Milton Public Schools

October 18th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 18•16

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I had a meeting the other day with Dr. Brieanne Midura, our district’s school physician, and Margaret Gibbons, Head Nurse for MPS, and we would like to reiterate our illness policy, which is included in every Student Handbook. Please read below:

“Occasionally a student is kept home from school for illness. A student with vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home from school until symptoms have subsided for 24 hours, the student is able to take nourishment, and is sleeping through the night. If diarrhea or vomiting persists consult your primary care provider. If cold or cough symptoms are associated with a fever the child should NOT come to school. If symptoms do not readily improve contact your primary care provider. Your student may attend school if there is no fever. Your primary care provider should evaluate a sore throat in conjunction with a fever. Students treated for strep throat may return to school after 24 hours on an antibiotic.

Please notify the main office if you student is absent from school due to illness. This provides the school nurse with significant information to identify tracks of illnesses and to help prevent the spread of illness by communicating with staff and with parents/guardians.”

The Milton Public Schools will be hosting a flu shot clinic on November 9th from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Pierce Middle School. This clinic, which will be held in the cafeteria, is for those in Grades 3 and older and parents/guardians are also welcome. Please bring your insurance card.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26th at7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

Internationally recognized artist Dr. Napoleon Jones-Henderson spoke to MHS students about the importance of art and the commitment each student needs to make to their own education.  Earlier this month, Dr. Jones-Henderson visited the high school as part of the History Makers organization, a Chicago-based organization that works to bring oral history makers to schools across the country.  Each year they sponsor a “Back to School” event that joins local entrepreneurs and schools, and at the end of the presentation students take a commitment oath that challenges each student to make education a priority in their lives.  More than a thousand schools across the country participate each year, and this marks the second time Milton High has participated.

After speaking to a larger crowd in the Charles Winchester Auditorium, Dr. Jones-Henderson spent time with Milton High Advanced Placement art students, where he talked about the importance of education and perseverance.  He encouraged students, advising them “don’t be afraid of being a starving artist,” letting them know that following their passion was important to their own happiness.

Dr. Jones-Henderson studied at Art Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University and the Maryland Institute, as well as the Sorbonne Student Continuum Arts Center in Paris France.  He has been a professor at Massachusetts College of Arts and Emerson College in Boston as well as Malcolm X College in Chicago.  Most recently Dr. Jones-Henderson was commissioned to feature his art at both the Bolling Building in Boston and Roxbury Community College.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Parents and guardians, please note that Milton High School will be hosting Information Night for parents and guardians of students in Grades 5-8 on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30pm.

This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.

MILTON HIGH SCHOOL FACTS & OPPORTUNITIES:

21 Advanced Placement course offerings in 2016 -2017 90% of Milton High Students took the SAT in 2015-2016
The PSAT is administered to all sophomores & juniors before graduating 88% of students admitted to 4-year & 2-year university/college.
Students have access to Music Lab, Language Lab, Biotech Lab, Computer Labs In 2015-16, 49% of Juniors and 61% of Seniors took an AP exam (76 % of students who took an AP exam obtained qualifying scores (3 or better).
More than 75 clubs and activities Robotics Team
Community Service Opportunities Music Program: Band, Chorus & Strings
Excellent Athletic Program and Facilities Debate Team

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Also, please note that our Guidance Department will also be hosting the following events:

  • MEFA Financial Aid Night; Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium-come and hear all about the new changes to FAFSA and how they will affect you!
  • College Planning Night-Tuesday, November 1st 6:30 pm. Come and participate in mini interactive sessions on all aspects of the college process.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following item was submitted by MHS music teacher and Marching Band co-director Rebecca Damiani:

Last weekend, the Milton Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Wakefield Memorial High School to compete in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductor Association’s Marching Band festival. After spending four years in Division 1, the Wildcat Marching Band has grown to compete in Division 2 for the first time. Their performance on Saturday earned them a three-star rating in all categories including music, percussion, visual performance, color guard and general effect for an overall rating of Three-stars. The Wildcat Marching Band is led by senior drum majors Maya Watanabe and Mariah Conway, Senior Color Guard Captain Lilly Tennyson and Junior Percussion Captain Sawyer Flanagan. You can catch their show “The Music of Coldplay” at all remaining home varsity football games.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Parents of Grades 1-8 boys and girls …. please save the date! On Sunday, November 13th the MHS Girls Cross Country Team is sponsoring a Kids Trail Run for boys and girls Grades 1-8 at Cunningham Park. The first race begins at noon. This event will support and raise awareness for the Girls Cross Country Team. Sign-ups begin at 10:30am at Cunningham Hall. Cost is $10 per person. The events are:

Grades 1 and 2: 1 mile at 12:00 p.m. Grades 3-5: 1.5 miles at 12:15 p.m. Grades 6-8: 2 miles at 12:35 p.m. For early registration and more information, email Coach Shaw at tshaw@miltonps.org

HEALTH NEWS

As a friendly reminder, please review our district’s lice policy.

