From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: May 15, 2014
FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Since October, the Milton School Committee and Leadership Team have been working together to develop our Milton Public Schools’ FY2015 budget. The Leadership Team of administrators and principals met to analyze our student achievement data, student enrollment trends, state mandates, contractual obligations, etc. and created a proposed budget. Assistant Superintendents John Phelan and Glenn Pavlicek and I met with our School Committee’s Finance Subcommittee, made up of Chairperson Mary Kelly and members Leroy Walker and Mike Zullas. This subcommittee met every Tuesday morning from 7 to 8 am in a public meeting to monitor our current school budget while developing next year’s school budget. Our administrators made individual presentations related to the budget needs of their departments.We identified three Advancement Initiatives for the second year in a row:
• Emphasizing Early Literacy Achievement (Pre-K – 3)
• Advancing Science and STEM (Science , Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiatives (Pre-K-12)
• Closing the Proficiency Gaps (Pre-K—12)
The Leadership Team and Milton School Committee presented our FY2015 Budget to Milton’s Warrant Committee at four different meetings during this past school year. The Warrant Committee’s Subcommittee on the Schools, chaired by Cheryl Tougias along with members Carolyn Cahill and Paul Pasquerella, worked with our Finance Subcommittee and Leadership Team to identify priorities and analyze their costs.
The School Committee and Leadership Team presented our FY2015 school budget to each of our PTOs in widely publicized public meetings. Working collaboratively with the Milton Warrant Committee, we presented the attached FY15 Budget request to Milton’s Town Meeting last Thursday evening. I am very pleased to tell you that your Town Meeting members voted unanimously to support our FY2015 school budget.
This is wonderful news for our students and staff. The citizens of Milton understand the value their public school system and the support the work of our teachers and staff. On behalf of Milton Public School students and staff, I want to thank the Warrant Committee and Town Meeting Members for their support of the School Department’s budget. A special thank you goes to the Milton School Committee for their tireless work in developing next year’s school budget. The School Committee’s budget presentation can be found here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/FY15BUDGETPRESENTATION.pdf
SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE
A School Committee meeting was held last night — May 14th at 7 pm in the Milton High School library. I would like to recognize and congratulate the new School Committee Chairman, Leroy Walker, and the new School Committee Vice Chairman, Michael Zullas. A summary of the meeting is below:
May 14th: This meeting started with a brief School Choice Open Public Hearing. School Committee members voted to remain a “non-School Choice” district. They then adjourned this portion of the meeting and moved to the regular School Committee meeting. As part of the Superintendent’s Report, there was an Elementary Grades Reading Assessment Presentation, given by Elementary Math & Language Arts Coordinators Holly Concannon, Amy Gale and Stephanie Nephew. To view the presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/EarlyLiteracyInitiative201314.pdf
Next was a Science Achievement Presentation, given by Middle School Science Curriculum Coordinator Christine Chiappetta, Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Moonan and Milton High School Science Department Head Edward Mulvey. To view this presentation, click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/SchoolCommitteePresentationMAY14.pdf
The School Committee also discussed the new DESE fingerprinting requirements for staff members and was given an update on the Health & Wellness Committee by Ms. Bagley Jones. Upcoming subcommittee assignments were reviewed, three recent vendor warrants were approved and a Town Meeting update was given by Mr. Zullas. School Committee members voted to approve a new transportation bid before adjourning the meeting.
The next School Committee meeting will be held May 21st at 7pm in the Milton High School library. There will also be meetings on June 4th at 6:30 (preceded by the Retiree Reception) and June 11th (preceded by the Volunteer Reception.)
Milton High School biology teacher Amy Tom has been appointed the new High School Science Department Head for the 2014-2015 school year. Ms. Tom will be replacing Edward Mulvey, who was serving as interim department head this year. Ms. Tom has been teaching at Milton High School for six years.
