April 29th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Attention Parents/Guardians of children going to Kindergarten next fall: Parent Cafes – Getting Ready for Kindergarten will take place next week. Please join us for one of two exciting opportunities to get some tips on how to help your youngster get ready for Kindergarten. Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Road or Wednesday, May 3rd  from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. For more details please see Family Outreach Liaison section below

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to remind our Milton Public Schools community that Teacher Appreciation Day is held on Tuesday, May 2nd, but the entire Teacher Appreciation Week lasts from Monday, May 1st to Friday, May 5th. This is the perfect time of year to write your child’s teacher a note to express your appreciation. We are very fortunate to have a team of hardworking, dedicated and talented teachers here in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in letting them know they are valued!

I would also like to thank and welcome our two newest School Committee members. Ada Rosmarin and Elizabeth White joined the Milton School Committee at the most recent meeting on April 26th. I am looking forward to working with these two energetic and talented women!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The following letter was submitted to the Milton Times by the Milton School Committee in response to a Letter to the Editor which appeared in a previous issue.

To the Editor:

Thanks to a letter to the editor from a local resident, we realized that the Average Teacher Salary chart on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website contained an error. It incorrectly indicated that the average teacher salary in Milton in 2016 was $98,286, up from $80,117 in 2015. After several conversations with DESE and with the vendor who supplies our data reporting software, we discovered the source of the error. The website incorrectly shows that the number of teachers dropped from 286 in 2015 to 240 in 2016 when in fact it had increased to 290. Taking into account the correct number of teachers, the average salary should be $81,408, which is consistent with prior years’ data. The error has been corrected with DESE and will be corrected on their website when it is next updated at the end of May.

* * *

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting, held on April 26th, was a re-organizational meeting. Dr. Kevin Donahue was elected the Chair of the committee and Sheila Varela was elected Vice-Chair. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

I am happy to report that, for the fifth year in a row, all the students (35) who took the DELF exam passed. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française,) which is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education is used for school records as well as for college and job applications. Scores are valid for life. The DELF is recognized by 180 countries. Once again, Madame Pons successfully prepared our students for this exam. Please see the list of students below:

Taylor Burns, Molly Kibble, Brigitte Dugas, Allegra Giddings, Daniel deBenedictis, Lily Phelan, Sarah Power, Elizabeth Sbarra, Jessica Ayer, Omolade Gbolade, Lulu Mackenzie, Sarah Gardiner, Louis Max Fitzgerald, Paige Purcell, Madison Jrolf, Liam Donelan, Shane Savage, Bailey Cook, Morgan Chandler, William Macmillan, Gregory Hebard, Andrew Steele, Julia Biagiotti, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Edwin Duprevil, Aidan Duggan, Anthony Hancock, Claire O’Neill, Max Plageman, Morgan Smith, Sydney Nguyen, Joanna Needham, Ben Corson, Christina Tougias and Liezel Werner.

* * *

On Thursday night, we held Milton High School Scholastic Honors Night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. I was honored to be part of such a beautiful ceremony, which recognized students who were being inducted into the Century Club and the National Honor Society. We also recognized the Boys and Girls State Representatives and gave out Junior Book Awards. Please see below for more information:

CENTURY CLUB: The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers. Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 10 freshmen, 20 sophomores, 30 juniors and 40 seniors, with ties.

Freshmen:  Michael Daly, Emily Dobrindt, Edward Enyedy, Catherine Le, Alisa Lorden, Sarah Mitchell, Nessan O’Donnell, Mohammed Rahman, Caleb Smith and Clarissa Waldmann.

Sophomores:  Grace Baker, Molly Baker Aidan Braithwaite, Justin Chan, Colleen Conley Julia DeFilippo, Katherine Fahy, Sarah Hancock, Penelope Holland, Abdur-Rahman Hosein, Bridget Kelly, Meghan Kelly Karisa Lasoff, Claire Mandel, Julia Nerenberg, Eliza O’Donnell, Laura O’Hanlon, Emily Schewe, Suvan Shukla and Kennedi Van Allen.

