May 31, 2018

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Weekly Update
Date: May 31, 2018


As we approach graduation this Sunday, June 3rd, we have had a week of celebrations at Milton High School as we have honored our outstanding students for their achievements in academics, athletics and music. These are special nights in the Milton Public Schools and I know you’ll join me in congratulating the recipients and thanking those who make these evenings and awards possible.

Congratulations to Milton High Schools seniors for the academic awards presented to them this week. A special thank you to the families, organizations and foundations who donated over $130,000 to this year’s MHS seniors. This night is amazing as we honor many of our students with scholarships and awards. All names below can be enlarged by clicking on the photo.

FAME held their annual banquet to honor our musicians and as it is every year, it was a moving evening. Students were honored for leadership, spirit, improvement and more. Our musicians grow exponentially during their time at Milton High School and it is wonderful to see them recognized.

The Boosters rounded out our awards season with a terrific banquet just last night to honor our athletes. Athletes were honored for their sportsmanship, achievements on the field and court, athleticism and more.  

These events would not be possible without the support of many people. Thank you to the parents/guardians of FAME and the Boosters, MHS Principal James Jette and Assistant Principals Ben Kelly and Brian Mackinaw, Administrative Assistants Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle and Patty Johnson and Athletics Assistant Kristen Lesser for their contributions to these special nights.


The Milton School Committee would like to invite you to a public meeting on Monday, June 4th at 6:30pm in the Milton High School Library. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the FY19 budget as well as space/enrollment issues.  


This Monday,  June 4, at 6:30pm, please join us in the MHS Auditorium as we are pleased to present “The Truth About Vaping” , A Community Presentation. This presentation is FREE and open to the public. The Caron Treatment Centers’ Student Assistance Program will provide an educational presentation on vaping and e-cigarettes for parents/community members in Milton. This program is intended for an adult audience.  


For the first time, MHS seniors will have the opportunity to take the SATs at Milton High School on October 10th during the school day. This is a new opportunity offered by College Board for the upcoming school year. We are asking any seniors (current junior class) taking the SATs on October 10th to be at school at 7:30am for registration. Testing will begin promptly at 8am. Students will have the option of taking the SAT with or without essay and testing will end by 12:30pm. Once testing is concluded students will follow their regular school day schedule until dismissal. This is the same day our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs, which will begin at 8am. Taking SATs on this day is not mandatory but we are hoping seniors will take advantage of this new school day testing option. You WILL NOT register for this School Day testing on the College Board website; you will register with UNIBANK through the MPS website. Go to the UNIBANK icon on the MPS homepage

Registration is open now but will close on June 22nd as materials have to be ordered by June 25th.  Once registration is closed there will be no opportunity to register, so please sign up ASAP if you are a current junior and want to take the SAT on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018. Please email Karen Cahill with any questions.


Look who was at MHS this week and last? Our incoming kindergarteners were here, meeting some K teachers and school nurses. Everyone leaves with a smile and a bright yellow t-shirt. Welcome to the Milton Public Schools, class of 2031!


The Health & PE Team at Pierce ( Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, and Barbara Perry) would like to spread awareness about sun safety as summer  approaches. We all want to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, and we want you and your families to stay safe and protect your skin.  The Friday before Memorial Day is dubbed Don’t Fry Day and this is a good time for a reminder about sun safety. Protect your skin today and every day!  Enjoy the summer fun, but always remember to Slip, Slop, Slap … and Wrap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a wide-brimmed hat, Wrap on some sunglasses! 


Our 3rd graders at MPS recently enjoyed Owl Talks Presentations by Trailside Museum naturalists, where they learned about owls and the importance of respecting and caring for wild animals. During the presentations the students explored owl wings, claws and skulls to explore how these structures are adapted to meet the needs of these birds. They also had the opportunity to meet some live owls (Great Horned, Barn, Screech, or Barred). All of these birds are native to the Milton area. This lesson will be followed up with an in class owl pellet dissection, when students will be able to explore the skeletal remains of the food supply of these local owls.  


Mrs. Spitz’ 3rd graders looking sharp on their way to sing!


During any given week, there is usually a musical performance of some sort happening at one of our schools! Please enjoy our Collicot 3rd graders and Tucker 2nd graders performing at recent concerts.  



