August 2018 Update

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: August Update
Date: August 9, 2018

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I am very pleased to share the results of our Milton High School student’s AP exams. In the spring of 2018, MHS students took  AP exams across almost 20 disciplines. Advanced Placement courses expose students to introductory college level coursework and a score of 3 or above on an AP exam indicates that students would perform well at the college level.  Once again, our students have demonstrated excellence in their AP results with 147 MHS students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars with various distinctions. These results are a testament to the hard work, dedication and preparation of both our students and faculty.

MHS Principal James Jette shared the following: Milton High School students are consistently challenging themselves with the most rigorous course-load they can successfully manage. This past school year, a total of 350 students took 724 Advanced Placement exams and excelled. We are pleased that our faculty, not only AP teachers but all teachers, are supporting our students through the prerequisite courses by bolstering up the students’ content knowledge, skills and confidence to be successful. Moreover, we have teachers that look for the potential in our students and encourage them to take that educational risk.

As you can see from some of the initial data, MHS students do exceptionally well on these exams and we fully expect this positive trend to continue. Currently, hundreds of students are engaged in independent summer coursework in preparation for the upcoming school year and their AP courses. This is great news for the students, teachers and the entire Milton High School community! Please join us in congratulating the following students on their achievement in AP exams and on their recognition from the College Board. 

There are just under 3 weeks until school resumes. Please see below for important information about returning to school and we hope you enjoy the rest of summer vacation!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

In July, the Milton School Committee hosted a forum to discuss our increasing district enrollment and as a result, the likely need to build additional classroom space in the elementary schools and the possibility of a fifth elementary school.  Please consider watching the forum on Milton Access TV Video On Demand.  The forum begins approximately 5-10 minutes into the video. There will be additional forums throughout the year not only to discuss the progress made, but to help inform the decision making process. The next forum is scheduled for Monday, August 13th at 7pm in the Milton Access TV Studio, Rm 245 in Milton High School. You can contact the School Committee anytime via email.

The School Committee is in need of a Secretary to the Milton School Committee. This is a stipend position and all details can be found here. Please email Charlene Roche with any questions. 

The 2018-19 calendar can be found here.

RESIDENCY REESTABLISHMENT – 6th and 9th grade

In the Spring of 2015, 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*.”

Families who have students in these categories – 6th grade, 9th grade and out of district–  are required to complete the form that has been  mailed to their homes (form is also available here ) and provide all necessary documentation. Ms. Sarina Burke, MPS Residency Coordinator, has been working morning and evening hours all summer to better meet the needs of parents/guardians schedules. The summer hours for reestablishment  are Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7 -10am and Tuesday evenings from 4-7pm or by appointment through Thursday, August 23rdMs. Burke can be reached via email or at 617-696-4470 ext 5516.

Students in 6th grade will not receive team assignments (week of August 20th) and students in 9th grade will not receive homeroom placement letters (mid-August) or schedules on August 27th unless residency has been reestablished. Students entering grade 6 and 9 can not start school until residency has been reestablished.

*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.”

MPS SUMMER READING

Be sure to join your PreK and K friends for the two remaining Summertime Stories!

Along with summer fun, we hope that all students in the Milton Public Schools have kept up with their summer reading and assignments. Resources and assignments for grades K-12 can be found here: All Pierce students must read a minimum of four books: three free choice books and one required text. Book choices and assignments can be found here;   MHS students can find all summer requirements here.  Elementary students should create a summer reading account if they haven’t already and all students can find math guidelines in the following  links. Summer Math Letter, 1-5, Summer Math Letter, 6-8   Summer Math, 9-12 (scroll down for Mathematics)

MPS SUMMER  

Our ESY (Extended School Year) students enjoyed a fun trip to Ward’s Berry Farm to close out their summer program. Blueberries and sunflowers in abundance made for a successful day with friends!  

