April 3rd E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  March 31st, 2017


Dear Milton Schools Parents and Guardians,

Last week was the kick-off to our Passport to the Arts event. This annual event is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and creativity from our art students and teachers. All six of our schools are participating, and to make things even more fun, visitors will be given a passport and can collect a different stamp at each event. Scroll down to see some lovely photos under “Visual Arts,” and please make every effort to attend one of these art shows.

Last week, Tucker Elementary School kicked off Passport to the Arts. This year, Tucker School featured a special, traveling art exhibit on the artist Claude Monet.  This exhibit is in residence for two weeks to coincide with Passport to the Arts.  In addition to the work completed in art class, the students’ sketches from the exhibit are on display for viewing in the temporary museum gallery.

Passport to the Arts continues TONIGHT at Milton High School —  Monday, April 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm — and will feature a combined exhibit of work from Visual Art, Fashion Design, and the MHS Pre-K Program.  The Visual Art Department will display a range of works including symbolic family portraits, landscapes, altered books, photography, and an array of ceramic pinch pots, sculptures and wheel-thrown pieces.  Fashion Design students will present their “Elements of Design in Fashion” book projects, and the MHS Pre-K students will have their self-portraits on display.  Be sure to visit the MHS lobby to see this great range of work from the students of Milton High School.

The K-5 students of Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools have selected a favorite piece of original art to display in Passport to the Arts on Tuesday, April 4th.  Cunningham families are invited to tour the gallery between 6:00 and 6:45PM, and Collicot families from 6:45 until 7:30PM.   All artwork will be on the first floor of the building, and families will see a wide range of media including paintings, collage, drawings, paper weavings, and ceramics.  Attendees will receive a stamp in their passport as well as participate in a craft activity.

On Wednesday, April 5th, the Pierce Middle School Art Department will host Passport to the Arts from 5:30-7:00pm. Families can look forward to Adinkra prints on hand-patterned Kente Cloth, linocut landscapes inspired by the Japanese printmaker Hokusai, colorful Pop Art prints in the style of Andy Warhol, and a collection of ceramic.  This impressive collection of student works will be displayed in the hallway outside of the art rooms of the lower level.  Students who attend will receive a stamp in their passport, be entered into a raffle for art supplies and an Amazon origami module made by Ms. Sherman.

Also on Wednesday, April 5th, Glover Elementary School will present Passport to the Arts from 6:00-7:30PM.  In addition to perusing the gallery of student artwork displayed throughout the building, attendees are invited to participate in a number of art activities, including a drawing table, a photo booth and scavenger hunt stations.  Participation in each activity will earn one raffle ticket in a drawing for art supplies, gift certificates and other exciting prizes. Please check out this link to view a slideshow preview of the Passport to the Arts put together by Glover art teacher Laurel Bernini.


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

March 29th: At this meeting, as part of the Superintendent’s Report, the Boys and Girls Indoor Track team members and their coaches were recognized for their success at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship held earlier this month in New York City. Next, Pierce Middle Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta came to discuss three recent grants awarded to Pierce Middle School.  School Committee members approved a field trip request from the Pierce Middle School, and also approved the revised 2017-18 School Year Calendar. Click here to view the revised calendar. School Committee members also received an FY18 budget update and voted to approve the FY18 Non-Contingent Reductions. Two vendor warrants were approved, as were updates to four policies. Members approved three sets of minutes before adjourning to executive sessions.

The next School Committee meeting will be held April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.


Please click here to view the newly-revised 2017-18 school year calendar.

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The following item was sent to us by Katherine Touafek, Director of the School to Careers Partnership, who will be hosting 25 girls from Pierce Middle School in May:

We are excited to be planning our second annual Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up for your students! Here are the details: Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up 5/12/17

School to Careers is teaming up with SAME Boston Post to positively inform and inspire middle school girls to think about STEM in an exciting way. There will be over 20 STEM presenters from leading STEM companies around the world to talk to the students including a hands-on activity.

One very special guest is a former School to Careers student, a graduate of Norwood HS, who was inspired by School to Careers events to pursue a career in engineering.  Now, she is a NASA Engineer!

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I would like to recognize and thank the following MHS students, who will be attending and representing Milton High School at the annual Bio-Engineering Symposium sponsored by SAME Boston Post.  Justin Chan, Sarah Hancock, Claire Mandel, and Douglas Walko will join 20 other high school students from the Boston area at the symposium. The mission is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.

The mission of SAME Boston Post is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.  These students will continue in a STEM program during college.

Some students say today, they want to be an engineer.  But what does that mean?  Or work in bio-tech. Or they like math. Or physics. This is a way for them to understand the wide variety of opportunities in the STEM fields and where they might find a place during and after college.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 4/18/17
9:30 AM MWRA Deer Island
12:30 The MIT & Harvard Broad Institute

Wednesday, 4/19/17
8:00 AM
Army Corps of Engineers New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site(s)

Thursday, 4/20/17
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Biogen Lab/Lunch with staff

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator:

The Social media has become a commonly used tool amongst all ages, including those as young as third and fourth grade. Therefore we must be more vigilant with equipping our children with the know-how to properly navigate these tools. It’s never too early or too late to educate your child on safe use of digital tools.

