Milton Public Schools

May 12th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 12•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Today was perhaps my favorite day of the school year. In what has become an annual tradition, members of the Milton Foundation for Education, along with myself and a handful of administrators, travel from school to school to surprise the seven educators who have been chosen as the MFE’s “Teacher of the Year.”  Today was no exception, as we made the rounds this morning to deliver the good news at each of the six schools.

Please join me in congratulating the following Milton Public School teachers:

  • Kathleen Kelley, Milton High School history teacher
  • Michael Cleary, Pierce Middle School Social Studies teacher
  • Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School fourth-grade teacher
  • Kerry Moore-O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School first-grade teacher
  • Colleen Martin, Glover Elementary School music teacher
  • Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher
  • Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

These teachers were nominated by parents, guardians and students and co-workers and should be very proud of this achievement. The MFE will be hosting a Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, May 24th at 6:30pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School.

Please enjoy these pictures from this morning. There were many surprised teachers, some tears and lots of smiles!!!

Kathleen Kelly's history class at Milton High School

Kathleen Kelly’s history class at Milton High School

Michael Cleary's Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Michael Cleary’s Social Studies class at Pierce Middle School

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O'Neill Leadership Award

Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator, won the Mary Grassa O’Neill Leadership Award

Kerry Moore O'Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher

Kerry Moore O’Leary, Cunningham Elementary School First Grade Teacher

 

Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Veronica McManus, Collicot Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Colleen Martin, Elementary Music Teacher at Glover School.

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, second grade teacher

Shelagh Breathnach, Tucker Elementary School, Second Grade Teacher

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

Summer Reading: It’s that time of year again! All of our teachers have been working hard readying children to take on the challenge of reading every single day this summer and topping the District’s record of 618,445 minutes read last summer. We are once again partnering with our friends at the Milton Public Library to ensure that all students have ample access to everything that the library has to offer and a place to enter their minutes read. Students in grades 1-5 (who were with us last school year) should already have accounts set up for summer reading. Please keep an eye out for an email from Milton Public Library (week of May 15) with information regarding reactivating this account. For all children currently in kindergarten or new to the Milton Public Schools, we will be sending home detailed instructions regarding how to register your child on the Milton Public Library’s site. Our hope is that each and every child in the Milton Public Schools registers and logs all of their reading this summer. Students who actively participate will be eligible for grade level raffles and prizes in September. Have a great summer and KEEP READING!!

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The Forbes House Museum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Lincoln Drawing and Essay Contest. More than 1,100 drawings and 100 essays were submitted. There will be an awards ceremony and celebration to recognize the winners at the Pierce Middle School on Sunday, May 21st at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and we especially hope that the winners listed below and their families will be able to attend.

Thank you to everyone who participated! All the time and effort that the students clearly put into their work made the judges’ job very difficult.

Kindergarten
First Place: Juliette Van-Riet, Collicot
Second Place: Robert Weddleton, Cunningham

First Grade
First Place: Sasha Norton, Glover
Second Place: Owen Murphy, Glover
Third Place: Ella Bowden, Cunningham

Second Grade
Second Place: Violet Kirby, Collicot
Third Place: Annabel Gale, Collicot

Third Grade
First Place: Brooke Bilowz, Cunningham
Second Place: Charlotte Garrity, Cunningham
Third Place: Penelope Jain, Tucker

Fourth Grade
First Place: Philippe Bienick, Tucker
Second Place: Niamh Guilderson, Cunningham
Third Place: Isabella Murphy, Tucker
Honorable Mention: Sophie McFadden, Cunningham

Fifth Grade
First Place: Donna Gavin, Glover
Second Place: Greer Woodward, Cunningham
Third Place: Sofia Navas, Glover

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following event was sent in by Milton Boosters:

The Milton High Boosters club is busy preparing for the 39th Annual Varsity Letter Banquet to be held on Wednesday, May 31st at 6:00 pm in the Milton High School Copeland Field House (doors open at 5:30 pm). This banquet celebrates the accomplishments of our varsity athletes by recognizing them with a banquet dinner, awarding letters and pins to the varsity teams, and awarding scholarships to senior athletes that contribute positively to the MHS athletics program and the Milton community. Student athletes receiving a varsity letter will receive their invitation and one free ticket in the mail. Parents, siblings, friends and the Milton community may purchase tickets. The cost is $20. per adult and $5. per student/child. Tickets can be purchased:  1. online at www.miltonboosters.com  2. stop by the indoor concession stand 3. via facebook, contact Milton Parent. Ticket sales will end on May 29th. Please don’t delay in purchasing tickets!

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The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Like most parents these days, you’ve struggled with your elementary/middle school aged child repeatedly asking for a cell phone. What age is appropriate?  What are the effects of increased screen time on my child’s brain?  If your child already has a phone, do they seem addicted?  Are you watching your kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Whether they are gaming on a device, texting with friends, posting selfies to Instagram, or spending hours watching YouTube or Netflix – kids are growing up in the digital age.  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw these behaviors with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

This film is NOT available online or ONDemand, (from the filmmaker) “it was clear to me that the film needed to be shown in public spaces, to bring together kids, parents, educators, health providers and policy makers for conversations that can lead to change in our homes and communities.”

Come join us for a FREE screening of the film on Monday June 5, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Milton High School Auditorium.  Thank you to our PTO at Pierce, Glover, Tucker, Collicot and Cunningham for sponsoring this special event.

To preview the trailer go to the link: https://youtu.be/LQx2X0BXgZg

For more information and resources: www.screenagersmovie.com

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The following item was submitted by Ginny Kime, MHS Diversity Committee Advisor:

MHS Heritage Festival: The Milton High School Diversity Committee is still looking for families and students to help celebrate the Heritage Fest to embrace and celebrate the diversity in our community.

Please sign up here:

Mark your calendars:
Thursday, May 25, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
KEYS Community Room, Milton Public Library

Students, family, friends, and staff are invited to participate in this event by having a table display of your culture and/or cooking food from your culture. We welcome any individual or group who can perform a cultural dance, play an instrument, or any other culture-related performance. With your help, our community can unite and celebrate its many cultures! Please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Photo Exhibit runs through May and June.

http://www.markchesterphotography.com/diversity-gallery

We hope that students and families will contribute to make this celebration enjoyable for all.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Please note, the Milton High chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America will be holding a car wash tomorrow (Saturday, May 13th) from 9am to noontime in the Cunningham/Collicot driveway. The team is trying to raise money to help with the cost of their trip to Nationals in late June.

SEL NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

Recognizing Signs of Youth Mental Health Problems — May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  We want to continue our focus on preventing, recognizing, and addressing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, in our youth.  According to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health,  90% of people who develop a mental health problem showed signs during their adolescent years.  Our high school youth risk behavior survey indicated that high percentages of our boys and girls reported that they felt depressed in the past year, though the sentiment was much more commonly expressed by girls.  In addition to depression and anxiety, other serious and chronic behavioral health disorders may emerge such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders.

According to the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health, at least one in five children and adolescents has a mental health disorder, and one in 10 has a serious disorder. Mental health problems are common, but so is denial.

When you see prolonged or fairly extreme changes in your child’s behavior such as becoming more isolated and withdrawn, losing weight or sleep or gaining weight and sleeping too much, increased absences or disinterest in school, and/or unusual displays of anger or anxiousness, you should take these signs seriously. When left untreated, mental health problems can sometimes lead to school failure, family clashes, drug and alcohol abuse, trouble with the law, and suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth. Early intervention can save lives.

Research indicates that teens with mental health problems who receive appropriate treatment have increased scholastic test scores, and that effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate contribute to improved student achievement. Let’s work together to address the realities of mental illness, and recognize that we all have a part to play in making sure that students get the help they need to be and stay healthy.  By all means feel free to contact your school’s adjustment counselor if you are concerned about your child’s emotional wellbeing.  We are here to help.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Patti Dobrindt of the Milton Junior Woman’s Club:

The 40th annual Milton Road Race will be run Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 starting and finishing at Cunningham Hall. The race is hosted and organized by the Milton Junior Woman’s Club. The first 500 registered runners receive a swag bag with fun goodies in it including a 40th anniversary t-shirt!  The last 3 years we have had more than 800 runners participate in the race between the 5K and 10K runs. All the proceeds for the race go back into our community in the form of grants to local non profits and scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are Milton residents.

We are sponsored by many local organizations including these GOLD sponsors: Reebok, Symmons Industries, LLM Design, ProForma Printing and Promotion, the Cunningham Foundation and Fallon Ambulance along with the Milton Police Department, Milton Fire Department and the Milton Department of Public Works. We could not put on this event with out all their help. We are also grateful to have an amazing community turn out every year with lots of families running. Many of the schools create teams as well. Check in with your principal to see who the school captain is– or start a team for your school!

We have big plans for this year’s race including live entertainment and kids activities!! I hope you will join us and make the event a huge success!! The link to register is www.miltonroadrace.racewire.com Online registration is $30 for adults (19 and older) $20 for youth (18 and younger).  In person registration is $35 for adults- the youth rate is the same.

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The following item was submitted by Katie Pearl with “Milton Reflecting.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and dynamic projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 18, 20, 21, and 22. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here

MILTON the play is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape.

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The following item was sent to us by Milton Playground Planners:

Monday is the deadline for the Name the Playground Essay Contest! Download the contest flyer here.

The Shields Park playground renovation is nearing completion, but a key element of the playground is missing: its name! An anonymous donor has acquired naming rights to the new playground, but asked the Milton Playground Planners to turn that privilege over to the public through an essay contest.

All current and former Milton residents are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining the significance of their chosen name and why it should be selected. The essays will be judged by Milton Times Publisher Pat Desmond, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley, and former Selectman Tom Hurley. A sign with the winning name will be installed at the new playground and unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Entries should be emailed to MiltonPlaygrounds@gmail.com with “Essay Contest” in the subject line by Monday, May 15, 2017 and need to include the writer’s name, address, phone number, and date of birth. One submission is allowed per person. The Fine Print:

Per our arrangement with the town of Milton, it is our intention and understanding that all naming rights are in perpetuity, but that the town may change the terms down the road as needed and we are not liable but will do our best to honor the winner’s intent.

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The following item was submitted by our friends at Milton Community Concerts:

Milton Community Concerts presents a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with a concert featuring The Bostonians, on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm at historic First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue. Tickets for “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash” will be available at the door, $20 general, $10 seniors (65 and over), Free for 18 and under.

The program features selections from some of Leonard Bernstein’s masterpieces for the stage including West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti/A Quiet Place, and Peter Pan. Included are excerpts from his witty I Hate Music and an early psalm setting from the composer’s Boston-area student days. The artists include sopranos Bethany Worrell and Patrice Tiedemann; mezzo-soprano Gale Fuller; tenor Duane A. Moody; baritone Philip Lima; and pianists William Merrill and Timothy Steele. These artists have appeared as featured soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Three Mo’ Tenors, and many other leading ensembles across the country. For more information including directions: www.miltoncommunityconcerts.com

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 21 – 27:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Friday, May 26, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am
Family Story and Craft Time, Ages 3 and up

It’s time to do some crafting! Miss Elaine will share a story at 10, and there will be related crafts available for children and caregivers to work on together. For ages 3+. No 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

 

 

May 9th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 09•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) has developed an initiative in collaboration with myself, Rabbi Benjamin of Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and Dr. Karen Spaulding, Pierce Middle School Principal in response to the incidents in our community. Please read the letter below and view the links to access age-appropriate information regarding this valuable MICA initiative:

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“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“Few are guilty, but all are responsible.”  Abraham Joshua Heschel

Dear Milton Community,

On behalf of MICA, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association and in partnership with many Milton leaders and organizations, we present to you

“It’s Time to Talk About Hate”: A Family Centered Initiative, a community wide project that we believe will be a powerful and impactful response to the recent incidents of swastika graffiti found in our town.  But its success depends solely on you, the parents and guardians of our K-12 students.  Using the Conversation Resource Sheet (see links below) that is appropriate to your child, we need you to make the time to sit down with your child and engage him/her in a thoughtful conversation about hate, acceptance, diversity and civility.

For the past eight weeks, we have been working with representatives in our public schools and experts in the field to put together Conversation Resource Sheets that are deep, concise, clear, honest and easy to follow.  THE FIRST STEP IS FOR YOU TO CLICK THE APPROPRIATE AGE LEVEL LINK BELOW AND TAKE A LOOK.

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Preschool 2-5 Years: http://bit.ly/2poScZg

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Elementary/Preteen 6-12 Years: http://bit.ly/2qL01NL

Time to Talk Conversation Resource Sheet Teen 13-17 Years: http://bit.ly/2pZJ53q

We purposely kept each Resource Sheet to one page long (double sided) with these topic headings:

Recommendation for Getting Started

Voices from the Field

Conversation Starters/Activities

Tips for Parents

It is up to each one of us to make sure Milton is defined not by the few acts of swastika graffiti but rather our overwhelming response to it.  The goal of this initiative is both lofty and necessary:

To raise children who have integrated the values of respect, acceptance and civility into the core of their very being.

It’s an investment we are making in ourselves and in one another.

Sincerely,

Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, Rev. Hall Kirkham, Chair

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

May 5th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 05•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, May 5th, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

National Nurses Week will be held from May 6th to May 12th this year, and here in the Milton Public Schools, we are very fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and hardworking nurses in each of our school buildings. Please join me in thanking not only our amazing school nurses, but also all those who work in the nursing profession. Many thanks to Maureen LeBlanc at Glover Elementary School; Jeanne Sgroi at Collicot Elementary School; Alison Joyce  at Cunningham Elementary School; Kerri Joyce at Tucker Elementary School; Barbara Perry at Pierce Middle School; MaryJane Walsh, our Support Nurse who covers shifts district-wide; and Margaret Gibbons, the Milton High School nurse and the District Head Nurse. These nurses are truly amazing.

I would also like to share the news that our district recently completed a Coordinated Program Review (CPR). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) evaluated the district in three areas: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Learner Education. The findings will be made public on the DESE website.  The district has fully implemented all areas required for special education services and most of the criteria required for Civil Rights and English Learner Education. For those areas partially implemented or not yet implemented, the district has started their corrective action plan. The full report of findings can be read here.  I would like to acknowledge and thank Tracy Grandeau, Janet Sheehan, Alyssa Buchanan and Charlene Roche for their leadership and exhaustive attention to detail during this review.

Finally, as I mentioned in my last E-Blast, it is never too late to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Many of our schools start their celebrations on Monday. Please consider writing a note or making some other gesture to show your child’s teacher that you appreciate them.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. The meeting is summarized below. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 17th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

May 3rd:  This meeting began with the recognition of the 2017 Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Milton High School Art Teacher Karen Hughes noted that the following students were recognized in this prestigious art competition: Honorable Mentions were received by Nicholas Crowley- Photography, Amy Dai- Photography, Sarah Lam- Art Portfolio & Photography, Eleni Minias- Art Portfolio, Sydney Nguyen- Photography, Hannah O’Toole- Photography, Rebecca Scott- Photography, Morgan Smith-Photography and Rosalind Smith- Photography. Silver Keys were received by Adriana Estevez-Photography and Sydney Nguyen- Photography. Six Gold Keys were received by Sarah Lam- Photography & Printmaking, Morgan Smith-Photography, two submissions and Rachael Tomaszewski- Art Portfolio & Photography.

In addition, Ms. Hughes noted that Rachael Tomaszewski won a Silver National Medal for her entire Art Portfolio titled: A Family Portrait; and Sarah Lam won two individual National Medals: a Gold Medal for her Print titled: All Eyes on You, and a Silver Medal for her Photograph titled: Fog.

Next, at this meeting, Ms. Murphy and Dr. Fisher came to discuss next year’s Milton High School World Language Educational Trip to Italy. The tour company, safety protocols and cost were discussed. They also approved a Milton High Boys Crew Team field trip to Connecticut for a competition.

As noted above, Tracy Grandeau, Administrator of Pupil Personnel Services, gave the committee an update on the recent Coordinated Program Review. As part of the Chair’s report, Dr. Donahue reviewed a list of subcommittees and the members who serve on them. The committee approved two vendor warrants before adjourning.

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Please click here to view the MPS FY18 Budget Presentation made on Thursday night at Town Meeting:

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler:

Students in our elementary schools are working on their final unit in general science for the school year! Our Collicot and Tucker students are learning about Life Science, while our Cunningham and Glover students are learning about Earth and Space science.

As part of their life science unit, second graders will be learning all about mealworms and what they need to live. Second graders at Collicot recently began their mealworm investigation and learned so much!  After making observations of live mealworms in the classroom using hand lenses, students had the opportunity to draw, write, and share what they noticed about mealworm body parts and the way they move.  Students were quite surprised to see a mealworm in the process of shedding its skin as well!

The second grade scientists will continue to observe the mealworms over time to watch changes in the life cycle, and to learn more about the needs of these living things.   Students will be practicing observation skills, reading nonfiction texts, writing in science, making predictions, and collecting and analyzing data over the course of this mealworm investigation!

The pictures below show second grade scientists in action in Madame Hamada’s second grade classroom.

mealworm2 mealworm1

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The following item was sent to us by Dawn Sykes, Director of Fine Arts and Family Consumer Studies:

Here is a brief sample of one group of our talented music students. Please click on the link below to see a brief video of our strings ensemble, performing Fandango. https://youtu.be/2Ug81b4Qiy0

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Director:

In the Milton Public Schools, we do not limit ourselves to utilizing one type of device to build technical literacy. We take pride in having access to a variety of devices to serve a variety of purposes.

Here you see scholars at the high school utilizing iPads in an art classroom. The iPads can be used in a variety of ways. In this instance, the scholars are searching for images to compare how people are portrayed in the media based on the format of the photograph. They find two images of the same media highlighted figure and discuss what the photographer did differently to depict this person. They discussed everything from the lighting to the angle, which can make a person appear more powerful than a standard close up head shot. This art teacher, Kassandra Aloe, also used the iPads in her Visual Literacy Class to re-cast The Matrix. She says the most common use in her 2D Studio art class is to have scholars access Google Classroom.

tech2 tech1

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The following was submitted by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators: Cat DesRoche, Amy Gale and Meredith Kempf:

What do the subjects of Math, Science, STEM, Social Studies and Language Arts all have in common? Reading! All can agree on the importance of reading instruction at early ages in many topics. In the Milton Public Schools, students at the elementary level are engaged in a variety of reading experiences throughout their week. Among these practices is the Interactive Read Aloud. Different from a traditional read aloud, an interactive read aloud is a teaching practice where the teacher thoughtfully picks a book, determines points in the book where some learning can happen (tricky words, understanding what is happening in the text, or having students talk to a neighbor) and then connects how those strategies can be used in the students’ everyday reading.

While this practice happens frequently throughout students’ school week, there are things parents/guardians can do at home to support this type of thinking about books! Whether you are reading to your student, your student is reading to you or you are just checking in on your student’s understanding of independent reading, consider some of these questions:

Prompts to grow thinking about nonfiction:

  • Find the sentences that tell you what this section is mostly about.
  • What is the author’s opinion?
  • What do you know about this topic after reading this material?
  • What seems important here?
  • What do you think is the main idea? What facts support that?
  • What do you think the author is trying to say about this topic?
  • What idea can you back up with the most detail?
  • What did you learn after reading that?
  • What are some words you are learning?

Digging deeper in nonfiction:

  • Is there another topic you could research after learning about this topic?
  • What questions do you have after reading this text?
  • How does this relate to other topics you have learned about?
  • What structure does the author use to make this easy to understand?
  • Is there anything you would have added to make this book more interesting or easier to understand?

Prompts to grow thinking about fiction:

  • What are you wondering about?
  • What do you predict will happen? Why and how? (have them use what they know about the inside of the character)
  • What questions do you have?
  • What are you thinking now?
  • What are you envisioning in this part?
  • What is this story or part really about?
  • What is making you think that?

Digging deeper in fiction:

  • What will your character learn? Or has learned?
  • How will the main character change?
  • Try asking yourself and answering a question about fairness (or power) in your book.
  • How is the problem getting worse/better?
  • What does your character really want? What gets in his or her way?
  • What questions can you ask of the book to think more deeply?
  • What do you know about this topic after reading this material?
  • Describe the setting. Imagine how the story would be different in a different place.
  • Is your character changing? How?
  • Do you think there is any symbolism in this setting?
  • What is the main problem? Describe your character’s reaction to the problem.
  • What is the author’s message?
  • What is your theory about your character?
  • Think about your characters. What effects do your characters have on each other?
  • Of all the details you told me, what’s the most important one?

