August 1st E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Do you have bus or transportation issues? If so, please call Jane Barrett, Transportation Director at 617-696-4470 x 5510 or email


I would like to congratulate Dr. Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head for the Milton Public Schools, who was recently honored by the Ordre des Palmes Academiques for her work on French language education. This award recognizes distinguished teachers, professors and figures in the world of culture and education. The distinction rewards people who have dedicated their lives to the teaching and the promotion of the French language and the French culture. Dr. Fisher will be honored at a ceremony next month. Congratulations!


There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, held on July 26th. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, August 23rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

July 26th: This meeting began with a presentation by Milton High School, Principal James Jette and Guidance Director Karen Cahill regarding the proposal to eliminate class rank. Members did not vote on this proposal, citing the need for further review and discussion. Next, members approved draft versions of the 2017-18 student handbooks. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Pavlicek outlined the new override positions and Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan gave a presentation on the new Elementary Literacy program for K-5. As part of the Chair’s Report, Consolidated Facilities Director William Ritchie discussed Green Communities Competitive Grants. Also, a draft version of the 2017-2018 School Committee Schedule was approved;  non union Staff Salary Adjustments were approved, eight sets of minutes and three  vendor warrants were approved before adjourning the meeting.


  • Cunningham: 8:20am-2:49pm
  • Collicot: 8:20am-2:49pm
  • Glover: 8:50am-3:19pm
  • Tucker: 8:50am-3:19pm
  • Pierce: 7:57am-2:26pm
  • Milton High School: 7:50am-2:19pm

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The following item was submitted by Assistant Superintendent for Business Dr. Glenn Pavlicek:

In an attempt to improve safety and reduce congestion, the  Department of Public Works, the Police Department and the School Department have been working over the summer on improvements to pedestrian access for the Cunningham and Collicot Schools.  The existing crosswalk at the entrance to Cunningham Park will be moved just west of the entrance to the bus lane in front of the schools (image below.)  This allows for better visibility as the current location is partially shielded by the crest of the hill and also gives the incorrect impression that it is controlling traffic out of the Cunningham Park driveway.

In addition, two new crossings with rapid flashing beacons will be installed across Edgehill Road, one at Century Lane (image below) and one at a redesigned Fullers Lane intersection.  Combined with sidewalk “bump-outs” , these new crossings should increase safety of walker approaching the schools.

Walkers approaching from East Milton Square who need to cross Edgehill Road can either cross at Century Lane or at the crosswalk in front of the schools.

Walkers approaching from west of the schools who need to cross Edgehill Road can do so either at Fullers Lane or in front of the schools.

Those coming from the Cunningham Park parking lot will walk westward along Edgehill Road and cross at the new crosswalk by the entrance to the bus lane.





With only a few weeks of summer left, it’s important to touch base with your children regarding summer reading and other summer work. All of our summer reading and summer work is posted on the front page of our website (  You can also click the links below to access summer work:

Elementary Summer Reading Program

Elementary Summer Math Program

 Pierce Middle School Summer Reading

 Pierce Middle School Summer Math

 Milton High School Summer Assignments

Click here

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We are unveiling a new literacy curriculum this fall for all students in grades K-5. This new curriculum, entitled Reach for Reading, is the result of a months-long comprehensive study from the Literacy Leadership Team. Reach for Reading will be an improvement over the former curriculum, Readers’ Workshop. Elementary teachers were surveyed at the start of the process to assess their classroom needs.

Reach for Reading was selected after the Literacy Leadership Team participated in a series of six sessions during the past few months, led by Harvard researchers. The new curriculum will be introduced to teachers through a schedule of professional development workshops, beginning on August 29th.

Many thanks to the members of the Literacy Leadership Team: Katie Callahan, Liz Cardiasmenos, Cat DesRoche, Christine Doyle, Kirsten Driscoll, Dr. Martine Fisher, Amy Gale, Kristen Giffune, Kelly Hannon, Christine Hodgkins, Maureen McClain, Karen McDavitt, Heather Morris, Kerry O’Leary, Kim O’Leary, Janet Sheehan, Lauren Vanacore and Vy Vu.

For more information about Reach for Reading, including Frequently Asked Questions, visit this link:

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

Is there a series of books that you love? Are there any patterns you notice when you read books in a series? If you haven’t tried reading any books in a series, try it! You could also read books by the same author. We hope you’ve been logging your minutes! If you haven’t in awhile, don’t worry, you can still log on and record them now!

