September 29th E-Blast

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017


I was already looking forward to this weekend’s Celebrate Milton event at Pierce Middle School when I received the good news that three members of the MPS community are being recognized with a Community Builders Award.

Dr. Karen Spaulding, along with Pierce parents Kara Kurtzman, Jennie Mulqueen, are being recognized for their work at Pierce Middle School. The trio helped organize a community response to educate middle school students about the importance of standing up against hateful acts and discrimination. I am very proud of Dr. Spaulding and these hardworking parent volunteers who have improved the Pierce Middle School immeasurably. I would also like to recognize the local group “Milton Reflecting,” and Milton resident Diane D’Souza for her work on the Neponset Greenway Extension (bike path), and her facilitation of Milton’s Courageous Conversations towards racial justice.

For those who have never attended, ¡CELEBRATEMILTON! is a celebration designed to bring diverse people together from across the community; to help make the community more interactive by promoting a deeper understanding of one another; and to commit to the development of new initiatives fostering social justice, peace and harmony within our town.

It will take place on Sunday, October 1st from noon to 4pm at Pierce Middle School (rain or shine.) Admission is free. There will be a Food Tent by FAME; the aforementioned Community Builder Awards Ceremony; free Children’s Amusements sponsored annually by The Copeland Family Foundation; free CHild Identification Program (CHIP) sponsored by the Milton Lodge of Masons; Over 70 local exhibitors; musical entertainment all day; raffles, plus t-shirts and other items for sale. For more info, visit


There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held on September 27th. I will summarize this meeting in my next E-blast.


Correction: In last week’s E-blast, we listed the MHS students who were recognized by the College Board for their achievement on the AP exams. We have subsequently received an updated list from the College Board and we are excited to announce the names of two more students who have been recognized. Eva Hiller was named an AP Scholar (students who receive scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP Exams); and Taylor Burns was named an AP Scholar with Distinction (students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on 5 or more of these exams.) Congratulations to both of these students!

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The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

On Wednesday, October 11th, Milton High School will be administering the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. While this opportunity is a great benefit for our sophomores and juniors, it creates some logistical issues. In order to provide a quiet test-taking environment and appropriate proctoring, it is necessary to create a unique schedule for 9th and 12th graders on October 11th. Please make a note of the following:

Students in grades 10 and 11 will start school at the regular time of 7:50 a.m. and report to their grade level homeroom. When the testing is over, students will resume their normal schedule for the rest of the day. Students must be on time for the test.  Once the test starts no one can be admitted to the testing.

Students in grades 9 and 12 will start school at 11:15 a.m. by going to their 5th period class. If a student has first lunch then he/she will go to lunch and then go to his/her 5th period class. There will be no block day on Wednesday, Oct. 11th.

Please remember student athletes must be in attendance for the designated amount of time to be eligible to participate in a practice or game. Buses on this day will run on the regular schedule. We realize that this may create a timing issue for freshmen and seniors who may take the bus. If it is not possible to arrange alternative transportation on this day, students may spend time in the morning in the cafeteria. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the PSAT, this an important test that provides many benefits that can help students along the path to college. This test will be given at Milton High School, starting at 7:50am and ending by 11:15am. There is no fee for your child to take this exam, as the Milton Public Schools covers the cost of each student’s exam through the generosity of the Copeland Foundation.

If your child is a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers not only a chance to practice for the SAT, but also for him or her the opportunity to enter competitions for college scholarships.

For both sophomores and juniors, the PSAT/NMSQT is a great practice for the SAT. They will get personalized feedback on their performance to help improve their skills before taking the SAT or ACT, which is required for collegiate admissions for the majority of colleges and universities in the United States.

In addition, students receive free college planning tools to help them start their college search and feedback on the types of AP courses for which they may be particularly well prepared. Taking these college-level classes can help students earn college credit while still in high school and provide them with a competitive advantage in the college admission process.

If your child is interested in hearing from colleges and universities across the country that are looking for students like him or her, remind your child to opt into the Student Search Service when he or she takes the test. For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit   If you have any further questions about the PSAT, you may also contact your child’s guidance counselor.

