May 12th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017


Today was perhaps my favorite day of the school year. In what has become an annual tradition, members of the Milton Foundation for Education, along with myself and a handful of administrators, travel from school to school to surprise the seven educators who have been chosen as the MFE’s “Teacher of the Year.”  Today was no exception, as we made the rounds this morning to deliver the good news at each of the six schools.

Please join me in congratulating the following Milton Public School teachers:

  • Kathleen Kelley, Milton High School history teacher
  • Michael Cleary, Pierce Middle School Social Studies teacher
  • Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School fourth-grade teacher
  • Kerry Moore-O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School first-grade teacher
  • Colleen Martin, Glover Elementary School music teacher
  • Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher
  • Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

These teachers were nominated by parents, guardians and students and co-workers and should be very proud of this achievement. The MFE will be hosting a Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Please enjoy these pictures from this morning. There were many surprised teachers, some tears and lots of smiles!!!

Kathleen Kelly's history class at Milton High School

Kathleen Kelly’s history class at Milton High School

Michael Cleary's Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Michael Cleary’s Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O'Neill Leadership Award

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

Kerry Moore O'Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher

Kerry Moore O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher


Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, Second Grade Teacher


There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.


The following item was sent to us by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

Summer Reading: It’s that time of year again! All of our teachers have been working hard readying children to take on the challenge of reading every single day this summer and topping the District’s record of 618,445 minutes read last summer. We are once again partnering with our friends at the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. Students in grades 1-5 (who were with us last school year) should already have accounts set up for summer reading. Please keep an eye out for an email from Milton Public Library (week of May 15) with information regarding reactivating this account. For all children currently in kindergarten or new to the Milton Public Schools, we will be sending home detailed instructions regarding how to register your child on the Milton Public Library’s site. Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools registers and logs all of their reading this summer. Students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes in September. Have a great summer and KEEP READING!!

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The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest. More than 1,100 drawings and 100 essays were submitted. There will be an awards ceremony and celebration to recognize the winners at the Pierce Middle School on Sunday, May 21st at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and we especially hope that the winners listed below and their families will be able to attend.

Thank you to everyone who participated! All the time and effort that the students clearly put into their work made the judges’ job very difficult.

First Place: Juliette Van-Riet, Collicot
Second Place: Robert Weddleton, Cunningham

First Grade
First Place: Sasha Norton, Glover
Second Place: Owen Murphy, Glover
Third Place: Ella Bowden, Cunningham

Second Grade
Second Place: Violet Kirby, Collicot
Third Place: Annabel Gale, Collicot

Third Grade
First Place: Brooke Bilowz, Cunningham
Second Place: Charlotte Garrity, Cunningham
Third Place: Penelope Jain, Tucker

Fourth Grade
First Place: Philippe Bienick, Tucker
Second Place: Niamh Guilderson, Cunningham
Third Place: Isabella Murphy, Tucker
Honorable Mention: Sophie McFadden, Cunningham

Fifth Grade
First Place: Donna Gavin, Glover
Second Place: Greer Woodward, Cunningham
Third Place: Sofia Navas, Glover


The following event was sent in by Milton Boosters:

The Milton High Boosters club is busy preparing for the 39th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to the varsity teams, and awarding scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community. Student athletes receiving a varsity letter will receive their invitation and one free ticket in the mail. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community may purchase tickets. The cost is $20. per adult and $5. per student/child. Tickets can be purchased:  1. online at  2. stop by the indoor concession stand 3. via facebook, contact Milton Parent. Ticket sales will end on May 29th. Please don’t delay in purchasing tickets!

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

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Like most parents these days, you’ve struggled with your elementary/middle school aged child repeatedly asking for a cell phone. What age is appropriate?  What are the effects of increased screen time on my child’s brain?  If your child already has a phone, do they seem addicted?  Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Whether they are gaming on a device, texting with friends, posting selfies to Instagram, or spending hours watching YouTube or Netflix – kids are growing up in the digital age.  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw these behaviors with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

This film is NOT available online or ONDemand, (from the filmmaker) “it was clear to me that the film needed to be shown in public spaces, to bring together kids, parents, educators, health providers and policy makers for conversations that can lead to change in our homes and communities.”

Come join us for a FREE screening of the film on Monday June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.  Thank you to our PTO at Pierce, Glover, Tucker, Collicot and Cunningham for sponsoring this special event.