Juniors: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Claire Casey, Eva Chow, Josephine Cousineau, Celia Cullinane, Isabella DeFilippo, Robert Dexter III, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Kelsey Foran,  Crystal Goodrich, Mercedes Harvell, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, James Le, Kelia McCullough, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Adrienne Popa, Taylor Snellen.

Seniors: Jessica Ayer, Julia Biagiotti, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Kristy Chan, Morgan Chandler, Stephanie Che, Mariah Conway*, Devin Coulter, Camille Coutant, Kyle Dempsey, Michael Eberhardt*, Lauren Griswold, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock*, Gregory Hebard*,  Erisha Joseph, Delphine Jrolf, Madison Jrolf, Sarah Lam*, Hiu Lee,  Alyssa Lum, Savannah Madden, Nolan Mandel, Nicholas Marinilli, John Mavridis, Joanna Needham, Aislinn O’Brien, Destiny Perkins, Thomas Reilly, Margaux Rose, Cole Salamone, Elizabeth Sbarra, Ishan Shukla, Morgan Smith, Tricia Tape, Clara Tennyson, Rachael Tomaszewski, Alice Truong, Ethan Walko, Maya Watanabe* and Samson Yuan.  (The *denotes a four-year Century Club member)

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Student screening for selection for membership in the National Honor Society begins after the first semester of the Junior year. The weighted grade point average for Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11 (first semester) must be at least 3.7. Students who attain this average are invited to apply for membership. The application requires the student to detail experiences that show evidence of leadership, character, and service. The application is then read by each of the six members of the National Honor Society Faculty Advisory Board.  They must  decide if the student is of good character and has shown leadership and service to the school and/or community. The members must vote, by secret ballot, for admission.

Congratulations to the NHS Inductees, Class of 2018:

Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Megan Bernardi, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Peyton Carvalho, David Casaz, Claire Casey, Michaela Cenafils, Eva Chow, Nuasheen Chowdhury, Genevieve Connelly, Josephine Cousineau, Francesca Coyne, Caroline Cronin, John Cullen, Elena Curran, John Daly, Nicholas Daly, Khalil Darouichi, Isabella DeFilippo, Courtney Dunn, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Sean Ehrlich, Chiara Ferrante, Sawyer Flanagan, Kelsey Foran, Alyssa Foster, Gillian Handy, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, Lindsey Jensen, Gigi Jiang, Miwa Joiner, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Liam Kelly, Nora Kelly, Abigail Lang, James Le, Julie Le, Colleen Linehan, Nethania Marc, Kelia McCullough, Teresa McDonald, Caroline McGillivray, Griffin McLaughlin, Shannon Middleton, Mary Kate Murtagh, Emma Newell, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Isobel Ouellet, Andrew Pelletier, Kaleigh Pentland, Isaac Piliavin, Madelyne Shea, Arielle Solomon, Grace Varela and Annie Wong.

We also had six students chosen to represent Milton High School at this year’s Boy State and Girls State at Stonehill College this summer.

  • Boys State Representatives: James Eder, Tanvir Islan and Domenic Jancaterino
  • Girls State Representatives: MacKenzie Caputo, Josephine Cousineau and Gigi Jiang

* * *

The following item was sent to us by Kristin Donovan and Kelly Griffin, of the MHS Child Study program:

We had such an exciting morning learning all about reptiles from Mr. Mack from Rainforest Reptiles. He taught us all sorts of interesting facts. He was also very silly and made us laugh a lot! We were all able to ask questions and touch the reptiles if we wanted. Here is a class picture of Gile Road Pre-K with Fluffy the Alligator.

reptiles2 reptiles1

 

* * *

The following item was sent to us by Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The Milton Public Schools in partnership with our friends at BoomWriter are proud to offer a unique summer learning opportunity. BoomWriter will run virtual summer camps for students entering grades 3-6 taught by Milton Public Schools’ educators. Now children can participate in authentic BoomWriter projects at home over the summer. In addition to submitting daily chapter entries for voting, students will receive online lessons in writing, daily personalized feedback and a copy of the published book sent directly to their home.

