June 23rd E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, June 23, 2017


Today is the last day of school and, as the 2017-18 school year draws to a close, I find myself looking back at another amazing year. The concerts, the plays, the success of new programs, the continuation of proven strategies, the athletic accomplishments – they all meld together and reinforce the adage that success breeds success. I am enormously grateful to the entire Milton community for their recent support of the school budget. We are looking forward to the 2017-18 year with our mission intact and the resources to support that mission. We should all be very proud of the students and staff of the Milton Public Schools.


There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. Those meetings are summarized below:

Wednesday, June 7th  This meeting began with an update on the Grade Five Safety Patrol from Transportation Director Jake Smith, along with fifth grade students. Next, Food Service Director Jackie Morgan came to speak about the policy for students with negative balances. In MPS, these students do NOT get alternate meals (as DESE allows.) Instead, we make every effort to contact them to eliminate the deficits.  Students with negative balances in excess of $20 at the end of a year will not be allowed to register for any fee-based programs until the obligation is cleared.

As part of the Chair’s Report, committee members reviewed the summer schedule. The Finance Subcommittee reviewed the FY18 Fee Proposal and voted to approve vendor warrants. Both the Health and Wellness and the Transportation Subcommittees gave reports to the full committee before adjourning to executive session.

Wednesday, June 14th: This meeting began with the introduction of students from the Pierce Middle School who competed at the State Science Fair, along with Christie Chiappetta, PMS Science Coordinator. Next, the MHS Debate Team, along with Coaches Kacy Dotoli and Dana DePaul gave the committee an update on their competition schedule. The Milton High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America attended this meeting to discuss their upcoming trip to compete at Nationals in Anaheim, California.  Bernadette Butler and Catherine DesRoche spoke about the upcoming start of Milton Summer Enrichment and last-minute registration info. Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education, gave a presentation on Health & Wellness to the committee. As part of the Chair’s Report, committee members discussed the summer schedule and retreat. The Finance Subcommittee reported on the end-of-year closing and members voted to approve a vendor warrant before adjourning to executive session.

The next meeting will be held Wednesday, July 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.


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 one 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.

  • On the website, 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

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The following item was sent to us by Pierce volunteer Beth Neville:

Pierce Middle School Science Teacher Jeff Stoodt found a way to get his five classes of students outside, so we leveled the weeds, churned up the soil and planted 100 pumpkins, plus sunflowers. The landscapers did a great job of chopping down tall grass and the beds have never looked better. We talked about soil, planting, sun, water, minerals and other scientific problems, so the students got a perfect introduction to why we should have an outdoor garden bed to motivate students to love science. The students were very attentive, and followed all the instructions for planting vegetables. This project was a total success, in my opinion. We finished the class off with a cup of water and cookie which the students loved. Let’s hope Mother Nature takes care of the pumpkins this summer. They should be ripe in mid-October.

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Submitted by Ms. Meunier, MHS Mathematics Teacher, and Michelle Kreuzer, Mathematics Director:

 Ms. Meunier’s Introduction to Computer Science class finished their final project in their Programming Unit this week after a semester of hard work. Students were asked to develop and write code for an educational game in a program called Scratch. Examples included Emily Dobrindt’s “Time Tellers” game, Cole Doherty’s “Underwater Adding!” game which focused on addition and subtraction, and Molly Murtagh’s “Learn Your ABC’s”, which involved the alphabet, sounds, and spelling. Finally, Joshua Bradley’s “Accuracy Test” was geared toward helping students with their motor skills while using a computer.

 On Wednesday, June 7th, Ms. Meunier’s students were able to see their games in action when they paired up with Mrs. Jackson’s class for a block period.  Mrs. Jackson’s students tried out the newly coded games from Ms. Meunier’s students and then moved on to create their their own programs in Scratch or Scratch Junior. Additionally, some of Mrs. Jackson’s students, who are taking Introduction to Computer Science this semester with Mr. Moray, shared what they had been coding in Scratch Jr. over the semester. The students had a blast coding together and hope to do more sharing out with other classes in the future!