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Students from Milton High School had an opportunity to learn about careers in the health and medical fields during school last week, as part of the Schools to Careers Partnership.

The seminar’s central focus was to get students interested in a career in the health/medical services field a chance to connect with practitioners in various health fields to discuss career options, career pathways and the rewards of a career in the health fields. The event was coordinated by Katherine Touafek with Schools to Careers Partnership and hosted by Milton High School. Nearly 180 students from 8 different school districts attended the seminar (Milton, Blue Hills, Randolph, Avon, Canton, Dedham, Hollbrook, and Norwood.)

The students were treated to an inspiring key note address from Richard Fernandez, President/CEO of BID Milton Hospital and Faye Weir, Director of Parent Child Services at South Shore Hospital. Then the students took part in break-out sessions where they were presented with information on numerous specialties by professionals working in those fields from South Shore Hospital, Norwood Hospital, Fallon Ambulance Service, Mass College of Pharmacy, and BID-Milton. The break-out sessions had presenters providing information and hands on demonstrations, in the fields of: nursing, surgical technicians, pain clinic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home care education and training, dietician, imaging services, pathology, cardiac catheter technicians, emergency medical services, MRI services, nuclear medical technicians, mobility aides, and hand therapists.

Many thanks to all the professionals who gave up their precious time to spend the morning with our students.

Katlyn Eng, an OR nurse from SS Hospital, greets students who are interested in pursuing medical careers.

Jill Crowley, a Pain Clinic nurse, uses a “Tom Brady” skeleton to show how pain from sports injuries can be managed.

Students observe how surgeons train on robots to prepare for surgery.

The following item was submitted by Humanities Director Barbara Wright:

Eight Milton students joined students from all over the Bay State this week, as the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presented the Tenth Annual James Otis Lecture, an annual event that celebrates the importance of the United States Constitution.

This year our students traveled to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Dorchester.  The building that honors Senator Kennedy actually has a replica of the US Senate within the confines of the building, and our students were able to sit in “Senate Chambers” for the presentation.

Professor Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School and Professor Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School both addressed the audience as they discussed the day’s theme:  “Founders, Framers and the Future: Applying the Constitution in the 21st Century.”

Special thanks to Ms. Nancy Warn and Mr. James Jette in coordinating the logistics to get students to and from the Kennedy Institute.


Left to right: Grace Baker, Meghan Kelly, Kelvin Solano Sanchez, Kianna Barrett, Bridget Kelly, Laura O’Hanlon, Brendan Cox and Aidan Braithwaite.

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The following item was submitted by Instructional Technology Director AJ Melanson:

All of the Milton Public Schools Parent/Guardian Portals are now live!  If you have a student in MPS, and have not received your Portal activation instructions, please contact your school’s administrative assistant.

Tutorials are located on your Portal home page, in the bottom right corner in the section titled “School Links & Files”.  Click on the drop down box to the right of the title and select “PlusPortal Tutorials”.  To view a tutorial, click on the blue icon to the right.

For more information regarding the Parent Portal in PlusPortal please follow the follwing link:

Would you like to have the Portal on your handheld device?  Please follow the links below to add the ParentPlus or StudentPlus app to your device.

For Apple Devices


For Andriod Devices



National Walk/Bike to School day is this Wednesday, October 4th. The Milton Public Schools are happy to participate!  To help celebrate, Wally the Green Monster from Red Sox National will be meeting and greeting Cunningham, Collicot and Glover students in the morning; and will be at Tucker in the afternoon, where he will also greet students in the after-school program. We would like to thank the four elementary PTOs for sponsoring Wally’s visit; as well as all of the Walk to School organizers and participants in the four elementary schools!


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The following item was submitted by Guidance Director Karen Cahill:

Please join us on October 11th at Milton High for a presentation on College Funding 101. Todd Weaver, Strategies for College, Inc., will be discussing what forms you need to fill out, how to fill them out, who should fill them out (everyone) and when you should be doing this.

