From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date: June 4, 2020
- 1 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
- 1.1 RETURN TO SCHOOL TASK FORCE
- 1.2 SUMMER PROGRAM UPDATES
- 1.3 SCHOOL COMMITTEE
- 1.4 TRANSPORTATION
- 1.5 RESIDENCY RE-ESTABLISHMENT
- 1.6 STAFF NEWS
- 1.7 FOOD SERVICE
- 1.8 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
- 1.9 PIERCE PAGES
- 1.10 INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
- 1.11 CURRICULUM CHALLENGE
- 1.12 A NOTE FROM THE NURSE
- 1.13 MSAPC
- 1.14 COUNSELORS CORNER
- 1.15 FAMILY RESOURCES
- 1.16 ART AND MUSIC
- 1.17 COMMUNITY NEWS
- 1.18 IMPORTANT MPS CONTACTS
- 1.19 AMBASSADOR PAGE
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
As we approach Milton High School Graduation this Sunday, June 7th, I want to recognize the Milton High School Class of 2020. Many of us have fond memories of the end of our senior year of high school and this year’s seniors have missed many of the traditions we hold dear. As much as we have celebrated them in new ways, we know it is a loss for them. I also know that there are exciting days ahead for these young adults as they begin the next chapter of their lives. They are engaged, passionate, empathetic young people – and exactly what the world needs right now. Along with the Milton Community, I look forward to celebrating them on Sunday during the MHS Graduation festivities.
Principal James Jette and the MHS administrative team have planned a day of celebration for our seniors, culminating in a MHS Class of 2020 Car Parade. Starting at 5:30pm on June 7th, the Class of 2020 will proceed by car throughout the Town of Milton. Please see the route for the car parade in this link and celebrate with our seniors!
In advance of Graduation, please display Milton colors by decorating your door, fence or mailbox with red and white; display your Milton flag with pride; and wear red and white on Graduation Day to show your support.
On Sunday at 7:20pm, we are asking that Milton residents stand in front of their homes (practicing social distancing) and cheer for 20 seconds in honor of Milton High School’s Class of 2020.
Our Senior Awards and Scholarships have been made public, and are posted on our awards website. We’ve also posted Music Awards and Boosters Athletic Awards on the site. Please see the 2019-2020 Milton High School Award and Honors page here.
Congratulations to the Milton High School Class of 2020! We cannot wait to see where your future takes you. Milton is proud of you!
RETURN TO SCHOOL TASK FORCE
Last Call for Community Survey: The Return to School Task Force is hard at work, forming subcommittees to embark on the critical work of preparing to relaunch educational programming and return to school. The structure of the Task Force includes a Core Team, a strong and varied field of MPS and community volunteers, and Sub-Committees. Our mission is to advise the Superintendent of Schools on a comprehensive plan to relaunch programs offered by MPS in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. To that end, we want to make sure that our efforts include the concerns, questions, and issues raised by the Milton Public Schools Community. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to answer this brief survey which will guide the work of the Return to School Task Force. This survey will close tomorrow, Friday, June 5.
SUMMER PROGRAM UPDATES
Special Education: Thank you for your patience while we wait for direction from DESE regarding the provision of ESY *summer* special education services. As we continue to address school closure and the provision of services for summer, I wanted to share some updates.
As of today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has continued to provide limited final guidance on how to “run” summer programs for students in special education. They are advising us to generally plan for remote summer service, but recognize that we will have additional guidance next week which may include other options.
In an effort to integrate parent and family feedback into our planning, as we gain final guidance from DESE, please take a moment to complete the survey linked here. If you have trouble accessing this link, send me an email and I will send you direct access.
It is my hope DESE will provide final guidance in the coming days so that we can finalize our programs and efficiently share this guidance with families. Your input on this survey will help with our final plans. Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Susan Maselli, MS Ed., BCBA, LABA, Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services firstname.lastname@example.org; 617/696-4470 x 5572
Academic Programs: MHS Bridge Program, Calculus Project, and MHS Credit Recovery Courses will be running virtually this year. Information regarding elementary and middle school virtual academic programs will be published next week.
Milton Summer Enrichment: Thank you for your patience as we have navigated the new guidelines and what that means for summer programming here in Milton. With local health department guidance still encouraging social distancing, it is apparent to us that gathering our outstanding group of MSE students will not be possible this summer. Therefore, we are canceling Milton Summer Enrichment for summer 2020. We are incredibly sorry to disappoint the students, families, Red Shirts and teachers with this news. MSE is a hallmark of summer in the Milton Community and we cannot wait to have everyone back in 2021!