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The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

The Milton Public Schools, in partnership with our friends at BoomWriter, are proud to offer a unique summer learning opportunity. BoomWriter will run virtual summer camps for students entering grades 3-6 taught by Milton Public Schools’ educators. Now children can participate in authentic BoomWriter projects at home over the summer. In addition to submitting daily chapter entries for voting, students will receive online lessons in writing, daily personalized feedback and a copy of the published book sent directly to their home. Milton Camps will run over the following weeks. You can sign up and pay directly on the teacher’s BoomWriter site (links listed below).

Katie Callahan, Reading Specialist
www.boomwriter.com/c/callahan
Students entering grades 3 and 4
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-28th
-July 31st-August 4th
-August 7th-11th
-August 14th-18th

Ellen Lohan, Grade 5 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Lohan
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-July 28th

Nicole Young, Grade 3 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Young
Students entering grade 4
-June 26th-June 30th
-August 7th -August 11th

Amy McDavitt, Grade 4 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/mcdavitt
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-June 26th – June 30th
-July 10th – July 14th

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The following item was sent to us by Amy Tom, MHS Science Department Head:

Here are some photos of a cow heart dissection that our Anatomy & Physiology students completed during lab.  Students were responsible for identifying various structures and carefully had to work through the dissection to be able to preserve all structures for assessment. The Anatomy & Physiology teachers would like to thank Kinnealey Meats who donate the hearts to our anatomy classes each year.  We truly appreciate their generosity!

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

I wanted to share this video I made of our Fourth and Fifth Grade Concert yesterday. It was absolutely amazing. We are so fortunate to have such gifted music educators in Colleen, Gary, and Debra. I couldn’t believe my ears. https://animoto.com/play/ooIBQqihT3AmBOA31xyUgw

For me, the magic came at the end.  The fifth graders remained on the risers as the families began leave. The K-2 students began to get ready to stand. Slowly, I began to hear “This Little Light of Mine” rising from the fifth graders. It caught on in a ripple effect and soon, the entire fifth grade was singing with all of their collective hearts. They sang verse after verse, including “At Glover School, I’m gonna let it shine”. When that song ended, they spontaneously moved into another song about walking to freedom, all the while accompanied by Ms. Martin on guitar. By the time the third song ended, I turned around and the gym was empty. They had literally sung everyone out.

It was poignant beyond words…their swan song. They then erupted into a happy birthday chorus for Karim Camara and I was so moved by their unity and the pure joy with which they sang. They were no longer “performing”. They were singing to sing…together.  I left the gym that morning feeling so grateful for these amazing fifth graders. As they prepare to exit Glover, they serenaded all of the other Glover kids as they exited the gym. It was magic. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

I am always proud to be principal of such an amazing school, with such incredible students, families, and staff, but this was absolutely one of the most amazing moments. It was so special, I had to have it stand alone in its own video: https://animoto.com/play/qyreZlESG1BxWixGtrwxjg

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded Pierce Middle School an $8,000 grant to host a Clean Energy Day for selected students. The event took place on April 26th and featured hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for the students. Through the program, local clean energy businesses were invited to partner with six schools across Massachusetts to host the events.

Approximately 100 Pierce students attended the event, which began with pizza in the cafeteria then transitioned to the auditorium for keynote speakers, from the clean energy industry and will speak to students about what clean energy is, their role in the clean energy field, and what their educational journey has been.  Students will then transition to break out sessions facilitated by Pierce teachers and volunteers from the clean energy industry.

MassCEC is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors.

MassCEC helps clean energy companies grow, connects students with clean energy careers, supports municipal clean energy projects, and invests in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating an innovative and robust marketplace for the clean energy industry. This funding program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy innovation sector with MassCEC’s ongoing investments in workforce training for high school students and internships for college age students. Clean Energy Day awards were also made in Auburn, Brockton, Fitchburg, and two schools in Boston.

 

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MSE NEWS

The following was submitted by Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche, MSE Co-Directors:

Registration for the 2017 Milton Summer Enrichment continues online. Click here for the link.

(Though many of the courses are filling up, we still have a variety of offerings.)  Courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register, we cannot add children to courses that are full!

Registration issues or questions should be directed to MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche (mse@miltonps.org).  We will still have two drop in times for assistance with registration: May 10, and May 17 from 3:30-5:00 in both the Tucker School Main Office and the Cunningham School Main Office, where you can register in person from courses that are still available and pay with a check.

New this year: All families will be required to physically pick up their child(ren)s schedule prior to the start of MSE from the MSE Directors. Directors will communicate pick up times once registration begins. Thank you…we are looking forward to a great summer!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

PRESCHOOL UPDATES: In January, Milton Public Schools held a Preschool Information Night where parents and caregivers were provided an opportunity to learn in detail about the variety of preschool programs offered for the upcoming school year 2017-2018. Families interested in enrolling their child(ren) in one of the six programs were asked to complete a pre-registration form.   A deadline was established in the event demand exceeded space available.  Prior to the deadline, one hundred and twenty-six pre-registrations were completed and a lottery was required for four of the six programs.  Since the deadline an additional thirty-five families have pre-registered, bringing the total of pre-registered preschoolers to one hundred and sixty-one.  As of today, one hundred and twelve students have been registered to attend a MPS preschool program for September.  Those not selected in the lottery were placed on a waitlist should an opening become available.  Preschool screening was held at the Milton High School Library on April 5th.

If you are interested in learning specific details including the similarities and differences of each preschool program please visit: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/2017-2018PreschoolOverview.pdf

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent to us by MHS teacher and Best Buddies advisor Kelly Losi:

Tonight is not only Cinco de Mayo, it’s Wildcat Fun Night! Please note that Milton High School’s Best Buddies chapter will be hosting a Wildcat Fun Night tonight from 6-8:30 pm at Glover Elementary School for all students K-5. Cost is only $10 per child. Feel free to send your children and spread the word!

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The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

Mark your calendars for an event you don’t want to miss. Milton Public Schools would like to invite all families of elementary and middle school children to a special presentation of the film SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE.  Sponsored by the Milton PTOs.  Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help them minimize harmful effects and find balance. This film is NOT available online or ONDemand, (from the filmmaker) “it was clear to me that the film needed to be shown in public spaces, to bring together kids, parents, educators, health providers and policy makers for conversations that can lead to change in our homes and communities.”  For more information visit www.screenagersmovie.com

  • WHEN: MONDAY JUNE 5, 2017 6:30pm
  • WHERE:  Milton High School Auditorium
  • FREE admission
  • Running time: Approx. 65-minutes for the film then a 30-minute moderated discussion

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following items were sent to us by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Block Grants: Putting School Meals on the Chopping Block

Background: In 1946, the federal government made a promise to America’s families that students will always have access to healthy meals at school. Congress specifically designed the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs to be entitlement programs. Participating schools are “entitled” to a federal reimbursement for all meals served. Federal regulations and nutrition standards for these programs ensure meals and student access to them are consistent from state to state.

Fixed- sum block grants would eliminate these federal guarantees and the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed. Block grant proposals cut funds for school meal programs and nullify crucial federal mandates, including nutrition standards and student eligibility rules for free and reduced price meals.

Block Grants Restrict Student Access to School Meals:

Block grants break the promise that America’s students will have consistent access to the nutrition they need to succeed.

Thanks to entitlement status, school meal programs always have the necessary funding to meet students’ nutritional needs. Funding fluctuates annually with the number of student meals served. When a natural disaster strikes, school enrollment increases, or a factory closes, the number of students receiving free and reduced price meals increases. Schools can serve more students knowing their reimbursement will rise to cover the added cost.

Fixed-sum block grants eliminate that guarantee, putting America’s most vulnerable students at risk. Block grants provide a finite amount of funding each year. If circumstances change mid-year, states do not receive additional funds to cover the cost of serving meals to students in need. For more information, call (301) 686-3100 and ask for the Government Affairs and Media Relations Center.

In a September 2015 report, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office warned that: “block grants that are smaller than the funding that current legislation would provide would probably eliminate access to nutrition programs for some children and reduce it for others. Such grants would also leave the programs unable to respond automatically to economic downturns.”

Block Grants Slash Funds for School Meals:

The 2016 House-proposed block grant pilot would have slashed funds for school meal programs through an immediate funding cut and the elimination of annual adjustments, which help schools keep pace with rising costs. The proposal could have resulted in a crippling 12% funding cut after three years, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). Cash-strapped school districts would be forced to cover meal program losses at the expense of academics. Further cuts would also impact hiring practices in school cafeterias nationwide.

History demonstrates that block grants shrink available funding over time, severely limiting a program’s ability to serve Americans in need. A CBPP analysis of 13 major housing, health, and social services block-grant programs reveals that combined funding for the programs declined by 26 percent — or $13 billion in 2016 dollars — from 2000 to 2016. Notably, when adjusted for inflation, funding under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant has plummeted by 32 percent, despite population growth.

Block Grants Abolish Crucial Federal Standards:

Block grants void federal rules that ensure the uniformity and consistency of school meal programs across the nation. States could set their own rules on which children are eligible for free or reduced price meals, restricting access for low income children currently enrolled in the program. States could abandon all federal nutrition mandates, and under the proposed pilot, states would be required to only serve one “affordable” meal a day to students, threatening recent national progress in expanding student access to healthy school breakfasts.

Block grants could void Buy American mandates and impact USDA Foods assistance for school meal programs, which have supported America’s farmers and introduced students to a wide variety of healthy US grown foods.

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I would also like to remind our families that today is School Lunch Hero Day! Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, The Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day.

All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community. The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and lunch are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day. Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

Please see these photos. Today was an amazing day for the Milton School Food Service Staff!!! Our staff all wore School Lunch Hero shirts and were adorned with cards, posters, standing ovations and lovely breakfast spreads from our amazing administration, faculty and students.

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SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Challenger League is finally underway! The first game is scheduled to be played on Sunday, May 7. A link to registration is below. It looks like there are some veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. Please check out and like the Challenger FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there. http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

MFE NEWS

Save the Date! The Teacher of the Year celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. We will notify the Milton Public School community when this year’s Outstanding Teachers are named!

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

I am so grateful to all of those who helped to make the Chip in Fore Science Golf fundraiser such a success. Please see the list below, which recognizes all sponsors and volunteers. Special recognition goes to our Elementary Science Coordinator Bernadette Butler, and Cunningham parent Suzanne Murphy, for chairing this very important fundraiser.

$4k Sponsor
Analym – mwaterman@alnylam.com

$1k Sponsors
D&D Painting – http://declantf@yahoo.com
Cunningham PTO & Collicot PTO – cunninghampto@gmail.com and collicotpto@gmail.com
Glover PTO & Tucker PTO – tuckerptomilton@gmail.com and Gloverpto@gmail.com
Bay Pointe Capital – davidmokeefe@gmail.com
LLM Designs – leilamitchell@llmdesign.com
Milton Yoga – sean@miltonyoga.com
Lopez the Florist – larry_curran@comcast.net
Sullivan Insurance – sulins@aol.com
WCI/Walker Family – amonterisi@wci-corp.com
Bowline Built – cac2083@gmail.com
Selectman David T. Burnes – dtburnes@yahoo.com
South Shore Plating Company – KKoski@foley.com
Kevin Grassa – K.grassa@whitridge.com

Air Cannon Hole Sponsor:
Elliott Physical Therapy – delliott@elliottphysicaltherapy.com

$500 Sponsors
Vesper – crowley@vespermems.com
Weymouth Club – sgold23554@aol.com
Milton Police Charitable Foundation – mcimildoro@mpdmilton.org
Moran Environmental – tlevesque@moranenvironmental.com
Downey Burke – pam@downeyburke.com

$250 Sponsors
Seamans Media – eric@seamansmedia.com
Fruit Center – mdwyer@fruitcentermarketplace.com
American Provisions – matthew@americanprovisions.com
Marc & Emily Duffy – emilyzofia@yahoo.com
Elaine Craghead – ecraghead@comcast.net
Novara – falconicompanies@gmail.com
State Representative Bill Driscoll – info@billdriscolljr.com
State Senator Walter Timilty –contact@timilty4senate.com

Volunteers/Helpers:
MPS Administrators
Cunningham PTO for serving as the 501-c3 and our bank –
Helped with details leading up to event: Meaghan Light – meaghan.light@gmail.com
Helped with details leading up to event: Jack Carpenter – jackcarpenterframes@gmail.com
Organized Games: Mike Ghelli – michael.ghelli@gmail.com
Helped with details leading up to event: Sheila Hume Sacco – humeteach@yahoo.com
Created Social Tiles: Chris Crummey – chris_crummey@yahoo.com
Day of Volunteer: Jane Gannon – jane.gannon@ge.com
Day of Volunteer: Stephanie O’Keefe – sastruck1@aol.com
Let us borrow Green and Tee Signs and gave advice: MPS Boosters – tmccarthy@miltonboosters.com

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I am happy to report that the fundraiser to honor Glover Art Teacher Caitlin Clavette was a success. Thanks to the generosity of the Milton community and the hard work of Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas, Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly, enough contributions were collected to purchase TWO display towers per elementary school. Please see the photos below of the new display boards and note that the upper corner has a plaque to honor Caitlin. In addition, there was additional funding, which was contributed to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation. Thank you to all who donated!

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SEL NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, District Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

May is Mental illness Awareness Month. A mental illness or behavioral health disorder refers to a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feelings, behavior or mood in such a way that prevents them from functioning well in social, school, work or family situations. Depression, chronic anxiety, autism, eating disorders, and substance addictions are common examples of mental illness, and they can affect people of all ages.  Mental illness is extremely prevalent; most of us have a close family member or friend who is impacted:

  • One in five people in the U.S. suffers from a mental health disorder
  • Depression is the world-wide leading cause of disability
  • Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the country
  • Substance abuse affects about 8% of the population

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes. It is sometimes viewed differently because there are no specific medical tests for most of these brain disorders, and thus there are misconceptions that these emotions and behaviors are a matter of personal weakness, bad decisions, or lack of control.

One of the most important things we can do as a society, as a school community, and as family members is to reduce the stigma—or negative misconceptions- that surround mental illness. The shame associated with stigma prevents many people from admitting they have a problem and seeking out care. Indeed, it is estimated that only about 30-40% of people who need mental health treatment, and only about 10% of people with a substance abuse problem, get help.

Let’s begin by talking more openly about mental illness. Let’s support those friends and families that are struggling. Let’s speak up when someone is being taunted or being treated poorly because of their challenge. And let’s educate ourselves about getting help before the condition gets more difficult to treat.

If your child has symptoms of depression, school anxiety or other behavioral health condition that affects learning, contact your school’s guidance or adjustment counselor or nurse for assistance and referral. Find out what plans and programs at school might help. Talk to your child’s teachers about the best approach and resources for supporting your struggling child. We are here to help.

The Milton Public Schools Family Resource page has a helpful list of resources as well. Visit http://www.miltonps.org/partnerships-resourcepages.php.  The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition’s website is also filled with valuable resources. www.milton-coalition.org

FROM THE READERS

After reading the item above about our students’ incredible success in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art contests, some of you may find this article interesting. Please click here to read an article about art education.

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Also, one of my colleagues from Teachers As Scholars, Henry Bolter, regularly sends out poems to his fellow educators. I thought I would share this month’s poem with my readers:

The Trees (Philip Larkin)

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In full-grown thickness every May
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

For several weeks, Milton Interfaith Clergy (MICA) has been planning an initiative entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Hate.” Please watch for the conversation guidelines, developed for parents/guardians to discuss acceptance and  tolerance with their children. These guidelines will be coming out within the next week.

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CONCERT NOTICE:  “Bernstein: An (almost) 100th Birthday Bash”, Saturday, May 20th at 7pm, First Parish of Milton, 535 Canton Avenue.  Milton Community Concerts presents The Bostonians in a program celebrating the prolific and popular composer Leonard Bernstein. Tickets are available at the door: $20 general, $10 senior (65 and over), Free for 18 and under. Visit miltoncommunityconcerts.org for more information.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 14 – 20:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Friday, May 19, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5 (with caregiver)

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science: Science of Magic, Ages 6-11

Come have a magical time with Mad Science of South Boston! Children will be introduced to the science of magic through demonstrations and activities, and they’ll even learn a magic trick to take home. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

ATHLETICS

For those of you who are not aware, the indoor track at the Copeland Field House is open every weekday morning when school is in session from 6am to 7:30am for walkers. I recently received a thank you letter from two of the women who use the track and it reminded me not only of what a fantastic facility we have in the Copeland Field House, but of how lucky we are, as a district, to be able to share this resource with the community at large. For more information about the early-morning walkers, please contact rentals@miltonps.org for details.

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The following update was sent to us by Eric Karjel, Athletic Director:

Baseball did well this week, earning a hard fought victory over Weymouth last night with Andrew Steele on the mound.

Softball bounced back from three straight 1-run-losses in dramatic fashion, by beating Natick 11-10 on Wednesday, with a walk-off from Jenna Conroy.  They then beat Weymouth 11-0 last night.

Boys Lacrosse will look to earn their first victory against Silver Laker on Friday night, while Girls Lacrosse dominated Weymouth 17-2 mind-week.

Boys Tennis beat Framingham 3-2 on Wednesday.  Check out the website – miltonwildcats.com – to read the great recap thanks to Coach Ajemian.

Girls Tennis has improved in recent weeks, and they will look for their first win against Walpole on Monday.

The Crew team was in Malden on Saturday to race against Thayer Academy, Vermont Academy, and Mystic Valley Regional Charter School. We won every race!!! Our athletes left everyone in the dust.  Check out the results on the Athletics Website.

Rugby was handed their first loss last night, dropping to 3-1.  Marshfield beat the Wildcats 26-17.  They will look to bounce back next week against Oliver Ames.

Girls Outdoor Track beat Wellesley 78-58 and Walpole 122-26.  Boys Track lost 76-60 to Walpole, while losing 86-30 to Wellesley.  The Boys and Girls are off to Norwell for a Freshman/Sophomore Meet This Saturday.

Hopefully we get some better weather next week as we enter the final stretch of regular season games!

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

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: Milton High School has an award-winning school newspaper called “Elephant in the Room,” which is published every month. The following students, who are part of the newspaper staff, are attending a journalism conference at Boston University today to learn more about student journalism. I would like to thank and recognize Liam Connolly, Jevon Bernard, Zawadi Dore-Tyrell, Andrew Flaherty and Patrick Davoren for their work on the paper this year, along with their faculty advisor, Michael Young, and the rest of the staff of Elephant in the Room. Keep up the good work!

Staff:  As I mentioned in my introduction, I would like to honor ALL of our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (and every day!) – as well as ALL of our school nurses. We are so fortunate to have such incredible employees here in the Milton Public Schools.

Volunteers: I would like to thank and recognize all of those who donated and/or participated in the recent Science From Scientists golf tournament. We had a very successful day. I will send the fundraising totals in an upcoming E-blast.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

May 1st E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - May• 01•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Monday, May 1st, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

In my last E-Blast, I stated that May 1-5 was Teacher Appreciation Week, since we had seen that week listed on several websites. After my E-Blast was published, I was informed that some schools celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week during the first full week of May, which is May 8-12.

While Milton Public School teachers and staff should be recognized every day of the school year, here in Milton, this formal recognition has turned into a two-week celebration! Please take time to recognize and thank a teacher!

CURRICULUM NEWS

Members of our Junior class were recently honored at last week’s Scholastic Honors Night with a long-standing tradition at Milton High School, the Junior Book Awards. Students from the Class of 2018 are given a book by a teacher, administrator, college admissions office or a Milton School Committee member. Books are named for institutes of higher education and are awarded according to criteria assigned by the college or university. Please join me in congratulating the following members of the Class of 2018!

Claire Casey – Boston College

Peyton Carvalho – Boston College

Edward Taugher – Boston College

Kelsey Foran – Boston University—English

Dominik Hyppolite – Boston University—Music

Teresa McDonald – Boston University—Education

James Eder – Brown University

Abigail Lang – Bryn Mawr College

Shoilee Banerjee – College Of William and Mary

Joshua Kackley – Columbia University

Tanvir Islam – Cornell University

Ryan Au – Curry College

Shane Berry – Dartmouth College

Christopher Caputo – Dartmouth College

Courtney Dunn – Emmanuel College

Sean Bentley – Emmanuel College

Domenic Jancaterino – Harvard University

Timothy Karoff – Harvard University

Sawyer Flanagan – Lesley College

Annie Wong – Lesley College

Ornbella Ebongue – Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Taylor Snellen – Providence College

Hue-Ninh Nguyen – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Julie Le – Smith College

Nicholas Daly – St. Lawrence University

Grace Varela – Suffolk University

Sean Ehrlich – University Of Massachusetts, Amherst

Caroline Mcgillivray…University Of Massachusetts, Boston

Josephine Cousineau – University Of Rhode Island

William Jrolf – University Of Vermont

Eva Chow – Wellesley College

Mackenzie Caputo – Wheelock College

James Le – Williams College

Griffin Mclaughlin – Yale University

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Noel Vigue, Director of Physical & Health Education and Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning District Facilitator:

Dear Milton Public School Parents:

Supporting the social and emotional health of our students is an important aspect of the work of the Milton Public Schools. As part of this work, when necessary, we reach out to families to make them aware of issues that may be of concern. We are writing to alert you about a controversial Netflix TV series that many adolescents (including middle school youth) are actively following. The series is entitled, Thirteen Reasons Why (released March 31, 2017) and it contains disturbing, sometimes violent and graphic content that parents should be aware of and be prepared to address with their children.

