From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: Superintendent’s Weekly Update
Date April 25, 2019
- 1 FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
- 1.1 SCHOOL COMMITTEE
- 1.2 HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
- 1.3 INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
- 1.4 MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION
- 1.5 GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
- 1.6 HEALTH AND WELLNESS
- 1.7 PARENT SPEAKER SERIES
- 1.8 MPS SUMMER
- 1.9 BUS UPDATES
- 1.10 RESIDENCY
- 1.11 SPECIAL ED/SEPAC
- 1.12 DONATE LIFE MONTH
- 1.13 COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
- 1.14 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
- 1.15 UPCOMING MPS DATES
- 1.16 FOOD AND NUTRITION
- 1.17 FROM THE READERS
- 1.18 ART AND MUSIC
- 1.19 ATHLETICS
- 1.20 NEWS AROUND TOWN
- 1.21 AMBASSADORS
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Last summer, after an extensive and thorough search, we welcomed Susan Maselli to the Milton Public Schools as our new Administrator for Pupil Personnel Services. By all accounts, Ms. Maselli has hit the ground running, engaging effectively with all stakeholders. She has asked me to share the following updates with you below.
As I approach the end of my first year in Milton, I wanted to reach out and share an update from the Office of Pupil Personnel Services.
Much of my fall and winter was spent getting to know our students, families and faculty. Thank you to everyone who has made me feel so welcome! I have met with students, teachers, parents, administrators and community members to become more familiar with all aspects of my role in Milton.
First, I would like to welcome you to a Spring Parent Coffee. This informal meet & greet will be an opportunity to connect with families and staff. The coffee will be Wednesday, May 15th at 9:30am at Milton High School. Please RSVP by May 7 by phone (617-696-4470 x 5572) or email.
Second, I want to share some planning for the remainder of this year and into next. The opportunities outlined below are possible due to the redistribution of current district resources and do not have a fiscal increase on our current budget.
As many of you know, the Glover Elementary School has long housed the majority of our co-taught classrooms. Next year, we will expand this program to include a strand of Collaborative Classrooms at Cunningham Elementary School. As with the Glover co-taught classrooms, the Cunningham Collaboratives will also be comprised of a general and special education teacher. The Glover Co-Taught strand will continue to support curriculum access and the remediation of students with language-based learning needs in an inclusive model, while the Cunningham Collaborative strand will allow for a hybrid of co-taught experiences and explicit skill building for functional academics for students who benefit from smaller group instruction interspersed throughout their school day. This program model compliments the already successful ICLP model at Cunningham.
In addition to our co-taught classrooms, Glover will continue to host and support our students who benefit from social emotional and therapeutic supports provided within the STEP Program.
Collicot will continue to house both our NECC (New England Center for Children) Partner Classroom and the district’s two Cooperative ABA Classrooms. These programs continue to support our youngsters with Autism and related disabilities.
Pierce Middle School students will see new supports as well. The district is expanding the NECC Program with an additional NECC Partner Classroom at Pierce for our students in grades six through eight. REACH will continue at Pierce. The middle school will also see additional flexibility for student scheduling with regard to co-taught and supportive classroom resources at all grades and the expansion of language based supports for students with SLD as well.
Work at Milton High School will focus on addressing the needs of students who benefit from co-taught instruction for the rigorous academic content as well as ongoing supports in academic (disability relegated) remediation. This will include vocational and post-secondary planning for our older students. The inclusion specialist role, created by the district a few years ago, is expanding to address three explicit areas of greater needs: supports for students who struggle with positive behavior in school; supports for students who struggle with attendance and school refusal; and supports to facilitate increased inclusion opportunities for students who struggle to maintain positive connections to peers as the academic content increases in complexity.
Finally, we will be offering a new Parent Series. These informal forums will provide parents and guardians access to hot topics in special education including “How to make the most of your IEP meeting” and “Transition Planning: Nuts n’ Bolts”.
With growth, comes the opportunity for discussion and questions, so I again invite you to the Parent Coffee on May 15th. Please RSVP by May 7 by phone (617-696-4470 x 5572) or email. While I have met some families, I have many to still meet and I look forward to seeing you on May 15th.