With gratitude, Cat DesRoche and Ellen Lohan, MSE Directors
Camp Cunningham: Milton Community Schools would like to thank you for your patience as we all navigate through uncertain times. Due to safety limitations imposed by the government and health officials, we have determined that we can’t provide the same experience we had originally planned for Camp Cunningham. We have therefore made the difficult decision to cancel Camp Cunningham this summer. In our decision-making process, we acknowledged that with student and staff safety as the number one priority, MCS is not able to deliver a safe full day camp experience within the capacities and timeframe available to us. We are incredibly sorry to disappoint the students, families, and all the staff with this news. We appreciate how valuable Camp Cunningham is to the Milton Public Schools community and we cannot wait to have everyone back in Summer 2021!
Milton Community Schools Director, Camp Cunningham Director
The next School Committee meeting will be on June 10th, 2020 at 7pm. School Committee meetings can be watched On Demand on Milton Access TV or you can join the meeting remotely. Please see the School Committee agendas posted on the Town of Milton Website for remote access.
The School Committee recently updated the 2020-21 School Year Calendar. This calendar reflects a change to a Professional Development Day in October. The updated calendar can be found here.
Registration to ride the bus for the 2020-2021 school year opened online at 8am on June 1st and will close on June 12th at midnight. Please see May 27 Transportation Registration Letter linked here.
The link to register for the bus is live through June 12th at Midnight. Bus Registration link 2020-2021 can be found here. All information can be found on our Transportation page.
Families with students entering grades 6 and 9 must re-establish residency by June 12th. A letter has been sent via email to all families who must re-establish residency and it is linked here. To comply with social distancing, all re-establishments will take place remotely.
The Re-establish Residency Packet can be found here and all information on residency re-establishment can be found here. Please submit your re-establishment packet by June 12th to the following email: email@example.com.
The Milton Public Schools is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark Harrison to the position ofAssistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services. Mr. Harrison has served as the Milton High School Team Chair for the past two years. Prior to his work in Milton, Mr Harrison worked in the Wellesley, Westwood and Wayland Public Schools in several special education roles. Mr. Harrison is currently certified in both English and Math as well as Special Education. We welcome Mark to our Special Education district-wide leadership team.
Families will have an opportunity to meet Mr. Harrison in the fall at parent/guardian coffees. His role will focus on continuing the vision of the Office of Pupil Personnel Services and supporting programs, staff and parents for our students in preschool through 22 years. Our thanks to the members of the Screening Committee. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Harrison to this new position.
Weekly to-go bags with 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches continue to be available for pick up every Wednesday from 8-9am and 5-6pm at MHS and Tucker. ANY Milton family is welcome to pick up a weekly to-go bag as the goal is to support any food insecure student.
Yesterday we served 289 students (4046 meals) and we also distributed 148 of the newly available produce boxes! We featured cauliflower as our veggie of the week.
The Milton Public Schools has been awarded a grant to offer weekly produce boxes to families. MPS is handing out produce boxes to all families who pick up weekly breakfast and lunch bags. Each box will contain 22lbs of produce including carrots, onions, potatoes, romaine hearts, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, oranges, pears and cantaloupe.
If you have a hardship and are in need of more convenient hours for pick up, please contact Food Service Director Jackie Morgan via email or phone at 617-898-1051. MPS families in need of support during this time are also encouraged to email MPS Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna via email at or by phone at 617-980-7343.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
Our MHS AP Studio Art students had planned on displaying their portfolios in the hallways of Milton High School and having a gallery opening this spring. While we can’t have an in person gallery, teacher Kassandra Aloe wanted to share the art that her students worked so hard on. You can view the entire portfolio here – you will be impressed!
Congratulations to MHS junior Sam Higgins who last weekend won the 2020 Classical Singer Competition, Classical High School Division!
The Classical Singer Competition is an international event sponsored by Classical Singer Magazine, an initiative of the New York Opera to promote and support vocal artists. Monetary awards are given for first, second and third place winners in Classical and Musical Theatre Divisions for high school, university and emerging or pre-professional singers. Earlier this month, Sam Higgins entered the Classical High School Division, and last night received the First Place Award.
At MHS, Sam Higgins is best known for his academic excellence and participation in orchestra. Sam is leader of numerous chamber groups, and has performed in the Milton community during his three years at Milton High School. He is currently a member of the Milton High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter, and this year he participated in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All State Orchestra.