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Milton Summer Enrichment will be holding walk-in registration at Cunningham School on Tuesday, May 27th, Tuesday, June 10th and Tuesday, June 17th from 2-4:30. Registration will be held by Ms. Van Allen in the Cunningham main office. To view the brochure, please click here: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/finalbrochure2014.pdf
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Each of our elementary schools will be hosting an Open House on Monday, June 9th for parents/guardians of incoming First Graders. Parents/guardians of rising first-graders will be contacted directly by their school’s principal.
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Several of our fifth-graders did very well in the National Poster Contest, sponsored by Saris Cycling Group.
Saoise Killion of the Collicot School was chosen as the first-place winner for the state of Massachusetts. She was awarded a bicycle, a helmet and a bike light. Tucker student Maeve Corcoran’s poster won second place in the state and was awarded a new bike helmet and bike light for her efforts.
Congratulations to both these students and their art teachers, Jess Gillooly and Angela Lathwell for their success.
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Two local librarians – one from the public schools and one from the public library – have been collaborating on a special project which aims to educate students about the vast resources available to them at the Milton Public Library and its website.
Lori Henry and Sara Truog have been working together on the “MPL and MPS: Community Partners for Student Success Take Two” project. Funded by the Milton Library Foundation and now in its second year, the project sent both librarians into the public schools to teach classrooms of elementary students about how to access resources at the library. This year alone, more than 2,000 students were reached as a result of this program.
“The ‘Take Two’ program exposed all of Milton’s elementary school students to the importance of the Milton Public Library’s mission to enrich the community by connecting people to the world of ideas, information, and imagination to support their work, education, personal growth and enjoyment,” said Lori Henry. “The initial project demonstrated that through thoughtful, collaborative efforts within the community, students gained an appreciation for the Milton Public Library as a local and virtual resource in the pursuit of life-long learning and access to information. ‘Take Two’ advanced this cause.”
Ms. Henry said that the staff at the Milton Public Library continues to gather statistics in the Children’s Room and reported that students may continue to redeem their prize coupons through May. “We are confident that the word about the Milton Public Library’s physical and virtual resources for students is spreading all over town, reaching new audiences, and being reinforced for those who we worked with last year.”
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Tucker Elementary School French Immersion Teacher Shelagh Frossard was recently notified that she has been selected for the annual New Teacher Commendation for 2014. This award recognizes demonstrated excellence in foreign language teaching.
“This award is well-deserved. Shelagh has rapidly demonstrated her remarkable talent as a French and elementary teacher,” said Martine Fisher, World Language Department Head for Milton Public Schools. “Her young students benefit every day from her kindness, creativity and enthusiasm. She is an asset to the Tucker school and our district.”
Dr. Fisher also noted that Ms. Frossard is herself an alumnus of the Milton Public Schools’ French Immersion program and was at one time a student of Dr. Fisher.
Ms. Frossard will receive the award from the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association at their annual fall Conference at the Business and Awards Luncheon that will take place on Saturday, October 25th.
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Two employees of the Milton Public Schools are being honored by the Norfolk County Teachers Association. Congratulations to Christine Winchester of the Pierce Middle School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor Award; and Susan Doyle of the Glover Elementary School, who will receive the Norfolk County Teachers Association Service Award.
Christine Winchester, who is retiring, has taught science for 26 years in the Milton Public Schools. Susan Doyle has served as the administrative assistant at Glover Elementary School for 14 years.
I would like to thank both of these hardworking employees of the Milton Public Schools for their service and congratulate them for this award.
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Michael McLeish has just been chosen for a summer internship at the Massachusetts State House. Michael will be working with State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez. Representative Sanchez represents the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District, which includes the Boston communities of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, along with Precinct Five of the Town of Brookline. Michael will be working two days a week, one day at Representatives Sanchez’s Mission Hill office and the other day at the State House.
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Dozens of students from Glover Elementary School were joined by parents, guardians, grandparents, dogs, strollers and local officials as part of the recent Walk/Bike to School Day on May 7th.
