Milton Public Schools

November 22nd E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 22•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update Date: November 22nd, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Every year at this time, I like to take a moment to reflect on the things I am most grateful for in my life. High on my list, along with health and family, is the privilege of living and working in the town of Milton. My career in the Milton Public Schools has been filled with moments of gratitude. I am thankful for the incredibly talented teachers and staff who work tirelessly on behalf of each child. I am thankful for our families who volunteer countless hours to ensure that our staff and students feel supported and appreciated. I am thankful for our students who put a smile on my face each and every day as they sing, dance, draw, play, learn and grow right before my eyes.

Thank you to all the people who work to make the Milton Public Schools great. Without your commitment, creativity and high standards, we would not be where we are today. Our students thrive because of what this school system and what this town offers. I wish you all a Thanksgiving filled with abundance, warm memories and bright moments.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast was published, and it was held Wednesday night (11/20.) Below is a summary of that meeting:

November 20th: The meeting began with a presentation from Jerry Vitti and Michelle Connolly of the Milton PAC. They came to update the committee on the history, goals and activities of the PAC so far this year. They requested volunteers to help with their website and possibly to provide babysitting during their meetings.

Next, Pierce Middle School math teacher James Moonan and Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding were brought before the committee to discuss the Milken Family Foundation Award.  Mr. Moonan was named the recipient of the National Educator’s Award and given a $25,000 prize. The committee congratulated Mr. Moonan and Dr. Spaulding.

The Diversity Report for the district was presented and approved. This report will be posted to www.miltonps.org early next week.

School Committee member Mike Zullas and Assistant Superintendent for Business Glenn Pavlicek were appointed to serve on the Town/School Consolidation Committee. School Committee member Becky Padera updated the committee on the recent votes taken at the MASC conference. Members voted to approve the first quarter report from the Finance Subcommittee and to allow for electronic transfers of funds among town departments. The Facilities Subcommittee reported they have negotiated a favorable rate for energy this year. The committee then voted to move into executive session. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note there is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 27th, Thursday, November 28th or Friday, November 29th. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd.

The following item was sent it to us by Milton Public School parent and Director of Marketing and Sales for the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Lee Statham:

JFK Library Plans Tributes Marking50th Anniversary of November 22, 1963

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, the official memorial to President John F. Kennedy, will observe the 50th anniversary of November 22, 1963 with a number of events that celebrate the legacy of the nation’s 35th President. Observances will include a ceremony webcasted by satellite from the Kennedy Library’s IM Pei-designed glass pavilion; the presentation of a selection of artifacts from the President’s State Funeral that have never before been displayed; an interactive documentary and website celebrating the vibrant presence of JFK in the world today; and an award ceremony on November 25 during which Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, will celebrate two young Americans who answered President Kennedy’s call for pioneers of the New Frontier.

“The Kennedy Library seeks to honor the memory of John F. Kennedy every day by serving as a dynamic center for discourse, storytelling, and debate that inspires younger generations to engage fully as citizens of this world,” said Tom Putnam, Director of the Kennedy Library. “Fifty years after his death, we pause to look back at symbolic artifacts from this defining moment in our nation’s history and, looking forward, we hope to draw inspiration from the arts that he championed and from JFK’s timeless words. By offering our observance and programming to a worldwide audience online, we pay tribute to our fallen president and to the millions who came together to mourn him.”

The Kennedy Library invites the public to join a special live webcast of a musical tribute in honor of the memory of President Kennedy. Award-winning singer-songwriter James Taylor; award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter and the Paul Winter Sextext, which was invited by Jacqueline Kennedy to be the first jazz ensemble ever to play at the White House; and the United States Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will each perform musical selections including two from the President’s State Funeral. They will be joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; Elaine Jones, director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and former Peace Corps volunteer to Turkey; US Naval Commander, Navy SEAL, and NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who just returned from six months on the International Space Station; Richard Blanco, poet for the 2013 U.S. presidential inauguration;; and Sarah Groustra, an 8th grade student from the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, Massachusetts that John F. Kennedy attended as a child, who will all read excerpts from a selection of President Kennedy’s most historic speeches.

There will be no physical audience during these performances – simply the backdrop of the sea that the President loved so dearly as the ceremony is broadcast live at http://www.jfklibrary.org and via satellite by media outlets that wish to cover the event. The ceremony will include a moment of silence at 2 p.m., the time that the President’s death was announced to the nation.

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The Glover Elementary School was recently notified that they have been chosen as a member of the WeatherBug Schools Program. The school has installed a new WeatherBug weather station, which is able to provide weather data for meteorological teams at news stations across the country, to broadcast online and on-air. The weather station will also be used to enhance the science, technology and math school curriculum using the WeatherBug Achieve program. Bringing the WeatherBug Schools Program to the school district was part of a collaborative effort between Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan  and Glover Principal Sheila Kukstis and was funded by a generous grant from Blue Hills Bank. The WeatherBug vendor, Earth Networks, gave the school a $1,500.00 grant and the Blue Hills Bank gave us the balance of $7,190.00 to install the station.

This program will enable students at Glover Elementary School to more effectively understand the science of meteorology. The WeatherBug Schools Program is committed to helping protect schools and provide an engaging teaching tool for students nationwide. The WeatherBug interactive software program, WeatherBug Achieve, enables teachers to apply real-world conditions to help teach skills and concepts in math, science and geography. Teachers and students in K-12 have access to weather local weather conditions from any of the 8,000 WeatherBug sites across the country. Using WeatherBug Achieve, teachers can also create customized learning activities based on current and historical weather conditions from the WeatherBug stations and cameras located at the schools. To learn more about WeatherBug, click here: http://www.weatherbugschools.com/webinar.asp

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Earlier this month, grade 4 and 5 students in the Milton Public Schools participated in the first Continental Mathematics Meet of the year. These mathematics experiences offer students an opportunity to utilize critical reasoning and excellent problem solving skills while approaching math problems. All meets have a maximum score of 6 points. It is with great pleasure that we publish the names of the students who scored 5, or higher, on the first meet of the year.

 Grade 5: Perfect Scores (6): Nathan O’Neill (Tucker) Score of 5: Ryan Fitzmaurice, Megan Farley, Sam Dunnington. Margaret Mitchell, all of Collicot, Eris McCubbin and Philip Phan, both of Cunningham, Maureen Lang, John Roche, Arlo Stoodt and Katie McDevit of Collicot, Chloe McCarthy and Ella Pelton of Glover; and Daniel Truog and Max Mangum of Tucker.

Grade 4: Perfect Scores (6): Ronan O’Flaherty of Collicot, Maxwell Mitchell, Luke Shields, Stella Yuan, Tait Peloquin, all of Tucker and Carolina de Oliveira Castro of Glover. Score of 5: Anabella de Oliveira Castro, Rohan Meier, Aoife Ruth, Nina Zimmerman, all of Glover, Ryan Dexter, Anna Hamblet, Michael Howard, John Clancy, Lucia Dwyer, Aidin Skillin, Joseph Warren, Joshua Olatunji, Chloe Zhong all of Cunningham. Sam Disandro, Andrew Tran, Will Riley, Rachel Steinberg and John Waldmann, all of Collicot. Reilly Foran, Ian Gravallese, Declan Kenney, Jake Lippert, Nathaniel McNulty, Ian Lundeen and Rori Middleton, all of Glover. Lucas Quijano, Declan O’Connor, Yasin Khan, Grace Kelly, Alex Paxhia, Robert Connolly, Marcus Ollivierre and Olivia Duggan, all of Tucker.

Congratulations to all these talented math students, along with their families and their teachers.

Test your skills with sample problems from the November Meet.

(*answers at bottom of page*)

Grade 4:  I am a two-digit number less than 30. If you put me in groups of 4, then there is 1 left over. The sum of my digits is 7. Who am I?

Grade 5:  Karen, Sue and Jen are sisters who share twelve cookies. Karen has twice as many cookies as her younger sister. Jen has the most cookies, but does not have more than ½ the cookies. How many cookies does each sister have?

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In my last E-blast, I welcomed the newly-inducted members into the National Honor Society. Now, I would like to recognize every Milton High School student who is a member of the National Honor Society:

Emily Brink, Jack Caljouw, Brianna Callahan, Devan Callahan, Camille Carpenter Jonathan Carrera, Sophie Chase, Noah Collier, Madeleine Collins, Cormac Conners, Chanel Connor, Juliann Cosetta, Tue Quan Dang,Tess Deaibes, Margaret Deane, Devin DiManno, Olivia Done, Chris Dsida, Maryam El-Sayed, Susan Fitzgerald, Kent Fong, Giuliana Giddings, Kenny Graham, Isabelle Gray, Emma Greenawalt, Victoria Grudem, Brendan Hunt, Phillipe Janvier, Paul Knight, Maddie Lachevre, Nikki Lam, Maja Machowski, Shana Mahmood, Claire Mahoney, Dan Matisof, Abraham Mccarthy, Julie Midy, Cailinn O’Carroll, Caitlin O’Connell, Jesse Okoro, Evy Oliverio, Cate Pappano, Martin Rebrovic, ChrisRicciuti, Michael Ricciuti, Siena Smith, Kate Smith, Dan Sweeney, Gloria Tan, Michael Tobin, Christian Urbina, Donna Yuan.

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I would also like to give an update on the recent Milton High School Debate Team. The team competed recently at Dighton-Rehoboth High School. There were 53 teams competing, and Seniors Chris Dsida and Cormac Conners came in second place. Senior Chris Ricciuti and Sophomore Lydia Horan placed 10th.   The Debate Team would like to thank Carol Bohmbach, mother of senior Katie Bohmbach, for helping with the judging on this event.

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Karen Cahill, Director of Guidance, shared the following information with parents and guardians recently. I thought this information was worth repeating:

We thought this story in the NY Times was worth sharing with you. Parents/guardians please encourage your child to read this article from the New York Times about some of the unintended consequences of social media: NY Times

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please save the date for Milton High School Financial Aid Night. On Wednesday, December 4th at 7 pm Christina Coviello, a MEFA Representative will be at Milton High School to give a financial aid presentation. She will discuss the FAFSA as well as the CSS Profile. She will also share tips and dispel any myths regarding the financial aid process. The presentation will take place in the Charles Winchester Auditorium

MFE

Save the date! The MFE’s Celebration for Education with the theme: “Live Schools, Live Classrooms, Live Minds” will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Boston Marriott Quincy. The Jeep Raffle is back! Only 500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at your school’s office, or email pattielliott72@gmail.com. Interested in sponsoring the event or have an auction item to donate? Please email caffanato@comcast.net

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Ally Jones, president of the Best Buddies chapter at Milton High School:

As many of you know, I have been very involved with the Best Buddies Milton Chapter at Milton High School. Being a part of Best Buddies has enriched my life, and opened my eyes in so many ways. I am writing to ask for your support of the upcoming 5k walk for Best Buddies on Saturday, November 23. Every year, the Massachusetts organization holds this walk in Milton. Our team — Milton High Turkey Trotters — is working hard to have lots of people join our team. Milton High School’s chapter has had a strong growth spurt among the students, and it would be great to increase the support from other Milton residents — especially since the walk is in Milton.

Our chapter receives 10% of the money we raise for this walk…and right now, we are neck-in-neck with another high school for the most funds raised. The team that raises the most gets to bring home the Golden Gobbler trophy. Here are some ways you can help us take home this year’s 5K Golden Gobbler Trophy…for the FIRST TIME EVER!!!

- Join the “Milton High Turkey Trotters” team and walk with us
- If you cannot attend the walk, donations are always appreciated
- Buy one of our Tshirts for $15 (but they are going fast!!!)

Most importantly, please spread the word about Best Buddies to friends and family to help us cultivate a stronger Best Buddies community in our town. Inclusion not Exclusion!!!

Pre-register or donate at: http://www.bestbuddies.org/5k

Details: Saturday, November 23rd, start time 9:00 am, Cunningham School, 44 Edge Hill Road.

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The following information was submitted to us by Kathy Fagan Bauer on behalf of Cradles to Crayons:

This weekend , many great residents of Milton are partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and like-new essential children’s items, especially warm winter gear for their Gear Up for Winter neighborhood collection drive. YOU can help this effort by cleaning out our own closets and dropping off your items this weekend at Cunningham Hall AND by spreading the word. Winter will soon be here and there are thousands of local children – including kids right here in Milton- who are counting on Cradles to Crayons to provide the items they need to survive and thrive.