MHS Orchestra Director Debra Miller shares that: As leader of the MHS Orchestra, Sam embodies humility, respect and humor along with his exceptional skill and musicality. As Sam is “beyond his years” with regard to musicianship and technical expertise, and his peers look to him for guidance in navigating difficult orchestral repertoire. He is always willing to assist in conducting sectionals as well as full rehearsals on occasion. It is a great pleasure to teach Sam and hear all that he contributes to each orchestra rehearsal. We appreciate and value his dedication and commitment to the Milton High School String Program; Sam is a role model for all!
From MHS Principal James Jette: Not only is Sam a talented singer and valued member of the strings ensemble, he is a very intelligent student as well. Since he’s been at Milton High Sam’s done exceptionally well academically, managing a rigorous course load in addition to traveling, and competitions. When you see Sam, you see an individual with a great smile and positive demeanor. He is the epitome of what we all hope for in a high school student: caring, passionate, motivated, respectful, determined and is constantly challenging himself in and out of the classroom.
Very recently, Sam was named a 2020 YoungArts Winner by the National YoungArts Foundation, and in September, his performance of Handel’s aria Dove sei, amato bene from ‘Rodelinda’ will be featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” After yesterday’s competition, Sam may add 2020 Classical Singer Competition First Place Winner to his impressive resume. Sam’s award-winning performance of ‘Mandoline’ by French composer, Gabriel Fauré can be viewed at this link. Congratulations to Sam!
MHS will be offering a virtual driver’s education course that runs from June 15th-25th. It includes 15 modules, 12 driving hours, and 6 observation hours. Information on the course and how to sign up can be found on the Milton High School Driver’s Education website.
Behind the wheel driving hours and observation hours have been approved by the state as part of Phase 2 in the re-opening process. MHS Driver’s Education will take a number of safety precautions. The precautions are listed here and are also listed on the Milton High School Driver’s Education website.
Pierce has developed a website to serve as a centralized location for accessing weekly content and assignments for students. Please click here to access the site.
Three of our Pierce 8th graders will be competing virtually at the Future Problem Solving International Competition this Thursday and Friday. Tucker Korman, Ella Cantor, and Jasmine Bethea were invited to the international competition after placing first at the state level! These talented students have been working remotely to learn about terraforming and will be competing with students from around the globe. Good luck to our Future Problem Solvers!
Pierce Choral Director Julia Hanna has created a choice board influenced by current events that students will be working on over the next two weeks. Many of the activities are suitable for families to engage in together. All families are welcome to participate in these resources, regardless of whether their child is in chorus. The choice board activities can be found here. We look forward to sharing student work in the coming weeks.
Ms. Power created an Ode to the Outsiders with pictures submitted by her Yosemite students. You can see the video here.
All rising 9th grade families who have not already responded, please declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device to MHS next year by completing this short declaration survey. For more information regarding the MHS BYOD initiative please visit the FAQs document. Please complete the declaration survey by the end of day tomorrow, Friday, May 29th.
For more information please visit the following flyer regarding, Loan Agreement, BYOD Student & Family Manual, Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy.
All current eighth-grade students will be asked to return their loaned Chromebook and charger to Pierce Middle School. More information with the exact date(s), time(s), and specific instructions for the Chromebook return to Pierce will be shared with families in the coming weeks.
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
During this time of remote learning, Mrs. Kempf’s 4th graders have been working hard, taking on new and different roles and responsibilities that add so much to who they are as people and students.
Families recently shared quotes about how their student is contributing at home – to their own health, to the family and to their community. Kudos to these 4th graders!
- He has tried to stay active doing push-ups, running and biking.
- He decided he was going to improve his typing skills so has been practicing every day and is aiming for 35 words per minute.
- We are extremely proud that she has been able to navigate her way around all of the remote schooling in a pretty calm manner.
- She has independently managed all of her own learning every single day in the midst of a very busy household.
- Her creativity as a writer has also shone through as she has used this extra time at home to enhance her observation and storytelling.
- With everyone in the family either virtually working or in virtual school, we all have to contribute in ways we didn’t before.
- Carrying in groceries, helping to make cookies, practicing piano and saxophone regularly are just a few examples.
- He has fine-tuned and leveled up his responsibility skills, and we couldn’t be prouder.
- She also lets us know when she needs a break or needs to just change it up for a little while, so we are also glad that she’s still trusting her instincts about what’s best for her learning style.
