and Lisa Sadler, and Glover teachers, Heather Morris and Sarah Hammond. We look forward to seeing all that our Glover Kids are capable of creating!

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Calling all 5th graders! It’s time to sign up for Welcome to Middle School! WTMS is a 3 or 4 day camp at Pierce designed to help your new middle schooler feel comfortable at their new school. 

KINDERGARTEN 2018 NEWS

Please join us for our Parent Cafés – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!” on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) , will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall 2018.  We are offering two sessions; Tuesday, May 1st, 9-10am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Rd. or Wednesday, May 2nd from 5-6pm at Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. 

MPS GIVES BACK 

The Neponset River Watershed Association has a clean up day planned on Saturday, April 28th to clean areas around Milton as well as the waters and banks of the Neponset River, one of Milton’s most precious natural resources. Our schools have groups assembled to help with this important work around Milton and we are hoping you will join them in this effort.  Gloves, tools and necessary cleaning items will be supplied. All we need is you! Please email Joe Dolan to join the Pierce group , Bernadette Butler to join the Cunningham crew, and use this sign up to help out around Collicot. Tucker will be cleaning up in the area around Milton Landing from 9-12. If you want to help clean up around MHS, supplies will be available at the Gile Rd bridge from 8 30 -12 and MHS students will receive community service hours. The MHS clean up is sponsored by the Pine Tree Brook Neighborhood Association.

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Cunningham 1st grader Adeline Brown had a wonderful experience volunteering with her grandmother Debra Brown over April break. Mrs. Brown is a regular volunteer at Flower Angels which repurposes donated flowers to be sent to nursing facilities. Adeline helped with a special flower donation from the widow of Police Officer Sean Gannon and in addition to their regular arrangements the group made special “we care” bouquets for all of the police departments serving Cape Cod. Adeline was able to deliver to the Sandwich Police Department and thank them for all they do. Mrs Brown feels (and I agree) that life lessons of this magnitude are vital to the character development of our children. It is inspiring to see our youngest students give back to their communities. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Katie Greer will speak at MHS on Wednesday, May 9th at 6:30 pm.  

The Milton Public Library is hosting Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman In Moscow on Wednesday, May 16th in the  MHS Auditorium at 6pm with a book signing at 5pm. We are thrilled to be able to support this endeavour and look forward to welcoming Mr. Towles.  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The Tucker Leadership Team recently received the great news of a grant for $3,000 to focus on their work around creating stronger bonds between teachers and students. Their coach will be Sydney Chaffey, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year and an inspiring and engaged educator.  This work will benefit the whole leadership team and in turn the entire faculty. Thank you to educators Kirsten Driscoll, Taylor Fradette and Alex Sherry who took the lead in writing a grant to fund this leadership focus. The Tucker Leadership Team is looking forward to putting the plan in action!

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The weather looks great for next Monday, there are just a few golf spots left and we ask you to please  consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your friends or colleagues. We hope to see you there!   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Please note that the live registration for MSE  will begin on May 1st at 12pm. Until then, please pre-register,  explore course offerings and learn more about our program.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares the following advice if your child has a friend with a drug or alcohol problem, or who is experiencing a mental health condition like depression or an eating disorder.  Here are some things you can suggest to your child about ways to support their friend. Let your child know that if their friend is having trouble, they may not appreciate their advice. But telling them the truth is part of being a real friend, even when it’s hard to do.  Further, if their friend gets into danger, your child can feel reassured that they tried their best to help. Continue reading here…. 

FROM THE READERS

Collicot Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale shares this article about BoomWriter, a frequent and valued partner of the Milton Public Schools.  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Please consider purchasing tickets or bidding on auction items for the Michael C. McHugh Memorial Fund Shindig! on Saturday, May 5.  This is a family BBQ along with a Cornhole Tournament, kids games and line dancing to support the Michael C. McHugh Fund. Michael was a Tucker Alumni who died in August after a 15 month battle with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (cancer).  Michael played soccer, basketball and hockey in Milton and would have been graduating from the 8th grade this year. The Foundation brings tangible support to the underprivileged for basic needs including funeral and memorial expenses when a family loses a child.  The Foundations motto is “Beyond Sympathy” referencing its focus on the need for tangible support. If you can’t attend but want to lend your support consider bidding at the online auction.

It’s not too late to sign up for Challenger Baseball! 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. We are thrilled to be starting the 2018 season with the The Milton National Little League Parade on Saturday April 28th at 9:30a, and we hope to see all payers and volunteers there. Then save the date for Opening Day!  Join us Sunday April 29th at 2:45 at Shields Park. If you or someone you know is interested in Challenger Baseball please email us to sign up or for more info.

We have an incredible line-up so please pass the word along to others about this exciting opportunity for kids who might otherwise not have the opportunity to play the great game of baseball.

There is a Milton Community Blood Drive on Monday May 14th, 2-7pm sponsored by the Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

The Milton Public library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids.

This is the last weekend to see the Forbes House special exhibit “Massachusetts’ Help to Ireland During the Great Famine.” Also, on Sunday, May 6th, at 2pm, the museum is offering a program on the  History and Cultural Traditions of Tea, presented by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Tea and light snacks will be served, and tea will be available for purchase. For those interested in learning more about tea in the context of the Forbes family history and the American China trade  of the 1800s, there will be a museum tour immediately following the program at 3 pm. $10/person, free for members.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Join us tonight for the first ever Faculty Student Cabaret on April 26th at 7pm at Milton High School. Tickets are just  $5 and you’ll see your favorite Pierce and MHS teachers perform alongside our talented students! Tickets will be available at the door until sold out. All proceeds will go towards the MPS Music Department.  Check out this rehearsal snack peak of Mr Kelly on guitar and Mr Spindle on bass!

ATHLETICS

Girls Tennis has started off the season brightly, going 2-2 through their first 4 matches.  Boys Tennis is 3-2, after beating Norwood, Marshfield and Randolph.  Baseball bounced back from an 0-3 start with four straight wins, while also claiming the Steven J Sullivan Tournament.  They beat North Quincy and Quincy over April vacation to win their first trophy under first year head coach Brendan Morrissey.  Softball is 2-2 after a non-league win over Stoughton and a league victory over Framingham.  They battled Walpole hard on Monday but fell just short of a comeback.  Boys Lacrosse won their first game of the season against Stoughton but have come up against some tough competition of late.  They will look to right the ship against Weymouth today, while the girls will look to get back to winning ways as well.  Rugby is now 2-1 after beating Weymouth, and they will take on Hanover next Friday in their Senior Night Game.  Boys and Girls Outdoor Track can’t catch a break, and their league meet with Needham has been postponed again.  They will run against the Flyers on Monday, April 30th at Framingham HS.  For all schedules and results, please visit Sports schedules and updates for all MHS teams. Rosters should all be up soon!

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students:  Please join me in recognizing MHS freshman Sam Higgins who was named a Grand Prize Winner in the Fidelity Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops.  His Grand Prize award will include a solo performance of Bereite dich, Zion from the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall on June 6th. Sam  has been a member of Boston City Singers for 10 years. He started in the Kodaly Training Choir at the age of 5 and has moved through the various choruses in the organization and is now a member of the Tour Choir.  You can read more about this impressive young man here and better yet, you can hear him here.   

Staff: Our schools are only as strong as the people inside of them and some of our strongest staff members are our Administrative Professionals at each school. These are the folks who greet you with a smile, answer your questions, assist teachers and administrators and help set the tone of a school. Thank you to Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle, Susan Higgins, Sandy Wise, Moira Downes, Marianne Kinsella, Eileen Keaney and Joanne Barker for their contributions to the Milton Public Schools.  

Volunteers:  It was a great day at Cunningham before vacation as almost 70 volunteers (parents, guardians, family members and community volunteers) spent the day in classrooms imparting the life lessons of Junior Achievement. I expressed my appreciation to the volunteers for coming in for an hour lesson and quickly learned from Cunningham coordinators Dana Jessup, Cindi Melanson and Tara Itrich that JA volunteers spend the better part of the day in the classroom!  Lessons range from our youngest students learning about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, to older students exploring the value of work, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange and more. JA is in all 6 of our schools and this impressive resource would not be possible without the dozens of volunteers at each school who who make it possible.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: James Jette, Ben Kelly, AJ Melanson, Bob Pattison, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Bernadette Butler, Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Mike Goodless, Ryan Madden, Laurie Stillman, Yvonne Nequist, Noel Vigue, Joe Higgins, Linda Stefanick and Paul Arenburg.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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April 12th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 12, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

We are less than 3 weeks away from the Milton Foundation for Education Celebration 2018  on April 28th and I strongly encourage you to attend this event and show your support for the Milton Public Schools. With your generous support, the MFE has enhanced our student’s experiences in the Milton Public Schools for more than  two decades. Through hundreds of thousands of dollars donated, the MFE has supported large initiatives like the Wildcat Wellness Center, recently awarded a $20,000 grant to our school libraries, and helped to finance our connectivity infrastructure to move our schools forward with best practices around technology. The MFE has also given out hundreds of teacher grants, money that goes directly into your child’s classroom in the form of new books, technology, learning aides, tools to foster inclusivity, music and art enhancements and more.

This year’s Celebration will benefit our Fine Arts programs within all 6 Milton Public Schools. Think ukuleles, convection ovens, darkroom equipment, cellos, hi-tech sewing machines and so much more. Will you please join me on April 28th at 6:30pm at Granite Links as we come together as a town in support of our schools?  

