April 7th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, April 7th, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11th the Milton High School Cross Country team will be honored at Fenway Park. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm prior to the Red Sox game. What a tremendous honor for our Wildcat’s State Championship team!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is always an exciting time of year in the Milton Public Schools. Our high school seniors are getting their college acceptance letters; our incoming kindergartners are being registered and screened; our rising first-grade families are making the choice between French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathways; our middle-schoolers are in Washington, DC for a field trip; our Future Problem Solvers are headed off to the State Bowl; the mother ducks are getting ready to hatch their ducklings at Glover; spring sports are just beginning; the MFE’s annual Celebration event is tomorrow night; and the Science from Scientists golf tournament fundraiser is only weeks away. All of those things, coupled with warmer weather and (hopefully) sunnier skies make this a fabulous time of year to be part of the Milton Public Schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. This meeting will be preceded by a brief reception in the MHS lobby to celebrate and thank Milton School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker and Milton School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones for their service to the town of Milton, the Milton Public Schools and the Milton School Committee.

During the March 29th meeting, we presented K and Grade One numbers. As of today, we have 330 kindergarten students fully registered. In order to receive school assignments and screening appointments, you must be fully registered by April 28, 2017.

First Grade Placement: District-wide, we have 189 first graders who opted for the English Innovation Pathways program (55%) and 157 opted for French Immersion (45%). As a result, we will have 10 English Innovation Pathways classes and 6 French Immersion. At Collicot, we will have 3 English and 2 French classes. At Cunningham, we will have 3 English and 1 French class.  Glover will have 2 English and 2 French. Tucker will have 2 English and 1 French. There were lotteries for French at Tucker and Cunningham.  District-wide, there were 12 students who requested French and did not initially receive French placements.  We have 3 available seats at Collicot that we will offer through the district-wide lottery.  As enrollments change throughout the summer, we hope to be able to offer French seats to everyone on the list.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

2017 Milton BoomWriter BeeWe are happy to report that the 1st Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee was a grand success! The enthusiasm with which all students approached the contest and the skill that they demonstrated each week in their writing was unparalleled. Over 700 students participated; they wrote for a total of 78,973 minutes and generated 2,245,621 words!

The project began back on February 16 when all grade 4 and 5 students across the district received a copy of chapter 1 of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure, a story start written by the Goonie’s own Chunk (aka Jeff Cohen).  The students returned from February vacation with great ideas, ready to write and beginning on February 27, each week, students wrote their own version of each chapter of the story. Each Friday the students participated in an anonymous voting round in which students voted for their favorite chapter.

Every week of competition, we saw a winner from each of the 4 elementary schools and 1 overall winner whose chapter will be printed in the book. By the final week of competition the field was narrowed to the top vote getter in each of the four schools. These students competed in final round to determine an overall winner. The chapter winners, finalists and the winner Fiona Zimon were all honored at an amazing event hosted by BoomWriter and Jeff Cohen at the Hoosic Club. Over 300 people turned out to congratulate our winners and meet Chunk!

The FINAL FOUR were as follows;

Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham). Last Friday, March 24 all students voted for their favorite chapter 5 and Fiona Zimon of Cunningham won this last vote.

The overall weekly winners are as follows; these are the authors whose chapters will appear in the published version of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure.

Nathan Ehui (Tucker)- Chapter 2, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 3, Elinor Johnson (Glover)- Chapter 4, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 5.

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Cat DesRoche, Jeff Cohen (“Chunk”) AND Elaine McNeil Girmai

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Elinor Johnson, Mae McKenna and Fiona Zimon

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Saanah Lefevre and Nathan Ehui.

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The Boomwriter Bee Publishing Party!