- She has shown great teaching skills, patience and understanding with her younger brother, as she helps with home schooling while her mom is also working online from home
This week our elementary scientists have been hard at work. In Kindergarten, students studied the impact of leaving water in a sunny location and shady location. Grade 1 students investigated with flashlights to see how light interacts with different objects in their home and learned the vocabulary words transparent, translucent, and opaque. Our Grade 5 students are working on a unit called ‘Mixtures and Solutions” and planned and carried out an investigation to see how water interacts with flour, baking soda, sugar and salt.
Elementary students learned about the Design Principle of Variety in Art. Variety is when an artist uses different visual elements to make their artwork more interesting. Students had a choice board, and projects include: Gratitude poster, Simple Pleasures During Quarantine book, Pop-Up card, Hearts Window sign, and Illustrated Inspirational quotes.
It’s great to see these creative works of Joy!
Elementary students have been partcipating in Music class and Music Share all week!
- 3rd grader Owen takes the Milton Song Challenge and shares with his class a performance of “Demons” by Imagine Dragons in this link.
- Watch Lucia play Under the Sea for Music Share here.
Glover and Tucker’s Diversity Committees frequently partner with Glover parent/literary agent Sara Crowe to bring amazing authors of color to Glover and Tucker through our Diverse Reads Book Club. Ms Crowe shared about a powerful event taking place tonight. The Brown Bookshelf: United in Story– Around the nation, people are hurting. Award-winning author Kwame Alexander has organized a Kidlit Rally for Black Lives. We’re honored to host it on our FaceBook Live on Thursday, June 4. This is a time to come together and stand up. Our kids need us. Please join us and spread the word. Together, we can make a difference: https://thebrownbookshelf.com/
Click here for this week’s math puzzles from MPS K-12 Math Director Brian Selig.
A NOTE FROM THE NURSE
The American Academy of Pediatrics news release on June 1, 2020 condemns racism and offers advice for families on how to talk to their children. If you struggle to find the “right” words, consider using books or other resources to share with your child. HealthyChildren.org offers some tips in Talking to Children About Racial Bias.
The Milton Public Schools is fully anticipating students will be wearing face masks when school reopens. Here is a great video from PBS geared toward elementary students about stopping the spread of germs and the importance of wearing a mask.
Reminder to Grade 5 families- The Growth and Development Program is available online at this link.
ALL medication left in the Nurse’s office and ASE programs must be picked up by the end of the school year. Any medication left at school will be discarded unless other arrangements are made- please contact your school nurse for pick up details.
On June 10th at 7:30pm, Julie B. Cullen, LICSW, Ed.M will share her vast experience working with children and families in clinical and educational settings. She will share specific techniques caregivers can use to help support elementary school children in the face of Covid-19. Issues covered will be managing remote learning, parenting while working, supporting family mental wellness and having fun along the way. This webinar is perfect for anyone with a child in Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Each webinar in the Milton Learns Together: Webinar Wednesdays series is approximately 30 minutes long with a question and answer period to follow. They are free and no registration is required. All of the webinars can be accessed by entering this address into your computer’s or phone’s browser: zoom.us/j/92433263470 and entering your name and email.
For more information, please go to the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition website.
Each week, one of our MPS Counselors will share information or resources. Last week, Judy Bygate, MHS School Psychologist, wrote to the MPS community. This week, Myriam Francoeur, Pierce Adjustment Counselor, checks in below.
My heart is both heavy and restless about what is going on in this world. I know a lot of you are hurting right now and I recognize that this may be especially true for our students, staff and families of color. To all our Milton students, families and staff, you matter and you are important to us.
Our country is experiencing difficult times right now because of the pandemic, the economy and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, as well as the peaceful protests followed by the riots. We continue to be inundated with news and social media feeds of the anger of many, over another killing of a Black man at the hands of the police.
As parents, we worry and want to protect our children and can find it hard to talk about these complex events and big topics (relating to race, police brutality, and civil disobedience). Experts say that it is important to address the death of George Floyd, race, protests and riots head on because it affirms what children are sensing and experiencing. Children are watching you and they are much more aware of what we give them credit for.
It is important to take care of yourself first, by checking in with yourself and to see how you are doing. Please be cautious about continuously watching tv, social media feeds. This continuous exposure of these complex and traumatic events via our phones and television can increase our level of stress. It is important to acknowledge how you are feeling and be able to manage your own feelings so that you can think and act clearly.
One suggestion might be that you think about what you are going to say to your children. Take into consideration the developmental age of your children, their personality and their temperament. Be clear, direct and factual in your delivery.