Milton Camps will run over the following weeks. You can sign up and pay directly on the teachers’ BoomWriter sites (links listed below).

Katie Callahan, Reading Specialist
www.boomwriter.com/c/callahan
Students entering grades 3 and 4
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-28th
-July 31st-August 4th
-August 7th-11th
-August 14th-18th

Ellen Lohan, Grade 5 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Lohan
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-July 28th

Amy McDavitt, Grade 4 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/mcdavitt
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-June 26th – June 30th
-July 10th – July 14th

**Please note that BoomWriter may opt to cancel sessions that do not meet the minimum number of participants. Families will have the option of joining another session or receiving a full refund if this is the case.

* * *

Attention parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students! All rising kindergarten students who are fully registered as of today will receive their school assignment and screening appointment date/time next week.

The kindergarten screening will take place in the MHS Library on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th.

* * *

The following item was sent in by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Amy Gale and Cat DesRoches:

The Milton Public Schools utilizes the Everyday Math Program called EM4. One of the key features of the program is the online supports that you can access at home. EM4 online has a number of resources for families including interactive reference books, online toolkits, assignment links, and tutorials. It is also a place to access games that reinforce concepts that the students are learning in school. These games are an integral part of the EM4 program and we encourage you to take advantage of your access at home. All students 1-5 have access to these features.

There are two different types of logins to access EM4 online. There is the simplified login which is accessed through a school specific code:

Some classrooms have chosen not to use the simplified login. For traditional login:

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Ask your child for their log in information and play a game tonight! If you need any help accessing this site, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school curriculum coordinator! Some additional online resources that our district uses that you also might wish to take advantage of at home are:

Keyboarding Without Tears and typing.com are both fun ways to increase students’ automaticity with typing. Study Island is an interactive site that supports both math and English Language Arts. Fifth graders also have access to science topics as well. This site allows for students to develop grade level skills through assignments as well as through games.  Boomwriter.com is another great platform that is used in many classes across the district to bolster our writing across the content areas. All of these resources are great ways to reinforce the amazing work your children are doing in school and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our access to these at home.

* * *

Congratulations to the Annual MWRA Poster Contest finalists from Grade 2 from Collicot School. Their posters were chosen out of 3200 entries! We are very proud of: Abby Concannon, Sophia Lang, Christina MacQuarrie, John Hunt, Sam Hilaire, Grant Morse, Esme Neugebauer, Ella Turner, Emily Vogel, Maren Shinney and Abby Bohlin.

MWRA

 

The following item was sent to us by April Allegrezza, Elementary Music Teacher:

On Friday, April 7th, through the generosity of Milton’s MPACE program, every fourth grade student in the Milton Public Schools traveled to Boston’s Symphony Hall where they were treated to a world class performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Milton fourth graders from the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Schools were introduced to Conductor Thomas Wilkens who made his entrance,  jumped onto the podium box,  and exclaimed, “TaDa!” with a big smile on his face.  He got their attention and humorously kept it throughout the program while guiding students with musical and historical musings before each of the music selections.

The theme of this year’s concert was “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.” Wilkens spoke about important qualities, like grace, compassion and civility and tied-in the theme with the various masterworks performed. Some of the selections included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide,” Prokofiev’s “The Montagues and The Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, John Williams “A Whirl Through Academe” from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and “Marion’s Theme” from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Koehne’s “Unchained Melody” and Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila.