The story, based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, is about a high school student who dies by suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes detailing why she took her own life. The Netflix series contains graphic scenes of suicide and sexual assault/rape, in addition to depicting other destructive behaviors such as online bullying and substance abuse. Most concerning is that the program does not portray effective alternatives or avenues for desperate youth to get help. We are concerned that the take-away message is potentially that suicide is a reasonable choice when faced with depression, isolation or trauma.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the series. We also recommend that you ask your child, directly, if he or she has seen or heard of Thirteen Reasons Why. If so, you may want to engage your child in dialogue about their reaction to the subject matter. If they have not seen it, and they want to, we encourage you to watch the program first and determine if it is appropriate. As a supplement to the 13 episode series, the producers do provide a “14th episode” titled “Beyond the Reasons” which has the actors, the show writers and mental health counselors reflect on the essence of the show and address the issues it raises. This is a 30 minutes synopsis; parents may want to start here. If you determine that the series is appropriate, you may want to watch it with them. You can also turn on parent controls by using this Netflix link https://help.netflix.com/en/node/24805 should you want to limit the programs they watch.

The most important message to convey to your child is that if they are experiencing mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, or suicidal thoughts, they should speak to a trusted adult to get support and help. That adult will hopefully be a family member, but your child should also be aware that the Milton Public Schools-at all levels- have many trained and supportive staff, as well as protocols to help keep your child emotionally and physically safe. Principals, teachers, adjustment counselors, and nurses want to help your child in whatever ways they can. Let your teen know that feelings of depression are common, and that they can be alleviated by seeking out a trusted adult who cares. Parents should not be hesitant, or feel embarrassed, about reaching out to the schools for help on behalf of their student.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth; about 5,000 American teens take their lives each year. It is a significant public health problem that can have a “contagion” effect. Because youth today so frequently watch shows alone on their personal devices, or secretly stream programs with their friends, it is imperative that we know what they are doing and have conversations with them about these important health subjects.

Here are some resources if you want to know more:

Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/community-health/dvip/injury-prevention/suicide-prevention/

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (talking points)  https://www.save.org/13-reasons-why/

Suicide Hotline:

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the Samaritans Statewide crisis help line at 1-877-870-4673 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

Today may have been a grey weather day, but the sun shone brightly over Granite Links Golf Club, as members of the Milton Public Schools community joined together to either support, sponsor and/or play golf at the Science from Scientists fundraiser. For those who are still interested in contributing and supporting this amazing STEM program for all our fifth-grade students, please contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org   A special thank you to tournament chairs Bernadette Butler and Suzanne Murphy.

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

 

 

April 29th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 29•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date: Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Attention Parents/Guardians of children going to Kindergarten next fall: Parent Cafes – Getting Ready for Kindergarten will take place next week. Please join us for one of two exciting opportunities to get some tips on how to help your youngster get ready for Kindergarten. Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Road or Wednesday, May 3rd  from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. For more details please see Family Outreach Liaison section below

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

I would like to remind our Milton Public Schools community that Teacher Appreciation Day is held on Tuesday, May 2nd, but the entire Teacher Appreciation Week lasts from Monday, May 1st to Friday, May 5th. This is the perfect time of year to write your child’s teacher a note to express your appreciation. We are very fortunate to have a team of hardworking, dedicated and talented teachers here in the Milton Public Schools. Please join me in letting them know they are valued!

I would also like to thank and welcome our two newest School Committee members. Ada Rosmarin and Elizabeth White joined the Milton School Committee at the most recent meeting on April 26th. I am looking forward to working with these two energetic and talented women!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

The following letter was submitted to the Milton Times by the Milton School Committee in response to a Letter to the Editor which appeared in a previous issue.

To the Editor:

Thanks to a letter to the editor from a local resident, we realized that the Average Teacher Salary chart on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website contained an error. It incorrectly indicated that the average teacher salary in Milton in 2016 was $98,286, up from $80,117 in 2015. After several conversations with DESE and with the vendor who supplies our data reporting software, we discovered the source of the error. The website incorrectly shows that the number of teachers dropped from 286 in 2015 to 240 in 2016 when in fact it had increased to 290. Taking into account the correct number of teachers, the average salary should be $81,408, which is consistent with prior years’ data. The error has been corrected with DESE and will be corrected on their website when it is next updated at the end of May.

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There has been one School Committee meeting since my last E-blast. This meeting, held on April 26th, was a re-organizational meeting. Dr. Kevin Donahue was elected the Chair of the committee and Sheila Varela was elected Vice-Chair. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent in by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

I am happy to report that, for the fifth year in a row, all the students (35) who took the DELF exam passed. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française,) which is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education is used for school records as well as for college and job applications. Scores are valid for life. The DELF is recognized by 180 countries. Once again, Madame Pons successfully prepared our students for this exam. Please see the list of students below:

Taylor Burns, Molly Kibble, Brigitte Dugas, Allegra Giddings, Daniel deBenedictis, Lily Phelan, Sarah Power, Elizabeth Sbarra, Jessica Ayer, Omolade Gbolade, Lulu Mackenzie, Sarah Gardiner, Louis Max Fitzgerald, Paige Purcell, Madison Jrolf, Liam Donelan, Shane Savage, Bailey Cook, Morgan Chandler, William Macmillan, Gregory Hebard, Andrew Steele, Julia Biagiotti, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Edwin Duprevil, Aidan Duggan, Anthony Hancock, Claire O’Neill, Max Plageman, Morgan Smith, Sydney Nguyen, Joanna Needham, Ben Corson, Christina Tougias and Liezel Werner.

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On Thursday night, we held Milton High School Scholastic Honors Night in the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium. I was honored to be part of such a beautiful ceremony, which recognized students who were being inducted into the Century Club and the National Honor Society. We also recognized the Boys and Girls State Representatives and gave out Junior Book Awards. Please see below for more information:

CENTURY CLUB: The Century Club honors 100 of the school’s top academic achievers. Students are selected on the basis of their unweighted class rank at the end of term three.  The membership is as follows: 10 freshmen, 20 sophomores, 30 juniors and 40 seniors, with ties.

Freshmen:  Michael Daly, Emily Dobrindt, Edward Enyedy, Catherine Le, Alisa Lorden, Sarah Mitchell, Nessan O’Donnell, Mohammed Rahman, Caleb Smith and Clarissa Waldmann.

Sophomores:  Grace Baker, Molly Baker Aidan Braithwaite, Justin Chan, Colleen Conley Julia DeFilippo, Katherine Fahy, Sarah Hancock, Penelope Holland, Abdur-Rahman Hosein, Bridget Kelly, Meghan Kelly Karisa Lasoff, Claire Mandel, Julia Nerenberg, Eliza O’Donnell, Laura O’Hanlon, Emily Schewe, Suvan Shukla and Kennedi Van Allen.

Juniors: Ryan Au, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Claire Casey, Eva Chow, Josephine Cousineau, Celia Cullinane, Isabella DeFilippo, Robert Dexter III, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Kelsey Foran,  Crystal Goodrich, Mercedes Harvell, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Abigail Lang, Julie Le, James Le, Kelia McCullough, Griffin McLaughlin, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Adrienne Popa, Taylor Snellen.

Seniors: Jessica Ayer, Julia Biagiotti, Julia Butler, Allison Carey, Kristy Chan, Morgan Chandler, Stephanie Che, Mariah Conway*, Devin Coulter, Camille Coutant, Kyle Dempsey, Michael Eberhardt*, Lauren Griswold, Lucia Hainline, Anthony Hancock*, Gregory Hebard*,  Erisha Joseph, Delphine Jrolf, Madison Jrolf, Sarah Lam*, Hiu Lee,  Alyssa Lum, Savannah Madden, Nolan Mandel, Nicholas Marinilli, John Mavridis, Joanna Needham, Aislinn O’Brien, Destiny Perkins, Thomas Reilly, Margaux Rose, Cole Salamone, Elizabeth Sbarra, Ishan Shukla, Morgan Smith, Tricia Tape, Clara Tennyson, Rachael Tomaszewski, Alice Truong, Ethan Walko, Maya Watanabe* and Samson Yuan.  (The *denotes a four-year Century Club member)

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Student screening for selection for membership in the National Honor Society begins after the first semester of the Junior year. The weighted grade point average for Grade 9, Grade 10, and Grade 11 (first semester) must be at least 3.7. Students who attain this average are invited to apply for membership. The application requires the student to detail experiences that show evidence of leadership, character, and service. The application is then read by each of the six members of the National Honor Society Faculty Advisory Board.  They must  decide if the student is of good character and has shown leadership and service to the school and/or community. The members must vote, by secret ballot, for admission.

Congratulations to the NHS Inductees, Class of 2018:

Ryan Au, Shoilee Banerjee, Megan Bernardi, Shane Berry, Katherine Buchanan, MacKenzie Caputo, Christopher Caputo, Peyton Carvalho, David Casaz, Claire Casey, Michaela Cenafils, Eva Chow, Nuasheen Chowdhury, Genevieve Connelly, Josephine Cousineau, Francesca Coyne, Caroline Cronin, John Cullen, Elena Curran, John Daly, Nicholas Daly, Khalil Darouichi, Isabella DeFilippo, Courtney Dunn, Ornella Ebongue, James Eder, Sean Ehrlich, Chiara Ferrante, Sawyer Flanagan, Kelsey Foran, Alyssa Foster, Gillian Handy, Tanvir Islam, Domenic Jancaterino, Lindsey Jensen, Gigi Jiang, Miwa Joiner, William Jrolf, Joshua Kackley, Timothy Karoff, Liam Kelly, Nora Kelly, Abigail Lang, James Le, Julie Le, Colleen Linehan, Nethania Marc, Kelia McCullough, Teresa McDonald, Caroline McGillivray, Griffin McLaughlin, Shannon Middleton, Mary Kate Murtagh, Emma Newell, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Caitlin O’Sullivan, Isobel Ouellet, Andrew Pelletier, Kaleigh Pentland, Isaac Piliavin, Madelyne Shea, Arielle Solomon, Grace Varela and Annie Wong.

We also had six students chosen to represent Milton High School at this year’s Boy State and Girls State at Stonehill College this summer.

  • Boys State Representatives: James Eder, Tanvir Islan and Domenic Jancaterino
  • Girls State Representatives: MacKenzie Caputo, Josephine Cousineau and Gigi Jiang

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The following item was sent to us by Kristin Donovan and Kelly Griffin, of the MHS Child Study program:

We had such an exciting morning learning all about reptiles from Mr. Mack from Rainforest Reptiles. He taught us all sorts of interesting facts. He was also very silly and made us laugh a lot! We were all able to ask questions and touch the reptiles if we wanted. Here is a class picture of Gile Road Pre-K with Fluffy the Alligator.

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The following item was sent to us by Cunningham and Collicot Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale:

The Milton Public Schools in partnership with our friends at BoomWriter are proud to offer a unique summer learning opportunity. BoomWriter will run virtual summer camps for students entering grades 3-6 taught by Milton Public Schools’ educators. Now children can participate in authentic BoomWriter projects at home over the summer. In addition to submitting daily chapter entries for voting, students will receive online lessons in writing, daily personalized feedback and a copy of the published book sent directly to their home.

Milton Camps will run over the following weeks. You can sign up and pay directly on the teachers’ BoomWriter sites (links listed below).

Katie Callahan, Reading Specialist
www.boomwriter.com/c/callahan
Students entering grades 3 and 4
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-28th
-July 31st-August 4th
-August 7th-11th
-August 14th-18th

Ellen Lohan, Grade 5 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/Lohan
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-July 17th-21st
-July 24th-July 28th

Amy McDavitt, Grade 4 Teacher
www.boomwriter.com/c/mcdavitt
Students entering grades 5 and 6
-June 26th – June 30th
-July 10th – July 14th

**Please note that BoomWriter may opt to cancel sessions that do not meet the minimum number of participants. Families will have the option of joining another session or receiving a full refund if this is the case.

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Attention parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students! All rising kindergarten students who are fully registered as of today will receive their school assignment and screening appointment date/time next week.

The kindergarten screening will take place in the MHS Library on May 22nd, 23rd, 24th & 25th.

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The following item was sent in by Elementary Curriculum Coordinators Amy Gale and Cat DesRoches:

The Milton Public Schools utilizes the Everyday Math Program called EM4. One of the key features of the program is the online supports that you can access at home. EM4 online has a number of resources for families including interactive reference books, online toolkits, assignment links, and tutorials. It is also a place to access games that reinforce concepts that the students are learning in school. These games are an integral part of the EM4 program and we encourage you to take advantage of your access at home. All students 1-5 have access to these features.

There are two different types of logins to access EM4 online. There is the simplified login which is accessed through a school specific code:

Some classrooms have chosen not to use the simplified login. For traditional login:

https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Ask your child for their log in information and play a game tonight! If you need any help accessing this site, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school curriculum coordinator! Some additional online resources that our district uses that you also might wish to take advantage of at home are:

Keyboarding Without Tears and typing.com are both fun ways to increase students’ automaticity with typing. Study Island is an interactive site that supports both math and English Language Arts. Fifth graders also have access to science topics as well. This site allows for students to develop grade level skills through assignments as well as through games.  Boomwriter.com is another great platform that is used in many classes across the district to bolster our writing across the content areas. All of these resources are great ways to reinforce the amazing work your children are doing in school and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our access to these at home.

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Congratulations to the Annual MWRA Poster Contest finalists from Grade 2 from Collicot School. Their posters were chosen out of 3200 entries! We are very proud of: Abby Concannon, Sophia Lang, Christina MacQuarrie, John Hunt, Sam Hilaire, Grant Morse, Esme Neugebauer, Ella Turner, Emily Vogel, Maren Shinney and Abby Bohlin.

MWRA

 

The following item was sent to us by April Allegrezza, Elementary Music Teacher:

On Friday, April 7th, through the generosity of Milton’s MPACE program, every fourth grade student in the Milton Public Schools traveled to Boston’s Symphony Hall where they were treated to a world class performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Milton fourth graders from the Collicot, Cunningham, Glover and Tucker Schools were introduced to Conductor Thomas Wilkens who made his entrance,  jumped onto the podium box,  and exclaimed, “TaDa!” with a big smile on his face.  He got their attention and humorously kept it throughout the program while guiding students with musical and historical musings before each of the music selections.

The theme of this year’s concert was “Common Courtesy: Minding our Musical Manners.” Wilkens spoke about important qualities, like grace, compassion and civility and tied-in the theme with the various masterworks performed. Some of the selections included Bernstein’s Overture to Candide,” Prokofiev’s “The Montagues and The Capulets” from Romeo and Juliet, John Williams “A Whirl Through Academe” from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and “Marion’s Theme” from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Koehne’s “Unchained Melody” and Saint-Saens Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila.

Students were accompanied by their classroom teachers and assistants, parent chaperones and elementary music teachers April Allegrezza and Colleen Martin. All agreed that it was Conductor Wilkens’ approachability and relatability to both children and the beautiful music that created a child-centered, memorable and very enjoyable student experience at Symphony Hall. Children enjoyed making close connections with the music and were able to build upon knowledge from music class.

The trip was sponsored by M-PACE, Milton’s “excise tax group,” which provides artistic and cultural enrichment for students in the Milton Public Schools.

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

Please see the “parent/guardian checklist” below, submitted by Laurie Stillman, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator:

This parent/guardian checklist was provided by NBC News Education Nation.

How well did you do this week as a parent?

Did you…

  • Have meaningful conversations with your child and listen actively to her concerns?
  • Model good behavior for your child?
  • Consider the perspective of others in your interactions?
  • Evaluate your role and behavior in your relationships?
  • Follow through on your promises?
  • Hold yourself accountable?
  • Take a moment to reflect when you were stressed or overwhelmed?
  • Think about your decisions and the consequences of your choices?
  • Allow your child to make some decisions on his/her own?

 

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The following item was submitted by Noel R. Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education:

South Shore Hospital, in partnership with the Youth Health Connection and the Norfolk County DA office,  has released a “Safe and Substance Free Guide for Parents and Guardians – Educating & Encouraging Teens to Make Life-long Healthy Decisions.”  As we enter the season of celebrations (college acceptances, prom and graduation) parents and guardians can use this guide to help continue the conversation with their teens regarding making healthy choices and safe decisions.   The guide contains facts and consequences related to underage drinking and substance use, communication tips for parents, and many resources.  Check out the booklet at this link .

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was sent by Brian Borde, NCTA Director, Milton Educators Association:

Please join me in congratulating Margaret Peggy” Turner, Teacher at the Glover Elementary School, and Barbara Pakalnietis, Principal Payroll Clerk for the Milton Public Schools, in being named the Norfolk County Teachers Association Honor and Service Awards recipients respectively. Peggy and Barbara have given over 43 years of service to the Milton Public Schools combined, and will be honored at the NCTA Banquet to be held on Tuesday June 6th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Once again, congratulations to our outstanding recipients and please come out to this wonderful event and show your support.

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It’s not too late to sign up for the Chip in Fore Science golf fundraiser. Please click the link below for more info on this May 1st event: http://www.miltonps.org/documents/ChipinforScience.pdf

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Family Outreach Liaison, Marti O’Keefe McKenna:

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free Parent Café – “Getting Ready for Kindergarten!”. Please join us on Tuesday, May 2 from 9:00am-10:00am at Cunningham Hall, 75 Edge Hill Rd. on Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway. Join us for a round table discussion.

Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to share some tips to help you prepare.  In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Simply choose one of the dates listed above, register and attend.  These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall. Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling Susan Dolan, MECA at 617- 696- 2262.  To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is not available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

In my last E-Blast, I shared the news about two members of our Debate Team being invited to compete at Nationals in Kentucky. Through some diligent fundraising at Chipotle in Quincy and parent donations, there is only about $650 left to raise for this trip. The two debate team members who will be going to Nationals, Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien, will be attending Town Meeting at Milton High School next week to sell bottled water in the lobby. Please help to support these fantastic students.

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The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events. If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 29, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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The following item was sent to us by MHS Librarian Jen Troy:

We have less than 1 week left in our online Titlewish fundraiser, and we’re 82% of the way to our goal. We’d like to thank everyone who’s already donated and remind those of you who haven’t had a chance that this fundraiser ends on April 30th. As a reminder, 100% of the money we raise will go directly to purchasing new materials for our school library. In addition, Follett will match 10% of the total funds raised. You can still donate, just visit http://www.titlewish.com/1090786 and click the Donate button. Thank you again for your support!

SEPAC/SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Dear Challenger Community — Can you feel baseball in the air today?  We can. We are happy to report that registrations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the season.

Here is the link to registration.  I’ve spoken to folks how have signed up and there is excitement in the air, so let’s build on our momentum. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, (and you know who you are),   please sign up today.  Looks like we are going to have our veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, The Milton Public Schools nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate. To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Milton schools will celebrate School Lunch Hero Day on May 5. This day, celebrated annually since 2013, was designated by The School Nutrition Association and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the “Lunch Lady” graphic novel series. School Lunch Hero Day provides an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who provide healthy meals to 30 million of America’s students each school day. All across the school district, school nutrition professionals will be honored with thanks, cards, and recognition from students, school staff, parents, and the community.

“School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools. School Lunch Hero Day provides the opportunity for the community to thank these hardworking heroes” said Jacqueline Morgan, Director of Food Services.  Federal nutrition standards ensure that school cafeterias always offer low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.

The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented. For many children, school breakfast and lunch are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day.  Get the details about School Lunch Hero Day at www.schoollunchheroday.com. To learn more about the school nutrition program for Milton Schools, visit www.miltonps.org

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000+ school nutrition professionals across the country. Founded in 1946, SNA and its members are dedicated to making healthy school meals and nutrition education available to all students. To find out more about today’s school meals, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.