Last night, following a presentation by the Facilities Advisory Committee, the Milton School Committee voted to recommend to the School Building Committee the construction of a new K-5th elementary school as the best educational option for the district. That meeting can be watched On Demand at Milton Access TV.
The next School Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 1st at 7pm at Milton High School. This is a reorganization meeting after the town wide election on April 30th. Information on previous meetings can be found here and all meetings can be watched live or on demand on Milton Access TV.
HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
40 of our MHS students are just back from a whirlwind trip to England and France. MHS junior Caitlin Lydon shares the following.
This April vacation I was able to travel to Europe with 46 other students and faculty members. We explored London, Normandy, St. Malo, and Paris in just ten days, and this fast paced exploration gave everyone on it the travel bug. In London, we saw Piccadilly Circus, The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Camden Market, and some even visited Brick Lane where street artists such as Banksy capture the people’s attention. In the London Eye, students watched the sun go down on the city of London. The group also visited Speaker’s Corner where students and chaperones had the chance to participate in a real life discussion on how different cultures view the United States. It was the most amazing thing, seeing every single person engaged in a simple discussion, a trip highlight.
We then traveled to Normandy, France where we put our toes into the waters of Omaha beach and visited the American Cemetery, a solemn place, in which the minute I turned a corner and saw the thousands of white crosses, I began to cry. It is a place which every American needs to go. From there we headed to St. Malo, a port city in France, where history is rich, and students were given the chance to explore the town by foot, another highlight. Soaking in the beauty of the small town is something I will cherish forever.
Our last destination was Paris, where we witnessed history happening before our eyes, the day we arrived in France, Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames. Arriving in Paris days after this tragedy was emotional, but we all became hopeful as we walked up as close as we could to the Cathedral that Notre Dame will be repaired. Everyone’s dreams came true in Paris as we witnessed the Eiffel tower light up and sparkle while on a boat cruise on the river Seine. We then experienced another piece of history as a group of us walked through the Palace of Versailles as well as the Louvre. And on our final night, some ventured out and climbed the Eiffel Tower, and others sat on the grass in front of it and soaked in the view. This trip has forever changed my life, I am so grateful to have not only visited these places, but experience it with fellow students and faculty members. Everyone learned something about not only the places but also each other.
Congratulations to the 55 students who all passed the 2019 DELF Exams and to their teacher, Ms. Pons! The DELF Exam (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying specific levels of fluency in French. This certification, which is officially recognized by the European Consortium for Foreign Languages and 180 countries around the world, constitutes the equivalent of the American TOEFL. It is used for school records, as well as college and job applications.
Our students qualified at level B1 or/and B2. At the B1 level, students are able to understand, maintain a discussion and give opinions. They are capable of dealing with situations likely to arise in daily life. At the B2 level, students reach a degree of independence that allows them to construct arguments, defend opinions, explain viewpoints and negotiate. Congratulation to these students!
Get Out the Vote! Our 8th grade students have been learning about voting and the importance of exercising your civic duty in advance of the town wide election this coming Tuesday, April 30th. They have met with town officials and have been actively promoting a higher voter turnout by helping to increase awareness of the election with personalized flyers. They were displeased to hear of low turnout in the last town election and know we can do better. Listen to our 8th graders and please VOTE on Tuesday, April 30th.
INSIDE OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
The 5th grade Safety Patrol at Cunningham was on duty this week facilitating small group discussions about sidewalk safety and parking lot safety and then leading our 2nd graders on school grounds walks to practice what they had discussed. Our Safety Patrol helps out all year with arrival and dismissal, special events and safety related activities and we appreciate the excellent job they did this week with our younger students.
To celebrate Earth Day, the Glover student leadership “Green Team” mentored by Ms. Hammond and Ms. Whitten, challenged families to Go Green over April break. Families were given a game board and asked to take part in earth friendly activities while capturing these challenges through photographs, illustrations, poems, and stories. Students returned from April break with their game boards which are displayed around Glover. Look for our Glover families at the town wide Clean Up Day on Saturday morning. Way to GO GREEN Glover!
A few weeks ago we shared that many of our 4th and 5th graders across the district are engaged in a Pen Pal exchange with schools in Spain. The program at Collicot was recently featured in a Patriot Ledger Article and we share it with you here.