In an effort to contain the spread of lice, we would like all parents to be informed on how to respond if their child has lice. The goal is that parents examine your child and if lice or nits are found follow the instructions in this memo. It is only through your cooperation that we can respond to each periodic outbreak.

Head lice are tiny insects that live on people’s scalps and hair. Head lice hatch from small eggs, called nits that become firmly attached to hair shafts and cannot easily be removed (different from simple dandruff).  Nits may be found throughout the hair so it is important to check the entire scalp.  Nits hatch in about 8-10 days, with new lice reaching adulthood in another 8-10 days.  Thee female louse, about the size of a sesame seed, typically lives for about thirty days and lays about six eggs per day.  Lice can live off the host in the environment, although generally not for more than forty-eight hours.

Anyone who has close contact with an infested individual or shares personal items can become infested. Lice are spread only when they crawl from person to person directly or crawl onto shared personal items, such as combs, brushes, head coverings, clothing, bedding, or towels.  An infested individual can transmit head lice to others continuously until undergoing treatment to kill the insects and nits.

Diagnosis is usually made by detecting nits. Nits are tiny, pearl-gray to light brown, oval-shaped eggs attached to the hair usually near the scalp.  Use a magnifying glass and natural light when checking for them and pay extra attention to the back of the neck, behind the ears and at the top of the head.

Students may return to school after being treated and after being examined by a school nurse to assist with parent/guardian treatment. For parent/guardian convenience, a nurse is available at other schools: Milton High School from 7:00 a.m. and Pierce Middle School from 7:30 a.m.  Please make sure that the nurses are aware that you are coming for a head check. 

Links for the video used:

HEADLICE TO DEADLICE

(Part 1)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCoZP5Aso5U

(Part 2)   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGvGY72zAqi

MFE NEWS

It’s that time of year! The MFE’s 18th Annual Monster Dash is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th. The race starts and ends at Cunningham Park, 75 Edge Hill Road, Milton. This race is held in loving memory of Sam Cichello and supports science enrichment in Milton’s elementary schools. Registration begins at 9am, with kids activities beginning at 10am and a costumed Fun Run starting at 10:30am.  The 5K start is 11am and awards begin at noontime. To register online, click here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Join the top local restaurants to support community rowing on the Neponset. Get your tickets for the delicious Head of the Carbs fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, October 21st.  This event will be held at First Parish Milton, Parish Hall. Join the Friends of Milton Crew for a casually elegant evening with tasting stations generously donated by great local restaurants, including Abby Park, Novara, The Plate, La Scala, 88 Wharf and Steel & Rye. This year’s fundraiser theme, “Head of the Carbs,” celebrates our youth rowers competing in this year’s Head of the Charles, the world’s preeminent rowing regatta. And it will help us raise funds to maintain and grow our fleet of boats, oars, launches, and motors.  Tickets are limited – get your today! http://neponsetrowing.org/

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Milton Public Schools is supporting efforts for “Create the Change Day 2016” by hosting a toy drive for The Jared Box Project!!

Project Giving Kids is excited to announce an amazing opportunity to get kids involved in giving back to our community – our first Create the Change Day will take place on October 30th, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

This Halloween themed event will provide numerous hands-on opportunities for kids and families to volunteer and will feature numerous Boston area nonprofit organization from The Jared Box Project, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Hospitality Homes and many others.

You can help by bringing in the suggested small toys, games, and crafts listed on the attached and below to school from October 4th through October 26th. Boxes have been placed for donation drop off in the school lobby. You can also join in the fun on October 30th as your donations are used to make Jared Boxes for children served by Boston Children’s Hospital and Good Shepherd Community Care as a part of “Create The Change Day 2016.”