Drop off Information:
Where: Cunningham Hall, 75 Edgehill Road, Milton
When: Friday, November 22nd from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, November 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Milton Youth Soccer Uniform Program is collecting soccer uniforms and equipment and will pass them on to children in need all over the world. Drop off your used soccer uniforms (and equipment) in collection bins located in the lobby of Cunningham. Any donations of CLEAN T-Shirts, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, and deflated balls and pumps will be gratefully accepted. Note that uniforms from other sports will also be gratefully accepted. Collection dates are November 18th – December 13th. For more information, call Marie-Laure Brown @ 617-696-8125. This project is supported by the Milton Public Schools and Milton Youth Soccer League

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We just received news from Mr. Voight of the Milton Library Foundation that our schools have been awarded a grant totaling just over $2,700. This grant will provide a unique opportunity for the Milton Public Schools to further our collaborative work with the Milton Public Library and bring exciting resources, demonstrations and tutorials to all of our elementary students. The grant will fund a program called “The MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Success, Take Two.” This project will pair staff in the Children’s Room of the Milton Public Library with the Elementary Librarian at Milton Public Schools to work on exposing students to more of the vast and varied resources available in the MPL and through their website to be used for research, enjoyment and learning. We expect this program to serve more than 2,000 students.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Milton Police Department is seeking to hire crossing guards. This position would be for any of the four elementary schools and the shifts are one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon (exact hours depending on the opening and dismissal times of each school). The salary range for this position is $15.53-17.53/hr. If you are interested, please contact Lieutenant Mark Alba at 617-898-4814 or via email, malba@mpdmilton.org

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Three Pierce sixth-graders and one Glover first-grader have been selected to dance with the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker this November & December. Audrey Mak, Nina Paolucci and Anna Rull of Pierce and Lilly Oslin of Glover will be onstage in Duxbury, Cambridge and Dorchester as members of the Julie Moffat’s Atlantic School of Dance. For more information, visit this link: http://www.ballettheatre.org/

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All are welcome to attend Anne McIntyre’s reception, Sunday, December 1st from 2-4pm to celebrate her amazing teaching career, to be held at the Milton Art Center, 334 Edge Hill Road. http://miltonartcenter.org/ For more information, email: celebrateteaching2013@gmail.com

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The Milton Park& Rec Department is currently holding signups for Snowball League, Youth Instructional Basketball and Learn to Ski programs. For more information, visit their site:  http://miltonartcenter.org/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

There is a new teen librarian on board at the Milton Public Library. Please stop by and say hello to Amy Rosa or send an email to: aboivin@ocln.org

The following information was sent to us by Sara Truog from the MPL:

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of December 1 – 7:

Wednesday, December 4th from 4-5 pm
French Reading Support with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial. This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students. While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, December 7th from 10-10:30 am
Sensory Story time, Ages 3-5

This story time is created for children with Sensory Integration Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders or other Developmental Delays along with their typically developing peers and siblings. Join us for fine/gross motor activities, songs and stories. A predictable, visual schedule will guide our sessions. We ask that an adult accompany each child to foster success for all participants. This story time is geared for children ages 3-5. If other story times have not been the right fit for your child, this may be just what you were looking for. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Saturday, December 7th from 11 am to noon
Reading Dogs, Grades 1-5

The Reading Dogs are back! Kids currently in grades 1-5 who need to practice reading aloud are invited to come meet and read to some lovable therapy dogs who are great listeners. Each child will have the opportunity to read at least one book to one of our canine volunteers. Bring a favorite book with you, or choose from our shelf. Registration is required.

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. 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: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

Don’t miss Milton’s Holiday Artisan Fair! On Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 4 pm, the Milton Art Center (MAC) at 334 Edge Hill Road will be hosting a great day for the family: shopping for unique and beautiful gifts, making presents and ornaments, and visiting Santa. Over a dozen local artists and artisans will be selling their paintings, handmade jewelry, bags, scarves, ceramics, loungewear, cards, homemade pies, gourmet goodies, and more! For a full list of vendors and links to websites, click here: http://miltonfava.tumblr.com/Artisan%20Fair

In addition, our annual Small Works Show will be offering a wonderful selection of artwork from local artists at great prices.

Santa is an artist, and so are his Elves! Kids love the Super-Secret Elf Gift Workshop, and parents and grandparents love to get the gifts they make. Four items will be available to make in our downstairs workshop during the Holiday Artisan Fair. Cost range is from $5-$20 per item, and kids leave with a finished gift-wrapped present ready to go under the tree. Hours: 11-2pm, one day only! While they wait, parents can enjoy the Fair and get some shopping done as well. And don’t miss Santa, who will be visiting and greeting children from 2-3pm! There will be a free ornament workshop, where kids can make ornaments for the town tree.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country finished their post-season competition last weekend after travelling to the MIAA Massachusetts All State Tournament in Gardner, Mass. Colette O’Leary and Mairead Dambruch were the top two finishers from Milton. The team finished 11th out of 185 teams in the State of Massachusetts. This was a great season for the Girls XC Team – Congrats to the Girls XC Team and Coaches Tom Shaw and Kerry Devin.

Football: The Current Record: 4 wins and 6 losses. MHS Football played vs Medfield at home on Friday, November 15th and beat Medfield in the closing minutes 14-7, boosting their record to 4 wins and 6 losses. MHS Football will host Braintree HS on Thanksgiving Day at 10am. Also, JV & Freshman Football will be playing Braintree HS this Friday at home at 4pm and 6pm respectively.

Rich Hill Baseball Clinic: Milton High School graduate and current pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, Rich Hill, will be holding a baseball clinic on Saturday, November 23rd from 4:15 to 6:45 pm. The clinic will be held at the High School’s Copeland Field House at 25 Gile Road. Hill will be working with a Major League Scout and members of the Milton High School coaching staff. The cost is $10. It is open to all ages. Checks can be made to MHS baseball. All proceeds will go to the MHS baseball program. *Bring your gloves and bat!

Winter Sports Registration: MHS Athletics Registrations are now done online at https://www.familyid.com/milton-high-school/winter-2013-14-athletic-registration.

This will make the process of registering for sports teams more efficient and more practical for all student-athletes and families. Fees are as follows:

• $300 – Cheerleading, Basketball (boys & girls), Indoor Track, Ski Team, and Wrestling
• $600 – Ice Hockey (boys & girls)
• $450 = Milton Athletics Swim Club (Club Sport)*

*Milton Athletics Swim Club – We will be practicing at the Egan Center In Milton, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday from 4-5pm. We are hoping to have about 2-3 meets this season and those will most likely be on Saturday afternoons (dates to be determined). The cost will be $450 for the season.”

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students: I would like to thank the following members of the MHS Marching Band, who traveled to Pierce Middle School on November 13th to help with our incredible ceremony to honor Pierce math teacher James Moonan. Despite the freezing temperatures, these students stood out in the bitter cold to greet the guests who arrived at Pierce that morning and they also helped to whip up some Pierce pride before the ceremony. Thank you to: Kevin Conway, Shane McLaughlin, Alanna Loria, Shannon MacLeod, Maya Watanabe, Mariah Conway, Hannah Fransechelli, Emily Possi, Lilly Tennyson, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Catherine Stafford, Miranda Callahan, Aidan Duggan, Madison Peltier, Mitchell Hause, Lara Nasser, Chrissy Stafford, Greg Lynch, Kyle Dempsey, Emily Chow, Tony Hancock, Brigitte Dugas, Evan Kiley, Tim Eberhardt, Shane Savage, Dylan Banh, Michael Wyatt, Will Breslin, Kevin Mehdizadeh, Marc Dugas, Liam Hines, Tim Lynch, Dane Matejka, Emily Dsida, Daysia Fox, Shareen Alsebai, Simon Eder, Will Hess, Joseph Woods, Benjamin Val, Quentin Brown, Maddy Scott, Griffin Lloyd, Ben Clark, Ryan Kiley, Matt Nolan, Nico Gilmore, Nira Bullis, Kristen Ingraham, Jacob Savona, Jackson Callahan, Will Martin, Jacqueline Ruscito, Phil Janvier, Tansy Massy Green, Rebekah Mondelus, Shannon Conley and Ani Gaden

Staff: For those of you who may have missed all the media attention, one of our Pierce Middle School teachers was recently “surprised” with the news that he won the 2013 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000. James Moonan, who teaches sixth-grade math, is the state’s 41st Milken Award winner. He is the only Massachusetts recipient in 2013-14 and one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year. The Milken Award provides public recognition to exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in education. Congratulations to Mr. Moonan and the entire Pierce faculty and staff!

Volunteers: I would like to thank someone who has been a wonderful supporter of the Milton Public Schools. Don Lopez, owner of Lopez the Florist in Dorchester, has been a generous donor to the Milton Public Schools for many years. His floral shop is a fourth-generation, family-owned business who has made many occasions in the Milton Public Schools just a bit more beautiful. To view his website, click here: http://www.lopeztheflorist.com/

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.

Answers:

Grade 4: The answer is 25.
Grade 5: Karen has 4 cookies, Sue has 2 cookies and Jen has 6 cookies.

 

Great News for the Milton Public Schools

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 13•13

Good afternoon to the Milton Public School community. Today was a very exciting day at the Pierce Middle School and a very proud day for our district! James Moonan, a sixth-grade math teacher, was awarded the National Milken Award for teaching, along with a $25,000 prize.

Mr. Moonan, who not only teaches at the Pierce Middle School, but who also attended Cunningham, Pierce and Milton High School, is the only Massachusetts teacher this year to receive the prestigious Milken award. I am very proud of his accomplishment.

Please read the press release (below) about this incredible event and – for those of you who were not fortunate enough to be at the Pierce today – please watch this 60-second video clip of the surprise announcement in the Pierce gymnasium.

I would like to thank all the teachers, administrators and staff in the Milton Public Schools for their amazing efforts every day on behalf of our students, and I would like to also thank those – especially our enthusiastic Pierce students– who helped to make today’s announcement such a memorable event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRPA_cIOE2w&feature=c4-overview&list=UUpOeyg52KMlCOJ-mnFqc4DQ

Sincerely,

Mary C. Gormley

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Middle School Mathematics Teacher in Milton Receives National Milken Award and $25,000 Award

MILTON – A middle school mathematics teacher who returned to work at the very school he attended as a child was surprised today with a 2013 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and an unrestricted financial award of $25,000.

James Moonan, who teaches mathematics to sixth graders at Charles S. Pierce Middle School in Milton, is the state’s 41st Milken Award winner. He is the only Massachusetts recipient in 2013-14 and one of up to 40 recipients across the country this school year. The Milken Award provides public recognition to exemplary elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and specialists who are furthering excellence in education.

“James understands that we have a stake in the next generation, and to leave this Commonwealth better than we found it, we must invest in the young minds that are our future,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “My sincerest congratulations and appreciation go out James and the Pierce Middle School.  Thank you for inspiring us all.”

“Congratulations to James, his students and the Charles S. Pierce Middle School for this great honor,” said Education Secretary Matthew Malone. “The best part of my job is being able to visit schools and meet with teachers who motivate and inspire their students to achieve at the highest levels. James is one of those teachers and we are lucky to have him teaching here in Massachusetts.”

During an assembly at the school today, an unsuspecting Moonan was presented his award by Dr. Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards and a former Milken recipient herself, and Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester.

“James Moonan embodies the exceptional teaching we see every day in classrooms across the Commonwealth,” said Commissioner Chester. “What sets James and other outstanding educators apart is their commitment to their own professional growth to ensure that they and their students alike continuously improve.”

Moonan is one of three sixth grade mathematics teachers at Pierce Middle School. His direct teaching and additional support of students has contributed significantly to the growth of students over the past five years. The percent of the school’s grade 6 students scoring Proficient or higher on MCAS has increased from 66 percent in 2009 to 83 percent in 2013. According to the 2013 MCAS results, Pierce Middle School sixth graders scored at the 89 percentile in mathematics compared to sixth graders across the Commonwealth.

Colleagues describe Moonan as a passionate educator who inspires students of all abilities, mentors new teachers, engages parents, and takes on a leadership role at the school. His leadership includes playing a key role in curriculum development to align Milton Public Schools’ mathematics program with the state’s new Curriculum Frameworks in Mathematics, which incorporate the Common Core State Standards, designing common assessments, looking collaboratively at data student work with fellow educators, working to ensure that special education students at Pierce receive the support they need, and facilitating professional development on a number of topics.

Milton Public Schools Superintendent Mary Gormley has known Moonan since he was an elementary school student and she was his principal.

“James Moonan is one of the most dynamic and effective, yet humble educators I have had the privilege and pleasure to work with and observe during my forty years in public education,” said Superintendent Gormley. “Jimmy not only understands the process of how to teach, but he also is able to connect with his students on a personal level that is unparalleled. I am proud to include Jimmy as one of Milton Public Schools’ finest examples of what a teacher should be.”

Moonan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a master of secondary education from Emmanuel College. He has taught mathematics at Pierce Middle School since 2007. Moonan founded his school’s Community Leadership Club that has helped to promote anti-bullying, character building, and community service. Students in the club act as mentors to students at a local elementary school. He is also the varsity baseball coach at Milton High School.

The Milken Educator Awards were first presented by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987. Massachusetts joined the program in 1997. Since then, more than $1 million has been awarded to recipients in Massachusetts. Recipients can use their $25,000 award in any way they choose. Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators.

For more information on the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards program, visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.mff.org/.

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Superintendent’s E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 08•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, November 8, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT 

With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, this is an excellent time to think about gratitude.  I recently received the November newsletter from an educational organization and my administrative assistant, Charlene Roche, pointed out to me that the lead article was about this very topic. The article, titled “Tapping Into the Power of Gratitude,” quotes a study which shows that gratitude could be a bridge between a students’ academic and social well-being. Practicing gratitude at a young age, according to the study, “promotes later development of self-control and self-regulation.”

But most of us don’t need to read a study to understand how the simple act of saying “thank you,” can often have a profound impact. Within the past week, I have had several occasions to express my gratitude, and I would like to share a few examples.

On Thursday, I visited the Cunningham Elementary School where a group of Paralyzed American Veterans had come to help students commemorate Veteran’s Day. I listened as two students (see “Ambassador Page below”) thanked our country’s veterans for their sacrifices, their patriotism and their service to the United States. I was able to meet with many Cunningham family members who served in the military and personally thank them as well. I was told by many veterans that simply saying “thank you for your service” is  very meaningful to them.

On Friday, I attended our National Honor Society induction ceremony at Milton High School. One of the speakers, Brendan Hunt, eloquently described public service as one of the qualities necessary for students to be accepted into the NHS. “As members of the National Honor Society, we are encouraged to not only look for ourselves in schoolwork and books, but through the service of others.” I was fortunate to be able to thank each of the students (see names under “Curriculum News” below,) who were inducted this week.

Finally, I received word this week that Whole Foods, a company who has partnered with our own Jackie Morgan of MPS Food Services, has agreed to donate a shipment of tote bags to our “Milton Books for Milton Families” book drive, which will take place next weekend. These totes will be used to bag up donated books to get Milton families started on creating a home library. Not only am I very grateful for this generous donation, but I am also thankful that this effort, which combines early literacy initiatives with public service, has been so enthusiastically received by the community. Thank you to all of our Milton Public School students, families, faculty and staff who have given their time, their resources and their energy to helping the Milton Public Schools thrive each and every day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. Please see the summary below.