“This event, which has become a Glover tradition, is a day that everyone looks forward to,” said Glover Principal Dr. Sheila Kukstis. “We are grateful to State Representative Walter Timilty, Town of Milton engineer John Thompson and School Committee member Becky Padera for joining us on this wonderful morning.”
Dr. Kukstis also thanked Glover parent Erick Ask for the time he has devoted over the past years to make this day happen and Glover teacher Ben Jones for his help in organizing this event.
Massachusetts’ Walk/Bike to School Day is part of a nationwide effort to encourage walkers and bicyclists to join together to celebrate National Walk/Bike to School Day. The goal is to highlight the need for safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of a range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, cyclist and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community. Walk/Bike to School Day is an effort of the Safe Routes to School program.
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The Boston Globe recently ran an article, written by Milton’s own Bella English, about a new app that allows users to create anonymous posts. The article discusses the Yik Yak app, and quotes Milton High School Principal James Jette in the body of the article. This app was also discussed in both our middle and high schools, as part of the Katie Greer presentation on Internet Safety held last month in our schools. To read the article, click here:
To access the Katie Greer website, where there are several article on the use of Yik Yak, click here: http://klgreer.com/
UPCOMING MPS EVENTS
Parents/Guardians of Milton High School seniors should have received an email and/or letter outlining the next few weeks of exams and activities for their senior. This includes information on the prom, Senior Sign-Out, Graduation Day, the All-Night Graduation Party, as well as Senior Scavenger Hunt and Senior Drive-By. Please be sure you review expectations with your student regarding these events.
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Please join us for the Grades 5-8 ACE Exhibit. The Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, May 29th from 6-8pm at the Pierce Middle School in the two art rooms and the hallway right outside of the art rooms. Continued viewing will be June 2, 3, 4 from 2:30-5:00.
There are dozens of beautiful pieces to be viewed, so please take a moment to stop by and see this exhibit.
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The Milton High School Girls Lacrosse team is hosting a car wash this Saturday, May 17th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Cunningham School driveway. Please stop by and get your car washed by your super Wildcat athletes. All funds earned go directly to the girls lacrosse team.
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The Milton High School Boosters 36th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet will be held on Wednesday, May 28th at 6pm in the Copeland Field House at Milton High School. Please plan to join us as we honor our varsity letter winners and teams. The Banquet committee is currently seeking volunteers to plan this event. Please contact Robin Coyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lorraine Kiley at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer or have questions. Tickets for parents, siblings and friends may be purchased online at www.miltonboosters.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per student/child. Letter winners are FREE.
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Girls Tennis Team Collects ‘Cans for Cats': The Milton High School Boosters “Cans for Cats” can & bottle recycling drive will be held on Saturday, June 7th, from 9am to 12pm at Milton High School (back of the school). The girls’ tennis team will be at the back 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 program. Please stop by and support your Wildcats with your can donations. Go Wildcats!
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The Milton High School Class of 2016 is selling raffle tickets for a Martha’s Vineyard Island Package valued at more than $500. The package includes 3 days and 2 nights at Shearer Cottage, a historic inn in Oak Bluffs; roundtrip tickets for two adults on the Island Queen; and at $25 gift certificate for lunch or dinner. Tickets are $20 each with volume discounts. The drawing will be held May 31st. For more information about tickets, email MHSMA.email@example.com For more information about the Shearer Cottage, visit www.shearercottage.com
NEWS AROUND TOWN
The DPW is hosting their annual open house on Saturday May 17th from 10am – 1pm. This event promises to be loads of fun for young and old. Please visit the DPW link here: http://www.townofmilton.org/Public_Documents/MiltonMA_BBoard/047F0F32-000F8513.0/Press%20release%20-%20DPW%20Open%20House%20Press%20Release.pdf
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It’s that time of year! The 37th Annual Milton Junior Woman’s Club 5 & 10K road race will be held on Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30 PM (rain or shine). The race starts and ends at Cunningham Hall. All proceeds for the event get reinvested into Milton in the form of grants to non-profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors. There is discounted registration to youth runners (under 18). Visit miltonroadrace.racewire.com to register!