FROM THE READERS

From time to time, members of the MPS community send along interesting articles, research and tidbits on the field of education. Please see this article regarding STEM hiring.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Amy Carleton Mills with the MFE:

I write to all MPS teachers to encourage you to apply to the Spring 2017 cycle for the Competitive Teacher Grants program sponsored by the Milton Foundation for Education (MFE). As you know, the mission of the MFE is to “enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools.” One of the ways we do this is through the funding of teacher grants—so we want to hear from YOU!  Please consider submitting a grant proposal to our Spring Grant cycle. Guidelines are below. The due date for submissions is Thursday, May 4. Applications should be emailed to mfegrants@gmail.com.

Grants Program: The Milton Foundation for Education (MFE) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, separate and distinct from the Milton Public Schools. The Foundation was established in 1995 to make possible innovative programs and opportunities that are beyond the reach of the school system’s budget. Its mission is to enhance the quality of education and expand educational opportunities within the Milton Public Schools by generating and distributing financial and other resources for such purposes.

THE COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM: This program is designed to encourage and reward innovative teaching.  Qualified proposals must demonstrate a direct benefit to students and may involve an individual classroom, several classrooms and/or school-wide activities.  Teachers and staff members in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve are eligible and may apply individually or in groups.  For a listing of previously awarded grants, please go to our website, www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org.

GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES: All proposals must be completed electronically using the MFE Competitive Grant Application.  Prior to submission, the applicants are responsible for having the application reviewed and approved by the applicable principal and department head.  Submissions are due by the application deadline.  No late applications will be considered.  The application must demonstrate creativity and/or innovation in education, clearly state the objectives of the proposal, and discuss the method of assessing the impact of the grant.  It must include a budget and sources for costs including shipping and handling.

ELIGIBLE COSTS: The MFE is guided by respect for public education and a desire to facilitate the best learning opportunities by promoting innovation, creative teaching, and curriculum enhancements that would otherwise be impossible.  We welcome teacher and/or school-initiated funding opportunities that help us achieve these goals.  The most important factor in determining a proposal’s eligibility for funding is the quality of the idea and its benefit to student learning.  The application should clearly demonstrate that the requested materials and services are necessary to implement the proposed project.

SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY: Due to the growing presence of technology in everyday life, the MFE would like to fund “Support Technology.”  We hope to fund technology and accessories that:  support current equipment in the classroom, greatly enhance learning, and/or actively engage students with the lessons.  All applications for technology will be passed by the district’s Director of Technology in order to ensure that equipment is compatible and equitable throughout the district.  Large ticket items, such as SmartBoards, will continue to be ineligible through the Competitive Grant Program.

INELIGIBLE COSTS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Indirect and/or overhead costs either to external organizations or the Milton Public Schools.
  2. Workshops and other forms of faculty or staff development, or workshops for parents. We will consider a workshop for high school students if it benefits a large enough group of students and/or the educational benefit is significant.
  3. Transportation, travel expenses of any kind, including but not limited to meals, mileage allowances, and accommodations.
  4. Special Education materials that are mandated by the curriculum.
  5. Materials that are considered part of the schools’ infrastructure, such as textbooks, computers, SmartBoards, or furniture. (Supplementary equipment that is a necessary component for a strong proposal may be eligible.)
  6. Scholarships for individuals for any purpose.
  7. Subscriptions are not a preferred expense. However, they will be considered as part of a pilot program based on their merit and for one year only. Online subscriptions are preferred over paper subscriptions.

ALLOCATION OF GRANT MONIES: Priority will be given to proposals asking for $1,000 or less, but requests for larger amounts will be considered, especially where the benefit is to be shared among a larger group of students.  The MFE attempts to achieve rough parity among the schools in awarding these grants.  However, this is a competitive program.  Therefore, for a variety of reasons, including the number of proposals received from each school and the funds requested, this goal is not always achievable.  The maximum amount per grant may also be affected by the total amount of money available during a given cycle.

REVIEW PROCESS: Representatives for the MFE Board of Directors and one teacher from each of the six Milton Public Schools sit on the Peer Review Committee.  This committee is charged with reviewing the proposals according to the MFE’s guidelines for content and cost and then makes its recommendation to the MFE’s Board of Directors, which makes all final decisions regarding the grant awards.

ANTICIPTED NUMBER OF GRANTS AWARDED PER SCHOOL:            There is no preset limit to the number of grants that can be awarded to a particular school.  In the past, some schools have received a single larger grant while others have received several smaller grants.

DURATION OF GRANT: Funding will expire six months from notification of the grant award.  Any grant funds not spent by that time will not be available unless a request to extend the grant duration is submitted in writing and the MFE had granted said extension of time in writing. In addition, all materials purchased through an MFE grant are the property of Milton Public Schools.  They must stay within the MPS if the teacher should leave the district at any time in the future.  The materials may move between schools if a teacher is relocated, with permission from the original school’s principal.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the MFE Competitive Grant Committee Chair at mfegrants@gmail.com

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

The following was sent to us by Bernadette Butler, Co-Director of Milton Summer Enrichment, with Catherine DesRoche:

This is the final reminder that MSE Registration has gone live on the FamilyID website (https://www.familyid.com/milton-summer-enrichment). Please note that you will need a FamilyID username and password if you do not already have one, and this can be done ahead of time if you wish.

The MSE Brochure and At a Glance document has been continuously updated to ensure we can offer the best enrichment opportunities to children.  Please check it again to ensure you have the most up to date information before registering, as updates were made even today!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PRhUrKmyj5vHEV045nzKsOfG85LBuLaLhOwrLxw_Hgg/edit?usp=sharing

When registering, make sure to fill all required fields. You will also be prompted to enter the total dollar amount for the cost of your courses. Finally, please write down your course schedule and print out a receipt. The receipt should be considered confirmation of registration, unless you are contacted directly.

Courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis. As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to register, even though they are still listed in this brochure. We cannot add children to courses that are full!

Registration issues or questions should be directed to MSE Directors Bernadette Butler and Cat DesRoche (mse@miltonps.org).

For those needing assistance registering, we will hold drop in registration hours on  May 3, May 10, and May 17 from 3:30-5:00 in both the Tucker School Main Office and the Cunningham School Main Office, where you can register in person from courses that are still available and pay with a check.

New this year: All families will be required to physically pick up their child(ren)s schedule prior to the start of MSE from the MSE Directors. Directors will communicate pick up times once registration begins.

Thank you…we are looking forward to a great summer!

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was submitted by Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman:

The Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow is an event planned by and for Milton residents. This is an opportunity for Milton to stand together against hate and promote our town as a place where all are welcomed and celebrated. Any questions can be directed to Jennie Mulqueen and Kara Kurtzman at kara.kurtzman@gmail.com

Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow

  • WHAT: Milton Rally Against Hate: Joining Our Voices for a Better Tomorrow
  • WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • WHERE: Pierce Middle School, 451 Central Ave, Milton
  • WHO: All Milton residents and all who stand with us

Acts of hate and bigotry are on the rise in our communities. In recent months, swastikas, homophobic symbols and racist words have appeared in our schools and communities in Milton, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Fall River, Beverly, Billerica, Brookline, Georgetown, Hopkinton, Medway, Westboro, Marblehead, Northampton, Cambridge, and the Town of Harvard.

It is time to make our voices heard: Milton is not a town of hatred and intolerance. Let’s stand together, as Milton residents, and send the message that we are a town where all are welcome and celebrated. Let’s say “No more!” We will no longer tolerate any acts of hate in our town, or anywhere. Bring your children and empower them to be voices for a better tomorrow. Program will include music, a moment of silence and a call to action. Signs and candles welcome. Some candles will be provided. Rain or shine. Follow us on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/282903105484828/

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The following item was sent in by the Milton Police Department:

This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event! — The Milton Police Department, in collaboration with the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, is hosting a community-wide Prescription Drug Take Back event TODAY, Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 2pm as part of the DEA’s National Take-Back Day. Stop by the police station at 40 Highland Ave and drop off your used and/or expired medications. Keep excess pills out of your medicine cabinet where they can be misused, and out of our waterways. Free medication lock-boxes will be available sponsored by the BID Hospital – Milton. The event is open to the public. Please share this announcement with your social networks and help keep Milton safe!

Can’t make it today? The Milton Police Department has a disposal kiosk in the lobby available around the clock 24/7. Drop your unused and expired meds and go!

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The following item was sent to us by Katie Pearl, with the production, “MILTON.”

MILTON is a multi-media live performance that uses audio interviews, artifacts, and projected video of the sky to connect 5 towns named Milton across the United States– in NC, LA, WI, OR, and MA.

New York based, award winning theater artists PearlDamour began visiting the Miltons in 2012. In each town they talked with residents about their lives and world-views, and collaborated on projects that meaningfully address the town’s most urgent issues and interests. Now, they have made a play about what their experiences and are bringing it back to each Milton.  We are the 3rd Milton the play has come to.

The show is an intimate and surprisingly funny examination of the tiny individual under our vast shared sky. Part family reunion, part night at the opera, and part poetic meditation, MILTON brings the wonder, complexity, and challenges of all 5 ‘Miltons’ into one room. It is performed by a multi-racial cast of three actors, speaking and singing their way into a shared national question: What does it mean to be an American? Does an American community actually exist?

MILTON will be installed into the Keys Community Room at the Milton Public Library, May 17, 18, 20, and 21. Get your FREE tickets now by calling 1-800-946-6443 or signing up on our Eventbrite page.  70 seats per show, suitable for adults and kids middle school age and up. More info here.

MILTON is part of “Milton Reflecting”: a year of creative activities designed to bring Miltonians of all ages together to reflect on, claim, and celebrate the extraordinary diversity of our community. It is performed in conjunction with two other events also at the library: the Milton High Heritage Fest on May 25th, and a photography exhibit about immigrants in MA called The Bay State: a Multi-Cultural Landscape. Join us!

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Please see this flyer for information about the Milton Playground Planner’s “Name the Playground” Essay contest. The deadline is May 15th.

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MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following item was submitted by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of May 7 – 13:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Friday, May 12, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 am
Infant Massage with Baby Kneads, Babies with Caregivers

The benefits of infant massage are many: not only does it relax and soothe your baby, but it deepens bonding, promotes the strengthening of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, helps relieve the discomfort associated with gas and colic, helps baby sleep better by releasing stress which builds daily from new experiences, and increases confidence and sensitivity to baby’s cues. We invite you and your baby to join experienced instructor Sheryl White of Baby Kneads and learn how to reap these benefits for your own family! For babies from birth through pre-crawling, with caregiver. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Reading Dogs, Grades K-5

The Reading Dogs are back!  Kids currently in grades K-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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Mother’s Day Craft, Ages 5 and up

Mother’s Day is coming up tomorrow. In honor of Mom or any other special woman in your life, please join the Children’s Room to make a special handmade gift. Drop in anytime during the program and make something beautiful to brighten her day! For ages 5+. No registration 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

ATHLETICS

This has been a tough week for Milton Athletics, as the majority of matches and games were postponed due to weather.

  • The Boys and Girls Track Meet against Natick was postponed to a later date.
  • Baseball went 1-1, after beating Natick on Thursday. Softball lost a close one in the 7th inning to Natick on Thursday.
  • Boys Lacrosse has shown very well the past two weeks, improving everyday.  They are starting to score more goals as well, with 4 and 6 in their past two games. Girls Lacrosse played great against a tough Framingham side on Tuesday, ultimately losing 11-9.
  • The Girls Tennis Team is also showing signs of improvement, with a lot of young girls gaining valuable experience.  The Boys Tennis Team has shown no sides of slowing down, beating Norwood again, 5-0, to improve their record to 5-0.
  • Crew had their first race over the weekend, in which many of the boys and girls placed! Click here for their recap.
  • Rugby is now 3-0 with a convincing win over Catholic Memorial on Thursday.

The next few weeks will be jam-packed with games as approach the mid-way point in the Spring Season.  Make sure to visit the Miltonwildcats.com website to see recaps, scores and schedules!

Senior Captains Joanna Needham (Girls Basketball) and Ethan Walko (Boys Basketball) were both named to the MBCA All Academic Team! They will be honored at Holy Cross on Sunday, May 7th! Congratulations to both of them for this great achievement!

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

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: I would like to recognize MHS Senior Katherine Steele. Katherine Steele applied to the Young Artists Completion with the Boston Pops, and after several very competitive auditions, she won a grand prize!  Katie will be performing a solo selection on June 6th at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops.  Information about the competition can be found through the link and in the forwarded email below.

http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/students-educators/fidelity-investments-young-artists-competition.aspx

Staff:   I would like to thank and recognize our wonderful Food Service Staff. Again, please take a moment to let them know you appreciate them. I know that I do!

Thank you to: Debbie Abdon, Matthew Barrett, Somjit Bodda, Ellen Brusard, Connie Catinella, Sandy Chung-Ruiz, Maryellen Comer, Linda Delaney, Kimberly Demarino, Debbie Devoe, Kimberly Dibona, Barbara Doherty, Kevin Dooley, Sonja Fisher, Jayne Fitzgerald, William Fitzpatrick, Maureen Ford, Alexandra Giokas, Kimberly Golden, Mercedes Gonzalez, Carol Hunt, Janice Koenig, Sarah Lacombe, Jane Molloy, Elaine Moore Rico, Deborah Mullins, Patricia Newayno, Sheila Paolucci, Lessie Spann, Marika Varnerin, Marie Gladys Volmar, Florence Wallage, Patrick Whelan and Sandy Zalios

Volunteers: I would like to recognize Milton Public School parent Ned Corcoran, who was named as the Charles C. Winchester recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. Mr. Corcoran is being celebrated for his commitment to BID-Milton and the community. Mr. Corcoran has been a longtime member of the Milton Foundation for Education and has served as Vice President and as Celebration Co-Chair. He will be honored by BID-Milton at their 2017 Spring Gala on Saturday, May 6th. Congratulations!

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

 

 

April 22nd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 22•17
To: Milton  Parents, Guardians and Staff
From: Mary C. Gormley, Superintendent of Schools
Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Re: E-Blast Update
Dear Milton Parents, Guardians and Staff,
Please take a moment to open the three important and time-sensitive documents below.  The first document is from the MFE.  This Friday is the deadline to nominate a teacher for the MFE’s Teacher of the Year. Please download a nomination form below.
The next item was sent to us by BID-Milton and is an invitation to a talk on “Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Eating Habits,” to be held at the hospital on April 27th.
And finally, our “Chip in Fore Science” golf fundraiser is right around the corner. It will be held on May 1st at Granite Links Golf Club, with all procees to benefit our Science from Scientists program. Please see click this link or see below for more info:
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Thank you, and please enjoy the rest of your weekend.

April 13th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 13•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last night, we hosted a very moving reception in the lobby of the Charles C. Winchester Auditorium at Milton High School. We gathered to honor outgoing School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones and School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker. Both of these long-time School Committee members are stepping down from their positions, which made last night their last official meeting as members. Members of the School Committee, along with representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Milton Police Department, State Senator Walter Timilty, along with friends, family and Milton Public School faculty and staff, came to honor Ms. Bagley Jones and Mr. Walker.

Ms. Bagley Jones has been a strong advocate on behalf of social-emotional curriculum; created the Health & Wellness Subcommittee; supported the visual arts programs and chaired both the MHS Sports & Clubs Walkathon and the MFE Celebration for Education.

Mr. Walker was an early and vocal proponent of enhanced building security and chaired the Security Committee; worked to developed the district’s Advancement Initiatives; advocated for programs to close the Achievement Gap; chaired the Finance Subcommittee, helped to develop a Strategic Plan for the district; and supported inclusion programs for Special Education students.

Both Ms. Bagley Jones and Mr. Walker are exemplary School Committee members who have given of their personal time and unique talents to make the Milton Public Schools what they are today.

Please join me in thanking and recognizing these two outstanding individuals.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, held last night, summarized below:

April 12th: The meeting began with the recognition of the Future Problem Solving Program’s success at the recent State Bowl. Teams from Cunningham and Glover Schools competed and performed very well at this competition. Coach Lori Henry and members of both schools’ teams were commended.

Next, the BoomWriter Program was recognized. Elementary Math & Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator Amy Gale and the elementary students who had participated in the “BoomWriter Bee” were recognized for their hard work. The Milton High School Debate Team was given approval for an out-of-state Field Trip.

The School Committee received an Athletic Update from AD Eric Karjel, MHS Principal James Jette and Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Cat DesRoches. The chair reported out on recent Executive Sessions and the committee voted to approve a vendor warrant and Policy JLCCA-R regarding Administering Medicines to Students. Five sets of minutes were approved before the committee adjourned to Executive Session. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Christie Chiappetta, Middle School Science Coordinator and Rachel Clancy:

Students in 7th grade science wrapped up the Chemical Interactions unit with an exciting experiment called Elephant’s Toothpaste.  This lab was an extension of our curriculum and is given its name because of the shape the foam looks after the reaction is similar toothpaste coming out of a tube.  Throughout the unit students used atom molecules and chemical formulas to demonstrate how reactants rearrange during chemical reactions to form new substances, and in this case they were able to observe an exciting exothermic reaction (a reaction that feels hot!)  As we our focus to ecology, we are excited for the arrival of living things in our classrooms.  Students will be raising milkweed bugs and constructing aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems to deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of life on Earth.

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The following item was sent to us by Robin Lee and Karen Hughes:

Two weekends ago, we spent two days at Curry College with a very unique group of students from MHS who devoted their entire weekend to making a difference in researching the role that social media play in teen lives when it comes time to substance abuse. They worked extremely hard all Saturday to come up with facts and ideas and then put it all together on Sunday in what we think is masterful… Below are links to their creations with the help of Jeff Lemberg, Associate Professor of Media/Communication the mastermind behind the Messa Project. Please read Professor Lemberg’s comments below:

The videos from the MESSA Project weekend workshop at Curry College are now up on the program’s website, www.messaproject.com. This was a wonderful community-based partnership that brought together Curry students and Milton High School students, professors and teachers, administrators and coordinators to foster civic engagement and youth empowerment through media.

It is my sincere hope that the MESSA Project continues to grow and evolve. Thanks to the work and contributions of so many of you, there is now a solid foundation from which it can. 

Lastly, I want to offer a special thank you to Todd Bard, who traveled to Curry this past Sunday to share the story of his amazing daughter Evan with our weekend workshop participants. Todd’s speech about the real-world costs of drinking and driving, negative social pressure, and social responsibility clearly resonated deeply with those in attendance, as a large number of Milton High and Curry students sought him out afterward to talk further. 

To my new friends at Milton High, please extend my thanks to your students, and please, please share their incredibly creative public service videos with the wider MHS community. Ultimately, they are the audience we seek to reach. 

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The following item was submitted by Technology Director Angela Burke:

Kindles at the Elementary Schools — Kindles have become very popular at the elementary level. They are a resourceful addition to the ELA block, providing a fun, alternative option during independent reading. Kindles allow access to a variety of literature at a fairly low cost. Our scholars enjoy cuddling up with a Kindle and exploring the plethora of grade level appropriate texts. Teachers across the district have been fortunate in receiving many of these devices through Donors Choose, and other generous donations. We continue to look for ways to put more devices in our scholars’ hands to provide them with a variety of tools and resources to enhance their learning.

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The following item was submitted by MHS Fine & Applied Arts Director Dawn Sykes:

This week, The Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 28 new members into the Milton Chapter.  Tri-M is a national honor society for student musicians, which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. With the new inductees, membership at Milton High School has reached 41 students!  The current members are listed below:

Ryan Au, Annabel Botsford, Julia Butler, Eva Chow, Colleen Conley, Mariah Conway, Julia DeFilippo, Isabella DeFilippo, Kyle Dempsey, James DiSandro, Nailah Dore-Tyrell, Jamie Eder, Jada Farrar, Sawyer Flanagan, Lucy Hainline, Sarah Hancock, Tony Hancock, Penelope Holland, Dominik Hyppolite, Timothy Karoff, Lauren Kelly, James Le, Claire Mandel, Nethania Marc, Nick Marinilli, Henry McKay, Griffin McLaughlin, Julia Nerenberg, Hue-Ninh Nguyen, Laura O’Hanlon, Kaleigh Pentland, Emily Possi, Gwyneth Sauter, Arielle Solomon, Hannah Solomon, Stephen Tan, Alice Truong, Grace Varela, Maya Watanabe, Liezel Werner and Annie Wong.

