June 16th E-Blast

Please note, the last day of school is Friday, June 23rd. It will be a half-day.

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, June 16, 2017



Every summer, the Milton Public School district publishes its list of required and/or suggested summer reading. Each grade level has a different set of requirements, which are curated by our talented school librarians, Lori Henry, Jessica Royster and Jen Troy.

I am a strong advocate of reading for pleasure, and summer reading can be the impetus to learning to love reading for the sake of reading. I was reminded of not only the joy or reading, but also of the necessity of reading as I perused David McCullough’s latest work, “The American Spirit.” McCullough delivered a commencement speech at Boston College, which is excerpted in this book. His speech captures my feelings on this topic:

“(John Adams) read poetry, fiction, history. Always carry a book with you on your travels, he advised his son John Quincy. ‘You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.’ In a single year, according to the U.S. Department of Education, among all Americans with a college education, fully one third read not one novel or short story or poem. Don’t be one of those, you of the Class of 2008.

Make the love of learning central to your life. What a difference it can mean. And remember, as someone said, even the oldest book is brand-new for the reader who opens it for the first time.

Read. Read, read! Read the classics of American literature that you’ve never opened. Read your country’s history. How can we profess to love our country and take no interest in its history? Read into the history of Greece and Rome. Read about the great turning points in the history of science and medicine and ideas.

Make use of the public libraries. Start your own personal library and see it grow. Talk about the books you’re reading. Ask others what they’re reading. You’ll learn a lot. “ – David McCullough

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The following article was submitted by MPS Elementary School Librarian, Lori Henry and MPS Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Public Library are partnering for another amazing summer reading program: “Build A Better World.” MPS is proud to team up with 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. It is the expectation of the Milton Public Schools that each child at the elementary level read a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day.  Many families have already registered their children.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to register or reactivate your child’s Summer Reading Challenge account please visit https://miltonlibrary.beanstack.org .  If you have any difficulty or have any questions please feel free to email Sara Truog, MPL Children’s Librarian at struog@ocln.org or Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison at mmckenna@miltonps.org or 617 980 7343.

Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools READS, READS, READS and fully participates in the Summer Reading Challenge! Along with all the benefits provided by the Milton Public Library and reading itself, students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes upon returning to school in September.  We hope you all have an awesome summer filled with great books.

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This next item was submitted by Jess Royster, Pierce Middle School librarian:

Pierce Middle School
Summer Reading

 The philosophy of the Pierce Middle School in regards to Summer Reading is to guide students to read for pleasure and enjoyment. We feel continuous reading not only fosters an important life skill, but ensures and enhances the academic transition to the next school year.

At Pierce we hope to create a learning community where all students develop the skills to work productively as a group of learners, supporting one another, recognizing and celebrating our unique differences. As part of our proactive stance to create productive citizens, we would like to utilize our summer reading program as a teaching opportunity to promote discussion and awareness around social conflicts that can occur during adolescence. The English Department has selected book titles that showcase issues around teasing, bullying, acceptance and the hard choices that students are faced with in the middle school years and beyond.

Requirements: Students must read a total of four books; three free choice books and 1 required text.

Grade 6 (choose 1)
Out of My Mind, Draper
Booked, Alexander
Fish in a Tree, Hunt

Grade 7 (choose 1)
Misfits, Howe
The Revealers, Wilhelm
Anything But Typical, Raleigh- Baskin

Grade 8 (choose 1)
*Divergent, Roth
Buddha Boy, Koja
Stargirl, Spinelli
Mockingbird, Erskine

*Some mature themes, parents please note.

  • Attached you will find a book reflection sheet for the required text and a reading log to record total number of books read.
  • All forms and summer work will be posted on the PMS Edline page and the Milton homepage.
  • For every book read beyond our four book expectation, students will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes. The more books read, the better the chances of winning!

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The high school reading list, submitted by Jen Troy, is available on-line:

Milton High School Summer Reading Program

All students will engage in a reading program this summer as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to challenge our students. We hope that everyone —parents, students, teachers —will participate in making this a successful and rewarding program. If you are looking for audio or eBook versions of a specific title don’t forget that MHS subscribes to Axis 360. This website and app provide access to hundreds of titles. Instructions for creating an account can be found on the Library edline page.