Collection for children ages 4-8 years old: K – Bubbles, stickers, dress up toys 1 – Travel sized board games 2 – Silly putty, Play-Doh 3 – Card games, puzzles 4 – Plastic animal figurines, cars 5 – Nerf balls, art supplies

The Jared boxes will be assembled at the 10/30 Create the Change Day event and will be delivered to hospitals, providing a special diversion for young patients in emergency rooms, patient rooms, surgical centers, and clinics as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments. Jared Boxes bring smiles and laughter and lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

Here are the links to the Create the Change Day Event, Project Giving Kids, and The Jared Box Project. Please check out the link to the event and join us on Oct. 30th from 1-4 for a Halloween themed day of fun-filled events and on-site service opportunities! You can also click here to watch a video.

Any questions, please send email to stover.rebecca@gmail.com and sunni.fleming@outlook.com

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The following item was sent to us by Alan Bishop with the Milton Department of Public Works:

MWRA Water Main Maintenance Likely to Cause Discolored Water and Slightly Lower Water Pressure in Areas of Hyde Park and Milton. The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will be conducting water main maintenance in Hyde Park.  The project will start on Monday, October 17th and will be completed by Friday, October 21, 2016.

Though the work is being done in Hyde Park, it will likely result in a slight change in water pressure and discolored water in parts of Milton during this five day period. If discolored water does occur, it will result from a small amount of iron in local pipes.

Please note that iron will stain light-colored items in your laundry, especially when bleach is used. Residents may want to wait for the water to clear before using it. If you have any questions, please contact Milton’s MWRA Community Relations Manager, Leonard Cawley, (617) 305-5757, Leonard.Cawley@mwra.com or MWRA’s 24-hour water line: (617) 305-5950.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country: The Girls Cross Country team has dominated the Bay State Conference as they stand unbeaten at 10-0 and continue to work hard to prepare to defend their State Title in November. This past weekend, the team won first place at the Twilight Invitational in Barnstable, with four Milton girls scoring in the top nine out of 251 runners. Bridget Mitchell won the race in a time of 18:06 and Colette O’Leary finished second overall with a time of 18:29. Congrats to these girls on an amazing performance!

 Boys Cross Country: The Boys Cross Country remains competitive despite a 2-8 record.

Football: Our Wildcats remain in contention for a Herget Division title with a 5-1 record and they are looking to earn a high seed in the upcoming MIAA playoffs after a convincing 47-12 win over Dedham. This week, the Cats host Wellesley on Friday night at 7pm in a Herget showdown.

Golf: The Golf team is currently 6-6 and needs one more win to qualify for the MIAA State Tournament with 2 matches left to play this week.

Girls Soccer: The Girls Soccer team is currently 7-4-2 and qualified for the State Tournament with a 6-0 win over Quincy on Saturday.

Boys Soccer: The Boys team is currently 2-11 and is looking to close out the season on a strong note with two weeks remaining.

Field Hockey: The Field Hockey team has four wins, eight losses and one tie as they continue to play great defense and play very competitive games.

Volleyball: The Volleyball team has been on a roll at they have improved to 10-6 and need one more win to qualify for the State Tournament.

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

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 would like to recognize three MHS students who earned spots to row in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, October 23rd.  Although the Neponset Rowing Club is sending three other boats to compete at the regatta, the foursome of Maya Watanabe, Lucy Hainline, Maia Adley, and Brigitte Dugas earned their spots from their hard work last year.  Congrats to these three girls!

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize MHS Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw, Athletic Trainer Patty Pauris and MHS English Teacher Steve Collyer, all of whom worked very hard to help get our new Wildcat Wellness Center up and running. This new, state-of-the-art cardio and weight training facility could not have happened without the knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm of these three staff members. We are also grateful to the Milton Foundation for Education, who funded this important Health & Wellness initiative. The weight training room has been in use since mid-September, but the cardio room just opened today. This will be an invaluable resource for all our students!

Volunteers: I would like to thank one of our Milton families who recently went above and beyond for the Collicot School. The Madden family spent the weekend painting lines in the outdoor spaces for playground games. There are now designated spots to play Pickle, Soccer, Baseball, Football, and a new Four Square. It is temporary paint and should last about three weeks. The Madden family has very close ties to Milton, with Mike Madden serving as our boys’ varsity soccer coach and his wife Heidi Madden serving as a Collicot lunch/recess aide. In addition, their son Ryan is a job coach/aide at Milton High School and also helps out our Athletic Director. The Madden’s four other children are students in the Milton Public Schools. What a thoughtful and generous way to support our schools and community.

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

 

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