November 6th:  This meeting began with a Citizen Speak attended by many Milton Public School teachers and staff members who came to discuss the pending contract. Several teachers presented petitions to the School Committee on this topic.  Next, there was a report on Student Achievement Data presented by the principals of all six schools. This presentation will be posted on our website early next week.  Attorney Paige Tobin of the firm of Murphy, Lamere & Murphy came to give a presentation on Residency and Restitution of Tuition issues. Next, the FY15 Advancement Budget Initiatives were discussed. The three targeted areas will be Early Literacy, closing the proficiency gap and Science/STEM expansion. There was discussion about forming a Town/School consolidation subcommittee and the chairperson asked for anyone interested in serving on this subcommittee to contact her. The next meeting will be held November 20th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Reminder: There will be No School on Monday, November 11th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

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Please make an effort to attend the upcoming Parent/Teacher conferences:

Milton High School & Pierce Middle School: Wednesday, November 20th from 12 to 2 pm; 2:30 to 4:30 pm and 5:45 to 7:45 pm.

Elementary Schools:  Tuesday, November 19th from 3:30 to 5 pm and Wednesday, November 20th from 1 to 3:30 pm.

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We are pleased to announce that the following students were inducted into the Milton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society on Friday morning: Kathryn Bohmbach, John Caljouw, Noah Collier, Devin DiManno, Susan Fitzgerald, Kent Fong, Isabelle Gray, Victoria Grudem, Phillipe Janvier, Paul Knight, Jesse Okoro, Martin Rebrovic, Jacob Savona, Matthew Sweeney, Gloria Tan, Donna Yuan, and Maryam El Sayed. Congratulations to each of these students and their families.

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Family Literacy Month is well underway in our schools. Please note the following events:

At Tucker, Book Character Day on October 31st was the “kick-off” to Family Literacy Month. There will also be a Tucker Book Fair during the week of conferences and a Principal’s Tea focused on Non-Fiction text/literacy on November 22nd led by Stephanie Nephew.  Also, Tucker will be promoting the use of the “Family Connection” newsletter series as an add-on to the Milton Public Library’s monthly letters which will include multiple activities to do at home to promote literacy.

At Glover, there will be a foreign language book fair during the week of conferences, followed by an author visit (Jarrett Krozoscka) and Book Fair during the first week of December.

In honor of Family Literacy Month at Cunningham and Collicot, there will be a joint Book Fair from November 13-20. To gear up for the book fair, students will be sharing their favorite book on leaf templates in words and pictures which will be displayed throughout the classrooms, hallways and library.

Pierce:  Pierce Middle School hosted a Scholastic Book Fair.   To lead us into Family Literacy Month, they hosted a parent coffee on Friday, November 1.  Parents and guardians were invited to browse books at the Book Fair and gather for a cup of coffee. In addition, Pierce Middle School students are making a Book Tree. Students will create book jackets of their favorite books and hang them on a wall sized tree for other students to view. There will also be a Pierce Middle School Family Book Tree. Book recommendations from parents and guardians will be solicited.  Parents/guardians will complete a book recommendation form to be displayed on a Pierce Middle School Family Book Tree.

Milton High: Catch Your Child Reading program. Catch your child reading throughout the month of November. Take a picture of them expanding their minds through reading and send the photo with their name and grade level to jtroy@miltonps.org. Each student that participates will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 2nd. Milton High School is also promoting Family Conversations. This month, parents will be receiving information about family literacy and sample activities to extend family learning throughout the year.  One way parents can promote literacy is to be an active participant in their child’s academic life. During the week of November 18th-22nd, English teachers will be sending home a short reading with a discussion question for parents and students to talk about.  We encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate family literacy and strengthen the home-school connection.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

We have postponed the Fall Concert that was scheduled for Thursday, November 14th to the new date of Tuesday, December 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

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The Milton Public Schools are launching a drive to help Milton residents build home libraries and we are asking for the public’s help in this effort. The Book Drive will be held at the front of Milton High School on Saturday, November 16th from 9-11am. Bring your family’s books – children, teen and adult levels will all be accepted – and drop them off here. Our student volunteers will sort the books and get them into the hands of Milton families who would otherwise not have reading materials in their homes. This is a fantastic way to celebrate Family Literacy Month and clear off some shelf space in your homes.  Research shows that one indicator of academic success is the number of books in a student’s home. Help boost student achievement, improve early literacy, enhance community spirit, promote recycling and celebrate literature. Donate your books and help share the gift of reading. Student volunteers from the Poetry Club, Elephant in the Room, Echo and Key Club will be helping to unload and sort books.

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The following events have taken place in each of our schools to commemorate Veteran’s Day:

Collicot: Fifth-graders placed flags in the flower beds in front of the building. Students gathered for the principal’s introduction and excerpts from President’s Proclamation.

Grade 5 Cub Scouts, led by Cub Master Dave Humphreys, conducted a flag-raising ceremony, complete with the Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner.

Reflections were read by Grade 5 students Miguel Varela, Aislinn Mershon, Michael Swanton, Maggie Stockbridge, and Saoirse Killion. Also, there was a medley of patriotic songs sung by Collicot students, led by April Allegrezza.

Cunningham:  The school hosted a Coffee Social and Flag Raising Ceremony. Principal Redden invited a representative from the New England Chapter of the Disabled Veterans of America to speak to students. In addition, two students read their letters to veterans. This was followed by a flag raising ceremony, complete with military honor guard and the Grade 5 Chorus singing patriotic songs, along with the kindergarten classes.

Glover: The PTO purchased small flags and students were asked to write down the name of a veteran.  Each name was tied with a flag and all flags will be planted in the green space between the parking lot and the street.

Tucker: Students wrote letters to veterans, which will be bound in a book by the Council on Aging and presented to veterans at a special luncheon. Students read their letters aloud each day of the week leading up to Veteran’s Day during morning announcements.

Pierce Middle School: Students created the Hall of Heroes, where students, teachers and staff completed “stars” to honor and remember a Veteran in their family.

Milton High: History teachers used current-day articles to discuss Veteran’s Day.  Modern World Culture teachers also discussed how Veteran’s Day is not just an American Holiday, but is celebrated around the world (although it is more commonly referred to as Remembrance Day in most European countries.)

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Milton High School was recently awarded $3,000 from the Blue Hills Bank Grant Charitable Foundation, to send six teachers through the Christa McAuliffe STEM Certification program.

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University provides professional development through the STEM Certificate Program for K-12 educators throughout New England. The main objective of the McAuliffe-PTC STEM Certificate Program is to improve educator effectiveness in STEM education. The program includes:

  • Synchronous, online lectures instructed by industry and education experts,
  • Hands-on sessions focused on how to author STEM curriculum for the K-12 classroom,
  • Teacher-authored STEM curriculum available for use by Massachusetts educators,
  • Industry and higher education mentoring,
  • Presentation opportunities for teachers to exhibit best practice STEM education, and
  • Donations from Industry including curriculum packages, instructor contact hours, software donations, and professional consulting.

The STEM Certificate Program focuses primarily on Product Development Education, an interdisciplinary, project-based curriculum model rooted in engineering/design education as well as industry practices. What distinguishes Product Development Education from current engineering/design models is integration of industry practices as well as a framework for integrating multiple disciplines across the school curriculum.

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following update was provided to us by Jerry Vitti with the Milton PAC.

The Milton PAC had our best “kick off” meeting of the year last week.  The room was full and the energy and enthusiasm were apparent.  Special thanks to Karen Clasby, Milton’s Director of Pupil Personnel Services (Special Ed. Director) who gave an overview of special education services in Milton.  The PAC members in attendance asked a lot of good questions and there was lively discussion amongst the group.  It was heartening to see so many folks stay after the meeting (and the Sox were on) to meet each other, exchange contact information and ideas.   The next PAC meeting is “An IEP for My Child”  presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs.  Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program.  This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable annual goals and measuring their child’s progress.  This meeting will be held November 21st from 7:00-9:00pm.  Place TBD.

MFE NEWS 

The following information was sent to us by the folks at the Milton Foundation for Education:

We are pleased to announce our Fall Grant Cycle!

 Purpose: The Competitive Grants program is designed to encourage and reward effective, innovative teaching. The proposed projects are expected to show direct benefit to students and impact classroom teaching.

Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, by the end of the school day.

Application: Click here for application.  Please submit via email to mfegrants@gmail.com

GuidelinesClick here to see the grant application guidelines.

Awards: Click here to see examples of grants the MFE has awarded in the past

Eligibility:  Teachers and staff members in all grades may apply individually or in groups.  Guidelines can be found in the application.

Approvals:  Each grant needs to be approved by your principal and department head.

Information:   Please contact mfegrants@gmail.com with further questions or call MFE Grants Committee Chair Susan Sullivan at 781-244-9503.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Sign-ups for the Milton Park & Rec Youth Instructional Basketball League, Snowball League and the Blue Hills Learn to Ski lessons can be found here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Recreation/News

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, please note the following:

Saturday, November 23rd from 2:00 – 3:30 pm Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5. Children ages 5 and up are invited to join Miss Debbie (Alsebai) for a tasty time that mixes books and cooking. Registration is required for this program, sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library.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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

Football (Coach Jim Bowes)

Current Record: 3 wins and 5 losses Made the MIAA Division III Southwest Tournament  and lost to Hopkinton HS 26-22 on Friday, Nov 1, 2013. Next game vs Hingham on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:30pm at Hingham HS.   MHS Football will host Braintree HS on Thanksgiving Day at 10am.

Girls Soccer (Coach Brian Borde)

Final Record:  7-9-2 (6-7-2 in Bay State Conference) Made the MIAA Division II South Sectional Tournament, beating Pembroke 3-1 in the first game, and losing to #1 seed Scituate (3-0) in their second game. Bay State Conference First team All Stars:  Sophomore Sophie Cousineau and Senior Claire Mahoney, Bay State Conference Honorable Mention team: Junior Kendall Stanley.

Volleyball (Coach Robin Lee)

Final Record: 7 wins and 14 losses. Made the MIAA Division II Central Tournament, losing to Westborough 3-0. Bay State Conference First Team All Star:  Allison Grassa, Bay State Conference Honorable Mention Team: Meredith Kelly. Also, Girls Volleyball raised over $4,000 for Breast Cancer Research in the Dig Pink Fundraiser.

Boys Soccer (Coach Mike Madden)

Final Record: 4-13-1 Bay State Conference First Team All Star: Jonathan Cardoso (Also an Eastern Mass All Star Player). Bay State League Honorable Mention Team:  Matt Sweeney

Girls Cross Country (Coach Tom Shaw)

Bay State Conference Record: 6 wins 5 losses (first winning record for the team since 2009). Next meet(s) is the State Div IV East Championship at Wrentham on Nov. 9th and The Mass All States on Saturday November 16, 2013 in Gardner MA.

Boys Cross Country (Coach Chuck Ajemian)

Final Record: 3 wins 8 losses. The MHS Boys cross country team finished the regular season with a record of 3 and 8. They finished 8th in the league meet on Saturday and will compete in the state division meet on November 9, 2013.  The MHS Boys cross country finished their regular strong with a win at Braintree HS.

Crew (Coaches Mike McVeigh and Bill Hamel)

Boys Crew:  4-man crew team are 2013 Fall Crew Massachusetts State Champions

Girls Crew: 4-man team are #2 in the State of Massachusetts for 2013 Fall Crew

The boys’ varsity 8 came in 5th place and the girls’ varsity 8 came in 5th place. The girls’ novice 8 came in 17th place and the boys’ novice 8 came in 12th place.  These are the best results for Milton Crew at the MPSRA Fall State Championship regatta so far.

Cheerleading Team (Coach Jessica Parsons)

The cheerleading team kicked off their competition season at an invitational competition this past Sunday at Bridgewater Raynham HS.  The team did not place at the BRHS competition.

Golf (Coach Ben Kelly)

Final Record:  11-4 The MHS Golf team finished their regular season with a record of 11 wins and 4 losses in the Bay State Conference.  This qualified the MHS golf team for the Mass State Tournament on Monday, October 21st at Easton CC.  The golf team finished 4th out of 12 golf teams.  Colin McCabe – Bay State Conference First Team All-Star. Walker Stroud – Bay State Conference Honorable Mention

Field Hockey (Coach Jamie Donovan)

Final Record: 2-14-1. Final Bay State League Record: 2-12-1. Congratulations to Bay State Conference First Team All Star Sophie Chase and Bay State Conference Second Team All Star (Honorable Mention):  Ally Jones.  The future is strong for MHS Field Hockey as the JV team finished with a winning record and the MHS Freshman team finished with a record of 12-2-2.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  I would like to recognize Eliza Callahan and Benjamin Karol, two Cunningham fifth-graders who not only wrote phenomenal letters to our military heroes, they also stood before a large crowd of students, teachers, parents, guardians, grandparents and veterans and read their essays aloud during the Veteran’s Day events at Collicot. Their words were inspirational and we are very proud of these young writers.

Staff:  To help commemorate Veterans’ Day, I would like to honor those members of our Milton Public School staff who have served their country. Please join me in thanking the following veterans:

Patrick “Bubba” Muse             US Army, Milton High School Building Substitute

Colonel Robert Dwan               US Army, Milton High School Girls’ Hockey Coach

Nicholas Fitzgerald                   US Army Corps of Engineers, MHS English Teacher

Jay Campbell                                 US Coast Guard, Collicot Adjustment Counselor.

Mike Buzzell                                 US Navy, Pierce Middle School Head Custodian

Steve Scherer                               US Navy, Tucker Elementary School Head Custodian

John Riley                                       Glover Elementary School Custodian.