In addition to summer reading there are also summer assignments for some classes. All of the assignments will be posted on Edline by subject.

Instructions to Access Assignments:

  1. Login to Edline
  2. Summer Assignments are located on the left side of the page under “Quick Links”
  3. Assignments are separated by subject area

*The link to these assignments will also be posted on the MPS website:   www.miltonps.org


There have been some amazing events happening at the JFK Library over the past few weeks. I would like to thank and recognize Lee Statham, a former MPS parent who continues to be a wonderful advocate and supporter of our district. Ms. Statham serves as Director of Special Events and Visitor Services at the JFK Library.  Ms. Statham contacted me months ago asking MPS students to perform at the JFK Library during the Library’s May and June programs honoring JFK’s Centennial Year and that idea has finally come to fruition. Our high school strings, orchestra and chorus performed in the glass atrium, as did our middle school chorus.

Pierce Chorus:


Milton High School Mixed Choir: https://www.facebook.com/JFKLibrary/videos/vb.9538894955/10150960468029956/?type=2&theater

In addition, Milton High School student Lemuel Marc performed at the flag raising and lowering on Memorial Day at the JFK Library. View this very moving clip of Lemuel playing at the Ceremony.


Lemuel Marc performs Taps at the Flag Lowering Ceremony


Members of the Marc Family: Ms. Soledad Marc, Nethania, Jahdiele and Lemuel

This has been an amazing opportunities for our extraordinary Milton Public School students whose gifts are identified and developed by our very talented teachers and staff.  Please join me in recognizing the students below:

Thursday, June 15th at 3:00
Pierce Middle School Chorus

Bella Baylon, Myles Bedingfield, Will Cannata, Henry Clark, Sophie D’Alesssandra, Charlotte Dangel, Logan  Do, Delilah Ferreira, Gabriella Gallagher, Emily Gallagher, Ben Garrity, Lydia Geering, Kiera Glazer, Ayana Gori, Connor Griffin, Joe Hegarty, Newly Henry, Mallory Hughes, Cole Humphrey, Brenna Kelley, Lily Lane, Darcy Lefever, Sadie Leggett, Lucy Liberidis, Cameron Lydon, Nick Maldonado, Natalia Masso, Emmet McElhinney, Lilli McLaughlin, Mary Mullen, Samantha Pincus, Jeff Potter, Meghan Riordan, Priya Shaw, Andrew Skillin, Abbie Steuterman, Divine Straughter, David Sutter, Emily Tobin, Ellis Wallace, Norah Walsh and Isabel Yuen

Wednesday, June 14th at 2:00
Milton High School Mixed Chorus

J’Quan Allen Jones, Shoilee Banerjee, Kianna Barrett, John Barros, Sage Blue, Peter Bongiorno, Caroline Connelly, Gray Davis, Sophia Deaibes, Jayda Dillon, James DiSandro, Sophia Eckardt, Joshua Elias, Francois Exantus, Jada Farrar, Grace Finnegan, Shea Flanagan, Damauri Fox Portis, Mary Kate Fox, Kathleen Gallagher, Karla Gonzalez Lynch, Aidan Guilderson, Mercedes Harvell, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Nosakhare Iyamu, Chrismara Jean Baptiste, Joshua Kackley, Lucas  Kery, Andre  Leclerc, Billy Liddell, Cooper Madigan, Mohamed Makouk, Michael McCarthy, Moses Moiwo, Isaiah Morisset, Owen  Murphy, Anneisha Nieves, Kaleigh Pentland, Cameron Pentland, Robert Ricciardi,, Joshua Riggs, Hudson Smith, Isabel Smith, Kendall Smith, Taylor Snellen, Arielle Solomon, Ava Stevenson, Bryce Stovell, Aiden Sullivan, Patrick Taugher, Grace Varela, Qamra Ward, Max Winkler, Connor Withington, Annie Wong, Isaiah Woodley and Scott Yuen

