January 4th, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: January 4th, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to invite MPS parents/guardians, along with their daughters (3rd grade and older) and the entire Milton Community to join me for the next MPS PARENT Speaker Series event.  We are  pleased to welcome Rachel Simmons – Expert in Girls’ Bullying and Young Women’s Leadership.  Rachel will be presenting “Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies, and Everything in Between” on Monday January 8th at 6:30 at MHS. This speaker will share valuable information and resources and this event is free and open to the public.

Then, on Saturday January 13th, join us for a unique opportunity, ‘Odd Girl Out’ family breakout sessions.  There will be several Milton homes hosting sessions with a facilitator leading discussions about some of Rachel’s main talking points.  If you are interested in hosting or attending a small group session, or if you would like to be a discussion facilitator, please contact MPS Director for Health and Physical Education, Noel Vigue.          

SNOW DAY

We hope you enjoyed your snow day at home. It was a quiet day in our schools…or was it?  

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Are you or someone you know looking for a preschool program for your three or four year old?  Milton Public Schools has a variety of programs for those children who will turn three or four on or before August 31, 2018. Mark your calendars and join us for an information evening on January 11th at 6:30pm and please review the important preschool dates.  The information session will take place at Milton High School, 25 Gile Rd.  This is guaranteed to be an informative evening as preschool staff and administrators outline the similarities and differences in the programs offered as well as answer any questions families may have.  Please email Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, or call 617 980 7343 if you have additional questions. We look forward to seeing you  as your child begins their time in the Milton Public Schools! 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one  School Committee meeting, on January 3rd,  since my last E-blast. I will share minutes and video replay as they become available. Previous School Committee meetings can be watched on demand on Milton Access Television. The next meeting will be held on January 17th at  7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.   

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Milton High School will be the beneficiary of a recent grant won by the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  MSAPC  is pleased to announce that its grant application to the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance has been funded to support MiltonCares! “MiltonCares! will work to support youth and adults impacted by substance abuse and mental health issues in both the school and community settings”, said Laurie Stillman, Director of MSAPC, who wrote the grant.  “It will fund the planning of two important, yet innovative new programs in town: a Milton Cares Response Team through the Milton Police Department and the Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition  (BRYT) at Milton High School.   

The BRYT program has been a dream for high school principal James Jette and guidance director Karen Cahill for many years. BRYT is a nonprofit organization based in Brookline, Massachusetts. BRYT received the American Psychological Association’s Gold Achievement Award for its innovative approach for helping schools across Massachusetts to implement clinical, academic, social and family supports for teenagers for several critical weeks following their return to school, primarily after a behavioral health crisis. The program helps students get back on track and complete high school with their peers by addressing their academic, social and emotional needs. Principal Jette said, “We were impressed by the programs we researched at Hingham and Brookline. Bringing it to Milton has been on our wish list for a number of years now.  We are thrilled to now have the opportunity of working with BRYT staff to help make this happen.” Please continue reading for the full press release.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS

Join the Kindness Wave at Pierce!  A joint effort between the Diversity Committee and Student Council has led to an idea to help spread the notion of kindness in our school AND the wider community. The Student Council is selling T-shirts that say “Kind is the New Cool” with “Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA” on the back and we will wear them as a united community on designated Fridays throughout the year.

Why should you order a Kind is the New Cool T-shirt?

  • You will be helping create a positive atmosphere at Pierce.
  • Proceeds will benefit the Diversity Committee’s efforts to fund an artist in residence to create and install an inclusiveness-focused mosaic in the main lobby.

Who is invited to participate?

  • EVERYONE: Parents, family members, students, teachers, administrators, front office staff, guidance counselors, custodians, lunchroom staff, paraprofessionals

How can I purchase a Pierce Middle School “Kind is the New Cool” t-shirt?

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Pierce Players presents “Suessical the Musical” Come see our talented middle school students in their upcoming performance on January 18th, 19th and 20th in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets can be purchased in the Pierce office or by using this form.  Learn more about the cast and crew and see some rehearsal sneak peeks on the Pierce Players website.

 

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Jan 8    Rachel Simmons, PARENT Speaker Series  – Odd Girl Out                                         
Jan 10  MHS Jazz Concert 7pm, MHS Auditorium
Jan 11  Preschool Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium
Jan 15  No School-MLK Jr. Holiday
Jan 17  Milton School Committee
Jan 23  Kindergarten Information Night 6:30pm MHS Auditorium

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Calling all future kindergarteners! Kindergarten Registration for September 2018 is upon us. As we prepare to welcome our new kindergarteners next September, the first step for families is to pre-register your new student. After you pre-register, we hope to see many kindergarten parents and guardians at Kindergarten Information Night on Tuesday, January 23rd at Milton High School. The final step is to attend Kindergarten Registration (by appointment on February 13th,14th,15th)  with your completed registration packet that you will receive on January 23rd at information night.  Questions? Please email Laurie Dunn. We look forward to meeting the class of 2031!​    

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR CELEBRATION

I greatly value Milton Public School’s partnership with MICA (the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association) especially as it relates to their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 15th.  The  theme this year is: A Single Garment of Destiny

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be… This is the inter-related structure of reality.”    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade participate with essays,  poems, art projects, musical selections and more. New this year, MICA is offering Day of Service opportunities for all ages and details will be available soon. I hope to see many MPS families on January 15th at the Evening Community Celebration at the Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave from 6:30-8pm.  