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The MPS Calculus Project held its 5th summer mathematics enrichment program this summer.  The program was attended by over 65 MPS students from grades 8 through 12. The Calculus Project is an initiative designed to increase the number of low income, African American and Hispanic American students who enroll in and successfully complete Calculus Honors or Advanced Placement Calculus.  The summer enrichment courses are used by students to maintain their standing in honors level courses or to make the move to the honors or the advanced placement level. This year was particularly exciting because our first cohort has made it to senior year and will be enrolled in calculus classes at Milton High School.  We are proud of the hard work that our students have put in and look forward to seeing them continue to succeed in the future!

Thank you to Ms. Capasso, Ms. Shapiro, Mr. Moray, Ms. Conaty, Ms. Ritten, Ms. Pompilus, and Ms. Meunier for working with our students this summer. Our students  appreciate you and had plenty to say about what they liked most about the summer mathematics enrichment program: “I like how the math material we learn in the summer is the same exact material we learn during the school year.  It gives us an advantage for excelling on the material and it is easier since we’ve already learned it.” “The sense of community…” “Learning new things for the next year while being with my friends” “Improving my math skills”I was able to get a glimpse of the math content for the upcoming school year, which for me was very exciting.” “I like that we get to learn about math subjects for the next year while also doing fun activities and learning how to use our education to better our community.” “I liked how it was a safe environment to be able to learn in and it was a very diverse group.  I felt comfortable to make mistakes.” “Learning new material with trusted teachers…”

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Mrs. Gionfriddo shares that they have had a busy, fun and successful summer at Camp Cunningham! It was great to see returning campers welcoming the many new campers to the CC family. If you drive Edgehill Rd, you likely saw lines of campers in orange vests going to and from Cunningham Pond for a swim on many hot and humid days. Campers are making beautiful wind chimes, banners, journals, and sparkling sun mirrors in Arts and Crafts, adding minutes to their summer reading account encouraged along by friends and teachers,  and creating fantastic art projects – watermelon paintings, bug prints, and cityscapes among the impressive projects. Campers have enjoyed making apple fritters and other delicious dishes and enjoyed a rainy day field trip to Ward’s Berry Farm which included a soggy hayride, planting basil plants and fun with friends. They returned a bit wet but still smiling! 90 campers boarded two buses for Plaster Fun Time and returned with some very impressive treasures and everyone is looking forward to our annual trip to Edaville Railroad – always a favorite. Thanks to Mr. Leazott, Ms. Bernini, Ms. Bortolotti, Mrs. Nee, Mrs. Grimes, Ms. Allie and Mrs. Goodwin, we are having a fabulous time at Camp Cunningham!  

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MSE ended with homemade ice cream,  lots of fun and new friendships made! 

BACK TO SCHOOL DATES 

The first day of school is just 20 days away! While you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, please keep the following dates and information in mind:

ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday August 29th 1st day of school 1st-12th
Friday August 31st – No School
Monday September 3rd  – No School, Labor Day
Tuesday September 4th- 1st Day of school Kindergarten/PreK
Tuesday September 11th- Beginner Instrumental Registration Night
Thursday September 13th – SEL At Home, Jane Hardin
Wednesday September 19th  – No School, Yom Kippur
MPS Facebook page
MPS Twitter account 

MHS:
Principal Mr. James Jette and Assistant Principals Mr. Ben Kelly and Mr. Brian Mackinaw
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Maureen Kennedy and Mr. Brad Spindle
Homeroom assignments mailed out in August, schedules 1st day of school
New student orientation for all freshman and new students August 27th 4-6 pm
Please see Mr Jette’s latest summer letter for all MHS information 
MHS Open House – September 12th
MHS Athletic Website
MHS Website

PIERCE:
Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Asst Principals Dr. Nick Fitzgerald and Mr. Kyle Alves
Administrative Assistants Mrs. Sandy Wyse and Mrs. Susan Higgins
Team Assignment Letters mailed on August 22nd
Schedules to be distributed on the first day of school
Back to school information night for rising 6th grade families  – August 28 at 6:30 PM [Parents/guardians are welcome, but not required, to attend.]
Pierce School Supply Package Info
Pierce School Supply lists 
Pierce Webpage
Pierce Open House – September 20th 6:30 PM
Pierce PTO email contact
Pierce PTO Facebook page