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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 item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

Summertime Stories – The Milton Public Schools is once again partnering with the Milton Public Library and Milton Early Childhood Alliance to bring some exciting summer reading programs for children age birth to 6 years old along with a parent or caregiver.  Miss Sara, Milton Public Library Children’s Librarian will read stories, sing songs and delight children at four sessions held around town.  On July 13th and August 10th the story time will be held at the Tucker Elementary School Playground (rain location will be in the library).  On July 27th and August 24­­­­­­­­­­­th, story time will take place at the Cunningham Park (rain location will be in Cunningham Hall).  Please park across the street at Collicot School.  If the weather is nice be sure to bring a blanket as we will­­­­­­­ be outside.  All sessions will begin at 10:00am. Why not bring your soon-to-be Kindergartener and have them wear their yellow “I’m going to Kindergarten” t-shirt?  It’s a great way for them to meet new friends who might be in their class in September!

Summertime Food Resources –School is out tomorrow and summer is upon us.   For many families the full days of summer food cost can add an additional financial burden.

Are you or someone you know having a hard time putting healthy food on the table? Your family may be eligible for SNAP also known as Food Stamps.  SNAP helps you stretch your family’s food budget and keep your family healthy.  Calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline is a simple way to find out if you qualify for SNAP.  Hotline counselors, assisting families in 160 languages, can let applicants know if they are eligible during a phone screening and assist them with the application process.

In addition, families can contact the Project Bread hotline directly in late June/early July to learn where the closest Massachusetts Summer Food Service Program is located. The SFSP offers free meals to children ages eighteen and under to ensure that every child has access to the food they need in order to return to school in September ready to learn.

The FoodSource Hotline is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on SNAP or Summer Food Service Program locations, call 1-800-645-8333.

Milton Food Pantry – The food pantry is located in the Parkway Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway and is open Saturdays 9:30-12:00Noon. Please contact 617-696- 0221 or go to the pantry to complete an application. Families receiving assistance, such as food stamps, WIC or a Section 8 (housing) subsidy, can be approved based on their eligibility. The food pantry also refers families to the Milton Residents Fund, where a social worker can help determine if families may be eligible for additional services.

Office of the Family Outreach Liaison -The office of the Family Outreach Liaison will be open during the summer months.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have about MPS summer programs, Summer reading, the upcoming school year or if you are in need of a resource.  Contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org.


The following item was submitted by Food Service Director Jackie Morgan on behalf of Framingham State graduate student Samantha Therrien:

On Wednesday, June 14th, JSI Chef Brendan Gallagher led Milton High School’s nutrition staff in a “Live-Setting” Culinary Training. Milton High School was a pilot school for this concept and is the first school to receive a training of this kind from JSI. “Live-Setting” is a training approach created by Chef Kent Getzin in which foodservice teams train in their live working environment during regular production. This approach allows your nutrition program to still produce meals for the day while simultaneously learning skills they can use every day.

Chef Brendan worked with the staff to prepare a customizable Vietnamese noodle dish called pho and it was a huge hit! The pho contained homemade broth, lo mein noodles, and chicken or pork. Students could further customize their bowls by adding shredded carrots, bok choy, bean sprouts, Thai basil, mint, lime, hoisin sauce, sriracha, soy sauce, or fish sauce. All 186 servings were sold over 3 lunches and the students loved it! One student reported, “it was really good and I think they should make it more often.”

Milton Public Schools’ School Nutrition Director Jackie Morgan was excited about the “Live-Setting” training! She explained that in the past some of her staff have taken JSI’s Knife Skills workshop to go and not everyone was able to attend but “the “Live-Setting” training gives all employees access to skills.” Some of the skills the staff learned during this pilot training include knife skills, how to make a homemade broth including charring onions over an open flame, washing produce after chopping and using a salad spinner to dry it, and seasoning and roasting chicken and pork. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to bring a JSI “Live-Setting” Culinary Training to your school in the 2017-2018 school year!

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Submitted by Laurie Stillman, District Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Character Traits Can Be Developed: Character Counts is an organization that has provided a framework for thinking about building good character traits in children. The “six pillars of character” they promote are not political or religious principles; they are values that can bind us together as a civil society.  These are values that families, schools and other community institutions can foster in children in many ways.  They are:


As parents and teachers, there are numerous ways to cultivate positive character traits including modeling these behaviors with your children, recognizing and rewarding them when they exhibit pro-social behaviors, and having conversations when they—or others they see–don’t behave in ways that demonstrate good character.