Tucker students had a great opportunity during P.E. classes over the last few weeks to experience the Kindred Colors program. This unique program explores how earth toned natural objects mirror the variety of skin tones in the world and how skin has an amazing function and vital importance for human beings. Thank you to Coach Jones for bringing this program to our students.
It’s one of the best times of year at Cunningham – time for the Cunningham May Madness Calendar! Calendars are on sale now and there is one more week to meet their goal of 2,ooo calendars sold. Thanks to generous sponsors, all of the money from calendar sales goes right to Cunningham to fund field trips, enrichment, teacher grants and more. Calendars are $10 and total prize money for the month is $5750! You can purchase calendars online here or from your favorite Cunningham student.
MILTON FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION
One of the best days of the year in the Milton Public Schools is the day the MFE surprises our Teacher of the Year recipients with the news that they have been chosen as the 2019 TOY from their school. These outstanding educators are not expecting this honor and are stunned to hear the news – in front of their excited students! Will you take a moment to nominate a deserving teacher today?
The Milton Foundation for Education invites you to nominate that special teacher as Teacher of the Year. Our teachers are second to none, which is what makes this event so special to us. We are currently seeking nominations for teachers who promote achievement in our children and garner the respect of colleagues, students and parents alike. We look forward to hearing from you and learning more about the amazing teachers who inspire Milton students every day. Nominations don’t have to be long fancy letters- we take them in any forms. In the past, we have heard feedback that parents thought they had to write long nominations and that prevented them from writing us a quick note about how much they love a certain teacher. So short and sweet is perfect and we always love quotes from students!
Nominations are due Monday, April 29 and guidelines can be found here and a full list of past winners is here. We look forward to seeing you at the big TOY celebration at MHS on May 22!
GRADE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
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Pre-K – Parent Café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!” Tuesday, May 7th and Tuesday, May 14th. The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance, will offer a free Parent Café to parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in fall 2019, “Getting ready for kindergarten!”. We hope you will be able to join us for one of two sessions being offered; Tuesday, May 7th from 5- 6 pm at Tucker Elementary School or Tuesday, May 14th from 9- 10 am at Cunningham Hall.
5th Grade – Sign up soon for Welcome to Middle School, a 3 day program designed to help acclimate all students to Pierce. Middle school is quite different from the elementary setting, and the transition can sometimes be intimidating (but shouldn’t be!). Our program allows students to experience “a day in the life of a grade six student.” We encourage all families to enroll your current 5th grader in our camp. Details can be found here.
5th, 6th and 7th Grade – Interested in Learning Ways to Help Your Kids Make Healthy Choices? We have the perfect research study for you! The SUPPER Project is a research study whose purpose is to understand how to help young people make choices that will support their well-being. This study is being conducted by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and Brown University and is funded through the National Institutes of Health. If you are interested, simply email the SUPPER Project team with the subject line “Interested in the SUPPER Project” and your name in the body of the email. A member from the study team will reach out to you with next steps. You can also give them a call at (617) 636 – 3587. All personal data will be kept confidential. Participation is limited.
5th, 6th and 7th Grade – School supplies already? Yes! The Pierce PTO has partnered with Yubbler to bring quality, economical school supplies to Pierce families. All supplies are delivered right to your house! All details, links and coupon codes can be found here.
5th-12th Grade – Maybe Squash is your next sport? You’ll never know unless you try! Milton Academy is offering another introduction-to-squash clinic exclusively for MPS students. No experience necessary. Morgan Poor, Boy’s Coach at Milton Academy, will provide instruction. Throughout the sessions, the kids will learn the rules of the game, do various drills that teach different elements of the game and eventually play games and matches. Racquets, eye guards and balls will be provided. All participants need their own non-marking court shoes. The waiver to participate can be found here.
10th, 11th and 12th grade – The Milton Public Library has an exciting paid summer internship opportunity open to rising high school juniors, seniors, and those entering freshman year of college. The intern will work closely with library mentors & staff to design & deliver a connected learning project. This exciting opportunity includes expenses-paid travel to Chicago & Washington, D.C. Applications are due by Friday, May 3rd and we encourage our students to explore this terrific opportunity!