Wednesday, June 7th
Milton High School String Ensemble

Ryan Au, Samantha Baum, Katie Biagiotti, Jeremie Carpenter, Crystal Chen, Eva Chow, Nicola Cross, Julia Defilippo, Grace Dwyer , Simone Elfer, Abigail Fay, Mike Gates, Lucy Hainline, Amalia Halpin, Veronica Harris, Abi Jean Baptiste, Daisy Johnson, Mayu Joiner, Helene Juzyca, Catherine Le, James Le, Jenny Ly, Nethania Marc, Elena Millwood, Julia Nerenberg, Giselle Neville, Isabelle Neville, Hue-Ninh Nquyen,, Thanh Nguyen, Caroline O’Connell, Laura O’Hanlon , Steven Pham, Kate Possi, Regina Scott, Olivia Shapiro, Milan Smith, Hannah Solomon, Lydia Tesfaye, Christina Tougias, Alice Truong, Clarissa Waldmann, Olivia Wood and Onn Ye Young.

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The following item was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

Milton students are using technology in English Language Arts well beyond writing and reading.  Students in Grade 5 at Tucker are using technology to recommend books to other students.  Chris Doyle, Grade 5 teacher, has taken on learning of her own so that students can engage authentically with technology in her classroom.  Following a Fantasy Literature unit, students use the application Garageband on iPads to record themselves giving a recommendation and review of a book they have recently finished.  Students are learning how to add music to their recommendation, re-record when something doesn’t sound right, and provide solid evidence as to why someone else should read the book they are discussing.  This project has motivated and engaged all students in her co-taught class and the benefits will be long-lasting.  Mrs. Doyle plans on creating a bank of links to these recommendations so that future students and students at different grade levels can hear about books they should read as recommended by other kids!

The following item was submitted by Pierce Middle School Dean of Student, Dr. Nicholas Fitzgerald:

STEM Enthusiasts Celebrate Their Favorite Class: Aware of the potential reduction of the STEM and ISSTEM classes at Pierce, and concerned that future students might not have the same opportunities they’ve had, 7th graders Barron Clancy, Anderson Korman, and Dimitri Sophinos recently shared their fondness for their favorite class. Pierce students can take the STEM class during their 6th and 7th grade years, and 7th and 8th graders can apply for entrance into the ISSTEM classes, which are designed to be more intensive studies of STEM topics.

Barron, Anderson, and Dimitri each identified the rare and unconventional opportunities that the class has provided them outside the traditional science curriculum. Dimitri, now taking the STEM class for the second time, spoke about using the Computer Aided Design (CAD) program Tinkercad. With guidance from his teacher, Mr. Demaggio, Dimitri has used the program to design cars and “miniature houses.” Although unrelated to his CAD projects, Dimitri is equally excited about building model rockets that he and his classmates will eventually launch. Barron and Anderson both linked their recent success at the State Science Fair – they placed 2nd and are now applying for the Broadcom Masters Fair – to their experience in STEM. Anderson identified the genesis of their Science Fair project, a storm drain oil filtration system, as a field trip he took with his STEM class to the Pine Tree Brook as 6th graders. Barron, a student in the 7th grade ISSTEM class, captured exactly how his STEM and ISSTEM experiences helped him prepare for success at the State Science Fair. He used his class’s current project as an example. His ISSTEM class is now building dragsters out of balsa wood, and will eventually test them to see how far and how fast they can travel. As part of the project, students brainstormed design ideas, shared these ideas with classmates, enhanced their designs using the CAD program, and build prototypes out of Styrofoam. He said he and Anderson used the same steps when designing their filtration system.

All three boys, whose middle school success is largely the product of the STEM and ISSTEM classes, drew clear connections between the lessons they’ve learned in class and success outside of school. Whether it be the collaboration and critical thinking inherent in the classroom, or the extra curricular opportunities outside of the classroom, the boys recognize that the STEM and ISSTEM classes are setting them up to be successful in “the modern world.” They wanted to share their positive experience, hoping that future students will have similar opportunities to benefit.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Our recent Math Night was fantastic! It was really special to watch Glover kids, teachers, and families coming together to play math games and more! 15 teachers prepared and played alongside students. Many families commented on how thrilled they were to go home with some new ways to practice math and reading with their children. Many thanks to all!