MHS Tri-M Inductees 2017

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Also last weekend, the Milton Music Department traveled to New York City for the annual Music Department Cultural Trip.  A total of 130 participants visited several musical performances and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Winter Garden Theatre for the Broadway performance of SCHOOL OF ROCK.  This trip is organized to cultivate interest and engagement in the performing arts through the attendance of high quality performances, and tours of world class, historic performance venues; to provide students with a clearer perspective about their own practice in the performing arts; and to impart greater appreciation and understanding for differing points of view as can be demonstrated through the performing arts.  Following are a few student accounts of the trip:

  • “It was an amazing experience to spend three days in such a wonderful city that has so much culture to offer.  Probably my favorite thing was School of Rock because I love musicals and, as sad as it was, the 9/11 Memorial was another special part of the trip and truly impactful. I won’t forget that experience.”  -Paula Hogan
  • “Jazz at Lincoln Center was a transformative experience for me.  Seeing such incredible musicians do their ‘thing’ at such proximity immersed me entirely in the music.  I don’t think I’ve ever listened so intently.” -Jamie Eder
  • “Seeing Jazz at Lincoln Center was a very inspiring experience.  It makes me want to continue playing and listening to jazz, because I had been doubting myself for a while.  I would love for opportunities like these to continue for young players so they can feel as motivate as I am now.”  -Liezel Werner

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Finally, the Visual Arts Department recently wrapped up an overwhelmingly successful PASSPORT to the ARTS!  In case you missed a stop on the tour, please enjoy this video highlighting a few of the thousands of pieces of art presented in this district-wide art show: Congratulations to all for this outstanding collaborative event:

Visual Art: Kassandra Aloe, Star Baylon, Laurel Bernini, Jess Gillooly, Karen Hughes, Stephanie Sherman, Angela Trumbower, and Robyn Thompson-Duong . MHS Pre-K & Child Studies: Kristin Donovan and Kelly Griffith. MHS Fashion Design teacher: Joyce White.

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The following item was sent to us by World Language Director Martine Fisher:

La Joie de Vivre: An International Language

Thanks to the generosity of the Pierce PTO, the World Language Department hosted international artist Brice Kapel on April 7th. Close to 500 students, all 6th graders and some 8th graders, attended the one-hour concert. The atmosphere of the Charles Winchester auditorium was electric from the start.

Brice Kapel is a charismatic and energetic performer who made immediate contact with all our students. As noted by Karen Girondel, the artist’s agent, “The energy and enthusiasm of the students at Pierce was indeed a beautiful sight to behold. From my vantage point at the back of the auditorium, every student was totally engaged, whether they understood the words or not”. The fact that Brice sang in French and his native Mina (one of the dialects of Togo) did not prevent the participation of all thanks to the highly engaging and interactive nature of the show. “I didn’t understand a word he said, but I got the vibe that he had the right message for Pierce at the right time. I don’t think I’ve seen so much uninhibited happiness in MPS students since Rene Castro hit the shot in 2009”, wrote Nick Fitzgerald, Dean of Students, right after the show.

Brice Kapel’s message is about love, joy, diversity, and his African roots. “The richness of our differences comes from the way in which we are alike”, are the introductory words of his show. Brice’s concert, carefully tailored to each new audience, blends the flavors of Africa and reflects the realities of today’s global society. His songs tackle themes dear to children as well as adults, such as education, childhood, love, friendship, family, and the beauty of nature.

Sixth graders had worked on Brice’s songs for months in Ms. Knobloch and Mr. Fender‘s immersion classes. Most students knew his French songs by heart and sang all along. The show had been also discussed and highly anticipated in Latin and Spanish sixth grade classes. The fact that the artist took the time to autograph dozens of posters (and improvised notebook pages) and to high-five hundreds of students as they were leaving the auditorium was the perfect manifestation of his message of joy and friendship.

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The following item was sent in by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison:

The Future Problem Solving State Bowl was held this past Saturday at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Four teams, two from Cunningham Elementary School including Cormac Burke, Meghan Mylod, Lucy Asanza, Tucker Korman, Daschel Koh, Mary O’Keefe,

Rachel Booker-Jones, Kyla Miller and two teams from Glover Elementary School including Soraya Darvish, Ella Forgues-Gilbert, Amaad Tahir, Roman Padera, Camden Carr, Rory Martin, Ankien Nguyen, Gabriella Hernandez were invited to compete after receiving high scores at the Qualifying Bowl held at Canton High School on February 4, 2017.  In addition Collicot students Cora Redmond and Christopher Cherry and Tucker students Lucy Hays and Gabe Veal competed as individuals in the junior division and Anderson Korman, Pierce Middle School student, competed as an individual in the middle division.

Staff members, Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Jaclyn Germano, Kelly Murtagh and Nicole Lauria were on hand for the day. A giant thank you to parents Mrs. Burke for assisting with bus supervision, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Carr for creating prop kits for each team, Ms. Forgues for providing props to keep the students travelling by bus entertained and calm while a new bus was sent to replace the stalled bus at MHS, Piel Hollingsworth who assisted the individual entries and all the parents who came to cheer on their children during the skit and awards ceremony. The students were delighted to see their principals Karen McDavitt and Jon Redden arrive to cheer them on as well.

This year’s topic was Identity Theft and students were given two hours to work diligently and complete the packet. This included reading the future scene, identifying 8-16 challenges, select one underlying problem.  After reviewing the underlying problem they were given the task to identify 8-16 solutions and as a team develop criteria to select the best solution and then design an action plan.

After lunch the students gathered to turn their action plans into skits. Their assignment was to create a skit based on their final action plan.  The skit could not exceed 5 minutes and only specific props could be used.  The students also needed to include the quote by Dr. Seuss, “Do what you want to do, say what you want to say, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who do mind don’t matter. The performances were amazing and the Cunningham team took home 2nd place and the Glover team placed 3rd.

Congrats to all who participated and thank you to all the parents who assisted.

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We recently invited a Milton resident and Holocaust survivor Judy Jablon to speak to students at the Pierce Middle School about her experiences. Please read the following reaction from Pierce Guidance Counselor Lisa Veldran:

I had the honor of listening to Judy Jablon, a Holocaust survivor speak to the 8th graders at Pierce today.  She is an amazing speaker and to watch our 8th grade students and the rest of the audience connect with her was truly inspiring.  After the presentation, the students were given an opportunity to ask Mrs. Jablon questions. They formed a long line, waited patiently and then spoke to her one by one. Many hugged her or shook her hand and asked her so many amazing questions.  Mrs. Jablon answered each one with grace, poise, and an amazing sense of humor.

This important presentation was so very powerful because Mrs. Jablon’s message is that everyone is welcome, everyone is important and that we need to be accepting and kind to everyone and make the most out of opportunities presented to us.

Nancy Warn and Karen Spaulding are truly amazing educators who worked hard to bring Mrs. Jablon and her important message to our school community. They listened to a few 8th graders who presented this wonderful idea and had the vision to make it happen. I feel so lucky to work with both of them.

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From left: PMS students Marvin Garvin, Nick Saraf, Aidan Welch, Milton resident Judy Jablon, Shane Queally, Pierce Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Sam Shwarz

 

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The following item was submitted by Linda Stefanick, MHS Chemistry teacher and Pre-Med Club advisor:

Thirty two Milton high school students travelled to Norwood Hospital as part of a Schools to Careers partnership, Health care field, career exploration field trip. The students broke into 8 groups and each group was led on a tour/exploration of different departments in the hospital. Afterward they were brought back together and each group shared with the entire group what they had seen, learned and discovered during their sessions. Then they had a moving presentation from the Norwood Hospital President. The students represented Milton High extremely well. I would personally like to thank Norwood Hospital as they allowed our students to take part in this amazing opportunity even though Milton is technically outside of their geographical population base of patients. Many students were intrigued by Norwood Hospital’s volunteer opportunities afforded to high school students. It seems like a great place for students to collect some community service hours and really explore possible future career fields. Please read the comments below from the group who helps to organize these experiences.

The following item was sent by Katherine Touafek, Director of the School to Careers Partnership:

I wanted to share some photos of the 32 Milton High School students taken during their visit to Steward-Norwood Hospital for the “Health & Medical Futures” seminar. Each set of students was given the opportunity to shadow in two of these key clinical areas:

  • Laboratory
  • Imaging (catscan/xray/MRI)
  • Emergency Department
  • Sterile Processing
  • PACU/Endoscopy
  • Nursing
  • Sleep Lab
  • Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapies

After the shadowing portion, students presented what they learned to the other students, and listened to a quick talk by the President of the Hospital.  Our employees relayed how polite, interested and prepared the MHS students were.  In fact, we will be highlighting them as the STUDENTS OF THE WEEK on our Facebook Page tomorrow. If you have not already, please find us on social media:

Like School to Careers on FB here

Follow School to Careers on Twitter here

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The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, Elementary Science Coordinator:

First and Second Grade English Innovation Pathway classrooms at Glover Elementary School recently were visited by iRobot for lessons about engineering and robotics!  The lessons began with a presentation about how robots work and how they can do things that we don’t want to do (ie. vacuum and mop)!  Students reviewed the Engineering Design Process with the iRobot presenters and discussed how the different types of engineers work together to invent and create robots.  Children then had the opportunity to divide into groups to explore and interact with the robot that iRobot produces.  This was a fun, educational and interactive experience for all involved that built upon the knowledge and skills students have developed through the STEM component of the English Innovation Pathway.  Visits to the other elementary schools are being planned for the upcoming months!

The following item was sent in by Karen McDavitt, Glover Elementary School Principal:

On Sunday, April 9, Glover 5th grade students, Imaad Tahir, Moses Mann, Alex Files, Jocelyn Vrettas, Aidan McNulty, Owen Quirion, Ani Phung, and Sundy Zimmermann, along with homeroom teacher, Maura Middleton, had a splendid afternoon at Unquity House. The students played Bingo, Uno, Sorry, and other card games with the residents. The students also served and shared home baked snacks. It was a wonderful afternoon: please enjoy these pictures!

https://goo.gl/photos/w8y8kXrGL1tcfknK9

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS

The following item was submitted by Laurie Stillman, SEL Facilitator:

Literature Can Instill Important Values We all know that reading books helps children and youth to build their intelligence, communicate effectively, and learn about the world around them. Literature is also an important way that parents can instill desirable character traits in their children. Books are an important way that kids absorb lessons and values that are important to embrace as members of their family, their communities, and as contributors to a civil society.  Being trustworthy, respectful, courageous, empathetic and involved in the greater good are themes that can be taught and reinforced through literature.   Children’s and Teen’s books are filled with important lessons that can inspire kids to take on values and behaviors that we cherish.  So the next time you go to the library or bookstore looking for kids’ books, don’t only take into account their literary value.  Also take into account the lessons they teach—both good and bad. Feel free to read them too and have a family discussion about their meaning. This will serve you well as a parent in supporting the social and emotional competencies of your children.     Here are links for books that develop healthy social and emotional competencies in children of various grade levels:

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

The following item was submitted by Pierce Science Coordinator Christie Chiapietta:

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded Pierce Middle School an $8,000 grant to host a Clean Energy Day for selected students. The event, taking place on April 26th from 2:30-6:30 pm will feature hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for the students. Through the program, local clean energy businesses were invited to partner with six schools across Massachusetts to host the events.

MassCEC is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors. MassCEC helps clean energy companies grow, connects students with clean energy careers, supports municipal clean energy projects, and invests in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating an innovative and robust marketplace for the clean energy industry. This funding program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy innovation sector with MassCEC’s ongoing investments in workforce training for high school students and internships for college age students. Clean Energy Day awards were also made in Auburn, Brockton, Fitchburg, and two schools in Boston.

For more information on this event, please contact Christie Chiappetta, Pierce Middle School Science Coordinator, at cchiappetta@miltonps.org.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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Attention golfers!! Our upcoming fundraiser for Science from Scientists is need of more golfers. Please come out to support a fantastic cause on Monday, May 1st at 11am. To register, click on this link: www.chipinforescience.org

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The following information was submitted by MHS Principal James Jette:

There are two important fundraisers underway. First, we have the MHS Debate Team – Domenic Jancaterino (Grade 11) and Aislinn O’Brien (Grade 12) are preparing to compete at the National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky this May (Memorial Day Weekend). They qualified for this tournament by coming in first place at a tournament in Shrewsbury this past February. Both Domenic and Aislinn will have access to their debate materials on April 15th followed by the instructions to begin researching as soon as the topic is released. With that said, they still have some fundraising to do to see this opportunity come to fruition. The hotel rooms for the two students and the Debate Coach have been funded by a Donors Choose project that was set up and overwhelmingly supported by friends. Special thanks to those who made a contribution. With that said, we still have to raise $2,000 to cover airfare and activity fees. We hope to raise this money through a Gillette Concert Raffle ticket sales. Click here for the link and scroll down to the bottom for more Concert Ticket Raffle info. If you would like to sponsor a portion of the trip by simply making a donation, that too will be greatly appreciated.

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Secondly, we are hoping to support the MHS Future Business Leaders of America – Earlier this month, 23  Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  The students gained valuable insight and tips from industry leading executives, participated in leadership activities, networked with future business leaders from across the state and competed in business events.  The day culminated with an awards ceremony honoring the top finishers in the state.  The following students earned top honors: State Champion in Hospitality Management: Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Ebongue and Domenic Jancaterino, second place Economics: Domenic Jancaterino, third place Economics: Peyton Carvalho, fourth place Economics: Nuasheen Chowdhury; fourth place Advertising: Lilli Cormack,  second place Job Interview: Ornella Ebongue, fourth place Job Interview: Suvan Shukla;  fourth place Public Speaking: Karisa Lasoff, third place Publication Design: Linda Do and Vincent Luong; fourth place Sports & Entertainment Management: Chris Caputo, Peyton Carvalho and Will Jrolf.  These students, along with Massachusetts FBLA State Secretary, Tim Walsh have qualified to compete at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California June 29th – July 2nd. FBLA students have been working hard to raise money for this expensive trip to Anaheim, CA.  They still have 23 Miltonopoly games ($25), 25 Milton ties ($25), and color changing water bottles ($5).  If you would like to purchase any of these products please stop by the Booster Concession stand, or contact AJ Melanson at amelanson@miltonps.org.  Cash donations are also greatly appreciated!

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The MHS Junior Class Student Government is holding a Savers Drive on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 10 to noon at Milton High School.  Please drop off all donations at the front entrance of Milton High School. All proceeds from this Fundraiser will go to the Junior Class to defray costs of class activities.

Visit our Savers Fundrive website here:  https://fundrive.savers.com/e/miltonhsclassof2018

The Junior Class will earn 20 cents for every pound of soft goods donated and 5 cents for every pound of hard goods donated. This is a great way to declutter your house and help raise money for Milton High School’s Prom. Below is a list of all the items Savers will accept.

  • Accessories: Hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags
  • Clothing & shoes: Men’s, women’s, children’s
  • Electrical: Small electrical toasters, radios, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos, CD players, speakers, DVD and VCR players, table lamps, floor lamps, humidifiers
  • Exercise & outdoor:Bicycles, golf accessories, garden tools, sports equipment, exercise equipment, skis
  • Kids: Toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals
  • Kitchen: Pots, pans, utensils, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, silverware
  • Knick-knacks: Jewelry, crafts, mugs, candles, pictures/frames, baskets, ornaments, hand tools
  • Media: Hardback and paperback books, magazines, records, tapes, CDs, videos, DVDs, computer software
  • Small furniture: All chairs, tables (dining, kitchen, coffee, end, computer, night stand, patio), dressers, hutch, armoire, bookcase, cabinets, entertainment centers
  • Other textiles: Bed/bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

The following was sent in by Jerry Vitti, Becky Padera and JP Plunkett of the Challenger League:

Dear Challenger Community — Can you feel baseball in the air today?  We can. We are happy to report that registrations are going well and everyone is looking forward to the season.  Remember the opening parade is on April 22nd and our first game the following weekend.

A link to registration is below.  I’ve spoken to folks how have signed up and there is excitement in the air, so let’s build on our momentum. For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, (and you know who you are),   please sign up today.  Looks like we are going to have our veteran players reporting in as well as some new additions. So psyched. Also, please check out and like our FB page @ Milton Challenger Team. Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there.

http://miltonnationalll.com/Registration/

FROM THE READERS

Please read the two articles below on “what makes a great teacher.”

  1. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/104138/chapters/The-Qualities-of-Great-Teachers.aspx
  2. http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-makes-a-great-teacher/

MFE NEWS

Fresh off the heels of the very successful Celebration for Education, the MFE is now preparing for its annual Teacher of the Year ceremony. Please nominate a deserving teacher or staff member for this honor. Forms can be found by clicking here.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

Dare Camp is a week-long camp run by the Milton Police Department. The camp is open to Milton residents entering grades 6 – 8. This camp is run by officers of the Milton Police Dept. The focus of the week is on enhancing relationships between youth and police and we will discuss substance abuse prevention. Sign ups will be on April 25th at 9am. The link below is how you would go about registering.

http://www.townofmilton.org/police-resources/dare-camp

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Please see the item below send in from Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition:

Meeting Rescheduled! Because of a scheduling change, the MSAPC is not meeting as planned on Thursday, April 13th. Instead, we will be meeting on Wednesday, May 10th at 7pm (location TBA). The topic remains the same: Opioid Crisis: Our Community We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It was brought to our attention that the meeting was accidentally scheduled on Maundy Thursday, the Holy Thursday before Easter. We immediately cancelled it when we realized the mistake. We are deeply sorry for the mix-up and appreciate the folks who brought it to our attention. Rescheduling proved to be a bit tricky given school April vacation, the town elections and then Town Meeting so we chose the first available date following this busy time of year for Milton. As always, the meeting is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. For further details on the agenda, see our original meeting announcement below. We hope you can join us! The topic will be Opioid Crisis: Our Community

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Bring your Family and Friends, Arbor Day 2017, Earth Celebration on Friday, April 21 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (drop in). Mary M.B. Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road, Milton, MA  02186

Milton’s Shade Tree Advisory Committee, Department of Public Works, Public Library, and Mary M.B. Wakefield Charitable Trust and are teaming up to offer a family-friendly Arbor Day Earth Celebration on Friday, April 21 from 11am to 2pm at the Wakefield Estate in Milton. The event will highlight the importance of trees in our local environment and will include a fun array of Spring activities for all ages ranging from a display devoted to Tree books at Milton Public Library , a tree phenology table, a bare-root tree seedling give-away for home planting, BYO-picnic opportunities, to other hands-on learning adventures and demonstrations. There will be face-painting, “make your own worm compost mini-bin,” and a “mud and worm sundae” station. This event is rain-or-shine and FREE.  Parking will be available at Thacher Montessori School (Route 138) and onsite. Celebrate Trees and the last day of April School Vacation Week with us!  For more information contact: 617-333-0924; 617-698-5757. Read more: http://www.townofmilton.org/node/15873

ATHLETICS

The Girls Cross Country and Track teams traveled to Fenway on Tuesday and the State House on Thursday.  See below for a great picture!

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The Boys and Girls Track team both recorded wins over Framingham and Norwood.  They are both 2-0 to start the season.

The Softball Team fell to Walpole on Monday but bounced back with an 11-5 win over Wellesley on Wednesday behind a great outing from freshman pitcher Jillian Rundlett.

The Baseball Team also beat Wellesley after suffering a defeat to Walpole.  After a scoreless 7 innings behind Andrew Steele and another four from Driscoll, the Wildcats won 3-2 in 12 innings to improve to 1-1.

The Rugby team has also started 2-0 thanks to victories over Hanover and Malden Catholic.  Take a peak at the great recap from Coach Dolan here.

Boys and Girls Tennis are 3-0 and 0-2 respectively.  Boys Tennis has beaten Randolph, Norwood and Walpole to start the season strong.  See the writes up on our website.

Boys Lacrosse has had a difficult start but will look to build on some gutsy performances next week as they travel to Oliver Ames.

Girls Lacrosse started the season off with a win over Hanover, before falling to Walpole in a great game, where the Wildcats fell just short of a comeback.

Be sure to visit miltonwildcats.com for game recaps, rosters, schedules, all-stars, scores, and more!

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: Congratulations to the following MHS students, who were chosen for recognition in the final Student of the Quarter ceremony for this year. Art: Alexis Higgins and Joseph Pezzini. Business Education: Alex Dhima and Dilruba Manavoglu. English: Stephanie Che and Usama Shakeel. Family & Consumer Science: Julia Biagotti and Nicolas Marinilli. History: Isabelle Richer and Ashley Thermidor-Payne. Humanities: Sean Bentley. Math: Finn Doherty and Chrisma Jackson. Music: James Eder and Aidan Guilderson. PE & Health: Faith Agudosi and William Jrolf. Science: Aidan Braithwaite and Katherine Fahy. Technology Education: Patrick Davoren and Lashmi Dowds. World Languages: Ameilia Ferreria and Joshua Kackley.