As Holocaust Remembrance Day began at sunset yesterday, I would like to share this short video that I received from Rabbi Alfred H. Benjamin, a personal friend as well as a friend of the Milton Public Schools. Rabbi Benjamin shares that The Talmud teaches “anyone who destroys a life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed an entire world; and anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world.”  In other words, when a person is killed, the possibility of an entire world – any future generations – is also destroyed. At the time of the Holocaust, 6 million represented 1/3 of all Jewish People.  1.5 million of the 6 million were children. In this 4 minute video, 600 Holocaust survivors, their children, grand children and great grandchildren sing together a Hebrew song, “I am Still Alive”. 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Dr. Michael Thompson, who spoke at MHS on April 4th, was very well received by attendees. I am happy to be able to share a link to his talk here and hope you’ll take the time to watch or listen.  I also want to thank the MHS students on the Wildcat tech team for videoing our speakers and preparing them for distribution.  

Our final speaker of the year is Katie Greer, a national expert in Internet/digital safety and technology, who will be speaking to parents/guardians on Wednesday  May 9th at 6:30pm at MHS. Ms Greer will be focusing on elementary and middle school children and their use of technology in our digital world with topics such as cell phones, apps, social media, group chats, interactive gaming, cyberbullying and sexting.  

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

As part of ongoing drug and alcohol education at MHS, Milton High SADD students collaborated with the Norfolk County  Sheriff’s Department to enable almost 800 of our students to participate in the Sheriff Office’s new initiative focused on dangers behind the wheel. The centerpiece of the program is the simulator “Drive Square,” which utilizes an actual automobile to show the effects of distracted driving such as texting while driving, as well as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Using virtual reality goggles which simulated alcohol impairment varying in alcohol limits from .8% – .25% over the legal limit, students “drove” the simulator car and SADD students directed MHS students wearing goggles to walk through courses designed to test students ability to navigate “walking the line” and navigating real life obstacles – a pet, furniture, a curb – while impaired. The Sheriff’s program is a hands on approach to educating kids on the realities of driving while impaired. 

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Sophie’s fish with green fluorescent protein being expressed in the developing spinal cords. Some of the fish are still in eggs and one has already hatched.

Sophie Chase is a MHS Alumni who graduated in 2014 and is now a senior at Smith College and has been working in the Department of Developmental Biology since her sophomore year in Dr. Michael Barresi’s Lab.  Sophie came to MHS this week to share her lab’s work and her experiences with this year’s Biotechnology students. Her research presentation, entitled “Just a “wnt” of division: The role of Wnt5b in radial glial proliferation and differentiation during zebrafish spinal cord development” captivated our students and showed them what research at the collegiate level looks like. Sophie even brought some of her zebrafish for our students to look at and discussed how helpful taking Biotechnology in high school was to her landing a research position at the next level. Sophie is in the process of applying to dental school after she graduates Smith College in May and we are grateful for her visit.  

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Milton High School is implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 academic school year!  The Technology Department has submitted a request to purchase three hundred Chromebooks through capital funds for next year.  We anticipate this request will be funded, so that the Chromebooks will be available to students who do not have a device (other than their phone), and to students who have computer issues with their own device during the school day.  Students in grades 9-12 will be asked to bring their fully-charged device from home to use throughout the school day, each and every day. Have questions? We have answers! Frequently Asked Questions

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

This past weekend 161 Pierce 8th graders enjoyed a whirlwind 3 days in our nation’s capital, Washington DC.  With a 4am bus departure (not easy with 161 teenagers!), they were off on their adventure. Students visited the Jefferson Memorial to spark conversation around limited government & Jeffersonian ideals, the FDR Memorial to explore The New Deal and expanded government responsibility and talked about what  actions are acceptable forms of protest after visiting the MLK Memorial. Early mornings allowed time for a workshop about the characteristics of a good law, a Capitol Hill visit for an inside look at how Congress works including a meeting with Senator Markey’s staff, lunch in the congressional cafeteria, and a visit to either the Library of Congress or Supreme Court.

Students also visited the Smithsonian Air & Space,  American History, or Natural History Museum, depending on which interested them most.  Another choice was the Holocaust Memorial Museum to examine issues of responsibility in the face of mass atrocities or the National Museum of African American History and Culture with the central question – how do we tell the American Story? So much to see, there were no easy choices for students. And of course, the group stopped for the requisite White House photo, enjoyed bunking up with classmates, using the hotel room phones (a novelty for our cell phone kids!) and sharing meals together all over DC. Before departure on Sunday, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery to witness the Changing of the Guard was a moving end to the trip.

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  Well over 100 Pierce students attended Clean Energy Day this week at Pierce. These students are invested in learning about clean energy as this was a 4 hour after school session. The first speaker was Bill White, Mass CEC Senior Director of Offshore Wind who shared the focus for the day’s events, followed by Michael Murphy, Director of Water Innovation at MassCEC who explained what clean energy is and Katie MacDonald, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Greentown Labs in Somerville who talked about her role in the industry and her educational path to achieve her success in the clean energy field. Students then attended  hands on sessions run by Pierce science teachers and supported by volunteers from the MassCEC. Students worked in small groups and used Snap Circuits to model alternative energy while other groups built a waterwheel. All students who attended received a reusable gift bag with information on local STEM activities, a water bottle and Green Science STEM kit. After wrapping up Clean Energy Day, students were told that all attendees will be taking a field trip to tour Mass Maritime and see clean energy initiatives on campus on June 5th.

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Thank you to the Milton Foundation for Education! Elementary Librarian Josh Coben shares that the 2016-17 $20,000 MFE library grant was transformative, providing an infusion of hundreds of English and French books that revitalized the collections of all four elementary schools. Many of our newest, brightest, most sought-after titles were purchased thanks to the grant. Day after day, as he checks out books to students or searches for the best materials for lessons, he finds an MFE grant bookplate on the inside front cover and is  grateful all over again for the generosity of the MFE.  At left are just a few of our fantastic new books.


TONIGHT! 5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons, school nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment.
Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions. 

KINDERGARTEN 2018 NEWS

Please join us for our Parent Cafés – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!” on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance (MECA) , will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall 2018.  We are offering two sessions; Tuesday, May 1st, 9-10am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Rd. or Wednesday, May 2nd from 5-6pm at Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway.

Kindergarten can be a big step for your child and we would like to share some tips to help you get them ready.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, participants will receive helpful hints, a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self-help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach  Susan L. Dolan, Director of MECA  and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for MPS.

These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending MPS in the fall. Registration is recommended. To register,  please email MECA or call Susan Dolan at 617- 696- 2262 and leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a phone number.  We will confirm your registration with an email or phone call. The parent sessions are for parents/guardians and child care is not available for these sessions.   

MPS GIVES BACK  

Join Mr. Redden, Mrs. Butler and your Cunningham friends (all at MPS are welcome!)  on Saturday, April 21st at 6:30am (yes AM!) as they gather at Logan Airport (terminal A) to honor a group of older Veterans as they take an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.  More info on Honor Flights can be found here. Email Mr Redden if you would like to join the group. We hope to see you at Logan as we honor our country’s heroes.   

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The Neponset River Watershed Association has a clean up day planned on Saturday, April 28th 9-12pm to clean up areas around Milton as well as the waters and banks of the Neponset River, one of Milton’s most precious natural resources. The Pierce Student Council and the Cunningham staff both have groups assembled to help with this important work around Milton and we are hoping you will join them in this effort.  Gloves, tools and necessary cleaning items will be supplied. All we need is you! Please email Joe Dolan to join the Pierce group and Bernadette Butler to join the Cunningham crew. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Tonight – Don’t miss a free night of JAZZ courtesy of our incredibly talented Pierce and Milton High School students! All the cool cats will be at Milton High School at 7pm for the Jazz Concert.

Save the date for the first ever Faculty Student Cabaret on April 26th at 7pm at Milton High School. Tickets are just  $5 and you’ll see your favorite Pierce and MHS teachers perform alongside our talented students! Tickets will be available in advance at the Pierce and MHS offices beginning Monday, April 23rd, and at the door until sold out. All proceeds will go towards the MPS Music Department.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The MHS LifeSmarts team teaches a lesson to our elementary students

The  2018 Massachusetts State Champion MHS LifeSmarts Team, is raising money to travel to San Diego on April 20th  to compete for the LifeSmarts National Championship.  LifeSmarts is a rigorous consumer literacy program that is open to high-school students nationwide. Sponsored by the National Consumers League the focus of LifeSmarts is on real-world topics relevant to all teens: personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, technology and the environment.  At the Nationals, the winning teams have the opportunity to meet other students from across the country, win individual and team awards and scholarships, and demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and their consumer smarts. Details on how to  support these talented students can be found here.  

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Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your friends or colleagues. We hope to see you there!   

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Summer is coming! The MSE 2018 Brochure with At a Glance Course Offerings is available to view and it will automatically update with and edits or changes to the schedule. Pre-registration is April 13-24 and registration opens April 24th at noon.  

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour. Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​  

MFE NEWS

Along with  purchasing your tickets to Celebration 2018, The Milton Foundation for Education invites you to nominate that special teacher for our Outstanding Teacher Award Program,  also known as Teacher of the Year. Our teachers are second to none, which is what makes this event so special to us. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike.  We look forward to hearing from you, and learning more about the amazing teachers who inspire Milton students every day. Nominate that special teacher today. Check out the Nomination guidelines and past winners. We look forward to seeing you at the big TOY celebration on May 23. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Looking for a fun and educational family activity during April break? Visit the Forbes House Museum on Friday, April 20th for a guided tour(available at 10am and 2pm) and craft activity specially suited for children in grades 2-6, but all ages are welcome. We’ll be focusing on animal imagery and symbolism in Asian and American art and artifacts. Bring a picnic blanket and lunch to enjoy the grounds before or after your tour at 10am or 2pm. Please call in advance to reserve your spot, 617-696-1815. Special pricing: $5 pp,  $15 family cap, and members are always free.

The Forbes House is also hosting an upcoming author talk on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library. Ellen Alden will be speaking about her book, “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.”  