*Arthur Phillips                          US Marines, Tucker Elementary School Crossing Guard

*To read more about Mr. Phillips’ experience as a Vietnam veteran, click here: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/vietnam-war-veterans-wounded-together-reunite-after-44-years.html

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize and thank the following residents of Fuller Village who are active volunteers in our schools: Blossom Glassman, Collicot; Mary Polychrones, Cunningham; Ann M. Cahill, Cunningham; Lennart Johnson, Milton High School; Kathleen Passanisi, Cunningham; Dottie May, Cunningham; Audrey Colcord, Collicot.

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.

November 1st E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Nov• 01•13

 

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, November 1st, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Welcome to November! As an educator, it is important to me to share the news that November is Family Literacy Month.  Through the years, our schools have held various events to celebrate this event, but this year, I wanted to do something special.

Together with our school librarians, Jennifer Troy, Jessica Royster, Sara Doherty and Lori Henry, we have come up with an exciting initiative, “Milton Books for Milton Families.”  We are asking for donations of used books – for children, teens or adults – and we will have a drop-off station at the front doors of Milton High School on Saturday, November 16th.  The books will be sorted and a packet of books will be delivered to Milton families in need who do not have sufficient reading materials in their homes.

A recent research study shows that one of the strongest predictors of student achievement in school is the number of books in the home where the child grows up. Researchers found that children who grew up in a home with more than 500 books spent three years longer in school than children whose parents had only a few books. But even a relatively small number of books can make a difference. A child whose family has 25 books will, on average, complete two more years of school than a child whose family home has no books. (To read the entire report, click here: http://www.rodneytrice.com/sfbb/articles/home.pdf)

This research makes our initiative even more important. By sharing our resources, we can help to improve early literacy, decrease the proficiency gap, promote recycling and celebrate our love of reading. I strongly believe that instilling a love of reading at an early age is the greatest educational gift you can give your child.

Other ways to celebrate Family Literacy Month include the following:

Set aside time for reading: Designate a time of day when family members can read for pleasure. Make reading a part of your family routine.

Make reading special:  Children should feel as if having a book is special. Help them create a space for reading or storing their books.

Use your local library: One of the best resources you will have as a parent is access to the Milton Public Library. It costs nothing to borrow books. The children’s and teen librarians at MPL have many programs for students of all ages, so visit the MPL website at http://www.miltonlibrary.org/

Limit television time: Monitor program selection for your children. Discuss programs with them. Have a “No TV” night with your family on a regular basis.

RED SOX UPDATE

Our Pierce Middle School students got in on all the Red Sox excitement earlier  this week and were featured as part of WCVB-TV’s “Wake-Up Call.”  Click here to watch the video that aired on Channel Five:

http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-south/Pierce-Middle-School-EyeOpener-wakeup-call/-/9848842/22751122/-/6gxhbdz/-/index.html

 SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The last School Committee meeting was held on Wednesday, October 16th. Below is a summary of that meeting:

Alysa Buchanan, English Language Education Teacher/Coordinator gave a presentation on the overview of English Language Education programs. To view the entire report, click here:http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SchoolCommitteePresentation101613.pdf   The annual Field Trip List was presented, with the Pierce Middle School trip to Quebec occurring in May. The list was approved by School Committee. Members approved a list of Proposed School Committee goals for the District; and approved a list of End-of-the-Year Data Points for the EOY report. A list of resolutions from the upcoming MASC conference was presented and members approved five resolutions and rejected one. They also approved the new School Committee calendar and discussed the recently-released DOR report on the town financial review. The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 6th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held the week of Wednesday, November 20th. There will be a half-day Early Release Day on this day. Please call your child’s school or check the Edline page for details about times/dates of conferences.

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In what has now become an annual tradition, the Pierce Middle School administration hosted a luncheon in the school library to recognize students who achieved a score of 280 – (no mistakes) on the most recent MCAS exams. Students were treated to a lunch of sandwiches and rollups, as well as cake and other treats.  Each student was presented with a certificate of achievement and was congratulated by their teachers and administrators.  Below is a list of Pierce Middle School students achieved at least one perfect score:

Grade 6 *Emily Dobrindt, Paul Goodman, **Thomas Hamblet, *Wallace Heller, Maria Koudounas, Vanessa Lorden, Aline Moreau, Margaret Pellegri, Grace Quijano, *Clarissa Waldmann, Ella Zimmerman.

Grade 7 Sarah Hancock, Katherine Barrett, Samuel Coover, Grace Dwyer, Samantha Van Gessel, Alexandra Kelly, Ece Buyukozer, Brendan Cox, Anna Garrity, Claire Mandel, Minhanh Nguyen.

Grade 8 Kelly Chapple, Shane Berry, Eva Chow, Genevieve Connelly, Robert Dexter, Alyssa Foster, Miwa Joiner, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Nora Kelly, Mary Kenney, Julie Le, Nethania Marc, Hueninh Nguyen.

* Achieved two perfect scores
** Achieved three perfect scores

Some of you may have heard about the new PARCC test. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.  However, the Milton Public Schools will be participating in the 2014 PARCC Field Test. Please see below for more information, provided by Amy Gale, Glover Curriculum Coordinator/Pierce Middle School Humanities Curriculum Coordinator.

This spring nearly all of the Milton Public Schools will be participating in a field test of the new PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam. This exam was created to address the need to prepare students for college and career and to answer the call for an exam aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. The PARCC is slated to replace the current MCAS exam in the Spring of 2015 and this field test will be an excellent opportunity for the district to gain familiarity with the test, its components and how well our students are prepared. The following, taken from www.parcconline.org outlines the priorities and technology based design of the exam.

State leaders in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers share one fundamental goal: building their collective capacity to dramatically increase the rates at which students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.

PARCC’s next-generation assessment system will provide students, educators, policymakers and the public with the tools needed to identify whether students — from grade 3 through high school — are on track for postsecondary success and, critically, where gaps may exist and how they can be addressed well before students enter college or the workforce.

The PARCC assessment has six priority purposes, which are driving the design of the system
The priority purposes of PARCC Assessments are:

  1.      Determine whether students are college- and career-ready or on track
  2.    Assess the full range of the Common Core Standards, including standards that are difficult to measure
  3.    Measure the full range of student performance, including the performance high- and low-performing students
  4.    Provide data during the academic year to inform instruction, interventions and professional development
  5.   Provide data for accountability, including measures of growth
  6.   Incorporate innovative approaches throughout the assessment system

PARCC will also use technology throughout the design and implementation of the assessment system. The overall assessment system design will include a mix of constructed response items, performance-based tasks, and computer-enhanced, computer-scored items. The PARCC assessments will be administered via computer, and a combination of automated scoring and human scoring will be employed.

Milton students in classes randomly selected for the field test will participate in one of the two following ways:

1.     Students take both the Performance Based Assessment (PBA) and the End of Year Assessment (EOY) in one content area.

2.     Students take either the PBA or the EOY in one content area.

The table below indicates which schools, grades and subjects within the district will participate. Communication via the building principal will let you know if your child’s class has been selected for the field test.

School

Grade/Course

Subject Area

# of Classes

Mode of Admin.

Component

Number of sessions

Collicot 4 ELA 2 Paper PBA 3
Cunningham 4 Mathematics 2 Online PBA 2
Glover 3 ELA 2 Online EOY 2
Pierce 6 Mathematics 2 Online PBA &EOY 4
Pierce 7 Mathematics 2 Online PBA & EOY 4
Pierce 8 Mathematics 2 Online EOY 2
Milton High Integrated Math 1 Mathematics 4 Online EOY 2
Milton High Integrated Math 3 Mathematics 6 Online PBA 2

PBA tests in ELA and Mathematics will be administered between March 24th and April 11th

EOY tests in ELA and Mathematics will be administered between May 5th and June 6th

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 As I mentioned above, our schools will be celebrating Family Literacy Month during the entire month of November.  Special events have been planned and I will keep parents and guardians updated about these events.  Elementary schools will be posting events on their schools’ Edline pages. Please see below for Middle and High School events:

Pierce hosted a parent coffee on Friday, November 1st, with parents and guardians invited to browse books. In addition, Pierce students are working on the Pierce Middle School Book Tree, where students will create book jackets of their favorite books and hang them on a wall sized tree for other students to view. They will also be working on a Pierce Middle School Family Book Tree, where book recommendations from parents and guardians will be solicited.  Parents/guardians will complete a book recommendation form to be displayed on a Pierce Middle School Family Book Tree.

Milton High School is a holding “Catch Your Child Reading,” event.  Parents and guardians are asked to catch your child reading throughout the month of November. Take a picture of them expanding their minds through reading and send the photo with their name and grade level to jtroy@miltonps.org. Each student that participates will be entered into a drawing for a Barnes and Noble gift card. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 2nd. Milton High will also be encouraging Family Conversations. This month, parents will be receiving information about family literacy and sample activities to extend family learning throughout the year.  One way parents can promote literacy is to be an active participant in their child’s academic life. During the week of November 18th-22nd, English teachers will be sending home a short reading with a discussion question for parents and students to talk about.  We encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate family literacy and strengthen the home-school connection.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Pierce Concerts will be held Tuesday, November 12th in the Pierce Auditorium. Please note the schedule below:

6:00 pm Chorus 6 and Band 6

7:00 pm Strings 6, Chorus 7, and Strings 7&8

8:00 pm Boys Chorus 8, Girls Chorus

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

Congratulations to the newly elected board for the Milton PAC. The board and membership are currently engaged with the administration in planning the PAC year.

Jerry Vitti – Chairperson

Michelle Connolly- Vice Chairperson

Ann Finnegan – Treasurer

Kathy Fagan – Member at Large

Kevin Lenane – Member at Large

Terri James Solomon – Member at Large

NEWS AROUND TOWN

On Saturday, November 23rd, the Milton 5K Gobbler for Best Buddies. Registration will be held at Cunningham School . Registration begins at 7am and the race begins at 9am.  There will be prizes for the top finishers and a “Golden Gobbler Trophy” for the top individual and team fundraisers. Free T-shirts for the first 300 people to enter and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Best Buddies Massachusetts.  For more information, visit: www.bestbuddiesma.org/

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of November 10th – 16th:

Monday, November 11thLibrary closed for Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 13th  from 4-5 pm

Remedial French Reading with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, November 16th , 2013 from 2-3 pm

Bookbusters Book Club, Grades 3-5

The Bookbusters is a book club for boys and girls in grades 3-5.  Led by Miss Sara, group participants are asked to read a book in advance of the meeting, then come together to talk about it with their peers.  The book we are reading for November is In the Year of the Boarand Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lord.  Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org.  Come join us to discuss this funny, honest story about a Chinese girl who moves to America in 1947 and learns to love her new country, as well as its favorite pastime: baseball!  Registration is required.

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

Girls Cross Country

The Girls Cross Country team is wrapping up a very successful season. On Wednesday of last week, the team won the final meet of the season against Braintree and ended the season with a winning record of 6-5. The team also competed at the Bay State Conference Championships last week.  Colette O’Leary was the first Milton finisher in the Varsity race, placing 12th overall, followed by Mairead Dambruch in 17th place, and Hannah Shepard in 35th place. As a result of the team’s performance over the last two weekends, the Girls Cross Country Team is currently ranked 15th in the state for all Division II small school teams – out of 182 teams.

Boys Cross Country

The MHS Boys cross country team finished the regular season with a record of 3 and 8. They finished 8th in the league meet on Saturday and will compete in the state division meet on November 9th. The MHS Boys XC finished their regular strong with a win at Braintree HS.

Boys Soccer

The boys’ final record for the season was 4-13-1, which earned the team 5th place in The Herget Division of the Bay State Conference.  Boys varsity won last Saturday vs North Quincy 2-1,to win the 2013 Town Line Cup two- games series vs North Quincy for a cumulative score of 9-2.  Congrats to Boys Soccer!

Girls Soccer

The girls’ final record for the season was 6-7-2, which earned them 4th place in the Herget Division of the Bay State Conference. MHS Girls Soccer will compete in the MIAA Tournament on Friday, Nov 1st.  This is the first post-season appearance for MHS Girls Soccer in 9 years. In addition, two MHS Girls Soccer players have been named to 1st Team All League, with one Honorable Mention.  Claire Mahoney and Sophie Cousineau made the Bay State Conference 1st team All Star and Kendall Stanley made the Bay State League Honorable Mention Team. Congratulations to all.

Field Hockey

The team’s final Bay State Conference record was 1-11-1.  Although the record does indicate this, Coach Jamie Donovan did an amazing job with this varsity team.  The future is strong for MHS Field Hockey, with the JV team finishing the season with a winning record and the Freshman team showing strong potential with a winning record of 12-2-2.  In addition, Ali Jones was named to the Bay State Conference 1st Team All Stars as goalkeeper. Congrats to Ali on a great finish to her MHS Field Hockey career!

Football

Football finished their regular season with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses, and a league record of 3 wins and 3 losses.  This placed MHS Football 6th in the Division III South Sectional Tournament.  MHS Varsity Football will be playing in the MIAA Football playoffs on Friday, November 1st vs Hopkington HS at 7pm at Hopkington HS.

Crew

Our Boys 4-man crew team was named the Massachusetts State Crew High School Champions, and our Girls 4-man finished #2 in the Mass State Crew HS Championships this past weekend in Worcester, MA.  Both the 8-man boys & girls teams finished 5th out of 9th in the Mass State Crew High School Championships. Outstanding performance.

Cheerleading

The MHS Cheerleading Team will be competing in the Bridgewater Raynham HS Cheerleading Tournament on Sunday, November 3rd and The Bay State Conference competition on November 6th at Braintree HS. Good luck to our cheerleaders.

Golf

The MHS Golf team finished their regular season with a record of 11 wins and 4 losses in the Bay State Conference.  This qualified the MHS golf team for the Mass State Tournament on Monday, October 21st at Easton CC.  The golf team finished 4th out of 12 golf teams.  Congratulations to Coach Ben Kelly and his golf team!