Parents of college-bound seniors and juniors should attend this event to learn how to get the most out of their student’s financial aid package. Yes, EVERYONE should file the forms, regardless of income. Do NOT assume you are not eligible! Learn the answers to these questions and more. We hope to see you there!!

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The following item was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:

Please join us on Thursday, October 5th at 6:30pm for Grades 5-8 Information Night at Milton High!

This event will afford parents/guardians an opportunity to learn about course offerings, academic and extracurricular programs, athletics and activities that prepare students for college and life beyond high school. Parents/guardians will meet faculty and students and also have the option to take a tour of the building.


21 Advanced Placement course offerings in 2017 -2018 92% of Milton High Students took the SAT in 2016-2017
The PSAT is administered to all sophomores & juniors before graduating 91% of students in the Class of 2017 were admitted to 4-year & 2-year university/college
Students have access to Music Lab, Language Lab, Biotech Lab, Computer Labs, Health & Wellness Center In 2016-17, there were 636 AP Exams taken (85 % of the AP exams taken had a qualifying score (3 or better).
MHS offers a wide array athletics, clubs and Activities Robotics Team
Community Service Opportunities Music Program: Band, Chorus & Strings
Excellent Athletic Program and Facilities Debate Team

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Please save the date!  Milton Public Schools will be holding a K-12 concert to raise funds for the victims of the recent hurricanes:


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

Next up in the Milton Public Schools PARENT Speaker Series will be Dr. Maria Trozzi presenting “Finding Resilience… Strategies to Produce Competent and Confident Children (K-12), Able to Successfully Navigate a Complicated World”, on Thursday October 19th from 7-8:30pm, to be held at the MHS auditorium.   Join Maria, resilience expert, author, and assistant professor of pediatrics, emeritus, at Boston University School of Medicine for an interactive and enlightening conversation about the new stresses of parenting our children and adolescents today.

Parents of young children and adolescents often worry that if they are not doing everything as parents, they are doing nothing.  Dr. Trozzi’s refreshing and honest approach focuses on parents’ choices and courage to consider the longer view.

She distills the information overload of what’s really important and offers evidence-based strategies to produce competent and confident children, able to successfully navigate a complicated world.

Our goal of the PARENT Speaker Series 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, the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Milton Times, the Isabel Joyce Piliavin Charitable Trust and the Milton PTOs 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 or 617-696-4470 x5547.            :

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 Minding Your Mind Program Mental Health Awareness  6:30-7:30pm at Pierce MS
February 8 Dr. Ruth Potee Under Construction: What every parent should know about the teen/tween brain and substance use (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 MHS auditorium


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Please see the flyer below on the upcoming Milton Boosters Swing for Sports golf tournament. For more information, please click here.

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The following item was submitted on behalf of the MHS Girls and Boys XC Teams:

Were your kids born to run? Do they want a good challenge? If so, head over to Cunningham Park on October 15th for the Second Annual Kids Trail Run sponsored by the MHS Girls and Boys Cross Country teams. If you have or know of any first- through eight-graders who would be interested in running a fun race and meeting members of the XC teams, please refer to the attached flier for more information!

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The Milton Public Schools hosted an exciting event at our elementary schools this week. FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show was in Milton, along with a cast of colorful characters, fantastic feats of juggling, music, magic, and audience participation. FoodPlay Productions uses the power of live theater to turn kids on to healthy eating and active living. FOODPLAY has been shown to dramatically improve children’s eating and physical activity habits, according to USDA-sponsored evaluations.

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Cunningham Elementary School recently held “Spirit Week,” — and as part of an effort to raise money for hurricane victims, had a special “Hat Day” fundraiser. More than $800 was raised by the Cunningham community. Great job!


Cunningham students with Principal Jon Redden. From left: Aidan Sugrue, Patrick Lovett, Charlie Vernazza, Logan Rooney. Cole Rooney, Ryan O’Neil, and Jack Dunn



From left: William Malec, Max Weinstein, and Benjamin Parmele.



Maribel Haber and Dory O’Toole.