The Eustis Estate has some fun upcoming programs. Join them for Future Retro Film Series: American Graffiti on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm and Italian Job (1969) on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm. They also have Future Retro Family Programs on April 20/21 and May 5 from 10am-2pm.

If it’s spring it’s time for Challenger Baseball. The Challenger Division of Little League is back for a sixth season and 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. Interested in signing up to play or help out? All the details are here. Play ball!  

The Milton Art Center has a new community art program for teens. Teen Clay Studio Night (on Friday April 20th and Friday May 11th) will offer a  safe, fun, supportive space and an opportunity to create a clay work of art. And – you get pizza! There is space for 20 teens, and thanks to these generous sponsors  costs only $10 – for BOTH sessions! Register now.     

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has some wonderful programs for our youngest residents

The Milton Public library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Last weekend, students and faculty attended the annual Music Department Cultural Trip.  The itinerary took 78 Milton High School students to Philadelphia where they attended performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philly Pops, as well toured Lancaster County aboard an authentic steam locomotive on the Strasburg Railroad.  Students also had an opportunity to see the workings of Riehl’s Dairy Farm, and stop at Eli’s Roadside Stand to browse handmade, Amish quilts, and sample homemade pretzels. Students concluded the trip with a performance of the musical, Show Boat, and a guided tour of the historic sites of Philadelphia. Student Paula Hogan put together a terrific video to share the fun of  the trip!   

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On Friday, April 6th, Pierce Middle School hosted Grooversity, a high-energy drumming and dancing ensemble that surveys the Afro-Brazilian musical genre. Students in 7th and 8th grades participated in the engaging performance and joined in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves.  This program is provided through Young Audiences of Massachusetts and was made possible through MPACE funding and the generosity of Milton excise tax payers.  

ATHLETICS

Isabelle signs her letter with her parents and Mr. Jette looking on.

It’s an exciting time for Milton High School student-athlete Isabelle Neville who this week signed a letter of intent to enroll at Robert Morris University in Illinois. Isabelle has been a standout rower as well as an excellent student at MHS and we wish her well in her college career. Fewer than 1% of high school students continue to play athletics at the D1 level and we are thrilled that Isabelle, along with 5 additional students this year, is joining this elite group of students. Congratulations to her Isabelle and her family!  

Sports schedules and updates for all MHS teams


The MHS Baseball Team will be hosting a car wash in the Collicot/Cunningham driveway this Saturday , April 14
th  from 9-12pm. 

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I am always happy to receive notice of the Student of the Quarter ceremony at Milton High School. These students are making a contribution to our community, and are nominated by their teachers. Students may have shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort.Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school and it is a pleasure to recognize these students.  Our students are pictured at the top of this week’s blog. (Not pictured –  Meghan Farley, Dilruba Manavoglu, Nicole Dragon)

Staff: I am pleased to recognize the working group of Tucker staff (Principal Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Asst Principal Cat DesRoche, Tucker teachers Kelly Griffin, Robert Johnson and Harvard graduate student Laura Abernathy) . The group collaborated through the year in order to identify and implement additional activities to collaborate with non-English speaking and immigrant families as well as strengthen the participation and collaboration between parent/guardian groups (PTO, Site Council and Diversity Committee).  This group, accompanied by faculty members Nathania Onyeagoro and Jessica Donovan, attended a conference last weekend that brought together two year long graduate classes at Harvard under the umbrella of their RIDES program: Re-imagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools. The Tucker team presented during the  two rounds of sessions from school teams which were followed by opportunities for great discussion by topic and affinity groupings. Dr. McNeil-Girmai shared that it was a energizing day and many connections were made with school partners for future collaborative site visits. Thank you to these innovative educators who continue to help move our district forward.

Volunteers: As we wrap up our science fair season, I would like to thank the volunteers who make such nights possible for our students. Thank you to Maggie and Mike Hale (Glover), Emily Lanza and Abigail Callahan (Cunningham), Sara Ahearn and MaryClaire Cantor (Collicot), and the team from  Tucker – Erin Hardy, Emily Speck, Chris Doyle, Libby Fundling & Joanna Weiss. These nights are special for our young scientists and their families and we appreciate the volunteers who make them possible.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: James Jette, Ben Kelly, AJ Melanson,Bob Pattison, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Bernadette Butler, Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Dawn Sykes, Will Korman, Jackie Morgan, Christie Chiappetta, Karen Hughes, Robin Lee, Josh Coben, Noel Vigue, Amy Tom, Joe Dolan, Mike Goodless, Nora Vernazza and Ryan Madden.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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April 5th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: April 5, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I hope you can join me tonight at 7pm for the next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series.  Best selling author Dr. Michael Thompson will be presenting :“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” . Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate about the way we raise and educate boys. In early adolescence most boys begin to attach their sense of status to mastery and achievement. They are subjected to a powerful “culture of cruelty” which may require boys to adhere to a narrow ideology of masculinity: avoidance of feeling, avoidance of anything feminine, fear of personal weakness. Dr. Thompson will speak to parents/guardians and give suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence. This presentation is for parents/guardians only and all in the Milton community are invited to attend. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The next School Committee meeting will be held on April 11th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Meetings can be viewed in their entirety on demand on Milton Access Television and meeting notes and agendas can be found on the MPS website.

At the recent School Committee meeting on April 4th, information was presented on 1st grade and Kindergarten enrollment numbers.

First Grade Placement / Program Choice: For the 2018-2019 school year, we had planned on having 16 first grade classes – 10 English Innovation Pathway classes and 6 French Immersion classes.   Due to both the increased enrollment in this year’s Kindergarten and parental program choice preferences, we need to increase the number of classes to 11 English Innovation and 6 French Immersion.  The classes are distributed as follows:  Collicot and Glover, 3 English and 2 French each; Cunningham, 3 English and 1 French; Tucker, 2 English and 1 French.  One of the English classes at Cunningham and one at Glover will be co-taught classes.

With this distribution, we have small waiting lists for French at Cunningham, Glover and Tucker, but we have available seats in French at the Collicot.  Following our usual placement procedure, we have held a district wide lottery for those on the waiting lists and will offer parents and guardians the option of moving to Collicot in order to enroll in French Immersion.  Those who opt to move will maintain their positions on waiting lists in their home schools in case seats open between now and the beginning of the school year.

Initial placement letters will go out this week.  Offers to those on waiting lists will begin shortly and will continue until either all available seats are filled or until the waiting list is exhausted.   This process typically lasts for a few weeks as parents and guardians make their decisions.

Kindergarten Enrollment / Placement: For the 2018-2019 school year, we again have a large incoming Kindergarten population that will require us to have 16 Kindergarten classes:  5 at Glover (one of which is co-taught), 4 each at Collicot and Cunningham, and 3 at Tucker.  Students will be placed in the schools in their home districts with the “split districts” being used to equalize class size.   Additionally, those families who have requested placement outside of their home districts will have their requests considered, if class sizes permit.   School assignment letters will be sent out  at the beginning of May.

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Thanh Nguyen, Julia Nerenberg, Brendan Baker, Aidan Braithwaite and Anson Yip

Team members teach a lesson

The MHS LifeSmarts team has been hard at work preparing for the LifeSmarts National Championship in San Diego. The team has undertaken academic preparation as well as the task of raising funds to attend. The National Consumers League, the corporate sponsor of the  LifeSmarts program, will provide the team with some funds for travel expenses if they share some knowledge with our younger students. To that end, LifeSmarts team members taught a kindergarten class at Cunningham a lesson about being Healthy and Fit” using the characters Timon and Pumbaa from the Disney’s The Lion King. The team has also presented lessons on “Going Green” to our elementary students. The team has further funds to raise and they are asking for your support – in any amount  – to help them reach their goal of competing in San Diego, CA on April 20. Support from the Milton Community is greatly appreciated! Please make your checks payable to MHS Student Activities/LifeSmarts. Checks can be dropped at the MHS anytime during school hours or email Mike Goodless to make other arrangements.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce Junior Team- Tucker Korman, Frank Hawker, Taylor Xu, and Jasmine Bethea

Good luck to our MPS Future Problem Solvers who head to the state competition at Clark University this weekend.  Students will be using a six step problem solving strategy to address the topic of Cloud Storage.  In the afternoon, they will be preparing and performing skits of their action plans. The Pierce middle division team invited to to the State Bowl (Anderson Korman, Ian Lundeen, and Henry Synnott) will miss the competition for a good reason – they’ll be on their way  to Washington DC with much of the Pierce 8th grade! Good luck as well to our 5th grade competitors – Victoria Lundeen from Glover, Ida Zoll and Maggie Mullen from Collicot, Dillon Simmons and Zoe Guthrie from Tucker and Alyssa Ruiz and Niamh N. Guilderson from Cunningham. We know these young problem solvers will represent MPS well!

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

We ARE all Wonders!

March was Kindness Month at Cunningham  with a variety of focuses each week. The month began with the 5th grade  Student Council reading “We’re All Wonders” to each class. The weeks that followed focused on kindness to self, kindness to peers, kindness to family and neighbors and kindness to the community. 

Thank you notes

Students took part in activities like thinking and writing about positive qualities they have within themselves, pairing up with a peer from a different class or grade for partner activities, writing postcards to people that keep them safe outside of school and collecting goods to be donated to the Milton Community Food Pantry.  Throughout the entire month, the lobby turned into Cunningham’s very own Kindness Galaxy with over 550 stars recognizing students for their acts of kindness. We wrapped up Kindness Month with an assembly featuring pictures, videos and a presentation depicting all of the acts of kindness that were captured throughout the month as well as the big reveal that Cunningham students collected a total of 655 items to be donated to the Milton Food Pantry!