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The following item was submitted by the Milton Council on Aging:
“Game Plan for the Future,” — Tuesday, June 3rd at 5:30pm.. Often times here at the COA, we hear comments from people about their desire to make life easier. Many times their main concern is that big old house that costs too much in taxes and is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. They know it is time to “Game Plan for the Future” but where do you start?
Thanks to our good friend Tom O’Neill, Owner of Success! Real Estate of Milton, we can help you sort through this daunting task. Last fall, Tom and his team presented a similar program and it was very well received and extremely helpful to many people. A few weeks ago, Tom called and said he would love to do another similar type program and we were all thrilled to work with him once again.
Plans for this presentation include a delicious light supper at 5:30PM and the presentation will start promptly at 6PM. Tom will start the presentation giving us an update on the current real estate market in Milton. In talking with him last week, it was interesting to note that there are many buyers out there but not much inventory of homes in Milton. Once you make the decision to sell or downsize, there is always legal ramifications. This portion of the presentation will be covered by Attorney Thomas O’Neill from the law firm of O’Neill and McGrath PC. Thomas will explain the different types of trusts you can use to protect your home, the time limit for a Medicaid look back and the dreaded capital gains taxes when you do finally sell your home. Both Tom and Thomas will be available to take your questions as well. They have even agreed to stay after the presentation to speak with you privately over coffee and dessert.
As if all this wasn’t enough……there will also be a door prize of a FREE CLEAN OUT ($500 Value) so that you can get rid of your large and small unwanted/unneeded items or furniture. If you live in Milton you know how great it would be to win this door prize!!!! Handouts will be available as well as a few restaurant gift certificates given away throughout the event.
Reservations are required so please give us a call at 617-898-4893 to sign up. Special thanks to Tom and his team for their continued generosity and willingness to help us with our GAME PLAN FOR THE FUTURE!!!!
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Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.
This year, a group of Milton High School students helped with the food drive by volunteering at the Milton Food Pantry to help unload and sort the donations brought in by postal workers. I’d like to thank Jonathan Pierre, David Perkins, Ellese Crawford, Kymric Coon, Krystal Gradner, Jerhan Potteen and Kaleb Herd for spending their Saturday helping with this effort. I would also like to thank Milton High School Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw for helping to organize the students and also volunteering his time for this project. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Presidential Certificates of Achievement.
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Congratulations to Caroline Kinsella, BSN, RN, who was recently named Milton’s Public Health Director. Ms. Kinsella has served on our School Committee’s Health & Wellness subcommittee and has been a strong advocate for heath programs in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kinsella to her new position.
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Please Save the Date! The Second Annual Milton Music Fest and Fireworks is coming up soon. On Saturday June 21st, “We are Milton,” will be hosting a music fest and fireworks display at Hutchinson Field. More information will be posted in the next E-blast.
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Congratulations to Chris Lenane of the Adams Street Early Learning Center, winner of the 2014 Professional Recognition Award. Milton is blessed with a dedicated workforce of early education and care professionals. Chris has worked daily to provide the very best opportunities for the children and families of our community. It’s time to take a moment to gather and celebrate the contributions made by her!
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The East Milton Square Parking and Access Design Project is holding a public information meeting on May 19th at 7:00PM at the Milton Council on Aging – 10 Walnut Street. The goal of the project is to take the locally-preferred alternative for East Milton Square identified by the Town’s Board of Selectmen and turn it into a buildable design. The implementation of the design will address issues currently experienced in East Milton Square such as parking concerns, the lack of connection between the pieces of the Square east and west of I-93 and the under-utilization of the deck area over the highway. The Town of Milton invites you to learn more about the project, review the materials developed to support the planning process and design phase, and contact the project’s public involvement specialist with your questions or comments. For more information, please visit: http://www.eastmiltonsquarestudy.com/
MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The following information was sent to us by Assistant Children’s Librarian Sara Truog:
Springtime fun for families continues throughout the season in the Children’s Room at Milton Public Library! In addition to our regular story times on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 25 – 31:
Monday, May 26th – Library Closed
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 – 5:00 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, May 31st from 2:00 – 3:00 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 May is The Field Guide (Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) by Tony DiTerlizzi. Copies are available at the Children’s Room desk, or by placing a hold at www.miltonlibrary.org. Come join us to discuss this exciting story about the Grace children, who move to an old family home that is already inhabited by some surprising residents! 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.