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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham Principal Jonathan Redden:

3rd Grade Weather Warrior Visit: Earlier this month, NBC Boston came to Cunningham School to teach the third graders about extreme weather and also show them the Weather Warrior vehicle, which is used to collect and track local weather data. The third graders were amazed at the fun facts NBC Boston Meteorologist Chris Gloninger taught them.  This program is a free outreach program that NBC does for local schools.  Our third graders were shown on the early morning news  and you can check it out by following the video link below.



The Milton School Committee’s Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine.”

As a parent/guardian of a child/student entering into grade six or grade nine, you are required to go to the following link: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/Re-establish2017Doc.pdf  and fill out a Re-establish Residency Packet. Please be sure to provide the required documents from all three columns.

This process is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the town of Milton.  We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us with ensuring residency compliance.

Ms. Patty Lesenechal, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator, will be working morning and evening hours all summer to accommodate the work schedules of parents/guardians. Starting Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Ms. Lesenechal will be in the Milton High School main office (25 Gile Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 am to 10 am; and Tuesday evenings from 4-8 pm.  Parents/guardians must submit Re-Establish Residency packets by August 29, 2017 to ensure their child’s placement in Grades 6 and 9. Ms. Lesenechal can be reached at 617-696-4470 ext 5516 or at plesenechal@miltonps.org


The following information was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

The halls will come alive with the bustling and pitter, patter of the little feet of three and four year olds in September as we open our doors to the newest members of the MPS community. This year we have had an overwhelming interest from families wishing to enroll their children in a preschool program for the 2017-2018 school year.  At the present time all of our programs are full with active waitlists being maintained.

Milton Public Schools is proud to offer 7 different preschool options. In the Edgehill Program, located at the Collicot School, families have the opportunity to enroll their child(ren) in either a morning or afternoon five day program.  There is also a half day and full day option for those students with special education needs, as identified by the IEP team including  a substantially separate program.  In the Blue Hills Program, located at the Tucker School, there are three options, a full day program and two half day programs which include morning and afternoon sessions.  All three programs meet five days a week.  The Gile Pre-K Program, located at Milton High School is linked to a child study course for juniors and seniors and meets three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  If you are interested in learning specific details, including the similarities and differences of each preschool program, please visit: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2017-2018PreschoolOverview.pdf

If you are interested in adding your child’s name to the waitlist please go to the following link and complete the online pre-registration form: https://docs.google.com/a/miltonps.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHaS-UARXC7hK3hMuj6NcgtIVU5qnhKGaK5e0A9GUjrxvlFg/viewform?c=0&w=1

Please feel free to contact me over the summer should you have any preschool questions or want to inquire about any potential movement on the waitlists. I can be reached by email at preschool@miltonps.org or by calling 617-980-7343.


The following was submitted by the Milton Summer Enrichment Directors, Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Hello Milton Families! Thank you for registering your student(s) for Milton Summer Enrichment! In order to ensure a smooth start to the program, we are requiring that all families pick up student schedules prior to the start of the program.  We have one more opportunity to pick up your student schedules and important traffic information:

Saturday, June 17th: 9-12 pm Copeland Field House Lobby

When you arrive, you will receive the following:

Schedule for each student you have registered on a lanyard (Save and bring to MSE each day) Map of updated dismissal plan General MSE Information and reminders

In addition, if your student needs to have a prescription/medicine on hand through MSE, we are offering two drop off dates so that the first week can go smoothly. This is a great opportunity to meet the MSE nurse and ask any questions you might have and/or share relevant information about your child/ren.  Please choose one of the following dates/times:

Tuesday, June 20th:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Thursday, June 22nd:3-5 pm Milton High School Lobby

Please click here to view the pick up/ drop off map:



The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Health/Physical Education Director:

TALKING TO TEENS ABOUT ALCOHOL: Using the latest data from December 2014, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported 34.5% of Milton high school students had consumed some amount of alcohol. As summer approaches and teens have more unstructured time on their hands, this is an important time to consider talking to your teen about the dangers of underage drinking. A resource you may want to consider are MADD Flipbooks which can be a great tool for initiating this conversation. The link below brings you to six different Flipbooks (interactive pamphlets). They include: Your Teen’s World, Parenting Styles, Talking about Alcohol, Making Good Choices, a Discussion Checklist, and a Pocket Guide. All six are very informative and useful tools. The pocket guide summarizes the four information booklets. It is printable so you can use it to inform yourself and plan your conversation. You can then use the discussion guide to start a dialogue. This guide is also printable and includes questions and discussion topics to engage you and your teen with the material.