Another suggestion is to actively listen to your children. Ask your children how they are feeling about what happened to George Floyd? What are they seeing in social media and the news? Is there anything else that you want to talk about? What are your feelings about what you have read or seen? Please keep in mind that their feelings might be influenced by their friends. Take a moment to validate how your children are feeling. Do not try to fix it or judge it. Just listen.
You can start having regular and ongoing conversations about race. Talking about race can be difficult, sensitive and sometimes messy. It does not have to be perfect and it’s okay that you don’t know everything and you make mistakes. If you don’t know, do your research and use resources before asking questions. Start by talking about racial differences in a positive and relatable way. Acknowledge that racism exists and that people are treated differently and unfairly because of the color of their skin. Be curious and intentional.
I encourage you to create a safe space where you can have open discussions with your children.
Together we will get through this. Our history tells us that we have been through terror and trauma before. As school counselors, we are here to serve and support you, your children and our school community during this difficult time.
MPS school Adjustment Counselors: Jennie Beliveau, Mary Bianca Mattocks, Kenneth Adelmann (Milton High School); Myriam Francoeur, Kara Sheridan, Kelly Dearing (Pierce) Jaclyn Germano (Cunningham); Elizabeth Caruso (Collicot) ; Ramsay Cadet (Tucker) Brian Powers, Christine Howley (Glover)
Food Resources: MPS Food Service To-Go Program is a valuable resource to assist families in providing nutritious breakfast and lunches to their children. Pick up times are 8-9am and 5-6pm at both the Tucker School (behind the school) and Milton High School (on the Canton Ave side of the building). ANY Milton family is welcome to pick up 7 days worth of breakfasts and lunches in a To-Go bag AND a chock full bag of produce at the same time.
Interfaith Social Services Pantry Shelf If you are in need of additional food, the Interfaith Social Services Food Pantry located at 105 Adams St., Quincy is open Monday – Friday, 10-11:45am and Wednesdays 5-7pm for families in need during this difficult time.
Brookwood Community Farm SNAP CSA shares application Brookwood Community Farm is currently accepting applications for SNAP CSA shares separately for summer and/or for fall. It will be a half share, collected every 2 weeks, where $40/month is deducted through EBT (while HIP puts $40 back on their account). Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the farm phone which is 339-502-0826
The Milton Community Food Pantry located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway will NOT be open this Saturday, June, 6th. The pantry has shifted to an every other Saturday schedule.
Health Insurance: If you do not have health insurance, MassHealth open enrollment has been extended. Visit their website for details on how to apply.
Financial Support: Milton Residents Fund MRF Any Milton resident 18 or older facing a financial crisis can reach out to the MRF for help with things like rental or mortgage assistance, utility assistance, winter heating oil, small car repair fees, educational or professional development fees, or medical expenses.
Support Services: The BRYT (Bridge For Resilient Youth in Transition) Family Engagement Team is offering support to families to help manage these difficult times during the state school suspension. Parent Support Group ; Parent Support Webinar; COVID-19 ; Community Resources; Facebook – BRYT offers a closed Facebook group for peer to peer support. Come talk with parents who are going through similar situations. Just search “BRYT Family Support” and ask to join.
Tutoring: Free Tutoring Resource for Military Connected Students can be found on Tutor.com/military.
MPS Family Liaison: Milton Public Schools is committed to being a resource for you. Whether you are unsure of how to connect with school staff or directly need a referral for services or supplies please don’t hesitate to reach out to Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at 617-980-7343 or by email at email@example.com. All calls and emails are confidential.
ART AND MUSIC
Congratulations to MHS Music Senior Coleman Rose, who is a recipient of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Eastern District Scholarship. This scholarship is granted to students who have auditioned and are selected for the MMEA Eastern District Festival Ensembles, have made an impact on their school music program and intend to pursue music in college. Coleman was a member of the MMEA Eastern District Concert Band his sophomore and Junior year and the Jazz Ensemble his senior year. He will be attending Oberlin Conservatory in the fall to pursue Jazz Performance.
Our Applied Music Lesson Program is still going strong! Violin teacher Dr. Kathy Kim shared that two of our students, Pierce 7th grader Kevin Gomes and Cunningham 5th grader AJ Murphy, placed in top honors for the Crescendo Competition and will have the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the fall or winter this coming year.
Clarinet Teacher Ms. Linda Poland held her recital virtually this past week. Enjoy this performance of “Clarinet on the Town” from MHS sophomore Max Hollingsworth-Hays.