COLLICOT:
Principal Mrs. Holly Concannon and Assistant Principal Mrs. Zeina Hamada
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Joanne Barker
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 28th, 2pm
Popsicles with the Principal- rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th 3-4pm
Kindergarten Orientation  – Thursday, August 30th
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K parents – cafeteria – Tuesday September 4th, after drop off  
Back to School Picnic at Cunningham Park – Friday night, September 14th
Collicot Open House – Thursday September 27th
Collicot Webpage
Collicot PTO email
Collicot PTO Facebook page

CUNNINGHAM:
Principal Mr. Jon Redden and Assistant Principal Mrs. Bernadette Butler
Assistant Principal Mrs. Maureen Butler covering for Mrs. B. Butler’s maternity leave
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Patti Johnson
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for new families (grades 1-5) Tuesday August 28th  – 5:15-6pm
Freeze Pops  with the Principal – rear playground – Tuesday, August 28th  – 6-7pm
PreK/K Orientation and Picnic – Thursday August 30th, 11- 2pm
Boohoo/Yahoo Coffee, K and PreK parents (library)Tuesday September 4th, after drop off
Cunningham Open House – September 25th
Cunningham Webpage
Cunningham PTO email
Cunningham PTO Facebook page
Cunningham School Twitter
Cunningham School Instagram

GLOVER:
Principal Karen McDavitt and Assistant Principal Sara MacNeil
Administrative Assistant Ms. Moira Downes
Homeroom assignments mailed week of  August 20th
Tour for New Families (grades 1-5) Tuesday, August 21 at 5pm
Popsicle PlayDate /Building Tour (Kindergarten) Tuesday, August 21, 6pm (playground)
and Thursday, August 23 at 10am (playground)
Kindergarten Orientation Thursday, August 30 (families will receive orientation time with homeroom assignment letter)
BooHoo/Yahoo Gathering (Kindergarten families) Tuesday, September 4 after drop off (front entrance)
Glover Open House- Thursday, October 4
Glover Webpage
Glover Twitter account
Glover PTO FB Page
Glover PTO email contact

TUCKER: 
Principal Elaine McNeil – Girmai  and Assistant Principal Cat DesRoche
Administrative Assistant Mrs. Eileen Keaney
Homeroom assignments mailed week of August 20th
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K and K students-August 16th 10:45-11:45 following the Summertime Stories at 10am at Tucker with Ms. Sara from the MPL
Popsicle Playdate for Pre-K, K and new to Grades 1-5 students- August 22nd-Tucker Playground 6-7pm
Picture Day-September 7th
Open House-September 17th
Tucker School Supply lists
Tucker Webpage
Tucker  PTO email contact
Tucker  PTO Facebook page

NEW MPS STAFF

We are pleased to announce that Ellen Lohan has been appointed as our new Elementary Science Coordinator. Ms. Lohan takes over where Mrs. Linda Stefanick (whose family has relocated to North Carolina) left off,  in continuing to grow and expand our Elementary Science program. Ms. Lohan, who has been a 5th grade teacher at Collicot for 5 years, shares that it has been a joy to watch Elementary Science grow and adopt the strong curriculum materials we are using today, for both general science, and STEM in the English Innovation Pathway. Under the leadership of previous coordinators Bernadette Butler and Linda Stefanick, teachers have fully embraced the FOSS curriculum and exciting science initiatives that have been introduced in Milton. Ms. Lohan brings her strong educational background, years of classroom teacher experience, familiarity with the staff and enthusiasm for science with her to her new position. We know Ms. Lohan will be an asset to MPS as the Elementary Science Coordinator and will continue the model of supporting teachers with innovative lesson planning, organizing materials and modeling lessons in a hands on and accessible manner.

Assistant Superintendent Janet Sheehan says: “Ms. Lohan is an exemplary educator who will bring her strong leadership skills and content knowledge in science, math and technology to the position of Elementary Science Coordinator. She is committed to the continuous success of our science and STEM programs and has already rolled up her sleeves in preparation for a successful start of the school year”!