The following item was sent to us by MHS teacher and Future Business Leaders of America coach AJ Melanson:

Yesterday I took 23 students to the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  We had a record 12 students qualify for Nationals (Anaheim, CA June 28 – July 3)!  We are so pleased to announce that we have three State Champions in Hospitality Management – Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Obongue and Domenic Jancaterino! Also, please congratulate the following nine students who also qualified for Nationals:

2nd Place Economics – Domenic Jancaterino
3rd Place Economics – Peyton Carvalho
4th Place Economics – Nuasheen Chowdhury
4th Place Advertising – Lilli Cormack
2nd Place Job Interview – Ornella Ebongue
4th Place Job Interview – Suvan Shukla
4th Place Public Speaking – Karisa Lasoff
3rd Place Publication Design – Linda Do and Vincent Luong
4th Place Sports & Entertainment Management – Chris Caputo, Peyton Carvalho and Will Jrolf

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

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

Our eighth grade scholars, in preparation for their Washington, D.C. trip, create a virtual tour of their trip. Using Google Earth, scholars map out historical sites that can be seen while in D.C., providing helpful, fun facts about each site. Scholars are able to see 3D, street views of the sites, with close detail, before they even arrive in D.C. Scholars turn their tour into a short movie, narrating the virtual experience. Click here to see an example of a finished product on YouTube:

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The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, MHS Math Department Head:

 On Wednesday, March 29th, 120 Pierce Middle School students attended the FutureSmart Challenge at the TD Garden with approximately 2000 students from area schools.  The event was hosted by MassMutual, the Boston Celtics, and Junior Achievement.   Attending the FutureSmart Challenge is part of an effort to increase the financial literacy of our middle school students.  Hill Harper, an actor and author who graduated from Harvard Law School, discussed the importance of savings, career choices, staying in school, going to college and how each has a profound impact on future financial success.   Former Celtic Leon Powe also spoke with the students and they had the chance to see the Boston Celtics team mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun, perform.

As part of our partnership with Junior Achievement, Pierce students will continue learning about personal finance either in their Grade 7 Math Investigations or ISSTEM Grade 8 classes during the remainder of the school year.   The Grade 7 Math Investigations students will complete JA Economics for Success, which presents practical information about personal finance and stresses the importance of identifying education and career goals based on skills, interests and values.  The ISSTEM Grade 8 classes will work on JA Finance Park Virtual, a program on personal finance management, which gives students the opportunity to explore personal, academic, and financial choices through hands-on, realistic simulation experiences.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Glover Art Show Success! Thank you for joining us on Wednesday night for the Glover Art Show! It was absolutely spectacular! I couldn’t stop smiling as I watched families and students proudly viewing artwork and sharing accomplishments. The halls were buzzing, students were laughing, families were smiling, and to me, it was exactly what an elementary school should look like, sound like, and feel like. I am so proud to be the principal of such an amazing school. Nights like Wednesday night remind me of how fortunate we all are! Thank you, Mrs. Baylon and Mrs. Bernini, for inspiring our young artists and creating the happiest hallways I’ve ever seen! Please take a moment to look at some of Glover’s amazing artwork in this video: You can also take a peek at the students in action in this presentation put together by Mrs. Bernini and Mrs. Baylon.

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The following item was sent to us by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

M-PACE Performances: Milton High School students have had the pleasure of seeing three different performances over the past two months, thanks to the funding of the Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Education (MPACE).   In March sophomores enjoyed a performance of Macbeth, presented by the Bay Colony Theatre Company and in April our juniors, who study American history and American literature, visited the House of Blues to see a live performance by a band that traced the history of the Blues through American music.  The third installment of the performances happened this week, as actors from the Shakespeare Now!  theater company performed Romeo and Juliet in the Charles Winchester Auditorium.  Ninth grade students from Fontbonne Academy joined the audience for Romeo and Juliet as well, as the play is part of their curriculum.

In all more than 700 students saw one of the three performances this Spring.  Without the generous donations made by MPACE these performances would not be possible.