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The following information was sent by Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian:
Milton Library Teen Book Club Announces June Selection: The Milton Public Library’s teen book club has selected Winger by Andrew Smith as its June pick. “Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.” Join the book club at 7 p.m. on Monday June 2 for discussion and snacks! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The teen book club is open to ages 12-18. To obtain a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Amy Rosa, Young Adult Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Join the Teen Services department for an after school movie! Pick between Frozen vs. Catching Fire! Vote for your Teen Choice movie on Facebook or in the teen room. Teen movies are after school for students in grades 6-12. Admission is free and snacks will be provided. Please contact Amy Rosa, Teen Librarian, at (617) 698-5757 or email@example.com with questions or comments.
To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:
BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL – MILTON
For the first time in several years, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is now providing outpatient obstetrical and gynecological care through the office of Alice Shin, MD. Dr. Shin, who is on staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provides full-service outpatient OB/GYN care at BID-Milton with inpatient obstetrical and labor and delivery care provided at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also performs gynecologic surgery at BID-Milton, including minimally invasive surgeries using laparoscopic and robotic-assisted techniques. She has extensive experience in treating women’s health issues, including fertility, uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, endometriosis and menopause.
Dr. Shin received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School and completed her residency at Washington University, Barnes Jewish Hospital. She is also an instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Shin is currently accepting new patients at her office, located at 100 Highland Street, Suite 205. The office telephone number is 617-754-0500.
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Does your child play a contact sport? Then you won’t want to miss “Injuries and Youth Contact Sports: Treatment options and reducing risk,” a free community education program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s orthopedic sports medicine specialist Dr. Ben Thompson on Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm in the hospital’s Nangeroni Education Center. A must for young athletes, their parents, coaches and trainers, this program will cover concussions; shoulder, knee and ankle injuries as well as the treatment options, long-term recovery and reducing injury risk. Pre-registration is required by calling 617-696-8810
Great news! The Milton High School Rugby Team won the regular season title yesterday with a 22-12 win at Marshfield HS. The team finished the season at 7-0 and will now host the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday evening at Brooks Field. They will play Cambridge at 6:00 pm. It would be great if we could have a big “Red Nation” turnout for the game.
For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:
Students: We have incredible students in the Milton Public Schools. I would like to recognize three of these students for their monumental fundraising achievements over the past several weeks. Milton High Senior Brendan Hunt planned, organized and successfully executed the Run for Red Nation, a local 5K which raised money for sports, clubs and activities at MHS. Last weekend, Matt McCarthy & Tansey Massey Green joined forces to organize the Mini- Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. All three of these students are to be commended for giving their time and energy to such worthwhile causes.
Staff: As I mentioned above, we have three staff members who were recently commended by statewide groups. Pierce teacher Christine Winchester and Glover administrative assistant Susan Doyle were recognized by the Norfolk County Teachers Association; and Tucker teacher Shelagh Frossard was singled out by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. Congratulations to all three!
Volunteers: I would like to thank Ivy Anthony, a Tucker kindergarten parent who is spearheading the outdoor classroom area at Tucker. Ms. Anthony has written several grants on behalf of Tucker and has translated them into the new garden boxes, resources for all K students and a partnership with Brookwood Farm. We are very grateful for the work Ms. Anthony has done so far and we look forward to seeing her ideas and energy translate into beautiful outdoor spaces for the Tucker school.
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