Staff: I would like to thank and recognize our World Language Director, Dr. Martine Fisher for her hard work and dedication. This time of year is especially busy for Dr. Fisher, with World Languages Advanced Placement Exam around the corner, the recent administration of the DELF exam. The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education certifying a level of fluency in French. In addition, our Latin students participate  in the National Latin Exam, the Medusa Mythology Exam and the National Classical Etymology Exam at the High School and Middle School levels; and our Spanish students take the National Spanish Exam. This is all in addition to all the end-of-the-year plays, concerts and events at the elementary, middle and high school level. We are very grateful for Dr. Fisher and all her hard work.

Volunteers/Donors: I would like to thank BID-Milton for their generous donation of an upright piano to our music department. The hospital reached out to us to see if we could use a piano, and of course, we said yes!  Just another example of the wonderful partnership with the BID-Milton.

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

 

 

April 7th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 07•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, April 7th, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11th the Milton High School Cross Country team will be honored at Fenway Park. The ceremony will take place at 6:45 pm prior to the Red Sox game. What a tremendous honor for our Wildcat’s State Championship team!

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

This is always an exciting time of year in the Milton Public Schools. Our high school seniors are getting their college acceptance letters; our incoming kindergartners are being registered and screened; our rising first-grade families are making the choice between French Immersion and English/Innovation Pathways; our middle-schoolers are in Washington, DC for a field trip; our Future Problem Solvers are headed off to the State Bowl; the mother ducks are getting ready to hatch their ducklings at Glover; spring sports are just beginning; the MFE’s annual Celebration event is tomorrow night; and the Science from Scientists golf tournament fundraiser is only weeks away. All of those things, coupled with warmer weather and (hopefully) sunnier skies make this a fabulous time of year to be part of the Milton Public Schools.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School. This meeting will be preceded by a brief reception in the MHS lobby to celebrate and thank Milton School Committee Chairman Leroy Walker and Milton School Committee member Kristan Bagley Jones for their service to the town of Milton, the Milton Public Schools and the Milton School Committee.

During the March 29th meeting, we presented K and Grade One numbers. As of today, we have 330 kindergarten students fully registered. In order to receive school assignments and screening appointments, you must be fully registered by April 28, 2017.

First Grade Placement: District-wide, we have 189 first graders who opted for the English Innovation Pathways program (55%) and 157 opted for French Immersion (45%). As a result, we will have 10 English Innovation Pathways classes and 6 French Immersion. At Collicot, we will have 3 English and 2 French classes. At Cunningham, we will have 3 English and 1 French class.  Glover will have 2 English and 2 French. Tucker will have 2 English and 1 French. There were lotteries for French at Tucker and Cunningham.  District-wide, there were 12 students who requested French and did not initially receive French placements.  We have 3 available seats at Collicot that we will offer through the district-wide lottery.  As enrollments change throughout the summer, we hope to be able to offer French seats to everyone on the list.

CURRICULUM NEWS

The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

2017 Milton BoomWriter BeeWe are happy to report that the 1st Annual Milton BoomWriter Bee was a grand success! The enthusiasm with which all students approached the contest and the skill that they demonstrated each week in their writing was unparalleled. Over 700 students participated; they wrote for a total of 78,973 minutes and generated 2,245,621 words!

The project began back on February 16 when all grade 4 and 5 students across the district received a copy of chapter 1 of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure, a story start written by the Goonie’s own Chunk (aka Jeff Cohen).  The students returned from February vacation with great ideas, ready to write and beginning on February 27, each week, students wrote their own version of each chapter of the story. Each Friday the students participated in an anonymous voting round in which students voted for their favorite chapter.

Every week of competition, we saw a winner from each of the 4 elementary schools and 1 overall winner whose chapter will be printed in the book. By the final week of competition the field was narrowed to the top vote getter in each of the four schools. These students competed in final round to determine an overall winner. The chapter winners, finalists and the winner Fiona Zimon were all honored at an amazing event hosted by BoomWriter and Jeff Cohen at the Hoosic Club. Over 300 people turned out to congratulate our winners and meet Chunk!

The FINAL FOUR were as follows;

Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham). Last Friday, March 24 all students voted for their favorite chapter 5 and Fiona Zimon of Cunningham won this last vote.

The overall weekly winners are as follows; these are the authors whose chapters will appear in the published version of The Legend of One-Eyed Willy’s Secret Second Treasure.

Nathan Ehui (Tucker)- Chapter 2, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 3, Elinor Johnson (Glover)- Chapter 4, Fiona Zimon (Cunningham)- Chapter 5.

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Cat DesRoche, Jeff Cohen (“Chunk”) AND Elaine McNeil Girmai

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Elinor Johnson, Mae McKenna and Fiona Zimon

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Saanah Lefevre and Nathan Ehui.

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The Boomwriter Bee Publishing Party!

The following item was sent to us by MHS teacher and Future Business Leaders of America coach AJ Melanson:

Yesterday I took 23 students to the FBLA State Leadership Conference at Bentley University.  We had a record 12 students qualify for Nationals (Anaheim, CA June 28 – July 3)!  We are so pleased to announce that we have three State Champions in Hospitality Management – Nuasheen Chowdhury, Ornella Obongue and Domenic Jancaterino! Also, please congratulate the following nine students who also qualified for Nationals:

2nd Place Economics – Domenic Jancaterino
3rd Place Economics – Peyton Carvalho
4th Place Economics – Nuasheen Chowdhury
4th Place Advertising – Lilli Cormack
2nd Place Job Interview – Ornella Ebongue
4th Place Job Interview – Suvan Shukla
4th Place Public Speaking – Karisa Lasoff
3rd Place Publication Design – Linda Do and Vincent Luong
4th Place Sports & Entertainment Management – Chris Caputo, Peyton Carvalho and Will Jrolf

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

Milton High School Future Business Leaders of America

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The following item was submitted by Technology Director Dr. Angela Burke:

Our eighth grade scholars, in preparation for their Washington, D.C. trip, create a virtual tour of their trip. Using Google Earth, scholars map out historical sites that can be seen while in D.C., providing helpful, fun facts about each site. Scholars are able to see 3D, street views of the sites, with close detail, before they even arrive in D.C. Scholars turn their tour into a short movie, narrating the virtual experience. Click here to see an example of a finished product on YouTube:

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The following item was sent to us by Michelle Kreuzer, MHS Math Department Head:

 On Wednesday, March 29th, 120 Pierce Middle School students attended the FutureSmart Challenge at the TD Garden with approximately 2000 students from area schools.  The event was hosted by MassMutual, the Boston Celtics, and Junior Achievement.   Attending the FutureSmart Challenge is part of an effort to increase the financial literacy of our middle school students.  Hill Harper, an actor and author who graduated from Harvard Law School, discussed the importance of savings, career choices, staying in school, going to college and how each has a profound impact on future financial success.   Former Celtic Leon Powe also spoke with the students and they had the chance to see the Boston Celtics team mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun, perform.

As part of our partnership with Junior Achievement, Pierce students will continue learning about personal finance either in their Grade 7 Math Investigations or ISSTEM Grade 8 classes during the remainder of the school year.   The Grade 7 Math Investigations students will complete JA Economics for Success, which presents practical information about personal finance and stresses the importance of identifying education and career goals based on skills, interests and values.  The ISSTEM Grade 8 classes will work on JA Finance Park Virtual, a program on personal finance management, which gives students the opportunity to explore personal, academic, and financial choices through hands-on, realistic simulation experiences.

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The following item was submitted by Glover Principal Karen McDavitt:

Glover Art Show Success! Thank you for joining us on Wednesday night for the Glover Art Show! It was absolutely spectacular! I couldn’t stop smiling as I watched families and students proudly viewing artwork and sharing accomplishments. The halls were buzzing, students were laughing, families were smiling, and to me, it was exactly what an elementary school should look like, sound like, and feel like. I am so proud to be the principal of such an amazing school. Nights like Wednesday night remind me of how fortunate we all are! Thank you, Mrs. Baylon and Mrs. Bernini, for inspiring our young artists and creating the happiest hallways I’ve ever seen! Please take a moment to look at some of Glover’s amazing artwork in this video: You can also take a peek at the students in action in this presentation put together by Mrs. Bernini and Mrs. Baylon.

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The following item was sent to us by Humanities Department Head Barbara Wright:

M-PACE Performances: Milton High School students have had the pleasure of seeing three different performances over the past two months, thanks to the funding of the Milton Partnership for Arts and Cultural Education (MPACE).   In March sophomores enjoyed a performance of Macbeth, presented by the Bay Colony Theatre Company and in April our juniors, who study American history and American literature, visited the House of Blues to see a live performance by a band that traced the history of the Blues through American music.  The third installment of the performances happened this week, as actors from the Shakespeare Now!  theater company performed Romeo and Juliet in the Charles Winchester Auditorium.  Ninth grade students from Fontbonne Academy joined the audience for Romeo and Juliet as well, as the play is part of their curriculum.

In all more than 700 students saw one of the three performances this Spring.  Without the generous donations made by MPACE these performances would not be possible.

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The following item was submitted by PMS Humanities Coordinator Nancy Warn:

Our 7th graders have almost completed the novel The Devil’s Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen.  They have explored the history of a troubled time period, studied the elements of literature and investigated the themes of intolerance and injustice in this text and in supplemental readings.  Students explored complex characters, discussed good vs. evil, the impact of hatred and intolerance on society. This novel was eye opening for many of our 7th graders and the lessons learned will stay with them for a long time to come.   This year, we are lucky enough to have a Milton resident and Holocaust survivor coming to speak to our 7th graders on April 12th.  She will share her story of survival and share how the human spirit can triumph, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club invites Milton residents graduating from high school this year to apply for scholarships for further education.  The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants who plan to enter schools or colleges in 2017, and are not limited to four year accredited programs.

The application consists of an online form, a transcript, letters of recommendation, and a brief personal essay. As a community organization, Milton Junior Woman’s Club will award scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and community involvement.

Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and can be submitted at www.miltonjuniorwomansclub.com in the “Student Scholarship” tab.

The Milton Junior Woman’s Club is a nonprofit organization whose objective is to broaden and strengthen the moral, social, and intellectual life of its members and to serve the community.  Money raised throughout the year by events such as the Milton Road Race held in June, enables the club to fund the scholarship program. We always welcome new members!

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING NEWS:

The following item was submitted by SEL Facilitator Laurie Stillman:

The Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will have its next meeting on Thursday, April 13th The topic is Opiod Crisis: Our Community. We will have a parent who lost a child and is now an advocate and a rep from Manet Health Center to demonstrate the use and benefits of Narcan.  The meeting is from 7-9pm at Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hill Parkway in Milton.

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The following item is from Noel Vigue, Director of Physical Education/Health:

CALLING ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS of Milton Public School children — In our ever changing, fast-paced, and complex world, we’re bombarded with so much information on a daily basis, it can be difficult to find the best resources to help raise healthy, responsible and resilient children.  It’s often said that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” As partners in the education of Milton youth and our desire to support families with children of all ages, we’re interested in offering a Parent Workshop/Speaker Series.  We want to hear from you!  Below is a list of sample topics.  What would you like to learn more about?  What topics would be of interest?

Strategies for Raising Teenage Boys
Responding to Everyday Stress with Grit & Resiliency
Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Body Image
The Middle Years
Smartphones, Apps, Internet: Safety in the Digital Age
How to Connect with Your Child Through Play

Please email nvigue@miltonps.org Noel Vigue, Director of Health and Physical Education with your thoughts/ideas.  We look forward to hearing from you.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity.

We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools.

Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org)

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Attention golfers!! Our upcoming fundraiser for Science from Scientists is need of more golfers. Please come out to support a fantastic cause on Monday, May 1st at 11am. To register, click on this link: www.chipinforescience.org

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I mentioned a Pierce student’s Cradles to Crayons fundraiser in a recent E-blast. Here is an exciting update: After nearly five hours with middle school and high school students — along with some help from our State Senator Walter Timilty — 50 bags of donated items were collected and shipped to Cradles to Crayons. This drive was organized by Pierce student and Student Ambassador to Project 351, Dominique Thomas. What an outpouring of Milton support! Thank you to all who contributed.

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The Milton High Girls Track Team is hosting a car wash fundraiser on Saturday April 15 at Cunningham School, 9:00-12:00, $10.00 per vehicle. Please come out to support this State-Championship-winning team as they try to raise money to attend Nationals this spring in North Carolina!

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison in conjunction with Susan Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance. For more information please contact Ms. Dolan at 617 696 2262.

Parent Café -Getting ready for Kindergarten!

  • Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-10am at the Collicot/Cunningham Elementary School Cafeteria, 80 Edgehill Road
  • Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:00pm-6:00pm at the Tucker Elementary School, 187 Blue Hills Parkway

Milton Public Schools and Milton Early Childhood Alliance are partnering up to offer parents/guardians of children entering kindergarten in the fall a free parent café – “Getting ready for kindergarten!”.

Join us for a round table discussion. Kindergarten is a big step in your child’s life and we would like to share some tips to help you prepare. In addition to a roundtable discussion, all participants will receive helpful hints, a list of children’s book titles about kindergarten, and activities to help with language, fine motor, gross motor, kindergarten readiness and self help skills.  Panel members will include Beth Greenawalt, Parent Coach and founder of www.Parent-Solutions.com, Susan L. Dolan, Director of Milton Early Childhood Alliance and Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison for the Milton Public Schools.

Simply choose one of the dates, register and attend. These workshops are open to all Milton families; your child does not need to be attending a Milton Public School in the fall.

Please register by emailing cpcmecasld@verizon.net or by calling Susan Dolan, MECA at 617- 696- 2262. To complete the registration leave your name, the session you plan to attend and a contact phone number.  Your registration will be confirmed with a reply email or phone call.  Child care is NOT available for any sessions of this workshop.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

MPS Kindergarten Registration

If you have not had an opportunity to register your child for Kindergarten for the school year 2017-2018 please contact Jane Barrett at 617-696-5040 ext. 5510. Children entering a MPS Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2017. Students who are fully registered by April 28, 2017 will receive notice in early May indicating their child’s school assignment along with their screening appointment time.  Kindergarten screening will take place May 22,23,24,25.

The Kindergarten Information Night presentation can be found at:

http://www.miltonps.org/documents/KInformationNight2017FINAL.pdf

HEALTH ROOM NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Margaret Gibbons, Director of Nurses:

After much consideration and feedback from parents / guardians I have worked with the district’s attorneys and Administration to inform you that the school nurses will be sending health information notices based on a new division of grades within each school. Going forward there will be two groups to share information from school to home. Grade Pre K – Grade 2 and Grade 3 – Grade 5.  

The division was based on the age and understanding of each group. The younger group of student has little knowledge or limited knowledge of the transmission of “germs.” They are just learning about hand washing, proper cough etiquette and not sharing personal items among other good healthy behaviors.  This makes this group similar when illnesses or lice are seen at school.

The grade 3 – grade 5 students also share similar behaviors but are more understanding and have been taught the importance of healthy behaviors and illness prevention.

As the nurses move forward with this model, I anticipate that “home” will actually be receiving more notices because we will be looking across grades to identify illnesses or health concern to inform parents and guardians what we are seeing in the school setting. This will give parents / guardians, I believe, the information that you want to help assess and care for your own child

MILTON SUMMER ENRICHMENT

MSE Dates:  MSE will be held at Milton High School and will run Monday – Thursday, 8:00-12:00 from June 26 – July 27, 2017.  Please note there will be no MSE on Monday, July 3 or Tuesday, July 4.  If we have any more snow days this year, we will need to adjust the dates of MSE and will keep you informed of any changes.

Registration:  Online registration will begin in late April and remain open for one month.  Please note that all courses are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  As courses fill, they will be removed from the drop down menus and will no longer be available to you, regardless of if you register online or in person.  We have strict caps on our classes to ensure that each course is manageable and safe for our teachers and our children, and appreciate the community’s support to ensure the program is the best it can possibly be for all involved.  If you miss the online registration window, you must make arrangements to register in person.

We will have personnel available to help you register in person on the following dates from 3:30-5:00 at both the Tucker School and the Cunningham School:  May 3, May 10, May 17

This year, during the month of June, we will be adding mandatory “Schedule Pick-Up” times during which parents/guardians must come to collect their child’s MSE schedule lanyard and trouble-shoot any questions/concerns regarding schedules.  There will be “Schedule Pick-Up times” at each school and at a variety of times (before school, after school, evening) to ensure all families have the opportunity to collect their schedule(s) prior to the first day of MSE.  It is our hope that this will ensure a smooth start to the program on June 26 when the children arrive!  Dates/times/locations will be communicated after online registration closes.

Tentative Dates to note:

  • April 3: “At a Glance” document is sent out for course planning purposes
  • April  12: MSE Brochure document is sent out
  • April 26 – May 26: Online Registration
  • May 3, May 10 and May 17: In-person registration at both the Tucker and Cunningham Schools
  • Month of June: Schedule Pick-Up Sessions (Locations and times TBD)
  • June 26 – July 27: MSE 2017!

2017 Tuition:

1 Course = $175         3 Courses = $525 2 Courses = $350         4 Courses = $600 Family Max = $1,200       Pre–K = $650

  • Non-Resident MSE Tuition: $300 per course hour per student
  • Make-Up Courses for High School Credit $300 per 2-hour course
  • Non-Resident for High School Credit: $525

We are looking forward to a fantastic summer at MSE 2017!  Please be on the lookout for more communications in the upcoming months, but if you have questions in the meantime, contact Bernadette and Cat via email (mse@miltonps.org).

PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

It’s time for CHALLENGER BASEBALL!  A link to registration is below. The season starts on April 30th and promises to be another great year. Don’t forget that the parade is April 22nd!   Also, please check out and like our Facebook page @ Milton Challenger Team – We are hoping to get 100% returning players and then some new additions.

Coaches Plunkett, Padera and Vitti are excited for another great Challenger season and we want everyone to sign up who wants to play. Let’s all build excitement and do our best with recruiting.  Please pass this information along to all the potential Challenger players out there. Open to all Milton Residents!

To register a child, go to:

http://miltonnationalll.com/registration/  and scroll down for the Challenger Division registration. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please contact: challengerinfo@miltonnationalll.com Other direct contact information: Jerry Vitti: gvitti@hfihealthcare.com  617.281.4566 JP Plunkett: plunkettjp4@gmail.com 

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was submitted by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

Begin the day the right way with School Breakfast! Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there’s no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat. Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy. Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school.  For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go to school in the morning.  If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!   A great breakfast program is offered at school every day.  School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day and it is affordable, $1.25!  If you qualify for free and reduced price lunch, you also qualify for a free breakfast, with no additional paperwork. You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

What your children eat for breakfast can have an impact on learning. School breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body.  A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class.  Eating a well balanced breakfast can help improve math, reading, and standardized test scores.  Breakfast helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improves memory.  We all know that when students eat breakfast, they perform better and are better able to concentrate.

Children who eat school breakfast are likely to have fewer absences and incidents of tardiness than those who do not. Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis are less likely to be overweight.  Eating breakfast as a child is important for establishing healthy habits later in life.

Schools now have more variety to choose from when deciding what to offer your children for breakfast. As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to improve child nutrition, new standards have been implemented into your child’s school breakfast.  These standards emphasize whole grains, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk options.  According to the USDA meal pattern requirements for school breakfast program, your child will be offered 8 ounces of white milk, 1 cup of fruit, and a minimum of 1 ounce whole grain rich products.  There is no government requirement for protein foods to be served, but your school may choose to offer eggs, yogurt, cheese, and breakfast meats as an additional food option.  Our breakfast menu can be viewed on our school website http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1466119320502

Instead of running around in the morning trying to make sure your children eat a healthy meal, let us do the work. They can get a great breakfast at school, and there will be no dishes for you to wash!  Let’s help students to perform better every day, by making sure they eat a healthy breakfast.  Mornings can be rushed, but it is important to make time for breakfast.  Make sure your kids begin the day the right way with School Breakfast!  All of the schools in Milton offer breakfast 20 minutes before the start of school.  There is no need to sign up, just show up.  Each school also has supervision available.

MFE NEWS

It’s time for the annual Teacher of the Year nominations! Milton Celebration for Education is now accepting nominations for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Please click here to download the forms.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Robert McCrystal at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton:

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) and South Shore Mental Health will present a free community education program “ Fostering Emotional Wellness During College-Age Years” on Wednesday, April 26 from 6 – 8:30pm in the Milton High School Auditorium, 25 Gile Road, Milton.