Volleyball

The MHS Varsity Volleyball team finished their regular season 7 – 13 and qualified for the Mass State Tournament.  Along with from their on-court play, all three teams have participated in fundraising for a wonderful cause, The Side Out Foundation which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research.  The team in conjunction with their families raised nearly $4000.00 for the cause…a true feeling of team building and sportsmanship.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Staff – I would like to congratulate Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, who was recently notified that he has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees. This award is designed to honor current or former school committee members who have exhibited the best characteristics of public service. Dr. Pavlicek will be presented with this award on November 7th at the Leadership Awards Dinner during the 2013 MASC/MASS Joint Conference. This award is well-deserved and we would like to thank Dr. Pavlicek for his nine years of service on the Milton School Committee.

 Volunteer  - I would like to recognize three volunteers who went above and beyond expectations with this year’s 15th Annual Monster Dash. The Milton Foundation for Education volunteers have always done a wonderful job with this event, which helps to raise funds for science enrichment in the elementary school. This year, more than 541 runners registered for the event, more than 300 children participated in the kids’ fun run and close to 80 volunteers showed up to help out. The entire operation was overseen by  Denise Queally, Beth Plunkett and Greg Gordon, and I would like to thank them for their time and efforts.

Students – I would like to recognize a group of students from Cunningham Elementary School. As part of our Readers Workshop, classroom libraries should be organized and “leveled.” Fifth-graders from Ms. d’Entremont’s fifth grade class worked with Elementary Math and Language Arts Coordinator Holly Concannon to level all of the books in the classroom library.  The students used Chromebooks to look up the titles and authors of the books and then they color coded the levels using dots.  This particular class then took it a step further by going to the first grade English classrooms and leveling those classroom libraries. Now students can select “Just Right” books from their newly-leveled library. Thank you to these students for going above and beyond for their school.

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.

 

Health Update from Milton Public Schools

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 18•13

 

 

To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, October 18, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The following update was provided by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses for the Milton Public Schools:

As the winter and flu season approach, it is important for parents and guardians to remember the facts about getting the “flu.”  This illness is especially difficult for children and adolescents because of how easy it is to spread the flu virus.  “The FLU: A Guide for Parents” is designed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to inform and educate parents and guardians on all aspects of prevention and caring for a sick child. Please see the document attached to this E-blast to review this guide.

In an effort to assist our students, the Milton Public School nurses are hosting a Student Flu Clinic on Thursday, October 24th from 3 to 5:30 pm at Pierce Middle School.

If you have further questions, please contact your school nurse.  Stay Healthy!

Superintendent’s E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 10•13

 

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: October 10, 2013

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Earlier this week, our schools celebrated International Walk to School Day. I was pleased to see students from all over Milton walking or biking to school on Wednesday. This annual event is presented by MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, a program which works with more than 600 partner schools in 171 communities to promote walking and bicycling to school in order to improve students’ health, reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in Massachusetts. I am grateful to the group of parent/guardian volunteers in Milton who helped to organize and advocate for the Walk to School day in our community.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Education website, in 1969, 48 percent of American students bicycled or walked to school.  Today, that number is less than 16 percent. In some communities, school-related traffic can contribute up to 25 percent of morning rush hour traffic volumes, as well as significant air pollution. School walking and biking programs provide a great opportunity to address these issues.

The Milton Public Schools fully supports the Walk-to-School initiative and encourages parents, guardians, staff and students to seek alternatives to using motorized transportation whenever possible.

Thank you to all who participated in this worthwhile event, and congratulations for another successful celebration of International Walk to School Day.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The next School Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 16th.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please note that Friday, October 11th will be a Professional Development Day for our faculty. There will be No School for students on Friday. Also, Monday, October 14th is Columbus Day and there will be No School.

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 Parents of Milton High School students should note that the daily schedule will be altered for 9th and 12th graders on Wednesday, October 16th. Because 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT on that date, students in grades 9 and 12 should arrive at school at 11:15 for classes.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

There will be a home football game this Friday night, (Friday, October 11th.) Our Milton Varsity Football team is 2-0 in the Bay State Conference (2-2 overall), facing a strong 2-0 opponent in Walpole High School, which is currently ranked 25th in the State.  “This is the biggest game of the year for the MHS Wildcats!” said Milton High School Football Coach, Jim Bowes.  “We hope to see strong community support of our football team on Friday night!”

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This weekend is the “Exercise for Evan” event here at Milton High School. On Saturday, October 12th, Evan Jones’ family will host a fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a kid’s run, Zumba, boot camp, dodge ball, arm wrestling, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1-4:30 p.m. at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, $5 for children 10 and under. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund a scholarship, to be awarded next spring to a graduating senior at Milton High School. Evan Jones was a 2012 graduate of Milton High School. As a multi-sport sport athlete, Evan loved nothing more than being out on the court or field with his friends.  After being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15, Evan became zealous about health and fitness, amusing his friends and family with his workout routines and protein shakes. His family felt a day of fitness and fun would be the perfect way to honor Evan and raise money for a scholarship in his name.  According to his mother, Kristan Bagley Jones, the event is a celebration of all that Evan loved.  “Evan found such joy in sports of all kinds.  He also had such a great sense of humor and would have loved the games, especially the dunking booth and dodge ball.  We are so grateful to everyone for coming together to do this for Evan.”  For more information on Exercise for Evan, please email: Kathy Huntington at PatKathyH@aol.com or Mary Shapiro msdesign1@gmail.com

 

** Please print out the consent/release attached to this E-blast and bring to the event on Saturday.**

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Parents and guardians of Fifth-Grade students should take note: The Pierce Middle School’s Fifth Grade Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday, October 16th at 6 pm in the Pierce Auditorium.  This is an opportunity to learn about the well-rounded, rigorous education your child will receive when he/she enters the Pierce Middle School. There are just so many exciting things happening at the Pierce Middle School (like Intensive Studies in STEM, Cross Country Team, and Pierce Players- to name a few.)  Please join Dr. Karen Spaulding, Principal of the Pierce Middle School, Ms. MacCurtain, guidance counselor, Ms. McReynolds, Assistant Principal for Grade 7, and Mr. Wilson, Assistant Principal for Grade 8 for this event. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Spaulding (kspaulding@miltonps.org)

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The Milton Public Schools will be hosting our own version of the popular cooking show with an upcoming “Iron Chef Jr.” competition.  This event, which will be held on Monday, October 21st, in the Milton High School cafeteria, aims to expose our students to new and exciting food choices.  Eight teams of three elementary school students will be joined by local chefs to prepare a meal from a “secret basket” of ingredients. The following chefs will be participating:

·       Tony Dirienzo from Abby Park
·       Suzanne Lombardi from The Plate
·        Meghan Thompson from Steele & Rye
·       Lauren Barone from Seasoned Palette Catering
·       Stephanie McFadden from Cooking In With Stephanie
·       Alex Tillotson from Whole Foods in Dedham 

Assistant coordinator Maureen Buckley from Whole Foods in Dedham will be on hand to help our students with the preparation. The show will be aired on Milton Access Television. For program listings, please click here: http://miltonaccesstv.org/

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Milton Public Schools’ Fourth Annual Flu Clinic will be held Thursday, October 24th at Pierce Middle School cafeteria from 3 pm to 5:30 pm for students in grades 3 and up. Parents and guardians, please remember to bring your child’s insurance card. Getting a flu shot is part of an overall plan to stay healthy this winter. The Milton Public School Nurses are committed to helping all students achieve this goal. If you have questions, please contact Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses at mgibbons@miltonps.org or call 617-696-4470 x 1

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 Milton High School proudly presents the musical, South Pacific, in the MHS auditorium on Friday, October 25th at 7pm; Saturday October 26th at 2 pm & 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.  Presale tickets are available in the MHS Main Office and Pierce Main Office between the hours of 9 and noon on weekdays.

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The 15th Annual Monster Dash will be held on Sunday, October 27th at 9:30 am at Cunningham Park. This 5K Run/Walk & Kids’ Fun Run is held in memory of Sam Cichello. To honor Sam’s love of science, all proceeds of the Monster Dash will go to Sam’s Fund, to support science enrichment in the Milton Public Schools. Registration begins at 9:30 am, with the Kids’ Costume Fun Run starting   at 10 am, and the 5K beginning at 11 am. Costumes are encouraged! To register, click here:  www.active.com/donate/monsterdash2013

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The Best Buddies Chapter of Milton High School is sponsoring the upcoming 5K Gobbler Road Race on Saturday, November 23rd. This race, which starts and ends at Cunningham Park, is a fundraiser for many of the Best Buddies programs that occur throughout Massachusetts. “This is a great way to burn some pre-Thanksgiving calories and support a great cause at the same time,” said Patty Sanchez, who is helping to organize the race. She said members of the Milton High Best Buddies chapter will be volunteering both on and off the course on that day.  Nearly 600 people registered for last year’s race, which follows the Milton Road Race 5K course. This event starts at 9 am and registration begins at 7 am at the Cunningham Elementary School cafeteria. There will be prizes for top finishers and for top fundraisers.  To register, visit www.bestbuddiesma.org/5k

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton will be hosting a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, November 16th at Cunningham Hall. Hosted by the Friends of BID-Milton, the 3rd annual Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale will bring together a diverse group of vendors in one great place. Come enjoy the festivities and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Items for sale include: jewelry, hand-knit crocheted items, children’s accessories, hand-painted ornaments, purses, cosmetics, stationary, floral arrangements, stained glass and more. For more info, or to inquire about vendor opportunities, visit www.bidmilton/bazaar

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were submitted by Sara Truog at the Milton Public Library:

Fall fun continues in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of October 20 – 26:

Tuesday, October 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm  Lego Club, Ages 6-12

Come build with the library’s Lego collection!  Each month we’ll build on a different theme.  At the end of the hour, your creations will go on display for all library visitors to enjoy.  Ages 6-12 welcome.  Registration required.

Wednesday, October 23 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm Remedial French Reading with Mr. Leite, Grades 1-2

In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for first and second grade students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

As mentioned above, there will be a home football game this Friday night, (Friday, October 11th.) at 7 pm. Our Milton Varsity Football team is 2-0 in the Bay State Conference (2-2 overall), facing a strong 2-0 opponent in Walpole High School, which is currently ranked 25th in the State.  “This is the biggest game of the year for the MHS Wildcats!” said Milton High School Football Coach, Jim Bowes.  “We hope to see strong community support of our football team on Friday night!”  Other upcoming games:

Friday, October 11th

Girls Freshman Field Hockey Norwood High School (Away)
3:15 pm Girls Varsity Field Hockey Norwood High School (Home)
3:45 pm Boys Freshman Football Walpole High School (Away)
4:45 pm Girls Junior Varsity Field Hockey Norwood High School (Home)

Monday, October 14th

10:00 am Boys Junior Varsity Football Walpole High School (Home)

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:

Staff:  We recently learned that Kevin Fender, a second-grade teacher at Glover, was awarded a New Teacher Commendation by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA). Although Mr. Fender is only a third-year French Immersion teacher, he has already been doing workshops for his colleagues a the Glover and is highly regarded by his students and his peers. Mr. Fender will be presented with this award on Saturday, October 19th in Sturbridge, Mass. Congratulations to Mr. Fender!

Student:  Two students at the Tucker Elementary School deserve special recognition. Alix Benoit and Oldsen Chey are both new to the school, but have demonstrated a tremendous amount of school pride. Both fifth-graders were recognized at the recent Community Circle event held at their school. Tucker Principal Elaine McNeil Girmai said “these two young men are both making a quick and smooth transition to a new school, new friends and a new language. Their love of learning and excitement about school is evident each and every day.”

Volunteer:  I would like to recognize an incredible group of volunteers in our town. The School Building Committee oversaw the building and restoration of all six of our Milton Public School buildings over the past decade-and-a-half.  This committee required thousands of hours of time, amazing commitment to the project and at times near-superhuman efforts. The last meeting of the School Building Committee was held earlier this month. On behalf of the students, teachers and staff of the Milton Public Schools, I would like to thank all who served on this committee. Current Committee: Anthony Cichello, John A. Virgona, Mary Cobb, Paul Hogan, Glenn Pavlicek, Thomas G. Hess, Richard A. Williams, Joseph F. Murphy, Francis X. Desmond and Lynda-Lee Sheridan. Past Members: Charles Winchester, Chair, Mary Fitzgerald, Robert E. Varnerin, Jeff Cruikshank, Elizabeth Major, Thomas McGrath, Susan Kiernan,  H. Lee Keller, Dave DeFilippo, Walter White and Laurie Stillman.

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.

Superintendent’s E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Oct• 01•13

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Safety and Security:  Over the last school year, the Milton Public Schools have been examining the safety and security procedures in each of our schools. The safety of our students and staff is our priority.   A working group of school representatives has met at least twice a month with our partners in the Milton Police Department to discuss school safety and security. I want to recognize the following individuals: School Committee Vice Chair, Leroy Walker; Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek; Consolidated Facilities Director, Bill Ritchie; MPS Technology Director, Bob Pattison;   Milton High School Principal, James Jette;   Milton High School Vice Principal, Michelle Kreuzer;  Milton High School Fine Arts Director, Dr. Noreen Diamond Burdett; Community Schools Director, Pam Dorsey;  Milton High School Senior Custodian, Jason Scherer; Food Service Director, Jackie Morgan; Milton Police Chief, Richard Wells; and Milton Police Sergeant, Jack Richman.

We are working towards controlled access at the entrance of each of our schools.  Each and every person (other than individuals who have been issued swipe cards) have to ring the bell outside of each school, be buzzed in by our administrative assistants and produce a license or some form of photo identification in order to be issued a Visitor’s Badge. Once your picture is in our system, you will not need to produce identification at each visit. We have upgraded the entrance camera systems at each of the entrances to our schools as well.

All employees have been issued photo swipe cards.