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During Tucker Unity Night this week, the MHS auditorium was filled with both students and families celebrating the unity and diversity of Tucker School. The evening opened with musical guests Brother Dennis Slaughter and Tucker ASE Supervisor Ms. George Marie Jasmin singing We are the World  (the theme for the evening) with the crowd joining in. The theme was then represented in choreographed dances by grades PreK-5, and in songs that represented cultures around the world. We also heard from 5th grade student speakers Odia Iyamu and Kevin Gomes on what their culture and being part of the Tucker Community means to them.  It was a great opportunity to celebrate the gifts and talents within the Tucker community. A special thanks goes to our amazing choreographer Miriam Lundgren, the Tucker PTO & Diversity Committee and the Tucker faculty for their support.

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How do you know if your lizard is right-brained or left-brained? Did you know Coca Cola can clean pennies? Do you know how to make rainbow milk? Glover Kids do! Glover hosted two very successful STEAM Nights last week as students and their families were invited to school to view beautiful artwork displays during Passport to the Arts and spend time engaging in exploration and inquiry during our Science Fair. Check out this  video that captures our amazing artists and scientists in action! 

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

I’m pleased to share the link to Dr. Celine Coggin’s talk “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”. Thank you to Dr. Coggins for sharing her expertise with the MPS community.

For any who missed it, we also have video of Dr Ruth Potee’s talk “Under Construction: What Every Parent Should Know about the Tween/Teen Brain and Substance Use”.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Apr 5  Michael Thompson presents: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys
Apr 11  Pierce MS Clean Energy Event for Students
Apr 11  Milton School Committee
Apr 12  5th Grade Growth and Development Parent Information Night
Apr 12  MHS and PMS Jazz Concert
Apr 16-20  April Recess

On Monday, April 9, MPS Diversity Committees from across the district will be gathering at MHS at 6pm for a powerful discussion about increasing participation and diversity in the arts, music, athletics, extracurriculars, and community opportunities. All are welcome to attend this event.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition needs parents to provide their insight and input to help shape an upcoming Parent Campaign. The Parent Campaign will feature a multi-pronged approach that targets parents as partners in keeping our youth healthy by reducing underage drinking and the misuse of other drugs. The Milton Public Schools are key partners who are very invested in this project, and we need parents to help develop an effective and successful campaign. If you want to learn more or help out, join a discussion  on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. This planning committee will meet just 4 times, ending in June. We hope to get at least 1 or 2 parent representatives from each of the schools. Please email us to RSVP or with any questions using the subject line Parent Campaign.

5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment. Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

Spring is here which means April break is not far behind. Milton Community Schools is once again offering April Vacation Camps EAST (held at Collicot/Cunningham) and WEST (held at Tucker). Get all the details on EAST and WEST!

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

Summer is coming! The MSE 2018 Brochure with At a Glance Course Offerings is available to view and it will automatically update with and edits or changes to the schedule. Pre-registration is April 13-24 and registration opens April 24th at noon. 

 

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Calling all golfers! Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your friends or colleagues. We hope to see you there!  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC and the Federation for Children with Special Needs presents, “An IEP for My Child”. Join us Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library to learn about the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

FOOD AND NUTRITION 

Mary and Kim say – Come work with us!

Join our team! There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring immediately for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule –  what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The food service substitute position pays $12.95 per hour.  Please email or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  Jackie Morgan  for more information. ​

MFE NEWS

Come celebrate with the MFE  as we raise money to support fine arts programs in all 6 Milton Public Schools.  Join your Milton friends on Saturday, April 28th at Granite Links starting at 6:30pm for a night of friends, music, food and fun all to benefit fine arts programs from K-12th grade. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased HERE and can sell out quickly so be sure to get in on the fun now!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

There are some great programs offered for teens this month at the Milton Public Library. 

 The Kiwanis Club of Milton is collecting new or gently used shoes in support of micro-enterprise vendors. There are pick up locations all over Milton.

 The Forbes House is hosting an upcoming author talk on Wednesday, April 25th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library. Ellen Alden will be speaking about her book, “Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.”  

The Eustis Estate has some fun upcoming programs. Join them for Future Retro Film Series: American Graffiti on Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm and Italian Job (1969) on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm. They also have Future Retro Family Programs on April 20/21 and May 5 from 10am-2pm. 

The Girl Power Running Program is starting again soon! Girl Power is a FREE parent run program and provides a “come when you can” , low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal at their own pace and comfort level while supporting one another. Please email Heather Bergin with any questions. All details for Girl Power can be found here.

The Milton Playground Planners are holding an Indoor Yard Sale on April 7th from 9am-3pm at Cunningham Hall. Only  $5 admission and you can shop for gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, baby gear, kids shoes and more. 100% of proceeds go towards playground renovations.  

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

In celebration of Music in our Schools Month and Youth Art Month, all six schools enjoyed very successful Passport to the Arts shows over the last 4 weeks. Students proudly shared their own curated work and the work of their friends and classmates. Thank you to MPS art teachers Jess Gillooly, Laurel Bernini, Sue Hoy, Star Baylon, Stephanie Sherman,Robyn Thompson,  Karen Hughes, Kassandra Aloe, Kelly Griffin, Maggie Randall and Joyce White for sharing their love of the visual arts with our students and families. Glover Principal Karen McDavitt has assembled a video wrap up of the month for all to enjoy!

Our rescheduled Pierce/MHS concert took place at Pierce as planned during the recent early release day. If you missed it, check it out here.

ATHLETICS

Check out sports schedules and scores for all MHS teams

Boys and Girls Lacrosse are both off to 1-0 starts after beating Stoughton and Hanover respectively.  Boys Lacrosse have worked tirelessly over pre-season and their hard work was on display in a confident opening game performance, winning 9-4.  The Girls won 13-8 but the score line flattered the guests as the Wildcats dominated for most parts of the game.  

Weather has been a factor early in the season as Softball, Baseball, Track and Tennis matches have all been postponed thus far. Rugby will open with Needham on Monday.

Have some cans taking up space? The golf team is hosting a Cans for Cats on Saturday, 4/7 at MHS from 9am- 12pm.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Congratulations to Pierce 8th graders Caroline McHugh and Tiffany Tran who are receiving recognition for their service to others with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award. Tiffany is being recognized for her Global Community Project. Tiffany and her mother traveled to Vietnam (the birthplace of Tiffany’s parents) and assisted those less fortunate, including blind residents, children and at-risk animals. Caroline’s service is locally based as she volunteers regularly at the Quincy Food Pantry and Room to Grow by rallying her friends to help and by assisting with food basket assembly and delivery and various tasks at Room to Grow. Thank you to these two MPS students for giving back locally and globally.

Staff:  Cunningham 4th grade teacher Amy McKay has been selected to become one of only 20 Massachusetts DESE Math Ambassadors.  Math Ambassadors will collaborate with neighboring districts to share their work and resources, will play a key role in leading the development of 4th-8th grade standard-aligned tasks and will work on improving the mathematics experience for all MA students.  Ambassadors will be supported by the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Thank you to Mrs. McKay for lending her experience and expertise to this effort to benefit our students. 

Volunteers: If it’s spring it’s time for Challenger Baseball which prompts me to give a big thank you to Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and JP Plunkett who run this hugely successful program.  The Challenger Division of Little League is back for a sixth season and 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. Interested in signing up to play or help out? All the details are here. Play ball!  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Michelle Kruezer, Jon Redden, Bernadette Butler, Karen Spaulding, Bernadette McEvoy, Dawn Sykes, Karen McDavitt, Noel Vigue, Cat DesRoche, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Jaclyn Germano, Mike Goodless, Justine Novak, Nicole Laurie and Thuy Nguyen.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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March 29, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 29, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Thank you to Dr Celine Coggins who presented “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters” at Milton High School last night and to the MPS leadership team who participated in a round table discussion on the topic. The information was valuable and I am pleased to share that a video of the presentation will be available shortly. Thank you to Dr Coggins for sharing her expertise with the MPS community.

Our next speaker comes up quickly as we present Michael Thompson, Ph.D.:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” on Thursday, April 5th at 7pm. Author Rachel Simmons spoke directly to parents/guardians of girls in January and now Dr. Thompson will speak to parents/guardians of  boys.  

Parents may ask about their own children or boys in general – “What’s the matter with my son?” “Why is he an underachiever in school?” “Why won’t he talk to me?” “Why are boys so violent?” Educators and parents in the United States are engaged in an important debate about the way we raise and educate boys. In early adolescence most boys begin to attach their sense of status to mastery and achievement. They are subjected to a powerful “culture of cruelty” which may require boys to adhere to a narrow ideology of masculinity: avoidance of feeling, avoidance of anything feminine, fear of personal weakness. The result may be a boy who is or appears closed and often angry. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence. This presentation is for parents/guardians only.

 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Ornella, Halle, Kennedi, Milan, Jadin and Smith

Ornella, Kennedi and Smith compete in the quiz bowl

MHS seniors Ornella Ebongue and Jadin Jones, juniors Milan Smith, Kennedi Van Allen and Smith Charles and sophomore Halle Armstrong recently  competed in the 7th Annual Tenacity Challenge hosted by Bedford High School.  This was Milton’s first time competing, and our students did well, placing in the top half of the 32 teams for 3 of the 4 events. This year’s theme was Hate Speech vs. Free Speech, and the four judged categories were literary analysis of a novel, historical debate presentation, creation of a mural and a science and math quiz bowl.  Our students had a great time and look forward to competing again next year. A special thanks to Ms. Hughes, Mr. LoPresti and Ms. Davis for supporting our team throughout the process.  

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Pierce 7th grade students Fiona Kelley, Meghan Riordan, and Fiona McCarthy wrote a poem in response to the Parkland school shooting. I share their 17 lines here:

Though we have them in mind, they fall to the ground,

Their bodies still and quiet, without a sound
Seventeen lives that slipped from our grasp.