They laughed, they cheered, they tied! This year’s Glover 5th grade vs staff Pongo game did not disappoint! The excitement was palpable and the kids had a blast. The fourth graders can’t wait for their turn next year and loved cheering everyone on.



Thank you to current Selectman and former Police Chief Richard Wells who spent some time with Mrs. Walsh’s 2nd graders at Cunningham this week.



It’s official, Milton High School will be going to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for the 2018-19 school year.  Students will be asked to bring their own device, other than a smartphone, to school with them each day. For students who will not be able to meet this request, a Chromebook will be loaned out to the student by Milton Public Schools for the school year.  

At this time, we ask all 8th-11th grade families to declare whether or not your student(s) will be able to bring their own device next year.  Please complete this short declaration survey by Friday, June 1st. For more information regarding the BYOD Loan Agreement,  BYOD Student & Family Manual, BYOD FAQs, the MPS Acceptable Use Policy, and Chromebook Care & Use Policy, please visit the following flyer and click on the thumbnails to view the information.


The end of the school year can be a stressful and busy time for parents/guardians and staff. MPS SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman shares some Tips for Taking Care of Yourself here


Some of our Collicot students will look a little different as they Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer in the coming weeks! Jackson Wagner,Declan Shields and Christopher Ennis (pictured at left), are all raising money by getting pledges to buzz their hair to support kids with cancer.


Our Glover 5th graders recently collected items and then volunteered at Cradles to Crayons as part of their fifth grade community service project. Thank you to these students for spending their valuable free time giving back to our community.


June 3  MHS Graduation
June 5  Grade 4 Math Competition
June 6  Milton School Committee Retiree Reception/School Committee Meeting
June 7, 8, 9   Pierce Players Performances
June 11  Grade 6 Spring Concert
June 13  Volunteer Event/School Committee Meeting
June 14  Grade 7&8 Spring Concert

The Pierce Players will perform its production of Singin’ in the Rain Jr. for the Milton community on Thursday, June 7th and Friday, June 8th at 7PM  and Saturday, June 9th at 2 PM in the Pierce auditorium. Tickets are $10 and available in the Pierce office during school hours until Tuesday June 5th at 3 pm or until they sell out. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes before show time. These shows almost always sell out so be sure to get your tickets in advance.



If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), we need your input! Each year,  the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in  your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from  October 1, 2017– June 30, 2018. You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device with this link: participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students. Thank you for completing the survey.


The Milton SEPAC held elections last week and are pleased to announce the board for the coming school year.  Co-Chairs: Jennifer Grubler (Cunningham, Integrated Preschool), Melissa Feldman (Pierce/Glover), Secretary: Jamie DeCaro (Integrated Preschool, Collicot), Treasurer: Clare Keating. Pierce Representative: Jessica Raider, Glover Representatives: Jenny Sheehan, Caitlin O’Neil Amaral, Collicot Representative: Amy Masferrer, Preschool Representative: Aldo Guerrero, Out-of-District Representative: Leslie Cheverie. The SEPAC is  still see seeking volunteers to represent Tucker,, Milton High School, and Cunningham. If you would like more information or think you may be interested in serving next year, please email the SEPAC.


It’s hard to believe but summer is fast approaching!  Thank you to all for your participation in registration for MSE 2018.  If you haven’t yet registered, visit our website for registration information. For those families who have registered, please join us on one of the following days to pick up your schedules, maps and Important Information Flier!

Wednesday, June 6th 3-7 pm (MHS Field House Entrance – in back of school)
Monday, June 11th 5-7pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
Saturday, June 16th 9-12pm (MHS Main Entrance Lobby – front of school)
If you have any questions, please email Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche.


The town of Milton offers lots of great summer programs for kids!

The Milton Public Library has many interesting and fun programs planned for kids and teens over the next few weeks.

Local parent and author, Tara Cousineau, PHD, will be speaking about her new book, “The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World”. Join her at The Milton Library Tues, June 5 at 7pm.  

Mark your calendars and gather your family, friends, dancing shoes and lawn chairs! Come celebrate our great community of Milton on June 23rd and 24th at the 6th Annual  Milton Music Fest and Fireworks at Hutchinson Field!  