This program, part of the hospital’s Integrated Care Learning Consortium, will allow parents and students to hear from a panel of experts about the variety of programs and resources available to help students balance their academics and emotional and behavioral wellness. This program is specifically designed for parents of middle school, high school and college age students as well as the students themselves.

Scheduled speakers at the event include: Karen Cahill, director of guidance at Milton High School; Vic DiGravio, president and CEO of the Association of Behavioral Health; Kristen Woodbury, vice president of rehabilitation and recovery at South Shore Mental Health; Rod Skinner and Lisa Morin, from Milton Academy; Alison Markson, director and licensed psychologist at the Curry College Counseling Center; and Jennifer Morazes, Ph.D, Genesis Coaching and Consulting.

“As parents and caregivers, we want to foster emotional wellness in our teenagers and support them to make safe and healthy decisions. There is much pressure today to succeed academically, to attend the best colleges and universities and to generally make the “right” decisions after high school and in life,” said Lisa Braude, Ph.D, senior advisor-health policy and grant management at BID-Milton. “This is a unique opportunity to hear from a panel of leading experts on important health topics.”

The Integrated Care Learning Consortium partnership between BID-Milton and South Shore Mental Health works to raise awareness of behavioral health issues, provide education to community members and connect human services and health care professionals throughout the area. To register for this event, please call 617-313-1557.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 16 – 22 (April Vacation Week):

Monday, April 17, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Family Board Game Time, Ages 4 and up

Did you know that the Children’s Room has a HUMONGOUS collection of board games? We’ll have them all out in the Story Hour Room this afternoon for you to play with. Come play an old favorite, or try out something new! This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. For ages 4 and up, with caregiver.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Cooks ‘n Books, Grades K-5

Enjoy a story and make a tasty treat with Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking. Registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Animal World Experience, Ages 5 and up

Please join the Children’s Room for an exciting live animal program with Animal World Experience! In their Global Safari program, they will take us on a journey around the world to get a glimpse of cultures very different that our own.  Meet animals along the way, and learn of their importance to the human culture in the places they come from. Stick around after the show for a chance to pet some of our new animal friends! For ages 5 and up. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.

Friday, April 21, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 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 is required.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Mad Science, Ages 6-11

Join us for a special Earth Day workshop with Mad Science of South Boston!  We’ll find out what happens when we throw something out, where it goes, how it affects us, and what we can do about it. For ages 6-11; registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MILTONPL

ATHLETICS

Though it may not feel like spring yet, our Spring Athletics season is now underway. Boys Tennis opened up our season with a great 3-2 victory over division foe Walpole, while Girls Tennis dropped a tough one to Millis. Girls Lacrosse then kicked off their campaign with a nice 13-10 win over Hanover, with Devin Coulter leading the way with 5 goals. Boys Lacrosse battled a very tough Scituate Team but was on the losing end. Our Rugby team prevailed, with a 50-21 win over Hanover. What a great start to the season Cats!

Track, Baseball and Softball were all postponed this week due to weather.  Crew will start their season soon. Please click here to view all schedules.

Next Week at a Glance (home varsity events)

Monday 4/10
Softball vs Walpole, 3:45, Gile Field
Boys & Girls Track vs Framingham, 3:45, Track
Boys Tennis vs Norwood, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Tuesday 4/11
Boys Lacrosse vs Newton North, 4:00, Brooks Turf

Wednesday 4/12
Baseball vs Wellesley, 3:45, Cunn Park
Boys Tennis vs Braintree, 3:45, Kelly Courts

Thursday 4/13
Boys Tennis vs Weymouth, 3:45, Kelly Courts
Girls Lacrosse vs Wellesley, 5:30, Brooks Turf

Saturday 4/15
Baseball vs Boston Latin, 12:00, Cunn Park

For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here: http://schedules.schedulestar.com/Milton-High-School-Milton-MA/season/08-28-2015/

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:

Student: I have been attending School Committee meetings for many years. But recently, even I was surprised by someone who came and spoke at Citizen’s Speak. During the March 29th meeting, Pierce Middle School 7th-grader Barron Clancy asked to speak on behalf of the music program in the Milton Public Schools. His words were so eloquent and his enthusiasm was so infectious that he was commended by each of the School Committee members in attendance. Barron Clancy is an outstanding ambassador for the music program, and for the Milton Public Schools!

Staff:   I would like to recognize the following chaperones who are accompanying our Pierce Middle School students on their trip to Washington, D.C.: Kristin Fleury, Jake Smith, Melissa Augustyn, Alison Meleedy, Lauren Hoyt, Rachel Clancy, Kerri Devin, John O’Leary, Brendan Bonn, Bill Deschenes, Erin MacCurtain, Anna McReynolds, Karen Spaulding and Barbara Perry. Thank you for your time, your effort, and for all you do!

Volunteers: We had a volunteer Food Service worker at Milton High School today, when Vice Principal Brian Mackinaw jumped in to help slice avocadoes during one of the lunch shifts. Thank you, Brian!

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The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

 

April 3rd E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Apr• 03•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  March 31st, 2017

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Milton Schools Parents and Guardians,

Last week was the kick-off to our Passport to the Arts event. This annual event is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and creativity from our art students and teachers. All six of our schools are participating, and to make things even more fun, visitors will be given a passport and can collect a different stamp at each event. Scroll down to see some lovely photos under “Visual Arts,” and please make every effort to attend one of these art shows.

Last week, Tucker Elementary School kicked off Passport to the Arts. This year, Tucker School featured a special, traveling art exhibit on the artist Claude Monet.  This exhibit is in residence for two weeks to coincide with Passport to the Arts.  In addition to the work completed in art class, the students’ sketches from the exhibit are on display for viewing in the temporary museum gallery.

Passport to the Arts continues TONIGHT at Milton High School —  Monday, April 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm — and will feature a combined exhibit of work from Visual Art, Fashion Design, and the MHS Pre-K Program.  The Visual Art Department will display a range of works including symbolic family portraits, landscapes, altered books, photography, and an array of ceramic pinch pots, sculptures and wheel-thrown pieces.  Fashion Design students will present their “Elements of Design in Fashion” book projects, and the MHS Pre-K students will have their self-portraits on display.  Be sure to visit the MHS lobby to see this great range of work from the students of Milton High School.

The K-5 students of Collicot and Cunningham Elementary Schools have selected a favorite piece of original art to display in Passport to the Arts on Tuesday, April 4th.  Cunningham families are invited to tour the gallery between 6:00 and 6:45PM, and Collicot families from 6:45 until 7:30PM.   All artwork will be on the first floor of the building, and families will see a wide range of media including paintings, collage, drawings, paper weavings, and ceramics.  Attendees will receive a stamp in their passport as well as participate in a craft activity.

On Wednesday, April 5th, the Pierce Middle School Art Department will host Passport to the Arts from 5:30-7:00pm. Families can look forward to Adinkra prints on hand-patterned Kente Cloth, linocut landscapes inspired by the Japanese printmaker Hokusai, colorful Pop Art prints in the style of Andy Warhol, and a collection of ceramic.  This impressive collection of student works will be displayed in the hallway outside of the art rooms of the lower level.  Students who attend will receive a stamp in their passport, be entered into a raffle for art supplies and an Amazon origami module made by Ms. Sherman.

Also on Wednesday, April 5th, Glover Elementary School will present Passport to the Arts from 6:00-7:30PM.  In addition to perusing the gallery of student artwork displayed throughout the building, attendees are invited to participate in a number of art activities, including a drawing table, a photo booth and scavenger hunt stations.  Participation in each activity will earn one raffle ticket in a drawing for art supplies, gift certificates and other exciting prizes. Please check out this link to view a slideshow preview of the Passport to the Arts put together by Glover art teacher Laurel Bernini.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There has been one School Committee meetings since my last E-blast, summarized below:

March 29th: At this meeting, as part of the Superintendent’s Report, the Boys and Girls Indoor Track team members and their coaches were recognized for their success at the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship held earlier this month in New York City. Next, Pierce Middle Principal Dr. Karen Spaulding and Science Coordinator Christie Chiappetta came to discuss three recent grants awarded to Pierce Middle School.  School Committee members approved a field trip request from the Pierce Middle School, and also approved the revised 2017-18 School Year Calendar. Click here to view the revised calendar. School Committee members also received an FY18 budget update and voted to approve the FY18 Non-Contingent Reductions. Two vendor warrants were approved, as were updates to four policies. Members approved three sets of minutes before adjourning to executive sessions.

The next School Committee meeting will be held April 12th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Please click here to view the newly-revised 2017-18 school year calendar.

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The following item was sent to us by Katherine Touafek, Director of the School to Careers Partnership, who will be hosting 25 girls from Pierce Middle School in May:

We are excited to be planning our second annual Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up for your students! Here are the details: Middle School Girls STEM Meet Up 5/12/17

School to Careers is teaming up with SAME Boston Post to positively inform and inspire middle school girls to think about STEM in an exciting way. There will be over 20 STEM presenters from leading STEM companies around the world to talk to the students including a hands-on activity.

One very special guest is a former School to Careers student, a graduate of Norwood HS, who was inspired by School to Careers events to pursue a career in engineering.  Now, she is a NASA Engineer!

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I would like to recognize and thank the following MHS students, who will be attending and representing Milton High School at the annual Bio-Engineering Symposium sponsored by SAME Boston Post.  Justin Chan, Sarah Hancock, Claire Mandel, and Douglas Walko will join 20 other high school students from the Boston area at the symposium. The mission is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.

The mission of SAME Boston Post is to bring students together, during April school vacation, to be inspired and informed about STEM in a real, impactful and impressive way.  These students will continue in a STEM program during college.

Some students say today, they want to be an engineer.  But what does that mean?  Or work in bio-tech. Or they like math. Or physics. This is a way for them to understand the wide variety of opportunities in the STEM fields and where they might find a place during and after college.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, 4/18/17
9:30 AM MWRA Deer Island
12:30 The MIT & Harvard Broad Institute

Wednesday, 4/19/17
8:00 AM
Army Corps of Engineers New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site(s)

Thursday, 4/20/17
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Biogen Lab/Lunch with staff

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator:

The Social media has become a commonly used tool amongst all ages, including those as young as third and fourth grade. Therefore we must be more vigilant with equipping our children with the know-how to properly navigate these tools. It’s never too early or too late to educate your child on safe use of digital tools.

Because like many technology tools, the platforms utilized are constantly evolving and changing. What was once the popular platform gets replaced with a new platform within a matter of months. With this dynamic, it is not enough for us to solely become familiar with any one platform as a means of protecting and supporting our children. The best way to ensure safe use of social media is to teach our children responsible practices. Social media can be a breeding ground for unwanted behaviors such as cyberbullying and oversharing. Talk to your children about using social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully.

  • Make sure they can distinguish what is age-appropriate content.
  • Remind them not to publicly share their location utilizing tracking features.
  • Teach them to avoid marketing scams, by ignoring ads and in-app purchases.
  • Talk about their “digital footprint”, reminding them that nothing is truly temporary even though many sites advertise them as such.
  • Be diligent about “checking” their online activity.

No matter which form of social media your child is into, you should be sure to talk to them about responsible use. Some of the popular social media sites your children may be using:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Snapchat, Musical.ly, Tumblr, Vine, Ask.fm, Yik Yak, Kik, Line, Burn Note, Meerkat, Periscope, YouNow, BurnBook

This list is not exhaustive, as new apps/sites are developed periodically. For additional resources on being safe in the digital world please visit: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lessons/family-tip-sheets/en

VISUAL ARTS

Please enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork from our Passport to the Arts events:

CoCu ceramics MHS print CoCu paintings Pierce origami MHS ceramics tucker art passport3 passport2

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent by Lori Bilewicz, ¡CELEBRATEMILTON! Board President & Sponsorship Chair:

The iCelebrateMilton! Board of Directors met on March 15th to review and vote on grant applications.  We received quite a few requests this year, from across the community.  I’m thrilled to report that we voted to fund 4 of the grants requested by the Milton Public Schools. Those grants were:

  • $250 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a set of books to be distributed across grades K – 5.  These books will focus on sometimes ignored aspects of black life, which will not only provide more relatable reading content for our students of color but will also broaden the perspective of all of Tucker’s students.  The request was submitted by Eileen Keaney.
  • $325 to the Milton High School Student Leaders to support their Diversity and Cultural Awareness Training.  The funds provided will be used to purchase materials for a Privilege Bead Activity, where students will explore privilege across different social identity groups.  Wristbands will be shared with the Freshman class where they can write “I believe…” or “I won’t stand for…” statements on the wristbands. The request was submitted by Jessica Jarboe.
  • $848 to Collicot Elementary School to expand their Reading about Diversity curriculum to improve students’ understanding of and respect for diversity in the school, our community, and larger world.  All 5 elementary grades will participate and the curriculum includes reading the books, having guided discussions, and group activities.  The request was submitted by Holly Concannon.
  • $1000 to Tucker Elementary School for the purchase of a Bullying Prevention kit to supplement the existing Social Emotional curriculum, which will be included for all students K-5.  According to Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “There’s a strong correlations between bias and bullying.  The targets of bullies are often from a group marginalized because of certain characteristics about which others hold prejudiced assumptions (such as race, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, gender expression/identity or size).”  The request was submitted by Dr Elaine McNeil-Girmai.

Thank you to all the grant applicants for striving to make Milton a better to live by promoting a deeper understanding of one another.  iCelebrateMilton! values your contributions to our mission!

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The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!

FROM THE READERS

Please click on this link to read a very informative article about Why Arts Education is Crucial. It is especially interesting to read the research about the correlation between arts education and academic achievement.

MFE NEWS

Celebration 2017 is just around the corner! The MFE would like everyone to know that ticket sales are closing on April 5th. Click here to get tickets. The MFE and Honorary Co-Chairs Ken & Jennifer Casey of the Dropkick Murphys announce a chance-of-a-lifetime premiere silent auction prize – “Shipping Off to Dublin,” with the Dropkick Murphys and Delta Airlines. Win a trip for two to see the Dropkick Murphys in Dublin! This exciting package includes two VIP Concert Tickets/Backstage Passes; roundtrip airfare for two (Boston to Dublin on Delta Airlines); $500 in travel money; autographed Dropkick’s Hockey Jersey; and an Autographed copy of “11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory.” The concert is July 16, 2017 and the flight is roundtrip from Boston to Dublin.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The following item was sent to us by Heidi Vaughan, Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum:

We have two weeks to go until the deadline for the Lincoln essay and drawing contest, and myself and a cadre of dedicated trustees and volunteers are eagerly anticipating your students’ submissions. Starting today — Monday, April 3rd —  there will be a large red plastic treasure chest by the side door, and any submissions may be placed inside. I will be checking it on a daily basis until 5:00pm on Thursday, April 13th. As a reminder, students may also email their essays only to info@forbeshousemuseum.org as a Word document or PDF.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. No 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

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

http://www.miltonartcenter.org/

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: I would like to recognize and thank the two students who participated in the recent “Milton Speaks,” 2017 Candidate’s Forum and represented Milton High School in an outstanding manner. Both girls were fantastic job representatives of the Milton Public Schools! Hats off to Aislinn O’Brien and Shoilee Banerjee!

Staff:   I would like to recognize Pierce Middle School 8th grade science teacher Kristen Fleury, who was invited to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference, which was held in Los Angeles this week. Ms. Fleury won the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers earlier this year, which earned her all-expense paid trip to the conference. Congratulations!

Volunteers: With Celebration right around the corner, I would like to thank all the MFE volunteers who are working on this event. I know what a huge time commitment is involved and the thousands of hours that are spent putting together this amazing event. Thank you to each and every one of you!

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812

 

March 24th E-Blast

Written By: Superintendent Gormley - Mar• 24•17

From: Mary C. Gormley
To: Parents/Guardians and Staff
Re: E-blast Update
Date:  Friday, March 24th, 2017

  • Golfers needed! Come to Granite Links on Monday, May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing – and a reception — to support Science from Scientists. Register for the tournament by clicking here.
  • Tickets to MFE Celebration 2017 are now on sale. The cost is $95 per person. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please click here.

FROM THE DESK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

As many of you know, our community has been dealing with recent incidents involving the discovery of swastikas on school property. This topic was discussed at the most recent School Committee meeting. In response to these incidents, the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association (MICA) is organizing an initiative entitled, “It’s Time To Talk About Hate.” Please read the letter below, written by MICA and signed by many members of the Milton community. We will keep all of our MPS families apprised of this initiative and will pass along the time/date when it is announced.

The Milton Interfaith Clergy Association expresses again our deep sadness and dismay over anti-Semitic behavior in the town of Milton, expressed in more graffiti depicting swastikas at the Pierce Middle School. We commend Superintendent Gormley and Pierce Middle School principal Spaulding for their swift and decisive response, both in addressing the behavior and in informing the larger community. As faith leaders in a town that continues to grow in knowledge of diversity and interdependent life, we feel it is now necessary for this community to initiate a comprehensive response to the presence of hate and fear of difference.  No single authority – whether parents, or school officials, or clergy, or civil servants – can address systemic issues that confront us.  This is the second swastika graffiti incident since December, following the desecration of the Holocaust Memorial at Milton Cemetery in September.  Together, we must create an opportunity to go wider and deeper in our understanding of what it takes to establish a justice-centered civic life.

With this in mind, MICA has begun working with town leaders to put together an initiative entitled “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” that will invite the participation of every family in Milton with children in grades K-12. Drawing upon the knowledge of experts in the field, we will create age-appropriate “Talking Point Resource Sheets” for parents and guardians that will help guide them in how to have constructive conversations about hate, civility, respect, and interdependence with their children.  In addition we will also set up a response listing where Milton families can publicly and proudly affirm that they have participated in this initiative and “Talked About Hate.” Everyone in the town, of course, can benefit from having these kinds of conversations. We feel it is essential for everyone to internalize the understanding that embracing diversity is a reflection and expression of mutual respect, and the only way to thrive both as individuals and as a community is to welcome varied walks of life into our days.  By creating this “It’s Time To Talk About Hate” initiative, we seek intentionally to empower one another to find a common language toward deep and abiding welcome of each other’s humanity, and to instill that empowerment in our children. Our Jewish neighbors and friends were once again maligned in a way that hurts and diminishes us all.  May courage and wisdom flow in their lives in abundance, for fielding senseless disdain is hard to bear.

  • Katie Conlon, David Burnes & J. Thomas Hurley – Milton Board of Selectmen
  • Michael Dennehy – Town Administrator
  • John King – Chief, Milton Police Department
  • Mary Gormley – Milton Public School Superintendent
  • Dr. Glenn Pavlicek, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Business
  • Janet Sheehan, MPS Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Personnel
  • Dr. Karen Spaulding – Pierce Middle School Principal
  • James Jette – Milton High School Principal
  • Holly Concannon – Collicot Elementary School Principal
  • Jonathan Redden – Cunningham Elementary School Principal
  • Karen McDavitt – Glover Elementary School Principal
  • Dr. Elaine McNeil-Girmai – Tucker Elementary School Principal
  • Margaret Gibbons, President of Milton Educators Association
  • Julie Marotta – St. Mary of the Hills School Principal
  • Heather Flewelling – Director, Multiculturalism & Community Development at Milton Academy
  • Leroy Walker, Dr. Kevin Donahue, Dr. Elaine Craghead, Margaret Eberhardt, Sheila Varela & Kristen Bagley Jones – Milton School Committee
  • Corinne Perkins – Headmistress, Delphi Academy
  • Kevin Chrisom, Bob Kelly & Regina Malley – Milton Parks Commissioners Board
  • Jason Beckett – President, Milton National Little League Baseball
  • Michael McArdle – President, Milton American League Baseball
  • Board of Directors – Milton Youth Football and Cheer
  • Kevin Keating – President, Milton Youth Hockey
  • Cathy Smith and Robert Callahan – Co-Directors, Milton Youth Lacrosse

If you know of a Milton-based organization which would like to sign on as partners in this initiative, send an email to MICA chairperson The Rev. Hall Kirkham (hkirkham@stmichaelsmilton.org)

SCHOOL COMMITTEE UPDATE

There have been no School Committee meetings since my last E-blast. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, March 29th at 7 pm in the Milton TV Access studio, Room 245, Milton High School.

The Warrant Committee has finalized their recommendations for the FY18 budget. They will be proposing that Town Meeting vote and the Community vote for a Proposition 2 1/2 Override for next year. As a result, the School Committee has voted two budgets: one assuming an override passes and a second assuming it fails. Details for both budgets with their impacts are available on our website by clicking here.

CURRICULUM NEWS

Also, as I mentioned in a prior E-blast, we are in the midst of celebrating Music in Our Schools Month and Youth Art Month. Please note the upcoming art fairs, titled “Passport to the Arts.” Each of our six schools will host a “Passport to the Arts,” event, which will feature displays of student artwork.