The breaths that they breathed no longer fill our air,
Striking the hearts of many with mind- numbing despair.
Our desolate tears stain the Earth.  
A mournful community rises from the melancholy and sorrow,

Filled with hope to build a better tomorrow
We earnestly vow to put an end to these tragedies.

Though so many chapters have been mercilessly torn out,

We open the book once more, our minds clear of doubt.
A dense layer of anguish surrounds our nation,

But despite the panic and despite the fear,
We strengthen and we advance, wiping away our burning tears.

An undercurrent of peace and longing for a new beginning hangs in the atmosphere,
Sweeping away the unsettling stench of distress.

Our peaceful battle will come to an end, finishing with a relieving success.

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Our Pierce students were all in for World Down Syndrome Day this week with crazy socks found all over the school. Even Wonder Woman (aka Dr Karen Spaulding) got in on the action! 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

At the Glover School, they are incorporating proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. The goal is to establish the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students at Glover to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. The staff works hard to recognize “Glover Kids” who are responsible, respectful, safe, and kind. When Glover Kids are caught doing something fantastic, they are publicly recognized for their act on the Kindness Tree. Each Friday, names are “picked” off of the tree and read aloud on the loudspeaker. The entire Glover community has embraced this PBIS initiative: the nurse gives recognition to students who are patient and brave, the custodial staff acknowledges classrooms left neat and tidy at the end of the day, the cafeteria staff commends students who go out of their way to help others and say thank you, teachers celebrate students for positive behavior, strong work ethic, kindness and more. Adorning the tree is a recognition given to individual students, individual teachers and staff, and classes as a whole. This focus on positive behavior has fostered recognition of all Glover students who work so hard every day to make good choices. This video captures many Glover Kids and the positive impact each has had on our school community.

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Lilly from Cunningham gets a letter from Andrea!

Andrea from Los Robles gets a letter from Lilly!

Last spring Cunningham/ Collicot Spanish teacher Senora Jauregui was approached by Ronan Kelly, one of her students, asking if she could find him a pen pal in Spain. That got her thinking – could we launch a project for all interested 4th and 5th graders? In September of this year, Senora Jauregui contacted the head of the languages department at Los Robles school in Pozuelo (a town just outside of Madrid, Spain) where her nieces go to school.  The Spanish school was very excited about the project and apparently so were Sonora Jaurequi’s students – almost 120 4th and 5th graders from both Collicot and Cunningham  were interested in participating in the pen pal project! Just before the February break, our students received the first letters from their friends at Los Robles and this week our students are mailing their letters to Spain. Students were excited to receive the letters and to read about what children their age do in a different country. Our students have written some amazing letters in Spanish sharing a little bit about themselves with their new friends from Pozuelo. We hope this is the beginning of some wonderful new friendships!  

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During a visit from Science from Scientists last week, Mrs. Chen’s  5th grade class learned about the six fundamental simple machines: (1) the inclined plane, (2) the wedge, (3) the screw, (4) the lever, (5) the wheel and axle, and (6) the pulley. Students learned that any mechanical device is made up of one or more of these simple machines. Students took what they learned about simple machines and used a combination of simple machines to design and build Rube Goldberg devices designed to ring a bell. Teams used supplies provided by the Scientists along with their own desks to create some fun, complex, bell-ringing machines! 

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Tucker was abuzz this week with an amazing Passport to the Arts show. Students shared their thoughts on how art makes them feel and what value it brings to their lives. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Mar 29  SEPAC-Understanding School Refusal in Children/Teens, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway
Mar 30  No School-Good Friday
Apr 4  Early Release Day Gr. K-12, PD Day
Apr 4  Milton School Committee
Apr 5  Michael Cain presents: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys
Apr 11  Pierce MS Clean Energy Event for Students
Apr 11  Milton School Committee

On Monday, April 9, MPS Diversity Committees from across the district will be gathering at MHS at 6pm for a powerful discussion about increasing participation and diversity in the arts, music, athletics, extracurriculars, and community opportunities. All are welcome to attend this event.

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition needs  parents to provide their insight and input to help shape an upcoming Parent Responsibility Campaign. The Milton Public Schools are key partners who are very invested in this project, and we need parents to help come up with an effective and successful campaign. If you want to learn more or help out, join a discussion  on Wednesday April 11 at 7pm at Milton Town Hall. This planning committee will meet for a short period of time, ending in June. Please let us know if you can attend. Please visit our website full of resources and information, and to sign up for our newsletter. 

5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment. Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

Spring is here which means April break is not far behind. Milton Community Schools is once again offering April Vacation Camps EAST (held at Collicot/Cunningham) and WEST (held at Tucker). Get all the details on EAST and WEST

Welcome to Middle School is a 3 0r 4 day camp that takes place at Pierce in June or August to acclimate rising 6th graders to middle school. Details and new dates can be found here.

2018 MSE TENTATIVE DATES TO NOTE:
April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
April 13: MSE Brochure document is sent out
April 13-24: Pre-Registration – you will be able to enter student/family contact information, view courses offered but not register (until 12pm on April 24th)
April 24: 12pm Registration Opens
June 6th: 3-7 pm Student Schedule Pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 11th: 5-7pm Student Schedule Pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 16th: 9-12pm Student Schedule Pick-up in MHS main lobby
June 18th : Medication Drop Off – Milton High School main lobby
June 25 – July 26: MSE 2018!

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Calling all golfers! Please consider registering for our upcoming golf tournament, in support of athletics at Pierce. Join us at Granite Links on April 30th and enjoy a great day with friends and family, while raising much needed funds to expand athletics at Pierce Middle School.  Register as an individual or with 3 of your closest friends and/or colleagues. We hope to see you there!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC TONIGHT for our next event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

Our FCSN presentation, “An IEP for My Child”, (originally scheduled for March 13th) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library. Join us  to learn about the Individual Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares that while many people mistakenly think that the smoke that is emitted from marijuana is not dangerous, a new study shows second hand smoke from marijuana is harmful.  While second hand smoke from cigarettes has been proven to be very harmful, there have not been studies regarding marijuana smoke. But a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association , showed that the second hand smoke from “pot” is three times worse than tobacco smoke. The main problem is that it constricts the arteries and blood flow longer than cigarettes do and this can lead to a stroke or heart attack. These changes can happen in as little as one minute of exposure, whether or not the marijuana is smoked in paper or pipes.  As marijuana becomes legalized, it is important to be aware of emerging studies so that you and your children are sure to fully understand their health impacts.  

FROM THE READERS

The Cunningham staff shared this short article they are reading entitled  “Breaking the Attention-Seeking Habit: The Power of Random Positive Teacher Attention”.  It’s a short, interesting read and a look into what our teachers are reading.

MFE NEWS

The Milton Foundation for Education enhances the Milton Public Schools in a myriad of ways. They just distributed over $17,000 in grants to teachers in all 6 schools! It will be exciting to see the impact in our fine arts programs with money raised from Celebration 2018! 

Come celebrate with the MFE  as we raise money to support fine arts programs in all 6 Milton Public Schools.  Join your Milton friends on Saturday, August 28th at Granite Links starting at 6:30pm for a night of friends, music, food and fun all to benefit fine arts programs from K-12th grade. Tickets are $95 and can be purchased HERE and can sell out quickly so be sure to get in on the fun now!  

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Girl Power Running Program is starting again soon! Girl Power is a FREE parent run program made possible by the generosity of Cunningham Park, parent volunteers  and a grant from BID – Milton. Girl Power provides a “come when you can” , low pressure, confidence and self esteem building activity that encourages girls to work towards a goal at their own pace and comfort level while supporting one another. Each week a woman that embodies “girl power” will visit to share how she set a goal, worked hard and did her best. We will start with a walk/jog, at your own pace, over a one mile loop and we’ll slowly increase our mileage with the end goal, for those who wish, of participating  in the Milton Road Race on Tuesday, June 12. Please email Heather Bergin with any questions. All details for Girl Power can be found here

Is trash pickup delayed a day? Parks and Rec have a new program? Any MPD updates? Want to be in the know? Subscribe to receive town emails, you can customize what news you want and manage preferences easily.  

The Town of Milton, the Neponset River Watershed Association, Sustainable Milton, and local organizations are partnering to organize a town-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am – 12pm. Please join us in celebrating Earth Day by helping clean up around town! Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or a  Neponset River cleanup.

Got a little gal or guy who wants to play t-ball? Milton American Baseball T-Ball registration is still open for players who are between 4 and 5 years old. The T-Ball program is held at Cunningham Park, and gets young players introduced to the game with skills stations. The season starts with a parade on April 21st and there are 6 sessions – April 22, 29, May 6,  20, June 3, 10. No baseball on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend. If you are interested, you can register here.  For questions about T-Ball and other baseball programs please email Milton American.

What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 23rd (note date change from flyer) in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

The Milton Playground Planners are holding an Indoor Yard Sale on April 7th from 9am-3pm at Cunningham Hall. Only  $5 admission and you can shop for gently used baby and kids clothing, toys, baby gear, kids shoes and more. 100% of proceeds go towards playground renovations.  

Hitting the library this week? You can find what’s happening for kids right here.

On Saturday, April 7th, 1-4pm, the Forbes House Museum will be participating in Park Day, the Civil War Trust’s annual hands-on preservation event. Thousands of volunteers across the country will participate as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever with over 155 historic sites in 32 states. Here at the Forbes House, we’re looking for volunteers to help with grounds maintenance, picking up branches, sticks and trash and planting late-spring bulbs. There will also be outdoor family-friendly activities that afternoon centered around the theme of preservation, including a tour of the grounds and a time capsule craft. All Park Day activities are free. Regular Saturday tours will be running as usual at 11am and 2pm. Museum admission is $10/adults, $8/seniors and students. 