Students were accompanied by their classroom teachers and assistants, parent chaperones and elementary music teachers April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin. All agreed that it was Conductor Wilkens’ approachability and relatability to both children and the beautiful music that created a child-centered, memorable and very enjoyable student experience at Symphony Hall. Children enjoyed making close connections with the music and were able to build upon knowledge from music class.

The trip was sponsored by M-PACE, Milton’s “excise tax group,” which provides artistic and cultural enrichment for students in the Milton Public Schools.

music2 music1

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

Please see the “parent/guardian checklist” below, submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

This parent/guardian checklist was provided by NBC News Education Nation.

How well did you do this week as a parent?

Did you…

  • Have meaningful conversations with your child and listen actively to her concerns?
  • Model good behavior for your child?
  • Consider the perspective of others in your interactions?
  • Evaluate your role and behavior in your relationships?
  • Follow through on your promises?
  • Hold yourself accountable?
  • Take a moment to reflect when you were stressed or overwhelmed?
  • Think about your decisions and the consequences of your choices?
  • Allow your child to make some decisions on his/her own?

 

* * *

The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

South Shore Hospital, in partnership with the Youth Health Connection and the Norfolk County DA office,  has released a “Safe and Substance Free Guide for Parents and Guardians – Educating & Encouraging Teens to Make Life-long Healthy Decisions.”  As we enter the season of celebrations (college acceptances, prom and graduation) parents and guardians can use this guide to help continue the conversation with their teens regarding making healthy choices and safe decisions.   The guide contains facts and consequences related to underage drinking and substance use, communication tips for parents, and many resources.  Check out the booklet at this link .

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent by Brian Borde, NCTA Director, Milton Educators Association:

Please join me in congratulating Margaret Peggy” Turner, Teacher at the Glover Elementary School, and Barbara Pakalnietis, Principal Payroll Clerk for the Milton Public Schools, in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Peggy and Barbara have given over 43 years of service to the Milton Public Schools combined, and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on Tuesday June 6th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Once again, congratulations to our outstanding recipients and please come out to this wonderful event and show your support.

* * *

It’s not too late to sign up for the Chip in Fore Science golf fundraiser. Please click the link below for more info on this May 1st event: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ChipinforScience.pdf

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

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!”. Please join us on Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Rd. on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. 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 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 listed above, 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.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

In my last E-Blast, I shared the news about two members of our Debate Team being invited to compete at Nationals in Kentucky. Through some diligent fundraising at Chipotle in Quincy and parent donations, there is only about $650 left to raise for this trip. The two debate team members who will be going to Nationals, Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien, will be attending Town Meeting at Milton High School next week to sell bottled water in the lobby. Please help to support these fantastic students.

* * *

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 29, 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)

* * *

The following item was sent to us by MHS Librarian Jen Troy:

We have less than 1 week left in our online Titlewish fundraiser, and we’re 82% of the way to our goal. We’d like to thank everyone who’s already donated and remind those of you who haven’t had a chance that this fundraiser ends on April 30th. As a reminder, 100% of the money we raise will go directly to purchasing new materials for our school library. In addition, Follett will match 10% of the total funds raised. You can still donate, just visit http://www.titlewish.com/1090786 and click the Donate button. Thank you again for your support!

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Dear Challenger Community — Can you feel baseball in the air today?  We can. We are happy to report that registrations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the season.

Here is the link to registration.  I’ve spoken to folks how have signed up and there is excitement in the air, so let’s build on our momentum. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, (and you know who you are),   please sign up today.  Looks like we are going to have our veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

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

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, The Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day. All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services.  Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and lunch are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day.  Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000+ school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

FROM THE READERS

From time to time, members of the MPS community send along interesting articles, research and tidbits on the field of education. Please see this article regarding STEM hiring.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Carleton Mills with the MFE:

I write to all MPS teachers to encourage you to apply to the Spring 2017 cycle for the Competitive Teacher Grants program sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE). As you know, the mission of the MFE is to “enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools.” One of the ways we do this is through the funding of teacher grants—so we want to hear from YOU!  Please consider submitting a grant proposal to our Spring Grant cycle. Guidelines are below. The due date for submissions is Thursday, May 4. Applications should be emailed to mfegrants@gmail.com.