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Please join me in welcoming Susan Maselli to the Milton Public Schools as our new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Maselli comes to us from Sharon Public Schools and the interview committee (comprised of School Committee members, administrators, a SEPAC representative and a CDM representative) was unanimous in the feeling that Sharon’s loss is Milton’s gain. Ms. Maselli’s knowledge base is wide. General and special education, legal and compliance issues, 504, curriculum and instruction, budget planning, human resources, civil rights, nursing and student health care, transportation and technology are all areas of strength for Ms. Maselli. Her understanding of special education and school leadership is comprehensive, balanced, and student-centered. MPS has found a leader who is flexible, approachable and resourceful, good at problem solving and available to listen and provide guidance.  We were also searching for a candidate who would be a presence in classrooms, understand the challenges some of our students face at school, and appreciate the hard work they do each day. Ms. Maselli meets and exceeds these high standards and we are thrilled to have her as a part of the Milton Public Schools.

SEPAC President Melissa Feldman shares: “I was fortunate to represent the parent voice of the Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) during the selection of candidates and interviews for the new Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services. Susan Maselli has a variety of educational and administrative experiences that spans age groups and disability types. Her knowledge, energy and commitment to building positive, productive relationships with all stake holders is evident”!

HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

As you know, we are starting Bring Your Own Device at MHS in the 2018-19 school year. If your student will be loaning a Chromebook, please make arrangements for your student to bring their signed Chromebook Loan Agreement to pick up their Chromebook in the MHS Auditorium during one of the following times: August 20 – 1-3pm,  August 21 – 7-9:30am, August 22 – 11am-1pm and August 27 – 3-5pm.

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.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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The MHS Guidance Department will reopen on Monday, August 27th.  Please contact Maureen Kennedy or Brad Spindle in the MHS main office via email or phone (617- 696-4470 ext. 0) with any questions.

Updated GPAs will be available in the fall once all summer school grades are submitted and recorded. Schedules will be given out to students on the first day of school Wednesday, August 29th during homeroom. A “welcome letter” with homeroom assignments will be mailed home in late August. Please remember, changes in class schedules are discouraged.  A change request made due to poor attendance, tardiness, inadequate class participation, failure to do homework or lack of effort will not be approved. Understand that changing one course often results in the need to change a student’s entire schedule and even if a teacher approves a change, there may not be course offerings available. Please follow the MHS chain of command to initiate all schedule changes which states that the student/parent/guardian first contacts the teacher, who contacts the guidance counselor.

Freshman and all other students new to MHS will receive their schedules at The New Student Orientation, which will be Monday, August 27th  at MHS. All incoming freshman can start their community service this summer.

Enrollment in an AP course requires the student to complete prerequisite courses and mandatory summer work.  Summer work was assigned to all AP students at the mandatory AP information sessions held in June. Failure to complete summer work may result in a student being dropped from the AP class. Please remind your student to complete their work.

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES

Save the date for our first date in the PARENT Speaker Series. Jane Hardin will be discussing Social Emotional Learning in the Home on Thursday, September 13th at Milton High School. Ms. Harden will discuss ways to help parents and guardians navigate some of the social and emotional challenges that their children and adolescents face on a daily basis. She will offer strategies and provide concrete examples of how parents/guardians can develop constructive dialogues with their children in ways that foster essential social-emotional skills. 

MILTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

If your student will be attending After School Enrichment this year and you would like to start in September, you are in luck! Even though official registration has closed, there is a one day online registration day on August 15th.  Students must be registered online by the end of the day Wednesday, August 15th to begin ASE the first day of school. Students not registered by August 15th can register in September and begin ASE October 1st. All details on ASE and how to register can be found on the Community Schools webpage and please email Director of Community Schools Martha Sandoval with any questions. 

MILTON ADULT EDUCATION

MPS Community – Be on the lookout for some exciting new Adult Education classes this fall! Our Fall session will start on October 1st and our course catalog and class offerings will be sent out in early September and  featured on our Milton Adult Education website.