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Parents and Guardians of students in grades 5 – 9 have a wonderful opportunity to attend the award-winning workshop, LifeSkills® Training Parent Program. LifeSkills is designed to help parents strengthen communication with their children and prevent them from using drugs. This interactive, skills-based program teaches parents how to promote positive health and personal development in their children. The curriculum covers collaborative techniques that parents can use to reinforce their children’s competencies in skills that have been found to reduce and prevent substance use. These tools help parents prepare their children for a successful transition from adolescence to early adulthood.
There are two opportunities to attend – May 6 or June 3 at 6:30pm – at the Pierce Library. For questions or further information about these programs, please contact Director of Health and Physical Education Noel Vigue via email or phone at 617-696-4470 x5547. Thank you to Milton Junior Women’s Club for funding these workshops.
PARENT SPEAKER SERIES
Before the April break, as part of our PARENT Speaker Series, Catherine Steiner-Adair presented “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Family Relationships in the Digital Age”. It was a poignant presentation, with many beneficial takeaways for families. At the end of the evening, Catherine offered up “8 Simple Steps to Strengthen Family Connections Every Day”. We share these steps with you and hope they can provide some positive outcomes.
Milton Summer Enrichment (MSE) is right around the corner! The “At a Glance Document” with course descriptions is available at MSE At a Glance Document. Pre-registration is available now to pre-register. Go to Family ID; then “Find A Program” and type in MSE 2019. You will see a Pre-Registration Option for PreK-8, click on that and follow the prompts! Registration will go live at 12pm on May 2nd. Please check the MSE website for updates!
Please see the following from the MPS Transportation Department. Registration to ride the bus for the 2019-2020 school year will open on May 15th and close on June 14th. ALL registration will be done online. Every student who plans to ride the bus must register regardless of distance lived from your assigned school and no students will be rolled over for ridership from the current school year. Please mark your calendars with these important dates. More information and links for registration will be coming later in April and early in May. Please refer any questions to Rachel Schewe, Transportation Director.
The Milton Public Schools Residency Policy states that “students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools shall be required to re-establish residency prior to entering grades six(6) and nine(9), and during other times as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Students who are enrolled in the Milton Public Schools but who attend an educational program outside of the town shall be required to re-establish residency on an annual basis.”
Beginning June 3, 2019, Sarina Burke, Milton Public Schools Residency Coordinator will be in the Milton High School main lobby (25 Gile Road) with extended hours. Re-establish Residency packets will be mailed in May to families who must reestablish and packets must be submitted no later than June 14, 2019, to ensure a student’s placement in Grades 6 and 9 or in an educational program outside of the district.
This process is one of the safeguards used by the Milton Public Schools to ensure that all students enrolled in our schools are residents of the Town of Milton. Although the re-registration process may be an inconvenience for some families, we hope that residents understand that this is a valuable tool to protect taxpayers in the Town of Milton. We work year-round on residency issues and this is simply one more method to assist us in ensuring residency compliance.
The Milton SEPAC talk and meeting for tonight has been postponed. Stay tuned for a new date.
DONATE LIFE MONTH
April is National Donate Life Month and The Milton Public Schools has partnered with members of our community to bring this information to our community. In early April we were honored to support Donate Life Information Night when members of our community shared stories and information around organ donation. We shared the personal story of Laura O’Melia, MPS parent and director of transplant nursing in the Pediatric Transplant Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and some thoughts from Gretchen Duffy, MPS parent and a nurse coordinator for the heart transplant program at Tufts Medical Center.
Juliene Mitchell, MPS parent and Tufts Kidney Transplant Program Referral and Network Manager shares that some organs and tissues can be donated while the donor is alive. Nearly 6,000 living donations take place each year. That’s about 4 out of every 10 donations!
Most living donations happen between family members or close friends. Some people become altruistic living donors by choosing to donate to someone they don’t know. Check out these famous living organ donors:
Oscar Robertson previously played for the Cincinnati Royals and the Milwaukee Bucks. He was named the “Player of the Century” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2000, and served as the third president of the NBA Players Association. In 1997, his daughter, who had lupus, was in need of a kidney. She would not live much longer without a transplant. Robertson, being a match, stepped up and became a living donor to her. Since then, he has become an honorary spokesman for the National Kidney Foundation.