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The following item was submitted by PMS Humanities Coordinator Nancy Warn:

Our 7th graders have almost completed the novel The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen.  They have explored the history of a troubled time period, studied the elements of literature and investigated the themes of intolerance and injustice in this text and in supplemental readings.  Students explored complex characters, discussed good vs. evil, the impact of hatred and intolerance on society. This novel was eye opening for many of our 7th graders and the lessons learned will stay with them for a long time to come.   This year, we are lucky enough to have a Milton resident and Holocaust survivor coming to speak to our 7th graders on April 12th.  She will share her story of survival and share how the human spirit can triumph, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club invites Milton residents graduating from high school this year to apply for scholarships for further education.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who plan to enter schools or colleges in 2017, and are not limited to four year accredited programs.

The application consists of an online form, a transcript, letters of recommendation, and a brief personal essay. As a community organization, Milton Junior Woman’s Club will award scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community involvement.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and can be submitted at www.miltonjuniorwomansclub.com in the “Student Scholarship” tab.

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to broaden and strengthen the moral, social, and intellectual life of its members and to serve the community.  Money raised throughout the year by events such as the Milton Road Race held in June, enables the club to fund the scholarship program. We always welcome new members!

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS:

The following item was submitted by SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman:

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will have its next meeting on Thursday, April 13th The topic is Opiod Crisis: Our Community. We will have a parent who lost a child and is now an advocate and a rep from Manet Health Center to demonstrate the use and benefits of Narcan.  The meeting is from 7-9pm at Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hill Parkway in Milton.

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The following item is from Noel Vigue, Director of Physical Education/Health:

CALLING ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS of Milton Public School children — In our ever changing, fast-paced, and complex world, we’re bombarded with so much information on a daily basis, it can be difficult to find the best resources to help raise healthy, responsible and resilient children.  It’s often said that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As partners in the education of Milton youth and our desire to support families with children of all ages, we’re interested in offering a Parent Workshop/Speaker Series.  We want to hear from you!  Below is a list of sample topics.  What would you like to learn more about?  What topics would be of interest?

Strategies for Raising Teenage Boys
Responding to Everyday Stress with Grit & Resiliency
Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Body Image
The Middle Years
Smartphones, Apps, Internet: Safety in the Digital Age
How to Connect with Your Child Through Play

Please email nvigue@miltonps.org Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education with your thoughts/ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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Attention golfers!! Our upcoming fundraiser for Science from Scientists is need of more golfers. Please come out to support a fantastic cause on Monday, May 1st at 11am. To register, click on this link: www.chipinforescience.org

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I mentioned a Pierce student’s Cradles to Crayons fundraiser in a recent E-blast. Here is an exciting update: After nearly five hours with middle school and high school students — along with some help from our State Senator Walter Timilty — 50 bags of donated items were collected and shipped to Cradles to Crayons. This drive was organized by Pierce student and Student Ambassador to Project 351, Dominique Thomas. What an outpouring of Milton support! Thank you to all who contributed.

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The Milton High Girls Track Team is hosting a car wash fundraiser on Saturday April 15 at Cunningham School, 9:00-12:00, $10.00 per vehicle. Please come out to support this State-Championship-winning team as they try to raise money to attend Nationals this spring in North Carolina!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison in conjunction with Susan Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance. For more information please contact Ms. Dolan at 617 696 2262.

Parent Café -Getting ready for Kindergarten!

  • Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10am at the Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School Cafeteria, 80 Edgehill Road
  • Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free parent café – “Getting ready for kindergarten!”.

Join us for a round table discussion. Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to share some tips to help you prepare. In addition to a roundtable discussion, all 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 and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Simply choose one of the dates, register and attend. These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall.

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling Susan Dolan, MECA at 617- 696- 2262. To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is NOT available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

MPS Kindergarten Registration

If you have not had an opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the school year 2017-2018 please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-5040 ext. 5510. Children entering a MPS Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2017. Students who are fully registered by April 28, 2017 will receive notice in early May indicating their child’s school assignment along with their screening appointment time.  Kindergarten screening will take place May 22,23,24,25.

The Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found at:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/KInformationNight2017FINAL.pdf

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

After much consideration and feedback from parents / guardians I have worked with the district’s attorneys and Administration to inform you that the school nurses will be sending health information notices based on a new division of grades within each school. Going forward there will be two groups to share information from school to home. Grade Pre K – Grade 2 and Grade 3 – Grade 5.  

The division was based on the age and understanding of each group. The younger group of student has little knowledge or limited knowledge of the transmission of “germs.” They are just learning about hand washing, proper cough etiquette and not sharing personal items among other good healthy behaviors.  This makes this group similar when illnesses or lice are seen at school.

The grade 3 – grade 5 students also share similar behaviors but are more understanding and have been taught the importance of healthy behaviors and illness prevention.

As the nurses move forward with this model, I anticipate that “home” will actually be receiving more notices because we will be looking across grades to identify illnesses or health concern to inform parents and guardians what we are seeing in the school setting. This will give parents / guardians, I believe, the information that you want to help assess and care for your own child

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

MSE Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017.  Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4.  If we have any more snow days this year, we will need to adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

Registration:  Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month.  Please note that all courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of if you register online or in person.  We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved.  If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

We will have personnel available to help you register in person on the following dates from 3:30-5:00 at both the Tucker School and the Cunningham School:  May 3, May 10, May 17

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules.  There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE.  It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive!  Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April  12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 3, May 10 and May 17: In-person registration at both the Tucker and Cunningham Schools
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions (Locations and times TBD)
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175         3 Courses = $525 2 Courses = $350         4 Courses = $600 Family Max = $1,200       Pre–K = $650

  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017!  Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

It’s time for CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts on April 30th and promises to be another great year. Don’t forget that the parade is April 22nd!   Also, please check out and like our Facebook page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up who wants to play. Let’s all build excitement and do our best with recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there. Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566 JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com 

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school.  For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.  If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!   A great breakfast program is offered at school every day.  School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25!  If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

What your children eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. School breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class.  Eating a well balanced breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.  Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.  We all know that when students eat breakfast, they perform better and are better able to concentrate.

Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.  Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits later in life.

Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast. As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards have been implemented into your child’s school breakfast.  These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options.  According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of white milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products.  There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option.  Our breakfast menu can be viewed on our school website http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1466119320502

Instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children eat a healthy meal, let us do the work. They can get a great breakfast at school, and there will be no dishes for you to wash!  Let’s help students to perform better every day, by making sure they eat a healthy breakfast.  Mornings can be rushed, but it is important to make time for breakfast.  Make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast!  All of the schools in Milton offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school.  There is no need to sign up, just show up.  Each school also has supervision available.

MFE NEWS

It’s time for the annual Teacher of the Year nominations! Milton Celebration for Education is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Please click here to download the forms.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Robert McCrystal at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) and South Shore Mental Health will present a free community education program “ Fostering Emotional Wellness During College-Age Years” on Wednesday, April 26 from 6 – 8:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

This program, part of the hospital’s Integrated Care Learning Consortium, will allow parents and students to hear from a panel of experts about the variety of programs and resources available to help students balance their academics and emotional and behavioral wellness. This program is specifically designed for parents of middle school, high school and college age students as well as the students themselves.

Scheduled speakers at the event include: Karen Cahill, director of guidance at Milton High School; Vic DiGravio, president and CEO of the Association of Behavioral Health; Kristen Woodbury, vice president of rehabilitation and recovery at South Shore Mental Health; Rod Skinner and Lisa Morin, from Milton Academy; Alison Markson, director and licensed psychologist at the Curry College Counseling Center; and Jennifer Morazes, Ph.D, Genesis Coaching and Consulting.