Exposing children to valuable lessons through books and movies are also excellent ways to share and reinforce good character. Below are examples of young children’s literature, recommended by Character Counts, which you may want to read with them:

  • The Way I Act by Steven Metzger explains types of behavior in a way that is easy for little ones to understand.
  • Stand in My Shoes by Dr. Bob Sornson explores the virtues of empathy.
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst is a perfect springboard for a discussion on how something intangible (love) connects us.
  • Polka Dot Fixes Kindergarten has the protagonist solving problems she encounters with an unkind classmate.
  • Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class by Eileen Spinelli tells the story of a teacher who is tired of all of the fighting in her classroom and responds by declaring a Peace Week.
  • Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey, features the curious and often precocious monkey fixing his mistakes.
  • Bad Apple by Edward Hemmingway helps children reflect on friendship.
  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson is a moving story about the importance of kindness


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

It is never too soon to start planning your costume for the Milton Foundation for Education’s Monster Dash. This year’s 5k and fun run will be held on Sunday, October 29th. Prizes will be awarded for best costume so exercise your mind over the summer and come up with something extra creative!


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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The following item was sent to us by Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director, Forbes House Museum:

The Forbes House Museum is offering a number of free activities to coincide with the “We Are Milton” festivities this weekend. On Saturday, June 24th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. there will be an outdoor Historical Treasure Hunt (perfect for families!). Successfully complete the treasure hunt by solving the word puzzle at the end and earn a small prize. The Lincoln Cabin will also be open for visitors. On Celtic Sunday, June 25th, there will be 30-minute tours focusing on the Irish connection of the Forbes family, including Captain Forbes’s relief voyage to Ireland in 1847 and the lives of the Irish domestic workers who once worked at the mansion. Tours available at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, and

2:30 p.m. Space is limited. Please call ahead for reservations: 617-696-1815. Currently, the Forbes House Museum offers regularly scheduled tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting in July, there will also be tours at 11:00am and 2:00pm on Fridays. Cost is $10/adult, $8/students and seniors. Visitors should call ahead to confirm tour times and make reservations. The museum suspends its regular tour schedule during special events and major holidays. We hope to see you at the Forbes House Museum this summer!

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The following links were sent to us by Susan Dolan of Milton Early Childhood Alliance:

Milton Early Childhood Alliance is once again offering Summertime Stories, as well as Story Hours at Brookwood Farm. Please click the links below for more information:



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The following item was sent to us by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

Volunteers Needed for MSAPC Projects. Save the Date! The Community Activities Committee will discuss Volunteer Opportunities on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Library. The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) is ready to put its strategic plan into action and we need volunteers to join our Community Activities Committee to get things going.  Please join us at our next meeting on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library conference room (lower level) to learn about opportunities to get involved. Although we will debut the full plan that you all helped create at the next coalition meeting (date TBA), we are convening the ‘Community Activities Committee’ in the meantime to help prepare for next steps.  Volunteering may include helping to spread the word about special events (The ‘Safe Prescriber’ Conference or a 5K Milton Walk/Run fundraiser to benefit the coalition) or more involved work like helping with a parent speakers series with the schools.  We are so thrilled to share our good news, and explain at the meeting how you can help; the Coalition was chosen as the beneficiary of a fundraiser! Mike’s 5k to Crush Substance Abuse, is a walk/run in Milton to be held on October 21, 2017.  Register at Mikes5k.racewire.com. There are lots of volunteer tasks needed to be done, both small and large! If you are not able to make the meeting but want to help, email info@milton-coalition.org.  If you would like to be added to the ‘Community Activities Committee’ email list (which is a separate list from this coalition newsletter), please email info@milton-coalition.org.   See you all on Monday, June 26th at 7pm at the Milton Public Library conference room (lower level)!

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The following item was submitted by Milton Playground Planners:

Please see our flyer below for tomorrow’s event. All are welcome!

