From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
It’s that time of year when we begin gearing up for our Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade One information nights and registration periods. Please spread the word to friends/neighbors who have children in these age groups. There is a detailed timeline below under “Curriculum News,” and more information can be found on the front of our website.
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We were pleased to hear that the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Schools will be featured on a segment of Chronicle television show on Channel 5 tonight, January 5th at 7:30pm. Click here to see more information about this program
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast, which was held last night. School Committee members were given an FY18 budget update and voted to approve an FY18 fee schedule and two vendor warrants. The Committee also approved three sets of minutes before adjourning. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.
Please note the following important upcoming dates for parents and guardians of students entering Preschool, Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Important Preschool Dates:
January 12th – Preschool Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the similarities and differences of the five preschool programs offered by the district including curriculum, classroom design, lottery criteria, cost, payment scheduling, tuition assistance and registration process.
January 12th through January 26 – Preschool Pre-registration (online)
The pre-registration link will be posted during the information session. If a lottery is required, only those pre-registrations completed by January 26, 2017 will be entered. Chromebooks will be available for any parent/guardian who wishes to complete the pre-registration at the conclusion of the program. Families pre-registering after January 26, 2017 will be awarded a seat based on availability.
January 27th – Preschool lottery
A random, electronic lottery will be held should demand for any program exceed seats available. Should a lottery be required, it will be overseen by the Assistant Superintendent, the Family Outreach Liaison and a representative from the PTO.
February 6th – Preschool notification letters sent to families
Any family who has completed a pre-registration will be notified no later than February 6th, 2017 of their child’s placement status.
February 13th & February 17th – Preschool Registration, MHS Library, 25 Gile Rd.
Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment. Tuition assistance staff will be available to review financial aid packets and answer questions. This is a parent/guardian only event.
Important Kindergarten Dates
December 5th – Pre-Registration for Kindergarten begins
Families with Kindergarten-age eligible students (children must be 5 on or before August 31, 2017) should pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/nkZWAxwdwediKri42
January 25th – Kindergarten Information Night at 6:30pm, MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Rd.
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener, how each classroom is set up, the kindergarten curriculum used across the district and the registration process. All families who have pre-registered by January 15, 2017 will receive a registration packet and appointment time at the conclusion of the program.
February 14th, 15th, 16th – Kindergarten Registration, MHS Library, 25 Gile Rd.
Registrars will be on hand to assist families through the registration process. Parents/guardians should bring completed registration packets and all original supporting documentation and proof of residency to appointment. This is a parent/guardian only event. Children will be screened in May.
Important 1st Grade Information:
February 15th – STEM Info Night, 6:30-7:30pm., Cunningham/Collicot Cafeteria, 44-80 Edgehill Rd
This event provides parents/guardians and their kindergarteners the opportunity to learn more about the STEM component to the English Innovative Pathway, which begins in Grade One. Participants will also have the chance to work together to solve a fun and interactive STEM problem! Current kindergarteners and their parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend.
March 2nd – First Grade Information Night – MHS Auditorium, 25 Gile Road.
Join Milton Public School administrators and staff to learn about Grade One Programs. Information will be presented regarding the English Innovation Pathway, the French Immersion program, common curriculum and assessments, assignment plans, time frames and lottery.
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The following item was submitted by MHS Humanities Director, Barbara Wright:
I am pleased to present the winners of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Art and Essay contest, sponsored by the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association. This art and essay contest is part of a larger MLK event to be held on Monday, January 16th from 6:30 – 8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave. Please see the item below under “News Around Town,” for more information on this event.
Congratulations to the following Milton High School juniors who won the following awards: Josie Cosineau: art work and written component; James Le: art work and written component; Dominik Hyppolite: art work and written component; Gigi Jiang: written essay.