The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) held their first board meeting on September 25, 2017. The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council is an all-volunteer, parent-run, nonprofit organization. The amazing council members are dedicated to providing information, support and advocacy to families receiving special education services in the Milton Public Schools.

The SEPAC is for parents, caregivers, and guardians whose children have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan. We are also a resource for parents whose children have not yet begun receiving special education services or have yet to enter the public school system. If you have questions or concerns related to their child’s academic, social, emotional or behavioral functioning at school the SEPAC may be able to help.

The SEPAC organizes educational presentations and training which are open to the general school community including school staff. We also host social events to help foster a sense of belonging for families receiving special education services. We educate and share information regarding local, regional and state resources for services, supports, and advocacy. We identify patterns of concern related to special education services within MPS and advocate on behalf of the community. If you have concerns specific to your child and family, we will provide information to assist you in finding an advocate as well as other sources of information and resources to address the needs of your individual child and family.

*Taken from the Milton SEPAC Flyer 2017

This year’s SEPAC members include:

  • Executive Board Co-Chair: Leslie Cheverie and Jennifer Grubler; Treasurer: Clare Keating; Secretary: Jessica Raider
  • School Representatives High School: TBD; Pierce: Linda Mancini and Clare Keating; Glover: Jenny Sheehan and Melissa Feldman; Collicot: Amy Masferrrer and Jessica Raider; Cunningham: Collin McDonald and Jennifer Grubler; Tucker: TBD; Preschool: TBD (Jennifer Grubler until alternative is found) Out of District: Amanda Serio and Leslie Cheverie.

Members of the SEPAC can be contacted via the following information:

  • EMAIL:
  • FACEBOOK: miltonsepac


Many of you may have heard about “flexible seating” options in classrooms. Here is an interesting article on this topic:


Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME) support the activities and opportunities of the award-winning Milton Music Department of the Milton Public Schools.

What we do

  • FAME funds all the scholarships for graduating seniors and all the music awards for underclassman at the high school level
  • We assist with the extra needs for music education at all levels for expenses not allocated in the music budget
  • We support teacher initiatives, like the formation of the MHS Marching Band & other ensembles
  • Our volunteers assist at the high school and middle school concerts and other events such as Districts music competitions
  • FAME hosts the annual Music Dinner for MHS musicians and their families
  • We raise awareness and advocate for Milton’s award winning music programs and events

This year’s steering committee is headed by co-chairs Therese Joyce and Lauren Barone. Our new treasurers are Mary Scott and Beth Richards. Our new administrator of social media is Amy Morgan Link. We are still in need of a vice chair and a secretary!

We welcome new members to join our steering committee and all volunteers throughout the year!  For information, please go to to get email updates!  Please come to our next meeting on Tuesday October 3rd at 6:30 pm in the MHS conference room!

Upcoming Events

  • Celebrate Milton–Sunday October 1st at Pierce Middle School. Come visit the FAME food tent!  We’ll be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and other goodies.  All proceeds befitting FAME.
  • The Milton Music Department Mattress Sale- Saturday October 7th at 10:00 am in the gym at Pierce Middle School   If you were planning on buying a mattress, please come and have a look!  It’s a great way to support the Music Department!  *I bought one there two years ago and it’s the best mattress I’ve ever had!!
  • Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief – Tuesday October 17th at 7:00 pm in the Charles Winchester Auditorium MHS


Get ready to Monster Dash!  The 19th Annual Monster Dash 5K/Fun Run will be held on October 29th at Cunningham Park.  Monster Dash benefit’s Sam’s Fund and science enrichment across all six of our public schools.  Register here today!  working on those costumes, it is going to be spooktacular day!!”


Please mark your calendars. The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will be hosting a meeting which will be focusing on Underage Drinking in Milton.  The meeting will be a “Community Listening Session with Chief John King”, with introductory remarks by Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Rowe. We are encouraging all Milton parents and guardians to attend. The meeting will be on October 18th at 7pm at BID-Milton Hospital, in the Nangeroni room.