Follow the link to access these guides: http://bit.ly/2sCE7KP. For more on summer and underage drinking visit:  http://bit.ly/2rU7R7X Thank you to the Youth Health Connection for providing some of the material in this article.


Does your high school student love working with children and need to earn community service hours?  If so, consider encourage them to apply to be a Leadership Intern at Camp Invention this summer! We are running Camp Invention for two weeks (July 10-14 and July 17-21) at the Tucker Elementary School. This is a fun STEM-themed camp that is for students entering kindergarten through grade 6, and we would love to have MHS students there to assist with projects and ensure the safety of our campers!  Please contact Bernadette Butler (bbutler@miltonps.org) for more information!

The Leadership Intern opportunity is ideal for high school and college age students. This opportunity builds leadership skills through formalized training and practical experience, introduces entrepreneurial and intellectual property concepts, strengthens college applications and provides a meaningful setting to complete required volunteer hours.

The Leadership Intern serves as a role model to participants, mentor to Counselors-in-Training (CIT) and primary liaison between parents and the program’s Director. Leadership Interns represent the Camp Invention program and brand. They help create an environment of fun, learn strategies to encourage collaborative learning, build the trust and respect of parents and assist in providing a safe environment for participants. It is often the role of an outstanding Leadership Intern that makes the Camp Invention experience most memorable for participants.


Interns receive formalized leadership training and certification, developed by a third-party leadership training organization. The two-hour, online training is self-directed and completed prior to their week of volunteering at Camp Invention.

The formalized online training and program provide students opportunities to:

  •  Improve communication skills through interactions with parents, educators and participants y Discover how to build teamwork and guide a team
  •  Learn techniques to inspire creativity in others
  •  Apply newly acquired leadership skills in a dynamic environment
  •  Get inspired to be creative and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts, as well as innovation through program content
  •  Develop an understanding of Intellectual Property concepts and their connection to future economic prosperity y Learn entrepreneurial concepts through the lens of innovation and invention. Great for DECA club members
  •  Gain an increased awareness of personal leadership strengths and receive feedback from adult team members.
  •  Set themselves apart when applying for colleges, universities, scholarships or considering future employment
  •  Receive a letter of recognition provided by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  •  Earn up to 40 community service hours in a STEM educational program. Great for National Honor Society and graduation requirements or related coursework


  •  Getting to know participants in his or her group by name
  •  Motivating all participants to fully engage in the program experience
  •  Fostering a sense of team spirit and fun
  •  Treating all participants equally, in a respectful and professional manner
  •  Being a great role model
  •  Facilitating activities during sign-in/sign-out and Base Camp times
  •  Empowering participants to problem solve through curricular activities
  •  Assisting participants to build skills to successfully work in teams
  •  Making reminder calls to parents prior to the program (if asked)
  •  Escorting children to and from all areas they travel to individually and as a group
  •  Working with the Director and Instructors to maintain order, but not discipline
  •  Assisting Instructors in the classrooms with clean-up and other tasks
  •  Assisting with lunch and eating with participants
  •  Keeping track of group members at all times – until the last participant is picked up
  •  LIs will be paired with one or two CITs who are at least two grades below the LI’s grade level
  •  Coaching CITs throughout the day and helping them serve in a leadership capacity


  •  Must complete online training before the week of the program
  •  Must complete a post program review
  •  Must be available prior to the program’s start date for training and set-up
  •  Must be available for entire length and duration of the program (typical schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  •  Must be able to follow all Camp Invention rules of conduct and safety guidelines

This link will provide more information :https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9aNRbCACPKTblctWnBqSWF2UlE/view?usp=sharing


The following was sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

The Milton Public School System participates in the National School Lunch Program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) which permits the school system to offer free and reduced priced meals to students who qualify. Families who wish to apply for free or reduced meals must complete an application each year. The family of any Milton Public school student may submit an application at any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school’s main office, at the food service office and online at www.miltonps.org

Student Accounts: Any student whose school meal account has a zero or negative balance will be allowed to charge a reimbursable meal and/or milk. A “reimbursable meal” is defined as a meal consisting of at least three (3) of the five (5) offered meal components (grain, meat or meat alternative, fruit, vegetable and milk) and must include a fruit and/or vegetable component. This will result in a negative balance on the student’s account until funds are added to the student’s account.