To preview the trailer go to the link:

For more information and resources:

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The following item was submitted by Ginny Kime, MHS Diversity Committee Advisor:

MHS Heritage Festival: The Milton High School Diversity Committee is still looking for families and students to help celebrate the Heritage Fest to embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community.

Please sign up here:

Mark your calendars:
Thursday, May 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
KEYS Community Room, Milton Public Library

Students, family, friends, and staff are invited to participate in this event by having a table display of your culture and/or cooking food from your culture. We welcome any individual or group who can perform a cultural dance, play an instrument, or any other culture-related performance. With your help, our community can unite and celebrate its many cultures! Please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Photo Exhibit runs through May and June.

We hope that students and families will contribute to make this celebration enjoyable for all.


Please note, the Milton High chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be holding a car wash tomorrow (Saturday, May 13th) from 9am to noontime in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. The team is trying to raise money to help with the cost of their trip to Nationals in late June.


The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Recognizing Signs of Youth Mental Health Problems — May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  We want to continue our focus on preventing, recognizing, and addressing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, in our youth.  According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health,  90% of people who develop a mental health problem showed signs during their adolescent years.  Our high school youth risk behavior survey indicated that high percentages of our boys and girls reported that they felt depressed in the past year, though the sentiment was much more commonly expressed by girls.  In addition to depression and anxiety, other serious and chronic behavioral health disorders may emerge such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders.

According to the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health, at least one in five children and adolescents has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a serious disorder. Mental health problems are common, but so is denial.

When you see prolonged or fairly extreme changes in your child’s behavior such as becoming more isolated and withdrawn, losing weight or sleep or gaining weight and sleeping too much, increased absences or disinterest in school, and/or unusual displays of anger or anxiousness, you should take these signs seriously. When left untreated, mental health problems can sometimes lead to school failure, family clashes, drug and alcohol abuse, trouble with the law, and suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth. Early intervention can save lives.

Research indicates that teens with mental health problems who receive appropriate treatment have increased scholastic test scores, and that effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate contribute to improved student achievement. Let’s work together to address the realities of mental illness, and recognize that we all have a part to play in making sure that students get the help they need to be and stay healthy.  By all means feel free to contact your school’s adjustment counselor if you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing.  We are here to help.


The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt!  The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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The following item was submitted by Katie Pearl with “Milton Reflecting.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and dynamic 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 18, 20, 21, and 22. 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 the play 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.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Playground Planners:

Monday is the deadline for the Name the Playground Essay Contest! Download the contest flyer here.

The Shields Park playground renovation is nearing completion, but a key element of the playground is missing: its name! An anonymous donor has acquired naming rights to the new playground, but asked the Milton Playground Planners to turn that privilege over to the public through an essay contest.

All current and former Milton residents are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining the significance of their chosen name and why it should be selected. The essays will be judged by Milton Times Publisher Pat Desmond, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley, and former Selectman Tom Hurley. A sign with the winning name will be installed at the new playground and unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Entries should be emailed to with “Essay Contest” in the subject line by Monday, May 15, 2017 and need to include the writer’s name, address, phone number, and date of birth. One submission is allowed per person. The Fine Print:

Per our arrangement with the town of Milton, it is our intention and understanding that all naming rights are in perpetuity, but that the town may change the terms down the road as needed and we are not liable but will do our best to honor the winner’s intent.

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The following item was submitted by our friends at Milton Community Concerts:

Milton Community Concerts presents a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with a concert featuring The Bostonians, on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at historic First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets for “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash” will be available at the door, $20 general, $10 seniors (65 and over), Free for 18 and under.

The program features selections from some of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpieces for the stage including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti/A Quiet Place, and Peter Pan. Included are excerpts from his witty I Hate Music and an early psalm setting from the composer’s Boston-area student days. The artists include sopranos Bethany Worrell and Patrice Tiedemann; mezzo-soprano Gale Fuller; tenor Duane A. Moody; baritone Philip Lima; and pianists William Merrill and Timothy Steele. These artists have appeared as featured soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Three Mo’ Tenors, and many other leading ensembles across the country. For more information including directions:


The following items were sent to us 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 21 – 27:

Tuesday, May 23, 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 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Story and Craft Time, Ages 3 and up

It’s time to do some crafting! Miss Elaine will share a story at 10, and there will be related crafts available for children and caregivers to work on together. For ages 3+. 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, 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.

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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