Following is the essay written by MHS junior Gigi Jiang:
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
The fabric of our time is a thick blurry mist. One miniscule post on social media can result in a thousand more reposts. A joke can be turned into a topic of a debate and then end up in the news. So when Martin Luther King wrote that “whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly,” it fits in with our situation perfectly. For example, examine the Black Lives Matter Movement. Starting in 2013, it was merely a hashtag; now in 2016 it is an international activist movement. When the shooting occurred in 2013 of Trayvon Martin, his family members became distressed. Then the emotions worked out beyond that and started changing the ideas about justice in our system. People grew upset and protested, causing an uproar and divided country. Hoodies, Skittles, and cans of Arizona Iced Tea became symbolic of Trayvon. Thousands of people rounded up to protest for George Zimmerman’s arrest. Some went out to seek for his death and these were people that did not even know Trayvon directly. The question of the right of Zimmerman to shoot down Martin led a chain reaction to many more cases about police rights and how much power they contain. So one shooting in Florida caused the country to burn with a fire ever so bright that has not been seen since Martin Luther King. As a result, the fabric of our time has been tossed and torn up. Issues arise and are altered to benefit certain sides, but perhaps if we take Martin Luther King’s words, that can assist us. If we start a movement of positivity, it should change others for the better, rid of prejudice, and eliminate the need for hashtags that drive this country apart. #Beneathitallweareallhumans.
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The following item was submitted by MHS Science Department Head, Amy Tom:
The high school science department is fortunate to be working with the high school Pre-K class this year through hands-on investigations. The high school Pre-K program will be teaming up with high school science teachers once per term this school year to investigate various science-based questions, all taking place within the high school science lab classrooms.
Our first term experiment involved students investigating the five senses. Pre-K students were asked to investigate their senses of smell, sight, and touch, along with investigating various states of matter.
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The following item was submitted by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts & Family/Consumer Studies:
I am pleased to announce that the MPS Music Department will be represented by 22 young singers in the All-State Treble Chorus this year! The following 5th and 6th grade students were selected by audition for this prestigious state-level ensemble, and will perform at the Massachusetts Music Educators Conference in March:
Greta Cardoza, Owen Creamer, Neve d’Arcy, Logan Do, Isabella Fiske, Kiera Glazer, William Heffron, Mia Jilani, Kaze Karuretwa, Daschel Koh, Tucker Korman, Lily Lane. Sadie Leggett, Marc Leimkuehler, Fiona McCarthy, Brynne Mershon, Kyla Miller, Lily Muir, Mary Mullen, Fionnuala Queally, Luca Sandonato and Fiona Zimon.
Congratulations to these students, Elementary Music Specialists April Allegrezza, Colleen Martin and Pierce Middle School Choral Director Julia Hanna for this special accomplishment!
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We also have this wonderful video of our MHS chamber orchestra performing Vivaldi’s “Winter,” at a recent concert. Please click here to watch.
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The following item was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, our Elementary Science Coordinator:
What is Camp Invention?
The Milton Public Schools are proud to be offering Camp Invention at Tucker Elementary School for the second summer in a row. Camp is for any MPS student entering grades K-6 and will be held July 17 – 21 from 9am to 3:30pm.
Camp Invention is one week in the summer where your child’s creativity, innovation, and problem-solving are challenged in fun and exciting ways. And while our top priority is helping to inspire future waves of big, bright thinkers, we also know that fun matters. So be ready to have some serious fun. Camp Invention is the only nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program inspired by the brightest thinkers around, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. We know how to tap into your child’s natural need to discover and we do it with certified local instructors.
SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY & SAVE $25! Use promo code DISCOVER25. Offer expires March 20th. The cost is $250 (before discount.) Register here or call 1-800-968-4332. Questions can be directed to Ms. Butler at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I enjoyed seeing this picture of the Cunningham staff in their new red fleece jackets. The jackets were a gift from the Cunningham PTO and were delivered to staff members just before the winter break. What a thoughtful gesture!
The following item was sent in by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:
Last month, we had a special visit from the classmates and family of Ms. Caitlin Clavette, Glover Art Teacher. Four classmates of Ms. Clavette’s read beautiful stories about art, nature, imagination, and creativity to all Glover students. On behalf of the Tufts Art Education MAT Class of 2007, they donated over 50 books, CDs, and DVDs to our Glover library in loving memory of Ms. Clavette. The students loved hearing the stories and are thrilled to be able to read them over and over as they are added to our collection. To express our gratitude, we made this video for them.
