From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
- 1 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
The following statement regarding MPS inclusivity was provided by legal counsel for Milton Public Schools, Paige L. Tobin, Esq., Murphy Lamere & Murphy, P.C.:
The Milton Public Schools is committed to creating an atmosphere in which every individual is valued and respected. A diverse and inclusive environment benefits all students and creates a bedrock for educational growth and progress. We acknowledge our individual differences and seek to build upon them in our quest to strengthen not only individual students but also the community at large.
As national current events unfold before us, the Milton Public Schools would like to reiterate its commitment to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment where each student may enjoy a free public education, regardless of a student’s disability, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, immigration status, gender identity or sexual orientation.
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On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order Relating to Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. While the Immigration Executive Order, in part, requires mandatory detention for all undocumented immigrants pending outcome of removal proceedings, the Milton Public Schools will continue to fully protect its students and their federally and state-created rights in the school setting. The Attorney General, Maura Healey, has issued an advisory that provides “Enrollment practices that single out students based on their actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status violate state and federal law. Furthermore, equal access to public education means not only the right to enroll in school, but also the right to an education free from unlawful discrimination and harassment.” The Milton Public Schools assures parents and students that the District has developed plans to address any attempts by immigration officials to gain access to student record information or to enter school property. Moreover, the District has plans in place to assist students in the event that parents are detained by immigration authorities. Please contact the Superintendent’s office for additional information.
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Furthermore, on February 22, 2017, the Trump administration rescinded federal guidance protecting the rights of students to use school facilities on the basis of their preferred gender identity. Despite this change in federal guidance, Massachusetts law already protects the rights of transgender students in schools, following the adoption of “An Act Relative to Gender Identity” (Chapter 199 of the Acts of 2011), which law went into effect in July 2012. This state has made clear that interpreting that law that Massachusetts schools are prohibited from discriminating against transgender students. The Milton Public Schools would like to assure its families that the Milton Public Schools will continue to protect the rights of transgender students to participate and attend school free of harassment.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. That meeting is summarized below.
May 17th: This meeting began with a School Choice Open Public Hearing. This was followed by a regular School Committee meeting. The Special Education Program Guide was reviewed by Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau and approved by School Committee. As part of the Chair’s Report, the committee voted to reject the School Choice program. They approved the third-quarter report as part of the Finance Subcommittee report and were updated by the Transportation and Safety Subcommittee.
The next meeting will be held on June 7th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. That meeting will be preceded by an MPS Retiree Event in the Milton High School Library at 6pm.
The following item was sent to us by Katherine Touafek, Director, the School to Careers Partnership. She described a recent STEM event that included students from Pierce Middle School:
I hope you have already had the opportunity to speak with some of the students who attended the Girls STEM Meet Up this past Friday. It was a fabulous event with 180 girls from seven middle schools and 20 leading STEM professionals presenting 21 sessions!
The day started with students talking live via Skype with two young female NASA Engineers from Cape Canaveral, FL. The students were well prepared with questions ranging from – “What is your biggest challenge working as a woman in a predominately male environment” to “What is your favorite animal and what do you think that says about you”. The NASA engineers were casual, honest and inspiring. One of the engineers, a Norwood HS grad, cited the STC’s Bio-Engineering Symposium (which we ran again this April school vacation) she attended as a turning point in her life!
From there, students attended three of seven panel discussions with STEM industry speakers. Each speaker shared their story and students had the opportunity to ask questions. Students ended each session with an engaging hands-on STEM activity – paper airplanes, foil boats, textile project, spaghetti towers, DNA bracelets, mechanic website, and balloon rockets.
Here are the companies on our break out session panels:
Army Corps of Engineers
Common Sense Environmental
Engineering, Planning & Management
Here are some comments from the teachers attending:
“The speakers were very engaging and provided very good information. The activity was also engaging and all the students participated enthusiastically.”
“The NASA speakers were excellent. Their enthusiasm for their work was a great opportunity to help girls view the field of engineering in a positive way.”
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The following item was submitted by our Elementary Curriculum Coordinators, Amy Gale, Meredith Kempf and Cat Desroche:
All elementary students in grades 2-5 participate in Continental Math League (CML). Problem solving is an integral part of our elementary mathematics curriculum and CML provides an additional way to challenge our students’ thinking and demonstrate their ability to problem solve. Students participate in at least 3 CML “meets” per year within their classrooms. Each thirty minute meet consists of 6 challenging word problems that require students to use their problem solving and analytic skills.