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

In celebration of Music and Art in our Schools Month, our Band and Strings concerts have taken place over the past week. Both were impressive showcases of the musical talent found at MPS. Please take a few minutes to enjoy some beautiful music!

There is amazing art being created everyday in our elementary schools. Cunningham/Collicot art teacher Laurel Bernini shares a sneak peek in this quick slideshow

Glover had a wonderful K-2 Music Showcase last Friday. Mr. Ragusa and Ms. Martin did an incredible job showcasing all that our youngest musicians have learned over the course of the year, 

In lieu of the two evening MIOSM chorus concerts cancelled due to the most recent snow days, Pierce will host a Sing Along Concert on Wednesday, April 4th at 10:30am. The featured ensembles include the Pierce choruses and Milton High School’s Gospel Choir, Do ReMigos Boys Chorus, Pretty Sharp Girls Chorus and Mixed After School Singers.  This year’s sing along theme is The Songs of Legends with musical accompaniment by Milton High School’s instrumental ensemble, TONAL UNIVERSE.  Families are encouraged to attend!  

ATHLETICS

The MHS Rugby team will  be “Working at the Car Wash” this Saturday! The team will be hosting a double event on Saturday March 31st, just in time for Easter.  CAR WASH & TULIP SALE, Cunningham/Collicot driveway, 3/31, 9am-12pm 

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Drop your cans at MHS  on the way to the car wash and support the MHS Golf Team. There is a CAN FOR CATS fundraiser on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 9am-12pm for the benefit of the MHS Golf Team.

 

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: Over the past two weeks our Collicot 5th Graders enthusiastically collaborated to reach out to the seniors in two of Milton’s senior residences – Winter Valley and Unquity House. In the first of a two-part project, the 5th graders created 300 personalized puzzle books and decorative cookies to bring on their visits to give to all of their new senior friends. On their first visit at Winter Valley, students met in small groups and interviewed a senior. They learned about how they grew up, what school was like for them, what their most memorable historical events were in their lives, as well as about what their families are like and what they most value in life. Not only did they learn about another generation, they competed with some serious Bingo players in the later portion of the visit! Next up is visit will take place at Unquity House on Monday, April 9th. Students are looking forward to another fantastic visit with the residents of Unquity House. 

Staff:  I  would like to recognize Glover staff members Melissa Craven, Bridget Renehan and Morgan Hodlin for bringing Light It Up Blue Day to Glover on April 2nd. Under their direction, student leaders in 4th and 5th grade created posters to increase Autism Awareness, made announcements over the loudspeaker to promote understanding of individual differences, and will greet every Glover student with an Autism Awareness badge to wear proudly on Monday. Every April, Autism Speaks kicks off World Autism Month beginning with World Autism Awareness day on April 2. Don’t forget to wear blue on Monday!  

Volunteers:  Please join me in thanking retired teacher Margo Tansey for her volunteer work at the Collicot School. Mrs Tansey is the community representative for the Collicot Site Council and meets monthly with the Site Council to develop and implement school goals. In addition, Mrs Tansey has helped coordinate Collicot’s  Junior Achievement program and currently volunteers in Collicot kindergarten classes to support literacy centers. Mrs Tansey is a valued member of the Collicot Community and we are grateful for all that she does to enhance Collicot.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Will Korman, Martine Fisher, Karen McDavitt, Jean Scarborough, Dawn Sykes, Kaurel Bernini, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Cat DesRoche, Noel Vigue, Jen Grubler, Cristina Jauregui, Rina Chen, Pam Dorsey, Susan DiSandro, Sam Bullard, Heather Bergin, Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon, Meaghan Ohrenberger, Sean Lopresti and Barbara Wright. 

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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March 22, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 22, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to share a letter to the town of Milton written by Police Chief John King, Health Dept. Director Caroline Kinsella, and Director of the MSPAC and SEL  Facilitator for MPS, Laurie Stillman, and me, in my role as Superintendent of MPS. The letter is excerpted below and the links will bring you to more detail.

There has been a growing spotlight and concern about mental illness in the aftermath of recent mass shootings. While it is true that many mass shooters have a history of behavioral health disorders, it is also true that most people with mental illness or emotional problems are not violent.  

Mental illness is very common. One in five children will experience a behavioral health illness in their lifetimes and late life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and over. (NAMI).  Between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt depressed surged 33 percent in large national surveys, and the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent. (Washington Post) A recent study released by Mass. General Hospital showed that 1 in 10 Americans have reported a drug or alcohol problem in their lifetimes, yet only a fraction of people with emotional health or substance use problems seek out and receive the treatment they need.  This is a public health crisis.

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Police Department, the Milton Public Health Department, and the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) have been deliberating about addressing mental health issues in our community for a few years now.  We are all proactively united in seeking out ways to better identify and help our residents and students. We call this effort “Milton Cares!”, because we are striving to eliminate the shame and embarrassment that people of all ages feel about having emotional or substance abuse problems.  We want to make it easier for people to get the help they need and deserve. We want to share with you just a few of the important initiatives that our organizations have embarked on recently. We are collectively proud of our efforts.

Please continue reading about our efforts within The Milton Police Department, The Milton Public Schools, The Milton Public Health Department and future plans for the MSPAC and Interface.  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The  School Committee met last night, March 21st, for an Open Budget Hearing. The meeting was  held in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. Meetings can be viewed in their entirety on demand on Milton Access Television and meeting notes and agendas can be found on the MPS website.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Our next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series will take place on Wednesday, March 28 in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm. Please join us as MPS parent, author and former teacher Dr. Celine Coggins, along with an MPS Leadership panel, presents “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”.  Testing in schools has been a fixture in the news over the past few years and almost none of the press has been positive. Added to this uncertainty have been multiple changes to the state test (MCAS to PARCC to MCAS 2.0) leaving many parents with more questions than answers.  This event will tackle the myths and realities of testing, and spark an open dialogue on the role of testing in the Milton Public Schools. After Dr. Coggins presentation, there will be an MPS Leadership panel open to parent/guardian questions.  

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Save the date for our next speaker, Michael Thompson, Ph.D. presenting:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys” on Thursday April 5th at 7pm. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence.

 

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

The debate team attended a tournament at Needham High School this past weekend, and Senior Captain Jack Cullen came in first place out of 110 teams as well as top speaker out of about 200 students. Additionally, Jack competed by himself while most other students competed as a team of 2. Congratulations to  Jack (pictured at left)  on this impressive showing.

 

 

Seniors Gigi Jiang, Josie Cousineau, James Le, Dominik R. Hyppolite, and Ty Wilhelmsen from Milton High School’s INIT hosted a  panel discussion Tuesday night  to discuss the impact and effects of classism in our society.  The presenters and panel discussed important – and sometimes difficult – topics such as racism and prejudice, and were able to do so with the support of members of the Milton Community. INIT is a year-long program offered through the YWCA that supports area high school students in becoming strong leaders in their community, and each school’s INIT team needs to complete a capstone community action program.  Last night’s presentation was the capstone project for the MHS students. The MHS members of INIT are recipients of the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) Dr. Martin Luther King scholarship, so the students who attended the INIT program were sponsored by the generous donations of MICA. Thank you to panelists Dr. Yndia Lorick-Wilmot, Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, AP US History teacher Nancy Warn, teacher and advisor to the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Group Larry Jordan, and seniors Aliyah Farnum and Nuasheen Chowdhury who cultivated a rich discussion for all who attended.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

8th grade team

Congratulations to the Pierce Junior Division Future Problem Solving Team, 6th grade students Jasmine Bethea, Frank Hawker, Tucker Korman, and Taylor Xu and the Pierce Middle Division FPS Team, 8th grade students Anderson Korman, Henry Synott, and Ian Lundeen.  Both teams competed successfully and were invited to move onto the Future Problem Solving State Bowl! In FPS, students learn 

Pierce Junior Team

 a six-step problem solving process which they then apply, along with their research on specific topics, to solve social and scientific problems. A “future scene” prompts students to explore challenges as they refine their critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate their solutions, and develop an action plan. Our students were excited to approach a new future scene related to the topic of philanthrocapitalism at the Canton Bowl. These two FPS teams have begun  research on Cloud Storage to prepare to move forward to the State Bowl in April where they will compete for the opportunity to represent Massachusetts at the FPSP International Conference in June. If anyone in the MPS community has expertise around Cloud Storage and would be willing to speak with our teams, please email Pierce principal Dr Spaulding. Good luck to the teams from Pierce as they compete in the State Bowl!  

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Checking out solar panels

It’s been a big week at Collicot! One Book, One School was in full swing with both Adventure Night and a hands on, interactive day – “Go Green with Collicot!” –  with Boston Solar and Science from Scientists. This year’s book choice is “Chandra’s Magic Light, A Story in Nepal” by Theresa Heine and Judith Gueufier. The plot of the book is a little girl’s mission to obtain a solar powered lantern in order to ease her brother’s asthma symptoms that are exacerbated by their kerosene lamps. Students participated in a school day Boston Solar assembly that related to solar and alternative energy, BID-Milton Hospital came  to Collicot for Adventure Night to educate students and families about asthma, students “traveled to” Nepal, learned about bees and the vital part they play on our planet, played trivia games, worked on art projects and more. What’s One Book, One School? Learn more about this amazing year long project that takes place at Collicot every year.  

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Some talented Cunningham and Collicot Irish Step Dancers treated their classmates to dancing and music during last Friday’s lunch.  The audience loved seeing their peers perform! Check out their moves in these videos – Talented dancers  Dancing across the stage   Looking good!  Nice job, girls!  Kindergarten dancers and their fans

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Mrs. Chen’s Cunningham 5th graders celebrated World Down Syndrome Day this week with crazy socks and a  terrific lesson about down syndrome from their classmate’s mom, Mrs Soloman. Mrs Soloman shared information about Down Syndrome and created her own DNA model to show students the extra 21st chromosome.