FOOD SERVICE NEWS
The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, MPS Food Service Director:
This month, we are featuring a new recipe for our menu: Spicy Rice. This recipe is stocked with nutritious brown rice, fibrous beans and tasty peppers, onions and tomatoes. Curry powder, Chili powder and Cumin give the rice a flavorful kick that kids and adults will love. Our spicy rice uses brown rice to add fiber, B vitamins and calcium. It takes a little longer to cook but the extra nutrition is worth it! Along with lots of fiber, black beans are a great protein source. Eating brown rice and beans together creates a complete protein, making this a great meal for vegans, vegetarians and anyone trying to increase their consumption of high fiber and high protein foods.
Yield: 6, 8oz servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes
1 cup Brown Rice, dry
1 can Black Beans (15 oz)*
4 Tomatoes, diced
½ Onion, diced
1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced
1 Red/Green Pepper, diced
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Curry Powder
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1 Tbsp. Cooking Oil
1 ½ cup Vegetable Stock*
- Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Add spices along with diced onion and pepper until translucent.
- Add diced tomatoes and garlic. Cook for 4-5 minutes until tomatoes are soft.
- Add vegetable stock.
- Add rice and cook, follow package directions (using stock instead of water)
- Drain and rinse beans. Add to rice about halfway through cooking.
Serve as a side or a main dish!
Nutrient Analysis for 8-ounce portion:
230 calories – 3 g Total Fat – 0.50 g Saturated Fat – 400 mg Sodium – 43 g Carbohydrates – 7.3 g Fiber – 7.6 g Protein 742.4 IU Vitamin A – 29 mg Vitamin C – 66 mg Calcium
*Always look for low sodium canned products
The following item was sent to us by MHS Guidance Director Karen Cahill:
Please join us on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium when Drew Heilpern, from Summit Educational Group, will discuss college entrance exams both the SAT and ACT. Mr. Heilpern will be discussing everything you need to know about the changes to the SAT, how it compares to the ACT and will answer any questions you may have. Parents/guardians and students of any grade are welcome to attend.
The Milton Boosters have an upcoming event on Saturday, January 7, from 9am to noon. They will be hosting a Cans for Cats drive at MHS to benefit the Ski Team. Please drop off all your holiday cans and bottles in the front driveway of Milton High School, 25 Gile Road, Milton.
The following item was sent to us by the Milton Foundation for Education:
Recently you received an important letter from the Milton Foundation for Education asking you to make a gift to our Annual Appeal.
The MFE is a non-profit, independent organization that works with the community to generate resources to make possible innovative opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Many of the wonderful Teacher Grants you have read about in previous E-blasts have been made possible only through your continued, generous support of our Annual Appeal. These opportunities have included: Science from Scientists, wireless internet in all six schools, Biotech Lab, peaceful playgrounds, SMART boards, STARlab, Wildcat Wellness Center, artists-in-residence, anti-bullying initiatives, mentoring programs, enhanced libraries, and so much more. Together we have distributed over 3 million dollars to the Milton Public Schools, impacting 3,400 students every year. If you haven’t already, please consider a tax-deductible gift again this year. Every dollar changes lives.
Look for the letter we recently mailed, or log onto www.MiltonFoundationForEducation.com to make your gift today. Thank you for support. We feel beyond fortunate to work with such incredible schools, passionate teachers, and an amazing community.
NEWS AROUND TOWN
This year’s Milton Interfaith Clergy-sponsored MLK Celebration will take place on Monday, January 16th from 6:30-8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave. The theme is “Character & Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?” This annual event will feature artwork, essays and poetry from Milton Public School students, as well as a performance by the MHS Gospel Singers and our elementary school choirs.
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:
Winter is wonderful at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of January 15 – 21:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11
Join the newest craze: the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a brand-new, read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in various hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. We’re currently reading Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings. No registration is required. In partnership with Milton Reflecting.