Funding for these improvements was provided by School Building Committee funds (that can only be spent on facilities-related expenses) and Milton Capital funds approved by Town Meeting. These two sources accounted for approximately $187,000. To  date, the impact to the General Fund budget was at a cost of approximately $25,000.

We are working with the Milton Police Department to upgrade the security in the after-school and evening hours at Milton High School when the school becomes the center of the community — athletic events, music lessons, adult education, school and town-wide meetings.

I appreciate the support and cooperation our students, parents/guardians and employees have demonstrated over the past month during the early implementation of these safety and security improvements. I look for your continued cooperation as we work to ensure that the safety and security of our children and staff is a high priority.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been two School Committee meetings since my last E-blast – September 18th and September 25th. They are summarized below:

September 18th:  Mr. Phelan introduced the district’s newest administrators: Tucker Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai; Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis; Athletic Director & K-12 Physical Education/Health/Wellness Director Larry Rooney; Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw; Pierce Middle School Assistant Principal Russ Wilson; Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan; Milton High School Guidance Department Head Karen Cahill; Milton High School Secondary Science Coordinator Edward Mulvey; and Pierce Middle School Secondary Science Coordinator Christine Chiapetta.

A presentation on Enrollment showed the district’s total enrollment and also showed the most recent breakdown of the French Immersion and English/STEM programs. This fall, 52% of students entering Grade One chose the French program and 48% chose English/STEM. Furthermore, despite the implementation of the new cap on the French program, only 14 of 341 families did not get their program of choice in their building of choice. However, all families who chose French Immersion did get placed in a Grade One French Immersion classroom.

Next, Mr. Phelan gave a presentation on Residency, outlining the work of our Residency Coordinator, Doreen Walsh and Registrar, Janet Barrett.  Mr. Phelan explained how the Milton Public Schools work together with the Milton Police Department to investigate families with children enrolled in the Milton Public Schools who may not live in Milton. He reported from July 2012 to July 2013, 57 students have been excluded from the Milton Public Schools for violation of the residency policy. To view the entire presentation, please click here: 

School Committee members also approved an upcoming calendar of their meetings and congratulated former School Committee member and current Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dr. Pavlicek, who was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

September 25th:   An MCAS presentation was given at the start of this meeting by Holly Concannon, Math & ELA Curriculum Coordinator for Cunningham/Collicot; Amy Gale, Math & ELA Curriculum Coordinator for Glover & Pierce Middle School Humanities Coordinator; Courtney Walsh, Math/Business/Technology Department Head at Milton High School; and John Phelan, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel. This group reported the most recent MCAS data by school and by district. This presentation can be viewed by clicking here. 

Leroy Walker presented a Security Update to the Committee, much of which is summarized in the introduction above. Next, the School Committee voted on the Capital Requests submitted by Consolidated Facilities Director William Ritchie. Members voted to approve the requests for school technology and school facilities. Members also voted to approve the FY13 End-of-the-Year Report.

CURRICULUM NEWS

 ** Please note October 11th is a Professional Development Day and there will be NO SCHOOL for students. Also, October 14th is Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL. ** 

As you know from the press coverage, MCAS scores were released last month,  Milton Public School students’ results have been mailed home.   I encourage parents/guardians to go to this link to review our district-wide MCAS presentation given at last week’s Milton School Committee Meeting.  Parents/guardians should also use November’s Parent/Teacher Conferences as a time to further discuss their child’s MCAS scores with their child’s teacher.  Principals will be making presentations on MCAS at each of our schools.  Tucker, Glover, Collicot and Milton High School have been designated as Level 1 Schools. Cunningham and Pierce Middle School are designated as Level 2 Schools. Special recognition was given to the Collicot Elementary School, which was commended for High Achievement, High Progress and Narrowing Proficiency Gaps. Congratulations to the Collicot Elementary students and staff.

Please read this letter sent  from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick:

Earlier this week, we learned that Massachusetts students improved their performance again on the MCAS, setting new cumulative records.  I wanted to thank you personally for delivering those gains.

No other state in America comes close to the bragging rights we have in public education.  On the front lines in classrooms across the Commonwealth, your hard work, creativity and dedication is inspiring young people and making a difference in their lives.

This year’s MCAS results show that 10th graders across the Commonwealth are performing at higher levels than ever before, students of color are closing the achievement gap in all subjects, and fourteen of the original thirty-four Level 4 or “turnaround” schools will exit that status this year after meeting their goals.

None of this is happening by accident.  It is because of our collective investment in our students and their future — teaching young people how to look up rather than down, and to say about themselves, their circumstances, and their future, “yes we can.”  For that, you make me incredibly proud.

One of my favorite things to do as Governor is visit schools.  During my seven years in office, I have been to every type and size of school – district schools, innovation schools, charter schools, vocational technical schools, urban schools, rural schools and everything in between.  Across the board, what I have recognized as the catalyst for success is devoted and loving teachers and school leadership.  The meaningful interactions I have witnessed between young people and caring adults in the classroom is where the real magic of learning happens.

There is more work ahead, of course.  There always is.  But on this important milestone, I wanted to pause and tell you directly that I appreciate you and what you do.

Sincerely,  Deval Patrick

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Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently  announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. We are pleased to report that two of Milton High School’s students have been named Semifinalists: Jack Caljouw and Bocar Zilla-Ba.  Congratulations to both students!  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

This scholarship is based on scores from the 2012 PSAT. Less than 1% of those who took the PSATs qualified as Semifinalists.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. Good luck to both Jack and Bocar in this next phase.

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Our Milton High Debate Team recently traveled to New Haven, Connecticut to take part in a national debate competition and two of our teams advanced to semi-final rounds. Milton High School Debate coaches Nancy Warn and Nick Fitzgerald brought four pairs of debaters to the Yale Invitational tournament:  Katrina Kourtelidis & Tess Deaibes; Olivia Erickson & Anna Lamb; Chris Ricciuti & Jack Caljouw; and Cormac Conners & Chris Dsida.

For the first time ever, Milton High had two teams advance to post rounds at this tournament. There were 480 students competing and four Milton High students — Chris Ricciuti & Jack Caljouw, Cormac Conners & Chris Dsida – all advanced. In addition to the two Milton High teams placing, debaters Chris Ricciuti and Jack Caljouw were ranked in the top 20 at the tournament for speaker points, from a field of 480 students.

The students competed Friday night and all day Saturday as part of the competition. Coaches Warn and Fitzgerald said that all of these students took time out of their summer schedules to begin research and preparations for this tournament, and also attended evening practices from the start of September. The topic for the debate was: Resolved: Unilateral military force by the United States is justified to prevent nuclear proliferation.

This was the largest group of debaters Milton High School has taken to the Yale Invitational and the first time Milton High students have advanced at a national collegiate tournament. More than 240 public forum debaters from across the nation participated in the annual event. Ms. Warn said she would also like to thank Mike Dsida and Mike Ricciuti for sharing the chaperone responsibilities, as well as for judging rounds on Friday night and Saturday.

The Yale Invitational is an annual debate tournament hosted by the Yale Debate Association, an undergraduate debating society at Yale University.

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I am very pleased to inform the Milton Public School community that one of our teachers, Mary Lou Markarian, was recently notified by the Classical Association of Massachusetts (CAM) that she has been chosen for the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for  2013.

The Executive Committee said, “All of us were impressed with your reputation as a teacher and especially with your success in getting students to apply for, and  win, writing contests. The growth of your program over the years  virtually speaks for itself.  Your wisdom and energy have been apparent for a long time and we are pleased to recognize it.” This award will be presented at the Fall CAM meeting to be held on October 19th in Sturbridge.

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) have declared October as “National Principals Month.”  I hope you will join me in celebrating our school principals. We are very fortunate to have six outstanding educators leading our schools at every level. Please consider writing a note to your child’s principal, or share stories of principals “doing great things” on www.principalsmonth.org

Collicot: Principal Janet Sheehan  jsheehan@miltonps.org
Cunningham: Principal Jonathan Redden     jredden@miltonps.org
Glover: Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis  skukstis@miltonps.org
Tucker: Principal Dr. Elaine McNeil Girmai   emcneilgirmai@miltonps.org
Pierce Middle School: Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding  kspaulding@miltonps.org
Milton High School: Principal James Jette  jjette@miltonps.org

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please be sure to mark your calendars for Celebrate Milton, which will be held at Milton High School (in good weather) or at the Cunningham/Collicot campus (in case of rain.) The event will be on Sunday, October 6th from noon to 4 pm.

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 On Tuesday, October 8th, Milton High School will be hosting Information Night for parents and guardians of students currently in Grades 5-8.  The event will begin at 6:30 pm in the Charles C.  Winchester Auditorium.

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Family of Evan Jones to Host Fundraiser on October 12th  

 When Evan Jones passed away unexpectedly at the age of 19, the entire town mourned the untimely loss of this generous and kind athlete.  Now, his family and friends are turning their grief into something positive by establishing a memorial scholarship in Evan’s name.

On Saturday, October 12th, the family will host a fundraising event at the high school entitled “Exercise for Evan,” and will feature a wide array of games and activities including a kids run, Zumba, boot camp, dodge ball, arm wrestling, a 50/50 raffle and more.  The event is from 1-4:30 pm at Brooks Field.  In the event of rain, the fundraiser will be moved to the Copeland Field House.  Admission is $20 per person, $5 for children 10 and under.

The scholarship will be awarded next spring to a graduating senior at Milton High School.  It is not surprising that the family chose to honor Evan in this way, given their strong connection to the school.  Evan was a 2012 graduate of MHS, his sister, Ally, is a senior there, his mother, Kristan Bagley Jones, is a School Committee Member, and his father, Don Jones, is a former Trustee of the Milton Foundation for Education.

As a multi-sport sport athlete, Evan loved nothing more than being out on the court or field with his friends.  After being diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 15, Evan became zealous about health and fitness, amusing his friends and family with his workout routines and protein shakes. The family felt a day of fitness and fun would be the perfect way to honor Evan and raise money for a scholarship in his name.  According to Bagley Jones, the event is a celebration of all that Evan loved.  “Evan found such joy in sports of all kinds.  He also had such a great sense of humor and would have loved the games, especially the dunking booth and dodge ball.  We are so grateful to everyone for coming together to do this for Evan.”  For more information on Exercise for Evan, please email: Kathy Huntington at PatKathyH@aol.com or Mary Shapiro msdesign1@gmail.com.

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Milton High School will present the musical “South Pacific” on Friday, October 25th at 7 pm and Saturday, October 26th at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. Ticket prices are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the high school main office  between the hours of 9am and noon on weekdays and at the door before all three shows.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by the folks at Milton Early Childhood Alliance & the Trailside Museum:

We are excited to bring the StoryWalk® Project to Milton! Come enjoy this outdoor, rain or shine, free event. Visit the Trailside Museum and enjoy a story posted along the way as you walk around their grounds. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy a wonderful children’s book while taking a healthy walk. Stop at each post and read the page with your child. If your child is able, have them read the page to you. This Story Walk can easily be appreciated by children both young and old. While you’re there, visit the Trailside Museum’s exhibits, have a picnic, or take a hike in the Blue Hills.  The Trailside Museum is located at 1904 Canton Ave., Milton. The Story Walks will take place from October 12th to October 31st from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Please dress appropriately for the weather as this is an outdoor event!

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Also, please note, The Trailside Museum’s Fall Festival will take place on October 12th, 13th and 14th – family fun for all!

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The Town of Milton’s Parks and Rec Department has plenty of events going on. Please click here to see the latest offerings:

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The Milton Library Foundation will be hosting its 9th Annual Literary Gala on Thursday, October 24th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. The VIP reception will begin at 6 pm, followed by general registration at 6:30 pm. This event will feature cocktails, a live auction and a discussion and Q&A with this year’s Guest Author,Tom Perrotta. Mr. Perrotta is the author of six previous works of fiction: Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Election, and the New York Times bestselling Joe College, Little Children, and The Leftovers.  To get additional information about this event. please contact Tasha Bracken at tmbracken@simpledetailsevents.com or visit http://www.miltonlibrary.org/foundation/documents/MiltonGala_emailinvite.pdf  Tickets can be purchased online by visiting: www.mlfliterarygala.org

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 Milton Board of Health’s First Annual Employee Health & Wellness Clinic will be held on Wednesday, October 16th from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the Town Hall Basement.  The following services will be provided:

  • Flu shots – Please bring all health insurance cards
  • BCBS – rapid blood cholesterol & blood sugar screenings
  • Milton Hospital – BMI & nutrition counseling
  • Altus Dental – dental health tips & free toothbrushes

Healthy snacks available and all screenings are private/confidential and for your information only.

Please accept an invitation to attend the FHM Annual Meeting, to take place on Thursday, October 17 at 7 pm.  Museum Director Robin M. Tagliaferri will give a presentation on a number of on-going FHM projects, including some exciting news about collaborating with University College Cork, Ireland. It is a celebratory evening, and there will be food and refreshments.

The guest of honor will be renowned Chinese filmmaker, Patrick Lui, producer of the 1985 BBC documentary, Heart of the Dragon. Patrick will speak briefly and discuss his plans for a new documentary, A Tale of Tea Cities, and give an overview of his environmental organization, the Green Great Wall Foundation (GGWF). He will be accompanied by Ms. Fiona Zheng, Tea Scholar, researcher & Associate Professor of Fuzhou University.  A tea ceremony will be performed by Ms. Zhao Xuan Ph.D., researcher at Brown University. For more information, visit the Forbes House Museum website.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Swing for Sports Golf & Tennis TournamentThe Milton High School Boosters annual golf and tennis tournament will take place at the Wollaston Golf Club on Monday, October 21st. This is the Boosters biggest fundraising event of the year that raised almost $30,000 last year. All proceeds go directly to the athletes of Milton High School. The golf outing will feature prizes for many holes, including a Hole in One prize. Entry fees include a box lunch, golf greens fees and cart or tennis fee, heavy hors d’oeuvres and the closing reception.  Sponsors are needed to support this event as well as live and silent auction items. MHS Boosters is a 501(C) charitable organization (Federal ID # 20-2635739) so donations are tax deductible. Donations can be sent by emailing the fundraising committee to swingforsports@miltonboosters.com.  Registration information can be found on the Booster’s website. This event is sponsored by the generosity of the Wollaston Golf Club and Curry College.