The Milton Early Childhood Alliance has three Story Walks, posted conveniently around town for families to enjoy with their children. One of these Story Walks, located on the playground of Tucker Elementary School, is a TRI-LINGUAL story book. MECA is also having their  annual  Children’s Concert, held at the gazebo, on Thursday June 7th at 6pm.

The 41st annual Milton Road Race, hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club,  is on Tuesday, June 12th. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with t-shirts and other goodies. The proceeds from the race are used to help fund programs in our community (e.g. grants to local non-profits and scholarships for MHS seniors). The MJWC looks forward to another successful race and encourages students to check in with your principal to see who the school captain is or start a team for your school!  

There are some fun events at the Eustis Estate in the coming weeks. Join them for  the Vintage Base Ball Double-Header at the Eustis Estate, Boston Beaneaters vs. Providence Grays, Sunday,  June 3 from 11am – 3:30pm and for the Head to Toe Family Programs on Friday, June 15 and Saturday June 16, 10am – 2pm. Details on both events can be found here.

Last year, over 600 Milton residents and supporters walked and ran in Mike’s 5K to Crush Substance Abuse to keep a light shining  on the substance abuse epidemic. We hope to have 800 people participate this year! Save the date for The 2018 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, October 20th


There will be an “Instrumental Petting Zoo” for 3rd- 5th grade students and their families on Monday, June 18th at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. If your student is entering 4th grade or above and is interested in learning a musical instrument, come to this informational session at MHS. You will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the instrumental lesson program and your student will have the opportunity to try instruments at our “Instrument Petting Zoo” and meet students who have taken lessons in the program. Contact Lesson Program Directors Rebecca Damiani or Gary Good with any questions.  


We have a few teams in the MIAA Tournament starting next week!

Girls Lacrosse will finish their season against Ursuline on Thursday 5/31 at 4pm, before entering the tournament for the second year in a row.

Boys Tennis will also be back in the tournament after beating Marshfield last Friday.

Baseball will enter the tournament as the dark horse.  They await the seeding next week to see where they will be traveling to.

Softball will look to secure a tournament berth on Thursday 5/31 when they take on Weymouth. If they win, they will make the post-season for the first time in 9 years.

Rugby enters the tournament undefeated in Division II, and they will hope to host a home game.

Boys and Girls Track will be attending All-States at Fitchburg State on Saturday, 6/2.  Good luck to all runners!

Crew did well over the weekend – results can be found here.


There is a Learn to Row session on Saturday June 2nd from 11am-2pm at Milton Landing. All are welcome!   


Athletic updates and schedules can be found on our website.


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 accomplishments below:

Nice job, Ida!

Students:   On Saturday, April 7th over 100 students met at Clark University to participate in the Future Problem Solving State Bowl. Among those students was our very own Collicot 5th grader, Ida Zoll. Ida competed in the Junior Division of the Individual Competition against other 4-6 graders. We recently found out that Ida’s problem solving abilities and precise action plan scored high enough to place her third in the entire state! We are so proud of Ida and all of Milton’s Future Problem Solvers.  


Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan at the conference.

Staff and Volunteers:  A huge thank you to School Committee member Margaret  Eberhardt and MPS Director of Nutrition Services Jackie Morgan who this week presented at the Department of Secondary Education (DESE) conference on School Wellness and the Power of School Wide Collaboration. Ms. Eberhardt and Ms. Morgan spoke of how invested  the Milton Public Schools is to working on our Health and Wellness initiatives, of the innovative work of Director of Health and PE Noel Vigue and the absolute success of our collaborative programs. We are lucky to live in a town that is committed to the whole child and supports all of the Milton Public Schools health and wellness initiatives including the social and emotional health of our students and staff.  

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Karen Spaulding, Karen McDavitt, Holly Concannon, Jon Redden, Laurie Stillman, Noel Vigue, Jackie Morgan, Ryan Madden, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Cat DesRoche, James Jette, Maureen Kennedy, Brad Spindle, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Bernadette MvEvoy, Brendan Bonn, Colleen Queally John O’Leary Pam Noonan, Barbara Perry, Linda Stefanick, Dawn Sykes, AJ Melanson, Tracy Grandeau, Jen, Grubler, Dawn Sykes, Bernadette Butler and Rebecca Damiani. 

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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