Edwin Jacob “Jake” Garn served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. Garn became the first sitting member of the United States Congress to fly in space when he flew aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a Payload Specialist during NASA mission STS-51-D. In 1986 Senator Garn donated a kidney to his 27-year-old daughter, Susan Garn Horne, who was experiencing progressive kidney failure as a result of diabetes.
We thank you for taking the time to listen and learn more about organ donation and hope you will consider registering to be an organ donor at this link.
Students had a blast during April Vacation Camp at the Tucker and Cunningham sites. Campers enjoyed a variety of fun and engaging activities; they created beautiful spring designs, experimented with different ingredients, kept active with gym and outdoor play and even made delicious ice cream sandwiches. We had a special visit from Mad Science, and campers learned all about dry ice. Thank you to our supervisors Liz Macomber, Angie Van Allen, Barbara Roye, Susan Gionfriddo and Karen Nee for making April camp a success and a fun place for our campers!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING
District SEL Coordinator Laurie Stillman shares that a new PEW Social Trends Research report indicates that anxiety and depression is a growing trend amongst youth, and 70% of teens see it as a major problem. Nearly 30% of teens feel “tense or nervous about their day.” Teens of all backgrounds are increasingly noticing these mental health issues in their communities. The main reason for the growing problem: academic pressures to get good grades and wanting to achieve their post-graduation goals. Those who have college aspirations express the most pressure. Both boys and girls are struggling, but girls do so more frequently. Unsurprisingly, students in households with lower incomes (below $75,000) face additional stress about paying for college.
Interestingly, academic pressures were expressed much more frequently as a contributor to stress and depression than “socially fitting in”, “looking good”, or being accomplished at sports or other activities. Yet, many students wished they had more friends. Girls expressed greater concerns about their appearance in the study, and lower income children felt financial pressures.
Another interesting study finding: Parents are more likely to say they don’t spend enough time with their teens then teens are to say the same about their parents. Most teens (65%) say they spend the right amount of time with their parents, yet 45% of parents who live with their teens say they spend too little times with their children. Dads more frequently express this concern.
UPCOMING MPS DATES
Apr 25 MHS Faculty/Student Spring Cabaret
Apr 30 Town Elections
May 1 Milton School Committee Meeting Reorganization Meeting
May 2 District Wide Diversity Event
May 2 Scholastic Honors Night
May 6 Town Meeting Begins
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast. Mornings can be really crazy: the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. If morning meals are difficult for your family (and even if they’re not!), let the School Breakfast Program help you out. A great breakfast program is offered at school every day. School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable at just $1.25. If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. All of our schools offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school. There is no need to sign up, just show up – make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast!
FROM THE READERS
The Office of the Attorney General would like to invite you to a webinar on Identity Theft & Scams Prevention. This presentation will outline the different types of scams and how to best avoid them. Additionally, it will also explain what identity theft is and what to do when it happens to you. It is important that all residents of Massachusetts are given the tools necessary to identify a scam so that their information and money are never exposed. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 10:30am and you can register here.
ART AND MUSIC
The MHS Chorus hit it out of the park last night with their rendition of the National Anthem at Fenway Park! Thank you to Chorus Director Johnny Nichols for securing this experience for our talented students.
On Sunday, April 28th, Milton FAME is pleased to host a unique fundraising event, our fifth annual mattress sale! Our goal is to sell over 100 mattresses, with proceeds going directly to benefit music in the Milton Public Schools. If you, or anyone you know might be in need of a mattress, please save the date and visit our mobile showroom at the Pierce Middle School Gym. This is the time to buy and save up to 50% off retail, all while supporting our students. There will be 29 sets on display and a team of experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
The Milton Art Center, Gallery 334 is hosting a teen art show, Adolescent Chaos, May 10-June 21, with an opening reception May 10th from 7-9pm. Interested teens, Grades 9-12, are asked to submit one work of art that illustrates the theme. The application form is available at the MAC website and please address questions to the Curator, Anna Garrity.
Boys Lacrosse earned their first win of the season, and first under Milton Alum, Coach Dennis Lynch, by beating Stoughton High School over the school vacation.
The Softball Team is 4-2 after beating Fontbonne last night. They have a very young team with lots of talent.