“As parents and caregivers, we want to foster emotional wellness in our teenagers and support them to make safe and healthy decisions. There is much pressure today to succeed academically, to attend the best colleges and universities and to generally make the “right” decisions after high school and in life,” said Lisa Braude, Ph.D, senior advisor-health policy and grant management at BID-Milton. “This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of leading experts on important health topics.”

The Integrated Care Learning Consortium partnership between BID-Milton and South Shore Mental Health works to raise awareness of behavioral health issues, provide education to community members and connect human services and health care professionals throughout the area. To register for this event, please call 617-313-1557.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

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 Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 16 – 22 (April Vacation Week):

Monday, April 17, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Family Board Game Time, Ages 4 and up

Did you know that the Children’s Room has a HUMONGOUS collection of board games? We’ll have them all out in the Story Hour Room this afternoon for you to play with. Come play an old favorite, or try out something new! This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Animal World Experience, Ages 5 and up

Please join the Children’s Room for an exciting live animal program with Animal World Experience! In their Global Safari program, they will take us on a journey around the world to get a glimpse of cultures very different that our own.  Meet animals along the way, and learn of their importance to the human culture in the places they come from. Stick around after the show for a chance to pet some of our new animal friends! For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Lego Club, Ages 6-12

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science, Ages 6-11

Join us for a special Earth Day workshop with Mad Science of South Boston!  We’ll find out what happens when we throw something out, where it goes, how it affects us, and what we can do about it. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at www.miltonlibrary.org, or by calling the Children’s Room at 617-898-4957 during business hours. Also, like the Milton Public Library 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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

Though it may not feel like spring yet, our Spring Athletics season is now underway. Boys Tennis opened up our season with a great 3-2 victory over division foe Walpole, while Girls Tennis dropped a tough one to Millis. Girls Lacrosse then kicked off their campaign with a nice 13-10 win over Hanover, with Devin Coulter leading the way with 5 goals. Boys Lacrosse battled a very tough Scituate Team but was on the losing end. Our Rugby team prevailed, with a 50-21 win over Hanover. What a great start to the season Cats!

Track, Baseball and Softball were all postponed this week due to weather.  Crew will start their season soon. Please click here to view all schedules.

Next Week at a Glance (home varsity events)

Monday 4/10
Softball vs Walpole, 3:45, Gile Field
Boys & Girls Track vs Framingham, 3:45, Track
Boys Tennis vs Norwood, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Tuesday 4/11
Boys Lacrosse vs Newton North, 4:00, Brooks Turf

Wednesday 4/12
Baseball vs Wellesley, 3:45, Cunn Park
Boys Tennis vs Braintree, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Thursday 4/13
Boys Tennis vs Weymouth, 3:45, Kelly Courts
Girls Lacrosse vs Wellesley, 5:30, Brooks Turf

Saturday 4/15
Baseball vs Boston Latin, 12:00, Cunn Park

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:

Student: I have been attending School Committee meetings for many years. But recently, even I was surprised by someone who came and spoke at Citizen’s Speak. During the March 29th meeting, Pierce Middle School 7th-grader Barron Clancy asked to speak on behalf of the music program in the Milton Public Schools. His words were so eloquent and his enthusiasm was so infectious that he was commended by each of the School Committee members in attendance. Barron Clancy is an outstanding ambassador for the music program, and for the Milton Public Schools!

Staff:   I would like to recognize the following chaperones who are accompanying our Pierce Middle School students on their trip to Washington, D.C.: Kristin Fleury, Jake Smith, Melissa Augustyn, Alison Meleedy, Lauren Hoyt, Rachel Clancy, Kerri Devin, John O’Leary, Brendan Bonn, Bill Deschenes, Erin MacCurtain, Anna McReynolds, Karen Spaulding and Barbara Perry. Thank you for your time, your effort, and for all you do!

Volunteers: We had a volunteer Food Service worker at Milton High School today, when Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw jumped in to help slice avocadoes during one of the lunch shifts. Thank you, Brian!

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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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