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Tucker Saturday Academy has been a wonderful experience for our students. Recently third grade journalists interviewed Principal McNeil-Girmai, 3rd grade scientists worked on the best way to separate oil from water and the following week tackled a STEM challenge to create a catapult to launch a marshmallow. 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Mar 22  Milton High Passport to the Arts
Mar 22  Strings MIOSM Concert
Mar 26  Tucker Passport to the Arts
Mar 26  Glover Passport to the Arts and Science Fair
Mar 27  Band MIOSM Concert
Mar 28  Celine Coggins 6:30 at MPS
Mar 30  No School Good Friday
Apr  4 Early Release, Professional Development
Apr  4 Milton School Committee 7pm
Apr  5 Michael Thompson 6:30 at MPS

The MHS Rugby Players will be hosting a  Wildcat Fun Night fundraiser Friday March 23rd, 6- 8:15 pm at the Glover School for children in grades K – 5 who attend Milton Public Schools. What is a Wildcat fun night? The Milton High Rugby players and some of their cheerleader friends will play games with your children while YOU have a night out!

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5th grade parents/guardians – MPS is hosting the 5th grade Growth and Development program on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm at Glover. This program is for parents/guardians only and is in advance of the Growth and Development curriculum your children will have at school this spring. ​ You’ll have an opportunity to preview the video and ask questions to MPS staff. The video is different than what has been shown in the past.  Through extensive research, a review of best practices, consultation with site council parents/guardians, teachers, principals, nurses and Dr. Guglietta, we’ve updated our curriculum to include a new video and a blended learning environment.  Contact Health and Wellness Director Noel Vigue with any questions.   

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Welcome to Middle School is a 3 0r 4 day camp that takes place at Pierce in June or August to acclimate rising 6th graders to middle school. Details and new dates can be found here.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC for our upcoming event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

Our FCSN presentation, “An IEP for My Child”, (originally scheduled for March 13th) has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 7-9pm in the Glover Library. Join us  to learn about the Individual Education Program (IEP). This presentation will explain the document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’s progress and understand how the document will support a student. Attendees will also have the opportunity ask questions about any aspect of IEPs.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The  2018 Massachusetts State Champion MHS LifeSmarts Team, is raising money to travel to San Diego on April 20th  to compete for the LifeSmarts National Championship.  LifeSmarts is a rigorous consumer literacy program that is open to high-school students nationwide. Sponsored by the National Consumers League the focus of LifeSmarts is on real-world topics relevant to all teens: personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, technology and the environment.  At the Nationals, the winning teams have the opportunity to meet other students from across the country, win individual and team awards and scholarships, and demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and their consumer smarts. Details on how to  support these talented students can be found here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

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Hitting the library this week? You can find what’s happening for kids right here

The Town of Milton, the Neponset River Watershed Association, Sustainable Milton, and local organizations are partnering to organize a town-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 28th, from 9am – 12pm. Please join us in celebrating Earth Day by helping clean up around town! Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or a  Neponset River cleanup.

Got a little gal or guy who wants to play t-ball? Milton American Baseball T-Ball registration is still open for players who are between 4 and 5 years old. The T-Ball program is held at Cunningham Park, and gets young players introduced to the game with skills stations. The season starts with a parade on April 21st and there are 6 sessions – April 22, 29, May 6,  20,  June 3, 10. No baseball on Mothers Day or Memorial Day Weekend. If you are interested,  you can register here.  For questions about T-Ball and other baseball programs please email Milton American.

What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 23rd (note date change from flyer) in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

For Music in Our Schools Month, small ensembles are performing in the MHS lobby to greet students and teachers as they arrive to school.  Here is a glimpse of the performance by MHS Pretty Sharp Girls Chorus, a student-run group that rehearses after school.  

Also,  TONIGHT is the MIOSM Strings Concert at MHS, 7pm.  Here is a preview of one of the performance selections by the MHS Full Orchestra from today’s rehearsal. It’s Phantom of the Opera Medley. Prepare to be impressed!

The MIOSM Chorus concerts cancelled due to the storm are being rescheduled as a daytime assembly on Wednesday, April 4th at Pierce Middle School.  It will feature the Pierce choruses and the MHS small ensembles including the sing-along performers. It is scheduled for 10:30-11:20 AM and families are welcome to attend. 

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams 

Two (three!) birds, one stone! Support the MHS Rugby team, pick up flowers for your aunt or cousin who is hosting and arrive at Easter or Sunday dinner with a clean car! The MHS Rugby team will be hosting a double event on Saturday March 31st, just in time for Easter.  CAR WASH & TULIP SALE, Cunningham/Collicot driveway, 3/31, 9am-12pm

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Students: I am proud of our Glover 5th grade leaders who volunteered at Unquity House last week.  As part of the fifth grade community service project this year, students played games and visited with residents. It’s wonderful to see our young people giving back to the community.  

Staff:  I would like to recognize the High School World Language Teachers for their professional development work on a recent Saturday. MHS Principal James  Jette and World Language Director Martine Fisher shared that the presentations given by MHS teachers Houda Robert and Marie Penner-Hahn  enabled the group to further reflect on diversity, multiculturalism and biases and on the necessary attributes of culturally competent classrooms. Thanks to the collaborative spirit and open mindedness of all present, teachers reflected on and exchanged views on a wide range of sensitive issues in a safe and productive learning environment. Kudos to the teachers who facilitated and attended,  as your active and productive participation in professional development is a testament to your strength as educators.

Volunteers: Thank you to the volunteers who coordinated the One Book, One School effort at Collicot this year. Parents Kerry Kelly, Michelle Kennedy and Jessica Cherry took the lead on fundraising, planning events, choosing a theme and book, communicating with parents and staff, organizing in school and evening activities and more. One Book, One School is a vibrant program at Collicot and we appreciate the investment of time and effort of these parents who coordinated this year’s efforts.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Noel Vigue, Kathleen Kelley, Kacy Kalell, Dana DePaul, Martine Fisher, James Jette, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Christine Morrow, Karen McDavitt, Jean Scarborough, Dawn Sykes, Bernadette Butler, Jon Redden, Cat DesRoche, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Noel Vigue, Laurie Stillman, Jen Grubler, Kerry Kelly, Karen Spaulding, Holly Concannon and Amy Gale.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.

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March 15, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: March 15, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Over the past two months, The Milton Public Schools has held a series of information nights to inform and engage parents and guardians about programs offered within the Milton Public Schools.  In January we held Preschool and Kindergarten Information Nights to welcome families to MPS and share the processes around registering for one of our preschool programs, the preschool lottery and the kindergarten registration process. Our preschool process is complete, as is the majority of kindergarten registration and we look forward to welcoming our new students in September.

In February and early March we held 5th Grade Information Night as well at 1st Grade Information Night and STEM Information Night. Dr Spaulding welcomed 5th grade families to Pierce with practical information and reassuring advice as these students prepare to transition to middle school. 1st Grade Information Night served to apprise kindergarten parents and guardians about the two programs offered in 1st grade – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway – and give time frames, school assignment and lottery details. STEM Information Night was an opportunity for kindergarten  families to experience the STEM curriculum in action.

Our final information night, MHS Program of Studies/Advanced Placement Information Night, takes place tonight, Thursday March 15th, at 6:30 pm at MHS.  During this evening presentation we will review graduation requirements, course offerings and answer any questions you may have about our program of studies.  

If you have questions about any of the programs offered above, please email Marti McKenna for preschool, Laurie Dunn for kindergarten, your current principal for 1st grade, Karen Spaulding for 5th grade and James Jette or Karen Cahill for MHS. 

With the two snow days this week, the final day of school is now Friday, June 22nd. The MPS calendar can be found here

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

On March 9th, MHS students Sarah Mitchell, Isabelle Richer, Vanessa Lorden and Alisa Lorden travelled  to Northeastern University for their Marine Science Symposium. High school students and teachers from the Boston area came together to learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues. The event featured both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers.  

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Art in action at MHS!

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

The art room at Pierce has been busy with 8th grade students completing their ceramic vessels as they are glazed and  fired. Students created pinch pots with fitted lids using slab, scoring and slipping, and adding texture techniques. They explored the different stages of clay from plastic to leatherhard,  bone dry, bisque, and glazeware thoughout the process of creating their vessels.

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The Pierce Middle School Science Fair is Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30-8pm.  In addition to many interesting science projects, the New England Aquarium will be on-site with a hands-on exhibit and the MHS Robotics Team will be doing demonstrations. We hope to see you there – as a participant or spectator. 

INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

STEM Night for our kindergarteners was very well attended this week.  Families gathered around using spoons, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and more to create catapults that  successfully launched marshmallows over hedges. Families talked with World Language Director Martine Fischer to learn about Spanish in the English Innovation Pathway curriculum, children used Osmo Technology and coded Dash the Robot. The level of engagement and excitement was palpable. Our rising first graders are fortunate  to have the choice between two incredible programs – French Immersion and English Innovation Pathway.  

If you missed the 1st Grade Information Night on March 6th, you can view the presentation here

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Mrs Stefanick and Cunningham 5th graders headed into the Starlab

The Starlab is a 5th grade highlight of the Sun, Moon and Planets Unit of study.  For 3 months our fifth graders study the phases of the moon, the Earth’s place in the solar system and motion of the objects in the sky. This unit culminates in a session in the Starlab with students observing and learning about the constellations visible from the Northern hemisphere, the daily motion of the objects present in the sky and how this is used as evidence of the rotation of the Earth on its axis. The Starlab is also used at the middle school as part of the astronomy unit in the fall and as part of a mini lesson on the chemistry of stars as a connection to the unit Chemical Interactions. The high school uses the Starlab in the physics, astronomy and biology classes. Starlab was recently used with great success by Pierce science teachers Allison Meleedy and Rachel Clancy during the February Vacation Camp sessions they ran at Tucker and Collicot. They planned and implemented activities for kids across all grades who attended camp. The Starlab was a grant purchase from the MFE, written for MPS by Moira Downes. As always, we are grateful to the MFE for their ongoing support!  