Additionally, schools run math clubs/math leagues that use released CML questions to further develop students’ mathematical skills. These parent run clubs provide another opportunity for students to work in small groups, allowing for students to share ideas and discover multiple ways to solve a number story.
Give some problems a try yourself! (answers in next E-blast!)
- Julio has 14 pennies, 4 nickels and 2 dimes. How many different ways can he make 24 cents?
- Find two numbers that multiply to 18 and add to 11.
- Anastasia has 225 pennies in a jar. First she took 42 pennies out of the jar to buy a notebook. She later earned 25 cents in pennies and put them in her jar. She now emptied the jar of pennies on a table and stacked all her pennies in 4 equal piles. There are _____ pennies in each pile.
- Mrs. Sanders cut 6 apples into quarters. Using all the pieces, each child received 3 pieces of apple. How many children were at the party?
All students should be proud of their performance during these challenging meets. We would like to recognize the students, in grades 2-5, who accomplished the difficult task of earning a 6 on at least 1 meet throughout the year.
Talynna Tran, Jayden Ng, Olivia Hart, Luke Naughton, Jack McAnulla, Daniel Steinberg, Alexander Mcettrick, Ethan Nowak, Nathaniel Brown, Ellyson Ash, Benjamin Carpenter, Molly King, Kelsey Colandreo, Orlaith Killion, Thomas O’Donnell, Jackson Wagner, Jack McAnulla, Andrew Miskell, Lily Muir, Van Tran, Joshua Ricciardi, Braden Benzan, John Higgins, Jack Hynes, Jonathan Osinski, Benjamin Parmele, Abigail Shannon, Daschel Koh, Ryan Phan, Rogan Pater, Kevin Gordon, Sara Callahan, Kevin Gordon, Charles Craig, Samuel Boucher, Mary Maloney, Lawson Beaudoin, Sebastian Mann, Seamus Mulligan, Victoria Barrett, Lucie Lloyd-Farber, Sadie Ruth, William Hartford, Moses Mann, Elias Howland, Soraya Darvish, Gabriella Hernandez, Callum Musto, Margaret Carr, Lily Oslin, Erin Green, Nicholas Pulgini, Kyle Denny, Mark Michalski, Camden Carr, Casey Oslin, Christopher Cunningham, Tyler Maclean.
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The following item was sent to us by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai:
The Tucker Elementary School hosted a “Meet the Artist” event last night. Szu-Chieh Yun is an artist who works in painting, sculpture, and digital photography. Her work ranges from photo-realistic oil paintings to geometric abstraction in paintings and sculpture. Drawn from personal experiences of crossing between distinct cultures and places, she creates works in response to her surroundings and in reflection of her identity. Szi-Chieh will be working with Tucker students all week long on an installation for Tucker School!
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The following item was submitted by Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke:
Third graders at Glover are using Chromebooks to conduct research. They are tasked with choosing a shared topic and finding problems and solutions to present to a specified audience. Although each scholar has his/her own device to conduct the research, there is a tremendous amount of collaboration among the groups. Chromebooks are a popular, easy-to-use device of choice in Milton classrooms. We are aiming for putting more Chromebook carts in all six schools.
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The following item was submitted by Pierce Players:
Save the Date!! Tickets to the Pierce Players’ production of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN can be purchased at the door or ordered in advance (until JUNE 7th at 3pm). Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended as we never know when a performance will sell out. General admission tickets are $10. Performance Schedule: Thursday, June 8th at 7PM Friday, June 9th at 7PM Saturday, June 10th at 2PM
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For those of you who may have missed it, our Glover mama duck and ducklings made the local news! Click here for the link.
The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, our Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:
One in four children faces an emotional challenge or trauma while they are young. This can take many forms. Perhaps they are grappling with their parents divorcing. Or maybe a family member is facing a severe illness, addiction, or has recently passed away. There may also be challenges due to a special needs sibling. There are many reasons why children may be struggling emotionally. The key to being resilient in the face of stress or sadness is being able to cope and be supported.
The good news is that Joanna’s Place offers NO COST programs for South Shore Families. They offer a number of support groups for children and adolescents. And, they offer parents free telephone consultations through “Talking Points” with Maria Trozzi, the Program Director of Joanna’s Place, who brings decades of expertise as a trusted clinician, national expert and respected author helping families face stressful life events. The Milton Public Schools uses Ms. Trozzi as a consultant in the face of school tragedies.