Baseball has made headlines with their victories over Framingham and Needham to start the season. After a loss to #3 ranked Braintree, the Wildcats won the Sullivan Tourney in Quincy. They beat North Quincy and Foxboro to retain their title from last season.
Unified Track is looking forward to their second meet of the season tomorrow. They will travel to Weymouth HS for a 3:30 start.
All game schedules can be found on our MHS Athletics website.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
On Sunday, April 28th at 3pm Milton Community Concerts presents “A Message of Music”, featuring the Boston City Singers Tour Choir. This concert of classical, jazz, gospel, and African folk songs will take place at First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue.
The 2019 SHINDIG! is on May 4th from 6-11 PM at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. The Shindig! is a family event that was created to celebrate the life of Tucker Elementary school grad Michael McHugh who died last year at age 13 from a rare pediatric cancer. Last year’s event was completely sold out, so get your tickets now!
ArtWeek Milton is coming! From April 26 – May 5, your favorite local nonprofits are coordinating for a week of interactive arts and cultural activities. The Forbes House Museum is hosting a special event on Saturday, May 4, from 2-5 pm with a Chinese Calligraphy workshop led by Chinese-American artist Rayna Lo. Rayna Lo grew up in Chicago, IL with parents who steered her toward a corporate career. Only recently has she turned to calligraphy as a way to express her true artistic self and connect with her cultural heritage. Rayna will guide you through traditional Chinese brush calligraphy techniques to create a framed work of art to take home, based on the character for “Phoenix.” To learn more and to purchase tickets go to the Forbes House Museum website.
The excitement is building as the 7th season of Milton’s Challenger Baseball League gets underway. We are off to a great start with a record number of players already signed up. The team is like a “Field of Dreams” where everyone, regardless of age or ability has the opportunity to create friendships around the team sport of baseball. Watching a Milton Challenger Baseball game is a fantastic experience where the enjoyment of being part of a team is captivating for all. Many of our past volunteers from the last six years have grown up and are in college. We need to replenish our buddy team and are looking for volunteers (13 and up) who would love to take on this motivating position to help the players. Please email Jerry Vitti at 617-281-4566 to volunteer. The 1st game is this Sunday – Play Ball!
The Town of Milton has announced changes to the Pay-As-You-Throw Program. On March 27, 2019, the Select Board approved changes in Milton’s Pay-As- You-Throw program for trash. The changes reaffirm the Town’s goal to reduce trash while fairly distributing the cost of waste disposal. All details on the new program can be found here.
As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers or members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their accomplishments below:
Students: Congratulations to our MHS Students of the Quarter who were recognized this morning at Milton High School! In order to recognize those students who are making a contribution to our community, each department nominates two students who deserve commendation for the previous marking period. These students may have shown marked improvement, may have done a significant project or may have shown outstanding effort. Students of the Quarter receive a certificate and their pictures are posted in a wall case near the main office. Because of these individuals, Milton High School continues to be an outstanding school. It is a pleasure to recognize these students.
Students: More good news for our Future Problem Solvers! We’ve just learned that two of our students have been invited to compete as individuals at the International FPS Conference in June. Congratulations to Ida Zoll and Victoria Kirkham who will join the Pierce Team at UMASS Amherst in June. We look forward to hearing about our student’s experience as they move forward in the competition.
Staff: Please join me in congratulating Louise Thomson, Special Education teacher at Milton High School, and Jill Markarian, 8th Grade Science teacher at the Pierce Middle School, in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service and Honor Awards recipients for 2019. The NCTA Honor Award is given to individuals who demonstrate significant contributions in three areas: Educational Service; Community Service; Association Service.
Louise and Jill have given over 35 years of service to the Milton Public Schools combined and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on Tuesday, June 4th at Lombardo’s in Braintree. Congratulations to our outstanding recipients!
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Thank you to my blog contributors this week: Ryan Madden, Sean Lopresti, Noel Vigue, Juliene Mitchell, Elaine McNeil-Girmai, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Laura O’Melia, Dawn Sykes, Karen Spaulding, Caitlin Lydon, Kathleen Kelley, Ellen Lohan, Rachel Schewe, Martine Fisher, Holly Concannon, Laurie Stillman, Sarina Burke, Martha Sandoval, Jackie Morgan, Bernadette Butler, Sarah McNeil and Susan Maselli.
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