August 25th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, August 25th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton School Committee held its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Wednesday night and there were three takeaways I’d like to share with you:

1. Margaret Gibbons, our Head Nurse, unveiled a new program to identify and address substance abuse in our schools. This program will be implemented at both the middle and high school levels. Click here to learn more about SBIRT.

2. School Committee member Dr. Elaine Craghead spoke eloquently about the reduction in user fees as a result of the recent override. She noted that the reduction in athletic fees now puts the Milton Public Schools in the middle of the pack compared to other towns in Massachusetts who charge fees.

3. The School Committee unanimously voted to approve “A Resolution Affirming the Provision of Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Schools for All Students Without Regard to Race, Religion, National Origin, or Immigration Status.” I am very proud to lead a district which passed this resolution. Please click here to read the full text of the resolution, and read below under “School Committee” for a summary of the rest of the meeting.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. That meeting is summarized below:

August 23rd: This meeting began with a report on upcoming SBIRT Screening, which was given by Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons. Next, the committee voted Final Approval of School Handbooks. As part of the Chair’s report, the committee approved their District Goals and approved the Revised School Committee Calendar for 2017-2018. Next, they voted approval of Vendor Warrants and approved three policies and one resolution. Ms. Varela updated the committee on the work of the Transportation Subcommittee and members approved four sets of minutes before adjourning to Executive Session.
The next meeting will be held September 6th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following was submitted by Elementary Librarian Lori Henry:

I am so excited to start school and discover what you’ve been reading all summer! So many minutes have been logged, mysteries solved, victories won, adventures experienced and discoveries made right in the pages of your summer reading books! And the summer reading fun isn’t quite over yet thanks to the generous donation of all of the elementary PTOs; there will be some summer reading surprises awaiting your return. I’m looking forward to sharing those surprises with you and hearing all about your summer reading story!

BUS ROUTES

Please follow the links below for the most updated bus routes:

Bus Route A  (Pierce Middle School/Milton High School)

Bus Route B (Cunningham and Collicot)

Bus Route C (Glover and Tucker)

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Tuesday, August 29th will be a Professional Development Day
  •  Monday, August 28th @ 3pm, Milton High School New Student Orientation
  • Tuesday, August 29th, Grade 6 Information Night
  • Wednesday, August 30th School Opens for all students in Grades 1-12
  • No School Friday, September 1st or Monday, September 4th for the Labor Day   Weekend
  • Tuesday, Sept. 5th First Day for Kindergarten and Preschool

Please check the Master Calendar for all upcoming events:

• Monday September 11, 6:30-8:30pm, Applied Music Lesson Registration
• Tuesday, September 12th @ 6:30 Collicot Open House
• Wednesday, September 13th – Executive Function Skills and Strategies, Pierce Auditorium @ 7pm, Sara Ward will present to Parents/Guardians
• Thursday, Sept. 14th @ 6:30pm, Milton High School Back to School Night
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30pm Cunningham Open House
• Tuesday, Sept. 19th @ 6:30pm Tucker Open House
• Thursday, Sept. 21 No School for Rosh Hashanah
• Tuesday, Sept. 26th @ 6:30pm Glover Open House
• Thursday, Sept. 28th @ 6:30pm, Pierce Open House
• Friday, Sept. 29th @ 6:30pm Cunningham Movie Night

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by MHS Music Teacher Rebecca Damiani:

Instrumental Lesson Registration for Beginners in Grades 4 and above
Applied Lesson Program – Beginner Registration Night
Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00-8:30 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 Monday, September 11, 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.
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.

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 (www.johnsonstring.com), Spencer Brook Strings (www.spencerbrookstrings.com), Needham Music (www.needhammusic.com) and Leonard’s Music (www.LeonardsMusic.com) 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 (ggood@miltonps.org) and Rebecca Damiani (rdamiani@miltonps.org) on Tuesday, September 12, to find out if there are any spots left.

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The following item was submitted by Health/PE Director Noel Vigue:

Milton Public Schools is excited to announce a district-wide PARENT Speaker Series for the 2017-18 school year. PARENT stands for Promoting Awareness and Resources for the Emotional Nurturing of Teens [all students]. Our goal is to continue to develop and enhance our relationship with the community, helping to provide families and caregivers skills, knowledge and resources to support the overall well-being of students. We can’t do this alone. We’d like to acknowledge the Beth-Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton and the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition for their support.

But we still need financial support and funding ideas to help this initiative take root and grow. Please contact Director of Health/Physical Education, Mr. Noel Vigue with your ideas or contributions at nvigue@miltonps.org or 617-696-4470 x5547.