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Booster Fundraising News

  • The next Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle fundraising drive will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Milton High School. The girls and boys basketball teams will be at the front entrance of the high school, 25 Gile Road, to collect your 5 cent cans and bottles to redeem them for cash. All funds earned will support their programs. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!
  • A Boosters car wash will be held at the Cunningham school on Edgehill Road on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event will be run by the volleyball team. Come get your car washed by your super wildcat athletes. All funds earned go directly to the volleyball team.

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The Milton Foundation for Education will be holding its 15th Annual Monster Dash on Sunday, October 27th at Cunningham Park at 9:30 am. To register or for more information, click here.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Emily Calkins, Young Adult Librarian.

Monday, Oct. 7th at 7 pm Teen book club: Swim the Fly. Open to ages 13-18

Thursday, Oct. 10th , 3 pmThrowback Thursday movie: Ghostbusters:  Also, Creative Writing Workshop Series with Kathryn Burak.  Open to grades 6-12

Monday, Oct. 21st , 7 pm You’re Making a Scene!
But that’s not a bad thing.  In fact, if you can pull your reader into a specific place and time and have something happen there, you’re doing your job as a writer.  This workshop will help you understand the structure of a scene and what screenwriters call “beats.”

Monday, Nov. 18th , 7 pm  “There’s something about Henry I just don’t trust…”
Creating an unreliable narrator in storytelling.  Unreliable narrators help bring suspense to thrillers and draw the readers in, but how do you create one and not confuse your reader?  This workshop will help you create a first-person narrator who may or may not be trustworthy.

Tuesday, Dec. 17th , 7 pm
What did you just say?  Writing Dialogue for the page and screen. Readers get to know your characters by what they say as much as what they do. This workshop will help you craft authentic, convincing dialogue between characters.

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The following information was submitted by Sara Truog, Assistant Children’s Librarian.

Our Library Lego club is going to meet once a month on Tuesday evenings at 7pm.  Over the course of an hour, kids age 6-12 will build together on the theme of the month – and once the hour is over, your creations will go on display for all of Milton to enjoy!  Our first meeting will happen on Tuesday, September 24th  from 7-8pm.  If the initial program is a success, we’ll continue to meet in coming months. We’ve got such a cool collection to build with, including bricks from Harry Potter and Toy Story sets, TONS of minifigs, and more!  Register for this great new program by calling the Children’s Room or visiting our website here

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ATHLETICS

The following update was provided by Athletic Director Larry Rooney.

 CHEERLEADING

Coach Jessica Parson’s squad is busy preparing for their competition season. They will be competing at several invitational competitions and will be competing in the Bay State Conference league competition on November 6th at 6:30pm at Braintree High School, as well as at MHS football games.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

The team is 2-3 overall on the season. We are currently 1-1 in the Herget Division. The team is lead by senior Co-Captains Maryam El-Sayed and Emma Greenawalt.  Wednesday will be a real test for the girls’ teams as they host their first home meet of the season against Wellesley and Brookline. This past weekend, the team travelled to Manchester, NH to compete in the Manchester Invitational.  Colette O’Leary won first place in the Freshman division, competing against 138 other runners from around New England and the rest of the team performed very well in both the JV and Varsity divisions.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

The Boys XC team is working very hard this season.  They are off to a 0-2 start, but very optimistic about a victory coming up vs Norwood High School.

FIELD HOCKEY

Varsity Field Hockey is off to a tough start with a league record of 1-3-1 and an overall record of 1-4-1. The girls are starting to gel and are improving. The team is coming off three road games and are back home this upcoming week. This will be our toughest week thus far with two of the leagues powerhouse teams making the trip to Milton this week. On a more positive note, this years’ freshman class is strong and is having a great season with an 8-2 record.

FOOTBALL

The Milton High School Wildcats have had a great preseason fed by 87 student athletes program-wide. Our 9th grade team is 1-1 after playing solid Mansfield team. In the home opener, the varsity was overpowered inside by a tough and patient Stoughton team, with 41-13 as the final tally to a frustrating and disheartening loss. On Saturday, September 28th, the Varsity Football team beat Norwood in the first Bay State League game, with score of 28-14 and is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in the Bay State Conference. The JV Football team beat Stoughton on the road on Saturday morning, 22 -12 on some great efforts by Mack Feeney Mo Ashley, and Michael Fallon.

GIRLS SOCCER

So far the season is off to a good start. We are  3-3-1 with a 4-3 win over Wellesley HS (all 4 goals by Sophomore Sophie Cousineau) and a 1-1 tie vs. Walpole. The next games are on Tuesday, October 1st vs Dedham, and Thursday, Oct 3rd vs Needham. We expect to finish in the top 3 in our Conference of the Bay State League, and are looking forward to a Tournament Bid.  We have two games in Conference coming up. Our GAA is way down from last year, and we expect to continue to play tough defense .

BOYS SOCCER

Boys Soccer training sessions at all three levels have been great.  The kids are focused and come ready and willing to learn.  The Boys Freshman soccer team has only lost once and they’ve beaten Framingham, Newton North, Natick and Norwood. They have some very good athletes and talent and Coach Ethan Trusten is doing a great job. The JV squad is loaded with juniors.  Coach Jeff Camara runs quality training sessions that have been focused on the technical side of the game. The varsity team is 1-4 on the season with a very tough week coming up. One big goal for Boys Varsity soccer is to win the Town Line Cup vs. North Quincy and, as a positive sign, we beat them 7-1 in the first game. On Saturday, September 28th, the team posted a 4-3 win over Norwood.

VOLLEYBALL

The Volleyball team is in a re-building season after losing 8 seniors last spring. Allison Grassa is the sole senior, captain and leading the way alongside six juniors, five sophomores and a freshman.  There is a lot of skill and talent and the team has been in all of their matches played thus far. We are looking forward to a productive second half of the season. Last week, the team celebrated a victory over Wellesley for the first time in 9 years.

GIRLS SOCCER

So far, the season is off to a good start. We are 2-3-1 and very competitive. We expect to finish in the top three in our Conference of the Bay State League, and are looking forward to a Tournament Bid.  We have two games in Conference coming up. Our GAA is way down from last year, and we expect to continue to play tough defense.

CREW

The boys’ and girls’ crew teams have been on the water for three weeks, a crucial time where we’ve evaluated what kind of talent we have. We are now entering racing season (first race next Sunday, Oct 6 at Lowell). We are sharpening up our lineups and implementing race strategies. We will be stepping up our training and on-land conditioning through the race season. We are fortunate to be racing in the largest regatta in the world on October 20 at The Head of the Charles.  The Head of the Charles is a premier international rowing event that draws hundreds of thousands of rowers from around the world. Milton High will have 3 boats entered in the regatta: a  Men’s Youth 4, a Women’s Youth 4, and a Men’s Youth 8. The event takes place in our backyard and the Friends of Milton Crew encourage the MHS community and town at large to join in the excitement of the this world class event and cheer the team on.

GOLF

The MHS Golf team 6-2 right now.  We started the season going 0-2 and have rebounded with six straight victories.  We have the Bay State Tournament on October 10th at Dedham for the top three players.  We will likely qualify for the Division 2 South Sectional Tournament on October 21st for the top six players.  We are very happy with how the golfers are playing.  Our team depth 1-12, has lead to our success!

PIERCE CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM

The first-ever Pierce Cross Country team competed in its first meet last week and faced off against a very large Needham team. In the boys’ meet, eighth-grader Nick Villard came in second overall and sixth-grader Bobby Carew came in third place.  For the girls’ meet, eighth-grader Bridget Mitchell came in first place and seventh-grader Elise O’Leary came in second place.  In its inaugural year, the Pierce Cross Country team, coached by John O’Leary, Julie Boyle and Christopher Maine, is comprised of more than 60 runners.

AMBASSADOR PAGE

As part of our E-blast, we highlight students, teachers and members of the community whose hard work deserves recognition. Please read about some of their outstanding accomplishments below:

Students:   Again, I offer sincere congratulations to two Milton High School seniors –  Jack Caljouw and Bocar Zilla-Ba. These two have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program — an achievement attained by less than 1% of those who took the PSATs. Great work!

Teacher/Staff: Congratulations to Yolanda Beech, Milton High School’s former Assistant Principal and Elizabeth Thomas, Tucker Elementary School parent and advocate both of whom will be given the Community Builders Award at this year’s Celebrate Milton event. A ceremony to honor Ms. Beech and Ms. Thomas will be held from 1:30 to 1:45 on October 6 at Celebrate Milton held at Milton High School.

Volunteer: Special thanks to Milton Public School parent Anthony Musto and his company Mario Musto Construction for volunteering their work time, labor, equipment, supplies and talent to improve the baseball facilities here at Milton High School. Mr. Musto and his crew have re-done the pathway leading to the diamond, cleaned and seeded the slope, and are preparing the area to allow for the installation of bleachers. Mr. Musto’s contributions to enhancing the Milton High School campus also include his efforts to install Milton High School’s granite signage at both ends of Gile Road. We are very grateful to him for all his time and energy.

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.

 

Message from the Milton Board of Health

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 18•13

Dear Milton Public School Parents/Guardians and Staff:

I received notice today from the Milton Board of Health that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Milton.  The link to the Milton Board of Health Press Release is listed below. The Board of Health encourages residents to take precautionary measures until the first hard frost.

http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_Health/mosquito

Athletic Director Larry Rooney and Head Nurse Margaret Gibbons began reviewing the instructions on protection from West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) at the start of the school year.   This was also a topic addressed in my August 28, 2013 E-Blast.

In addition to providing this information to you via E-blast, Mr. Rooney has informed me that he will post additional reminders and information in locker rooms.

Further information regarding West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses can be found on the Massachusetts Department of Health webpage, www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito

Thank you,

Mary C. Gormley
Superintendent
Milton Public Schools

 

 

 

 

 

September 12th E-blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Sep• 12•13

 

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I want to be sure that everyone in the Milton Public School community is aware of our upcoming Open House dates. For those of you who are new to the Milton Public Schools, or whose child is enrolled in a new school this year, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to consider attending this event.

Open Houses are an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians to get a sense of what goes on in each of our buildings during the school day. It is also a chance to meet your child’s teachers, peruse the classrooms and meet other parents.

Open House is a very different event from our Conferences, during which teachers speak to parents/guardians about their child’s individual progress.  An Open House event gives a more general overview of the curriculum and allows parents/guardians an opportunity to ask questions about homework policies, makeup work, etc. This is a great opportunity for you to get acquainted with the content, instruction and expectations of each class in your child’s schedule.

Besides hearing about what your child will be learning and how that learning will take place, the Open House gives opportunities to connect with the school community. The school administration, nurse, physical education teacher and others will all be on-hand to answer questions.

The teachers are anticipating your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.  As a reminder, Open House is for adults. We hope that you can make arrangements for child care so that parents/guardians are available to participate in Open House. I am confident it will not only help you to understand how our schools function, it will help your child, as well.  Please note the dates and times:

Milton High School: Monday, September 23rd at 6 pm.
Pierce Middle School: Tuesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm.
Collicot: Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm.
Cunningham:  Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm.
Glover:  Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 pm.
Tucker:  Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 pm.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library.

CURRICULUM NEWS

We are pleased to announce the appointments of two new staff members.  Edward Mulvey and Christie Chiappetta have accepted the part-time positions of Secondary Science Coordinators – Mr. Mulvey will be serving at Milton High School and Ms. Chiappetta will be serving at Pierce Middle School.

Edward Mulvey was previously employed at Canton High School, where he served as principal from 2003 to 2007. He also was the Science & Engineering Technology Coordinator, Assistant Principal, as well as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Physical Science teacher.  Mr. Mulvey received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston State College; his master’s in Natural Science from the UMass/Boston; and has completed advanced coursework in Education/Administration/Science at Northeastern University, Fitchburg State College, UMass and University of Texas.  “Mr. Mulvey brings to an already fabulous group of teachers a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit the team,” said Milton High School Principal James Jette. “Mr. Mulvey is passionate about science and will engage our teachers in meaningful professional development opportunities and discussions, while focusing on improving the content knowledge, instruction and student achievement,” he said.

 Christie Chiappetta has extensive experience in middle school science teaching, curriculum development, assessment design and data use, professional development, and teacher leadership.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in the Natural Sciences from College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  Most recently, Mrs. Chiappetta served as a Science Teacher Coach and Evaluator for the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows New Teacher Project and as a Science Teacher Group Leader for Teach for America.  Mrs. Chiappetta also served as a middle school science teacher and science instructional coach in the Cambridge Public School District.   Mrs. Chiappetta also taught in the Bronx as well as Devens, MA.  In addition to her teaching, Mrs. Chiappetta has participated in national science education programs and professional development opportunities and presented at national science education conferences.  “Her deep understanding of effective middle school science instruction and skill in supporting teachers will be valuable assets to the development of the Pierce Middle School science program,” said Pierce Middle School Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding.

In addition, we have named Courtney Walsh as our new Adult Education director and Moira Downes as our Facilities Rentals Coordinator.