Grants Program: The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools by generating and distributing financial and other resources for such purposes.

THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM: This program is designed to encourage and reward innovative teaching.  Qualified proposals must demonstrate a direct benefit to students and may involve an individual classroom, several classrooms and/or school-wide activities.  Teachers and staff members in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve are eligible and may apply individually or in groups.  For a listing of previously awarded grants, please go to our website, www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES: All proposals must be completed electronically using the MFE Competitive Grant Application.  Prior to submission, the applicants are responsible for having the application reviewed and approved by the applicable principal and department head.  Submissions are due by the application deadline.  No late applications will be considered.  The application must demonstrate creativity and/or innovation in education, clearly state the objectives of the proposal, and discuss the method of assessing the impact of the grant.  It must include a budget and sources for costs including shipping and handling.

ELIGIBLE COSTS: The MFE is guided by respect for public education and a desire to facilitate the best learning opportunities by promoting innovation, creative teaching, and curriculum enhancements that would otherwise be impossible.  We welcome teacher and/or school-initiated funding opportunities that help us achieve these goals.  The most important factor in determining a proposal’s eligibility for funding is the quality of the idea and its benefit to student learning.  The application should clearly demonstrate that the requested materials and services are necessary to implement the proposed project.

SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY: Due to the growing presence of technology in everyday life, the MFE would like to fund “Support Technology.”  We hope to fund technology and accessories that:  support current equipment in the classroom, greatly enhance learning, and/or actively engage students with the lessons.  All applications for technology will be passed by the district’s Director of Technology in order to ensure that equipment is compatible and equitable throughout the district.  Large ticket items, such as SmartBoards, will continue to be ineligible through the Competitive Grant Program.

INELIGIBLE COSTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Indirect and/or overhead costs either to external organizations or the Milton Public Schools.
  2. Workshops and other forms of faculty or staff development, or workshops for parents. We will consider a workshop for high school students if it benefits a large enough group of students and/or the educational benefit is significant.
  3. Transportation, travel expenses of any kind, including but not limited to meals, mileage allowances, and accommodations.
  4. Special Education materials that are mandated by the curriculum.
  5. Materials that are considered part of the schools’ infrastructure, such as textbooks, computers, SmartBoards, or furniture. (Supplementary equipment that is a necessary component for a strong proposal may be eligible.)
  6. Scholarships for individuals for any purpose.
  7. Subscriptions are not a preferred expense. However, they will be considered as part of a pilot program based on their merit and for one year only. Online subscriptions are preferred over paper subscriptions.

ALLOCATION OF GRANT MONIES: Priority will be given to proposals asking for $1,000 or less, but requests for larger amounts will be considered, especially where the benefit is to be shared among a larger group of students.  The MFE attempts to achieve rough parity among the schools in awarding these grants.  However, this is a competitive program.  Therefore, for a variety of reasons, including the number of proposals received from each school and the funds requested, this goal is not always achievable.  The maximum amount per grant may also be affected by the total amount of money available during a given cycle.

REVIEW PROCESS: Representatives for the MFE Board of Directors and one teacher from each of the six Milton Public Schools sit on the Peer Review Committee.  This committee is charged with reviewing the proposals according to the MFE’s guidelines for content and cost and then makes its recommendation to the MFE’s Board of Directors, which makes all final decisions regarding the grant awards.

ANTICIPTED NUMBER OF GRANTS AWARDED PER SCHOOL:            There is no preset limit to the number of grants that can be awarded to a particular school.  In the past, some schools have received a single larger grant while others have received several smaller grants.