We are pleased to share with you our tentative line-up of speakers:

  • September 13 Sara Ward How to Help Your Student (K-12) Plan, Organize and Manage Tasks 7pm-9pm at Pierce Middle School
  • October 19 Maria Trozzi Finding Resilience -strategies to produce competent and confident children (K-12), able to successfully navigate a complicated world 7-9pm at MHS auditorium
  • January 8 Rachel Simmons Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
  • January 30 & 31 Minding Your Mind Program Mental Health Awareness at Pierce Middle School
  • February 8 Dr. Ruth Potee Preventing Addiction (sponsored by MSAPC) 6:30-8:00pm at MHS auditorium
  • April 5 Michael Thompson Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys 7pm-9pm at Pierce Middle School

The first speaker, on September 13th at Pierce Middle School, is Sarah Ward. Ms. Ward is a speech and language pathologist with a clinical interest in the treatment of executive function deficit. Her workshop will focus on creating a homework space, improving organization and manging time, tasks and projects for students K-12.

This event is free. Parents, teachers and community members are welcome to attend.

Presented by:
Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP
DATE: Wednesday, September 13
TIME: 7 – 9 pm
LOCATION: Pierce Middle School Auditorium
How to Help Your Student (K-12)
Plan, Organize and Manage Tasks
The PARENT Speaker Series is made possible with financial support from
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton.

SUMMER READING

The following item was sent to us by MHS Librarian Jen Troy:

Are you still looking for that perfect book for your free choice summer reading option? In addition to asking friends, family members, teachers and librarians for recommendations there are many great online resources available. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) recently opened the polls for the 2017 Teen’s Top Ten awards. Check out the list for new book ideas or vote for one of your favorites. YALSA also publishes “Outstanding Books for the College Bound” lists every four years. They are broken down into areas of interest: Arts and Humanities; History and Cultures; Literature and Language Arts; Science and Technology and Social Sciences. Goodreads, a social media site dedicated to books, also offers a variety of recommendations based upon titles you have already read and enjoyed.

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.
Enjoy the last few days of summer. Happy Reading!

To view all summer work for all grade levels, go to http://www.miltonps.org and scroll down to Summer Reading/Summer Math categories.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

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

Our department, Milton Community Schools, offers out-of-school-time activities for elementary students throughout the year. Each elementary school has on-site programs that run from 7:00am until school starts and from school dismissal until 6:00pm. We also offer school vacation and summer camps covering the same time periods. Information for all of our programs can be found on our website: www.miltoncommunityschools.org

Online registration was open during July and is open throughout the school year. Parents/guardians can register online by any Wednesday to begin the following week. Once again, welcome to Milton Public Schools. Please contact me if you have questions about the ASE or ESAP programs at pdorsey@miltonps.org

ADULT ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education:

It’s back-to-school season, but that doesn’t have to apply exclusively to your children! Milton Adult Education believes in and aims to support lifelong learning by providing courses on a wide range of subjects and skills to adults in Milton and neighboring towns. Whether you want to try something entirely new or nurture an existing passion, we hope that you find what you are looking for in our courses. To view our Fall 2017 course offerings, and to register, please visit our new website: www.miltonadulted.org.

Questions? Comments? Interested in teaching a course? Please email Sara Warner, Director of Adult Education: swarner@miltonps.org.

RESIDENCY

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 here 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 link above and provide all necessary documentation.

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

SEL NEWS

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

Support Groups for Parents with Children who have Mental Illness — The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering free programming for parents of adolescents coping with mental illness, called NAMI Basics. The program will be offered in Milton in September.
It is a resource developed by parents who have had children and adolescents with mental illnesses in their own lives. This is a free course that is taught all across the country in six sessions, about two or three hours, to help parents to put their experience into some perspective, deal with the traumatic impact on their family, problem solve for their children, and learn more about mental illnesses.
For more information:      For contact info, email namisouthshore@gmail.com

Connecting Parents support groups offer parents and caregivers a safe place to find the support, education, and resources necessary to manage the challenges and rewards of raising children with mental health concerns. Meetings are facilitated by professionals who have personal experience as a caregiver of a child with mental health concerns. These groups are funded by the Department of Mental Health, and are free and open to the public.

Monday Evenings
6:30-8:30pm
Canton Library
Art and Activity Room
786 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021
Tuesday Mornings
10:00am – noon
Westwood Public Library
Conference Room
660 High St.
Westwood, MA 02090
Friday Mornings
10:00am – noon
Walpole Public Library
Children’s Activity Room
143 School St.
Walpole, MA 02081

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by the Milton Boosters:

We have two events on Saturday, September 2nd.

• Cans for Cats to benefit Milton HS Cheerleading at the High School from 9:00 -12:00
• Car Wash to benefit Milton HS Softball team at Cunningham/Collicot Driveway from 9:00 – 12:00

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following item was submitted by Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services:

CHILD FIND — In accordance with Public Law 94-142, Milton Public Schools provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of children who are attending not only our public schools, but also those who attend private schools at private expense and whose parent(s)/guardian(s) reside in Milton.