FUNDRAISING NEWS

Make a New Year’s Resolution to  clean out your closets and  help the Milton High School Class of 2019 at the same time! The MHS  Class of 2019 FUNDrive  will be held on  Saturday, January 20th , from 9 am – 2 pm  at the high school’s front entrance. If you would like to drop off in advance, we will be accepting donations (gently used clothing, shoes, textiles, household items, etc) that are boxed or bagged from January 15th- 19th at the MHS Main office during school hours. All details can be found here. The class of 2019 thanks you!

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton SEPAC is pleased to announce our first in a series of Parent Speak events. On January 17th from 6:30 -8:30 pm, the SEPAC will host Glover parents in the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library. Join us to share experiences, ask questions, and express any concerns. We are interested in knowing what has gone well for you during the current school year as well as where improvements are needed. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the IEP process, parent rights, and other aspects of special education services. We hope to see you there. Additional Parent Speak events will be held for each school community with dates to be announced soon.

The SEPAC will hold its next Board Meeting on January 23rd from 7 pm to 9 pm in the library at Glover Elementary School.

MFE NEWS

Save the date for CELEBRATION 2018,  April 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm at  Granite Links, Quincy, MA.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The DPW shares important information about snow, Christmas tree pick up and recycling.  
There are many great programs for kids at the Milton Public Library.

It’s Chess-a-Palooza time at the Milton Public Library.

ATHLETICS

Boys Hockey has only lost 1 game, with an overall record of 3-3-1.  They won the Sullivan
Cup at the Quincy Tournament over the Winter Break. They also beat Natick last night 4-3.  Bobby Carew and Ross Dexter both grabbed their first varsity goals over he break as sophomores!

Girls Hockey was handed their first loss to Braintree, with an overall record of 4-1-2.  Julia Scannell broke the scoring record.  She has over 200 points – the previous point record was 195. Stay tuned as Julia looks to extend her record.

Girls Basketball lost a tight game to Weymouth last night 50-49.  Their record is now 2-3, with Jeanmarie Fallon averaging nearly 20 points per game.

Boys Basketball is on a small slide, losing to a very good O’Bryant team last night and dropping both games over the break.  Eddie Hassell is averaging about 15 points per game and was on the All-Tournament Team over break. They’ll look to rebound against Needham tomorrow.

Girls and Boys Track had their first meet against Natick, with the girls taking home the victory.  Their match against Norwood tonight is postponed until 1/31.  All scores and results can be found on the Athletics Website

The Wrestling Team fared well at the Lowell Tournament, with Alex Caputo making it to the second day of the competition! Their match tonight is postponed and they will participate in the Canton Tournament on Saturday.

The Ski Team has their first race a week from tomorrow, on January 11th. They’ll appreciate all this snow!

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Save Your Holiday Cans! There will be a Cans for Cats event on Saturday January 6th from 9-12 pm to benefit the Milton High Ski Team.

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 am pleased to share that MHS junior Suvan Shukla submitted an article to the Milton Times last week and it was published on the front page. The article is called “The Best Kind of Magic Trick”.  Even though Suvan has completed his community service hours, he continues to pursue his malnutrition cause. All at MPS are proud of this young man and his commitment to community service. 

Staff:  I would like to recognize the efforts of Collicot teachers Cassi Kelble (1st grade) and Ellen Lohan (5th grade) who are in the midst of a technology certification program that has brought new and innovative technologies to Collicot. Amy Gale, Collicot Assistant Principal, shares that they have been piloting the use of Flip Grid in their classrooms with much success. Flip Grid is an active, social learning platform that engages learners through video-based discussion. Their knowledge of these new technologies will support not only instruction in their classrooms but across our school and district. We are most appreciative of their hard work.

Volunteers: I would like to thank the parents and community members who have volunteered to host and facilitate small group breakout sessions on Saturday, January 13th, based on the talk by our next speaker, Rachel Simmons on January 8th. These small group discussions will give our girls and young women even more valuable tools as they navigate friendships, bullying, peer pressure and more throughout their adolescence. We have 8 sessions planned. If you would like to participate or host a small group (10-12 people) please email Physical Education & Health Director, Noel Vigue

Thank you to my blog contributors this week:  Marti McKenna, Noel Vigue, Jen Grubler,  Jennifer Struzziero, Jean Scarborough,  Karen Spaulding,  Ryan Madden,  Laurie Stillman, The Rev. Shelly Davis, Rebecca Damiani, Christy Daniels and Karen Cahill.

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