For more information or to make a referral please contact Joanna’s Place at Mary.email@example.com or call 781-413-5141.
The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:
Spring is finally here and with this special time of year we all enjoy fruits and vegetables!!!
The American Heart Association has these great tips below to help our families. The Milton School Food Service Program has been introducing your children to dark leafy green vegetables, red and orange vegetables and legumes and beans. We are pleased to report that the children have been very accepting in trying these new food items and we hope this continues into the summer months.
Summer brings an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to grocery stores, farmers’ markets and local gardens. That means more opportunities to add tasty and heart-healthy foods to your everyday meals. Strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe and other seasonal produce taste good and help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. To take full advantage of the summer’s healthy selections, concentrate on color, said Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., MPH, RD, and past chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee.
“Get yourself out of your box,” Johnson said. “Really thinking about the color is so important.”
Deep green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and romaine lettuce are better choices than lighter green vegetables, which add crunch to salads but aren’t as rich in nutrients. Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables include mangos, peaches, squash and carrots. Think red with beets and strawberries or blue and purple with plums, blueberries and blackberries.
Beyond summer and into fall, consider pumpkins, autumn squash and cranberries for incorporating deep-colored, beneficial vegetables into your diet.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 4.5 cups per day of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle that can help you avoid risks for heart disease and stroke.
You can also find fresh fruits and vegetables at restaurants. Many restaurants today offer apple slices and carrot sticks rather than fries. Salad bars _ minus the croutons, bacon and heavy dressings _ can provide healthy options. “Americans tend to eat away from home a great deal,” she said. “Really think about fruits and vegetables when you’re away from home.”
I am looking forward to visiting our farmers market every Thursday located in Milton near the Milton trolley station for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. We are also very lucky to have Brookwood Farm right here in Milton.
FAMILY LIAISON NEWS
The following article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:
It is an exciting time of year at Milton Public Schools as our newly registered incoming Kindergartners participate in the annual screening held at the Milton High School Library, May 22-25th.
Kindergarten can be a big step for you and your kindergartner and the Milton Public Schools along with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, have shared a wonderful partnership to assist families in getting their children prepared. Together, we offer incoming families transition to Kindergarten through Parent Cafes and Summertime Story events. If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend one of our recent Parent Cafes – Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten, please see some tips below written by Susan Dolan, Director of the Milton Early Childhood Alliance and included in the most recent Spring newsletter. Please visit www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org to discover some fun, upcoming activities and events to do with your youngster. Details regarding Summertime Stories will be in a future eblast.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Do you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in the fall? Now is the time to start thinking about, and preparing for, that big step. Keep in mind that kindergarten teachers are ready for your child. But, there are still some things you can work on to help make your child’s transition into kindergarten a bit smoother. If you practice during the summer months with your child, it may be easier in the fall for your child to acclimate to his or her new surroundings. Give some of these tips a try:
- Make sure your child knows their first and last name (and maybe even their address and phone number).
- Practice how to put on their coat, jacket, boots, and hat.
- Practice zipping, buttoning, and snapping.
- Use fine motor skills a bit more during the summer months: play with Play-Doh®, draw with pencils, lace some cards, string a pile of beads, build sand castles at the beach, build a tall building with Legos®, etc.
- Play games that will help them learn to take turns.
- Read to your child often so they can practice their sitting and listening skills. As school nears, read books about kindergarten (some popular titles are: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Froggy Goes to School, Countdown to Kindergarten, Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come, Welcome to Kindergarten). The Milton Public Library will have books on display available for you to check out as kindergarten nears.
- Let your child help with the laundry. There are many skills to be practiced and learned, like colors, sorting, counting, identifying, and stacking.
- Find opportunities to connect with other children also going to kindergarten in the fall. You can attend our Children’s Concert on June 8th at 6:00 PM, Baron Hugo Gazebo, Milton Town Hall, make play dates with families you know in the neighborhood who have children taking this same big step in September, and watch for word from the school your child will be attending in the fall as they usually will hold a special event prior to the start of school.
- Make sure to pick up our bright yellow, “I’m Going to Kindergarten”, t-shirt at your child’s Milton Public School screening in May.
- Start in August having your child go to bed earlier and wake up when they will need to be up for school.
- Let your child help you label their personal items they’ll be bringing to school (backpack, lunchbox, jacket, etc.).