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The following items were submitted by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

We have more good news from the Girls Outdoor Track Team. One of our relay teams that competed at Nationals in North Carolina placed in the top six, which makes them ALL AMERICANS!!  This is an amazing accomplishment, and makes them the sixth-fastest relay IN THE COUNTRY!  The race is called the Distance Medley Relay (DMR), which means they run the 1200 meter, the 400 meter, the 800 meter and the 1600 meter. The four girls who achieved this were: Colette O’Leary (1200m), Josie Cousineau (400m), Elise O’Leary (800m) and Genevieve Connelly (1600m).  Other MHS athletes who competed at Nationals were: Eliza O’Donnell, Ella Affanato and Jessy Iwuala. Congratulations to this team, and to Coaches Tom Shaw, Dion Crichlow and George Walker.

From left: All-Americans, Colette O'Leary, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly, Elise O'Leary.

From left: All-Americans, Colette O’Leary, Josie Cousineau, Genevieve Connelly, Elise O’Leary.

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Thank you to all the 8th grade parents that came to the information session at the Pierce Middle School last night.  All information that was presented will soon be available on our athletics website – www.miltonwildcats.com.


  • August 1st – FamilyID Fall Sports Registration Opens
  • August 1st – August 24th – Athletic Director must sign off on all athletics clearance forms prior to participation in tryouts. Office Hours will be posted on the website at the end of July.
  • August 19th – Football Tryouts Start August 24th – All other fall sport tryouts start Please use the following link for step-by-step guides to registering for athletics – http://miltonwildcats.com/inside-athletics/registration/

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I am pleased to announce that Mr. Roland Millien will be the next Head Coach of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team for Milton High School. Mr. Millien, a teacher in the Stoughton public Schools is also a highly skilled basketball coach with 5 + years of coaching experience and 20 years of playing experience. Mr. Millien possess excellent leadership skills and has a proven record of being an excellent coach and mentor. He will be an asset to the girls’ program!

He was the Boys’ Freshmen Coach and Varsity Assistant  Coach at Milton Academy (2012 – 2016) where he helped coach the team to its first ever Independent School League (ISL) Championship in 2013.  He also coached the Mass Ducks/ KSC Ducks Girls’ Basketball Team AAU (6-9) from 2012 -2015  Mr. Millien was a 2 time Hockomock League Basketball MVP (high school); a MASCAC First Team All-Conference in college (2008-2009); and Bridgewater State University’s Athlete of the Year.

We are thrilled to have Mr. Roland Millien join our Athletic Department and even more excited that he will be leading our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team next year.

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://miltonhigh.bigteams.com/main/calendar


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:  Our fantastic Pierce Players recently staged a performance of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” After the performance, I sent each member of the cast and crew a note to congratulate them. Please read the text of these notes below:

 “Every time I attend a Pierce Players production, I am always amazed and proud of the talented students in the Milton Public Schools.  Whether you were a cast member, participated in the ensemble or worked behind the scenes with the crew, you should be very proud.   The time you spent rehearsing and preparing for “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” was evident.  The show ran smoothly, the audience was impressed, and you brought laughter to your peers, families, teachers and Milton community members. Thank you again for a job well done!”

Staff:   We received exciting news from two of our faculty members. K-12 Math Director Michelle Kreuzer and Pierce Middle School teacher John Zitz will be taking part in the MCAS Math Grades 7-8 Standard Setting Panel for the MCAS from August 14-17. This is an excellent opportunity, not only for these two educators to grow professionally, but also for the MCAS panel, who will no doubt benefit from our Milton teachers’ shared knowledge.

Volunteers:  Every year, we ask our principals to forward the names of all their volunteers to us so that we can invite them to our annual Volunteer Reception, hosted each June by the School Committee. This year, School Committee Chair Dr. Kevin Donahue gave remarks before the ceremony. Please read his speech, excerpted below:

“The success of our schools is a group effort. It is the result of the hard work of our teachers and staff and of the students who work hard every day to achieve their best. You have all helped us achieve this success and our superlative reputation. You also remind us here in the schools that we are part of a larger community and of the associated responsibilities and privileges that come with that membership.”

I echo Dr. Donahue’s sentiments and would like to join him in thanking the dozens of volunteers who make the Milton Public Schools the exceptional district that it continues to be.

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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