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Each spring, thanks to the generosity of M-PACE, our 4th graders are treated to a trip to Boston Symphony Hall to attend the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert. This annual trip acts as an introduction to the full orchestra experience, encouraging long-term interest in orchestral music and the BSO, and delivering positive character development messages through each performance. This year’s program was titled, “Learning By Heart”-A Journey of Exploration and Engagement (Lesson: Following Your Heart Requires the Brain, as Well) and included the music of BERLIOZ (Roman Carnival Overture),  BIZET (Intermezzo, from Carmen), DVOŘÁK (4th movement from Symphony No. 8) and others.

ON THE MPS CALENDAR

Mar 15  Program of Studies AP Info Night MHS 6:30pm
Mar 19  Pierce Middle School Passport to the Arts 5:30-7pm
Mar 20  Cunningham Passport to the Arts
Mar 20  Pierce MS Science Fair
Mar 20  Collicot Passport to the Arts
Mar 20  SEPAC Board Meeting
Mar 21   Glover Passport to the Arts
Mar 21   Milton School Committee and Open Budget Hearing
Mar 22   MHS Passport to the Arts
Mar 22   MISOM String Ensemble Concert at MHS

The full MPS calendar can be found here.  

Members of the MHS 2018 social justice group YW InITA invite the MPS community to join them for a discussion on racism and classicism on March 20th, 6-8pm at MHS.

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Please join us for our Music In Our Schools Month Concerts. Our next concert is March 22- Grades 5-12 string ensembles. The performance begins at 7pm at MHS and admission is free.

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The MHS Rugby Players will be hosting a  Wildcat Fun Night fundraiser Friday March 23rd, 6- 8:15 pm at the Glover School for children in grades K – 5 who attend Milton Public Schools. What is a Wildcat fun night? The Milton High Rugby players and some of their cheerleader friends will play games with your children while YOU have a night out!

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Welcome to Middle School is a 3 0r 4 day camp that takes place at Pierce in June or August to acclimate rising 6th graders to middle school. Details and new dates can be found here.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

Another recent study confirms the health harms of e-cigarettes, shares Laurie Stillman. MPS SEL Facilitator.  A report in the Journal of Pediatrics (Jan 2018) found that adolescents who used e-cigarettes (but did not smoke regular cigarettes), had higher levels of multiple cancer-causing chemicals in their urine.  They concluded that, “while e-cigarette vapor may be less hazardous than tobacco smoke, our findings challenge the idea that e-cigarette vapor is safe, because many of the compounds in them are carcinogenic. Messaging to teenagers should include warnings about the potential risk from toxic exposure to carcinogenic compounds generated by these products.” The same Journal reported last year that there is an explosion of use of e-cigarettes among youth in recent years.  Nearly one-third of high school students have used e-cigarettes, and at least half of them are regular users. E-cigarettes, which are hard to detect because they release an odorless vapor, have become the new delivery system for tobacco, marijuana and other drugs among our youth. We must be vigilant about speaking with our children to stem this growing public health threat.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Our next speaker in the PARENT Speaker Series will take place on Wednesday, March 28 in the MHS Auditorium at 6:30pm. Please join us as Dr. Celine Coggins along with an MPS Leadership panel, presents “What’s the Deal with Testing? Separating the Myths from What Matters”.  Testing in schools has been a fixture in the news over the past few years and almost none of the press has been positive. Added to this uncertainty have been multiple changes to the state test (MCAS to PARCC to MCAS 2.0) leaving many parents with more questions than answers.  This event will tackle the myths and realities of testing, and spark an open dialogue on the role of testing in the Milton Public Schools. After Dr. Coggins presentation, there will be an MPS Leadership panel open to parent/guardian questions.  

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Save the date for our April 8th speaker,  Michael Thompson, Ph.D. presenting:“Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys”. Dr. Thompson gives suggestions to teachers and parents about how to support a boy in the early years of school and how to help a boy remain emotionally open in adolescence.  

GUIDANCE NEWS

We are pleased to present the 2018-2019 Milton High School Program of Studies.  Course selection for next year is an exciting time for students, parents and the MHS staff.  Please join us on Thursday, March 15th at 6:30 pm at MHS for our Program of Studies/Advanced Placement Information Night. We will review graduation requirements, course offerings and answer any questions you may have about our program of studies.  

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The  2018 Massachusetts State Champion MHS LifeSmarts Team, is raising money to travel to San Diego on April 20th  to compete for the LifeSmarts National Championship.  LifeSmarts is a rigorous consumer literacy program that is open to high-school students nationwide. Sponsored by the National Consumers League the focus of LifeSmarts is on real-world topics relevant to all teens: personal finance, consumer rights, health and safety, technology and the environment.  At the Nationals, the winning teams have the opportunity to meet other students from across the country, win individual and team awards and scholarships, and demonstrate leadership, teamwork, and their consumer smarts. Details on how to  support these talented students can be found here.  

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Please join the Milton SEPAC for our upcoming event: Understanding School Refusal in Children and Teens. On March 29th at 6:30 in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, Dr. Ryan Ruth Conway will share information about warning signs and strategies for managing this increasingly common issue.

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What is Circle-S? Circle-S is a unique and exciting, FREE support group serving children whose siblings have a disability. Children (age 6-18) come with their parent and enjoy a pizza supper, and join other “typical sibs” who face similar experiences of living with a brother or sister with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to meet and make connections with other parents in a safe, confidential environment. They can speak honestly about the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs, while also raising a “typical” child. Starts April 9th in the Collicot/Cunningham Library.

MFE NEWS

This is what the MFE looks like in action. Pictured is  Elementary Science Coordinator Linda Stefanick in her glory surrounded by new Dashes that were funded by the Monster Dash. Our elementary students will be thrilled to get these in classrooms in the coming days. Thank you to the MFE!

The next big MFE event is around the corner. Save the date for Celebration 2018 to benefit art in our schools. Celebration is April 28th at 6:30 pm at Granite Links. There will be food stations, auctions, raffles, MPS friends and FUN. Get ready to dance your ARTS out for our kids!    

NEWS AROUND TOWN

See what the library has to offer this week!  

Tonight’s the night for  a fun night out in support of the Milton Public Library. A live Beatles Tribute Band, along with craft beer, wine, and cheese will accompany Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield as he discusses his critically acclaimed book, “Dreaming The Beatles,” at Milton Academy’s Kellner Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 15, from 7-9pm. Tickets are $50.00 and may be purchased online at the Milton Library Foundation’s website.

Keep Calm and Get Your Irish On, a St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for the Milton Art Center being held Friday, March 16th, 7:30-10: 30 pm at the MAC at 334 Edge Hill Road.  $30 per person for Shepard’s pie, Irish Bread, refreshments, step dancers, silent auction. Get your tickets here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS

Music in Our Schools Month continued with festival performances last week.  MMEA-Eastern District and SEMSBA hosted their junior and senior music festivals, and 41 Pierce and MHS students participated.  You can see our MHS participants in the senior festival at the top of today’s blog. 

Join your school community for Passport to the Arts in the coming weeks! We encourage you to visit your own school for Passport to the Arts as well as any of the other schools in the district. Below is a sneak peek of a few of our Passport displays! 

ATHLETICS

Sports schedules for all MHS teams

Spring Athletics Registration is open.  Tryouts are Monday, March 19th.   Please be on the lookout for registration hours posted on Twitter and the website.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

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

Butch Stearns, Olivia DiSandro and Erin McDonough Photo Credit: Steve Babineau

Students:  Please join me in congratulating  7th grade writer Olivia DiSandro. Olivia won first place in the 7th grade division of the 2018 Will McDonough Sports Writing Contest.  Olivia wrote about an incredible show of sportsmanship during the 5,000 meter race in the summer Olympics. After a fall on the track, New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and U.S. runner, Abbey D’Agostino, crossed the finish line together.  Olivia was honored for her thoughtful piece of writing by the New England Sports Museum at Sunday night’s Celtics game.

Who’s excited for Flipgrid?

Staff:  Thank you to Collicot 3rd grade teacher Liz Spitz whose class entered and won a contest allowing access for her students to Flipgrid for 1 year. This exciting technology program is amazing and is a great example of how teachers are using innovative technology everyday to enhance curriculum and engage students.  In order to celebrate March 2 Read Across America Day, Fligrid wanted to celebrate diverse global readers across the entire world. Students in Mrs Spitz’ class shared favorite books from home and school, had the most videos and views and were one of only 10 classes world wide who won the contest and a free membership to Flipgrid! Mrs Spitz’ creativity and excitement in the classroom has clearly translated to her students. 

Volunteers: I would like to thank Tucker dad Keith Wick (who just happens to be the MHS boys lacrosse coach) who kicked off the first of two lacrosse camps at Tucker this week. 30 kids, grades K-5, learned stick handling, throwing and catching and how to move with the stick. Thanks to Coach Wick and members of the boys lacrosse team who joined in to teach and mentor the next generation of MHS Lax superstars!

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Holly Concannon, Amy Gale, Laurie Stillman, Stephanie Sherman, Linda Stefanick, Dr Karen Spaulding, Susan DiSandro, Dawn Sykes, Laurel Bernini, Maureen Butler, Karen Cahill, Noel Vigue, Tim Te, Jennifer Struzziero, Cat DesRoche, Gigi Jiang and Trish Heleen.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, employment, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

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