Milton Stands Out Against Racism: Tonight, Thursday, June 4th at 6:00pm, all are invited to stand socially distanced on the sidewalks or median of Blue Hill Parkway (from Canton Ave to Mattapan Square) or stay in your car on either side of the Parkway. Signs and chalk art are encouraged. At 6:00pm, participants will Stand in Solidarity Against Racism. At 6:15pm, participants will Take a Knee as the person next to you kneels (creating a wave) in remembrance. At 6:24pm, there will be a contemplative silence for you to privately state your intentions. At 6:30pm, participants will disperse. This event is organized by Courageous Conversations Towards Racial Justice and the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association.
The 43rd Annual Milton 10K/5K Road Race – VIRTUAL EDITION – will be held June 8 – 14, 2020!
As marathons and races across the globe are being postponed, cancelled or transformed during the pandemic, we have made the decision to run the 43rd Annual Milton Road Race as a virtual event. Why are we running? This race, through the collective generosity of you, your neighbors and local businesses, has enabled scholarships for Milton high school students and grants for local community service organizations in Milton for 42 years. Please consider signing up at this link to run soon. All details can be found here.
Sign ups are live for the Milton Art Center’s online summer art classes for children ages 5-12, featuring illustration, clay, painting, fairy camps, mixed media, needle felting, macramé, journaling, and more including a weekly family activity class of identifying the birds and trees of Milton with scavenger hunts! Check out our website for a class that your child would enjoy!
Chess Club with Mr. Vigorito continues. Register now for a 3 week June session or the Summer Chess Program.
International Chess Master David Vigorito has been teaching chess in Milton for over 10 years. He teaches at all 4 elementary schools as well as Milton Academy and St. Agatha’s. June Chess information can be found here and Summer Chess information is here.
MECA is offering week three of our Story and Activity Time Series. This week’s story and activity is provided with help from Gay O’Hanlon and Karen Hainline, preschool teachers at Village School. Story and Activity Time Video Series, Week Three can be found here.
The Milton Public Library has many virtual programs for children all month long. Details can be found here.
IMPORTANT MPS CONTACTS
- Mary Gormley, Superintendent of Schools, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glenn Pavlicek, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, email@example.com
- Dr. Karen Spaulding, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
- MHS Principal James Jette, email@example.com
- PMS Principal Bill Fish, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glover Principal Karen McDavitt, email@example.com
- Cunningham Principal Jon Redden, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai, email@example.com
- Collicot Principal Holly Concannon, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Special Education, Susan Maselli email@example.com
- Director of Food Service Jackie Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Family Outreach Liaison Marti O’Keefe McKenna, email@example.com
- Milton Health Department Caroline Kinsella, firstname.lastname@example.org
MPS school Adjustment Counselors: Jennie Beliveau, Mary Bianca Mattocks, Kenneth Adelmann (Milton High School); Myriam Francoeur, Kara Sheridan, Kelly Dearing (Pierce) Jaclyn Germano (Cunningham); Elizabeth Caruso (Collicot) ; Ramsay Cadet (Tucker) Brian Powers, Christine Howley (Glover)
Central Office is staffed every day (we are practicing safe social distancing) and you can reach the Superintendent’s office any time via phone at 617-696-4808 or via email.We have compiled a comprehensive and ever changing list of Frequently Asked Questions linked here. It will be linked on the front of our website and shared in each blog post. Please refer back to it often.
As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their accomplishments below:
STAFF: Last night we honored our recent retirees from the Milton Public Schools during the Milton School Committee meeting. These long time educators have taught and supported many of your children throughout the years and I hope you will join me in wishing them a well deserved happy retirement.
Thank you and congratulations to Dr. Martine Fisher, Maureen Flanagan, Debra Hayes, Pamela Keating, Jeanne Mattaliano, Patricia Menard, Nancy Mikels, Katherine Sullivan-Maher, Donna Tarpey and Stephen Tart. You can read about each of our retirees and their contributions to the Milton Public Schools by clicking on their names above.
Donna Tarpey (no photo available): According to Principal Karen McDavitt, Donna Tarpey was a welcome presence in our Glover cafeteria and on our playground for a few years and some of our favorite times were spent laughing with her and talking to her! The students absolutely loved their connection with Donna and she, likewise, thrived on these relationships. Donna always had a sunny attitude and a positive outlook on things. She has a huge heart and she is missed at Glover School.
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: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, Dr. Karen Spaulding, (617) 696-5040 ext. 5582.