Write to be understood, speak to be heard, READ TO GROW! -Lawrence Clark Powell

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Please refer to the charts below to see the positions which have been funded by the June 2017 override vote.

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The following was submitted by MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche:

Thank you to all the MSE families, students, staff and Red Shirts for a fantastic summer! It has been a quick five weeks full of learning, fun and making new friends.  We celebrated National Summer Learning Day on July 13th with a visit from award-winning storyteller, Len Cabral. All students also created an individual watercolor painting that was used in a mural to represent the unity of MSE as a town-wide program.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback, please feel free to reach out at  Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your summer!


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

Earlier this month, the rain couldn’t keep away the 57 children and adults who came out to join Milton Public Schools, Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Milton Public Library to kick off our Summertime Stories. In the Tucker School library, Ms. Sara delighted the crowd with a welcome song and stories including Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant, One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews, Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr and Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton.

At our second story time last week, the skies once again threatened to dampen the festivities.  Thanks to the generosity of the Cunningham Foundation, we were able to move the event inside. 75 attendees showed how happy they were along with the animals in the book, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Jungle Edition by James Warhola as they clapped their hands, stomped their feet, scratched their fur and hissed like a snake.  Ms Sara held the attention of all as she read Don’t Push The Button by Bill Cotter.  The children also enjoyed the book If you Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

At both sessions families were invited to take a gently used book home. Flyers offering tips on how to read to your child along with recommended titles were also handed out.

If you haven’t had a chance to join in the fun, please come to the Tucker School on Thursday, August 10, 2017 or to the Cunningham Park on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Both sessions begin at 10:00am. Bring a blanket and an imagination.  Sessions will be held rain or shine!

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


Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above Applied Lesson Program – Beginner Registration Night will be held onTuesday, September 12th from 7:00-8:30 at Milton High School.

The Milton Public Schools Music Department offers instrumental lessons through the Applied Lesson Program (ALP). Students in grades 4 and above may take lessons on flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone horn, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass and guitar. The 30 minute lessons are given once a week at Milton High School and are scheduled Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9:00 p.m. Lessons are taught by professional musicians who are specialists on these instruments. If your child is in grade 4 or above and is interested in this program, you need to attend the ALP Beginner

Registration Night on Tuesday, September 12th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at Milton High School. You can register for lessons with the ALP teachers and rent an instrument (if you do not already have one) from one of the music vendors available that night, or you can buy/rent an instrument from any other company you choose.

Payment Bring 2 checks—one for the ALP lesson teacher and one for the rental company. No lessons will be scheduled without payment. SESSION I (15 lessons) must be made at registration night. Private lessons (1 student) are $390 and Semi-private lessons (2 students) are $262.50. Payment is made directly to the lesson teacher. Semi-private lessons are offered ONLY if there are two students who take the same instrument at the same time. It is easiest to schedule semi-private lessons if you pre-arrange the partners because you need to register together. No semi-private lessons will be scheduled if there is only one student registering.

Rental fees vary depending on the instrument and the payment plan you choose. You can buy/rent your instrument from any company you choose and you should go online to research prices. Johnson String ( ), Spencer Brook Strings ( ), Needham Music ( and Leonards Music ( ) will be present at the registration.

Availability : There are only a limited number of available slots for lessons, so it is very important to attend this registration night. If you cannot attend, email Gary Good ( and Rebecca Damiani ( on Wednesday, September 13 to find out if there are any spots left.

Nota bene! ALP does not offer lessons in recorder or piano. Students must be in 4th grade or above to register. No students in grades lower than 4th will be registered on September 12. If there are available slots AFTER September 15, younger students can register. This registration night is for BEGINNERS only. Continuing students should contact their lesson teachers directly to register—they do NOT come to beginner registration night. Please follow the link to the Pre-Registration form. Milton ALP Pre-Registration Pre-Registration is to help with the facilitation of distributing free instruments and ensuring adequate staffing.