Friday, January 20, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Yoga with Jill, Ages 3-5
Children ages 3-5 are invited to come to this fun time learning yoga with Jill Pokaski Azar, certified yoga instructor. Registration is required (separate sign up for each session). Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Pop-Up Art School, Ages 6-11
Join us for a diversity-themed class with The Pop-Up Art School! In a collaborative project each child will make a circular drawing representing their family’s country of origin, using colors and shapes from that country’s flag(s). Each drawing will be cut into 4 squares. Your child will receive one square of their artwork to take home. After the class, all of the remaining squares will be mixed and reassembled into a large paper quilt. The finished project will represent many countries of origin together in a unified whole, and will be on display on the Library’s lower level within a week of the program. For ages 6-11. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library, and offered in partnership with Milton Reflecting.
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 www.miltonlibrary.org, 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:
The Milton Art Center submitted the following item:
On February 10th, from 6:30-8:30 pm the Milton Art Center will be hosting a Red Hot Valentine’s Dessert Contest. Girls and boys grades 1-5 are invited to attend and compete in the RED HOT Dessert Competition. All supplies are included in the $22 admission fee. Prizes awarded! Raffle Baskets and refreshments available for $1.00 each. For more information, https://www.miltonartcenter.org/
Last month, we published a list that included Boston Globe All-Scholastics, All-Stars along with Bay State All-Stars. Unfortunately, Haley O’Brien was omitted from the list. She was named the Bay State All Star for her volleyball season. Congratulations to Haley!
The following item was submitted by Athletic Director Eric Karjel:
Our winter sports season is now in full gear. The ski team opens up next week and all the other teams are now competing on a regular basis. The Girls Hockey team is off to a great start as they are 5-1-1. The Boys Hockey team is also off to a strong start as they are 3-2-1 and won the Quincy Holiday tournament. The Boys basketball team has been very impressive on their home court with a 3-0 home record and an overall 3-1 record. The Girls basketball team continues to improve and with their 53-49 win at Walpole this week are now 2-3. Both the Boys and Girls Indoor track teams are 2-0. The Wrestling team pulled out a hard fought 39-29 win over Brookline this week to even their record at 3-3. The swim team has been very competitive and continues to improve as they look for their first win of the young season.
For complete game recaps please go to our new athletic department website here, where you can also find schedules, directions, and a staff directory.
Spring sports registration will begin on February 1st. Spring sports will start on March 20th.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
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: Although the holiday season is official over, I would be remiss if I did not mention a very special group of students from Milton High School who help to bring holiday cheer to our school and our community. The MHS Carolers are a group of singers who brighten each morning by singing holiday songs in the lobby of Milton High School. In addition, this group provides entertainment for our Retiree Luncheon and also travels to the Council on Aging, Fuller Village, the Boston Home and “Caroling on the Common,” to get everyone in the holiday mood. Many thanks to Dawn Sykes for her leadership of this group, and to the following singers: Kendall Smith, Annie Wong, Penelope Holland, Paula Hogan, Vanessa Lorden, Colleen Conley, Katie Steele, Arielle Solomon, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Sarah Mitchell, Hannah Solomon, Maeve Bentley, Kaleigh Pentland, Alisa Lorden, Stephen Tan, James DiSandro, Dominik Hyppolite, Lucas Kery and Aidan Guilderson.
Staff: Although not technically a staff member, I would like to welcome Mr. Richard Fernandez to the Milton community. Mr. Fernandez has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) effective January 30th. I expect that Mr. Fernandez will be an outstanding partner to the Milton Public Schools, in a similar way to his predecessor, Peter Healy. Mr. Healy left BID-Milton at the end of the year to assume the newly created position of President of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Mr. Fernandez is a health care executive with more than 20 years of experience across community hospitals, large physician groups, health care systems and academic medical centers. We wish him all the best in his new role. I would also like to say thank you and best wishes to Mr. Healy in his new position.
Volunteers: I would like to thank the Milton Interfaith Clergy for all their work in our community, but especially for organizing this month’s event. The Martin Luther King Jr. annual celebration is an amazing community event that everyone should consider attending. Please join us on Monday, January 16th from 6:30 – 8pm at Concord Baptist Church, 180 Blue Hill Ave.
The Milton Public School system is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the provision of quality educational programs for all students. The Milton Public School system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, age or sexual orientation.