Milton provides all children with an opportunity to participate in the public school programs and seeks to identify all children in need of special education services. Milton Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of children aged 3 through 21 who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability. These disabilities may include: Developmental Delay; Autism; Intellectual Impairment; Sensory Impairment; Neurological Impairment; Emotional Impairment; Communication Impairment; Physical Impairment; Health Impairment; and/or Specific Learning Disability.
For further information regarding eligibility for evaluations, programs, and/or services, please call the Pupil Personnel Office at 617-696-5040 x 5574. You may also contact via email the Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, Tracy Grandeau, at tgrandeau@miltonps.org.

FROM THE READERS

Below is a fascinating article from Atlantic magazine about the pervasive use of smartphones and the effect it is having on our youth.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.

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The following article was sent to us by one of our readers with some helpful back-to-school tips: https://www.google.com/amp/abcnews.go.com/amp/Lifestyle/back-school-tips-children-parents/story%3fid=49198216

MFE NEWS

Attention ghosts and goblins: registration for Monster Dash is now open!! This year’s 5k and kids fun run will take place on October 29th. To register for Monster Dash, click here: For more information about the race and event, visit the MFE website:

Do you have a budding artist in the family? Every year a student from Milton gets to design our Monster Dash T-Shirt! Information on this spooktacular contest can be found here: http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org/documents/MonsterDash2017ArtworkContestflyer-r2.pdf

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item is an updated announcement from the Milton Police Department and the Milton Public Schools:

On Monday August 28th from 6-8pm, there will be a public discussion followed by a question and answer session to explain the ongoing construction taking place on Edge Hill Road. The meeting will take place in the Collicot School cafetorium. The purpose of this meeting is to give background information on why the construction is being done and what to expect when school comes back into session. The meeting will be attended by members of the Milton Public Schools, the Milton Police Department as well as the Town of Milton’s Engineering Department.

The meeting will begin at 6pm, with introductions, followed by an overview of the project and what to expect in the coming weeks. This meeting is solely to address the Cunningham/Collicot Construction Project. Unrelated traffic and construction matters will not be discussed.

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The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop with the DPW:

Streetlights to be Converted to LED lights
LED conversions to start in the fall 2017

The Town of Milton is converting all streetlights to LED. Over 3300 light fixtures have been ordered and should arrive in early September. The conversion should be complete this Fall. The DPW asks for your patience during the conversion.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Director:

Summer is winding down and school is starting, but there is still lots of fun to be had in the Children’s Room at the Milton Public Library! Cool family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out.

In addition to our regular storytime on Tuesday evening, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 3 – 9:

Monday, September 4, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Storytime @ the Farmer’s Market, All Ages

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Miss Sara and Miss Elaine, Children’s Librarians at the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children at four farmers’ market sessions this fall. Rain or shine! Parents/caregivers must remain with and look after their child – these are not drop-off events. No registration is required.

Don’t forget to check the library web calendar for a listing of the many programs we offer year-round. Information about and registration for all of our programs can always be found on our online calendar at 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:
http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

The following item was submitted by Ryan Madden, Director of Athletics:

Fall sports have finally arrived. Football started on August 18th, while all other sports start on or after August 24th. For a full calendar view schedule of preseason, please click here.

SWIM
Tryouts for this year’s swim team will take place starting Monday August 28th. Monday 8/28, Tuesday 8/29, and Wednesday 8/30, tryouts will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the Egan Center (Shamrock Swim Club).

TRYOUT PROCESS
Please keep in mind that students are encouraged to attend all preseason sessions in their sport. In order for coaches to properly evaluate all student-athletes and ensure each student-athletes receive a fair shot at making the team, students are highly encouraged to attend all tryouts. Tryout times may change after the first day depending on what the coach deems necessary. Please plan accordingly.

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION
Freshmen student-athletes, as well as any Student-Leaders are also allowed to miss their practice if it interferes with the Freshman Orientation on Monday, August 28th. The Freshman Orientation is from 4-6pm and all coaches understand that any freshman student or student-leader will miss the practice without penalty.

REFUNDS
In the event of a student being cut, or an over payment on UniPay, please advise that all refunds will be processed by Wednesday of next week. The tryout process will end when school commences.

FAMILY ID
If you have not done so already, please remember to complete your Family ID registration as it contains important information needed by coach for player safety.

PHYSICALS
Please remember to keep your son/daughter’s physical up-to-date (within 13 months). Once a physical has expired, student-athletes will not be allowed to practice or play. Be on the look-out for an email from Family ID about the student-athletes physical expiration date.

For all fall schedules, please visit the website – www.miltonwildcats.com

We thank all student-athletes for their participation in preseason and we wish all students well in their first week of school.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:

Students: I would like to give a warm welcome every new student entering the Milton Public Schools. Whether you are entering preschool or 12th grade, we are happy that you are now part of the MPS community.

Staff: I’d also like to welcome every one of our new staff members. From teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals to custodians, lunch staff and administrative assistants, we are looking forward to a fantastic year and are thrilled that you are part of the MPS team! Please see pictures below of our fantastic new staff!

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Collicot Elementary School

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Cunningham Elementary School

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Glover Elementary School

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Tucker Elementary School

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Pierce Middle School

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Milton High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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