DURATION OF GRANT: Funding will expire six months from notification of the grant award.  Any grant funds not spent by that time will not be available unless a request to extend the grant duration is submitted in writing and the MFE had granted said extension of time in writing. In addition, all materials purchased through an MFE grant are the property of Milton Public Schools.  They must stay within the MPS if the teacher should leave the district at any time in the future.  The materials may move between schools if a teacher is relocated, with permission from the original school’s principal.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the MFE Competitive Grant Committee Chair at mfegrants@gmail.com

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The following was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, Co-Director of Milton Summer Enrichment, with Catherine DesRoche:

This is the final reminder that MSE Registration has gone live on the FamilyID website (https://www.familyid.com/milton-summer-enrichment). Please note that you will need a FamilyID username and password if you do not already have one, and this can be done ahead of time if you wish.

The MSE Brochure and At a Glance document has been continuously updated to ensure we can offer the best enrichment opportunities to children.  Please check it again to ensure you have the most up to date information before registering, as updates were made even today!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PRhUrKmyj5vHEV045nzKsOfG85LBuLaLhOwrLxw_Hgg/edit?usp=sharing

When registering, make sure to fill all required fields. You will also be prompted to enter the total dollar amount for the cost of your courses. Finally, please write down your course schedule and print out a receipt. The receipt should be considered confirmation of registration, unless you are contacted directly.

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 register, even though they are still listed in this brochure. We cannot add children to courses that are full!

Registration issues or questions should be directed to MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche (mse@miltonps.org).

For those needing assistance registering, we will hold drop in registration hours on  May 3, May 10, and May 17 from 3:30-5:00 in both the Tucker School Main Office and the Cunningham School Main Office, where you can register in person from courses that are still available and pay with a check.

New this year: All families will be required to physically pick up their child(ren)s schedule prior to the start of MSE from the MSE Directors. Directors will communicate pick up times once registration begins.

Thank you…we are looking forward to a great summer!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman:

The Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow is an event planned by and for Milton residents. This is an opportunity for Milton to stand together against hate and promote our town as a place where all are welcomed and celebrated. Any questions can be directed to Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman at kara.kurtzman@gmail.com

Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow

  • WHAT: Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • WHERE: Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Ave, Milton
  • WHO: All Milton residents and all who stand with us

Acts of hate and bigotry are on the rise in our communities. In recent months, swastikas, homophobic symbols and racist words have appeared in our schools and communities in Milton, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Fall River, Beverly, Billerica, Brookline, Georgetown, Hopkinton, Medway, Westboro, Marblehead, Northampton, Cambridge, and the Town of Harvard.

It is time to make our voices heard: Milton is not a town of hatred and intolerance. Let’s stand together, as Milton residents, and send the message that we are a town where all are welcome and celebrated. Let’s say “No more!” We will no longer tolerate any acts of hate in our town, or anywhere. Bring your children and empower them to be voices for a better tomorrow. Program will include music, a moment of silence and a call to action. Signs and candles welcome. Some candles will be provided. Rain or shine. Follow us on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/282903105484828/

* * *

The following item was sent in by the Milton Police Department:

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event! — The Milton Police Department, in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, is hosting a community-wide Prescription Drug Take Back event TODAY, Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 2pm as part of the DEA’s National Take-Back Day. Stop by the police station at 40 Highland Ave and drop off your used and/or expired medications. Keep excess pills out of your medicine cabinet where they can be misused, and out of our waterways. Free medication lock-boxes will be available sponsored by the BID Hospital – Milton. The event is open to the public. Please share this announcement with your social networks and help keep Milton safe!

Can’t make it today? The Milton Police Department has a disposal kiosk in the lobby available around the clock 24/7. Drop your unused and expired meds and go!

* * *

The following item was sent to us by Katie Pearl, with the production, “MILTON.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 17, 18, 20, and 21. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here.

MILTON is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape. Join us!

* * *

Please see this flyer for information about the Milton Playground Planner’s “Name the Playground” Essay contest. The deadline is May 15th.

mpp flyer

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

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 May 7 – 13:

Tuesday, May 9, 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.

Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Infant Massage with Baby Kneads, Babies with Caregivers

The benefits of infant massage are many: not only does it relax and soothe your baby, but it deepens bonding, promotes the strengthening of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, helps relieve the discomfort associated with gas and colic, helps baby sleep better by releasing stress which builds daily from new experiences, and increases confidence and sensitivity to baby’s cues. We invite you and your baby to join experienced instructor Sheryl White of Baby Kneads and learn how to reap these benefits for your own family! For babies from birth through pre-crawling, with caregiver. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades K-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners.  Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers.  Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf.  Registration is required.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Mother’s Day Craft, Ages 5 and up

Mother’s Day is coming up tomorrow. In honor of Mom or any other special woman in your life, please join the Children’s Room to make a special handmade gift. Drop in anytime during the program and make something beautiful to brighten her day! For ages 5+. No registration 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:

ATHLETICS

This has been a tough week for Milton Athletics, as the majority of matches and games were postponed due to weather.

  • The Boys and Girls Track Meet against Natick was postponed to a later date.
  • Baseball went 1-1, after beating Natick on Thursday. Softball lost a close one in the 7th inning to Natick on Thursday.
  • Boys Lacrosse has shown very well the past two weeks, improving everyday.  They are starting to score more goals as well, with 4 and 6 in their past two games. Girls Lacrosse played great against a tough Framingham side on Tuesday, ultimately losing 11-9.
  • The Girls Tennis Team is also showing signs of improvement, with a lot of young girls gaining valuable experience.  The Boys Tennis Team has shown no sides of slowing down, beating Norwood again, 5-0, to improve their record to 5-0.
  • Crew had their first race over the weekend, in which many of the boys and girls placed! Click here for their recap.
  • Rugby is now 3-0 with a convincing win over Catholic Memorial on Thursday.

The next few weeks will be jam-packed with games as approach the mid-way point in the Spring Season.  Make sure to visit the Miltonwildcats.com website to see recaps, scores and schedules!

Senior Captains Joanna Needham (Girls Basketball) and Ethan Walko (Boys Basketball) were both named to the MBCA All Academic Team! They will be honored at Holy Cross on Sunday, May 7th! Congratulations to both of them for this great achievement!

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 MHS Senior Katherine Steele. Katherine Steele applied to the Young Artists Completion with the Boston Pops, and after several very competitive auditions, she won a grand prize!  Katie will be performing a solo selection on June 6th at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.  Information about the competition can be found through the link and in the forwarded email below.

http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/students-educators/fidelity-investments-young-artists-competition.aspx

Staff:   I would like to thank and recognize our wonderful Food Service Staff. Again, please take a moment to let them know you appreciate them. I know that I do!

Thank you to: Debbie Abdon, Matthew Barrett, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Sandy Chung-Ruiz, Maryellen Comer, Linda Delaney, Kimberly Demarino, Debbie Devoe, Kimberly Dibona, Barbara Doherty, Kevin Dooley, Sonja Fisher, Jayne Fitzgerald, William Fitzpatrick, Maureen Ford, Alexandra Giokas, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Carol Hunt, Janice Koenig, Sarah Lacombe, Jane Molloy, Elaine Moore Rico, Deborah Mullins, Patricia Newayno, Sheila Paolucci, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Marie Gladys Volmar, Florence Wallage, Patrick Whelan and Sandy Zalios

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Milton Public School parent Ned Corcoran, who was named as the Charles C. Winchester recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. Mr. Corcoran is being celebrated for his commitment to BID-Milton and the community. Mr. Corcoran has been a longtime member of the Milton Foundation for Education and has served as Vice President and as Celebration Co-Chair. He will be honored by BID-Milton at their 2017 Spring Gala on Saturday, May 6th. Congratulations!

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

 

 

 

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.