Families will be notified weekly by the food service program if their account is negative. The food service program will work together with the school administration in a joint effort to contact students/parents to assist with collections.

Student with a negative account balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items until the student’s account is in good standing. “Good standing” for the purchase of a la carte items is defined as an account with a positive balance.

Payment Options

The Milton School Food Service Program offers an online payment option as well as a payment by check. Our online website is www.myschoolbucks.com

We encourage our families to pre-pay for meals at the paid or reduced price rate to help to ensure children have consistent access to meals without accruing unpaid meal charges. This pre-payment system includes a feature to allow for parental restrictions limiting a child’s spending at the point of service. For example, the system could allow families to place specific limits on à la carte purchases. Families can contact the food service office for further information..  We also accept checks at all six of our schools. We have locked mail boxes in the cafeteria and main office of each school.  Checks should be made out to the Milton School Food Service Program.

Online Payment

We allow families to add money to their child’s account from a computer or mobile device which makes payment more convenient for families.

Often, even families who do not opt to pay using the online system can access the system to check their child’s account balance. Many families may not realize how much their child is spending in the cafeteria each day, especially if the child is purchasing à la carte items in addition to their reimbursable breakfast and lunch. We encourage families to regularly check their account balance and track their child’s spending can help prevent households from accruing unpaid meal charges.

Automatic Payment

We also offer online payment platforms that include an optional feature families may use to automatically add money to their account when they reach a set dollar amount. Families using these systems may also set up a “low balance warning” to ensure they are notified promptly when a payment is needed.

The Milton Public Schools will work together with all of the fee based programs and activities. At the end of each school year students with an outstanding food bill above ($20.00) will not be allowed to register for any fee based program until the food balance has been paid off.


And for all you parents/guardians who may be looking for own summer reading list, the Boston Globe just published an excellent list of suggestions for summer reading. One of our MPS families sent me this link. Please feel free to check out this comprehensive list:



The following item was sent to us by Will Korman of the Milton Foundation for Education:

In MFE news . . .The Milton Foundation for Education is thrilled to announce that we have awarded $20,917  during our spring competitive  grant cycle. These funds will have a direct and immediate impact across a wide spectrum of schools, classes and subjects.

Although the calendar says June, it is never too early to start thinking about your costume for Monster Dash!! This year’s spooktacular 5k and fun run will take place on Sunday, October 29th.


The following item was submitted by We Are Milton:

Milton Music Fest and Fireworks will be held on June 24th. Celtic Sunday will be held on June 25th.  Click here for more info.

Sit and enjoy the splendid view of Boston from Governor Hutchinson’s field on Adams Street in Milton.  Our top-notch line up of musicians will fill the air with many of your favorite tunes.  There will be lots of food, fun and music throughout the day and evening at this free event. We will have our own 9 hole mini golf.  A giant sandbox will keep the young ones occupied while you enjoy the music.  Play a game of corn hole or volleyball or one of our other old fashioned games.  A giant inflatable slide combo, a favorite from last year will be on hand.  We’ll also be visited by some surprise characters and have free air brush tattoos.

The Milton Music Festival and Celtic Sunday is a FREE two day community event. Parking is also free with continuous shuttles to and from the field. Beer, wine and a variety of food will be available for purchase.  No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.

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Please see the newsletter below, sent to us by Milton Early Childhood Alliance. It is full of helpful information for summer fun for young children:



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

Welcome to summertime fun in the Children’s Room 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.

Summer also means that it’s time to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge. It’s an on-your-own, do-it-anywhere, totally FREE reading program for kids entering kindergarten through entering grade 6 in September. Participants read any books they want starting June 22, track how many minutes they read, and enter their minutes read on our website. By reading and logging, you become eligible to win prizes, attend programs, and more. This year’s theme is Build a Better World, and registration is available on our website at www.miltonlibrary.org.