  • March 30         Tucker Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 3              Milton High Passport to the Arts 6:00-7:30pm
  • April 4          Cunningham Passport to the Arts, 6:00-6:45 p.m. & Collicot  Passport to the Arts, 6:45-7:30pm
  • April 5             Glover Passport to the Arts, 6:00-7:30 p.m. & Pierce  Passport to the Arts, 5:30-7:00pm

Please see the photos below for a sample of elementary artwork:

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The following item was submitted by Dr. Angela Burke, Technology Administrator:

The Milton Public Schools are currently at 100% participation of having scholars in grades 2-12 utilizing their district-issued Google accounts. These accounts deliver personalized log-ins to Chromebooks, providing a safer, more controlled access to these devices. The Google accounts also provide access to the host of G-suite applications under the Google Apps for Education offering. Scholars are able to create work in Google: Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc. that allow for collaboration amongst peers and teachers. This also makes for an easy submission process when it is time to turn in work. Gone are the days of losing assignments or missing deadlines, since teachers can easily access anything shared on the drive. Teachers are able to see work in real time and provide valuable feedback on the spot. Opening up these platforms will ultimately help save a tree as we begin to reduce our use of paper and traditional worksheets. We are excited to continue the widespread use of these tools, as these are all tools that they will continue to use and need in their career choices.

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The following item was sent in by Kacy Dotoli, who coaches the MHS Debate team, along with Dana DePaul:

Six students are preparing for the state finals this Saturday. The topic is: Resolved: The United States should no longer pressure Israel to work toward a two-state solution. In order to compete in this weekends tournament, students had to qualify at another local tournament this year. Domenic Jancaterino and Aislinn O’Brien are preparing to compete at the National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky this May. They qualified for this tournament by coming in first at a tournament in Shrewsbury this past February. Our hotel rooms have been funded by a donors choose project we set up and was overwhelmingly supported by friends, family, teachers and the Milton Community very quickly. However we still have $1500 to raise to cover airfare which will hopefully be done through our other upcoming fundraisers: California Pizza Kitchen (3/31), Chipotle (4/25), Concert Ticket Raffle, and a potential car wash in May.

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The following item was submitted by Amy Gale, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator:

This was the final week of our BoomWriter Bee and excitement was in the air! Elinor Johnson (Glover), Saanah Lefevre (Tucker), Mae McKenna (Collicot) and Fiona Zimon (Cunningham) were the four finalists who competed for the coveted BoomWriter Bee title. The students all voted today and the winner will be announced on Monday, March 27.

The BoomWriter Bee Publishing Party will take place next Thursday, March 30 from 5-7 (awards at 6 pm) at the Hoosic Club- 193 Central Ave. Come honor the amazing writing of all of our students and meet Jeff Cohen, Chunk from the Goonies who inspired our story.  All are welcome!

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The following item was sent in by Pierce Teacher Nancy Warn:

The 2017 Pierce School wide spelling bee was a true sensation! It took place on Friday, March 10th and was an impressive competition that kept audience members on the edges of their seats, as they supported the contestants!  Last year, a 6th grader emerged victorious so all students were hopeful they would have a good showing in the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  The following students triumphed over their Pierce teammates to participate in the school-wide spelling bee:  Michelle Tran, Michael Duffy, Oisin Allen, Ben Garrity, Ha-Yen Nguyen, Nick Reason, Barron Clancy, Dylan Beaulieu, Jonathan Waldmann, Henry Synnott, Jordan Elliot, Chloe Zhong, Anna Fahy, Saoirse Killion and Ella O’Hanlon.  All participants first won their class bees, then their team bees – to make it to the school-wide bee.  At the school-wide bee, the group was so impressive, that they completed all prepared rounds (14 rounds were prepared).  Each year, we prepare an emergency list of extra words, just in case the talent of our student body blows us away.  That happened this year and we were impressed.  Although all our participants were incredible spellers, Saorise Killion was the runner-up and Barron Clancy emerged as the winner, by correctly spelling the word Velocipede!  The entire Pierce community congratulates seventh grader and Yellowstone team super star Barron Clancy for winning the 2017 Pierce Spelling Bee.  In addition to congratulating all our contests, we also want to thank the Pierce P.T.O. for generously supplying Barnes and Nobles gift cards to all participants in the school bee.  We also want to thank all the teachers who gave up time to run team bees and to run the school-wide bee.  In particular, we’d like to thank Lauren Hoyt for helping organize and run the 2017 school-wide bee.

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Also, I would like to offer congratulations to the 61 Milton Musicians in Grades 5-12 who participated in the MMEA All State Festival in Boston last week! Happy Music in Our Schools Month!

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And finally, I would like to congratulate all the Glover K, 1 and 2 students who participated in the recent Musical Concerts at Glover Elementary School. For those of you who did not attend, please check out this video, made by Principal Karen McDavitt: https://animoto.com/play/lsjFZcBzal2npHXJhxVfDw. The cuteness factor is off the charts!!

UPCOMING MPS EVENTS

Please note, Grade Five Information Night will be held on Monday, March 27th in the Pierce Middle School auditorium.

GUIDANCE NEWS

The following items were submitted by Karen Cahill, Guidance Director:

Parents/guardians of high school students are invited to join the Guidance Department on Wednesday, March 29th for our annual Program of Studies/AP Information Night. This event offers a comprehensive overview of our course offerings, level choices, graduation requirements and overall course selection process. Following the presentation in the auditorium, AP Teachers and department heads will be available to answer specific questions you may have. The event begins at 6:30 in the MHS Auditorium. All parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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SOCK…Is your child the first in your family to go to college? Share Our College Knowledge (SOCK) is a volunteer group of parents who have children in college now and who have been through many of the challenges that MHS parents face when trying to help their children understand the often-confusing process of picking and paying for college.  These volunteers will meet with MHS parents in small groups, either in their homes or at the library, to provide additional support and advice.  These volunteers work closely with the MHS Guidance Department so that all parents will have the information and tools they need to help their children with the college selection and application process.

The topics we will review are included in three steps:

  • Choosing a College (Rising Seniors): College Board, Naviance, College visits and interviews
  • Applying to College (First Semester Seniors): Timeline of activities: deadlines for juniors and seniors, SAT and ACT tests, AP classes and tests, Common Application and waivers, College Essay
  • Paying for College (Second Semester Seniors): Financial Aid Overview, CSS Profile, FASFA, other Scholarships and Grants

For more information, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.  The counselor will refer you to the SOCK program and a SOCK volunteer will contact you and arrange to meet you in your home, at the library, or at another convenient location.

LETTER FROM THE COMMISSIONER

Please read the letter below, sent out by Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education:

Dear Parents and Guardians: This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. The next-generation MCAS marks our transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

Why do we Conduct Statewide Testing?

Many parents ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

  • Test results help you gauge whether your child is making academic progress.
  • Test results help your child’s teacher identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.
  • A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.
  • Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.
  • Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

Connection between MCAS and our Status as Number One in the Nation

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

Questions about Participation in State Tests

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren’t, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

Under draft regulations that  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public  comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school’s accountability rating for two years.

If you are interested in learning more about the next-generation MCAS, information is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing requirements can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

FAMILY LIAISON NEWS

This article was submitted by Marti O’Keefe McKenna, MPS Family Outreach Liaison:

Are you a grandparent raising your grandchildren?

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is offering workshops across the Commonwealth addressing a number of issues grandparents who are raising their grandchildren face. Workshops are being held statewide in South Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Northampton, Worcester and Hyannis.

Local workshops are scheduled for 4/4/17 from 9:30-12:30 at So. Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H Street, South Boston, Ma. and  4/12/17 from 9:30-12:30 at The Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street,  Brockton, Ma. The South Boston workshop will include a presentation on legal information for caregivers followed by a panel presentation of resources and services for grandparents including representatives from DCF, DTA, Mass Health, and more. The Brockton workshop will include a presentation by Karen MacDonald from AdCare to discuss the disease of addiction followed by an informational panel which will include representatives from DCF, DTA, Masshealth, and more.   Breakfast pastries, coffee, and tea will be provided.  Please register by contacting Colleen Pritoni  at 617-748-2454 or via email at colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us

In addition the Quincy Family Resource Center located at 1120 Hancock Street in Quincy offers a support group, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren –Attend a meeting, meet other grandparents and get support from each other in the challenges and joys of raising grandchildren at this drop-in support group. Childcare is provided. No registration is required. Please contact Debbie at 617-481-7227 ext. 196 or dbaker@baystatecs.org for more information.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you might have or if you are in need of a resource. My contact information is: Marti O’Keefe McKenna, Family Outreach Liaison, 617-980-7343 or mmckenna@miltonps.org .

SEL NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Laurie Stillman, MPS School District Facilitator:

From a school-based perspective, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) can be put into three major buckets:

  • Facilitating Character Development in students. This includes developing the ability to have empathy for others and appreciation for human differences, work in groups, address peer pressure and make healthy decisions, and be socially aware and civically engaged.
  • Supporting students’ Emotional Grounding.  There are many things that can be done to support resilience in youth, such as their ability to cope successfully with adversity, seek out help when emotional problems arise, as well as be self-aware of feelings and manage those feelings in a healthy way
  • Cultivating a Safe and Supportive School Environment.  A school climate, where students feel welcomed, supported, respected and appreciated works hand in hand with social and emotional learning—just as the home environment does.

The Milton Public Schools will be working in more intentional ways to support the emotional intelligence and capabilities of our students over the coming years.  Fostering strong home and community engagement will be part of our key strategies.  We look forward to a continued partnership with you and with our other Milton colleagues.

FOOD SERVICE NEWS

The following item was sent in by Jackie Morgan, Food Service Director:

There was a wonderful celebration held at Tucker Elementary School earlier this week, as staff and students celebrated a milestone for Food Service employee Alex Giokas. Ms. Giokas became a US Citizen this week. To mark the occasion, Kim DiBona, manager of the Tucker cafeteria, prepared a special “stars and stripes” dessert, with the help of fifth-graders Daniel Thomas and Anna Labbe. Please see the lovely photos below from this special day, and congratulations to Ms. Giokas.

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PAC/SPECIAL ED NEWS

There will be a SEPAC Roundtable Discussion on Tuesday, March 28th in the Milton High School library. Come meet the special education service providers, educators and administration.  Learn what to expect as your child enters a new grade or new school.  This will be a roundtable discussion designed for parents to ask questions and meet other parents in the special education program.

GRANT/FUNDRAISING NEWS

The following item was sent in by Bernadette Butler, MPS Elementary Science Coordinator and Suzanne Murphy, Chip in Fore Science Parent Organizer:

On May 1, the Chip in Fore Science Golf Tournament (http://www.chipinforescience.org) will be held at Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, MA to help support and sustain the Science from Scientists (SfS) Program in the Milton Public Schools.  The Milton Public Schools has partnered with Science from Scientists (www.sciencefromscientists.org) for four years now to help inspire our fifth graders in the areas of STEM, and the feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators about the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Please consider gathering a foursome of golfers to come out to Granite Links on May 1 at 11:00 AM for a fun day of golfing to support a fantastic cause!  Please note that there will be a reception at Granite Links following the tournament, and entrance to the reception is included when you register to golf.  Tickets to the reception only are also available – so tell all your friends!  Register for the tournament by visiting http://www.chipinforescience.org and clicking the registration tab at the top right corner!

If you or your company would like to sponsor the event, contact Bernadette Butler at bbutler@miltonps.org, or sign up as a sponsor at chipinforescience.org. Many sponsorship levels include a foursome of golf!

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The following letter was sent to us by Aprile Burnes, Nichole Gimbrone, Elizabeth Thomas Laura O’Melia and Jessica Gillooly:

Caitlin Clavette was a dedicated art teacher who inspired our children through her teaching and artwork. Sadly, a tragic accident took her life in February of 2016. As a community, we would like to honor her dedication and inspiration to her students.

Ms. Clavette was always so proud and excited to showcase her students’ artwork. However, our elementary schools do not have art display boards to feature students’ creativity. We intend to honor Ms. Clavette by purchasing art display boards for each of the four Milton elementary schools. Our amazing PTOs at each elementary school are supporting this project. The art display boards cost approximately $1,000 each. Our goal is to purchase one per school for use in our schools’ lobbies, libraries and at future annual “Passport to the Arts” and other events.

In addition to purchasing the art display boards, we will be hosting an Art Show on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in the Keyes Room at the Milton Public Library. Organized by Milton elementary school art teachers and parent volunteers, the 5th grade ACE students’ artwork and other student artwork inspired by Ms. Clavette will be displayed.

If you would like to join us in contributing, please send your donation by April 28, made payable to Glover PTO, who has agreed to coordinate collections for all schools. Please note on your check: Honoring Caitlin Clavette and the name of your child’s elementary school. Each elementary school’s administrative assistant in the main office will accept contributions. While your contributions will go toward the purchase of art display boards, any remaining proceeds will be donated to the Caitlin Clavette Foundation (www.caitlinclavettefoundation.org).

Please feel free to reach out to your PTO or school’s parent ambassador below with any questions. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you on June 14.

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Please read the item below, sent to us by a Pierce student about a community service project:

My name is Dominique Thomas and I am an 8th Grader at Pierce Middle School. I am Milton’s Project 351 Ambassador for 2017-2018. This spring, Project 351 Ambassadors from all over the state are leading service in support of Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides everyday essentials for children in challenging economic and homeless circumstances.

Project 351 is a nonprofit service leadership organization started by former Governor Deval Patrick and continues with Governor Baker. Project 351 unites one 8th grade Ambassador from each town in Massachusetts for a year of service, leadership development, and unity.

Please support a Clothing and Shoe Drive. Collection bins have been placed in ALL Milton Public Schools and St. Mary of the Hills Church, March 27-April 3rd.  Please donate gently-used/like new clothing and shoes from Birth-12 years old. Please contact divinebeing57@hotmail.com with questions.

MFE NEWS

The following item was sent to us by Karyn Viveiros of the MFE:

The Milton Foundation for Education is Making History! Don’t Miss Out on Milton’s Biggest Dance Party on April 8th!

Get your dancing shoes ready as the Milton Foundation for Education will be celebrating like never before at Celebration 2017, the foundation’s annual fundraising fete which is taking place on April 8th at Lombardo’s in Randolph. Thanks to our four Celebration Event Sponsors, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, Curry College, Milton Academy and The Sarah W. Rollins Charitable Trust, over 700 MPS parents, teachers and supporters are expected to have an incredible night out at the event, which will have a whole new “vibe” this year with a cocktail reception, plenty of scrumptious appetizers and food stations including a sushi bar, dance floor complete with a lounge-like atmosphere and featuring live music by “Boston’s best dance band”, The Marsels.  Our online silent auction will also be back so you have a chance to bid on our most popular auction items like MHS Graduation Reserved Seating and VIP Parking and the coveted Naming of Your School’s Driveway!  Be sure to charge those cell phones.  This year Celebration 2017 will fund academic programs that enhance student learning and achievement within the history, civics and humanities courses of study in all six of our schools.  The MFE looks forward to “Making History” and in doing so, encouraging our students to do the same.  We are thrilled to honor the work and contributions of Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and his wife Jen (Larner) Casey, both MHS Class of ’88, who will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.

Tickets to Celebration 2017 are $95 per person ($65 per person for Milton public school teachers and staff). To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, donate, or find out more about the Milton Foundation for Education, please visit http://www.miltonfoundationforeducation.org and like us on Facebook. Tickets are only available online and the MFE has sold out in the past so kindly purchase your tickets soon. Sales end on Wednesday, April 5th.

NEWS AROUND TOWN

The Forbes House Museum would like you to “Save the Date,” for their annual Spring Fundraiser– Cocktails on the Orient Express. This event will be held Saturday, June 10th. More details to come!

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The following item was sent to us by Allan Bishop of the Milton DPW:

The first yard waste collection for 2017 begins Wednesday or Thursday, April 5th or 6th, depending on your regular collection day. Some simple guidelines:

    • Please remember to place all yard waste into barrels or in a paper leaf bag.
    • Leaf bags may be purchased at your local hardware and lawn care centers.
    • Branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter.
    • Branches should be less than 3 feet in length.
    • Branches may be bundled and securely tied with natural fiber string.
    • Bundles should be under 40 lbs in weight.
    • Grass clippings should be in paper bags or barrels labeled as “YARD WASTE”
    • Yard Waste stickers from DPW are no longer used.
    • Please add your own “YARD WASTE” label on barrels.
  • And please, no plastic bags!!

If you have any questions please call our DPW line at 617-898-4900 and select the TRASH LINE.

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The following item was sent to us by Don Grace, Head of School, Thacher Montessori School in Milton:

I am writing to invite you and your school’s staff and parent/guaridans to attend presentations at Thacher Montessori School by two nationally-known experts:

Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. Please visit www.thacherschool.org for event details and registration.

MILTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

The following items were sent to us by Sara Truog, Children’s Librarian:

Spring has sprung at the Milton Public Library! Fun family activities including books, programs, coloring, games, puppets and more are available every day for you to check out. In addition to our regular storytimes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we have these exciting programs for the young people in your life happening during the week of April 2 – 8:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 – 7:45 pm
SPUB Club, Ages 7-11

Join the SPUB Club! Our Super Popular, Unbelievable Book Club is a read-aloud book club for kids aged 7-11. Miss Sara will read a few chapters of a book each week; your job is to listen, while engaging in hands-on activities like Lego building, play-dough sculpting, Rubik’s cubes, and more. No registration is required.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Half Day Family Movie, All Ages

It’s an Early Release Day for the Milton Public Schools… so come to the library and watch a movie in the Keys Room! We’ll be showing popular 2016 release Sing, just out on DVD: In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same. Rated PG; runtime 1 hour, 48 minutes.

Friday, April 7, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Free Play Friday, Ages 0-5

Drop by and enjoy puzzles, games and activities in the Story Hour room. The room will be open for two hours in the morning for you to enjoy with your little ones (ages 0-5). In partnership with the Milton Early Childhood Alliance.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Family Dance Party, Ages 3 and up

Come join Miss Sara for a rockin’ kids dance party! Dancing is a great form of physical activity for all ages, from little kids to grandparents! We’ll be doing some free dance, some guided dances, and also playing some musical games, but don’t worry – no dance experience necessary. For ages 3-adult. No 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. Also, like the Milton Public Library Children’s Room on Facebook and get updates right in your news feed! Please contact the Children’s Room if you have questions about any of our programs or services.

To see a complete listing of library events, please click here:

VISUAL ARTS

The Milton Art Center will be hosting its Second Annual Juried Show. The opening reception will be held tonight, 3/24 at 7pm and the show will run through Saturday, May 13th.  For more information, click here.

ATHLETICS

The Milton High Rugby Team will be hosting a Car Wash at Cunningham School from 9:00- 12:00 on Saturday, April 1st   $10.00 per car!

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The Milton High School Boys Tennis Team is hosting a Cans for Cats Collection on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Milton High School from 9:00 – 12:00.

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For sports schedules for all MHS teams, please click here:

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: During a recent “Learning Walk” at Tucker School (scheduled onsite visits by our leadership team designed to 0bserve and give feedback to classroom teachers in each school) one of our administrators was moved by the actions of a Tucker student. James Jette, our high school principal, observed a STEM classroom and noticed fifth-grader Gabriel Veal offering support to a classmate who was struggling. This young boy’s gesture of kindness, in addition to his enthusiasm during class, led Mr. Jette to email Gabriel’s parents to let them know what a thoughtful child they had raised. Thank you to Mr. Jette for pointing this out to us, and thank you to Gabriel Veal for his kindness.

Staff:  Please read my item abovewhich details Tucker Food Service employee Alex Giokas, who recently became a US citizen. Congratulations to Ms. Giokas, and also to the staff of Tucker School, who helped her to celebrate this momentous occasion!

Volunteers: I would like to recognize and thank Mike Zullas, Cunningham Parent and former School Committee member, who will be moderating the upcoming Milton Speaks Candidate’s Forum on Monday, March 27 at 7pm in the Milton Access Television Studio, Room 245 at Milton High School. Mr. Zullas has given generously of his time and expertise for the town of Milton and we appreciate all that he does!

The Milton Public School system does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, gender transitioning, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy/parenting status, marital status, sexual orientation, homelessness, or military status, in any of its programs, activities or operations. These include, but are not limited to, admissions, equal access to programs and activities, hiring and firing of staff, provision of and access to programs and services, as well as selection of volunteers, vendors and employers recruiting at the Milton Public Schools.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Human Resources, 617-696-4812