MPS Educators  – Have a great idea for a new course? Would you like to teach an old favorite? Now is the time to put in your proposal and start the new school year as a Milton Adult Education Instructor!  We welcome your new ideas to bring to our Course Catalog this fall. All proposals for new and returning MPS courses  for the fall session of Adult Ed are due on Wednesday, August 15th. Please email Director of Adult Education Karen Hughes with questions. 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SEL Director Laurie Stillman shares the following, adapted from NIH News in Health. Modern life is full of things that can influence your ability to be sensitive and responsive to your child. These include competing priorities, extra work, lack of sleep, and things like mobile devices. Some experts are concerned about the effects that distracted parenting may have on emotional bonding and children’s language development, social interaction, and safety.

If parents are inconsistently available, kids can get distressed and feel hurt, rejected, or ignored. They may have more emotional outbursts and feel alone. They may even stop trying to compete for their parents’  attention and start to lose emotional connections to their parents. Parents need to communicate that their kids are valuable and important, and children need to know that parents care what they’re doing,

Kids start to regulate their own emotions and behavior around age 3.  As kids become better at managing their feelings and behavior, it’s important to help them develop coping skills, like active problem solving. Such skills can help them feel confident in handling what comes their way.

Experts advise that when parents engage positively with their children, teaching them the behaviors and skills that they need to cope with the world, children learn to follow rules and regulate their own feelings. As parents, we try really hard to protect our kids from the experience of bad things, but if you protect them all the time and they are not in situations where they deal with difficult or adverse circumstances, they aren’t able to develop healthy coping skills. It is best to help children learn how to solve the problems that inevitably emerge in life, then talk through the situation and their feelings and work with them to find solutions to put into practice.

FOOD AND NUTRITION

There is a terrific opportunity for part time jobs in our food services department. We are hiring for substitute positions at all schools. You’ll be serving healthy food to kids and be home when your kids are home due to the school schedule – what’s better than that?! This can be a great opportunity for parents and retirees and food service experience is a plus, but not required. The starting pay for the food service substitute position pays $15.05 per hour. Please email Jackie Morgan or call (617-696-5040 X 5514)  for more information. ​

BUS UPDATE

We are finalizing bus routes for the 2018-19 school year and new bus routes will be posted on our transportation page  the week of August 13th. Please review all routes as many routes have been updated, stops have been moved and times altered. It is important to review the new stops and times to ensure a smooth start to school. Bus passes will be mailed the week of August 20th. Almost all of the MHS/Pierce buses are now full but we are setting up waiting lists for those buses. Please email Dr Glenn Pavlicek with any questions. 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Allan Bishop from the Milton DPW shares that online mappers now allow users to view Google Street View Images for all of Milton. You can find find instructions on how to use the new tool to start viewing the images here

There is a town wide hazardous waste day on September 15th. All details can be found here.

ART AND MUSIC NEWS  

Save the date for our Beginner Instrumental Registration Night on Tuesday, September 11th from 6-7pm. Please see the Applied Instrumental Lessons Program (ALP)  information here and a link to pre-register (highly recommended). Pre-registration ends on August 17th.

ATHLETICS

After all online registration is complete, student-athletes must be signed off by the Director of Athletics during the hours listed below.  Before being cleared, students must have a copy of their physical, payment verification, and their concussion certificate.  Students must hand in a COPY of their physical, not their original.  Copies will not be made in the Athletic Office. All students must also have completed the Family ID Registration online, which opened Wednesday, August 1st.  Students not on Family ID will not be signed out.  As a reminder, there are no longer “clearance cards”.  Students will be placed on a “cleared” list, to be viewed each practice by their head coach.

Registration hours are as follows: Wednesday 8/15 –  9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Thursday 8/16 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Friday 8/17 – 9am-12pm; Monday 8/20 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm; Wednesday 8/22 – 9am-12pm, 2-5pm

The Athletic Office is located in the rear of the high school, next to the field house.  Outside doors will be open during the hours listed.

Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Jon Redden, Holly Concannon, Karen Spaulding, Elaine McNeil- Girmai, Karen McDavitt, James Jette, Cat DesRoche, Bernadette Butler, Jaclyn Germano, Laurie Stilman, AJ Melanson, Noel Vigue, Ryan Madden, Karen Cahill, Marti McKenna, Sarina Burke, Jackie Morgan, Karen Hughes, Allan Bishop, Martha Sandoval and Laurie Stillman. 

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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