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 June 25 – July 1:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Harnessing Heat, Ages 6-11

Come have a HOT time with Mad Science of South Boston! Children will be introduced to the concepts of heat and heat transfer through hands-on fun, discussions and demonstrations, capped off with a taste bud-pleasing demo of heat at work! For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Chalk & Bubble Party, All Ages

Happy summer! In honor of the season, let’s draw with chalk and blow bubbles out on the Children’s Patio. All supplies will be provided. All ages welcome; no registration required. Weather permitting.

Friday, June 30, 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 Athletic Director Eric Karjel:

The Girls Track team continued to shine as they again dominated the competition in Massachusetts. After winning both their State Division Title as well as the All State Title, they had another great day at the New England Championship meet. Every girl who competed in the meet finished in the top 6. The 4x100m relay team of Abigail Jean-Baptiste, Dayajna Roche, Alexis Daily, and Jayda Dillon smashed the old school record of 49.22 with a time of 48.53 and finished 5th.  Alexis Daly broke her own school record in the Triple Jump by jumping 38’5” and finished 3rd overall.  Jessy Iwuala finished 2nd in New England in the High Jump and will be competing at Nationals this weekend along with Colette O’Leary, Elise O’Leary, Eliza O’Donnell, Josie Cousineau, Ella Affanato and Genevieve Connelly. Sophomore Elise O’Leary has been selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats, Elise!

The Boy’s Track Team’s Sophomore Superstar Smith Charles came in 1st place in the Long Jump at the New England Championship meet with a leap of 23’ 4”. Smith also came in 4th place in the 100m dash.  At the All-State meet the weekend before, Smith won the All-State title in the Long Jump and came in 2nd in the 100m dash. For his effort Smith has been selected to the Boston-Herald All-Scholastic Team. Congrats Smith.

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In the first season of MIAA-sponsored Rugby, the Milton Wildcats advanced to the State Finals with a 61-10 win over Algonquin. In a great Division 2 State Championship game last Saturday at Endicott College, the Wildcats fell just short as Hanover rallied late for a 29-20.

The Boys Tennis team finished up a very good regular season with a 13-5 record and then defeated Plymouth North 3-2 in the State Tournament before losing to top-seeded Sharon.


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: Back in April, our Future Business Leaders of America competed at the State Leadership Conference at Bentley College. As top finishers in the state, several of our students earned the right to compete at the national level. These students will be headed to Anaheim, CA from June 29th-July 2nd.  Congratulations and best of luck to Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Ebongue, Domenic Jancaterino,  Peyton Carvalho, Lilli Cormack, Suvan Shukla, Karisa Lasoff, Linda Do, Vincent Luong, Chris Caputo, Will Jrolf and Tim Walsh. Also, many thanks to AJ Melanson, our Business and Technology teacher, who is the club advisor for FBLA.

Staff:    I would like to recognize and thank two MPS staff members, whose grant applications were recently approved. BID-Milton awarded a $2,000 grant written by Noel Vigue, our PE/Health Director, for his “Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens (PARENT) Program. PARENT is a skills-building parenting education series to build emotional resilience in youth with appropriate support from their parents. Mr. Vigue’s grant is sponsored in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, and the education series is scheduled for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

In addition, the hospital also awarded a $2,000 grant written by Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai, for a behavioral health initiative aimed at reducing school bullying at Tucker. The grant would allow the school to add a clinical social work intern from the Boston University School of Social Work to its behavioral health team. The intern would oversee the implementation of a new bulling prevention program as well as facilitate a small student support group for identified at-risk students. Thank you to both of these educators for going above and beyond for our students and of course, thank you to BID-Milton for their generosity.

Volunteers: At a recent Tucker Potluck Dinner, Principal McNeil-Girmai surprised/awarded a first annual Community Spirit award for a family that have been exemplary members of the Tucker Community. Our first “winners” were Terry & Julie Shields. They have been members of the Tucker School community for eight years. They have both been very involved with Site Council and PTO. Julie has been very active in Reading about Diversity and supportive of school events. Terry was also an extremely prominent member of our Site Council playground renovation work particularly our last big build day were the stage was created. The family is moving to Deerfield, MA this summer and will be greatly missed!



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