Because like many technology tools, the platforms utilized are constantly evolving and changing. What was once the popular platform gets replaced with a new platform within a matter of months. With this dynamic, it is not enough for us to solely become familiar with any one platform as a means of protecting and supporting our children. The best way to ensure safe use of social media is to teach our children responsible practices. Social media can be a breeding ground for unwanted behaviors such as cyberbullying and oversharing. Talk to your children about using social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully.

  • Make sure they can distinguish what is age-appropriate content.
  • Remind them not to publicly share their location utilizing tracking features.
  • Teach them to avoid marketing scams, by ignoring ads and in-app purchases.
  • Talk about their “digital footprint”, reminding them that nothing is truly temporary even though many sites advertise them as such.
  • Be diligent about “checking” their online activity.

No matter which form of social media your child is into, you should be sure to talk to them about responsible use. Some of the popular social media sites your children may be using:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Snapchat, Musical.ly, Tumblr, Vine, Ask.fm, Yik Yak, Kik, Line, Burn Note, Meerkat, Periscope, YouNow, BurnBook

This list is not exhaustive, as new apps/sites are developed periodically. For additional resources on being safe in the digital world please visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lessons/family-tip-sheets/en


Please enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork from our Passport to the Arts events:

CoCu ceramics MHS print CoCu paintings Pierce origami MHS ceramics tucker art passport3 passport2


The following item was sent by Lori Bilewicz, ¡CELEBRATEMILTON! Board President & Sponsorship Chair:

The iCelebrateMilton! Board of Directors met on March 15th to review and vote on grant applications.  We received quite a few requests this year, from across the community.  I’m thrilled to report that we voted to fund 4 of the grants requested by the Milton Public Schools. Those grants were:

  • $250 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a set of books to be distributed across grades K – 5.  These books will focus on sometimes ignored aspects of black life, which will not only provide more relatable reading content for our students of color but will also broaden the perspective of all of Tucker’s students.  The request was submitted by Eileen Keaney.
  • $325 to the Milton High School Student Leaders to support their Diversity and Cultural Awareness Training.  The funds provided will be used to purchase materials for a Privilege Bead Activity, where students will explore privilege across different social identity groups.  Wristbands will be shared with the Freshman class where they can write “I believe…” or “I won’t stand for…” statements on the wristbands. The request was submitted by Jessica Jarboe.
  • $848 to Collicot Elementary School to expand their Reading about Diversity curriculum to improve students’ understanding of and respect for diversity in the school, our community, and larger world.  All 5 elementary grades will participate and the curriculum includes reading the books, having guided discussions, and group activities.  The request was submitted by Holly Concannon.
  • $1000 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a Bullying Prevention kit to supplement the existing Social Emotional curriculum, which will be included for all students K-5.  According to Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “There’s a strong correlations between bias and bullying.  The targets of bullies are often from a group marginalized because of certain characteristics about which others hold prejudiced assumptions (such as race, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender expression/identity or size).”  The request was submitted by Dr Elaine McNeil-Girmai.

Thank you to all the grant applicants for striving to make Milton a better to live by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.  iCelebrateMilton! values your contributions to our mission!

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The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!


Please click on this link to read a very informative article about Why Arts Education is Crucial. It is especially interesting to read the research about the correlation between arts education and academic achievement.


Celebration 2017 is just around the corner! The MFE would like everyone to know that ticket sales are closing on April 5th. Click here to get tickets. The MFE and Honorary Co-Chairs Ken & Jennifer Casey of the Dropkick Murphys announce a chance-of-a-lifetime premiere silent auction prize – “Shipping Off to Dublin,” with the Dropkick Murphys and Delta Airlines. Win a trip for two to see the Dropkick Murphys in Dublin! This exciting package includes two VIP Concert Tickets/Backstage Passes; roundtrip airfare for two (Boston to Dublin on Delta Airlines); $500 in travel money; autographed Dropkick’s Hockey Jersey; and an Autographed copy of “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory.” The concert is July 16, 2017 and the flight is roundtrip from Boston to Dublin.


The following item was sent to us by Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:

We have two weeks to go until the deadline for the Lincoln essay and drawing contest, and myself and a cadre of dedicated trustees and volunteers are eagerly anticipating your students’ submissions. Starting today — Monday, April 3rd —  there will be a large red plastic treasure chest by the side door, and any submissions may be placed inside. I will be checking it on a daily basis until 5:00pm on Thursday, April 13th. As a reminder, students may also email their essays only to info@forbeshousemuseum.org as a Word document or PDF.


Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. No registration is required.

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

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




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 and thank the two students who participated in the recent “Milton Speaks,” 2017 Candidate’s Forum and represented Milton High School in an outstanding manner. Both girls were fantastic job representatives of the Milton Public Schools! Hats off to Aislinn O’Brien and Shoilee Banerjee!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Pierce Middle School 8th grade science teacher Kristen Fleury, who was invited to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference, which was held in Los Angeles this week. Ms. Fleury won the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers earlier this year, which earned her all-expense paid trip to the conference. Congratulations!

Volunteers: With Celebration right around the corner, I would like to thank all the MFE volunteers who are working on this event. I know what a huge time commitment is involved and the thousands of hours that are spent putting together this amazing event. Thank you to each and every one of you!

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, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, 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, hiring and firing of staff, 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, 617-696-4812


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