The following item was sent to us by our friends at Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME):

We hope everyone is enjoying the summer! While school is on hiatus, Milton FAME is gearing up for a busy fall season.    Upcoming dates to note:

  • Marching Band Camp – August 14th-18th @MHS
  • September 12th – Music Lesson Registration at MHS
  • Celebrate Milton – October 1st @ Pierce Middle School
  • Mattress Sale Fundraiser – October 7th @ MHS

We will be sending out a sign up email for donations of beverages and snacks for both Band Camp and Celebrate Milton in the next week. We also hope everyone will come out and support the Mattress Fundraiser for the Music Department by buying a mattress (or two)! And don’t forget to register your child in September to get started on music lessons! to keep up to date on all that is going on with music in the Milton Public Schools, please check out our website here and like us on Facebook. Questions? Need more information?  Please contact


The following item was submitted by Pam Dorsey, Director of Community Schools:

Are you interested in a part-time job with almost no commute?  One where you can bring your school-aged child with you?  If you are an adult who has experience with children and enjoys fun and challenges, we have job openings for you.

No college degree is required, but a good sense of humor is.  You would be supervising children before or after their school day, at the Early School Arrival (ESAP) or at After School Enrichment (ASE) programs.  You can lead classes or assist other staff.  We are looking for energetic, dependable people who have time and talent to share.  Take a look on our website at the exciting, fun enrichment activities our programs offer:

  • ESAP hours are 7:00 – 8:30am.  The pay rate starts at $17.64
  • ASE hours are 2:30-6:00pm.  The general pay starts at $12.71; the pay rate for staff leading/instructing classes starts at $19.34.

If you are interested in joining our staff, please send an email of interest to me at


The following item was submitted to us by Laurie Stillman, District SEL Facilitator:

Talk To Your Teens About Distracted Driving. If you are driving with friends or family in the car, you are responsible for their safety. Your or their distraction could seriously injure or kill others.  Distractions include heavy or prolonged conversations, eating food, phone calling, working your GPS, and texting.

Distracted driving is deadly. It was responsible for 3,500 deaths in 2015, and responsible for many more injuries and disabilities. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of nearly 5 seconds at 55 mph, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and ten percent of parents admit that they have extended multi-message text conversations while driving. Teen drivers are especially susceptible to distraction while driving, especially texting and using their cell phone.  In Massachusetts, it is illegal for teens to do this.

Adapted from Under the Right Influence.


The Milton School Committee passed a Residency Policy that states “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six and nine as well as Milton Public School students who attend school out-of-town*.” Click for more info

*This includes all students who attend Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Norfolk County Agricultural High School and Special Education out-of-district placements for students entering Grades 6 and 9.

Families who have students in these categories are required to fill out the form that has been mailed to their homes or go to the following link and provide all necessary documentation.

With only a few weeks remaining until the start of the school year, approximately half of families who are required to re-register have done so. Please take a moment to complete the paperwork if you have not already done so.


Instead of an article this week, one of our readers sent us an interesting Ted talk regarding how to make STEAM education more fun. Click the link to learn more about this topic:


The following link was forwarded to me from Susan Dolan, Director of Milton’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Program:

I received this email, and it’s link to a terrific video on the importance of engaging dads in their child’s life, from The Children’s Trust Fund and Suzin Bartley. As professionals who work with families in Milton regularly, please find 11 minutes somewhere in your busy day to watch this video. Its message will stay with me for a long time; hopefully, for you as well!

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

Register for Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse. All proceeds will support MSAPC.

Help raise awareness in Milton about substance abuse! Too many Massachusetts and Milton residents are dying from addiction, the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. The run/walk is in memory of Milton resident Mike Mulcahy, a proud Miltonian and lover of the outdoors, who passed away in December 2016 after a heroic battle against addiction.

The event is going to directly benefit the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition! Please come and show your support! REGISTER TODAY by clicking here. Mike wants to CRUSH ADDICTION!

The walk/run in Milton will be held on:

  • Saturday October 21st
  • Register in the Cunningham School Library at 9am. Race starts at 10am
  • Starting at 44 Edge Hill Road (Cunningham School)

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The following item was sent to us by Jerry Vitti, JP Plunkett and Becky Padera with the Challenger League:

We recently had our Challenger day at Fenway.  In a word it was magical. Below is a link and a password to view the pictures taken by the Red Sox photographer.   Special thanks to Chili Davis and Victor Rodrigues, the Red Sox hitting coaches for the enthusiastic help. 7.14 CVS Clinic  password: allkidscan

We’re not sure what was our favorite part of the day.  There are great shots of the kids hitting, sitting in the Sox dugout, being at the Green Monster and meeting Wally.  I can’t say enough about the experience and I hope we get to come back.