- Visit the playground at the school they will attend to help them feel more comfortable with the building and grounds.
- Enjoy our Kindergarten Days event during the first week in September by visiting specific establishments in town and receiving free items or discounts to celebrate your child’s big step. (Further information will be available soon.)
- Watch our video “So, You’re Going to Kindergarten!” at http://vimeo.com/47896597 created in collaboration with Milton Public Schools and Milton Access TV. It will help answer many questions for you and your child.
- Visit the Countdown to Kindergarten exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum. For more information, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
- Check out these fun Brain Building in Progress kindergarten readiness activities to do with your child. They can be found on our website at www.miltonearlychildhoodalliance.org; click on “Countdown to Kindergarten”.
- Relax…because if you are relaxed and calm, your child will be as well!
We are excited and look forward to welcoming the newest members of the MPS community in September. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource. The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE HEALTH ROOM
The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:
As Spring suddenly arrived bursting out with all the tree and grass pollens, we have a few reminders for parents of children who have allergies. Also, even if your son or daughter has never had allergy symptoms, that can change at any time.
Take action with asthma and allergies
Uncover the triggers. Pollen, dust, mold, pets, smoke, grass, weather changes, exercise and infections are common triggers.
Know the symptoms. If you notice a persistent cough, wheezing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath, you should talk to your child’s doctor.
Develop an action plan. An action plan is developed by you and your doctor. This plan tells you which medicines should be taken and when they are appropriate to manage your child’s symptoms. The plan also outlines steps to take if these symptoms worsen. A follow up with your child’s physician is always recommended.
Take medications. Always take the appropriate medications as prescribed or advised by the doctor or pharmacist.
FROM THE READERS
It’s not every day that we get a poem as a submission from the MPS community! So, I am happy to share this piece below, written by Dave Mabel, whom some of you might know from the Ice Cream Smith.
A PLAYGROUND POEM
We waited forever and now it’s done, they opened it today!
It seems like every kid in town came over here to play.
The playground at Shields Park, you see, was old and quite run down.
It wasn’t as nice as it should be for children in our town.
So some folks got together, ‘cause their kids were all forlorn,
They said “Let’s try to change things,” and a working group was born!
The Milton Playground Planners then set out to raise some dough,
And they worked very long and hard to do it, don’t ya know!
They got designs, they made their choice, they picked a great new plan,
And when they had enough to start, the project soon began.
And now the playground’s open, and it’s quickly gaining fame,
But there is one big problem left: the playground needs a name!
So I suggest we name it for those who made it come to be:
‘The Milton Playground Planners Playground,’ for short ‘MPPP’!
They worked so hard, they sacrificed their time, and what is more,
They still have lots of work to do, and fundraisers galore!
So while we’re at it, another thought, and this one just for fun.
This playground really should be ‘MPPP One’!
And everyone in town should try to pony up some dough,
Now that ‘MPPP One’ is done, there’s still three more to go!
The Milton Playground Planners are just working for our town;
A voluntary effort, there’s no pay or cap and gown.
We owe them thanks, they’ll get it done, don’t try to sell them short!
But most of all, let’s all agree, we owe them our support!
Please save the date! The MFE will be hosting its annual Teacher of the Year ceremony on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. This is the “Oscar Night,” for our fabulous teachers and administrators. If you’ve never attended, you are missing out. Please join us for this special night.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
We have a CORRECTION and a CLARIFICATION from last week’s E-blast. Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House, announced they will be awarding Sophie McFadden, a fourth-grader at Cunningham Elementary School, the grand prize at the Lincoln Essay and Drawing Awards ceremony on Sunday at Pierce Middle School. Sophie was omitted from last week’s list of winners, which did not include the grand prize winner. Congratulations to Sophie!
Also, we have this item from Heidi Vaughn, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:
The Forbes House Museum invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, May 20th, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The family-friendly event includes mini-tours, art activities, an outdoor treasure hunt, live music, a smart phone “photo booth,” and cookies generously donated by Bent’s Cookie Factory. Visitors will also be able to learn more about the recent preservation efforts, as well as upcoming volunteer opportunities and events. We hope you can join us!
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The following item was submitted by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton:
BID-Milton will be hosting its annual Health Walk.
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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 www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com 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 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: www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following 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 Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 28 – June 3:
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 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, June 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 (with caregiver)
Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.