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Please review this flyer, sent to us by our friends at Milton Early Childhood Alliance:


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

We hope you’ll check out Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s table at Celebrate Milton this Sunday, October 1, from 12-4pm, rain or shine. The annual event takes place at Pierce Middle School. Weather permitting, exhibits will be set up outside in the rear parking area. In the event of rain, the event moves indoors. We have lots of information for residents about how to raise resilient, drug free children and resources you can use to help someone you know who may be struggling with addiction or a mental health problem.  Find out about a new Parent Education Series sponsored by the Milton Public Schools and our Coalition. And join our mailing list to be kept up to date on how our community is coming together to keep our youth safe in risky times!


The following info was submitted by Jennifer Struzziero, MPL Children’s Librarian:

We hope that you can join us in the Children’s Room for some fun end-of-the month programs at the 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 storytimes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 24th-30th

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017  
Join the SPUB Club! Ages 8-12 7:15-7:45 pm  Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 8-12. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Storytime @ the Farmer’s Market, All Ages 4:00 – 4:30 pm

Come find us for storytime at the Milton Farmers’ Market! Ms. Jen, our new children’s librarian from the Milton Public Library will read stories, sing songs, and engage children our last Farmer’s Market session 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.

Friday, September 29th, 2017
Free Play Friday
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Mel O’Drama, Ages 5-9

Kids aged 5-9 are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

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:


As mentioned above, the Milton Boosters Swing for Sports golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, October 10th. For more information, please click here.

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MHS Boys Track are hosting a CANS FOR CATS event on Saturday, October 7th at Milton High School, Copeland Field House entrance (moved from front entrance)9:00-12:00

The following item was sent by Athletic Director Ryan Madden:

The Football team has refreshed over their bye week after losing a tough one to Natick 35-19.  Natick is consistently ranked in the top-20 foootball teams in the state, so it was a great effort by the Wildcats.  They will be looking to bounce back against Herget Division rivals, Wellesley next Friday, October 6th.  The game is a at 7pm under the lights.  Tickets will be sold for $5 at the gate.

The Girls Cross Country passed their toughest test, beating Weymouth and Wellesley this past Wednesday, as well as Natick and Newton North last week on their travels.  They are still undefeated, dating back to 2015.

The Boys Cross Country Team is running well, and will look for wins against Framingham and Norwood next week.

The Girls Soccer Team beat Needham for the first time in over 20 years, 1-0.  Twin sisters Maddie and Maggie Pellegri linked up for the lone goal over the Rockets, with the latter scoring the goal.  They are now .500 on the season, and will take on Natick next week.

The Boys Soccer Team found their first win of the season against Randolph, with Josh Madden scoring a hat-trick and on their way to a 6-0 victory.

The Volleyball Team has recovered from their slow start, earning wins over Fontbonne, Archies and Framingham.  They are rolling, and will look to continue their run against Needham next week.

The Swim Team is enjoying their first season as a fall sport, with multiple girls earning state qualifying times in their first two meets against Needham and Framingham!

The Field Hockey Team is also playing well since their slow start, with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over Ursuline and Framingham.

For schedules, and news about the Wildcats, visit folllow @MHS_Wildcats_ on Twitter.


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

Students: I would like to thank our Milton High School students who served as student ambassadors today, as Milton High hosted nearly 400 Japanese high school students from Sakae Higashi High School in Japan. From cultural demonstrations, to gift exchange and a large, crowded lunch in our cafeteria and field house, this event was a huge success.

Staff:  I would also like to thank all the Milton High School teachers and administrators who found creative ways to integrate hundreds of extra students into their classes today. This is always a challenge, but our professional, flexible teachers always find a way to make it work. Thank you!

Volunteers: One of most active and hardworking groups, Friends and Advocates of Music Education (FAME) recently elected a new steering committee. Congratulations and thank you to co-chairs Therese Joyce and Lauren Barone; treasurers Mary Scott and Beth Richards. Our new administrator of social media is Amy Morgan Link. FAME is still in need of a vice chair and a secretary!

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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