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

A copy of the 2013-14 School Year Calendar is available online. Please click here to view it:
http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2013-14SchoolCalendar.pdf

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) has elected a new board for the 2013-2014 school year. The PAC is currently engaged with the administration planning the PAC year. Congratulations to:

Jerry Vitti – Chairperson
Michelle Connolly- Vice Chairperson
Ann Finnegan – Treasurer
Kathy Fagan – Member at Large
Kevin Lenane – Member at Large
Terri James Solomon – Member at Large

The PAC board invites parents and guardians to check out their website for the latest news and meeting schedule:  http://www.miltonpac.org/

MFE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Meg Kaster of the Milton Foundation for Education:

 Every year the MFE awards up to $40,000 in teacher grants from its Annual Fund. These grants foster creative classroom atmospheres and capture the interest and imagination of our students. Thanks to the generous support of the parents, businesses and charitable organizations who give to the Milton Foundation for Education’s Annual Appeal. Please consider making your gift today online at www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org or by mail at MFE, PO Box 223, Milton, MA 02186. 

 If every Milton Public School family donated $25, we’d raise more than $75,000 to fund needs identified by teachers in all of our schools. 

Also, please save the date for the MFE’s 15th Annual Monster Dash which is set for Sunday, October 27thMore details will be included in a later E-blast.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Allan Bishop of the Milton Department of Public Works:

 Household Hazardous Waste Collection: On Saturday, September 21st, the Milton Department of Public Works will hold a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day for Milton residents. Collection hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. No early arrivals! The collection takes place at the DPW Yard (629 Randolph Avenue), rain or shine.

 Materials should be left, where possible, in their original containers. Containers should be put in sturdy boxes and placed in the trunk of a vehicle so that contents will be easy to remove by the attendants. Residents will remain in their vehicles during the entire collection process.

The following items can be brought to the collection:

Adhesives and glues
Aerosol cans
Engine degreaser, brake & transmission fluid
Hobby and art supplies
Household cleaners and spot removers
Non-alkaline batteries (these are found in camcorders, cordless power tools,
cordless phones and laptop computers).
Oil-based paints
Photo chemicals and chemistry sets
Poisons, insecticides, pesticides, and
weed killers Solvents and varnishes
Swimming pool chemicals.
Waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline)
Wood preservatives and fiberglass residue 

These items will NOT be accepted:

Latex paint (for information on how to dispose of latex paint, please call the DPW)
Alkaline batteries such as AA, D, etc. (These can be placed in your trash)
Mercury-containing items and fluorescent bulbs (collected at the Recycling Center the first Saturday of each month)
Prescription medicine or syringes
Commercial or industrial waste
Asbestos

Except for the items listed below, the collection is free for Milton residents: 
Tires: $3 each
Car Batteries: Up to 3 for $3.00
Waste Oil, Antifreeze: Up to 3 gallons for $3.00
Propane Tanks: $3.00 each
Fire Extinguishers $3.00 each 

No cash will be accepted. Please pay by personal check or Trash Sticker.  For more information, please call the DPW at (617) 898-4900

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The following item was submitted by Glover parent Jennifer Driscoll:

Astound Your Senses at Opening Our Doors 2013:
The 12th Annual Celebration of FREE Arts and Cultural Events in
The Fenway Cultural District, Monday October 14th.


The Fenway Alliance is pleased to present the 12th Annual Opening Our Doors—the largest single day of free cultural experiences in Greater Boston and the signature multi-event celebration of the Fenway Cultural District, featuring over 60 activities in 17 indoor and outdoor venues.  Join the 22 institutions of the Fenway Alliance and 20 additional community organizations to experience unique performances and exhibits of art, music, dance, poetry, theatre and green space in one of Boston’s most treasured and historic neighborhoods.  Create your own works of art, dance, play, and eat.  Opening Our Doors is a free day of fun interactive culture for family and children; but there is artistry and experiences for all ages.

Join us as we officially start the day at 10 am. on Mass Ave side of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, located near the intersection of the Avenue of the Arts (Huntington Ave.) and the Avenue of Music (Mass. Ave.) Special guest speakers, performances by the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Mayor Menino will kick-off the festivities followed by a parade led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, and free cupcakes!  [In the event of rain the Kick-Off celebration will move to the Reflection Hall (formerly Sunday School Building) on the Christian Science Plaza next to Horticultural Hall.]. To learn more, visit:   www.fenwayculture.org <http://www.fenwayculture.org>  Facebook: Fenway Culture Boston. Follow us on Twitter @FenwayCulture.

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The following item was sent in by Lori Bilewicz of ¡CELEBRATEMILTON!


This year’s ¡CelebrateMilton! event will be held Sunday, October 6th from noon to 4 pm at Milton High School if the weather is good and at Collicot/Cunningham if it’s not.

¡CelebrateMilton! is a volunteer effort of Milton residents who actively encourage Milton’s diverse populations to appreciate and enjoy one another. We sponsor an annual event that has drawn thousands of residents since its beginning in 1994. The organization also recognizes outstanding residents with its Community Builder Awards, and supports community efforts with financial grants to organizations and individuals who bring our mission to life in the community. To find out more about this exciting event, please visit this site: www.celebratemilton.org

We are still seeking Family/Individual sponsorship for those of you who are interested in supporting us.  All Family/Individual sponsors are listed in the Milton Times, as well as our program guide, as long as pledges are received by September 19th. And this year, we’ve added a new category to our Family/Individual sponsor levels.  The “Friend” level is a $25 sponsorship.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital/Milton is hosting its 19th Annual “Tee Off Golf Tournament” on Monday, September 23rd at the Wollaston Golf Club.  Net proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will help offset the costs of healthcare technology used to enhance the safety and efficiency of surgical care.  Implementation of  electronic medical record systems are proven to reduce medical errors and eliminate waste, and are essential for meeting federal requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Your support today will help us to keep pace with new life-saving information technology in our operating rooms.    See the schedule below, and for more information, visit: http://www.miltonhospital.org/how-you-can-help/tee-off-2013/

Tournament Schedule

  • ·         10:00 a.m. Registration
  • ·         Putting Green and Driving Range Open
  • ·         11:00 a.m. Lunch
  • ·         12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
  • ·         5:30 p.m. Evening Awards Reception: Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and silent auction

 MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fall fun is happening in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library!  In addition to our regular story times on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of September 15-21:

Wednesday, September 18th  from 4:00 – 5:00 pm  “Remedial French Reading with Mr. Leite,” Grades 2-5.  In this program, beloved Tucker French teacher Mr. Leite will lead students in a French reading tutorial.  This class is for students in the French program in the Milton Public Schools who need help with reading, and is limited to ten students.  While this is a series, registration for each individual class is required.

Saturday, September 21st  from 2:00 – 3:00 pm “Mel O’Drama,” Ages 5-9. Kids are invited to join local drama teacher Melanie Grace Gillespie for a theatrical and creative hour of Mel O’Drama!  Students will enjoy such fun activities as warmups, improv games, voice projection, scene work, and movement.  Registration is required.

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. Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

In addition, he Milton Public Library has a packed schedule for teens and adults for September. To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center is now registering children, teens and tweens for the Fall season of art classes.  Please click here for course descriptions and dates:  http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

ATHLETICS

We are pleased to report that Milton High School will have three boats entered in the Head of the Charles competition this year. They are : Men’s Youth Fours; Men’s Youth Eights; and Women’s Youth Fours. The Head of the Charles, held October 19th and 20th, is the world’s premier rowing competition and is in its 49th year. It is a tremendous opportunity for our student athletes and coaches and will be a great experience for all involved. Come cheer them on! Their schedule is:

Sunday, October 20th.
Event 34      9:23 am     Men’s Youth Fours
Event 35     10:24 am     Men’s Youth Eights
Event 42     12:32 pm     Women’s Youth Fours

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The following information was sent in by Candy Brown of the MHS Booster Club:

The Milton High School Booster Club is a volunteer group of high school parents, coaches, students, and community members. Our mission is to enrich the MHS Athletic community and the community at large by providing financial support and assistance for the Milton High School Athletics. The organization raises money through various ways (membership, fundraising, concessions) so we can recognize our athletes and support their programs in a variety of ways.

The Boosters are kicking off the 2013/14 school year with several events to support all athletic programs.

  • Look for your Boosters membership application in the mail – coming soon to all Milton residents. The Boosters sponsor different levels of membership so please join and support your teams. All funds collected go to the teams, scholarships and the annual awards banquet.
  • The first Boosters meeting took place earlier this week, but it’s not too late to join.  Meetings are held at the High School; enter thru the field house, take a right and we meet in the first classroom on the right. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month and are open to everyone. Please stop by and find out what the Boosters are all about.
  • This Saturday, September 14th from 9 am to noon is the first ‘Cans for Cats’ drive. Various Milton High sports team fundraise for their teams by collecting 5 cent cans and bottles from our Milton community and redeem them for cash. Please support your Wildcats by stopping by the front entrance of the High School on 25 Gile Road.
  • Friday, September 20th from 5 to 7 pm is “Friday Night Under Lights” where the Boosters host a      cookout and sponsor events to kick-off the first home football game. Come to the pre-game cookout and participate in the spirit events then watch our Wildcats for an exciting night of football.
  • Coming again this fall: 2013 Swing for Sports Golf and Tennis event at Wollaston Country Club. Registration information will be added to the Boosters website soon at www.miltonboosters.com.
  • Don’t forget to support your athletes by buying Wildcat athletic wear – merchandise is sold at all      football games and at our indoor concession stand in the High School’s Copeland Field House.

MHS varsity football has its first game TONIGHT Thursday night (September 12th) at Mansfield at 7 pm.  The first home game will be Friday, September 20th  at 7pm vs Stoughton.  For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

http://www.usatodayhss.com/school/milton-high-school-milton-ma/scores-and-schedule

AMBASSADOR PAGE

Students:  Please join me in welcoming our new Kindergarteners along with their parents/guardians into the Milton Public Schools.   This year’s incoming Kindergarten class includes 316 students – our future class of 2026!

Staff:  I am very happy to recognize one of the most diligent employees in our district. Pam Dorsey has served as Director of Community Schools for more than 27 years. This demanding position requires the supervision of more than 600 students in our ESAP Program(before-school) and ASE Program (after-school). In addition, Community Schools, under the leadership of Ms. Dorsey, organizes school vacation camps, Camp Cunningham and a myriad of enrichment programs for our students. Community Schools employs many of our teachers and students during the school year and summer, provides community service for our teenagers and offers a plethora of options to our parents and guardians who need child care coverage. On top of all of this, Ms. Dorsey also serves as our Transportation Director and is responsible for the safe and efficient transport of more than 1,300 students in our town. I am constantly amazed by Ms. Dorsey’s organizational skills, the loyalty of her staff and the satisfaction of the parents and guardians who interact with her.  Many of you have heard me refer to Ms. Dorsey as “a legend in the Milton Public Schools”. I appreciate Ms. Dorsey and her staff’s dedication to the children of Milton.

Volunteers:  I would like to recognize our PTO presidents.  These volunteers are among the hardest-working people in the Milton Public Schools, and we are very grateful for all the hours they spend on behalf of our children.

Collicot: Mary Clare Cantor, Linda Stefanik, Kerry Kelly and Chuck Karimbakas
Cunningham: Kerry McLaughlin, Robyn  Quinn, Laura Woodward and Stephanie O’Keefe
Glover: Imge Ceragnolu, Christine Tobin.
Tucker: Kristen Lacasse, Cathy Madigan
Pierce: Sheila Varela, Karyn Viveiros, Marie Kelly, Terrie McManus, Trish Heelen
Milton High: Charlotte Hopkins, Kathy Peltier, Dawn Hayes,

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.

Mosquito Information & More

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Aug• 28•13

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: August 28, 2013

From the Desk of the Superintendent:

I would like to congratulate all of our parents/guardians, along with our staff members, bus drivers, crossing guards, and most importantly, our students, who worked together to make Opening Day in the Milton Public Schools run as smoothly as possible. Nearly 4,000 students began school today and it is my hope that today was the start of their best year ever.

As a public service, I would like to share the following information on mosquito-borne illness:

The Milton Board of Health has released the following alert regarding the recent detection of the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity in the Milton area.

As the summer comes to a close,  it is important to continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne viruses as late summer and early fall (until the first hard frost) is usually a period with increased infection rates. The recent and continuing detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) activity in the Milton area certainly highlights the need for continued personal protection measures.

The Milton Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) remind residents to reduce their risk of mosquito-borne viruses by using appropriate personal protective measures.

  • Limit your time outdoors during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn) or, if you must remain outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered. Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Always follow the directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
  • Cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.
  • Fix any holes in screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all doors and windows.
  • Remove any standing water from backyards so mosquitoes can’t breed. Mosquitoes will begin to breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days. Make sure water does not collect and stagnate in ceramic pots, trash cans, recycling containers, old tires, wading pools, birds baths, etc. Remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of roof gutters.
  • MHS athletes and spectators who are using fields and/or trails at dusk should be sure  to use mosquito repellent.

The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project (NCMCP) continues to conduct weekly ground based spraying on Thursday late evening between sunset and midnight based on resident’s requests and mosquito activity monitoring, weather permitting. Residents who wish to have their property sprayed by NCMCP should fill out an online request form at www.norfolkcountymosquito.org each week by Thursday at 12:00 PM. If any resident wishes to know when the spray program may be conducted in their area, they should go to the Project’s website where map and/or street listings will be posted on or about 3:30 PM each Thursday.  More information on mosquito-borne diseases, their symptoms, on protecting yourself from bites by mosquitoes, and on safe application of mosquito repellents can be obtained by visiting the MDPH web site on arboviral (mosquito-transmitted) diseases http://www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.

In addition, the Milton Board of Health reminds residents to also be aware of the increasing occurrence of Lyme disease in Milton. The highest risk period of infection runs through early fall. The single most important thing is to check yourself for ticks once a day (don’t forget to check children and pets too). For more information please visit the MDPH website on tickborne diseases http://www.mass.gov/dph/tick.

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There has been a change to the upcoming Open House schedule. Both Pierce and Milton High School have changed the dates. Please note the new dates below:

Pierce: The Pierce Open House will be held at 6:30 on September 17th.

Milton High School:  The Milton High School Open House will not be held on September 12th. The new date and time will be announced in our next E-blast.

 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.