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. To learn more about Milton’s Challenger League, click here:


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, 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

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 August 6 – 12:

Monday, August 7, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
AbraKIDabra with Mike Bent, Ages 4 and up

Join us for comedy-magician Mike Bent’s state-of-the-art, interactive magic show AbraKIDabra! Mike’s unique and appealing style will leave you laughing and scratching your head, long after he has left the stage. For children ages 4 and up. No registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Art with Ginny, Grades K-3

Children in grades K-3 can join Ginny Brearley and create an artistic masterpiece to take home. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Makernoon, Ages 10-13

Kids aged 10-13 are invited to join the Children’s and Teen Rooms for crafting/making/building fun.  Each week we’ll be making something different, using such supplies as craft materials, recycled items, hardware and more!  Registration is required.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 10:00 – 10:30 am
Summertime Stories @ Tucker Elementary School, Ages 0-6 with caregiver

The Milton Public Schools, the Milton Public Library, and the Milton Early Childhood Alliance invite you to Summertime Stories: outdoor storytimes at Milton community locations! Miss Sara from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at this, the third of four sessions around town this summer. If the weather is nice, bring a blanket because we’ll be outside. If it is rainy, we’ll meet indoors. Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. Registration is not required, however, you will need to sign in upon arrival. RAIN OR SHINE! For families with their children ages birth to six years old.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Readers’ Theater, Grades 2-4

Readers’ Theatre is a type of drama performed by “readers” who read from a script and do not have to memorize lines.  Performed with minimal costumes, sets and props, readers’ theatre can be not only a great introduction to theatre for kids, but it’s also a great way to practice one’s oral reading skills, build confidence, and have fun with friends at the same time! This summer, Miss Sara is leading a Readers’ Theatre Club for students entering grades 2-4.  Each week participants will play theatre games, tackle different scripts based on well-known children’s books, and make crafts to supplement the stories we’re telling together.  The Club will meet five times over the course of the summer, and each meeting will culminate with a performance for family and friends.  While this is a drop-off program, parents/caregivers are asked to return 15 minutes before the end of each class (at 3:45) so they can see the show! Students must be fluent readers who have completed first grade.  Registration is required.

Friday, August 11, 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.

Friday, August 11 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Friday Family Flick, All Ages

It’s hot outside… so come to the library and cool off by watching a movie in the Keys Room! Today we’ll be showing popular 2017 release The Boss Baby: A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour, 37 minutes. Bring a sleeping bag or a pillow and get cozy! Popcorn will be served. No registration required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at, 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 Ryan Madden, Athletic Director:

Milton High School Fall Sports Registration will open Tuesday, August 1st.  You must register on Family ID prior to receiving clearance to participate in tryouts. Please follow this link – www. – for step-by-step instructions on how to register.   Football Tryouts begin Friday, August 18th.  All other fall sports begin Thursday, August 24th.  Please keep in mind that Swim is now a fall sport at Milton High School.  All information regarding Milton High School Athletics can be found at – You will find office hours to receive clearance.  As a reminder, please be sure to have an updated physical prior to the start of tryouts.  The student-athletes physical must be within the past 13 months.  If you played a spring sport and handed one in, you MUST STILL bring a copy in this fall.


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: Three Milton High School graduates recently were honored by the Boy Scouts for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to Nolan Carvalho, Michael Eberhardt and Nico Navarro. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest award available to youth members of the Boy Scouts of America. It represents many years of dedicated effort, and the successful completion of a long process which started when the young man became a Boy Scout. Only about 2% of all Boy Scouts earn this distinction and it is a great achievement for all parties involved: the Scout, his family, his community, his unit, and the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to these Milton High School alum!

Staff: Two teachers from Pierce Middle School, Erin Power and Danielle Huebner, attended the Anti-Defamation Leagues’ Summer World of Difference training in Vermont last week. The Peer Training Summer Institute for middle and high school educators is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and strategies to create inclusive, prejudice-free learning environments apply proven anti-bias teaching methodologies and materials and implement administrative and programmatic components of ADL’s Peer Training Program. We are very proud of  these educators!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank the new Board of Directors for the Milton Boosters. These hard-working volunteers are the heart of our athletic program and we are very grateful for all they do. Please join me in thanking President James Coyne, and the three Vice Presidents: Scott Domineau, Donna Conroy and Mike McDonnell, as well as Treasurer Trish Heelen.

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, marital status, sexual orientation, 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, employment, 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: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812.



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