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:
The following item was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ryan Madden as the interim Athletic Director for the Milton Public Schools. Mr. Madden, a former Milton High School student and athlete, is a graduate of Curry College where he earned a B.A. in Sports Management and Business Management. During his time at Curry, Mr. Madden worked in the Athletic Department as an assistant to the Athletic Director, gaining experience in game operations, statistical reporting, media relations, and many other aspects of the position. Mr. Madden was Captain of the Curry College Men’s Soccer Team. He also served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and received the honor of Male Athlete of the Year.
Mr. Madden’s experience goes beyond Curry College. For the past three years, he has worked alongside Athletic Directors in both the Dedham Public Schools and Milton Public Schools, honing his leadership skills and his knowledge of MIAA regulations while coordinating registrations, scheduling and managing use of facilities, equipment and transportation. Mr. Madden possesses strong communications skills in working with coaches, student-athletes, and parents/guardians, and student safety in all athletic events is his priority.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Madden to the Milton Public School Leadership Team. He has the knowledge and skill set that are required for success, and we are very optimistic that Mr. Madden will bring our athletic program to a new level.
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The following update was submitted by Eric Karjel, Athletic Director:
We have more good news from our senior class. Senior Sara Cavanaugh signed her letter of intent this week. She will row for La Salle College next year in the A-10 conference. Congratulations to her for this outstanding achievement! In addition, Omar Fraser signed his National Letter of Intent with Sacred Heart University to play football this fall. Congratulations to Omar!
That makes a total of six National Letters of Intent signees – an all-time record for Milton High School. Congrats also to the following student-athletes, who previously signed D1 Letters of Intent this year:
Sam Jacobsak (Northeastern University, Baseball)
Maia Adley (Boston University, Crew)
Colette O’Leary (UMass Amherst, Track & Field)
Alyssa Lum (Purdue University, Soccer)
Boys Tennis has taken the league by storm this spring, earning their 11th win of the campaign with a 4-1 victory over Braintree at Curry College on Tuesday.
Girls Lacrosse beat Dedham on Thursday night to move back to .500. They now sit at 7-7 with games against Canton and Bridgewater-Raynham next week. Their senior night is Tuesday, 5/23 against BR.
Girls Crew found it tough over the weekend, coming up against strong opponents, and finishing last overall. They will be roaring to improve this coming weekend.
Baseball fell to Norwood 5-4 on Wednesday night. Steele pitched another solid outing in the loss to Norwood on Thursday. They now have their work cut out for them entering the final stretch of the season.
Softball dropped a heart-break against Brookline 8-7 in 8 innings on Thursday night. There have been major signs of improvement and the Girls are clearly responding well to first-year coach Elise Fortier.
Girls Tennis has shown signs of improvement in recent matches, and with a young team, there is potential for the future.
Boys Lacrosse beat Dedham 8-7 in overtime in a thrilling contest. The hosts found themselves down early, trailing 3-0 after the 1st quarter and down 7-1 at halftime. They came out strong in the second half however and scored 7 unanswered goals, powered by senior captain Max Fitzgerald. It turned out to be a picture perfect Senior Night for the boys as Senior Tim Looney scored the game-winner just seconds into overtime. Congrats to the boys on a well-deserved victory!
Boys and Girls Track traveled to Braintree on Wednesday for the League Championship meet, where the girls broke the school records in the long jump and the triple-jump. The Wildcats then helped run the Middle School Track Meet on Thursday, where Milton hosted NDA, Plymouth South and Hanover.
Rugby improved to 4-1 with a 54-27 win over Cambridge Rindge and Latin on Wednesday. They will take on Algonquin for the #2 next week.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/
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 thank each of the Collicot Grade Five students who spent a recent Friday night putting together Jared Boxes. The goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children who are in the hospital. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love. Over 200,000 Jared Boxes have been delivered across the United States. The Collicot boxes were delivered to Good Shepherd Hospice Care in Newton and the other half went to Floating Hospital for Children. I’d also like to thank all the 5th grade families for donating to this very special cause! For more information, visit http://www.thejaredbox.com/pages/index.html
Volunteers: I would like to thank and recognize Beth Neville, who has been our “go-to” person when it comes to anything that grows in the ground. Ms. Neville helped to launch Pierce Middle School’s Outdoor Classroom, and she has also been an active volunteer in both fundraising and building the Tucker playground. A local artist, Ms. Neville also has experience in the field of science and recently served as a judge during the Tucker Science Fair. We are very grateful to Ms. Neville for all that she does!
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